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On Friday 19 February, Frontiers Music SRL will release one of the most highly anticipated Hard Rock releases of 2016: the debut album from Last In Line, ‘Heavy Crown‘.

Formed by three original members of Dio including Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass) and named after DIO’s 1984 studio album ‘The Last In Line‘, the band are on a mission to bring classic hard rock to fans who can’t get enough of the real thing. The album will be released on CD, CD/DVD (including a bonus track) and digital formats. Pre-order the album here: http://radi.al/LastInLine.

First single, ‘Devil In Me’ was premiered on Planet Rock (UK) and SiriusXM (US) on Monday, November 16th. The single is now available as an instant grat with digital pre-orders from iTunes and AmazonMP3.

Says guitarist Vivian Campbell, “When we started this project a few years ago, the initial idea was to reunite the original Dio band to play the songs we wrote and recorded with Ronnie in the early 1980’s. Joined by Andrew Freeman on vocals, we played a handful of shows in southern California, the UK, and Japan. It was a limited ambition, but it brought us great joy in reconnecting to this great music, to each other, and to our collective history.”

Last In Line (L-R): Andrew Freeman, Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice. Photo Credit: Ross Halfin.
Last In Line (L-R): Andrew Freeman, Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice.
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“When we first got together as the Last In Line line-up, our ambition at that time didn’t extend to writing and recording any new music, says Campbell, “but when we were offered the opportunity to do so by Frontiers, we decided to enter the studio to write this new album in the very same spirit as we did the Holy Diver album;  Back in 1982 Ronnie, Vinny, Jimmy and I went into Sound City studios to kick around ideas and riffs, and about six weeks later we started laying down the tracks for what was to become the Holy Diver album.”

CD Tracklisting

  1. Devil In Me
  2. Martyr
  3. Starmaker
  4. Burn This House Down
  5. I Am Revolution
  6. Blame It On Me
  7. In Flames (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition)
  8. Already Dead
  9. Curse The Day
  10. Orange Glow
  11. Heavy Crown
  12. The Sickness

DVD Tracklisting

  1. Devil In Me (Videoclip)
  2. Starmaker (Videoclip)
  3. Making of Heavy Crow

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Foreigner

Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner will rock across Europe and Israel for a massive summer 2016 Tour.  A formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, the band will belt out full electric performances of their biggest anthems at some of Europe’s greatest venues starting at London’s Palladium on Tuesday 7th June, followed by dates at Belgium’s Graspop, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen, Tel Aviv’s Caesarea Amphitheatre, and many more.

Fans will see why it Feels Like The First Time when the band performs rock’s greatest hits including the unforgettable anthems Juke Box Hero, Cold As Ice, Urgent, and I Want To Know What Love Is.  With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, the band continues to rock the charts more than thirty years.

Foreigner’s popularity continues to soar, having taken over the US media in 2015 with recent music usage in shows like Orange Is the New Black, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the films Pitch Perfect, and Magic Mike. Foreigner is sure to generate the same excitement in Europe and Israel this summer as they bring their enduring brand of rock and popularity across the sea.  “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” says lead guitarist Mick Jones. “Unwittingly, we’ve weaved into the fabric of people’s lives.”

2016 European And Israeli Tour Dates

June

07  London, UK, The Palladium 

12   Sofia, Bulgaria – Arena Armeec

14   Tel Aviv Israel – Caesarea Amphitheatre

15    Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea Amphitheatre

17    Dessel, Belgium – Graspop

18    Clisson, France – Hellfest

August

04   Wacken, Germany – Wacken Festival – SOLD OUT

05   Schwetzingen, Germany – Open Air Im Park

06   Nurnberg, Germany – Lieder am See

08  Cologne, Germany – Tanzbrunnen

09   Mainz, Germany – Nordmohle

12   Erlach, Switzerland – Lakeside Festival

Tickets for the London Palladium concert go on sale Friday 20th November at 9am GMT from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/foreigner-tickets.

Foreigner (L-R): Chris Frazier (drums), Tom Gimbel (sax, keyboards, guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Mick Jones (lead guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar). Photo Credit: Bill Bernstein
Foreigner (L-R): Chris Frazier (drums), Tom Gimbel (sax, keyboards, guitar),
Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Mick Jones (lead guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass),
Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar).
Photo Credit: Bill Bernstein

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Grand Slam was founded in 2007 in Malmö, Sweden, by drummer Andy Swaniz (ex-Quadruple), with the aim to appeal to a wide audience with their melodic rock style.

Bassist Henrik Hansson (ex-Hollywood) got on board the same year and songwriter Peter Alpenborg was brought in to get the ball rolling. There have been several lineup changes over the years, as well as a number of musicians hired only for specific recordings or gigs.

Up until spring of 2010, the focus had been exclusively on studio recordings, but now it was time for the band to do a stage debut. The debut was made in “Grand”-style, with an appearance in the TV-show “Talang“, Sweden’s equivalent of “Britain’s Got Talent“, with over one million viewers.

Later that year, the band was joined by keyboardist Daniel Grönberg Svensson who also started contributing to the songwriting, and guitarist Thomas Klintberg.

In the summer of 2012, Grand Slam found the perfect lead singer and frontman for the band, Andy Sinner (ex-Trash Queen). With the addition of two female backing singers, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, Grand Slam was now ready to go out and perform for a live audience.

They entered the worldwide contest Emergenza and made it to the regional finals.
The band continued to play live during the summer and autumn of 2013, gathering a strong fan-following.

There was still something missing, and the void was filled by the addition of another guitarist, Andreas Gullstrand. The backup vocalists, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, decided to leave the band that same year.

In 2014, Grand Slam went into the studio to record a three-song EP, “Waiting For Tomorrow“, which received considerable attention worldwide. The EP was recorded and produced by Erik Wiss in Peekroom Studios.

Guitarist Thomas Klintberg left the band shortly thereafter, and the remaining band members signed a contract with AOR Heaven to release Grand Slam’s debut album, A New Dawn’.
Erik Wiss was once again brought in to record the album, which is best described as a well-balanced mix of the original and new Grand Slam sound.

Soundfiles in advance:

GRAND SLAM – Face (Edit)

GRAND SLAM – Light Up The Sky (Edit)

GRAND SLAM – One Way To Heaven (Edit)

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Wigelius was formed in late 2011 by Anders Wigelius, after doing a Swedish tv show that gained him a record deal with Frontiers Records. The idea at the time was to deliver 80’s rock with a modern twist. What it became was a heartfelt brotherhood of people that really love good music. It was all about the love for the music and having fun.

When Reinventions was released in 2012, it got immediate attention from the AOR-scene and the expectations on the sophomore release have been very high. To really get the right sound this time around, the band decided to trust the production in the talented hands of their own Erik Wigelius. This also made the process of making the album very creative, with everybody working together on the songs in the studio. Letting all voices be heard, maximizing the potential in each song.

Erik and his brother Anders are also responsible for the production of Care of Night’s debut album Connected and has produced many artists and bands all over the world.

Tabula Rasa is latin for “Blank slate” and as a title for this album it couldn’t be more fitting. The idea is to show the world how Wigelius really sound, by keeping everything that was great about the first album, and the genre, but taking it one step further.

Soundfiles in advance:

WIGELIUS – Deja Vu (Edit)

WIGELIUS – Do It All Again (Edit)

WIGELIUS – Run With Me (Edit)

With Patrik joining, it gave an extra shot in the arm for the band, and finally it feels like all the pieces are together. It’s a very diverse album, ranging between influences collected over many years. There are a lot of flavours to be heard in the songs, making the album hard to place in a single genre.

Wigelius is the love child of it’s members, and they promise a great future with more releases in the years to come.

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Nordic Union

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present the self-titled debut album from Nordic Union, which is set for release on January 29, 2016.

Nordic Union is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish Hard Rock institution Pretty Maids and  Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T fame.

Ronnie Atkins & Erik Martensson

The partnership between the two fellow Scandinavians worked well and together they have created some musical magic, which will truly impress the fans of these highly regarded musicians. Atkins says: “The music on the album has a focus on good melodies and there’s some good guitar work as well. I had a good gut feeling ever since I heard the first songs from Erik Martensson, and I was right he’s a very gifted and talented songwriter!”

These songs are guaranteed not to leave your head for a long time. Just have a listen to the gorgeous anthemic opener “The War Has Begun” and some killer melodic gems like “When Death Is Calling,” “21 Guns” and “Hypocrisy” with great hooks and epic guitar riffs. “Wide Awake” can be described as a combination between pop and melodic rock with a modern production. There’s really something for everyone here.

“While Pretty Maids is still my first priority” explains Ronnie, ”the production process and the work on this record went very smoothly. I think what came out is a killer Melodic Hard Rock album with a lot of good songs on it – I could really feel the songs as mine and identify with those. So I hope the fans will be able to share my view and It’s been some kind of a little fresh breath in between albums for me really.”

Get ready to enjoy a great new album from a new sensational all Nordic musical alliance!

Tracklisting;

The War Has Begun

Hypocrisy

Wide Awake

Every Heartbeart

When Death Is Calling

21 Guns

Falling

The Other Side

Point Of No Return

True Love Awaits You

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Nordic Union:
Ronnie Atkins: Lead & Background Vocals
Erik Martensson: Lead Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt: Drums
Guest Guitar Solos:
Thomas Larsson, guitar solo on “Every Heartbest” & “Wide Awake”
Fredrik Folkare, guitar solo on “Point Of No Return” & “Hypocrisy”
Magnus Henriksson, guitar solo on “The War Has Begun”

Produced by Erik Martensson

UK Blues Challenge Winners - Red Butler Photo (low res)

On Saturday 24th October in a hard fought contest at The Boom Boom Club in Sutton; acclaimed by a large and enthusiastic audience and obviously impressing the judges, Red Butler was declared the winner of this years UK Blues Challenge.

Red Butler will now represent the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge that will take place on the 7th 8th and 9th April 2016 in Torrita di Siena, Tuscany, Italy.   21 bands from 21 countries in Europe will be competing and as well as gaining European exposure by being at and involved in the European Blues Challenge (and the benefits associated with this), the winner is guaranteed the offer of a spot at a number of major festivals around Europe.

On winning the Challenge, Alex Butler of Red Butler said: “There is huge exhilaration amongst the band at winning the UK Blues Challenge. We put our hearts and souls into the gig against stiff opposition. The immediate reaction from the crowd told us this was something special from the word go.”

You can see and have a listen to past winners and get a feel of the prestige of the European Blues Challenge, by checking out a video of this year’s event in Brussels.

Last year the band were voted ‘Best New UK Act’ by Blues Matters Magazine and they also reined in a couple of accolades in this years British Blues Awards when guitarist Alex Butler came second in Young Artist of the Year and the band came second, in the Emerging Artist category!

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Photo Credit: Laurence Harvey
Photo Credit: Laurence Harvey

Following the recent announcement of Joe Bonamassa’s live DVD, Blu-ray and album, Live At Radio City Music Hall, and 2014’s critically acclaimed studio album Different Shades of Blue, the internationally renowned guitarist has re-scheduled his recently postponed Bournemouth BIC concert to Sunday 20 March 2016.

In addition to the re-scheduled Bournemouth BIC concert, Joe Bonamassa will perform two new dates – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (Saturday 19 March) and Plymouth Pavilions (Monday 21 March). Tickets go on sale to the general public from the venues at 9am on Friday 13th November.

Tickets will also be available online to purchase from www.jbonamassa.com, www.eventim.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

Bonamassa will perform songs from his classic albums including Sloe Gin, Dust Bowl, The Ballad of John Henry, Driving Towards The Daylight (the latter reached #2 in the Official UK Album Chart 2012), and his critically acclaimed 2014 album Different Shades of Blue.

Joe Bonamassa – March 2016 UK Tour

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena       Saturday 19 March

Bournemouth BIC                              Sunday 20 March (re-scheduled date)

Plymouth Pavilions                           Monday 21 March

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