Goo Goo Dolls’ New EP Now Available

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Goo Goo Dolls fans have lots of reason to be “happy” today.

The veteran rock outfit released its new EP You Should Be Happy today via Warner Brothers Records. The 5-song disc’s lead single ‘Use Me’ is streaming online now, too. Audiences can view the song’s lyric video online now here. Audiences can also hear the record in whole here and can order it online here.

In celebration of the record’s release, the band will launch the “Long Way Home Tour” beginning July 14 in Mountain, CA.  American Idol star Phillip Phillips will join the band as direct support.  Tickets can be purchased online now via the band’s official website and through the official Live Nation website.

The tour’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour dates:
Fri- Jul-14-17 Mountain, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat-Jul-15-16 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
Sun-Jul-16-17 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Tue-Jul-18-17 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Thu-Jul-20-17 South Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
Fri-Jul-21-17 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Hotel & Casino- Stir Cove
Mon-Jul-24-17 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank
Tue-Jul-25-17 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Farm Bureau
Thu-Jul-27-17 Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront
Fri-Jul-28-17 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Stadium
Sat-Jul-29-17 Plymouth, MN Hilde Performance Center
Mon-Jul-31-17 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed-Aug-02-17 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights
Thu-Aug-03-17 Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook
Sat-Aug-05-17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sun-Aug-06-17 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
Tue-Aug-08-17 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Wed-Aug-09-17 Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun
Fri-Aug-11-17 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sat-Aug-12-17 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun-Aug-13-17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Center
Tue-Aug-15-17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed-Aug-16-17 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
Fri-Aug-18-17 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat-Aug-19-17 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun-Aug-20-17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue-Aug-22-17 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Wed-Aug-23-17 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Fri-Aug-25-17 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
Sat-Aug-26-17 Asheville, NC Biltmore Estate – South Terrace
Sun-Aug-27-17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed-Aug-30-17 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Fri-Sep-01-17 Miami, FL Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront
Sat-Sep-02-17 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Mon-Sep-04-17 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Thu-Sep-07-17 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun-Sep-10-17 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort Casino
Tue-Sep-12-17 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Wed-Sep-13-17 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

More information on You Should Be Happy is available online now along with Goo Goo Dolls’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.googoodolls.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/googoodolls

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock, Virgin To Release New Queen Archived Concert This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Virgin Records will release this fall, another addition to its extensive collection of archived live Queen recordings.

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will be released Tuesday, September 9th in the Untied States through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Monday, September 8th via Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. The concert was the final performance by the band on its very first ever nationwide headlining tour. The tour came on the heels of Queen’s tour supporting Mott The Hoople late the previous year. Queen was largely considered the better of the two bands during that tour.

The concert will be released on CD, Vinyl, DVD and SD Blu-ray as well as limited edition and digital sets. The specs for each format’s release are listed below.

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74  – Package details

 

Package one

One CD featuring the November show

 

Package two

Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

 

Package three

DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

 

Package four (released in North America only)

SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box

 

Package five

2 Vinyl – Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.

 

Package six

4 Vinyl – Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show

 

Package seven 

Super Deluxe Box – Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1)     Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

2)     A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

3)     A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.

4)     Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)

5)     A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!

6)     A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure

7)     Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert

8)     A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster

9)     A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.

10)  A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

 

Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum.

 

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 – track listings:

 

One CD:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:

 

                                    CD 1

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  8.              Great King Rat

                  9.              The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

                  10.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  11.           Drum Solo

                  12.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  13.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  14.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  15.           Jailhouse Rock (Medley)

                                    Stupid Cupid (Medley)

                                    Be Bop A Lula (Medley)

                  16.           Liar

                  17.           See What A Fool I’ve Been

 

                                    CD 2

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

                                    BONUS TRACKS

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Son And Daughter

                  2.              Guitar Solo

                  3.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  4.              Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

 

Double Vinyl LP Package:

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              Keep Yourself Alive

                  8.              Drum Solo

                  9.              Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  10.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  11.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  12.           Liar

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  4.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  5.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  6.              Killer Queen

                  7.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  8.              Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  9.              Stone Cold Crazy

                  10.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Queen is currently touring with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert on vocals in support of the upcoming live release. The tour kicked off yesterday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. More information on the band’s tour schedule, tickets and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/queen and http://www.queenonline.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Pop star Andy Grammer has announced that he will hit the road this Summer beginning Tuesday, June 10th.

Grammer’s headlining tour is in support of his upcoming sophomore record. The as-yet untitled record features Grammer’s new single ‘Back Home’, which he recently debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single for free online now at http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/03/25/andy-grammer-unveils-new-feel-good-single-back-home-listen/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPMkDT3Ebg&feature=youtu.be/ It is also available for download now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-home-single/id849196730?ls=1.

Ticket information for Grammer’s upcoming tour is available online at his official website, http://www.andygrammer.com. Grammer’s current tour schedule is listed below. It includes a performance at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, June 23rd.

DATE              CITY                           VENUE

Spring college tour:
Fri        4/11                 Ames, IA                                 Iowa State University
Sat       4/12                 Portland, OR                          University of Portland
Mon     4/14                 Pocatello, ID                           Idaho State University
Tue      4/15                 Provo, UT                               Brigham Young University
Thu      4/17                 Columbia, SC                         University of South Carolina
Sat       5/3                   Collegeville, MN                     College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

National headlining tour:

Tues 6/10 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Thu 6/12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 6/13 Austin, TX The Parish
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tues 6/17 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wed 6/18 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Thu 6/19 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
Fri 6/20 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Sat 6/21 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
Mon 6/23 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Tues 6/24 York, PA The Pullo Center
Wed 6/25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Thu 6/26 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 6/27 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 6/29 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Mon 6/30 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Tues 7/1 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wed 7/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sat 7/5 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Sun 7/6 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Tues 7/8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 7/11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Sun 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tues 7/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri 7/17 San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

 

More information on Andy Grammer, Grammer’s tour, upcoming album and more is available online now at http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer Debuts New Single

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Grammer is back. The pop sensation debuted his brand new single on ‘Back Home’ this week on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” ‘Back Home’ is the first single off of Grammer’s as-yet untitled sophomore album, which is due out this Fall on S-Curve Records. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single online now at http://onair.rs/1fy1bEJ. The song will be available for download via iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 8th and will start running on Adult Pop radio in May.
While they wait for more new music from Grammer, fans can catch him live on his Spring College Tour beginning Friday, April 4th at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His current tour schedule, listed below, also includes stops at Washington College, Iowa State University, and the University Portland among others.

Catch ANDY GRAMMER on his spring college tour:
Fri 4/4 Auburn, AL Auburn University
Sat 4/5 Chestertown, MD Washington College
Fri 4/11 Ames, IA Iowa State University
Sat 4/12 Portland, OR University of Portland
Mon 4/14 Pocatello, ID Idaho State University
Tue 4/15 Provo, UT Brigham Young University
Thu 4/17 Columbia, SC University of South Carolina
Fri 4/25 Springfield, MA Western New England University
Sat 5/3 Collegeville, MN College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Fans can keep up with all of the latest updates on Andy Grammer’s tour schedule, album, and more online at http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Band Perry Receives Two ACM Award Nominations

Photo Credit: Mickey Brown

Photo Credit: Mickey Brown

Good news for The Band Perry.  The superstar country music trio has been nominated for two ACM Awards.

The announcement was made this week that the band has been nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year.”  The second of the nominations from the Academy of Country Music is for the video for the band’s #1 single, ‘Better Dig Two.’  That song was also the lead single from the band’s latest album, Pioneer.  This year marks the third consecutive year that The Band Perry has been nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year.”  It is the fourth consecutive year that the trio has received nominations from the Academy of Country Music.  The band’s biggest year to date was 2011.  It was that year that the band received five total ACM nominations.  It won the award that year for “New Artist of the Year.”

Reid Perry spoke on behalf of the band after the announcement.  He expressed the band’s excitement of being nominated again, and getting to come to Las Vegas again.  Las Vegas is the home of the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast on CBS April 6th on CBS.  “It’s such an honor to find out about our two ACM Award nominations,” he said.  “We love the theatrics that happen in Vegas, and remember, what happens in Vegas … gets broadcast on live TV.”

The announcement of the band’s latest nominations comes at a high time for the band as it is scheduled to perform live on Fox as part of the network’s Super Bowl pre-game party.  The band will perform alongside American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.  Reid’s brother and fellow band mate Neil jokingly discussed the band’s anticipation of playing the pre-game show and being back in temperatures above zero.  “We’re all huge football fans, and there’s nothing more exciting than to be a part of football’s biggest day,” he said. “We’ve been up in Canada on our We Are Pioneers World Tour for the past month, so we’re just glad it will be above zero degrees in New York!”

The band won’t be slowing down any time soon after its performance this weekend on Fox.  That performance is just part of its ongoing North American tour in support of Pioneer.  It will be in Independence, MO next Thursday, February 6th.  The band also has a planned performance later this Spring in North Carolina.  It is scheduled to perform live in Cherokee, North Carolina on Friday, April 25th at the Harrah’s Cherokee.  The band’s latest schedule of performances is listed below.

 

 

THE BAND PERRY FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES

JANUARY

31st

Bangor, ME

Cross Insurance Center

FEBRUARY

6th

Independence, MO

Independence Events Center

7th

Brookings, SD

Swifter Center

8th

Bemidji, MN

The Sanford Center

9th

Grand Forks, ND

Ralph Englestad Arena

13th

Dubuque, IA

Five Flags Center

14th

Kearney, NE

Viareo Event Center

15th

Rapid City, SD

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

16th

Billings, MT

Rimrock Auto Arena @MetraPark

20th

Rockford, IL

BMO Harris Bank Center

21st

Cape Girardeau, MO

Show Me Center

22nd

Corbin, KY

The Corbin Arena

23rd

Saginaw, MI

Dow Events Center

27th

Green Bay, WI

Resch Center

28th

Mankato, MN

Verizon Wireless Center

MARCH

1st

Duluth, MN

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena

2nd

Cedar Rapids, IA

U.S. Cellular Center

7th

Savannah, GA

Savannah Civic Center

8th

West Palm Beach, FL

Cruzan Amphitheater – WIRK Rib Roundup

9th

Plant City, FL

Florida Strawberry Festival

15th

Dublin, IE

Country to Country 2014: O2 Dublin

16th

London, UK

Country to Country 2014: O2

21st

Melbourne, FL

Runaway Country: Wickham Park

22nd

Houston, TX

Rodeo Houston

APRIL

11th

Florence, AZ

Country Thunder USA

25th

Cherokee, NC

Harrah’s Cherokee

26th

Dothan, AL

Toad Lick Festival

MAY

16th

Gardendale, TX

Texas Thunder

30th

Virginia Beach, VA

Patriotic Festival

JUNE

21st

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion *

27th

Dauphin, MB

Dauphin’s CountryFest

JULY

20th

Cincinnati, OH

Buckle-Up Music Festival

AUGUST

8th

Detroit Lake, MN

WE Fest

SEPTEMBER

5th

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion *

6th

San Diego, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheater *

12th

Sacramento, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheater *

13th

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheater *

* Blake Shelton Tour

More information on The Band Perry’s tour, album and latest news is available online at http://www.facebook.com/thebandperry and http://www.thebandperry.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Fox Adds The Band Perry To Its Super Bowl Pre-Game Party Performers List

Photo Credit:  David McClister

Photo Credit: David McClister

The Band Perry will join American Idol Season 11 winner Philip Phillips at this year’s Super Bowl.  The Perry siblings—Kimberly, Reid, and Neil—will join Phillips at the NFL Tailgate Party.  The NFL Tailgate Party is part of the FOX Super Bowl Sunday broadcast.  Parts of both Phillips’ and The Band Perry’s performances will appear on the network’s pre-game broadcast.

The Band Perry achieved major success with its most recent full length studio recording.  Pioneer has garnered two consecutive #1 Country hits in ‘Better Dig Two’ and its Gold certified follow-up ‘DONE.’  Pioneer as a whole record has been certified Gold.  It debuted at the top spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre.  ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’, the band’s latest single, currently sits in the #2 spot at Country radio.  The siblings have enjoyed numerous sold out shows on its first ever worldwide headlining “We Are Pioneers” tour and just as many awards.

The Band Perry and Phillip Phillips will be joined at Fox’s pre-game party by cast members of the Broadway musicals Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys.  Renee Fleming will perform the National Anthem before the game.  Bruno Mars will headline this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.  More information on The Band Perry is available online at http://www.facebook.com/thebandperry and http://www.thebandperry.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews 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.