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5/14/2017:
Ex-AUTOGRAPH DRUMMER KENI RICHIRDS MURDERED — HOMOCIDE INVESTIGATION PENDING:

    The Autograph band members were interviewed by Jay Oakley for Shockwave Magazine at the M3 Rock Festival that took place on April 27 and 28, 2017.
   
Autograph guitarist Steve Lynch was asked to speak about former drummer Keni Richards who passed away back on April 8, 2017. Lynch stated: “He was crazy as hell but he was a good guy at heart, really good guy at heart and he was great on those first three albums ('Sign In Please', 'That’s The Stuff', 'Loud And Clear') and then he actually left the latter part of the original Autograph to play with Dirty White Boy, then we got a different drummer, Eddie Cross, and we continued to record because our RCA deal was up and we were getting ready to record a three album deal with Epic Records but then the grunge-thing came along and happened and everything went from happy to depression and suicide and heroin. [Laughs] We weren’t ready to commit suicide yet and so, we decided to bail out of the business for a while. But, Keni had lived out in the desert for a while and went through a lot of different problems with different substance abuse and everything and that was unfortunate. He got mixed up with the wrong kind of people and something happened there, it’s a homicide investigation actually…. All I can say is it’s a homicide investigation and I really don’t know much more than that. But, of course, when you’re dealing with that kind of people and people are doing heroin and meth and all that, they’re not saints. Let’s put it that way.
    Current Autograph singer Simon Daniels and drummer Marc Weiland were asked by Oakley whether they had ever met Richards or had a relationship with him. Daniels stated: “I did because, for a couple of months, he recruited me and we talked and he was a person and then all of a sudden, from night to day, he just switched to a person I didn’t quite recognize any more and just started making no sense. It was sad because, to me, nothing made any sense but we went from really good friends to enemies. Then, I just stayed away from it.” Lynch went on to add: “There’s one word that can sum that whole thing up and that’s (drug)”
   
Sleaze Roxx spoke today to Dean, who was one of Richards‘ close friends during the last few years of his life. Dean stated as follows about Richards and the last few days prior to his death: “I had been friends with Keni Richards for few years. In the last year [prior to Richards‘ death], we talked all the time. He was working on a book and painting. He was falling on hard times and needed some help. I was there for him. He left me some disturbing messages that people were watching him and I told him he needed to call the police but he would not do that. So he just lived on the edge but he was very worried because he said people were breaking into his home.
   
I was trying to get him to move out here in Louisiana were I live. I had a drum kit that I was going to give him and he was trying to get back into playing. After we talked, four days went by that I did not heard from him. I was worried so kept calling him — no answer. Later that night, I got a call saying that he was found shot in his home and had passed away. I could not believe it. When I found out about his death, I contacted his [former] band member Steve Lynch who has been a great friend to me and staying in touch. Steve [Lynch] and Simon Daniels have been great and I wish them all the best.
    Keni was a great guy. He was dealing with depression. He was going to come out here and move, and you know, this happened and there are no answers. Keni wanted me to post something on Facebook and I never did. He wanted to know if the fans really cared about him and loved him. He said that he didn’t really think that he made a difference in people’s lives. He was struggling with that and wanted me to find out how many people really cared about him and what he meant to them. He shared with me some great stories about the Motley Crue tour and David Lee Roth, and you know, he had done a lot of things after Autograph.
   
I miss my friend all the time. I have so many messages [from him that] I still listen to today. I pray every day that they will find the people who did this. He was doing a painting for me before this happened. Miss you Keni! R.I.P. my friend. Much love to you and your family.

 

 

1/14/2017:
Thunder Set To 'Rip It Up' On February 10, 2017:

    Thunder will release a brand new studio album, 'Rip It Up', on February 10, 2017 through earMUSIC. The disc, the band's eleventh, features eleven brand new songs recorded in 2016, and is proof positive that this is a band that exists only to push itself and aim higher. Following on from the Top Ten success enjoyed by their previous release 'Wonder Days', 'Rip It Up' — as the title suggests — sees Danny Bowes, Luke Morley, Ben Matthews, Chris Childs and "Harry" James stretching themselves musically, lyrically and creatively.
    Frontman Danny said simply: "After the positive reaction to 'Wonder Days', we were very happy, and it justified the approach we took in the writing and recording. We decided to push it further on all fronts this time, to see what happened, and I think it shows in the writing and the individual performances. We couldn't have made this album 10 or even 5 years ago, we weren't good enough! We're really looking forward to playing the new tunes live alongside the more established ones." Fans don't have to wait long, the band will embark on a nationwide U.K. tour in March, with full details and ticket links on the band's web site.
    This album comes nearly three decades into their career and, if 27 is normally famed and feared as the rock milestone at which many of the great and the good have had their creative flames extinguished, then Thunder have arrived with a bulging bag of tunes, a notebook of great lyrics, a jerrycan of petrol, and a match. There are rockers, like the incendiary title track, ripsnorters like "She Likes The Cocaine", while songs like "Right From The Start" take the pace down, but turn the intensity up. While the album closes out with the stylish blues-tinged melancholia of "There's Always A Loser", it's clear that the band have continued with their winning ways. After a summer of great gigs including killer performances at Ramblin' Man and Steelhouse festival, the quintet know what works and how to pace a set of songs.
    The title track "Rip It Up" (listen to the song below) is more than just a great and contemporary rock track, it's a statement of intent. Thunder, as Danny sings, "Don't do subtle, don't rely on luck," there's quality in depth and style to burn here. Thunder have never sounded so intent or intense and, whilst this album cleaves to what made the band's fans fall in love with them originally, there's risk taking and ambition aplenty here. Thunder have no interest in taking the easy way.
'Rip It Up' track listing:
1.) "No One Gets Out Alive"
2.) "Rip It Up"
3.) "She Likes The Cocaine"
4.) "Right From The Start"
5.) "Shakedown"
6.) "Heartbreak Hurricane"
7.) "In Another Life"
8.) "The Chosen One"
9.) "The Enemy Inside"
10.) "Tumbling Dow"
11.) "There's Always A Loser"

 


 

Tokyo Motor Fist Featuring Trixter Guitarist Steve Brown And Danger Danger Vocalist Ted Poley:

    You don't need to be a die-hard '80s metal fan to know that the fruits of an artistic alliance between Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of Trixter is going to make melodic rock fans rejoice! The two musicians from New Jersey recently created Tokyo Motor Fist and the new band is ready to unleash on the world their self-titled debut album on February 24 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    The song "Shameless", was taken from their self-titled release and can be streamed below.
    Indeed, Tokyo Motor Fist is exactly what you would expect: catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way it should be! You want big — we mean, BIG — hooks? You got 'em. What about major guitar riffs? Of course there's plenty of those. Killer rhythm section? Well, with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner), you simply can't go wrong!

    Ted and Steve have been friends for a long time. They were playing the same club circuit with their respective bands, Danger Danger and Tixter, when both bands were starting their careers. Over the years, they've had a great personal relationship and the idea of doing a record together has been in the cards for many years. Now, thanks to Frontiers, this concept has become a reality.
    "To say that I'm excited for the world to hear Tokyo Motor Fist would be an understatement," says Steve Brown. "Working on this project with my rock and roll brothers Ted Poley, Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi was a total blast… We had fun and it shows in the performances and in the music! As a songwriter, I couldn't be happier with the way the songs came together. Fans of Trixter, Danger Danger, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick will get the best of all those worlds."

    Poley adds: "Working with guys of this caliber was amazing. I was excited to collaborate with my longtime friend Steve Brown, who is not only a really great songwriter and guitarist but also an insanely cool producer! The band sounds great and very high energy. The vocals of Steve and I along with his SHREDDING guitar, combined with the world-class rhythm powerhouse section of Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi is amazing. What a cool band — the sound is HUGE. But it's the songs that drew me into making this album in the beginning and the record is full of catchy songs with massive choruses and great melodies and sounds BIG BIG BIG! I am beyond THRILLED with the final result and I hope you will be too."
'Tokyo Motor Fist' track listing:
1.) "Pickin' Up The Pieces"
2.) "Love Me Insane"
3.) "Shameless"
4.) "Love"
5.) "Black And Blue"
6.) "You're My Revolution"
7.) "Don't Let Me Go"
8.) "Put Me To Shame"
9.) "Done To Me"
10.) "Get You Off My Mind"
11.) "Fallin' Apart

THE BAND:
Ted Poley - Vocals
Steve Brown - Guitar, Vocals
Greg Smith - Bass
Chuck Burgi - Drums



 

 

WORLD PRIMIRE:


Ex-White Lion Singer Mike Tramp Releases 'Coming Home' Video:

    "Coming Home", the new video from former White Lion singer Mike Tramp, can be seen below. The song is taken from his tenth solo album, 'Maybe Tomorrow', which will be released on February 24 via Mighty Music/Target Group. The LP is without doubt one of the Danish singer/songwriter's finest efforts so far, and the nature of the music is deeply personal.
   'Maybe Tomorrow' was recorded at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark, once again with Tramp's trusted partner Søren Andersen behind the knobs and on guitar.

  Mike was backed by the same band in the studio: Morten Hellborn on drums, Jesper Haugaard on bass and Morten Buchholtz on Hammond and piano.
    Tramp states about the follow-up to 2015's "Nomad": "When people ask me, why I have made a new album and what it's about, I find myself dumbfounded or even lost for words. To me, what I do is who I am.
"It might have taken me quite a while to reach this place where I feel so at home, and also where I belong. A place where my music is simply an extension of who I am. It might not sound that interesting or mysterious! But in what other way can I express that my songwriting and music is the truthful life of Mike Tramp? I don't want to be anything else or try anything new. I am a torchbearer of my heroes and an offspring of my inspirations. I have not only moved away from the past, but I have grown and I have made my stand.
    "When I listen to 'Maybe Tomorrow', I don't just see myself, I now also see my faithful audience that have grown with me, and that is the best feeling of them all."
    Tramp recently finished another one of his massive U.S. tours, and will be touring Europe extensively to support 'Maybe Tomorrow'.
    'Maybe Tomorrow' will be released worldwide on limited-edition blue-color LP (500 copies), black LP, CD and as a digital download.

TRACKLISTING:
1.)"Coming Home"
2.)"It's Not How We Do It"
3.)"Spring"
4.)"Would I Lie To You"
5.)"Rust And Dust"
6.)"Leaving One Day"
7.)"Time And Place"
8.)"What More Can I Say"
9.)"Why Even Worry At All"
10.)"Maybe Tomorrow"


 

 

Graham Bonnet Regrets Leaving RAINBOW: 'I Was A Bit Too Cocky':

    MetalTalk's Mark Taylor recently conducted an interview with legendary hard rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri
    Asked if it's true that he recorded his vocals on the classic Rainbow song "I Surrender" before quitting the band in 1980, Bonnet said: "I started to record it, yeah." I did some backing vocals and quit after the backing vocals were done, because we had nothing else." And I looked at Roger Glover [Rainbow bassist and producer], and I said, "What else are you gonna do? I've done backing vocals." What else have you got?' 'We have nothing."' So I went back to L.A. And then they called me up a little bit later to say, 'We've got some more songs now."' I said, 'What's the point of me coming back now?' I said, 'I've decided to do something different."' [And they said] 'Well, look, if we get another singer in to do some of the songs you don't wanna do, we'll get somebody else to do those and you do what you wanna do, the songs you like."' And I said, 'No" That won't work — two singers."' So I just quit, believe it or not." What an idiot… I'm kicking myself now, because I should have stayed a bit longer." And I apologized for that to the band.""
    Pressed on whether he regrets leaving RAINBOW, Bonnet said: "Yeah, absolutely." 'Cause I was probably a bit too… My ego was taking me somewhere else." I was a bit too cocky." But in the end, it worked out okay.""
   In 1979, Bonnet auditioned for the frontman position in RAINBOW." With his James Dean image, the choice of Bonnet to replace Ronnie James Dio was subject to some questions." However, once the band heard Bonnet sing, they knew they had their man." With Bonnet at the mic, they recorded the "Down To Earth" LP, which became one of Rainbow's most successful releases."
   Graham moved on from Rainbow in the early '80s to work on his solo career." He also played with Michael Schenker Group, recorded several albums with Alcatrazz and had a short stint with Impellitteri."
   Graham Bonnet Band  debut album, "The Book", was released on November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl

 

 

House Of Lords To Release 'Saint Of The Lost Souls' Album In March:

    Frontiers Music Srl will release 'Saint Of The Lost Souls', the tenth studio album from HOUSE OF LORDS, on March 24.'
    The first audio offering from 'Saint Of The Lost Souls', a song called "Oceans Divide", can be streamed below."
    Recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian, the follow-up to 2015's "Indestructible" has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band's trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell's guitar."

    'Saint Of The Lost Souls' is already one of the years most anticipated melodic rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre." James Christian's well-crafted and smooth vocals bring the band's songwriting to new heights." Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless." A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the rock community." His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to HOUSE OF LORDS."
    The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and has now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents."
    HOUSE OF LORDS stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for." All these ingredients you will find on 'Saint Of The Lost Souls' which shines from the first second to the last!
"Saint Of The Lost Souls" track listing:
1,)" Harlequin"
2,)" Oceans Divide"
3,)" Hit the Wall"
4,)" Saint of the Lost Souls"
5,)" The Sun Will Never Set Again"
6,)" New Day Breakin"
7,)" Reign of Fire"
8,)" Concussion"
9,)" Art of Letting Go"
10,)" Grains of Sand"
11,)" The Other Option"