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Monsters of Rock Cruise: Artist Lineup Announced For 2019 Voyage!

Monsters of Rock Cruise: Artist Lineup Announced For 2019 Voyage!

Details for the 9th annual MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE — the world’s largest, and premier hard rock/heavy metal music cruise on the seven seas — have been announced.

Departing out of Miami, Fl, this five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise — dubbed Band Overboard — will set sail February 24 – March 1, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and visits two ports: Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the Private Isle of Labadee.

The public on-sale begins today (4/18) at 1:00pm EST, with cabins starting at $1,299 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For more info and booking, visit MonstersOfRockCruise.com and follow @monstersofrockcruise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The confirmed line-up for the 2019 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE includes: Tesla, Tom Keifer, Extreme, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Skid Row, UDO, Kix, D*A*D, Danger Danger, Kings X, Pat Travers Band, Nelson, The Quireboys, Pink Cream 69, The Wildhearts, Rose Tattoo, Eclipse, SOTO, Killer Dwarfs, Brighton Rock, Vain, Mike Tramp, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Tuff, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Jetboy, Michael Grant and the Assassins, and Mitch Malloy, with more performances to be announced.

In addition, the cruise will feature Return of the Shredders, showcasing renowned guitarists Richie Kotzen, Gus G, Tony McAlpine, Joel Hoekstra and Neil Zaza.

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Eddie Trunk (SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”) returns as the official cruise host, broadcasting “live” daily with artist interviews from the ship’s promenade. San Francisco radio host, Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM’s “Hair Nation”) will moderate Q&A’s and many other specially designed events crafted for this unique hard rock, heavy metal voyage. Finally, stand-up comedians and “That Metal Show” Co-HostsDon Jamieson and Jim Florentine will provide comic relief with their irreverent brand of humor.

In addition to the band performances, the cruise will host interactive events between artists and cruisers, including: MOR Artist Photo Experiences, Artist/Cruiser Q&A sessions, Gong Show Karaoke, “So You Think You Can Shred” challenge, Bonzai Pipeline Surfing Competition, Cooking with Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone of Chef it up!, Name That Monster Song, Celebrity Artist Beer Event,Themed Nights, Painting With Rock Stars, and Private Dinners With The Bands, with more to be announced.

Mariner of the Seas is unlike any ship experienced before on the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE. The vessel will undergo a stem-to-stern 100-million-dollar makeover prior to MOR’s sailing, adding new dining and bar alternatives, plus an array of new features and attractions for the active crowd. Kick back at The Bamboo Room, a punched-up Polynesian watering hole that will whisk you away with its throwback vibe and kitschy cool cocktails. Bond over delicious Tuscan specialties at the super cool Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver. Plus, it’s always Monster Game Time at Playmakers Bar and Arcade – where you can watch your favorite team or make your own legendary plays.

Spanning the length of Deck 5 and offering quick access to all performance venues, as well as a hot spot for cruisers to connect, the Royal Promenade on this Voyager Class ship, features restaurants, coffee bars and shopping. Other activities aboard the ship include: boogie boarding or surfing the waves at theFlowRider Surf Simulator, challenging yourself on the rock-climbing wall, soaking in one of the many hot tubs and pools, or pampering yourself in the world-class Vitality at Sea Spa.  New attractions to the ship include: Sky Pad (a brand new bungee trampoline experience that launches you sky high for gravity-defying fun combined with virtual reality headsets), The Perfect Storm (plunge down three stories of twisting, turning thrills on these dual high-speed race slides until you hit the bottom), Laser Tag (grab a blaster, choose a side and gear up for a stellar glow-in-the-dark time in this Bots versus Aliens battle for the last planet), and Escape Room (team up with fellow cruisers to find hidden clues and crack secret codes in your quest to rescue a time-traveling scientist in Escape Room: The Observatorium).

The exclusive island of Labadee is the ultimate private destination for MOR cruisers, offering adventure, exploration and relaxation amongst its many bars and pristine waters. Vacationers can amp up the adrenaline on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a thrilling 30-mile-per-hour ride with incredible views of the island. For more action, adventurous passengers may choose to strap on a helmet and harness and soar 500-feet down on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. In addition, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from, including wave jet rides, parasailing, snorkel safaris, kayak tours, and much more.

Situated on Jamaica’s North coast, Ocho Rios has something for all travelers. MOR cruisers won’t want to miss Dunn’s River Falls, one of the most incredible and natural wonders in the world and a shore excursion unlike any other. This series of lush, tropical waterfalls cascade over terraced natural stairs, as you take the picturesque hike all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the journey, taking breaks to swim in the small lagoons and grottos as they ascend the vertical sections of the falls. Cruisers can wrap up with a hike and dip into the Caribbean Sea or enjoy a myriad of activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, horseback riding, river raft rides or sightseeing.

The Monsters of Rock Cruise is the ultimate hard rock/heavy metal cruise, where music and cruising combine for the ultimate rock ‘n roll vacation. 

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About ON THE BLUE:
ON THE BLUE — promoter for the Monsters of Rock Cruise — is a leader in cruise charter innovation, having sailed over 120,000 passengers in that last 20 years. The principals of ON THE BLUE have deep roots in the music industry, having provided world-class cruise ship production management for celebrities and musical artists for over two decades. ON THE BLUE has run dozens of charter and large group programs for organizations, corporations, celebrities and artists throughout North America, and has played major roles in the development of ground-breaking theme cruise concepts. Past charters have included an array of Fortune 500 companies plus theme cruises featuring entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Journey, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Night Ranger, The Moody Blues, UFO, Queensryche, Tesla, Cinderella, Yes, Little River Band, UK, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Greg Lake, O.A.R. and many others. For more information, visit OTBlue.com.

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You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: A First-Timer’s Look At The M3 Rock Festival

It’s no secret that I’m the youngin’ here at Icon Vs. Icon. At 25 years old, I was a baby when grunge came onto the scene and I wasn’t even thought of when most of the bands that play Maryland’s annual M3 Rock Festival were kicking ass on their original run. I’m much more of a punk guy. Now don’t get me wrong, I can jam out to the occasional Poison or Motley Crue hit, and Dangerous Toys is one of my favorite bands, but I’d be lying if I said I was an expert when it came to the hair metal/80’s rock era. However, when Captain Jason Price contacted me and said he had a photo pass for the festival I just couldn’t pass it up. Spoiler alert: I saw a lot of folks living out their heyday, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t having one of the greatest times of their lives. I was too! Before I get into it I just wanted you all to know that my life changed on that day. On April 29th, 2017 I became a huge fan of 80’s metal and the bands that continue kicking ass today. Now, let’s get into it as I take you into the M3 Rock Festival, held on April 28th and 29th, 2017 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, through the eyes of a first-timer.

All good times start off with a fantastic breakfast. I’d feel terrible if I failed to mention that Jason and I began our day ingesting delicious pastries from our local “bed and breakfast” Turnbridge Point. Listen, if you ever find yourself on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, make it a priority to check this place out! The folks that run the place are incredibly polite and make some of the tastiest treats you can imagine. After digesting our phenomenal baked goods, we said our goodbyes to our significant others and were off into the land of hairspray and leather pants!

We pull into Lot 4 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and I already feel a bit out of place. Mind you it was 90 degrees outside so I decided to wear a light, Hawaiian button down to counteract the temperature. Everyone else in the parking garage were not so thoughtful. The most notable of attendees had the largest lion’s mane Jason and I had ever seen. I mean this in the nicest way possible, I was honestly jealous of this guy. He looked as if he had just told Dorothy and Toto to piss off because he was on his way to see Ratt!

We make our way to the West Gate, check in and receive our media badges, and away we go. The merch booth was full of black t-shirts from musical acts that played both, the night prior and that night. Most of the shirts were rather similar: all black with the bands logo in big bold letters in the center. This definitely appealed to the audience as this merch booth had a growing line all day. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed as I’m used to festivals in which each band has their own booth, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. We had about an hour to kill before the first band took the stage so we decided to get the lay of the land, peeping out the entrances to both photo pits and seeing what sort of food we would be devouring as the day went on. Before you knew it, the first band took the stage.

The opening band, on the Forest Stage, was local cover band 1 Nite Stand. I know what you’re thinking, “local cover band”? These guys knew how to get the party started. They came out and opened with The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. The synth/keyboard opening was the perfect start to the day and the people began to flock to the stage. These guys know how to have fun and I would definitely like to see them perform these hits again, in the future.

It was now time to make our way over to the main Pavilion Stage to catch the first “Main Stage Act” Rhino Bucket! Make no mistake, I am 100% unfamiliar with these guys but I got to know them real quick. Led by vocalist Georg Dolivo, it wasn’t long to catch on to what these guys were all about. Coming up in the LA Rock scene, like GnR and Junkyard, Rhino Bucket pushes that dirty rock sound that separates them from the Glam/Hair Metal acts of the period. I would be hard pressed to say that these guys didn’t sound very similar to AC/DC. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, who doesn’t love that sound?! It’s also important to note that Brian “Damage” Forsythe, of Kix fame, plays lead guitar. Just a bit of a fun fact. Rhino Bucket released their latest album “The Last Real Rock N Roll” this past April and are showing no sign of slowing down.

Set times alternated between stages which was both a blessing and a burden. Catching every set was doable but damn if it wasn’t a hassle going back and forth. That being said, it was a great work out on this 90 degree day. As we made our way back to the Forest Stage I saw about 50 or so people in Korupt shirts. Being another band I was unfamiliar with, I wasn’t sure what to expect as each member took the stage. Formed in 1982, Korupt is a Maryland “Metal Cover Band”. Now, in theory that sounds a bit lame but it was far from the truth. These guys know how to shred and own every song as if it’s being heard for the first time. There around the Maryland area all the time and are opening for Faster Pussycat on July 16th. Tickets are available now!

At this point Captain Jason and I decided to grab some food. After much debate we settled on some pit beef sandwiches. No lie, this was most definitely a highlight of the day. I don’t know what they put in these sandwiches but they were bangin’! Needless to say, we went back for another one later in the evening.

We missed a couple of sets but thankfully made it back to the Forest Stage for my favorite set of the day, Junkyard. As stated above, these guys came up in the 80’s LA rock scene with bands such as Guns N Roses and the formerly mentioned Rhino Bucket. As a matter of fact, Junkyard picked up in popularity after Axel Roses sported a shirt during a photo shoot. After further investigation, singer David Roach stated that he wasn’t even sure if Axel had heard the band, he just liked the shirt and decided to wear it. These guys were most definitely the stand out of the day. This is the only band of the day that I could see playing both M3 Rock Festival and Punk Rock Bowling. Their roots are definitely set in the LA punk scene rather than the Hair Metal scene of the era. These guys slayed. Their fast paced hard rock mixed with their DIY style attitudes definitely place them in my wheelhouse. Brian Baker from Bad Religion even joined the group for a live rendition of “Hollywood”. What a breathtaking performance! Junkyard just released their first studio album in 26 years, “High Water” in April. I picked it up as soon as their set ended and might I say…these guys KICK ASS!

Back to Main Stage for some Danger Danger! Again, I’m the youngster on the scene, unfamiliar with 80% of these bands. That may be a good thing though. I’m learning about all of these kickass bands for the first time, and that’s also the case for the Queens natives. The band kicked off in 1987 and despite multiple lineup changes, and legal issues, they’re back and going strong today. Lead vocalist Ted Poley knows how to have a fantastic time on stage. His constant audience interaction throughout each song really makes the crowd part of the show. From “Rock America” to “Naughty Naughty” these guys definitely know how to have a good time, and make sure everyone around them are having fun as well.

It was starting to get hot guys…really hot. We needed a break from the crowd so we decided to walk around the festival grounds and check out a few of the merch tents. We popped on by the HammerJacks tent, yes the legendary Baltimore venue is coming back! Being the “hipsters” that we are, Jason and I grabbed a couple of shirts just to show that we were there for the venue’s return! Jokes aside, I’m absolutely stoked for the re-opening. I didn’t get to experience the original location firsthand but I’ve heard plenty of phenomenal stories. Can’t wait to experience these things myself. After leaving the HammerJacks tent I began to notice the lack of vendors/merch tents in the area. I’m so used to each band having their own tents, ready to shill any amount of merch they possibly can. Sadly that wasn’t the case here. I was ready to spend some money dammit! Back to the tunes.

Next up, on the Main Stage, Jack Russell’s Great White! Great White was one of those bands that everyone has told me I would dig but I never got around to listening. You can bet your ass I’m listening now. Leading up to the festival I made sure to check out a few old Great White tunes as well as a bit of Russell’s solo work. Now listen, this guy’s voice hasn’t changed a bit in terms of listening to the through the computer…I never expected Jack to sound that good in person. Holy hell was I wrong. This man hasn’t missed a beat. He hit every single note necessary to take you back to the days of the original Great White. While it is understandable that their set mostly consisted of Great White hits, I would’ve loved to hear a few more of Jack Russell’s Great White songs. Regardless, Jack Russell has attacked his demons and has them in a chokehold. I can’t wait for them to make their way back to the east coast so I can experience those sweet sultry vocals again!

We began to make our way back to the Forest Stage for one of Jason’s choices Bang Tango. No surprise here, another band I am completely unfamiliar with. I’ll be damned if I didn’t get familiar real quick. Joe Lesté, the last original member, was king of the world as he entered the stage on the shoulders of either a security member…or training pro wrestler. They kicked off the set with “Don’t Count Me Out”, a track off of their final OG lineup album “Love After Death”. Throughout the show I could honestly see that this band never reached its full potential. Lesté is a star in terms of a frontman, it’s criminal that these guys never got the love they deserve. There’s a documentary entitled “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” that tackles this very topic. Fun fact, the filmmaker behind this documentary is now the band’s rhythm guitarist. Their last album, “Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt” was released in 2011.

Alright guys, we’re down to the bands I’ve heard a lot about! I know, it’s been a long ride. This is in no way a shot at the bands mentioned prior, I’m just a young guy. The bands above all killed, but now we’ve reached a few I’m familiar with. We make our way back to the Main Stage for Warrant. With the departure and eventual death of former lead singer Jani Lane, this incarnation of Warrant receives a decent amount of “hate” from fans. This is a hatred I can understand by people who grew up with a different band. That being said, Robert Mason and the rest of the crew rocked the house! They played a plethora of hits, spanning the band’s lengthy career. I can honestly say their new stuff holds up just as well as “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” or even “Cherry Pie”. Their newest single, “Louder, Harder, Faster” is just as the title describes and I can only assume the upcoming album will be just the same. The new Warrant album, “Louder, Harder, Faster” will be released on May 12th.

Next up we had Vixen on the Forest Stage, finally a few females in leather to balance out the crowd. We had heard about Lita Ford making the introductions for each band but had yet to catch them in the act. Thankfully that all changed as she introduced us to four badass chicks who know how to rock! These gorgeous ladies came out and brought the house down. Kicking off their set with “Streets in Paradise”, Janet Gartner shows that she still has it…as a matter of fact, she never lost it! Also noteworthy is newcomer Britt Lightning, shredding through each track as if she’s been there since day one. These girls put on a spectacular show and closed out the set with “Edge of a Broken Heart”, even being joined by a few members of one of Friday’s bands, Faster Pussycat.

It was starting to get late and this young “old man” was getting sleepy…but we still had three performances left dammit! Back over at the Main Stage we were introduced to Cinderella front man, Tom Keifer. While not my favorite set of the night, it was definitely the coolest. Keifer just has this aura about him that screams “check this out”! He went through a multitude of Cinderella hits, ramping up the performance as he went on. Along with hits from the lead singer’s band, he also covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Once he reached the Beatles cover, Jason and I had already made our way back to the Forest Stage but I’ll be damned if Keifer didn’t have everyone at that stage singing along as well. There’s just something about that man that makes you want to listen and be involved. It is incredible that even after intense vocal surgery this man can still perform the way he does. When Tom Keifer is in town, you make sure you’re there!

As I stated, Jason and I were back at the Forest Stage as Keifer’s set began to wind down. We were well prepared for the Forest Stage headliner, and one of my personal favorites, Dokken! Most of you know that I cover most of the horror stuff here at IconVsIcon, so I’ll have you know that “Dream Warriors” is my jam. When Don Dokken took the stage you knew you were in for a treat. I won’t lie and say that he sounds exactly as he did on past recordings, however, he’s adjusted the vocals of each song to match how he can sing now. It works perfectly. I respect any artist who can adjust their music to where they are in life, and still knock it out of the park. Dokken did just that. During this set we were also given another spectacular performance by Jack Russell as he joined Dokken during their song “Alone Again”. Am I the only one that wants a Russell/Dokken collaboration album that consists of Don and Jack sharing vocals? Just me? Well that’s too bad, because these guys killed it together!

Alright ladies and gentlemen, the main event of the evening. Back on over to the Main Stage everyone was getting set for RATT. Might I say that they pulled out all of the stops. Confetti and fog machines had us a little confused in the photo pit but damn did it assist in a great show. I know that former drummer Bobby Blotzer had his own version of RATT appear at M3 in previous years, but this was the real deal. There’s only one Stephen Pearcy. The guys started off the set with “Wanted Man” and, of course, ended with “Round and Round”. While few stated that Pearcy seemed a bit off throughout the set I feel as though he was just taking it all in. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand and was ready to go all night. This was a great finish to cap off a spectacular day.

So that was that; a first timer’s look at the M3 Rock Festival. No doubt that I had a fantastic time and hope to return next year. Speaking of next year, it’s going to be the tenth festival this company has put on and they promised a few special surprises. I’m personally hoping for a Twisted Sister reunion and Quiet Riot (I know their current lineup is a bit wonky). I would also love for Dangerous Toys to be back on the festival next year as they played Friday night and I was unable to attend. The fanbase for this hard rock/hair metal genre is remarkable and dedicated. I would expect nothing less from the amazing people I had the pleasure of interacting with at M3. Hope to see you all again next year. KEEP ROCKING!

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

M3 Rock Festival To Rock Baltimore (And Surrounding Areas!) On April 28th and 29th!

For the past 8 years, some of the biggest names in hard rock, glam and heavy metal have gathered at Merriweather Post Pavilion for one of the most satisfying weekends of music around. This year is no exception as the M3 Rock Festival returns to rock Baltimore (and surrounding areas!) for it’s 9th year on April 28th and 29th, 2017! This year’s lineup features a who’s who of the most notable names from one rock’s most storied eras and is not to be missed.

The lineups from M3 Rock Festival’s past have been legendary and this year is no exception. The festival organizers have once again ensured there will be many notable highlights for metal-hungry rockers. Faster Pussycat, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Station and Baton Rouge will kick of the festivities on Friday and the show will be closed out by Baltimore’s legendary, KIX. Saturday’s lineup is equally as stacked with performances by Vain, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard, Bang Tango, Danger Danger, Autograph, Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant, Dokken, Tom Keifer’s Cinderella. The recently reunited RATT, featuring vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier, will be closing out the show on Saturday evening.

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the music created during the heyday of The Sunset Strip. It’s attended by people who lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, those who missed out and an entirely new generation of classic rock fans anxious to see their favorites take the stage. While many artists featured at the M3 Rock Festival rose to fame decades ago, it’s important to remember the overwhelming majority of artists on this bill are active bands who not only continue to rock audiences around the globe and create new music for legions of devoted fans. There is no doubt you will hear the songs that provided the soundtrack to your youth but you might also walk away with some killer new tunes to add to your playlist! Either way, 2017’s M3 Rock Festival is going to rock you to your core.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com. Check out a complete list of set times below!

 

 

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M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

M3 Rock Festival: Official 2017 Artist Lineup Announced!

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Glam & heavy metal returns to Merriweather for the 9th year of the M3 Rock Festival. The lineup for this year’s event, which takes place on April 28th and 29th, 2017, has officially been announced and features RATT, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Loverboy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Junkyard, Rhinobucket, Loudness, Autograph, Bang Tango, Winger, Dangerous Toys, Lita Ford and more!

One of the best festivals on the East Coast, M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the days of decadence an glamour and is attended by people who lived it and their children who remember hearing about this cultural movement.

For all the latest info on the big event, visit the official website at www.m3rockfest.com.

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THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD: Andy Timmons On Life, Career and New Music!

THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD: Andy Timmons On Life, Career and New Music!

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Heralded as on of music’s most dynamic and melodically exciting virtuoso guitarists, Andy Timmons has spent decades building an impressively diverse sonic resume. As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes. As a session player, he’s been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (serving as her director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his favorite ’60’s singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore and Gordon Waller.

Throughout the years and his many successes, The Andy Timmons Band has remained a constant creative outlet in the guitarist’s life. In the Fall of 2016, the musical powerhouse has returned once more! Their eighth album, “Theme From A Perfect World,” was released on September 30th, 2016, via their own custom label, Timstone Records. Co-produced by Timmons and his longtime bassist Mike Daane, the album features 10 all-new tracks of melodic guitar instrumentals that certainly feel both modern and vintage; much like the music they loved growing up. In addition to Daane on bass, the album also features Rob Avsharian on drums as well as original Andy Timmons Band drummer Mike Marine, who appears on five tracks. A powerful grouping of songs, the album is sure to touch an emotional chord in every listener and will warrant repeat listens. From the driving, rising force of “Ascension” to the crossover pop leanings of “Winterland” and “Sanctuary” to a pair of heartfelt, uplifting elegies, “That Day Came” and “On Your Way, Sweet Soul,” it’s a richly diverse album that truly features something for everyone. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Andy Timmons to discuss his musical roots, his longevity as an artist and the making of The Andy Timmons Band’s new album, “Theme From A Perfect World.”

Let’s start at the beginning. How did music first come into your life?

It was a very easy thing to do in the household that I grew up. I had three older brothers and we were all four years apart. My oldest brother was 12 years older than I was and I was born in 1963. At that point, for him, it was prime record buying age. He was coming into his teen years and, all of a sudden, there was the Beatles. Fortunately for me, he bought every record that came out of the British invasion. It was the Beatles, The Kinks and the Dave Clark Five, along with some US groups like Herman’s Hermits and Paul Revere and the Raiders. All of that was in the household nonstop. There was my foundation! Each of my older brothers also played a little bit of guitar. There would be the obligatory Silvertone acoustic guitar that every household in the 1960s seemed to have back in those days. My brothers were my heroes. My folks split when I was very young so my dad wasn’t around much but here were these three older guys in my life that were all about music. That was massively inspiring to me. I just wanted to be like them and impress them. So, so much of my foundation really does stem from that. Their musical tastes, to this day, still resonate with me. Whatever they’re into, there’s a good chance it’s going to be what I’m into as well.

When did you pick up an instrument and begin to develop that side of your musical personality?

From the age of 4 on, I had what seemed to be an endless stream of plastic toy guitars. They used to make these kids size plastic guitars that were actually playable. It’s like the Mickey Mouse crank guitar but a plastic guitar with nylon strings that were tunable. I don’t know that I ever played with six strings in tune but I remember vividly being able to play a string arrangement of “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” by The Monkees by age 4 or 5. I was already thinking horizontally on the guitar melodically at that point. That was the start! As I got older my hands got to the size where I could actually start to make a chord on that acoustic, I started sneaking around my brother’s rooms when they weren’t home to try and pick it up and see if I can replicate what I had seen them do.

At what point does this go from being a passion of yours and a hobby to something more serious?

I think it was somewhere in my mid-teens. My first professional gig was my own eighth grade graduation dance. I guess I was about 13 or 14 years old at the time. I had an older brother who had a friend that had the gig but didn’t have a band. My brother was telling his buddy, “Hey, my little brother is getting pretty good. I hear him in the bedroom. Maybe he should play with you.” I ended up playing with them the next seven years! We formed the basis of what would become the Taylor Bay Band back in Evansville, Indiana. I remember that first and getting paid $25. I was like, “You get paid for this?!” [laughs] It hadn’t even occurred to me that money was a part of the equation! We started playing, very sporadically of course, and it soon became one of these bands that played three nights a week forever. I think by the time I was 15 or 16 years old it was clear to me that it had been my lifelong passion but I realized it was what I was going to do from here on out. To this day, admittedly, you have to be business-minded because life costs and you have to take care of yourself and provide for your family and loved ones. However, money doesn’t steer what I do, it’s been the wrong decision. I still do this and plan to continue doing this because I love it! It has nothing to do with the money part of it. If this had worked out and I was doing something else for living, I’d certainly still be as obsessed with music as I am now. I’m very thankful and don’t take it for granted that this is what I get to do. Somehow, there’s enough people out there who like what I do to help me keep going and support that. Not to say that it’s easy because it’s certainly not but I feel extremely fortunate to be where I am today.

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In addition to your success with the Andy Timmons Band, you’ve been a part of so many great musical projects. What are the keys to longevity in the music business?

For me, it’s hard to speak about what’s successful or not. Being able to keep busy and diversified has been key. If you associate me with the band Danger Danger, like many people do as it was one of the more prominent gigs I did back in the early ‘90s, there are a lot of bands from that era that once the genre kind of had its run, were out of a job. For a while, I was wondering, “Wow. What are those guys doing now?” Now, of course, with nostalgia those guys can tour and make a decent living. I was fortunate in that I was already playing all these different styles of music. I was very well-versed in jazz, Blues and my own instrumental rock thing. I could literally plug into any type of musical situation and do a good job. I love that! I was Olivia Newton-John’s band leader for 15 years and played with Simon Phillips and the crazy fusion music. I love each one of those just the same. It’s two very different sets of musical challenges but both are as equally gratifying. I think success for me is to be able to keep doing what I love to do and continuing to improve. More now than ever, I just have to do what’s in my heart. I feel that tends to be what people will connect with more often than not anyway. Whether it’s financially successful or not, it really doesn’t matter because I’ve honored my past and what my internal musical voice is steering. If I tried to gauge success by financial or same type of game, I think I’d be barking up the wrong tree.

You have a new album, “Theme From A Perfect World.” Did you have goals or aspirations for this album when you went into the creative process?

Sure! Hopefully, the ongoing thread throughout all of my recording projects has focused on the melodic and songwriting based records. Certainly, my early offerings focused on the shred instrumental mentality of, “Here, look what I can do,” and then mixed in with some nice songwriting and some more restrained playing. Over time, there is no doubt that it’s the songwriting, and emotional content and delivery of the songs that is way more important to me than the other demonstrations of abilities. I just want to connect with people in that way as my favorite players I have connected with me.

What can you tell us your songwriting process these days? What changed and what stayed the same?

I think it’s the same and it’s always been. I talk about songwriting a lot when I’m teaching master classes. When I’m doing that, I use the Beatles as kind of a benchmark because they were such great songwriters. I don’t think they were born great songwriters. They learned all their favorite songs. They had those eight hour gigs in Hamburg where they had to stretch the material and do so much, so they ran out of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly songs pretty quickly. They started learning showtunes and things with a bit more advanced harmonies and different types of melodic content. Whenever writing songs they were drawing upon all these experiences and things that they had loved and connected with. It’s the same for me with their music to Brian Wilson’s writing to all the jazz I’ve taken and along with the classical. All these elements have an impact on the writing. Writing is a very selfish thing because you are writing a song that you want to hear. It’s about what’s going to please you. If you honor that voice and honor that gift, hopefully other people will connect to it as well but you have to start with you. You start by writing the song you want to hear and it really comes from a collection of all those great pieces that connected with you in some way.

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Did you encounter obstacles in the making of this album?

Not really obstacles. Mike Daane, the bass player for The Andy Timmons Band, and I have been working together since 1988. This record is the first one that he engineered, mixed and produced. I wanted to call him the producer but he insisted that we co-produce and that is probably true in the grand scheme of things but in my mind it was me kind of loosening the reigns a little bit and getting more direction from Mike. He has always had a wonderful influence on the music that we’ve recorded. He Mitch, Rob or either of the drummers we have had in our band have all contributed quite a bit. I may be the primary songwriter but everybody is bringing their ideas and their uniqueness to what they do. On this record I found myself really enjoying pulling back from the role that I would typically have where I might have a vision for a song and know I wanted to sound a certain way. I learned a lot more from Mike and really gave him more latitude as far as him steering me in directions that maybe he took me out of my comfort zone or down a path I wouldn’t have thought of. We would just try everything! For each song we would audition singers or in this case guitarists. What I called the singer of the song is whatever tone I’m using to play the melodies. Sometimes we would come up with things totally different than I imagined. So, I would say the obstacles weren’t there but the challenges were. There were no obstacles and that was the beauty of it! We worked more closely than we ever had before. I think giving Mike more input was healthy for everything and it is certainly a much better record for it. I also think it strengthened our working relationship. We’re ready to work on more stuff right now! [laughs] That’s a really good place to be if you just finished a record! Sometimes you finish a record and think, “I don’t want to see those people for a long time! I’m done!” [laughs] We just wanted to make, and this may sound like an odd thing but, a very musical record in a very organic way. We relied almost exclusively on vintage analog gear interfaced with a digital recording device. We recorded into Radar but we also mixed in Logic. All that being done through a 1971 API board and everything else was 1980 or before, all the outboard gear. It has the minimum of digital and the maximum of organic sounds that we grew up with throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s.

What do the other guys in the band bring to the table and bring out of you creatively?

With Mike, as I said, he’s been a prime influence in this band from day one. Mitch Marine, our original drummer, there’s nobody like him. He’s a spark of energy and always brings such great feeling ideas to the table. Robert Avsharian is the most recent addition to our drummer family, of which we have several! [laughs] He’s a great rock player! He has a great band called Bobgoblin. I highly recommend checking out their most recent record because it’s one of my favorites from the last few years. He’s also one of the most incredible jazz drummers I’ve ever played with. That has always been a major influence on all the music that we are doing. At our core we are all rock guys from the ‘70s but all of us have also played a lot of jazz. Even though we don’t necessarily sound like a jazz band, that influence heavily informs how we play and how we phrase things. It gives the music a much deeper level of the dynamic than what most normal rock bands might be able to achieve.

I’m sure some songs come easier than others. Which ones came easy and which ones were harder to nail down?

”That Day Came” was one of the easier ones just because I had such a clear view of what I wanted that guitar to sound like. That turned out to be a 65 Strat. The most difficult one was “On Your Way Sweet Soul.” Mike and I had a very specific Strat tone in mind. Well in addition to the guitars. At one point we had 20 different Stratocasters in the studio and none of those actually made the record. There was a buddy of mine named Sam Swank, a great guitar player also, but who is a guitar repair guy. He had a guy bring in a 1960s Hardtail Strat to his shop. Completely unsolicited by me he said, “Hey, a buddy of mine just brought the Strat in. I think you need to hear it.” He didn’t even know that I had 20 Strats in the studio at the time and was trying to find this sound. He said the guy was cool with it if I wanted to borrow it and that he would bring it over. Instantly, upon hearing it, I knew that was it! If you’re looking for the ultimate Strat neck pickup tone, then here was the guitar! I haven’t given it back yet, so … [laughs] Actually, he ended up selling it to me! It was just one of those things where it wasn’t for sale but the guy was like, “Well, if Andy loves it that much, OK!” It was just one of those fortuitous meetings! I’ve also learned over the years that if you find that special instrument you need to try to hold onto it because you may never find it again, ya know!

How have you evolved as a musician through the years?

I think you’re going to grow as a person and a player, especially as a player, If you just keep doing it. If you’re constantly musically aware you are going to grow. Remain a student is the best advice I could give. I think I’ve gotten away from being as ardent a student as I should be over the years but the last five years I’ve had a major rebirth in that type of thought. First thing every day, I’m going to play no matter what. I’m going to get that practice timing and spend some time transcribing and spend some time writing. Through the years I’ve always played but practicing was never practicing. It was like I was playing and that would quickly turn into a songwriting session, which is great! Recently, I’ve gotten back into playing jazz and I’m doing some jazz gigs now. It came a time I was getting back with playing with Simon Phillips. That music is much more harmonically challenging than anything else I do. I like any situation where I’m really being challenged! That just helps everything sounds better even the most simple rock sounds way better because you have much more control over your instrument. Over time your control of the instrument becomes more defined and from that your sound and your tone get better. Hopefully, your musical decisions and choices do too and your playing will reflect that maturity. I have times where I enjoy what I’m hearing and sometimes I know I have so much further to go but that’s where I like to be. If you ever got happy or satisfied with that, where would the fun be? The fun is the journey, the effort and knowing that you’re still a beginner. No matter how far you get along, there’s still so much to learn and so many great players to be inspired by. It’s so endless and wonderfully energizing! I’m just happy to be here still doing it! [laughs]

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With that being said, is there musical territory you look to explore in the short-term?

If I told you that I just finished a bossa nova record and I have a surf guitar record in the can that I can’t wait to get out, would you be totally surprised? Or would it make total sense?! It’s true! I just recorded a bossa nova record in Brazil last month in Rio de Janeiro with Roberto Menescal producing. He is one of the original bossa nova creators along with Antônio Jobim and João Gilberto. That’s probably another daylong interview for that scenario! [laughs] I actually have two different surf records. One is completed and ready to go and another one is waiting to be completed. There will also be a jazz project in the future along with lots more Andy Timmons Band stuff! I can’t wait to continue the productivity and it’s really exciting!

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Wow! That’s a tough one to answer. You just have to know that there’s always room to improve and grow. Just keep doing it! You’re going to get better! And how lucky are we to have something that we are this passionate about? Not everybody has that in their lives. Musicians are a very blessed group of people because we have the ability to not only make ourselves happy but the better we get, hopefully, we are making other people happy as well. That’s a wonderful gift, man! At its core it’s something that really enriches our lives and the lives of those around us. I can’t think of a better way to go round in this lifetime than to be able to appreciate it and enjoy it but also to give back in that way! If anybody is inspired by what I’m doing or what I’ve done, I’m immensely appreciative of that and humbled because I still just consider myself a big fan! I have a huge collection of autographed records by everybody that I’ve met that’s been an inspiration! I have no qualms about bugging them a little bit and telling them what they’ve meant, what they continue to mean to my growth and how they have enriched my life!

That’s awesome, Andy! Thank you for letting me bug you a little bit today!

Aww, man, anytime! [laughs]

Thanks for being such an inspiration and I wish you continued success, my friend!

Thanks for chatting with me and helping to spread the word!

Get all the latest news and tour dates for The Adndy Timmons Band at their official website, www.andytimmons.com. Connect with the band on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

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BEYOND THE FADE: Ted Poley On Breathing Life Into His Inspired New Album!

BEYOND THE FADE: Ted Poley On Breathing Life Into His Inspired New Album!

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Ted Poley has spent the better part of his life in the the limelight. He exploded onto the scene in the 80s and made a name for himself with the top notch vocals he brought to the table as the lead vocalist for the legendary melodic rock masters Danger Danger. As time passed, musical tastes changed and there was less of a focus on the genre where he and so many others cut their teeth. However, it didn’t slow Ted Poley down one bit. In fact, it made his creative fire burn brighter than ever before. He soon found himself carving out a career as a solo artist, which lead to the release of his two critically acclaimed albums, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile” (2007). In 2016, Ted Poley returns once again with a powerful new album, “Beyond The Fade,” which features some of his most impressive work to date.

The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, they performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, Ted came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album. With songs penned by brothers Tom and James Martin (Vega), the sound of the record is nothing else but Ted Poley at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total ‘80s attitude! The album serves as not only a brilliant showcase of his talents but as an exciting new chapter in his amazing history as an artist.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ted Poley to discuss his amazing career, breathing life into “Beyond The Fade,” the challenges he has faced along the way and what fans can expect for his beautifully crafted album.

Ted Poley: A Force of Nature

Ted Poley: A Force of Nature

You have been making music for the better part of your life. How did it first come into your world?

I was force-fed classical music on piano when I was a little kid. My first instrument was classical piano and I was raised that way because my aunt was a very famous musician in the 1930s. She was married to Jerry Arlen, who was Harold Arlen’s brother and together they wrote the music for “The Wizard of Oz.” She was very famous back in the day at The Cotton Club and wrote a lot of hit songs. Half of my family was a musical family, so that half got me early! I had this horrible classical piano teacher, who I hated, so I hated music. I gave it up but then, years later, I fell in love with the drums. I loved “The Partridge Family” on TV and the first record I ever bought was by Elton John. From there, KISS was my first concert and that was a big influence on me. Then I got into more progressive music, like Rush, Yes and Journey. I was a drummer the whole time and I sang along the way. So that is the early history!

What went into finding your creative voice early on as an artist?

I’m still looking! [laughs] You never know where you are at in your life! When you are younger, you always think you know everything but then you look back and say, “Yeesh! I knew nothing!” I like to think I am still developing as both a person and as an artist. Hopefully, you will hear that growth in the new album!

What does rock ‘n’ roll mean to you at this point in your life?

I know it sounds cliche but rock ‘n’ roll and music in general is my life and always has been my life. Music has been there for me ever since I was a little kid. I have lost everything several times because I stayed on my path, be it friends or girlfriends, because music was the most important thing to me. It has always been my life. I have always looked the way I do! I have always had long hair and loved my music when it wasn’t trendy and then when it was and then when it wasn’t all over again! I still look like a standout now because I still have my hair and still do my music, which is not the most popular thing. [laughs] It is a tough thing to do but you have to stay true to yourself and hopefully things go well.

Where do you look for inspiration these days? What keeps that creative fire burning strong?

That is a good question. Every time I think I am burnt out, like when I just finish a record, I think, “OK, I am done with the studio … ,” but then I hear another song from another writer or I come up with something that I just have to sing. I am even working on something top secret for the future! I guess I am an enthusiast in a way where it has always been my life and I don’t know what I would do without releasing new stuff or playing gigs. It is such a big part of my life it is like breathing to me!

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Ted Poley’s new album, “Beyond The Fade,” is available now!

What’s the secret to your longevity as an artist?

Yeah, stay away from the painkillers! [laughs] That is a good one! It is a very physical thing. You have to live a healthy lifestyle and stay in shape. Your instrument is your body, so you really have to watch it. I guess good genes help and you have to train. That is the main thing. Since I play a lot, that keeps me in shape as much as possible for being 54 years old! [laughs] It is a tough thing to do but I have been really working hard on it. Actually, I am a better singer now than I ever was. It is tougher and tougher now, so I have to become a better singer to do the same job I did as a much younger man.

Let’s talk about this incredible new record. Tell us about “Beyond The Fade” and how the ball got rolling?

Frontiers Records is the greatest last record label standing basically! I have had a relationship with them since the beginning. They came to me and everyone is always looking for the next Danger Danger record and if they can’t get that, they come to the guys in the band and say, “Give me something!” They said it was time for a new solo record and I said, “OK! I happen to be collecting songs that I have loved.” I always have a bunch of songs in my back pocket for the future. I was ready! I had those and I couldn’t wait to have someone put me in the studio and record them! I was very happy about that and they made me a nice offer and we got the job done! I think they are very happy with the results and I am certainly very happy! It worked out great!

What goals or aspirations did you have for this album? Was there anything you wanted to achieve this time around?

I didn’t have too many expectations and so far it has exceeded all of my expectations. The reviews have been wonderful! Usually, you work really hard on something, get all emotionally involved, you put it out and some asshole says they hate it! That is just because they hate you or you banged their girlfriend or mom at some point! [laughs] They have a hidden agenda, ya know? The Beatles could put out the greatest Beatles record of all-time and they would hate it just because it is you. [laughs] I am just so surprised because the response has been so positive! I have never really had anything come out where everyone has been so cool and really enjoyed it. It has been selling really well and it’s a success, so in a way it’s a new feeling! [laughs] I mean, I had the feeling back in the ‘80s. This isn’t on that level but it certainly beats the alternative, I will tell you that! It beats the shit out of doing the same thing, putting it out, thinking it’s great and having everybody just piss all over it! [laughs]

How does this album compare to what we heard from you in the past?

I don’t always think that my latest thing is the best thing that I have ever done but I do really think this is one of my best things! I am thrilled with it! If you have ever liked anything I have ever done, it is a sure bet you are going to like this one. If you haven’t, maybe this is a good time to come back and have a second taste! [laughs]

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I love the title of the record and the meaning behind it. What can you tell us about it?

Our genre of music has come and gone, so it’s natural death is over but beyond the fade, here I am still doing my thing, sort of oblivious to the rest of what is going on! I certainly can’t turn myself into a 16-year-old dance chick, so I have to stick with what I am! I feel, beyond the fade, it is interesting what you can come up with now with no pressure. The genre is over but we still live on beyond that. The literal translation comes from something I did when I was a little kid. There was always a cool guitar lead at the end of the song and you knew there was always more because they fade it out. I always wanted to hear what was beyond the fade. I thought that was really cool, so I used to put on my headphones and as they were fading it down, I would fade it up! I would try to hear every last sound of the goodness of the guitar solo. Of course, that would always backfire as soon as the next track would start at full volume and my ears would blow up! [laughs]

Tell us a little about the songs you collected for “Beyond The Fade.”

I have been collecting a lot of these songs for years. Of course, I write a lot of songs as well. I do a lot of songs for video games and other projects, so I can write songs. In this case, it was so important that I had the best songs possible. We sorted through about 60 songs and, although I sure liked my songs, I loved some of these other songs better. I was unemotional about who wrote it. The Martin Brothers have been some of my favorite writers for years. I have had some of these songs, not as leftovers, but as songs I never got to rearrange from previous projects. We finally got to sit down and change them the way I always change them. Together, there is a certain chemistry that always comes out. I love their songs and then when I add my things, somehow it works! They are my main songwriters and I love using their stuff for my solo albums. They are never really solo albums because I have a great band of players. It isn’t just a vocal album and there are great leads, bass playing and cool keyboards. It doesn’t sound like what you would expect from just a singer. It wasn’t all about me! I let everybody do their thing and when they did it well, I had them do it even longer because I loved it!

You co-produced this album with Alessandro Del Vecchio. What does he bring to the table and what does he bring out of you creatively?

He is awesome and he is a world-class producer. He can do everything all by himself! He doesn’t need me! [laughs] In many cases, he walks singers who couldn’t care less about anything else through the process and writes through a whole record! He can do the whole thing! In my case, the thing I loved about him the most was that he said that I knew what I was talking about and he let me suggest and change things with no attitude at all. Here is this guy who has made 100 albums and when I suggested something, that is the way it went. He was really cool! If the album sucked, I would have had to take a lot of crap but in this case it sounds different than a lot of his 100 other albums because he let me have a major hand in every single part of the way it sounds. Together we had a really cool chemistry. I think part of his genius is that not only does he know what to do but he can also recognize a good idea from someone else. That can be tough because a lot of people have an ego and don’t let you touch a thing!

Looking back on bringing “Beyond The Fade” to life, what stands out as some of the challenges?

Not getting fat because I was in Italy and the food was absolutely insane! [laughs] I loved it so much! The challenge on this album was that we had 10 days to do the whole record. It was a challenge were both physical, not getting sick and showing up every day, and mental when it came to doing the song. It is always the same challenge!

I wanted to talk about the album artwork for “Beyond The Fade.” How did the imagery come about?

Thanks! That is something I hand sketched from an idea I had. With the title being “Beyond The Fade,” I wanted the album cover to be cool because when I was a kid I loved cool titles and I used to buy albums just because of the cover! There was stuff like Star Castle and Yes and stuff like that! To me, an album cover should be very cool and shouldn’t be a generic thing with a pyramid on it of something. If I see one more Egyptian cover I’m gonna puke! [laughs] I had a specific vision for the album art. Nowadays, everything is all flat-screens and iPhones and everything but when I was growing up it was radios and tube televisions. Where did all that stuff go? I wanted to create something that looked like a big junk pile on the moon of all these outdated electronics. The astronaut, having landed on the moon, is looking out onto this massive pile of discarded stuff but, for some reason, a couple of the TVs are still working. They have different images from different eras of my own career. It is just a cool concept for an album cover. To get it right, like I said, I hand sketched it. Then we had an awesome artist who rendered the entire thing. It is all original artwork and there isn’t a piece that is cut from anywhere else. It came out really cool, man! I think it is really classy looking!

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“Beyond The Fade” is a great representation of both what you are doing now and have done in the past. How have you evolved as an artist along the way?

I am pretty happy with where I am. I am just me! I don’t see the evolution like other people do because it is just me. I wake up everyday and I am thankful to be alive for one and two, it’s just me! [laughs] It is tough. I think other people are your best critics. For me, I am happy with where I am at and I have the best fans in the world! I am lucky to have new music out and I am thrilled! It is a really good time for me. As far as evolution, I think you can hear it on this CD. It is what I have always been about with catchy choruses and so on. I am sort of the happy rocker — until I get pissed off! [laughs] In general, I am the happy rocker! Another thing I want to mention is that I support no-kill animal shelters, so I like to give a percentage of what I earn to those facilities. Whether you buy the CD or if you rip it for free, that is fine, the important thing is that you hear it. I know there are a lot of good people out there, so give 5 bucks to a local no-kill animal shelter. That is my thing. So, if I have evolved into a person who can make you smile, give you some good music and do something good for animals, I guess I am happy where I am at!

You have seen the music industry change dramatically over the years. To keep it positive, what is the best part of being an artist in today’s climate?

It is so cool because you can discover new music in so many ways. I can even discover stuff on YouTube. It is good for everybody. It’s not that it’s free and you aren’t getting paid, it’s about discovering cool new stuff at any hour. If you like it, you do what I do and you go out and buy it. You can discover things that you would have never been able to hear in the past. It is very exciting! Between all the free music and all the free pornography, I will tell ya, if it was like this when I was a kid, I would have never left my room! It is a little scary when I think about it because I would have never developed into anything! [laughs] I would have discovered the Holy Trinity with being able to order pizza online and sit in my room with that magical combination and never left! [laughs] It does scare me a little for the future of kids these days because everything is available at the click of a button, it’s free and it’s not always a great influence. I guess, I turned out semi-OK with all the stuff we had access to as kids!

It seems to be working out for you just fine so far, Ted!

Well, yeah! And now I can benefit from all the free music, free pornography and Domino’s delivery! I’m an adult! I have a credit card! That’s awesome!

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I definitely want to take a look at what you have in the works for the future. You teased us with talk of a secret project but where do you see yourself headed musically?

I have a couple things in the works that I can’t really talk about right now. With everybody dropping dead at pretty much my age, I am just thankful for today! I don’t plan too far into the future. I don’t know, man. I think it is not so lucky to start planning too far ahead! [laughs]

What about potential new music from Danger Danger. When do you think we might see some movement there, if at all?

I don’t know. I hope for a new record and I would love to do it. Some of the guys in the band are into it and one isn’t but that is only because they care a lot and it is a lot of work and the money isn’t there so much for them. Hopefully, we will do a little lobbying and change somebody’s mind. For now, there is no for sure plans for a new studio CD but we tour all the time, we have a lot of live shows played and we look forward to seeing everybody out there. As far as new music, I am with the fans — I sure hope so! Never say never but, at the moment, I don’t have any studio time planned in that regard. [laughs] But hey, I’m available if they want! [laughs]

What can we expect from you when it comes to hitting the road with “Beyond The Fade?”

Yeah, I am always on the road. I have added one or two new songs to the set. You don’t want to bore people with too much new stuff. I have enough in there that it certainly gives you enough time to go get a beer or take a piss break during the concert! [laughs] I have added the new songs and it has been a lot of fun! It’s not too much but just enough new stuff, as I like to say!

One last question for you before I take off. You are definitely an inspiration when it comes to all you created and your passion for continuing to do the work you love.

Oh man! Thank you!

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Just stay true to yourself and if you have a dream believe in it and don’t let anyone take it away from you. I would also suggest that you study hard so you have something to fall back on just in case! But just shoot for the stars, man! If you fall short you can still walk the moon and that is pretty fuckin’ cool!

That is an awesome way to look at it, Ted! Thanks so much for your time and I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason!

Ted Poley’s “Beyond The Fade” is available now from Frontiers Music Srl. Also, be sure to follow the continuing adventures of Ted Poley on Facebook and Twitter!

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Ted Poley Releases Video For “Higher” From Upcoming Album, ‘Beyond the Fade’

Ted Poley Releases Video For “Higher” From Upcoming Album, ‘Beyond the Fade’

Legendary rock vocalist TED POLEY has released the first video from “Beyond the Fade” for the song “Higher.”  Watch the video HERE. Poley’s new solo album is set for release on May 13th, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters Danger Danger, TED POLEY is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile”(2007).

“Beyond The Fade” is available for pre-order on Amazon and on iTunes.  Digital pre-orders include an instant grat track download of “Higher“.

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Ted Poley

The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, TED performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, TED came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.

TED says: “I am absolutely thrilled with the way the whole album came out. If I have one quote: “ITS AWESOME!” My great friend and co-producer Alessandro Del Vecchio brought my sonic vision to life and no request from me was too great for him toward his goal of making “The Ultimate TEDPOLEY Solo Album” and he surely delivered on his promise. We had alot of fun making the album and its obvious when you hear it. You can practically hear my smile while I am singing. We decided to make it sound BIG and there are a ton of backing vocals (in some cases more than 80 tracks of them!), along with great songs, soaring melodic guitar leads, pounding bass and big drums, all layered with cool keyboards… like a delicious Musical Cake! Save some room for dessert, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE!”

With songs penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (VEGA ) and “Hands of Love” written by Tony Bruno/Joe Lynn Turner Official Page , the sound of the record is nothing else but TED POLEY at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total 80’s attitude!

“Beyond the Fade” is sure to please not only TED POLEY‘s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release.

Ted-poley-2016

“Beyond the Fade” Track Listing includes:
1. Let’s Start Something
2. Everything We Are
3. Hands Of Love
4. The Perfect Crime
5. Stars
6. Higher
7. Where I Lost You
8. You Won’t See Me Cryin’
9. We Are Young
10. Sirens
11. Beneath The Stars

Ted Poley: Lead Vocals
Issa: duet vocal on The Perfect Crime
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitars
Anna Portalupi: Bass

Check out an EPK of the album with a lot of stories from TED (as usual):

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Ted Poley’s ‘Beyond The Fade’ To Be Released On May 13th By Frontiers Music SRL

Ted Poley’s ‘Beyond The Fade’ To Be Released On May 13th By Frontiers Music SRL

Ted Poley

Ted Poley

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the release of TED POLEY‘s new solo album “Beyond The Fade” on May 13th, 2016. Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters Danger Danger, Ted Poley is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile”(2007).

The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, Ted performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, Ted came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.

Ted says: “I am absolutely thrilled with the way the whole album came out. If I have one quote: “ITS AWESOME!” My great friend and co-producer Alessandro Del Vecchio brought my sonic vision to life and no request from me was too great for him toward his goal of making “The Ultimate Ted Poley Solo Album” and he surely delivered on his promise. We had alot of fun making the album and its obvious when you hear it. You can practically hear my smile while I am singing. We decided to make it sound BIG and there are a ton of backing vocals (in some cases more than 80 tracks of them!), along with great songs, soaring melodic guitar leads, pounding bass and big drums, all layered with cool keyboards… like a delicious Musical Cake! Save some room for dessert, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE!”

With songs penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (VEGA ) and “Hands of Love” written by Tony Bruno/Joe Lynn Turner Official Page , the sound of the record is nothing else but Ted Poley at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total 80’s attitude!

“Beyond the Fade” is sure to please not only Ted Poley’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release.

Ted-poley-2016

“Beyond the Fade” Track Listing includes:
1. Let’s Start Something
2. Everything We Are
3. Hands Of Love
4. The Perfect Crime
5. Stars
6. Higher
7. Where I Lost You
8. You Won’t See Me Cryin’
9. We Are Young
10. Sirens
11. Beneath The Stars

Ted Poley: Lead Vocals
Issa: duet vocal on The Perfect Crime
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitars
Anna Portalupi: Bass

Check out an EPK of the album with a lot of stories from TED (as usual):

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M3 Rock Festival Announces Lineup For 3rd Rockin’ Year!

M3 Rock Festival Announces Lineup For 3rd Rockin’ Year!

No, you?re not having flashbacks. These intensely vivid heavy metal memories you?re about to experience will ignite in 2011. Kix, Warrant, LA Guns, Whitesnake, Tesla and Lita Ford will be among the acts taking over Merriweather Post Pavilion, playing full sets of their glam rock and heavy metal hits, along with other unexpected amazements.

In its third year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival will add a Kick Off Party and Concert featuring full sets, since one day alone can?t contain all this metal. The Official M3 Kix-Off Party will get things started Friday, May 13th at 7pm. The full-blown 2011 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 14 at Noon. Last year VIP and Pavilion seats sold out faster than you could flick your Bic, so headbangers hoping to get close enough to smell the sweat will want to be at their computers Thursday, Feb 3 at 10am EST for the insiders pre-sale. Only members of M3 Rockers? Forum will be given the pre-sale promo code. Fans can sign up for the Rockers? Forum on http://www.m3rockfest.com/

Discounted 2-Day Packages will go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb 4 at 10am EST. If there are any tickets remaining as of March 4th, they will go on sale as Single-Day tickets at 10 am EST through Ticketfly. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather and 9:30 Club Box Offices. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/

M3 Rock Festival will feature two music stages, the Freak Stage and a Festival Village. Playing Friday night, May 13: Kix, with special guests Warrant, LA Guns and JetboyPlaying Saturday, May 14: Whitesnake, Tesla, Lita Ford, Mr. Big, Slaughter, Great White, Danger Danger, Firehouse, Big Noize, Black and Blue, Hurtsmile, Faster Pussycat and Pretty Boy Floyd.

VIP ticket holders will have:

• Special VIP parking • Private VIP Entrance gate • Official M3 2011 Festival T-shirt • Official M3 2011 Concert Poster and sharpie • Access to floor and front of house seating • Access to M3 VIP Deck located backstage (access to VIP concessions and VIP restrooms) • Access to Artist Meet-&-Greet Lounge.

2-Day Packages (May 13th and 14th) – On Sale February 4

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn

$175.00 Ticket Limit (4) $95.00 Ticket Limit (6) $65.00 Ticket Limit (6) $45.00 Ticket Limit (6)(IF AVAILABLE) May 13 Official Kix-Off Party and Concert Tickets-On sale March 4th

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn

$60.00 Ticket Limit (4) $35.00 Ticket Limit (6) $30.00 Ticket Limit (6) $25.00 Ticket Limit (6)

(IF AVAILABLE) May 14th 2011 M3 Rock Festival Tickets- On sale March 4th

• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn $35.00

$150.00 Ticket Limit (4) $75.00 $55.00

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