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Rockin' the Wall (Lightyear Entertainment and Specialty Studios)

Posted by Steve Rosen on December 14, 2014 at 8:27pm 0 Comments

Rock and roll has always been about rebellion and shaking things up. In this wonderfully-crafted and imaginative documentary from Larry Schweikart and Marc Leif, rock and roll once again breaks down the walls. Literally. This film based on Schweikart's book, Seven Events That Made America America, documents how music represented the head of the hammer in bringing down the Iron Curtain.

Music provided the impetus and the inspiration behind the anti-Communist revolution. Based on illuminating interviews with Robby Krieger (Doors), David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) as well as individuals who experienced the fall of the wall in-person, the film exposes the potential of music to be a unifying and rallying cry for change.

The doc's soundtrack is a classic collection of '60s and '70s hits  including "Train Kept A Rollin'," "People Got To Be Free" and "Ball Of Confusion." Additionally, there are original songs by Mark Stein, Peter Rivera and Mother's finest.  Footage of these artists performing the songs will move and touch you while the historic and archival footage in conjunction with the heartfelt storyline will raise you up as you witness the true power of the human spirit.

Tuff Luck: A Documentary (Velocity Films)

Posted by Steve Rosen on December 14, 2014 at 2:23pm 0 Comments

This is a film about the struggles and triumphs of a rock and roll band searching for success. Tuff Luck follows the '80s hair metal band of the same name as they emerged from the South Florida music scene to become one of the area's premier attractions. Drawing over 1,000 fans to local shows, the group was on a skyrocket to fame. But somehow they never got there. They were at the door and had the key - but the key didn't fit.

Tuff Luck - guitarist Dave Scott, bassist James Marino, vocalist Kenny Monroe and drummer Todd Kelly - embodied all the talent, spirit, and ambition you'd ever need to achieve fame and fortune as successful rockers but somehow, someway, it just wasn't enough.

The tale told here through first-person interviews, archival live footage, photographs and era-centric memorabilia will make you smile, transport you to an era when rock was about big hair styles, blistering guitar riffs and double bass drums, and ultimately break your heart. This is a devastatingly sad - but hugely uplifting - narrative about dreams unrealized, questions unanswered and hearts forever broken.

Directed, produced and written by Andrew Klein from Velocity Films, Tuff Luck will leave you with one enduring question: Why didn't this band succeed? There are no real answers. But in watching this film, what you will find is a sense of joy in watching four musical brothers as they attempt to beat the odds in a triumph of human spirit and dignity. 

You will not be left untouched when you watch this doc. You will cry and you will feel your heart beat quicker and in the end you will be awed by the determination and drive of these four special…

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Bob Dylan Announces Long-Rumored Album

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:51am 0 Comments

The long-rumored Bob Dylan album featuring famous pop standards is on the way. Dylan has dropped the news that his upcoming 36th (yep) studio album, Shadows in the Night, will arrive on Feb. 3, 2015, in in CD, vinyl and as a digital download formats. The album, which follows 2012's Tempest, sees Dylan covering ten pop standards, all of which Frank Sinatra also recorded.

Dylan says he has always wanted to do a project like Shadows in the Night. The idea was intimidating, though. (I’m surprised anything is intimidating to Dylan at this point.)

“(I) was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band," Dylan said in a statement. "That's the key to all these performances."

Dylan made it a point to record the entire album live with each track only taking one of two takes. "No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones,” Dylan added. “No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded."

In other Dylan news, the famed musician recently teamed with Gibson to release the limited edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector’s Edition, and the Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition.

Learn more on the guitars via the links below:

Bob Dylan SJ-200 Autographed Collector's Edition

Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition

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Def Leppard Back In Studio

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Earlier in the year Def Leppard started work on their 10th studio album, the follow up to 2008's Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. The band got together and wrote fifteen songs for the project before touring commitments, and guitarist Vivan Campbell's cancer treatment put the project on hold.

Now Elliot tells the Belfast Telegraph that the band has resumed the recording sessions: "We're back on it now and hoping to get it finished by early spring. I was in the studio last night, actually, and I'll be in again tonight – if I don't wear my voice out."

Elliot also had some great news to share about Campbell's health status: "He's just out of hospital. He had stem cell surgery and he's home about 48 hours. From what I gather, it all went really, really well. He has to stay away from pretty much everything, especially people, because his immune system's going to be zero right now. But we don't start work again until April, and he's done all his stuff for the album, so it's a good time for him to recuperate and get his strength back together."

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Joe Perry Releases Christmas EP

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:42am 0 Comments

’Tis the season — to release holiday-themed music. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has released a new Christmas CD, and it features actor/guitarist/all-round-cool-guy Johnny Depp on guitar and vocals.

Depp plays guitar on four songs and he sings on two.

Joe Perry says he’s wanted to record a Christmas album with Aerosmtih for years, but the time was never right to do it. “When my Rocks book tour ended, the timing was right ...we were in L.A. with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together. I was finally able to record some Christmas classics for the fans.”

The album includes instrumental arrangements of “White Christmas” and “Silent Night,” as well as vocal versions of the Chuck Berry classic “Run, Rudolph, Run” and Elvis Presley’s “Santa’s Back in Town.”

Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas is available from the Unison Music Group and on iTunes. Perry’s book Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith is out now.

Read more about Joe’s Gibson history here.

By Peter Hodgson 

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Former Megadeth Drummer Open To Return

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:37am 0 Comments

I’ve been a Megadeth fan for a long time (I first started sneaking listens when my parents weren’t looking back when I was 12) and I’ve seen quite a few line-up changes over the years. I’m keenly watching whatever happens next now that guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover have left the group. Now former drummer Nick Menza has confirmed that he’d come back if asked.

Menza left Megadeth in 1998 following the Cryptic Writings album, although he returned briefly - very briefly - in 2004 and was fired without playing a single show. Menza has told his Facebook fans where he stands on the band now, writing:

"Like I have said in the past, I don't rule out rejoining Megadeth and the opportunity would be totally cool. I'm open to whatever could possibly happen. That's up to Dave. Right now I'm focused on writing and demoing songs with Chris Poland and James LoMenzo.”

Poland and Lomenzo are also Megadeth alumni, with Poland playing lead guitar from 1984 to 1987 (and as a session musician on 2004’s The System Has Failed), and Lomenzo playing bass from 2006 to 2010, including the albums United Abominations and Endgame. Menza’s new band with Poland and LoMenzo doesn’t have a name yet.

By Peter Hodgson 

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Foreigner Release “4 And More” Hits Album

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:32am 0 Comments

Foreigner will release The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More in the U.S on December 16. It's released in the U.K on Dec. 5.

The album features original guitarist Mick Jones and current singer Kelly Hansen and includes new live versions of songs from their 1981 album 4, their only No. 1 album. In addition to re-recorded versions of ’4′ songs such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Urgent,” The Best of Foreigner 4 & More includes other hits from the band, such as “Feels Like the First Time” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Many of the songs were recorded at Borgata Hotel’s Music Box in Atlantic City in October 2014. “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” says Mick Jones. “And we’ve unwittingly weaved our music into the fabric of people’s lives.”

Read Gibson.com 's interview with Mick Jones.

The Best of Foreigner 4 & More Track Listing:



“Night Life”

“Woman in Black”

“Urgent”

“Waiting For A Girl Like You”

“Break It Up”

“Girl on the Moon”

“Say You Will”

“Feels Like The First Time”

“Cold As Ice”

“Hot Blooded”

“I Want To Know What Love Is”

“Juke Box Hero”

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Epiphone Player James Bay Wins BRIT Award

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:27am 0 Comments

Young British singer/songwriter/guitarist James Bay has been named the BRIT awards Critics' Choice winner for 2015. He will collect his award at February 2015's BRIT awards.

Twenty-three year old Bay is a fine guitarist, playing Epiphones, and studied his craft at the U.K's Brighton Institute of Modern Music (B.I.M.M.)

What can we say? Best just to listen to him, as showcased on this video. He's a name to look out for in 2015. Be afraid, Ed Sheeran!

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Dave Grohl Opens Up About Bowie, Prince During Howard Stern Interview

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:22am 0 Comments

Dave Grohl made several interesting revelations during an interview Wednesday morning (Dec. 3) with Howard Stern. As reported by Consequence of Sound, the Foo Fighters frontman said he almost recorded a song with David Bowie. Although the session failed to materialize, the two rockers keep in touch via email, and Grohl describes Bowie as “wickedly funny.” Grohl also spoke about being invited by Prince to jam together prior one of Prince’s shows in L.A. in 2011. “I waited for him to call all week,” said Grohl. “I didn’t know whether I was going to play drums or guitar, his song or mine. I walked into the empty arena during soundcheck and Prince just appears. He picks up a bass and starts shredding … and we started playing ‘Whole Lotta Love.’” Then we end it, and [Prince] said, ‘Yeah, that’s great,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s amazing.’ He said, ‘What are you doing next week?’ and then I never saw him again.

Foo Fighters are slated to perform tonight (Dec. 4) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

By Russell Hall 

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The Edge Provides Progress Report On Bono’s Recuperation

Posted by News on December 10, 2014 at 9:18am 0 Comments

Bono should be good-to-go by the time U2 kicks off their recently announced North American tour in May, says The Edge. The ailing singer is currently recovering from serious injuries sustained in a bicycle accident that occurred last month in New York’s Central Park. “He managed to come out of it with what you could only describe as injuries from a car crash, literally, multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and in his back,” The Edge said yesterday (Dec. 3), speaking with radio station KROQ. “But he’s doing okay. We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet so he didn’t actually break Central Park. But he’s made of tough stuff and he’s bouncing back.”

The guitarist added that Bono is recuperating in Dublin “and basically [isn’t allowed to] move for the next couple of months.” Meanwhile the band performed as “U2 Minus 1” on Monday night in Times Square, with Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filling in as frontmen. “It was an amazing experience, but it did feel a bit like we were cheating on Bono,” The Edge admitted.

By Russell Hall 

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