product: Elton John - The Million Dollar Piano

label: Eagle Vision

out: 27.06.2014

format: DVD, Blu-ray

PR territory: Germany & Austria (printed press)

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Elton Johns „The Million Dollar Piano” ist eine feste Institution im Colosseum des Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Die Show läuft bereits seit September 2011 und umfasste in diesem Frühjahr allein 16 Shows zwischen dem 29. März und 26. April 2014. Die Konzerte sind der Höhepunkt einer jahrzehntelangen Zusammenarbeit von Elton John und Yamaha-Pianos. Dieser Film zeigt Klassiker aus Elton Johns gesamter Karriere wie etwa „I’m Still Standing”, „Rocket Man”, „Philadelphia Freedom”, „Your Song”, „Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, „Circle Of Life”, „Blue Eyes”, „Bennie And The Jets”, „Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, „Crocodile Rock” oder „I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, vorgetragen entweder mit seiner Band, mit seinem Percussionisten Ray Cooper oder Solo. Aufsehenerregend ist auch die Multimedia-Bühne mit riesigen Bildschirmen, auf denen die Songs illustriert werden, sowie dem Klavier, das ebenfalls als Projektionsfläche für Graphiken und Animationen dient. Elton John ist der ultimative Showman und dies ist die perfekte Konzerterfahrung. „The Million Dollar Piano” erscheint parallel auch auf DVD (EREDV1037). Das Bonusmaterial umfasst „The Making Of The Million Dollar Piano“ – die wunderbare Geschichte hinter den Konzerten sowie als Extra die Songs „Candle In The Wind”, „Sacrifice”, „Sad Songs (Say So Much)” und „Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” aus Kiew im Jahr 2012.

product: PETER GABRIEL - Back To Front

label: Eagle Vision

out: 20.06.2014

format: DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2-CD, Blu-ray+2-CD

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Dieses spektakuläre Konzert wurde im Londoner O2 mit der neuesten Ultra-High Definition-4K-Technologie aufgezeichnet und zeigt Peter Gabriel bei den Feierlichkeiten zum 25jährigen Jubiläum seinen Meilensteinalbums „So”. Um das Ereignis angemessen zu zelebrieren holte Gabriel die originale „So”-Tourband aus dem Jahr 1986/87 wieder zusammen und spielte das mit Multi-Platin ausgezeichnete Werk zum ersten Mal in voller Länge. Der Schwerpunkt der Show lag auf den Songs von „So”, hinzu kamen eine Reihe unvollendeter, bislang unveröffentlichter und neu arrangierter Stücke im Stile der klassischen Hits wie „Sledgehammer”, „Solsbury Hill”, „Don’t Give Up”, „Shock The Monkey”, „Big Time”, „Digging In The Dirt”, „Mercy Street”, „No Self Control”, „In Your Eyes” oder „Biko”, die unterstreichen, welch vielschichtiger Künstler Peter Gabriel ist. Mit der innovativen Lichtshow und der atemberaubenden Bühnenperformance wird „Back To Front” zu einem visuellen und musikalischen Spektakel, das den Zuschauer in ein in dieser Form noch nie zuvor erlebtes Konzert eintauchen lässt. Das Bonusmaterial gewährt sehenswerte Einblicke in die Entstehung der Show. „Back To Front - Live In London“ wird parallel auch als DVD (EREDV1024) sowie als Blu-Ray-Deluxe- (ERBCD5227) beziehungsweise DVD-Deluxe-Package (EREDV1039) inklusive erweitertem Bonusmaterial, einem 60seitigen Hardback-Fotobuch und beigefügter Doppel-CD veröffentlicht.

 

product: ACACIA AVENUE - Cold

label: AOR Heaven

out: 27.06.2014

format: CD

PR territory: Europe (except UK)

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The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material. Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers.  

The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rönning (Radioactive), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums. The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010.

Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate. He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style.

New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier). Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire.

Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupé (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto).

Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben's own studio.

The new album, entitled “Cold”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

product: DEAD END HEROES - Roadkill

label: AOR Heaven

out: 27.06.2014

format: CD

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Some bands are formed together through newspaper ads, others are the net result of a prolonged booze session at the local pub, yet the DEAD END HEROES were formed by accident. A good accident! Whilst the initial discussions began around a solo album of Swiss drummer Daniel Voegeli (ME & THE REST), the project grew arms and legs and developed into an immense passion - a completely fully operational band that excelled at having fun sharing their common love of Hard Rock.

After Voegeli had assembled his collection of instrumental songs he contacted exceptional Guitarist and Producer Rolf Munkes (EMPIRE, TONY MARTIN, MAJESTY) to oversee the disc’s production. However, Munkes was so impressed by Voegeli's drumming and initial song ideas that he encouraged him to develop a fully functioning band around the tunes and work towards completing an album.

The first port of call was German vocalist and session musician Carsten Lizard Schulz (EVIDENCE ONE, DOMAIN, LAVALLE) who took Voegeli's instrumentals under his wing and gave them new life. Through his engaging lyrics and ear candy hooks they developed into real songs with Schulz' trademark stamp alongside Voegeli's bedrock base.

On Schulz's recommendation, the next member to join the fold was Scottish bassist Paul Logue (EDEN'S CURSE, DOOGIE WHITE, DAVID READMAN, LAVALLE), who had worked with him on several productions. Logue at first was hesitant to belong to any group out with his main band but succumbed after completing the recording sessions at his studio in Scotland, such was the strength of the material.

Last but by no means least, to add the missing Classic Rock ingredient to the recipe was Schulz' long-time friend and world-class Hammond Organist Holger Seeger (MIDNITE CLUB, IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY). His Hammond gave the songs the final flavour they were missing whilst a classy seventies touch and vibe.

All five members were without doubt absolutely certain that this had become more than just a studio project and the DEAD END HEROES were born. Sitting musically somewhere between late seventies and early eighties hard rock with a hint of DEEP PURPLE, a pinch of KROKUS and an extra serving of classic MICHAEL SCHENKER, their addictive cocktail is simply good time old-fashioned Hard Rock that packs a punch.

Sometimes ... it just works!

product: dEMOTIONAL - Illusions

label: Dead End Exit Records

release date: May 9th, 2014

format: digital single & video

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On May 9 dEMOTIONAL's release their new video and digital single: "Illusions"

"Illusions" picks up where the band's debut album from 2013 "State: In Denial" ended, and with the new production, signed Pontus Hjelm (Dead By April) at Studio PH Sweden, dEMOTIONAL takes a giant step forward in their musical delivery. The video is, as always with dEMOTIONAL, directed by Kiggs!

With one foot in Gothenburg and the other in Växjö the band stands firmly in the Swedish music landscape and continues to serve dressed melodic metal with both harmonic growl and aggressive clean vocals. dEMOTIONAL thrives best on stage and it promised more exciting news in the spring, including rumors about European tour this fall.

Stay classy and stay tuned!

jessie wagner

product: Jessie Wagner & Envy - Army Of The Underdog

label: self-released

out: May 23rd, 2014

format: digital EP release

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Jessie Wagner is a rising star in the music world today. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Jessie’s musical adventure has allowed her to travel the world, broadening her sound and her style. Her career blossomed as she began writing songs for Black House, a production company in Jacksonville, Florida.

From there, she was encouraged to continue writing and singing with other artist in the area. While performing in clubs and venues in the South, she met Bo Bice, who went on to become an American Idol finalist. She then began singing and touring with his band, Sugar Money. Shortly after finishing a tour of Alabama with Sugar Money, Jessie moved to New York City to further her singing career.

Her next step was becoming one of the lead singers in the most renowned disco group in history - Chic. Since then, she has performed at such prestigious venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the legendary Roskilde Rock Festival, and – above all the Grammys. She has also experienced the honor of singing with artists from all facets of the music industry - such as Patti Labelle, Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sister Sledge, Musiq, the Pointer Sisters, Bebe Winans, Eric Bene, and many more. Now, Jessie tours with Kid Rock and has contributed vocals on his last three albums.

Jessie’s newest project is the pop-rock E.P., Army of the Underdog, written and produced by her band, Envy. Envy blends the soul of her voice with the fervor and intensity of gutteral, guitar - driven rock; thus creating a hybrid sound that is unique and exciting. They are currently performing in and around New York City.

Teamed up since 2009, ENVY is a NY-based Pop-Rock, Classic Rock n’ Soul quintet that creates gripping beats built to blow your speakers apart one power riff at a time. Jessie Wagner, lead vocalist of Envy, embodies soul while unapologetically bringing a broad range of aggressive, in your face, vocals to the band. With the support of hard-hitting beats, writhing guitar riffs, and savagely intoxicating bass from her band mates, this ‘crew of misfits’ is a match made in rock heaven. Envy’s music catalog includes a self-titled EP, full-length album - “Handle It”, and their latest sophomore project - “Army of the Underdog.”

The EP will be released digitally in Europe on May 23rd, 2014 on all common download and streaming platforms such as iTunes, amazon, Spotify and others. A CD version of the EP can be purchased from the US site CDBaby.com

 

product: Captain Black Beard - Before Plastic

out: May 23rd, 2014

label: Dead End Exit Records

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Captain Black Beard made it's live debut on the 31st of October 2009 and has since been playing most of the clubs in Stockholm. At the end of 2010 the band decided to pick it up a notch and record a full length album. Having been in talks with the biggest rock producers in Sweden - Chips Kiesbye (Sator, The Hellacopters), Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch), Patrik Frisk (Takida, Corroded) - the band chose to work with David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia) who had already shown himself capable when working on the bands single "Rock Is My Life".
The completion of the CD was celebrated together with hundreds of friends and fans at Göta Källare in Stockholm on the 28th of May, 2011. In the fall the band made their first concerts abroad as they did a short tour of the U.S.
Captain Black Beard's debut CD has been hailed in the press with tons of great reviews all over the world, from Australia to Brazil, in magazines such as Classic Rock, Classic Rock AOR, Sweden Rock, Fireworks, Power Play, Black Velvet and Red Hot Rock. It was also named one of the "Albums Of The Year So Far" by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock.

2012 saw the band playing in the U.K. for the first time, headlining Summer Nights Rock Fest and gearing up for the next album, among other things.

Most of 2013 has been dedicated to the making of the bands second album, and they signed a deal with Dead End Exit Records in the beginning of 2014. "Before Plastic" will be released in May 2014 with lots of live performances to follow.

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