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Hellion is back! ‘To Hellion And Back’ The Anthology- 2CD Anthology 1983′ due April 1

by on Feb.18, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Hellion is back! ‘To Hellion And Back’ The Anthology- 2CD Anthology 1983′ due April 1

Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION have inked a contract with London-based HNE/CHERRY RED RECORDS. The first of three HELLION albums set for release this year is a 2-disc anthology entitled TO HELLION AND BACK, which will be released on April 1, 2014, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band's singer, ANN BOLEYN.

TO HELLION AND BACK chronicles the band’s beginnings from 1982, to the present, and features new music from Hellion. In 1983, when the term “female metal singer” did not exist, HELLION’s demo recordings (released as a self-titled Mini-LP) climbed to Number 6 in England’s rock charts. In America, HELLION however was regarded by the corporate music world as “too heavy” for a band with a female singer. Despite never releasing an album on a major record label, Hellion was the first female-fronted metal band to be featured on MTV and VH-1 and was also the first U.S. metal band to perform in the former-Soviet Union on a MONSTERS OF ROCK festival.

TO HELLION AND BACK features a collection of fan-favourites, hard-to-find recordings, and previously unreleased tracks. Among the collection are also two songs that were produced by RONNIE JAMES DIO at the legendary SOUND CITY recording studio.

The musicians enlisted by powerhouse vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new HELLION include drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, QUEENSRŸCHE, DIO, DIO DISCIPLES), keyboardist Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL), Swedish import bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES), and up-and-coming lead guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle.

HELLION’s new tracks were produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups". A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES. He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON's "All Things Must Pass", ELTON JOHN's "Madman Across The Water", "Honky Chateau" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player." Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANSAS, and more. Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: "Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you've got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: "Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it's new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice."

Says Wright of working with Boleyn and HELLION: "She's tried to stay true to that heaviness and a certain darkness. She's sticking to the same formula, just different musicians though."

HELLION will tour in Europe, and the UK in 2014 and are expected to appear on a number of major festivals. The cover artwork was designed by Italian artist Gaetano Di Falco and inspired by the photography of P.G. Brunelli.
The TO HELLION AND BACK CD will be available through The Omega Order for pre order, by visiting here: http://www.theomegaorder.com/hellion

DISC ONE
1. Backstabber
2. Driving Hard
3. Don’t Take No For An Answer
4. Break The Spell
5. Up From The Depths
6. Run For Your Life
7. Get Ready
8. Witching Hour
9. Screams In The Night
10. Upside Down Guitar Solo/
11. The Hand
12. Bad Attitude
13. Tower Of Air
DISC TWO
1. Nevermore
2. Exciter
3. The Evil One
4. Breakdown
5. The Black Book
6. Living In Hell
7. Stormrider
8. Demon Attack
9. Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
10. Shit (Is Gonna Hit The Fan)
11. Dead and Gone
12. Dream Deceiver
13. Hell Has No Fury

Hellion 2014 by PG BrunelliTo Hellion and Back

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Ronnie James Dio Tribute album ‘This Is Your Life’ to be released April 1

by on Feb.10, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, NEWS, ROCK NEWS

Ronnie James Dio Tribute album ‘This Is Your Life’ to be released April 1

A new tribute album celebrating the legacy and life of Ronnie James Dio is set for release 0n April 1st. Titled 'This Is Your Life', the album features new covers of songs from Dio's entire career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell by a number of hard rock's biggest names.

Metallica recorded the 'Ronnie Rising Medley, a nine-minute medley of songs from Dio's years in Rainbow, including 'Stargazer,' 'Kill the King,' 'Tarot Woman' and 'A Light in the Black.' Anthrax offer the Black Sabbath track 'Neon Knights' and Motörhead along with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford bring the Rainbow track 'Starstruck.' The Scorpions rock 'The Temple Of The King,' with Halestorm contributing 'Straight Through The Heart.'

Rob Halford teams up with Dio alum Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for 'The Man On The Silver Mountain.' Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covers 'Rainbow In The Dark,' with Jack Black and Kyle Glass of Tenacious D bringing their version of 'The Last In Line.' Killswitch Engage’s cover from 2006 of 'Holy Diver' is included, as is Doro's take on 'Egypt (The Chains Are On).' Adrenaline Mob rocks 'The Mob Rules' and a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, perform 'I.' Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) joins other members of Dio’s solo band: Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren for 'Catch The Rainbow.' a track from Rainbow’s debut album.

Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his spirit and legacy live on. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand UP and Shout Cancer Fund, the non-profit charity fund co-founded by Dio's widow Wendy (who also produced the album). The organization is dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention.

Track Listing:
1. Anthrax - Neon Knights
2. Tenacious D - The Last In Line
3. Adrenaline Mob - The Mob Rules
4. Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher - Rainbow In The Dark
5. Halestorm - Straight Through The Heart
6. Motörhead with Biff Byford of Saxon - Starstruck
7. Scorpions - Temple Of The King
8. Doro - Egypt (The Chains Are On)
9. Killswitch Engage - Holy Diver
10. Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren - Catch the Rainbow
11. Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy - I
12. Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren - Man On The Silver Mountain
13. Metallica - Ronnie Rising Medley (featuring A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill the King)
14. Dio - This Is Your Life

Dio This Is Your Life Cover

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4th Annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine awards to honor Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer and Zakk Wylde

by on Jun.15, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

4th Annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine awards to honor Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer and Zakk Wylde

The 4th annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine music awards show will celebrate the magazine's 9th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. This year’s show will salute Jon Anderson of Yes with the Voice of Progressive Music award, Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia will receive the Drum Legend Icon award, Zakk Wylde will receive the Riff Monster award and newcomer Laura Wilde will receive Best New Female Artist award.

Other artists scheduled to participate include Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Simon Wright of AC/DC, James Kottak of the Scorpions, Mark Kendall and Michael Lardie of Great White, and Carmine Appice, with more guests to be announced next month.

Tickets for the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards 2013 are on sale now at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel box office or via Ticketmaster. Get more info at vegasrocks.com

Vegas Rocks awards 2013

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Geoff Tate’s Queensryche signs new record deal, adds new members to all-star band lineup

by on Jan.25, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche signs new record deal, adds new members to all-star band lineup

QUEENSRYCHE — featuring original lead singer GEOFF TATE at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.

Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature GEOFF TATE along with bassist RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot), guitarist KELLY GRAY (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist RANDY GANE and stellar new additions, guitarist ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane) and drummer SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket).

WRIGHT takes over for previously announced drummer BOBBY BLOTZER, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.

“I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff,” states SIMON WRIGHT. “I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

QUEENSRYCHE, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.

The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up.

Legendary guitar slinger K.K. DOWNING of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD as will King’s X guitarist TY TABOR and RATT drummer BOBBY BLOTZER.

TY TABOR comments, “I’m very happy that Geoff considered me for this record. It will be great to play with all of these great musicians.”

Beginning in early April, QUEENSRYCHE will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says long time QUEENSRYCHE front man GEOFF TATE. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

Last November, TATE released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

For additional information, please see QUEENSRYCHE’s official website at www.queensryche.com.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013
Apr. 6 - Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 9 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 - Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 17 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr. 18 - The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
Apr. 20 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, California
Apr. 21 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Apr. 22 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA

More dates will be announced.

Queensryche Geoff Tate version 2012-13

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All-Star Jam Band to open for Michael Schenker at House of Blues in Hollywood

by on Feb.24, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

All-Star Jam Band to open for Michael Schenker at House of Blues in Hollywood

Tomorrow night, February 25th, an all-star jam band will open for Michael Schenker at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, CA. The band will feature vocalist Keith St. John (ex-Montrose, Quiet Riot), drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken), drummer Simon Wright (Dio Disciples, ex-Dio, AC/DC), drummer James Kottak (ex-Kingdom Come, Scorpions), bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords, Giuffria), guitarist Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) and others.

 

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