CHRIS HOLMES, the legendary former W.A.S.P. guitarist, has inked a record deal with Mighty Music that will see his new album, entitled 'C.H.P.', released worldwide on March 25th, 2016.
"I can't predict the future," the iconic six-stringer commented, "but 2016 will be a busy year for Chris Holmes. We're gonna play a lot of shows with my new band and I look forward working with a Mighty Music."
Michael H. Andersen, CEO from Mighty Music/Target Group added: "I remember being 11 years in the mid '80s listening to AC/DC and Europe and we had this new boy in the school class who introduced me to W.A.S.P. – and I have not looked back ever since (thanks, Mark!) – and we all know, Chris Holmes was always the cool one in W.A.S.P. The sound of Mr. Holmes' solo stuff is different, but you can't help seeing and hearing the charm and integrity. This is the fucking real deal from one of the few true rock 'n' roll mad men still walking this earth."
1.) Loser 2.) They All Lie And Cheat 3.) Way To Be 4.) Down In The Hole 5.) Shitting Bricks 6.) Get With It 7.) Let It Roar 8.) Born Work Die 9.) 502 10.) TFMF 11.) Shitting Bricks (live) 12.) Let It Roar (live)
Read Uber Rock's recent interview with Chris Holmes HERE!
The next wave of acts joining this year's inaugural STONE FREE FESTIVAL has been announced. The bands are:
Michael Monroe Therapy? Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live Jared James Nichols Jackaman The Lounge Kittens Messenger Haken
As previously announced STONE FREE FESTIVAL will be headlined on Saturday 18th June by the legendary master of the macabre ALICE COOPER in a UK exclusive, and on Sunday 19th June by the titan of progressive rock RICK WAKEMAN in a WORLD exclusive performance of his flamboyant, 12-million-selling masterpiece 'The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table' for the first time since 1975. The STONE FREE FESTIVAL marks the debut solo performances by both artists at The O2.
Further artists on the main stage include flamboyant rockers The Darkness, prog rock heroes Marillion, guitarist Steve Hackett and Southern rock riffers Blackberry Smoke. A diverse bill of artists from all areas of the classic rock world will also be performing throughout The O2.
Argonauta Records has announced the signing of French Psych Prog Doom Rockers, FRANK SABBATH!
Frank Sabbath was created in Paris in 2013 by Guillaume Jankowski (bass), Baptiste Reig (drums, vocals) and Jude Mas (guitar, vocals). The initial goal of the band was to blend various elements from their musical background (Frank Zappa and Black Sabbath heritage, stoner/desert rock, jazz rock) into a coherent whole, while focusing on transcribing spiritual psychedelic experiences.
After a first self-released album recorded in 2014 and out in 2015, the band worked to expand into a heavier sound, more influenced by progressive rock and doom metal, to bring its kind of psychedelia into full flavor. They isolated themselves in a small village in Aveyron, southern France, to record their second album, 'Telluric Wanderers'.
On signing with Argonauta, the band says: "We are very glad to join the Argonauta family for some new adventures among a lot of other interesting bands from all over the world! It's an important step for us to be signed on a such eclectic and quality label!"
Yonkers, NY’s unique death metal masters IMMOLATION will be supporting black metal veterans MARDUK on their upcoming UK dates this May.
The four-date run commences with a performance at London’s infamous extreme music event, Incineration Festival (also with Marduk) on May 8th, culminating on May 11th with a final show at The Fleece, Bristol.
Commanding frontman and bassist Ross Dolan said of the announcement: "We are very excited to be returning to Europe, supporting and sharing the stage with our good friends and metal brothers in Marduk. We have toured with the Marduk guys many times before in the past and are looking forward to a great tour with some great people. It will be a good one for sure, see you all in May!"
Dates are: 8th May – Incineration Festival, London 9th May – Manchester, Sound Control 10th May – Glasgow, G2 11th May – Bristol, The Fleece
Immolation are currently working on a brand new studio album which is due for release this summer via Nuclear Blast.
Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have released the official video for 'Babylon' and, true to form, the guys have created a hilariously demented masterpiece! The video has to be seen to be believed so check it out below.
The band commented: "The Vintage Caravan and Sympatico proudly present to you the new music video for 'Babylon'. After working together on the last video for 'Crazy Horses' we wanted to go in a weirder, crazier direction. From the beginning we always wanted to do a video to 'Babylon'. It's definitely one of the heavier, more primal songs off the last album 'Arrival'. We really want to thank everyone at Sympatico and all the others who helped in the making of the video! It was a rough process with all extras being pushed to extreme limits in harsh cold environments and deep water. But we made it through and I think we can really be proud of the video."
Episode 88 of THE TWO BUCKS ROCK SHOW is another rollicking hour of power that can now be streamed via the Two Bucks YouTube channel.
Bands featured on this latest sixty minutes of mayhem are: Spiral Dive; Remnant; Stone Angels; Cairo Son; Toadstool; Crowsaw; Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters; Outright Resistance; The Murder Crows; and Ursus.
Listen below, innit?!
The next Two Bucks gig takes place this Saturday, February 13th - get full details HERE!
THE GREAT KAT, the world's fastest guitar shredder, the reincarnation of Beethoven, and Uber Rock's favourite woman, has tackled America's most popular sport in a gridiron-themed new photo shoot that will Superbowl you over!
The Great Kat's newly-available 8x11 Shred Calendar offers 12 Months of BLISTERING HOT KAT guitar shredding from one of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time, and you can buy the Shred Calendar personally autographed by The Great Kat!
For Thrash Disciples & Fans: the Calendar is available on the Kat Store at:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, FASTER PUSSYCAT will no longer be coming to Europe this spring for the HRH AOR tour, however Swedish rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will be hooking up with an already impressive line-up for this 8-day rock around the UK.
Hardcore Superstar will join headliners THE QUIREBOYS, who complete their 'St Cecilia' World Tour in the UK, super Swedes BONAFIDE, and a horde of support bands including Thirteen Stars, SKAM, and The Texas Flood.
The Quireboys will headline each night of the tour, the undercard of each date is detailed below:
16th March - O2 Ritz Manchester - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // SKAM 17th March - O2 ABC Glasgow - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // Thirteen Stars 18th March - O2 Academy Bristol - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // The Texas Flood 19th March - Rescue Rooms Nottingham - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // The Texas Flood 20th March - O2 Academy Newcastle - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // The Texas Flood 24th March - O2 Academy Sheffield - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // SKAM 25th March - O2 Academy Islington - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // The Texas Flood 26th March - O2 Academy Birmingham - Hardcore Superstar // Bonafide // The Texas Flood
The HRH AOR on the Road touring clan is proving to be a real winner, with many venues now into their last batch of tickets, so don't be shy and get in while you can.
2016 marks the release of 'Heal My Soul' – the extraordinary lost album from JEFF HEALEY which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.
'Heal My Soul' is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist.
The music on 'Heal My Soul' captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include 'Daze Of The Night', the soaring acoustic ballad 'Baby Blue', and Healey's soulful take on Richard Thompson's 'I Misunderstood'.
In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said: “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A 'lost' album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff's rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we've laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”
Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.
ZAKK WYLDE will release 'Book Of Shadows II' on April 8th 2016 via Spinefarm Records, his first solo release in 20 years.
This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996's 'Book Of Shadows', a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite. 'Book Of Shadows II' was recently named as one of the "Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016" by Rolling Stone.
Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society's "Unblackened" spring tour last year. All songs on 'Book Of Shadows II' were recorded and produced at Wylde's legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde's recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.
Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. 'The Song Remains Not the Same' was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on 'Order of the Black' and 2013's 'Unblackened', a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Currently working on new material for the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed 'Phantom Radio' album, MARK LANEGAN has announced news of an extensive tour of acoustic performances in intimate venues throughout Europe.
The tour begins in the UK in April before moving on to most major European cities throughout May.
Support on the tour comes from his labelmate, collaborator and kindred spirit DUKE GARWOOD.
Upcoming dates are (UK & Ireland in bold):
Tuesday 19th April – Manchester – Cathedral, UK Wednesday 20th April – York – Opera House, UK Thursday 21st April – Glasgow – ABC, UK Friday 22nd April – Aberdeen – TBC, UK Saturday 23rd April – Gateshead – age 2, UK Monday 25th April – Belfast – Empire, UK Tuesday 26th April – Dublin – Academy, IRELAND Wednesday 27th April – Dublin – Academy, IRELAND Friday 29th April – Bristol – St Georges Church, UK Saturday 30th April – Brighton – St Georges Church, UK Sunday 1st April – Leeds – City Varieties, UK Monday 2nd April – Birmingham – Glee Club, UK Tuesday 3rd April – London – Union Chapel, UK Wednesday 4th April – Lille – Le Splendid, FRANCE Friday 6th April – Tilburg – 013, NETHERLANDS Saturday 7th April – Utrecht – Tivoli Hertz, NETHERLANDS Monday 9th May – Paris – Alhambra, FRANCE Tuesday 10th May – Cologne – Kulturkirche, GERMANY Wednesday 11th May – Ghent – NTGnent, BELGIUM Thursday 12th May – Ghent – NTGnent, BELGIUM Saturday 14th May – Oslo – Storsalen, Chateau Neuf, NORWAY Sunday 15th May – Stockholm – Cirkus, Skandia:Scenen, SWEDEN Monday 16th May – Malmo - Slagthuset Teatern, SWEDEN Tuesday 17th May – Hamburg - Übel + Gefährlich, GERMANY Wednesday 18th May – Berlin – Passionkirche, GERMANY Thursday 19th May – Prague – Lucerna Music Bar, CZECH REPUBLIC Saturday 21st May – St Gallen – Palace, SWITZERLAND Sunday 22nd May – Bologna – Teatro Antoniano, ITALY Monday 23rd May – Prato –Teatro Metastasio, ITALY Tuesday 24th May – Milan – Fabrique, ITALY Wednesday 25th May – Madrid – Teatro Lara, SPAIN Thursday 26th May – San Sebastian – Teatro Muicipal, SPAIN Saturday 28th May – La Coruna – Teatro Rosalia, SPAIN Sunday 29th May – Braga – Theatro Circo, PORTUGAL Monday 30th May - Lisbon - Cinema Sao Jorge, PORTUGAL
Seattle punks SLEDGEBACK will release their new album, '36206', on February 19th through Grund Records.
The title, comprised of the calling codes for Hungary (36) and Seattle (206), is aimed to reflect the two sides of frontman Gabor Szakacsi's life in music and will be the first in Sledgeback's history to feature lyrics in both English and Gabor's native Hungarian.
Check out the preview of opening track 'Unchosen' below:
Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents Of Mercy, released his latest solo album ‘Courting The Widow’ late last year, and now he is pleased to reveal the video for the track ‘Where the Martyr Carved His Name’ which you can watch now below:
Nad had this to say: "The most interesting aspect of prog-rock, is that you're never safe. Not musically or lyrically. This is where funk, soul, rock, symphony and musical get new life in the prog melting pot. My musical background comes forth into the present, refined with one of life's real song birds - Nick Beggs, who also is one of the main cornerstones on the whole album. You like drama? This one's for you. And hold on to your heads..."
RICH ROBINSON, the celebrated guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, will issue new expanded catalogue releases from his solo career via Eagle Rock Entertainment. These CD and digital format releases will lead up to the 2016 release of Robinson's new solo album.
These newly re-imagined albums - 'Paper', 'Llama Blues' (released on February 26), 'Through A Crooked Sun', and 'Woodstock Sessions' (released on April 15) - include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself.
In the aftermath of the Black Crowes dissolution in 2001, Robinson set out to realize his first solo album. Originally recorded in New York City in 2002, 'Paper' was released in 2004. With its release - complete with an original painting by Robinson serving at its cover artwork - 'Paper' showcased an array of diverse musical influences and superb guitar world. Eight years later, the 2" master tapes for 'Paper', which were housed at Robinson's New Jersey storage facility along with his gear, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. When the opportunity came to include the album as part of this catalog initiative, Robinson approached the restoration of these masters with fresh ears: he recorded new vocals, changed the sequencing, and remixed / remastered the album. Packaged with three previously unreleased tracks from these 2004 sessions, the February 26 release is the completely re-imagined version of 'Paper'.
Robinson's second full-length solo album, 'Through A Crooked Sun', was conceived amidst an extended break from the Black Crowes, and was released in 2011. Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, this record enjoyed wide acclaim from Robinson's worldwide audience and represented a progression in his direction as a solo artist.
The 'Llama Blues' EP, which boasted blues-based songs, was previously limited to 1,000 CDs when it was released in 2013 and is now being released exclusively digitally. This album quickly became a prized commodity for Robinson fans who reveled in the guitarist's embrace of the blues idiom. Robinson captured the spirit of the blues pioneers who had inspired him, recording the sessions in a small room with one vintage RCA ribbon microphone.
'The Woodstock Sessions', originally released in November 2014, captures Robinson and his band performing live before an intimate audience at Applehead Studios. The album was recorded over two days, with two sets per day - one acoustic, one electric. Through the recording, the fans were just as much a part of the album's creation as the band. They interacted with the band, and witnessed the artist's creative process in a manner that most never get to experience. Robinson deftly mixed staples from his solo career with superb rendition of such signature classics as 'Got To Get Better In A Little While' (which makes its debut on this expanded edition) and the Velvet Underground's 'Oh! Sweet Nuthin'. This experiment, breaking down the barriers between musician and fan, is what makes 'The Woodstock Sessions' so special.
This line-up of releases is the perfect lead-up to Robinson's upcoming new studio album this Spring.
Rise Above Records' hottest new transatlantic doom merchants, BEASTMAKER, from Fresno California, are to play their first UK shows in April as support to label boss Lee Dorian's new outfit, With The Dead.
Then, before they head off to mainland Europe to play the Roadburn festival, they will play their FIRST EVER UK HEADLINE SHOW at The Moon Club Cardiff on April 13th.