MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST: 'Take Me To The Church' Video Premiere

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST: 'Take Me To The Church' Video Premiere

“Take Me To The Church”, the new video from legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker‘s MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project, can be seen below. The clip was shot during a recent trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Schenker comments: “Today we are releasing the new video for ‘Take Me To The Church’, released from MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST‘s debut album, ‘Resurrection’. We filmed the video in an old church in St Petersburg, Russia as well as at our live show there that same evening. The process was an interesting experience. The fans in Russia were great for the video, too.”

Singer Doogie White adds: “‘Take Me To The Church’ was the obvious choice, given the terrific response in the live arena and from fans and reviewers alike, so we decided to bite the bullet and shoot a video. This was the first of three songs Michael and I wrote for the ‘Resurrection’ album, continuing the partnership we started with ‘Temple Of Rock’.

“It is always fascinating to see how others interpret lyrics and bring them to life visually. We also knew that fans would want to see live footage of the lineup; we added some of that too. So once you have watched the video and learned your lines, you can sing along when we come to a town or city near you. ALRIGHT…”

After conquering Japan at the end of this month, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be touring Europe in October/November. Joining Schenker will be three legendary MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Michael Schenker‘s TEMPLE OF ROCK vocalist Doogie White. Chris Glen will be appearing on bass, with Ted McKenna on drums and Steve Mann on guitar/keys.

Released on March 2 via Nuclear Blast, “Resurrection”, which was produced by Michael Voss-Schön, was recorded in four different locations over a five-month period and features guest appearances by METALLICA‘s Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schön along with contributions from Barden, Bonnet and McAuley — plus White. Also appearing on the album are musicians Mann, McKenna and Glen.

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“Mind Your Manners”, a new song from SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “Living The Dream”, which will be released on September 21 via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.

Slash says: “I wrote this song on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January. It’s just a go-for-it type of song. Pretty straightforward rock and fun to play.”

Kennedy adds: “‘Mind Your Manners’ was something I didn’t hear until the guys had started jamming together. It’s a cool, up-tempo sort of thing and I knew immediately it would have its own place on this record. Lyrically, it’s about how when things are going well there always tends to be someone who tries to rain on your parade and knock you down. You have to keep people like that in check and not let them get to you.”

“Living The Dream” is Slash‘s fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The band has launched a physical pre-order for “Living The Dream” including: a limited-edition deluxe premium 2LP yellow vinyl within a premium “Living The Dream” vinyl-size 20 page hardback book, an exclusive one-sided seven-inch single of “Driving Rain” featuring an etching on the B-side with a special set of Slash guitar picks, standard digital and physical CD album, poster as well as a limited-edition t-shirt and hoodie are available.

The band has also unveiled the album cover art and tracklisting for “Living The Dream”. The artwork was created by renowned visual artist Ron English.

“Living The Dream” track listing:

01. The Call Of The Wild
02. Serve You Right
03. My Antidote
04. Mind Your Manners
05. Lost Inside The Girl
06. Read Between The Lines
07. Slow Grind
08. The One You Loved Is Gone
09. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard Of Broken Hearts

From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener “Call Of The Wild” to the wah-drenched funk rock of “Read Between The Lines”, the haunting majesty of “Lost Inside The Girl” to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket seventies grooves of “Serve You Right”, the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of “The Great Pretender” to the massive hooks and anthemic, singalong choruses of first single “Driving Rain”, “Living The Dream” packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash‘s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.

“It’s a natural progression from ‘World On Fire’, for sure,” Slash says of the new album. “I think it has a little more diversity — some of the ideas are not really what I would consider to be predictable.” At the same time, he adds, “The record is also a bit more structured, with songs that are shorter and more to the point than last time.” Kennedy concurs. “I don’t know that there are as many of those sort of ‘epic sonic journeys’ that we took on the last record,” he says. “Although there are songs that take you on a trip, like ‘Lost Inside The Girl’. But overall, a lot of these songs — things like ‘My Antidote’, ‘Read Between The Lines’, ‘Slow Grind’ — they’re pretty precise statements, and they definitely fall in line with the type of sound we’re known for. There’s a certain type of sonic calling card that we’ve developed over the years, and you can hear it front and center on this record.”

“It’s just a snapshot of where we’re at,” Slash continues, summing up “Living The Dream”. “Which is what we’re going for with each new album — to be present in what we’re doing and come up with something that is representative of and reflects this moment in time.”

For Slash and the band, this moment in time has been unlike any in their past. The seeds of what would become “Living The Dream” were first planted back on the “World On Fire” tour, when Slash began bringing in material for the band to work on at soundchecks.

“Historically, the way we write is we’ll be on the road and I’ll have my guitar with me, coming up with ideas sitting in the hotel room or in the dressing room or even sometimes on the bus,” Slash explains. “When I have something, I’ll bring it to soundcheck and I’ll start jamming it out with Frank and Todd and Brent. Then Myles will start humming ideas into the recording apparatus on his telephone, and that’s how the nucleus of these songs will start.”

“I can tell you that’s the way it happened for some of the early songs, like ‘Lost Inside The Girl’ and ‘Serve You Right’,” Kennedy says. “We were touring Europe in 2015, and at soundchecks Slash would start playing one of those riffs and everybody would jump in. I remember grabbing my phone and singing some ideas into it right then and there, just being really excited about those two tracks. And at that point there were pieces of a few others, like ‘The Great Pretender’ and ‘The One You Loved Is Gone’. So we were definitely embarking on the songwriting process for a new album.”

The plan, according to Slash, “was that we would finish up the ‘World On Fire’ tour, take a little break and then go right into preproduction and get started on a new record.” Which, of course, was not quite what happened. Instead, the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion was announced, and Slash went directly into rehearsals with that band. As GN’R hit the road, Kennedy reconvened with his other group, ALTER BRIDGE, for an album and tour, and eventually began writing and recording his solo debut (“Year Of The Tiger”). Any work on a new CONSPIRATORS record was put on indefinite hold.

It wasn’t until December of 2017, in fact, that Slash, with GN’R on a break, returned to L.A. and resumed writing in earnest for THE CONSPIRATORS. In addition to the songs that had already been worked up, he used his time at home to write a few new ones, among them the slinky rocker “Slow Grind” and the track that would become the album closer, “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts”. Then, in January of this year, Slash and THE CONSPIRATORS finally came back together in a rehearsal space in L.A. to pick up where they had left off years earlier. “I wouldn’t even call what we did rehearsals,” Slash says. “It was really about just getting back into shape after being apart for so long.” But even as the band was finding its groove again, the new songs kept coming. The barnstorming “Mind Your Manners”, powered by a turbocharged Slash riff and a double-time rhythm, was written on the very first day of rehearsal. “I just sort of came up with it on the spot to give us something to warm up with,” Slash says. “It was the very first thing we jammed on. And from there we fell back into revisiting the old songs, polishing them up and getting the arrangements together. Then we rehearsed everything and jumped into the studio and started recording.”

The “Living The Dream” sessions, which commenced in late March, saw the band reunite with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who also helmed “World On Fire”. But while the producer stayed the same, the studio this time changed, with Slash opting to move operations to his newly active recording facility, Snakepit Studios. “At some point a couple years ago, I bought a small residential property in L.A. and put together a rehearsal space and studio,” he explains. “It has a 16-track digital board, and we did pretty much everything there except the drums. It’s just a very homey and cool and cozy spot.”

“The environment there is definitely ‘Slash,'” says Kennedy of Snakepit Studios. “It’s got a lot of the things that over the years I’ve come to equate with him — dinosaurs, pinball machines, photos of guitar players like Rory Gallagher and Keith Richards on the walls, stuff like that. It’s a vibey hang. It was good for the creative process.”

To demonstrate just how good for the creative process it was, Kennedy points to the lyrics to one new song, “Serve You Right”, which he says were partly inspired by a painting hanging on the bathroom wall at the Snakepit — “a picture of this kind of devilish nun,” he says. “That’s the only way I can describe it.” “It’s actually a masturbating nun,” Slash clarifies, then laughs. “I’ve never talked to Myles about it, but the lyrics he came up with for that song, which are insanely suggestive for him, I knew they were influenced by that picture.”

Dinosaurs and devilish nuns aside, the sessions at the Snakepit went quick. Recording was completed by early May, at which point the album was mixed and mastered… and then held, as Slash headed back on the road with GN’R for a European tour. “That was definitely a weird feeling,” Slash says. “I’ve never done a record where I’ve had to wait four or five months for it to come out after we recorded it.” He laughs. “Now I understand what actors feel like after they finish shooting a movie…”

As it stands, that pause will be the last extended break for THE CONSPIRATORS for the foreseeable future. The band will be heading out on the road in September for what will be the beginning of a lot of touring across a lot of the world. “We’re going to do the U.S. this fall, and then I’ll be out with GUNS N’ ROSES in in November and December,” Slash says. “Then we’ll get together and do Europe, and after that it’ll be South America, Australia… we’ll try to hit as many places as we can. Because as much as I enjoy the writing and recording process, when I’m creating music it’s always with the intent that it should be played in front of an audience. For me, that’s always the endgame — to get out there with the band and perform the music live. That’s what I love the most.”

You could say, then, that Slash is, in fact, living the dream. But he’ll only laugh in response. “Well, you know, the album title is actually meant to be a sarcastic statement about the world we’re living in at the moment,” he explains. “I never wax political on records, but it was just something that came to mind — this tongue-in-cheek thing directed at social political events across the globe.”

That said, Slash continues, “If you do take it in the literal sense, then, yeah, making records and touring and getting up onstage every day and playing music with these guys, that is the essence of living the dream. And that’s why I was always dead-set on getting back together with this band and continuing to do this. And I always knew it would happen. Because THE CONSPIRATORS story is not over yet.”

The group’s North American headlining tour begins September 13 in Los Angeles, visiting 20 major cities including New York, Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Austin, Houston, and more before ending October 14 in Sacramento.

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URIAH HEEP Drummer Talks About Making Of 'Living The Dream' Album (Video)

URIAH HEEP Drummer Talks About Making Of 'Living The Dream' Album (Video)

British classic rock icons URIAH HEEP will release their 25th studio album, “Living The Dream”, on September 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.

A new trailer for the disc in which drummer Russell Gilbrook talks about the making of the album can be seen below. Also available is the video for the song “Grazed By Heaven”.

The lyrics for “Grazed By Heaven” were written by SONS OF APOLLO frontman Jeff Scott Soto and the music was written by Rimmer.

Says Jeff Scott Soto: “The song is clearly about sexual tension and desire, very much in the form of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, putting oneself at ease with the person who is taking control of the situation and trusting you will be in absolute bliss. Fantasy and lust is the calling card here; it’s quite black and white, really. The song is very sexy so naturally called for a sexy lyric.”

Rimmer adds: “‘Grazed’ was born out of my desire to write a blazing HEEP rock track. I put together the music and arrangement but needed a very strong melody line/lyric to match the music and the riff… I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto‘s voice and writing for many years so asked Jeff about a collaboration. He loved the song and came up with the perfect and powerful lyric/melody… a very natural seamless collaboration between Jeff and I. A true ‘Living The Dream’ moment for me.”

In conjunction with this release through Frontiers Music Srl, the band is offering some once-in-a-lifetime experience packages as well as signed copies of the album and many other wonderful things. Check it out today at PledgeMusic.

For this album, the band teamed up with famed Canadian engineer Jay Ruston.

“Working with Jay was amazing!” says Mick Box. “He totally understood what we were going for on this album and he delivered big time. We wanted a HEEP album that the band and the fans would be proud of, and with Jay at the helm, we have delivered that.”

When asked what people can expect from the new album, Box says “There are rock songs, rock ballads, and a couple of prog songs encompassing everything HEEP.”

Vocalist Bernie Shaw adds that fans should also be ready for “a full-blown rockin’ URIAH HEEP record. All the traits that made HEEP famous in the past are here on this new album. Passion, power, harmony and substance. HEEP trademarks from the first riff.”

The band is beyond excited with the material written for the new album, which will include some epic additions to the band’s huge catalog of rock staples and looks forward to sharing it with its fans around the world.

The band has announced a full world tour which will last until the whole first quarter of 2019.

“The mighty HEEP are proudly able to tour in over 61 countries and we look forward to a packed touring schedule in 2018 and 2019. Touring is in our blood and what we have a passion to do, and so 2018 is no exception,” concludes Box.

Track listing:

01. Grazed By Heaven
02. Living The Dream
03. Take Away My Soul
04. Knocking At My Door
05. Rocks In The Road
06. Waters Flowin’
07. It’s All Been Said
08. Goodbye To Innocence
09. Falling Under Your Spell
10. Dreams Of Yesteryear
11. Take Away My Soul (alternate version) (bonus track; CD/DVD deluxe edition)

Bonus DVD track listing:

* “Grazed By Heaven” music video
* “Take Away My Soul” music video
* “Making The Dream” documentary


Mick Box – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Phil Lanzon – Keyboards/Vocals
Bernie Shaw – Lead Vocals
Dave Rimmer – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Russell Gilbrook – Drums, Percussion

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DEVOUR THE DAY: 'The Censor' Video Released

DEVOUR THE DAY: 'The Censor' Video Released

DEVOUR THE DAY has released a new single and accompanying music video for “The Censor”, taken from the band’s upcoming studio album, “Signals”, due on October 26 via Razor & Tie.

Says DEVOUR THE DAY: “There is a quote by Elizabeth Gilbert that goes like this: ‘Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.’ We are honored to be the channels and to have received these signals. We cannot take ownership for our place, it is through this process that we find our own purpose. We are indebted to our community for the gift of this responsibility.”

“Signals” track listing:

01. One Shot
02. Faithless
03. Into The Night
04. Red Flower
05. Headspill
06. The Censor
07. Give It Up
08. Cliffhanger
09. Loudmouth
10. Nothing Is Enough
11. Wonderful Creatures
12. Under The Overpass

DEVOUR THE DAY is also creating a six-part documentary series telling the story of its #soundtracktoYOURstory tour, and all the amazing people the band has met along the way, which will be launched in the weeks leading up to the release of “Signals”. To craft the series, DEVOUR THE DAY teamed up with Vers Creative, a global branding agency that specializes in authentic storytelling, as well as the award-winning team at Neighborhood Film Company, who have created Oscar-qualifying short films and worked with global brands like Nike, Coke, Reebok and Universal. In the spirit of community, this campaign will also be bolstered by a host of industry-leading sponsors all committed to this groundbreaking, grassroots campaign.

Photo credit: Grizzlee Martin

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