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

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

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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Ellefson Debuts New Compilation’s Lead Single; Unveils Initial Track Listing

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Audiences got their first preview of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s new eponymous rock project this week.

The band — Ellefson (bass), Thom Hazaert (vocals), Andy Martongelli (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), and Paolo Caridi (drums) — released the song ‘Wasted‘ Friday.  The song, a cover of the Def Leppard song, is the lead single from the group’s debut record, No Cover.

Ellefson’s cover of ‘Wasted’ features guest appearances from Frank Hannon (Tesla), Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Lynam), and Dave McClain (Ex-Machine Head, Sacred Reich).

The famed names featured on ‘Wasted’ are just some of well-known musicians and performers who make appearances on this record.  Also lending their talents to the album are equally well-known figures, such as Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Al Jourgensen (Ministry) and Gus G. (Firewind).

Along with debuting its lead single, Ellefson has also unveiled the initial track listing for No Cover.  The initial listing opens with a cover of Judas Priest’s timeless hit song ‘Freewheel Burning’ and also features covers of songs such as AC/DC’s ‘Riff Raff,’ Queen’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell.’

The album’s initial track listing is noted below.  Two tracks are still TBA. Pre-orders are open now.

 

Tracklist:
1. Freewheel Burning (Judas Priest) ft. Jason McMaster, Gus G, Andy James, Dave McClain
2. Tear It Loose (Twisted Sister) ft. Eddie Ojeda, Dave McClain
3. Love Me Like A Reptile (Motorhead) ft. Doro Pesch, Greg Handevidt, Chuck Behler
4. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys) ft. Charlie Benante
5. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
6. Wasted (Def Leppard) ft. Frank Hannon, Jacob Bunton, Dave McClain, Bumblefoot
7. Riff Raff (AC/DC) ft. Jason McMaster, Dave Lombardo
8. Nailed To The Gun (Fight) ft. Andrew Freeman, Russ Parrish, Jimmy DeGrasso
9. Not Fragile (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) ft. John Aquilino
10. Say What You Will (Fastway) ft. Troy Lucketta, Mark Slaughter
11. LOVE Machine (W.A.S.P.) ft. Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Alvin
12. Love Hurts (Nazareth) ft. Brandon Yeagley, Chuck Behler, Tyson Leslie
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen) ft. Bumblefoot, Doro Pesch, Charlie Benante
14. Sweet FA (Sweet) ft. Todd Kerns, Bumblefoot, Shani Kimelman
15. TBA
16. TBA
17. Auf Wiedersehen (Cheap Trick) ft. Al Jourgensen, Brandon Yeagley, Charlie Benante

Bonus Tracks
18. Eat The Rich (Krokus) ft. Dead By Wednesday

 

No Cover was co-produced by Ellefson, Hazaert, and Martongelli.  The record was engineered by Alessio Garavello, Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Lil Jon, Skindred) and John Aquilino.  Alessio and Garavello mixed the album alongside Randy Burns and others.

Ellefson talked about the record’s genesis in a recent interview.

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians,” said Ellefson.  “So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends. During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, “This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!” Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album,” he added.” We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazert expanded on Ellefson’s comments with his own thoughts.

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early “Metal” and harder Classic Rock,” he said. “Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, “Let’s do this song”, and me saying, “Yes!!! And let’s do this song.” And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s [Ellefson] history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on “Love Me Like A Reptile”, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to LA (which we wrote about in More Life With Deth), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two,” added Hazert.  “As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to Rock N’ Roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Ellefson resurrected Combat Records in 2017 as part of the EMP Label Group family.

Combat Records was a seminal punk and thrash record label in the 1980s.  Its doors closed in the mid-2000s after its catalog was absorbed by Sony Music.  Combat Records’ official relaunch took place in 2018.

Ellefson said in an interview in 2017, Combat Records would handle only new music because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on new releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now

at:

Websitehttp://www.combatrecs.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/combatrecs

\

Ellefson is scheduled to release its debut full-length studio recording in spring 2021.  More information on Ellefson is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://davidellefson.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/davidellefson

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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

Courtesy: Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group

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.”

 

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

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

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

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

 

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Ellefson Announces Release Date, Cover Art For Forthcoming Covers Compilation

Courtesy: Combat Records

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s band Ellefson will release a new covers compilation this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its new covers compilation album No Cover Oct. 2 on Combat Records.  The album will feature covers of songs from bands, such as Judas Priest, Queen and Dead Kennedys.  The 13-song record’s track listing will be announced soon.

Pre-orders are open now for No Cover.  The compilation was produced by Ellefson and EMP Label Group Co-founder Thom Hazaert with guitarist Andy Martongelli.  Alessio Garavello, Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Lil Jon, Skindred), and John Aquilino co-engineered the record.  Garavello, Ellefson, Randy Burns and others handled mixing duties for the album.

Ellefson talked about the record’s genesis in a recent interview.

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians,” said Ellefson.  “So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends. During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, “This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!” Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album,” he added.” We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazert expanded on Ellefson’s comments with his own thoughts.

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early “Metal” and harder Classic Rock,” he said. “Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, “Let’s do this song”, and me saying, “Yes!!! And let’s do this song.” And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s [Ellefson] history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on “Love Me Like A Reptile”, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to LA (which we wrote about in More Life With Deth), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two,” added Hazert.  “As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to Rock N’ Roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Ellefson resurrected Combat Records in 2017 as part of the EMP Label Group family.

Combat Records was a seminal punk and thrash record label in the 1980s.  Its doors closed in the mid-2000s after its catalog was absorbed by Sony Music.  Combat Records’ official relaunch took place in 2018.

Ellefson said in an interview in 2017, Combat Records would handle only new music because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on new releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now

at:

Websitehttp://www.combatrecs.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/combatrecs

\

Ellefson is scheduled to release its debut full-length studio recording in spring 2021.  More information on Ellefson is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://davidellefson.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/davidellefson

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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The Rock Carnival Returns This Summer

Courtesy:  Stan Levinstone Presents/Game Loud

Courtesy: Stan Levinstone Presents/Game Loud

The Rock Carnival is officially returning.

The Rock Carnival, the Northeast’s only classic carnival + Rock ‘N Roll experience returns this year for its second year.  And headlining this year’s festival is none other than one of the great legends of rock, Alice Cooper.  The second annual Rock Carnival will be held Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 2nd.  It is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and Game Loud.  It will take place at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood New Jersey.  It is the home of the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball team.  The team is a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  This year marks the first time that it will take place at FirstEnergy Park.  General Admission tickets for single day and weekend access are available now along with Reserved Seat Weekend passes VIP packages, and Skybox Meet and Greets.  The General admission passes and Reserved Seat Weekend Passes can be purchased online here now.  The VIP and Skybox packages are available here.

While Alice Cooper will headline this year’s festival he will not be the only big name on the bill.  Also on this year’s bill are the likes of: Kyng, Overkill, Texas Hippie Coalition, Jackyl, Ace Frehley, Clutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Monster Magnet, Fuel and many others. Twisted Sister will also be on hand for the festival in its final tri-state appearance.  The performance is part of the band’s official farewell tour.  Performances will take place across a number of stages including two side-by-side main stages.

Along with the major acts scheduled to perform, a special “Classic” Friday night celebration has been added to this year’s festivities.  The celebration will feature performances by a number of cover bands including: Voyage (Journey tribute band), Almost Queen (Queen tribute band), and Zakk Zabbath.  Zac Sabbath’s lineup features Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society Ozzy Osbourne) on vocals and guitar, Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) on bass, and Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age) on drums.

More information on the second annual Rock Carnival will be announced in the weeks to come.  Audiences can keep up with all of those updates online now at:

 

 

Website: http://therockcarnival.com

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheRockCarnival

 

 

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Queen’s New Archived Live Show Will Have Audiences Saying “Oh What A Night!”

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

On Christmas Eve 1975 Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon (Collectively known as Queen) brought audiences in London a very special hometown show when they performed live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The seventeen-song set was a fiery set to say the very least as the band drove through each song almost seamlessly. Even as fast as it passed by, there’s something about that fire that exemplifies everything that was once and still is right with live performances. Now thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences of all ages will get to see just how enjoyable it is for themselves as that concert has been made available in a number of formats including SD-Blu-ray. The band’s previously noted stage presence in this performance is undeniably important in its own right to the overall concert experience. It is just one part of what makes this recording so enjoyable, though. It will be discussed at more length later. The most important element to examine here is the concert’s set list. The set list featured in this performance is quite interesting. That is because while the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera had been released only a few weeks ahead of the presented performance, the band opted not to touch on that album by and large. That will be discussed shortly. Again, the band’s stage presence over the course of the concert is just as important to note in its overall presentation. Last but not least of note in this recording’s presentation is the bonus documentary “Looking Back At The Odeon.” Each of the recording’s noted elements plays its own important part in the whole of the recording. Altogether they make this recording one more of 2015’s top live recordings and another must have for both Queen fans and classic rock aficionados alike.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest archived live Queen recording is one of 2015’s top live recordings and yet another must have for any Queen fans and classic rock aficionados alike. The main reason for this is the concert’s set list. Unlike the case with so many other live recordings released by Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment overall the set list featured in this recording stands out quite starkly. That is because it features all of one song from what was the band’s latest album at the time, 1975’s A Night At The Opera. The rest of the show’s seventeen total songs are lifted from what were the band’s previous albums at the time. That’s ironic to say the absolute least. It is so ironic because the band had released A Night at The Opera only weeks before this special Christmas Day show. What’s more, the show was the closer of what was then the band’s current tour, too. So simply put, the juxtaposition of the show’s set list to the timing of the show and the release of A Night At The Opera really makes the show’s set list stand out as a key part of this recording. It is only one part of what makes this concert well worth the watch, too. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the show’s rather intriguing set list.

The set list that makes up the body of A Night At The Odeon is an interesting part of the recording’s whole. That is to say the very least. Being that only one of the featured songs comes from A Night At The Opera the recording’s title doesn’t seem entirely fitting. That aside, it still presents its own share of fan favorites throughout the course of its seventeen total songs. Having noted that, the songs are just one part of what makes this recording another must have for fans of both Queen and classic rock in whole. The band’s stage presence is just as important to the recording’s overall presentation as the show’s set list. What is so interesting to note of the ban’s stage presence in this performance is the fire that seems to be burning hot and bright beneath each member. The show runs a total of seventeen minutes and a little more than an hour (an hour and three minutes to be exact). But the pace at which the band attacks each of the featured songs is incredible. It makes that hour-plus run time seem to fly by in the blink of an eye. It also shows the band’s collective energy. Of course one need only watch each of the band’s members to see just how much energy each had. It translates quite well to home viewers, too. So much so that home viewers may even end up feeling their own energy as they take in the concert. That says quite a bit especially considering the fact that the concert was originally recorded some four decades ago. It shows why Queen is just as much of a fan favorite today as it was when this concert was originally recorded.

Both the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its concert at the former Hammersmith Odeon and the set list featured in this concert are important elements in their own right to A Night At The Odeon. The set list presents a number of fan favorites from what was then Queen’s earlier releases. And the band’s stage presence over the course of the show’s hour-plus run time is just as certain to keep audiences of all ages engaged from beginning to end. For all of the importance presented by the show’s set list and the ban’s performance of said songs, they are not the recording’s only key elements. The bonus documentary that is included with the concert is just as important to the recording as the show itself. That is because it isn’t necessarily a documentary in the traditional sense of the word. Rather it is more of a general interview with two of the band’s members–Brian May and Roger Taylor–than a documentary. May and Taylor discuss the tour that included the concert in this recording as part of their interview. There are also discussions on the band’s legendary front man Freddie Mercury and his ability to hold a crowd in the very palm of his hand. Just as interesting to note is the discussion on the band’s financial issues at the time of the tour. One would be surprised to hear just how little the band was actually being paid for its shows at the time. Considering how popular Queen has become in the decades since and the money that Queen brings in to this day, it’s quite the stark statement. These are just a few of the subjects that are tackled in the concert’s bonus documentary. The pair has much more to say in its interview. And audiences will hear all of it when they pick up A Night At The Odeon for themselves. Those discussions together with the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list make A Night At The Odeon a recording in whole that the band’s fans and classic rock fans in general will equally enjoy.

Queen: A Night At The Odeon — Hammersmith 1975 is another must have for any of Queen’s legions of fans around the world. It is also just as much of a must have for classic rock fans in general. In examining the whole of this recording, it can be said just as much that it is one of 2015’s top live recordings. That is thanks in large part to the concert’s rather ironic set list. The set list features only one song from A Night At The Opera, which had been released only weeks ahead of the concert. Most of the show’s set list was pulled from the band’s then older material. The band’s fiery stage presence throughout the course of the concert’s hour-plus run time is just as important to note. The band’s stage presence shows why it is still one of the music community’s most respected bands even four decades after this concert was originally recorded. The bonus “documentary” that is included with the concert is just as important to the whole of the concert as the show’s set list and the band’s stage presence. Audiences get first-hand insight into the concert from two of the band’s members as well as insight into other, related topics. Each element shows to be its own important part of the recording in the long run. Altogether they make A Night At The Odeon — Hammersmith 1975 a recording that is, again, more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings and why this recording is one of 2015’s top live recordings. They also collectively serve to show why this recording is another must have for any of Queen’s fans and any classic rock aficionados in general. It is available now in stores and online on a number of platforms. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Eagle Rock Marks Queen Anniversary With New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This past Saturday marked a very special anniversary in the annals of rock and music history in whole. It was on October 31st, 1975 that legendary rock band Queen released its timeless hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ In honor of the song’s debut forty years ago and its lasting impact, the band’s remaining members were awarded the Classic Single Award at the Q Awards last week. It is just one way in which the song and the band are being honored.

The classic tune will be released on a special edition 12-inch black vinyl with the song’s original B-side ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ on Friday, November 27th. Also on November 20th, the special edition vinyl will be accompanied by the separate release of Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75. Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75 will be released on CD via Hollywood Records and on standalone DVD and SD Blu-ray platforms via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The concert presented in the recording was the finale of the band’s twenty-six date “Queen Invite You To a Night at the Opera” UK tour. It was the first tour in which the band had performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ live.

All three presentations of the concert feature the band’s complete performance at the Hammersmith including the never-before-heard “second encore” of ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ and ‘See What a Fool I’ve Been.’ The concert’s DVD and SD Blu-ray presentation will each feature a pair of bonuses for fans, the first of which is a twenty-two minute retrospective documentary titled “Looking Back at the Odeon.” The second is the rarely-seen Live at Budokan—a three-song set filmed during the band’s 1975 performance from Japan. The songs in question that are presented are ‘Now I’m Here,’ ‘Killer Queen,’ and ‘In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited.’ The documentary includes previously unseen interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show. The complete track listing for the DVD and SD Blu-ray recording of Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75 is noted below.

Queen – A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 released November 20th

Full Tracklisting (CD/Vinyl/Digital)

  1. Now I’m Here
  2. Ogre Battle
  3. White Queen (As It Began)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Killer Queen
  6. The March Of The Black Queen
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
  8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  9. Brighton Rock
  10. Guitar Solo
  11. Son And Daughter
  12. Keep Yourself Alive
  13. Liar
  14. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited
  15. Big Spender
  16. Jailhouse Rock Medley
  17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  18. See What A Fool I’ve Been
  19. God Save The Queen

 

*DVD and SD Blu-ray formats do not include Seven Seas Of Rhye or See What A Fool I’ve Been.

 

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Adrenaline Mob’s Fans Will Hold The Band’s New Compilation Dear

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Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Hard rock band Adrenaline Mob will release its latest record Dearly Departed next month.  The record is the second compilation and its fourth overall release following Omerta (2012), Coverta (2013) and Men of Honor (2014).  It comes almost a year to the day since the band released Men of Honor, too.  And while it is mainly a way to tide over fans until the band releases its next new full-length, it proves in the end to be a rare worthwhile release for the band’s fans.  The record, which is essentially an EP, proves to be a worthwhile compilation thanks to its musical mix.  Not only does it boast the band’s own compositions, but it also presents quite an interesting array of music from the band’s own influences.  Among the influences whose music is included on this record are Black Sabbath, Queen, and of all things The Charlie Daniels Band.  Yes, The Charlie Daniels Band.  Adrenaline Mob offers up its own take on The Charlie Daniels Band’s hit song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ as part of its upcoming record.  And it goes without saying that this song is the best of the covers featured on this record.  In terms of the band’s own songs, the acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ stands out most of all.  The song’s stripped down sound in its acoustic take gives the song a whole new depth.  The previously unreleased ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is just as much of a bonus.  The song is one of likely many more recorded during the sessions for Men of Honor that ended up on the cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was arranged.  Now fans get to hear this song for themselves.  And as with the record’s other works, it’s just as welcome an addition to the record.  These three tracks are just a fraction of what makes Dearly Departed an enjoyable new compilation from Adrenaline Mob.  The album’s remaining six songs each add their own element to the finished product.  And together with the songs noted here, all nine tracks prove Dearly Departed a record that will be anything but dearly departed in any AMob fan’s music collection.

Adrenaline Mob’s upcoming compilation record Dearly Departed is not the first of the band’s compilations.  And that only two years have passed since the release of Coverta some might be left scratching their heads as to why the band would put the two records so close to one another.  The reason for that is anyone’s guess.  That aside, it still proves in the end to be a good record considering its mix of covers and alternate takes on its own music.  One of the best of the covers included on this record is the band’s cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s timeless classic ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’  The song was originally included on TCDB’s 1979 album Million Mile Reflections.  In the three decades plus since its debut, any number of bands, artists, and groups have covered this song.  There have been some good takes on the song and some not so good takes.  Adrenaline Mob’s take on the classic is one of those that fits into the relatively good category.  Drummer AJ Pero keeps a solid beat while Mike Orlando drives the song forward with his work on the song’s guitar line. Audiences will especially appreciate the old school shredding style exhibited by Orlando in his performance. Even more impressive is that even with that old school shredding, he still keeps the original song’s guitar line intact. He more than deserves his due credit for holding such balance in the song.  And front man Russell Allen gives the song even more punch with the power in his vocals.  Bassist Erik Leonhardt adds just enough low end to round out the song and show that while it may be a country song at its roots, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is just as enjoyable as a hard rock song, too.  In proving this, it makes this cover one of the best compositions included in Dearly Departed’s body.

The amped up take on TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is a great addition to Dearly Departed.  It is one of those songs that while a cover, is already so infectious and popular that it’s a favorite among audiences of all ages.  That Adrenaline Mob would give it a whole new life in its amped up reworking will not only give the song a new identity and life, but it could even serve to bring older audiences who otherwise wouldn’t listen to Adrenaline Mob into the band’s audience base.  It is that impressive.  For that reason alone, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ more than proves its value to this record.  As valuable as ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ proves to be to the whole of Dearly Departed, the band’s acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ is equally valuable of an addition to the record. The full electric version of the song that is included in Men of Honor is a deeply moving song within itself. But the acoustic take of the song gives it so much more depth and emotion. It’s obvious the amount of work that was put in to bringing this rendition to life. And that work paid off, too. It doesn’t come across as being schmaltzy unlike so many songs of its ilk. If anything, there’s almost a sort of Alter Bridge sound to the song in this take with Allen even sounding like Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy at least to some extent. It truly proves by its last notes to be one more of this record’s highest of points.

Both the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ prove to be great additions to Dearly Departed. They make for plenty of reason within themselves for the band’s fans to add this compilation to their music libraries. One more song included on the album that proves itself just as impressive is the previously unreleased song ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ The song was recorded during the band’s sessions for Men of Honor but ultimately ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was established. It’s a surprise that it did end up there, too. It is a full throttle rocker that impresses just as much as the other songs that make up the body of Men Of Honor. It is one of those musical middle fingers to those that live only to make the lives of others miserable to which any listener will relate. That’s obvious right from the start as Allen sings, “I heard you running off your big mouth/Wantin’ to lay it all out on the floor/You wanna play with the big dice/Better think twice before you throw/Oh, I hear you/I guess I’m just not fit to understand/Say what?/I can’t hear you/Who just can’t understand.” If the message isn’t clear enough in the song’s opening verse, the song’s second verse makes it—pardon the pun—crystal clear as he goes on to sing, “I hear you knockin’ at my back door/Wantin’ to give me one more time around/I’m hearing rumors that you’re spreading s&*( all over town/That’s what they’re sayin’/You know them crooked vultures never lie/You know they never lie.” He’s saying that even those people one couldn’t trust are trust worthy in this case. And that’s saying something, too. Who out there hasn’t been in the shoes of the subject of this song? It’s sad that there are people like that out there. But they are out there. And because they are, it makes songs such as this one all the more valuable. That because the ability of the song to reach audiences so clearly will help listeners deal with exactly those kind of people. So not only does the song prove to be musical therapy of sorts, it also is just a great, full-throttle, old school style rock and roll song. Being such a versatile song, it proves quite well why it is one more great addition to Dearly Departed. And together with the other songs noted here, it proves once more why Dearly Departed is an album that any Adrenaline Mob fan will *ahem* hold dear. Yes, that bad pun was fully intended, and with the highest of respect for the band, too.

‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is a great song in and of itself. Together with the likes of the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia,’ all three songs make for plenty of reason for fans of Adrenaline Mob to add this album to their libraries when it hits store shelves and digital outlets next month. Of course as impressive as these songs are, it would be wrong to ignore the record’s other songs. Adrenaline Mob also covers Queen, Pat Travers, and even Black Sabbath on this compilation along with presenting a couple of other acoustic takes on its own songs to round out the whole presentation. Audiences will each find their own favorite(s) among the record’s nine total tracks. And while everyone will have their own favorite(s), the one thing on which every listener will agree in regards to the record is that it is yet another impressive release from a compilation that will more than tide over fans until Adrenaline Mob releases its next full-length album. Dearly Departed will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 10th. While fans wait for its release, they can keep up with all of the latest news and tour updates from the band online at:

 

Website: http://adrenalinemob.com

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Live In Tokyo Presents A Master Musician At His Finest

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The term master is a word that is generally used for someone who has spent many years honing one’s talents. And not only that, but someone whose time honing his or her talents have paid off in the most positive ways possible both for himself/herself and for others. There are masters in every profession. There are master carpenters. There are master chefs. There are even master electricians and martial artists. So what makes a musician a master at his or her own craft? The answer is much the same as those people who spend their own lives honing their crafts. It leads to yet another question: Who are the masters in the music industry today? Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Queen are just a few acts that come to mind. Another master that comes to mind is the hugely talented and so humble guitarist Jeff Beck. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo is proof positive of why Beck is deserving and has been deserving of the title of master for many years. That s evident throughout the hour and a half-long set. Beck shows so much talent and humility throughout the show, handling his own tunes and covering songs from other masters, too. Along the way, Beck lets his band mates keep the center stage while he does his own thing. Staying on that line of thought, Beck’s own on-stage presence in this concert shows even more why he is considered one of the masters. He shows that he doesn’t need big antics or even big riffs to make an impact on his audiences. And last but not least worth noting as proof of his position is the fact that Beck didn’t need to spend any time between songs killing time. He let his music (and that of his band mates) speaks so loudly in its beauty and impact that it speaks perfectly for itself. It left no need to waste any time between songs, thus making the performance presented here so enjoyable. And in the end, it leaves not even a shadow of a doubt as to why Jeff Beck is one of the true masters in his field.

Jeff Beck is a master of his field. He has far more than proven this throughout the course of his decades-long career. From his earliest days as a member of the famed Yardbirds up to his current solo career. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo shows without a shadow of a doubt why some five-plus decades since he first started making a name for himself he is considered one of the industry’s true masters. Beck proves why he is one of the industry’s masters on Live in Tokyo first and foremost through the concert’s set list. He breezes through his own compositions and those of other masters from across the music industry. Those masters include: Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and even John Lennon and Paul McCartney among others. The fact that Beck handles such variety of music with equal ease shows great talent. It also shows a great knowledge and respect for the history built by said masters as audiences will hear for themselves throughout the concert. He performs with such ease. Yet it’s obvious he never takes for granted his craft nor the talents of those to whom he pays tribute. Such great talent and respect for his fellow musicians in this form proves without a shadow of a doubt why Jeff Beck is considered a master. It’s definitely not the only way he proves it here (as if he really needed to do so). He also proves himself a master through his humility, which could be included in his on-stage presence.

While Jeff Beck’s name graces the cover of his new live recording, his on-stage presence proves to be a total counter to that billing. He shows so much humility throughout the course of the concert, letting his band mates–Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicholas Meier (guitar), and Rhonda Smith (bass)–take the center stage most of the time. He doesn’t just fade into the background by any means. But he also doesn’t show himself to be like other well-known musicians who try to covertly hog the limelight while their band mates try to shine. He shows quite the level of humility, allowing Joseph, Meier, and Smith to display their talents just as much as himself if not more. It’s really something rare to behold especially in the current era of the music industry. It’s also quite refreshing. That humility coupled with Beck’s own talents show here even more why Beck is justifiably considered a master.

Staying on the matter of Beck’s talents, He shows with his talents that he doesn’t need huge riffs, pyro, crazy antics (  without his guitar) or other extras to entertain audiences. He doesn’t show the need to speed through any of the songs, either. He more than lives up to the adage that it takes a real musician to play slow and with control. What’s more he lives up to that adage more than once throughout the course of the concert. That casual approach oddly enough actually makes the performance even more enjoyable. In turn it proves yet more why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest of the music industry’s masters.

Jeff Beck proves in so many ways throughout Live in Tokyo why decades after he first broke out he is considered one of the best in the game. He shows why through his humility, his knowledge and respect for the history of music, and through his own ability to entertain audiences without really having to try. One more way that he proves his place in the music industry’s upper echelons is through the fact that he didn’t even need to spend any time killing time between songs to entertain audiences. His talents (and  his band mates) prove so substantial throughout the concert that audiences won’t feel like they are losing anything in that lack of interaction. Audiences will be so entertained that all they will feel and hear is the music. By the time the show ends, audiences won’t even realize that it all passed without even the slightest break for conversation. That is how loudly and how solidly the talents of both Beck and his band mates spoke throughout this concert. It truly says something about an entertainer when he or she doesn’t need to rely on such extra in order to entertain audiences and fill time at the same time. Considering this, it is one more way in which Jeff Beck proves that now in his 70s, he is only coming into his prime and yet is justifiably considered one of the greatest of the masters in the music industry. Together with all of the aforementioned aspects of this concert, audiences will see with crystal clear vision just why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest in his business. It also shows why Eagle Rock is the greatest in its business.

Jeff Beck has made quite the name for himself over the course of his decades-long career. That career includes time with other greats and with those that are perhaps not so well-known. Through it all, Beck has persevered and risen throughout those decades to become today one of the true masters of the music industry. Whether it be through his stage presence, his very display of talent, or his knowledge of and respect for the history of music, Jeff Beck shows throughout Live in Tokyo without a doubt why he is a master musician. Audiences will agree with this sentiment when they purchase this concert for themselves on DVD and Blu-ray. It is available in stores and online now. More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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