Legendary pioneering funk rock five-piece Dan Reed Network’s self-titled debut and much celebrated second album ‘Slam’ have just been totally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell and lined up for release on Universal Music on October 25th on CD, double vinyl LP, download, plus for streaming – for the first time ever.
Dan Reed Network are then set to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of ‘Slam’, by playing the album in its entirety when they top the bill of the co-headline ‘Big 3-0 Tour’ with Gun and FM in December.
Dates are:
8th December Porthcawl, Trecco Bay Holiday Park
9th December Bristol, O2 Academy
10th December Southampton, Engine Rooms
11th December London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13th December Wolverhampton, KKs Steel Mill
14th December Norwich, University Of East Anglia
15th December Nottingham, Rock City
17th December Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy
18th December Leeds, O2 Academy
20th December Manchester, Academy 2
21st December Glasgow, Barrowland
Dan Reed Network, who were formed in Portland, Oregon in 1984, soon began packing out local clubs with their infectious mixture of high-end funk with stadium rock hooks and muscle. The band signed to Polygram / Mercury Records early in 1987, who put them in the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi) to record Their self-titled debut album, which was hugely acclaimed when released in the winter of 1987 and spawned the band’s first Top 40 Billboard hit, ‘Ritual’.
While at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January 1989 in New York, Dan Reed met up with producer Nile Rodgers (David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna) and this meeting led to the creation of ‘Slam’, produced by Rodgers. ‘Slam’, which better represented the group’s sound and accelerated Dan Reed Network’s growing status in Europe, led to Bon Jovi adding the band as their main support on the European leg of their ‘New Jersey Tour’ in 1989 and then The Rolling Stones adding them to their European ‘Urban Jungle’ tour as special guest act in 1990.
While thirty years down the line both albums more than stand the test of time, the ethos of ‘Slam’ is as relevant as ever. Dan Reed notes that “Out of all the DRN tracks I am probably most happy with the lyrics and intention of the title track ‘Slam’, which I am sad to say is as valid, if not more so, than it was thirty years ago. The current political climate of building walls both physically and in our mind seems to have gotten even more prevalent than it was back in 1989, and for that reason alone I am looking forward to going out on the road and sharing these songs and thoughts. Because we often perform many songs from ‘Slam’, I feel a lot of the tracks hold up well after all these years, especially ‘Cruise Together’ and ‘Rainbow Child’, which often seem like the audience’s favourites, judging by their reactions. It’s going to be a full-on night of hard driving grooves and soaring melodies and a celebration of past, present and future.

The fantastic Buck & Evans have released the following update regarding the band’s debut album:

We’re incredibly proud to announce that our debut album, ‘Write A Better Day‘ will be released on Departure Records through Cargo Records on November 15th! Pre-orders are now live at the link below. It comes with a bit of a story (see below…) but this is a huge moment for us and we honestly can’t wait to finally get the record into your hands!

▪️Pre-Orders: https://smarturl.it/WriteABetterDay

So, why the long wait?! Without dwelling on it too much, some of you may be aware that we launched the record campaign a little while ago through PledgeMusic. The response was nothing short of incredible and we eagerly hit the studio to start laying the foundations of our first record. But, alas…

We’ll spare you the maths but at some point, PledgeMusic decided that our money (and hundreds of other bands’) looked better in their pockets and that was that; no real explanation offered and as of yet, no criminal charges have been brought against those who defrauded us of a substantial amount of our money – the company went bust and our entire record release budget had gone up in smoke. Unfortunately, it meant that the countless people that had Pledged received their copy at our own expense, only adding adding further insult to injury.

Still, not ones to dwell, we delayed the release and set off on tour (in THAT van!) to recuperate as much of the money that we’d lost as possible and suffice to say, you guys didn’t disappoint – if you’ve bought a ticket, CD, vinyl, poster, bag or t-shirt off us in the last year or so, YOU’RE the reason this record is finally seeing the light of day. We’d be lying if we said we were out of the woods yet but preorders will go a long way to getting us back to where we should have been had it not been for what happened to us.

As ever, thank you for your enduring support and patience. It’s almost a cliché at this point but bands are nothing without their fans and we’re so lucky that you guys stick by us through thick and thin. Thank you, and we’ll see you on the road ❤️

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Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe Bonamassa, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, Meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, numerous artist collaborations and an exclusive Artist Super Session set led by Jimmy Vivino. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, The James Hunter Six, The Suffers, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, and Lakota John  have already been confirmed and more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

Only 15% of staterooms are remaining and fans are encouraged to reserve now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

ABOUT JOE BONAMASSA:

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 30th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 28 solo albums in the last 19 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, Bonamassa received his 2nd GRAMMY® nomination, 21 #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist) and is set to release his new live album Live At The Sydney Opera House in October. There are no signs of Joe slowing down, with tours already booked through 2020 and plans already set to hit the studio next year. jbonamassa.com

ABOUT KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE FOUNDATION:

Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within music education. Through generous donations from Joe Bonamassa, J&R Adventures, individual donors, and KTBA cruises, the foundation has been able to fund music projects reaching over 64,500 students with over $600,000 donated so far. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in education and scholarships all over the country. keepingthebluesalive.org

ABOUT SIXTHMAN:

Since 2001, Sixthman has set the stage for moments that make life rock, serving more than 250,000 guests’ unforgettable vacations at sea with their favorite bands and brands. These curated and intimate events bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive experience that celebrate community and aim to change expectations of what a vacation could be. Sixthman’s domestic home ports include New Orleans, Miami, and Tampa, travelling to dream destinations in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and The Bahamas. Beginning in 2019, Sixthman expanded their festivals at sea to Europe, sailing from Barcelona, Spain to exotic Mediterranean ports, and bring their innovative festivals to breathtaking all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud.  LIVE LOUD.

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British rockers SALEM will release their fourth full length entitled ’Win Lose Or Draw‘ via Dissonance on November 8, 2019

Salem UK was formed in 1979 by former Ethel The Frog members Paul Conyers and Paul Tognola. After numerous gigs and a self-released single the band split in 1983. The band reformed in 2008, releasing three four albums and touring across Europe, venturing as far as Dubai. Original members Simon Saxby (vocals) and Adrian Jenkinson (bass) still drive the band forward, now with Francis Gill (guitar), whose creative skills are a vital part of the band‘s new edgy presentation.

Adrian: “We‘ve had a rough time of it over the past 18 months and there were times when we thought it was all over, but we‘ve come through, and we want to thank Steve and Tom for believing in us throughout the process. Now we‘re back stronger than ever and it feels great!

Simon: “The happiest of times was had writing and recording this album and the future looks good. Many thanks to family and friends and Teresa for her hard work, love and support. A special mention to John Cudbertson RIP my friend.

Francis: “I‘ve been a Salem UK fan for around ten years now. I was doing a lot of work with Adrian around the time he was mixing ‘Forgotten Dreams‘ and I loved the stuff on that record. I remember thinking back then that I would love to make a record with Simon and Adrian. Thankfully for me the opportunity to fulfil that ambition presented itself rather organically last year when I was invited to play guitar for Salem UK. I‘m immensely proud of the tracks on the new album. It has everything that Salem UK fans have come to expect, but with a much more contemporary angle in terms of the arrangement and delivery of the guitars. I may be biased, but it‘s the best yet!

I‘d like to thank Simon and Adrian for making me feel so at home in the band. We‘ve had an absolute ball making this record and playing shows all over Europe during the past year. I‘m sure there‘s much more fun to be had! I‘d also like to give special thanks to Craig Jackson from Axesrus Guitar Parts for tolerating my ridiculous (and often plain cheeky) demands. The man is a true friend and an absolute diamond!

Adrian: “Win Lose or Draw‘ is our fourth album of the modern era. It will be instantly recognisable as a Salem UK album to our fans, the classic melodic rock element is still there, and of course we have the unmistakable lead vocals of Simon. Francis brings a harder, more modern edge to the music and has certainly dragged our song writing into the modern era, which we have enjoyed very much. So now, alongside the Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Sabbath influences, you might just catch a suggestion of Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and Alter Bridge in there too! We are sure that fans will notice the musicianship too, we have worked our nuts off to make this album the best it can be, so that we can give the knowledgeable heavy metal/heavy rock community a slice of top-quality British rock. No stone has been left unturned in the recording of this album, we are immensely proud of it.

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Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train will release their album ‘Round Trip‘ on a limited edition on white vinyl and limited to 500 copies worldwide on November 29th, 2019 via Livewire / Cargo Records UK. The album will also be available on all digital platforms. It’s the first time on LP, it was originally released on CD in 2010.

Track listing:

  1. Somebody Told You
  2. Intuition
  3. Month Of Sundays
  4. Lonely Nights
  5. Shame
  6. Northern Lights
  7. Down To The River To Pray
  8. Satellite
  9. 10k Lovers
  10. Uninvited
  11. Ready To Fly
  12. When I’m Away
  13. Song For Dianne
  14. Anywhere But Here

This is a masterful and critically acclaimed acoustic retrospective of Tony Harnell‘s prolific career. With new arrangements and a stellar production, these great songs sound fresh and vibrant with a new spark breathed into them by some of New York City’s finest musicians. This is a very special record: a stripped down, reinvented retrospective of Tony Harnell‘s past classics originally recorded with his previous bands TNT, Westworld and Starbreaker, with one brand new song ‘Anywhere But Here’ recorded especially for this release. The idea of re-recording some repertoire classics came about after Tony performed some low key shows in New York in late 2008, with some talented and accomplished musicians that were not part of the Metal/Hard Rock scene. The desire was to breathe new life into the songs with new arrangements, key changes and added parts, it’s like listening to songs you know in a whole new way.

The limited vinyl can be pre-ordered here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/tony-harnell-the-mercury-train-round-trip

 

UK hard rock band, KING VOODOO is proud to announce the release of their debut EP ‘4‘, which will be out on November 8th, 2019.

The EP was recorded by Ian Johnson, mixed by Pete Newdeck (Midnite City, Jesse Damon, Grim Reaper) and mastered at HBomb (Tygers Of Pan Tang, Billy Talent, Danko Jones).

Track listing:

1. Fever
2. Creep
3. Hold On
4. Plain To Me
5. TVC

Line up:

Ian Johnson – Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jamie Suffield – Guitar / Lead Vocals
Lee Jones – Bass Guitar
Dave Hall – Drums

Guest: Guitar Solo at TVC by Daemion Davis

The roots of KING VOODOO came from their various influences in the rock and grunge scenes, a Liverpool based band brought together by their lead guitarist Ian Johnson. In March 2019 KING VOODOO started writing music with a view to stand out and create music that will make you feel the groove and sing along to. Jamie Suffield brings the deep soulful vocals powered by unbreakable harmonies, with seamless song writing adeptness that reaches into the dark truth of life. The rhythm section starts with Lee Jones on the bass adding depth and fulfilling runs that lock in with the time keeper Dave Hall on Drums.

KING VOODOO have made a lot of noise in such a short period of time, with their first gig in front of 500 Hells Angels and were quickly booked up for other motorcycle club events. They have recently landed gigs with bands like Collateral, Piston, Revival Black and Midnite City. This follows on from past experiences with their last bands 12 Gauge, They’re coming to get you Barbara, BDV and Rain May Fall. During this period they supported acts like Fozzy, Tyketto, Chris Slade (AC/DC), Ritchie Kortzen, Electric Six, Coldspell and Stone Broken to name a few.

So see for yourself what spell KING VOODOO are casting, and be more voodoo.

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Fahran have been teasing a little something for October 18th for the last week or so now, and are proud to announce that this FRIDAY they will be releasing their brand new and previously unheard track ‘Suffer The Sorrow’ across all major platforms – along with a brand new music video!

Here’s a few words from their singer Matt Black on the track:

This brand new song is totally unheard outside of the Fahran camp. We’d been working on the last album for so long; focusing on a direction that we felt passionate about – something that would represent the broad mixture of tastes between all band members. ‘Suffer The Sorrow’ is based on overcoming the pain we, as humans put each other through. The emotional trauma caused by the sheer evil actions of others can shape a person. We wanted to cover that subject in a song with a raw approach to our style“.

‘Suffer The Sorrow’ will be performed live starting with Fahran‘s appearances on their October Tour dates in the UK playing alongside The Fallen State and The Cruel Knives.

Tour Dates
19.10.19  229 The Venue, London
20.10.19  The Underground, Plymouth
21.10.19  The Exchange, Bristol
22.10.19  O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
24.10.19  The Rebellion, Manchester
25.10.19  Think Tank, Newcastle
27.10.19  Alberts, Nottingham

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Malone Sibun release their debut album ‘Come Together‘ on Friday 31st January 2020 via Redline Music with distribution by Cargo. ‘Come Together‘ will be available on CD, vinyl, digitally via iTunes and on Spotify. For exclusive offers and bundles visit www.malonesibun.com.

Malone Sibun – the blues rock super group is being hailed as one the most exciting acts to appear on the UK scene right now. Nominated earlier this year by the European Blues Awards in the Best Band category, despite not yet having an album released, Malone Sibun are ready to impress. The UK based Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone joins forces with the British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm-up dates in November for a new band featuring familiar faces.

Malone Sibun came about from a chance meeting at a show which uncovered a surprising amount of musical common ground. Both musicians had just enjoyed the busiest 12 months of their careers and it was time to appraise the next chapter. Says Innes Sibun, “When the chance comes along to play with a great musician who is travelling down the same musical road as you, then you jump at it. Listening to Marcus Malone, I hear echoes of two of my favourite singers, Paul Rodgers, Otis Redding and early David Coverdale, but above all its Marcus’s own unmistakable style and delivery.”

“To say we are moving in the same direction musically is an understatement, adds Marcus Malone. Not only does Innes have shades of my favourite guitar players, Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Paul Kossoff, but he also has the soulful approach and the dynamics of B.B. King and Albert King. Put all those influences together and you get the unique style of Innes Sibun.”

From the contrasting a cappella vocals and fiery power chords of the opening conceptual title track, to the honey dripping soul of the bookended Everyday’s A Miracle, ‘Come Together‘ successfully chases the holy grail of making rock and blues accessible to a wider audience. Marcus Malone’s vocals explore every twist and emotional turn of the lyrics, while guitarist Innes Sibun adds passionate solo and contributes the magnificent blues of the song, I Want You Back. Beautifully presented in an evocative psychedelic sleeve. ‘Come Together‘ is a career best for the two rock-blues heavyweights.

Track listing

01.Come Together – Malone/Sibun (4:28)
02. Let Me Love You – Malone (4:37)
03. I Want You Back – Sibun (4:59)
04. Taste of Your Love- Malone (4:44)
05. Jodie – Sibun (4:09)
06. So Tired of Living – Sibun (6:30)
07. Love Light – Sibun (4:13)
08. She’s My Girl – Malone (4:22)
09. Rabbit Hole – Malone (4:27)
10. Everyday’s A Miracle – Malone/Sibun (4:46)