American melodic rock star Jeff Scott Soto kicks off his first full European tour since 2009 this week with four dates in the UK:

04.04.13   Belfast   The Limelight
05.04.13   Birmingham   The Asylum
06.04.13   London  Camden Underworld
07.04.13   Rotherham   Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival

Jeff will be touring with his current band line-up comprising; Jorge Salán (guitar), Fernando Mainer (bass), ‘BJ’ (guitar/keys/vocals) and Edu
(drums/vocals) and will be showcasing his current solo album ‘Damage Control’, as well as tracks from his solo and front-man roles across his entire career.

The dates will see JSS supported by none other than his guitarist Jorge Salan’s solo trio as well as an exciting new band from Athens named Danger Angel.

Jeff recorded vocals to one of Salán’s songs on the Chronicles Of An Evolution’ album back in 2007, which is what led to bringing him into the JSS band, and Jorge’s latest album ‘Sexto Asalto’ (‘Sixth Assault’) will be available along with his other releases at each show. To watch the latest video/single Cero 16, visit www.jorgesalan.com

Danger Angel came to Jeff’s attention back in 2009 when he was asked to participate on a track for their 2010 debut album. The band parted ways with their vocalist and brought in a more prominent vocalist named ‘MT’ to help them find a new direction and focus, recruiting Soto to produce their follow up album, ‘Revolutia’, of which Jeff was “beyond proud to be a part”. Jeff also sings most of the backing vocals on the album as well as sharing some lead vocals on the single When I’m Gone’. Visit http://www.dangerangelband.com> for more details about this upcoming new band.

It is with great pride that Jeff is ‘presenting’ these two acts as a sort of ‘Soto-palooza’ roadshow in which he implores: “EVERYONE to be on time for a great night of music and many surprises throughout the show. it will be an evening of great rock ‘n roll, fun and memories so get there at the time the venues say to get there!!

Jeff has most recently been in the public eye with the widely acclaimed release in February 2013 of the second album by the melodic rock ‘supergroup’ W.E.T., for whom he is the lead singer.

A newly published authorised biography of Jeff Scott Soto entitled Stand Up And Shout…The Story Of A Rock Star will be available to purchase during the tour on USB format. Author Frank Tunney states that: “I wanted this to be a biography that wasn’t based on ‘kiss and tell’ but doesn’t pull any punches and tells you everything you wanted to know. I hope every fan of Jeff Scott Soto and Melodic Rock will find plenty in ‘Stand Up And Shout…’ that will both surprise, delight and leave them wanting more.” Jeff himself comments: “…it has EVERYTHING I have done in it! There are a lot of inputs from many I have worked with in the business but one thing it’s not and that’s a tell-all…I don’t want an exploitation book out there, it’s not necessary, this is more of a chronicle of my life and leaves no stone unturned!”

http://www.jorgesalan.com          http://www.jeffscottsoto.com           http://www.dangerangelband.com/

Southern Paradise


(2 April 2013 – Key West, FL) To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri Ep Southern Paradise (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase Southern Paradise during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win.  Details are as follows:
Trip for two to Key West, FL.
Must purchase the Southern Paradise Ep during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter
Automatically entered to win the following:
– a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
– round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
– two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
– an Autographed copy of Southern Paradise
– two John Taglieri T-Shirts (sizes tbd by winner)
– a free download of ‘The Very Best Of John Taglieri…The Songs That Should Have Made Me Rich!!!’
– dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL.
– a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
– a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
– VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!
(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)
Trip length is 3-days/2-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)
Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.
Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.
That’s it…pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.
To purchase The Southern Paradise Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via Paypal to John@JohnTaglieri.com or visit John’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for details on how to enter.
Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!
Watch for John’s new Ep, Southern Paradise, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in…and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!
Trip Sponsored by:
The Fury Boat – Key West
LaTrattoria On Duval
Key West Welcome Bags
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Punch CD Giveaway

Well folks I’ve got four copies of Punch’s album up for grabs!!

For your chance of winning a copy, just click on the photo to be taken to Punch’s Official website and email me at rpr@rockposer.co.uk, the name of Punch’s drummer.

Good luck and I’ll be announcing the winners in two weeks time on the show.


(In the event of a dispute in relation to this competition, my decision is final. There is no cash alternative. )


Italian hard rockers VOODOO HIGHWAY have released the new video for the track ‘This is Rock’n’Roll, Wankers!’.

The mafia styled video can be viewed below:

This is Rock’n’Roll, Wankers!’ comes off the band’s second album ‘Showdown’, the worldwide release only download and physical in GAS is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), Audioglobe (Italy), Suburban (Benelux), Border (Scandinavia), MVD (USA), April 29 – Proper Music (UK), Universal (Canada).


Showdown” track listing:

01. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
02. Fly To The Rising Sun
03. Midnight Hour
04. Could You Love Me
05. Wastin’ Miles
06. Church Of Clay
07. Mountain High
08. Cold White Love
09. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:

11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncles Inn

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, “Showdown“, on May 26 at Rockafe in Malborghetto(Ferrara), Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album “Broken Uncle’s Inn” back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!



UK’s modern hard rocker TAINTED NATION have announced the addition of guitarist Joel Peters (FURY) to the group’s ranks.

Commented TAINTED NATION drummer Mark Cross: “We’d like to introduce to you and welcome Joel Peters, former guitarist of the band FURY, to theTAINTED NATION family. Since we started rehearsing and playing live with the band, we realised how important a second guitar was, especially for our live performances. We had Joel along since day one, but recently invited him to become a member Joel is an extremely gifted guitar player and great singer and brings a fourth dimension to our set up. Joel will be on tour with us, check www.taintednation.co.uk for all details. See you all soon on tour!

TAINTED NATION are Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) vocals, Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween) Drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) Ian Nash (Lionsheart) – Guitars and Joel Peters (Fury) – Guitars.

TAINTED NATION recently released the first video ‘LOSER‘: http://youtu.be/UILFu8hf5NE

TAINTED NATION – F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour 2013

19.04.13 “THE YARDBIRDS” Grimsby, UK
20.04.13 “THE DIAMOND” Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10.05.13 “THE VINE BAR” Workington, UK
21/22.09.13 “SKYFEST FESTIVAL” Mansfield, UK

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit www.taintednation.co.uk and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages or via the usual outlets from Massacre Records.



UK-based melodic metallers CODE OF SILENCE are offering a free download of the track ‘Tame The Tempest‘. The song is taken from the band’s debut album ‘Dark Skies Over Babylon’ which has already received glowing reviews. This track is now available as a free download for signing up to the band’s Reverbnation mailing list. Just go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/16625691

The track started out as a piece written by guitarist Ben Randall and ended up a collaboration with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation).

The first single ‘Sky Is Falling Down’ (also available at Reverbnation) is a four-minute burst of pop metal – catchy, re-playable, and engaging

The promo video (see below)  has gathered an amazing 200,000-plus views since February.

The brainchild of respected U.K. melodic rock producer/ musician / songwriter Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and James Murray (bass), Code Of Silence is completed by John Clelland (drums), Scott McLean (keys), guitarist Ben Randall and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio).

The album ‘Dark Skies Over Babylon’ is released by Mausoleum Records in Europe (February 25) and North America (April 9) in Japan by Rubicon Music.

The band will be sharpening their spurs in late-September playing selected UK dates including the inaugural Skyfest on September 21., 2013.


Moritz - SOS

Well I’ve finally got my hands on the much anticipated new release from British melodic rock / AOR band Moritz.

The fact I’m writing this review is the first indication that I’m not disappointed. Start playing and your immediately greeted with the sort of melodic rock /AOR that British bands have long since been famous for.

Let’s remember one thing, if the singer doesn’t cut it then the rest of the music is really somewhat irrelevant as the listener is immediately put off. But Pete Scallan’s vocals are superb, showing us that he’s not lost any of the tone and range from days gone by.

There’s always a danger with melodic rock / AOR releases that the keyboards will be too prominent in the mix. Thankfully this is not the case with SOS, the production & mix certainly pleasing to these old ears of mine.

I must not forget to mention the rest of the band, Gregg Hart & Mike Nolan on guitars, Ian Edwards on bass, Andy Stewart on keyboards and joining the original line up is John Tonks delivering just the right amount of attack on the drums.

Stand out tracks for me would have to be ‘Invincible’ ‘Soul of Fire’ & the first single off the album ‘Gonna Lose Her’

So is this release ‘over hyped?’ Not for me it isn’t & I cannot wait to see them perform this new material live.

Rating 9/10

Track listing: Fire, Can’t Hide My Heart, Gonna Lose Her, Remember Yesterday, Mercury Falling, Amberlee, Caught Between Life & The Light, Invincible, Flying Too Close To The Sun, Soul Of Fire, SOS


Peter Scallan – Lead & backing vocals

Greg Hart – Electric & acoustic guitars, vocals

Mike Nolan – Electric guitar, vocals

Ian Edwards – Bass, synthesizers, Hammond organ, vocals

Andy Stewart – Piano, Wurlitzer, synthesizers

John Tonks – Drums, percussion, programing