The Lonely Ones Front Man Talks Touring, Making Music In New Interview

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The Lonely Ones is preparing to head out on tour later this month. Front man Marty McCoy took some time ahead of the tour to talk with Phil’s Picks about touring and making music.

Independent hard rock band The Lonely Ones has been making waves in the past year or so with a series of hit singles. The band’s growing popularity is only sure to grow even more as it prepares to launch a new tour Aug. 19. The band’s tour includes performances in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and at the upcoming Metal in the Mountains concert festival in Pipestem, WV.

Front man Marty McCoy took some time to talk to Phil’s Picks about its tour plans and making music ahead of the tour’s launch. The transcript of that interview is featured here.

PP: The Lonely Ones is gearing up to hit the road for its upcoming summer/fall tour.  What is going through each of your minds as you prepare to get out in front of audiences again after live music was put on hold for such a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

MM: We are excited, nervous, but very prepared. We’ve been rehearsing six hours a day seven days a week, but everything changes when we hit the stage for the first time.

PP: I’ve tried to do my research for this interview, but haven’t seen any sign of albums from you guys.  That aside, the singles that you have released seem to have really gained traction among audiences and music outlets.  The songs that you have released have also taken on some very serious and relatable topics.  Talk to me if you will about what specifically people are saying about your songs?  Are people finding inspiration?  Are they saying they’ve been in these situations with drug abuse, or abusive relationships?  What do those reactions mean to you?

 MM: The songs come from personal experience. When you write from the heart, people listen from the heart. I’ve heard a lot of comments on the tune “Eternal Sadness” specifically. The pandemic left a lot of us lost and let dark thoughts creep into our minds. We as humans need each other to survive. People have told us that the song let them know they were not alone. 

PP: Staying on the matter of your singles, your cover of Queen’s song from the Flash Gordon movie has really garnered you some respect.  Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, have each offered words of support.  Considering the cult status of the movie and the worldwide support of Queen to this day, what does that support from them mean to you all? 

MM: For Brian May to say we did a great job covering his song is a dream come true. Sam J. Jones He’s a super nice guy and we met him face-to-face, we thanked him over and over again for sending it to Brian. Sam is a hero in my book.

PP: Additionally, what was the inspiration for taking on that song from Flash Gordon?  It seems like such a random song to take on.  Also, your take on that song came very close to Arrow Video’s Blu-ray re-issue of Flash Gordon.  Was that timing just coincidence.  Have you seen the movie’s latest re-issue?

MM: We were a brand new band at the time and we wanted to do something a bit different. Everyone’s doing covers, so we wanted to do a cover not everyone could do. It was scary, but I think we pulled it off. We’ve heard years ago that they were going to do a remake of Flash Gordon. The plan was always to be a part of that. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

PP: Since we’re talking movies right now, what are some of your favorites movies?  What is it that makes them your favorites?  Do you all stream more content in terms of movies nowadays or do you prefer watching in theaters?

MM: I still love going to the theater. Of course I do the streaming thing that’s just the way it is these days. My favorite movie of all time is The Exorcist. That movie scared the hell out of me, still does.

PP: Getting back on the topic of the upcoming tour, talk to me if you will, about how the tour schedule came about.  In looking at the tour, which has two distinct legs, the first leg is specifically throughout the Midwest while the second leg (with Seven Year Witch) is more directly throughout the southeast, in states such as West Virginia, Florida, and here in North Carolina.  So how was it all planned?

MM: 2021 is a traffic jam out there. Every musician in every band is trying to get back to what they do best. So it was definitely difficult trying to book a tour. Our agency TKO has done a fantastic job at navigating through such a heavily saturated battlefield.  

PP: Speaking of the North Carolina dates, one of those shows is close to me at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville.  Have you ever played in North Carolina previously?  How did you come to choose Hooligan’s? 

MM: We’ve played Hooligans for years. It’s a wonderful venue and the promoter is a good friend of ours. We will always play that club. It’s a good vibe and the town is full of wild ones.

PP: Expanding a little more on the tour, Sunflower Dead and Co-op are scheduled to join The Lonely Ones for the first leg of your upcoming tour.  My understanding is that they will share time as support for the tour.  What is it about these two bands, which themselves are largely independent, that drew you all to them?

MM: They write great music. We did our research and every band that’s talked with them previously said they were wonderful to be on the road with. Our fans told us about them as well. Word on the street they put on a great show. That’s the type of bands we want to tour with.

PP: Let’s stay on the topic of other bands for a moment since we’re on that matter.  There are obviously a lot of great acts out there from one genre to the next that could easily be one of the next big names within its given genre.  So what are some of the bands that you all have really picked up on that you think others might enjoy?

MM: There are so many great bands right now. Ohio alone has many. Beartooth, The Violent, Starset, South of Eden, just to name a few. Check those cats out and you’ll have plenty to listen to for the next 6 months. 

PP: Bringing everything full circle as we wind things down, you all are signed now to Imagen Records.  So with that deal in place, when can audiences expect an album or even EP from The Lonely Ones?  You all have really built excitement and anticipation, again, with all of the singles you’ve released.  So is there a time table on that matter?

MM: Not yet. We’re not sure if albums make sense right now. It’s a singles world, not my favorite world but that’s how it goes these days. We have enough songs for two albums, but I don’t think we are getting enough awareness about the band yet to drop an album.

The Lonely Ones’ full tour schedule is noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

With Seven Year Witch

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s

Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive

Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch

Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.

Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype

Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room

Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center

Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Takes On America’s Opiod Epidemic In New Single

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The Lonely Ones debuted its latest single this weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Gettin’ High‘ Friday. The song’s premiere comes less than a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Dyin’ All Night Long.’ The musical arrangement in the new single is a driving, straight forward composition. The high-energy composition is grounded in its guitar line and drums. They and the vocal delivery style of front man Marty McCoy make the song comparable to works from the likes of Buckcherry, The Exies, and to a lesser extent, Stone Temple Pilots.

While the musical arrangement featured in the song is high-energy, it is a stark contrast to the song’s lyrical theme. According to McCoy, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the topic of the nation’s opioid epidemic, making that energy seem like such a contrast to this matter. That is because typically, songs that take on this familiar topic tend to be more brooding and heavy than this work.

McCoy had the following to say of the song’s lyrical theme:

“We’ve seen the opioid crisis ravage the world and unfortunately every single person in America has been touched by it in some way.  Either with our own struggles or people very close to us. It’s a national emergency and the lyrics describe one of many experiences I’ve had with this drug taking away people I cared very deeply about” says Marty McCoy, the band’s vocalist/guitarist.

In other news The Lonely Ones has also announced a new series of live dates. The dates, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 2 in Virginia Beach, VA are alongside Seven Year Witch. They follow a handful of headlining dates, which are scheduled to run from Aug. 19 in Indianapolis, IN to Sept. 12 in Braidwood, IL. The bands’ tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 16 in Winchester, VA. It features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Columbus, OH and Iowa City, IA.

The Lonely Ones’ new live dates come on the heels of an announcement in March, of another tour alongside Sunflower Dead and Coop. The full tour schedule is noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

With Seven Year Witch

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s

Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive

Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch

Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.

Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype

Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room

Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center

Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Debuts New Single, ‘Change The Station,’ Companion Video

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Independent rock band The Lonely Ones is giving audiences their first preview of its upcoming debut EP.

The band debuted the as-yet-untitled EP’s lead single, ‘Change The Station‘ Friday along with the song’s companion video. The song boasts a modern rock style musical arrangement that is akin to works from the likes of Small Town Titans. One can also argue there is a comparison to some songs from the likes of Shinedown and other similar acts in the arrangement.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement is a clear statement about everything that has taken place across America in recent months. It is a gripping commentary whose content works well with the song’s musical arrangement.

The video that accompanies single mirrors the energy and urgency in the song’s collective musical and lyrical content. It features the band performing its single in a studio setting. Each member performs his respective part to the song while cameras spin — almost to dizzying lengths — around the group.

‘Change the Station’ is just the latest single from The Lonely Ones. The band gained acclaim last year for its cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ and its original tune ‘Real Big Trouble‘ as well as its other originals, ‘Eternal Sadness‘ and ‘The Lonely One.’

Queen member Brian May and Flash Gordon himself — Sam J. Jones — praised The Lonely ones for its take on ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero.’

May said of the cover through a prepared statement, “What a fantastic cover! I didn’t realize they were going to go into The Hero and the whole reprise…magnificent!”

Jones had the following to say of the cover.

“This is one of the best covers I have ever heard and seen,” he said. “What a gifted group – The Lonely Ones are for everyone of us, from the 1980’s to right now!”

It is unknown if the band’s cover of ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero’ or ‘Real Big Trouble’ will feature in The Lonely Ones’ upcoming EP. Other than the fact that ‘Change the Station’ will feature in the record, all that is known about the record is that it is expected for release this year through Imagen Records.

Front man Marty McCoy recently spoke about the EP’s upcoming release.

“We’re very excited to partner with Imagen Records in 2021,” he said. “They put a deal on the table that was very artist friendly and their excitement about the band has been contagious. It’s a great team with Bob Winegard, Shauna O’Donnell, Steven Nathan and Morgan Rose. The music industry is constantly changing and these cats have their ears to the ground. We are looking forward to this new adventure with Imagen on our side.”

Winegard spoke warmly of The Lonely Ones in his own statement.

“I am very excited to have The Lonely Ones on the Imagen Records roster,”  said  Winegard. “I knew from the moment I heard their songs that this band was something special. They are hit makers!”

Rose, who is the head of A&R at Imagen Records and is also the longtime drummer for Sevendust also shared his thoughts on the band’s signing.

‘I’ve known Marty and the boys for most of my career,” he said. “When the opportunity to sign them came up, I jumped at it. This band is stacked with hooks and tons of attitude. I can’t wait for the world to hear what they have to say,”

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Debuts New Single, ‘Real Big Trouble’

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Independent rock band The Lonely Ones debuted its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted its new single ‘Real Big Trouble‘ Friday.  The song is the band’s first new music since the debut of its single ‘The Lonely One’ March 23.  The band debuted its cover of Queen’s Flash Gordon theme song in July.  Its debut was not connected to Arrow Video’s re-issue of Universal’s 1980 movie last month.  The movie was an adaptation of the classic comic strip.

The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s original has received praise from Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, since its debut.

May said of the cover, “What a fantastic cover! I didn’t realize they were going to go into The Hero and the whole reprise…magnificent!”

Jones also praised the band’s cover.

“This is one of the best covers I have ever heard and seen,” he said. “What a gifted group – The Lonely Ones are for everyone of us, from the 1980’s to right now!”

The Lonely Ones’ new single is a heavy work that will fit into any active rock radio station programmer’s daily play list.  The melodic hard rock arrangement featured in the song is grounded in its bass and drums.  The guitar and vocals build on that foundation to flesh out the song even more.

The lyrical content featured in this song hints at someone who has caved under the pressure of his past. He even goes so far as to say, “I’m ready for the judgement day/I’m crawling out of my skin/I got myself in some real big trouble again.”

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_thelonelyones_

 

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Arrow Video’s ‘Flash Gordon’ Re-Issue Is The Movie’s Best Presentation Yet

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Arrow Video’s recently released Blu-ray re-issue of Universal’s classic sci-fi flick Flash Gordon is the new gold standard for the movie’s home release.  Released Aug. 18 on Blu-ray and 4KUHD, this latest re-issue of the 1980 comic strip adaptation is the movie’s first domestic re-issue since 2012, when it was re-issued alongside The Last Starfighter, Dune, and the pilot for the original Battlestar Galactica series in a four-disc DVD set.  The movie’s audio and video form the foundation for its latest re-issue, and will be discussed shortly.  The extensive bonus content that accompanies the movie’s home release builds so much on the foundation formed by the movie’s production values.  It will be discussed a little later.  Flash Gordon’s story rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the movie’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the movie’s latest re-issue a presentation that is without question one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Arrow Video’s new Flash Gordon re-issue is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  From sci-fi fans to fans of comics to action movie aficionados to classic cinema connoisseurs, this movie’s appeal will find plenty of appreciative audiences.  That is proven in part through the production values presented in this re-issue.  The colors in the sets and the costumes are so rich, especially the reds (red was allegedly the favorite color of the movie’s famed Producer Dino De Laurentiis according to information provided in the movie’s bonus content) of Ming’s palace.  In comparison to footage from the movie in its original presentation (which is shown in the noted bonus content), it is clear that painstaking efforts were taken in order bring forth the true, rich color.  If De Laurentiis were alive today, he would be just as impressed by this aspect.  In the same vein, every laser blast and every note of rock band Queen’s feature-length soundtrack is expertly balanced, enhancing the viewing experience for audiences even more.  Even a minor touch, such as the ambient sounds of Planet Mongol and its moons get their own attention.  From that production aspect to the noted deep, rich colors and the balance in the music and sound effects, it is clear that painstaking efforts were made in order to offer viewers the best possible presentation once again.  It’s another way in which Arrow Video continues to prove itself one of the leading names in the home media world.  Those efforts also go a long way toward making this presentation so enjoyable for viewers.  It is just one of the most notable aspects of the movie’s new home re-issue, too.  Its bonus content adds even more enjoyment to its presentation.

The bonus content that is featured in Flash Gordon’s latest re-issue is extensive to say the absolute least.  Audiences get two separate feature length audio commentaries, — one from director Mike Hodges and the other from star Brian Blessed (who played Prince Vultan) – a series of interviews with the movie’s cast and crew, two episodes of the Flash Gordon cartoon series, and a vintage “making of” featurette as well as photo galleries from the movie’s creation.  The bonus content alone makes for literally hours of entertainment and engagement.  The vintage making of featurette reveals that creation of the set for Ming’s palace alone took four months.  That and the other sets were so extensive that production had to take place primarily in a six-million cubic foot aircraft hangar.  It was just one of the facilities that was used for the movie’s production.  As director Mike Hodges reveals (off the cuff) during his audio commentary, Elstree Studio was also used.  That is the same studio in which Star Wars was created by George Lucas.  This is especially important to note because it is also revealed in one of the bonus discussions, that George Lucas apparently wanted to make Flash Gordon before Star Wars, but could not afford the rights, so he ended up making Star Wars.  How is that for a little six-degrees of separation?

As if everything already noted here is not enough reason to check out the bonus content, viewers will learn that there apparently was quite a bit of tension behind the scenes during the movie’s creation.  Hodges points out during his commentary that De Laurentiis viewed the movie’s creation in a very serious fashion, even though Allin was extremely displeased with the final product.  The vintage making of featureette does point out that De Laurentiis was himself very much a Flash Gordon “fan boy” prior to producing the movie.  To that point, his “seriousness” was perhaps chalked up to that fandom, even though he might not have thought he was going to such extreme.  There is nothing wrong with his approach, either, since he wanted to pay proper tribute to the original, timeless Flash Gordon comic strip.

Allin, on the other hand, said during the new bonus featurette “Lost in Space: Nic Roeg’s Flash Gordon,” that he and Roeg wanted to make a serious film in Flash Gordon complete with sociopolitical commentary, but that De Laurentiis wanted to stay true to the original Flash Gordon comic strip, which ran daily from 1934 to ’92.  Its Sunday edition continued until 2003.  The movie does just that with its special effects and its overall look (what with its costumes and sets).  The short and simple here is that Allin and Roeg’s story would have been a good fit among today’s comics based movies (since dark, brooding stories are about all that audiences get nowadays in comics-based movies).  De Laurentiis’ version has remained a cult favorite for four decades meanwhile maybe because of his dedication to its source material.  Regardless of which side viewers take, all of the noted discussions are sure to engage audiences thoroughly and generate plenty of discussion among audiences.  All things considered here (along with the bonus content not directly noted – again the bonus content here in fully immersive) the bonus content featured with Arrow Video’s recent Flash Gordon re-issue more than makes the movie worth owning.  When it is considered with the outstanding production values presented in this re-issue, the two elements together make for so much enjoyment for audiences.  They are still not all of the positives provided in the movie.  The movie’s central story adds even more to that enjoyment.

The story at the center of Flash Gordon is relatively easy to understand.  It starts with Flash and Dale Arden taking a flight somewhere (it’s never pointed out where the pair is going interestingly enough) and ending up crashing in the lab of the mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov.  Zarov basically kidnaps the duo and the trio ends up flying into space where they end up rocketing to another galaxy that is ruled by the evil emperor Ming The Merciless.  Along the way Flash unites the peoples of the worlds ruled by Ming, befriending them in the process.  The story has a happy ending, but also leaves the door open for a sequel (which going back to the bonus content, could have happened, but never did).  It has to be assumed in the movie’s story that as the clock reaches zero near the movie’s end, Ming does stop his attack on Earth before his alleged death, though that is never made 100 percent certain.  The only way audiences can assume the Earth is safe comes in the final scene in which Dale tells Flash that she is a New York girl and would rather go home than stay on the planet Mongol.  Next to that note, the only other odd note from the story is centered on all of star Sam J. Jones’ constant costume changes.  It just so happens that everything he wears is Flash Gordon-themed.  It is never fully explained where he gets all of his attire, but oh well.  That aside, the story’s simple approach is very much in line with the original Flash Gordon comic strip.  Yes, comics often do have deep philosophical language, but they are also meant to entertain the masses, and that is what this story does.  It entertains while also presenting at least some philosophy.  To that end, the story succeeds just as much as the movie’s bonus content and its production values.  When all three elements are considered together, they make the movie in whole the best presentation yet of this cult classic flick.

Arrow Video’s recent Blu-ray re-issue of Flash Gordon is an applause-worthy presentation that will appeal to a wide ranger of viewers.  That is proven in part through the movie’s production, which fully brings out the deep, rich colors in the sets and costumes.  The same can be said of the movie’s sound, which is so well-balanced in terms of the soundtrack and special effects noises.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s new re-issue will immerse audiences even more in the movie.  From everything noted here to other items, such as the realization that Queen was not the first choice for the movie’s soundtrack, and the note that the movie never got the merchandising push that other movies have gotten over the years, the bonus content adds so much of its own appeal to the movie.  The movie’s simple story does its own part to appeal to audiences with its simple presentation.  All three items noted here are important in their own way to the whole of the movie’s latest re-issue.  All things considered, they make this presentation, the best yet for the movie.

More information on Arrow Video’s Flash Gordon re-issue is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.arrowfilms.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ArrowFilmsVideo

 

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May, Jones Praise The Lonely One’s ‘Flash Gordon Theme/The Hero’ Cover

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The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s Flash Gordon theme song/’The Hero’ is getting some high praise.

The song, which the band debuted in July has received praise from Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones.  A comment from May on the song was released Wednesday, noting of The Lonely Ones’ cover, “What a fantastic cover! I didn’t realize they were going to go into The Hero and the whole reprise…magnificent!”

Jones also praised the band’s cover.

“This is one of the best covers I have ever heard and seen,” he said. “What a gifted group – The Lonely Ones are for everyone of us, from the 1980’s to right now!”

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

The Lonely Ones’ cover of the Flash Gordon theme song/’The Hero’ is available to stream and download here.

 

Courtesy: Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group

The debut of The Lonely Ones’ cover of the song came less than a month ahead of the Blu-ray and 4KUHD re-issue of the classic movie Flash Gordon.  Arrow Video re-issued the movie on the noted platforms last month.  The debuts are not connected, however.

The new re-issue features a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

More information on Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue of Flash Gordon is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.arrowfilms.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ArrowFilmsVideo

 

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Arrow Video Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘Flash Gordon’ Re-Issue

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Arrow Video is resurrecting the classic science fiction flick Flash Gordon.

The studio is scheduled to re-issue Starling Films/Famous Films/Dino De Laurentiis Company’s 1980 movie Aug. 18 on 4KUHD/BD combo pack and standalone Blu-ray.

The movie’s story follows American football star Flash (Sam J. Jones — Jane and the Lost City, Code Red, Ted), as he is kidnapped by beings from another world along with his girlfriend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson — FirewalkerBattlestar GalacticaDead & Buried) and their friend Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol — Fiddler on the Roof, For Your Eyes Only, Sallah), while aboard Zarkov’s rocket.  The trio is taken back to planet Mongo, which is ruled by Ming The Merciless (played by Max Von Sydow — The Seventh SealMinority ReportThe Tudors).  Ming wants to take Dale from Flash, and destroy Earth.

Complicating things even more for Flash is that Ming’s daughter Princess Aura (Ornella Muti — OscarFirst Love, The Most Beautiful Wife) is romantically pursuing Flash.  Between dealing with her, trying to save Dale and keep Ming from destroying Earth, Flash has his hands full.

The forthcoming re-issue will feature a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

Francesco Simeoni, Arrow Video’s Director of Acquisitions and Business Development, said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the movie’s re-issue.

“We are proud to announce that we have decided to launch our first 4K Ultra HD titles,” said Simeoni. “At Arrow we have always sought to have the best standards in home video presentation so it seemed a logical step that we would embrace this new format, to present you with the best versions of the finest cult and classic films.”

 

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In other news, independent rock band The Lonely Ones recently debuted the video for its cover of Queen’s performance of the Flash Gordon theme song and its companion song ‘Hero.’  The video features the band performing its take on the song in a studio setting, complete with sound effects and audio from the original movie.

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

It should be noted that the band’s premiere of its new cover is not connected with the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.  It is merely coincidence.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

More information on Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue of Flash Gordon is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.arrowfilms.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ArrowFilmsVideo

 

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The Lonely Ones Debuts Video For ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ Cover

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Independent rock band The Lonely Ones debuted the video for its cover of a classic Queen song this week.

The band debuted the video for its cover of Queen’s performance of the Flash Gordon theme song and its companion song ‘Hero’ Tuesday.  The video features the band performing its take on the song in a studio setting, complete with sound effects and audio from the original movie.

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s classic song comes more than a month ahead of Arrow Video’s upcoming re-issue of Starling Films/Famous Films/Dino De Laurentiis Company’s 1980 movie Flash Gordon.  It should be noted that the band’s premiere of its new cover is not connected with the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.  It is merely coincidence.

Arrow Video is scheduled to re-issue the science fiction flick Aug. 18 on 4KUHD/BD combo pack and standalone Blu-ray.

The forthcoming re-issue will feature a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

More information on Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue of Flash Gordon is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.arrowfilms.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ArrowFilmsVideo

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/phispicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.