#TONIGHT Who are the movers and shakers on tonight’s show? Tune in from 7pm BST

TCRS tonightHello again!

Following last week’s celebration of all things 1987 in ‘Back To The 80s’, we are back to some sense of normality (ahem) this week. Your requests, some prime choices of our own as well as some new music are brought together for three hours of non-stop, commercial-free rock indulgence.

Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Meat Loaf, The Rolling Stones, Montrose, Boston, Kiss, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Pat Travers, Mountain, Nazareth, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band are represented. We’ve also got some new music from Skindred and Crossfaith who are on a UK tour together in November, Crobot, plus the latest from Coheed & Cambria, Electric Six, Buck & Evans, I.C.O.N., Voodoo Vegas, Zebrahead, Antimatter, From Ashes To New, Lamb Of God, Metal Allegiance, Amorphis and the new single taken from the forthcoming album ‘White Bear’ by The Temperance Movement.

TuneIn: http://ow.ly/Qi6Rc  

See you later.

Cheers!

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#INTERVIEW As his UK tour beckons, Glenn Hughes talks candidly about the past, present and future.


Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band’s early ’70s albums included Medusa, Trapeze and You Are The Music… We’re Just The Band.   In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, Black Country Communion with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and just last year, California Breed, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham along with newcomer guitarist Andrew Watt.

We caught up with Glenn mid way through the European leg of his current tour and began asking him about the UK leg, which begins in Southampton on October 16, and his latest recording ‘Waterfall’ with Dario Mollo in Voodoo Hill

TCRS: How are you doing Glenn? Looking forward to coming back to tour ol’ Blighty? We’ll catch you in Norwich (The Waterfront, October 19).

GH: I’m doing good man. I’m doing really good. I’ve got to tell you how excited I am to be playing in the country of my origin.

TCRS: Can I offer you a hearty congratulations on the Voodoo Hill album you did with Dario Mollo. Lyrically and musically it’s a solid album.  GH: Thank you. I think it was good to do an album after Cali’Breed (California Breed). I needed to. What would I do if I couldn’t speak through my music? I try not to do a lot of talking. I can’t look into my work in the 80’s because it was so bland. The lyrics I write these days are so subliminal and so euphoric, they ring true to me. So some of the lyrics on Voodoo Hill’s Waterfall is better than anything I’ve ever written.

TCRS: It’s a mighty fine sounding album. Everybody on there is really pushing.

GH: You know, Dario sent me those tracks and I went into my studio writing room in my home and I wrote the 10 songs in two days. And I recorded them in two afternoons!

TCRS: Good grief!

GH: What I like to do is, I like to write in the moment. And I write about, you probably know this, I don’t write about Devils and Goblins and what have you. I let other rock singers do that. I write about the human condition. I wrote about stuff that you or your family or we are going to go through. Let’s just say, if you know anything about me, you know that I’ve been through the mill. You’ve heard the stories about me, most of them are true, but I have lived 10 lifetimes. I’m very sensitive, driven by fear, driven by insanity and driven by recovery, hence my lyrical content. It’s not about boy meet girl is it? It’s about boy loses girl. Boy almost dies. It’s pretty, pretty wild.

TCRS: You are without a shadow of a doubt a distinctive sounding musician. And that’s borne out of what just related in the music that you write.

GH: I think the last track on Voodoo Hill which you probably haven’t heard called the last door. I think we when you garnish that and you listen to what I’m saying. It’s pulsating. It’s who I am.

TCRS: Your longevity in performing on records and on stage seem to have continued unabated despite, as you’ve mentioned, the ups and downs. How do you keep going?

GH: Faith. I think you know about what happened. I’ve been in two bands in the past five years, California Breed and Black Country (Communion). As the lead spokesperson for both of those bands, when anything goes wrong, with any company, it’s the CEO they point the fingers at. And that would be me, so I was the one regardless of what happened, who takes the blame. You need to know this, that the people that hear and read this that all I wanted to do was be in a band with Joe and Jason and Derrick and Andrew. But certain people didn’t want to work hence me being scolded for something I wanted to do. So when California Breed broke up in December, I decided I’d go back to my regular Glenn Hughes thing and it just seems to be that the time is right for me now. There’s no coincidence that Robert Plant won 6 Grammys 7 years ago. It was like ‘his time’, you know. I get that. I didn’t expect to get to sell out a complete South American tour. I didn’t expect to sell out Vienna last week with 300 people outside. Its insane. I just think it’s the people I have surrounded myself with new management, new agent. Having them by my side has really helped.

TCRS: Your book ‘Deep Purple and beyond: Scenes from the life of a Rockstar’ was published in 2011 and it shed a bright light on your career.

GH: Yeah it was 2011. I wrote it, and check this out MJ, I wrote that 10 years ago, but it took 4 years for me to talk about my relapses. I didn’t want to tell you that I was a bad boy, when you thought I wasn’t. I got sober in ’91 and let’s just say we had a few slip ups in the mid ’90s. I didn’t think it was important to tell you, but what was made clear to me one evening as I slept was that probably somebody out there that’s gonna know that I’m lying and that would be me. I can’t live a lie, so consequently it took me a year to rewrite few passages and to bear my ass. I’m a man of no secrets. I’ve done some things in my life that have not been spectacular and been unkind, but I’ve never gone out of my way to hurt another human being. So I wanted to do it properly and it took four years to write that book. Well, it’s in seven languages and I’m gonna have to write other books and consequently I’m gonna be doing a film. Not about book, but I’m doing a film in December in the Far East. And I’m stretching the boundaries of what a rock artist should be. It’s not just about the normal anymore it’s about visuals. It’s about stretching the boundaries you know? It’s just being something a lil’ different.

TCRS: Are we likely to see some additional chapters written?

GH: I have been asked to do that. It’s a matter of working it all out. Because since then I’ve done an open heart surgery and I’ve had this happen and that happen and things….I guess three more book there. I could write three more books. You know?

TCRS: You mentioned Black Country Communion and California Breed earlier, bands that have been so popular with fans of all ages. What are the chances of rekindling relationships with some of your former band mates?

GH: If I told you that…let’s just say this every person I’ve played with, especially in my sober years are very very good friends of mine. But being in a band is difficult when everybody’s got hidden agendas or they don’t come. If I’m gonna form a band with you and I’m 64 and I’ve got 7, 8, 9, 10 years left. I’ve got ten years to do what I want to do. I mean, I’m in an arena, on the arena stage. I can’t form another super group with three other dudes that one of them may do this again to me. My management in L.A. say there’s more interest in you now than if you put a super group together. I am with Slash, Matt, Duff and Steven Tyler in Kings of Chaos, we play about 15 shows a year and its fantastic, but it’s  a bloody lot of work you know? You got a lot of managers, a lot of coming and going, you’ve got this and that. I love my friends in Kings of Chaos we’ve been friends for 30 years, but the essence of who I am is my work as a solo artist. Still making new music, still working with the orchestras and again making movies. My management company are very much in the movie industry in L.A. and they see Glenn Hughes as vital entity within that genre.

TCRS: It’s great to hear that positivity from you Glenn especially after what you’ve been throug, what you’ve been put through and what’s been written about you…

GH: You know something bro’? ‘Cause this is the world you live in. This is what you do. I can’t read those damn comments. You know, it’s like Ozzy is one of my dear friends, Ozzy Osbourne. If we could be in a room of a hundred people and there’s one guy giving us the fucking finger, right, and we’re only concerned about is that one guy! So what I don’t do is, I don’t go and read comments on news websites because people who have nothing but bad to say people are envious. They have no life, they think that they own what they say and people will go along with that. I’m sensitive and but I don’t give a shit. You cannot buy the success that I’ve had with money. You have to earn it. The world has changed man from 30 years ago. It’s just changed drastically but the music for me it’s healed me it’s kept me alive. It’s given me an amazing lifestyle with family and you know, I think I’m writing the best music I’ve ever written right now. 

TCRS: You’ll be heading over to tour the UK again, beginning Saturday October 17 in Southampton. Tell us about the band you’re bringing over Glenn?

GH: I have a guitar player called Shawn Anderson, before BCC he was my guitar play for five years. Great guitar player, but he unfortunately really booked himself out this year. So I said to myself “Christ! Who am I going to get?” So I got on the phone with somebody in Vegas, a friend of mine in Vegas he was best man in my wedding. And he said “You got to call Doug Aldrich.” And I went “Oh my god! Of course I’m gonna call Doug Aldrich!” I called Doug Aldridge and within two minutes he was in! Yeah, ok, we had to change some plans because he was contracted to do some things in Las Vegas. You know? His new wife’s having a baby and I’m going “Oh my god! Is this gonna be happening?” And then you know we went to South America and it was so successful. And I have to say this to you about Doug; not only is he one of the Top 5 guitar players I’ve played with, and I’ve played with them all!, he is one of the nicest men we have in the industry. And not a bad looking guy to have on the stage too. [laughs] He’s a good looking boy. Hey you know something man? Years ago it would have been difficult for me to have these younger dudes on the stage with me, but you know something, we’re just human beings, man. People want to fucking have fun and you know? It’s like I’ve played with all kinds of people. Doug’s just one of those kinds of guys that’s just this great human being. He really is. 
TCRS: And you’ve got Pontus Engborg on drums?

GH: Yeah, Pontus is with me before BCC. He was with me from, yeah, 3 years before BCC. He went to school in L.A. and learned drums in L.A. My best friend is Chad Smith, and Pontus is like a mini Chad. You know? So it’s like I get to play with Chad Smith’s brain behind the drum kit.

TCRS: That is one awesome line up and it gets a double thumbs-up from us here in the UK!

GH: That is really cool man. It really means alot to me to have someone from my own country sticking their thumbs up for me.

TCRS: That’s the band, so what can we look forward to hearing on this tour?

GH: Four decades worth and it starts at Trapeze and then it’s gonna go on to (Deep) Purple, Black (Sabbath), you know? Black Country (Communion) then Glenn Hughes’ Songs In The Key Of Rock tracks and Soul Mover. You know? It’s gonna be be dramatic. It’s gonna be sensitive. It’s gonna be aggressive and it’s gonna be a little bit of all of the stuff. But lets be clear, wearing the rock hat, wearing the rock clothes and sounding like a rock guy. This is all rock!

TCRS: What do you have planned going into 2016?

GH: Full year ahead. I don’t even have time to make an album. I’m gonna be in Africa in February, North America in March, Europe etc. Festival season starts in May ends in September. Back to Malaysia in October and I’ll be finishing the tour next November 16th. There’ll be another UK run. We’re building, building, building. I really want to be doing this, it’s something that, if you know my history, I haven’t toured enough. Now it’s all changing; I think I need to be touring more and more and more. When people think of Glenn Hughes, they say you’ve gotta see him sing live to know who he is. So that’s what I’m doing.

TCRS: For the time being, thanks Glenn. We’ll see you out on the road.

GH: Come on. Let’s have some chips! [Laughs]

GLENN HUGHES – OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 UK TOUR

 

OCTOBER

Sat 17  Southampton, ENGLAND – Engine Rooms              BUY TICKETS

Mon 19 Norwich, Waterfront                                                     BUY TICKETS

Tue 20 Newcastle, Tyne Theatre                                               BUY TICKETS

Thu 22 Belfast, Limelight                                                               BUY TICKETS

Fri 23 Glasgow, The Garage                                                        BUY TICKETS

Sun 25 Holmfirth, Picturedrome                                                BUY TICKETS

Mon 26 Bilston, Robin 2                                                                BUY TICKETS

Wed 28 York, Fibbers                                                                     BUY TICKETS

Thu 29 Manchester – Club Academy                                        BUY TICKETS

 

NOVEMBER

Sun 01 London, Electric Ballroom                                              BUY TICKETS

Special Guest on the tour is Jared James Nichols who will perform songs from his new album “Old Glory & The Wild Revival” and his forthcoming tour EP “Highwayman” featuring the single “We’re An American Band”.

Go check out Glenn Hughes at www.glennhughes.com

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#INTERVIEW Joel Hoekstra on ‘Snake and recording with a stellar line-up for his new album ‘Dying To Live’

joelh5Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to “finally arrive where we are meant to be”. Featuring an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), it will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16. Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).

Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. The Classic Rock Show recently caught up with him for a chat:

TCRS: 12 months ago, it was announced that you were Whitesnake’s new guitarist, how has it been going since?

Joel: It’s been great! I mean my experience with Whitesnake so far has been awesome. The honeymoon hasn’t ended yet. I’m still really enjoying working with David. The opening leg of the tour here in the States went really fantastic.  There wasn’t a single bad review. The band has great chemistry and has a great line up right now with Tommy Aldridge and Reb Beach, of course David and our bass player Michael Devin and we’ve got this kick ass keyboard player from Italy name Michele Luppi, who just sings amazing background vocals and is a great guy. So yeah, we’ve been having a great time and the tour’s gone great. It was a lot of fun making the Purple album…all’s good!

TCRS: And you’ve been touring with a band from the British Isles, The Answer, a band that’s hugely popular on The Classic Rock Show. Tell us about how that worked out.

Joel: Those guys kick ass man. What a great rock band. They’re just a delight to work with, honestly man. They just come in, there’s no Rock-Star attitude. No pretentiousness, nothing weird happening, just a bunch of good guys who love to rock out and kick ass. They really won over all the crowds. I just wish those guys nothing but the best moving forward. I think they are a great band and I think they’ve got a bright future.

TCRS: You’re gonna be hitting the UK later this year. Touring with Def Leppard. Black Star Riders are also on the bill. What’s not to like?

Joel: Yeah absolutely! Sounds like a solid night of rock to me, right?!

TCRS: Back to the present, you’ve released a handful of solos up to this point, which offer the listener quite an insight into the various guitar styles of yours, but you’ve now about to release a fully fledged self-produced album as Joel Hoekstra 13 called ‘Dying To Live’. Let me begin by offering up a massive high five as it’s a kick-ass album, one which is most definitely another landmark in your established career.

Joel: Well, thank you very much. I think it’s been a real labor of love for me; it was a struggle with everybody’s schedules and everything. But it was years ago I put out three primarily instrumental guitar records that kinda just showcased my playing ability and ‘Dying To Live’ is a record that people have been asking me to do now for years. Friends that have followed me with Night Ranger or Trans Siberian Orchestra or the show Rock of Ages and now Whitesnake, everybody said how come you don’t put out an album just like cool rock songs and blah blah blah. And it sounded like a great idea, I just didn’t necessarily always have the time. But this is finally that album! For me it just was really cool, I got to do all the writing, all the lyrics. I feel very emotionally connected to it and I basically called in favors from a lots of my favorites in the music business. I didn’t really set out to have an all-star band thing, but I really just picked out my favorite guys. And they were all cool enough to play me on this for me and I can’t thank them enough. I think the end result it’s melodic hard rock a genre I’m known for these days or best known for and I would describe the album as Dio-ish at its heaviest and Foreigner-ish at its lightest. joelh2

TCRS: You’ve brought together, as you mentioned, a bunch of musicians and they’ve certainly delivered for you in their performances. The performances are simply stellar. Tell us about who appears alongside you. J

Joel: Yeah, well it all started with Tony Franklin from Blue Murder and The Firm, a great bass player. We had just worked on another project the other called VHF that was completely different than this, like psychedelic instrumental rock you know. So uhm I asked Tony hey man lets just do a rock album. Lets just write some cool vocals songs and he was into it and I said what drummer would you want to use. And he said Vinny Appice would be killer and I was like that would be super cool man. It’s like instantly having a Black Sabbath type or Dio-ish rhythm section sounded very appealing to me. And then when it came time to find a singer Russell Allen from Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob had just signed up to do the Trans Siberian Orchestra tour that I do. Now that guy is just freakin’ killer! I have got to be honest, I hadn’t really listened to Symphony X and I didn’t know what I was missing with this guy. He’s one of the best singers in rock and so I got him on the front half of the album and I called in a favour from Jeff Scott Soto, who most people know, obviously he’s one of the best singers out there, but he’s also a nice enough guy to agree to sing background on tracks for me, just cause we’re friends and we go way back. He’s obviously overqualified for such a duty but he was so great and I was like “dude, you got to sing the back half of the album, we’re going to have two singers on this”. I mean just too great to have two of the best singers in Rock today on this thing. So Jeff sang on it and then I still felt that after leering a lot of guitars there was room for some textures and to fill the gaps though. I thought it still needs keyboards and I decided to start at the top and ask Derek Sherinian if he was willing to play on it and he was amazingly enough despite the fact Derek is overqualified too; there’s only, I think, two solos for him on the album and so a lot of it was really tasteful playing on his part. I just can’t thank these guys enough for helping bring these songs to life and I think we did something cool in avoiding the whole wank-age thing there’s no real long guitar solo, no big drum solos or bass solos or anything of that nature. It was just cool songs, tastefully played by great musicians!

TCRS: Sounds like it was a fun project?

Joel: It certainly it was a lot of fun. It was a challenge to make with everybody’s schedules and I wasn’t exactly sure throughout the process what it was going to be. Like  I said in the early going I was kind of interested in having co writers on it  and with everybody’s schedules I just thought man i need to move this along. I’m just going to do all the writing. And so it kind of became what it was as it went. You know which was fun. It was fun to watch it grow and I’m very very excited about the album. Very proud about how it came out and i hope people will give it a shot.

TCRS: What was it like for you being producing your own work and what was, what did you go, what did you do in pre-production with the other  musicians and Engineers?

Joel: Well, the way I did it for the most part on this was I would lay down scratch guitar to a click and I would write the vocal melodies.  And in most cases when I write I would write a song chorus out. Like I’ll write  a cool chorus with words and everything and then I’ll just kinda come up with the melodies for the time being for the verse until i can you know have proper time to think of lyrics and what not. So I guess to cut to the chase lay down scratch guitars with my guitar also playing the vocal melodies and harmonies. And then that would go to Vinny Appice he would lay down his stuff. Tony played his parts to Vinny and scratch guitars and from there everything else just kinda fell into place basically at the same time from there. My real guitars went on, vocals went on, background vocals and keyboards. So all that kind of stuff would happen simultaneously. That’s the general gist of how it all got done. And my production style with the guys  all of them was pretty much to  let do their thing with it and say hey look here’s the frame work but play the way you want to place so Vinny Appice in particular took a bunch of these songs in completely different directions than I would have expected but that’s part of the fun because then you have to go with him and take the song in that direction. I just respond that the best production style let people play the way they would play and not micromanage that stuff. And then just your job is to roll with them on it.

TCRS: I was gonna say you’ve recorded with some of the best producers in the business over the years. Who do you look up to in getting the very best out of the artiste in this project and how did that help you when you went about recording?

Joel: Ah man, I honestly don’t have an answer in terms of like a producer necessarily that i look up to. I mean David was great to work with on the Purple album with that  in terms of getting his players to put their stamp on it. He wasn’t stressed and didn’t worry despite the fact that we were recording these deep purple song that we obviously were going to face a lot  of scrutiny and so he was great and chill about that and I just tried to be that way  with this whole thing  in terms of what people would play and then rolling with it. And I mean nowadays in the end you have pro-tools don’t you? So its like if anything really needs to be changed you could  probably change it but its a lot of fun to go with what people come up with.

TCRS: What have been the challenges you know I mentioned the scheduling challenges that putting it together what were the challenges for you as you progress in completing the album?

Joel: Well  a lot of it for me it was coming down to crunch time while I was just out with Whitesnake. So that was difficult! A lot of times I’m getting through a day off or I just feel like chilling but I spent 12 hours  not being there. A lot of the stuff nowadays is  done obviously digitally as i getting mixes from the mix engineer. He’s sending over links to them I listen give notes and type them back to them. In the old days I would have been sitting  in the studio telling them exactly what I wanted, which I think moves things along a little bit. So a lot of it is just the challenge of dealing with the technological end of the way things get done these days. Which I mean in a way it speeds it along, because i wouldn’t have been able to  probably do the mixes for the entire time I was out with the tour but it also slows down the process of getting changing some of the things that you want to change. If that makes sense. joelh4-hrTCRS: How easy was it for you to put the album to bed, so to speak?

Joel: I still haven’t, man. I struggle with stuff like that. Its really difficult for me to listen to without wanting to change things. And I probably with stay that way the rest of my life when i hear the album honestly. I guess its just who I am. I think I’m proud of it and everything. I really am, but I just always hear, I hear stuff that probably wouldn’t matter to many people and me i just feel like changing. And in the end you abandon mixes right? Isn’t that the common phrase these days? You never really finish a mix you abandon it.

TCRS: The songs will be personal Joel to you, of course, having written all of them, but are there some that are very close and personal. And if so, which would you like to tell us a little bit more about?

Joel: I don’t know that there is any one in particular, but the album kinda it has a theme. The album is essentially about overcoming obstacles in your life till you are finally  meant to be. I think all off us are kinda struggling with some things in our lives to be the person we want to be whether its our relationship at home, or whatever a vice or some people are overeating. Some people aren’t exercising. Whatever. All the things you want to do to get where you want to be and be the person you want to be. And so a lot of the  songs on the album are sung from  the standpoint of those obstacles and a lot of the songs are about overcoming them or singing anthems to overcome them. So that’s the general theme. Just the struggles in life and hence the title “Dying To Live” which is basically about doing whatever you can to be where you want to be. joelh3

TCRS: Are there any designs on a few more videos to accompany the album tracks?

Joel: Yeah, with the first one I’m not sure, I second guessed whether that should have just been a static screen or a lyric video. I felt like giving people some kind of visual to accompany was better than a static screen, but in the end sometimes you get criticized for the visual that’s there. So you go “Well was that a good idea or not?”  I’m kinda learning as I go with this stuff, but they are gonna be  a couple videos with the musicians in them coming. And I have to make decisions on a couple more as to what to release them as just audio, or with lyric videos.

TCRS: So, is Joel Hoekstra’s 13 something that we’re gonna be seeing more of in future?

Joel: Well, I think the sky would be the limit for this. I mean obviously for me this doesn’t sound like a solo album. It doesn’t sound like a guitar album. You’d kinda be expecting to hear a ton of solos and a ton of fancy guitar work. When really to me this just sounds very band-ish, but it’s not to call it a band to those guys. I did all the writing and it’s very much my music, so I thought a project name was the most appropriate thing for now – Joel Hoekstra 13. Obviously, if this was successful and it sure would be fun to hear what this lineup would come up with everybody writing together and collaborating on it as well. Potentially turning it into that, I’d certainly be open to that idea and I’m open to supporting it anyway possible with any form of live shows should they be able to be organized.

TCRS: Congratulations on the album, once again Joel. Its a stellar album with a stellar lineup and you should be rightly proud of what you’ve achieved.

Joel: Thank you I really appreciate that. Its very early in the game so I haven’t much feedback from people yet. So its good to hear man, it really is.

TCRS: Before we go, what would you like to say to your fans out there? Joel: Oh, well, I kinda come from a pretty modest upbringing and I feel pretty lucky to be as far into the game as I am here with this whole thing. So, I just appreciate the support that everyone if giving me. I appreciate the opportunity to make a living laying rock guitar and I hope people come along for the ride. And let’s just see where this all goes.

jh13 coverThe Musicians:

Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) – Guitars, Backing Vocals Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) – Drums Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) – Bass

Special Guest Musicians: Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – Keyboards Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – Vocals Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) – Additional Backing Vocals Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) – Percussion Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello

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Thanks for taking the time to read this interview. We really like Joel Hoekstra’s album ‘Dying To Live’ and recommend it to anyone who likes melodic hard rock. Website: www.TheClassicRockShow.co.uk Twitter: @ClassicRockShow Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theclassicrockshow

#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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#NEWS “Get down and get with it!” Motor Sister announce UK Tour in 2016

We’re struggling to contain our excitement about this tbh…MOTOR SISTER have just announced their first ever UK tour! 

motor sister uk tourMOTOR SISTER who feature Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronting the band, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums will hit the UK for the first time ever in January 2016 to play ten in-your-face shows. And they can’t wait:

Jim Wilson – “Motor Sister in the UK! Get down and get with it!”
Scott Ian – “Motor Sister was born at a crazy party in the jam room at our house, just the five of us rocking our asses off. And now we get to bring that party to the UK!!! It’s a privilege my friends! See you soon.
Pearl Aday – “We love the UK. No better place to start bringing Motor Sister to the world. We’ll see you there, friends! Cheers, love, rock.”

Check out the video for “Beg, Borrow, Steal” here:

See them up close here:

MOTOR SISTER + Jared James Nichols + The Bastard Sons

January 2016

6th MILTON KEYNES – Craufurd Arms
7th LOWESTOFT – Aquarium
8th GRIMSBY – Yardbirds
9th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
10th WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms
12th GLASGOW – Cathouse
13th YORK – Fibbers
14th MANCHESTER – Sound Control
15th SHEFFIELD – Corporation
16th LONDON – Underworld

Support will come from JARED JAMES NICHOLS who recently release his debut album Old Glory And The Wild Revival and opening will be The Bastard Sons.

motor sister rideMOTOR SISTER was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party. Thanks to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig.

Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy MOTOR SISTER generated at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly.

Ride was released to great acclaim earlier this year on Metal Blade Records and debuted on the Billboard charts after its first week of release. The album cracked the top 10 with the #9 position on the Billboard New Artist (Heatseekers) chart.

“All you really need to know about Ride is that it kicks a massive amount of ass” Revolver Magazine
“The retro rock and roll band that you didn’t even know you were missing in your life until right now!” MetalInjection.net
“This is kick ass classic sounding hard rock! Blazing guitars, great vocals and songs! Everything I love most about hard rock music in one killer album.” Eddie Trunk

Get the album now at http://www.metalblade.com/motorsister

Follow Motor Sister online:
https://www.facebook.com/motorsister
https://twitter.com/MotorSister

Follow the band members online:
https://twitter.com/scott_ian
https://twitter.com/pearladay
https://twitter.com/jimwilson45
https://twitter.com/joey_vera
https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyTempesta

Hope we’ll see you at one of the gigs!

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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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#NEWS The Darkness to unleash a new single ‘Last Of Our Kind’ 21st August

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Having recently stormed Download with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30 row strong crowd outside the tent!) The Darkness unleash a new single on 21st August.  ‘Last of Our Kind’ is the title track of their recent 4th album which entered the UK charts at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as ‘part Van Halen, part Waterboys, ALL The Darkness’. It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand Darkness enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service.    The single, described by one reviewer as “(the track’s) effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection”, is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).

The album ‘Last of Our Kind’ has received some of the best reviews of the bands career to date with Classic Rock proclaiming it “A glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … they’ve only gone and made their finest album since Permission To Land” whilst Total Guitar said “Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot.”

The band have also announced a UK tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvellous tunes and killer riffs.  A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.

Summer:

4 July                         WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July                         WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July                       CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August                    NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August                  PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Winter:

30 November          NORWICH, Open
1 December            CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December            NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December            NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December            GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December            LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December          MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December           BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December           BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December           SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December           BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December           BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December           OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December          LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets on sale now priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/lead guitar), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass/backing vocals) and RUFUS TAYLOR (drums)

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