Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday ADRIAN SMITH (video)

#adriansmith #ironmaiden #rockfileradio
Adrian Frederick "H" Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English musician, best known as one of the three guitarists in the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, for whom he regularly writes and, along with bassist Steve Harris, performs backing vocals on some songs.

Growing up in Camden, London, Smith gained an interest in rock music at 15 and formed a friendship with future Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray, who would inspire Smith to take up the guitar himself. Upon leaving school at 16, he formed his own band, Urchin, which he would lead until their demise in 1980. Having already been offered a position as their second guitarist the previous year, Smith joined Iron Maiden in November 1980, replacing Dennis Stratton. Following a short-lived solo project entitled A.S.A.P, he left Iron Maiden in 1990, forming his own group, Psycho Motel, before joining Bruce Dickinson's solo outfit in 1997. Along with Dickinson, he returned to Iron Maiden in 1999, after which the band gained renewed success, and recently formed the side project, Primal Rock Rebellion.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday NEAL SCHON (video)

#nealschon #journey #badenglish #rockfileradio
Neal George Joseph Schon (born February 27, 1954) is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey's only constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date. He was also a member of the rock band Santana before forming Journey.

Schon was born at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, the son of Barbara and Matthew Schon. His father was an accomplished musician, arranger, composer and played and taught all reed instruments with emphasis on jazz tenor saxophone; his mother was a big band singer. Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 5. A quick learner, he joined Santana as a teenage prodigy at the age of 15. He went to Aragon High School in San Mateo, but dropped out (with his parents' blessing) before graduating. Schon had famously been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but since Santana called him first, he decided to join Santana for the album Santana III. Schon also played in Azteca before moving on in 1973 to form Journey, a group he continues to lead today.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Birthday TIM COMMERFORD (video)

#timcommerford #ratm #audioslave #rockfileradio
Timothy Robert Commerford (born February 26, 1968; also known by his various monikers/stage names Timmy C, Y. tim K., Simmering T, Tim Bob, and is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine (1991–2000; 2007–present) and the now-defunct supergroup, Audioslave (2001–2007).
Timothy was born in Irvine, California, the youngest of six children. His father, an aerospace engineer, worked on the Space Shuttle, and his mother was a teacher/mathematician. He is of French and Irish descent. In the fifth grade, he met future bandmate Zack de la Rocha. Around this time, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly thereafter, his father divorced and remarried. Commerford stayed with his father, while his mother moved to Sacramento, California to live with her sister while seeking treatment. During this time, de la Rocha introduced him to bass, and Commerford soon found an outlet in music and poetry, playing bass in the band Juvenile Expression. Commerford's mother died of brain cancer in 1988.
In 1993, Commerford was introduced to mountain biking by his future father-in-law, Jimbo Insko. Commerford is known as a biking enthusiast, having featured in Mountain Biking UK magazine issue 242. In 1995, Rage Against the Machine was forced to cancel a concert after Commerford broke his wrist in a biking accident. In 2006, he rode a bike from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara with a group of people (including John McEnroe) to see Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth play at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday JONATHAN CAIN (video)

#jonathancain #journey #thebabys #badenglish #rockfileradio
Jonathan Cain (born Jonathan Leonard Friga, February 26, 1950, Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician, best known for his work with The Babys, Journey and Bad English.
At the age of eight Cain began accordion lessons, and by the time he was in his teens he was playing accordion and piano at parties and in clubs. He also plays guitar, bass and harmonica. Cain attended East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois. He was a survivor of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire of 1958, in which 95 students and nuns died. He later attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music before moving to Nashville, Tennessee for a time and then eventually to Los Angeles, California.
In 1976, Cain released his first record as the Jonathan Cain Band, Windy City Breakdown, on Bearsville Records. In 1979, he joined The Babys, appearing on their albums Union Jacks and On the Edge. In 1980 Cain left The Babys to join the rock band Journey, taking Gregg Rolie's place on keyboards. Cain aided Journey's rise to the top of the charts with his first collaborations on the album Escape, composing and playing the piano on songs such as "Don't Stop Believin'", described by Allmusic as "one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock". Perhaps his most notable contribution was as sole author of the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully", a song about life on the road while in a band. Cain would go on to appear on at least 13 other Journey albums and compilations.  In addition, Cain has released eight solo albums and contributed to solo albums by fellow Journey member Neal Schon.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ANATHEMA announces new U.S. tour with HIM (video)

#anathema #tour #progrock #rockfileradio
Following the band's recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the 'Progressive Nation at Sea' cruise, the UK's heralded rock group, Anathema, has announced a U.S. tour for March as special guests of Finland's, HIM. The tour marks just the second proper North American run for the acclaimed group, after a successful tour last September/October which called "powerful... no one walked away disappointed."

Commented lead guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh:

"Anathema is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It's always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates - as we've known each other's music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for 'Dark Light' in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of Anathema's true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect - especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I'm sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!"

A full list of confirmed tour-dates can be seen below. Shows are selling out fast, so check for tickets at: /

Anathema is currently in the studio working on the follow up to the 2012 acclaimed album, Weather Systems, and Universal, the stunning live concert film directed by Lasse Hoile that was released last fall.

The band has been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement since its inception, influencing a myriad of bands to follow. What began as a pioneering journey of melodic heavy music has outgrown all genres and limitations, fearlessly exploring new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound.

Anathema w/ HIM...

3/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
3/08 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
3/12 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/13 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
3/14 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
3/16 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
3/19 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
3/20 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/24 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
3/25 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Anathema online...


Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Birthday GEORGE THOROGOOD (video)

#georgethorogood #rockfileradio
George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware, United States, known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams' "Move It On Over," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by John Lee Hooker and Amos Milburn respectively.
George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers have released sixteen studio albums, including two that were certified Platinum, six that have been certified Gold, and have sold 15 million albums worldwide. The band's early success contributed to the rise of folk label Rounder Records.

source: wikipedia


Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday JERRY HARRISON (video)

#jerryharrison #talkingheads #rockfileradio
Jeremiah Griffin "Jerry" Harrison (born February 21, 1949) is an American songwriter, musician and producer. He achieved fame as the keyboardist and guitarist for pioneering New Wave band Talking Heads and as an original member of The Modern Lovers.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harrison played with Jonathan Richman in The Modern Lovers when he was an architecture student at Harvard University. Harrison was introduced to Richman by mutual friend and journalist Danny Fields and the pair bonded over their shared love of the Velvet Underground. He joined The Modern Lovers in early 1971, playing on their debut album in 1972 (not released until 1976), and left in February 1974 when Richman wished to perform his songs more quietly. Subsequent to his work with The Modern Lovers, Harrison joined Talking Heads; the latter band already had a single out when Harrison joined them.

Harrison's solo albums include The Red and the Black, Casual Gods, and Walk on Water.

After the 1991 break-up of Talking Heads, Harrison turned to producing and worked on successful albums by bands including Hockey, Violent Femmes, The BoDeans, The Von Bondies, General Public, Live, Crash Test Dummies, The Verve Pipe, Rusted Root, Stroke 9, The Bogmen, Black 47, Of A Revolution, No Doubt, Josh Joplin and most recently The Black and White Years, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Bamboo Shoots. He was the producer of the debut album by The Gracious Few (featuring members of Live and Candlebox). In 2013 he was confirmed to be producing an album by Live with their new singer Chris Shinn. The album is scheduled to be released sometime in 2014.

source: wikipedia


Thursday, February 20, 2014

LACUNA COIL New lyric clip, album and tour (video)

#lacunacoil #rockfileradio
LACUNA COIL officially return to the North American tour circuit with the launch of the Revolver Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour tonight in Wilmington, NC. To give fans a taste of things to come on the road and with the upcoming release of new studio album 'BROKEN CROWN HALO,' the band has released a lyric video for the album track "Nothing Stands In Our Way": 

First single "Die & Rise" is also available now digitally 
at both iTunes (click here) and Amazon (click here).

LACUNA COIL are sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL, and CILVER on Revolver's Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour, which runs through March 20 in Anaheim, CA. See complete itinerary below, and visit for additional details and VIP packages. The tour will not be impacted by the recently announced retirement of Cris "Pizza" Migliore and Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati - Marco "Maus" Biazzi will play all guitar on the tour, and Ryan Folden will join the band on drums. Fans will already be familiar with Ryan, as he performed live with LACUNA COIL on the majority of the 2012 and 2013 'Dark Legacy' and 'Dark Adrenaline' tours.


'BROKEN CROWN HALO' is set for releases April 1, 2014 in North America (March 31 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand) on Century Media Records. The album is the band's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to 'Dark Adrenaline', which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Sevendust and Paradise Lost after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

The band will also be appearing on several festivals in spring, including  98ROCKFEST in Tampa, FL, April 25, alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT and FOZZY, and MONSTER ENERGY FORT ROCK and MONSTER ENERGY'S WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, April 26 and 27, where they'll perform alongside ROB ZOMBIE, KORN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and more.

More dates to be announced soon...


'BROKEN CROWN HALO' Track Listing:
  1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
  2. Zombies
  3. Hostage To The Light
  4. Victims
  5. Die & Rise
  6. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
  7. Cybersleep
  8. Infection
  9. I Burn In You
  10. In The End I Feel Alive
  11. On Cold Day
LACUNA COIL have this to say about 'BROKEN CROWN HALO':
"What conflict could run so deep that it takes you to the deepest corners of your inner world? Today we are surrounded by a lot of lies, aliases, and people acting like they are wearing an invisible crown - but you better have thick skin if you want to wear this crown! 'BROKEN CROWN HALO' is a cinematic album that could be the soundtrack of our days - it is a dark vision of a near future when survival is second nature, and failure is not something to be avoided, but rather cultivated with lessons learned along the way.

We set the bar pretty high with 'Dark Adrenaline' and it hasn't been easy bringing our sound to the next level, but we have lived, learned and grown through a year full of personal issues and changes. We learned to be strong and get stronger, and we felt an inner vibe in this band that we haven't felt before. We locked ourselves in an age-old studio in Milan, Italy, where history was strong and the past met with our future, vintage gear and the influence of classic Italian horror movies and bands like Goblin meeting the fresh and rough sounds of the modern world with unique and invigorating results. 'BROKEN CROWN HALO' is Lacuna Coil introducing a new order, and letting nothing stand in our way..."

LACUNA COIL were joined in their native Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner [P.O.D., Sevendust, Evanescence, Papa Roach] and engineer Kyle Hoffmann [P.O.D., Bush, Zebrahead]. 'BROKEN CROWN HALO' was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include Rammstein, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Deftones and Sheryl Crow.


20: Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By The Sea

21: Atlanta, GA - Masquerade

22: Lexington, KY - Buster's 
23: Springfield, VA - Empire
24: New York, NY - Irving Plaza
26: Worcester, MA - Palladium
27: Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
28: Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa


01: Joliet, IL - Mojoe's

02: South Bend, IN - Club Fever

05: Broussard, LA - The Station Live
06: Houston, TX - Scout Bar
07: Austin, TX - Infest
08: Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
10: Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
12: Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
14: Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
15: Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
19: Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
20: Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues

(with Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Fozzy, Saigon Kick and more)
25: Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum

(with Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and more)
16: Fort Myers, FL - JetBlue Park

(with Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and more)  
27: Jacksonville, FL - Metropolitan Park

Happy Birthday WALTER BECKER (video)

#walterbecker #steelydan #rockfileradio
Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter in Steely Dan.

Becker met his future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while studying at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York, the two relocated to California in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, who enjoyed a critically and commercially successful ten-year career. Following the group's disbanding, Becker relocated to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer.

Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and have remained active, most notably including their 2000 Two Against Nature album, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker has also released two solo albums, 1994's 11 Tracks of Whack and 2008's Circus Money.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday TODD LA TORRE (video)

#toddlatorre #queensryche #crimsonglory #rockfileradio
Todd La Torre (born February 19, 1974) is an American singer and drummer. He is the lead singer for one of the two currently existing versions of the progressive metal band Queensr├┐che, and a former lead vocalist of Crimson Glory.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday DANIEL ADAIR (video)

 #danieladair #3doorsdown #nickelback #rockfileradio
Daniel Patrick Adair (born February 19, 1975 Vancouver) is a Canadian drummer, percussionist, and producer. He is best known for his work with Nickelback and his previous work with 3 Doors Down. He also works with the Canadian band Suspect and the instrumental fusion band Martone. Adair often uses the quote "The harder you work, the luckier you get."  coined by Gary Player, to describe his career.
Adair auditioned for a guitarist by the name of David Martone, a Berklee College of Music graduate, who was looking to start an instrumental fusion band. Soon this new band by the name 'Martone' began to record its first album in 1999. Adair says that, "David was and still is the greatest guitarist I've ever worked with. Since then we've created lots of exciting, challenging instrumental fusion music together. David's music helped me push the limit with my playing, and he's been a large influence and inspiration to me. My playing had matured, and I quickly jumped into some great gigs in town."

In the Summer of 2002, Adair had the opportunity to audition for and secure the job as the touring and studio drummer for the multi-platinum, Mississippi based band 3 Doors Down. During his time with the band he recorded the studio album 'Seventeen Days' and live album 'Another 700 Miles', toured 14 countries and had multiple TV appearances.
In January 2005, Adair left 3 Doors Down to join the Canadian band Nickelback. Seven months later they released the album 'All the Right Reasons' which has been his biggest success as it debuted at #1 on the Billboard. During his time with Nickelback, Adair has also appeared on albums and performed with Theory of a Deadman, Bo Bice, Martone, Thornley, Faber Drive and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday BURTON C. BELL (video)

 #burtoncbell #fearfactory #rockfileradio
Burton Christopher Bell (born February 19, 1969) is an American musician. Bell is best known as the frontman of the metal band Fear Factory where he is the only consistent member. His singing style mixes clean vocals with death growls.
Bell was one of the young audience members in Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Although there are only a few snippets of him in this video, Bell is most visible at 2:12 in the song and is the one in the middle of the pit wearing the white shirt with the blonde hair.
Bell has performed guest vocals on many records in addition to taking lead vocal duties for G/Z/R's Plastic Planet album released in 1995. Due to commitments with Fear Factory, Bell was not the vocalist for G/Z/R's second album, Black Science.

Burton performed live in the encore segments of the Ministry 2008 Tour singing songs such as Stigmata, Thieves and So What taking over vocal duties from Al Jourgensen. Burton has joined with Byron Stroud to form City of Fire who released their debut album in August 2009.

Burton featured on Delain's 2012 album We Are The Others, providing vocals for the track Where is the Blood.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday DOUG ALDRICH (video)

 #dougaldrich #whitesnake #dio #rockfileradio
Doug Aldrich (born February 19, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina), is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist, since 2002 a member of Whitesnake. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St. John in 1998 and has played previously with the bands Dio, Lion, Hurricane, House of Lords, and Bad Moon Rising. He has also released several solo albums.
Doug was first introduced to the guitar at age 11 when his sister Jennifer introduced him to the playing of Jeff Beck. Doug’s first guitar was a Les Paul model and came from Sears. Doug even auditioned for Kiss. He did not get the gig but as a result of the audition he met Gene Simmons and he and Gene are friends to this day. Doug was also once a highly sought after guitar teacher, at one point he was teaching over 70 students a week. In early 2014 Aldrich joined the critically acclaimed production show "Raiding the Rock Vault" at the Las Vegas Hotel where he performs five shows a week with other Rock'n Roll greats like Robin McAuley (formerly Survivor, MSG), John Payne (Asia), Howard Leese (Bad Company, Heart), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot), Andrew Freeman (Offspring) and more.

source: wikipeida