classic rock


Today, Chicago’s high-energy rock favorites High Spirits premiere the new track “Reminding You of Me” online. The track hails from High Spirits’ highly anticipated second album, You Are Here, set for North American release on May 13th via Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The dashing follow-up to one of the most celebrated studio debuts of the millennium, You Are Here finds High Spirits in great form, having spent the past two years recording demos and getting a taste of international touring.

Some believe that the first rock opera was Pete Townshend’s conceptual tale of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy. Tommy by The Who was a visionary album that, since its release in May of 1969, has sold over 20 million copies. Cited as one of the most influential records of all time, Tommy is a 24-track “amazing journey”, which depicts a momentous time in The Who’s career, preceding the eminent Who’s Next album.

The Vintage Caravan are a hard rock band from Iceland, intended to fulfill their passion for rock music. Their music is pure 70s rock ‘n roll, with hard rock based on a mixture that has many parallels to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. This doesn’t mean that the band is not innovative or just tossing as complete Deep Purple clones, after all there are a lot of bands out there that are inspired by the latter.

“There’s not a place on earth that I would rather be than sitting onstage looking at those four asses out in front of me.” Aerosmith has released its first live video in nine years with Rock for the Rising Sun, a unique rock montage of live performances and offstage footage documenting the band’s Autumn 2011 Japan segment of their “Back on the Road” tour.

42 Decibel have documented one thing beyond a doubt: traditional rock’n’roll is universal and stops neither at geographical borders nor current trends and fashions. The way this young band get down to business in the studio and live on stage brings to mind acts such as AC/DC, Airbourne, The Answer and Buckcherry. 42 Decibel sound like they might hail from Australia, the US, England or Scandinavia. But in fact the quartet stems from Argentina, where they have recently shaken all the hottest clubs in and around Buenos Aires to their very foundations.

Black Star Riders – the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar) and Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums – will release its debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose on May 28 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. While Thin Lizzy will continue on an occasional basis, Black Star Riders is a full-time band described as “the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story”. All Hell Breaks Loose was recorded and mixed by producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush) at The Cave studios in Malibu, California. Mastering duties were handled by Bob Ludwig (Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Kiss, Led Zeppelin) at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. Check out the awesome first single from the record “Bound for Glory” now below.

Heaven & Earth have just released a stream of their new single “No Money, No Love” which will be featured on their forthcoming studio album Dig, available April 23rd. The track can be streamed below via the SoundCloud player. The album cover for Dig was created by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has shot over 300 album covers, including records by Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Michael Jackson.

Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are now debuting the first song off of their upcoming 8th studio album, Earth Blues. Scroll down to listen to the song “Turn The Tide” via the YouTube player. Earth Blues celebrates Spiritual Beggars’s 20th anniversary as band. The album will be released on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America via InsideOut Music. See below for the track-listing of the album.

I had never heard of Greg X before I received this disc in the mail. So with an open mind I sat back and began to listen. Dream is an AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) album that as you might expect is loaded with strong melodies, lots of big hooks and big glossy production; all hallmarks of the AOR genre.

The countdown is truly on to the broadcast premiere of STYX’s ‘Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live DVD’. Recently released by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the show will air Saturday, January 26 at 9pm ET/8pm CT on the Palladia HD channel and Friday, February 1 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1 Classic. A countdown clock to the grand premiere can be seen on the band’s official website. Fans should check local listings for both programs. Members of the video production team will be offering insights to the making of the DVD LIVE on Twitter via @STYXtheband during the Palladia broadcast using the hashtag #gipo8.