ALBUM FEATURING THE BEST & WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARISTS
RE-ISSUE + NEW SONGS AVAILABLE NOW
A GUITAR ENTHUSIASTS DREAM COME TRUE!
Today Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is re-releasing his GUITAR ZEUS project, a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice on drums which wrote and performed these well-crafted timeless songs.
Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming platforms here:
Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 & 1997, this new re-mastered album (by Stephen DeAcutis – Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Overkill, Cyndi Lauper) combines both releases as one complete version for the first time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char. Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition vinyl and CD.
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus showcases the complete and prolific talents of many world-renown rock guitarists including Brian May, Slash, Neil Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Kulick, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Paul Gilbert, Mick Mars, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Dweezil Zappa, Vivian Campbell, Leslie West, Warren DeMartini, Steve Morse, Ty Tabor (Kings X), Ted Nugent, Dug Pinnick, John Norum and others…
“The Guitar Zeus project, for me, was an amazing experience that has never been done before by a drummer, especially with so much talent on one album! You get your money’s worth! Writing all the songs with my band (Tony & Kelly) and then picking out songs for each guitarist was a fun and time-consuming process, especially coordinating everybody’s schedules and recording sessions.
From the opening note, one can tell this is going to be something special. I consider these drum tracks to be some of the best performances in my career, topped off with working with so many great guitarists and singers. The combination of players and song selection is something special with some of the tunes is out of the ordinary and ahead of their time!”
– Carmine Appice
“As soon as I heard the track, I thought it had a very haunting quality, evoking the ‘60s, but with a very modern slant. I also found the backing track very powerful and appealing, driven by Carmine’s very recognizable style; so I was keen to play on the track straight away”
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus – Tracklisting:
“Mothers Space” (feat. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal) + **
“Gonna Rain” (feat. Richie Sambora) + **
“4 Miles High” (feat. Steve Morse) +
“Nobody Knew” (feat. Brian May) + **
“Where You Belong (feat. Slash) +
“Out of Mind” (feat. Neal Schon) + **
“This Time Around (feat. Yngwie Malmsteen & Dug Pinnick) + **
“Nothing” (feat. John Norum) +
“Doin’ Fine” (feat Vivian Campbell) +
“Under the Moon and Sun” (feat. Mick Mars / Edgar Winter) + **
“Code 19” (feat. Zakk Wylde) + **
“Days Are Nights” (feat. Ted Nugent) + **
“Do Ya think I’m Sexy” (Sung by Carmine, feat. Pat Travers)
“Angels” (feat. Char)
“Guitar Zeus, Pt. 1” (feat Jennifer Batten)
“Safe” (feat. Neal Schon)
“Dead Wrong” (feat. Dweezil Zappa)
“Trippin’ Again” (feat. Ty Tabor)
“Even Up the Score” (feat. Ted Nugent)
“Dislocated” (feat. Paul Gilbert)
“Stash” (feat. Stevie Salas / John McEnroe)
“Perfect Day” (feat. Warren DeMartini)
“Killing Time” (feat. Ty Tabor)
“So Long” (feat. Doug Aldrich)
“My Own Advice” (feat Kenji Kitajima)
“Time to Set Alarms” (feat Elliot Easton / Bob Daisley)
“GZ Blues” (feat. Seymour Duncan / Steven Seagal)
“Guitar Zeus, Pt. 2” (feat. Leslie West / Jennifer Batten)
“Where you Belong” (feat Paul Gilbert)
“Cruzin” (feat. Denny Laine)
“Couldn’t Be Better” (Feat. RaiZi)
“Score” (Feat. Ted Nugent)
“Snake” (feat. Bruce Kulick)
+ CD Release
** Vinyl Release
NOTE: Carmine will be on hand at NAMM This Coming Week:
Wednesday, Jan. 23: The Hall of Heavy Metal History Awards at the Marriott, Anaheim
About Carmine Appice: As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on Van Halen & King’s X). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice.
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances and a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In 1976, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers, and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band. In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley’s first solo album.
In the early 1980s, he toured with Ozzy Osborne, Ted Nugent. In the mid ’80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. In the late ‘80s, Carmine played on Pink Floyd’s “Momentary Lapse of Reason and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early ’90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had “Carmine Appice Day.” In 1991, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).
In 2016 Carmine wrote an autobiography titled “Stick It” which appeared on Amazon’s “Best Sellers” list.
As a true artist, Carmine stretches the limits of his talents, always pursuing new experiences with a broad spectrum of musicians. His high standards have earned him the respect of the world’s most admired performers as well as captivating the loyalty of legions of fans. He has reshaped the path of music education, redesigned the very instrument he plays, and recreates excitement with every performance.
Immigrance, the new Snarky Puppy studio album, is all about movement. “The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration,” explains Michael League. “Obviously the album’s title is not without political undertones.”
Like Culcha Vulcha, Immigrance is a studio project, and it features most of the same musicians. And though it shares that project’s ace musicianship and dynamic, kinetic spirit, it is also more raw and moodier than its predecessor. Several of the compositions put a newfound emphasis on delivering simpler, streamlined impact. With Immigrance, Snarky Puppy is essentially practicing what it’s preached all along: People from different places can bring their various strengths and experiences, and that can be beautiful and cohesive. The band itself is a representation of that musical expression.
To get your free audio download of “Vanity Fair,” first pre-orderThe Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure and then CLICK HERE(You will purchase the audio download for $0.00 and then follow the download instructions in the return email you receive from Radiant Records. Only those who have pre-ordered “The Great Adventure” will be able to download the singles.)
Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to announce a string of long awaited vinyl re-releases for their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The albums will be available on 180gr. vinyl and come in Gatefold sleeves, with the standard album on CD as bonus. Next to the standard Black vinyl version, there will be limited editions of coloured vinyl runs as follows:
RIVERSIDE – “Second Life Syndrome (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) Tansparent Sun Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Dark Green: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE – “Rapid Eye Movement (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) White: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Transparent Blue: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE – “Anno Domini High Definition (Re-issue 2019)” – LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) Transparent Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Red: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE will also soon continue the promotion of their current album ”Wasteland” by embarking on their next touring of Europe (with newly announced support act Lesoir) and North America, as well as some festival appearances for 2019 as follows (Updates marked *):
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019 06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis 07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic 09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38 10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival 12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage 13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine 14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška 16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo 17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia 18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex 19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs 21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX 22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus 23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3 24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill 26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon 28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften 29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen 30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite 31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken 02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi 03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko 04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia 05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019 05/03 Atlanta, GA, City Winery 05/04 Lake Park, FL, Kelsey Theater 05/05 Sarasota, FL, (RoSfest) Sarasota Opera House 05/06 Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle 05/07 Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage 05/09 Jersey City, NJ, White Eagle Hall 05/10 Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live 05/11 Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw 05/12 Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair 05/14 Quebec City, QC, Imperial Bell 05/15 Montreal, QC, Club Soda 05/17 Toronto, ON, Mod Club 05/18 Detroit, MI, Magic Stick 05/19 Chicago, IL, Chop Shop &1st Ward 05/20 St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall 05/22 Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 05/24 Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 05/25 Salt Lake City, UT, Metro Music Hall 05/27 Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom 05/28 Pomona, CA, The Glass House 05/29 San Francisco, CA, Slim’s 05/31 Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre 06/01 Vancouver, BC, The Rickshaw Theatre 06/02 Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
RIVERSIDE – Live 2019: 04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge 20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival 24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall 25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij 27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival 17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish
RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment: “Soon, on March 6th, 2019, in Prague, we’re starting another leg of the “Wasteland Tour”, which promotes the album that’s extremely important to us. We know that a lot of you like it too, and we’d like to thank you here once again for putting “Wasteland” on your “best of 2018” lists. Riverside, however, are mostly a live band and we make up on stage for what was not quite as successful in the studio 😉 Therefore, we would love for you to see us during the upcoming spring leg of the tour!“
And check out a newly launched video trailer for the “Wasteland Tour“ here:
Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).
88 Keys, but Only 1 Player to Cover Emerson, Wakeman, Rudess, & Banks!
Keyboard veteran Andrew Colyer has secured possibly one of the most difficult gigs today – covering keyboard parts made legendary by Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Jordan Rudess and Tony Banks! Andrew will be performing with 3.2 featuring Robert Berry this coming spring! If anyone is qualified for the position, it’s Andrew who has performed and collaborated with the likes of Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Jon Anderson (YES), The Tubes, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Ryche Chlanda (Fireballet, Renaissance), Max Flyer (CBS Records), Clark Terry, Louis Bellson among others….not to mention his own band, Prog-award-nominated Circuline!
Keith Emerson left a legacy of music. From his beginnings with The Nice in the 1960’s, to worldwide fame with Emerson Lake & Palmer in the 1970’s, to his reinvention in the 1980’s with the #9 Billboard hit “Talkin’ Bout” in the band “3” with Robert Berry and Carl Palmer, Emerson’s name is one almost everyone has heard of.
In 2015, Emerson reunited with Berry, to resume work on the second “3” album, titled “3.2”, to be released on the Frontiers label. In 2016, Emerson tragically took his own life, leaving behind a half-finished record, Robert Berry with the loss of his long-time personal and musical friend, an unfulfilled contract, and a world grieving.
By the spring of 2018, Berry had worked out the details with the Emerson estate and Frontiers to complete and release the record. The first single, “Somebody’s Watching” (released May 22nd), sent the album debut to #3 on the Amazon hard rock charts, and generated 7,000 YouTube views in the first 36 hours, and over 12,000 views in the first week. A musical phoenix had indeed risen.
The album, “3.2 – The Rules Have Changed”, was released on August 10th, 2018, and hit #1 on Amazon, selling out on the first day, and placed on two Billboard charts. The two YouTube videos from the album currently have over 64,000 cumulative views. The new album has met with unanimous positive international acclaim from over 100 magazine articles, blog and website reviews, and FM and internet radio stations.
Now it’s time for a tour. The band – “3.2 featuring Robert Berry” will not only cover Berry’s work with Keith Emerson, but also Berry’s years on the Magna Carta label, producing tribute albums to ELP, YES, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and Rush. Who will Robert Berry get to cover not only Keith Emerson, but also all the keyboard players from these legendary bands? The world is watching and wondering. Keyboardist/vocalist Andrew Colyer (Circuline, Cell15, Awaken, Prog Rock Orchestra) got the call.
Berry tells the story of how Colyer got the gig: “When I met Andrew in December 2011, he was trying to reignite a career in music, after being out of the game for over 20 years. After one of our December People ‘Classic Rock Christmas Party’ shows, I introduced him to Dave Medd, and that’s how he got the job as the backup for The Tubes in 2012. By 2013 he was playing ELP’s “Tarkus” in progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey. In 2014 he performed on the Moody Blues cruise and the YES Cruise to the Edge with the Prog Rock Orchestra. He also formed his own band, Circuline, which has released two studio albums, a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray, and has toured and performed at international festivals. Plus he’s my wife’s brother’s best friend!”
Berry says, ”All family joking aside, Andrew is a great player and the right guy for the job. He’s a super nice guy, a hard worker, and with his immersion in the music business for these past 7 years, he’s also been a big help in the business and marketing department.”
Colyer has some big boots to fill, and speaks to the naysayers. “I know there will be critics and fans who will say, ‘that’s not how Keith would have done it’, or, ‘he’s just not the same as Wakeman, Banks, or Rudess’, and I’m here to say, that’s exactly right and true. There was only one Keith Emerson, and he was one of the greatest rock keyboard players of all time. Keith was groundbreaking in his approach to playing and performing; he was the first person in the world to ever use a synthesizer on stage; it is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually impossible for anyone to ever replace him, or any of these other amazing keyboard players that I’m covering for the upcoming tour.”
“I am honored to have been asked to ‘fill in’ for Keith, Rick, Jordan, and Tony in their absence, and I will do my very best to faithfully serve the music that all of these great keyboard players throughout history have left for us to enjoy. All of my classical training, as well as my jazz and progressive rock experience, will be crucial in bringing this music to a live audience.”
Colyer continues, “I am also really excited to be performing with Robert Berry, who, besides being a ridiculously talented musician/composer, touring with Ambrosia, Alliance, Greg Kihn, and the holiday band December People, has also been a ‘behind the scenes’ producer for years, producing many progressive rock tribute albums for the Magna Carta label, and releasing his own solo albums. Some people have referred to Robert as a ‘crafty American version of Trevor Rabin‘.”
Berry concludes, “This new 3.2 band is excited to not only have Andrew Colyer from Circuline, but also the amazing drummer/vocalist Jimmy Keegan from Spock’s Beard. I’ll be fronting the band on bass and lead vocals, and we also have monster guitarist/vocalist Paul Keller, who toured with Keith, myself, and Carl Palmer on the original ‘3’ tour in 1988. For the upcoming tour, we’ll be performing not only music from the new 3.2 album, but also music from the first 3 album, and a few hits from my back Magna Carta catalog – some songs from YES, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, etc.
“In addition to all the great music, you’ll also experience first storytelling, performances, and insights from my work with Steve Howe, GTR, Ambrosia, Keith and Carl, and more. It’s a presentation of my legacy of progressive rock from the past 30 years. We hope to see you in the audience and meet you in person after the show!”
While Y&T was on tour in Japan last weekend, Dave & Jill’s Meniketti Wineswon two awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! This was their first-ever wine competition. Congratulations Jill & Dave!
• 2017 Temptation Rosé won a Silver medal • 2016 Forever Pinot Noir won a Bronze medal