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interview with PAUL LOGUE from EDEN’S CURSE

(This is a syndicated interview and well worth a read if you are a fan of the band or power/melodic metal)

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Congratulations on the release of your ‘Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse’ album Paul. Does that mean you guys are splitting up now? 😉

PL: Haha! No, but I get the context. A lot of band’s seem to break up and then release a ‘Best Of’ album to fulfil contractual obligations. But I hate to disappoint you – we are going nowhere!

So why now then?

PL: The timing of the release came via discussions with our label AFM Records. We have such an open and close relationship, having worked together for over 12 years and we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other. We both felt it was the perfect time, especially with us heading out on a big UK tour with Michael Schenker Fest. One of our main aims on that tour was obviously to win over new fans and ‘Testament’ would hopefully be a great tool for helping convert those people who liked what we were doing on the night into hardcore fans.

‘Testament’ is not your typical ‘Best Of’ release that has two or three CD’s full of the band’s greatest songs. You instead have opted for one disc with fourteen of the band’s best songs and a second disc of bonus tracks and a brand-new song. Can you explain why?

PL: Sure! The aim is simply to appeal to fans both old and new. Disc one is primarily aimed at potential new fans. If you always fancied checking out our music and don’t know where to begin this, is in our opinion, is a great starting point. For the guys that have the albums already, then it’s a good compilation with arguably all our big songs on one CD. Disc two was compiled especially with our long-time followers in mind. We are very much a band who listens to its fan base and for many years we have been asked “can you release all the bonus tracks on one disc?”. Unfortunately, for contractual reasons, that was unable to happen until now, as we extended our worldwide deal with AFM Records and they now hold all the rights. There are a couple of extra special tracks that have not seen the light of day on general release before and of course a brand-new song called ‘Forever’.

Who chose the tracks for the best album and put the running order together?

PL: I chose the songs with our A&R director at AFM Records, Mr Timo Hoffmann. I put together the running order exactly like we would perform it as a set list, if we were playing it live, and I think it really works.

In April 2019 you will undertake the ‘Testament’ tour in the UK. What will feature in the set?

PL: We will play ‘Testament’ in full along with the new song ‘Forever’.

And you have two amazing support bands in Mob Rules and Degreed as part of a brilliant triple package?

PL: Yes, that’s right! Mob Rules are one of my favourite bands, but I have never seen them live before. So naturally I was delighted when they accepted our offer. Degreed are relatively new to me. I have heard the name before but only caught them live for the first-time supporting H.E.A.T in Glasgow and then we played together in Malmo at Melodic Rock Fest Scandinavia in Sweden this past summer. So, I kept them in mind when it came to looking for a third band for the tour. We worked very hard on getting a package together that really stood out for the fans, and when it was announced it seemed to receive a very positive response. The proof is in the pudding though and it’s all about how many people turn out for the shows though. So, get your tickets bought people! 😉

Speaking of tours, you are just hot off the UK tour supporting Michael Schenker Fest. How was that experience?

PL: The tour was excellent. As I mentioned above, our main aim was to win new fans and we certainly did that. We played very well every single night and got better as the tour went on. Some of the stage times were a little earlier than we would have liked, as Michael was playing a near three-hour set, but beggars cannot be choosers and we were delighted to be involved and playing on some of the UK’s most iconic stages.

What shows were the highlights?

Glasgow, as always! SWG3 was packed and the gig went like a dream. We opened the Hard Rock Hell XII festival in North Wales in front of a very full room and London at the iconic O2 Forum in Kentish Town was superb.

What’s next for Eden’s Curse?

PL: First up, it’s a relaxing end of the year spending Christmas and New Year with our families. Then into 2019, we will perform at Planet Rock Radio’s Winter’s End Festival in England in March, and as mentioned above, we will undertake the ‘Testament UK Tour’ in April. For the remainder of the year though, we will be focusing on writing our next album, which we have begun but not in earnest.

So, you have actually started writing?

PL: Yes! I have recorded one instrumental track with our drummer John and have several new riffs and ideas recorded, but in very early stages, with maybe only one song pretty developed, instrumentally at this point.

You guys always seem to have a very clear idea of where each album is headed. Is it more of the same?

PL: First and foremost, I am always very sure of what I want to write, which for me is always just good quality melodic hard rocking metal music. It is never forced but I always write for myself first and foremost. We will never stray too much from what we are all about, after all it is our identity, but I think our fans can hear with the newer track ‘Forever’ what this line-up of Eden’s Curse is all about and capable of. We have several ideas that I am very excited about and that for me is what keeps writing fresh and interesting. If it doesn’t excite you then don’t bother!

Care to elaborate further?

PL: Not too much, but I am exploring some lyrical concepts that are pretty cool.

A concept album?

PL: I never said that haha!

But you never said no?

PL: No I didn’t haha! We will see. I am not committing to anything at this stage.

When do you expect to have the album ready?

PL: We haven’t even written it yet, so not before 2020.

Well there you have it folks – the Curse are going to be back with their sixth album at some point in the near future. Until then, we have the wonderful ‘Testament’ and the new track ‘Forever’ to whet our appetites. You can buy ‘Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse’ and tickets for the tour with Mob Rules and Degreed from www.edenscurse.com and follow the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial

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First, Last & Always with Darren Johnson

Darren writes on rock and folk and as well as being a regular contributor to Get Ready To Rock and various other publications he runs his own music blog. He has also handled PR for a number of artists in recent years, including Bernie Torme, Thunderstick and prog-folk outfit Dandelion Charm. Visit Darren’s music blog here: https://darrensmusicblog.com/

The first album I ever bought…

Excluding the albums that I taped off my dad as a kid (Status Quo, Monty Python and so on) and excluding the copy of Highway To Hell that my older step-sister passed on to me when she decided she was punk and would no longer be listening to AC/DC, the first new album I bought (well it was actually a present for my 15th birthday but it was exactly what I asked for) was We’ll Bring The House Down by Slade. I have vague memories of Slade from my childhood at the height of the glam era in the early 70s but they had been out of the limelight for several years. However, I remember watching Top Of The Pops when Slade burst back on to our TV screens in 1981 with We’ll Bring The House Down and I became instantly hooked. From then on they were my favourite band (and still are!) I still play that album a lot. Probably not the best Slade album of all time but certainly a significant one for me.

Last decent album…

In terms of the veteran classic rock bands, after some ropey years in the 90’s and 00’s I generally think we’ve been seeing a real return to form from all of these bands in recent years. Rather than chasing trends they seem to have the confidence to sound like themselves once again and make the type of albums that made people fall in love with them in the first place. Girlschool, Judas Priest, Saxon, Uriah Heep et al have all made brilliant albums in recent years that stand proud against their earlier career-defining classics. However, I also follow quite a few newish heavy metal bands as well and after completely losing interest in modern heavy metal in the 00s with all of its bewildering sub-genres, there has been a brilliant renaissance of classic heavy metal in recent years where great song-writing, catchy riffs and strong melodies are back in vogue. A few bands have really impressed in recent years. Hell’s Gazelles are ones to watch and have released a couple of great EPs but for an album I’m going to go with Toledo Steel’s No Quarter released this year. Fast and furious, loud and heavy as hell but never less than tuneful and melodic Toledo Steel are everything you want from a truly great heavy metal band. No Quarter is a brilliant debut album.

An always album…

Over the past thirty-odd years there have been lots of albums that have come into my life and rapidly established themselves as favourites that I wouldn’t want to live without. However, for this one I’m going to go right back to that discarded copy of Highway To Hell that my stepsister handed on to me when I was 14. Every track a memorable classic, this album is as great to listen to now as it was when it came out. For me it shows the evolution of AC/DC from the sleazy bar-room rock n roll band of the early albums to the stadium-filling giants that they would become in the Brian Johnson era. And much as I love Brian Johnson, in spite of initial scepticism when it was first announced, I though Axl Rose handled the Bon Scott-era material brilliantly on the last tour. I’m going to be hugely controversial now and state that an Angus Young/Axl Rose collaboration album could be the long lost follow-up to Highway To Hell. I hope they record something together!

New music – A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION, MILES HUNT

A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.) hail from Toronto, Canada consisting of Brett Caruthers (vocals, guitars, synths), Stu Dead (drums, percussion, beats) and Steph Misayo Seki (bass, synths). The album ‘Becoming’ is a mix of rock & metal with distinct electronica/synth elements, like a slightly more ‘upbeat’ Paradise Lost during that band’s goth/electronica era. Songs like ‘Close Your Eyes’ and the eerie ‘Ghost’ are stand outs and A.P.E. are worth investigating further if you enjoy Nine Inch Nails and the aforementioned era of Paradise Lost.

The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt has released a double CD of thirty acoustic songs called ‘The Custodian’. The album’s title comes from a conversation with Tom Robinson when Miles appeared as his guest. Robinson explained that a bands back catalogue belonged to the audience, songs that sound-tracked the life of their thousands of fans. Miles now sees himself as “The Custodian” and has a responsibility to treat and perform the songs with the respect they deserve, hence the thirty songs on here plus another thirty he has rehearsed for upcoming live dates.

It is a perfect set for fans of his solo work and the Wonder Stuff, both amply represented on here. Songs like ‘Unbearable’ and ‘Size Of A Cow’ take on a whole new lease of life, especially as this is a proper acoustic album i.e. just Miles Hunt’s vocals and his acoustic guitar. After listening to this album you want to hear him play the songs live, job done then.

MUSE, ALICE IN CHAINS & OZZY all announce 2019 tour dates

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MUSE, who release their new album ‘Simulation Theory’ this Friday November 9, have announced the following tour dates for 2019 –

Feb 22 Houston Toyota Center, TX
Feb 24 Dallas American Airlines Center, TX
Feb 26 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena, AZ
Feb 28 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena, UT
Mar 02 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center, NV
Mar 05 San Diego Valley View Casino Center, CA
Mar 07 Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Mar 09 Oakland Oracle Arena, CA
Mar 24 Sunrise BB&T Center, FL
Mar 26 Atlanta State Farm Arena, GA
Mar 28 Toronto Scotiabank Arena, ON
Mar 30 Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Mar 31 Quebec City Videotron Centre, QC
Apr 02 Washington Capital One Arena, DC
Apr 04 Detroit Little Caesars Arena, MI
Apr 07 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center, PA
Apr 10 Boston TD Garden, MA
May 26 Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic
May 28 Budapest Papp László Sports Arena, Hungary
May 29 Graz Stadthalle Graz, Austria
Jun 01 London Stadium, UK
Jun 08 Manchester Etihad Stadium, UK
Jun 12 Riga Arena, Latvia
Jun 15 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium, Russia
Jun 18 Helsinki Suvilahti Open Air, Finland
Jun 22: Krakow Tauron Arena Kraków, Poland
Jun 27: Nijmegen Goffertpark, Netherlands
Jun 29: Cologne Rhein Energie Stadion, Germany
Jul 03: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jul 06: Paris Stade de France, France
Jul 09: Marseille Stade Orange Vélodrome, France
Jul 12: Milan San Siro Stadium, Italy
Jul 16: Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique, France
Jul 20: Rome Stadio Olimpico, Italy
Jul 24: Lisobon Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Portugal
Jul 26: Madrid Wanda Metropolitano, Spain

Also ALICE IN CHAINS have announced European dates –

May 23: Glasgow Braehead Arena
May 24: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
May 25: London Wembley SSE Arena
May 27: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
May 28: Paris L’Olympia, France
May 30: Brussels AB, Belgium
May 31: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 01: Zurich Halle 622, Switzerland
Jun 03: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Jun 04: Hamburg Stadtpark Open Air, Germany
Jun 07-09: Nürburg Rock Am Ring, Germany
Jun 07-09: Nuremburg Rock Im Park, Germany
Jun 11: Krakow Impact Festival, Poland
Jun 13: Tallinn Rock Cafés, Estonia

and finally OZZY OSBOURNE has announced more US dates with MEGADETH as support –

May 29: Atlanta State Farm Arena, GA
May 31: Sunrise BB&T Center, FL
Jun 02: Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, FL
Jun 04: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC
Jun 06: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Jun 08: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Jun 11: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Jun 13: Pittsburgh KeyBank Pavilion, PA
Jun 15: Bangor Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, ME
Jun 18: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Jun 20: Hamilton FirstOntario Centre, ON
Jun 22: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Jun 26: St Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Jun 28: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Jun 30: Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena, IA
Jul 04: Milwaukee Summerfest, WI
Jul 06: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
Jul 09: Edmonton Rogers Place, A
Jul 11: Vancouver Rogers Arena, BC
Jul 13: Tacoma Dome, WA
Jul 16: Portland Moda Center, OR
Jul 18: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Jul 20: Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena, NV
Jul 23: San Diego North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 25: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Jul 27: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 29: Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, CA

WaterBear Announce an Amazing Opportunity to Rising Bands

Listen up, music makers, and you’ll hear opportunity knocking. Applications are open for slots on The Rising Stage at The Ramblin’ Man Fair 2019.

Email your EPK (electronic press kit) to risingstage@waterbear.io, with “Ramblin’ Man” in the message’s subject box. The EPK should include your biog, one video and links to your socials. If you haven’t got an EPK together, check out the WaterBear blog entry on how to put an effective package together and make use of it: http://waterbear.org.uk/News/Putting-together-electronic-press-packs

WaterBear’s Bruce John Dickinson has taken on the task of shortlisting the bands personally.  Out of the many hundreds expected to apply, Bruce will make a shortlist of forty that will go straight to the The Ramblin’ Man team. In the New Year they will then pick the winners and final line-up. This year the Rising Stage runs across 2 days, which means that there are twice as many slots available as there were last year!

Keep an eye out for The Big Red who will be running an opportunity for this stage as well.

There’ll also be the usual ‘Wild Card’ slot, chosen by The Ramblin’ Man team themselves.

That gives you three bites at the cherry – three ways to potentially get a place on the line-up!

Bruce’s Top Tips:

1                 The Ramblin’ Man team LOVE to see progression, so bands that were in the running last year that can show progression and putting in the groundwork to build up an audience, following, social media sign-up etc., increase their chances.

2                 Experience, musicianship and professionalism: the team look for bands with what it takes to pull off a festival slot, with all the associated pressure and technical demands, such as fast changeovers no sound check, etc.

3                 It’s about The Music! We’re looking for talent, quality, originality and entertainment value for the festival.

A slot at Ramblin’ Man Fair can be a great showcase for your band and a stepping stone to bigger things. Artists like Kris Barras, Wayward Sons, Stone Broken, and Massive Wagons have all played the Fair previously.

Deadline for submissions is Jan 1st 2019. So what are you waiting for?! Get your application in. We can’t wait to hear your music!

Terms and Conditions:
i. Any bands or band members who work for WaterBear are not eligible to enter. Students who study at WaterBear and bands who have attended the Underground Music Conferences are eligible and encouraged to apply.
ii. Bands that apply do not have to be local to the festival, however bands from Kent are particularly encouraged to apply.
iii. Online conduct will be taken into account.
iv. The shortlist of bands will be selected by Bruce John Dickinson. This will be decided on a number of factors including musical merit, genre, suitability, fan engagement and how actively the band are progressing their own career.
v. The Ramblin’ Man team will choose the line-up and their decision will be final.

TO APPLY:
i. Bands must enter by either sending an EPK or a bio, 1 video and links to the band social media to risingstage@wbear.io
ii. Bands must only apply if they are available on the dates of the festival. The stage will run on Sat 20th and Sun 21st July 2019.
iii. The deadline for submissions is January 1st 2019.
iv. Ramblin’ Man fair will announce details of the ‘wild card’ fan vote for one slot on the stage in the new year.
v. The timing of the final announcement of the line-up will be decided by Ramblin’ Man Fair. This is expected to be around April 2019.

Are you interested in achieving a BA (Hons) or an MA qualification as a producer, vocalist, musician, film-maker, social media content producer, songwriter, tour manager or DJ?

Come to one of our open days to see how we can help you:
* Saturday 22nd September
* Saturday 6th October
* Saturday 3rd November
* Saturday 1st December

To book your place: Call 01273 726230 or email info@wbear.io

Find out more on our website: www.waterbear.org.uk

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Get Ready To Rock! Radio celebrates 10th anniversary

As part of the station’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio will be replaying a selection of interviews gathered since 2008.  Most tie in with the artists’ imminent UK tour dates.

Station manager David Randall comments: “We are very proud of our modest archive and this led directly to the Featured Artist concept at our website and in the playlists.”

“Whilst the selection of featured artists may be highly subjective we have tried to reflect those who have featured regularly on the station either in our playlists or, more specifically, in interviews. We’ve also aimed to reflect the interests of our reviewers at getreadytorock.com”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio 2008-2018

“We’ve always endeavoured to give wider attention to, and support, those established artists who get overlooked by the modern mainstream. And of course we like to support upcoming artists in our weekly showcases.”

“Pete Feenstra has worked tirelessly interviewing a whole range of blues/rock-related people which gives the station real depth and not least reflecting the continued popularity of that particular genre. Pete promoted some of Joe Bonamassa’s early UK gigs and has also been a long-time supporter of Walter Trout. He’s also been a great advocate of the “new breed” of blues rockers such as Danny Bryant, Laurence Jones and Joanne Shaw Taylor.”

Amongst the highlights to be featured in September:

6 September (23:00) – Ian Anderson
The Jethro Tull mainman chats about the band’s 50th anniversary.

9 September (18:00) – Andrew Latimer of Camel Part 1
A two hour special celebrating the music of Camel – on tour in the UK 7-17 September. (Part 2, Monday 10 September, 16:00).

Roger Mayer and Pete Feenstra

11 September (21:00) – Roger Mayer
The guitar effects maestro chats about his work.  (pictured with Pete Feenstra)

15 September (22:00) – The Sound of GRTR!
A two-hour special reflecting ten years of broadcasting.

16 September (18:00) – Joey Tempest of Europe
The frontman of melodic hard rockers Europe chats to GRTR! in 2013. The band play UK dates 14-24 September.

17 September (16:00) – Glenn Hughes
The “Voice of Rock” chats about his music.  He plays UK dates 2-15 October performing “classic Deep Purple”.

18 September (21:00) – Sari Schorr
Including tracks from her 2016 album ‘A Force Of Nature’.  A new album is released in September with UK tour dates.

Martin Turner and Pete Feenstra

23 September (18:00) – Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash
Founder member of Wishbone Ash chats about his music with Wishbone Ash and beyond. (He plays UK dates from 13 September)

24 September (16:00) – Steve Hackett
Progmeister Steve in conversation ahead of UK dates with orchestra (1-11 October).

25 September (21:00) – Joanne Shaw Taylor
One of the rising stars in the blues rock world since her debut album in 2009.  She tours in the UK this October.

30 September (18:00) – The Sound of GRTR!
A two-hour special reflecting ten years of broadcasting.

http://getreadytorockradio.com/