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11/26/2017:
TNT Announce New Lead Vocalist Baol Bardot Bulsara:

    Norwegian heavy metal rockers TNT have announced their new and fourth lead vocalist will be Spain based singer Baol Bardot Bulsara.
    TNT‘s previous lead vocalists as per Wikipedia consist of Dag Ingebrigtsen (1982–1984, 2008, 2012), Tony Harnell (1984–1992, 1996–2006, 2012, 2013–2015, 2016-2017) and Tony Mills (2006-2013).
   
Bulsara is replacing Harnell who left TNT for the third time back in October 2017.
    The following message was posted in part on TNT‘s Facebook page yesterday:
This will be a new chapter for TNT and we wish Baol Bardot Bulsara welcome as our new singer. A big thank you to all the people that welcomed him in Oslo Spektrum on Wednesday and for supporting us. We look forward to a new year with gigs and a new album coming up soon!

    Balsara‘s “Biography” on his Facebook page states in part:
The idea of ​​forming a rock band was always present, but never materialized; in those times bassists and drummers were scarce and we always lacked one of the two (or both). So I used to go in and out of bands already made, for not being still. One day (although it was night, and in a heavy gambling den, to make matters worse) I read on a wall that singers were sought for the choral ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar, and, without having heard a musical in my life, I went to the casting. And they go and catch me. And not only that, but they make me cover all the papers that occur to them (except María Magdalena, I still have not understood why …). The fact is that I fell in love with that work, and it was around this time, Around the age of 20, when without even thinking about it, I began to take the performing arts seriously….Since then, from different formations and tours, the tribute band Led Zeppelin, No Quarter Band, has been a constant until recently. Then, the musical We Will Rock You, by Queen, ‘Il Divo‘ 4ever, Once Upon a Time the Musical, The Jungle Book, Teparatres, Forever King Of Pop, The Spirit of Broadway, RENT, Those Crazy Ghosts, Rawckett….

    TNT performing “Everyone’s A Star” with singer Baol Bardot Bulsara at Oslo Spectrum on November 22, 2017.



 

 

11/23/17:
Babylon A.D. Release Video For Track “One Million Miles”:

 

    Babylon A.D. have released a new video for the song “One Million Miles” from their new studio album Revelation Highway, which was just released via Frontiers Music Srl on November 10, 2017.
    In a recent interview with Sleaze Roxx, Babylon A.D.‘s frontman Derek Davis spoke about how they went about picking tracks to re-record from the Persuaders demo:
We had a bunch of new songs. [Guitarist] Ron [Freschi] had ideas, stuff he demoed. We said let’s play every song we know. Stuff we’d demoed. Stuff we did live maybe only once. We’d say, remember that song, give me that cassette. We had 20, 25 songs. The cool thing was they weren’t dated. We’d have parties at the house, people would come over. Our close friends. Just hanging out. No one said, that song is shit. None of the songs sounded old. They were current — cool. Then we had 16. We dwindled that down too. We widdled away at them. The songs on the new album weren’t necessarily the ones that were the best. Let’s keep the ones that are different from each other. If we have two “Bangs,” let’s use one. Ones that may have the same beats. The leftovers we have are cool for the next album. Two from the ‘Persuaders’ days. They were never recorded. Really strong songs. Like I said, we didn’t want duplicates. Each song has different beats, tempos.
    In terms of the new video, Davis advised: “We actually just did another one “One Million Miles”, in Fresno Beach. It was 80 degrees. There was no one there and we got the best footage. That will be the next single.” With respect to the guitar solo for the song, Davis stated: “It is a great solo. I actually wrote it. I told the guys they could change it, but they left it. It’s got that ’70s, Thin Lizzy type thing. Actually, the video fits the song perfectly. It goes hand in glove.”

Babylon A.D.‘s “One Million Miles” video:




Operation: Mindcrime Featuering Geoff Tate Release Lyric Video For New Track “Under Control”:

   Operation: Mindcrime featuring former Queensrÿche lead vocalist Geoff Tate have released a lyric video for their new song “Under Control” from the upcoming studio album ‘A New Reality’, which will be released via Frontiers Music Srl on December 1, 2017.
The press release states:
‘The New Reality’ is the third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following a little over one year after the release of the second chapter, ‘Resurrection’, in 2016 and about two years after the first chapter, ‘The Key’, Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen. Joined by a cast of musicians, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, & Mike Ferguson, whose talent and resumes speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that will be on display here, ‘The New Reality’ is a another fine progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.
Geoff Tate sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ thrust Tate‘s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by ‘Empire’ in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than 3 million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples, “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time the band released ‘Promised Land’ in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Operation: Mindcrime and ‘Promised Land’ through 2009’s overlooked gem ‘American Soldier’ – Tate‘s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans – Tate‘s 13 album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results. ‘The New Reality’ carries on that musically adventurous tradition.
Tracklisting for ‘A New Reality’:
1.) “A Head Long Jump”
2.) “Wake Me Up”
3.) “It Was Always You”
4.) “The Fear”
5.) “Under Control”
6.) “The New Reality”
7.) “My Eyes”
8.) “A Guitar In Church?”
9.) “All For What?”
10.) “The Wave”
11.) “Tidal Change”
12.) “The Same Old Story”

 

 

Black Label Society: 'All That Once Shined' Video Premiere:

    "All That Once Shined", the new video from Black Label Society, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming tenth full-length album, ‘Grimmest Hits’, which will be released January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). The clip was directed Black Label Society 's longtime collaborator Justin Reich.
Both "All That Once Shined" and "Room Of Nightmares" are available on all digital service providers and streaming services. They are also iTunes instant-gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive "All That Once Shined" and "Room Of Nightmares" as an instant download.
‘Grimmest Hits’ track listing:
1.) “Trampled Down Below”
2.) “Seasons Of Falter”
3.) “The Betrayal”
4.) “All That Once Shined”
5.) “The Only Words”
6.) “Room Of Nightmares”
7.) “A Love Unreal”
8.) “Disbelief”
9.) “The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away”
10.) “Illusions Of Peace”
11.) “Bury Your Sorrow”  

 


STRYPER Frontman Michael Sweet To Release 'Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music' Solo DVD:

    STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release a new solo DVD, ‘Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music’, in December. The set was filmed on June 2 at the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts and will be made available at Sweet's official web site.
    Sweet's seventh solo album, "One Sided War", was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

    Sweet told Screamer Magazine last year that ‘One Sided War’ turned out to be "the heaviest album I've ever done. A lot of times, STRYPER fans expect heavy and when STRYPER doesn't do it, that's really a big issue. But when I don't do it, it's not as big an issue because fans typically expect a lighter side of Michael Sweet when I do solo albums, and they say that all the time. This is the album that I kind of wanted to put all those remarks to rest and I wanted to do something that was edgier and that compares to STRYPER on that level. It holds its own against anything STRYPER's done, for sure."
    In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Sweet said that he enjoyed making solo albums "because it's an opportunity to free myself up a little bit more, experiment a little bit more, and try some things that STRYPER may not be able to try. So, I just enjoy doing it. I love it. I've got a lot of music, a lot of solo music that I'd like to go out and play live that I think a lot of people would like to hear."
    STRYPER recently finished recording all the basic tracks for its new album for an early 2018 release. The follow-up to 2015's ‘Fallen’ will be the band's first disc since the addition of former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group earlier this year.


Phil Collen States Def Leppard Have Officially Started Writing A New Album Without Knowing It:

    Def Leppard and Delta Deep guitarist Phil Collen was recently interviewed by A. Lee Graham of Classic Rock Revisited and spoke about Def Leppard‘s ‘Hysteria’ album as well as the group’s future plans.
    In terms of what’s next for Def Leppard, Collen stated “We’ve starting writing. We have three songs on the go. Rick Savage has one, a verse of that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that, too, and Joe [Elliott] has this amazing idea and I have this one that’s kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we’ve started, officially, without even knowing it, the next Def Leppard album.” Collen also added: “Yeah, we’ve already started recording. That takes a lot of the pressure off it. I never get writer’s block because I always stay busy. The great thing about music now is you can do it anytime with your computer. It’s going to be awesome. I don’t know when it’s going to come out. It’s going to come out in drips and drabs. We’ve already started the new Delta Deep studio album. The live album comes out in January and the studio album later.

 

 

Dirkschneider’s New Setlist Of Accept classics:

    After a very successful ‘Back To The Roots’ Tour where former Accept lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider announced that he was playing Accept classics for the very last time under the name Dirkschneider, the diminutive but powerful singer is back with the aptly named tour Back To The Roots Part II Tour. Dirkschneider had promised a different setlist and he has delivered with one song from ‘Breaker’ (1981), two from ‘Restless And Wild’ (1982), three from ‘Balls To The Walls’ (1983), one from ‘Metal Heart’ (1985), three from ‘Russian Roulette’, surprisingly one from ‘Eat The Heat’ (1989) which featured Dirkschneider’s replacement at the time David Reece, five from ‘Objection Overruled’ (1993), Setlist for Dirkschneider’s Back To The Roots Part II Tour:
1.) “The Beast Inside”
2.) “Aiming High”
3.) “Bulletproof”
4.) “Slaves To Metal”
5.) “Another Second To Be”
6.) “Protectors Of Terror”
7.) “Fight It Back”
8.) “Can’t Stand The Night”
9.) “Amamos La Vida”
10.) “Stone Evil”
11.) “Hard Attack”
12.) “Love Child”
13.) “Objection Overruled”
14.) “X-T-C”
15.) “Russian Roulette”
Encores:
16.) “Princess Of The Dawn”
17.) “Metal Heart “
18.) “Fast As A Shark “
19.) “Balls To The Wall”

two from ‘Death Row’ (1994) and one from ‘Predator’ (1996).