Derek Sherinian Debuts Track-By-Track Discussion On New LP

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Derek Sherinian showed audiences how his latest album The Phoenix came to life this week.

Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, Platypus) debuted his new “making of” video Tuesday.  The nearly 25-minute video opens with Sherinian shredding on a massive keyboard setup before eventually moving into an interview with Sherinian and a montage of footage from the album’s recording sessions.

The noted montage is coupled with a series of other interview segments with Sherinian and some of the album’s featured guest stars, such as Billy Sheehan, Simon Phillips, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

The video takes audiences trac-by-track through The Phoenix in Sherinian’s own words and those of Phillips.  the pair discusses topics related to the album, such as the influence of Return To Forever and Jimi Hendrix, working with bluesman Joe Bonamassa, and bringing everyone together for the album.

The Phoenix is available now through InsideOut Music.  The album has produced the singles ‘Them Changes,’ ‘Dragonfly,’ and ‘Empyrean Sky.’

It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://dereksherinian.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Derek-Sherinian-Official-361589234010473/

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DerekSherinian

 

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Derek Sherinian Debuts ‘Dragonfly’ Video

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Derek Sherinian debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Sherinian debuted the video for his new single ‘Dragonfly‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from his forthcoming solo album The Phoenix while its video is the album’s first.  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through InsideOut music.

The debut of ‘Dragonfly’ comes less than a month after Sherinian debuted ‘Empyrean Sky,’ the album’s lead single.  The arrangement at the center of ‘Dragonfly presents a distinct freeform style approach.  The controlled chaos of Sherinian’s performance on the piano couples with drummer Simon Phillips’ steady time keeping and bassist Ernest Tibbs’ low end to make the song a jazz fusion style arrangement that will appeal to fans of Trioscapes.

The arrangement at the center of ‘Empyrean Sky,’ by comparison is more of a distinct prog-metal work that is grounded in Sherinian’s keyboard work, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’s work on guitar and ‘Phillips’ once again steady time keeping.

Along with handling drums throughout the record, Phillips also also co-produced and co-wrote the album with Sherinian.  He shared his own thoughts on the record.

Pre-orders for The Phoenix are open now.  Eight songs will make up the body of The Phoenix, among them a cover of Buddy Miles’ ‘Them Changes.’  It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.dereksherinian.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Derek-Sherinian-Official-361589234010473/

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DerekSherinian

 

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Derek Sherinian Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

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Derek Sherinian debuted the lead single from his new album The Phoenix this week.

Sherinian debuted his new single ‘Empyrean Sky‘ Friday.  The full-on instrumental track is anchored by Sherinian’s keyboard work, drummer Simon Philipps’ time keeping and Jimmy Johnson’s bass line.  Armen Ra’s performance on the theremin adds its own touch to the composition, too, as does guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’s performance along with the group.

The composition in whole lends itself to comparisons to work (both classic and modern) from the likes of Kansas and to works from Emerson Lake & Palmer.  It is a slight departure from the work that he has done with other acts with which he has recorded and performed.  That gives the song even more of its own identity.

Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Platypus, Black Country Communion) is scheduled to release his new album Sept. 18 through InsideOut Music.  It will mark the first time since 2011 that he has released a solo album, that most recent album being Oceana.

Sherinian talked about his forthcoming album in a recent interview.

“I truly feel that this is my best solo record to date,” he said. “[Drummer] Simon [Philipps] and I put a lot of energy into the writing, and I am grateful to all of the great players that contributed to this recording.”

“It is always an amazing experience to be able to work with Simon,” added Sherinian. “He’s been a hero of mine for ages, ever since I heard him playing on albums with Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker.  And he is such an invaluable part of the way this new record has come out.”

Along with handling drums throughout the record, Philipps also also co-produced and co-wrote the album with Sherinian.  He shared his own thoughts on the record.

Eight songs will make up the body of The Phoenix, among them a cover of Buddy Miles’ ‘Them Changes.’  It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.dereksherinian.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Derek-Sherinian-Official-361589234010473/

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DerekSherinian

 

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Derek Sherinian Announces New LP Release Date, Specs

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Keyboardist Derek Sherinian will tentatively release his new solo album this fall.

Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Platypus, Black Country Communion) is scheduled to release his new album The Phoenix Sept. 18 through InsideOut Music.  It will mark the first time since 2011 that he has released a solo album, that most recent album being Oceana.

Sherinian talked about his forthcoming album in a recent interview.

“I truly feel that this is my best solo record to date,” he said. “[Drummer] Simon [Philipps] and I put a lot of energy into the writing, and I am grateful to all of the great players that contributed to this recording.”

“It is always an amazing experience to be able to work with Simon,” added Sherinian. “He’s been a hero of mine for ages, ever since I heard him playing on albums with Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker.  And he is such an invaluable part of the way this new record has come out.”

Along with handling drums throughout the record, Philipps also also co-produced and co-wrote the album with Sherinian.  He shared his own thoughts on the record.

Eight songs will make up the body of The Phoenix, among them a cover of Buddy Miles’ ‘Them Changes.’  It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.dereksherinian.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Derek-Sherinian-Official-361589234010473/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DerekSherinian

 

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Jamieson’s New Comedy Album Is Another Reminder Of Why He Is Still One Of Today’s Top Comics

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Comedian and television personality Don Jamieson will release his fourth comedy album next week.  Jamieson, known for his time as co-host of VH1 Classic’s hit series That Metal Show and as host of SportsNet NY’s game show Beer Money, will release his new comedy album Denim and Laughter Feb. 21.  The album’s title and cover art is a direct tribute to Saxon’s 1981 album Denim and Leather.  The performance, captured Oct. 19, 2019 at an undisclosed location, is another example of why he is one of this generation’s top comic talents.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of his set.  This will be discussed shortly.  The pacing of the set is also important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  Jamieson’s stage presence rounds out the most important of the performance’s factors.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Denim and Laughter.  All things considered, they make this latest stand-up offering from Jamieson another work that will bring any listener to tears of joy well beyond its first listen.

Don Jamieson is one of the elite comedians of this era. The three stand-up albums that he has already released – Live & Hilarious, Hell Bent For Laughter and Communication Breakdown – more than do their share to prove that statement.  His latest album Denim and Laughter cements that reputation even more.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of the presented set.  Jamieson takes on a variety of topics,  including political correctness, bands who claim they are reuniting “for the fans,” and even VH1 Classic’s placement on most cable providers’ lineup and how that played into the show’s eventual demise.  As if that isn’t enough, he also takes on a familiar topic in the division between craft beer and original beer.  This bit immediately lends itself to comparisons to Denis Leary’s bit about beer.  It would be interesting to know if that bit played any part in Jamieson’s own bit about the topic.  Along with those topics, Jamieson also takes opportunities to poke fun at Sebastian Bach and  very famous song from 80s rock band Warrant among so much more.  Put simply, Jamie’s set runs the gamut from start to finish, even taking on media bias and politics, hinting that he might be a Trump supporter.  Hopefully he isn’t, but that aside, the hint alone that he might be is enough to warrant a notice for audiences.  Even with that in mind, Jamieson, again, presents a wide range of content throughout his set, most of which will still generate plenty of laughs from audiences.  To that end, the content alone makes this performance well worth experiencing.  It is just one of the aspects of the performance that makes it worth taking in.  The set’s pacing adds its own engagement and entertainment to the performance.

Jamieson’s set in this recording runs a total of 44 minutes.  Throughout the course of that run time, He never once goes too fast or too slow.  Rather, he finds just the right moments throughout the give audiences moments to take in the various punch lines and to prepare for the next bit.  That ability of the audience to prepare for the next bit is controlled by Jamieson himself as he works through each transition on his own time.  Case in point is his transition from his bit about tea tree shampoo to his jokes about the National Football League  and how it has changed over the years for the worse.  The two topics are completely unrelated, so Jamieson gives just enough time between the topics to make sure audiences make the transition with him.  As he makes his way through his ruminations about the NFL’s negative changes, the transitions from topic to topic are themselves just as smooth.  Another good example of the success of the pacing in Jamieson’s set comes as he transitioned from an anecdote about touring with Zakk Wylde to jokes about Black Sabbath, Gwar and how a Gwar concert tied into an alleged experience on a flight.  Jamieson’s timing and pacing throughout the roughly seven-minute-plus span is seamless, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  In yet another example, Jamieson transitions just as easily from his joke about the impact of a celebrity roast involving Sebastian Bach to an equally funny bit about a well-known song from Warrant.  That bit, by the way, really leaves one wondering and laughing in hindsight.  It really is timely in a weird way.  Getting back on track, the examples presented here, when considered along with the rest of the show, make clear why the pacing of the set is just as important to its presentation as the set’s material.  It is not the last of the recording’s most notable items, either.  Jamieson’s stage presence throughout the performance rounds out its most important elements.

From start to finish, Jamieson’s presence in his performance is just as solid as his pacing.  He presents a certain confident swagger, even connecting with certain audience members directly.  On the surface, that doesn’t seem overly important.  However, on a deeper level, this is important to note because it says to the rest of the audience that Jamieson wants to make sure his audiences knows that he cares what the audience thinks.  He does so by acknowledging those specific audience members.  That interaction, in its own way, translates to the rest of the audience, letting them know that he is not just up on stage, but on stage and really interacting on a personal level, as if the audience members were his best friends.  That personalization of the set, of sorts, reflects back on Jamieson, encouraging his confidence that much more.  The end result is a presence that, again, throughout the set never falters.  That confidence plays back into his pacing, and in turn, makes the performance that much more entertaining.  When this is considered alongside the overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes Denim & Laughter a presentation that ensures laughter from audiences.

Don Jamieson’s new comedy recording Denim & Laughter is an enjoyable new offering from the veteran entertainer and television personality.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of Jamieson’s set.  It ranges from the timeless to the random and riotous to even some more dated material.  That whole provides plenty for audiences to enjoy.  Jamieson’s pacing throughout the course of the nearly 50-minute set does its own share to ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The same can be said of Jamieson’s stage presence throughout his performance.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Denim & Laughter another positive performance from one of this generation’s top comic talents.  It will be available Feb. 21 through Metal Blade Records.  More information on the recording is available online along with all of Jamieson’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.donjamieson.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/realdonjamieson

 

 

 

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The Jab Takes Listeners To The ‘Dank Mississippi’ In Its New Single

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The Jab debuted the second single from its new album this week.

The band debuted the song ‘Dank Mississippi‘ Friday.  The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Consume.  The LP is scheduled for release Tuesday through Medicine/The Orchard.

‘Dank Mississippi’ presents a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of the southern rock genre that is similar to the arrangement at the center of the album’s lead single ‘Riot.’  The first acts that come to mind in considering comparisons are Zakk Wylde’s very first band, Pride & Glory,’ ‘Black Stone Cherry’ and Charm City Devils, in examining the song’s arrangement.  The song is available to stream and download now through Spotify, Apple Music and The Jab’s official YouTube channel.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as possibly a commentary of sorts.  Front man Jam Alker sings in the song’s lead verse, “Tip my hand in the river/Make me quiver/Let it kiss me/On the banks of the dank Mississippi/Hold my hand till the preacher man gets me/On the banks of the dank Mississippi/Cold, dark, dank Mississippi.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Hold my hand in the river/Make me shiver/Then deliver me/On the banks of the dank Mississippi/Give it to me slowly/Let the holy water hit me/On the banks of the dank Mississippi.”  He adds in the song’s third verse, “Strip my bones in the river/Let me wither…/In the dank Mississippi/Carry me home/Who’s gonna carry me to the light in the dank Mississippi?”

The Jab will tour in support of Consume beginning Wednesday when it joins Crobot on the road.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 29 in Baltimore, MD. It features performances in cities, such as Ft. Collins, CO; Corpus Christi, TX and Monroe, LA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Upcoming tour with Crobot:

Feb 5 Scottsdale, AZ- Pub Rock

Feb 6 Las Vegas, NV- Counts V’amp

Feb 7 Los Angeles, CA- Viper Room

Feb 8 Reno, NV- Cargo

Feb 9 Sacramento, CA- Holy Diver

Feb 11 Fresno, CA- Strummers

Feb 13 Spokane, WA- The Pin

Feb 14 Seattle, WA- Funhouse

Feb 16 Boise, ID- The Shredder

Feb 18 Ft Collins, CO- Aggie Theater

Feb 19 Denver, CO- Lost Lake

Feb 20 Amarillo, TX- Hoots Pub

Feb 21 Dallas, TX- Gas Monkey

Feb 22 Corpus Christi, TX- House of Rock

Feb 23 Houston, TX- Acadia

Feb 25 Austin, TX- Come and Take it Live

Feb 26 Monroe, LA- Live Oaks

Feb 27 Nashville, TN- Basement East

Feb 28 Johnson City, TN- Capones

Feb 29 Baltimore, MD- Angels Rock Bar Power Plant

More information on Consume is available online along with The Jab’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://thejabmusic.com

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Entertainment One Re-Issues Pride & Glory’s Self-Titled Album; Debuts Video For ‘Machine Gun Man’ Acoustic Take

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Before Black Label Society, there was Pride & Glory.

That band only released one album before its now famous front man Zakk Wylde went on to do his own thing and become one of the most respected figures in the rock community.

Entertainment One re-issued that album Friday, and in celebration of its release, debuted the video Thursday, for the exclusive acoustic take of the album’s song ‘Machine Gun Man.’  The video features Wylde and his then band mates performing live through lots of vintage footage.

Pride & Glory‘s re-issue features an acoustic take of ‘Mother Mary’ along with the acoustic take of ‘Machine Gun Man.’  The album’s picture disc re-issue also features five more more bonus songs that can be downloaded through a download card available with the album.

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. Losin’ Your Mind
2. Horse Called War
3. Shine On
4. Lovin’ Woman
5. Harvester Of Pain
6. The Chosen One
7. Sweet Jesus
8. Troubled Wine
9. Machine Gun Man 10. Cry Me a River
11. Toe’n The Line
12. Found A Friend
13. Fadin’ Away
14. Hate Your Guts
15. Machine Gun Man (acoustic bonus)
16. Mother Mary (alternate version)

These 5 additional tracks will be included on the DL Cards for a total of 21 tracks
1. The Wizard (Black Sabbath cover)
2. Torn and Tattered
3. In My Time of Dyin’ (Led Zeppelin cover)
4. The Hammer & the Nail
5. Come Together (The Beatles cover)

More information on this and other releases from entertainment One is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.entertainmentone.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/entonegroup

 

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Zakk Wylde Added To 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

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The annual experience Hendrix tour added another big name to its lineup this week.

Concert organizers announced this week that Zakk Wylde has joined this year’s nationwide celebration of Jimi Hendrix.  The announcement was made in a news release sent Friday from Experience Hendrix LLC.

Wylde will join artists, such as Joe Satriani (who has previously taken part in the annual tour), blues legend Taj Mahal and Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine for this year’s tour.  This is not the first time that Wylde has taken part in the Experience Hendrix tour, having first taken part in the tour in 2014.  He has appeared on the tour many times since then.

Wylde talked about joining the tour again in a recent interview.

“Hendrix, you can pick out a mile away,” Wylde said.  “His sound, his execution — he was about as unique as it gets.  I’m a fan of all the guys on the tour.  I’m just excited to get out there and hang around the whole thing.  Just watching them play and jammin’ with them.”

This year’s Experience Hendrix tour is scheduled to start on March 3 in Pompano Beach, FL and to run through Apr. 6 in Wallingford, CT.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Washington, D.C. and Albany, NY.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

2019 Experience Hendrix Tour 

Mar 3                      Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater*

Mar 4                      Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall*

Mar 5                      Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 6                      Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

Mar 8                      North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Mar 9                      Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre-Atlanta*

Mar 10                    Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center*

Mar 11                    Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center*

Mar 12                    Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theater*

Mar 14                    Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 15                    Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium*

Mar 16                    Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre*

Mar 17                    Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre*

Mar 19                    Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre*

Mar 20                    Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts*

Mar 21                    Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater*

Mar 22                    Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre*

Mar 23                    Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre*

Mar 24                    Charleston, WV – The Clay Center

Mar 26                    Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

Mar 27                    Bensalem, PA – Xcite Center at Parx Casino

Mar 28                    Westbury, NY – Theatre At Westbury

Mar 29                    Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Mar 30                    Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino

Apr 1                       Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre for the Performing Arts

Apr 2                       Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts

Apr 3                       Albany, NY – Palace Theatre

Apr 4                       Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Apr 5                       New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Apr 6                       Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

*dates with Zakk Wylde

More information on this year’s Experience Hendrix tour is available online now along with all of the tour’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.experiencehendrixtour.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimihendrix

 

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Not A Singles Set, ‘Grimmest Hits’ is One of BLS’ Best Albums To Date

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This coming Sunday, veteran hard rock band Black Label Society will make its way to North Carolina’s capital city as part of its tour in support of its brand new album Grimmest Hits. Despite the album’s title, it is not a hits collection. It is in fact a brand new collection of songs from guitar great Zakk Wylde and company. One that once more proves why BLS is still one of the most revered and respected names in the rock realm and music community in whole today. That is proven in part through the arrangements presented throughout the album’s 12 total songs. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes also serve to support that statement, and will be discussed later. The album’s sequencing is one more item that supports that statement. When it is joined with the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes, the whole of these elements shows without doubt why this album is such an impressive new release from one of rock’s elite acts and why the band itself is so respected.

Black Label Society’s new album, its 10th full-length studio recording, is some of the best work to date that the veteran hard rock act has released. That is proven at least in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements presented across the course of the 55-minute album take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1998 debut album Sonic Brew, its 2002 album 1919 Eternal and its follow-up, 2003’s The Blessed Hellride with its heavier side. Speaking of that heavier side, it is not the album’s only side. It also boasts a much softer, more reserved side that will impress fans of Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows albums in the form of ‘The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away,’ ‘The Only Words’ and ‘Nothing Left To Say.’ This album is not the first time that Wylde and company have shown both a heavy and soft side on one of its albums. That’s a good thing, too because it is another way in which the band continues to show its reach and talent. Considering this, having such mix of musical elements is just as welcome here as in the band’s previous efforts. It creates a solid foundation for the album; A foundation that is strengthened even more through the album’s lyrical themes.

‘The Betrayal’ is a key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes to its presentation. The song seems to tackle the topic of someone who is somewhat short-sighted and who can’t see the way things are actually going. That is inferred as Wylde sings, “Gathered for this mass/Abandon all that you know/You say that you’re not blind/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “the engines start to seize/The walls begin to close/The betrayal that you see/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” The song continues in similar fashion through its third and fourth verse. Considering this, the whole of the song seems to take on the matter of someone who might be able to see “A,” “B” and “C” but who can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees. It is definitely an interesting song, lyrically speaking, that is certain to generate its own share of discussion. As always, this is only this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel. It could be wholly incorrect. Hopefully not, but one only knows for certain when one gets it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Having noted this, it is just one of the songs that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical themes in showing what makes the album in whole such a strong new effort. The theme at the center of ‘The Only Words,’ which is one of the album’s previously noted softer moments, shows just as much as that of ‘The Betrayal’ why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its whole.

The theme — or at least the seeming theme — presented in ‘The Only Words’ is simply that of a person’s love and affection for another. Yes, it comes across as a love song. Who’d have thought Black Label Society would ever craft a love song?! If indeed that is what this song is, then kudos to Wylde and company for going that route. That is because of how well it came off in its simplicity. Wylde sings here, “So you say you’ve got your plans/Well life’s got its plans, too/Changes that come and go/Come tomorrow one never knows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Mountains may fall/The stars may all disappear/Just to hear you say you’re mine/The only words I need to hear.” The song’s second verse continues the same mentality of the lead verse, and couples with the chorus to once again present the seeming theme of love. When the song’s gentle, almost light southern rock musical arrangement, that theme seems to fit even more. It makes the song a display of a side of Zakk Wylde that is not often seen or heard, though not overly rare. Again, it makes this seeming theme one more way in which the album’s musical themes prove so important to the album’s whole. It is not the last of the songs whose theme shows the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ is one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important.

The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ can be interpreted in one of two ways: romantic love and religious love. Which one is in fact the case is up to Wylde. It is a positive theme, regardless of which angle Wylde took here. That is proven as he sings, “Hand me your doubts, worries and fears/Within this embrace/They all shall appear/A love beyond/A love unreal/This sadness you felt/You will no longer feel.” This is just the song’s lead verse, but is a strong statement nonetheless. On the one hand, one could interpret it as one person comforting another in a time of despair and strife. On another hand, one could just as easily argue that it is linked to Wylde’s devout Catholic beliefs. This is especially possible as Wylde sings about giving “this world and all that there is”… “all to you: as he asks “Could you promise me as I promised you?” There’s even what seems like a statement about self-realization here. Regardless of what the song’s actual theme is, there is no denying that it is another positive theme, and one that stands just as separately from the other songs noted here as the rest of the album’s themes do from these songs and from one another. Keeping this in mind, it becomes yet another example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Grimmest Hits‘ whole. Having noted the importance of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes to its whole, it can be agreed that each element is critical to the album’s whole both alone and together. While each obviously has its own importance, they are not its only important elements. The album’s sequencing shows one last time just what makes this album another strong effort from BLS and of course why the band is still such a respected organization.

The sequencing of Grimmest Hits is so important to discuss because it puts the finishing touch to the foundation formed by the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. Going back to the previous discussion on the album’s arrangements, there are both heavy and so soft that they’re heavy arrangements spread across the album. In the same vein, that means the album’s energies change from one song to the next. That change in those energies is clear over the first half of the album. What’s really interesting about that change is its subtlety. The record’s first three songs are heavy, full on pieces, but as it progresses into ‘All That Once Shined,’ the album’s fourth song, the energy becomes noticeably more reserved. As that song progresses into ‘the Only Words,’ the album’s energy becomes even more reserved before going abruptly full throttle again in ‘Room of Nightmares,’ its midway point.  It’s a clearly intentional way to make certain audiences were still along for the ride.

The musical punch from ‘Room of Nightmares’ is complimented immediately after by another heavy arrangement in ‘A Love Unreal.’ As the album progresses through its second half, its energy starts to switch up even more with a back and forth approach from ‘Disbelief’ on. What this approach does is insures listeners’ engagement even more through the second half of the album.  That in turn shows again just as much time and thought was put into this part of the album as was with its musical and lyrical content. When it is considered along with the time and thought put into those elements, the whole of all three shows why this album is another success from Black Label Society. In turn, the album shows why Black Label Society remains today one of the rock (and music) community’s most respected names.

Black Label Society’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits is one of the band’s most important albums to date. The band’s 10th album in its roughly 20 year life, it is a record that makes a bold statement as it takes listeners back to some of the best of the album’s predecessors, including the band’s debut album. This is evident through each of its twelve total musical arrangements. Its varied lyrical themes cover a wide range of ground, strengthening its foundation even more. From a seeming love song to a commentary on seeing the bigger picture of life to so many other topics, this record’s lyrical themes do plenty to strengthen its foundation even more. The time and thought obviously put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to that foundation, insuring even more listeners’ engagement. All thing considered, these elements join together to make this album one whole that is one of BLS’ best albums to date and an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Grimmest Hits is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ozzy Announces Farewell Tour

Courtesy: MSO PR

Ozzy is officially calling it a career.

The Grammy Award ®-winning veteran performer, famed television personality and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee announced Monday that he is retiring, and will celebrate his impending retirement with an extensive farewell tour.  The tour is currently scheduled to open May 5, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico and to run through July 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portgual.

While the upcoming farewell tour, which will run through 2020, is OSbourne’s last big outing, he stressed in a recent interview that the tour likely won’t be his absolute last time performing live.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Osbourne said.  “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.

Included in the upcoming tour is a mix of solo and festival shows that will see Osbourne performing alongside long time friend and Black Label Society front man Zakk Wylde (guitar), Blasko (bass), Tommy Cluefetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).  The North American leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour, which will be revealed in 2018, will be produced by Live Nation.

The current schedule for the European leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour is noted below.

DATE
COUNTRY/CITY
VENUE
Sat
5/5
Mexico
TBA
Tue
5/8
Santiago, Chile
TBA
Fri
5/11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
TBA
Sun
5/13
São Paulo, Brazil
TBA
Wed
5/16
Curitiba, Brazil
TBA
Fri
5/18
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
TBA
Sun
5/20
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TBA
Fri
6/1
Moscow, Russia
Olympiisky
Sun
6/3
St. Petersburg, Russia
Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed
6/6
Finland
TBA
Fri
6/8
Solvesborg, Sweden*
Sweden Rock Festival
Sun
6/10
Donington, UK*
Download Festival
Wed
6/13
Prague, Czech Republic*
Airport Letnany
Fri
6/15
Paris, France*
Download Festival
Sun
6/17
Italy*
TBA
Wed
6/20
Halden, Norway*
Tons of Rock Festival
Fri
6/22
Copenhagen, Denmark*
Copenhell Festival
Sun
6/24
Dessel, Belgium*
Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue
6/26
Krakow, Poland*
Impact Festival
Thu
6/28
Oberhausen, Germany*
König-Pilsnet Arena
Fri
6/30
Madrid, Spain*
Download Festival
Mon
7/2
Lisbon, Portugal
Meo Arena
*Produced by Live Nation

 

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Website: http://www.ozzy.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

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