ACE FREHLEY Releases New Album This Summer

Original KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Releases 'Bronx Boy' Single; New Album Due This Summer

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released a brand new single, titled “Bronx Boy”. The single is the first track from an all-new, untitled full-length solo LP to be released this summer.

“Bronx Boy” is available on all digital music services starting today.

Frehley‘s next studio album is expected to include the two songs he co-wrote last summer with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

Gene came over my house to write — it went fantastic,” Ace said. “In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my [next] record. I’m thrilled.” The occasion was momentous for another reason. “It was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” he revealed, “and it was a pleasure.”

Frehley‘s last release was a covers collection “Origins, Vol 1”, which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart. The effort featured a guest appearance by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE‘s “Fire And Water”, marking their first collaboration since 1998’s “Psycho Circus”.

Last September, Frehley released a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, “Anomaly”, eOne Music. Among the new tracks were two previously unreleased demos: “Hard For Me”, which was later reworked into the album’s “Foxy & Free”, and an early take of “Pain In The Neck”, different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included was the previously digital-only “Anomaly” bonus track “The Return Of Space Bear”. “Anomaly Deluxe” also featured enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian Ron Albanese (including track-by-track commentary by Frehley).


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DIO DISCIPLES To Release Debut Album Via BMG

DIO DISCIPLES To Release Debut Album Via BMG

DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager Wendy, is about to sign a deal with BMG for the release of the band’s debut album.

DIO DISCIPLES is made up of former members of DIO, along with a rotating lineup of vocalists, including ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens and LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.

Billed as a “celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio,” DIO DISCIPLES have been playing Ronnie‘s music on tour in a bid to keep their old bandmate’s memory alive.

Several years ago, guitarist Craig Goldy revealed DIO DISCIPLES were planning to start work on a project of original material, and they debuted three of the new songs during their May 2016 appearance at the “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle rally and concert in Encino, California.

Fan-filmed video footage of one of the tracks, which is apparently called “Till The End Of Time”, can be seen below.

In a brand new interview with the “Wired In The Empire” radio show, which airs on Riverside/San Bernardino, California’s 96.7 KCAL-FM, Wendy stated about DIO DISCIPLES: “We’re just about to sign a record deal with BMG for them to start making a new record.”

Confirming that the debut DIO DISCIPLES album would include “all new material,” Wendy said that the members of the band have “written about five songs already and were “very excited” about the opportunity to work with BMG.

As for when fans can expect to see the DIO DISCIPLES album released, Wendy said: “Actually, I’m going for a meeting with [BMG] next week, so I will know in a few weeks — to go over the marketing plan and when they think that they should have the record out.”

Some of the recent DIO DISCIPLES shows have also included singer Joe Retta (SWEET, HEAVEN & EARTH). Joe hails from Rochester, New York and and was raised on ’70s R&B and rock during an era when, as he describes it, “music had more soul and was more diverse.” His influences include such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Steve Marriott, Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant and, of course, Ronnie.

In an interview with Myglobalmind, Goldy stated about the formation of DIO DISCIPLES: “You see, the band DIO was run like a family. So when your family member dies, the other members of the family that are left behind often try to do things to keep their loved one’s memory alive. So that’s where the DIO DISCIPLES came from. Wendy and Simon [Wright, sometime DIO DISCIPLES drummer] called me and said, ‘We should really do something.’ Because there were all these tributes going on for Ronnie; some of them were just trying to cash in on his passing and some of them were legitimate. However, we said, ‘We are his family we should do something.’ So that is where DIO DISCIPLES came from.”

Goldy told Music Life Magazine that DIO DISCIPLES live performances are unique experiences. He said: “At every DIO DISCIPLES concert, there is a moment when the audience and band really connect. I am getting chills just talking about it. There are people in the audience looking up to the sky and singing at the top of their lungs with tears in their eyes, singing to Ronnie in heaven saying they miss him. It’s just beautiful, and that’s what the project was for.”

DIO DISCIPLES is:

* Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass

* Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME) – Drums


A PERFECT CIRCLE Announces U.S. And European Fall Tours

A PERFECT CIRCLE Announces U.S. And European Fall Tours

A PERFECT CIRCLE has announced fall tours for both the U.S. and Europe.

The tour news arrives as the band celebrates the release of “Eat The Elephant”, A PERFECT CIRCLE‘s first album in fourteen years and a release that was marked worldwide with the band gracing the covers of Revolver, Kerrang! and Visions magazines. The Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel-helmed outfit spent release eve in Las Vegas, where the pair took fans’ questions via Facebook Live.

“Eat The Elephant” was released on Friday on double 180-gram black version as well as an indie retail exclusive limited-edition white 180-gram version that sold out immediately. A new colorway, a double 180-gram clear blue/clear red vinyl edition will be released on July 6.

Newly announced A PERFECT CIRCLE tour dates:

U.S.

Oct. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
Oct. 22 – Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Oct. 24 – Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Oct. 29 – Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

Oct. 30 – Orlando, FL CFE Arena
Nov. 01 – Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
Nov. 02 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 06 – New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Nov. 17 – Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
Nov. 18 – Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
Nov. 20 – Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

Europe:

Dec. 02 – Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
Dec. 03 – Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
Dec. 05 – London, UK Wembley Arena Pavilion
Dec. 07 – Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
Dec. 13 – Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
Dec. 15 – Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
Dec. 16 – Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
Dec. 18 – Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Dec. 19 – Rome, Italy Palalottomatica

Tickets for both the U.S. and European tour dates are available this Friday, 10 a.m. local time

Although he won’t be touring with A PERFECT CIRCLE, guitarist James Iha was still part of the recording sessions for “Eat The Elephant”. According to The Pulse Of Radio, an article in Guitar World chronicles the making of the long-awaited LP, mentioning that Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl all assisted in the making of the record after being part of the lineup for years.

Iha, however, has had to drop out of touring with the band due to the recently announced SMASHING PUMPKINS reunion trek. Iha will be replaced on the road by FAILURE guitarist Greg Edwards.

DEEP PURPLE And JUDAS PRIEST Announce North American Co-Headline Tour

Legends will collide late this summer when DEEP PURPLE and JUDAS PRIEST embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California. ickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the DEEP PURPLE and JUDAS PRIEST tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi‘s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit here.

DEEP PURPLE‘s latest studio album, “inFinite”, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER, KISS), “inFinite” featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the ’70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse, and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album “One Of A Kind” on May 25.

JUDAS PRIEST‘s latest studio album, “Firepower”, was released March 9, 2018, via Epic Records. Co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the band’s entire career — landing in the Top 5 of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S.), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike”. Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that JUDAS PRIEST have during their near 50-year career, and with a lineup featuring Rob Halford, Andy Sneap, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis, JUDAS PRIEST will be scorching across North America with some heavy metal “Firepower” again this summer and fall on tour with DEEP PURPLE.

DEEP PURPLE and JUDAS PRIEST tour dates:

Aug. 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 22 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 25 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*

Aug. 27 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
Aug. 29 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Sep. 01 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sep. 02 – Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sep. 05 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sep. 06 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 08 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sep. 09 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Sep. 11 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sep. 18 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Sep. 20 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino*
Sep. 21 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs*
Sep. 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep. 26 – San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sep. 27 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sep. 29 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 30 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre*Non-Live Nation date

JOE LYNN TURNER’s SUNSTORM To Release ‘The Road To Hell’ Album In June

JOE LYNN TURNER's SUNSTORM To Release 'The Road To Hell' Album In June

Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner‘s SUNSTORM project will release its fifth album, “The Road To Hell”, on June 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single from the effort, “Only The Good Will Survive”, can be streamed below.

Any hardcore fan of hard rock will certainly be no stranger to the story of Joe Lynn Turner‘s career. From his early days with FANDANGO to his successful stints fronting RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE and Yngwie Malmsteen and through his heralded solo career, the New Jersey-born singer has had his vocal talents on display for decades now.

Turner says: “The key to a great song is in the writing, performance, melody and lyrics. Anyone who loves melodic hard rock will not be disappointed with the first song! Personally, I love the positive message that it conveys to the listener… and the chorus is extremely memorable… The music is tight and compelling and played brilliantly. Turn it up loud and enjoy a great kick off to a rocking summer!”

Years ago, Turner got in touch with Frontiers president Serafino Perugino and after discussions between the two, the idea of unearthing some classic melodic rock gems to craft the definitive Joe Lynn Turner AOR album came about. This brought about the release of the first SUNSTORM album in 2006, and then came “House of Dreams” in 2009, “Emotional Fire” in 2012, and the definitively more hard-rocking “Edge Of Tomorrow” in 2016.

The new album, “Road To Hell”, once again featuring production from HARDLINE‘s Alessandro Del Vecchio and guitars by DGM‘s Simone Mularoni, continues in the same hard rock direction that was started on “Edge Of Tomorrow” and that JLT‘s vocal talents shine so brightly in when performing this style.

“The Road To Hell” track listing:

01. Only The Good Will Survive
02. The Road To Hell
03. On The Edge
04. Blind The Sky

05. My Eyes On You
06. Future To Come
07. Everywhere
08. Resurrection
09. Calling
10. State Of The Heart
11. Still FightingSUNSTORM is:

Joe Lynn Turner – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitar
Nik Mazzucconi – Bass
Edo Sala – Drums

As previously reported, Turner was hospitalized last Friday in Belarus “with a heart issue.” The singer’s hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that his condition was “stable” after he was treated at a Minsk facility for “myocardial infarction,” commonly known as a heart attack. Turner‘s presence at the hospital was also reported by Belarus’s most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya.

Frontiers said in a statement: “[The] press release [announcing the new SUNSTORM album] and the release of this song were scheduled well ahead of this weekend’s news that Joe Lynn Turner was hospitalized. We at Frontiers, who have worked with Joe for years, wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt wishes that Joe has a speedy recovery and is back to commanding the stage soon, as he has done for decades. Get well soon, JLT!”


KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Reunites With Singer HOWARD JONES For New Song

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Reunites With Singer HOWARD JONES For New Song

Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have reunited with former singer Howard Jones for a new song.

The collaboration was revealed by current KILLSWITCH frontman Jesse Leach, who posted a photo of Instagram of him, Jones and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz in the studio, along with the caption: “This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing…He did, and it is going to be EPIC!”

Leach didn’t provide any details on what the track will be used for, but he did offer a few hints by including the hashtags #kserecordingsessions, #Duet, #TheSignalFiresAlight, #LightTheTorch and #YesItHappenedYouKnewItWouldSomeday.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is currently working on a new album for a tentative late 2018 release.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Incarnate” will mark the band’s third full-length effort since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

Leach appeared on KILLSWITCH‘s self-titled debut and sophomore album, “Alive Or Just Breathing”, before exiting the band. Jones took over on vocals for “The End of Heartache”, “As Daylight Dies” and the 2009 self-titled set before being dismissed from the group six years ago.

Jones is currently the frontman of LIGHT THE TORCH, which recently released its debut album, “Revival”, after issuing two efforts under its previous name, DEVIL YOU KNOW.

GHOST To Release ‘Prequelle’ Album In June

GHOST To Release 'Prequelle' Album In June; Video For 'Rats' Single Available

GHOST has set “Prequelle” as the title of its new album, due on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. The disc was recorded last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and was mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).

The official video for the disc’s first single, “Rats”, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who has previously worked with METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON and GREEN DAY, among others.

“Prequelle” track listing:

01. Ashes
02. Rats
03. Faith
04. See The Light

05. Miasma
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
09. Helvetesfönster
10. Life Eternal“Prequelle” marks the introduction of GHOST‘s new leader, Cardinal Copia, who made his live debut with the band on April 6 at a private, three-song acoustic performance in Chicago.

The last Papa, Papa Emeritus III, was forcibly taken from the stage during the final show of the band’s “Meliora” tour cycle last fall, with Papa Zero arriving to announce the beginning of “the Middle Ages.” Of course, all the Papas — except the elder Zero — and Cardinal Copia are the same man, GHOST founder and vocalist Tobias Forge.

Forge‘s new alter ego will play his first full live show with GHOST on May 5 as the Swedish band kicks off a run of North American dates in Riverside, California.

Forge told Revolver about “Prequelle”: “It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

“There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms,” he continued. “In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s ‘Life Of Brian’: ‘Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!’ Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

In a separate interview with Metal Hammer, Forge talked about the musical direction of “Prequelle”, saying: “It’s a very bright-sounding record. And it’s a very heavy record, I’d say, but not from a Metal Hammer point of view, meaning all metal through and through. But it’s a heavy record with a heavy theme. I think the overall ambience is very serious.

“Technically, a GHOST song could just be piano and vocals but it could also be full pounding, heavy-thrashing hard rock,” he added. “I’m not in any way comparing us to them but I guess our modus operandi is a little like what QUEEN did — just decide to play really good songs and not focus too much on sticking to a recipe.”

Forge last year revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours.

Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson