Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Madame Mayhem Enlists Rocks Top Names for New Studio Album


MADAME MAYHEM ENLISTS ROCK'S TOP NAMES FOR 'NOW YOU KNOW'

Madame Mayhem is certainly a commanding and unforgettable figure - all you have to do is check out the new video for the song "Monster" for the proof. But dig a bit deeper, and you will discover that some of rock and metal's most renowned and respected names played a part in her forthcoming full-length album, 'Now You Know,' which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 (in the USA and Canada).

A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) - who produced and played on the album - Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the fourteen-track recording.

But before the album's autumn arrival, fans can check out the striking clip for "Monster" (by Industrialism Films). "This video shows the escape from being trapped, under speculation, and breaking free to embrace your true self," explains Mayhem. "Raw and real! About how society can turn you into what they already think you are."

Though a singer first (and frontwoman/showwoman during live performances), Madame Mayhem is also a songwriter, and plays piano and guitar. And soon, the world will experience her extraordinary talents!

MADAME MAYHEM ENLISTS ROCK'S TOP NAMES FOR 'NOW YOU KNOW'

Madame Mayhem is certainly a commanding and unforgettable figure - all you have to do is check out the new video for the song "Monster" for the proof. But dig a bit deeper, and you will discover that some of rock and metal's most renowned and respected names played a part in her forthcoming full-length album, 'Now You Know,' which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 (in the USA and Canada).


A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) - who produced and played on the album - Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the fourteen-track recording.


But before the album's autumn arrival, fans can check out the striking clip for "Monster" (by Industrialism Films). "This video shows the escape from being trapped, under speculation, and breaking free to embrace your true self," explains Mayhem. "Raw and real! About how society can turn you into what they already think you are."


Though a singer first (and frontwoman/showwoman during live performances), Madame Mayhem is also a songwriter, and plays piano and guitar. And soon, the world will experience her extraordinary talents!


                                          Madame Mayhem - Monster [Official Video]


                                     Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem's new record


'Now You Know' Tracklisting:

1. Monster

2. Perfect Nightmare

3. Something Better (Now You Know)

4. Left For Dead

5. Witchcraft

6. More Than Misery

7. Better Days

8. ... After 2 Am

9. Nothing to lose

10. Under The Microscope

11. Sacrifice

12. Pain

13. Can't Stand

14. Anyone Who Had A Heart


FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
www.MadameMayhem.com
www.Facebook.com/MadameMayhem
www.Twitter.com/MayhemOfficial  - Monster [Official Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyIiJW5YJnE&feature=youtu.be


Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem's new record
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-QwDK2MkRc

'Now You Know' Tracklisting:

1. Monster

2. Perfect Nightmare

3. Something Better (Now You Know)

4. Left For Dead

5. Witchcraft

6. More Than Misery

7. Better Days

8. ... After 2 Am

9. Nothing to lose

10. Under The Microscope

11. Sacrifice

12. Pain

13. Can't Stand

14. Anyone Who Had A Heart


FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
www.MadameMayhem.com
www.Facebook.com/MadameMayhem
www.Twitter.com/MayhemOfficial 


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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment (2015)

Radiant Records – February 10, 2015

Review by Edwin van Hoof



Neal Morse is the busiest bee in the progressive rock hyve. Aside the release of his solo album "Songs from November," Neal also was one of the driving forces behind Transatlantic's "Kaleidoscope" and the recent Flying Colors album "Second Nature." In the midst of recording these jewels, Mr. Morse manages to tour frequently with the above mentioned as well as lend his hand to many other acts in the genre. The Neal Morse Band is the newest loot to his exponential growing catalogue.

What instantly comes to mind is the reminiscence of the material that is strongly rooted in the sound of American pomp and prog classics from the late 70's and early 80's. "Following the Call" (10:12) brings together the very best from this era and it is almost as if Styx and Kansas joined forces to record this wonderful track. The song is progressive as it is recognizable with an ear mingling theme and melody forming the red line amongst which the musical extravaganza takes place. Upholding the timing like a Swiss clock is none other than Winery Dog Mike Portnoy, who lays down his typical drum fills and maintains the energy needed to make the music flourish.

Another focal point is the squealing guitar lick and solo that Eric Gillette unleashes midway through. While the pompous wall of power (Bill Hubauer – keys) rises high, the man's high pitched solo is astonishing and colourful, contrasting extremely which makes it very enjoyable. Amongst the pompous ‘violence' it's Morse who stands out with his wonderful warm voice that links to both mentioned band. The title track of the album is a more compact pomp track combining the best of Styx' sound with that of UK based prog bands such as Yes and Asia, especially due to the echoing voices in the middle section of the song.

One of the most wonderful tunes in progressive rock must be the timid and warm "Waterfall" which highlights the excellent vocal interaction on this album perfectly. Morse' wonderful voice combines perfectly with that of the other band members, much like CSNY in their prime. Even though the song clocks 6:31 it is never gets boring for one second, which is impressive. "Agenda" is a forward rocking track with psychedelic Beatlesque vocals and distorted guitars. A compact tune that paves the way for the epical giant "Alive Again" that opens with a Pink Floyd-ish guitar and keyboard interaction before opening all registers. For 26+ minutes it enrols a bedazzling musical outburst of passion and perfection. The melodies are electrifying and powerful, with keyboards filling in the blanks and Portnoy battering his drums over the fiery riffs. It is all perfectly timed drama before sonically falling apart when the vocals tell the story in a colourful setting of throbbing bass and string arrangements. The close harmony choruses are sublime especially around minute 17 after the eclectic mid section, when the dramatic turns of events is vocally shaped by Morse with a lingering epos about life's endeavors and high price. The song works towards a grand finale with an ear mingling guitar melody from Gillette.

"The Grand Experiment" is an excellent melodic prog album that brings together US bombastic classics with more traditional elements from the UK progressive rock age, uniting it with the utmost perfection. Guitars and keyboards are colourfully lit by a razor-sharp production and Portnoy's polyrhythmic perfection makes the songs sturdy and vivid. It is however Neal Morse himself that breaks free from the chains that bind him to his past in Spock's Beard, for once and for all.

89 out of 100

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Pop Star JoJo Makes Atlantic Records Debut

Pop Star JoJo Makes Atlantic Records Debut with Simultaneous Release of Three New Singles

Acclaimed singer-songwriter JoJo joins Atlantic Records’ much celebrated roster. The singer makes her long awaited Atlantic debut with three new singles. The three distinct singles titled "III." are: “Say Love,” “Save My Soul,” and “When Love Hurts”; all of which will appear on her highly anticipated third album.

The not yet titled new album has already made a major impact, months before its official announcement. Both Buzzfeed and Fuse ranked it among their “Most Anticipated Albums of 2015” lists, with Buzzfeed noting the release could make JoJo “this year’s comeback kid.” The singles include an impressive roster of producers: the gorgeous power-ballad “Say Love” was produced by Harmony “H-Money” Samuels; The Family helmed the heartfelt track “Save My Soul”, and Jason Evigan and Benny Blanco took the lead on the infectious club-banger “When Love Hurts”.

Hailed by TIME Magazine as an “innovative songbird to beat”, JoJo is a chart-topping, award-winning multimedia superstar, a remarkably gifted singer, songwriter, and actress whose incredible journey began almost as soon as the New England native could sing. Local children’s competitions soon became high profile national TV appearances and live tours, resulting in the talented 12 year old signing a major label deal in 2003.

Released when JoJo was just 13, 2004’s debut single, “Leave (Get Out),” reached the pinnacle on Billboard’s “Pop Songs” chart, making her the youngest-ever solo artist to have a #1 single in the United States. A true international smash, “Leave (Get Out)” earned RIAA gold certification as well as gold and platinum certification around the world. What’s more, the single’s companion video dominated MTV, VH1, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and The N, spending 50 days on MTV’s Total Request Live (including two atop the TRL countdown) while also leading to JoJo receiving a “Best New Artist” nomination from the MTV Video Music Awards – again making history as the youngest solo artist to be so honored.

2004’s RIAA platinum certified “JOJO” was a global phenomenon, with total worldwide sales now in excess of 3 million. “THE HIGH ROAD” followed in 2006 and proved an equivalent sensation, scoring worldwide sales of 3 million on the power of singles like the record-breaking top 3 hit, “Too Little Too Late.” After several years of legal dispute and a lawsuit filed against her former label, JoJo was finally released from her original recording contract.

JoJo’s immediately identifiable vocals were featured on records by such diverse artists as Timbaland and Pharrell. Her featured track, “Freq” on Pharrell’s chart-topping album “G I R L”, was celebrated by critics as one of the best songs on the album. Her own brilliant solo output continued with 2010’s “CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME,” an independently released mixtape which drew over 750,000 downloads in its first week online. “Disaster,” her next single/video, arrived in 2011 to great acclaim and chart success, celebrated by a series of international concert tours, radio festival appearances, and national TV performances. As if all that weren’t enough, JoJo embarked on an acting career that included box office smashes like 2006’s Aquamarine and RV, the latter of which opened at #1 in its first week in theatres, as well as hugely rated TV movies (including Lifetime Television’s True Confessions of A Hollywood Starlet) and guest spots on series like CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.

JoJo celebrated her 22nd birthday in December 2012 with the digital release of her next mixtape, “AGÁPĒ,” followed the next year with a North American headline tour. In 2014, the singer released the critically acclaimed “#LOVEJO” EP which features stellar cover versions of songs by such Atlantic Records veterans as Anita Baker and Phil Collins. What’s more, JoJo stole the show at 2014’s South By Southwest (SXSW), her performance at the Fader Fort earning rave reviews from Rolling Stone, which declared the set to be among the “48 Best Things We Saw At SXSW”.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Harry Connick Jr. performs pop classics, ballads, and New Orleans jazz at Fallsview

  HARRY CONNICK JR. BRINGS SIGNATURE STYLE WITH A  SIDE OF CHARM TO
                                                     FALLSVIEW CASINO
       
Niagara Falls, ON – Award-winning, pianist, vocalist, composer, band leader, actor and philanthropist Harry Connick Jr. performs pop classics, ballads, and New Orleans jazz from his multi-platinum albums with charm and his signature style. Along with his band, Harry leads audiences through a memorable evening of melody, humour and rousing entertainment. 

Known to fans around the world as "Mr. Las Vegas"; join legendary Wayne Newton for an up close and personal conversation about his six decade-long career, his legacy and the ever-changing Las Vegas music industry told through rare stories and videos. From singing, to acting, to philanthropy, see how Wayne Newton became one of the most dedicated entertainers of his time. 

The hit series Songwriters is back at Fallsview Casino with a special Country Edition featuring multi-award winning Bob DiPiero, Josh Osborne and Jessi Alexander. With a string of chart-topping singles under their belts, these songwriters share the creative journey behind their music and lyrics that have inspired legendary performances for Country’s biggest musical icons including Tim McGraw, The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and many more. 
With hits like, “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Jailhouse Rock”, and “Love Me Tender”, Elvis Presley was rightly dubbed The King of Rock & Roll. Stephen Michaels, and a spectacular cast, pay tribute to Presley’s legacy of over 149 chart-topping singles in Return to Grace, a glorious and heartfelt performance of the greatest musical moments of Presley’s iconic career.  

The complete September 2015 Performance Schedule:  
Harry Connick Jr. September 1 & 2: Showtime 8:30PM Tickets start at $95 
Return To Grace September 9 -22 (excluding September 16) 
September 9, 10, 17, 21 & 22: Showtime 3:00PM & 8:30PM  September 11, 18: Showtime 9:00PM September 12 & 19: Showtime 3:00PM & 9:00PM September 13 & 20: Showtime 3:00PM & 7:00PM September 14 & 15: Showtime 3:00PM Tickets start at $30
Songwriters Featuring Bob DiPiero, Josh Osborne & Jessi Alexander In the Grand Hall September 12: Showtime 8:30PM All tickets are $20 
An Up Close and Personal Conversation with Wayne Newton Behind the Neon Lights September 25: Showtime 9:00PM Tickets start at $25 
Sanremo Ieri E Oggi  September 26: Showtime 9:00PM September 27: Showtime 7:00PM Tickets start at $80
Tickets:  Tickets to the September shows will be available starting at noon on Friday, June 12 at the Fallsview Casino Box Office (on any show date) or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.  
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Paul Rogers to Perform at Fallsview Casino

                              ZZ TOP MAKES FALLSVIEW CASINO DEBUT

Niagara Falls, ON – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top take the stage at Fallsview Casino for the first time ever this August. For one night only they will perform their repertoire of hits such as “Tush”, “Legs”, “La Grange”, “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man”. 

Also this August, over 40 international daredevil stuntmen, trapeze artists and contemporary dancers will soar over the audience and leap onstage to perform incredible feats of strength and agility. Discover the magic and imagination in each spell-binding performance when Le Grand Cirque - Adrenaline returns to Fallsview Casino.  

Singer-songwriter Andy Kim has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has written songs for music greats. Andy Kim performs his hits “How’d We Ever Get This Way?”, “Rock Me Gently”, “Sugar Sugar”, “Baby I Love You”, and new music from his latest album, It’s Decided. 

Platinum selling singer-songwriter Paul Rodgers has sold over 90 million records and is a founding member and main songwriter of several bands, including Free, Bad Company and The Firm. Known for such hits as “Alright Now”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, “Bad Company”  “Can’t Get Enough” and “Shooting Star”, Paul Rodgers will perform just 15 concerts worldwide in 2015 – two of which take place at Fallsview Casino.  

The complete August 2015 Performance Schedule:  
Le Grand Cirque – Adrenaline  July 31 – August 16 (excluding August 5 & 12)  
July 31, August 7 & 14: Showtime 9:00PM August 1, 8, 15: Showtime 3:00PM & 9:00PM August 2, 9 & 16: Showtime 3:00pm & 7:00PM August 3: Showtime 3:00PM August 4,6, 10, 11 & 13: Showtime 3:00PM & 8:30PM Tickets start at $20 

ZZ Top August 20: Showtime 8:30PM Tickets start at $60
 

Andy Kim August 21: Showtime 9:00PM August 22: Showtime 3:00PM & 9:00PM Tickets start at $20 

Paul Rodgers  August 28 & 29: Showtime 9:00PM Tickets start at $35  

Tickets:  Tickets to the August shows will be available starting at noon on Friday, May 8 at the Fallsview Casino Box Office (on any show date) or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.  

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Kovacs - Shades of Black (2015)

Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group

Review by Edwin van Hoof

A long leather trench coat with oversized big gothic-like boots cover a frail youngster whom timid smile comes shimmering from underneath her oversized furry hood. When her glazing eyes search for the light her hood is throw backwards only to reveal an even more intriguing personality.

This Sharon Kovacs, the vocalist who is currently taken Europe by storm with her mesmerizing voice and ditto music balancing on the fine line between fine dark art and avant garde. It's taunting and hypnotizing beautiful, as is her radiating personality. Kovacs' "Shades of Black" is only just the beginning.

The dark cover artwork lines up just perfectly with Kovacs' musical intentions. Her mesmerizing dark toned music brings together the best from art noire and disgruntled soundtracks from the gritty 50's. Not only does her music warp you back to those dark theatres soaked in the fragrance of bourbon, smoke and cigars, it also has that genuine feel of vinyl with its nostalgic scratches and scuffmarks. Much like her Dutch musical 'twin' Lilian Hak, Kovacs is on a recon mission to explore music in its widest variety, injecting modern day jazz and pop with the charismatic overhaul from those darker times. In her European hit single "Diggin'" Kovacs sums up how wide and varied her vocal influences are: "From Nina to Ella, Ella to Bassey, Bassey to Eta" also simultaneously hinting the musical shockwave that's going to hit you. Because this is not where it ends folks!

Kovacs combined the rich vocalic toning of these here for mentioned icons with her unique passion for modern soul and jazz, making Amy Winehouse's music look rather pale. Another name I wanted to drop if only for her stubborn approach to music and the bewitching and ever so present shadows casted over "Shades of Black". But instead of swinging towards old Motown and soul, this 25 year old managed to pen down an album full of pure art. Compact and appealing, captivating and taunting.

"50 Shades of Black" opens this 12-song expedition that leads us through a dark sonic landscape. An almost romantic velvet melody paves the way for a lashing lyric. The unlikely contrast is the perfect sonic environment for Kovacs' voice. Her voice touches the mesmerizing side of Portishead's Beth Gibbons occasionally but it is above all Sharon Kovacs who speaks to us. "My Love" is a much more dynamic track that hits you with a Goldfinger-ish 007 appeal. The music is richly orchestrated and a little pompous, without blasting your senses. In the same range Kovacs composed "When the Lady's Hurt" with its damp yet danceable motion.

From a completely different planet comes the somewhat triphop new wave blended "Night of the Nights" with its epical undertone and hauling backing vocals. Subtle arrangements of strings, Theremin and percussion interaction make it crawl forward before it pumps up to great magnitude. Absolute highlight is the Ennio Morricone like "My Love" with its Shirley Bassey vocal slingshots and the warm and fuzzy chorus. Whammy guitars echoing as if Hank Marvin's The Shadows are responsible for a revival of their echomatic Meazzi tapes and magnetic Benson discs. It's opposing in every way with that other magnificent heart touching moment, the wonderful and timidly arranged "Sweet Symphony". Sharon Kovacs reveals a completely different side to her (hoarse) vocal range on this song carried by piano and acoustic guitar paving the way for an unmatched highlight. It's overwhelming in its simplicity without lacking the dramatic overhaul Kovacs inflicts into her lyrics which are scarred by life.

The soul comes swinging when Sharon duets with a spitting trumpet in "Wolf in Cheap Clothes". The dynamics of the songs are fading in the always-lingering dark shadow casted over the album. The density of the atmosphere is exciting as it is thrilling.

Outstanding is "Song for Joel" which is rather lush and more rock rooted than any of the other tracks, making it a somewhat odd ending to this remarkable debut release.

Kovacs managed to shift along with the time evolving around female vocalists, harvesting the best of both (read: all) worlds. The result is simply jaw dropping and beautiful, might be counted to the best debut albums of the last couple of years.
The rich arrangements and orchestrations are in fine line with Kovacs' captivating vocal performance which is honest and heart touching. All songs breathe a genuine musical perfection and devotion that radiates from her performance. This is an album of a weathered soul who seeks an outlet for silent smothered screams. Fragile as it is powerful, dynamic as it is passive, but above all: captivating. Kovacs is one of those one off personalities that redefines the lines of music in general.

94 out of 100

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Someone to Watch For: Nova Heart

 

Ever since Nova Heart was founded in mid 2011, they've been embraced by music critics, influential members of Beijing's art and fashion crowds, and indie music fans from China to the West. Nova Heart are the first chinese band to get high rotation on Triple J in Australia, have been featured in NME and Rolling Stone by senior editor David Fricke, have collaborated with french filmmaker Vincent Moon (Blogotheque, Arcade Fire), and have perfomed at the Iceland Airwaves music festival.
In 2012 they released their debut EP, Beautiful Boys in China (licensed in November 2013 to Indica Records Australia with remixes by Acid Washed and Munk) produced by Italian disco cowboy Rodion, toured 5 continents, played some of the most important festivals in China and abroad (a.o. at Transmusicales 2013 in front of 9000 people) as well as some of the most prestigious museums in Germany.
Nova Heart achieved all of this against the odds, being based not in London, New York or Berlin, but in Beijing – on the fringes of the international music industry, and without having released a single album. Their self-titled debut LP will be out on October 2nd, 2015 via FakeLoveMusic.
Nova Heart Tracklisting
01. Drive to Our End
02. Lackluster No.
03. We Are Golden
04. My Song 9
05. No Controversy
06. Interlude
07. The Queen is Dead
08. Evil
09. Starmaker
10. Right Wrong
11. Dancing Barefoot
 
Beijing's dark minimal electro/pop group Nova Heart will be releasing their self-titled debut LP this fall, on October 2nd (via FakeLoveMusic). Nova Heart are compriased of Bo Xuan (bass), Shi Lu a.k.a. Atom (drums), and Helen Feng (vox, keys) the former MTV VJ who's been previously dubbed as, “the Queen of Beijing Rock” and the “Blondie of China.” Their upcoming self-titled debut album was mixed by Rusty Santos (TV on the Radio and Animal Collective) and recorded in Berlin where it was produced by the italian dance music genius, Rodion.
Nova Heart have recently played the House of Vans in London as well as Glastonbury fest (the first Chinese band to have done so) where they did this Tour Diary for POPULAR TV. The Guardian, NME, Clash, Noisey, and Rolling Stone have all written about them in the past and they have a huge following in Beijing (850,000 streams on Xiami, over 200,000 views on LeTV, and 150,000 hits on Youku).
The lead singer Helen Feng is also a key figure within Beijing's growing rock scene, which she discusses in her interview with Alexander Chow for PostPunk here. You can listen and share the first two singles from the album, "My Song 9" and "Lackluster No." before Nova Heart relerase their next single, "We Are Golden" next week on Tuesday, August 18th



EU TOUR DATES
28.08 - Helsinki, Modern Sky Festival
29.08 - Helsinki, Modern Sky Festival

 
 

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Spires Premieres "Parallel Lines" on Brooklyn Vegan

 

The New York based Spires burst onto the scene with a Residency at Pianos on the Lower East Side.  After winning over audiences and media alike with this stunning entrance they played highly praised live sets at the Northside Festival, SXSW and CMJ,  following it up with touring and playing shows alongside Temples, The Horrors, Toy, Noah and the Whale, The Allah-Las, Widowspeak, Caveman and Hookworms.
Their debut single "Candy Flip"  was released by 401K Music in the US and on the Too Pure Singles Club in the UK to great critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. The fashion company The Kooples used it as the soundtrack for their Spring / Summer collection, BBC 6 Music made it their single of the week, KEXP championed the band and featured them in session, the NME, The New York Times,  Brooklyn Vegan, and NYLON all raved about Spires and their debut.
Their much anticipated five song debut self-titled EP will be released on September 18th, production of which was helmed by Spires' singer/guitarist Matt Stevenson and bassist/guitarist Jack Collins.

 
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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Journey at First Ontario Centre Hamilton



Journey at First Ontario Centre Hamilton 
Story by Tony Morrone  Photos by Calvin California
July 25, 2015
Here is Journey 35 years as a touring super group and is still making a mark in the pages of rock history. With Journey's own Neal Schon opening the show with his new solo album”Vortex”. Very impressive opening act. But maybe you'd have to be a guitar player or a real musician to really appreciate this opener.
But now lead singer Arnel Pineda, who, in his own way, has helped to write the most recent chapter in a history that dates back to 1973, when Journey was positioning itself as a jazz fusion group in San Francisco. The Filipino front man not only does justice to the songs made famous by Steve Perry one of the more unmistakable rock voices of the last four decades.

Journey had added a song that was recorded with Arnel 7 years ago which actually shows that Arnel has a unique voice of his own.
I'd like to hear more the "Revelation"  album live but I guess I now have to get myself the album to hear more of Arnels sound.
The current incarnation of  Journey includes three members from the heyday of the band’s commercial success Neal Schon on guitar, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and bassist Ross Valory

This is the first time I have ever seen Journey live but I must say I have seen a lot of Journey tribute bands live. At which point I had not wanted to listen to any Journey songs for most the past year. Now that I've seen them live I have reinstated my Journey songs into my CD collection in my car when I drive. That is how impressed I was with this show.
On stage, Pineda couldn’t be more different than Perry in many ways. Pineda is like a human slingshot,  jumping off platforms and running between band members.
The night was full of one hit after another from the opening with "Separate Ways"

Now to the ending the song “Don’t Stop Believin’” On Saturday night, Pineda got the song started, and the crowd took it from there. And so it goes  for many people, has become a national anthem.
As far as the venue in Hamilton "First Ontario Centre" formerly "Copps" you couldn't get a better venue for this great stage show. Not a bad seat anywhere in this arena. Almost like watching the band at Massey Hall. Very intimate setting for a band that could have had the same stage set up for 30,000 seater show but I would give it a crowd of maybe 4,500 that night. Good for me & good for everyone at the show.
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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

PBS Airing Debt Of Honor November 10, 2015


PBS Airing Debt Of Honor November 10, 2015 As Part Of Its Stories Of Service

NEH and PBS Join Forces to Spark National Conversation About Disabled Veterans Documentary by Award-Winning Filmmaker Ric Burns Illuminates Struggles and Triumphs of Disabled Veterans in American History

PBS announced today that DEBT OF HONOR: DISABLED VETERANS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, a new documentary film by six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns, will premiere nationwide on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 9 p.m. (check local listings), as part of PBS' Stories of Service. In an effort to share the film with the largest audience possible, including military personnel and veterans and their families, the National Endowment of Humanities is partnering with PBS and Washington, DC, public television station WETA to hold a series of screenings in schools and with other organizations to highlight local stories of disabled veterans.

DEBT OF HONOR examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and continuing through today's conflicts in the Middle East. The film combines personal stories, told by distinguished disabled veterans, with deep history narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history and psychology to illustrate the human cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service. These sacrifices are brought to life through hundreds of carefully curated still images and archival footage from across the country.

"The goal of this film is to try to understand the realities and challenges that disabled veterans have faced throughout history and continue to face today," says Burns. "There is a real necessity to bridge the gap between civilians and those who have served in the military. It is our hope that the film will encourage a candid discussion in communities across the country, and create understanding and awareness of the sacrifices involved in military service."

Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Officer and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS, said, "PBS has broadcast numerous documentaries and programs that highlight the reality of life in the military, as well as in-depth shows that focus on some of the challenges confronted by returning veterans. We look forward to sharing the film with all Americans timed to this coming Veterans Day."
"As a Vietnam veteran, I believe this initiative will help in bridging the divide between the military and public," says NEH Chairman William Adams. "NEH is committed to projects that use the humanities to inspire public discussion of the important issues of our time, and this new film offers a compelling way to open up meaningful dialogue about the service and sacrifice of disabled veterans."
Lois Pope, a noted philanthropist and the film's underwriter, says, "This film is about the human costs of war. It should serve to remind and educate all of us about the courageous men and women who have sacrificed parts of their bodies and minds fighting for our country."

A poignant tribute to the history of disabled veterans in the U.S., DEBT OF HONOR is an unflinching portrait of the realities of warfare and disabilities. The program features illuminating interviews with some of the country's most prominent disabled veterans, including U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (Illinois); former U.S. Senator and Veterans Affairs Administrator Max Cleland (Georgia); former Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, Col. Gregory Gadson; and actor, motivational speaker and Iraq War Army veteran J.R. Martinez. Gadson, a double amputee veteran of the war in Iraq who shares his experiences on camera, calls DEBT OF HONOR "one of the most accurate and balanced productions I have ever seen. It should be mandatory viewing for all high school civics classes."

The diverse group of scholars and military and medical experts who have participated in the film includes Beth Linker, University of Pennsylvania professor and author of War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America; David A. Gerber, director emeritus of the Center for Disability Studies at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York; Dr. Charles Marmar, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University and director of the PTSD Research Program at NYU Langone Medical Center; James Wright, president emeritus of Dartmouth College; and David Blight, professor of American history at Yale University. Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provides a thought-provoking perspective to the film.

DEBT OF HONOR: DISABLED VETERANS IN AMERICAN HISTORY is a production of Steeplechase Films. Directed by Ric Burns. Produced by Ric Burns, Bonnie Lafave and Nat Rosa. Co-producer, Josh Woltermann. Edited by Mikaela Shwer. WETA is the presenting station. Funding was provided by Lois Pope. National Outreach supported by a grant from The National Endowment of Humanities.

DEBT OF HONOR is part of PBS Stories of Service, a multiplatform initiative that explores veterans' experiences and provides a deeper understanding of our country's military history. Stories of Service was announced in May 2014 as part of an initiative with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to share veterans' stories, provide a deeper understanding of our nation's military history, and increase dialogue as our nation's veterans transition to civilian life. Theinitiative includes national, multi-platform content as part of Stories of Service on PBS, and funding by CPB for local station productions, national productions, and community engagement as part of Veterans Coming Home.

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About Ric Burns & Steeplechase Films
Steeplechase Films is the award-winning production company founded by Ric Burns in 1989.Director, writer, and producer Ric Burns began his career co-writing and producing the celebrated PBS series The Civil War (1990) and has since directed over 30 hours of award-winning films, including Coney Island (1991), The Donner Party (1992), The Way West (1995), Ansel Adams (2002), Eugene O'Neill (2006), Andy Warhol (2006), We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision (2009), New York: A Documentary Film (1999-2003), Death and the Civil War (2012), and Enquiring Minds (2014). 2015 will see the release of American Ballet Theatre: A History; Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History, and The Pilgrims.

About WETA Washington, D.C.
WETA Washington, DC, is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour,Washington Week With Gwen Ifill, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, In Performance at the White House and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including the premiere this past September of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

About Lois Pope
Lois Pope is a noted philanthropist and founder of the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE), and the Disabled Veterans LIFE Memorial Foundation, which spearheaded the creation of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Dedicated on Oct. 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C., the memorial is the nation's first permanent public tribute to the four million living disabled American veterans and all those who have died.

About NEH
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov