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JORN: VIDEO FOR NEW SONG
"FIRE TO THE SUN":

    The official video for the song "Fire To The Sun" from JORN can be seen below. The track is taken from the vocalist's brand new studio album, titled "Life On Death Road", which was released on June 2 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    Easily one of the greatest rock singers of the 21st century, Norway's very own giant Viking warrior Jorn Lande's vocals are resoundingly strong once again on his ninth original studio album, "Life On Death Road". This absolutely brilliant new album sees Lande attacking the microphone with rejuvenated vigor, accompanied by a new band and a bigger and stronger sound.

    "Life On Death Road" took several months of hard work for the songwriting vision to come together. Jorn needed to take the music to a new level to push the concept of the band further than it has ever gone before. The result is a record that is deep, strong, full of groove and powerful with anthemic songs aplenty. Songs like "Man Of The '80s", "Love Is The Remedy", "Life On Death Road", "Insoluble Maze (Dreams In The Blindness)", and "The Slippery Slope (Hangman's Rope)" capture the essence of Jorn as a singer, songwriter and lyricist.
    Jorn says: "It's easily one of the best albums I've ever recorded. This was all about putting the right people together for the right result, and about taking the necessary time to work more thoroughly and in depth with the material we chose for the album.
    "The older I get, the more I feel it is necessary to listen to my heart and look for that genuine and honest feeling that made me take interest in music in the first place.

    "Back in the '70s and early '80s when I grew up, people and music were more free and so the presence of feeling and soul came more naturally and was expected from an artist or a band. This is the energy and craftmanship we've been looking for, but still keeping a pulse on the modern times we live in.

    'Life On Death Road' is an original album that is pretty much summing up the last 40-50 years of rock and metal and has become a hybrid modern heavy rock album without losing those tasty elements of a good aged wine. Regardless, we're all products of our time, and the feeling, soul and symbioses we've achieved for this album is a rarity in today's music world, so in that sense this album is a true old school sailors' 'tall ship adventure.' From start to finish, it took us nearly three years to finalize and I'm really proud to say that this album is the proof that classic albums can still be made."
    The album also marks the debut of a new lineup of very experienced and gifted musicians around the Norwegian singer. On bass is Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, KISKE/SOMERVILLE) who needs virtually no introduction to European heavy metal fanatics. On keyboards and production is Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, REVOLUTION SAINTS), who already joined JORN for the recording of his last covers album, "Heavy Rock Radio" and was the glue that helped Jorn to create the feel and the direction for the new album. Francesco Iovino (PRIMAL FEAR) is on drums and Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) handles guitar. Truly a recipe for a roaring success!
    Jorn had no desire to do "just another" JORN record. The aim was to do the best record possible and it took almost two years of writing, arranging, and producing before wrapping this all up. The performances are thunderous across the board and you can hear the urgency of these songs in Jorn's singing!
    Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief overviews and his innovative and creative skills as a vocalist and music visionary have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide while being a frequent entrant on sales charts around the world, including Billboard. Worth a mention here though are his years fronting MASTERPLAN, whom he recorded three albums with. He has also recently collaborated with the world's biggest online gaming company, Riot Games, providing vocals for the virtual band "PENTAKILL" in the game "League Of Legends". Claimed to be the biggest-selling Norwegian musical export since the pop band A-HA, Jorn continues his rock crusade and there are no signs of him slowing down and 'Life On Death Road' is a magnificent testament to his abilities!


'Life on Death Road' track listing:
1.) "Life On Death Road
2.) "Hammered To The Cross (The Business)"
3.) "Love Is The Remedy"
4.) "Dreamwalker"
5.) "Fire To The Sun""
6.) "Insoluble Maze (Dreams In The Blindness)"
7.) "I Walked Away"
8.) "The Slippery Slope (Hangman's Rope)"
9.) "Devil You Can Drive"
10.) "The Optimist"
11.) "Man Of The '80s"
12.) "Blackbirds"
JORN is:
Jorn Lande - Vocals
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
Mat Sinner - Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
Francesco Iovino - Drums

Bonus Video!!!!!:

"Life On Death Road"

 



 

 

QUIET RIOT'S NEW CD TITLED 'Road Rage' FEATURING  AMERICAN IDOL ALUM JAMES DURBIN SET TO ARRIVE IN AUGUST 2017:

    Veteran rockers Quiet Riot will release their new album, 'Road Rage', on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. The band is led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin.
    Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of 'American Idol' after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with Judas Priest, hooked up with Quiet Riot last month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of Adler's Appetitte). Nicols was with Quiet Riot for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version of 'Road Rage'.
    'Road Rage' was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup.
    "The recordings for the new 'Road Rage' record have been an incredible musical journey in the storied history of Quiet Riot," said Banali.
    "I asked vocalist James Durbin to fill the very large shoes of the late great Kevin DuBrow because I knew he could. While no one can ever replace Kevin DuBrow, he has the same spirit and drive that Kevin had."
    "James is an amazing live performer with insane vocal range, but he is also a very gifted songwriter and brought to the 'Road Rage' record totally unique original lyrics and melodies. Not only do they fit perfectly to the music we wrote, but took the songs to a completely new level."
    "All the work that we have put into this record has been well worth the wait!"
   "I am extremely proud of guitarist Alex Grossi, bassist Chuck Wright and especially James Durbin for the work we have created on this record."
    "Quiet Riot continues to tour relentlessly and will be on the road throughout the year. Expect to hear your Quiet Riot favorites as well as new songs from 'Road Rage' at our shows!"
    Durbin comments on joining the band and his work on 'Road Rage': "The crown jewel, on top of joining one of your favorite bands, has to be writing, recording and releasing a new album. No matter what, you are now a part of that band's history and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to do that with Quiet Riot."
    "I spent just over three weeks marathon songwriting brand new lyrics and melodies for every song and recording vocals."
    "I'm extremely proud of the 'Road Rage' record, not only that I had the band's support and trust to deliver, or how great of a personal accomplishment and blessing it's been, but that we can keep the Quiet Riot freak flag flying and have the chance to inspire a new generation of fans!"
'Road Rage' track listing:
1.) "Can't Get Enough"
2.) "Getaway"
3.) "Roll This Joint"
4.) "Freak Flag"
5.) "Wasted"
6.) "Still Wild"
7.) "Make A Way"
8.) "Renegades"
9.) "The Road"
10.) "Shame"
11.) "Knock Em Down"

 

GREAT WHITE DIDN'T WANT A JACK RUSSELL 'CLONE' AS HIS REPLACEMENT:

    Speaking about what current Great White singer Terry Ilous (also of XYZ) adds to the band's sound, Kendall said: "I wasn't really that familiar with XYZ except for 'Inside Out', 'cause I remember that song. I heard it on the radio and loved it; it's a really good song. Listening to a lot more material from them, occasionally his voice and the songs were a little bit oil and water, and I feel the reason for that is because he's truly a blues singer to the core. I mean, he's a blues-rock singer. He's like Ian Gillan meets Paul Rodgers meets Glenn Hughes or something, and a little bit of Steve Marriott. So when he was filling in, I kind of fell in love with that right away, 'cause that's kind of the school I come from. So I know his strengths, and that is in the power region of his voice."

    He continued: "But, yeah, what he brings is, for one thing, really positive energy; he's always upbeat. He's a great songwriter, so he… We listen to all his ideas with open ears. He plays guitar pretty decent, he has a great sense of melody. I can literally hand him music and he can come back with a song. We might change a thing here and there, but he really has a… He's a great pocket singer, and I don't just mean… He sings with the drummer great — yes, he does — but where he places his vocal is sometimes… I go, 'God, I would have never done that. That is so cool.' So he adds a little bit of that Al Green vibe. And he told me he listened to a lot of R&B singers growing up. He listened to Al Green and all those R&B singers."
    Kendall added: "We didn't really want a clone. We wanted the Mach II — kind of like the way DEEP PURPLE brought in [David] Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, and they made one of the best albums of their career, apart from that first 'Machine Head' record; I mean, nothing's gonna beat that. But I really felt 'Burn' was a super-strong record and the songs were just amazing. So the more play with Terry, the more we write, it just keeps getting better. And I'm looking forward to doing the next one. I think we could keep beating the last one, you know what I mean?"
Great White will release its new album, 'Full Circle', on June 2. The effort sees the band re-teaming with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It's an honorable nod to their first EP, "Out Of The Night" (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI, 1984). Wagener, is, of course, the legendary producer behind Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and a slew of other rock gods.

    'Full Circle' was recorded in January and February 2017 at Wagener's Nashville-based WireWorld Studio. The album's packaging includes a must-have companion DVD called "Making Of Full Circle". Rockslide Entertainment (produced by Todd Sadowski) captured the band developing the songs in the studio — a never-before-seen band access.
    Much like 2012's 'Elation' (Frontiers) the core songwriting team of Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Terry Ilous worked heavily alongside Audie Desbrow and Scott Snyder. The first single, "Big Time", is a sharp, cutting track.
    In total, the ten songs on 'Full Circle' range from the gut-punching "Give It Up" to the bass-heavy "Cry Of A Nation", the easily embraced, more acoustic "Let Me In" to the dynamic "This Is The Life".
5.) "Moonshine"
6.) "Cry Of A Nation"
7.) "Give It Up"
8.) "Big Time"
'Full Circle' track listing:
1.) "I'm Alright"
2.) "Movin' On"
3.) "This Is The Life"
4.) "Let Me In"
9.) "Never Let You Down"
10.) "I've Got Your Back"

 

MÖTLEY CRÜE: 'Girls, Girls, Girls' 30th-ANNIVERSAY RE-ISSUE DETAILS REVELED:

    Iconic Los Angeles rock band Mötley Crüe celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its fourth studio and four-times-platinum album, 'Girls, Girls, Girls', with special album reissue bundles that will be available on August 25 via Pledge Music. Fans can get a jump start on owning the exclusive merchandise today by pre-ordering bundles exclusively at Pledge Music! Various bundles will include, colored vinyl, cassette tape, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited-edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single of "Wild Side", "Girls, Girls, Girls" patch, and more! The band recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary on the album’s actual release date is May 15 with the announcement of the August 25 re-issue.
    Mötley Crüe paved the way for rock bands to push the envelope since the band's inception and their music, as well as their antics, provided them a successful thirty-six-year career as a leading force in rock around the world. 1987's 'Girls, Girls, Girls' included three smash hits, "Wild Side", "You're All I Need" and the title track, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned from MTV at the time.
    M
ötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says: "It's hard to believe 'Girls, Girls, Girls' already turned thirty this year. We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time.
    "A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It's really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging 'Girls, Girls, Girls' three decades later."
    A product of the '80s Hollywood Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe was the quintessential L.A. hair metal band. Their string of hit albums and crossover songs on radio and MTV was only matched by their over-the-top live show, mounting legal bills, and alarming drug use. By 1987, the band was dancing on a fine line between real life or death. Sixx told the "In The Studio" show what he remembered about the Billboard No. 2-charting album. "We were a mess," he said. "I know we didn't go overseas, because the management said, 'You guys go, and somebody’s not coming back. Or if they do, they're coming back in a body bag... We were operating like a punk band! We were completely out of control."
Mötley Crüe 's last studio album was 2008's 'Saints Of Los Angeles', which was followed by a 2009 'Greatest Hits' compilation.

    A tour film about Mötley Crüe 's final shows, 'The End', came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" is still said to be in the works.
    Sixx told SiriusXM's "Debatable" about Mötley Crüe 's decision to call it quits after one last show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world: "Mötley Crüe was never really meant to stay together. I mean, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. It was wired like a bunch of Rottweilers or like a gang. And there's all these Type A personalities and different issues within the band that made it really magical. But maturity and that doesn't necessarily work together, and I think that it was kind of cool that we sat down together and said, 'Hey, man, let's just let this thing go."

 

RITCHIE BLACKMORE's FIRST NEW RAINBOW SONG IN TWENTY-TWO YEARS:

    The revamped version of Rainbow has released its first new music in more than two decades. Two tracks have been made available on iTunes: an instrumental song called "Land Of Hope And Glory", which is a reworking of the 1902 British patriotic song of the same name from
Edward Elgar's "Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1", and a re-recording of the Rainbow classic "I Surrender", which was written by Russ Ballard and was first released by Rainbow in 1981. The latter song features vocals recorded by current Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero.
    Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with Blackmore's Night last year to perform a handful of shows with a brand-new lineup of the band he had formed after quitting Deep Purple.

    Although Ritchie initially said that he had no plans to make a new Rainbow album — explaining in early 2016 that he wanted to "just get back to playing the old songs one more time" — he revealed to Japan's Burrn! magazine that he changed his mind.
    The current incarnation of Rainbow includes Romero, originally from Chile but now settled in Madrid, Spain, as well as Stratovarious keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, exBlskmore's Night), and backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.
    Blackmore was full of praise for Romero, who spends some of his time fronting the Spanish metal band Lords Of Black and is a member of a new project called THE FERRYMEN. "When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the [Ronnie James] Dio-era songs of Rainbow," Ritchie told Burrn!. "He is versatile, he can sing like Freddie Mercury or Ronnie James Dio or Graham Bonnet.
    "The reason I did not ask Joe Lynn Turner to get involved in the Rainbow comeback is because I thought European fans wanted to hear the Dio lineup of Rainbow. "I was very surprised that tickets [to the first Rainbow comeback shows] sold out in 15 minutes. It was nice to know so many people wanted to hear Rainbow at this time.
    Joe Lynn Turner last year slammed Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and Rainbow material with a new group musicians instead of reforming Rainbow with a more "authentic" lineup
   Less critical of the new Rainbow lineup was former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who admitted to Metal Express Radio earlier this year that he had watched some YouTube clips of the new Rainbow lineup performing in 2016. "Singing Ronnie's [James Dio] songs needs a special kind of singer and I think the young chap did a reasonably good job and I think Ritchie may well have found the guy for him," Hughes said of Romero. "He was certainly a good fit for Rainbow."
The two shows Rainbow played in Germany last June were caught on camera to produce "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany", which was released in November via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats.
After Ritchie left Deep Purple for the final time in 1993, he reformed Rainbow for one album (1995's "Stranger In Us All") and one tour, ending things in Denmark in 1997.
Rainbow will embark on its first U.K. tour in twenty-two years next month.

 

 

DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE 'Hysteria' 30th-ANNIVERSAY BOX SET:

     Def Leppard will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album "Hysteria", one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of "Hysteria (Remastered 2017)". Set to debut on August 4, the remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Ume — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, and limited-edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.
    Frontman Joe Elliott says: "It's hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the release of 'Hysteria'. In some respects, it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us."
    Adds guitarist Phil Collen: "I look back at the whole 'Hysteria' experience with excitement along with fond and tragic memories. It was our commercial zenith, thanks to Mutt Lange's insistence that we create an artistic hybrid between hard rock and pop Top 40 music using every genre available as an inspiration. It was a rock album that would garner seven hit singles. Mission accomplished."
    Essential listening for fans across the board, 'Hysteria' indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group's second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (10 million sales in the U.S.), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the U.S. Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by "Born In The U.S.A." Rolling Stone touted it on the prestigious "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, and a poll in Q placed it among the "100 Greatest Albums of All Time". Dominating multiple charts, it captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, bolstered by immortal Top-5 anthems such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Animal", "Love Bites", "Hysteria", "Rocket" and "Armageddon It".
    'Hysteria' left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll. Powered by stadium-filling drums, rapturous guitars, and unshakable choruses, the record saw rightfully claim their place among rock's divinities forever. As a result, its influence now reverberates through three generations of artists to follow. It also historically marked their third straight collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
  
Among the new versions, the Super Deluxe Edition boasts 5-CD/2-DVDs including four books — "Story Of"; a Ross Halfin photo book; Discography; Hysteria Tour Program and Tour Poster. The Deluxe Version features 3 CDs, the Vanilla Version is 1-CD, and the Vinyl Version is 2 Black LPs. In addition, there will be a limited-edition, 2-LP Colored Vinyl available via D2C channels for the first time
'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition' track listing:

Disc I: (Remastered 'Hysteria')
1. Women
2. Rocket
3. Animal
4. Love Bites
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
6. Armageddon It
7. Gods Of War
8. Don't Shoot Shotgun
9. Run Riot
10. Hysteria
11. Excitable
12. Love And Affection
Disc II:
1. Tear It Down (B-side)
2. I Wanna Be Your Hero (Retro Active)
3. Ride Into The Sun (Retro Active)
4. Ring Of Fire (B-Side)
5. Women (Radio Edit)
6. Rocket (Lunar Mix) (Radio Edit)
7. Love Bites (Radio Edit)
8. Hysteria (Radio Edit)
9. Pour Some Sugar on Me (Radio Edit)
10. Armageddon It (Radio Edit)
11. Release Me (Stumpus Maximus)
12. Classic Album – Hysteria (BBC Radio Documentary)
Disc III:
1. Rocket (The Lunar Mix - Extended Version) (B-Side)
2. Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix) (12" Single)
3. Animal (Extended Version)
4. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Extended Version)
5. Excitable (The Orgasmic Mix) (B-Side)
6. Rocket (Lunar Mix) (B-Side)
7. Rock Of Ages (Live) (B-Side)
8. Love And Affection (Live) (B-Side)
9. Billy's Got A Gun (Live) (B-Side)
Disc IV: "In The Round, In Your Face" (Live)
1. Stagefright
2. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
3. Women
4. Too Late For Love
5. Hysteria
6. Gods Of War
7. Die Hard The Hunter
Disc V: "In The Round, In Your Face" (Live)
1. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
2. Foolin'
3. Armageddon It
4. Animal
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
6. Phil Solo
7. Rock Of Ages
8. Photograph
DVD I:
1. Rocket (Top Of The Pops)
2. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Top Of The Pops)
3. Animal (Top Of The Pops)
4. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Brit Awards)
5. Women (Promo Video)
6. Animal (Promo Video)
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Promo Video)
8. Pour Some Sugar On Me (U.S. Version Live)
9. Hysteria (Promo Video
10. Love Bites (Promo Video)
11. Rocket (Promo Video)
12. Armageddon It (Live) (Promo Video)
Disc II: ("Classic Albums")
1. Introduction
2. Animal
3. Hysteria
4. Rocket
5. Love Bites
6. Pour Some Sugar On Me
Bonus Material:
7. Initial Recordings Of Animal
8. Rick Gets Hysterical
9. Hysteria (Acoustic Performance)
10. Drumming - Return To The Status Quo
11. The Album According To Joe
12. Sugar Stripped Down
13. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Acoustic Performance)
14. Guitars, Guitars, Guitars
15. Windmill II And The Gods Of War
16. Mutt's Vocals In The Mix
17. The Album Is Finally Released

 

DON DOKKEN PERFORMS ACOUSTICALLY AT 'A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS' 30th-ANNIVERSARY EVENT:

    Don Dokken performed an acoustic set at the special "A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" event on Saturday, June 3 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
The ultimate Wizard World Horror Fest celebration marked the 30th anniversary of the Chuck Russell-directed "A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" film and included a live commentary and question-and-answer session with both Russell and the movie's star Heather Langenkamp.
Dokken performed the infamous hit single "Dream Warriors" on the film's soundtrack. The song was released as a single in 1987, landing at No. 22 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and also appeared on Dokken's fourth album, "Back For The Attack".
"Dream Warriors" was recorded by the classic lineup of Dokken — Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown — which completed a short Japanese tour last fall.
A Dokken concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour is tentatively due before the end of the year or in early 2018. The set will feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's very first comeback gig, which was held on September 30, 2016 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

LISTEN TO NEW ALICE COOPER SINGLE 'Paranoiac Personality'

     Alice Cooper's new single, "Paranoiac Personality", can be streamed below. The song is taken from his new album, "Paranormal", which will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC. As previously announced, "Paranormal" features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. The disc can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes today. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country.
    The guitar-driven "Paranoiac Personality" is a perfect entry point to Alice's searing rock record, an album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. "Paranormal" was produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper's 2016 shows in Columbus, Ohio.
'Paranormal' track listing:
1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound Of
11. Genuine American Girls
12. You And All Of Your Friends
Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School's Out
     "My definition of paranormal is something that is 'other than normal' or 'alongside of normal,'" says Cooper. "You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That's what gets people's attention. They'd listen to our music and see our show and say, 'That's so strange...oh yeah, that's so Alice."
    In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs.
    "Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold," says Alice. "I said, let's get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best."
    Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. "Dynamite Road" tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In "Fireball", the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. "Genuine American Girl" is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend.
    "Alice doesn't have a problem being scary," Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. "He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He'll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel."
     Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on "Paranormal" is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.
    "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood," explains Cooper. "There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow."
"But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to record, it just fits right in."
One could argue that the two songs, "Genuine American Girl" and THE WHO-inspired "You And All Your Friends", do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable.
Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on "Paranormal", the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of his greatest hits, such as "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "School's Out". Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an Alice Cooper concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary Deep Purple.
"This album is like the sideshow at a circus," Cooper concludes. "It's a little creepy. There's a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you're intrigued. That's where Alice lives, and it's been the place to go for 50 years."

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER TO RETRN TO NORTH AMERICA IN 2018:

     DIRKSCHNEIDER — the band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider — will return to North America in early 2018 Confirmed tour dates:
Feb. 23 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Feb. 24 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Cha
nce Theater
Feb. 25 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe CampusFeb. 27 - Quebec City, QC @ LeCercle
Feb. 28 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Mar. 02 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 03 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Mar. 04 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Mar. 06 - Westland , MI @ Token Lounge
Mar. 07 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 09 - Milwaukee, WI @ Route 20
Mar. 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
Mar. 11 - LaCrosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater
Mar. 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Mar. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Mar. 15 - Calgary , AB @ Marquee
Mar. 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Mar. 18 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
Mar. 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar. 22 - West Hollywood , CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Mar. 23 - San Diego,CA @ Brick By Brick
Mar. 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Mar. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Mar. 27 - San Antonio , TX @ Vibes Event Center
Mar. 28 - Houston , TX @ Scout Bar
Mar. 30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
Mar. 31 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Kelsey Theater
Apr. 01 - Tampa , FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 02 - Raleigh, NC @ Cats Cradle
Apr. 03 - Louisville , KY @ Trixie's
Apr. 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Apr. 06 - Asbury Park NJ @ Stone Pony
Apr. 07 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Apr. 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.
In a message on the DIRKSCHNEIDER Facebook page, Udo explained his decision to continue touring as DIRKSCHNEIDER, saying: "Originally it was our plan to go back to touring with [Dirkschneider's long-running band] U.D.O. in 2017. But we have received an incredible number of emails and letters from fans begging us to continue with DIRKSCHNEIDER, and as there are still so many (ACCEPT) songs left to be sung, we have decided to bow to your demands!
"During the last tours with DIRKSCHNEIDER, the audience had a lot of fun, and we as a band also had the time of our lives on stage. In fact, a whole lot of people in countries all over the world have been knocked out by these shows. Just check out all the media (especially from the U.S., where we have just finished a five-week tour) and you will read the caption 'tour of the year' multiple times..."We are thrilled by the idea of continuing and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again live on tour! "Oh, we nearly forgot to tell you about possibly the most important point of all: From October 2017 on, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only ACCEPT hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours."
Udo told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon that his decision to perform classic songs from ACCEPT for the last time under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner was the result of his desire to focus on the U.D.O. material on future tours. He explained: "A lot of people ask me, 'Why do you do this?' And I said… Always people are asking, 'Oh, can you play this ACCEPT song and this ACCEPT song and this ACCEPT song?' I mean, I have fifteen U.D.O. albums out, and, for me now, U.D.O. is U.D.O. Of course, I know that the people like to hear ACCEPT songs with my voice, but I wanna close something — I wanna close, like a book, and say, 'Okay, that's it. I read it.' Sometimes you have to come to an end with something. I wanna close up everything with ACCEPT. And this will be the last time. And I said, okay, I'll do one more tour. It will be a world tour. And yeah, that will be the last time that you… When we are on tour with U.D.O., we'll never play any ACCEPT songs again."
DIRKSCHNEIDER released a live album called "Live - Back To The Roots" on October 28, 2016 via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2, 2016 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
In addition to Udo, the DIRKSCHNEIDER band on the recent tours included his son Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, Andrey Smirnov on guitar and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar. Kasperi has since left the group and was replaced by Bill Hudson.

 

VIDEO PREMIRE: MR. BIG's "Everybody Needs A Little Trouble":

    The official music video for "Everybody Needs A Little Trouble", a brand new song from MR." BIG, can be seen below." The track is taken from the band's ninth studio album, "Defying Gravity", which will be released on July 7 via Frontiers Music Srl." The effort will be available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as will a deluxe edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album." The album will also be made available on vinyl in the coming months."
'Defying Gravity' deftly showcases that patented MR." BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut "Open Your Eyes" to the harmony-laden wonderment of "Damn I'm in Love Again" to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of "1992" (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international No." 1 smash "To Be With You") to the barnburning slide-blues closer, "Be Kind"." Overall, "Defying Gravity" is prime evidence that the only thing MR." BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence."
Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band's 1989 self-titled debut, 1991's "Lean Into It" and 1993's "Bump Ahead") for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles." While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on "Defying Gravity" due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album." Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop."
"It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson," says Gilbert." "Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the '80s and '90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on 'Defying Gravity'." We basically played live in the studio."  "Over the years, we've all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it's still always the best just to play together as a band." Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band." I've worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record… both melodically and on the face-melting stuff.""
MR." BIG is gearing up for the launch its latest worldwide tour, which starts May 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Potowatami Casino."
"2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world," proclaims Gilbert." "I can't wait to play the new songs, and, of course, our favorites from the old days, like 'Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy', 'Just Take My Heart', 'Green Tinted Sixties Mind', 'Wild World' and 'To Be With You'.""
'Defying Gravity' track listing:
1." Open Your Eyes"
2." Defying Gravity"
3." Everybody Needs A Little Trouble"
4." Damn I'm In Love Again"
5." Mean To Me"
6." Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)"
7." Forever And Back"
8." She's All Coming Back To Me Now"
9." 1992"
10." Nothing At All"
11." Be Kind"