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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

ROGER WATERS TO PREMIERE ‘THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD REDUX’ LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM OCTOBER 8, 2023

ROGER WATERS TO PREMIERE 
‘THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD REDUX’ LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM
OCTOBER 8, 2023

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London: Tuesday 25 July 2023: Fifty years after making the original with Pink Floyd, Roger Waters today announced that he is to premiere his new recording, The Dark Side of the Moon Redux, live at The London Palladiumon October 8, 2023.  

Joining Waters on stage will be Gus Seyffert: Bass, Joey Waronker: Drums, Jonathan Wilson: Guitars, Johnny Shepherd: Organ, Via Mardot: Theremin, Azniv Korkejian: Vocals, Gabe Noel: Strings, Jon Carin: Keyboards and Robert Walter: Piano. 

The show will be designed by Sean Evans, Waters long time Creative Director.

Waters said:

“We’re going to do it live at the London Palladium, in October…we look forward to that…hopefully performing it live on other occasions in the future”.


Pre-sales for Roger Waters live performance will start Wednesday, July 26, 10am, with general on-sale following on Friday, July 28, 10am (local time) via LiveNation.co.uk.

The re-imagined album, The Dark Side Of The Moon Reduxis set for release on October 6, 2023. Album pre-order at RogerWaters.com

Lyric video of Money, the album’s lead track, out now. Watch here.
 

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

ROX Network is a media partner of Metal United World Wide

 

Metal United World Wide is returning once again in 2023!

ROX is a proud media partner!

After several successful years, with exception during that pandemic we’d all rather forget, Metal United World Wide is continuing its quest to unify metalheads around the globe.


This year on September 30th, metal bands and fans across the world will once again converge on venues to celebrate the greatest genre of music there is.

In case you have been sleeping on this incredible concept, let’s get you up to speed.

In 2014, Michael Lüders bought to life Metal United Down Under. This involved 14 shows across Australia being hosted on the same night, under the Metal United banner. Nine years on, the event has cemented itself within the Aussie heavy scene, and year after year, bands and fans gather on a specified date to give the country a taste of metal. Some say the rumbling of bass amps, and thundering of double kicks can be heard from the remotest of remote cattle stations in the outback*.
(*possibly be a complete fabrication)

As if this project wasn’t ambitious enough, Michael set his sights on going bigger. If Australia could be united by metal, why couldn’t the world? And thus, Metal United World Wide was born. In 2018, Metal United World Wide made it’s debut, being hosted in a staggeringly impressive 43 countries, with 64 cities presenting shows, and around 400 bands participating.

MUWW 2023 is gearing up to be as momentous as its predecessors, holding fast with its objective of overcoming distances between the widespread individual communities of the world of metal. On September 30, 2023, metalheads the world over will be gathering to hail the metal, and bands from across the spectrum of metal subgenres will showcase their talents. 

The MUWW team are tirelessly, but excitedly, working away in preparation for this year’s event. You’re probably thinking by now, “This sounds so badass, I wish I were involved!” and you can be! If you’d like to jump aboard the event as an organiser, media partner or supporter, let us know! After all, unity is the vibe we’re all about, and we encourage everyone with a love for metal to participate and contribute.

There are so many exciting details yet to be revealed. MUWW 2023 is coming, and you’re going to want to be ready for it!

For media contacts, email michael@black-roos.com

So, let's get to it. United We Stand, Divided We Fall! \m/

                         

Fresh Blood! Marching Out say Rock Will Never Die!

 

Check out this exciting album from Marching Out.
The band's founder and vocalist Kazu Rock and guitarist show great promise!

Members:


Vo. Kazu Rock

Dr. Kozo Suganuma

G.  Tsuyoshi Hayashi

B.  Keiichiro Fujita

Key. Akira Ishiguro


Band Profile:

 MARCHING OUT is a Japanese hard rock band formed by Kazu Rock (vocals) in May 2012, joined by Kozo Suganuma (drummer) in October the same year. Based in Osaka, the band has been actively touring all over Japan. Their sound and music can be described as neoclassical hard rock with a British hard rock flavour. 

In June 2013, the band successfully organised a live event at a long-established hall in Osaka, Royal Horse, without any supporting acts. Following that, the band performed in Izumo, Shimane in July. In September, they played together with the celebrated guitarist of Dead End, Yuji Adachi. 

In 2014, the recording of their first album began with Kazu Rock and Kozo Suganuma as producers. The album, Rock Will Never Die, was released on December 11, 2015. Currently the band is preparing for an Album Release Tour starting in March 2016. 











Member profiles: 

Vo: Kazu Rock

Started singing in rock bands during his high school days. Later, with his original band Heaven and Hell, Kazu started performing live shows in the Kinki region. Influenced by Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Rob Rock, David Coverdale, Genki Hitomi. Kazu Rock also sings with an emotional shouting style. He has been a songwriter, arranger and band leader since his youth. 

In his late 30s, he performed a vocalist of Saints & Sinners, a Whitesnake tribute band. 

In 2012, the year he formed MARCHING OUT, he performed as an opening act for Kyoji Yamamoto and Shake. His vocal technique has been praised by many musicians, among whom are Kozo Suganuma, Minoru Niihara , Masayoshi Yamashita., Hiroyuki Otsuki, Yuji Adachi, SHAKE,Doogie White. 

Dr: Kozo Suganuma

Joined  MARCHING OUT in October 2012.

Born in Osaka, Kozo started playing drums at the age of eight and made his professional debut at 15. Since then, he has taken a part in a number of studio projects, tours and jam sessions.

Due to his marvellous hand speed and control, with frequent use of irregular tempos, he is known as Te-Kaz-Oh, the King of Many Strokes, and has released a number of drum manuals and instruction DVDs. Kozo administers a drum school, Drum Dojo, which has six branches in Japan. 

As a drum clinician, Kozo is enthusiastic about participating and playing at festivals and clinics both inside and outside Japan. He has performed, while sitting on the panel, at the Asian Beat Band Competition three times. Other festivals he has performed at are the world’s biggest jazz festival, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; Drum Summit 2 (2014) in Beijing; and Drum Festivals in the Chinese cities of Wenzhou and Dalian and the Taiwanese cities of Kaohsiung and Taipei in 2015. Through these, he has played with some of the world’s top-notch drummers, such as David Garibald, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Sonny Emory, Steve Jorda, Jerry Brown, Simon Phillips, Benny Greb, Tommy Igoe, Peter Erskine, Russ Miller etc. 

He has also supported many very well-known Japanese artists, such as LOUDNESS、 TOSHI(X JAPAN), DREAMS COME TRUE, CHAGE&ASKA, GACKT etc. 

He has released four solo albums. The guest musicians who played on his  albums are Billy Sheehan, Scott Kinsey, Lincoln Goins,  Bob Malach, Akira Takasaki, Thomas Lang, Jeremy Cloake etc. 

G: Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Joined  MARCHING OUT in November 2014.

A graduate of MI (Musicians Institute) Japan. At the age of 19, Tsuyoshi won a prize in a contest held by the Japanese music magazine Young Guitar. At the age of 22, he became a guitar instructor at MI Japan. Later, with his original band, Peeping-Pig, Tsuyoshi started seriously working on his own songs, and wrote theme songs and interval songs for radio drama series and theatre performances (he himself performed live for several theatre performances) while appearing on DVDs released by Young Guitar. Currently, in addition to teaching at music school, he is active as a guitarist in local Aichi FM radio DJ James Haven’s James Band, technical fusion band Mi Gente, anime song band Odessa, etc. 

In 2012, he released a solo album entitled Mighty Warrior. He started running guitar lesson articles/DVDs issued by the Japanese music magazines Young Guitar and Guitar Magazine. He also sat on the panel at Git Masters, an guitar audition for new faces held by MI Japan and Young Guitar. In 2014, he secured an endorsement deal with ESP Guitars, a Japanese guitar manufacturer. In 2015, Tsuyoshi joined MARCHING OUT with Kozo Suganuma on drums. He arranged and recorded the guitars on the first album, which was released on December 11, 2015. 

B: Keiichiro Fujita

Joined  MARCHING OUT in June 2014. 

Started playing the violin when he was still a child. During his high school days, Keiichiro came to realise the pleasures of band music. After graduating from high school, he flew to the US to study music and mastered subjects including jazz and Latin music there. Besides jazz and funk, which are his fortes, Keiichiro plays a wide variety of music, from pop to heavy metal. 

In 2009 he won the grand prize at the Best Player's Contest held by Ritto Music, and can truly be called the best bass player in reality as well as in name. As a part-time bass instructor, he has taught at Hokkaido High School of Art and Sapporo School of Music, devoting efforts to raising the next generation of great musicians. 

He has played together with il Bosstino (Tha Blue Herb), Luis Valle, ZOOCO, Akira Jimbo, Joe Yamanaka etc.

Key: Akira Ishiguro

Joined  MARCHING OUT in July 2015. 

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Composition. After working as a demonstrator at Korg, he has taken a part in a number of jam sessions, tours and studio projects, playing together with musicians from various genres.  

In 1992 and 1993, he was an associate member of Seikima-Ⅱ ( He called Lecter H earl). 

In 1999, he played again with them at their last concert, The Ultimate Black Mass, and in 2015 on their 30th anniversary Zenseki Shikei reunion tour. 

Various leading guitarists in Japan have great trust in Akira. For example, he has collaborated with Akira Wada/Prism for about 10 years. He also supported Hiroaki Tagawa, Kyoji Yamamoto and Kenji Kitajima at their 30th Anniversary Concert, and Guthrie Govan—a top-notch American guitarist—on his Japan tour in December 2015 and January 2016. 


New occassional series arrives on ROX Radio!

 Announcing new shows coming to ROX Radio!
These occasional shows are specially selected by the ROX crew to ensure they're playing the kind of music 
we know you're gonna love!


Love the 80s and 90s? Yeah don't ya just!
Here's 2 shows you gotta catch on ROX Radio...!


2 shows, 2 decades. All the hits with Gary Hopkins

Gary has worked in Radio since 2011, presenting live shows for a couple of stations in various slots.
But In 2018 he decided to host his own pre-recorded show, His first was called A Blast From the Past, which looked at old charts from the UK and US, this stopped in 2020..but is still heard on some stations to this day.
A Blast From The 80s was also born in 2018, A Blast From the 90s was introduced in 2020, and then in 2022 A Blast From The 00s was launched.
During this time Gary have been very fortunate to have spoken to many musicians from these decades.
They have chatted about their previous and current work, tours, the music industry and personal life too, He's even made one musician cry during an interview.
All 3 shows also have your input too, and without your messages and emails, it wouldn't be the same...So thankyou, and keep them coming.


plus....


Keep 'em peeled on ROX Network to see when these

 shows are online!







Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Passion for metal! Virgin Steele



Virgin Steele  formed in New York way back in 1981. The distinctive vocals of singer and keyboard player David DeFeis was a great fit in the days of operatic, dramatic metal from that era. The classic album was self-titled and rocked the world in 82 and over the years DeFeis and the boys have seen different line-ups but their music has remained consistant, heavy and well written. Of note is the album from 83 "Noble Savage" which was a classic from the Jack Starr era of the band.




Fast-forward to 2023 and Virgin Steele are back with a great new album "The Passion of Dionysus".

The new album ‘The Passion Of Dionysus’ was released on June 30, 2023 worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer as CD DigiPak (incl. poster and 24 pages booklet), 2LP Gatefold (in purple-violet vinyl), CD/LP bundle with shirt (only at the Steamhammer Shop), download and stream: https://VirginSteele.lnk.to/ThePassionOfDionysus

At a time when cultural innovation is being side-lined as never before and many unusual forms of music are succumbing to the temptation of the commercially more lucrative mainstream, Virgin Steele are the shining silver lining. For over 40 years, mastermind David DeFeis has kept one of the most imaginative bands in the power metal genre on track with his excellent songwriting and charismatic voice. At the same time, DeFeis has never stopped evolving as a composer, musician and producer, updating his symphonic-tinged sound with exciting new influences. He has already accomplished this many times over with classics like ‘Invictus’ (1998), ‘The House Of Atreus I & II’ (1999/2000) or ‘Visions Of Eden’ (2006). In his current album ‘The Passion Of Dionysus’, DeFeis surpasses himself in his unbridled creativity. Eight years after the acclaimed studio opus ‘Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation’ (2015), DeFeis` brilliant signature maneuvers the album through a gripping parable about control and freedom, creating another highlight of the Virgin Steele career.

 As usual, David DeFeis has chosen a downright epic theme that delves deep into the annals of human history, while maintaining a concrete reference to the present: „The album deals with the concept of duality. Where something is both one thing and its opposite simultaneously“, he explains the underlying message of the new record. „It obviously has to do with Dionysus and, as the title suggests, his “Passion” or suffering, and his coming to Thebes to avenge the slander of his mother, as well as punish the King of Thebes for denying his worship there. But that being said, more is going on. “ In ‘The Passion Of Dionysus’ DeFeis tells the epic struggle between the twin forces of control/restraint and freedom/release, as well as dealing with the question of “whether or not there is room in society for the irrational, the wild, the letting-go aspects of ourselves.”

 There is no doubt that David DeFeis is not only an ingenious composer and musician, but also a true visionary who – with his band – has the perfect medium at his disposal to evolve both humanly and culturally: „I see Virgin Steele as a way of life. The band is my vehicle with which I traverse vast oceans of experience. We are always doing things our own way, on our own specific terms.“ Looking at the grandiose ‘The Passion Of Dionysus’, it’s no wonder at all that his fans accept this approach unconditionally.

We caught up David in June 2023...

When did you first form Virgin Steele?

In October of 1981, and after 3 weeks of rehearsal we went into the studio and recorded & mixed our first album in less than a week...

What were your musical influences?

At that time it was QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN, UFO, BLACK SABBATH, T.REX…the list goes on…

 What made you become a musician?

I grew up in a house where there was Theatre (my father was a director, producer and actor of Plays)…we had Opera…from my oldest sister, and there was Rock music from my other sister and my brother. It was all so incredibly exciting and inspiring and I had to be a part of it all…so I dove in head first and synthesized and combined and cross-pollinated all those various musical & theatrical elements until what came out was this Barbaric-Romantic music that I do with VIRGIN STEELE. I started singing in bands at the age of 11, and I started piano lessons at the age of about 8…

 


You have been cited as musical influences by bands such as Metallica. That must feel great?!

Yes it is very gratifying to learn that we have been an influence, an inspiration, and have had a positive effect on other musicians. 

 

 After the 80s early albums Virgin Steele seemed to be on hiatus, what happened?

We finished recording the album AGE OF CONSENT in late 1988 and it was released in early 1989. The next album LIFE AMONG THE RUINS was recorded in 1992 and came out in 1993…so it was about a 2-year absence. We had some management issues that needed sorting out. We fired the old management and I took the job upon myself and I am still essentially doing it. 

 In the 90s you made a come back. How did that go?

 It went very well. We issued LIFE AMONG THE RUINS, then recorded and released THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL PART 1, then shortly after we issued THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL PART 2, then INVICTUS…then THE HOUSE OF ATREUS ACT 1, THE HOUSE OF ATREUS ACT 2…MAGICK FIRE MUSIC…and the first re-issues of NOBLE SAVAGE & AGE OF CONSENT. 

Since then you have been releasing work and doing live shows but sporadically? Why?

ANSWER: Actually we did quite a bit of touring all through the 90’s and up through to the mid and later 2000’s. Around 2011 or so we started doing more one offs in the way of live gigs, in order to try to accommodate the various members life styles and availability. We began spending more time in the studio than onstage and we were therefore super productive, and we were able to release a lot more music than any band would if they were constantly touring all the time. 

 Tell us about your side projects?

Which ones do you mean? I don’t currently have any side projects. 

What about 2023 and your new album " THE PASSION OF DIONYSUS" on Steamhammer Records?

What would you like to know about it? As regards the recording aspect, it went relatively quickly. I always lay down the piano first and then we begin to build up from there, with the guitars being the second thing we record. And on this album I wanted the guitars to have the richness in harmonic vocabulary that the piano has, so there is quite a bit of layering going on even if at times that is not so obvious. The mixing took the longest to do as it always does, because I hear things one way in my head and trying to bring that out into reality can sometimes be difficult, but in the end…I think it is a very good sounding record that accurately captures all the emotions, and all the violence and beauty that was intended and was built into the songs. 

Who's in the band now?

ANSWER: Same people as the last 20 years or more…me as always, plus Edward Pursino on 6 string guitar, and Josh Block on 7 string guitar, and now Matt McKasty on drums. 

  How did recording the album go?

ANSWER: Great! There were no problems…it was all very inspiring. What Dionysus embodies and what our tale here concerns, is an epic struggle to the death between the twin forces of control/restraint and freedom/release, and whether or not there is room in society for the irrational, the wild…the “letting go” aspects of ourselves. Ultimately it concludes that a space or a place for the irrational must be allowed in order for society to exist, function properly and continue to thrive. When one opposes or denies a place for the irrational like King Pentheus does in our tale, then the person, place, thing or society will be ripped apart…exactly like what comes to be the ultimate fate of Pentheus. 

Science has shown us that even rats need escape from absolute reality! 

 “THE PASSON OF DIONYSUS” album depicts an epic struggle, between the twin forces of control/restraint and freedom/release. It depicts the passion or suffering of the God…his struggles, his great betrayal at the hands of those he trusted…his rage, his frustration, his death, & his resurrection, and on another level this Work also portrays and expresses what the God dearly loves…or is most “passionate” about. That being said, as I hinted at earlier embedded within this offering lurks another duality…something else is also simultaneously going on.

You've released 2 songs already from the album, "The Gethsemane Effect" and "Spiritual Warfare"?

 Yes that is correct, and there will be one more single issued right before the album is released on the 30th of June. 

 How do you feel the sound of today's Virgin Steele differs or echos that of earlier line-ups?

 I have been very fond of all the various line-ups we have had and all the various “eras” of VIRGIN STEELE history, but I am probably happiest with where we are at, right now at this particular moment in time. The albums are quite a bit darker now…and have been getting progressively darker with each release, and I have also been able to bring in more of my “classical music” side with each subsequent release. 

 Any live dates planned?

Yes. We have Spain and Crete and Italy confirmed and more dates are being discussed so more dates will be added in the weeks ahead. 

What do you think of the music industry now compared to the 80s and 90s?

 It was more fun in the 80’s and 90’s and I think people took the music more seriously and were more committed back then. Today there is too much fragmentation. 

 Have you got any advice for any vocalist or band starting out?

Never sign away or give up your publishing or songwriting rights! If you are a composer or a lyricist…protect your Works…join the various songwriter, and publisher societies that protect your creations! 

 
Current Band Lineup and info
David DeFeis – vocals, keyboards, bass, drums and orchestrations
Edward Pursino – 6-string guitar
Josh Block – 7-string guitar
 
VIRGIN STEELE live 2023:
 
12.08. ES-Villena/Alicante - Leyendas del Rock
26.08. GR-Crete - Over The Wall Festival 


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Monday, July 3, 2023

Esprit D’Air uk tour dates

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