Following Steve Howe’s departure from Asia in 2012, the band launched a massive search in hopes of finding a suitable replacement for the legendary guitarist. Enter Sam Coulson, a young gun recommended by Paul Gilbert. And by "young," we mean someone who wasn’t even born during Asia’s first wave of success in the Eighties.
Fourteen-year-old guitarist Ray Goren describes LA Sessions, his new EP, as a unique mixture of everything from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Wonder. Considering the fact that Hendrix’s producer, Eddie Kramer, worked on the EP, it’s hard to argue.
Cute? One could certainly find better adjectives to describe Shut Up & Jam!, Ted Nugent’s first studio album in seven years. But that’s exactly how the Motor City Madman himself would describe this new collection of blues-inspired songs. Say what you will about his choice of words; it’s safe to say Nugent and his insatiable appetite for honky-tonk bastardization has never sounded better.
Mason’s new album, Future’s Past, pays homage to those early years by featuring new versions of songs from his Traffic days and solo career, including new interpretations of “As Sad and Deep As You” and “World In Changes." Rounding out the nine-track album is a new song, “That’s Freedom."
It's no secret that Joel Hoekstra is one the hardest-working musicians you're ever likely to meet. The Night Ranger guitarist, who just celebrated the release of the band's new album, High Road, also performs regularly as part of Broadway's Rock of Ages and tours every fall with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Since REO Speedwagon’s arrival on the scene 40-plus years ago, the band has seen a lot of musical changes. Touring relentlessly through the Midwest in the 1970s, they finally broke through, scoring a pair of No. 1 hits in the 1980s. They also had the bestselling rock album of 1981, Hi Infidelity.
Following the April premiere of Alice Cooper’s film, Super Duper Alice Cooper, at the Tribeca Film Festival and its subsequent release on DVD, rock's greatest showman is hitting the road as a "very special guest" during Mötley Crüe’s final "All Bad Things Must Come To An End" North American tour, which starts in July.
Former Eagles guitarist/songwriter and multi Grammy award winner Don Felder is not one to just rest on his laurels. Felder is currently out on the road along with Styx and Foreigner in what’s being billed “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour.
I spoke with Felder about The Soundtrack of Summer, his early years with The Eagles and much more.
Since their start in the early Seventies — when they were fixtures of Boston's vibrant music scene — Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million albums, garnered countless awards (including four Grammys) and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The new album, which will be released June 17, features more of the melodic hard rock sound Rains has become known for. Tracks like “Radio Song," “Better Man” and “Believe” delve deep into Rain’s psyche while tracks like “Hero” cross over into a more mainstream arena. From The Ashes even includes a dynamic cover of Kanye West's “Heartless."