NEWS: YES ‘LIKE IT IS’

PromoImageAmong the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, Yes, has a new live album, ‘Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome’.

In Spring 2014, Yes performed in their Canada, UK and European tour a true classic rock header by performing two of their most popular albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s ‘The Yes Album, and 1977’s ‘Going For The One’.

Music audiences across the world experienced the albums – each representing an important milestone in Yes’ career which encompasses sales of close to 50 million albums worldwide – performed from beginning to end.

Yes are:
Jon Davison – Vocals
Chris Squire – Bass
Steve Howe – Guitars
Alan White – Drums
Geoff Downes – Keyboards

Tracklisting:
Cd1: Going For The One; Turn Of The Century; Parallels; Wonderous Stories; Awaken.
Cd2: Yours Is No Disgrace; Clap; Starship Trooper; I’ve Seen All Good People; A Venture; Perpetual Change.

Dvd / Blu Ray: Going For The One; Turn Of The Century; Parallels; Wonderous Stories; Awaken; Yours Is No Disgrace; Clap; Starship Trooper; I’ve Seen All Good People; A Venture; Perpetual Change.

The album is available through Frontiers Music here.

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NEWS: Crazy Lixx have a new video + further news on self-titled album release

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Every rock band needs a self titled album – The kind of album that really does the band’s name justice –The kind of album that shows both old and new fans what the band and their music is really all about – The kind of album that is the essence of the band and their sound and the kind of album that is the total sum of years of experience from playing, recording, writing songs and touring. This is that album for Sweden’s Crazy Lixx.

“We were discussing possible titles for the album and we didn’t really feel like any of the suggestions were quite right. Then I came up with the idea of a making it a self titled album and we all agreed this was the right time for one. You know, bearing the very name of the band, a self-titled album does have a lot to live up to, but we all felt that this album has what it takes to represent the band as a whole, both in terms of the songs, the sound and the performance.” – says lead singer and producer Danny Rexon.

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With their fourth release, Crazy Lixx have grown as a band and perfected their personal sound into 11 anthemic rock songs that will satisfy both the hard core Lixx fans as well as fans of melodic hard rock and hair metal in general. By combining the strategies of recording and producing the album themselves along with utilizing the mixing qualities of the great Chris Laney, the sound of the album has once again returned to the bombastic sound of Crazy Lixx’ earlier work while at the same time adding the improved song-writing and playing qualities of today’s Crazy Lixx.

“We’ve learned a lot through the years, especially when it comes to the recording process and we’ve put all that knowledge and experience to use on this album. We used many different studio settings to record different parts of the album and didn’t rush the recording but made sure everything was as good as it could get. At the same time we didn’t want to be too nitpicking with details, I mean we’re still in the business of rock n’ roll, right?”– adds guitarist and co-producer of the album Andy Zata (formerly Dawson).

Crazy Lixx have just released a new video ‘Hell Raising Women’, the opening track of the new album.

In addition to returning to the old Crazy Lixx sound the band has also re-recorded fan favorite “Heroes are Forever” which was originally on the band’s first, now out of print album.  “It’s this one song, that was our first single back in around 2006, that we’ve played on almost every live show we’ve done since then, but when we started to think about it, it was a song that a lot of our fans had no chance of ever listening to. The first album, ‘Loud Minority’, which was released on a minor independent label, was only released in a limited printing which has long since sold out, and it isn’t available digitally either. Still we felt that the track was one of those songs that had a really fundamental Crazy Lixx vibe to it, so we decided to record it again and give the fans a nice treat. If you ask me, it came out way better this second time around.” – says drummer Joél Cirera.

crazy lixx lWith the addition of bassist Jens Sjöholm and the return of original drummer Joél Cirera, Crazy Lixx Mk III has been proven to be the best constellation to date, both in concert and on a recording.“I think the fans will really enjoy what we’ve got in store for them with this album. Killer songs, great sound and memorable hooks combined with a bit of the twin guitar action and riff-based approach that we added to the sound on our last album.” – says guitarist Edd Liam.

 

Newest and youngest member, bassist Jens Sjöholm adds: “Being my first album release with Crazy Lixx I don’t really have any special expectations, but hearing the final result and seeing how fired up the guys are about it makes me look forward to seeing the reactions of the fans and media.”

It’s really a bit of a do or die, no guts, no glory situation – after all, you only get one chance to do a self titled album, so make sure you do it good.” – concludes Danny Rexon

CRAZY LIXX are…DANNY REXON Vocals, JOÈL CIRERA Drums, ANDY ZATA Guitar & B.Vocals, JENS SJOHOLM Bass, EDD LIAM Guitar & B.Vocals

‘Crazy Lixx’ release date (Frontiers Records): EU: November 7th, NA: November 10th 

Tracklisting: Hell Raising Women; Sound Of The Loud Minority; Outlaw; Girls Of The 80’s; I Missed The Mark; All Looks, No Hooks; Ain’t No Rest In Rock N’ Roll; Call To Action; Heroes Are Forever; Psycho City; Wrecking Ball Crew.

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NEWS: Heart set to release ‘Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays’

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 favourites and some of their own hits.

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Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined Heart for this once-in-a-lifetime concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the beautiful 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 favourite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with Heart.

 

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HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for the band, 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.

sm_heart-ann-nancy-01And adding to their list of awards, Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.

‘Heart and Friends: Home For The Holidays’ is released through Frontiers Records:
EU: November 7th. NA: November 10th

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Asia’s ‘High Voltage’ live album out soon!

asia_liveRecorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up (Geoff Downes – keyboards, Steve Howe – guitars, Carl Palmer – drums, John Wetton – lead vocal and bass),  performing classic material from the 80s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, “Phoenix” and “Omega”.

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The show was performed to an enthusiastic festival crowd ready to hear the world’s biggest selling album of 1982 performed in its entirety for the first time in Europe.  In fact, this remains the only video document of the original line-up performing the debut album in full.

This live CD / DVD is an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album and the reunion that saw the original members of ASIA return to and stay at the top of their game, this time in front of a ‘home audience’.

asiaSince then of course, Steve Howe has stepped aside and Asia brought in Sam Coulson who went on to record the superb ‘Gravitas’ album, released in March. Our interview with John Wetton is here.

“High Voltage” will be released by Frontiers Records in a glossy digi-pack CD / DVD digi-pack format with Roger Dean artwork and the track listing includes:
Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment

Release dates: EU: August 22nd 2014. NA: August 25th 2014

For all things ASIA, please visit: www.originalasia.com

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Make sure you catch them on tour!

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Heep fans, we salute you. Thanks for our Top 20 chart position!

We received some fantastic news this morning that our interview with Bernie Shaw of Uriah Heep has entered the Top 20 in Mixcloud’s Classic Rock Chart.

We doff our cap to all Heep fans the world over and say thank you for taking the time to listen to what Bernie had to say about their brilliant new album ‘Outsider‘. It’s a great interview with a good few laughs included along the way.

So, if you haven’t had a chance to listen, fear not, it’s still available:

We’ve got some more Uriah Heep lined up to play for you on this week’s show, 7pm Thursday.

For the original link, click here.

Thanks again for listening.

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Uriah Heep’s Bernie Shaw talks about Brazil, footie, touring and the new album Outsider

Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal hard rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s, return with ‘Outsider’, the band’s 24th studio album and the first since 2011’s critically acclaimed ‘Into The Wild’.

Formed in London in 1969 by guitarist Mick Box and late singer David Byron as ‘Spice’, the group evolved into Uriah Heep (the name was taken from a character in the Charles Dickens novel ‘David Copperfield’) when they began conceptualising their first record. The album, ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble’, launched the band’s distinct sound in 1970, one that was built around layered harmony vocals, swirling keyboards, and heavy guitar riffs. Current lead singer Bernie Shaw and keyboardist Phil Lanzon have been ever present since the mid 1980s, while drummer Russell Gilbrook joined in 2007. Mick Box has remained a constant presence throughout.

From the opening chords of the album’s hard driving rocker, ‘Speed of Sound’, to the more introspective closer, ‘Say Goodbye’‘Outsider’ proves that Uriah Heep has remained a musical powerhouse, and one that can effectively balance its legendary sound with a distinctly contemporary approach. The record, which was produced by Mike Paxman (Asia, Status Quo), also introduces bassist Dave Rimmer, who joined the band in the summer of 2013 following the untimely death of long time member Trevor Bolder.

When we played ‘One Minute’ the other week, it got a terrific response. We’re looking forward to playing more tracks from the album.

We caught up with Bernie Shaw who had only just returned from the band’s recent tour of Brazil. We talked about the tour, his observations of everyday life out in Brazil and the World Cup, Uriah Heep’s work ethic, Dave Rimmer the new bass player and how easily he slotted into the band following the passing of Trevor Bolder, how they went about recording the new album and what fans of Uriah Heep can look forward to with the new album ‘Outsider’.

Listen to our interview with Bernie Shaw:

The release of ‘Outsider’ [EU: June 6th, UK: June 9th, NA: June 10th 2014] coincides with a Scandinavian tour and a number of summer festival appearances in mainland Europe, following which Uriah Heep will launch a world tour – including UK dates – as the band promotes the new album to an eager international audience.

This latest offering from THE hardest working rock band on the planet will not disappoint Heep fans. If you’re a fan of Classic Rock and straight up and down rock ‘n’ roll, then ‘Outsider’‘ is without doubt one of those albums that you simply must get.

For all things Uriah Heep, check out their website www.uriah-heep.com and you can follow them on Twitter @Uriah_Heep and on Facebook www.facebook.com/uriahheepofficial

Thanks for listening. ‘The Classic Rock Show’ is on every Thursday, so check us out if you haven’t tuned in before. You’ll be made most welcome.

Cheers!

MJ

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Interview with Pat Travers. Go see Pat during their ‘Can Do’ tour. Album out on @FrontiersRec @PatTravers #PatTravers #CanDo

It’s always a joy to see a Pat Travers show. The band are sounding so tight and energised. I recently caught up with Pat backstage straight after the opening night of their UK tour which follows right on the back of the latest album release ‘Can Do’, out on Frontiers Records.

We talked about the current tour and had a bit of fun along the way as you invariably do when you talk to the great man…I hope that comes over on here.

Interview link

Cheers

MJ

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