#INTERVIEW Chris Jericho is super excited to be back touring the UK w/ Fozzy

12249991_10153564533056195_6823627561173379878_nAmerican rock band Fozzy are back in the UK, beginning a string of dates tonight (24th November) at the Sub89 in Reading. The band continue to enjoy increasing success following the release of their sixth album ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ in 2014 on Century Media Records. A good number of tracks from that album have become fan-favourites, being included in their ‘live’ set. You just have to see this band perform on stage to ‘get’ what they do. Chris Jericho, their lead vocalist, is no stranger to taking center stage of course, yet he forms just one part of the whole Fozzy experience. With the anticipation and excitement of hitting the studios in early ’16, now is as good a time as any to catch a Fozzy show and witness what this band can throw down on stage.

I caught up with Chris Jericho and began by asking about the reception Fozzy’s last album got.

TCRS: The last time we spoke was back in April 2013, when you were on a co-headline tour with Drowning Pool. Since then of course, we saw the release of “Do You Wanna Start A War” in July last year. Do you still get goose bumps over well that record went down with the fans?

11221799_10153313536736195_4112683198520037471_oChris Jericho: Yeah, I mean it’s pretty cool. Obviously, it’s been over a year now, but when you spend a lot of time on a new record especially when, well I’m not going to say there was a different style of music on the records, but it was very diverse. There were a couple of opportunities that were taken and you know we wanted to really expand on what the Fozzy sound is, and basically just kind of go on the Queen route, where it doesn’t matter if a song is a rock song or a metal song or a pop song or whatever it may be. Either it’s a good song or it’s a bad song and that’s something I always loved to go dance like Queen or Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, or even Guns N Roses! There’s a lot of diversity in that sound, but it’s still and always was those bands. But there was no kind of box that they had to put themselves into. So the fact that there was a song that I like to go out on it was just almost like, you know, that old dance club tone and have it become the biggest hit of our career was very goose bump inducing shall we say. And the fact that I think we do 7 of those songs ‘live’, it makes up a lions share of our set and every song people love and every song people are into. It does show that you know this experiment, this chance that we took really paid off. So it was really really cool boost in momentum, definitely the biggest selling record of our career, the most currently acclaimed and the most popular. So it’s a great place to be as we start writing materials for our next record and kind of finish off this tour cycle over in UK and in Europe in November, December.

TCRS: We’ll come to your plans for the new record in a moment. But, since the album was released, Fozzy has been on numerous tours as well as the festival circuit which you seem to have all enjoyed. Tell us about some of the highlights.

Chris Jericho: Well, I mean you know, obviously Download is always a highlight. We kind of kicked off the tour right before the record came out at Download, it was the first time we ever played the mainstage. So that was the highlight for us. I think we did a lot of touring whether it was the Theory of a Dead Man or Texas Hippie Coalition and that was a lot of fun. I think that those were my two favourite tours and one of them as hasn’t happened yet, but it’s about to. But I love the short run we did with Slash back in May, that was a real great mix of two killer Rock and Roll bands. We got along really well as people and as peers. I would love to be more with that band in the future, because it was a great mix and it was a really good tour for us. It was a lot of fun, you know you have Slash watching our show ever night and kind of commenting positively about the band. You know, it’s always cool to get that from people touring with us. But obviously when you’re touring with a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and it’s your icon like Slash it was just…I don’t know, I’m not going to say it’s a moral boost, but it’s just really cool to know that other people feel the same way about the way we do about the band, that are in such high high lofty positions.

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TCRS: And you went on the Kiss Kruise just recently?

Chris Jericho: Well yeah, yeah! You know my hero is Paul Stanley. Not only were we there with Kiss, we were hanging out with one of my best friends that I’ve made over the last year or so and it was a blast. I mean what more do you want right? Playing rock and roll with one of the biggest bands of all time on a f*****g cruise ship. I mean if that doesn’t tell you that you’ve made it then nothing else does!?

TCRS: Fozzy begins a 12-date tour of the UK on 24th November, starting at Reading’s Sub89, how does it feel to be coming back to the UK?

Chris Jericho: Oh man, we’re super-stoked to be coming back! You know, the UK has always been so good to us. The energy that the British crowd brings is unlike any other. We really can’t wait to play for you.

TCRS: You’re bringing along two bands with you, Nonpoint for whom it’ll be their first time in the UK, and Sumo Cyco.

Chris Jericho: Nonpoint and Sumo Cyco…they’re both the perfect type of bands for us to bring over, because we want to expand that audience. You have to put together the best package possible and not just for the people who buy tickets to see those bands, but also people who come and don’t care who the opening bands are . We still want to give them the best show possible so that when they leave they maybe have some appreciation for a new band as well. So we love Nonpoint, we think that they are a great band. And as you said, they’ve never really been to the UK, it’s a perfect time for them to come out with us on this tour.

WINTER ROCKS 2015 e flyer-2TCRS: Two of the 12 dates are Festival appearances, the Winter Rocks Festival at The Corporation in Sheffield, where I’ll be seeing you, and at Planet Rockstock in Wales.

Chris Jericho: Yeah! So we’re ending off with two great shows, we are the show, it’s just about high energy entertaining rock and roll show so I’m looking forward to that and like you said it’s a great way to end off the two cool festivals.

TCRS: Before we finish up Chris, just tell us about what you’ve got planned for the new album scheduled for 2016?

Chris Jericho: Yeah that’s kind of the plan you know, we want to have the album ready for summer 2016. I was just talking to Rich (Ward) the other day and he was just finishing up a new Stuck Mojo record. He’s got lots of Fozzy ideas, continuing in the same vein, let’s just be Fozzy and not worry about it. Is it too heavy, is it too poppy, would you dance it, would you rock and roll, just make a bunch of great songs and see what happens because, like it says, doing something like ‘Lights Go Out’, ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ that have generally been really huge for us, we’re going to continue to go down that route. What kind of songs do we want to write and try and see some different things? I’m actually writing a song right now, I’m not going to say with who, but if it turns out good, it’s going to be a mind blower. It is not somebody you would expect Fozzy to write a song with, and vice versa, on his end and if it turns out great, it could be kind of starting another new type of genre, like ‘Lights Go Out’ was a dance club metal song. I think this song, if it works out, could be something completely different again, kind of mashing two genre’s together and why not?! You know, what I mean that is one thing I loved about, like you say, I mentioned The Beatles before, everyone says that they are the greatest rock and roll band of all time and never made the same album twice, it’s always something different, always something pushing the boundaries and outside the box. That’s kind of the direction we’re going in, because it’s the only chance we have to continue to build the band. We can’t be like anybody else, we aren’t like everybody else, we never have been, we never will be, so let’s just be ourselves and just see what happens. I think that’s one thing that our fans appreciate about us, and I think it’s one thing that makes the band very exciting right now in a world where there’s a lot of copy cats, you know, I’m not saying that in a bad way but that’s kind of the way that the music business goes. If something is hot, there’s a 100 bands trying to copy it and I don’t want to copy anybody, I just want to be ourselves and what does that mean, we sell one record, we sell 1 million records as long as we can be ourselves, I know that the band will continue to grow.

TCRS: Well you pretty much answered my next question, Chris, because I was going to say how did you sort of continue as you hopped on consistently as a band, continue to turn heads and turn people on to follow you is an amazing effort.

Chris Jericho: Well, like you said, I mean, the one thing that, at this point in time, there is very few people that are still hung up on the fact that I have another job. I figured this point, Fozzy is a great band, but there is always still people that we have to work twice as hard to get respect from. I mean, we still have never done shows in Japan or South America or places like that, that I know we do huge business in, but I takes a while for people to accept the band because I’m in it. And that’s okay, I mean we don’t care, we’ve been coming to the UK for 10 years now. People know what’s up when they see Fozzy on the bill and the only way to continue to expand that and kind of open those doors is just to continue to be ourselves, whether it’s word of mouth or whatever it is we’re not in any rush. We’ll just continue to do what we do and it’s been working for us so far, so we expect that to continue to grow for us.

TCRS: I’m certainly looking forward to seeing you guys on stage again in the UK, along with a lot of our listeners.

Chris Jericho: Well I can say we’re looking forward to it and we always consider the UK to be our second home. We always have great shows and great tours and we’re super excited and looking forward to coming back. See you all down the front!

  • 24.11.15 (UK) Reading – Sub89

  • 25.11.15 (UK) Tunbridge Wells – The Forum

  • 26.11.15 (UK) London – Islington Academy

  • 27.11.15 (UK) Manchester – Sound Control

  • 28.11.15 (UK) Chester – The Live Rooms

  • 29.11.15 (UK) Southampton – Engine Rooms

  • 01.12.15 (UK) Birmingham – The Rainbow

  • 02.12.15 (UK) Cambridge – Junction

  • 03.12.15 (UK) Newcastle – Riverside

  • 04.12.15 (UK) Nottingham – Rescue Rooms

  • 05.12.15 (UK) Sheffield – Winter Rocks Festival, The Corporation, Sheffield

  • 06.12.15 (UK) Trecco Bay – Planet Rockstock

For ticket info, head over to the Fozzy website:

FOZZY online:
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http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock
http://twitter.com/FozzyRock

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia
http://www.instagram.com/centurymediaeu

 

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#INTERVIEW New Years Day’s Ashley Costello talks Malevolence, songwriting, recording, touring and board games!

Band Logo - New Years Day2015 has already been a monstrously significant year for the band New Years Day. It saw them play this year’s Van Warped Tour, as well as frontwoman Ash Costello hosting the Alternative Press Music Awards Red Carpet and taking an active role as a spokesperson for PETA.

Malevolence is the title of their forthcoming album, produced by Erik Ron (Escape The Fate, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Set It Off) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records. New Years Day will be heading over to the UK as tour support for Motionless In White, beginning November 23rd in Belfast.

So impressed were we with the single ‘Kill Or Be Killed’ when we played the track on ‘The Classic Rock Show’ the other week, we got in touch with Ash Costello and had a chat about all things New Years Day.

TCRS: New Year’s Day, formed ten years ago?

Ash: Well, if you think about just ten years. Yeah, that sounds like a long time, but then again you have to also realize that all the Wikipedia…How do I say this(?), it looks at our high school years and counts that. You know, I feel like the first five years don’t really count because we were children. I mean we were a band, but we were kids and we didn’t know what we were doing at all. So I don’t really count that. But New Year’s Day as an adult got serious and became a real band I’d say was about five years ago…2010.

TCRS: This year has seen the band play on the Vans Warped Tour. How’s that gone?Band Photo - New Years Day (3)

Ash: Well, I mean that couldn’t gone any better we weren’t originally put on Main Stage, we were put on the stage below that. But, we got put on Main Stage all the time. And you know we got put on Main Stage more than any other band that was moved around and it just went so well. You know our crowds were bigger we expected. It was just a really good place to be this summer. You know, we really felt like we’re actually making a difference here.  You know we’re doing the things we set out to do and it feels like for the first time we’re seeing them happen in front of our eyes.

TCRS: What were the highlights for you?

Ash: Every time we got moved up to Main Stage was a highlight for sure.

TCRS: How did you entertain yourself in between shows?

Ash: We play a lot of drinking games [Laughs]. Yeah, we’ve done Warped Tour before so we kinda knew what to bring, what to expect! Like, okay, we need to be the band that brings the table with the chairs and the tent so we can all hang out and invite other bands. We have board games and ping-pong tournaments and so we brought all kinds of board games and drinking games and tables and chairs and coolers. And we’d set up behind our trailer. and just invite other bands. We’d always have something to do to Escape the Fate or Memphis May Fire or Pvris; we’d just play games all day!

TCRS: So that experience from the previous tour was put to good use this time round?

Ash: Yeah. I learned, you need a tent to sit under, you need chairs to sit on and you need a table and the rest just kind of brings itself. We didn’t think of it last time, so we were all just burning in the sun, sitting on the ground.

New Years Day - Malevolence - CoverTCRS: You’ve got a new album coming out entitled “Malevolence” which will hit the streets October 2nd. It’s New Year’s Day’s third full length album and first with Another Century record label.

Ash: Yeah, we were actually signed to a subsidiary of Century Media before called Hollywood Waste Records. When they abolished that they really didn’t take any bands that were on it. Ss we had one record that we put out that was on your own, but then I guess what had happened was the owner heard the record and was like “Oh my gosh! This is so good. What do we do with this?” And we had to tell him, “Oh you guys dropped us” and he was like “What?”. They re-signed us basically and that’s pretty much what happened there. I’m really glad that we did because we were having offers come in from other labels.  I’m just glad we went back to Century because they honestly they feel like family. They really do.

TCRS: What made you all decide to go back into the studio?

Ash: It was about that time. It had been about two years since our last full length. So it’s just about that time and we were about to head on warped tour and generally before you leave for a big tour like that you want to have an album before you embark on that busy schedule. Otherwise you just get sucked into the schedule and pretty soon there’s no time. We were still recording when we started Warped Tour and I had to fly home to fly home on the days of to finish the album. So it was a pretty hectic time and it was the only time we had to do it.

TCRS: And this time your back working with Eric Ron who produced your previous album Victim To Villain. He’s been such a positive influence on the band, right?

Ash: Oh yeah. I mean he’s a genius you know. That’s why everyone wants to work with him. He’s a goddamn genius that guy! He took a liking to New Year’s Day, he also manages us and we’re the only band that he manages. And he’s like a brother to me now and has influenced me in a way or he’s made me better. He’s made me a better front-person, he made me a better vocalist, a better songwriter, better marketing, just better at everything. He has had a very positive influence and it’s really hard to find people because even though we have Eric Ron, we still branch out and work with songwriters. We are so different and so unique; I have such a specific vision that it’s very hard to find people that understand that. Eric Ron has always understood it from the get go, so that’s why we tend to stick with the people we love, that we call family and we’re very rarely branch out from that.

Band Photo - New Years Day (5)TCRS: What’s your approach to songwriting?

Ash: Oh god. I hate songwriting. I’ll just be honest I hate it. It’s the worst for me because it’s, you know, you have to go back and find the perfect way to say some sort of hellish way to say some sort of hellish pain you went through so that other people can understand it and relate to it. It’s generally not a very fun process for me. That’s why it takes me a long time to write a song, but in a way that’s a good thing because I truly care about what I’m saying. I truly think about how the person will relate and I really think about how I’m saying what I’m saying. You know, I put a lot of thought into it and with Malevolence the songs are the most honestly, purely from the heart lyrics I’ve ever done and that’s what makes me the most proud of this album. I think people are really going to relate to it.

TCRS: We played Kill Or Be Killed on the show just the other week. It sounds tremendous. Tell us about that song.

Ash: Kill Or Be Killed is about how I was pushed around a lot in the beginning and still am sometimes in the music industry, because I’m a girl. I think that doesn’t help any and I tend to get knocked around. I hit a point a year ago and it was like I’m gonna push back from now on and I don’t care who doesn’t like me. And I don’t care who gets mad or who says bad thing about my back. Like “Oh, she’s a Diva. Or she’s a this, that and the other”, I just know what I want and I’m gonna fight for that and so that’s where the saying, you know, Kill Or Be Killed…backs against the wall, bloods gonna spill…! While I was recording some of the songs, I would get emotional and cry. And I know it sounds like so cheesy and cliche, but I think if you’re not feeling what you’re writing to that degree, I would sit back and go, well, I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t push myself hard enough. I didn’t dig down deep enough and I need to go back and revisit it and try harder. ‘Cause I know that everyone is different. I know that for me, that’s the standard I have for myself.

TCRS: What’s different about this album compared with your previous releases?

Ash: I think with the previous releases, I had a vision of what I wanted to sound like. You know, who is to say that you’re gonna achieve that the first attempt out the gate? And I feel like Victim to Villian was a great record and it came very close, but it still wasn’t enough for me. So with this album, although I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied, this is a lot closer to the way I envisioned New Year’s Day sounding; it’s much heavier, much more emotional, a lot darker. So I feel like this is New Year’s Day growing up in a way. You’re always learning and I don’t feel like on Victim To Villain I was as honest as I am in Malevolence. So I kind of go there a little bit more, emotionally, you know?

Band Photo - New Years Day (4)TCRS: Is there a theme running through the album?

Ash: Yeah, yeah. Personally, I’d had a really hard year. I mean New Year’s Day was starting to take off and I really, for the first time, had never dealt with negativity in my life. For the first time, I was starting to see what losing a friend to drugs was like. Or losing a friend to money. Like disagreeing on money and losing a friend. Or, you know, watching people get greedy because they see what you have. You know people using you. People using you then stabbing you in the back. Being cheated by someone that I’ve been dating for a very long time. I mean just pretty much all the nastiest things you can of happened this year and I had to become stronger than all of it. And so the album, the reason it’s called Malevolence, is because I really identify with the character Maleficent. You know she started out as a pure person, but kind of the wrongdoings of the world turned her into this evil, vengeful, powerful being. And I just felt I related to that and so that’s pretty much what the album is about.

TCRS: What’s been the reaction to the new songs out on the road?

Ash: I’ve never had such a good reaction to new songs, in my life! Normally, there’s at least someone who’s like “Ah, I liked your old stuff better” or “I don’t get it”. You know there’s always someone, but even YouTube, where it’s like the worst of the worst comments ever, I’ve not found anything negative. You know people are just really loving it and so I was a little worried at first but now I’m like “Fuck! Okay. Let’s roll with this. This is great!”

TCRS: You’re heading over to the U.K. to tour with Motionless In White.

Ash: Yeah! I’m so excited. We’re going to share a bus. It’s going to be all nothing but board games [laughs]. I’m so excited.

TCRS: Do you have any particular favorite board games?

Ash: Yes! Yeah, there’s two  that we play. No, there’s three that we play constantly and one is called Geek Out, which actually gets us into serious fights because what you do is you pick up a card and it’ll say “Name six planets from Star Wars”. Or “Name seven comic book super villains”, and you’ll get into arguments with your friend and legitimately get pissed off. So we play that a lot. Like I’m talking hours! And then we play Pictionary and we play…oh what’s the other one? Oh, Scategories is our big one. Yeah. We get pretty serious. And then Scene It because we’re all really into movies. We play Scene It a lot. it’s like a movie trivia game.

TCRS: It won’t be your first time over in the U.K. What are you looking forward to most on this tour?

Ash: Yeah, last time out was with Escape the Fate which was our first time, they’re also our best friends. So I mean talk about the funnest time of my life. I mean honestly like I get butterflies when I think about how much fun it was. And then we came back for a week to do the Metal Hammer Awards thing. So this will be our second real tour but the third time we’ve been over. As for waht we’re looking forward to most, oh, the sightseeing! We get super into sightseeing!

TCRS: What message do you have for your fans out there for coming to see you this time?

Ash: Y’all better bring the pain. We demand a lot of audience participation. So there’s no free rides in our shows. You have to crowd surf. You have to circle pit. You have to do these things or you’re just going to get a shoe in your face. Just prepare yourself.

TCRS: And as for your album?

Ash: I would just like everyone to have an open mind and to let out the little angry monster we keep inside all of us. And usually quiet up and kind of shut down. I would like people to listen to it and kind of release that monster for a little bit.

New Years Day supporting ‘MOTIONLESS IN WHITE’ UK Tour:

23 NOV Belfast (IRL) Mandela Hall
24 NOV Dublin (IRL) Academy
26 NOV Manchester – Club Academy
27 NOV Leeds – Stylus
28 NOV Glasgow (SCO) – Garage
29 NOV Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
01 DEC Birmingham – Asylum
02 DEC Bristol – The Fleece
03 DEC Southampton – 1865
04 DEC London – Underworld
06 DEC London – Underworld

New Years Day online: www.facebook.com/nydrock | http://www.twitter.com/NYDrock

The new album from New Years Day ‘Malevolence’ is out on Another Century October 2nd. We dig ’em and we think you will too.

Cheers!

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#NEWS Joe Bonamassa heads to ‘Trouble Town’. New video taken from ‘Live At Radio City Music Hall’

Joe Bonamassa has just issued a new video for the song ‘Trouble Town’, taken from his upcoming live album ‘Live At Radio City Music Hall’ released 2nd October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The live concert will be released on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and 180 gram 2LP vinyl with free MP3 download code.

Check out the video of ‘Trouble Town’ here:

The live release was filmed over his two sold out shows on 23rd and 24th January 2015 at the iconic Radio City Music Hall  in the heart of New York City.  It’s the largest and most iconic music theatre in the world.  Joe’s father would take Joe to Radio City as a boy to see shows in the city, and it had forever been his dream venue to play as a musician.

jbnycThe set features over 75 minutes of music, two newly recorded songs, nine unreleased live tracks, over 2.5 hours of live footage, a special 45-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a 40-page collector’s book with exclusive photos, and a sneak peek into Bonamassa’s childhood home and musical heritage. Everything is presented in a beautifully designed package.

With this career-defining moment, Bonamassa joined hundreds of legendary entertainers who have graced the same stage, from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Liberace, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles and BB King to Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Billy Crystal, The Eurythmics, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Sting, and many others. Bonamassa couldn’t be more thrilled, and more humbled, to be in the company of these icons.

rcmh“I am extremely honored by a lot of things in my career, but honestly, as a born New Yorker, getting the opportunity to play the world’s premier concert theater will always be something I look back on and cherish. Thank you to the ten thousand people that came out over those two nights. It was a great honor,” said Bonamassa.

Live At Radio City Music Hall dovetails Joe Bonamassa’s 8- date October 2015 UK tour. Tickets are available from www.eventim.co.uk or 0844 493 6666.

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JOE BONAMASSA – OCTOBER 2015 UK TOUR DATES

Newcastle Metro Arena: Wednesday Oct 21

Liverpool Echo Arena: Friday Oct 23

Leeds First Direct Arena: Saturday Oct 24

Nottingham Capital FM Arena: Sunday Oct 25

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena: Tuesday Oct 27

Bournemouth BIC: Wednesday Oct 28

Brighton Centre: Friday Oct 30

Brighton Centre: Saturday Oct 31 (SOLD OUT)

Joe Bonamassa links : Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Channel | KeepingThe Blues Alive

Cheers!

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Straight outta 1986! The Classic Rock Show returns with another Back To The 80s ‘Special’.

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Straight outta 1986! The Classic Rock Show returns with another Back To The 80s ‘Special’ Thursday, 13th August from 7pm BST (2pm EDT / 11am PDT).

Significant album and single releases from 1986 that included works from Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Queen, Europe, Cinderella, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Magnum, Poison, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Status Quo and David Lee Roth.

As for what happened in the news that year, there’ll be mention of the M25, Chernobyl, BSE, The Big Bang, Platoon and, of course, the ‘Hand of God’.

Take a trip back to 1986. Tune in via the links on the website www.theclassicrockshow.co.uk on Thursday, 13th August from 7pm BST.

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#NEWS 3 hours of top notch tuneage from 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT

Start the weekend early by tuning in for three hours of top notch tuneage from 7pm BST / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT.

The Allman Brothers Band, Styx, Argent, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Hellyeah, Korn, Squakett, Dokken, Living Color, Golden Earring and Def Leppard all feature with a track taken from an album they released around about this time, back in the day.

We’ve also had a number of requests in for Budgie, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Dire Straits, Girlschool, L.A. Guns, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Schenker Group to name but a few.

Plus, we’ve some brand new music from supergroup Devil City Angels, Coheed and Cambria, Wearing Scars, Slam Cartel, as well as a track from the forthcoming Vardis EP ‘200mph’.

Competition-wise, there’s a copy of Ol Drake’s new album’Old Rake’ up for grabs. Click on our Competition page for more info.

All in all, it’s set to be another corker of a show.

Join in the chat and comment on our Facebook Group and on Twitter @classicrockshow during the ‘live’ broadcast from 7pm until 10pm BST. Listen links can be found on the Home page.

Cheers!

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#COMPETITION Win a copy of ‘Old Rake’ the shreddest of shred CDs

After leaving UK thrashers Evile in 2013, Ol Drake set to work on his first solo project, crafting an album which showcases the guitarists undeniable talent in a whole spectrum of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic.

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‘Old Rake’ was recorded with producer and former Death, Testament and Obitury guitarist James Murphy. The album features guest appearances from the likes of MurphyGary Holt (ExodusSlayer) and Josh Middleton (Sylosis).  Fear Factory sticksman Mike Heller performs drums on the entire album.

We have a copy of the album for you to win. All you have to do to enter is answer this simple question!

The ‘Ol Drake‘ competition will close on Thursday, July 23rd at 9pm (UK time): The correct answers will be put into a hat and the draw will take place ‘live’ on-air, shortly after the competition closes. Sorry, but this competition is open to UK residents only.

‘Old Rake’ is out now via Earache Records and for anyone brave enough, there is also a deluxe 242-page tab book transcribed by Ol Drake himself and featuring full tablature for the entire album for both guitar and bass. You can order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now at http://webstore.earache.com/oldrake

Don’t miss Ol Drake live at his only scheduled solo shows:

Aug. 01 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
Aug. 09 – Catton Park, UK – Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Official site – http://www.oldrake.co.uk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
Twitter – http://twitter.com/old_rake

Good luck!

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#NEWS Biters release ‘Restless Hearts’ video following brush with police

biters_electricbloodAtlanta rock ‘n’ roll punks BITERS have released their edgy new music video for the track “Restless Hearts”, which appears on their forthcoming debut album, ‘Electric Blood’.

Filmed with director Video Rahim (MASTODON) on location in their hometown, the video for “Restless Hearts” sees BITERS pushing the limits of rock ‘n’ roll excess with a wild keg party, cruising the streets of Atlanta in a stolen police cruiser, and frontman Tuk surfing on the boot of a car whilst tearing down the road at 50mph.

Watch the extreme, uncensored video for “Restless Hearts”:

UK fans should also keep an eye on Kerrang! TV to see the video running in the Fresh Blood segment from today onwards.

Director Video Rahim discusses the band’s run in with the law: “During the shoot, we mounted a camera to the front of a car to capture footage of Tuk and the band.  They drove off with the camera and shortly thereafter I received a call from Tuk saying he had been pulled over and thought he was going to jail.  I had to rush down and talk to the police officers to keep Tuk from being arrested.”

“Standing on the trunk of a ’70s Cadillac at 3am going 45-50mph and lip-synching while wearing Cuban heel boots was the best idea I’ve had in a long time,” adds BITERS frontman Tuk.

BITERS‘ eagerly-anticipated debut album, ‘Electric Blood’, is due to be released on August 7th worldwide.  Pre-order the album now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl at http://www.earache.com/biters

The album is also available to pre-order on iTunes with an exclusive bonus track as well as instant downloads of “Restless Hearts”, “Low Lives in Hi Definition” and “Heart Fulla Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  Pre-order ‘Electric Blood’now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/electricblood-itunes

Don’t miss BITERS‘ debut UK tour starting this September:

biters_uk_2015Sep. 25 – London, UK – Jubilee Club
Sep. 26 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Sep. 27 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Sep. 28 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 29 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
Oct. 02 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
Oct. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Oct. 05 – Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
Oct. 06 – London, UK – Borderline
Oct. 07 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Oct. 08 – Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge
Oct. 09 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation

 

Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online at http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/biters-tickets or http://www.seetickets.com/tour/biters

Get more BITERS news and info via Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/BITERS and Twitter – http://twitter.com/TheBiters

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