Remark Hoping To Get Positive Remarks Across America With Its Music

Russia has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to everything going on in Washington, D.C. – but for all of the negativity coming out of the news concerning the former Communist nation, some good musical news has been coming out of Russia lately.

Russian rock outfit Remark released its debut, self-titled album last year, and has been making waves overseas with the record.  Now the band has its eyes set on the U.S. with its latest single ‘Falling.’

The released its lead single in its home county last year, and is now spreading the song across America with the song’s companion video.  The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

It is just one of the latest songs to be released from the band’s debut record.  Also out now are the videos for the band’s singles ‘Vesna’ and ‘Wild Run.’

Remark’s name has been building over the years as it has shared the stage with major American acts such as Slash and Myles Kennedy, Tom Keifer, W.A.S.P., Dope and others.

 

More information on Remark is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.remarkband.com

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

 

 

 

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Veteran Acts Dominate 2015’s Top New Live DVD/BD Recordings List

This week marks the last full week of 2015. It’s a little tough to grasp that there are only eleven days left in the year. But it’s almost time to bid a fond farewell to this year. And even as the year’s final days tick away, there is still plenty of work left to do in turns of examining the top titles from the entertainment world. Phil’s Picks has already done quite a bit of that, delving into the top titles of the music world’s top titles. There’s still some ground to cover in that realm while beginning to transfer over into the year’s top new DVDs and Blu-rays in each of their different own areas. Keeping that in mind, what better way to start making that transfer than to look today at the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. The year’s best new live CDs have already been tackled. And as previously explained, in many cases, some DVDs and Blu-rays are actually released separate from their audio-only counterparts even today, and vice versa. That justifies a separate category for the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. That being the case, here, for your reading pleasure dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five are no less important. They each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen titles. Enough rambling. Here, again, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS AND BLU-RAYS

  1. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – LIVE AT THE ROXY 09.25.14

 

  1. TESSERACT – SCALA

 

  1. AEROSMITH – AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON

 

  1. GEORGE STRAIT – THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

 

  1. THE WHO – LIVE AT HYDE PARK

 

  1. SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE: LIVE IN VEGAS

 

  1. ERIC CLAPTON – SLOWHAND AT 70: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE IN LEEDS 1982

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME 1990

 

  1. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – PRONOUNCED L LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD & SECOND HELPING

 

  1. PAT METHENY – UNITY SESSIONS

 

  1. WHITECHAPEL – BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

 

  1. TASTE – WHAT’S GOING ON: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

 

  1. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK

 

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – LIVE IN DUBLIN

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Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 Is The Best Of This Year’s Live BDs and DVDs So Far

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Common logic states that once a person or organization reaches its proverbial peak, the only way to go is down.  Yet somehow Eagle Rock Entertainment has defied that logic time and again as far back as can be remembered.  It has done just that yet again with the new live recording from Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Live at The Roxy 9.25.14Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 has officially taken the top spot on this critic’s list of the year’s top new live Blu-ray and DVD recordings.  The main reason that it has earned that honor is the group’s overall stage presence.  Typically, the set list is the most important element of any live recording.  In the case of this recording, the band’s performance takes center stage (bad pun fully intended).  That is not to discount the importance of the show’s set list.  The set list is important in its own right to the whole of the recording.  The show’s set list features songs from Slash’s solo career, his time with Velvet Revolver and Guns ‘N Roses, and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The total run time of the seventeen-song set comes in at just under two hours.  That is a lot of material.  It represents every era of Slash’s career, too.  That sweetens the deal even more for this concert.  Rounding out the whole presentation is its collective production values (I.E. audio mix and camera work).  As small as the Roxy is, the camera crew and its director did an outstanding job of giving audiences the best seat in the house from start to finish.  The audio mix is just as important considering the club’s relatively small size.  Thankfully those handling audio duties both at the original show and in the concert’s post production did so with the utmost expertise.  The end result of their efforts (and those of the camera crew and director) is a concert experience that is just as good as being there if not better and one that proves yet again being at the top doesn’t necessarily mean the only way to go is down especially in the case of the company that is the leader in live recordings.

One would think that considering the hugely successful stable of live recordings that it has already established in recent years, Eagle Rock Entertainment would have a hard time continuously maintaining its place atop the world of live recordings.  But somehow it has defied that logic, churning out one top notch recording after another.  Now it has added yet another recording to that apparently ever-growing stable in the form of Live at The Roxy 9.25.14, the new live recording from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The conspirators.  Due out next Tuesday, June 16th, this recording is not Eagle Rock Entertainment’s first live recording of the year.  But it is the best new live recording of the year across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in this recording a concert that shows itself to be just as good as being there is not better.  The main reason for this is the band’s performance.  Typically one would think that a concert’s set list lies at the heart of its enjoyment.  And the set list featured in this show does play a role in its enjoyment.  But there is something special, almost magical, about this performance.  There’s a special energy exuded by the band throughout the show that translates so clearly even on screen.  Even with this band being a side project for all involved, it’s almost as if Slash and company were meant to be a band.  That’s obvious throughout the concert.  From the group’s extended jam session in ‘Rocket Queen’ to the full throttle take of ‘Nightrain’ to the emotional yet hard rocking performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ and other points in between, the band exhibits a certain chemistry along with its energy.  It’s a chemistry that while unspoken is obvious.  It is obvious in the fun that the band clearly has throughout its performance.  Because the band has so much fun on stage, it makes the performance that much more fun for audiences at home.  Again that points back to the ability of the energy exuded by the band translating so well to home audiences.  In experiencing that translation for themselves, audiences will agree that the band’s performance in this concert is indeed the concert’s most important element.  Of course it is not all that is worth noting in terms of what makes it such a success.  The show’s set list is just as important to its overall enjoyment and success as the band’s performance.

The performance of all involved in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is key to the concert’s enjoyment and its overall success.  The chemistry between the performers and the energy exuded by their performance translates clearly to home audiences from start to finish.  Without a set list though, there’d be nothing to perform.  Thus we have another important element of the concert.  The set list featured in this recording culls music from every era of Slash’s career.  There are pieces from his days in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, his solo career, and of course his current work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  Taking that list of songs into consideration, audiences will be especially surprised by Kennedy’s performance in the G N’ R songs.  That is because he sounds just like a young Axel Rose if not better.  Heck, it could even be argued that he [Kennedy] even resembles Rose in his youth to a point right down to his mannerisms in his performances of those classic songs.  Meanwhile Slash’s almost unassuming demeanor throughout each song hasn’t changed since those days.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  Getting back on track, the set list assembled for this recording is a solid representation of every era of Slash’s career.  Given a strong majority of the set’s songs (six songs to be exact) are classic G N’ R songs.  But there is still a solid mix of music from the guitarist’s solo recordings and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The set list itself is impressive to say the least.  Its ordering makes it just as impressive as the band builds the energy and pulls it back at just the right moments from beginning to end.  Home viewers will remain just as fully engaged as those that were there in attendance at the show’s taping thanks to that smart sequencing and related performance of each song.  It’s just another way that the show’s set list shows itself to be just as important as the band’s performance in this recording.  Together, the set list and performance make a strong, solid argument as to why this recording is the best of the year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs so far (and potentially overall).  It still isn’t the do all-end all for the recording, either.  As impressive as both the show’s set list and the band’s performance prove to be in whole, neither would be worth noting if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  Their collective efforts round out the ways in which the recording proves itself so enjoyable.

The set list featured in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 and the band’s performance of said set list are of equal importance to the whole of the recording in terms of its ability to connect with home viewers.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s success, it would be pointless to note either one if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  This includes the work put in both during the course of the concert and in its post-production.  It is thanks to the work of those behind the cameras that home viewers actually get the best seat in the house.  They might not be right there singing and rocking along with the band and the rest of the masses pushed into the club’s small confines.  But that is a good thing in this case.  The camera crew catches the concert from so many different angles both from the crowd and the stage, even getting close-ups of Slash’s work on his guitar.  On a related note, the work of those handling the concert’s audio is to be commended, too.  This includes both those handling the mics at the concert and those mastering the sound in post-production for the concert’s home release.  The Roxy is not the biggest venue in the world.  That means that it was much easier for the sound to bounce all over the place.  Thankfully, those handling the audio for the show both in person and after the fact took that into account and balanced everything.  This has led to a sound in the recording that is perfectly balanced.  It is a sound that especially those with home theater systems will especially appreciate.  Together with the concert’s set list, the band’s performance of said set list, and the work of the concert’s camera crew, audiences get a concert in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 that they will want to watch again and again.  They get a show that is one of the best of the year’s live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best of the year.

Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is one of the best of the year’s best new live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best.  It proves this through the performance of Slash and his band mates.  It proves it through the show’s set list and through the work of those charged with recording the concert and bringing it to audiences in the best possible quality. Whether for just one of the noted elements or for all of them combined, audiences will agree that all three elements make Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 a piece that every fan will enjoy. They also make it more proof of why this concert is one of the best of this year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs and why Eagle Rock Entertainment shows no sign of falling from its spot atop the world of live recordings. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Slash Scheduled to Appear On CBS’ Morning Show This Morning

World on Fire Cover Art: Ron English

World on Fire Cover Art: Ron English

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary guitarist Slash will be on CBS this morning.

Slash will be on CBS This Morning today, May 7th, for an interview and very special announcement. He will be on CBS This Morning at 8:30am ET. PT airing will be tape delayed. There is no exact word on what the announcement will be. However, being that the band is currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour and that it will release its new live recording Live at the Roxy next month fans have plenty of reason to speculate what the announcement could be. The group’s current tour is in support of its latest full-length studio effort World on Fire, which was released in April of 2014. Audiences can check out the video for World on Fire’s online now via Vevo at http://www.vevo.com/watch/slash/World-On-Fire-%28Lyric-Video%29-%28Explicit%29/US9T51400038?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=AhjCPt&country=US.

Audiences not near a TV during Slash’s interview can still catch it online via CBS News’ streaming site http://cbsn.cbsnews.com. More information on Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators is available online now at:

Website: http://www.slashonline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/slash

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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Releasing New Live Recording This Summer

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing home Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 on Tuesday, June 16th. The concert recording documents the groups’ performance at the famed club following the release of its second collaboration World on Fire early last year. The show’s set list features some of the biggest hits from Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, and from Slash’s own solo recordings including: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The complete set list for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 is noted below:

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Back From Cali

4) You Could Be Mine

5) Rocket Queen

6) Bent To Fly

7) Starlight

8) You’re A Lie

9) World On Fire

10) Anastasia

11) Sweet Child O’ Mine

12) Slither

13) Paradise City

Bonus Tracks:

(1) Stone Blind

(2) You’re Crazy

(3) Wicked Stone

(4) 30 Years To Life

3LP / 2CD TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Halo

4) Back From Cali

5) Stone Blind

6) You Could Be Mine

7) Doctor Alibi

8) You’re Crazy

9) Wicked Stone

10) 30 Years To Life

11) Rocket Queen

12) Bent To Fly

13) Starlight

14) You’re A Lie

15) World On Fire

16) Anastasia

17) Sweet Child O’ Mine

18) Slither

19) Paradise City

Fans can check out the group’s performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ from the recording online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ctImlIThY. Fans can get more information on this recording online now along with all of the latest news from Slash at:

 

Website: http://www.slashonline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/slash

 

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Eagle Rock’s Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Re-Issue An Amazing Way To Finish Off The Year

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Freddie Mercury, the late front man of the legendary rock band Queen, was in his time one of the single most charismatic vocalists in the music industry.  Many vocalists have tried to emulate the legendary singer’s energy and style.  Few if any have succeeded.  Sadly, Freddy Mercury was taken from the world in 1991, one of so many victims of the then emerging AIDS epidemic.  The music world paid tribute to his legacy and memory in 1992 with a special live tribute concert.  The concert, held at London’s Wembley Stadium has become one of the biggest and most  powerful live concert events of the Twentieth Century, even after more than two decades since it was originally held.  The only concert event that could compare to this event is Woodstock ’94.  And now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the legacy of Freddie Mercury lives on once again thanks to the Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  While this SD Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is not the first time that the concert has been released to the masses, this release is the concert’s best yet.    There is so much to be said of this latest re-issue.  The best place to start is the overall audio and video presentation.  Those charged with resurrecting the original footage are to be commended as the concert is presented here in its full original glory.  Audiences get to see the show as it looked in its original recording.  The audio sounds just as good.  This is especially the case for those with home theater systems.  The cinematography is incredible to say the least.  The crowd shots and shots of the crowd from the stage are collectively the epitome of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.  And of course, there is also the show’s set list and list of performers.  Both by themselves and collectively, they make a bold statement that puts the finishing touch on this incredible latest re-issue from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The first and most obvious factor to investigate in Eagle Rock’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is the audio and video mix.  This concert was recorded almost twenty-two years ago.  April 20th, 2014 will mark the twenty-second anniversary of this landmark concert.  Being that high definition recording was still years away when this concert was recorded, it’s obvious that the quality of the footage would not be crystal clear in this presentation.  But Eagle Rock openly noted on the recording’s case that this presentation is a Standard Definition Blu-ray.  That means that Eagle Rock openly notes that the presentation contained therein is a standard definition recording.  Those expecting pure 1080 quality video have only misled themselves.  Eagle Rock Entertainment is not to blame here.  That the footage still looks as good as it does over two decades later is a testament to those charged with maintaining and resurrecting it.  And having the option to set one’s TV to “Cinema” to gain the full concert video experience only serves to make it even better.

The quality of the concert’s video footage is impressive to say the very least.  It is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.  Though, with the advent of high definition televisions, most viewers can set their monitors to present the concert in full “Cinema” mode.  That mode shows better than any how well the footage has stood the test of time.  The audio mix is just as impressive as the video in terms of its quality.  Every riff, every beat, and every chorus from the crowd of thousands is enhanced on this re-issue.  In comparison to the concert’s previous releases, the audio mix has never sounded better.  It has been enhanced so much that at times, the echoes of Brian May’s voice as he talked will make audiences think they are actually there in person.  It has been mixed that well.  That is quite the testament to those charged with restoring this concert to its former glory.  And along with the footage, it is one part of a very strong cornerstone of this recording.

The video and audio mixes serve collectively as a solid base for The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  The concert’s cinematography adds an extra element of enjoyment to the recording, too.  Much as was the case with Eagle Rock’s release of The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park Live this Fall, the camera shots obtained over the course of this concert are extraordinary.  There is something to be said about an entire stadium full of people singing in unison, arms high in the air, clapping in time. The visual effect both from the stage and from high above the sea of bodies is something that cannot be put into words.  It is something that must be seen to be fully appreciated.  Even seeing the shots in question from one’s own sofa, bed, etc. is awe inspiring.  They collectively go to show the love that so many people had for Freddie Mercury and for Queen.  While the concert’s audio and video mixes are the foundation on which the concert rests, the shots obtained by the camera crews give the show its shape.  And what a shape those crews give the concert.

As one should be able to tell from everything noted already, there is much to like about Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on SD Blu-ray.  Much has already been examined with this latest release from the leader in live recordings.  But it would not be complete without making mention of the concert’s set list and its equally diverse lineup of performers.  The show itself is set up into two separate segments.  The first of those segments is the “Opening Acts” segment.  This segment allows some of the acts tapped to perform at the concert to perform their own music and warm up the crowd at the same time.  This segment runs the gamut to say the very least.  It opens with a trio of songs from Metallica and follows that up with a medley of Queen hits courtesy of Extreme.  Guns N’ Roses (the original Guns N’ Roses) closes out the opening acts segments.  Def Leppard is also one of the opening acts.  Their front man, Joe Elliot, joins Elton John, George Michael, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and so many other acts from across the music industry for the “Main Show” segment of the recording.  Having such a wide array of artists covering the music of one band is a bold statement.  It shows the impact that Queen had on them as bands and artists.  It also goes to show the respect that those bands and artists had for Freddie Mercury.  It goes to show the kind of person he was and how important he was to so many around him.  Keeping that in mind while watching the incredible shots, and hearing the equally incredible song selections is sure to bring a smile and maybe even a tear to some viewers’ faces.  If it does one, the other, or both, then it has most certainly done its job.  It means that Eagle Rock is that much more justified in once again unearthing this important piece of music history.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  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.

Slash, Chuck D. Join Anthrax On Stage At Metal Alliance Show

 

Photo Credit:  Stephanie Cabral

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

 

Metal Alliance Tour headliners Anthrax had a couple very special guests last night at the tour’s sold out stop in Hollywood, CA.  The tour made a stop at the Hollywood, CA House of Blues last night.  Much to the surprise of audiences in attendance, Anthrax was joined on stage during its set by none other than Public Enemy front man Chuck D. and guitarist Slash.  Slash joined the band on-stage for its performance of AC/DC’s hit, ‘T.N.T.’ Slash covered lead guitar duties for this performance.  Later in the night’s performance, Chuck D. surprised everyone when he came on stage and performed ‘Bring The Noise’ with the band.  The band originally recorded this song with Public Enemy in 1991.

Photo Credit:  Stephanie Cabral

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Slash and Chuck D. were just a couple of the celebrities in house for last night’s stop on the Metal Alliance Tour.  Kerry King (Slayer), John Tempesta (The Cult, Rob Zombie), Justin Chendellor (Tool), Brendon Small (Dethklok) and actor/musician Brian Posehn were also on hand for last night’s show.

The Metal Alliance Tour runs through late April.  It was in San Francisco, CA tonight.  Friday, the tour—also featuring Municipal Waste, Exodus, High on Fire, and Holy Grail—will be at the Roseland Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.  Fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see the band live when it makes a stop at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte.  And right now, fans can get the chance to see Anthrax for Free when the tour comes to Charlotte next month.  The Phil’s Picks Facebook page and the Tremont Music Hall together are giving away a pair of tickets to see the band free.  Along with the tickets, one lucky fan will also win a copy of the band’s new EP, Anthems.  Fans need just go to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Once that’s done, fans need only send a message or write on the Phil’s Picks timeline indicating that they want in on the contest.  One lucky person’s name will be drawn Friday morning at 9am.  The tickets to the show will be at Will Call at the Tremont Music Hall.  The winner can either pick up the CD in person or have it mailed to them.

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