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Joe Perry Set For In-Store Signing at Newbury Comics In Boston!

Joe Perry Set For In-Store Signing at Newbury Comics In Boston!

Joe Perry during album release performance at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

JOE PERRY–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–is set for an in-store album signing at Newbury Comics in his Boston, MA hometown.  The signing–in celebration of his just-released solo album, SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO–will start at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 25.

Rolling Stone’s Steve Appleford captured PERRY’s two-hour, sold-out album release show last week (1/16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles that concluded with a climatic finish at the crescendo of “Train Kept A-Rollin'” as JOE smashed his guitar (see image below). “It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues…” noted Appleford.

“I didn’t know what else to do,” PERRY told Rolling Stone in an interview the following day. “All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces…it was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.”

JOE was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson(keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums) who performed the entire set that also featured guest appearances by Slash and Johnny DeppGary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) handled vocals for the bulk of the show, with other guest vocalists also lighting up the Roxy: Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.

Released on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO–which is available now via iTunes and Amazon–marks JOE‘s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.  Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which JOE co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings “I Wanna Roll,” “Haberdasher Blues,” and “I’m Going Crazy,” plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness,” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired” and “Won’t Let Me Go.”

The SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO track listing is as follows:
Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I’ll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I’m Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won’t Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

Throughout his career, the electrifying lead guitarist of Aerosmith–America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band–JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock.  He has helped to drive his band, over the course of four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man”) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY’s work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the nearly 50 year history include:  12 MTV Video Awards; two People’s Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).

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Michael Des Barres Debuts Video For New Single “Living In The USA”

Michael Des Barres Debuts Video For New Single “Living In The USA”

British musician, actor and broadcaster MICHAEL DES BARRES has today released his first single, “Living in the USA,” on Wicked Cool Records, partnering with YAHOO! Music to exclusively premiere the song’s controversial new video, here, directed by Marianne Spellman and produced by Kitty Page for Humble Servant Productions.

The single is available everywhere digitally as well as on a limited run of 45s on red vinyl, with the A-side of the original composition of “Living in the USA,” and on the B-side, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody,”which deals with similar themes. DES BARRES–born in England and raised in the United States–says, “To turn away from an accident and not help is analogous to not addressing the greed, elitism and injustice that is happening in our beautiful country and around the world. This is why I wrote ‘Living in the USA.'” 

As the host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, DES BARRES is heard by millions of listeners five days a week (8-11am ET and 9pm-midnight PT). DES BARRES has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter. Known as a glam rock icon, DES BARRES was the front man of the bands Silverhead and Detective, personally signed by Jimmy Page to Swan Song records. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke (who also plays drums on “Living in the USA) and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael co-penned the song “Obsession,” a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion. DES BARRES was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing with them at Live Aid. Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa’s legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic and released a live follow-up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot ‘n Sticky. Rolling Stone magazine called out Michael’s songwriting in their “Top 25 Albums of 2015” naming his song, “Pain Killer” as a highlight of the critically acclaimed album, Introducing Darlene Love. DES BARRES’ last album, The Key To the Universe was released by F.O.D Records in February 2015.

Over the past five decades, DES BARRES has also appeared in more than 40 feature films such as “To Sir With Love” with Sidney Poitier, “Pink Cadillac” with Clint Eastwood, “The Man From Elysian Fields” with Mick Jagger and “Diary of a Sex Addict” with Rosanna Arquette, as well as over 150 hours of American television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver –a role which  DES BARRES will reprise as he guest stars on the  MacGyver re-boot on February 2 at 8/7c on CBS.

Wicked Cool Records evolved out of “Little Steven” Van Zandt’s weekly syndicated radio show and SiriusXM channel Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Van Zandt founded the label as a way to further support new rock & roll that wasn’t receiving the recognition it deserved. Among the label’s releases are 10 critically acclaimed compilations including Halloween A Go-Go, Christmas A Go-Go and The Coolest Songs In The World Volumes 1-8, featuring music from the Underground Garage. In 2016 Wicked Cool Records began a unique distribution deal and partnership with The Orchardencompassing both the label’s back catalog and all new Wicked Coolreleases, releasing albums from WYLDLIFE, Soraia and more.

“Living in the USA” and “Gotta Serve Somebody” are available via all digital outlets, including iTunes and Amazon. Limited edition red vinyl 45s are available at wickedcoolrecords.com

Living In The USA – Michael Des Barres
Single (Wicked Cool Records, 1/19/18)
Written by Michael Des Barres
Produced by Chris Wonzer & Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Paul Ill – Bass
Clem Burke – Drums
Loren Molinare – Vocals, Guitar

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Myles Kennedy Releases Lyric Video For “Haunted By Design” Single From Upcoming Album

Myles Kennedy Releases Lyric Video For “Haunted By Design” Single From Upcoming Album

Following the recent release of the music video for the first single “Year Of The Tiger,” Myles Kennedy has released a lyric video for another song from the upcoming debut solo album. “Haunted By Design” is the second track released from Year Of The Tiger; the upcoming album available worldwide on March 9th via Napalm Records.

The video for the song can be seen here: https://youtu.be/fQq7pOoqCHA. Fans that pre-order (http://smarturl.it/MK-YearOfTheTiger) the download of Year Of The Tiger through a digital retailer will receive an instant download of the song as well as the first single. The album is also currently available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: http://smarturl.it/YearOfTheTiger-NPR and www.MylesKennedy.com.

On Year Of The Tiger, Myles embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career.Kennedy himself plays banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy-americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around this incredible soulful voice the world has come to know.

Myles recently announced a solo acoustic tour that will kickoff in South Africa before moving over to Europe for 6 exclusive shows. The European tour will make stops in Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale and can be purchased via livenation.co.uk or ticketmaster.co.uk. A US run will be announced in the near future and the initial live shows will feature Myles performing solo in an intimate setting.

Myles Kennedy live on tour:

17.03.18 UK – Birmingham / O² Institute2

18.03.18 UK – Nottingham / The Rescue Rooms

20.03.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage

21.03.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla

24.03.18 UK – Bristol / Thekla

26.03.18 UK – London / Islington Assembly Hall

(more dates to come)

Myles Kennedy burst on the music scene in 1990, but it wasn¹t until 1995, through his band The Mayfield Four, that he gained some notoriety. It was when the Mayfield Four toured opening for hitmakers Creed that Myles Kennedy would meet Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. This meeting would eventually lead to the formation of Alter Bridge, the band that would become Myles¹ calling card to the world. The band released their debut album One Day Remains that would end up being certified Gold by the RIAA and the band would go on to sell millions of records worldwide over the course of 5 studio albums with the band. In 2008, the legacy of Myles Kennedy was circling the music industry and eventually found its way to members of Led Zeppelin. A now legendary story, Myles was asked to jam with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a potential project that never materialized. In 2009, Guns N¹ Roses guitarist Slash was working on a solo project and tapped Myles Kennedy to do vocals on 2 songs on that release. That partnership would lead to Myles becoming the vocalist for his other rock band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. They have released 2 albums under that moniker. This relationship would also lead to Myles Kennedy singing for the iconic Guns N¹ Roses at their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2012 after band founder Axl Rose was unable to attend. Through Myles’ various projects, he has appeared on The Tonight Show; Jimmy Kimmel Live; Conan; has had music used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few; and appeared in the motion picture Rock Star. 2018 will mark a new chapter in Myles¹ career as he will be releasing his long-awaited debut solo album Year Of The Tiger. The album is a whole new direction for Myles creatively and showcases the talent that has made him one of the premiere frontmen in modern music today.

For more info visit:

Website: www.MylesKennedy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMylesKennedy

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MylesKennedy

Instagram: www.instagram.com/OfficialMyleskennedy

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/myleskennedyofficial

Label: www.napalmrecords.com

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Kip Winger Solo Box Set Collection To Arrive In March Via Frontiers Music Srl

Kip Winger Solo Box Set Collection To Arrive In March Via Frontiers Music Srl

On March 23, 2018, Frontiers Music Srl will release a box set collecting all the solo works of acclaimed Grammy Nominated Composer Kip Winger into one collection. The set will be comprised of Kip’s solo albums, including:

· This Conversation Seems Like a Dream (1997)
· Down Incognito (1998)
· Songs from the Ocean Floor (2000)
· From the Moon to the Sun (2008)

In addition there is going to be a bonus disc (exclusive to the physical edition, while stock lasts), which includes a new previously unreleased song and all of the bonus cuts from previous records

The “Solo Box Set Collection” will be a strictly limited edition of 1,500 copies (worldwide) and include five cds in vinyl replica cases and a booklet with liner notes written by Kip Winger. Pre-order the box set HERE: http://radi.al/KipWingerCollection

Kip Winger rode the wave of the ’80s/early ’90s pop-metal explosion first with Alice Cooper and then in the wildly successful band of his namesake, Winger, before beginning a solo career in the late ’90s. His debut solo effort, “This Conversation Seems Like A Dream”, was released in 1997 and supported with a solo acoustic tour. An acoustic album featuring the new Track “Another Way” and of past favorites, “Down Incognito” was then released in 1999. Winger followed it with his second proper solo album, 2000’s “Songs from the Ocean Floor”, which addressed his grief over the loss of his wife, who had passed away in a car accident shortly after the release of his first solo album. After a long hiatus with his solo work, Kip returned with “From The Moon To The Sun” in 2008; an extensive body of work that includes everything from straight up heavy and dark music to absolutely melodic and beautiful works.

More recently, Winger has enjoyed success composing classical music. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created the ballet “Ghosts”, based on a piece Kip wrote, which premiered at the San Francisco Ballet on February 9, 2010. The ballet was a hit and was brought back for a five seasons in 2010. Ghosts will make its Nashville debut in May 2018 with Nashville Ballet. Winger then composed a four-part work entitled “Conversations with Nijinsky”, intended to celebrate the life of ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. A recording of the piece performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra on the album “C.F. Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky” entered at number one on thetraditional classical category on the Billboard music charts. “Conversations with Nijinsky” was also nominated in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Winger also recently finished a two act musical, GET JACK,which is currently in development in New York City.

This collection is an unmissable opportunity to get to know in-depth the astounding musical abilities and art of one of today’s musical greats!


CD 1 – This Conversation Seems Like A Dream
Kiss Of Life
Endless Circles
Angel Of The Underground
I’ll Be Down
Naked Son
How Far Will We Go
Don’t Let Go

CD 2 – Down Incognito
Another Way
Down Incognito
Under One Condition
Miles Away
Headed For A Heartbreak
How Far Will We Go
Naked Son
Spell I’m Under
Easy Come Easy Go

CD 3 – Songs From The Ocean Floor
Crash The Wall
Sure Was A Wildflower
Two Lovers Stand
Song Of Midnight
Only One Word
Broken Open
Everything You Need

CD 4 – From The Moon To The Sun
Every Story Told
Where Will You Go
Pages And Pages
In Your Eyes Another Life
What We Are
One Big Game
Reason To Believe

CD 5 – Bonus Cd
Hands Of Love
Monster (European Bonus Track)
Holy Man
Free (Instrumental)
Now And Forever
Kiss Of Life (Demo)
Don’t Let Go (Demo)
Headed For A Heartbreak (Demo 1987)
Hour Of Need (Demo)
Monster (Demo)
Rainbow In The Rose
Blind Revolution Mad
Headed For A Heartbreak (Live)


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Janet Gardner Releases Official Music Video For “Candle”

Janet Gardner Releases Official Music Video For “Candle”

Janet Gardner

After encountering a recent health scare, Janet Gardner releases the official music video for “Candle.” The song was originally scheduled to be released over the next couple of weeks, but after being rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma, she was so moved by the out pouring of love and support that it gave the song new meaning.

“This song is deeply personal to me. It is about a very difficult time in my life, the passing of my parents. I wanted to be their Candle, and get them through that moment,” Janet explains on the meaning of “Candle.” “Now, at another very difficult moment in my life, so many of you have deeply touched me with your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and support. Thank you all so much for being my Candle.”

“Candle” is a single off Janet Gardner’s self-titled debut solo album from Pavement Entertainment. The album is available in digital and retail outlets everywhere.

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Train’s Pat Monahan To Make Broadway Debut March 20th In ‘ROCKTOPIA’

Train’s Pat Monahan To Make Broadway Debut March 20th In ‘ROCKTOPIA’

The producers of the international music sensation ROCKTOPIA are thrilled to announce that the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan, will make his Broadway debut during the first three weeks of the run, March 20– April 8, 2018.  An explosive musical event that fuses the most iconic 20th-Century rock with world-renowned classical compositions,ROCKTOPIA features world-class vocalists—backed by a full symphony orchestra, an electrifying rock band, and a choir performing the works of musical innovators including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Copland, The Who and more. ROCKTOPIA makes its Broadway premiere for six weeks, March 20 – April 29, 2018, at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway), with an opening night set for Tuesday, March 27.  Tickets are now on-sale at Telecharge.com.

As founder and lead singer, Monahan has led Train to great success. The band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 GRAMMY awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, over 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and dozens of other honors. As part of ROCKTOPIA, Monahan will perform multiple songs throughout the show, including Kashmir by Train’s favorite band and musical inspiration Led Zeppelin. Regularly covering Led Zeppelin music in live shows, Train recorded a cover album of Led Zeppelin II in 2016. In addition to Zeppelin and other artists, Monahan will perform a special encore performance featuring a hit Train song merged with a classical composition.

“The entire Rocktopia team is thrilled to have Pat Monahan join us at the Broadway Theatre. Pat’s incredible talent and background lends itself perfectly to our unique musical vision, says Rob Evan, co-creator of ROCKTOPIA. “The fusion we have created with Train’s song for the encore is truly exciting!”

With extensive knowledge of both classical and classic rock genres, vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan (Les Misérables, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer (San Francisco Symphony) created the completely original, spine-tingling musical arrangements in ROCKTOPIA by matching themes, potency, and emotional resonance in the songs before fusing them together.

For the full six-week engagement, the groundbreaking live concert will be performed by a celebrated, diverse array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists: Rob Evan (Broadway: Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde and more, Trans-Siberian Orchestra); Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chris Botti, Yanni’s Voices);  Tony Vincent (Broadway: American Idiot, RENT, NBC’s “The Voice”); Kimberly Nichole (NBC’s “The Voice,” performs with Janelle Monae, Slash, Joe Walsh, The Heavy); and featuring Alyson Cambridge (The Merry Widow at The Met, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Show Boat). The world-class musicians featured in the ROCKTOPIA band include Grammy and Emmy Award nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt (Celtic Woman, Lord of the Dance); acclaimed guitarist Tony Bruno (MD & guitar for Enrique Iglesias & Rihanna, “America’s Got Talent”); pianist Henry Aronson(MD/Conductor/keys for entire Broadway run of Rock of Ages, The Who’s Tommy); bass player Mat Fieldes (Joe Jackson’s Grammy winning album Symphony No. 1, the Gorillaz,Book of Mormon); and drummer Alex Alexander (David Bowie, Jimmy Cliff, Ritchie Blackmore).

An inaugural performance of the show, “Rocktopia: Live from Budapest” produced by Two Hands Entertainment/Jeff Rowland, was recorded in front of a live audience in June 2016 at the 19th century Hungarian State Opera House for PBS. It was performed with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra with six vocalists, a five-piece rock band, the Hungarian State Opera Chorus, and the Jazz and More Choir. ROCKTOPIA has since toured over twenty cities in the United States, featuring local symphonies and choirs across the country.

ROCKTOPIA is produced by ROCKTOPIA Broadway LLC (William Franzblau, Executive Producer and Maggie Seidel-Laws, Associate Producer) in association with HUGHES WALL LLC. 

Tickets are now on-sale via Telecharge.com. Special student pricing, beginning at $39, is available for the duration of the run.  The performance schedule is Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 & 8pm, Sunday at 2 & 7pm. There is no performance on Monday, March 26 or Tuesday, April 3. Performances have been added on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm; and Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30pm. Pat Monahan will perform in all shows between March 20 – April 8, with the exception of March 21 & March 22.




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Small Town Titans Release Music Video for Powerful Acoustic Single “Dragonfly”

Small Town Titans Release Music Video for Powerful Acoustic Single “Dragonfly”

York, PA heavy rock band Small Town Titans has released the Official Music Video for their heartrending single, “Dragonfly.” Originally premiered on Loudwire, “Dragonfly” is vocalist Phil Freeman’scelebration and memorial of his mother’s life and tragic passing.

“This song was written for my mother. She passed away in February of 2017 after a three-year battle with cancer. She loved dragonflies which happen to have deep spiritual significance in many traditions and cultures, representing love, freedom of spirit and compassion. She embodied all of these qualities…The intent of this song is to celebrate her life and bring a little light and love to anyone who may be dealing with the grief of losing someone to illness. She was and is an amazing soul, and I hope this song captures a tiny glimmer of her spirit for the person listening to it.” – Phil Freeman

For all things STT, visit smalltowntitans.com.

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Diamante Returns With Empowering New Single “Had Enough”

Diamante Returns With Empowering New Single “Had Enough”

It’s 2018 and 21-year-old DIAMANTE is ready to take on the world. Today, she shares the new single “Had Enough” (out now on all DSPs), also revealing a lyric video in which she channels superman.

Originally recorded by Lower Than Atlantis, DIAMANTE’s take on “Had Enough” turns the song into an empowerment anthem.

“I decided to cover ‘Had Enough’ because of its strong lyrical content and sentiment really struck a chord with me,” DIAMANTE explains. “Something about its unapologetic honesty really captivated me. I think that level of honesty and bluntness of being able to tell the world: ‘Hey! I’m pissed off!’ is very powerful and something that music has been craving, especially in today’s social climate.”

Had Enough” is the fourth track released from her forthcoming debut record due out later this year on Better Noise Records, following “Haunted”, “Sleepwalking” and the breakout track “Coming In Hot”. Produced by Howard Benson [Chris Cornell, Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, Halestorm], the upcoming collection brings to light a signature sound the artist has been developing meticulously since age 13.

With her edgy style, sultry vocals, pop sensibility, and unabashed swagger, the Mexican-Italian-American solo artist draws from myriad influences and calls to mind legends from a spectrum of rock icons including Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Bowie.


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John Corabi To Release ‘Live 94 (One Night in Nashville)’ On February 16th

John Corabi To Release ‘Live 94 (One Night in Nashville)’ On February 16th

Famed vocalist of The Dead Daisies, John Corabi, is set to release his first-ever solo live album Live 94 (One Night In Nashville). Corabi performs the classic self-titled 1994 Mötley Crüe album that he sang on after longtime Crüe vocalist Vince Neil stepped away from the role in 1992. The new live album is scheduled for worldwide release on February 16th via Rat Pak Records. The album is now available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at www.ratpakrecords.com/johncorabi.

“I love the way this record came out. I wanted something pure, and I think we’ve got it here!,” exclaims Corabi.

Recorded live on October 27, 2015 during a stop on his Motley 94 tour, Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 Miles” which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the QuaternaryEP. The Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) band is comprised of John Corabi (Guitar/vocals), Jeremy Asbrock (Guitar/vocals), Phil Shouse (Guitar/vocals), Tommy Daley (Guitar) and Ian Corabi (Drums/percussions). The album was recorded live from The Basement in Nashville and contains no overdubs or backing tracks. The recording even includes 2 tracks of Corabi addressing the crowd about his time in Mötley Crüe.

“I have to congratulate the guys in my band for helping me do a live album with no backing tracks or extras!!! It’s how it should’ve sounded live!!!” Corabi adds.

The track listing for Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) is:

  1. Power to the Music (Live)
    2. Uncle Jack (Live)
    3. Hooligan’s Holiday (Live)
    4. Misunderstood (Live)
    5. Loveshine” (Live)
    6. Poison Apples (Live)
    7. John Joins The Band (Live) *
    8. Hammered (Live)
    9. Til Death Do Us Part (Live)
    10. Welcome to the Numb (Live)
    11. Smoke the Sky (Live)
    12  Here Is The Band (Live) *
    13. Droppin’ Like Flies (Live)
    14. Driftaway (Live)
    15. 10,000 Miles Away (Live) (Bonus Track)

* John speaks to the audience

Mötley Crüe is the eponymous sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on March 15, 1994, and is the only album that does not feature lead singer Vince Neil.

Website: www.johncorabimusic.com

Twitter: @crablegs59

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


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SMALL TOWN TITANS: Jonny Ross On The Band’s Rise, Evolution & Bright Future!

SMALL TOWN TITANS: Jonny Ross On The Band’s Rise, Evolution & Bright Future!

The Small Town Titans are a power trio from York, PA who love to constantly create, as well as play live. Gone is the notion that a rock band should only release 10 songs at a time every 2 years. In a world where music fans crave new content constantly, the Small Town Titans aim to deliver their brand of art all of the time, drawing inspiration from a new wave of rock bands such as Highly Suspect and Royal Blood, and rock legends such as the Foo Fighters, Audioslave, and Deep Purple. Thanks to their efforts at assembling their own studio in a basement, STT can create and release songs, podcasts, live online concerts, and more with no rules. This artistic change in attitude stems from touring for the better part of 2 years, and realizing how difficult it really is.
After coming home from their last 30 day run, the band had made $4,000. After repairing their vehicle, restocking their merchandise and more, the band was left with $1,000. After putting most of that back into the band’s funds as usual, each member took home $150. This startling reality made STT take a step back and evaluate themselves as a band, a brand, and a business. After firing their manager, the boys soldiered on with the help of their team at Round 2 Records. They began to truly treat Small Town Titans as a legitimate small business more than ever before. Unnecessary expenses were cut, and more creative and innovative sources of new revenue were explored, such as utilizing the direct to fan creation platform Patreon, where the band is currently making $200 every time they release a new song on YouTube.

Instead of trying to make a million fans, STT is focusing on the fans they already have. With a love for playing live, a Small Town Titans show has evolved into more than a concert. It’s an event, with a set list that’s decided right before the show, and plenty of stage banter in between songs. The band simply hits the stage to deliver an energy driven show using guitars, drums, and their voices. Nothing more, nothing less. This approach to their live performances has led to them sharing the stage with acts such as Highly Suspect, Papa Roach, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, and more.

By focusing on their engagement with social media and managing themselves, Small Town Titans are growing like never before and having more success as a business and a brand. The band just wrapped up a weekend long recording session at Hybrid Studios with friend Kevin Soffera, drummer for Seether on the 5x platinum selling record Disclaimer II, and who STT also recorded their last album Reflection with. Six brand new songs were recorded live in the studio, as well as professionally filmed by Springwood Productions at the same time. These new songs and videos will be released throughout the rest of 2017 and 2018. Songs range from the hard hitting “Me, Myself, and Monster” and “Wreck” to the ballad “Dragonfly”, an emotional song written in memory of Phil’s mother, who passed away earlier this year due to cancer, performed live with just one voice and an acoustic guitar.

Small Town Titans are actively forming a team of like minded individuals in the new music business who are just as driven and passionate as they are, rather than waiting to be discovered. As the band continues to grow their fan base online this year, they will also hit the road, this time with a smarter game plan, a stronger fan base, and a passionate team behind them.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Small Town Titan’s drummer Jonny Ross to discuss his musical roots, the challenges the band has faced in their 6 1/2 years together, connecting with their passionate fanbase and blazing their own trail in the music industry.

Jonny Ross of Small Town Titans.

Before we get to everything happening in the world of Small Town Titans, I wanted to focus on you. What can you tell us about your love of music and the role it’s played in your life?

Oh, man. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember and I really mean that! I was a ham as a little kid, for sure! I always loved to entertain. I’m 20 years old now but when I was very little, MTV still played music, believe it or not! I used to watch music videos all day. I would make my Mom come into the room and sing along with me to the ones I really liked. I distinctly remember loving Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell”. [laughs] I swear to God! It’s a nine-minute song and I would have my Mom come into the room and sing the female part in the song! [laughs] As I got a little older, again I’m showing my age, cassettes were a thing! [laughs] I was allowed to buy one cassette single every Friday. I would go to the mall and I was allowed to get one song every week to add to the cassette collection I would carry around. That was my music! If memory serves me correctly, and I’m proud of this, the first cassette I ever bought was Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which was the single from “Nevermind.” [laughs] I’m proud of that!

What went into finding your creative voice as a young man and lead you to pursuing your passion for music professionally?

I’m the oldest child in my family. I have a younger sister by two years, so I didn’t have the cooler older brother who was anti-establishment letting me know what was badass at the time. I had what I thought sounded good to my ears and I also had the radio. I grew up listening to the radio and I like radio-friendly music for the most part. I do feel, in the past five years or so, it’s gotten a little stagnant to me. A lot of bands don’t seem to be doing anything new. I should say that in the past year or two I feel that’s beginning to change with bands like Highly Suspect, Royal Blood, Greta Van Fleet and stuff like that but, again, I grew up on the radio. I get shit for it all the time and I don’t care — I’m a Nickelback fan. They were dominating the radio when I was in my teens and I bought a couple of their records. “All The Right Reasons” was the massive one with 7 singles. I went and saw them live and they blew me away. The drummer is really good, so that was something I really got into. I had to find things out for myself at that age. I also got really into Motley Crue because I couldn’t believe the spectacle that is Motley Crue. I remember buying one of their live DVDs and my jaw just hit the floor!

I’ve always just had a knack for rhythm. I can’t explain it, but I always have had it. When I was 8 years old in elementary school and having the moment where you are supposed to pick an instrument to try out, I immediately gravitated toward the drums. The music teacher actually pulled my mom aside a couple of weeks later and said, “Your son really has a knack for rhythm. He’s progressing faster than usual.” I was also into music and sports as a kid. I was a pretty active kid and around 13 years old, I started begging my parents for a drum set. My mother said, “Yeah, I think we can do that. We will get a cheap one.” My dad on the other had was like, “Absolutely not. It’s going to make so much ruckus and there have to be rules. It’s just going to collect dust in a corner of the basement.” Needless to say, he was wrong! [laughs] Finally, they said, “Okay, we will get you a kit.” It was a mail order kit, man. I believe Excel Percussion was the name of the brand. It might has well have been First Act, if you will. [laughs] I’ll tell you what, I kinda like that because it was a piece of crap kit but that proved that I really wanted to learn and play. I played the hell out of that crappy kit! When I could, I would upgrade the drum heads and cymbals. Slowly, I turned this really crappy kit into a slightly crappy kit! [laughs] I had a lot of fun learning how to play. I was basically teaching myself. I would come home from school every day, I would just sit behind the drums and that’s when I started to get some confidence. I really felt at home there! Then my mom took me to see Velvet Revolver. That was it! That was the first big concert I saw and I thought, “You can do that for a living? I’m going to try to do that!” [laughs] A lot of kids say that, of course. I didn’t say, “I’m going to throw everything away and go for it.” I didn’t drop out of high school or anything like that but as I was nearing the end of my high school career, I wanted to go to school for music. I ended up going for music recording but I later switched over to music business. That is where the band formed. I just knew that I wanted my real job to be in this business. I guess you can call it luck, but I just found the right guys to form this band. We just hit it off and our singer, Phil Freeman, had been my friend for years before we even jammed. He was really good. Like REALLY GOOD! He was making people stop what they were doing and turn their heads good. I thought, “Man, if I could actually do this for a living, this is the lineup that might make that happen!” We just never quit! We’ve toured a little bit, learned some lessons for sure, and have quit a few stories! Things are really looking up now! We put a plan together for this year and a lot of cool stuff has happened in the last month. I couldn’t be happier!

As you mentioned, you guys have a great chemistry. How did that help chart your course as a band?

The three of us a very different people but no one is an asshole; just to be kind of blunt with it. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it when the bass player gets drunk and he is an asshole, an angry drunk. We were a five piece and we moved on to being a three piece. A lot of that had to do with the shenanigans happening off-stage. The three of us were always nice people, I felt. We like different types of music for sure but we always enjoyed what we did together. As things kept moving forward, we’ve been together for 6 1/2 years, our tastes kept evolving together. It’s such a natural thing. My thoughts on what would sound good for a song that we would write today is certainly different than what it would have been 3 or 4 years ago. The same thing goes for all of the other guys. It’s something I think that is born from being together for so long. If we were just getting together now or had only been together as a band for a year, it wouldn’t click the way it does in my opinion.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for Small Town Titans at this point in time?

I guess it is what you would call old school. It’s in the basement. It’s drums, guitar, bass and vocals. The thing about our band is no matter how much of a song one guy comes up with, it will change and always for the better, in my opinion. It’s just what happens. We aren’t the type of band where the singer comes in and says, “Guys, I wrote this song, let’s learn it.” That’s not us. With Small Town Titans it’s, “I have this idea. Let me play what I have.” Then, the other guys will say, “Oh cool. I like this. I like that.” We just do it together. It might sound a little bit silly at this point in our career because for many people are just starting to hear about us now but to ourselves we are our own worst critics. We will push each other to make the song better until all three of us are smiling from ear to ear! That’s when we know we’ve done a good job and it’s working so far! [laughs]

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I’m sure you guys have experienced a lot of up and downs during your 6 1/2 years together. What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced along the way?

Hitting the road was the biggest one for sure. Actually, there were two. The first one was hitting the road. As a band, we saved up all the money we had been making as weekend warriors, playing 3 hour shows, playing half cover songs and half originals. We didn’t really pay ourselves during that time and we kept saving up the money. Eventually, it hit a point where we were never going backwards. There was always something cool that was happening, so we kept having the motivation to keep going. Finally, it was like, “Okay, we need to get out on the road. Through hell or high water, we need to get out on the road!” That is quite the task to sit down as a band and say, “We are going to jump to the next step. We’re going to quit our jobs, get a vehicle, etcetera, etcetera.” So, we did that! Let me tell ya, you find out within a week if you are meant to do this thing on the road! As I’m sure you have heard from plenty of guys in interviews with you, it’s not glamorous in any way, shape or form! [laughs] We found that we could do it. We gel really well off-stage as well. For example, we all like to work out, so we all got Planet Fitness memberships. There are locations all over the country with is great. The really nice thing is the shower! [laughs]

Yeah, I’m sure that comes in very handy when you need to blow off some steam and are in desperate need to wash away the grime from the road!

Absolutely! You get me in the gym for an hour and that’s my church! Don’t talk to me, don’t look at me! [laughs] I mean, you’re living in a box with the rest of the band for every other part of the day! There is NO privacy, so boy do you look forward to going to the gym! [laughs] If I get a workout in and get a shower in, I’m coming out a new man! We came home from touring and we didn’t have anybody with us. We didn’t have any roadies, a tour manager or anything like that. We barely had any money, man. We made 4K as a band, which we were told is really good by people who knew what we were doing in the industry at the level we were at. When it was all said and done, we had to restock the merch, fix the bus because the AC was busted and we were going back out in August. After all of that, we were left with $1000. We put most of that money back into the band and paid ourselves $150 bucks. That was for the 30-day run and that is what we had to say for it. We were like, “There has to be a better way to do this!”

Now, here’s the second challenge. So, a week had gone by and our guitar player, Ben Guiles, called us up. He was like, “Guys, I’ve got this job opportunity and I have to take it because if I don’t I could be in debt for 20 years.” No one was mad, it was just really sudden, so it was a bitter pill to swallow for a second. That was the moment where I think we all asked, “Are we done here?” That would have been a shame because we weren’t making any backwards progress and things were still going well. We were making fans, making more money each time, but it was just a really slow process. Right around that time, we managed to get some investors. The timing couldn’t have been shittier to me at first. We had sat in the bus countless times saying, “Man, if we had some investors and had a bank, we could prove what we are doing here is worthwhile and we mean business. If we would get some financial help, we would be golden!” We finally got that opportunity and with the first call, we had to say, “Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. By the way, we can’t tour!” [laughs] They actually surprised us and said, “Don’t worry about it. You guys are in the tri-state area and you can do big weekend things. Let’s focus on your social media numbers.” That was a turning point for us and a real blessing in disguise because we didn’t quit, we just changed the plan! It was now a matter of, “How can we do this without touring?” We kept finding ways to do it! We came up with this plan and said, “Let’s release a new song ever couple of months instead of dropping an EP or an LP. It sucks because as a fan that’s what you want but, if you are a new band or an up-and-coming band, you have all of this momentum leading up to the release and you drop the record but what happens the next day? The answer for a lot of bands is “nothing.” I hate to say it but it’s true — if you don’t have a label and a machine behind you to market your next single or whatever, it’s almost like putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. We came up with the plan of dropping a new song every couple of months so that we always have something to talk about. We said, “Let’s get good PR, so we always have a good, solid press release out and you are seeing our name constantly.” We also decided to film each song as we played them live in the studio, so we have a music video for all six songs. It’s working, man! We are very, very happy and a lot of cool things happened when we dropped, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Within a week of the release, we really saw it catch fire, which led to us getting calls about all kinds of cool stuff. We have a good booking agency now, a premiere on LoudWire and a spotlight feature with Spotify. It’s been an incredible month for us!

And what a cover it is! “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is a classic but you guys kicked it up a notch. It’s definitely a new Christmas classic on our playlists.

Thanks, man! It’s certainly done more than we thought it would in the amount of time that it’s been out. That’s for sure!

The video aspect for your songs has been great as well. As a fan, it gives you a level of intimacy with the songs and band that you rarely see.

Thanks again. We just always want to have some content out there so when you are mindlessly scrolling through your social media app of choice, when you see our stuff, you are going to stop and take notice. That’s been the goal.

A lot of people might hear the songs, see the video or some photos from you guys but never put much thought into what goes into keeping the band going. What can you tell us about the day to day of keeping the machine running and the connection you have to the fans?

For me, I’m managing us at this point. I’ve taken the past year and managed the band full-time and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve learned a lot. I’ve definitely had to manage tasks and come up with the things that need to be done daily, weekly or monthly. As far as our fans go, they played a huge role when we decided we weren’t going to tour again. It was like, “Okay, let’s say we have 500 true fans who are truly die-hard fans. We’re not going to worry about making a million fans. We are going to take those 500 fans and we’re going to treat them like absolute gold to the point where they are knocking down other people’s doors!” That’s what led us to Patreon, which is one of the coolest things on the planet right now! For anyone who doesn’t know what Patreon is, it was started by a musician… [laughs] Right there is the best part! You know it’s not going to be too bad if a musician started it! Essentially, anything you are releasing as an artist, you release as you normally would but you also put it on Patreon. A lot of people, including us, put it on Patreon first. Patreon rewards people for contributing to helping you raise money to make art. For example, for $1, your name can go on the credits of the music video. For $5, you can get something signed from the band that ties into a theme for the current release and so on. It’s just been really cool! It creates this bond with your closest fans that you can’t get anywhere else. There is a vibe of exclusivity which makes everyone feel so cool! It’s almost like a little fraternity, if you will. It’s very cool.

It’s a great time of year to catch up with you as 2018 has just become and is a blank slate. What do you have in store for us in the months to come?

We’re dropping songs. We have 4 to be released throughout the year. All we know, aside from that, is that we’re going to be given a lot of great opportunities. We just don’t know what they are yet, unfortunately. We’ve got really good booking at this point; it’s one of the best booking agents in the country, so we know we are going to be offered real tours and festival dates. We couldn’t be happier but we just have to wait and see what they give us. Then, everyone quits their jobs again and away we go! [laughs] … And we tour the right way! [laughs]

When it comes to the music you have coming up, are the singles ready to go at this point and are you working on new music? We are you in the process?

It’s a mix. The next single is ready to go. That will be released on January 11th, 2018. It’s a song called “Dragonfly,” which is very different from “The Grinch,” which is going to be very interesting. It’s literally a 180º because it’s an acoustic song and it’s only our singer, Phil. The song has a lot of meaning because it’s about his mother, who unfortunately passed away due to cancer a little bit over a year ago. He wrote the song when he knew she was going. It was one of those unfortunate slow burns where at least you can say you had time to grieve. It’s a very powerful song and I think a lot of people are going to like it. Our Patreon subscribers love it because they’ve gotten it early. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens because it’s not a heavy rock song at all. It’s not “The Grinch.” Then, we have three others to release throughout the year. It’s a mix of some of it being ready and some of it is not. Some of the songs are ready but the videos are not. It’s chaos! [laughs] There is a lot that went into this process and a lot of things that need to be done on the recording side, shooting the visual side, lining up the release dates, and picking the right Fridays to drop the songs, and everything else!

Jumping back the beginning of the bands for a moment…Small Town Titans is one hell of a band name. How did it come about?

The name is just Phil’s. He came up with it in middle school and just kinda put it in his back pocket! He never used it and waited until the right band came along, I guess. What I think is interesting is that no other band that uses the word “Titans”. I just can’t believe it! I can’t believe that in the rock and metal world that there wouldn’t have been some Dio-inspired or Iron Maiden flavored band that found the word Titan! [laughs] If there was, they never made it very far! If you Google it, you don’t find anything. So the name, we have complete ownership of in the sense of everything that we have online is simply “/SmallTownTitans,” from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter and so on.

You and your bandmates are a true inspiration when it comes to putting your heart and soul into something. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

Right now, I would say it’s important to learn social media as it is to learn your instrument. I know that might take some people aback a little bit but, in my opinion, we’re at a point where no matter how great your song is or how much you spent, if you don’t know how to market it, you might as well not even record it. I mean that, so subscribe to some blogs and listen to some podcasts to learn more about that aspect of it. You have to become a fan of this industry. You have to go beyond just being good at your instrument and writing good songs today, it takes more than that. There’s no doubt about it!

I really want to thank you for your time today, Jonny. I’m really happy to be able to shine a light on the hard work you guys are putting in on all of these fronts. I’m excited to see where these leads you in the months to come! We’ll definitely check back in to hear about the next chapter in the band’s evolution!

Thank you very much, Jason! I appreciate you talking to me! Talk to you soon and take care!

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