Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NATIVE CONSTRUCT's Quiet World Enters The Billboard Charts (video)

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NATIVE CONSTRUCT's Quiet World Enters The Billboard Charts!
"Quiet World is a masterpiece!" (5/5)
-Heavy Blog is Heavy-

"NATIVE CONSTRUCT is indeed an ambitious project that belongs to the upper range... recommended for the eager geek minds and for the lovers of cleverly crafted modern prog metal in its finest breed!"
-Metal Temple-

NATIVE CONSTRUCT released their debut album Quiet World last week on Metal Blade Records. Quiet World entered two of the Billboard Charts, which is quite impressive for a debut album! The album entered the Hard Music Albums Chart at #56 and the New Artist Chart at #85. 

Quiet World is available for purchase at  While there be sure to check out the bands first single "Mute". Here is a play through video for the song "The Spark of the Archon," featuring intensely detailed guitar and bass parts:

Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes NATIVE CONSTRUCT a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act. Yang, along with bassist Max Harchik, and vocalist Robert Edens completed work on their debut album Quiet World in between 2011 and 2013. By 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album.

Quiet World was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013 in between the individual band members' studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. All tracking and programming was done at the band's home studios in Boston, MA, with the exception of vocals, which were recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. The album was mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).

A brief listen to Quiet World is enough to make it apparent that there is a concept, here. Though it's best to let the band explain the album in their own words: "Quiet World is about a guy who loves a girl. The guy is a bit of an odd and eccentric person - an outcast. He's also a mute, and a little unstable, as it turns out. The girl doesn't return his feelings, but he can't bring himself to let go. As his unrequited passion for her devolves into obsession and eventual resentment, his mind begins to slip further and further away. He convinces himself that he can't be loved because of his condition and abnormalities. So he decides to create for himself a new, fantastic world of which he has complete control - a world where there are no oddballs or outcasts. A world where everyone is surrounded by people who are just like themselves: a much quieter world.

What is impressive about NATIVE CONSTRUCT is not necessarily an involved concept on a debut record, it's that they wrote, produced, and recorded the album while balancing schoolwork and on a college student budget. It's the epitome of "self produced." And what NATIVE CONSTRUCT wants fans to know is that "the composition process for this album was intensely meticulous from top to bottom. Each note, each lyric, each twist and each turn were arrived at with the utmost care. As such, we were able to weave rich, often subtle layers of meaning into the music and text. We're very excited for you all to experience the result of our efforts!"

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TIM BOWNESS Announces "Stupid..." Album (links)

#timbowness #noman #rrice #rockfileradio
Tim Bowness announces release of 'Stupid Things That Mean The World'
A year on from the acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Tim Bowness returns with the powerful and eclectic 'Stupid Things That Mean The World', his third solo album. Scheduled for release in July, the album was recorded between October 2014 and April 2015 at various studios, including NAM. 

Tim had this to say about the new album:
"If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man's Schoolyard Ghosts, I'd say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. It's a logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It's been really exciting working with my live band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Phil Manzanera and David Rhodes. Bruce Soord's mixing and additional guitar parts have also taken the material to a higher level, I think."

Produced by Bowness and mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord (who also adds some choice guitar parts), the album features a core of Bowness along with members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker) and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), augmented by contributions from Peter Hammill, Phil Manzanera, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Anna Phoebe, David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Scott Walker), and Rhys Marsh. As on Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Classical composer Andrew Keeling, best known for his work with The Hilliard Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie and Robert Fripp, provides striking string arrangements. The album was mastered by The Pineapple Thief's Steve Kitch.

The beautiful artwork for the album was once again done by I Monster's Jarrod Gosling, and you can see that below. The album will be available as Double CD Media book featuring a companion disc of alternate mixes and demos (including an unreleased No-Man demo from 1994), as well as a gatefold vinyl LP with CD & digital download.

Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a 'cinematic, contemporary classic' and Prog Magazine naming it 'arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece.' The album also reached the top 20 of the UK rock album charts upon release, and was subsequently included in Prog Magazine's critics' choice top 20 of 2014.

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera (amongst many others), and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.

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Happy Birthday TRAVIS SMITH (video)

#travissmith #trivium #rockfileradio
Travis Smith (born April 29, 1982 in Bainbridge, Georgia) is the former drummer in the metal band Trivium. He was with Trivium since forming the band in 2000 until 2009. Travis is best known for his very fast footwork, and intricate rhythms on the toms, a skill that has been noted several times by music magazines such as Revolver and Modern Drummer as well as by other media. In Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards 2006, Travis received the "Best Drummer in the Universe" award.

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Happy Birthday MARK KENDALL (video)

#markkendall #greatwhite #rockfileradio
Mark Kendall (born April 29, 1957) is a lead guitarist born in Loma Linda, California. He is best known for being the founding member and lead guitar player of the blues-based hard rock band Dante Fox, which later became Great White.

Mark Kendall grew up in Huntington Beach, California. He came from a musically talented family, with his mother belting out smoky tunes as a jazz singer, his father playing jazz trumpet, and his grandfather, a classically trained pianist from the age of thirteen. 

He received his first guitar at the age of nine after watching a local band rehearse in a neighbor's garage. His father gave him a Kay acoustic for his birthday and he began to develop a talent to learn songs by ear. The following Christmas his father bought him an electric guitar and amplifier. In addition, his dad also bought him three albums: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, and The Doors’ Strange Days. These records would prove to be highly influential on his musical life.

In the 4th grade he had already performed at the school talent show with a friend, showcasing four songs: "Wipe Out", "Pipeline", "Gloria" and "Secret Agent Man". Since then, he never put his guitar down even into his teenage years. From the age of eight to eighteen, he played baseball as a strong pitcher who was set to become a professional player. By the time he was eighteen, his arm started hurting after three innings every time he pitched a game and ended up deciding that making music would be his life and priority.
Kendall heard about a singer named Jack Russell late in 1978 and asked him to audition for his band ZZYZX who played original and cover material. It was then and there they decided to make their own band. The first version of the band was called Highway. Then they changed it to Livewire and finally they played one last show under the name Wires. Then in 1979 Jack Russell was arrested for shooting a live in maid in a botched robbery attempt and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The band all separated leaving Kendall to start again from scratch. He recruited a bass player from San Diego named Don Costa and after auditioning 3 drummers that he didn't like, he decided to call Tony Richards, who he had jammed with before. They auditioned several singers including John Bush from Armoured Saint. They settled on a female singer named Lisa Baker. The name they decided on was Dante Fox. When George Lynch asked Lisa to join his band Exciter a few months later Kendall asked a singer named Butch Say to join, who had a Rob Halford type style. They would go on to play around the Los Angeles and Orange County scene for the next year or so. Kendall received several letters written by Jack from Jack's parents. The letters mainly consisted of Russell saying to please give him an audition and he will blow away any singer they have. When Kendall found out Russell got released early he talked the band into auditioning him. With a 2 to 1 vote it was decided to replace Butch Say with Russell who would become the bands 3rd singer. Russell's first show was at the Troubador in Hollywood after serving only 18 months of his sentence, at a California Youth Authority Facility. While Dante Fox was performing at The Whiskey in Hollywood one night in 1982, Alan Niven, a record executive was in the audience and came backstage to give the band his card. The following day Mark accompanied his singer Jack Russell to the label and met with Niven. Before they knew it they were recording their first EP. Since then Great White has been recording and touring for the 30 years with sales approaching 10 million. Kendall replaced Russell permanently in 2011 with XYZ singer Terry ILous after Russell could not return to the band, after a long hiatus. The band is still touring and making music, releasing their latest album Elation in May 2012 on Frontiers Records.
Mark has been quoted by saying, “Music is a pure blessing and I wouldn't change anything about my life”. He said, “Even with all the mistakes I have made, they are nothing more than learning experiences and just part of life”.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

HAKEN Tour Dates and New Album on the way (video)

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London-based progressive metallers HAKEN are currently in North America doing a run of shows with label mates Spocks Beard and Next To None.  They will also be playing at Prog's highly anticipated annual festival, RosFest in Gettysburg, PA.

They have also just announced that they will join Between The Buried & Me on their European tour later this year as main support, and have also started work on their forthcoming new album.

They band had this to say:

"Excitement levels are off the scale in the Haken camp at the moment! Being offered a tour support slot with one of our favourite bands is an absolute dream come true. Their music has had a massive impact on us as a band and individual musicians over the years. Our new album is shaping up to be a real beast! We've written a bunch of sketches and are currently selecting which ones to develop further.  We can't wait to share it with everyone."

 The band will be playing the following dates:

North American tour:
4/28/15 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperials
4/29/15 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/30/15 - New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
5/1/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Bull Shooters Saloon
5/2/15 - Gettysburg, PA @ RosFest
5/3/15 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

HAKEN European tour:
    16/9 Southampton, England @ Talking Heads
    17/9 London, England @ Electric Ballroom
    18/9 Manchester, England @ Gorilla
    19/9 Glasgow, Scotland @ The Garage
    20/9 Leeds, England @ The Key Club
    22/9 Nottingham, England @ Rescue Rooms
    23/9 Brighton, England @ The Haunt
    25/9 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
    26/9 Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
    27/9 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
    28/9 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
    29/9 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
    30/9 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Club
    1/10 Cologne, Germany @ Euroblast Festival
    3/10 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall
    4/10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
    5/10 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
    6/10 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben/Fryshuset
    8/10 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia

The band also have some select European festival appearances lined up:

20/6 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
11/7 - Barcelona, Spain @ Be Prog My Friend
12.7 - Newark, UK @ UK Tech Fest
19/7 - Loreley, Germany @ Night of the Prog
25/7 - Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin Man Fair

Late last year the band released the Restoration EP to coincide with UK dates alongside label mates Leprous and Maschine. Check out the video for "Darkest Light" from that EP

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Birthday TRAVIS MEEKS (video)

#travismeeks #daysofthenew #rockfileradio
Travis Shane Meeks (born April 27, 1979) is an American musician, and is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer for acoustic rock band Days of the New.

Meeks was born in Charlestown, Indiana. His parents divorced when he was 2 and lived with his grandmother and father. At a young age he began playing guitar and wrote songs and performed covers by age 8. Between ages 11 to 15, he went to various rehabilitation centers and a year in special schooling. During that time he formed an experimental rock band called Bad Dreemz which included Jesse Vest and Matt Taul. They then formed Dead Reckoning, which was a heavy metal band that sounded similar to Pantera. In 1995, Meeks moved to Louisville and Dead Reckoning changed its name to Days of the New as well as its genre to an acoustic rock, post-grunge style. Regarding that era, Meeks stated, "I went through paranoia and acid trips, separation from the mind and body... That's where my spiritual journey begins." Meeks has also been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
At the age of 17, Meeks and fellow teenage band members Matt Taul, Todd Whitener and Jesse Vest were signed to a major record label. In 1997, they released their widely successful self-titled Yellow album that included the single, "Touch, Peel and Stand." The song rose to #1 on the Billboard charts and became the group's signature piece. Opening slots on tour with Jerry Cantrell and Metallica further exposed the band to fans around the country. Days of the New then set out on a headlining tour that lasted until a stop in Dallas, Texas when Meeks' father finally drove him home and canceled the remainder of the tour's shows.
Meeks has standing invitations to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as to front the Boston Pops. Recently, he has begun referring to himself as a maestro due to his self-taught mastery of the acoustic guitar and incorporation of classical sounds into his music.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday ACE FREHLEY (video)

#acefrehley #kiss #frehleyscomet #rockfileradio
Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley (born April 27, 1951) is an American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace", and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour.
His second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of what was purported to be the band's Farewell Tour. His most recent album Space Invader, was released on August 19, 2014. Guitar World magazine ranked him 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time. Frehley is also credited as the inventor of many whimsical guitars, some of which includes Gibson Les Paul guitars which emit smoke from the middle humbucker pickup, produce 360 degrees spinning pyrotechnics as well as a custom Les Paul that can emit light depending on the tempo of the song being played. He plays with a unique 'wailing' sound that is hailed to have influenced many other guitarists to start learning the proper usage of the vibrato on the guitar.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday PETE HAM (video)

#peteham #badfinger #rockfileradio
Peter William Ham (27 April 1947 – 24 April 1975) was a Welsh singer, songwriter and guitarist, primarily recognized for having been the lead singer/composer of the '70s rock group Badfinger's hit songs, "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue." He also co-wrote the ballad "Without You", a worldwide Number One hit for Harry Nilsson and it has become a standard song as covered by hundreds of artists consistently throughout the years since. Ham was granted two Ivor Novello Awards related to the song in 1973.

Ham was born in Swansea, Wales. He formed a local rock group called The Panthers around 1961. This group would undergo several name and lineup changes before it became The Iveys in 1965. The band was relocated to London by The Mojos manager, Bill Collins, in 1966, and they continued to perform for three years throughout the United Kingdom. As it was, Ham eventually became the prominent songwriter for the band, as a Revox tape recorder was made available by Collins to encourage him. Ray Davies of The Kinks took an initial interest in the group, although tracks produced by Davies did not surface commercially until decades later. In 1968, The Iveys came to the attention of Mal Evans (The Beatles personal assistant) and were eventually signed to the Beatles' Apple Records label after approval from all four Beatles, who were reportedly impressed by the band's songwriting abilities.
The Iveys changed their name to Badfinger with the single release of "Come and Get It," a composition written by Paul McCartney, and it became a worldwide Top Ten hit. Ham had initially protested against using a non-original to promote the band, as he had gained confidence in the group's compositions, but he was quickly convinced of the springboard effect of having a likely hit single. His own creative perseverance paid off eventually, as his "No Matter What" composition became another Top Ten worldwide hit after its release in late 1970. He followed up writing two more worldwide hits with "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue." His greatest songwriting success came with his co-written composition "Without You" - a worldwide number 1 when it was later covered by Harry Nilsson and released in 1972. The song has since become a ballad standard and is covered by hundreds of singers from many genres worldwide. An Ivor Novello award for Song of the Year was issued in 1973 along with Grammy nominations. George Harrison used Ham's talents for a number of album sessions including the All Things Must Pass album and for other Apple Records artist's recordings. This friendship culminated with Ham's acoustic guitar duet on "Here Comes the Sun" with Harrison at the The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, later portrayed in the theatrical film of the concert. In 1972, Badfinger was picked up by Warner Bros. Records, as the Apple Records label was crumbling and it seemed the band was primed for major recognition.

During the Warner Bros. Records era from 1973–75, Badfinger became embroiled in many internal, financial, and managerial problems and their music was stifled. By 1975, with no income and the band's business manager uncommunicative, Ham became despondent and he hanged himself in the garage of his Surrey home. Ham was aged 27 at the time; his suicide fell just three days shy of his 28th birthday. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend, who gave birth to their daughter one month after his death. His suicide note had the statement, "I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better." It also included an accusatory blast toward Badfinger's business manager, Stan Polley: "P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me." News of Ham's death was not widely disseminated at the time, as no public comment was made by The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd, or Warner Bros. Records.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday JERRY MERCER (video)

#jerrymercer #aprilwine #rockfileradio
Gerald "Jerry" Mercer (born April 27, 1939 in Newfoundland) is a Canadian rock drummer, best known for his work with the groups Mashmakhan and April Wine.

Prior to becoming a full-time musician, Mercer worked both as a cattle farmer and as an IBM computer programmer.
Mercer's start in the music industry was as a singer, but quickly moved to drums while still a teenager. He played several different styles in his early years, including Latin and jazz, before becoming a member of a Montreal-based band known as The Triangle, who later changed their name to Mashmakhan upon obtaining a record deal in Toronto. Mercer's work can be heard on the band's most successful single "As the Years Go By". As part of Mashmakhan, Mercer played on the Festival Express tour and was interviewed for the 2003 documentary.

Following Mashmakhan's dissolution in the early 1970s, Mercer played for Roy Buchanan, and then The Wackers, before joining April Wine, who were in the process of changing their line-up following the departure of two founding members in 1973. His first public performance with the band was as an opening slot for T. Rex and Three Dog Night at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Shortly thereafter he completed his first album with the band, Electric Jewels, which contained the hit "Weeping Widow". Mercer remained with the band consistently since joining, and played on all their subsequent albums and tours. In November 2008, he stated that he was retiring at the end of the year. He was replaced by Blair Mackay in January 2009. In May 2010, Mercer became the first Canadian to receive a Legends Award at the 10th annual Cape Breton International Drum Festival.
In his live shows, Mercer was known for lengthy drum solos (often during April Wine's cover of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man") which frequently include a strobe light show.
In addition to performing, Mercer was also involved in manufacturing drums with a company he co-founded with Bill Hibbs called Monolith Drums. Briefly assuming the brand name "Solstice Drums", now back to Monolith and about to celebrate 20 years of drum making. Mercer is no longer involved with Monolith Drums.

source: wikipedia


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy Birthday JOSE PASILLAS (video)

#josepasillas #incubus #rockfileradio
José Antonio Pasillas II (born April 26, 1976) is an American drummer known as the drummer of alternative rock band Incubus.
José Pasillas is of Mexican descent. He grew up in Calabasas, California. He began playing drums in 1990. Later in 1991, José and friends Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, original bassist Dirk Lance (Ben Kenney joined in 2003 upon Lance's departure) began Incubus in high school in the San Fernando Valley outpost of Calabasas. He endorses DW drums and Sabian cymbals.
José has mentioned he has never had any formal training for the drums, which he says has positives and negatives. Some of his influences include Chad Sexton of 311, Stewart Copeland of The Police, and Tim Alexander of Primus.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday JOEY JORDISON (video)

#joeyjordison #slipknot #murderdolls #rockfileradio
Joey Jordison (born Nathan Jonas Jordison April 26, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa), is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls. He is currently the drummer for the band Scar the Martyr which he formed in 2013. Jordison played in Slipknot since their formation in 1995 until his departure from the band in December 2013. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed in several bands until joining in the summer of 1995 the group The Pale Ones, which would later change their name to Slipknot. Of Slipknot's nine-member lineup which lasted from 1999-2010, Joey was the third to join the band.

With Slipknot, Jordison performed on four studio albums, and produced the live album 9.0: Live. He was also guitarist for the horror punk band Murderdolls. Outside the majority of his projects, Jordison has performed with other heavy metal groups such as Rob Zombie, Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Otep and Satyricon. Jordison is also known for his session work which includes performances on many albums for many different artists. Jordison uses several drum brands including Pearl and ddrum.

Known widely for his drumming abilities, he has influenced many drummers, such as Matt Nicholls of Bring Me the Horizon, The Rev and Arin Ilejay of Avenged Sevenfold, Brent Taddie of Crown the Empire, Christian Coma from Black Veil Brides, Alex Lopez from Suicide Silence, Mark Castillo from Emmure, Josh Manuel from Issues, and Tommy Clufetos from Ozzy Osbourne's band.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday GARY WRIGHT (video)

#garywright #spookytooth #rockfileradio
Gary Malcolm Wright (born April 26, 1943) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his 1976 hit songs "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive", and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music. Wright's breakthrough album, The Dream Weaver (1975), came after he had spent seven years in London as, alternately, a member of the British heavy rock band Spooky Tooth and a solo artist on A&M Records. While in England, he played keyboards on former Beatle George Harrison's All Things Must Pass triple album (1970), so beginning a friendship that inspired the Indian religious themes and spirituality inherent in Wright's subsequent songwriting. His work since the late 1980s has embraced world music and the new age genre, although none of his post-1976 releases has matched the popularity of The Dream Weaver.
A former child actor, Wright performed on Broadway in the hit musical Fanny before studying medicine and then psychology in New York and Berlin. After meeting Chris Blackwell of Island Records in Europe, Wright moved to London, where he helped establish Spooky Tooth as a popular live act. He also served as the band's principal songwriter on their recordings – among them, the well-regarded albums Spooky Two (1969) and You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw (1973). His solo album Footprint (1971), recorded with contributions from Harrison, coincided with the formation of Wright's short-lived band Wonderwheel, which included guitarist Mick Jones. Also during the early 1970s, Wright played on notable recordings by B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Ronnie Spector, while his musical association with Harrison endured until shortly before the latter's death in 2001.
Wright turned to film soundtrack work in the early 1980s, which led to him re-recording his most popular song, "Dream Weaver", for the 1992 comedy Wayne's World. Following Spooky Tooth's reunion tour in 2004, Wright has performed live frequently, either as a member of Starr's All-Starr Band, with his own live band, or on subsequent Spooky Tooth reunions. Wright's most recent solo albums, including Waiting to Catch the Light (2008) and Connected (2010), have all been issued on his Larklio record label. In 2014, Penguin Random House published his autobiography, titled Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison.

source: wikipedia


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy Birthday ERIC AVERY (video)

#ericavery #janesaddiction #garbage #nin #rockfileradio
Eric Adam Avery (born April 25, 1965) is an American musician. He is best known as the former bass guitarist and co-founding member of alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Avery has also been a touring bassist for both Garbage and Nine Inch Nails. In 2008, Avery released a solo album, entitled Help Wanted, and a second in 2013 called LIFE.TIME.
Avery played in Jane's Addiction initially from 1985 to 1991, and rejoined the band in 2008 before departing again in 2010.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday FISH (video)

#fish #derekdick #marillion #rockfileradio
Derek William Dick, better known as Fish, (born 25 April 1958, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, lyricist and occasional actor, best known as the lead singer of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988.
After working as a petrol pump attendant, gardener and forestry worker, Fish came to the public's attention in 1981 with the British rock group Marillion. The band achieved chart success in the UK, attaining top-ten hits in 1985 with "Kayleigh" and "Lavender", and again in 1987 with "Incommunicado". In 1988, Fish left Marillion to pursue his solo career. Many of Fish's later works contain lengthy spoken word lyrics, shorter examples of which can be heard on earlier Marillion albums. Vocally, Fish has sometimes been compared to Peter Gabriel, lead singer of Genesis in the 1970s. Peter Hammill of Van der Graaf Generator was also a major influence on his songwriting and vocal delivery, which is especially notable on the first two Marillion albums.
According to Fish himself, his nickname originates from the amount of time he spent in the bathtub.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday STU COOK (video)

#stucook #ccr #rockfileradio
Stuart Alden "Stu" Cook (born April 25, 1945) is an American bass guitarist, best known for his work in the rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

In the mid-1970s, Cook and former CCR drummer Doug Clifford joined the Don Harrison Band, which released two albums. In 1979, Cook produced 15 songs by Roky Erickson and the Aliens, which were released in 1980 on two LPs with different running orders, The Evil One and I Think Of Demons. From 1986 to 1991, Cook was a member of the country and western band Southern Pacific. Cook and Clifford later formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995.

source: wikipedia


Friday, April 24, 2015

NEXT TO NONE Next Generation Prog (video)

#nexttonone #rrice #rockfileradio
A Light in the Dark available June 30th, 2015 in the US and June 29th in EU.    

Next To None, the teen prodigy band recently signed to InsideOut, have released a video EPK in advance of their upcoming album A Light in the Dark. The group's debut album is due for release on June 30th in the US and June 29th in Europe.

Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of. A Light in the Dark also features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses) and prog legend Neal Morse.

Drummer Max Portnoy says, "It's so exciting to be signing with InsideOut...the home of the greatest prog bands in the world! We are honored to be part of the family."

Says producer Mike Portnoy, "Producing the Next To None album was like a trip back in time for me. I couldn't be prouder of this album and think that Next To None represents the next generation of progressive metal."

A Light in the Dark tracklist:
1. The Edge Of Sanity
2. You Are Not Me
3. Runaway
4. A Lonely Walk
5. Control
6. Lost
7. Social Anxiety
8. Legacy
9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:
10. Fortune Cookie
11. Deafening

Prior to the album's release, the band will be opening shows for English labelmates Haken on that band's April/May US tour.

Tour Dates supporting Haken:

4/25   Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
4/26 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
4/27 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
4/30   New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
5/1   Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
5/3   Springfield, VA - Empire

Next To None online: