Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones Lonely Boy is a Great Read !

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I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of the new memoir of Sex Pistols founder Steve Jones and it rocks . I have never been a fan of the Sex Pistols but to be honest however I have been going back to look or in this case listen with a fresh ear and mature outlook and to be truthful, it can be eye opening. The book makes plenty of references to the performances from television and at gigs and I have been watching them thanks to the power  you-tube. The raw intensity of those early days of punk have always fascinated me.The stories behind the many bands managed or in this case mismanaged by Malcolm McLauren ( Adam Ant got easy easy just having to start over )  really fascinated me  along with the sex , drugs and more drugs and a lot of pain with quite a bit of humor in the mix as well . Steve Jones shows his maturity in this memoir and the eventually of  rockers growing older and looking  back on their lives. Some of the best parts in the book of what is not Rock N Roll and the fact that  its written in English and I mean London English so you better know your British slang to be able to read it you puff tosser .All humor aside we highly recommend this book and know you will get a kick out of it . It is  available online at at fine booksellers everywhere just ask for Steve Jones Lonely Boy (c)2017 Da Capo Press

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Slayer to be Inducted in Polka Hall Of Fame

This is a parody title however if Tupac can make it in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame why cant Slayer also cross genre’s

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The title of the article was supposed to shock and humor you but it is to draw attention to a serious topic. The idea that diversity should play a part in awards and achievements is ludicrous as is should be on merit only   . I believe that the inclusion of Tupac Shakur  in the 2017 Class of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame was a disservice to other artists and Tupac himself. I enjoyed Tupac as actor but he was not a rock artist that simply  was not his genre.The idea of the Rock Hall including styles leading up to rock and expanding on rock makes perfect sense as a natural development.What makes a rock band or artist an artist  . The ability with a band to create melodies and music that includes guitars , bass and drums and vocals. Does Motown belong in the Rock Hall absolutely as it qualifies from the previous definition. The official  Wikipedia page of Tupac lists him as a rapper and not a rocker .Was Tupac an important artist ? Yes he was and he does deserve honors for his achievements but a rocker he was not so just like Slayer wont be inducted in the Polka Hall of Fame ( which is a real thing  )  and it would not make sense to do so I don’t understand the logic of Tupac in the Rock Hall but that is just one authors opinion.

 

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British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo.

The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3rd, 2017 on 3 CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.

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Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”.
Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased,  ‘Live in Kansas City’, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.

The band add “The 80’s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with ‘Turbo’.  Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward.  The combined songs show another side of Priest’s range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era.  The ‘Fuel For Life’ tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! ‘Turbo’ remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level.”

This is one of our favorite era’s in music and we at NEO are excited about this February release , look for a in-depth review .

 

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Movie Review -Rogue One- A Star Wars Story

Nostalgia fans are sure to be pleased with this mega- film !

 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. Set within the Star Wars universe, it is the first stand-alone film in the anthology series. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker, and follows Jyn Erso as the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire‘s superweapon, the Death Star.

Produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is chronologically set between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). 

This is one film I have been waiting for since I was a child .Every kid on the block made up their own Star Wars stories to enhance their action figure collection and I was no different .The pure creativity and raw talent that went into making  Rogue One a reality really shown thru on the silver screen . A pure labor of love for the child inside all of us. The CGI must be seen to be believed and for the ultra geek this film blends in effortlessly with the 1977 original . It’s rare that a film gets 5 stars but this one does and deservedly so. Dare I  say the best film since The Empire Strikes Back .I refuse to give spoilers away as suffice to say that you will not be disappointed in the project and Disney did a great job ! I hope to see you all at the movies and may the force be with you .

Switchfoot to play Cleveland’s House of Blues Feb 16th

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Switchfoot released their 10th studio album Where The Light Shines Through, an energetic and passionate record self-produced with the help of John Fields. They recently wrapped up the “Looking For America Tour” with Relient K and have announced that they’ll be extending it with additional dates early next year as the “Looking For America 2our“!
They’ll be performing at House of Blues in Cleveland on February 16th
I know the name Switchfoot probably recalls memories of “Meant To Live” and “Dare You To Move,” or maybe even “Only Hope,” but there is so much more to this band than just a few fleeting moments. Their live show is one of the most passionate and uplifting experiences I’ve ever had at a concert. There is love and hope in every song, and for a few hours each night there is no distinction between band and fans. The crowd carries each melody as surely as lead singer Jon Foreman does and he can often be found dancing his way across the floor, hugging fans like old friends as he goes.
Switchfoot is a band that has grown and endured for 20 years, churning out album after album of alternative radio hits, selling over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), and performing sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.

 

Blind Prophet -Graphic Novel Review

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The premise is unique , a sort of hero you never hear about . A blind and autism stricken child of 12 that has prolific visions of the true nature of all he encounters .Usually comic heroes are reactionary at best , in others they come to the rescue after the fact .However what if they saw the true nature of good and bad and how would they react .

The story follows the birth and life of Daniel Prophet , a blind, autistic savant 12 year old that performs a piano recital for the President of the United States and is subjected to visions of the good and bad people all around him with a chance to see the present and the future.

In all honestly this book really shook me up. The story would be a great movie and with all the monsters and demons in movies nothing is more scarier then real life and this book is scary because is could happen. We could elect officials that want to suspend the constitution . Texas and other states could possibly succeed from the union and America and the world could face a dystopian future .

The book is the creation of author Joseph Cillo Jr. and is illustrated by Gabriel Santiago.
I consider this an adult read and advise at least 14 years and above to truly understand the implications of the story .This is just part one and I am looking forward to continuation of the story .

For more info please check out Blind Prophet

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION WITH 4 NEWLY AVAILABLE COMPACT DISC TITLES SET FOR RELEASE THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016!

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DELUXE DISC RE-RELEASES FROM SAMMY HAGAR, THE NYMPHS, SALTY DOG AND TYKETTO

RED DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRIBUTE ROCK CANDY RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA

The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant.

In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.

Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.

Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution.

It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18th.

RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18th.
These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.

Visit http://merchnow.com/catalogs/rock-candy-records now for more information.

NYMPHS ‘S/T’

The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic. She was unquestionably the real deal – and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood babylon during a time when music was being revolutionised in Los Angeles.

SAMMY HAGAR ‘ALL NIGHT LONG’

Sammy Hagar’s early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism. Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite – warts and all. Sammy’s performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.

SALTY DOG ‘EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY’

Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, Salty Dog honed their chops and assembled a line-up that was very different from what was happening on MTV. Indeed, the band’s style incorporated a number of influences, from the old school rock of Led Zeppelin to the contemporary cut and thrust of Guns ‘N Roses. It was a sound that paid homage to the blues; that’s the vintage gnarly influences of Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.

TYKETTO ‘DON’T COME EASY’

The early 90’s presented a massive challenge to melodic rock bands, with the musical climate being transformed by grunge, a rush of angry young men playing stripped down rock built on angst and melancholy. For Tyketto this landscape meant that their arrival would be subjected to a chilly reception. Undaunted they were signed to industry giant Geffen Records and cut this, their powerful debut album. Inexplicably, the label sat on the completed record for over a year, but by then it was already too late.

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Alan Parsons Delight Youngstown Audience

The folks at Sunrise Entertainment brought legendary musician and producer Alan Parsons to Youngstown’s Powers Auditorium last week and he did not disappoint .The crowd was a mixed age of teenagers to the seasoned music goer and everything in between.Patrons from Pittsburgh to Columbus showed up see a night of magic and wonder brought to life in a series of sharp and flat notes dancing magically in the ear drums and on the eyes . Alan Parsons sold over 50 millions records from 1976 to 1986 not including his historical time with both the Beatles and Pink Floyd .That is one resume most artists would be happy with one tenth of the history .

a-img_3694The evening started with the iconic I Robot  and followed with Damned if I do .

The wonderful Don’t Answer me came up next to the delight of the audience

a-img_3519The night consisted of 23 songs all of them hits with out any filler in the bunch , some of my favorites were Eye In The Sky ,Time and Psychobabble .

a-img_3672Some of the best parts of the evening were when Alan tells the audience stories of his adventures or misadventures as it were from the life of an iconic icon .The touring musicians associated with Alan were some of the best we have ever seen each adding their own take on the compositions.

a-img_3630The band consists of PJ Olsson on Vocals , Alastair Greene on lead guitar and vocals,Danny Thompson on drums , Guy Erez on bass guitar , Tom Brooks on keyboards,Todd Cooper on Saxophone and vocals , Dan Tracey on guitars and Manny Focarazzo   . If you ever get a chance to see this act live we highly suggest you do , its a night to remember !

a-img_3581To keep up with all things Alan Parsons , please check out the official website at Alan Parsons Music