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The Fixx have always had a socially conscious theme to their music, and that continues with the just released 'Beautiful Friction,' which is the band's tenth studio album. Most well-know for their Album Oriented Rock, and ultimately top 40 tracks 'Red Skies,' 'One Thing Leads to Another,' and 'Saved by Zero,' the synth-pop-but-almost-prog-rock group continues their evolution with the latest release. Vocalist Cy Curnin describes the band as "a fine wine that has aged well in the bottle. I love being in this band. It’s my therapy. You can take everything away from me, but no one can take away the relationship and creativity that flows between the five of us." Sample the album tracks, check out the band's new video, and more below.
Guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, bassist of Dan K. Brown, drummer Adam Woods and Curnin are all back for the new release, which not only speaks to long-time fans, it appeals to a new generation. Says Curnin, "There’s a theme that traces through The Fixx. Our catalogue is connected, our viewpoint as a collective has always been socially driven. With the Internet, things sped up, and we were able to get feedback quicker and became closer with our fan base. We’ve been so thankful to hear from people who let us know our music made a difference in their life. It made us realize we had a sense of responsibility to our audience, that our work as a band was unfinished." The painter whose work adorned the 'Reach the Beach' and 'Phantoms' albums, George Underwood is even back to create the album art for 'Beautiful Friction.'
The album is a true return to form for the Fixx, with Curnin adding, "As a whole, we were very focused on what was happening in the world around us and the legacy that was being left for our children, for everyone’s children. This album confronts our frustrations with the current socio-economic crises affecting the world, but it’s also quite hopeful."
“It seems we’ve all ground to a bit of a halt with so much unrest, the Occupy movement, debt, war and more. We ultimately see the album as positive, eager for the dawn of a new era, the possibility to change the way we see the world and to view it with more optimism. That’s why we called it Beautiful Friction – the times we live in are tough, but there’s a beauty in that. There’s a hope.”
Listen to samples of that hope in all the album tracks here: www.allmusic.com
"Anyone Else" is the first single from the new album. Check out the song and video, which deliver a positive message of redemption and tolerance. Directed by Jon Collins.
Lewis & Floorwax from Classic Rock 103.5 in Denver recently interviewed lead man Cy Curnin. Check out the chat below:
The Fixx will be sitting down with Bob Coburn on Rockline this August 8th. Call in to talk to the band at 1-800-344-ROCK. Find the affiliate closest to you here: www.rocklineradio.com
'Beautiful Friction' 2012 Tour dates:
Aug. 6 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
Aug. 7 - Portland, OR - Music Millennium - In-Store Appearance
Aug. 9 - Bend, OR - Drake Park Mainstage (Free Show)
Aug. 12 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Park (Free Show)
Aug. 14 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip
Aug. 17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Boardwalk (Free Show)
Aug. 18 - Denver, CO - Hard Rock's Rock The Block (Free Show)
Aug. 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Aug. 25 - Skokie, IL - Backlot Bash - (Free Show)
Aug. 26 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair (w/J. Geils Band)
Aug. 28 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair (w/J. Geils Band)
Aug. 30 - Madison, CT - The Madison Beach Hotel (Free Show)
Def Leppard News: Joe Elliott talks re-recording classic tracks, USA Today profile, Youtube performance and Q&A
Def Leppard recently re-recorded new versions of 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' and 'Rock of Ages' after not being able to come to an agreement with their ex-record label about the digital rights to the band's back catalog. Now the band are aiming to re-record all their hit singles.
Frontman Joe Elliott told MTV Hive that’s just the start: "How can I put this politely? We were having a major disagreement with out ex record label about the digital rights for our back catalogue. We couldn’t come to a mutual understanding that seemed fair for both sides. So we finally decided to re-record all our hits. We started with Sugar and Rock of Ages and I think we did a pretty good job – but it’s hard work trying to recreate something you did 30 years ago.
Def Leppard will make "100% forgeries" of their originals, but Elliott says it would be a mistake to try changing any aspect of the tracks: "It’s not like a live version where everything a bit looser and you’ve got the ad libs, the longer guitar solos and the crowd in the background. We were very conscious of the fact that when people download our songs from iTunes they want it to sound like they remember it. There’s nothing worse than being let down by an artist you love. There’s a guy called Andrew Gold – back in the seventies he had a song called Lonely Boy that’s just wonderful. When we were on tour it popped into my head, so I went to download what I thought was the original. I ended up getting a re-recording. It was like a crappy karaoke version."
But don't expect any new videos to go along with the re-recorded track. Elliott says: "It’s easy to reproduce the sound and get it to match – but we can’t go in a time machine and get rid of the wrinkles. We are what we are. I’m 52; I’ll be 53 in a few months. It would be ridiculous."
Check out a new lyric video for 'Rock of Ages' and listen to the new version of 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' here:
This weekend, over 80 stations will air 'Off the Record' with Joe Benson featuring the music of Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage. Find a station to listen to it on here: www.unclejoe.com
Def Leppard recently recorded a live set on the Sunset Strip at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. for youtube. Def Leppard rip through 7 songs including "Rock of Ages", "Foolin'", "Animal", "Hysteria", "Bringin' on the Heartbreak", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Let It Go". It was all followed by a band Q&A with 'Rockline' host and legendary DJ Bob Coburn.
The 'Rock of Ages' tour with Poison and Lita Ford rocks on tomorrow in Denver, CO. and wraps up in Santa Barbara, CA on September 15th.
USA Today profiled the band earlier this week. Here's an excerpt:
Starting in Sheffield: During the late '70s, the nascent group had a hard time finding places to play in its hometown in England. Club owners realized "they could make more money employing somebody to spin discs rather than getting a band that would vomit all over the dressing rooms." The group played its first show in the dining hall of a local school, a hastily arranged gig designed to keep guitarist Steve Clark, who had joined six months earlier, from making good on his threat to quit. (He would remain a member until his death in 1991.) The second show took place in a dark field. "A couple of people put their (car) lights on so that the 12 people who were there could see us," Elliott says.
That's the way (they like it): In the early days, Def Lep once opened for the electro-pop Human League, who also formed in Sheffield in 1977. Decades later, the rockers taped a TV concert with country superstar Taylor Swift, who's a big fan. But neither of those was their weirdest bill: They once found themselves on the lineup with disco stalwarts KC & the Sunshine Band. Not that Elliott minded: "They were unbelievable. There were 11 of them onstage, and they were a machine. Just because we ended up in a rock band doesn't mean we don't appreciate (Shake, Shake, Shake)Shake Your Booty." Read the entire article here: www.usatoday.com/life/music
Here's even more from the press tour promoting 'The Tour' of KISS and Motley Crue. Here's Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil on Revolver TV.
Here's a link to the great Bob Coburn interviewing Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Mick Mars on Rockline. Mick couldn't make in into the studio, due to locking himself out of his house, with his cars keys inside. He phoned in though: www.rocklineradio.com/replay
Here's Paul Stanley and Nikki Sixx on New Jersey's WRAT Radio. Paul fools the interviewer into thinking he's Gene: www.media.wrat.com/Podcasts
Andy Preston of Gator 98.7 FM, WKGR Palm Beach, Florida talks to Paul and Nikki.
Paul and Nikki on DC101, WWDC in Washington, DC
American Idol finalist James Durbin new video trailer and studio footage, debut album out November 21st
A new trailer for "Love Me Bad", the first video/single from "American Idol" finalist James Durbin, has been posted. The full clip will make its online debut on November 16 on VEVO. The song is the first single from Durbin's debut album "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster", which will be released November 21 on Wind-Up Records.
Guests on the album including Mick Mars of Motley Crue, songwriters James Michael (SIXX: A.M., Motley Crue) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne), along with Swedish rock band Hardcore Superstar. Durbin, co-wrote five of the albums tracks and said of working with Mick Mars: "When Mick Mars started shredding on his guitar I literally lost my mind. He's a true rock legend and he's playing on my record. It doesn't get any cooler than that." Mick Mars added, "It was sick to have played on James' debut album. To be the only featured guest artist on the record was really cool as I know a lot of others wanted to be on it. James Durbin kicks ass; he's the real deal.
"Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Motorhead, Black Stone Cherry). Benson says the opportunity to work with Durbin was "pretty simple: I loved his voice. I think he has a compelling story to tell." Benson, who kept his eye on Durbin throughout 'Idol' thought, "It was interesting that he spoke his mind and didn't back down from who he was. That's always a good sign.
"Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" track listing:
1. Higher Than Heaven
2. All I Want
3. Love In Ruins
4. Right Behind You
5. Love Me Bad
9. Outcast - feat. Mick Mars
10. Everything Burns
11. Stand Up
Durbin will be guest on the US nationally syndicated program Rockline, with host Bob Coburn, on Monday, November 28th. The show starts at 11:30pm EST/8:30pm PST and fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
Here's the track "Stand Up," which is being used promotionally by the NFL this year, and is one of the 4 tracks on "Official Gameday Music Vol. 2."
You can make your own "Love Me Bad" video as a video response for a chance to win cool prize packs and have your video featured on DurbinRock.com! Promote the music video that you create for "Love Me Bad" on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #LoveMeBadVideo). James will be choosing 1 video for the grand prize from the top 5 videos that have the most "Likes," so tell your friends to vote for your video.
Grand Prize Package (1) -- The winner's video will be posted onto DurbinRock.com and will be the first video that James favorites onto his Youtube channel. The winner will also receive a copy of James' new album, 'Memories of a Beautiful Disaster', a limited edition autographed litho, an exclusive Durbin t-shirt, and a Durbin patch.
Runner Up Prize Package (1) -- One runner-up will receive a copy of his new album, an exclusive Durbin t-shirt, and a Durbin patch.
Honorable Mention Prizing (1) - The third place finisher will get a copy of the new album and a Durbin patch.
All entries due on 11/21, winners will be announced on 11/22!
Here's in footage of James and Mick Mars in the studio:
Here's James performing "Love Me Bad" acoustically on Fox News:
Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Michael Levine of Canadian rock legends TRIUMPH were interviewed on Wednesday night's (September 21) broadcast of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. The band was promoting the re-issue of the landmark "Allied Forces" album. Listen to the program in it's entirety below.
Listen here: www.rocklineradio.com
Triumph's 1981 release, "Allied Forces" has been reissued as a 30th-anniversary vinyl edition.The album's tracks are from the original source material (as prepared by the legendary Bob Ludwig), while the packaging itself exactly mirrors the original '81 vinyl version (including the four-color, UV-coated inner sleeve, complete with photos, lyrics and credits). The record itself was pressed on pristine 180-gram vinyl, which also includes a free download card, so fans can download this rock 'n' roll classic, as well as a video, directly to their digital player. The LP is being manufactured by Rainbo Records in Los Angeles, the premier replicator of vinyl in North America. The album features two of Triumph's most beloved and enduring arena rock anthems, "Magic Power" and "Fight the Good Fight". Produced by the bandmembers, the nine-track album was certified platinum and has gone on to sell an impressive 2.5 million copies worldwide.
"I am excited that the 'Allied Forces' LP is being re-released," said Levine. "Vinyl was always my favorite audio format, because it has really nice warmth and depth. Yet another reason to polish up the turntable and crank up the volume!"
"Allied Forces" track listing:
1. Fool for Your Love
2. Magic Power
3. Air Raid
4. Allied Forces
5. Hot Time (In This City Tonight)
1. Fight the Good Fight
2. Ordinary Man
3. Petite Etude" instrumental
4. Say Goodbye