Legendary rock band ANGEL has just signed a Record deal with Cleopatra Records and will start recording in April 2019. Original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow have written 14 brand new songs for the album which they describe as very diverse ranging from songs that are very Melodic with real strong hooks to much heavier songs that contain great melodies and will have the classic Angel sound. This album will appeal to all ANGEL fans of every era and previous albums.
“I am real excited to be making a new album and signing with Cleopatra. I strongly believe this will be one of our best and really want to give ANGEL fans something special. Can’t wait to rock you on tour at a city near you.”- Punky Meadows.
“Writing and recording a new Angel record is always exciting, and having a new partnership with Cleopatra records makes it even more special. Really looking forward to a new tour, a new record, and a new partnership.” – Frank Dimino
“Punky and Frank are sounding incredible. The songs are coming together really amazing and I can’t stop singing them lol. There will be something on this new album for every ANGEL fan and more.” – Danny Farrow
Angel will also be starting there US tour on April 11th ( see dates below ) and hitting the UK and Europe in August.
Along with original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino are Danny Farrow (Rhythm Guitar), Charlie Calv (Keyboards), Steve Ojane (Bass), Billy Orrico (Drums).
Tour Dates April 11, 2019 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater April 12, 2019 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater April 13, 2019 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall April 16, 2019 – New Bedford, MA – Greasy Luck April 18, 2019 – New York, NY – The Iridium April 19, 2019 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina May 4, 2019 – Chesterfield, MO – Chesterfield Ampitheater May 9, 2019 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre May 10, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Reggies August 22, 2019 – London – Underworld August 23, 2019 – Nottingham – Rock City August 25, 2019 – Liege, Belgium – Golden Age of Rock
UK classic rock legends Wishbone Ash US Tour begins April 10, 2019!
In the ramp-up to Wishbone Ash’s 50th anniversary, the band is celebrating its 49th year in characteristic fashion: with an extended tour. Dubbed XLIX (49 in Roman numerals), the tour began in October 2018 in the UK, followed by early-2019 dates in Europe and Japan. This spring, XLIX arrives on these shores.
Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career.
The US leg of the XLIX Tour will revisit some of the band’s favorite venues as well as new ones from the Eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains.
“We always look forward to meeting old friends and fans alike on our annual Midwest and East Coast tours,” says founding member Andy Powell. “American audiences are so supportive and enthusiastic!”
Formed in 1969 in London, England, Wishbone Ash is one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. True road warriors, each year they log around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.
Mark Abrahams, the group’s newest member, has been trading licks with Powell for two years. Right out of the gate, Abrahams earned rave reviews from critics and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Longtime rhythm section Bob Skeat on bass and Joe Crabtree on drums continue to provide the solid groove that is their hallmark.
By 1969, The Beatles, the blues boom and psychedelia had made their impact on classic rock, and the creative possibilities were infinite. Pioneering the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash jumped on board the burgeoning progressive rock scene. Taking full advantage of the fertile musical environment, they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock.
Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim. Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans.
Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s signature is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.
The quintessential road band, Wishbone Ash has gained worldwide recognition based firmly on a regime of relentless touring.
“The band basically lives together year-round on the road, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”
Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). Released April 2018, “The Vintage Years” 30-disc box set, three-and-a-half years in the making, is a special collection dedicated to the band’s output from 1970 to 1991, including all 16 studio albums, three live albums, eight previously unreleased live shows from 1973 to 1980, a 156-page coffee-table hardcover book and an assortment of memorabilia.
Also available is the fifth Roadworks CD, “Live in Sacramento,” recorded on the 2018 North American tour; and the first official re-releases in decades of “Twin Barrels Burning” from 1982 and “Raw to the Bone” from 1985. In addition, some older recordings are emerging from the vaults, including Snapper Records’ most recent release, “Live in Glasgow” from 1977. The legendary and eagerly awaited “Live from Rockpalast” TV show recording from 1970s Germany will also soon be available on the label Made in Germany Music.
In 2015, Powell released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with renowned Irish music journalist Colin Harper and available in Kindle and Apple iBook formats.
“It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”
There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than Wishbone Ash. Be sure to catch them on the XLIX US Tour in April-May 2019, and stay tuned for the 50th anniversary tour in 2020!
April 10 – The Soiled Dove – Denver, CO April 12 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO April 13 – Wildey Theatre – Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT April 14 – Wildey Theatre – Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT April 16 – River Music Experience – Davenport, IA April 17 – Wilebski’s Blues Saloon – St. Paul, MN April 18 – Back Room @ Colectivo – Milwaukee, WI April 19 – Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL April 20 – Fur Peace Ranch – Pomeroy, OH – SOLD OUT April 22 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA April 24 – Sportsmen’s Tavern – Buffalo, NY April 25 – Daryl’s House Club – Pawling, NY April 26 – Bull Run – Shirley, MA April 27 – Boulton Center – Bay Shore, NY April 28 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA April 30 – The Tin Pan – Richmond, VA May 1 – The Blue Note Grill – Durham, NC May 2 – Rams Head on Stage – Annapolis, MD May 3 – Mauch Chunk Opera House – Jim Thorpe, PA May 4 – The Record Collector – Bordentown, NJ
For more information: www.wishboneash.com Facebook: @wishbone.ash.official Twitter: @wishboneash_com
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 pre-order.
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 Ice Pins and Needles Double Vision Elea The Hanging Tree A State of Grace Blood Red Room In the Blink of an Eye (Don’t Forget to) Breathe Serenity Tears in the Rain Enemy Without Running from Damascus The Visitor
We are also offering VIP passes for these gigs, the VIP pass get’s you in to see the soundcheck, have a meet & greet and photo opportunities with the band, a limited edition poster and an exclusive VIP laminate – from 5pm to 6pm on the day of the gig (please note this is an add-on to your ticket, so you will still need to buy a ticket for the show)
The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad is headlining Time-Life’s ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise this March 25 and 26. The Cruise takes Rock & Romance to new heights when it sails through the Caribbean aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity. Other Superstars on the Cruise include Foreigner, WAR, Orleans, Leo Sayer, Gino Vanelli, and bands Queen Nation, Exile, Firefall, Little River Band and former members of ELO. Hosting this amazing lineup of talent is Peter Asher plus radio hosts Delilah and Joe Johnson and more.
“The amount of star power we have is overwhelming,” says Alan Rubens, executive producer of the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise. “It reflects our dedication to creating the ultimate nostalgic experience for everyone who fell in love to – and with – the music of that era. It’s a truly special cruise with a close-knit community of fans.”
Grand Funk Railroad is available for interviews with the media in advance; please call Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183.
Grand Funk Railroad formed in Flint Michigan in 1969. 2019 marks the groups 50th Anniversary and the band is celebrating with a 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR! The current lineup features original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are true “ALL-STARS”– Max Carl (38 Special, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Max Carl and Big Dance), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (12 years with KISS and credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier), and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and Robert Palmer).
Together, Brewer and Schacher have created a dynamic and multi-talented five piece band that not only carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits, but also creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. This new chapter in the band’s biography is being written daily. Both seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans–discovering the group for the first time will see and hear firsthand that Grand Funk Railroad is roaring down the tracks.
“We’re Comin’ To Your Town, We’ll Help You Party It Down,
RIVERSIDE are about to start the next leg of touring in support of their latest album ‘Wasteland’, beginning March 6th for 24 dates in Europe, before heading to North America in May for their biggest tour in the continent to date.
To celebrate RIVERSIDE have launched a live clip (shot by John Vis) for the new album’s title track. Check out “Wasteland (Live) here:
The band comments: “The “Wasteland Tour” promoting our seventh album, “Wasteland”, released in September 2018, has been our greatest turnout success to date. In 2018, we played concerts in many places in Europe. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get everywhere we wanted, and so we’ve decided to continue touring this year and visit the places we haven’t been to on this tour. 06.03.2019, in Prague, we will play the first concert of the 2019 edition of the tour, and it will be the start of our greatest adventure of this year. If you still haven’t seen us in our new incarnation, now is your chance – please come, as RIVERSIDE have never been in such a great shape on stage! 🙂 “
The full list of RIVERSIDE live-dates reads as follows:
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 05/06 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: 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 also recently announced 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!)
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).
Norwegian progressive rockers LEPROUS have started recordings for their 6th studio album, expected to be released later in 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
LEPROUS recently entered the studio to record drums and Baard Kolstad checked in with this comment: “We entered the studio to record the drums for half of the album last week with David Castillo @ Ghostward/Fascination Street Studios, same studio as we recorded the 2 latest studio albums. As an over autistic control freak I am when recording myself, this time around I had more time than ever to perfectionise and experiment with my sound almost without compromises, so a big thanks to Einar and David for their patience! We also recorded 1 song together, drums and bass, something neither LEPROUS or I have ever done before. Feeling very good to leave the drum recording for now, focusing on the last half of the album to be recorded in May. I’m so looking forward to hear the outcome just in a few days when the guitarists have put their touch. Will be a different LEPROUS album for sure, but still LEPROUS!”
After having toured restlessly across European and North America, LEPROUS are currently on their debut tour of Latin America this week as next step of their touring cycle for their current and much acclaimed album release “Malina“. Here is a list of all upcoming dates for 2019 announced so far (Newest additions marked *):
LEPROUS – Latin American Tour 2019: 28.02.2019 Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3 Stage 01.03.2019 Mexico City (Mexico) – Plaza Condesa 02.03.2019 Bogota (Colombia) – Ace Of Spades 03.03.2019 Lima (Peru) – Centro Amistad Peruano China 05.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate 07.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate 08.03.2019 Buenos Aires (Argentina) – El Teatrito 10.03.2019 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club
“Malina” hit various sales charts upon release: Germany: # 34, The Netherlands: # 68, Finland: # 23, Switzerland: # 39, Austria: # 42, Belgium (Flemish): # 52, Sweden Physical Album Chart: #29, Sweden Vinyl Charts: # 14, UK Rock Album Chart: # 19, USA Billboard Heatseekers: # 21 and USA Billboard Current Albums: # 190.
“Malina” is available as Jewelcase CD and Digital Download, but also as limited edition Mediabook CD (+ extended booklet & bonus-track) and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (+ poster, bonus-track & entire album on CD), also as limited coloured editions.