Blacklist Union

Los Angeles hard rock act Blacklist Union have signed a management deal with Doug Goldstein and When Pigs Fly Entertainment.
Goldstein, who famously took on Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and Blind Melon, amongst others, will guide Blacklist Union through the next phase of their career.
The band has also brought in Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen to fill the role of Creative Director and Blacklist Union mainstay, Tony West, had this to say about the new relationship, “It’s great to finally have someone that delivers and the controversy doesn’t overshadow the music.” And per Cohen’s participation, “I’m super excited to be working with her.”
Doug Goldstein: “Back to Momo is the best rock record I’ve heard since “Appetite For Destruction” and remarked that  “Tony West is the hardest working rock star that I have ever known.”
Blacklist Union has also completed work on their new single, “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell.”  Produced by Chris Johnson, the song has a positive message and is about surviving amongst the madness and not letting the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll kill you. No matter what, you will be okay and make it through. The single will be released on 11 January 2015.
A video for the track has been shot and was directed and produced by Matt Zane of Society 1. The band is really going to push the envelope with this high quality production video and showcase taboo and voodoo at its finest.
“Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell” will be featured on the upcoming album, Back To Momo, which is due to be released on 24 April 2015.
Back To Momo

Live At Koko

In Febuary, British rock band Uriah Heep will release a brand new live album ‘Live At Koko’

The album was recorded live in London, on March 4th of this year.

Live At Koko tracklisting:

“Against All Odds”
“Traveller In Time”
“I’m Ready”
“Can’t Take That Away”
“Between Two Worlds”
“One Minute”
“Nail On The Head”
“Into The Wild”
“Look At Yourself”
“July Morning”
“Lady In Black”
“Free ‘N’ Easy”
“Easy Livin’”

The release dates for the Koko CD/DVD will be 24th USA/20th EU February 2015

Uriah Heep are –

Mick Box – Phil Lanzon – Bernie Shaw – Russell Gilbrook – Dave Rimmer

Uriah Heep

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beth hart

Following her outstanding performance co-headlining with Robert Cray at London’s BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2014, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Beth Hart will embark on a 7-date UK tour in May 2015.

Sultry blues, jazzy influences, rocking tunes and touching ballads – Beth Hart does it all.

Alt-Tickets will host a 48-hour ticket presale from Wednesday 10 December via

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 12 December via the 24 hour ticket box office: 0844 871 8819, or can be booked from

May 2015 Tour Dates

Bristol Colston Hall                         Friday May 1

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall       Sunday May 3

Glasgow O2 ABC                              Wednesday May 6

London Barbican                              Friday May 8

Leeds Academy                                Saturday May 9

Cambridge Corn Exchange           Monday May 11

Nottingham Rock City                    Wednesday May 13

Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin
Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin


War Of Kings

Swedish rock legends Europe will release their 10th album, “War of Kings”, in March 2015 on UDR Records. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monsterously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience. War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. The album will be released in the UK on March 2nd, Japan on March 4th (via JVC), the EU on March 6th and the US on March 10th.

Joey Tempest: “War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath.
And after hearing Dave Cobb amazing production for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!”

Europe’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They re-united and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw Europe hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts, and War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork Europe have put in over the last few years.

Joey adds “Hey! We took the long road! but we wanted to re-establish Europe the proper way. It’s taken 10 years and countless tours since the re-union, but we’re finally getting there! And we’ve done it our way!”

Europe will commence their roadwork supporting War of Kings with a UK/Ireland tour in Dublin on March 2nd (their first visit to Ireland in 25 years) before continuing in the UK with Black Star Riders.

Joey – “Looking forward to ‘tons’ of touring in 2015!
It’s getting harder and harder to be modest and humble about this band! It doesn’t get much better than this!”

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Europe are –

Joey Tempest – lead vocals
John Norum – guitars
John Leven – bass
Mic Michaeli – keyboards
Ian Haugland – drums

‘War of Kings’ track listing is as follows –

01. War Of Kings
02. Hole In My Pocket
03. Second Day
04. Praise You
05. Nothin’ To Ya
06. California 405
07. Days Of Rock n Roll
08. Children Of The Mind
09. Rainbow Bridge
10. Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11. Light It Up
12. Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental) – Digipack & Japan releases only

Europe/Black Star Riders UK/Ireland Tour dates are as follows –

02/03/2015 Dublin – Olympia Theatre
03/03/2015 Belfast – Ulster Hall
05/03/2015 Glasgow – O2 ABC
06/03/2015 Glasgow – O2 ABC
07/03/2015 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – O2 Academy
08/03/2015 Leeds – O2 Academy
10/03/2015 Nottingham – Rock City
11/03/2015 Cambridge – Corn Exchange
13/03/2015 Manchester – Academy
14/03/2015 Wolverhampton – Civic Hall
15/03/2015 Exeter – University
16/03/2015 Bristol – O2 Academy
18/03/2015 Bournemouth – O2 Academy
19/03/2015 Norwich – UEA
20/03/2015 London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
21/03/2015 London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor and band will be special guest to Robin Trower on his UK tour starting in March next year tickets available here

Robin Trower tour

Joanne will be back at Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday 16 December when she will be appearing as a special guest with the BBC Big Band in their concert ‘A Swinging Christmas’ along with Clare Teal, Matthew Ford and Mica Paris – the concert is also being recorded for Radio 2 and will be broadcast on Sunday 21 December – tickets on sale now!

BBC Big Band


Photo Credit: © Sakura Henderson
Photo Credit: © Sakura Henderson

The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy from 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898 or from

Michael Schenker is proud to announce specials guests for the “Bridge the Gap” tour will be Bournemouth Rockers Western Sand.

At O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 20th December – in addition to Western Sand – the phenomenal State Villains featuring Michael’s son, Tyson Schenker on guitar, will be opening up the show.

The State Villains track “Done Crawling” is available to download from SoundCloud HERE

State Villains (L-R) Pat Casey, Tyson Schenker, Lee Downs, Nik One-Take

Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album “Bridge The Gap” which features the new single “Lord Of The Lost And Lonely”.

Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December.


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Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

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Impera - Empire of Sin

Escape Music have just released the following information.

Impera are a melodic rock “supergroup” that consists of a guitar player who, seemingly effortlessly, delivers stunning solos and riffs of that classic, timeless grit you thought were killed off by grunge coupled with a pounding bass that will put you through the wall. Add blistering drumming that’s as solid as it is technically challenging and on top of all that, add a vocalist that sings circles around the competition. There’s no keyboard player, no nonsense, no fuzz – just rock and roll!

The whole band consists of solid musicians who have earned their wings through hard work with an impressive number of world-class stars over the years. Their combined CV reads as a who’s who in today’s rock. In various constellations they have played with Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick from Kiss, Brian Robertson from Thin Lizzy, John Levén from Europe (who guests on this new album) and many more. Guitarist Tommy Denander alone has played with almost everyone. His track record is jaw-dropping, having made solo albums with key members of Toto and performed on albums with Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper and Ricky Martin. His own Project “Radioactive” has recorded some fine melodic rock songs.

“We all started to play because of Kiss”, J.K states. We’re huge Kiss fans and collectors and even good friends with them. Kiss is the reason we discovered how great rock and roll is.  And following their tradition, you can count on a stage show that will take your breath away, complete with fireworks, smoke, fire and all hell’s breaking loose! The amount of powder used in a single show would put the defence of a small European country to shame.

When “Legacy of Life” hit the streets back in October 2012 everyone was so excited with the fresh sound these four guys had injected into the melodic rock industry. The follow up “Pieces of Eden” was a grand extension from this powerful foursome and so it leads us into 2015 and a new album “Empire of Sin” will be unleashed upon us. This time Impera turn on some real feisty hard rock with songs like “The Beast is dead” and “Don’t stop”. It’s nice to see John Leven make a guest appearance on “Thunder in your heart”, a song he co-wrote and it’s a song that really hits the spot.

Impera have matured and honed their sound to perfection and this is their best outing yet.

Impera is:

Matti Alfonzetti – Vocals (Jagged Edge, Skintrade, Road To Ruin, Red, White & Blues)

Tommy Denander – Guitar (Toto, Paul Stanley, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper)

J.K. Impera – Drums (Bruce Kulick, Graham Bonnet, Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Brian Robertson

Mats Vassfjord – Bass (Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi,, Scaar, Grand Design)

Special guest lead guitar John Leven on “Thunder in your heart”

All songs written by Tommy Denander, Matti Alfonzetti, Johan Kihlberg

Except ‘Thunder In Your Heart’ written by Johan Kihlberg, John Levén, Matti Alfonzetti

All songs published by Copyright Control

Produced by Johan Kihlberg

Co-produced and mixed by Lars Chriss

Cover artwork & booklet design by Carl-André Beckston

Mastered by: Mike Lind


1 The Beast Is Dead

2 Evil (Become A Believer)

3 Don’t Stop

4 Hole In The Sky

5 End Of The World

6 Thunder In Your Heart

7 Lights In The Sky

8 Darling

9 Lost Boy

10 Fly Away

Mia Klose

This brand new action packed video captures Mia and her band of renegades in full effect with scenes from the dressing room, soundcheck, live stage show and greeting the fans…  and you might even catch a glimpse of Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr if you’re quick. It was filmed on location by Chris Dart  and edited by Rupa Rathod.
Mia Klose released a new single “Living For Love” on 24th November. The single follows up her debut album “London” which was released to critical acclaim in August 2012. Through a whirl of gigs festivals and touring in support of the album over the last 2 years she has established strong fan-base and added over 15,000 followers online. Mia went out on tour as main support with Steel Panther in March 2014 to play a number of sold out shows in both the U.K and Germany and played a very well reviewed show at the prestigious Download Festival in the UK.
The new single ‘Living For Love’ is a teaser of what we can expect next from the young Swedish Bombshell. The song, co-written by Mia Klose, Jonny Nonsense and Jonny Scaramanga who also played for Europe’s ‘Kee Marcello’, was recorded and produced by Tony Wilson at Silverlion Studios in London except for the drums which were recorded at Sinewave Studios, Tamworth. The music is performed by four masters of rock:- C-Rexx (bass), Jonny Nonsense (guitar), Kalle Arheden (guitar) and Henry Rogers, voted Best Drummer of 2013 by the Classic Rock Society, (drums).
“Living for Love has become my favourite song in our live set and I’m really happy with the way this recording has come out and my fans all round the world will be able to hear it. I can’t wait to dig in to all my new material and hit the road again with a brand new set!”