Aerosmith To Rock The World With Its New Live Recording This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Aerosmith is giving its fans a special treat this fall.

The band announed today that it will release its new live recording Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 on Friday, September 4th. That is just in time for anyone making plans for their annual Labor Day Weekend festivities. The twenty-song set will be available on a variety of formats including: Blu-ray + 2CD, DVD +2CD, DVD +3LP, and digital formats for North American audiencs. It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD + 2CD, and DVD + 3LP in Europe and ROW along with digital platforms. The performance featured on the upcoming reealse was taken from the band’s headlining performance at the 2014 Download Festival, which was just one performance from the band’s Let Rock Rule Tour.” It features performances of some of Aerosmith’s biggest hits including: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Toys in the Attic,’ ‘Mama Kin’ and a number of others. The band’s complete set list is noted below. Fans can check out a trailer for the show online now via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xV4SPYw-as&feature=youtu.be.

The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:

1) Train Kept A-Rollin’

2) Eat The Rich

3) Love In An Elevator

4) Cryin’

5) Jaded

6) Livin’ On The Edge

7) Last Child

8) Freedom Fighter

9) Same Old Song And Dance

10) Janie’s Got A Gun

11) Toys In The Attic

12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

13) No More No More

14) Come Together

15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)

16) Walk This Way

17) Home Tonight

18) Dream On

19) Sweet Emotion

20) Mama Kin

Front man Steven Tyler shared his thoughts on the band’s performance with the media noting the band’s enjoyment during its performance and how his thoughts of so many other greats performing there played into his enjoyment. “It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” he said. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford shared the sentiment that Aerosmith’s performance at the 2014 Download Festival was one that really stood out as one of the band’s best at least for that festival. As Perry noted, “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best.” He noted that for him personally the fans that were there in attendance played a big role in making it so special. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. ” He added onto that sentiment the belief that it will be just as special for audiences that weren’t lucky enough to be there, saying, “We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.” Whitford shared Perry’s sentiment saying, “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014.” He added “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Drummer Joey Kramer and bassist Tom Hamilton echoed the thoughts of Perry and Whitford with Kramer stating, “I’m grateful to have been able to play this show at Donington. I thought the band played great, the audience was great. That night was a very special time.” Hamilton added in “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Aerosmith Rocks Donington will be released worldwide on Friday, September 4th. More information on this recording is available online along with all of Aerosmith’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.aerosmith.com, http://www.aeroforceone.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aerosmith

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Aerosmith

More information on Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Aerosmith Announces Dates For Its Blue Army Tour 2015

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Aerosmith is hitting the road again this summer.

The members of the legendary rock band Aerosmith announced today that the band will embark on the “Blue Army Tour 2015” beginning Saturday, June 13th at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The band’s tour currently consists of sixteen dates that take the band across North America. There are dates in California, Wyoming, Texas, and even Canada throughout the “Blue Army Tour 2015.” Guitarist Joe Perry, in meeting with the press, discussed the meaning behind the name “Blue Army Tour” saying essentially that it is a reference to the band’s fans saying, “”The name Blue Army came from the fact that ‘everyone’ in our audience from the 70’s were wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army.” As audiences will note, the “Blue Army Tour 2015” winds down with a special performance at the 2015 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The festival is held on the eve of the annual NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony. Aerosmith’s current schedule for the “Blue Army Tour 2015” is listed below:

AEROSMITH’s 2015 summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 6/13 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena

Wed 6/24 Evansville, IN The Ford Center

Sat 6/27 Durant, OK Choctaw Casino Event Center

Tue 6/30 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena

Fri 7/3 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Tue 7/7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

Fri 7/10 Salinas, CA Salinas Sports Complex

Mon 7/13 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place

Thu 7/16 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Sun 7/19 Fort McMurray, AB Shell Place at MacDonald Park

Wed 7/22 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days

Sat 7/25 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair

Tue 7/28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest

Sat 8/1 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tue 8/4 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

Fri 8/7 Canton, OH Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Fans that won’t get the chance to see Aerosmith live need not worry as the band is scheduled to release its new live DVD Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment later this year. The DVD’s release date is currently TBA. The performance, which features nineteen of the band’s biggest hits, was recorded live at the Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014 as part of the band’s Let Rock Rule experience. The songs included in the upcoming recording include the likes of: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got a Gun, ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ and eleven others. More information on Aerosmith Rocks Donington and other titles available from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

More information on the “Blue Army Tour 2015” is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.aerosmith.com

http://www.aeroforceone.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aerosmith

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Aerosmith

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Fathom Events, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Cinema 1 Partnering For New Theatrical Concert Series

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Fathom Events, Cinema 1, and Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Monday that they have partnered to bring audiences a new “Classic Music Series” to theaters across America. The series kicks off next month with a showing of “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.” The one-night only concert showing will be held in select theaters nationwide on Thursday, February 26th.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

“Aerosmith Rocks Donington” features a 19-song set list that includes some of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ and lots more. Tickets for next month’s series-opening concert are available at the box offices of the select theaters and online at http://www.FathomEvents.com. The complete list of participating theaters is available online at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014/more-info/theater-locations. North Carolina will see five theaters participating in the event. Those theaters are in Cary, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Wilmington. Theaters and participants are subject to change.

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry, and bassist Tom Hamilton all discussed the concert and its inclusion in the new theatrical concert series. “It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” said Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.” [Joe] Perry added to Tyler’s thoughts, saying, “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best.” He went on to thank fans for their part in the concert, stating, “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember.  We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.” Hamilton expanded even more on those thoughts noting, “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it.” He also commented on the dedication of the fans in attendance saying of their support, “Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Cinema 1 CEO Ray Carolin cited Aerosmith’s status within the music community as one of the central reasons for the band being chosen to open the “Classic Music Series” in talking to the media about the concert series. He also echoed the band members’ sentiment regarding the band’s fans and their expectations of the concert. “Aerosmith are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band’s live concert performance to theaters across America,” he said. “I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’.” Fathom Events VP of Events Kymberli also noted what audiences have to expect in next month’s concert event and the “Classic Music Series” in whole saying, “Aerosmith fans won’t ‘wanna miss a thing’ with ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.’ Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the ‘Classic Music Series’ is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015.”

More information on all of the latest events from Fathom Events is available online at:

Website: http://www.fathomevents.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/fathomevents

More information and all of the latest news from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

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The Midnight Special’s Re-Issues Will Have Audiences Singing, Dancing Well Past Midnight

Courtesy:  StarVista Entertainment/Time Life Entertainment/NBC

Courtesy: StarVista Entertainment/Time Life Entertainment/NBC

StarVista Entertainment and Time Life Entertainment have made quite the name for themselves over the course of recent years.  Releases of classic series such as The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family, The Dean Martin Show, China Beach, and most recently The Wonder Years have taken a company that for years was the butt of many people’s jokes to a place in the upper echelons of home entertainment companies.  For years, Time Life was known mainly for the not-so-well-known products that it pushed through extended advertisements on television.  Now it has carved out even more of a comfortable place in that upper echelon with the release of The Midnight Special on DVD.  The classic late night live concert series was released in a number of formats last month, resurrecting one more important piece of television and music history.  The show’s six-disc collector’s edition is one of the best of the sets that any fan of classic television and music can add to their own home library.  That is because it is one of the best examples of what made this series so great during its nine-year run on NBC.  It presents ninety-six total performances from bands, artists and groups across the music industry’s spectrum.  The acts that make appearances throughout the set’s six discs are the center of this box set’s enjoyment and success.  Just as important to note is the quality of the footage.  More than four decades have passed since the Midnight Special first debuted in 1972.  In that time, the footage presented in these performances has stood the test of time quite well.  And last but not least worth noting in the set’s success is its companion booklet.  The booklet serves as an episode guide for viewers.  That is the central point of its importance.  It also features personal insight from the series’ creator Burt Sugarman. Sugarman’s retrospection on the series and its importance adds one more layer of appreciation for this series.  Together with the acts that appear on each set and the quality of the footage, all three factors together make The Midnight Train another wonderful release from Time  Life Entertainment and StarVista Entertainment.

The Midnight Special was one of the most famed and beloved series on television during its day.  Unlike so many other series of the time, acts that came on the series in its heydey actually sang instead of lip synching.  What’s more, unlike American Bandstand, The Midnight Special focused on more than just the big pop acts of its day.  The acts that came to perform on NBC’s live overnight concert series spanned the music world’s ranks.  That is the most important aspect of this recently released classic series.  The acts that performed on The Midnight Special included the likes of John Denver performing alongside Linda Rondstadt and Aerosmith performing alongside Barry White, The Stylistics, and ELO.  It also featured acts the likes of: B.B. King, Frankie Vallie, Sammy Hagar, The O’Jays, BeeGees, and so many other greats that are still remembered today.  Even the show’s host himself, radio host Wolfman Jack was a celebrity in his own right.  Even today, he and those acts noted here are just as beloved as they were decades ago.  In an era when so many musical acts are little more than flash-in-the-pan pop acts and rarely radio worthy rock bands, musicaians and audiences alike need to be reminded of what once made music great and could again–originality and real talent.  That in mind, it makes sense that the list of performers that came on The Midnight Special is the central point of this series’ success whether in its six-disc box set or its other formats.

The list of artists, bands, and groups that graced The Midnight Special’s stage during its nine-year run on NBC is the most important aspect of this series’ recent re-issue.  More than four decades have passed since it first debuted on NBC in 1972.  That makes for plenty of reason to be concerned about the quality of the show’s footage in its transfer from tape to disc.  Luckily for audiences of all ages, painstaking efforts were taken to present the performances as they appeared in their original broadcasts. Those efforts paid off in spades as both the audio and video of each performance have been well-balanced.  Any impurities in the quality of the footage whether in the audio or video are so minute that they are unnoticable.  The end result is a product that for the show’s original audiences will generate a much-welcomed sense of nostalgia.  Both for those same audiences and the show’s much younger audiences, it also serves to show just how far music has come (both in a good and bad way) and how far recording technology has come, too.  So in the end, the quality of the footage in these performances makes Time Life and StarVista’s new re-issue of The Midnight Special even more enjoyable for audiences of all ages.

The efforts taken to transfter The Midnight Special’s master tapes to disc have definitely not been for nothing.  The show looks and sounds just as good as it did in its original run all those years ago in its rencet re-issue.  The acts that appeared on the show (and that are featured on the new six-disc compilation) are just as important to the overall presentation.  Both aspects together more than make the series worth a watch or two in any of its three re-issue formats.  The last aspect of the series’ re-issue (at least in its six-disc compilation format) that makes it a success and so enjoyable is the set’s companion booklet.  The booklet serves primarily as an episode guide, pointing out disc-by-disc and episode-by-episode each artist, band, and group that appears.  That listing even includes the songs performed by said acts.  By itself, the episode listing more than helps the enjoyment of the series’ re-issue.  The added insight from series creator Burt Sugarman adds one more layer of enjoyment to the series’ various presentations.  In terms of the six-disc box set, Sugarman recalls how so few people had faith in the show and how great it felt to prove those naysayers wrong.  That insight along with other comments from Sugarman make for even more interest and enjoyment in watching the performances culled for the show’s different re-issues.  While being the last of the noteworthy factors that make The MIdnight Special so…well…special, it is hardly the least important of the factors that make the series’ sets such a joy.  This aspect, along with the quality production values and the performances culled for the releases, makes The Midnight Special a truly special experience for viewers of all ages.

The Midnight Special is available online now.  Its eleven-disc and sixteen disc sets can be ordered online direct from Time Life’s online store at http://timelife.com/products/the-midnight-special-collector-s-edition.  The six-disc collector’s edition can be ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Special-6DVD-Amaray/dp/B00L9OPJ5C/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1414009549&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Midnight+Special.  More information on this and other releases from Time Life Entertainment and StarVista Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.timelife.com

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Aerosmith Announces Joint Summer Tour With Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Aerosmith will hit the road this Summer with Slash.

The two acts will hit the road this Summer for the “Let Rock Rule” tour beginning July 10th in New York. Slash will be joined by Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for the tour, which is being exclusively promoted by Live Nation.  Slash and his band mates–Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass), and Frank Sidoris (bass)–aer touring in support of the band’s as-yet untitled third full length studio release.  That album is currently due in stores September 2014.  Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Saturday, April 12th through the Live Nation mobile app and online at http://www.livenation.com.  American Express Card members and Citi card members will have access to tickets before anyone else tomorrow, April 10th at 10am local time through a special pre-sale.  Citi card members can purchase tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  Information on that is available online at http://www.citiprivatepass.com.  The U.S. leg of the tour will follow Aerosmith’s overseas tour, which kicks off Wednesday, May 14th in Istanbul, Turkey. Both tour schedules are available below.

DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 7/10 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Sun 7/13 Kitchener, ON, Canada McLennan Park
Wed 7/16 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sat 7/19 Cadott, WI Rock Fest
Tue 7/22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
**Fri 7/25 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
**Wed 7/30 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Sat 8/2 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri 8/8 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Wed 8/13 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat 8/16 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue 8/19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri 8/22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Mon 8/25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu 8/28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
Sun 8/31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Wed 9/3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sat 9/6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tue 9/9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri 9/12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

“**” are tour dates going on sale Saturday, April 12

AEROSMITH’s overseas summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 5/14 Istanbul, Turkey ITU Stadium
Sat 5/17 Sofia, Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
Wed 5/21 Vilnius, Lithuania Siemens Arena
Sat 5/24 Moscow, Russia Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena
Tue 5/27 St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena
Fri 5/30 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena
Sun 6/1 Stockholm, Sweden Tele2 Arena
Wed 6/4 Kristiansand, Norway Odderøya Amphitheatre
Fri 6/6 Horsens, Denmark CASA Arena Horsens
Mon 6/9 Berlin, Germany O2 World
Thu 6/12 Lodz, Poland Atlas Arena
Sun 6/15 Derby, United Kingdom Donington Park
Wed 6/18 Oberhausen, Germany Konig – Pilsener Arena
Sat 6/21 Clisson, France Hellfest Grounds
Wed 6/25 Milan, Italy Fiera De Milano
Sat 6/28 Clapham, United Kingdom Clapham Common
Wed 7/2 Kiev, Ukraine National Sportkomplex

 

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Jenkins’ Latest Compilation LP A Wonderful Tool For Teachers

Courtesy:  Smithsonian Folkways

Courtesy: Smithsonian Folkways

Mick Jagger and his band mates in The Rolling Stones have been entertaining audiences for over half a century.  Aerosmith has been going near as long.  And others are right up in those same leagues, too.  But none of those artists and bands in question can say that they’re at the level of one Ella Jenkins.  “The First Lady of Children’s Music” as she is affectionately known by her fellow artists is ninety-years old.  And now at ninety-years old, Jenkins has a new “hits” compilation of sorts set to be released.  123s and ABCs will be released next Tuesday, January 28th.  The compilation collects pieces that Jenkins has included in previous recordings.  The recordings in question are more proof of what makes children’s recordings in question so interesting and enjoyable to review.  Simply put, none of the pieces included on this record are anything like anything recorded by any other children’s entertainer to date.

The songs culled for 123s and ABCs are unlike anything recorded by any other children’s entertainer to date.  That is an especially powerful statement considering that the tracks presented here are pulled from Jenkins’ previous recordings.  While she does directly speak to young listeners at times, she seems to spend more time talking to children with whom she recorded the respective pieces.  This focus less on listeners makes 123s and ABCs more a tool for teachers of young listeners.  Some might see this as a bad think.  But in reality, it takes nothing away from this compilation.  It helps give preschool and kindergarten teachers plenty of ideas for their own students in many cases.  One of the best examples of this is in Jenkins’ teaching of the numbers one through ten in both Spanish and Swahili.

In the cases of ‘Counting from One to Ten in Spanish’ and ‘Counting in Swahili’, Jenkins is teaching a group of young children already in attendance how to count to ten in both languages.  She uses a call and response format in order to keep the terms fresh in her listeners’ minds.  This is quite a smart teaching method.  Teachers could easily adapt the prior of the pair for their own classrooms and use it as the beginning of a more extended lesson on basic Spanish.  Considering the push for students to learn foreign languages, what better time to get students started than in their most pivotal developmental years?  In the case of ‘Counting in Swahili’, even adults will enjoy this short lesson.  That is because far fewer Americans have knowledge of even basic Swahili than do those with basic knowledge and comprehension of Spanish.  Keeping this in mind, ‘Counting in Swahili’ could be a wonderful chance for parents and their children to learn together.  It could also be just as effective a tool for a basic cultural lesson about native speakers of Swahili.  It serves to make this compilation all the more enjoyable for teachers, students, and children in general.

‘Counting in Swahili’ is a hugely effective song for teachers.  As noted, it can serve as a basic introduction to a rarely taught foreign language.  It also could serve as a window to a much more in-depth cultural lesson for younger listeners and students.  Much the same can be noted of ‘The Rabbi Teaches ABCs/English ABC Song.’  This hybrid piece opens with violist Arnold Radel performing a traditional Jewish composition.  He follows this by explaining how children learned their ABCs in Yiddish in the cold winter months, no source of heat in their homes save for a fire in the stoves in their kitchens.  This vivid description alone makes Radel’s performance even more hard hitting.  One can actually close one’s eyes, and see this scene, Radel’s music as a bed.  Whether one has any comprehension of Yiddish or not, this song could be a great stepping stone for those that might end up developing an interest in the language or even the culture of those that speak the language.  It’s one more example of the kind of material that makes 123s and ABCs such an interesting compilation of songs.  Teachers and parents are offered plenty more ingenious ideas how to teach young listeners the basics throughout the course of the compilation’s sixteen total songs.  123s and ABCs can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H8RREL6/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1AQT2M8K05BB6QZ3MD0D&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846.  More information on Jenkins and her releases is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ella.jenkins.sfw and http://www.ellajenkins.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Power Of Three Has Potential Staying “Power”

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

2014 is only a week or so old.  Despite the infancy of the year, things are already picking up within the music industry.  If the many lists of the year’s most anticipated albums are any indication, there is a lot to look forward to this year.  That’s especially the case in the world of rock and metal.  Albums from Slipknot, Tool, Earth Crisis, Corrosion of Conformity, Foo Fighters, Mastadon, Black Label Society, and so many others are already making purist rockers and metal heads the world over excited about the months to come.  Now, yet another performer has added his name that already extensive list of bands and artists whose albums are highly anticipated this year.  The performer in question is Monte Pittman.  Pittman will release his new album The Power of Three.

The Power of Three is quite the interesting listen for those that might be unfamiliar with his body of work.  While Pittman has had the honor of recording and touring with veteran New York based metal band Prong, he is most well-known for his work with none other than Madonna and former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert.  He has also recorded with former Spice Girl Melanie C. on her 2003 album Reason.  Considering that he has spent more time recording and touring with pop artists, Pittman’s new record, which will be released via Metal Blade Records on January 21st, will shock audiences.  That’s because it is anything but a pop record.  Rather, he and his band mates—Kane Richotte (drums) and Max Whipple (bass)—have crafted a ten-track record that is an early contender for a slot on this critic’s list of the year’s best hard rock records.  The album’s second song, ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ is a pummeling song that hints at influences from the likes of thrash pioneers Pantera.  This is the case at least in terms of the song’s musical side.  Pittman’s guitar work, alongside Kane Richotte’s solid drumming, make this an excellent first impression from Pittman and company.  Pittman shreds with the best of them.  And his vocal style may even lead some to compare it to that of Fireball Ministry front man James A. Rota III.  Whipple adds just enough low-end to bring everything together in this song.

Just as interesting to take in on this record is the album’s opener and lead single, ‘A Dark Horse.’  What makes the song so interesting is that there almost seems to be an old school Black Sabbath influence mixed into the song’s more prominent modern metal sound throughout its bridge and verses.  One wouldn’t think the two sounds would gel.  Low and behold, they work quite well together.  As a matter of fact, there’s no doubt that Pittman and company will have listeners putting their horns high with pride.  Yet again, all three members of the band work together here to make a song that will leave listeners breathless by the end of its near five-and-a-half-minute run time. And as with the album’s other songs, the production is just as solid as the music itself.  Not one member of the three-man organization overpowers the other at any one point throughout the song.

For all of the heavier material that comprises this record’s body, Pittman also proves that he can hold back even if only a little bit.  That’s evident in the almost Alice in Chains style ‘Everything’s Undone.’  Even more intriguing about the song is that the setup in the song’s opening moments may even conjure thoughts of Aerosmith’s ‘Back in The Saddle Again.’  It’s only momentary.  But it’s there.  On its lyrical side, it comes across as being rooted in the standard relationship issues that make up so many songs.  He sings, “Driving faster/getting closer/But I feel farther from you/Here we go again/Who’s to blame/Am I gonna get closure from you/Now you’re gone/Is there something I’ve done wrong…Now everything’s undone.”  It’s pretty obvious that Pittman is delving into a personal realm here.  The catch is that unlike so many songs that are rooted in relationship issues, this one takes that lesser travelled road, opting for a less “oh, woe is me” vibe and more for something with energy about it.  This is the case even in the song’s chorus. The song as a whole is just one more that makes this upcoming album well worth the listen and a definite early contender for a spot on this critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock/metal albums.  Fans will get to hear even more music from Pittman and his band mates when they perform February 22nd at Los Angeles’ famed Whisky A Go Go.  Tickets for that show can be purchased via Pittman’s official website, http://montepittman.com. Fans can keep up with the latest addition to Pittman’s tour schedule and all of his latest news online at http://montepittman.com, http://www.facebook.com/MontePittman, http://www.myspace.com/montepittman, and http://twitter.com/montepittman.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.