Music news – archive FREDDIE MERCURY song released

For the first time ever, after four decades buried deep in the vaults, a previously unreleased version of ‘Time’, recorded in 1986 by Freddie Mercury for the concept album of the hit musical of the same name, has finally emerged after two years of work by the globally successful musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark, a long-time friend of Freddie’s, using the song’s full title, ‘Time Waits For No One’.

‘Time Waits For No One’ shows Freddie Mercury at his most compelling; a completely stripped-down performance, accompanied by just a piano, showcasing one of music’s most beloved and show-stopping voices.

Music news – THE HOLD STEADY announce new album

“Thrashing Thru The Passion” set for release on Aug 16 via Frenchkiss Records

Listen to new single Denver Haircut” HERE
 

Photo credit: Adam Parshall

The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion, via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady’s seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, “Denver Haircut,” which is also available now at all DSPs.

“’Denver Haircut’ is a story about a guy who has chance meet up that takes him to a few different locations before leaving him alone and cashless in a strange hotel room,” says the band’s lead singer Craig Finn. “Steve Selvidge (guitarist) brought in the music to this song and everyone felt it immediately, it was really fun to play. The story unfolded quickly too. When recording, we remarked that it sounded like it could kick off an album…and so here we are.”

PRE-ORDER THRASHING THRU THE PASSION

Thrashing Thru The Passion collects five new songs recorded this year alongside five acclaimed ones released digitally between November 2017 and March 2019. The album was recorded at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson, Jordan McLean and Michael Leonhart on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals.

“I’ve been saying for a few years now – since Franz (keyboardist) came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we’ve ever been,” says Finn. “The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It’s been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady.”

The Hold Steady will celebrate Thrashing Thru The Passion with “Constructive Summer 2019,” a series of live show weekends across the United States. These weekends take place in Seattle, WA’s The Crocodile (August 15-17), Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle (August 22-24), Nashville, TN’s Basement East (September 5-7), Boston, MA’s The Sinclair (September 12-15), and the fourth annual “Massive Nights” event at NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 4-7). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theholdsteady.net/#shows.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).


THE HOLD STEADY LIVE SHOWS 2019

AUGUST


15-17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – SOLD OUT

SEPTEMBER

5-7 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
12-15 – Boston, VA – The Sinclair

DECEMBER

4-7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – (December 7 SOLD OUT)

Incoming…LEVERAGE, ENUFF Z’NUFF

LEVERAGE return after a ten year gap since their last album with ‘Determinus’ (Frontiers).  On ‘Tiger’ he sounds like Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén (and the song further ties in with Sabaton and that bands love of history as it is about the Tiger tank), a decent song but after hearing his melodic singing with Urban Tale it sounds strange.  ‘Wind Of Morrigan’ is a stand out, otherwise not overly taken by this album and I can’t get sued to Kimmo Blom singing in such a metal style! Existing fans will doubtless be happy though.

Recently picked up two ENUFF Z’NUFF CDs at a charity shop, namely their second album ‘Strength’ (1991) and ‘101’ (2000).

‘Strength’ is a fan favourite featuring ‘Mother’s Eyes’ and ‘Baby Loves You’, an album of pop rock bliss and it charted at number 56 in the UK album charts. ‘10’ (confusingly the band’s ninth studio album) saw the band down to the core duo of Chip Z’Nuff and Donnie Vie, with Johnny Monaco on guitars who would later replace Vie as the band’s singer between 2013 and 2016. The album includes some corkers like ‘Holiday’ and ‘There Goes My Heart’ (a real nod back to the band’s early sound).

Music news – New single ‘Afraid of the Silence’ – an upbeat yet thought-provoking slice of prog folk from Dandelion Charm

Single release date: 14th July 2019

“Dandelion Charm have the songs and talent to appeal to not only prog and folk fans, but anyone who enjoys strong songwriting with blissful vocals and melodies” – Get Ready To Rock

Ahead of their much-anticipated new album this Autumn, south-coast duo Dandelion Charm release a new single on 14th July. Reflecting on the drip drip impact of a never-ending stream of modern media commentary ‘Afraid of the Silence’ delivers its message with an upbeat optimistic shuffle and overtones of Simon and Garfunkel.

Drawing from the prog, rock and folk influences of John Fowler (guitar and vocals) and Clare Fowler (vocals), Dandelion Charm’s critically-acclaimed signature sound is a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

John Fowler: “Afraid of the Silence is a comment on Western society. So many of us just want to be told what’s worthy of our attention, what isn’t, what we should wear, what words we should use and so on. We absorb whatever the media spews out as if it’s our own thoughts, disregarding whatever was in vogue last week. So many people are terrified of not having all this stimulus and media guidance. They are afraid of the silence. People spend their time coveting whatever product is marketed to their demographic, and get a small dopamine release when it’s acquired, then they’re on to the next thing. This seems to be how many of us exist. I wonder whether such people reach old age and feel like they haven’t actually done anything – whether they feel as if they haven’t really lived.”

The release of ‘Afraid of the Silence’ will be marked with a special launch gig at Bar 42, Worthing on 14th July.

Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in 2018. Following the success of ‘Riding The Flood’ last year and appearances at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, the Cropredy festival fringe and a support slot for prog icons Gryphon, 2019 is promising to be even more of an exhilarating ride for Dandelion Charm with an appearance at the Cambridge Rock Festival in July, a return to Cropredy in August and a string of gigs along the south coast. A second full-length album ‘Maybe Dreamers’ is scheduled for release in November 2019 in both CD and digital formats.

GRTR! Newsletter – win ELP box set, festival reviews, top albums

Win ELP vinyl box set!

Here’s your chance to win the 4-LP Box Set from BMG celebrating EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER and spanning three decades.

We have one Box Set to giveaway.

The box set features 4 discs pressed on ‘galaxy effect’ coloured vinyl and includes tracks from all the key original albums. A 12-page insert contains sleeve notes from Chris Welch and new photos.

The collection has been digitally mastered from HD sources and at half-speed for superior sound quality.

Check out our review and track listing. (Competition closes 30 June). STOP PRESS!! Win Rewind Scotland tickets (19-21 July) More…
 
Festival season starts with beards
Get Ready to ROCK! has a great reputation for key summer festival coverage and the intrepid Hollie Latham packed tent and tucker to attend this year’s Bearded Theory event, held in Catton Hall, Derbyshire at the end of May.  Amongst the artists appearing this year were Little Steven & the Disciplies Of Soul, The Dreadnoughts, Dreadzone and Idlewild. Our melodic rock master Andy Nathan has headed to Malmo for the first Swedish AOR Convention and his extensive report features reviews of Scandinavian melodic rockers such as Hank Erix, Bad Habit, Coastland Ride, and many more. Andy will also be reporting on this year’s Download whilst other reviewers will be packing their macintoshes for Cornbury, Steelhouse (July) and Stonedeaf (August). And Dave Atkinson covered this year’s Camden Rocks (1/2 June).  We do edgy, too, you know! >> More information
Albums of the month (April – June 2019)
ERJA LYYTINEN Another World (Tuohi Records) [Release Date 26.04.19]

From the tension building intensity and a harmony guitar break of ‘Hard As Stone’ to the gently paced ‘Without You’, with its angst filled and guitar driven finale, ‘Another World’ shows you the many facets of a Finland’s polymath who derives her musical accomplishment from a willingness to experiment.

****
(Review by Pete Feenstra)
 
REBECCA DOWNES More Sinner Than Saint
(Mad Hat Records) [Release date 24.05.19]

Rebecca Downes has a powerful vocal, which backed by a set of talented musicians and strong songs, should see her gain the wider recognition she deserves.

**** (Review by Jason Ritchie)

DIAMOND HEAD The Coffin Train
Silver Lining Music [Release date: 24.05.19]

This album will be divisive. For die hards, it will be tough to swallow. It is not NWOBHM and it certainly is not the successor to ‘Lightning…’, but taken in its own right, albeit with enough nods to the roots, this is a fine, well crafted and powerful album. Massive respect to Tatler for sticking to his values and finding a contemporary sound to alloy with his metallic instincts.

****
(Review by Dave Atkinson)

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND Love & Beyond
(Frontiers) [Release Date 26.04.19]

If you don’t need an instant fix, are drawn to the mellower side of the melodic rock spectrum, and appreciate quality playing and singing, here is your album of the year.
****1/2
(Review by Andy Nathan)

BIG BIG TRAIN Grand Tour
English Electric [Release date 17.05.19] Big Big Train have a wonderful knack of not only creating marvellous epic songs, but equally they are masters of producing melodic rock/pop like ‘Alive’. With its train-like rhythm courtesy of a mellotron and upbeat lyrics, it makes it one of the band’s best songs to date. A real ‘pick me up’ song, complete with a 70’s prog feel…Big Big Train inform, educate and entertain on the ‘Grand Tour’, with musical and lyrical treats to be found throughout this magnificent opus. 

****1/2
(Review by Jason Ritchie)
  IZZ Don’t Panic (Doone Records) [Release date 21.05.19] Izz aren’t a band who offer instant fixes, their work requiring the investment of repeated listening to get the very best out of it.  And with a modicum of perseverance, Don’t Panic – which boasts some of the most accomplished playing, and one of finest productions you’ll hear this year -slowly reveals riches that will surely merit an album of the year nomination.

*****
(Review by Pete Whalley)

PRINCE Originals (Warner Bros.) [Release date 21.06.19] Serving not only as an educational tool, highlighting Prince’s versatility, ‘Originals’ is sequenced like a genuine album and with a little imagination, the listener could almost believe this was an unheard album put together by Prince himself.

****
(Review by Philip Beamon)

Music news – John Wetton Box Set information

The John Wetton Estate proudly announces work has commenced on a solo career box set featuring expanded editions of his iconic albums and a lavish hardback book.

Since John Wetton’s passing in January 2017, his family, friends and management have been working on finding a fitting tribute to such a remarkable man and iconic artist. The result of this labour of love is a box set entitled “An Extraordinary Life”, dedicated entirely to John’s solo career. The project has the full support of John’s wife, Lisa, and his son, Dylan, who are wholly involved with compiling the contents.

The set will include definitive, remastered editions of each of his six solo albums, with bonus tracks and artwork selected by John towards the end of his lifetime, and in some cases expanded to two discs:
1. Caught in the Crossfire2. Battle Lines3. Arkangel4. Sinister5. Rock of Faith6. Raised in Captivity

An Extraordinary Life will also feature a lavish hardback “coffee table” book written by one of John’s friends, the journalist Nick Shilton. Nick has interviewed dozens of John’s collaborators, peers and associates, both in and out of the music business, as well as friends from his childhood and through all eras of his career, collecting a multitude of exclusive, poignant and wonderful stories along the way.

This box set – a “must have” for every John Wetton fan – will also feature high resolution video tributes as well as unique bonus material. The Official John Wetton website will launch a dedicated webpage entitled “An Extraordinary Life” which will become an ever-evolving digital gathering place for the inner circle of John’s fans.

An Extraordinary Life will be completed during 2019 and initially be exclusively available via Burning Shed ahead of a wider scale retail release. The Burning shed store is now at https://burningshed.com/store/john-wetton

Coinciding with John’s 70th birthday today, Asia begins a 28 date USA tour as special guests of Yes on their Royal Affair Tour, which will premiere tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and John Lodge from the Moody Blues will also be on the bill. Asia’s new line-up comprises Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes Billy Sherwood, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and a special guest appearance by Steve Howe. John Wetton’s great friend Roger Dean will have an exhibition at each show, including iconic Asia artwork.

To celebrate John’s birthday, and as a teaser to the box set, we release a never before heard fly-on-the-wall of an early Asia rehearsal, recorded exactly 38 years ago today on June 12, 1981. Ricky Nelson has lovingly nurtured this Holy Grail recording, and has created a collage slide-show of rare photos through the decades to remind you of John’s genius. The question arises – what song did this morph into?

Further, Ricky has curated a special video recording of John’s last ever tour singing Asia songs, with the Rock Meets Classic arena tour in March 2015, where John delivers a supreme performance, one of his finest ever versions of “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”. This will be a special release today at 12noon UK time from John’s twitter page [see below].
Dylan Wetton says: “This is helping me come to terms with the loss of my Dad, and is opening my eyes to his genius. It is truly a labour of love”.


Lisa Wetton says: “When you open your box set for the first time, you will know that every person involved with its creation was touched deeply by John Wetton. You will be playing the music that revealed his personal life story, and you will be perpetuating a legacy that was meant to be a shining light for everyone. The physical light may have flickered out on January 31, 2017, but there is an extra radiant star aglow in the firmament today. It is my hope that when you listen, you will still feel the warmth from that light, and hear the Lion roar for generations to come”.


Official Website: http://www.johnwetton.co.ukRemembering John Wetton Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialjwettonRemembering John Wetton Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377795682293955/

Music news – CORNBURY festival returns with headliners THE SPECIALS, KEANE and THE BEACH BOYS (5-7 July 2019)

The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival is held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire 5-7 July.

Joining headliners The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys, artists include KT Tunstall, Elkie Brooks, Trevor Horn Band, Paul Cattack and Steeleye Span.

Amongst the sideshow events The Hairy Bikers return with their “pop up” wood-fired restaurant. There’s also an Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview featuring Lost Voice Guy and Rose Matafeo, top prize winner at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018.  Whilst on the Caffe Nero stage Chris Difford (Squeeze), The Dunwells and are amongst the participants.

Cornbury is a truly “family-friendly” event where “music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes”.

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