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BORN TO FLY: Billy Rowe On His Life In Music & The Making of Jetboy’s New Album!

BORN TO FLY: Billy Rowe On His Life In Music & The Making of Jetboy’s New Album!

Jetboy’s hard-rocking’ new album, ‘Born To Fly,’ is available now!

Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, Jetboy continues to crank out their brand of rock ‘n’ roll in the 21st century with the same passion! And rock ‘n roll is what you get on their undeniably powerful new album “Born To Fly,” a record put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – the first fully-fledged set of new material from Jetboy since 1990.

Best described as a blend of edgy rock ‘n’ roll with a traditional blues-based influence, their new album “Born To Fly” is the perfect vehicle to exploit the commanding style of the bands classic rock ‘n’ roll sound. “The musical inspiration for the ‘Born To Fly’ album came from a life-long list of influences from bands we all grew up on from the 1970s. Jetboy has always approached its writing with a simple stripped down, no nonsense rock n roll structure, starting with a great riff and a catchy hook. This album flowed so organically, everything felt like it was meant to be. We’ve also all really grown as musicians, which really helped capture what we feel is some of our best work to date,” said Rowe.

Of the album, vocalist Mickey Finn said, “The lyrics flowed amazingly fast, with most songs being written in one sitting. My feelings were to stay true to Jetboy’s roots and style, but to also incorporate where we are at today, pleasing old and new fans alike. My wife was the inspiration for ‘Every Time I Go’ and my firstborn son inspired ‘The Way You Move Me.’ Our life struggles as a band and lifelong friends inspired tracks like ‘Beating The Odds’ and ‘Born to Fly.’ ‘Inspiration from Desperation’ covers our political climate in America these days, ‘Brokenhearted Daydream’ reminds us that love is sometimes fickle and hearts get broken, but don’t let it destroy your heart, we have to learn to move on and allow love to come into our lives again. So, all in all, lots of inspiring messages on the record, as well as some good old rock n roll fun and ‘Party Time’ lyrics make it a well-rounded listen!”

“Born To Fly” is a rock-solid album by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ‘80s sound and 70s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. Instantly captivating, the new album is proof positive that Jetboy is ready to fly again!

Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with guitarist Billy Rowe to discuss his life in music, the challenges he’s faced along the way, his evolution as a player and the making of Jetboy’s long-awaited studio album, ‘Born to Fly.’

How did music come into your life and take hold?

Music came into my life at an early age. It was the ‘70s and the band that really opened the gateway for me was KISS with “KISS Alive.” Previous to that it was AM radio, Elton John and stuff like that, but KISS is really what opened the door for me in 1975. It wasn’t too long after that I picked up a guitar for a short while. However, it wasn’t an electric guitar so my interest kind of dwindled pretty quick. I was probably around 12 or 13 when I got my Memphis Jr. Copy and learned my riffs on that as best I could!

What went into finding your voice as a guitar player?

I really didn’t find it until Jetboy started playing. For me, that was my first really serious band. Before that, I was just playing covers, Aerosmith, KISS, Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest riffs. It wasn’t until Jetboy and before we started doing records that I found my role in the band, which was rhythm and slide guitar. Really, a lot of it was Malcolm Young. He was someone who honed his craft like nobody else and I did my best to do the same with his influences. He was definitely a big influence for the part I play in Jetboy.

How did the ball get rolling with Jetboy?

It started with Fernie Rod and me. We met in 1983 and were into the same bands that I just mentioned, along with a lot of the newer stuff that was coming along like Motley Crue, Lords of the New Church, Kix and stuff like that. Then Fernie and I discovered Hanoi Rocks and that really turned everything to another level for us. We wanted to form a band, so we hung out constantly in the clubs. Slowly, we built the band that became known as Jetboy. That was probably within a year. Then I knew Ron Tostenson, who was our original drummer, and Fern knew Todd [Crew], who has unfortunately passed away. Todd knew Mickie from the early club scenes in the Bay Area. That’s how it all got started for us.

Billy Rowe of Jetboy in the studio.

What stands out about those early shows you played as a band?

After the first couple shows we were doing, there was definitely a little scene that started for us instantly. We were already into the music scene in San Francisco with all the clubs like The Stone, The Mabuhay, the On Broadway. We knew a bunch of friends and people in the scene. Fern used to roadie for this band called Head On, which was an amazing local band at the time, but they had broken up by the time we started playing. Early on, for those early shows, we were super glam, more punk and just didn’t give a shit about anything! We would pack these well-known clubs, which are legendary now! The Mabuhay is like the San Francisco CBGB’s. Within a year, we all realized, “Wow! A lot of people were coming to see us!” At the same time, I don’t think we thought too much about it because it was just what we were into. We had the drive to be a band like so many other people and bands of our time, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary. I don’t think it was until we moved and started playing in Los Angeles with bands like Guns N’ Roses, Faster Pussycat and LA Guns, that we really came into our own. That’s when labels and management started sniffing around. That’s when your mind-frame shifts a little bit and you realize, “Oh, this is serious! We will get a record deal and record a record!” That was all that we wanted to do. Beyond that, we didn’t really think of anything like tours, having an album on the charts and other stuff like that.

What lessons did you learn early on that impacted the trajectory of your career?

There were a lot of lessons learned! I guess you can start with the cliché of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. There were a lot of drugs back then and a lot of drinking. A good handful of the bands that would salute that as the way to be are now living this completely sober life now. If anything, that could be the hot topic thing that people say these days or the typical thing, but it’s kind of the truth. You really can’t continue on in music or in life when you’re being held down by stuff like that. I think that is a big thing that helped the band continue on and be where we are at today.

With that said, what are the keys to longevity when it comes to a life in music?

At the end of the day, it’s being a fan of what you do and the bands you grew up on. We are all still hardcore fans of those now classic bands. We love them just as much as we did as kids. We love playing and writing music and we wish we could do it as more of a full-time thing but there is also the reality of where we’re at in life. I think that is what kept us going — we’re still a bunch of fans playing rock ‘n’ roll!

Jetboy is about to release a brand-new album called “Born To Fly.” What brought you back together for a new record?

Well, we were really brought back together for this record. The band got back together around 2006 but we really weren’t that active. There were a few shows a year and we started doing some festivals. We did an EP in 2010. There were no expectations. We were just doing it because we loved doing it and believed that something was around the corner or down the line. We got an offer from Frontiers to do a record, which was completely out of the blue. We all spoke and said, “Yeah, let’s do it!” It started with that. There was really no hesitation but then it sunk in like, “Oh my god! We have to write songs!” So, we were scrambling for a minute! [laughs] Once that happened, things started shifting and we started writing songs. Going into the process, our whole thing was, “We’re just going to write a rock ‘n’ roll, Jetboy record. That’s what we do. That’s what we’re know for and we don’t need to reinvent or prove anything. All we have to do is do what we do best.” That’s what we did! We’ve all grown as musicians and writers, so a lot of that came into play but for the most part we kept it simple. It all came together very easily, and the outcome is this new album, “Born To Fly.”

Tell us about the writing process for the album. From what I read, you’ve done quite a bit of writing on your own.

Yeah, I got really into the recording with Logic Pro. I was just sitting at home, writing riffs and creating songs, whether they just end up on a hard drive or are used for something like the new Jetboy record. I think we all got into this stuff on our own levels. The only way the writing really changed for us as a band is that we all no longer live in the same town. Two of us, myself and Fernie, were in San Francisco. The drummer we have been playing with was in Las Vegas and Mickie lives in Hawaii. The only way we could do this record was by recording ideas, getting it to Mick, having him send them back, getting together and demoing them to get them in order. So, in a way, the writing process has kind of stayed the same, but it’s shifted in a big way. In the past, we did demo stuff, but we went in the studio and somebody engineered it, we spent money and all that stuff. Now, I can do all that stuff, so I can take the riffs, build the drum beat and the whole bit. Then I can send it to Mick so he can write the lyrics and we can get the song ironed out. He can realistically send us vocals from Hawaii, and I can drop them in. That’s kind of how we did it! That was a different process, but it was fun and very easy. We basically demoed this whole record pretty close to how you hear it, minus a couple little things here and there. I can say nearly everything, down to the shaker and down to the backing vocals, is how you hear it. We had a female vocalist sing on two songs and she came in and did it on the demos. Overall, there was no struggle throughout the entire process. I also look at it as, “Well, it’s been 28 years since we wrote a record, so I guess we have 28 years of stuff in it. It better be somewhat easy and smooth!” [laughs]

That’s impressive! You make sound easy!

Yeah! [laughs] At the same time, it was easy! That was the funny thing about it. It was a lot of hard work but when it’s fun it’s not so much work!

Had Jetboy come close to recording an album at any other point during that 28 years since the last album?

Nah, not really. Not like this. We never got an offer to do anything like this. We did it on our own with the EP but that was only three songs and three old songs that were live. We hadn’t had anything like the pressure of “OK, you’re signing this deal with Frontiers and you’re expected to deliver a record by this date.” That was good to have. I think it was a big help in pulling everything together because we had a deadline and the pressure of the label.” With that said, there was no pressure creatively. They just said, “Deliver us a great Jetboy record.” So, it was easy, and we did it!

Is there a part of the album making process you have fallen in love with over the years?

There is a little bit of everything. I love coming up with riffs, as Fern does as well. Turning them into songs, putting all the parts together and building them out is super fun for me! I love seeing where things are going to go in that creative tunnel of not knowing what’s at the end of it is really exciting. When you do come out the end of the tunnel and have a finished song, it’s like, “Wow! This is great!” But there are times where it’s like, “This sucks! Let’s go to the next one!” [laughs] For this record, all of the songs that we wrote and demoed made the record. I think we demoed 13 or 14. There were one or two that didn’t make it because we ran out of time. We felt that the 12 that we did have were strong enough and felt good as a record!

You worked with the core members of Jetboy, Mickie and Fernie, for decades. What do they bring out in your creatively?

I can’t pinpoint it. It’s just an energy when we all play together or sit down and write. We kind of know what each person is going to do in a lot of ways, so it’s this autopilot thing after all these years. By that I mean, we lived together for years, toured for years on a bus and the whole bit. We know every move of each other! It’s a total energy thing! When Fern sits down, sometimes he will be playing riffs and I will hear something. I will spin around and say, “What was that?” He’ll go, “What?!” And I’ll say, “What you did just before that!” He’ll do the same thing with me! It’s like things are floating around in the room while you are playing and, sometimes, he will catch it rather than me and vice versa. It’s a chemistry thing. Mick’s always been the one to sit down and we deliver him a riff, an idea or a completely structured song and he would write to it. Then, boom, within hours he’d have something done.

As you mentioned, you write music in your spare time. Any chance that will see the light of day? Maybe a solo album?

I don’t know, maybe someday. I don’t know if I have the confidence in myself to do it. I don’t know if that is the right wording. It would be fun. I do have a bunch of songs I’ve done on my own for my own release to get it out of me and knowing that I can do it. I don’t know maybe someday but right now the focus, music-wise, is Jetboy and this record. We all feel really good about it.

As you should! It’s a solid album and you guys haven’t missed a step. Are there songs you are anxious to play live?

Honestly, all of them! We’ve all said that simultaneously, “Man, I just want to play the whole new record!” We’ve played a handful of shows already and there are three or four songs that we’ve played like “Born To Fly,” “Leading Me On” and a few others that are on the record. At soundcheck during the shows over the holidays with Junkyard, we were riffing some of the other ones. It was like, “Wow! This is great. I can’t wait to do these live!” It’s a little bit of everything! The ballad on the album, “The Way That You Move Me,” is a little more acoustic. That might be a challenge and it might sit on the back burner for a little bit but the rest of them are straightforward rock songs that we can bring to the live setting very easily.

It’s still early in 2019 but I imagine Jetboy will hit the road later this year in support of the album.

Yeah, that’s the plan. We definitely want to support this record in any way that we can because it’s what we want to do. Obviously, there is realistic stuff with where we are in our lives right now personally but we’ve all agreed we are going to do everything we can to support this record and give it the shot it’s due!

For those who may not know, what do you have cooking when it comes to videos?

We did a video for “Born To Fly,” which is out there now. That was the first song we released from the album. We did this cool animated video for “Beating The Odds” and released it in October or November. We have a third video that will launch the night before the album release, on January 25, “Brokenhearted Daydream.”

Frontiers Records, the label releasing this new album, has put out amazing releases over the past few years.

Yeah, Frontiers, I think it’s great what they’re doing. I think a lot of bands that are on the label wind up doing some of their best work because they probably have complete creative freedom to do what they want. Overall, I think it’s great to see this music and genre have a leg to stand on. It’s pretty strong and the impact of so many of those bands have had is big!

What is the best way for fans of the band to support you and put some money in your pocket?

Picking up the new record is definitely a big step and merch is king for all bands at all levels! Merch is what keeps most artists alive. We’re printing up some new merch now and really trying to up the merch store as everything rolls out with the new record. We’re hoping to wrangle in the fanbase we have and gain some more along the way. We always want to have something new to offer to fans old and new.

That’s really cool to hear. There is inevitably going to be people who discover the band through “Born To Fly.” What are some tracks from the band’s past they should immediately seek out?

“Feel The Shake” was the debut title-track off the first record and is still, to this day, the one everybody knows the most. Then there is “Heavy Chevy” off the second record, “Damned Nation.” Those are two really good representations of what the band was about and is about. The second record was something we were really proud of when we did it and, to this day, we still feel it stands up to the test of time. There are a lot of songs on that from “Bullfrog Pond” to “Trouble Comes” to “Stomp It (Down To The Bricks)” that are worth checking out. There are songs on the EP that we did that we feel really good about like “Going Down Above The Clouds” and “Dog’s Gotta Roam.” Those songs right there, if you hear them and it strikes a nerve with you, I think you’d probably want to dive in deeper to see what else you could find.

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

I don’t think a lesson from me is probably the best thing! [laughs] In a lot of ways the lessons I’ve learned from myself is really what has gotten me to the places I’ve gone and taught me the dos and don’ts! Sometimes those lessons need to be learned! As long as you love doing it and you’re still getting something out of it, keep going. That’s the main thing. Don’t try to force it. If you’re forcing it, you’re in it for the wrong reasons or not in the right place for it. It’s really just wanting to do it. You still have to get the feeling that you had when you first started; the feeling of why you first started being in a band. There are always going to be ups and downs, arguments and disagreements but that happens in home life too!

Thanks for your time today, Billy! “Born To Fly” is an album to be proud of so I look forward to helping spread the word!

Very cool! Thanks, Jason! I really appreciate it! Glad you dig it!

Jetboy’s ‘Born To Fly’ is available now via Frontiers Records! Visit the band’s official website at www.jetboyrocks.com.

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Legendary Rockers L.A. Guns to Release “The Devil You Know” On March 29th, Unleash Video For “Stay Away”

Legendary Rockers L.A. Guns to Release “The Devil You Know” On March 29th, Unleash Video For “Stay Away”

Hot on the heels of the success of their last record, “The Missing Peace”, L.A. Guns is ready to attack again with the new album, “The Devil You Know”. The album is set for release March 29th via Frontiers Music Srl. Listen to the new single “Stay Away” below!

Sonically, “The Devil You Know” covers a lot of ground and incorporates influences from Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin to Kyuss to The Hellacopters, all while distinctly sounding like L.A. Guns. The band is rejuvenated and inspired after relentless touring and are literally taking no prisoners.

Pre-order “The Devil You Know” on CD/LP/Digital here:
http://radi.al/TheDevilYouKnow

Signed LPs, Limited Edition Red Vinyl, Merch Bundles & More available from the band store HERE:
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Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl available from Frontiers’ EU Shop HERE:
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“After the success of ‘The Missing Peace’ a lot of people requested that the next record stay on track with the more metal side of the band’s music, which is my personal favorite side of the band,” says Tracii Guns. He continues, “I drew from my typical influences of NWOBHM [New Wave Of British Heavy Metal], while still not forgetting my earlier influences of the late ’60s and early ’70s . I wanted to lead with the track “Stay Away” because it’s a familiar L.A. Guns sound, but even a bit more metal. Something to get everyone’s palate wet.”

“Its loaded with attitude and most of it bad,” says vocalist Phil Lewis of the album’s lyrical content. You want a love song f*** off and listen to Journey. They say write about what you know, and lord knows we’ve all known some evil bitches and dudes that have gone out of their way to make life difficult for us. We say unanimously from the whole band f*** you, we’re going places you could only dream about. We know what it’s like to be put down, poked, ridiculed…but guess what, looks like we get the last laugh. This band has always been fueled by adrenaline and anger and this record is a glimpse inside the carnival of rage that dwells deep inside our collective souls. Not much sunshine and hold tight to your lollipop…this is gonna be a fast, loud, bumpy ride!”

L.A. GUNS are truly one of the great American hard rock bands of the last 30 years. Since their self-titled debut in 1988 to the widely praised 2017 comeback album “The Missing Peace”, L.A. GUNS, led by Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis have always delivered solid rock ‘n roll to their fans.

This current incarnation of the band has been touring non-stop and the cohesiveness of the unit, not to mention Phil’s stunning and unique vocals and Guns’ mind-bending guitar playing, are on full display here. A must hear and listen for all fans of the band, both new and old!

Tracklisting:
1. Rage
2. Stay Away
3. Loaded Bomb
4. The Devil You Know
5. Needle to the Bone
6. Going High
7. Gone Honey
8. Don’t Need to Win
9. Down That Hole
10. Another Season in Hell
11. Boom (Bonus Track – CD & Digital Only)

Lineup:
Philip Lewis – vocals
Tracii Guns – guitar
Johnny Martin – bass
Shane Fitzgibbon – drums
Ace Von Johnson – guitar

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The End: Machine, featuring George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown & Robert Mason, To Release Debut Album on March 22nd

The End: Machine, featuring George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown & Robert Mason, To Release Debut Album on March 22nd

Hard rock titans collide for The End: Machine, a brand-new project that features classic-era DOKKEN members George LynchJeff Pilson, and Mick Brown as well as current WARRANT singer Robert Mason. The band will be releasing their self-titled debut on March 22nd via Frontiers Music SRL.

THE END machine have premiered their first single, “Alive Today,” along with an accompanying music video via Ultimate Classic Rock.

Pre-order THE END machine’s self-titled album on CD/LP/Digital here:
http://radi.al/TheEndMachine

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Surely, some fans may be wondering to themselves, isn’t this just Dokken without Don Dokken? “Musically, of course there’s bound to be moments that will be reminiscent of Dokken. That’s only logical,” says bassist Jeff Pilson. “But, my guess is there will be less of that than people would expect. Some people who’ve heard it say they think it’s closer to Lynch Mob than Dokken, but really it is pretty much its own thing. We allowed ourselves to get a little deeper than either of those projects really have, while still staying extremely melodic and not being afraid of good old-fashioned guitar rock. Maybe Lynch Mob, a bit of Dokken, but then some 70’s guitar rock added in. George [Lynch] is playing fantastic on this…very inspired. Everyone is really, but George covers some new territory here and it’s very cool. Plus, the songs as compositions took on their own life, especially adding Robert [Mason] to the writing. That’s what I’m most proud of, is the way this stands on its own. It doesn’t step on our legacy together one bit, but it has it’s own personality and I think that’s important.”

“This is decidedly not me ‘stapled’ onto a DOKKEN record,” adds Mason. “I wouldn’t have been involved if that was the intent. Fans will hear bits of our styles in this collection of songs, and while reminiscent signatures are undeniable, THE END machine was purposely built to stand apart and on its own merit.”

Tracklisting:
1.Leap Of Faith
2. Hold Me Down
3. No Game
4. Bulletproof
5. Ride It
6. Burn the Truth
7. Hard Road
8. Alive Today
9. Line of Division
10. Sleeping Voices
11. Life Is Love Is Music

Catch THE END machine on tour on the U.S. West Coast this April. The itinerary is as follows:

4/04: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
04/05: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
04/06: Tucson, AZ @ Club XS

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Last In Line To Unleash New Album In February of 2019, Unveil New Video For “Landslide”

Last In Line To Unleash New Album In February of 2019, Unveil New Video For “Landslide”

Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, and Andrew Freeman collectively known as Last in Line, are set to release their second album,”II” via Frontiers Music Srl on February 22, 2019.  The band has announced the impending arrival of their new album with the release of the first video and single, “Landslide“. Watch it HERE.

Pre-order IIon CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here:

http://radi.al/LastInLineII

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Last In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny AppiceJimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the “Holy Diver”, “Last In Line” – the album from which they took their name, and “Sacred Heart”albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut album “Heavy Crown“was released in February 2016, landing at #1 on the Billboard Heat-Seekers Chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016.  Last In Line, honoring what they knew would be Bain’s wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as Saxon and Megadeth.

In late 2017, the band gathered in L.A. to start the recording of the second album, which was produced by the band members and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End: machine, ex-Dokken), who also produced the debut album. Having really gelled as a band while touring in support of the debut album, the songwriting came readily to the members. They’ve created a record thatshows a big progression in sound, while immediately being recognizable as Last In Linethanks to Vinny Appice’s rhythms, thunderous bass from Soussan, amazing vocals from Andrew Freeman, and the roaring guitars of Vivian Campbell.

“The musical style of ‘II‘ is different from ‘Heavy Crown‘, but it wasn’t something that we planned to do,”explains Vivian Campbell. “Phil is a more intricate player than Jimmy was and that, together with the natural growth and development of the band led us to the songs on the album. As always, we simply started to jam on ideas and see where they led us. But it’s fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on ‘Heavy Crown. The first album set a tone, but on ‘II‘ we developed that idea and took it to the next logical stage.”

Drummer Vinny Appice, on the sound of the new record and song writing process, says “I always sound like me. Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feel and pulse and attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he allows a more melodic approach on the bass parts making the songs even more interesting. He fits in perfectly being from the same musical family and time as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings from his soul and completes the band’s sound with his melodies and amazing range.”

He continues, “the songwriting process was the same as DIO’s ‘Holy Diver’. First, we have fun writing together. We get in a room and jam on riffs and chords until we hit on something good, then continue to build it into a song. Andy puts his magic on it and it all works out very well.”

Asked about first single ‘Landslide’, Vocalist Andrew Freeman says, ” ‘Landslide’ was the first song we wrote for this record. It was really easy to write as all of the parts fell into place quickly.  The title ‘Landslide’ is a metaphor relating to the day to day struggles that we all go through as people. Trying to keep on course when dealing with adversity, manipulation through media and leadership. It’s meant to inspire strength and resolve.

Phil Soussan says about how it was joining Last In Line and the development of the songs, “[i]t was refreshing to be able to write songs in such an organic fashion – by jamming and developing ideas as a group, without bringing in preconceived songs – something I haven’t done for ages. The result was a true collaboration, a concept that is so rare these days! Vinny has a unique style of drumming that, beyond keeping beats, inspires riffs and arrangements and Vivian has a way of playing that has a conviction to every note. He is able to turn every riff into a signature. Andrew was creative and unrestricted, focusing his contemporary influences into vocal stylings and hooks that are outside the classic rock clichés. He is very much a perfectionist.  Beyond trying to remain true to Jimmy’s playing and to the heritage of the relationship between Viv and Vinny, everyone was completely open to exploring any possible idea. I am honestly prouder of our efforts on this album than anything in which I have been involved in for a very long time.   With ‘II‘ I would like to think that we have stretched out from ‘Heavy Crown‘ to test some uncharted waters…. the evolution of Last in Line!”

Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Black Out The Sun
3. Landslide
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
9. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light

Lineup:
Andrew Freeman – Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
Phil Soussan – Bass
Vivian Campbell -Guitars

Catch Last In Line On Tour In 2019
January 
17 -San Jose, CA (The Ritz Theater)
18 -Fresno, CA (Tower Theater)
20 -Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)

February
1 -Hollywood, CA (Whisky A Go Go)
2 -Ventura, CA (Majestic Theater)
13 -Lubbock, TX (Jakes Backroom)
14 -San Antonio, TX (The Rock Box)
15 -Dallas, TX (Granada Theater)
16 -Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)

March
22 -St Charles, IL (Arcada Theater)
23 -Westland, MI (Token Lounge)

April
5 -Golden, CO (Buffalo Rose)
6 -Colorado Springs, CO (Sunshine Studio’s)
26 -Las Vegas, NV (Golden Nugget Casino)

More dates to be added!

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Quiet Riot To Release “One Night in Milan” January 25, 2019 Via Frontiers Music Srl

Quiet Riot To Release “One Night in Milan” January 25, 2019 Via Frontiers Music Srl

Quiet Riot‘s performance at Frontiers Rock Festival 2018 marked the band’s first-ever concert in Italy and what a hell of a show it was! This special event is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray. Entitled “One Night in Milan,” this once in a lifetime performance will be released January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Pre-order “One Night in Milan” here:
http://radi.al/OneNightInMilan

Watch a live video for the song “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” below!

Drummer Frankie Banali had this say about the upcoming release:
” ‘One Night in Milan’ documents Quiet Riot in real time as it was recorded in Milan, Italy in April of 2018. For anyone interested in the long and storied history of Quiet Riot, this performance chronicles the progression of a band that continues to bring it’s brand of music to our longtime fans and new fans as well. The performance was historic as it was the first time that Quiet Riot has played in Italy since the bands inception 35 years ago. The set included a performance of ‘Thunderbird’ with live piano as it was originally recorded in 1983 with help from maestro Alessandro Del Vecchio. The fan response was nothing short of phenomenal and heartwarming, with not just the incredible Italian fans, but also the many longtime fans from all over Europe, many of whom, like the Italian fans, had never seen Quiet Riot live before.”

With the entire club shouting and singing along and calling the band back on stage at the end of the show for an unplanned encore, Quiet Riot literally took no prisoners, offering the crowd a superb selection of their greatest hits plus a very special surprise in “Thunderbird,” a song from the multi platinum album “Metal Health” that the band had never performed on stage before with piano accompaniment

The lineup features classic line-up original member Frankie Banali on drums, bassist Chuck Wright, who has been involved in the band since the recording of “Metal Health“, Alex Grossi on guitar who has been in the band for 14 years, and vocalist James Durbin.

Quiet Riot are in perfect METAL HEALTH and this unique live performance highlights a band that still oozes charisma and power!

Tracklisting:
1.Run For Cover
2.Slick Black Cadillac
3.Mama Weer All Crazee Now
4.Whatever It Takes
5.Terrified
6.Love’s A Bitch
7.Condition Critical
8.Thunderbird
9.Party All Night
10.Freak Flag
11.I Can’t Get Enough
12.Wild & The Young
13.Let’s Get Crazy
14.Cum On Feel The Noize
15.Bang Your Head

Lineup:
Frankie Banali, Drums
Chuck Wright, Bass
Alex Grossi, Guitar
James Durbin, Vocals

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JETBOY Release Video For “Beating the Odds” Off Upcoming Album “Born To Fly’

JETBOY Release Video For “Beating the Odds” Off Upcoming Album “Born To Fly’

JETBOY will unleash their long awaited new album “Born To Fly” on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.  This will be their first new studio album in nearly 30 years. Today, the band is pleased to release the second single and debut the video for “Beating The Odds.”  Watch the video HERE

Pre-order “Born To Fly” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here: http://radi.al/JetboyBornToFly

Of the new single, guitarist Billy Rowe says, “‘Beating The Odds’ features a spoken word piece by the late, great Lemmy Kilmister. In 1990, Lemmy became friendly with us and jumped on stage at the Cathouse for our second album release party to cover a rocked up version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls Of Fire’. A year or so later, Lemmy ended up helping out with some backing vocals on a demo, along with a spoken word piece titled ‘The Reading’, which was written by Lemmy & Mickey [Finn, vocals]. In the breakdown of this new single, we edited a portion of the reading as we felt it was such a perfect fit for the track. The video was also inspired by Lemmy, with an animated story of a war pilot in a dog fight and beating the odds to survive.”

Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, JETBOY continues to crank out their brand of rock n’ roll in the 21st century with the same passion that has existed from the beginning.  And rock ‘n roll is what you’ll get on their upcoming new album “Born To Fly”.

This new album – put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – is the first fully-fledged set of new material from JETBOY since 1990.

 “Born To Fly” is a fine rock record by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ’80s sound and 70’s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. JETBOY is ready to fly again.

“Born To Fly” Tracklisting:
1. Beating The Odds
2. Born To Fly
3. Old Dog, New Tricks
4. The Way That You Move Me
5. Brokenhearted Daydream
6. Inspiration From Desperation
7. All Over Again
8. She
9. A Little Bit Easy
10. Every Time I Go
11. Smoky Ebony
12. Party Time!

JETBOY Lineup:
Mickey Finn – Lead Vocals + Harmonica
Fernie Rod – Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals
Billy Rowe – Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals
Eric Stacy – Bass
Al Serrato – Drums

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JETBOY Live
+December 31, 2018 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
+January 26, 2019 – The Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
+February 24th – March 1st 2019 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Watch the video for the title track from the album HERE.

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Rock Legend Stephen Pearcy Drops New Track, ‘U Only Live Twice,’ From Upcoming Solo Album!

Rock Legend Stephen Pearcy Drops New Track, ‘U Only Live Twice,’ From Upcoming Solo Album!

Best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum
selling hard rock band RATTStephen Pearcy is set to release his highly anticipated fifth solo album, “View To A Thrill” on November 9, 2018 on CD/LP/Digital via Frontiers.  Tuesday, Pearcy dropped another new track from the album ‘U Only Live Twice,’ listen to it HERE.

“View To A Thrill” includes 11 superb RATT ‘n Roll songs written by Stephen Pearcy, together with guitarist Erik Ferentinos, that will surely please fans of his last solo effort, “Smash” as well as fans of his original band, RATT.The tracklisting flows perfectly and takes you on an audio journey through blistering rockers mixed with slower, more measured numbers. Like RATT’s catalog, this is a record that showcases the art of the riff! Erik Ferentinos is truly Pearcy’s secret weapon as displayed by the mind-bending solos on display throughout “View To A Thrill”.

Pre-order “View to a Thrill”on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here: http://radi.al/ViewToAThrill

An exclusive Orange LP version can be purchased through FYE here: https://bit.ly/2OUPHvm

Listen to the first single ‘I’m a Ratt’ HERE.

BAND MEMBERS:
Stephen Pearcy- Lead Vocals
Erik Ferentinos – Guitars, Back Up Vocals, Keys
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitars, Keys, Back Up Vocals
Scot Coogan – Drums

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Legendary RATT Frontman Stephen Pearcy To Release New Solo Album ‘View to a Thrill’ In November

Legendary RATT Frontman Stephen Pearcy To Release New Solo Album ‘View to a Thrill’ In November

Best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum selling hard rock band RATTStephen Pearcy has announced the release of his highly anticipated fifth solo album, “View To A Thrill” on November 9, 2018 on CD/LP/Digital via Frontiers. Pre-order “View to a Thrill” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the single at this location.

Today, a new song from the album has been made available to stream and download. Get your first listen to “I’m a Ratt” below.

“View To A Thrill” includes 11 superb RATT ‘n Roll songs written by Stephen Pearcy, together with guitarist Erik Ferentinos, that will surely please fans of his last solo effort, “Smash” as well as fans of his original band, RATT. The tracklisting flows perfectly and takes you on an audio journey through blistering rockers mixed with slower, more measured numbers. Like RATT’s catalog, this is a record that showcases the art of the riff! Erik Ferentinos is truly Pearcy’s secret weapon as displayed by the mind-bending solos on display throughout “View To A Thrill”.

With over 15 million records sold worldwide with RATT, there is simply no slowing Pearcydown in the 21st century. Pearcy is an accomplished songwriter with credits on all of RATT’s records throughout the years, including the “RATT” EP, “Out Of The Cellar”, “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, “Dancing Undercover”, “Reach for the Sky”, “Detonator”, “RATT” and “Infestation”.  Stephen is also a producer, composer, owner/product creator of “Mic Knuckles” (hands free mic holder), and has also been involved in recording songs for TV, movies, ESPN2, and NHRA Drag Racing Series over the years. He is also involved in sponsoring several top fuel dragsters and funny cars, which he has been doing since the ’80s.

Tracklisting:
1. U Only Live Twice
2. Sky Falling
3. Malibu
4. One In A Million
5. Double Shot
6. Secrets To Tell
7. Not Killin’ Me
8. Dangerous Thing
9. I’m A Ratt
10. From The Inside
11. Violator

BAND MEMBERS:
Stephen Pearcy- Lead Vocals
Erik Ferentinos – Guitars, Back Up Vocals, Keys
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitars, Keys, Back Up Vocals
Scot Coogan – Drums

For More Info Visit:
https://officialstephenpearcy.com/home
https://www.facebook.com/SEPearcy
https://twitter.com/StephenEPearcy
https://www.instagram.com/septopfuel/

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JETBOY To Release ‘Born To Fly’ On January 25th, 2019 Via Frontiers Music Srl

JETBOY To Release ‘Born To Fly’ On January 25th, 2019 Via Frontiers Music Srl

Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, JETBOY continues to crank out their brand of rock n’ roll in the 21st century with the same passion that has existed from the beginning.

And rock ‘n roll is what you’ll get on their upcoming new album “Born To Fly”, which is set for release January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.  Beginning today, you can watch the video for the album’s title track below!

Pre-order “Born To Fly” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the single here: http://radi.al/JetboyBornToFly

On the song and video for the title track, Mickey Finn says, “‘Born to Fly’ is just about the feeling of being meant to do something great, and fighting and working to make it happen, never giving up, or giving in and sticking to your guns to do it on your own terms. Remember sometimes greatness comes in small accomplishments. If it feels great to you, then it is great!! We shot the video on two rooftop locations in the southside of downtown Los Angeles, on one long day and night in July 2018.”

This new album – put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – is the first fully-fledged set of new material from JETBOY since 1990. “The band wasn’t working on any new material when Frontiers approached us. Mickey and I had written one or two songs a few years back, but that’s about it. For myself, I’ve been very into writing music and got very into recording, so I had a good amount of complete musical songs that I always felt could end up as new JETBOY material, and some of it did. But, the majority of the songs on this album were written within a couple of months after we got the offer from Frontiers,” says guitarist Billy Rowe of the writing process for “Born To Fly”.

Rowe continues, “Writing and recording this album came so naturally, there was no struggle at all. We feel it happened at the right time and was meant to be. The spirit of the band has been at an all time high ever since we started this new album. We shared ideas via email and then demoed every song before enteringthe studio. Once we started tracking this album we all felt something special was going on.”

Best described as a blend of edgy rock and roll with a traditional blues based influence, their new album “Born To Fly” is the perfect vehicle to exploit the commanding style of the bands classic rock ‘n roll sound. “The musical inspiration for the “Born To Fly” album came from a life long list of influences from bands we all grew up on from the 1970’s. JETBOY has always approached it’s writing with a simple stripped down, no nonsense rock n roll structure, starting with a great riff and a catchy hook. This album flowed so organically, everything felt like it was meant to be. We’ve also all really grown as musicians, which really helped capture what we feel is some of our best work to date,” states Rowe.

Vocalist Mickey Finn says the “lyrics flowed amazingly fast, with most songs being written in one sitting. My feelings were to stay true to JETBOY’S roots and style, but to also incorporate where we are at today, pleasing old and new fans alike. My wife was the inspiration for “Every Time I Go” and my firstborn son inspired “The Way You Move Me”. Our life struggles as a band and lifelong friends inspired tracks like “Beating The Odds” and “Born to Fly”. “Inspiration from Desperation” covers our political climate in America these days, “Brokenhearted Daydream” reminds us that love is sometimes fickle and hearts get broken, but don’t let it destroy your heart, we have to learn to move on and allow love to come into our lives again. So, all in all, lots of inspiring messages on the record, as well as some good old rock ‘n roll fun and “Party Time” lyrics make it a well rounded listen!

“Born To Fly” is a fine rock record by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ’80s sound and 70’s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. JETBOY is ready to fly again.

“Born To Fly” Tracklisting:
1. Beating The Odds
2. Born To Fly
3. Old Dog, New Tricks
4. The Way That You Move Me
5. Brokenhearted Daydream
6. Inspiration From Desperation
7. All Over Again
8. She
9. A Little Bit Easy
10. Every Time I Go
11. Smoky Ebony
12. Party Time!

JETBOY Lineup:
Mickey Finn – Lead Vocals + Harmonica
Fernie Rod – Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals
Billy Rowe – Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals
Eric Stacy – Bass
Al Serrato – Drums

For More Info Visit:

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instagram.com/jetboy_rocks

twitter.com/jetboyrocks

bandsintown.com/jetboy

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Enuff Z’nuff To Release “Diamond Boy” On August 10th Via Frontiers Music Srl

Enuff Z’nuff To Release “Diamond Boy” On August 10th Via Frontiers Music Srl

Enuff Z’nuff are the living, breathing example of what a rock ‘n roll group should be. Now centered around bass player and vocalist Chip Z’nuff, Enuff Z’nuff are still alive and kicking with a legion of loyal fans, who can’t get enough of the band’s power pop melded with hard rock stylings. They have proven this once again with the release of their upcoming album “Diamond Boy” which is set for an August 10th release via Frontiers Music Srl.

Today the first single from the album entitled “Metalheart” has been released. It is available on all streaming services as well as an instant download with digital pre-orders. Listen to it HERE.

“This song is about bullying, mentally-abusive relationships. The song provides the answer on how to overcome adversity and move forward from a bad situation,” says Z’nuff.

Pre-order the album & stream the single here: http://radi.al/DiamondBoy

This record is the first Enuff Z’nuff release where Chip handles all of the vocal duties, which was quite a task, but one he was certainly up for:
“(Singing on the entire album was) very challenging. I’m taking the place of my brother who I consider one of the greatest singers of our generation. The songs on this record are solid as a boulder,” says Chip.

He describes the album as “It’s a fresh new chapter that should have been written a long time ago. Picture David Bowie & The Beatles fighting and Cheap Trick comes in to break it up.”

In addition to Chip Z’nuff, the band features longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen, ex-Ultravox singer/guitarist Tony Fennell, and Chicago native Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. Enuff Z’nuff continues to tour and record relentlessly and this new record shows once again what a truly gifted hard / power pop act they are. With no shortage of hooks and awesome songs, “Diamond Boy” is another gem in Enuff Z’Nuff’s crown!

Track Listing:
1. Transcendence
2. Diamond Boy
3. Where Did You Go
4. We’re All The Same
5. Fire & Ice
6. Down On Luck
7. Metalheart
8. Love Is On The Line
9. Faith, Hope & Luv
10. Dopesick
11. Imaginary Man

Band:
Chip Z’nuff: Singer/ Electric bass guitar
Tony Fennell: Guitar
Tory Stoffregen: Guitar
Dan Hill: Drums

Catch Enuff Z’Nuff on the “SiriusXM Hair Nation Tour”alongside Jack Russell’s Great White and Bulletboys. Presales are currently underway and the general on sale is set for Friday June 8th. A complete list of dates can be found below.

+ SiriusXM Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=SIRIUSXM)
+ Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=ROCKER)
+ Live Nation Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=GOODVIBES)
+ Live Nation App Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=COVERT)
+ Local/Venue Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local

– All Presales End: Thursday, June 7 @10pm local
+ Public On Sale: Friday, June 8 @ 10am local

“SiriusXM Hair Nation Tour” Featuring Enuff Z’Nuff W/ Jack Russell’s Great White and BulletBoys:
9/12: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
9/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
9/15: Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
9/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
9/20: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
9/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/5: Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
10/6: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/11: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
10/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/14: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/16: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/18: Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
10/19: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10/21: Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
10/22: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
10/25: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
10/26: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/27: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/2: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
11/3: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

More on Enuff Z’nuff:
Originally formed in 1984 in Chicago, IL, the band received their big break in 1989 when they to Atco/Atlantic Records. Founding members, Chip Z’Nuff and Donnie Vie were joined by guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx and they commenced work on their major label debut. The self-titled album was a monster hit and spawned two evergreen singles, “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle”. Both received constant airplay on radio and heavy rotation on MTV, spending over 60 weeks in the Top 10. 1991 saw the band release their sophomore album, “Strength”. The album had more of a hard rock overtone and sustained the success achieved on the first album. The band made high profile television and radio appearances on the likes of David Letterman and Howard Stern and were featured in Rolling Stone’s Hot Issue as ‘The Next Big Thing’. The band soldiered on during the new musical climates of the ’90s and went on to release another 12 studio records.

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