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THE 12 MONTHS OF RUSH’ CONTINUES WITH THE RELEASE OF A SPECIAL HOLOGRAM EDITION OF 2112 ON VINYL

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 18, 2015 at 6:12am 0 Comments



 

"The first record where we sounded like Rush." - Alex Lifeson on 2112



As the multi-platinum selling, Canadian Prog-Rock legends Rush prepare for their 2015 world tour in celebration of their 40th anniversary, Universal continues its 12 Months of Rush celebrations with the release of a special vinyl Hologram Edition reissue of the band’s epic, landmark release 2112 on March 16, 2015. This special edition will also come with a free download card for the high resolution Digital Audio version.



Pressed on high fidelity 200gram vinyl, this unique Hologram Edition showcases a custom, hand-drawn hologram of the “Red Star of the Federation” in the album’s dead wax runout of side two. To reveal the spinning hologram, fans can use any focused source of light, such as the LED flashlight on a smartphone, directly above the turntable while playing.



Check out the video demo of the test pressing here.



Originally released in 1976, Rush’s epic, landmark release 2112 was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the band’s most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike.  With lyrics written by Neil Peart, 2112 kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite…

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Rock Godz Hall of Fame 2nd Induction Ceremony

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 11, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MEDIA ALERT

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 11, 2015

RockGodz Hall of Fame to Hold 2nd Induction Ceremony and Show in Las Vegas

RockGodz Hall of Fame announces its 2nd Induction Ceremony & Show featuring a host of new inductees, including guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Guns N’ Roses; Vinny Appice, drummer for Black Sabbath and Dio; bassist Tony Franklin, formerly with The Firm and Jimmy Page; Glen Sobel, drummer for Alice Cooper and SIXX A.M.; guitarist Mitch Perry from the Michael Schenker Group, Cher and Glenn Hughes; Brian Tichy from Whitesnake; and other artists to be announced.  These prestigious rockers join the ranks of original RockGodz Hall of Fame inductees Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Joe Vitale, Chris Slade, Jason Ebs and Steve Vai, among others.

The Induction Ceremony takes place on March 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Vamp’d, Danny “The Count” Koker’s popular Rock Bar and Grill, 6750 W Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, (702) 220-8849.

The ceremony will be hosted by Las Vegas personality Steve Hart from Mandalay Bay’s legendary Foundation Room.  Most inductees will walk the Red Carpet meet-and-greet for press and fans and will participate in video interviews to be posted on RockGodzHallofFame.com. No gathering of musicians would be complete without hearing them play, so all inductees will hit the stage to perform their biggest or most popular hits. The Jet Velocity All Star Band, which is fronted by RockGodz’ own Janea & Jason Ebs from Ecotonic and also features Lez Warner, Gregg Fox, and Mikey Bones Gerbino, will bring down the thunder for a night of rock and roll and celebration. Merchandise will also be available for purchase at the…

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Deathgasm - A heavy metal action/adventure movie

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 11, 2015 at 2:05pm 0 Comments

Deathgasm will be making its worldwide film debut at this year’s SXSW Festival.   

 

The heavy metal action/adventure movie is full of horror, fun and – most importantly – metal.  Screenwriter Jason Lei Howden based much of the script on his own love of music and combined it with his obsession of horror films and twisted comedic spirit.

 

Deathgasm follows…

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Interview with The Ting Tings by Stacey, er Martini, and Rock.com

Posted by Interviews on March 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Martini Beerman sits down with musical duo Katie White and Jules De Martino of The Ting Tings to discuss their newest album, Super Critical and their single Wrong Club.
Find out how Super Critical, the name of their newest album, was inspired or how Jules and Katie use parties around the world to find inspiration for their albums.
If you enjoyed songs like That's Not My Name, Great DJ and Shut Up and Let Me Go, you'll most certainly enjoy all that Super Critical has to offer!

Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Recording Corp.)

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 7:03pm 0 Comments

Physical Graffiti is the most recent Led Zeppelin reissue. In fact, this deluxe edition has been released 40 years to the day of its original release on February 24, 1975. Similar to the first four reissues - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, III and IV and Houses of the Holy - Physical Graffiti has been carefully remastered by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. This deluxe package also comes with a third disc of previously unreleased tracks.

Contained on the Companion Audio Disc:

1. "Brandy & Coke" ("Trampled Underfoot" initial rough mix)

2. "Sick Again" (early version)

3. "In My Time of Dying" (initial rough mix)

4. Houses of the Holy" (rough mix with overdubs)

5. "Everybody Makes It Through" ("In the Light" early version/In Transit)

6. "Boogie With Stu" (Sunset Sound mix)

7. "Driving Through Kashmir" ("Kashmir" rough orchestra mix)

Zep's first double album, Physical Graffiti contains remarkable and iconic tracks such as "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," "Custard Pie" and "Ten Years Gone." The companion disc alone is worth the price but to hear these remarkable Jimmy Page remasters makes this music - if it's possible - even more powerful than when it first came out.

Herman Rarebell & Friends: Herman's Scorpions Songs (Solid Rockhouse Records)

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 2:42pm 0 Comments

As the drummer for German metal band the Scorpions from 1977 through 1996, Herman Rarebell was there for the recording of the band's most iconic songs including "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Dynamite," "Animal Magnetism," and "Make it Real."

Now Rarebell has revisited those songs and many more on his latest solo album.  Calling on a host of talented friends including singers Don Dokken, Tony Martin, Alex Ligertwood, Paul Shortino and Doogie White, Rarebell reinterprets 13 Scorpions classics in a thoroughly modern fashion. He also presents a new track called "Let It Shine," sung by Al Crespo, the gifted vocalist from German rock band Unbreakable.

These songs stand the test of time. The guitar riffs pulse with as much energy as they did decades ago and Rarebell's propulsive drum grooves are every bit as punchy and muscular today as they were the day he played them.

This is a must-have for Scorpions fans who miss the classic sound of this Germany metal band. Rarebell's contemporary reimagining of these classic rock songs is evidence of their enduring and timeless qualities.  

Grover Jackson's guitar company: GJ² Guitars

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Guitar builder Grover Jackson is the original Wood Whisperer. The Whammy Bard. He bought Charvel guitars from Wayne Charvel in 1978 and from that moment forward, he redefined the parameters of custom-built guitars. In 1980, he pioneered his own line of instruments bearing his name—Jackson—and co-designed the now iconic instruments for the late Randy Rhoads.

To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now, Jackson “loves the smell of sawdust in the morning.” He has an uncanny and unique gift in sculpting instruments that are not only beautiful and aesthetically breathtaking in design and form but has been able to marry these extraordinary forms to the highest levels of function. That is, Grover’s guitars play as well any other six-string out there.

Jackson has shed more than his share of blood, frets and tears in becoming one of the premier guitar luthiers out there. He has recently turned his particular version of…

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 3, 2015 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2015

 

 

Celebrate the Life & Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO:

A Series of 5th Anniversary Memorial Activities Planned in

Los Angeles – May 15-17, 2015

 

MAY 15:

Rock & Bowl Celebrity Charity Event at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA

 

MAY 16:

Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie's Music

@ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, CA

 

MAY 17:

“Ride For Ronnie” Motorcycle Ride from Glendale Harley Davidson to Los Encinos Park for BBQ and Live Music

 

 

 

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural "RIDE FOR RONNIE" motorcycle ride and BBQ, according to Dio Cancer Fund Co-Founder/President, Wendy Dio.

 

 

A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on…

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Guitarist's Tech Workshop

Posted by Steve Rosen on March 3, 2015 at 12:12pm 0 Comments

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2015

CONTACT:

Brian Rocha

rocha@fresnomediausa.com

 

Ryan Feldman

ryan@fresnomediausa.com

 

 

 

CREATIVELIVE ANNOUNCES “GUITARIST’S TECH WORKSHOP” WITH KURT BLOCH, BEN VERELLEN

Class to livestream for free on March 23; enroll today!

 

 

SEATTLE, WA – CreativeLive ‘Music & Audio’ has announced an upcoming course, “Guitarist’s Tech Workshop,” set to stream live for free on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST / 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m EST. In this two-part course, guitar and tube amp masters, Kurt Bloch and Ben Verellen, will demonstrate exactly how to get the best sound out of your gear, including the basics of setting up your guitar and a full rundown of how tube amps work and how to keep them sounding great. For more information and to sign up for the free class, head to CreativeLive ‘Music & Audio’ at:…

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