ANDREW W.K. To Release 1st Album In More Than A Decade

Party god Andrew W.K. will release his first new full-length album in over a decade on March 2, 2018 via Sony Music worldwide. According to a press release, the LP “showcases Andrew‘s signature style of blasting triumphant rock music with an ever more epic expanses of energizing emotional ecstasy.”

“I’m going for the sound of pure, unadulterated power; every emotion, every thought, every experience, every sensation, every fear, every joy, every clarity, every confusion, every up, every down… all extruded and concentrated into one thick syrup of super life-force feeling, and then psychically amplified by the celebratory spirit of glorious partying,” explans Andrew.

This week, Andrew W.K. officially began his first full-band concert outing in five years with “The Party Never Dies Tour”. Starting September 18 in Minneapolis, Andrew brings his party-centric positivity across America, with additional shows added due to high demand in San Francisco and Boston as well as a new Chicago headlining show (following the success of the stage-closing Riot Fest performance). The previously announced U.K. tour dates are now moving from November to April 2018. All tickets bought for the November tour will still be honored at the new dates, or can be refunded at the point of purchase.

A one-man music machine possessed by a single-minded, monomaniacal focus on euphoric joy, Andrew lives to spread a singular message: that to party is to exist, and to exist is to party. Andrew continues to passionately deliver his extremely high-energy brand of uplifting entertainment, with a unrelenting commitment to continuing the mission he first embarked upon in 2001, with the release of his debut single and signature tune “Party Hard”, and has never swerved from since. Despite taking on a dizzying array of additional roles that took him into virgin territory for a rock ‘n’ roll musician (ie: advice columnist for the Village Voice and Vice, host of a Cartoon Network kid’s game show, lecturer at Yale, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and the U.K.’s Oxford University), Andrew has always remained true to his positive-partying cause. It’s safe to say, Andrew‘s hard-partying spirit is showing no signs of softening.

 

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MARCO MENDOZA To Release ‘Viva La Rock’ Solo Album

MARCO MENDOZA To Release 'Viva La Rock' Solo Album

Marco Mendoza has signed wordwide record deal with Mighty Music. He is currently in Denmark recording his long-awaited new solo album, “Viva La Rock”, with producer and guitar player Søren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp).

The new disc will be the first solo album in eight years from Mendoza, whose last effort, “Casa Mendoza”, came out in 2010 via Mascot Records.

“Viva La Rock” is a tour de force of ten soulful, hard-rocking songs inspired by Mendoza‘s roots from the seventies through the bands he has been involved with in recent years, including WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY, Ted Nugent and THE DEAD DAISIES.

Mexican/American-born Mendoza is mostly known for his bass playing, but on “Viva La Rock”, he will underline how gifted a singer he is and has always been. Like fellow bass man Glenn Hughes, the voice of Mendoza has only grown stronger with age.

“Viva La Rock” recording lineup:

Marco Mendoza – Vocals, Bass
Søren Andersen – Guitars
Morten Hellborn – Drums

Says Marco: “I’m so jazzed to annonce that I will work with Mighty Music and my talented, good friend Søren Andersen on a worldwide album release. Very exciting and creative times for me.”

Adds Michael H. Andersen, CEO of Mighty Music: “So proud to welcome Marco Mendoza to our label. Marco is one of those musicians from the glorious days of rock ‘n’ roll who’s still got the voice, the stage presence and the ability to write songs.”

“Viva La Rock” will be released in early 2018 and will be followed by an extensive tour.

This week, Mendoza will be heading on a threee-week solo European tour with Michael McCrystal (TYGERS OF PAN TANG) and John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen).


SAXON To Release ‘Decade Of The Eagle’ Deluxe Best-of Anthology

BMG has set a November 17 release date for “Decade Of The Eagle”, a deluxe anthology featuring thirty-four tracks that look back at the years that built the SAXON legend.

“Decade Of The Eagle” is a retrospective that spans the band’s first nine albums and represents the very best of the first decade of their astonishing career during which time SAXON notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles. These 4LP (180g vinyl) and 2CD deluxe editions are in a gatefold sleeve that features a special metallic embossed coin on the cover. They also include new liner notes by frontman Biff Byford that document the decade and which are accompanied by rarely seen and classic photos from the era.

Biff says: “These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans around the world, when British rock was once again at the forefront. Great times — never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day.”

SAXON played a significant part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, perhaps the greatest metal genre of them all and have become one of the all-time masters of heavy metal. In doing so, SAXON have ensured they are now representative of the heart and soul from the NWOBHM time. Always remaining true to the values which established them in the first place they are driven by a desire to continuously set the highest standards and meet them head on, SAXON‘s work on those nine studio albums still resonates resoundingly — this is timeless stuff.

“Decade Of The Eagle” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway
02. Big Teaser
03. Backs To The Wall
04. Militia Guard
05. Wheels Of Steel
06. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
07. Suzie Hold On
08. Motorcycle Man (live)
09. Strong Arm Of The Law
10. Heavy Metal Thunder
11. 20,000ft (live)
12. Dallas 1PM
13. And The Bands Played On
14. Never Surrender
15. Denim And Leather
16. Fire In the Sky (live)
17. Princess Of The Night
18. Power & The Glory
19. This Town Rocks
20. The Eagle Has Landed
21. Midas Touch
22. Sailing To America
23. Crusader
24. Devil Rides Out
25. Back On The Streets
26. Rockin’ Again
27. Rock N’ Roll Gypsy
28. Broken Heroes
29. Waiting For The Night
30. Rock The Nations
31. Northern Lady
32. Battle Cry
33. Ride Like The Wind
34. Red Alert

To pre-order your copy of “Decade Of The Eagle”, go to www.pledgemusic.com/saxon.

SAXON‘s new album, “Thunderbolt”, is tentatively due in January 2018. The follow-up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” is once again being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, EXODUS and TESTAMENT.

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT ‘Winter Carols’ Re-Release To Include 3 New Recordings

Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. Together with his wife, award-winning vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Candice Night (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), BLACKMORE’S NIGHT is currently celebrating the band’s twentieth anniversary.

Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded “Winter Carols” to share with their fans, friends and BLACKMORE’S NIGHT families. “Winter Carols” is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays.

For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), BLACKMORE’S NIGHT included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the BLACKMORE’S NIGHT prism, given an eclectic renaissance touch topped with Candice Night‘s ethereal vocals.

It’s this love of renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears BLACKMORE’S NIGHT to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as “fantasy music for all ages.”

“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round — so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”

“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,'” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”

Track listing:

01. Deck The Halls
02. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
03. Oh Christmas Tree
04. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
05. I Saw Three Ships
06. Winter (Basse Dance)
07. Ding Dong Merrily On High
08. Ma-O-Tzur
09. Good King Wencesla
10. Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11. We Three Kings
12. Wish You Were Here
13. Emmanuel
14. Christmas Eve
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

JOE SATRIANI Collaborates With GLENN HUGHES & CHAD SMITH On ‘What Happens Next’ Album

World-renowned guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has announced the release of his sixteenth solo album, “What Happens Next”, due on January 12, 2018 via Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, Satriani revives his G3 tour entity, inviting DREAM THEATER‘s John Petrucci and DEF LEPPARD lead guitarist Phil Collen to join him. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, Washington and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; Satriani on guitar and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and drummer Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), the latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in the supergroup CHICKENFOOT. Satriani is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on “What Happens Next”. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s “The Razors Edge” along with his classic works with Satriani going back to the release of “Crystal Planet” in 1998.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, “Energy”, to the majestic crunch of “Thunder High On The Mountain”, and the easy, sensual chords of “Smooth Soul”. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives “What Happens Next” a depth of groove that sets it apart from Satriani‘s other work.

Since its debut in 1996, Satriani‘s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” Satriani says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild — it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond The Supernova” shot by Satriani‘s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October. The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani‘s “Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir” first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback. Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7. The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on Satriani‘s last album, “Shockwave Supernova”.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star G3 guitar extravaganza. Satriani‘s studio and live recordings have sold more than ten million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with fifteen Grammy nominations between them. His side project, CHICKENFOOT, featuring former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, former VH bassist Michael Anthony and Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

“What Happens Next” track listing:

01. Energy
02. Catbot
03. Thunder High On The Mountain
04. Cherry Blossoms
05. Righteous
06. Smooth Soul
07. Headrush
08. Looper
09. What Happens Next
10. Super Funky Badass
11. Invisible
12. Forever And Ever

MACHINE HEAD To Release ‘Catharsis’ Album In January

San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD have announced the first U.S. tour dates of their world tour in support of their upcoming album, “Catharsis”.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “CIRCLEPIT” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn states: “It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America.

“We have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album, ‘Catharsis’, but now it’s time for MACHINE HEAD to go melt some faces!

“The reaction to our last ‘Evening With’ tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be ‘Evening With’ and will see us performing two and a half to three hours every night with no opening bands.

“We loved performing as an ‘Evening With’ for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but MACHINE HEAD can pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!

“No festivals, period, no forty-five-minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rainstorm, The Head will only be ‘headlining,’ so come on down and rage!!”

MACHINE HEAD‘s ninth full-length album, “Catharsis” was recorded with Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. A January 2018 release via Nuclear Blast is expected.

North American “Catharsis” tour dates:

Jan. 25 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater (buy tickets)
Jan. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (buy tickets)
Jan. 29 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater (buy tickets)
Jan. 30 – Dallas, TX – Gas Moneky Live! (buy tickets)
Jan. 31 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues (buy tickets)
Feb. 02 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn (buy tickets)
Feb. 03 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall (buy tickets)
Feb. 05 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live (buy tickets)
Feb. 06 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (buy tickets)
Feb. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (buy tickets)
Feb. 09 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater (buy tickets)
Feb. 10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (buy tickets)
Feb. 11 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda (buy tickets)
Feb. 13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (buy tickets)
Feb. 14 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom (buy tickets)
Feb. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (buy tickets)
Feb. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Agora (buy tickets)
Feb. 17 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre (buy tickets)
Feb. 20 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (buy tickets)
Feb. 21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre (buy tickets)
Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (buy tickets)
Feb. 23 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (buy tickets)
Feb. 24 – Saint Louis, MO – Pop’s (buy tickets)
Feb. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall (buy tickets)
Mar. 01 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (buy tickets)
Mar. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda (buy tickets)
Mar. 03 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater (buy tickets)
Mar. 05 – Portland, OR – Roseland (buy tickets)
Mar. 06 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore (buy tickets)
Mar. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market (buy tickets)

MACHINE HEAD‘s latest track, “Is There Anybody Out There?”, cracked the Top 40 on the Active Rock chart in the United States in August 2016. It marked the first time any Nuclear Blast artist has entered what is widely considered to be the “official rock chart” for the United States, and only the the third time the band had charted in the Top 40 in their illustrious career.

MACHINE HEAD last year wrapped up the tour cycle for its first Nuclear Blast Entertainment album, “Bloodstone & Diamonds”, where the band toured for twenty months and performed a whopping two hundred and eighty-three concerts on five different continents around the world. Around two hundred and fifti of those shows were performed as “An Evening With MACHINE HEAD,” with no support bands and performances often lasting two and a half to three hours. Three tours of the United States, three tours of Europe, (including multiple dates in Russia and Greece), shows in Mexico and South America, a completely sold-out run of nine Australian / New Zealand shows, sold-out dates in Japan,and their first-ever plays in Taiwan and Thailand, and all without any festival performances which the band publicly announced they would stop performing at in 2014.

“Bloodstone & Diamonds” debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart with 19,000 sold its first week.

GILBY CLARKE Completes Recording New Solo Album

Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist GILBY CLARKE Completes Recording New Solo Album

Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has completed recording his new album. The disc, which is expected next year, will feature many prominent musical guests, including MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. “It still needs to be mixed,” Gilby tells The Cornwall Seeker. “It’s a solo record, but with that being said, there are many guest drummers and bassists. I play all the guitars and vocals. On drums, I had Kenny Arronoff [CHICKENFOOT], Stephen Perkins [JANE’S ADDICTION], Matt Starr [ACE FREHLEY, MR. BIG] and many others; while on bass Sean McNabb [QUIET RIOT, DOKKEN], Muddy Stardust, EJ Curse and Nikki Sixx make appearances.”

Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour, and stayed with the band for three years.

He has continued as a producer and solo artist since then, while also playing in ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART and other acts.

Clarke reunited with GUNS members Slash, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 14, 2012, although he himself was not inducted as part of the band.