Los Angeles, CA – Multi-platinum selling hard rock act Great White, remembered fondly for their blockbuster singles “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Rock Me,” and “Save Your Love,” will be reissuing a killer double live album originally released in 1995. The album captures highlights from two shows in Southern California, one at the gone-but-not-forgotten House Of Blues in Los Angeles 1994 and one at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim 1994. Both shows were professionally recorded for absolutely stellar sound quality.
Vocalist Jack Russell reflects back on the shows saying “These were two of the best live shows the band ever recorded. They definitely captured us firing on all 8! The band has always been an exceptional band live and this album really captured the heart of what Great White was all about. It’s rare when you have a show where you’re proud of every single moment – these were two gigs that I can honestly say that about!”
For this 2020 reissue, Alan Niven, longtime manager for Guns N’ Roses as well as Great White, granted exclusive rights to Deadline Music, the metal imprint of Los Angeles-based indie giant Cleopatra Records. Niven proclaims, “Great White produced a catalog of songs the breadth of which was unrivaled by their contemporaries. Stage indicates both that and just how good they were live. There are no post-show overdubs on this recording. Over time, it has proven that it is what it is and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
The label will release a 2CD set of Stage packaged in a special mini-LP sleeve that fans and collectors will love. In addition, the release has been pressed on vinyl for the very first time in a double LP gatefold jacket with WHITE vinyl. Now, this epic live document can be enjoyed by turntable enthusiasts everywhere!
Stage will be available on all formats starting February 21, and will be followed later this year by very special acoustic album from Jack Russell’s Great White called “Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes” coming May 1!
DISC 1: House Of Blues – Los Angeles, CA, 1994
1. Train To Nowhere
2. Sail Away
3. House Of Broken Love
4. Maybe Someday
5. Congo Square
6. Gone With The Wind
DISC 2: The Celebrity Theatre – Anaheim, CA, 1993
1. Face The Day
2. Old Rose Motel
3. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
4. Rock Me
5. Can’t Shake It
6. Once Bitten Twice Shy
7. Love Is A Lie
This summer, Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends RUSH with a “Tribute to Kings”, a cross-country tour that will feature the iconic ‘A Farewell to Kings’ in its entirety. Special guests Wolfmother will be joining the tour, with The Sword and Battles opening select dates.
“A little over one year ago, Ler LaLonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth,” says bandleader Les Claypool.
“Being that ‘A Farewell to Kings’ was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, “Cygnus X1”, the choice narrowed quickly.
Years ago, I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I’ve ever done. Dubbing the tour ‘Primus: A Tribute to Kings’; it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019, but when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the “Tribute to Kings” tour was postponed.
Geddy, Alex, and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early ’90s, we were pretty
delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor, but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric.
The “Tribute to Kings” tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends”
A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wed, February 19 at 10 am local time. General public on sale is this Friday, February 21 at 10 am local time.
After recording the dark and introspective album “Covered in Black” the band needed a counterweight album, so they decided to release an album of tracks they were greatly inspired by in their youth, careers and by contemporaries…
They believe it’s a cover album like no other cover album you’ve ever heard!
Just as much care has gone into “Covered in Colours” as any other Anubis Gate album.
Guitarist Kim Olesen had this to say; …being the old serious people that are, we consciously strove to avoid the obvious pitfalls of metal-band does cover versions.
Instead, the band has treated these amazing songs like they were their own and almost all of them are completely rearranged.
The album is neatly divided into five corners. You can sit in your favorite corner, be comfortable in others, while there may be a corner from which you don’t care for the view. And just like any old grumpy prog listener, you might get the chance to say “They’ve gone too far”.
Some might ask what on earth the band was thinking… why did they do this? So here’s a little Q & A from their own minds.
Is this an essential Anubis Gate Album? YES! “Though it didn’t feel like it when we first started the project, it became essential when it became clear that this was not just a couple of songs, but a full-blown album project in its own right”.
But why? “Because we trust the process to deliver the answers. After going through the therapy that Covered in Black was, a wave of productivity came over us. And a couple of songs meant as B- sides for future singles became an E.P. But then the project became a runaway train and it ended up being the longest album we’ve ever done”.
Are you serious? “Of course we are, recording and rearranging those songs was seriously fun, but also funnily serious”!
Did you really need to spend time and energy on this project? “Yes. It would be safe to say that without this album the next one would not happen”.
1. Still life in Mobile Homes (by Japan)
2. Red (by King Crimson)
3. Plantage (by Under Byen)
The Jazz-Metal Lounge:
4. Experiment (by Voivod)
5. Chromazone (by Mike Stern)
6. Glamour Profession (by Steely Dan)
The Night of the Prog festival is showcased at The Loreley Amphitheater is a UNESCO World Heritage and holds legendary ROCKPALAST shows in the 70s and 80s. On the hill of the River Rhine, it is located between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany. Since 2006 the Night of the Prog Festival is happening at the legendary rock.
Featured bands and artists over the last years were: Dream Theater, Eloy, IQ, Riverside, Jethro Tull, Asia, Anathema, Steven Wilson, Spock’s Beard, Arena, Pendragon, Tangerine Dream, Fish, Steve Hackett, Marillion and many more.
VOYAGER IV will perform Sunday, 19th July at Night of the Prog 2020 promoting their current release Pictures at an Exhibition
The classic piano-cycle “Pictures At An Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky from 1874 was only the start of an exciting musical journey. VOYAGER IV then just stop along the way at 70ies supergroup ELP (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), who reworked three of Mussorgsky’s “pictures” for their album “Pictures At An Exhibition” back in 1971.
Arriving in the 21st century, those three and further five of the “pictures” can be found on VOYAGER IV’s most recent album and live shows, reworked with vocals and virtuous instrumentation. London based producer Jon Caffrey is responsible for the fresh sound design.
They have a stunning light show, special and rarely seen instruments and they create a mix of cosmic space rock sounds and vocal arrangements plus instrumental passages. VOYAGER IV is one of the most exciting cross-over projects within the prog genre. Singer and songwriter Johannes Kuchta also has a stunning voice, that reminds fans of Peter Gabriel, Greg Lake, Phil Collins or Fish.
“Really enjoyed the new album! Some very bold and adventurous avenues taken with Modest Mussorgsky. I always enjoy listening to someone’s interpretations of otherwise well-known themes. I like that fact that you incorporated those ideas in your own way and varied them enough to make it your own. Well done!”
Marc Bonilla (recorded 4 albums with Keith Emerson)
Joe Mac’s American Garage releases song number 11 “Slow Motion” a song for you on Valentine’s Day from the upcoming debut album “Bullet Train” due for release in mid-2020.
So far Joe Mac’s American Garage has released 11 out of about 16 or so demos. premixes of final masters from the upcoming Bullet Train sadly only 10 to 12 tracks will fit on the LP/Vinyl release, so the band is digitally releasing one new track per week. But here’s the catch, the previous song becomes a ghost track, and is replaced by a new track, this will continue until ALL the possible album tracks have been released.
We said this before and we will say it again, t]his has never been done before and this means you will want to purchase each new track as they are released or you may miss out, not all the tracks will end up on the album, only the ones that are most popular by spins and sales or band favorites, this means anyone that has purchased all the tracks will have their own personal bonus tracks, this means each fan’s album will be unique.
Each song features many different guest musicians to create something special and unique.
We hope you will join us in the celebration of the upcoming new release Bullet Train
Joe Mac’s American Garage