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DECEMBER 2022 Rock And Blues International Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Chelsea Cutler Obituary He Is Legend Foreigner KISS Rolling Stones and more!

Rock And Blues International

December 2022

Hello Rock And Blues International readers. I hope everybody had a great November.

Be sure to check out all the tour announcements and ads in this issue. If you’re a publicist and your act doesn’t have a tour announcement in here, then you’re client is really missing out. Don’t leave them by the wayside.

And now on to the December issue of Rock And Blues International. In this issue you can read all about Devon Allman and the Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour. The Tour has already hit the road and features an unbelievable lineup of talent. If any of these shows are in your area, be sure to attend one. It’s going to be a blast! We’ve got a great story by Edoardo Fassio about Gianni Serusi and The Blues Against Youth. There are also stories on Bobby Blackhat, Serenity, Spiritbox, Cigarbox Man, Popcaan, Rodolphe Coster, Obituary, He Is Legend, Chelsea Cutler, Sophie B. Hawkins, Keith Urban, Foreigner, Kiss, The Rolling Stones and more! As you can see, there are a lot of varied genres of music here for you to check out, or as we like to say, there’s a little of something for everyone here. We have even included the current installment of the novella, “The Biker”. Read it and than email us back with your thoughts on this. So far our readers seem to really like this Blues loving Biker.

I sincerely hope that everybody reading this publication finds something here that they like and I would like to encourage you to let your friends and colleagues know about us. Just look for us every month at I would also like to encourage you to email us for a free subscription to Rock And Blues International as well. Just email us at and in the subject line simply put “Sign Me Up” and we’ll email you a link to the magazine each month when it is published.

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Contents VOL. 3 NO .5 DECEMBER 2022ISSUE NO. 29 4 Rock and Blues International • December 2022 Page 46 Obituary Page 10 & 11 The Blues Against Youth Page 26 Spiritbox Edoardo Fassio talks about Gianni Serusi and The Blues Against Youth Page 6 Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour Spiritbox Announce The Eternal Blue Tour 2023 - Band’s First Ever US Headline Run With Support From After The Burial and Intervals Death Metal Legends Obituary Announce New Album Dying Of Everyting Due Out January 13, 2023 And Share “The Wrong Time” Music Video
Contents VOL. 3 NO. 5DECEMBER 2022ISSUE NO. 29 December 2022 • Rock and Blues International 5 Page 60 Foreigner Page 82 - THE BIKER Page 64 Macklemore The Continuing Saga Of A Lone Biker On The Road To Explore The Freedoms Of America And His Love of Music and The Blues In This Issue: 6 Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour 10 The Blues Against Youth - (English) 11 The Blues Against Youth - (Italian) 19 Bobby Blackhat 20 Artist Photography - Why Is It So Important? 24 Serenity 26 Spiritbox 28 Cigarbox Man (English) 29 Cigarbox Man (Spanish) 30 Popcaan 32 Sunfruits 34 Leith Ross 36 Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs 40 Batushka 44 Rodolphe Coster 46 Obituary 48 He Is Legend 50 Chelsea Cutler 54 Sophie B. Hawkins 56 Keith Urban 60 Foreigner 64 Macklemore 66 Dryad 68 Theory Of A Deadman 72 Everclear 74 Monster Magnet 76 KISS 80 Rolling Stones 82 The Biker Foreigner Announces Farewell Tour The Historic Farewell Tour Kicks Off July 6th 2023 in Atlanta, GA with Special Guest Loverboy Macklemore Shares Video For ‘FAITHFUL’ Featuring NLE Choppa. Reveals Album Artwork and First Leg of The Ben Tour
Dec 2 @ Beacon Theatre | New York, NY Dec 3 @ Shubert Theatre | Boston, MA Dec 4 @ The Warner | Torrington, CT Dec 6 @ Ovens Auditorium | Charlotte, NC Dec 7 @ DPAC | Durham, NC Dec 8 @ Montgomery PAC | Montgomery, AL Dec 9 @ The Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN Dec 10 @ The Factory | St. Louis, MO Dec 12 @ The Paramount | Denver, CO Dec 14 @ Celebrity Theater | Phoenix, AZ Dec 15 @ Westgate Resort and Casino | Las Vegas, NV Dec 16 @ The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA Dec 17 @ The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour 6 Rock and Blues International • December 2022

Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival Tour, Celebrating Life & Music of Gregg Allman Is On The Road Again! ALLMAN




“We are in the sixth year of saluting my Dad’s music and life for the Allman Family Revival…but it’s reaching beyond that initial sentiment. It’s galvanizing relationships within our generation of musicians. It’s continuing a tradition of feel based music and it’s an honor to put these shows on. Because at the end of the day I feel it’s way more about perpetuating this art form than it is about leaving our mark. Our true mark is simply the continuance….making sure we inspire the next in line to take the stage.”

The Sixth Annual Allman Family Revival, one of the year’s most anticipated Southern Roots/Rock tours celebrating the Life and Music of legendary Allman Brothers Band cofounder Greg Allman and led by Gregg’s son, Devon Allman, kicks off this year’s eighteen-city tour with a performance in the historic home base of the Allman Brothers, Macon, GA, at Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St., Saturday, November 26. Showtime: 8pm. Tickets: $35.-$348. Info: (478) 751-9152 or http:/ / Presented by Gibson Guitars and Flying Embers.

Devon Allman has announced several new artist additions to the 2022 Allman Family Revival including Vaylor Trucks (son of Butch Trucks), Melody Trucks (daughter of Butch Trucks), G. Love (G. Love & Special Sauce), Johnny Stachela (Allman Betts Band) and John Ginty (Allman Betts Band).

Says Allman, “The Allman Family Revival Tour is gearing up for our biggest year yet. We are thrilled to welcome our additional artists including members of The Allman Betts Band, our brother and sister from the historic Trucks family. I am also honored to announce that Gibson will be returning as a sponsor. Gibson is the timeless guitar brand that fuels our art and has for decades. Our newest sponsorship partner is Flying Embers, an exciting, progressive all-natural kombucha company that we are stoked to have on board, helping with this year’s production.”

Five years ago, on December 8, 2017, Devon invited some of his closest musical compadres onto the hallowed stage of The Fillmore in San Francisco to perform a three-hour, multi-set monster of a concert for the sold-out crowd in tribute to Devon’s late father, Gregg. For

Devon, the date was bittersweet; what would’ve been Gregg’s 70th birthday., and in a year when the award-winning musician lost both parents within a few months of each other.

What Devon started in December 2017 as the simple idea of “music as medicine” has since turned into The Allman Family Revival - an epic coast to coast tour that brings a together a happy and healing cosmic experience that celebrates the life, spirit, and indelible musical legacy of Gregg Allman.

This year, the 18-date Revival tour will kick off on November 26 in the historic home base of the Allman Brothers, Macon, GA, and will continue throughout the country, wrapping up on December 17 in San Francisco, CA.

“My favorite part is just the joy of the audience. I can tell they are touched and getting every penny’s worth,” Allman says. “Knowing Dad is looking down saying, ‘Damn, son, all that hot jammin’ for me?!’ I know he’s tickled that we celebrate him. Because none of us has to do this. We all have busy careers. This is a ‘want to’ situation; absolutely, 100% about music and celebration and tribute.”

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Featuring The Devon Allman Project, Duane Betts, Donavan Frankenreiter, Maggie Rose, Larry McCray, Jimmy Hall, Alex Orbison, The River Kittens, and on select dates, Luther and Cody Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., G. Love, Ivan Neville, The River Kittens, Samantha Fish and more! New Artist Additions include Valor Trucks, Melody Trucks, G. Love, Johnny Stachela, and John Ginty In select cities various special artists will be opening the shows including George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Dumpstaphunk, and the Samantha Fish Band For More Information Go To

The Blues Against Youth: Use the blues to chase away the blues

Born in Rome and living in Turin, skilled singersongwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Gianni Serusi has been working professionally for about fifteen years in the fields of acoustic blues, hillbilly, outlaw country and all that apparently “primitive” music bequeathed by proletarian America ever since the days of the Great Depression. A good expert but never a slave to the genres he plays, he has variously been associated to the ranks of alt-country, garage rock, psych-folk or punk blues.

He does most everything on his own, in the oneman band mode, using the original stage name of The Blues Against Youth. It kind of refers to those feelings of unease, oppression and bewilderment “that have always been afflicting everyone, but above all the younger generations”. Gianni decided to try to battle these states of mind by availing himself of the same weapons: using the blues to chase away the blues. His music and his challenge are aimed to help young people - but not only them - to “learn to turn this negativity into something good”. As for Kurt Vonnegut, the great American author who experienced them firsthand, also according to TBAY the blues represent “the most suitable cure for the global epidemic of depression”.

The name also evokes your typical intolerance of old grumblers towards young folks and their attitudes, including the way they listen to music. “When I first went out for playing gigs, it happened to me that when I got to the venue, the people said: I expected you to be older”, Gianni adds with a smile. “Now that I’m forty-one they don’t tell me anymore”. “What I like about my name,” he concludes, “is that the more years go by, the more appropriate it sounds!”

With a discography of a dozen titles and over a thousand concerts under his chest, The Blues Against Youth has received praise from the international press and worked prestigious stages such as Relache, Time in Jazz, the Binic Folk Blues Festival and the London Blues Festival.

His new LP, As the Tide Gets High and Low, on the Turin label Escape from Today Records, ideally pays homage “to so many mysterious musicians whose memory is lost in time but whose spirit and whose stories have contributed to the perpetuation of the tradition”. Contrary to those unknown or forgotten bluesmen, TBAY’s name, distinctive sound and combative personality, already at home in clubs, theaters and festivals across Europe and the USA, are easily destined to imprint themselves on the minds and memories of a growing number of listeners. Not necessarily young.

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The Blues Against Youth: usare il blues per scacciare i blues

Romano di nascita e torinese di residenza, l’abile cantautore e chitarrista in stile fingerpicking Gianni Serusi frequenta professionalmente da una quindicina d’anni i terreni del blues acustico, dell’hillbilly, dell’outlaw country e di tutta quella musica apparentemente “primitiva” lasciata in eredità dall’America operaia e contadina dagli anni della Grande Depressione in poi. Buon conoscitore ma mai schiavo dei generi che frequenta, si è visto variamente ascrivere tra le schiere dell’alt-country, del garage rock, del folk psichedelico o del punk blues.

Fa tutto, o quasi, per conto suo, alla moda dell’one-man band, utilizzando l’originale nome d’arte di The Blues Against Youth. Dietro il quale c’è il riferimento a quei sentimenti di disagio, oppressione e smarrimento “che affliggono un po’ tutti ma soprattutto, da sempre, le giovani generazioni”. Stati d’animo che Gianni ha deciso di provare a correggere con gli stessi mezzi: usare il blues per scacciare i blues. Aiutare i giovani - ma non soltanto a loro sono rivolte la sua musica e la sua sfida - a “imparare a trasformare questa negatività in qualcosa di buono”. Come per Kurt Vonnegut, il grande autore americano che li ha sperimentati in prima persona, anche secondo TBAY i blues rappresentano “la cura più indicata per l’epidemia mondiale di depressione”.

Il nome evoca anche la tipica insofferenza dei vecchi brontoloni nei confronti dei giovani e dei loro atteggiamenti, tra cui il modo in cui ascoltano la musica. “I primi tempi che giravo per concerti mi capitava che quando arrivavo sul posto la gente diceva: mi aspettavo che fossi più vecchio”, aggiunge sorridendo Gianni. “Adesso che ho 41 anni non me lo dicono più”. “Quello che mi piace del mio nome”, conclude, “è che più passano gli anni e più suona appropriato!”

Con una discografia di una dozzina di titoli e oltre mille concerti alle spalle, The Blues Against Youth ha ricevuto lodi dalla stampa internazionale e partecipato a rassegne prestigiose come Binic Folk Blues, Relache, Time In Jazz e London Blues Festival.

Il suo nuovo LP, As the Tide Gets High and Low, in uscita per l’etichetta di Torino Escape From Today Records, rende idealmente omaggio “a tanti misteriosi musicisti il cui ricordo è perduto nel tempo ma il cui spirito e le cui storie hanno contribuito al perpetuarsi della tradizione”. Al contrario di quei bluesmen sconosciuti o dimenticati, il nome, il sound distintivo e la battagliera personalità di TBAY, già di casa nei club, teatri e festival in tutta Europa e negli Usa, sono destinati a imprimersi nella mente e nella memoria di una crescente fascia di ascoltatori. Non necessariamente giovani.

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Blues artists have a long history of capturing the essence of historic events through their lyrics. I work hard to keep that tradition alive. When writing about a tragic event such as a hurricane, where so many lives are impacted, I endeavor to do so in respectful, forthright, and compassionate manner. I hope I met that challenge with “Hurricane Blues”.

I have developed a niche as an “Event Inspired Songwriter”, able to quickly respond musically to some of the hot issues of our times. Through my music, I have addressed a myriad of high profile, and often sensitive topics ranging from school shootings, homelessness, election campaigns, and the Pandemic. In the words of Paul Shugrue, PBS/WHRO radio personality, “Bobby has a knack for writing timely songs that we all can relate to”.

Bobby BlackHat, Virginia’s Blues Ambassador, award winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, and producer, blends the influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues along with a little Gospel into a Toe Tappin’, Finger Poppin’, Hip Shakin’ blues experience.

Musicians On “Hurricane Blues” include Bobby BlackHat (harmonica, vocals), Danny Lubertazzi (guitar), Brian Eubanks (bass), Cal Hamlin (keyboards), and Michael Behlmar (drums).

Bobby BlackHat, Virginia’s Blues Ambassador, award winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, producer has been playing harmonica for over 46 years.

Bobby Blackhat Releases New Album Hurricane Blues

Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.

He has opened for music legends: B.B King, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Patty Labelle, Ramsey Lewis, and Maze. He has also performed with Eddie Shaw, Kenny Neal, Ruthie Foster, Tas Cru, Jason Ricci, Slam Allen, Mick Kolassa, Fernando Jones., Memphis Gold, and Lurrie Bell. BlackHat is a judge for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

In 2017, Bobby won the USAA/We Are The Mighty Mission: Music nationwide competition. In 2016, the Bobby BlackHat Band advanced to the finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Bobby has won two Blewzzy Awards for “Song of the

Year” (I Hear Mama’s Voice, 2012 and Please Mr. BlackHat, 2015). He was also awarded two 2016 VEER Music Awards for “Best Blues” and “Song of the Year” (HRBT Blues).

Bobby BlackHat blends the influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues along with a little Gospel into a Toe Tappin’, Finger Poppin’, Hip Shakin’ Blues experience. You Never Know What’s Gonna Happen at a Bobby BlackHat Show!

“I bought my first harp after hearing Lee Oskar play with WAR in 1972. The sound of his harp just mesmerized me and I knew right then and there I was gonna be a harp player too.”


Member Blues Foundation

River City Blues Society

Voting Member Recording Academy

Life Member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Life Member National Naval Officers Association

Life Member Society of White House Military Aides

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Artist Photography Why Is It So Important?

First of all, not having a respectable photography portfolio is like winking in the dark – no one sees your depth. The point of separation between the ultra-successful artist and the hobbyist is their visual presence. Decision makers within the industry notice it right away plus the impressions you make on the fan base you are building and wish to

hold onto depend on creative presence. Artists have a choice if they know it exists. This paper serves to illustrate meaningful differences between mediocre images and those that stand out.

Not all shots are the same… In the early days of building presence, an artist begins the journey of creating what is known as their “brand”. Your photography portfolio

Publicity Photography

Publicity images are photos that are distributed for use by the media and circulated for publicity purposes by promotional agencies in the articles of advertisement, booking, and electronic press kits. These photos are used by explicit permissions only. The purpose of publicity photography is that it draws attention to the artist, to their face, many times a very tight shot (closeup photo) taken in a common environment such as on stage or in the photo studio. It is important for the photograph to evoke an emotional connection with the viewer so that they want to see more of this artist.

During an industry networking conference, an attendee reflected to another member of the team this comment…

“When the panel was talking about the photos I almost stood up

is the most critical visual medium that clearly illustrates your feel, genre, and style. It’s a form of messaging and this form of messaging is extremely effective simply because professional photography evokes raw emotions relative to the artist’s presence, more than just simply reading a bio. Here are my top four points:

Project Images

Project images are those photos that are associated with an artist’s project e.g. recordings of singles, EP, or albums. This may also include any video creations, advertising, touring, or promotional campaigns. Project images are more of a creative visual element in that they are used on album covers, posters, shirts, and additional promotional items. Visual content of music products will vary from project to project, and the photography or illustrations used should reflect a blending with the music contained in each.

and made a comment. Not only was what they were saying correct I was going to go a step further. I was going to tell the audience that I have been doing what I do for a living for forty years and a number of times I have run lesser-known artists on the

front cover than better known ones because their photos were much better.” ~ Kevin Wildman (Music News, and Rock And Blues International Magazines)

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Live Photography

Live performance photography is the visual form that audiences relate to the most, and artists circulate most frequently. These images are truly the heroes that get the desired traction in an artist’s road to fame. The photographer must capture the split-second action that reveals and communicates the artist’s absolute pinnacle of performance passion and emotion. Not every photographer can capture these images correctly. They must have an impeccable sense of timing, be laser-

Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes photography is exactly what it sounds like, and it applies to sessions in recording studios, video productions, pod-cast recordings, and interviews on TV and radio. On the go shots taken during the creative processes are more valuable than many expect. I’ve never come across an artist saying that they wish they didn’t have these images, it’s always “I wish we had done that!” Images taken during these times humanize the artist and their entire creative team. For a viewer to be able to be that “fly on the wall” capturing your process, your journey, is simply amazing. The opportunity to record these incredible creative events is one that I never take for granted. As the photogra-

pher, I always come away with deep feelings of gratitude for being invited to such an immersive, personal, and

About The Author

A professional music industry photographer based in Houston, Texas since 2012.

Specializing in photographing artists live on stage. Has consulted on and conducted several photographic mini-seminars in studio lighting, concert photography, composition techniques, and even artist performance quality. Recently his contribu-

tions to his local music community have been awarded with Congressional and Senatorial Certificates of Recognition.

Photographed many performances, concerts, and events like the Blues Music Award and the International Blues Challenge Week in Memphis (many of those images can

focused on the artist’s performance, know the artists expressive attributes, and keen knowledge of the music being performed. These special action shots can only be achieved if the photographer has mastered the points just described. You want them frozen in time in such a way that the viewer will feel as if they were standing right where the photographer was, on the edge of the stage! You want the viewer to feel the emotional connection.

vulnerable moment.

be seen on his social media & website gallery pages).

Past Board Member & Photographer of the Houston Blues Society

Is a current member of, and photographic contributor for:

The Blues Foundation, Memphis

The Houston Blues Museum

Gulf Coast Blues Association & Jazz Society

The Professional Photographers of America

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY’S)

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Behold and join SERENITY on their path of forgotten memories and experience the sands of time with their new live album, MEMORIA, via Napalm Records! The assembly unites beyond death and legacy, sharing long forgotten stories of ancient kings, queens, and mythical

legends. Looking back at their own band history and legacy of 20 years, SERENITY invites the listener on a metal journey through history. So, immerse yourself in a land before our time with the new live recording of MEMORIA on DVD and BluRay!

With their new single “Legacy of the Tudors”, SERENITY rewrites history by mixing epic chants with heavy riffs. SERENITY unites the best of both worlds

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Watch the video to “Legacy Of The Tudors” here at Order Memoria Online At
Photo Credit: Thomas Buchberger
Symphonic Syndicate SERENITY Announce New Live Release, MEMORIA Out on Physical Formats on January 6, 2023 in North America New Music From Austria


into a unique sonic experience beyond compare. With the humble support of none other than honorable Vision of Atlantis vocalist Clémentine Delauney, “Legacy of The Tudors” becomes an unforgettable part of symphonic metal history. To put it in their words: “When music plays its Melody” - it’s time for SERENITY!

SERENITY on “Legacy of The Tudors”: “We’re so excited to finally unveil the first single from our upcoming live album MEMORIA. This track is a very special one to us as it’s taken from the album War of Ages which will have it’s tenth anniversary next year. During that time Clémentine Delauney was a permanent member of SERENTIY and we feel very honoured that she returned to travel back in time to celebrate this special occasion and perform this track with us.”

Watch the video to “Legacy Of The Tudors” HERE!

Symphonic metal unit SERENITY offers a new approach to beguiling the senses with their live performance, MEMORIA, now on DVD and BluRay! Interpreting their illustrious songs anew in a conceptual show, they are sure to enchant listeners and viewers alike. Showcasing incredible hit density, the band embraces their symphonic power and provides a magical feeling throughout the entire performance. From classic folklore pieces like “Coldness Kills” that intrigues with its fairytale-like sound and classic instrumentals, to “Set The World On Fire” with catchy hooks and dashing soundscapes, SERENITY give it all in every single piece. In “Set the World on Fire” and “Broken Dreams”, the unit is joined on their journey by the smooth and magical voice of Marco Pastorino awakening old myths and legends anew. These dreamlike soundscapes are being supported with enchanting guitar riffs in “Velatum” and “Souls and Sins” by no other than Sacha Paeth, the producer of Avantasia. This way, the band not only showcases their incredible musical talent supported by talented vocalist Georg Neuhauser, but also their love and dedication for the art of music. Touching ballads like “Journey

Ends” and “Fairytales” supported by the incredible vocal range of legendary Visions of Atlantis vocalist Clémentine Delauney forge reminiscence of earlier times, while moving duets like “Changing Fate” refer to multifaceted Scottish mythology. In “Spirit of the Flesh”, Nicklas Müller offers rhythmic support by adding steady drums. As a special bonus on MEMORIA, the band taps Sascha Paeth and Michele Guaitoli from symphonic metal greats Visions of Atlantis for their stage performance of “Souls and Sins” and “Legacy of the Tudors”.


“After a long time of waiting, we’re excited to finally release our first live album. We still think back to the evening when we performed this very special show at KulturQuartier in Kufstein and we’re so proud we could bottle the unique atmosphere of this night and release it now under the title MEMORIA. Being able to perfom this concert in this terrific atmosphere of a theater with so many guests,


was a was really a ‘once in a life time experience’ and we’re extremely happy to share it now with all of our fans.”

Pre-Oder your copy of MEMORIA NOW!

SERENITY are: Georg NeuhauserVocals, Christian Hermsdörfer - Guitars/ Mandolin/Vocals, Fabio D’Amore - Bass/ Vocals, Andreas Schipflinger - Drums/ Vocals.

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SPIRITBOX Announce The Eternal Blue Tour 2023 Band’s First Ever US Headline Run With Support From After The Burial and Intervals

Watch Spiritbox “Holy Roller” at

Watch Spiritbox “Constance” here at

Watch Spiritbox “Circle With Me” at

Watch Spiritbox “Secret Garden” at

Watch Spiritbox “Hurt You” at

Heavy music’s hottest rising band, Spiritbox, have today announced their first ever US headline tour with support from After The Burial and Intervals. The Eternal Blue Tour 2023, produced by Live Nation, will hit 22 cities across North America, beginning in Vancouver on April 10th and culminating in Minneapolis on May 10th. VIP packages for the tour are available now from Tickets go on general sale on Friday November 18th at 10 AM local from tour. Full routing below.

Citi is the official card of the The Eternal Blue Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning November 15th at 11 AM ET until November 17th 10 PM local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit

The history-making tour is in support of Spiritbox’s phenomenal, chart topping debut album of the same name, released in September of 2021 via Rise Records and Pale Chord. Since releasing Eternal Blue, Spiritbox have been conquering the live arena one jaw-dropping performance at a time around the globe, playing major European & US festivals, several sold-out, one-off headline shows in major cities such as London, Los Angeles and Munich and touring with the likes of Underoath, Ghost and Lamb of God.

Spiritbox have spent the 12 months since releasing Eternal Blue honing their live show into a truly jaw-dropping, unmissable experience. Now, fans across North America will have the chance to see the band perform a full headline length set for the first time,

making the Eternal Blue 2023 Tour what is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated, must-see live events of the year.

SPIRITBOX arguably *the* hottest new band in heavy music over the past 18 months, dropped their debut album, Eternal Blue, rolled in on a global tsunami of critical acclaim, from perfect score reviews and features everywhere including Spin, Forbes, Billboard and Alternative Press, to multiple front covers including Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Distorted Sound, Pollstar, and Revolver. It spawned a string of hit singles including “Holy Roller”, “Constance”, “Circle With Me”, “Secret Garden” and most recently, “Hurt you”. ‘Eternal Blue’ charted #13 Billboard Top 200, #1 Rock, #1 Hard Rock, #1 Vinyl, #2 Internet Albums, #2 Independent, #3 Digital Albums, #3 Album Sales and top 20 of the official charts in Australia (#8), Germany (#17) and UK (#19). To date, Eternal Blue has clocked up 195 million streams.

Spiritbox also released their 3-song Rotoscope EP, earlier this year. The title track for which came accompanied by an official music video shot by Max Moore, which has run up over 2.6 million vYouTube views. The EP has clocked up 14 million streams

To date, Spiritbox have accumulated over 209 million career streams across platforms. They were also nominated for 2 Juno Awards this year for Breakthrough Group Of The Year and Metal/Hard Music Album of The Year.

Spiritbox | Eternal Blue Tour 2023

04/10/23 | Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

04/11/23 | Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre

04/12/23 | Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

04/14/23 | Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades 04/15/23 | San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park

04/16/23 | Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern 04/17/23 | Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren

04/19/23 | Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall

04/21/23 | Dallas, TX - Echo Music Hall

04/22/23 | Austin, TX - Emo’s

04/23/23 | Houston, TX - House of Blues

04/25/23 | Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre

04/26/23 | Orlando, FL - House of Blues

04/28/23 | Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore

04/29/23 | Boston, MA - House of Blues

04/30/23 | New York, NY - Irving Plaza

05/02/23 | Philadelphia, PA - TLA

05/04/23 | Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall

05/05/23 | Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew’s Hall

05/06/23 | Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

05/08/23 | Chicago, IL - House of Blues

05/10/23 | Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore

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Singer, songwriter, producer, Luthier and DJ Cigarbox Man is becoming internationally renowned for the signature style of music that he has coined “Sustainable Rock,” refreshing the scene with his powerful message of peace and advocacy for sustainability. Today the groundbreaking Chilean artist arrives with his new single “I’m Not Terrified,” a thrilling piece that will prompt listeners to confront even their worst demons.

Channeling the energy of legendary psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd,

Cigarbox Man created this extraordinary track while on a three-day retreat in the Sierras, encountering his inspiration for the song after a barefoot night walk through the snowy forest led him into a raw and primal state of mind. “I’m Not Terrified” hums with scintillating electricity, summoning the imagery of a mystifying yet alluring alternate universe born from the apprehension of the unknown. Accompanied by his iconic cigarbox guitar, which he crafted himself from recycled materials, with his latest single, Cigarbox Man offers fans a daring ride into the farthest corners of

the mind, taking them to the places they are most afraid to explore.

From the subways of Santiago to one of the main stages of Lollapalooza CL, and now to the Bay Area, Cigarbox Man has steadily been rising as one of the most talented and intriguing artists to hit the independent music scene in recent years. Captivating listeners everywhere with his compelling fusion of rock, electronica, delta blues and psychedelia, his engaging stories are rooted in the complex aspects of the human condition as well as his own personal experiences.

“I’m Not Terrified” is the third single from Cigarbox Man’s first fulllength album “Blue Dalom,” and the first track released in partnership with Chilean environmental organization Cultiva ( Proceeds from the track will guarantee the planting of a minimum of ten trees, absorbing an estimated 6 tons of CO2 over the life of the trees.

The new album sees Cigarbox Man joining forces with the project’s coproducer Tomas Salcedo (from the band Fantastic Negrito), and a dream team of Bay Area Grammy winners and acclaimed artists and producers, including Thomas Pridgen on drums (The Mars Volta, Residente), Uriah Duffy on bass (Whitesnake), and Karl Perazzo on percussion (Carlos Santana). The highly anticipated album is being mixed by two-time Grammy winner Nahuel Bronzini (mixing engineer, Fantastic Negrito), and promises to solidify Cigarbox Man’s position as a trailblazer in the contemporary music landscape.

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El cantante, compositor, productor, luthier y DJ Cigarbox Man está adquiriendo fama internacional por el innovador estilo de música que ha acuñado como “Rock Sostenible”, refrescando la escena con su poderoso mensaje de paz y defensa de la sostenibilidad. Hoy el innovador artista chileno llega con su nuevo single “I’m Not Terrified”, una apasionante pieza musical que impulsará a los oyentes a darle cara incluso a sus demonios.

Canalizando la energía ardiente de la legendaria banda de rock psicodélico Pink Floyd, Cigarbox Man creó este extraordinario tema durante un retiro de tres días en las Sierras, encontrando su inspiración para la canción después de una caminata nocturna descalza por el bosque nevado que lo llevó a un estado mental crudo y primario. “I’m Not Terrified” zumba con una electricidad centelleante, invocando la imagen de un universo alternativo, desconcertante y seductor, nacido de la aprehensión de lo desconocido. Acompañado por su icónica guitarra de caja de puros, fabricada por él mismo a partir de materiales reciclados, con su último single, Cigarbox Man ofrece a sus fans un atrevido viaje a los rincones más recónditos de la mente, llevándolos a los lugares que más miedo les da explorar.

Desde el metro de Santiago a uno de los escenarios principales de Lollapalooza CL, y ahora a la zona de la bahía, Cigarbox Man se ha ido erigiendo como uno de los artistas más talentosos e intrigantes que han llegado a la escena

musical independiente en los últimos años. Cautivando a los oyentes de todo el mundo con su convincente fusión de rock, electrónica, blues delta y psicodelia, sus atractivas historias se basan en los complejos aspectos de la condición humana, así como en sus propias experiencias personales.

“I’m Not Terrified” es el tercer sencillo del primer álbum completo de Cigarbox Man, “Blue Dalom”, en el que se une a un equipo de ensueño formado por ganadores del Grammy de la zona de la

bahía y aclamados artistas y productores, como Thomas Pridgen a la batería (The Mars Volta, Residente), Uriah Duffy al bajo (Whitesnake), Karl Perazzo a la percusión (Carlos Santana) y Tomás Salcedo a las guitarras (Fantastic Negrito). El esperado álbum está siendo mezclado por el dos veces ganador del Grammy Nahuel Bronzini (ingeniero de mezclas, Fantastic Negrito), y promete consolidar la posición de Cigarbox Man como pionero en el panorama musical contemporáneo.

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Jamican trailblazer Popcaan returns with brand new single/video Next To Me (feat. Toni-Ann Singh), out now on OVO Sound. Produced by long-time collaborator Anju Blaxx, Next To Me is the first release to be taken from Popcaan’s eagerly anticipated forthcoming album Great Is He and is accompanied with a gorgeous new Nabil Elderkin-directed video featuring both Popcaan and ToniAnn. The video also marks an important moment in Jamaican culture as it unites one of Jamaica’s most important musicians with Toni-Ann, the first Jamaican woman ever to be crowned Miss World.

Since his 2014 debut, Where We Came From, Popcaan has risen to become not just one of the most celebrated artists within dancehall, but a global superstar celebrated for his dedication in pushing the genre forward. A cultural powerhouse, his accolades and achievements are numerous; he’s worked with a who’s who of fellow trailblazers including Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Burna Boy, Kano, Jorja Smith and Drake; he’s regularly topped the Billboard Reggae Album charts; he created Jamaica’s annual Unruly Fest which brings stars across the globe to the country, he’s won applause from the likes of NY Times, Billboard, Complex and covered the likes of The Fader, Wave and Clash amongst others, and most recently fronted Drake’s Nocta campaign. Throughout it all, he has remained an innovative force bringing dancehall to the world, racking up almost a billion global streams.

Since his 2014 debut album, Where We Came From, Popcaan has indeed put in the work. That album and his 2018 follow-up, Forever, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. His last project FIXTAPE—which includes “Twist & Turn,” the hypnotic dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR—has racked up over 191 million streams and received accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who called it “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

Over his career, Popcaan has collaborated with a diverse array of artists including French Montana, Jamie XX, Young Thug, and Gorillaz, and been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Complex, The FADER, and more. Signed to Drake’s OVO Sound in 2019, he has worked closely with the superstar, performing as an opening act on the European leg of his Boy Meets World tour. Most recently, he played a major role in Drake’s Nike x NOCTA first ever shoe drop. Shot in Jamaica, the campaign celebrated Popcaan and his country’s rich culture.

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Following up from their recent 70s glam inspired garage rock single “Made To Love,” which saw Sunfruits reach new heights and garner support from The Guardian, Triple J, Tone Deaf and more, the Melbourne-based psychedelic pop

band are back with their new track, “Believe It All.” Engineered by Theo Carbo, produced by Gene Argiro, and mixed / mastered by John Lee at Phaedra Studios (The Murlocs, Bananagun), this track puts Sunfruits’ drummer Gene

Argiro in the spotlight, on lead vocals for the first time. With its anthemic vocals and sonic textures similar to The Flaming Lips and Pond, “Believe It All” showcases Sunfruits’ psychedelic pop edge at its best.

Written by the band’s drummer and producer Gene Argiro, the 4-minute track is about finding your inner child and rising above self doubt. It sees Sunfruits take their creative vision and song-writing to a whole new level, featuring layers of synthesisers and keys, fuzzed out guitars, thumping bass groove and reverberating drums. The track’s euphoric chorus is a highlight with multi-tracked vocals and a catchy guitar riff that lifts the song into new territory.

Accompanying the new track is a music video of equally euphoric proportions. Directed by Jack Ralph and Gene Argiro and shot by LP Productions, the music video features Melbourne / Naarm celebrity/Dolerave artist Our Carlson. The video follows Carlson on a journey of introspection. Interacting with different people on the street, he promotes an upcoming show whilst struggling with his own self doubt. The video features cameos from Sunfruits as different characters, including the backing band, as they see Carlson fulfil his live performance dream and become the star he was born to be — literally

“For the video, we wanted to create a concept that ties into the meaning of the song from the perspective of a burnt out ‘Rockstar’ (played by Our Carlson) who is trying to relive his glory days by performing his new single,” says Gene Argiro. “In his journey, he meets his new young backing band (played by Sunfruits) to whom he teaches these young musicians how to be a rockstar just like he was when he was young.”

About writing the track, Gene says: “I wrote this track after a discussion with Winnie (McQuinn) about how fun it would be to lean into more of a pop vibe for a Sunfruits track. That night I played around with the chord progression and jammed out a bassline in my room, back when I lived in my parents place. I ended up staying up until around 4am trying to finish the demo. I remember my dad the next morning complain-

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ing that he could hear me yelling the chorus for hours trying to get a good take.”

The performance and recording of “Believe It All” saw everyone in the band shifting to different instruments, with lead singer and guitarist Winter McQuinn jumping behind the drum kit and the whole band multi-tracking vocals to achieve their desired anthemic sound. It was a fun and exciting process for the band as Gene explains; “myself and Winnie swapped roles in this song, with me taking on the lead guitar and vocals whilst Winnie jumped behind the drums, driving the song with his expert feel and groove. This was a super fun moment of the recording process, watching Winnie in his element behind the kit. Another special moment was when we realised just how many vocal tracks we were recording. We tripled all my takes and then had to do the same with Evie, Elena and Imogen’s takes to get that anthem feeling in the chorus’ and then the same process with the harmonies. Whilst this felt grueling at the time, we all had to laugh about it and it did give the track a big sound.

“Believe It All” by Sunfruits is out now on all digital platforms via Third Eye Stimuli Records and Earth Libraries (USA/Canada).

Sunfruits have been making waves around Melbourne and the Australian music scene for the past 3 years with their environmentally conscious and politically aware lyricism, paired with their contemporary psychedelic pop sound. The bands most recent 2022 release “Made To Love” saw them enter a new era and provided listeners with a nostalgia driven track leading the band into a glam rock direction. This new track and music video saw praise from The Guardian, listing it in their Best New Music for September and was supported across Triple J, RRR, PBS, Tone Deaf, Pilerats, Austin Town Hall, MTV, Rage, and more, and was backed up with a sold out single launch show at The Curtin in Naarm / Melbourne.

Their 2021 release, Certified

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Remixes, saw the band collaborate with Traffik Island, Hachiku, and Candy on three remixes of previously released tracks “Above The Clouds,” “Mushroom Kingdom,” and “Whatever You Want.” Releasing two 7”s and an EP during their time working with Third Eye Stimuli Records and recently Flightless Records (Distro), these releases all received high praise from Triple J, Clash Magazine, Beat Magazine, Tone Deaf, New Commute, and more.

Sunfruits have collaborated with brands including Bonsoy on their 2020 release double single Mushroom Kingdom / Bonsoy as well as Green Music Australia on their acclaimed 2020 debut

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Starring: Our Carlson, Evie Vlah, Winter McQuinn, Elena Jones, Gene Argiro

EP Certified Organic. These releases saw the talented live group appear at festivals including NYE On The Hill, Ok Motels, Euroa Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and supporting acts including Mildlife, Nice Biscuit, Gabriella Cohen, Good Morning, and RVG, as well as multiple headline tours of the east coast of Australia.

Following their most recent release “Made To Love,” which set a new bar of musical maturity for the band, “Believe It All” sees the band continue to showcase a powerful and impressive new sonic direction as they prove that they are one of the country’s most exciting new acts.

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Canadian Singer And Songwriter Leith Ross Unveils News Single “Orlando” Accompanied By Self-Directed Music Video New Music From Canada 34 Rock and Blues International • December 2022

Up-and-coming Winnipeg singer, songwriter, and artist Leith Ross (They/ Them Pronouns) drops their new single “Orlando” alongside the official music video that they directed.

On “Orlando,” Leith paints a vivid picture of unrequited love. Vestiges of what could’ve been burn out under the glow of soft and sparse guitar. It all builds towards an admission, “I just think I was in love. I think I was in love.” The music video focuses on an idyllic bike ride underlined by unspoken emotion befitting of the song’s subdued intensity.

Leith says, “‘Orlando’ is about the slow and subtle realization that somebody doesn’t love you back in the way you wish they would. When a relationship feels like you are trying to hold on to a heavy object, but it’s slippery. It’s a sad, confusing feeling, but writing this song helped. I hope it can do the same for anyone else who can relate. It’s so hard to like people!! Sucks sometimes!!”

“Orlando” follows Leith’s previous viral release “We’ll Never Have Sex”. Listen here at WNHSPR and watch the video here at The song has amassed nearly 28 million Spotify streams, and the video has received over 1 million YouTube views. In support of their new music, Leith performed sold-out headline shows across North America earlier this fall, as well as supported Lord Huron in Canada and Andy Shauf and Helena Deland in Europe on various tours this year. Not to mention, they were the recipient of the inaugural John Prine Songwriter Fellowship at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.

Hailing from outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Leith Ross embraced music at a young age, channeling emotional confessions through softly strummed chords. Recorded live, they made their debut with the independent Motherwell EP in 2020. Beyond prominent editorial playlisting, it incited widespread critical applause across US and Canada. Leith maintained this momentum in 2021 with the I’d Have To Think About It, and the title track has notably amassed nearly 10 million Spotify streams to date. With a rising profile on TikTok and among tastemakers, Leith signed to Republic


Records in 2022. Stay tuned for much more to come from Leith Ross!

Leith Ross is a songwriter, singer, and artist born and raised in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They’ve been a sensitive and overly artistic person since birth, and when they started writing songs around the age of 12, it quickly became Leith’s favourite way to be sensitive and overly artistic. Still is. Since then, they’ve recorded and released two projects, and have a new

one underway. Inspired by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Disney movie soundtracks, High School Musical, and their dad’s horrible parodies of all of the above, their songs attempt to explore themes of gut-wrenching and cheesy love, silliness, and extreme existentialism. Their favourite stuff. Leith’s recent single, “We’ll Never Have Sex,” is soaked in that ‘favourite stuff’ and ready to be listened to wherever you can find it. Coming Soon To Some Kind Of Live Venue Near You!

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Release Wild New Video for “Mr Medicine” Land of Sleeper Out February 17th on Missing Piece Group Records

The Newcastle, UK-based group Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs has shared a new video for their single “Mr Medicine,” replete with maniacal visuals to match the song’s unhinged Sabbathian power. The group will release their new album Land of Sleeper on February 17th via Missing Piece Group Records. Land of Sleeper is available for preorder now.

The video comes courtesy of artist Wilm Danby, known for his paintings and video art for the likes of Palace, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bullion. “When I first heard the track, I immediately felt a kind of forward motion, like being pushed forward by an unknown force in a nightmare, toward an unknown thing/place, floating but with no

control. Scary but fun…” says Danby. “On repeated listens, it became sort of a mantra with riffs, about transcending fear through some kind of ritual or rite of passage. I wanted to make that ritual happen, to see what it could look like, and if it would work!”

‘Mr Medicine’ is a “song written to be a sonic arrow, purposefully succinct with no fat and no detours,” writes guitarist and producer Sam Grant. The result is something as immediate, incessant and directed as Pigs have ever gotten - the audio equivalent of sticking a fork in plug socket.

“Music is a powerful medicine and it should be consumed daily for mental wellbeing. Mr Medicine’s faithful and highly

regarded colleague is Doctor Gig, who we also have on speed dial,” vocalist and lyrics Matt Baty explains. “Lyrically I suppose the sentiment is not too dissimilar to Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’, only galvanized by heavy, heavy doses of distortion and really big drum fills.”

Last month Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs offered a first glimpse of the album in the form of a blistering live performance video of the track “Terror’s Pillow.”

The group has also announced two new U.S. tour dates, performing in Brooklyn on March 11th at Saint Vitus and Los Angeles

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on March 21st at Zebulon. Tickets are currently on sale here. They will also be performing in Austin at SXSW in 2023.

Land of Sleeper is the heavy-psych/ garage-rock band’s fourth studio album and follows 2020’s Viscerals, which Under The Radar described as a “sense bludgeoning amalgamation of metal, punk, and experimental noise at its most brutal,” while Louder declared it “Utterly enthralling.” Kerrang writes, “melding the fuzzed-up, stripped-back muscle of heavyweights like Black Sabbath and Motörhead to progressive sludginess, then pouring on a generous helping of the wryly abstract humor of IDLES, this third album is a strange, unruly offering.”

Whether dwelling in the realm of dreams or nightmares, the primordial drive of the band is more powerful than ever. Land of Sleeper, their fourth record in a decade of riot and rancor, is testimony to this: the sound of a band not so much reinvigorated as channeling a furious energy, which only appears to gather momentum as the band’s surroundings spin on their axis.

“Shouting about themes of existential dread comes very naturally to me, and I think because I’m aware of that in the past I’ve tried to rein that in a little” reckons Matt. “There’s definitely moments on this album where I took my gloves off and surrendered to that urge.”

Whether this means Pigs, a band once associated with reckless excess, have taken a darker turn to match the dystopian realm of the 2022 everyday, is open to debate. The band themselves aren’t necessarily convinced; “Sobriety does funny things to a man” reckons guitarist Adam Ian Sykes wryly.

“I know from my perspective, I was trying to write some much heavier and darker music” says guitarist and producer Sam Grant. “But this was an aim more as a counterpoint to earlier material, as opposed to

any sort of political or social commentary. I still very much see these heavier moments as musically euphoric, and emotionally cut loose or liberating.”

“For obvious reasons, the anticipation for the writing of Land of Sleeper was unlike anything we’d felt before” Adam adds. “These sessions were an almost religious experience for me. It felt like we were working in unison, connected to some unknowable hive mind.”

For all that, the last few years have seen Pigs’ stature rise in the wake of triumphant festival slots and sold-out venues alike, this remains a band, consummated by bassist John-Michael Hedley and returning drummer Ewan Mackenzie, who are fundamentally incapable of tailoring their sound to a prospective audience, instead standing alone and impervious as a monument of catharsis.

“Writing and playing music is often surprising and revealing, it can be like holding up a mirror and seeing things you didn’t expect to see” reckons Mackenzie. “For me, the darker tracks on the record hold in common a determination not to lose faith, despite the odds.”

The better to unite slumber and waking, Land Of Sleeper is no less than an act of transcendence for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - new anthems to elucidate a world sleepwalking to oblivion.

Land of Sleeper Tracklist:

Ultimate Hammer

Terror’s Pillow

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The Weatherman
Mr Medicine
Pipe Down!
Atlas Stone
Ball Lightning

Napalm Records is proud to team up with one of the most exciting acts in today’s black metal scene, welcoming BATUSHKA to its ever-growing roster! Hailing from the deepest shadows of eastern Poland, the band has just inked a worldwide record deal with the Austrian rock and metal label.

Originating with acts like Abigor and Summoning, Napalm Records has been deeply rooted in the black metal genre since its very beginnings. Three decades later, this spirit remains strong and undoubtedly matches perfectly with the vision of the

Polish unit. After the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Litourgiya (2015), followed by sophomore Hospodi (2019), BATUSHKA are more than ready to bring their bone-shaking essence of arcane black metal to the next level. Stay tuned for the next unholy, cataclysmic ritual of sinister black metal - coming soon!

BATUSHKA about signing to Napalm Records: “PILGRIMS!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve

signed up with Napalm Records for the release of our upcoming new album. We have a mutual understanding regarding the telling of this new story and spreading the gospel of BATUSHKA around the globe. Be on the lookout for our new album, and get ready to experience BATUSHKA in all the corners of the world!

After traveling through North America and Mexico for our first long pilgrimage over there, we dare to say that this tour reaches far beyond our wildest expectations! We were surprised and humbled by the reception! We already know that we will return to stages around the globe as soon as possible - not only with a new show, but also with new songs and a new story.

Apart from that, with blessingBATUSHKA”

Napalm Records A&R manager Sebastian Münch states:

“BATUSHKA are undoubtedly one of the most creative and innovative black metal bands in recent years. We had the pleasure of welcoming BATUSHKA live at this year’s edition of the Metal On The Hill Festival in Graz, Austria, and were immediately impressed by the band as a brilliant live act and great entertainers. I am super excited to be a part of the release of the new studio album next year. Welcome to the Napalm family.”

BATUSHKA Live 2023

Join the cult and experience the gloomy world of BATUSHKA’s sonic ritual as the band tours Europe and the UK in early 2023, kicking off February 16 in Apeldoorn, NL.

European Pilgrimage 2023 + Hate + supports (tba) 16.02.23 NL – Apeldoorn / Gigant 17.02.23 DK – Copenhagen / Hotel Cecil 18.02.23 NL – Sneek / Het Bolwerk 19.02.23 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg 20.02.23 UK – London / The Dome 21.02.23 UK – Manchester / Rebellion 22.02.23 BE – Antwerp / Venue TBA 23.02.23 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion 24.02.23 CH – Aarburg / Musigburg 25.02.23 IT – Milan / Legend Club 26.02.23 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse 27.02.23 CZ – Brno / První Patro 28.02.23 SK – Bratislava / Randall 01.03.23 CZ – Ostrava / Barrak 02.03.23 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra 03.03.23 DE – Zwickau / Club

Seilerstraße 04.03.23 DE – Oberhausen / Helvete 05.03.23 DE – Trier / MJC

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44 Rock and Blues International • December 2022 Rodolphe Coster & Band Share Single “Gilles Memory” High With the People LP Out Now via Capitane Records LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Rodolphe Coster and Band - “Gilles Memory” Youtube @ Soundcloud @ LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Rodolphe Coster and Band - The Free House Session Youtube @ LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Rodolphe Coster and Band - “Seagulls Fly On Highways” Spotify @ Youtube @ Soundcloud @ Facebook @ Instagram @ SoundCloud @ New Music From Belgium

Ten days ahead of the release of their first album, Rodolphe Coster and Band are releasing today a new single soberly titled Gilles Memory. 4 minutes and 32 seconds long and characterized by a bass line ready to make a place for itself in the history of rock, the single surprises with its power, its obviousness and its urgency. All the energy of Rodolphe’s band is expressed there: Matt Jones of Male Gaze on bass, Jeff Tobias of Sunwatchers in a hallucinated part of Saxophone, Maya Postepski for a most frenetic drums... All recorded at the legendary studio G in Brooklyn. On a transcendental and punk loop, Rodolphe’s voice expresses a poetic and heartbreaking tribute full of pain, love and rage to Gilles L., a friend of Rodolphe who tragically died during the attacks in Brussels in 2016.

“Gilles L was a friend I met during my art studies in Brussels. We were both outsiders from the south of the country. Both of us had come to art late in life. He had first been a cook, I had first thought that I could become a philosopher.”

Gilles studied sound, I studied theatre, and we got to know each other thanks to our respective research on the possible encounters between dramaturgy and sound creation. After graduation, we almost lost sight of each other. I later learned that he had met a Japanese woman and moved there to live with her. He was there working on the production of a documentary. It was a happy coincidence because in the meantime I had woven links with Japan myself touring there and collaborating with Japanese artists. The last time I met him was in Brussels though. He was passing through Belgium to say hi to family and friends. On March 22, 2016 he took the metro and died suddenly in the attack at Maelbeek station with 15 other people. I wrote the song for his wife and daughter, and for the other victims. A souvenir song that I had to write about Gilles, about me and about our friendship.

My instinct pushed me to dramatize the song in a rage and a punk energy. I felt it had to be carried by a progressive loop, with a voice bordering on trance and hip-hop. The song was truly born out of rhythm and is fueled by my love for Andrew Wheaterall’s productions, including My Bloody Valentine’s EP GLIDER, and of course Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. I realized during the writing work that this line could turn until it became a trance. While evoking

wilderness, love and rage, I wanted to feed the energy of the song with a deep and saturated tribal accent.

For the lyrics, I was constantly drawn to memories of images that came to me from reading Georg Trakl, a poet I love so much. Mixing natural elements, gothic visions and creatures, my idea was to evoke the feeling of mourning and loss through eerie allegories and the hallucinated images of a bunch of kids sleeping in the forest and facing a mixture of excitement and fear. I also wanted to say how genderless the depth of a friendship was: a mixture of love, longing, loss, death and life.

Leonard Cohen said that poetry is made from the ashes of existence, Gilles Memory is an incredibly powerful piece celebrating the memory of Gilles L and the glimmers of friendship.

Multidisciplinary artist and legendary activist from the Brussels scene, Rodolphe Coster has already lived several lives, died several deaths, and

had as many resurrections.

At 43, he will release his first album under his own name this fall entitled High With The People.

Recorded at the legendary Studio G in Brooklyn, the album was produced by Matt Jones (Male Gaze, Castle Face Records) and brings together a dream team of soulful musicians including Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers), Sarah Register (Lou Reed, Depeche Mode, Protomartyr), Atsuko Hatano, (Jim O’rourke) and Maya Postepski (Princess Century, The Organ) among others.

The result is cold and irreverent rock, free from all shackles and oozing the rage to live through every pore.

During the last 5 years, the Brussels artist performed in Canada, Europe, the United States, and Japan and notably opened for Black Dice, Grimes, Molly Nilsson, Liars, Italia 90, and Thee Oh Sees.

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1. Seagulls Fly On Higways 2. Derlish 3. Dolls Their Maps 4. Gilles Memory
High With The People LP - Tracklisting 5. Dogstroke 6. My Dear Hidden Krauty 7. Burglar Blames Shadows

Death Metal Legends Obituary Announce New Album Dying Of Everyting Due Out January 13, 2023 And Share

“The Wrong Time” Music Video



Legendary Florida Death Metal icons OBITUARY return with their highly anticipated new album, Dying of Everything, out January 13 on LP/CD/ CS/Digital via Relapse Records!

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Physical Dying of Everything preorders are available at https://

OBITUARY comment:

“We couldn’t be more excited to FINALLY get this new album out and into the hands of the fans! We chose “The Wrong Time” for the first single as it is a true depiction of the sound, style and feel we went for in the studio and is a great taste of what you can expect from Dying of Everything.”

Additionally, OBITUARY begins the North America Great Heathen Tour with Amon Amarth, Carcass & Cattle Decapitation this week! OBITUARY join Hatebreed for a special one off show tonight in Albuquerque, NM before the tour begins. OBITUARY returns to

Europe in January/February 2023 with Trivium & Heaven Shall Burn. A full list of tour dates is available below.

Dying Of Everything destroys in the time-honored tradition of early OBITUARY classics Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death while maintaining the killer studio sound that the band has been perfecting in their own studio since 2007’s monstrous Xecutioner’s Return.

Like just about every album in OBITUARY’s vast catalog, Dying Of Everything is instantly memorable; it’s a skill that OBITUARY have only improved upon over the years. It’s unusual for a band that’s been around since the ’80s to be doing some of their best work in the 2020s, but that’s exactly what OBITUARY have accomplished through their do-it-yourself attitude and relentless touring on a worldwide level. “I think it comes down to passion,” vocalist John Tardy offers. “I say this all the time, but if something’s not fun, I’m not gonna do it. And we’re having more fun than ever.”

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He Is Legend Release Endless Hallway

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Like a true American classic at this point, He Is Legend resemble an old, dogeared novel or nearly worn-out VHS tape that you dust off in order take a familiar ride and get thrilled at the same time.

Their alchemy of reckless rock ‘n’ roll grooves, heavy metal unpredictability, and downright indefinable magic continues to enchant, enthrall, and enrapture a devout fan base, quietly bordering on cultlike fascination. You’ll see their faithful screaming along to every word once the band hits the stage or catch the flash of a He Is Legend tattoo in passing. It’s as gloriously understated as some ritualistic secret society with an equally intense pledge. The quartet—Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Jesse Shelley [drums]— engender this level of devotion because they never compromise. Their catalog spans I Am Hollywood, Suck Out the Poison, It Hates You, Heavy Fruit, and Few. However, it would be 2019’s White Bat that elevated them to another level altogether. Revolver highlighted it as “rollicking,” while Metal Injection awarded it a rating of “9/10” and christened them “legends, indeed.” Riff Magazine hailed them as “one of metal’s best-kept secrets,” and Heavy Blog Is Heavy applauded White Bat as “easily the band’s best album in a decade, but it even takes a run at being the strongest collection of their career.” Plus, it generated nearly 10 millionplus total streams.

The Pandemic and a series of trials and tribulations put a pause on this momentum only for the group to roar back with their seventh full-length offering, Endless Hallway [Spinefarm Records].

“There’s a lot of aggression from all of us,” the band agrees. “It’s, heavier, raw and back to our roots—similar to Suck Out The Poison. Personally, the last year was a rollercoaster. For this album, we thought, ‘What do we want to do and what do fans want to hear?’ I’m hoping you get this onslaught of He Is Legend. No one came out of the last two years the same. We’ve been through it to the point where it seems like there’s a bit of witchcraft over us. This is a coming-of-age story though. Metaphorically, that’s the endless hallway we’re in.”

This time around, the band wrote in their rehearsal space in Wilmington, NC. They recorded drums outside of Knoxville before cutting guitars with Al Jacob at Warrior Sound in Chapel Hill, NC. Vocals would be a different story as Schuylar endured one of the most trying seasons of his life.

“We had to push the vocal recording, because my stomach was failing due to my diabetes,” he sighs. “It was so bad I couldn’t perform. It took a while to get back to some semblance of normal. Eventually, I hopped in the car and drove ten hours to Nashville to record at Mitch Marlow’s place. I’m a

He Is Legend Release Their New Spinefarm Records Album Endless Hallway

different person now. The universe throws those things at you to make you stronger. That’s personal growth.”

Emblematic of this growth, the first single “Lifeless Lemonade” unleashes an unapologetically heavy barrage laced with sour-faced soul. The band explains, “‘Lifeless Lemonade’ is about development. You’re trying live your dream from a closed-off room or endless hallway. It’s how we felt in the middle of the Pandemic. We pride ourselves on our live show. Without that, it was lifeless. Sometimes through frustration, you expel something aggravatedly beautiful.”

Baring their teeth, “The Prowler” kicks down the door with a wild riff and raucous vocal delivery meant to get feet stomping and asses moving, which rallies around a clarion call, “Let’s be together and lift each other up. We’ve got to tear the fucking city down to heal.”

Then, there’s “Sour,” leaning into classic rock with a haunting hook meant to confront “a lack of togetherness.” The trip

culminates on the near six-minute “Lord Slug.” It trudges towards one final moment of catharsis with hulking and hypnotic force.

“I was very fascinated by religion,” he adds. “Some of those hymnals are so dark. Growing up in the South, I was around religion a lot. So, the song has these buzzwords and phrases. It’s important to me, because I let them play out in a sense where they would be shocking on ‘Lord Slug’.”

Ultimately, Endless Hallway launches another era for He Is Legend—and rock ‘n’ roll.

“When everything went to shit, I think we were on our way to becoming the band we’ve always wanted to be,” Schuylar leaves off. “We didn’t let the Pandemic stop us. We’re still best friends. Adam, Matty, and I have been doing this since we were 17-yearsold. Jesse is such a pivotal member of this group too. I don’t think we’ve ever been in a position where we feel as good as we do. We’re clear-headed, and we’re ready to take on the world. This album should open the last door of the Endless Hallway,” he grins.

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Chelsea Cutler Releases New Single “Men On The Moon”

Recently Completed Headline Tour Across North America

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Singer, songwriter, and producer Chelsea Cutler is back this week with new music, dropping her long-awaited single “Men On The Moon”. The track arrives after weeks of teasing it on social media and performing it live on tour, building fans’ anticipation and signaling the beginning of a new

chapter for the Platinum-Certified artist.

On the song, Chelsea sings over a soft piano melody accented by delicately strummed acoustic guitar. Through her dreamy delivery and emotionally charged lyrics, she ponders, “We put men

on the moon, but I still don’t know how to get to you.” Sonically and thematically, it finds Chelsea evolving yet again.

She says, “‘Men On The Moon’ is a special, special song to me. Going into this summer, I wanted to challenge myself to dig deeper and confront emotions I had previously lacked the capacity to face. There are so many nuances to relationships and heartbreak that we simply struggle to understand. That notion is bewildering to me and is what inspired me to write this song.”

Chelsea recently wrapped up Part Two of the “When I Close My Eyes Tour”. The tour was a continuation of the first leg in spring 2022 and followed a slew of festival performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, and more.

In March, Chelsea released the deluxe edition of her sophomore album When I Close My Eyes, featuring the fan-favorite single “the lifeboat’s empty!”. When I Close My Eyes was written, recorded, and produced by Chelsea with several artists and collaborators. The album received widespread praise from the likes of NPR’s Weekend Edition, Variety, MTV News, Entertainment Tonight, COMPLEX, UPROXX, Consequence, HYPEBAE, Ones To Watch, and many more. In addition, Chelsea performed “Devil On My Shoulder” from the album on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ( OKbysXlOG4k ) and was included on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

“Men On The Moon” sets the stage for more new music to come from Chelsea Cutler in 2023!

Instantly-relatable lyrics and handcrafted lo-fi soundscapes have established Chelsea Cutler as a quiet, yet disruptive, force for popular music. Within two short years, the singer, songwriter, and producer went from bedroom-constructed uploads to 750 million-plus cumulative streams and acclaim from Billboard, The New York Times, E! News, PAPER Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, UPROXX,

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HYPEBAE, L’Officiel, Ones To Watch, and more. In 2017, her breakthrough single “Your Shirt” paved the way for her debut EP, Snow In October. Leaving college shortly after, she hit the road alongside Quinn XCII at the top of 2018 before kicking off a prolific string of releases, including the independently released mixtapes Sleeping with Roses and Sleeping with Roses II, leading to two completely sold-out nationwide headline tours in 2018 and 2019 and appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more. Signing to Republic Records in 2019, she uncovered undeniable chemistry with Jeremy Zucker on the collaborative brent EP, which spawned the platinum single “you were good to me.” Honing her style further, she unveiled her 2020 debut album, How To Be Human, featuring the breakout single “Sad Tonight.” Bringing the new music to fans across the country, she launched the sold-out “How To Be Human Tour” in early 2020, highlighted by two consecu-

tive sellouts at Terminal 5 in New York City. In 2021, she reteamed with Zucker on the brent ii EP and notched another fan favorite anthem with “this is how you fall in love.” Along the way, the likes of Quinn XCII, Louis The Child, The Band CAMINO, and Noah Kahan all teamed up with her for collaborations. In between, she lit up television with performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today, and more. Chelsea Cutler kicked off her latest chapter of her sophomore album, When I Close My Eyes, out now.

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Sophie B. Hawkins Releases Official Video for Latest Single “Love Yourself” Sophie B. Hawkins Releases Official Video for Latest Single “Love Yourself” Sophie B. Hawkins Releases Official Video for Latest Single “Love Yourself” Sophie B. Hawkins Releases Official Video for Latest Single “Love Yourself” 54 Rock and Blues International • December 2022
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GRAMMY-nominated, platinumselling artist, prolific songwriter and spellbinding live performer Sophie B. Hawkins has released the official video for her brand-new single “Love Yourself.” The stunning visual was shot at the former brothel, Best Little Boarding House in the old mining town of Victor, Colorado. Sophie teamed up with Nigel Dick, who is known for his work directing some of the most iconic music videos of the 90s including Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and “Oops I Did It Again,” Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and “Wonderwall” by Oasis, and the result is pure Sophie.

“Sophie told me she was a ‘pickup truck kind of girl,’ and suddenly the charming-yet-gritty Victor, Colorado seemed like the perfect location to shoot the video,” said Nigel, “It’s always an honor to work with people who have some history so you can have a conversation about their career between shots. The thing that came across on that day we worked together is that Sophie seems very comfortable in her skin and she essentially embodies the meaning of the song.”

“‘Love Yourself’ is an opportunity in every moment to create a positive feeling, a happy feeling about oneself and one’s life path – no matter what – it’s a choice, and a power,” said Sophie. “Loving myself is a superpower.”

Rooted in her raw yet poetic lyrics and effortlessly captivating vocals, “Love Yourself” is a soul-stirring piece of symphonic pop about self-love and the way we talk to ourselves, re-framing our inner dialogue to change patterns and bring healing. Sophie will be rolling out more new music, culminating in an album next year. It’s an exciting new creative chapter for the legendary artist whose indelible hit songs such as “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “As I Lay Me Down” have been featured in cultural touchstone TV shows and films (from recent hits Stranger Things, Euphoria, Ozark, and PEN15, to landmark series Beverly Hills, 90210,

Dawson’s Creek, The L Word and more).Sophie has always been ahead of her time with her steadfast activism in support of environmental protection, animal rights and LGBTQ equality using her songwriting and platform for positive change with the forward-thinking, pioneering outlook she has championed throughout her trailblazing career.

Known for her captivating live shows that erase the divide between audience and performer, Sophie is currently on the road celebrating her new music and the 30th Anniversary of her iconic, critically-acclaimed, platinumselling debut album Tongues and Tails.

Sophie’s ever-evolving career has

also included releasing six widely beloved albums, breaking chart records with her smash hits, four worldwide singles from Whaler and a starring role as Janis Joplin in the critically acclaimed musical Room105.

A dynamic creative force, Sophie has always been fully involved in every aspect of the production of her records, from background vocals, playing multiple instruments, to engineering and production. She has proved to be an enduring artist with a fierce commitment to artistic integrity while simultaneously evolving while remaining steadfastly true to her authentic history and experience which connects her to her fans at the very deepest levels.

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Four-Time Grammy Award Winner Keith Urban Announce New Las Vegas Residency At Zappos Theater At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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Following a successful run of shows over the past three years at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Keith Urban: The Las Vegas Residency will be a brand new show, custom designed for Zappos Theater.

Tickets went on sale to the public starting Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. PT. Members of The ‘Ville, Keith Urban’s official fan club, had access to a presale beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. PT. Citi is the official presale card of Urban’s Las Vegas Residency performances at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. Citi cardmembers gained access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. PT until Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. PT through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit

Keith Urban: The Las Vegas Residency Dates

March 2023: 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18

June 2023: 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30

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Keith Urban has spent the better part of his life harnessing a deep-seated passion for music. This, when combined with his authenticity, talent and driving musical inquisitiveness, helps to understand why he is one of the most successful and well-respected artists in the world. He’s won four GRAMMY© Awards, thirteen CMAs, fifteen ACMs, three AMAs, two People’s Choice Awards and celebrated nine consecutive gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums.

This year has seen the release of some new music, including the semi-autobiographical, fist-pumping, arena-ready track “Wild Hearts” and Urban’s current single, “Brown Eyes Baby.” They come on the heels of “One Too Many” (his duet with P!nk), the last from The Speed of Now Part 1, which marked his fourth in an historic streak of simultaneous #1 album debuts in the United States, Canada and Australia.

2022 has also served to remind music lovers around the globe why Urban is one of the world’s best live performers. His concerts have become legendary - as unpredictable as they are explosive. An experience of emotion, musical texture, energy and showmanship.

The “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR 2022” kicked off in April with a series of sold-out club shows in the U.K., before landing back in the United States for more than 50 shows. From city to city, “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR 2022” has repeatedly been hailed as not only one of the best shows of the year, but as one of Urban’s biggest tours yet. This December will see “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR 2022” in Australia.

November 2022 also brings news of a residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Urban’s allnew show launches on March 3, 2023 and will include 16 performances in March, June and July. Urban’s shows are always about the songs and these promise to be no different. “God Whispered Your Name,” “We Were,” and “One Too Many,” Urban’s 43rd Top 10 single that garnered over 100 million Spotify streams, will likely be played, as well as many of his #1 hits including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time,” “Somebody Like You,” “Long Hot Summer” and “Days Go By.”

Urban’s musical virtuosity and fluidity has made him the musician’s musician. He’s collaborated with a diverse group of artists that include, among others: Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, John Mayer, Julia Michaels, Justin Timberlake, Dzeko, Miranda Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and Vince Gill.

He’s long supported numerous charities. His “All For The Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© have raised over $4.2 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation, an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife. A bright, bold addition to the resort’s portfolio, the Ultra Hip Rooms feature contemporary elegance and luxury bedding. Known as the place to play for its roster of A-list celebrity guests, Planet Hollywood’s 231 restyled suites feature stunning views of the glittering skyline and daring décor elements such as suspended sofas, lounge-style living spaces and oversized modern artwork. The resort encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of gaming, Caesars Sportsbook at Planet Hollywood, The Scene Pool Deck, several lounges, an intimate wedding chapel, and a relaxing spa and salon. Impressive restaurants include Gordon Ramsay Burger, KOI, Strip House and more. Home to the first pop music residency in Las Vegas, Zappos Theater is one of the largest theaters on the Vegas Strip and showcases a variety of resident headliners including superstars like Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Magician Criss Angel performs an over-the-top visual spectacular of “Criss Angel MINDFREAK®” in the Criss Angel Theater. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more than 170 specialty stores and restaurants. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram. Must be 21 or older to gamble. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-522-4700 ©2021, Caesars License Company, LLC.

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Foreigner Announces Farewell Tour The Historic Farewell Tour Kicks Off July

6th 2023 in Atlanta, GA with Special

“I Want To Know What Love Is”, “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,”and no less than five more Top 10 hits. FOREIGNER, the band behind these iconic songs announced the launch of their Farewell Tour.

The tour is set to launch on July 6, 2023, at Atlanta’s Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, the area’s largest outdoor venue. For the first leg of the US Live Nation tour, FOREIGNER will be joined by LOVERBOY, one of the 80’s biggest hit-makers. The spectacular show will thrill audiences with stellar performances of more than 20 combined chart-topping songs. Tickets go on sale on November 18, 2022 at The full

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routing can be found below.

FOREIGNER will continue its long-term initiative with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation to invite choirs to open the show with a live a cappella ‘Pitch Perfect’ performance of Classic Rock songs. FOREIGNER will join radio partners across the country to create a contest for local choirs to win donations to their music programs. One winning choir will be selected at each show, and that choir will receive a grand prize of new musical equipment. For more details please go to http://www,

Leader and founder of FOREIGNER, Mick Jones said, “Many years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Feels Like The First Time’ and today we are launching one last worldwide tour. We will be presenting a show that I know will have the same enthusiasm as our very first appearances. The tour will start this summer in America and we hope to get to every place that we have played over the last several years. While I’m sure our fans will have mixed feelings about the end of the road for the band, I know our shows are going to delight audiences everywhere.”

Says FOREIGNER lead singer Kelly Hansen, “The time has come. We have more or less lived our lives on the road for almost eighteen years. We have always strived to give you our best and we intend to finish this the same way.

Foreigner has a brilliant and increasingly demanding catalogue of songs to sing and I refuse to give them less than they deserve. So, we’re going to finish strong. I want to make it very clear how grateful and appreciative we are to our audiences all over the world who have supported this band. I’m sure there may be occasions when we’ll do some special appearances, but I think the time is coming for us to live off the road. Thank

you all so much!”

“I remember how cool the last time we toured with Foreigner was in 1982. We played to massive stadiums - New Orleans, Kansas City, Day On the Green in Oakland, JFK in Philly - and we’re back together again, 41 years later. It’s going to be the Tour of Summer ’23!” said Paul Dean of Loverboy.

“It’s not very often you get a chance to play on the same stage as one of your all-time favorite bands...and how many hit songs can you play on the same stage every night of a 2023 Summer tour?….. it’s going to be amazing…. I can’t wait.” Said Mike Reno of Loverboy.


Mick Jones continues to elevate FOREIGNER’s influence and guide the band to new horizons with his stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents while lead singer Kelly Hansen, one of rock’s greatest showmen, has led FOREIGNER into the digital age inspiring a whole new generation of fans. Bassist Jeff Pilson;

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Michael Bluestein on keyboards; guitarist Bruce Watson; Chris Frazier on drums and guitarist Luis Maldonado provide an unprecedented level of energy that has resulted in the re-emergence of the astounding music that speaks to FOREIGNER‘s enduring popularity. FOREIGNER has an extraordinary streaming and radio audience. Click here for an overview of Classic Rock artists’ stats.

With more Top 10 hits than Journey and ten multi-platinum albums, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. Streams of FOREIGNER’s hits are approaching 15 million per week.

With their trademark red leather pants, bandanas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, LOVERBOY has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling “Get Lucky,” and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s “Keep It Up” and 1985’s “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.” Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Notorious”, “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.” The group still features the original line-up of vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, drummer Matt Frenette and keyboardist Doug Johnson with bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve replacing the late Scott Smith.

Check out the tour at any of the following stops. Fans can visit for updates on tour dates and news.

Thu July 6th Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Sat July 8th West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Sun July 9th Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tue July 11th Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre

Fri July 14th Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

Tue July 18th Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

Wed July 19th St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Fri July 21st Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Sat July 22nd Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Mon July 24th Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Tue July 25th Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri July 28th Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

Sat July 29th Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

Tue August 1st Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Wed August 2nd Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach

Fri August 4th Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sat August 5th Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Tue August 8th Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Wed August 9th Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

Fri August 11th Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

Sat August 12th Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Mon August 14th Austin, TX – Moody Center

Wed August 16th Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Fri August 18th Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater

Sun August 20th Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

Mon August 21st Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater

Wed August 23rd Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheater

Thu August 24th Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Weds August 30th Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theater

Fri September 1st Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat September 2nd Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Sun September 3rd Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

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Multi-diamond certified, GRAMMY Award® winning artist Macklemore revealed today the official album artwork and preorder/add/save link for Macklemore’s forthcoming studio full-length titled BEN, to be released on March 3, 2023.

The official music video for his latest track ‘FAITHFUL’ ft. NLE Choppa is also out now. Directed by John C. Peterson and with his wife Tricia Davis as the creative director, the video cleverly depicts the dark forces of addiction and stars both Macklemore and NLE Choppa.

‘FAITHFUL’ ft. NLE Choppa is the third track to be released this year as part of this new era. An honest and raw insight into his own journey through relapse and recovery, this latest track offers a glimpse into the struggles and inner turmoil when dealing with addiction.

Speaking on his latest single, Macklemore shared: “I wrote FAITHFUL after a 2020 relapse that brought me back to a familiar darkness I naively thought I had escaped. It’s a personal song for me, reflecting on my struggles with addiction. As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be clean, and yet the disease I have is always present, it always follows me. The record explores the presence of addiction in every facet of my life, and how pervasive and insidious it can be.”

On collaborating with NLE Choppa, he added, “I love what Choppa did with his verse. He brought the song into his world, writing from the perspective of a supportive friend and showing up in a desperate time. I thought the song would push him out of his comfort zone, but honestly he sounded right at home in the pocket and brought a whole new concept to the record. It’s been refreshing spending some time with him. I’m hella impressed not only by his pen, but his his perspective on life and quest for spiritual growth.”

Macklemore has also announced his first leg of THE BEN TOUR which starts in April 2023 in Europe and the U.K. for a full list of dates and more information, go to:

Recently, Macklemore celebrated the 10-year history since the release of the accolade and award-laden global debut The Heist. The RIAA organization also honored Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as one of the most successful duos of the last 65 years of RIAA Gold & Platinum history and officially certified ‘Can’t Hold Us’ DIAMOND.

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history. ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ ft. Ray Dalton marks their second Diamond Single Award (following 2015’s ‘Thrift Shop’ ft Wanz) from the same album, an incredibly rare accomplishment.

Earlier this year, Macklemore released ‘CHANT’ Ft Tones and I, and ‘MANIAC’ Ft Windser, both from his larger body of work titled BEN which will see its global release on March 3, 2023.

Multi-platinum and GRAMMY® award winning artist Macklemore has made history with a combination of commercial success, critical acclaim, and international appeal, with a total of 13.2 BILLION COMBINED STREAMS to date, Macklemore is one of the most successful independent artists of the 21st century. ‘GEMINI’, Macklemore’s first solo effort in 12 years, was released in 2017 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the charts for Rap, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Independent Albums, featuring Platinumcertified singles, “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey), “Good Old Days” (featuring Kesha), and “Marmalade” (featuring Lil Yachty). ‘GEMINI’ followed two releases with producer Ryan Lewis: the multipleGRAMMY award winning and multiplatinum album, ‘The Heist’ (which spawned two #1 singles, the Diamond-certified “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” and 2016 release “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”, which featured the Platinum-certified single “Downtown”. Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 5 BILLION times and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single (“Thrift Shop”). A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources, and creative pursuits to have an impact on racial and social justice issues. Macklemore is a co-founder of The Residency, a hip hop and youth development program that has become one of the preeminent opportunities for young aspiring artists in the region. Drawing on his personal battles with drugs and alcohol, Macklemore has consistently used his art and platform to raise awareness around issues of addiction and recovery. In 2016 he was featured in an MTV special with President Obama about the opioid epidemic in America and was the first non-administration official ever to participate in the Presidential Weekly Address. In 2021, Macklemore launched Bogey Boys, a golf and lifestyle clothing brand that has gained quick momentum and made waves in the golf and fashion worlds. He is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders, of Major League Soccer and Seattle Kraken, of National Hockey League. He currently serves on the board of directors for MusiCares, The Residency and The Underground Museum in LA.

Macklemore recently completed a North American Stadium tour with Imagine Dragons and plans to announce more U.S. headlining tour dates soon.


04/04 - 3Arena - Dublin, IE

04/07 - O2 Academy - Glasgow, UK 04/09 - O2 Victoria WarehouseManchester, UK 04/11 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK

04/12 - O2 Academy BrixtonLondon, UK 04/16 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, NL

04/17 - Forest National - Brussels, BE 04/18 - Zenith - Paris, FR

04/21 - Palladium - Cologne, DE 04/22 - Verti Music Hall - Berlin, DE 04/24 - Zenith - Munich, DE

04/25 - Stadhalle - Offenbach, DE 04/27 - Edel Optics Arena - Hamburg, DE

04/29 - EXPO XXI Hall 1 - Warsaw, PL 04/30 - Stadhalle - Vienna, AT 05/02 - Samsung Hall - Zurich, CH 05/04 - Alcatraz - Milan, IT

05/07 - Vega Main Hall - DK 05/09 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NO

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Iowa City, IA based black metal band DRYAD are premiering their new single, Brine Pool Aberration, and its accompanying visualizer. Brine Pool Aberration is the second track to be taken from the group’s forthcoming debut album, The Abyssal Plain, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on January 20. DRYAD dive further into thematic oceanic depths on Brine Pool Aberration, offering up glimmers of hope through the darkness.

Speaking on the premiere, DRYAD comments: “As the light fades, and one descends blindly into the blackened depths of the ocean, a glimmer of hope and madness both begin to take shape below. A seemingly impossible lake beneath an ocean, a dream within a dream. What illuminating horrors lie within the anoxic brine?”

DRYAD’s take on black metal is as abrasive and primeval as you would hope from a band that draws their biggest lyrical influences from the

furthest reaches of the ocean floor, far from even the weakest tendrils of sunlight. Their stygian take on the genre is chaotic and suitably lo-fi, but on The Abyssal Plain, the oppressive cacophony is punctuated with synth-heavy interludes heavily inspired by 80s horror movie soundtracks (think John Carpenter and Dario Argento).

The activity of the intricate ecosystems 10,000 feet below the surface of the ocean provides an abundance of material for lyrical horror stories of near-unbelievable monsters and mind-bending geological features, but DRYAD are keen to stress the environmental message woven throughout their music (the band itself is named after the mythological spirit and protector of the forests). Ocean environments are continuously being polluted and exploited for supposed human gain, and the despair and fury this elicits is palpable in the visceral sound of the band.

The real-life horrors that lurk on the deepest parts of the seafloor also serve as a metaphor for the tenebrose depths of depression and psychological struggle, reflecting a place where it is impossible for light to penetrate. And yet, even in those deepest, darkest depths, incredible creatures not only exist, but thrive - some even creating their own light - in seemingly the most inhospitable of environments. So, whilst this album is very much about the depths of the ocean and the alien creatures of the abyssal plains that lie at the bottom of our seemingly mundane Earth, it is also about feeling alone in the darkness and still creating your own light. Being able to manufacture hope in a seemingly hopeless place - both for oneself and for the future of the planet.

The Abyssal Plain was recorded in the band’s home state of Iowa by Luke Tweedy, mixed and produced by Jaxon Vesely, and co-produced by DRYAD’s Claire Nunez, before being mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone. On their debut album, DRYAD have crafted a syntheses of sound - forged from foundations that are part horror story, part rallying cry.

DRYAD is: Claire Nunez (Vocals, Guitar, Synths), Grimmtooth (Vocals, Guitar), Joe Milik (Bass) and Oliver Weilein (Drums).

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The Abyssal Plain tracklist: 1. Counterillumination 2. Bottomfeeder 3. Brine Pool Abberation 4. Trenches 5. Loki’s Castle 6. Hadal 7. Pompeii Worm 8. Chimera Monstrosa 9. Abyssal Plain 10. Black Smoke 11. Raptures of the Deep 12. Eutrification 13. A Nagging Thought
premiere new single “Brine
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Theory Of A Deadman recently returned with their anthemic new single “Dinosaur” (Roadrunner Records) and now, the multi-platinum rock band has unveiled the song’s official music video. The “Dinosaur” music video was directed by Tony Corella (Hozier, Noah Cyrus). The release of

“Dinosaur” marked the chart-topping quartet’s first taste of new music since 2020’s acclaimed album Say Nothing and a return to form stylistically. The hard-hitting, riff-heavy track, produced by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, YUNGBLUD), is currently impacting Active Rock radio nationwide, where it’s already hit

#25 on the chart, and is featured on various rock playlists across DSPs including Spotify’s Rock Rotation and Top of the Rock, Apple Music’s The New Rock and Breaking Rock, and Amazon Music’s Rock Arena and Fresh Rock.

‘This was another fun video to make with director Tony Corella, who we also worked with for the ‘Blow’ video,” shares front man Tyler Connolly. “We felt it was important to lead off with a lighthearted video that is sure to have you smiling as you rock out to the track!!”

With sky-high hooks, riffs as thick as a 2x4, rumbling grooves, and a razor-sharp sense of humor, Theory Of A Deadman — Tyler Connolly [lead vocals, guitar], Dave Brenner [guitar, backing vocals], Dean Back [bass], and Joey Dandeneau [drums, backing vocals] — have quietly persisted as an unapologetic, unbreakable, and undeniable hard rock force with major multi-platinum hits and countless sold out shows in each of the past two decades. Jamming together in basements throughout high school, the band burst out of their small hometown of North Delta, British Columbia with the self-titled, Theory of a Deadman, during 2002. In addition to the double-platinum breakthrough album Scars & Souvenirs [2008] and gold-certified The Truth Is… [2011], Theory have notched a procession of hits, including the gold-certified “All Or Nothing,” “Bitch Came Back,” and “Lowlife,” platinum-certified “Angel,” “Hate My Life,” and “Not Meant To Be,” double-platinum “Bad Girlfriend,” and triple-platinum “RX (Medicate).” As the biggest smash of their career thus far, the latter hit, off their 2017 album Wake Up Call, marked their third #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and garnered a nomination for “Rock Song of the Year” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Their impressive catalogue has also logged two Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and amassed more than 1 billion collective streams on Spotify alone and over 675 million views on their official YouTube. In 2020, the award-winning band’s seventh studio album Say Nothing landed at #2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and #3 on the Rock Albums Chart. Plus, the album, featuring the chart-topping and powerful single “History of Violence,” earned praise from American Songwriter, Billboard, Alternative Press, and Classic Rock Magazine who awarded it “4-outof-5 stars.” And now, once again, Theory Of A Deadman delivers a barrage of rock anthems, beginning with the single “Dinosaur” and more to come.

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72 Rock and Blues International • December 2022 EVERCLEAR Releases New Single “Year of the Tiger” “Year of the Tiger” Go To To Listen Go To To Watch Lyric Video
Follow Everclear online at Website @ Facebook @ Instagram @ Twitter @ YouTube @ Spotify @ Apple Music @ 30th Anniversary Tour Dates w/ Sponge supporting & Border Kindness Toy Drive Thursday, December 1 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky a Go Go Friday, December 2 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s (2 shows) Go to to watch a special commemorative anniversary video, “Everclear – 30 Years Gone: A Retrospective,” hosted by former MTV VJ, current radio host and longtime friend Matt Pinfield.
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Everclear, one of the leading alternative rock bands to emerge from the ‘90s led by vocalist, guitarist and founder Art Alexakis, has released their new single “Year of the Tiger.” The politically-charged offering marks the first new song from the band since the release of their 2015 album, Black Is The New Black. Go to to listen to “Year of the Tiger” and go to to watch the official lyric video.

“After all of the events of the last almost 3 years with Covid, worldwide shutdowns, the political debacle of 2020…emanating from in and outside of MAGA world, I felt I needed to write a song that not just explained my anger and frustration, but a song that served as a mission statement,” shares Alexakis, who was also born in a Year of the Tiger in 1962. “I feel like the tiger should be the new symbol of the new Democratic party. We will not back down, we will not forget, we hit back, we challenge lies, and we refuse to be intimidated by ignorance or loud voices. To quote the song’s lyrics, ‘Here we are in the Year of the Tiger, we are where we are because of all the big lies.’ Tigers are everywhere.”

Everclear is celebrating 30 years as a band in 2022. In its honor, the fourpiece – Art Alexakis (vocals, guitar), Davey French (guitar), Freddy Herrera (bass), Brian Nolan (drums) – has been on the road all across the U.S. on their headlining 30th Anniversary Tour, which featured special guests Fastball and The Nixons in the summer and Sponge this fall. The band also released a special remastered reissue of their 1993 debut album, World Of Noise, in June, making the currently out-of-print album available for the first time on digital streaming platforms. World Of Noise – 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features all 12 original tracks plus 6 bonus songs including the previously unreleased “Drunk Again” and “Nervous & Weird 2001 Remix.” The reissue will be available on vinyl soon. Go to https:// to listen.

Up next, Everclear heads overseas to the UK for a run of co-headlining tour dates throughout November with fellow ‘90s rockers Soul Asylum. The band will then wrap the year with a handful of headlining Southern California shows

You do not have to like it Tigers, we are everywhere The math it doesn’t lie Someday you will face the facts The truth is not a slogan On a stupid red hat

with Sponge supporting. For these shows, which includes a stop on the Sunset Strip at the famed Whisky a Go Go on December 1st, Everclear has teamed up with Border Kindness, a 501c3 nonprofit humanitarian-aid organization, for a toy drive, encouraging those in attendance to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them. See below for full list of upcoming tour dates and visit for details and to purchase tickets.

Since forming in 1992, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career by any measure, spanning 11 studio releases, including four that have been certified Gold or Platinum, selling over 6 million records, and achieving 12 Top 40 Hit Singles on Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and Adult Top 40 radio, including “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Wonderful” and “Everything To Everyone,” as well

It’s the Year of the Tiger

We are still broken from that Fucked up year that disappeared —Lyrics from “Year of the Tiger

as numerous videos, thousands of shows, and various other accolades, including a 1998 Grammy nomination. The original 1993 release of World Of Noise on the Portland independent label Tim/Kerr Records, paired with the band’s significant efforts to break into college radio and the buzz they’d created within the Portland music scene, attracted the attention of major labels, including Capitol Records, which signed the group soon after. Beginning with their majorlabel debut, 1995’s platinum-selling album Sparkle and Fade, and its massive chart-topping hit “Santa Monica,” Everclear was soon a household name and catapulted into the masses, thus allowing their impressive three-decade career to prosper and endure. In recent years, Alexakis created and runs the annual Summerland Tour, which features a package of popular ‘90s alt rock bands, and also released his first solo album, Sun Songs, in 2019.

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Monster Magnet Releases “Test Patterns Vol.1” On God Uknown Records

Long considered to be the true essence of Magnet’s early psychedelic voyages, “Tab” is finally returning to earth’s stratosphere with the release of ‘Test Patterns: Vol.1’, available tomorrow via God Unknown Records on 12” vinyl.

‘Test Patterns: Vol. 1’ features a 2021 remix of “Tab” by John McBain, alongside the original demo, recorded in 1988 and then released on the aforementioned ‘Forget About Life, I’m High On Dope’ in 1989.

Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, the early days of Monster Magnet were a cosmos away from the major-label, alternative rock boom that would suck the band into the shiny MTV world of the early to middle 90s. Originally formed by Dave Wyndorf, John McBain and Tim Cronin, Monster Magnet came into the world with a lysergic ooze in 1989 with two demo tapes – ‘Forget About Life, I’m High On Dope’ and ‘I’m Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?’ – making it perfectly clear from the start where they were coming from.

This was a band reveling in bad trips and the death of the hippy dream with a Manson Family stare, playing squelchy lo-fi psychedelic music with a rabid punk rock

sneer, like The Stooges terrorizing Hawkwind at the most unpleasant free festival imaginable. There were tales of entire audiences at their gigs being spiked with LSD. It didn’t matter if this was true or not, it all added to the mystique. This was indeed a satanic drug thing, you wouldn’t understand.

Those two demos formed the base of what would become their pivotal ‘Spine Of God’ album from 1991 and the ’25…Tab’ EP, which featured the mesmerizing 32-minute opus itself, “Tab”.

Long considered to be the true essence of Magnet’s early psychedelic voyages, “Tab” is finally returning to earth’s stratosphere with the release of ‘Test Patterns: Vol.1’, available November 11 via God Unknown Records on 12” vinyl.

‘Test Patterns: Vol. 1’ features a 2021 remix of “Tab” by John McBain, alongside the original demo, recorded in 1988 and then released on the aforementioned ‘Forget About Life, I’m High On Dope’ in 1989.

“When Magnet started, John and I worked in record stores in Red Bank and Dave worked in the comic bookstore and we

made a lot of tapes for each other,” recalls Tim Cronin. “A lot of ‘check this shit out’ kind of stuff…Hawkwind, early UFO, Amon Duul, Can, Skullflower, Morgen, Loop, Crystalized Movements, early Alice Cooper, Walking Seeds, Butthole Surfers, Spacemen 3. When we recorded the first demo and got to “Tab”, we just beat the shit out of it until it became heavy, noisy, weird, mean and either too long or not long enough, depending on your mood. Everything we wanted in a song (at least everything I wanted in a song), punishingly psychedelic. Jersey Shore krautrock.”

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Having rechanneled their efforts into consciously making a return to the hard rock that they were known for, KISS – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Eric Carr – unleashed Creatures Of The Night in October of 1982. In addition to a harder sound, the album is also noted for its heavier, darker mood. The single “I Love It Loud” has been performed on nearly every subsequent KISS tour, while “War Machine,” the ballad “I Still Love You,” and the title song also featured heavily in their live sets for a number of years. Also of note is “Killer,” which featured the group’s first songwriting collaboration with their soon-to-be-guitarist Vinnie Vincent. Creatures Of The Night received accolades in magazines such as Kerrang! and Guitar Player – which both placed the album in their top five end of year chart for 1982 – and has attained Gold Album status (sales of 500,000+).

The ‘Creatures Of The Night 40’ Super Deluxe boasts 103 total tracks with 75 tracks being unreleased. Newly remastered on CD 1, the original album has never sounded better. CDs 2 & 3 feature 34 demos, rarities & outtakes including unreleased gems such as “Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo),” “Not For The Innocent (Demo)” and “Betrayed (Outtake).” CDs 4 & 5 highlight 26 incredible, soundboard live recordings from the Creatures ‘82/’83 Tour and seven super rare tour sound effects, all recorded and archived by the Creatures Tour sound engineer Harry Witz. The Blu-ray Audio disc showcases a first-ever Atmos and 5.1 surround mix from the original album multi-tracks plus the high-resolution newly remastered 1982 stereo mix of the original album.

Additionally, the Super Deluxe box features an extensive array of bonus kollectible KISS memorabilia and ephemera, including:

80-page Hardcover Book with Extensive Liner Notes by Ken Sharp and a treasure trove of unreleased photos and imagery

Creatures Of The Night 1982 Press Kit featuring: Creatures Band Press Bio Sheet

76 Rock and Blues International • December 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Icons KISS Celebrate ‘Creatures Of The Night’ Album With A Super Deluxe Anniversary Edition - Out Now! KISS’S KLASSIC 1982 ALBUM IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A SUPER DELUXE EDITION 5-CD + BLU- RAY AUDIO BOX SET, TRIPLE VINYL, HALF-SPEED MASTERED SINGLE LP, 2-CD DELUXE EDITION, 1-CD REMASTER, AND DIGITAL KISS Online @ Facebook @ Instagram @ YouTube @ Twitter @ UMe released Creatures Of The Night 40 in celebration
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Creatures Tour Band New Poster 11”x17”

2 Stage Drawings

The Loudest Band In The World Poster 16”x24”

Japanese Promo Poster 16”x22.5”

Band Black & White Promo 8”x10” Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie Color Photos 8”x10”

Creatures 40th T-shirt Iron-on Transfer Sheet

“I Love It Loud” Bumper Sticker

Australian Creatures Sticker

Marcanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro 6/ 18/83 Replica Ticket

Creatures Tour “Detroit” VIP Cloth Sticky Backstage Pass 4 Killers-era Trading Cards

Creatures 1982 Replica Tour Program

Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie – Chris Hoffman Illustrations 9”x12”

Gotham Rock City News Volume 2 Newspaper – Track-By-Track Interviews with Gene, Paul, Eric, Vinnie, Michael James Jackson, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Adam Mitchell and Mikel Japp

4 Glow-In-The-Dark Guitar Picks Iron-on Patch

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After an astonishing 49-year career, KISS - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer –recently wrapped their KISStoric KISS Kruise XI and are currently on their END OF THE ROAD world tour.



Original Album Remastered

Creatures Of The Night

Saint And Sinner

Keep Me Comin’

Rock And Roll Hell Danger

I Love It Loud

I Still Love You Killer War Machine


I’m A Legend Tonight Down On Your Knees

Nowhere To Run Partners In Crime

Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo)* Feel Like Heaven (Penny Lane Demo)*

Nowhere To Run (Penny Lane Demo)*

Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)* Feel Like Heaven (Original Demo)* Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*

Tell It To A Fool (Take 4 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*

Chrome Goes Into Motion (Take 2 –Drums & Bass Instrumental)*

I’m A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 –Instrumental & Background Vocals)* Don’t Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 –Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*

Something Seems To Happen At Night (Gene Simmons Demo)

It’s Gonna Be Alright (Gene Simmons Demo)


Legends Never Die (Gene Simmons Demo)

It’s My Life (Gene Simmons Demo) Not For The Innocent (Demo)*

I Still Love You (Take 1)*

I Still Love You (Take 2)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 1)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 2 – False Start)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 3)* Betrayed (Outtake)*

Creatures Of The Night (Alternate

Mix 19)*

Partners In Crime (Alternate Mix 16B)*

I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)* War Machine (Full-Length Version –Mix 11)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/ 1982)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 1 – Incomplete – 9/15/1982)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/15/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Single Edit)

Creatures Of The Night (1985 Remix)



Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Strutter (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

Calling Dr. Love (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Firehouse (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*

Cold Gin (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

Keep Me Comin’ (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/ 30/1982)*

I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

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I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Shout It Out Loud (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Gene’s Bass Solo (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

God Of Thunder / Eric’s Drum Solo / God Of Thunder (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*


Paul’s Love Gun Rap (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Love Gun (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/ 1982)*

Paul’s Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Black Diamond (Houston, Texas – 3/ 10/1983)*

Detroit Rock City (Houston, Texas –3/10/1983)*

Rock And Roll All Nite (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*


Rock And Roll Hell (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*

I Want You (Rockford, Illinois – 12/ 31/1982)*

King Of The Night Time World (Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 2/11/1983)*

Cold Gin (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*

I Still Love You (Houston, Texas – 3/ 10/1983)*

Strutter (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*


Tank Start Of Show*


Firehouse Siren*

Drum and Ending Tank*

Bass Solo Wind and Gargoyles* Bells*



Creatures Of The Night

Saint And Sinner

Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger

I Love It Loud I Still Love You Killer War Machine

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Creatures Of The Night Saint And Sinner Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger


I Love It Loud I Still Love You Killer War Machine



Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)* Betrayed (Outtake)*

I’m A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 –Instrumental & Background Vocals)* Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*


It’s My Life (Gene Simmons Demo) Not For The Innocent (Demo)* Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)* Don’t Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 –Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*


Keep Me Comin’ (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/ 30/1982)*


I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

*Previously Unreleased



Original Album Remastered

Creatures Of The Night

Saint And Sinner Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger I Love It Loud I Still Love You Killer War Machine


Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)* Betrayed (Outtake)*

I’m A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 –Instrumental & Background Vocals)* Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*

It’s My Life (Gene Simmons Demo) Not For The Innocent (Demo)* Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)*

Don’t Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 –Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*


Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*

Keep Me Comin’ (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/ 30/1982)*

I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*



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I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

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*Previously Unreleased


Original Album Remastered

Creatures Of The Night Saint And Sinner Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger

I Love It Loud I Still Love You Killer War Machine



Creatures Of The Night Saint And Sinner Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger


I Love It Loud I Still Love You Killer War Machine



Original Album Remastered + Atmos*

Creatures Of The Night Saint And Sinner Keep Me Comin’ Rock And Roll Hell Danger

I Love It Loud

I Still Love You Killer War Machine


I’m A Legend Tonight Down On Your Knees

Nowhere To Run Partners In Crime

Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo)* Feel Like Heaven (Penny Lane Demo)*

Nowhere To Run (Penny Lane Demo)*

Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)* Feel Like Heaven (Original Demo)* Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*

Tell It To A Fool (Take 4 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*

Chrome Goes Into Motion (Take 2 –Drums & Bass Instrumental)*

I’m A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 –Instrumental & Background Vocals)* Don’t Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 –Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*

Something Seems To Happen At Night (Gene Simmons Demo)

It’s Gonna Be Alright (Gene Simmons Demo)


Legends Never Die (Gene Simmons Demo)

It’s My Life (Gene Simmons Demo) Not For The Innocent (Demo)*

I Still Love You (Take 1)*

I Still Love You (Take 2)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 1)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 2 – False Start)*

Saint And Sinner (Take 3)* Betrayed (Outtake)*

Creatures Of The Night (Alternate Mix 19)*

Partners In Crime (Alternate Mix 16B)*

I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)* War Machine (Full-Length Version –Mix 11)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/ 1982)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 1 – Incomplete – 9/15/1982)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/15/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Single Edit)

Creatures Of The Night (1985 Remix)



Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Strutter (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

Calling Dr. Love (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Firehouse (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*

Cold Gin (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/ 1982)*

Keep Me Comin’ (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/ 30/1982)*

I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*

Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Shout It Out Loud (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

Gene’s Bass Solo (Sioux City, Iowa –12/30/1982)*

God Of Thunder / Eric’s Drum Solo / God Of Thunder (Rockford, Illinois –12/31/1982)*



Paul’s Love Gun Rap (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Love Gun (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/ 1982)*

Paul’s Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

Black Diamond (Houston, Texas – 3/ 10/1983)*

Detroit Rock City (Houston, Texas –3/10/1983)*

Rock And Roll All Nite (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*


Rock And Roll Hell (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*

I Want You / Vinnie’s Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois)*

King Of The Night Time World (Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 2/11/1983)*

I Want You (Rockford, Illinois – 12/ 31/1982)*

I Still Love You (Houston, Texas – 3/ 10/1983)*

Strutter (Houston, Texas – 3/10/ 1983)*


Tank Start Of Show*


Firehouse Siren*

Drum and Ending Tank*

Bass Solo Wind and Gargoyles* Bells*


* Previously unreleased

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JANUARY 20 16 LPs Encompassing All 1963-1969 Mono

World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” Available In Colored Vinyl Set For First Time Ever

ABKCO Records is set to release The Rolling Stones in Mono (Limited Color Edition) vinyl box set in early 2023. Originally issued on black vinyl, CD and digital in 2016, the updated version contains the entirety of the Rolling Stones’ 1960s recorded output (186 tracks spread across 16 180-gram LPs), now presented in a plethora of vinyl colors – 14 total – chosen to match the original cover art of classic albums such as Aftermath and Beggars Banquet.

Spanning the era between 1963 and 1969, The Rolling Stones in Mono (Limited Color Edition) covers the formative years of the legendary London-based quintet, who were dubbed and acknowledged as “the world’s greatest rock and roll band,” as they were churning out eradefining hits such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Paint It, Black,” “Ruby Tuesday” and “Honky Tonk Women.” Packaged as 15 separate albums, The Rolling Stones In Mono contains key releases from the band’s

U.S. and U.K. discographies, organized to include every track from the era while minimizing catalog redundancies. Stray Cats, a 2-LP compilation exclusive within the vinyl box set, ties up all loose ends, incorporating every 1960s Rolling Stones track that isn’t found on the other 14 albums, for a total of 24 tracks. It includes two versions of the aforementioned “Poison Ivy,” Barrett Strong’s 1959 hit “Money,” as well

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as “Fortune Teller.” Other rarities include “Con Le Mie Lacrime,” a version of “As Tears Go By” sung in Italian, “Stoned” (the instrumental bside of “I Wanna Be Your Man”), and the 1965 outtake of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” now freed of the fake applause to disguise its studio origin when the track appeared on the 1966 LP Got Live If You Want It.

During this period, most rock and pop recordings were mixed in mono, with the stereo version often an afterthought, and only dealt with following the completion of the original (mono) version of a given track. In short, mono reigned and this was, indeed, the case for the Rolling Stones at that time. While typical playback systems of the ‘60s were less than sophisticated, the original mono recordings, especially as heard through quality components, were of the highest audio quality and had a powerful and very direct impact. “You felt you were in the room . . . listening to exactly what went down in the studio, no frills, no nothing,” Keith Richards wrote in his autobiog-


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raphy, Life. “Rock was a completely new musical form,” Mick Jagger explained in a 1995 Rolling Stone interview. “It hadn’t been around for ten years when we started doing it . . . You felt like one of the chosen few, one of the only ones in the world who would get to play with this new toy. We had evangelical fervor.” Late recording engineer Dave Hassinger explained how he mixed his ’64-’66 works for the Stones in mono. “They always played together at the same time. They would run the parts down, work out the changes here and there, nail it down, then start recording.”

Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, in his 5,000-word essay that accompanies the set, writes, “The Rolling Stones in Mono is the full studio account of that first decade of history and mayhem, newly remastered with unprecedented fidelity and revelatory detail.” His commentaries are included with the box set as part of a 4-color deluxe 48-page lie-flat book that features numerous rare photos by renowned photographer Terry O’Neill. The 16 LPs are housed in the original full color album jackets that fit along with the book into a one piece specially crafted box.

The Rolling Stones in Mono (Limited Color Edition) was mastered by GRAMMY® awardwinning engineer Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. For the project he utilized Direct Stream Digital (DSD) transfers from the original master recordings, with a sampling rate of 2,822,400. Lacquer cutting for vinyl was performed at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee. The Rolling Stones in Mono (Limited Color Edition) project has been overseen by Teri Landi, ABKCO’s GRAMMY® award-winning Chief Audio Engineer.

The Rolling Stones In Mono (Limited Color Edition) 16-LP vinyl box set

1) The Rolling Stones (UK, 1964) –Cobalt Blue vinyl

2) 12 X 5 (1964) – Yellow vinyl

3) The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK, 1965) – Steel Blue vinyl

4) The Rolling Stones Now! (1965) –Gold vinyl

5) Out of Our Heads (US, 1965) – Sky Blue vinyl

6) Out of Our Heads (UK, 1965) –Green vinyl

7) December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965) – Silver vinyl

8) Aftermath (UK, 1966) – Purple vinyl

9) Aftermath (US, 1966) – Grey vinyl

10) Between the Buttons (UK, 1967) –Azure Blue vinyl

11) Flowers (1967) – Pink vinyl

12) Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) – White vinyl

13) Beggars Banquet (1968) – Maroon vinyl

14) Let It Bleed (1969) – Red vinyl

15) [JK1] Stray Cats (2-LP collection of single A & B sides plus E.P. tracks) –White vinyl

The Biker, The Blues & Spicy Holiday Music

Alligator Records (Chicago Illinois) is known worldwide for their extensive collection of blues recordings by the greats. Among them Shemika Copeland who does a superb kick ass job of delivering “Stay A Little Longer Santa”. The tune swings and Shemika’s delivery is captivating to say the least. You gotta hear this one. That tune and others can heard on Alligator’s Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas album. The holidays in general present all sorts of genres but if you are into the blues and R&B then here’s a list that you will probably like a lot. Just be careful some are a bit colorful and shall we say not perfect for any visiting priests. Moving away from sexy deliveries and onto remakes of famous holiday songs with suggestive lyrics take a listen to anything that Bob Rivers & Twister Radio have on the market. “Walkin’ Around In Women’s Underwear” is about as descriptive as a songwriter can be about being a bit perverted and enjoying the holidays in your own special way. Very humorous indeed. Moving on to romantics for a moment Mariah Carey’s original “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is about as cool as it gets within the genre. Obviously the girl’s got it working big time. Next up is Joan Osborne whose “What Do Bad Girls Get” will set you free with desire. Looking for a more traditional holiday treat then look no further than Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” nobody but nobody can put a person into the festive mood than his holiday favorite. You say you would like some of that R&B music like you heard in “Home Alone”? Well look no further because you can hear The Drifter’s perform their classic rendition of “White Christmas” on Rhino Record’s R&B Christmas Vol.1. The same EP also presents Booker T. & The M.G.s delivery of “Silver Bells” which is way cool. Of course who could forget The Jackson Five performing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on The Jackson Five

Ultimate Christmas Collection album. Back on the humorous side The Christmas Jug Band presents “Santa Lost A Ho” which if you haven’t heard it well it’s a rather creative take on Santa’s helpers. Now over on the country side of Christmas releases nothing beats Marty Stuart’s “Even Santa Claus Gets The Blues” which resides on the album named A Very Special Acoustic Christmas. When it comes to a tradi-

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tional country release check out George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies” number which can be found on the album by the same name. An up tempo tasteful romp in which George paints a mental picture of things going on in the kitchen as the family gets ready for the holiday. Next a blast from the past as the noted record producer Phil Spector built a wall of sound around The Ronettes and their rendition of “Sleigh Ride” which sets the scene for the upcoming holidays. The song was released with a host of additional Phil Spector artists and their songs with the compilation being available on the “A Christmas Gift For You” album. Now if you are looking for way cool funk beat for the holidays Rhino Records has it. On their Volume 3 R&B Christmas album the one and only Bootsy Collins performs an up tempo version of “Merry Christmas Baby” and it delivers all the flare you would expect from Bootsy Collins. On the other hand if you want to get into some really cool boogie woogie holiday tunes check out The Brian Setzer Orchestra and their “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” As for me yours truly is going to put on about five pounds after taking in all the festive get togethers which includes nailing some fourteen year old scotch, a fresh Macanudo, taking in some of the best live blues the world has ever known and maybe, just maybe standing under the mistletoe with Miss Nude Arizona. Well a guy has to have his priorities right? This has been a year of great riding, meeting new people and visiting some of the top blues venues and festivals in America. Not to leave out renewing some long term friendships as well. Time to go over the scooter from stem to stern and get it ready for hitting the road in January. Riding in the south in the wintertime is way cool and southerners treat their guests right. So what’s not to like about getting your motor running and getting out on the highway? Special thanks to the good folks at Rock And Blues International Magazine and Houston Music News for putting up with me in 2022. Wait until they see what’s coming!

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