‘Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays’ to be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on November 10

‘Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays’ to be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on November 10

Oct 20, 2014

Heart will be bringing some Christmas love this Holiday season as 'Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays' will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10 via Frontiers Music SRL. Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.

Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.

“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all....and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.

“Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays” ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.

Earlier this year, HEART released “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” on Frontiers Music SRL. In addition to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
PRE-SALE LINKS:
CD/DVD: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZCDVD
Blu-Ray: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZBR

CD audio track listing will include:
The River; Seasons, Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas, Barracuda, Even it Up, Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).

Blu Ray track listing will include:
The River; Seasons Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas; Barracuda; Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).


Heart & Friends Home For the Holidays album cover

Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

May 15, 2014

Big plans for the Foo Fighters next album have been revealed, with the as-yet-untitled record arriving this fall through Roswell/RCA Records. The bonus is that is will be chronicled in an upcoming HBO series directed by Dave Grohl.

Grohl will expand on his Sound City film and look at iconic recording studios across North America where the Foos recorded for the new album. Studios featured in the series will include Nirvana/Page & Plant producer Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Don Zientara’s Inner Ear studios in Washington DC – where Fugazi, Henry Rollins' first band S.O.A. and Grohl's pre-Nirvana punk rock band Scream recorded - and Rancho De La Luna studios in California, a site at which Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Mark Lanegan, among others, have recorded. Other studios in Austin, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Nashville will be featured as well.

Grohl will also conduct interviews for the series, speaking with some of the artists who have recorded at each facility, including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and Dischord Records head honcho Ian MacKaye.

A press release for the series explains: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

“Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city-how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns-ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”

The as-yet-untitled series be a part of HBO's winter schedule, with the first episode of the series premiering on the eve of the band’s 20th anniversary.

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1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

Mar 21, 2014

On May 15, Sammy Hagar & James Hetfield will unite an all-Star lineup featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart, Billie Joe Armstrong, Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan of Train and more for the 1st annual “Acoustic 4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The event will be held at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Tickets will go on sale this morning, March 21 at 10AM via Live Nation
Tickets are priced $125 each for General Admission. A very limited amount of VIP will be available at $500 each. VIP tickets include access to the VIP

“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation: “I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event –the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”

For more info and to get tickets go to: www.acousticforacure.org

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Heart set release ‘Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum’ on Feb. 25

Heart set release ‘Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum’ on Feb. 25

Dec 15, 2013

Heart will release 'Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum,' featuring songs from the band's 'Fanatic' album and their greatest hits on Feb. 25 via Frontier Records.

The show was filmed by AXS-TV in Windsor, Ontario, on Heart's North American tour in 2012. Ben Mink, who produced the 'Fanatic' album, joined Heart on stage to play fiddle and lead a string ensemble.

'Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum' will be released in Deluxe edition CD/DVD (housed in a glossy Digipak) and Blu Ray and DVD standalone editions which can be pre-ordered at www.amazon.com

A digital download is also available on iTunes and includes an instant download of a new rendition of 'Dog And Butterfly.'

Track listing:
Fanatic
Heartless
What About Love
Mashallah!
Even It Up
59 Crunch
Straight On
Dog And Butterfly
Walking Good
These Dreams
Alone
Dear Old America
Crazy On You

Heart Fanatic Live cover

 

Rock Picks of the Week: Pop Evil, Joe Satriani, Tom Keifer, Airbourne, Charm City Devils, Spiritual Beggars

Rock Picks of the Week: Pop Evil, Joe Satriani, Tom Keifer, Airbourne, Charm City Devils, Spiritual Beggars

May 18, 2013

"Trenches", the new single from Grand Rapids, Michigan rockers Pop Evil is up first in this edition of Rock Picks. The top 10 track comes from the band's album, "Onyx", which was just released on May 14th. The band is back with another album of kick ass rock ready for the masses, and looking to build on the base they already have after the success of the last album "War Of Angels" and the constant touring behind it.

According to the band, the message of "Trenches" applies to the world of art as well as the world of sports, the military, or anyone struggling with the economic downturn, like Pop Evil's home state of Michigan.

"It's about our battles," Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty says. "Not focusing on the things we can't control, if we really want to be a band that stands the test of time we have to write the music that connects. We have to dig our way out of the trenches."

During a slump in the music industry, Pop Evil is living proof that you can still make a living following your dreams. "It's a matter of time before rock and roll is in the forefront again and we want to be part of that," Kakaty says.

Pop Evil have dealt with quite a bit of adversity in this cutthroat world of music and record labels, but have come through like champions and truly appreciate their place in the music business today. I appreciate what they do and wish them continued success as they embark on the next phase of their careers.

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Joe Satriani is back with another album of guitar mastery called 'Unstoppable Momentum' and the first great track from it, 'A Door Into Summer.' One of the hardest working guitarists in music, after much of 2012 with Chickenfoot and touring with his G3 entity, Joe has recently released another stellar album full of great music.

Joe assembled a new studio band for the record, with Mike Keneally on keyboards, Chris Chaney on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, recording 16 tracks with engineer/producer Mike Frasier at Skywalker Sound. Joe will be on the road all summer playing tracks from the record and all of the best of his solo stuff with a touring band consisting of Mike Keneally on keys and guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. Currently touring in Europe until mid June, the band will start a U.S. tour on August 29th in San Diego, California. Get all the dates here: www.satriani.com/road  .

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Cinderlla frontman Tom Keifer has released his solo effort 'The Way Life Goes', with 14 tracks showing a diversity musically, with organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock, blues, and country influences. Tom recently told HuffingtonPost.com, "The idea for a solo record started in the nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal," he said. "There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a record...We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I've just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label, because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people--my wife, Savannah, who's a great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner who's a great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, 'Let's have fun and just make a great record and it'll be done when it's done.' Little did we know it'd be nine years later…it's done and we went through some crazy stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy with it, so here it is."

The solid rocking track 'Solid Ground', has a modern Cinderella feel, continuing the evolution and showcasing the talents of an artist thriving and surviving in the world of music today. Tom is currently on the road with his solo band, making their way through the U.S., before wrapping up in Chicago on June 14th. Get all the dates and hear samples from the album on Tom's site here: www.tomkeifer.com

Australian rockers Airbourne are back and ready to 'Live It Up', from their new album 'Black Dog Barking', which will be released on May 21st. If you want party rock at its best, with adrenaline and attitude to spare, Airbourne will bring it.

The guys continue to make inroads in America, and that continues with the slot on the Rock Allegiance tour later this summer with Volbeat, HIM, and All That Remains. Before that, Airbourne will be making multiple major festival appearances across Europe and the UK before they return to Australia, including slots at Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Sonisphere, Metalfest, Novarock and Download. The Rock Allegiance Tour kicks off Aug. 24th in Twin Lakes, WI. Get all the dates here: www.rockallegiance.com

Airbourne Black Dog Barking album cover

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils have released another track and video from their fantastic 'SINS' album.
'Devil Is a Woman' showcases vocalist John Allen's vocals, along with the stellar work of Vic Karrera and Nick Kay on guitar, Anthony Arambula on bass, and Jason Heiser on Drums.

After touring behind the album for much of 2012 and the early part of 2013, the band have a few live dates coming up this summer before beginning work on their next album. It is going to be interesting to hear the next album from these super talented guys who deserve all the success they have gotten and more!

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'No Money, No Love' is the new track from the new Heaven & Earth studio album 'Dig', which is out now on Quarto Valley Records. Bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Giuffria), who has played with many, many illustrious artists over his career, says about the new album: "If you love rock like it used to be, you’ll love this album!" I love it and I think you will too. I am truly excited about the band and their future.

With many comparing the sound to classic Deep Purple, Rainbow and Paul Rodgers, the album surely has a classic 70's rock feel. Band leader and originator Stuart Smith was mentored by legendary Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, has played in bands with iconic ELP keyboardist Keith Emerson, and, more recently was the guitarist with an American version of 1970s glam-rockers The Sweet. Smith played in the Sweet with Heaven & Earth vocalist Joe Retta, who replaced Joe Lynn Turner in the current incarnation of the band. The band then found industry veteran Chuck Wright on bass, and were joined by Richie Onori on drums (who Smith played with while in a band with Keith Emerson), and Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards. Ed Roth will join the band on keys for their upcoming tour, as Schierbaum was only available for the recording of the album.

The band are currently rehearsing, with hopes to line up an opening slot for a major act this summer. The band had a fantastically produced showcase on April 10th in Los Angeles at the Henry Fonda Theater, with the video recap for your viewing pleasure below.

The CD was produced by Dave Jenkins, who's worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower Of Power, and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).

Stuart Smith says this about 'Dig': "I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we've put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records' president, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life. All the pieces are in place. We're ready to make this our year."

I hope it is, as the music is just phenomenal!

'Dig' track listing:

1. Victorious
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back In Anger
7. Waiting For The End Of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live As One

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Sweden's Spritual Beggars wrap up this weeks Rock Picks with 'Turn The Tide'. The latest lineup of the band features Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Firewind) have released their eighth studio album, 'Earth Blues', via InsideOut Music.

In regards to the album cover, Amott said: "I had the idea for this artwork from my time as a child, seeing posters of two young lovers watching a romantic sunset on the beach — just your typical tacky bedroom art in the '70s, really... Also, growing up in what is now referred to with some nostalgia as the Atomic Age — the threat of nuclear war was always looming over our heads it seemed. I wanted to combine these two images of my youth in one paradoxical image and Per Wiberg of Hippograffix (and Spirtual Beggars keyboardist) really managed to capture the melancholic feeling perfectly. Earth Blues, indeed."

Regarding the making of "Earth Blues", Amott said: "We started the recording process of 'Earth Blues' with an eight-day-long session at Fat Guitar Studios (Sweden) with knob-twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it's all come together super easy this time. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It's a raw, heavy and honest record."

Spiritual Beggars have yet to announce any plans for U.S. dates behind the latest album, but will be playing Mexico City on May 25th, and have a slot on the Hellfest Festival on June 23rd in Clisson, France.

Spiritual Beggars 2013 are:

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) - Guitar
Ludwig Witt (Firebird) - Drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth) - Keyboards
Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate) - Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) - Vocals

Spiritual Beggars Earth Blues album cover Spiritual Beggars