Power Trio Supergroup KXM kicks off Rock Picks this week with their track ‘Rescue Me’ from their self-titled debut album on Rat Pak Records. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick (King’s X) on vocals/bass, George Lynch of (Dokken, Lynch Mob) on guitars and drummer Ray Luzier (Korn). The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob.
KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to get together to jam. The guys came together and the self-titled debut, KXM, was born.
The album is one of the best rock releases of the years thus far, full of powerful tracks from the opening cut ‘Stars,’ to the lead single, ‘Rescue Me.’ Every song on the record (which was recorded in a mere 8 days) is quality, showcases each members playing and displaying hard rock, funk, and blues influences. The next single will be ‘Gun Fight,’ which the band have already filmed a video for. The band have yet to schedule any concerts to play this material live, but they are bound to do so and I for one will have to be there to witness it. Let’s hope this is more than a one-off project and these guys continue to make music together. I am interested to see how the band progresses and where they take us musically in the future.
Black Stone Cherry ‘Me And Mary Jane’
Black Stone Cherry are back with their crunchy new track ‘Me and Mary Jane,’ which is the first single from their upcoming new album, ‘Magic Mountain.’ The Kentucky rockers fourth studio release is due on May 6th, with pre-orders now available. “Me and Mary Jane” is also available for purchase on iTunes.
Bassist Jon Lawhon says of the new album, “A lot of rock music today doesn’t have any soul. It’s all really bland. There’s no attitude. There’s no heart. We all grew up on ‘70s rock, Southern rock, country music and bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. On this album, more so than ever, those elements are all in the forefront.”
The band recorded with Producer Joe Barresi who’s worked with Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age and Tool, among others on the album.
Black Stone Cherry will hit the road in the U.S. supporting Seether for a tour kicking off April 22nd at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA. The band will also play numerous festivals during the months of April and May. Check out the itenary below:
Black Stone Cherry Tour Dates – *with Seether
Apr. 22 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre*
Apr. 23 – Houston, TX Scout Bar*
Apr. 25 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum WXTB Presents
Apr. 26 – Ft. Meyers, FL – Fort Rock – Jet Blue Park
Apr. 27 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville – Metropolitan Park
Apr. 29 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
Apr. 30 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City*
May 2 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29*
May 3 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 4 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
May 6 – Baltimore, MD- Ram’s Head Live*
May 7 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater*
May 8 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall*
May 10 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
May 11 – Hartford, CT – The Webster*
May 13 – Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall*
May 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom*
May 16 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range – Crew Stadium
May 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room*
May 18 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues*
May 20 – St. Paul, MN – Myth – KXXR Radio Show
May 21 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District*
May 24 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest – AT&T Center
‘Magic Mountain’ track listing
1. Holding On…To Letting Go
2. Peace Pipe
3. Bad Luck & Hard Love
4. Me and Mary Jane
6. Magic Mountain
7. Never Surrender
8. Blow My Mind
10. Fiesta Del Fuego
11. Dance Girl
12. Hollywood in Kentucky
13. Remember Me
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It is great to have former Vandenberg and Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg back with his new band, Vandenberg’s MoonKings. The band’s debut effort is out now through Mascot Records and is full of quality tracks that hold up against Adrian’s best work from the past.
“The last record I made was with Whitesnake in 1998. Now that I’ve announced my return, I am really overwhelmed by the thousands of enthusiastic reactions that I’ve gotten from all over the world. It amazes me how faithful the fans have remained. It’s just bizarre,” Vandenberg says. And with a smile he adds: “And it just so happens that the MoonKings album is the best record I’ve ever made. Well, in my modest opinion, anyway. People probably expected the obvious classic rock, but I didn’t want to go that route semi-automatically. I wanted to build a bridge between the greatest rock of the seventies and that of today, and I have the feeling that worked out very well.”
Why was he away so long you ask? After 13 years in Whitesnake, Adrian needed a break. He was completely idle during his time away from music. He focused on his other passion: Art. There was so much interest in his paintings, that several leading European galleries planned exhibitions of his work. He also was busy as a Dad to his daughter.
The band came together beginning back in 2011, when Adrian was asked to write a song for FC Twente, the football club from his hometown of Enschede that had become the champions of the Dutch premier league the year before. He recruited Jan Hoving, who had previously opened for Whitesnake in Holland several years later, to sing the track, then because the song was going to be performed at FC Twente’s victory celebrations for a crowd of 60,000, Adrian needed a rhythm section. He found drummer Mart ‘Martman’ Nijen-Es through a friend, but he had ironically met Mart about 10 years prior when Adrian was judging a talent contest and came across the then 13 year old drummer. Adrian met his future bass player the same way: “Mart had a buddy he’d been playing with for many years, bass player Sem ‘the Sham’ Christoffel. Believe it or not, I judged Sem in a different talent contest around the same time I first saw Mart, and he impressed me enormously by casually playing a Jaco Pastorius-like piece. And I let him win as well!”
The band was meant to be, and after that intial performance, Adrian decided these were the guys to surround himself with for a new project. They recorded the MoonKings album with vintage equipment at the famous Wisseloord Studios near Amsterdam, working with tubes compressors, a Neumann microphone from the 1960’s, and recording everything with a Neve desk from the 1970’s.
Former Whitesnake bandmate David Coverdale makes a guest appearance on the closing ballad ‘Sailing Ships,’ but first check out the single and lead track on the record ‘Lust And Lies,’ followed by another video for the mid-tempo track ‘Breathing.’ The band have been on tour in Europe of late, with no U.S. books as of yet, so here is another band on Rock Picks this week that will be a must see. Maybe KXM and Vandenberg’s Moonkings can tour the U.S. together. How fantastic would that be?
MoonKings track listing:
1. Lust And Lies
2. Close To You
3. Good Thing
5. Steal Away
6. Line Of Fire
7. Out Of Reach
8. Feel It
9. Leave This Town
10. One Step Behind
12. Nothing Touches
13. Sailing Ships
Vandenberg’s MoonKings ‘Breathing’
Winger ‘Rat Race’ & ‘Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine’ and ‘Tin Soldier’
It’s the 25th Anniversary of Winger and they are back with their first new album in five years, ‘Better Days Comin’,’ which is out April 22 on Frontiers Records. The band have already released three videos for the tracks ‘Rat Race’ & ‘Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine’ and ‘Tin Soldier,’ all solid rock cuts. ‘Better Days Comin’ is an amazing new record giving members Kip Winger (ex-Alice Cooper), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse) and John Roth (Starship, Giant) a showcase for their immense talents. The entire album kicks ass and already looks to be destined as one of my Top 10 albums of the year.
Check out the triple shot of the band below and make sure you get your copy of ‘Better Days Comin.’ A deluxe edition of the new album includes one audio bonus track and a DVD including a documentary “Making of the album” and two videoclips.
Kip Winger explains, “We drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever, and very excited about the music on this record. We feel it exemplifies our true sound in every way.”
As the fast-paced video’s time-lapse images of a big-city workday illustrate very effectively, ‘Rat Race’ takes a hard look at the pace we’ve set for ourselves in the modern world. “With ‘Rat Race’ we took the term ‘the human race’ literally,” Winger explains. “Everyday on this planet is a fight to the death. No matter how fast you run, someone is always gaining on you.”
You can pre-order the deluxe edition of ‘Better Days Comin” and receive a download of ‘Rat Race’ right now at itunes.apple.com.
Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine
Better Days Comin’
So Long China
Storm In Me
Be Who You Are, Now
Another Beautiful Day (*)
Out Of This World (*)
*- Bonus Track
Winger and Kip Winger Tour Dates:
Apr. 25 – Columbia, MD – M3 Festival – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Apr. 26 – Stage 48 – New York, NY – Winger Listening Party
May 31 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge (Kip Winger acoustic)
Jul. 11 – Versailles, OH – BMI Indooor
Jul. 17 – Cadott, WI – Chippewa Valley Rock Fest – (w/Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, Steel Panther + more)
Aug. 8 – Cardwell, MT – Rockin’ The Rivers
Aug. 15 – Berrien Springs, MI – Berrien County Youth Fair (w/Firehouse)
Aug. 22 – Macomb, MI – Freedom Hill Ampitheatre (w/Tesla, Firehouse, Warrant & Skid Row)
Aug. 23 – Versailles, OH – BMI Indoor Speedway
Aug. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Sep. 5 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
Fuel ‘ Soul To Preach To’
Fuel have been around since 1993, but with vocalist Bret Scallions back in the fold for a new album for the first time in 10 years, the true “sound” of Fuel is back on with new music. The band’s latest album (released March 4), ‘Puppet String’ on MegaForce Records is bringing it back to the band’s heydey.
“Rock and roll is very much alive and well on this album,” says Scallions. “We were simply trying to write the best songs we possibly could.” Brett wrote the album with guitarist Andy Andersson and bassist Brad Stewart, formerly of Shinedown. “With Andy and Brad, I found the unity I’d always craved.”
Fuel will kick off the next leg of their touring cycle on April 25. Check out all the dates and support Fuel by going to see them live and picking up their newest album. fuelrocks.com
Apr. 25 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Apr. 26 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Every Buddys Bar
Apr. 27 – Waterloo, IA – Spicolis Grill
Apr. 30 – Mishawaka, IN – Smiths Downtown
May 2 – Neptune, NJ – Headliner
May 3 – Hagerstown, MD – Hard Times Café
May 4 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 8 – South Burlington, VT – The Venue Night Club
May 9 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
May 10 – Camden, NJ – MMR B Q
May 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Alter Bar
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
May 25 – Loves Park, IL – Wing Ding
Jun. 14 – Mount Pocono, PA – Mt. Airy Casino Resort
Jun. 22 – Myrtle Beach, SC – The Boathouse
Jul. 12 – Lake in the Hills, IL – Rockin Ribfest
Sep. 29-Oct. 3 – Miami, FL – Rockaholica Cruise
Kill Devil Hill wrap up this week with a track that should have been the one to break this band at active rock radio. Why a band like Kill Devil Hill doesn’t get significant airplay on today’s rock stations is beyond me. The band, featuring Rex Brown (Pantera, Down) on bass, Mark Zavon (Ratt, W.A.S.P., 40 Cycle Hum) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (Pissing Razors) will continue after the departure of legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell). He has been replaced by Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig, Black Label Society), with the band having just wrapped up a tour with Killswitch Engage in Australia. The band has two U.S. dates scheduled, at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 16 and Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 24. Glad to hear that this impressive band will continue to hopefully break out on a wider level like they should.
The video for the track “Leave It All Behind,” is from from the band’s sophomore album, “Revolution Rise.”
Comments Brown: “‘Leave It All Behind’ was shot with a very different approach for us. It’s a story board video that intertwines the band with a guy that has faced some apocalyptic demons in his own mind. We shot the video at an old missile site in Southern California that had been burned out by fires years ago.”