Tom Keifer & The Way Life Goes Tour

BRAN6160Tom Keifer & The Way Life Goes Tour at The Whisky, October 26, 2014

Tom Keifer (front man for Cinderella) sells out the world famous Whisky a go go and doesn’t disappoint! People were lined up around the block to hear one of the best voices 80’s metal has ever offered!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen two opening acts that really got my attention like the beautiful Madysin Hatter, and a great rockabilly style band Vintage City Rockers. Both bands were just amazing and really had the crowd fired up for Tom Keifer. By the time they were done the placed was wall to wall people who were ready to hear some classic metal and some music from Tom’s new solo record The Way Life Goes!

BRAN6165After seeing Cinderella many times before and fairly recently in 2012, I pretty much knew what to expect from Tom. 10:40 rolls around when Tom and his band hit the stage and head straight into the Cinderella classic Night Songs. They started into “It’s Not Enough” when Tom stopped the show to let his fans know that his voice was a little wore out from the night before. It didn’t seem to bother anyone as they picked back up and just kept cranking out some classic tunes. Tom’s voice seemed to come back to him as the night wore on plus the crowd was singing along to help out. The next couple songs were off of Tom’s new solo record which really blended right in with the classics. The stripped down acoustic songs just bring a great new element Tom’s style! If you know anything about the struggles Tom went through years back with his vocal cords you could really appreciate what he still brings to the stage!

BRAN6323Next up Tom’s wife Savannah Snow who joins him on stage for a great duet of Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone) and that just took the show to another level! With a mix of new and old the show just kept getting better and better song after song! Tom’s band is just solid and really compliments him well. I did happen to run into Fred Coury (drummer of Cinderella) who was there to support his brother Tom!

As we were getting towards the end of the show the band busts out my personal favorite “Shelter Me” and it was just awesome and sounded just like when I heard it a few years back. The band headed off stage briefly then returned with the Beatles classic “With a little help from my friends” and the finale was the crowd favorite “Gypsy Road”. Even with Tom having a little bit of an off night vocally, you would never have known it because once again as he always did, he brought it till the end! Thanks Tom!

Set List:
Night Songs
It’s Not Enough
Different Light
Save Me
Shake Me
Flower Song
Ask Me Yesterday
Don’t Know
Nobody’s Fool
Solid Ground
Cold Day In Hell
Coming Home
Shelter Me
Little Help
Gypsy Road

(Review and Photos by Dave Brandon @ BBPROIMAGE)

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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE LYNCH MOB “SUN RED SUN”

46Lynch Mob “Sun Red Sun” is the bands 11th release and was written and recorded by the same line up as the “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP (Lynch / Logan / Crane / Coogan). “Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan & George Lynch and showcases their ever evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed & mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier” (Lynch Mob / Lita Ford / KXM), “Sun Red Sun” offers up straight forward rockers like “Believers of the Day” and “Play The Game“, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream“. The CD also features a dynamic George Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun“, which is a tribute to the late great Badlands singer Ray Gillen. The release also features a cover of Bad Company’sBurnin’ Sky” and includes four re-mastered bonus tracks from the original Sound Mountain Sessions EP: “Slow Drag“, “World of Chance“, “City of Freedom” and “Sucka“! Official release date is Tuesday December 9th, 2014.

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VISIONARY SWEDISH LABEL, BURNING HEART RECORDS, RISES FROM THE ASHES

u34n_ScreenShot20141030at10544PMOctober 30, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Four years after its final breath in 2010 Peter Ahlqvist’s genre defining punk-rock and metal/hardcore label Burning Heart Records appears on the scene again. With a new business model, a new artist roster and a new passion on the side of its navigator.

Once a Swedish powerhouse for discovering some of the world’s most talented bands, Burning Heart Records helped give rise to legendary acts like Refused, The Hives, Millencolin, Turbonegro and Nasum throughout the 90’s and early 00’s. Halfway through the last decade the label was hit hard financially as a result of declining album sales and had to shutter its doors.

In 2006 Epitaph Records, majority-owner since 1998, imbibed Burning Heart completely and relocated the label to Amsterdam while Ahlqvist continued work as an A&R from Sweden, signing bands like Parkway Drive, Gallows (for US) or The Ghost Of A Thousand for Epitaph and Burning Heart. After four more years of massive sales decline, the heart stopped beating completely.

Four years later, Ahlqvist has retained full rights to the name and trademark for Burning Heart Records and is proud to announce the resurrection of the label and immediate plans to restore it to its former glory.

“I’ve had some time to think it over,” says Ahlqvist. “Now is really the right time to go for it again. I had a few tough years but now its’ all coming back. Sweden was hit hard early, but it’s all there again, thanks to Spotify.”

Ahlqvist enthuses about his newfound inspiration and vision, which goes far beyond just running a rehashed record label as he explains.

“The new Burning Heart is more than a label, it’s a hybrid company that also provides management for the bands. We’re doing a different financial model with the bands, and joint ventures on the record side. It’s not a record label as it used to be, it’s a brand, and a music company that is starting to climb with new found ambitions on new roads.”

That new perspective came to Ahlqvist after he left Burning Heart in 2009 and started working at Panic & Action Management where he was inspired by a new generation of bands and fans and a new approach to doing business with them both.

Ahlqvist is about to take things to the next level with the renaissance of Burning Heart. Starting with the existing Panic & Action bands, who will be “transferred” to Burning Heart, this new and enhanced incarnation of Sweden’s groundbreaking label is embracing the digital age and ready to evolve within its ever changing landscape.

“I’m Looking forward to getting out there and releasing different kinds of music, be it metal or metalcore or punk rock or whatever, adds Ahlqvist. “Burning Heart had everything from Refused to more standard hardcore, metal oriented to skate-punk to garage or whatever rock. Music that will always be close to me. ”

Burning Heart will start with a well-rounded crew of bands which includes post-hardcore band Adept, who will release a new album in the spring of 2015, punk rockers Bombshell Rocks, who recently reunited with original singer Mårten Cedergran to release a new album Generation Tranquilized in November, anthemic rock band Her Bright Skies, who will release their next album next year, hardcore newcomers Walking With Strangers, who are also gearing up for an album next year and finally the legendary punk band Asta Kask, who originally formed in 1978 and went on to influence bands like Refused, Millencolin, Nasum and The Hives.

For More Information:
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MAXXXWELL CARLISLE now available for worldwide online guitar lessons

MC_Summer_2014After years of demands from fans and aspiring guitarists, Maxxxwell Carlisle has finally entered the realm of teaching with the announcement that, starting in November 2014, he will begin giving guitar lessons worldwide, via Skype.

Accompanying this announcement, Maxxxwell has released a promotional video describing his style and goals as a teacher with the included message that he, “is not responsible for injuries or legal problems which may result from his advanced teaching techniques”.

Maxxxwell Carlisle Lesson Preview

In addition, Maxxxwell has a new solo compilation cd expected to be released worldwide in early 2015, as well as other yet to be unveiled musical projects in the works.

Currently Maxxxwell is on the Hellion North American Tour.

For the latest Maxxxwell Carlisle news, visit his official Facebook page:
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ZEPHANIAH confirms complete upcoming tour itinerary / support date for RAVEN

Z2014U.S. progressive shred power metal band Zephaniah has announced their complete live itinerary for their upcoming “9 Days of Hellacious Metal” US East Coast tour which will see their new lineup in full contact action, as well as raise awareness for their upcoming 2nd album “Reforged” which will be released in early 2015..

Zephaniah will be playing tracks from “Reforged” as well as tracks from their 2008 debut album “Stories from the Book of Metal“.

novembertourWell-known for their high energy show and crazy stage antics, the 9 date mini tour will bring Zephaniah’s full blown punishing wall of sound and mesmerizing stage visuals to selective East Coast venues.

Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to see Zephaniah on the East Coast!

Confirmed dates and venues:
11/1/14 – Ft. Wayne, Indiana – O’Sullivans
11/2/14 – Cleveland, Ohio – The Foundry
11/3/14 – Albany, New York – Bogle’s
11/4/14 – Worcester, Maryland – Hotel Vernon
11/5/14 – Queens, New York – Blackthorn 51
11/6/14 – Clifton, New Jersey – Dingbatz
11/7/14 – New Brunswick, New Jersey – The Jockstrap
11/8/14 – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania – Dead Horse Cantina
11/9/14 – Columbus, Ohio – Shrunken Head (supporting RAVEN)

For additional news and tour information, visit their official website:
Official ZEPHANIAH website

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BY THE PATIENT sign to Lifeforce Records

BTPWe are very happy and proud to sign with Denmark’s BY THE PATIENT one of the hottest metal upcomers coming from our northern neighbors! A band you’ll definitely read and hear a lot of in the years to come!

While often being compared to Amon Amarth and Behemoth by reviewers, BY THE PATIENT is taking a new approach on the Scandinavian metal sound by not limiting to specific genres. They incorporate catchy tunes, grooves, and have found the perfect balance between melody and intensity.

Having played legendary festivals such as Copenhell, Wacken and Roskilde, as well as supporting bands like Kvelertak, Toxic Holocaust, Aborted and Entombed, BY THE PATIENT is a competent and well rehearsed live act.

gehenna_coverBY THE PATIENT about the signing:
“We are very happy to finally announce the signing to Lifeforce Records. Growing up listening to metal, Lifeforce was one of the labels that we followed and respected. Being from Denmark we’ve always wanted a partner in our great neighbouring country Germany. This has now happened and we couldn’t be more excited!!”

The third album and Lifeforce Records debut “Gehenna” will be out late January ’15 through LIFEFORCE RECORDS and sees the band exploring new musical approaches as well as perfecting their craft.

Visit and “like” the band’s Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.

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SPANDAU BALLET RELEASE FIRST NEW SINGLE IN NEARLY THREE DECADES WITH “THIS IS THE LOVE”

893Spandau Ballet played their first U.S. show in 28 years [at SXSW], and it cannot be overstated: they slayed.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30, 2014 – Spandau Ballet today announced the release of their first single in the United States since the ’80s “This Is The Love.” The song, produced by the legendary Trevor Horn, is available now on the band’s new greatest hits album The Story… The track has already received a tremendous reaction from fans and critics alike, being put into “A-List” Rotation on BBC Radio 2 in the U.K.

Spandau Ballet also announced they will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, November 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on TV in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train. Later that week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a “Throwback Thursday” fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see.

In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards. This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s.

Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.

Critics rapturously received the film when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year. UK and Irish fans got their opportunity to see the film on September 30 when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. This showing was beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band.

“When Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in “True,” the crowd – which took over the chorus from Hadley and no doubt sang it in pubs up and down these isles in ’83 – received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen’sJungleland.” The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud.” – ROLLING STONE

In the early 80s Spandau Ballet were the “In Crowd’s” band. They ushered in a new era of visually dominated pop and their mechanical, stylized sound was born and bred on the dance floors of London’s West End. They were Bowie Kids, Blitz Kids, and white soul boys embracing electronica, frilly shirts, and tuxedos. Spandau spearheaded an era of new pop that was destined to traverse the globe. Along with Duran Duran, Sade, Culture Club, and Wham!, as well as dozens of other British groups who grew out of the new romantic scene at the end of the Seventies. By the mid-80s, Spandau were global superstars.

Spandau became one of the most commercially successful bands of the decade, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. Some of their songs, like “True,” “Gold,” and “Through the Barricades,” have become standards. “True” has now achieved over four million plays in North America alone and “Gold” was the true soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics.

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