Friday, February 27, 2015

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

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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

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

HAKEN announces U.S. Tour (video)

#haken #rockfileradio
Highly-regarded proggers Haken will be visiting North American shores for ten dates in the spring, including a headlining appearance at the 12th annual
Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
            
Supporting the band on most dates is Next to None, the band featuring Max Portnoy, son of prog drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy.  InsideOut label mates Spock's Beard are on the bill for the dates in Quebec City and Montreal.

Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths had this to say about their imminent visit:

"One of our biggest ambitions since the beginnings of the band has been to tour the USA. For it to actually be happening is an amazing feeling. We honestly can't wait to get over there and play our music.

We've only had a couple of opportunities to meet our American friends before; first at Prog Power USA in 2011 and then at Prog Nation at Sea in 2014 and the fans were incredibly passionate about the music. We're looking forward to visiting some new places and hopefully seeing a lot more new faces.

We've put together a great set list covering the whole Haken discography and I really think they're going to love it. For a couple of the Canadian shows we're going to be sharing the stage with Spock's Beard, which is crazy because we've been fans of theirs for years.

We also have the pleasure of bringing Next to None along with us. I saw them play on the cruise and although they're young, you wouldn't know it by listening to them - they kick ass! When Haken was starting out we depended on the kindness of other bands to give us opening slots, so it's great to now pass that on to the next wave of musicians. I think this will be a great package. Don't miss it!" 

Tour dates are as follows: 
4/25/15 - Token Lounge - Detroit MI (with Next to None)
4/26/15 - Reggie's - Chicago IL (with Next to None)
4/27/15 - TBC - Toronto ON (with Next to None)
4/28/15 - Imperial - Quebec City QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/29/15 - Club Soda - Montreal QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/3015 - Studio at Webster Hall - New York NY (with Next to None)
5/1/15 - Bull Shooters Saloon - Philadelphia PA (with Next to None)
5/2/15 - RosFest - Gettysburg PA
5/3/15 - Empire -Springfield VA (with Next to None)
5/5/15 - Circo Volador - Mexico City

Haken released their third album, The Mountain, on InsideOut in 2013 to great acclaim. In late 2014 they dusted off and recorded three early songs for the Restoration EP. Their fourth full-length album is due on InsideOut worldwide later in 2015. Stay tuned.

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source: Haken

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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 tim.com) 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.




























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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.























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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

THREE DAYS GRACE to release "Human" March 31st. (video)

#threedaysgrace #human #rockfileradio
THREE DAYS GRACE has announced that the pre-order for the band's new album, "Human", is now live and available at iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the disc will instantly receive the band's #1 Active Rock radio hit singles "I Am Machine" and "Painkiller".

A limited-edition two-CD deluxe version of "Human" will be available to fans on THREE DAYS GRACE's site. The limited-edition package consists of the standard album "Human" plus a second disc including live versions of "Painkiller", "Let Me Down", "Every Other Weekend" and an alternate recording of the album track "Human Race". In addition to the music, the deluxe package includes a custom woven beanie, 12" x 12" window cling sticker featuring album art, and a five-card set featuring picture and note from each band member.

On "Human", the band re-teamed with producer Gavin Brown, who did the same honors for THREE DAYS GRACE's platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album. "We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other," says drummer Neil Sanderson. "Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we're back in those days where we're high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands." Music heavyweights Nick Raskulinecz and Chris Lorde Alge signed on to mix "Human". The band has spent much of the year vigorously touring, writing and recording their new album.

"Human" will arrive in stores on March 31 and is the band's first record with singer Matt Walst, who joined the band in 2013 following the departure of original frontman Adam Gontier.
THREE DAYS GRACE will kick off a spring North American tour on April 9 in Riverside, California, winding down on April 23 in Dallas. The trek will follow gigs at the Brazilian and Argentinean editions of Lollapalooza in late March.

"Human" track listing

01. Human Race
02. Painkiller
03. Fallen Angel
04. Landmine
05. Tell Me Why
06. I Am Machine
07. So What
08. Car Crash
09. Nothing's Fair In Love And War
10. One Too Many
11. The End Is Not The Answer
12. The Real You

Deluxe edition disc 2:

01. Every Other Weekend
02. Painkiller (live)
03. Let Me Down (live)
04. Human Race (Atmosphere Version)




























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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Birthday NOAH "WUV" BERNARDO (video)

#noahbernardo #wuv #pod #rockfileradio
Noah "Wuv" Bernardo Jr. (born February 24, 1974) is the drummer and a founding member of P.O.D., a San Diego-based band. According to a FAQ he is Filipino, Italian, German and Chamorro. He is also a second cousin of the band's frontman Sonny Sandoval and is friends with WWE superstar Rey Mysterio. Recently it has been announced that Wuv will be handling drum duties for the band StillWell, a side project of Fieldy, the bassist of metal band Korn. Wuv has been playing drums most of his life. During acoustic sets, he normally plays the rhythm guitar. He also has a side project called Southtown Generals, with Rasta Tim Pacheco.
















source: wikipedia

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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.


















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Monday, February 23, 2015

KAMELOT Announce Release Date For New Album Haven Artwork and Track Listing Revealed (video)

#kamelot #rockfileradio
Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT return after 2 years of touring the globe and 12 months of intense writing and recording. In mid-2014 the band entered the studio to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album titled HAVENwill makeKAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA/Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLCon May 5, 2015(North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world) and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!

Today the breathtaking artwork, track listing and official release dates have been unveiled. HAVENwill be available to pre-order in multiple exclusive and limited bundle packages at the Napalm Records American & European Webstore - starting Thursday, February 26, 2015.

It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world ofHAVEN. The new album features all the signature elements of KAMELOTbut the band steps out to add new and modern elements along with bringing some amazing emotions that harken to the band's earlier days. KAMELOT's artsy music is chock full of symbolism relating to how the band feels about the world and the current state of civilization.

"The HAVEN album has an undertone of a world going insane. There is a grey cloud that is forming over our world. We are here to find that silver lining with an album that is both dark and melancholy yet uplifting and giving the listener a HAVEN in a world gone mad. We are really proud of the song elements and diversity on HAVENadds guitarist Thomas Youngblood"The songs run the gambit of dark and melancholy to uplifting and melodic elements." states vocalist Tommy Karevik.

"HAVEN has an aggressive edge to it that is the representation of the band as The Revolutionary Change in the storyline," Kamelot's Oliver Palotai tells us.

Produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, HAVEN is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Additional guests include Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). The breath-taking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.

Following the release of HAVENKAMELOT will embarque on a massive WORLD TOUR, starting with North America in April/May 2015 followed by European shows in the Summer 2015 and with The Haven European Tour in September/October 2015 the band will return to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date.

HAVEN Release Dates:
North America: May 5, 2015
Europe & Rest of the World: May 8, 2015
Australia/New Zealand: May 8, 2015
         
HAVEN Track Listing:
1. Fallen Star
2. Insomnia
3. Citizen Zero
4. Veil of Elysium
5. Under Grey Skies
6. My Therapy
7. Ecclesia
8. End of Innocence
9. Beautiful Apocalypse
10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)
11. Here's To The Fall
12. Revolution
13. Haven

EXCLUSIVE BONUS CD Track List:
Available only with the LTD Mediabook and Deluxe Earbook!
1. End Of Innocence Piano Version
2. Veil of Elysium Acoustic Version
3. Fallen Star Orchestral Version
4. Here's To The Fall Orchestral Version
5. My Therapy Orchestral Version
6. Fallen Star Instrumental
7. Insomnia Instrumental
8. Citizen Zero Instrumental
9. Veil of Elysium Instrumental
10. Under Grey Skies Instrumental
11. My Therapy Instrumental
12. End of Innocence Instrumental
13. Beautiful Apocalypse Instrumental
14. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) Instrumental
15. Revolution Instrumental

Catch KAMELOT live on their upcoming shows: 
12.03.2015 IRL - Dublin / Button Factory
13.03.2015 UK  -  Pwllheli / HammerFest VII Festival
14.03.2015 UK  -  London / O2 Academy Islington
25.04.2015 MX - Mexico D.F. / José Cuervo Salón
09.07.2015 CZ  -  Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival

KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo's
5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues


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source: Kamelot.com

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Happy Birthday CHRIS VRENNA (video)

#chrisvrenna #nin #marilynmanson #rockfileradio
Chris Vrenna (born February 23, 1967) is an American musician, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, programmer, and founder of the electronic band Tweaker. Vrenna also played drums for the industrial/rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1989 until 1997. Vrenna was also the keyboardist and drummer of the American rock band Marilyn Manson from 2004 until late 2011.

Soon after graduating from McDowell High School in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1985, Vrenna moved to Chicago, quickly becoming a part of the Chicago industrial music scene and was briefly a member of Die Warzau and Stabbing Westward.
He later reconnected with Trent Reznor, whom he met during high school in Pennsylvania, when they both were in local Cleveland, Ohio band the Exotic Birds. He also toured as a live drummer for KMFDM during the Money era tours, in 1992. He records under the name Tweaker, and has released four albums under that name: The Attraction to All Things Uncertain (2001), 2 a.m. Wakeup Call (2004), Call The Time Eternity (2012), and And Then There's Nothing (2013). Tweaker toured select North American dates with Skinny Puppy in 2004.

As producer, remixer, or engineer Vrenna has worked with U2, Nine Inch Nails, Scar the Martyr, Gary Numan, Lords of Acid, God Lives Underwater, Megadeth, Rammstein, Metallica, The Rasmus, Weezer, P.O.D., David Bowie, Slipknot, Cold, underwater, Scarling., The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Green Day, Live, Adema, the Wallflowers, TheStart, Dir en grey, and Psyclon Nine. He has also worked with the industrial group Pigface and produced songs and albums for underground girl groups TCR, Jack Off Jill, and Rasputina.
Vrenna has also worked on music for several video games, including Doom 3 (as producer with Clint Walsh), Quake 4, American McGee's Alice, Enter the Matrix, Sonic The Hedgehog, Area 51, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. In 2004, he started soundtrack work on Tabula Rasa, a massive multiplayer online game. He also helped compose the theme song to the animated series Xiaolin Showdown.



















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Happy Birthday MICHAEL WILTON (video)

#michaelwilton #thewhip #queensryche #rockfileradio
Michael F. Wilton (born February 23, 1962) also known as The Whip, for how fast his fingers "whip" around the guitar fretboard, is an American guitarist for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, which he co-founded in 1982.
After high school, Wilton attended the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in Seattle, where he studied among others music theory, jazz improvisation, gamelan music and classical music (piano and guitar). This was a big step in his life as he began to appreciate more ethnic and improvisational music, which later gave him influences as a progressive rock musician. After studying for 1,5 years, he ran out of money, but by this time, he had met bass guitarist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield. In 1980, Wilton and Rockenfield had founded a band called Cross+Fire, which DeGarmo and Jackson joined shortly thereafter. The quartet began to play at parties, by which time they called themselves The Mob. In late summer of 1982, Geoff Tate was involved as vocalist to record a four-song demo. The band changed its name to Queensrÿche, and the demo was released in 1983 as the eponymous EP Queensrÿche.
Wilton remains a guitarist in Queensrÿche to date. After DeGarmo left Queensrÿche in 1998, Wilton gradually began performing most of the songs that previously featured DeGarmo doing the main solo live, including "Silent Lucidity", "The Mission", "En Force", "I Am I", "Take Hold of the Flame", "Best I Can", "The Killing Words", "Bridge", "The Lady Wore Black" and "Anybody Listening?", amongst others. Queensrÿche had first taken in Kelly Gray as guitarist, who was replaced in 2002 by Mike Stone, and in February 2009 by Parker Lundgren, initially as a touring guitarist but mainly as a rhythm guitarist only joining in for dual guitar solos in songs like "Neue Regel" and "London". After the band's 2009 American Soldier tour, Wilton took over all of the solos.















source: wikipedia

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