RUNAWAYS Vocalist CHERIE CURRIE and STOOGES Guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON Team Up For A New Version Of The Shangri-Las’ Teen Heartbreak Classic “Leader Of The Pack!”

Los Angeles, CA – With the roar of a motorcycle, ’60 pop chanteuses The Shangri-Las introduced the world to a new tragic hero, the unforgettable bad boy heartthrob and the titular “Leader Of The Pack.” The year was 1964 and by that time “teenage tragedy songs” had become a genre unto itself with the likes of Jan & Dean’s “Dead Man’s Curve,” Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her” and many others. But none captured the melodrama of heartbreak as well as “Leader Of The Pack,” which would become a #1 pop hit and the defining song for The Shangri-Las. Now, two veterans of garage rock, trailblazing heartthrobs in their own right, have teamed up for a glorious new version of the tune. Famed Stooges guitarist James Williamson pours gasoline on the song’s instrumental track and lights it on fire with his raw, heavy guitar playing, while Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie, aided with backup vocals by Leslie Koch Foumberg, amps up the theatricality for maximum emotional impact.

Williamson sings the praises of this new version saying “When I first discussed playing on a remake of ‘Leader of the Pack’ I was skeptical that we could improve on it. That song is so ingrained in my psyche that I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Mary Weiss singing the vocal. But, when I heard Cherie Currie’s version combined with my guitar, I instantly knew we had done an update we could be proud of. I just love the way it came out.”

This supercharged version of “Leader Of The Pack” is currently available on all streaming and download platforms as well as on a special 7” vinyl single backed with a tune that will be imminently familiar to fans of Cherie Currie, “Cherry Bomb” – a previously released recording featuring music by The MC5’s Wayne Kramer and The Ramone’s Marky Ramone.

Track List:
1. Cherie Currie & James Williams feat. Leslie Koch Foumberg – Leader Of The Pack
2. Cherie Currie feat. Wayne Kramer & Marky Ramone – Cherry Bomb

Buy the 7”:https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/cherie-currie-james-williamson-leader-of-the-pack-limited-edition-cherry-red-7-ep/
Stream/download:https://orcd.co/leaderofthepack

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British Prog Diva Rosalie Cunningham To Release New Self-Titled Solo Album On July 26, 2019!

Greatly anticipated new studio solo album from Rosalie Cunningham, formerly of acclaimed band Purson.

London – Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce a new studio album with Rosalie Cunningham. Since her celebrated band Purson played its final gig in late 2016, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Rosalie has been working on a new solo album, to showcase her talents as the visionary solo artist she always was.

As Rosalie says, “Being able to take time over arrangements without time pressures means that everything feels right, without being contrived.”

The album features a full range of musical styles showing off to the full Rosalies incredible vocal range and playing ability and is sure to delight both old fans of Purson and hopefully many new fans.

The self-titled album will be available both on Digipack single CD and 180 gram vinyl format on July 26th. In support of the release, Rosalie and her band will be touring the UK in July 2019 with further dates to come.

TRACK LISTING
Ride on My Bike
Fuck Love
House of the Glass Red
Dethroning of the Party Queen
Nobody Hears
Riddles and Games
Butterflies
A Yarn from the Wheel

To pre-order:https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/rosalie-cunningham/

For more information:www.rosaliecunningham.com

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Swedish Progressive Rock Band Blå Lotus return with sophomore album Högtid

Melodic Revolution Records and Blå Lotus are thrilled to announce that Högtid will be officially released worldwide digitally on June 21st, Summer Solstice

Fredrik Andersson tells us about the new album.
So, this is our sophomore effort, consisting of songs put together during late 2017 and on through 2018. As usual, I had written and prepared them beforehand and presented them to the rest of the band through rough demos, albeit striving to leave enough space for the others to leave their own mark on them and by months of rehearsal and occasional live performances, we eventually had fine-tuned them to the degree that we could lay them down the basics during the hot sizzling summer of 2018. The remainder of the overdubs (that is, Farfisa, Mellotron, Pianet, synthesizer and vocals, all weighing heavy on my shoulders) did suffer a bit due to procrastination (the whip apparently didn’t crack hard enough) and me ending up in hospital due to an intestinal inflammation towards the end of the year. I got better though, not least through the spiritual support of my fellow bandmates and eventually we could present the finished product to our main man Nick who instantly approved.

We agreed upon dubbing it “Högtid”, approximately the Swedish word for feast, or rather celebratory season (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Midsummer and so on), sort of hinting at the superficial theme of the two main tracks ‘Pagan Solstice’ and ‘Summer Demons’ and maybe also the inclusion of our momentary rendition of an old Swedish marching tune (‘Gånglåt’). Despite this, it’s not a concept album, no overarching theme or grandiose convolution, no siree Bob! They just happened to be the songs we decided upon rehearsing during this last year-and-a-half. You could say though, that there is a common theme between the two aforementioned main songs in that they both deal with the expectations laid upon oneself and the urge to get away from them; one more in the external side of things (‘Pagan’) and one the internal (‘Summer’). ‘Pagan’ was actually a leftover song from my previous band (as was ‘Unreal Estate’) in which I played the guitar and thus these were written accordingly so I had to find a way to present them on the Hammond but eventually they proved to be more in tune with the Lotus spirit anyway.

‘Summer’ on the other hand began its life as an unassuming, Neil Young-esque folk song, amounting to probably no more than a couple of minutes in all, but demonstrably ended up being the longest track on this record. The mopey lyrics should probably not be interpreted too deeply by a suicidal person though. Then we have the most optimistic track on the album, ‘While You Were Asleep’, a psychedelic ode to the divison of labour and the fact that despite what all the fearmongers tell us, overall the world is a better place at this very moment than ever before throughout history and that it will be ever so slightly better tomorrow, so stop whining and dig into the fact that this is more a showcase of the Farfisa rather than the Hammond. A bit of variation thrown in for good measure. And finally ‘Rats’n Brats’ is just a piece of vintage heavy rock’n roll; a good excuse for letting our hair down and maxing out the fuzz boxes toward the end.

And there you have it. We hope you will enjoy the fruits of our labour as much as we have enjoyed perfecting it during this period. It’s just a pity that we can’t really put into words the exact anglo-saxon depiction of its name. Guess that’s why we insist on inserting all these norse umlaut-laden words everywhere.

//Fredrik, keeper of the sevenhundred keys

Artist: Blå Lotus
Formed during the fall of 2016, Blå Lotus was basically three guys with a vision of making heavy prog rock without the aid of a guitar. Heavily influenced by old school progressive acts of yore, they immediately set out to create a fulfilling soundscape equipped with just bass, drums and Hammond organ and a vast array of lengthy jam-based compositions interspersed with heavy stoner-like riffs.

Band Members
Fredrik Andersson: Hammond and Farfisa Organ, Mellotron, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Flute & Vocals
Linus Karlsson: Bass Guitar, Theremin & Random Sound Effects
Wiktor Nydén: Drums & Percussion 

Album Title: Hötid
Album Art: Viktor Örneland
Release Date: June 21st, 2019
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Format: Digital

Track Listing:
1. Pagan Solstice
2. Open Hand On All Fours
3. Unreal Estate
4. While You Were Asleep
5. Gånglåt
6. Summer Demons
7. Rats’n Brats

Watch the official teaser here released March 12, 2019 

What the critics have said about their debut Tube Alloys

This is a great album, and it is incredible to think that they came together in Autumn of 2016, and recorded this album in April the following year, as they sound as if they have been bouncing ideas off each other for years. If you have ever enjoyed the sound of a Hammond Organ in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, then this is essential.
★★★★ 4/5 Kev Rowland – Power of Prog

 Wow! This new Swedish heavy prog rock band just totally blew me away. It’s clear these guys are totally enjoying themselves. That “no guitar” policy only proves, as Quatermass or Rare Bird (their first two albums only) had proved all those years ago, that great music can be had without a guitar. Blå Lotus is simply the new generation of it. Really worth it. 
★★★★ 4/5 Progfan97402 – Prog Archives

The sound is really cool and I like this album a lot. In this case, we are talking old-style 1970s heavy prog and symphonic prog. There is even some John Lord’s Deep Purple like keys and music here. The Hammond organ sends warm shivers down my spine and gives me a silly grin.
3.5/5 points by Torodd Fuglesteg  – Sound Of Fighting Cats

Further Information Can Be Found At:
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/blalotusband/
MRR Band Profile Page
http://mrrmusic.com/bla-lotus/
Bandcamp
https://blalotusmrrartist.bandcamp.com
CD Baby
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/BlaLotus

Media Contact
Fredrik Andersson
blalotusband@gmail.com

Label Contact
Melodic Revolution Records
Nick Katona
nick@melodicrevolution.comPlease follow and like us:

Melodic Revolution Records Online:
http://mrrmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords/
https://www.youtube.com/c/MelodicRevolutionRecordsMusic 
https://twitter.com/MusicIsOurVoice 

Melodic Revolution Records Spotify Playlists:
https://open.spotify.com/user/melodicrevolutionrecords

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SOTO – Launch “HyperMania” single/video & Pt. 1 of EPK ‘Origami’; Album out next week!

SOTO, the modern Heavy Metal / Hard Rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / ex Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), are soon to release their third album and InsideOutMusic debut “Origami” next week, May 24th, 2019.

SOTO are therefore now debuting a new single with the album’s opening track “HyperMania” via an intense video directed by Thiago Kiss / Conceitual Films, 

Jeff Scott Soto checked in with the following comment about “HyperMania“:
HyperMania is the 1st music video from ‘Origami’, there is a double entendre to the lyrics that actually became a triple one for the video itself, it will be fun to see how it is interpreted by viewers! Our Brazilian friend and director Thiago Kiss truly delivered the balance of frightening, erotic and artsy into this video. We are extremely proud to present to you, HYPERMANIA!”

Additionally, the first part of an EPK introducing SOTO and the “Origami” album can be seen here: 

And the previously released singles off “Origami” are here:
“Origami“: https://youtu.be/n6ekK2HLC4Y
“BeLie“: https://youtu.be/httACwv8ioI

‘Origami’ will be released as a limited digipak CD with a set of 3 stickers and a bonus track, 180g vinyl LP including the entire album on CD, and as digital download. The album comes packaged with classy artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Machine Head, Amaranthe, Arch Enemy).
Pre-order now here:www.insideoutmusicshop.com

Order the CD/T-Shirt Bundle Here: https://centurymedia.store/

The full track-listing of ’Origami‘ is as follows:

1.HyperMania
2.Origami
3.BeLie
4.World Gone Colder
5.Detonate
6.Torn
7.Dance With The Devil
8.AfterGlow
9.Vanity Lane
10.Give In To Me
11.KMAG * (Bonus Track)

SOTO started in 2015 derived from the ideal of Jeff Scott Soto wanting to return to his heavier roots. So far they released 2 albums, “Inside The Vertigo“ (2015) and “DIVAK“ (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked on the supergroup Sons Of Apollo, alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.

Now SOTO are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, signing with InsideOutMusic. The new album “Origami“ contains material that continues to expand and move the band towards new heights whilst following up with their brand of Power Rock.

SOTO will hit South America for live dates in May and intend to be touring worldwide throughout 2019 following the release of the new album.

SOTO – Line-Up:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Jorge Salan – Guitar
Tony Dickinson – Bass
BJ – Keys/Guitar
Edu Cominato – Drums

SOTO online:
www.sototheband.com
www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial
www.twitter.com/SOTOtheBand
www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto
www.twitter.com/jeffscottsoto

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusicshop.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist: 
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials


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German masters of progressive metal Vanden Plas return with “The Epic Works 1991-2015”

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of “The Epic Works 1991-2015”, a stunning box set collection from the German masters of progressive metal Vanden Plas Official on July 12, 2019.

The box set will include eight studio albums, one EP, a live recording, and a bonus disc (exclusive to the physical edition) entitled “Bonus Treasures,” that will include all unreleased, bonus, rare, and demo tracks from Vanden Plas.

Watch and listen to the trailer here

i. “Colour Temple” 
ii. “AcCult”
iii. “The God Thing”
iv. “Far Off Grace”
v. “Spirit of Live” 
vi. “Beyond Daylight”
vii. “Christ 0”
viii. “The Seraphic Clockwork”
ix. “Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld [Path One]”
x. “Chronicles Of The Immortals (Netherworld II)”
xi. “Bonus Treasures” (Physical Edition Only)

A strictly limited edition of 1500 copies worldwide, this box set includes a booklet with notes written by Stefan Glas (freelancer ROCK HARD Germany, editor of UNDERGROUND EMPIRE) and Marco Magin (BREAKOUT Magazine) plus never-before-seen pictures and band notes for each album.
In addition, Frontiers will make available, for the first time, a selection of vinyl releases on 2xLP, 180g, gatefold, color vinyl including: “Colour Temple,” “The God Thing,” “Far Off Grace,” “Beyond Daylight” and “Christ 0.” These will be pressed in very limited runs and then discontinued, so fans will want to snatch these up quickly.

“We are very proud of the release of our box set “The Epic Works 1991 – 2015”, which contains the demos, singles, and studio albums we released during that period,” says guitarist Stephan Lill. “Lots of time was spent gathering these releases, that covers almost 25 years, into a very nice package with a detailed band history, lots of pictures with our fans and us together, and much more. For us, and I think for our fans too, it is very exciting to follow our musical development from the melodic power rock style we played in the beginning of our career to the progressive metal we are known for today. Eight studio albums, a live release, an acoustic release, and a collection of all the bonus tracks we did during this period are on display here. The bonus track collection showcases the other side of Vanden Plas: acoustic versions of songs of our own, covers of musical influences like Dokken or Kansas, and special treats like a cut from our rock opera “Ludus Danielis” or the song we wrote for our favourite soccer club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. It almost seems a bit unreal when you see all these releases together, considering the fact that at the same time all the band members were engaged in many theatre productions, like “The Rocky Horror Show” or “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and that we wrote five rock operas as well, which were performed in several German theatres. I hope our fans will enjoy this musical journey as much as we did and still do.”

For more than 20 years, Vanden Plas have been flag bearers for intelligent, intense, progressive metal. Since their debut album, “Colour Temple” up to their most recent saga, “Chronicles Of The Immortals,” which saw the band collaborate with Wolfgang Hohlbein, a writer who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, Vanden Plas have wowed progressive metal fans with their amazing music.

This set is an unmissable occasion to get to know in-depth the abilities and art of one of progressive metal’s greatest bands.

“Bonus Treasures” tracklist:
1. Kiss Of Death
2. Point Of Know Return
3. Gethsemane
4. Shape Of My Heart
5. Combien De Larmes (How Many Tears – French Version)
6. Raining In My Heart
7. Godmaker (Acoustic Radio Version)
8. Days Of Thunder
9. Fire
10. Ridin’ The Wind
11. Eleyson
12. Das Ist Für Euch


Line-up:
Andy Kuntz – Vocals
Stephan Lill – Guitar
Andreas Lill – Drums
Günter Werno – Keyboards
Torsten Reichert – Bass
https://www.vandenplas.de/https://www.facebook.com/VandenPlasOfficial


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Arena Re-Visited Box Set and Double Vision Vinyl now available

A limited edition Box Set consisting of 1 BluRay, 1 DVD, 2 CD’s and a 18x18cm 48 Page colour Booklet, commemorating our 2018 Tour is now available to buy in our store.  

Click HERE to see more details including an unboxing video to get a closer look at the contents!

Recorded on 12th May 2018 at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer in front of a sell-out crowd, the box set contains the full 2hr show on both a BluRay disc and DVD disc, along with the audio recording across 2 CD’s and captures the Visitor in entirety.  The box set also includes a large 18cmx18cm 48 page colour booklet of photo’s taken on the tour. The Box Set is limited to 500 copies.

The full set list is as follows:Part 1 (The Visitor):   Crack in the IcePins and NeedlesDouble VisionEleaThe Hanging TreeA State of GraceBlood Red RoomIn the Blink of an Eye(Don’t Forget to) BreatheSerenityTears in the Rain Enemy Without Running from Damascus The Visitor Part 2:                   PoisonedJerichoMirror LiesTinder BoxSolomonAscensionCrying 7 You can now purchase the Box Set on our shop HERE

Also available is a double gatefold Vinyl edition of Double Vision, 2x180g Gold Discs.

Double Vision is now available to purchase on Vinyl.  The Album is 2 180g Gold discs, you can buy from our website HERE

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