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STARZ – Signs To Frontiers Music SRL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Frontiers Music Srl:

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the signing of US Hard Rock legends STARZ who will release a new album in the second half of 2015!

Although not as commercial successful and well-known as a lot of their peers, STARZ has proven to be a hugely influential band for those musicians who were aware of them. Several massively successful U.S. artists, like Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue cite STARZ as a primary influence. Magazines like Kerrang! and Hit Parader have included STARZ albums on lists of the most important heavy metal albums of all-time!

All together STARZ recorded four studio albums in the second half of the 70’s: “Starz”, “Violation”, “Attention Shoppers” and “Coliseum Rock” and gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the smooth with the hard. “We loved pop melodies,” admits guitarist Richie Ranno, “and we also loved heavy guitars. We liked to combine hooks with a harder edge. Our singer Michael Lee Smith had a great sense of melody. In the course of four albums, we only used orchestrations or keyboards once, preferring to mix heavy rock productions with melodic overtones.”

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STARZ are now returning with a lineup featuring original members Richie Ranno on guitars, Michael Lee Smith on vocals, Joe X Dube on drums and new faces George DiAna on bass and Alex Kane on guitar.

“We are absolutely psyched to be writing and recording an album of new STARZ songs for the Frontiers Label. We’re really excited about the new songs we’ve come up with – SUBWAY TERROR 2015 – here we come! Our sincere thanks go out to the staff of Frontiers Records for giving us this opportunity,” says Ranno.

STARZ appeared live in Europe at the HRH Festival in Wales, on March 13th.


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THE DEAD DAISIES – Opening For The Legendary KISS On June European Tour And Australian Tour This October

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on The Dead Daisies newsletter:

“Who wouldn’t be psyched to get to play in a band opening for the mighty KISS? I am looking forward, as I always will, to playing with The Dead Daisies, opening for KISS on their October Australian run!

This is the band that started it all for me! KISS records were the rock and drumming bibles in which I learned what great rock music is and honed my drum skills as a little kid! To fast forward decades and be able to share their stage as a drummer is a complete honor! Hope to see ya there!”

- Brian Tichy (Drummer) The Dead Daisies


  • Jun 02 Hamburg, O2 Arena, Germany
  • Jun 03 Berlin, O2 Arena, Germany
  • Jun 04   Leipzig Arena, Germany
  • Jun 06   Vienna, Rock in Vienna Festival, Austria
  • Jun 08  Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic
  • Jun 10  Zurich, Hallenstadion, Switzerland
  • Jun 11   Verona Arena, Italy
  • Jun 14  Download 2015 Festival, Parkham, United Kingdom
  • Jun 16  Paris, Le Zenith, France
  • Jun 18   Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome, Holland
  • Jun 19  Graspop Festival,Dessel, Belgium
  • Jun 21   Barcelona, Palau San Jordi Fest, Spain
  • Jun 22   Madrid, Barclay Card Arena, Spain

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  • Oct 3 Perth Arena
  • Oct 6 Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • Oct 8 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
  • Oct 10 Sydney AllPhones Arena
  • Oct 12 Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Oct 13 Brisbane Entertainment Centre










Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Revolver - Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour - promo flyer - 2015

A message from Flyleaf: We’re very excited to announce we are headlining the Revolver: Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour (2015) along with The Agonist, Fit For Rivals, DIAMANTE and Falling For Scarlet! Check to see if we’re hitting your city and if so you can’t miss this tour! Buy tickets today!

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Kristen May – vocals

Sameer Bhattacharya – guitar

Jared Hartmann – guitar

Pat Seals – bass

James Culpepper – drums



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PINK VELVET KRUSH “F.S.O.A.” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists! Whoa!


Supergroup Pink Velvet Krush originate from Long Island, New York and they released a marvelous EP of five songs in the latter part of 2014, via HighVolMusic. If this EP from Pink Velvet Krush, F.S.O.A., is an indication of what’s to come from them, then I am holding my spot as first in line! Everything about this EP is BIG sonically and makes me feel freaking amazingly great!

Buy, Support And Check Out Pink Velvet Krush:

I cannot help hearing the passion that Pink Velvet Krush has towards their own music and the Rock ‘N’ Roll legends that have influenced them. This band is so grand to listen to on this E.P. that it’s downright stunning. Make no mistake, Pink Velvet Krush are an original group and are/would be an asset to any open-air festival of Hard Rock and/or Metal. Pink Velvet Krush ROCK so damn fine that Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Def Leppard and KISS should be knocking down PVK’s door to be their opening band. I’m not talking shit here, I put my Metal reputation on it. All five songs on F.S.O.A. rain down with that glorious 80’s Arena vibe and chills. I love that. I NEED to see this band live!

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If you take the classic Hard Rock atmosphere (aka) 80’s Arena Rock, Bon Jovi’s New Jersey album with Salty Dog and mix it all together, you get… Pink Velvet Krush. Maybe I’m getting too nostalgic or something, still, Pink Velvet Krush come packaged with enough relevancy and talent to challenge many current and well-known Hard Rock bands on the scene today. Metal be thy name. – Stone

PINK VELVET KRUSH includes former Gene Loves Jezebel drummer Joe Larsen, former Steelheart/Britny Fox guitarist Greg Polcari, former Dust and Bones guitarist Sean Quidgeon, former Vaudeville vocalist Doug ‘Savage’ Ramey, and former Sacred Edge bassist Shane West.

F.S.O.A. – Track List: 1. Nothin’ To Lose, 2. Take My Life, 3. F.S.O.A. (Fifty Shades Of Anything), 4. These Chains, 5. Obsession


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Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo credit: Kevin Griggs

March 5, 2015, ATLANTA – Royal Thunder, the Atlanta-based outfit helmed by Mlny Parsonz and Josh Weaver, share Crooked Doors’ album opener, “Time Machine,” via NPR:

“You can’t go back,” says Parsonz of the song’s message. “There is no such thing as a time machine. Live for now and learn forever. Beware the black streak that resides within each one of us. Relax, it’s just livin’.”

The band gave fans an early listen to music from Crooked Doors with the recent stream of “Forget You”, which Paste Magazine said takes “the atmospheric elements of their music even further.(

It’s a song that has a heady blend of the sludgy blues stomp that garnered them widespread attention and even heavier, darker elements than before.”

Pre-orders for Crooked Doors are available now with the music available on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse:

Digital pre-orders include an instant download of “Forget You” and “Time Machine.” >>

Royal Thunder plays SXSW on March 17 (Dirty Dog).  The band joins Halestorm and Rival Sons for a brief western U.S. tour in June:

June 05     Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

June 06     San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

June 08     Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

June 09     Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

June 10     Boise, ID @ Revolution Center

June 12     Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre

June 13     Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

June 14     Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Royal Thunder is Mlny Parsonz, Josh Weaver, Evan Diprima and Will Fiore.  Royal Thunder began work on the album in early 2014, returning to work at the Aria Recording Studio where they recorded the band’s critically lauded debut, CVI.

Pitchfork described singer Mlny Parsonz as “a blues-rock banshee of a woman, equal parts riot grrl and gospel diva” while Spin said she “commands a bluesy mix of Led Zep and Sleater-Kinney.” Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said Weaver’s playing has “the meaty, base elements of early-Seventies British blues.”


Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing

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WHITESNAKE – “The Purple Album” First New Studio Album In Four Years, Releasing On May 19th, via Frontiers Music SRL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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(February 25th, 2015 – New York, NY) – Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in a deluxe edition format ( ) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album. A standard edition and a double LP vinyl format will be available in the near future. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. A video for the first single “Stormbringer” can be seen below:

Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.” Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.  has more information regarding the upcoming tour dates as well as links to purchase tickets.

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THE PURPLE ALBUM – Track Listing:

  1. Burn
  1. You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
  1. Love Child
  1. Sail Away
  1. The Gypsy
  1. Lady Double Dealer
  1. Mistreated
  1. Holy Man
  1. Might Just Take Your Life
  1. You Keep On Moving
  1. Soldier Of Fortune
  1. Lay Down Stay Down
  1. Stormbringer

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

  1. Lady Luck
  1. Comin’ Home

DVD Content:

Lady Double Dealer – Music Video

Sail Away – Mix Music Video

Stormbringer – Music Video

Soldier Of Fortune – Music Video

Purple Album Behind The Scenes

Purple Album EPK


Source: Frontiers Music SRL

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Some METAL And Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, movies, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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I know I am in line as one of the biggest critics of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; however I do want to congratulate artists that do get elected in and that I dig beyond all belief. One such artist/band is Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. I realize this is rather old news in today’s up-to-the-second information chain; yet I still wanted to give Joan Jett & The Blackhearts their proper due on Metal Odyssey for achieving what seems to be the impossible: impressing the voters of the Rock Hall.

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It almost seems as if this Power Pop meets gritty Rock ‘N’ Roll gal and her band have quietly persevered over the decades, never reinventing the wheel and just staying true to their sound and style that I grew to love very quickly as a young lad. I’ve stated this before on Metal Odyssey and I’m proud to state it again: I had a wicked crush on Joan Jett when I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. Whoa. I did see Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in concert once, back in the late 80’s and I remember it being a very cool show. Good times.

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Without question, it was long overdue for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble to get inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan was and forever will be one of the greatest in Rock ‘N’ Roll history, for me. Man, if you ever want to perk yourself up and shred away negativity around you, just listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. For real.

Speaking of the great Ringo Starr, it’s hard to believe it took this damn long for the Rock Hall to induct him as a solo artist. Unreal. I can still see my late sister’s 45rpm of Ringo Starr’s You’re Sixteen, spinning on the old turntable. Man, it seems like yesterday, to me. Pictured above is the cover sleeve for the 45rpm of You’re Sixteen. Good times.

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Last Summer (July) I ventured up to Connecticut and was able to hang out with my Best Metal Buddy and Metal Odyssey contributor/researcher Scott Coverdale. One of our to-do boxes was checked off when we went to Music Outlet in Enfield, Connecticut. If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll notice that Scott Coverdale has a psyched-out look on his face, cause he is about to buy a couple of new CD’s. Good times!

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Above: The CD soundtrack cover for Wedding Crashers, released back in 2005. I do not own it, nope.

This may be off the Metal topic, still, here is a question to ponder: What are your five favorite movies of all time? It seems as if my top five movies change around every now and again. Even so, here are my (current) top five movies of all time and in no particular order: They Live, Escape From New York, Field Of Dreams, Night Of The Living Dead (original black & white) and the super hilarious Wedding Crashers. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale insisted I watch Wedding Crashers, several years ago; I nearly split open from laughter, while watching it the first time! No, Fried Green Tomatoes doesn’t make my list. Metal Be Thy Name!


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