Jimi Bell is a household name within the entire music industry, having worked with legendary bands such as Joined Forces. Ozzy has been judged and criticized for making Bell the second choice to Zakk Wylde. Bell’s eligibility is manifested in the form of endorsement from the Kramer Guitars, a group that understood his talent and in retrospect, forwarded his name as the only endorsee to benefit from the top-notch exposure.
The guitarist has worked with the best artists in the music industry as a result of his considerable abilities. His venture into the House of Lords, for instance, has given the guitarist a lot of audience in the European region. Part of House of Lords is a smaller version called Maxx Explosion’, which has played well in the United States with this guitarist’s backing.
The kind of contracts to which Bell has been called is indicative of his talent as a guitarist. Shortly after coming second to Zakk, he was called in by Geezer Butler, a bassist from the band called Black Sabbath’. He recorded some music and at least one video, but the contract was soon terminated because the man in charge of Geezer Butler in the recording process was alleged to have misused a lot of funds, although the video still circulates in the industry.
Billy Sheehan was the next person to offer Jimi Bell an opportunity, another legendary bassist from the group Steve Vai and David Lee Roth Fame’. However, the group had a favorite guitarist that was yet to accept the offer and Bell were therefore expected to play second fiddle. The frequency of contracts and quick transition expressed by this guitarist indicates that he was a better choice compared to Zakk Wylde.
Bell has experienced a lot of turbulence in the industry, but this is one hard-lined individual that is prepared for the job. After battling cancer, the guitarist is still recording with ‘House of Lords,’ a band that he joined in 2005. Earlier this year, the band released its new album, one that has received rave reviews within the progressive rock and heavy metal music genres.
Besides being a guitarist, Jimi is the whole package. Jimi has inspired many guitarists. Given the opportunity, he could have made a better candidate for Ozzy because he is a multi-talented individual, endowed with tremendous collaboration abilities. No offense to Zakk as he’s a great player and a very nice person, but one must wonder what would’ve Ozzy sounded like with Bell on the strings?
Meet guitarist Shani Kimelman. Shani is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Shani will be heading to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams in the music business. Check out her YouTube page and give her kudos!
Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips tear through hits like “Farther Than The Sun,” “Show Me A Leader,” “Rise Today,” and their masterpiece “Isolation,” showcasing a band on the top of their game. Other highlights include the Tremonti sung “Waters Rising,” the acoustic-driven “Watch Over You” and their mighty signature anthem “Blackbird.”
Also, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length “Rarities”-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoicing. The CD features the never-before released tracks “Cruel Sun” and “Solace” that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song “Breathe” from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection. ” In addition to the regular 3 CD audio version, you can go for the ultimate fan experience and get one of the limited deluxe versions which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary with plenty of interviews with the band, their crew and family, giving you an unusual glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London’s O2 Arena!
I spoke to Mark about the live album and Tremonti’s future record.
Did you guys want to put out a live record or was this part of your record deal?
MT: We threw the idea out there, and everybody thought it was a good time to do it. We’ve never made a stand along live CD without the DVD.
Was the London show the biggest you headlining?
MT: Yes, it was the largest show to date.
Of the rarities that are on this Live CD, which one is your favorite?
MT: Cruel Sun is my favorite. It’s crazy that it’s been 13 years since we recorded it l I’m glad to have the best song to get out, and I think it’s great to have the fans to be able to hear again a reminder of how the band sounded on the first album.
You recorded other live shows in London, will we see any of those songs for future “B-sides”?
MT: I doubt it. We will be filming our two shows in London when we play the Royal Albert Hall in London with the 52 piece Parallax Orchestra. We’re going to try and have that Live DVD out by Christmas.
When will we see another Tremonti Record?
MT: I’m currently in a writing session and will be recording a Tremonti album starting in January.
You’re a balanced songwriter/guitarist. Do you start jamming to come up with riffs and how do the lyrics come to you?
MT: It just depends on the moment. Sometimes I’m just strumming away one after the other is finding challenging progressions and whatnot. Sometimes when I play a riff that’s what a lot of movement, and it is when I heard that song on the TV over someone’s about to sit back and learn just listen to the rhythm and sing over the top and then see if I can play and sing at the same time. So it just depends on how complicated it is sometimes
Do you have an idea when Tremonti might be touring next year?
MT: The album should be out next summer, and we should be touring by then.
When will you start recording a new Alter Bridge album?
MT: We’re supposed to deliver a new Alter Bridge album to the label in mid-2019.
Any memorable moments from the O2 concert?
MT: I met the Prince of Qatar.
Do you have a favorite guitar that you use in the studio?
MT: I mean I have a lot of favorites but the studio, but for the lower tuned stuff, I’ll use some of my signature baritone guitars. I’ll use my charcoal burst guitar for some leads.
MT: I’m not much of a pedal guy. I just use amps. I make the best out of the amp that I’m using.
Do you have any endorsement products coming out?
I have my signature low wattage amp being announced at NAMM 2018. It’s going to be a 40-watt amp.
Alter Bridge’s new record Live at the O2 will be out September 8th, 2017 via Napalm Records
In his 31-year career, Tony MacAlpine has redeﬁned instrumental hard rock, jazz-fusion and heavy metal for generations of progressive-minded music fanatics. Whether as a solo artist, or with the progressive supergroup PSMS (with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian); the ahead-of-its-time metal fusion band Planet X (with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati); the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group CAB; or in the band of another guitar hero Steve Vai, MacAlpine has continued to evolve and set the bar exceedingly high. On September 1, Tony will release his new album Death of Roses (SunDog Records) – his ﬁrst album since his battle with cancer. The album will be available digitally through major online retailers like iTunes, also available on CD, download, and a special 24-bit WAV edition directly from Tony’s website at www.tonymacalpine.com
The 7-track album is the ﬁrst in a projected 2-part release. Death of Roses continues Tony’s ongoing evolution with hook-laden melodies, breathtaking solos, complex rhythms and crushing 7 and 8-string guitar riffs, complemented by his own equally exceptional keyboards. This is built atop a formidable rhythmic foundation laid down by Hungarian drum sensation Gergő Borlai (Scott Henderson, Gary Willis, Hiram Bullock), and returning bassist Pete Grifﬁn (Generation Axe, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Zappa Plays Zappa) who also played on Tony’s previous album Concrete Gardens. Says Tony of the band: “Pete is one of my favorite bass players and his contribution to Death of Roses is as rock-solid as it is intricate. Through Pete’s recommendation, I was thrilled to discover Gergo’s playing. He blew me away with his work on the album. He’s unquestionably innovative, and I look forward to getting even deeper with these guys on tour.” “With Death of Roses I focused on composition and layering,” says MacAlpine. “When I was sick and in treatment, I found myself unable to play, and the chemo gave me tremors in my hands and arms. The seeds of this record were planted during my recovery when I started building the compositions in my head. Fortunately, with healing and practice my faculties returned with a vengeance, and I set about recording this album, and its forthcoming companion.” During his illness in late 2015, his fellow musicians banded together for “A Beneﬁt for Tony MacAlpine” at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, John 5, Zakk Wylde, Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Tom Morello, Richie Kotzen, and hosted by Eddie Trunk. The show also combined with an auction featuring items donated from a who’s who of rock royalty.
“The outpouring of support I received from my fellow musicians and crew, fans, endorsements, and the music community at large was overwhelming, and it moved me greatly. It served as a huge inspiration for me to get back in the saddle. This album is possible because of their help, and I dedicate it to them.” Death of Roses was mixed by LA-based Brazilian producer and engineer Adair Daufembach, and mastered by Seva David Ball. “Adair and Seva both did great work on my last album Concrete Gardens, and they’ve outdone themselves again on Death of Roses.” As with any true artist, Tony remains driven by the desire to discover new ways to express himself through the music. “I’ve been releasing music for the last three decades, and in light of my recovery from recent health issues, I feel re-energized. I have so much more to say as a musician, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.” Death of Roses Tracklisting:
1. Chrome Castles 3:37
2. Electric Illusionist 3:36
3. Synthetic Serenity 4:57
4. Death of Roses 4:08
5. Axiomatic Jewels 4:17
6. Entropy 4:10
7. Shundor Prithibi 5:20
Total Time: 30.05
Tony will be touring North America in September/October with Gergo Borlai on drums, Pete Grifﬁn on bass, and Nas Abdalla on guitar. Innovative Venezuelan 14 & 16-string guitarist Felix Martin will be supporting on all dates. VIP Ticket upgrades available at http:// www.tonymacalpine.com/tours
Sep 01: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sep 06: Denver, CO – Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple
Sep 08: Kansas City, MO – Prohibition Hall
Sep 09: Omaha, NE – Wired Pub & Grill
Sep 10: Saint Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Sep 11: Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
Sep 13: Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Sep 14: Chicago, IL – Reggies
Sep 15: Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Sep 16: Niagara Falls, NY – Hard Rock Cafe
Sep 17: Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Sep 18: Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
Sep 19: Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Sep 21: Boston, MA – Sonia
Sep 22: New York City, NY – DROM
Sep 23: Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Sep 25: Raleigh, NC – The Pour House
Sep 26: Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit Hole
Sep 27: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sep 28: Memphis, TN – RockHouse Live
Sep 30: McKinney, TX – The Guitar Sanctuary
Oct 01: Houston, TX – Acadia Bar & Grill
Oct 02: San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Bar and Live Music Venue
“Music transcends the need for words when the story lies deep within the instrumental movements themselves.” Al Joseph was born in Highland Park, IL the first son of a Southern Caribbean father and Southern Baptist mother. When he was seven, the family moved to Scranton, PA where Al’s musical prowess began to emerge. His Dad, Al Sr., brought home a drum set so Al and his two younger brothers could start their education in the musical traditions of their culture. With what would become a characteristic demonstration of natural talent combined with dedication and commitment, Al diligently practiced for hours upon hours every day.
Motivated out of desperation, Al’s father Al Sr. presented him with his first student guitar, and the rest is history. Excelling at music, sports and academics, Al attended Penn State University where he walked on to play at the Running Back position but soon his passion for guitar won out, and in his characteristic pursuit of excellence, he hung up his cleats, turned in his books, and transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston to peruse his professional music career. Al’s quest to give a “voice” to his exploration and expression strained against his cultural milieu as he found resonance with Progressive Metal and inspiration from Creed, Rage Against The Machine, P.O.D, Pillar, Pantera, and Sevendust.
From the lyrical texture of Jimi Hendrix, BB King, George Benson, Albert King to the overall musical prowess of Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, and Greg Howe, Al formed his style and openly pays homage. Al began his professional career as the lead guitarist and singer for the Progressive Metal band, “The Great Gamble.” Their debut album “Book One” caught the attention of Jan Cyrka, legendary artist and founder of Jam Track Central. Jam Track Central works with some of the world’s best guitarists and teachers to provide its members with a depth and range of guitar playing knowledge and technical understanding.
The JTC catalog includes original artist jam tracks, online lessons and full album backing packages covering many music genres including rock, metal, blues, fusion, and jazz. The artists and teachers are highly respected world-renowned players including Guthrie Govan, Alex Hutchings, Andy James, Jack Thammarat, Marco Sfogli, Kiko Loureiro, Jeff Loomis and much more. After their very first meeting, Jan invited Al to join the Team. In 2013 JTC released Al’s debut solo instrumental album, “Out In The Open.” Speaking to a new generation of Progressive Metal music connoisseurs, “Out In The Open,” received instant international recognition.
In 2016 Al relocated to Los Angeles, California and began work on his second Solo Album All of Creation with JTC, which is now available on iTunes and all other platforms. Featuring some of the world’s most fierce shredders from guitar to violin, “All of Creation” keeps its roots firmly planted as it intones the voice of the Millennials.
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The talented members of The Dystopian Project believe they have a niche-sound that crosses over the traditional genres of what is classed as progressive, rock, and metal. While combining elements of all these and mixing melodic acoustic tones creates a different listening experience altogether. “Paradigm” embodies all this and more.
Formed in 2013, The Dystopian Project is a rock band hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Fueled by their influences and blending elements of hard rock, progressive rock, acoustic and metal, The Dystopian Project create a musical landscape with beautiful vocal harmonies at its core.
April 2015 saw the release of their debut EP “Death Leaves an Echo” which was met with wide critical acclaim. A diverse collection of songs, it showed the bands early promise and progressive rock leanings.
For the group, 2017 brings their sophomore release “Paradigm,” which further explores their progressive roots. Traditional keyboard sounds have been augmented by the addition of sound design to the song structure while maintaining the strong vocal harmonies that make The Dystopian Project stand out among their peers. Always challenging the perceived norms of how things should be done, The Dystopian Project continues to grow and develop, cementing
their burgeoning status as a powerful and exciting creative unit.
As the band explains; “Take the Gazillion bands and narrow those down to bands that use twin guitars. Now take that lot and narrow it down to bands with the twin guitars and keys. Narrow that down to bands who use sound design. Narrow those down to the bands who add acoustic elements and extra percussion. Narrow those down to bands with philosophical lyrics that paint pictures, tell stories, and make you think. Narrow that down to bands with a multi-talented female lead. Take those bands and narrow them down to those
with three lead vocalists. Now take what’s left and narrow it down to the bands who might fuse together rock, metal, progressive and combine these with three-part vocal harmonies and addictive melodies. That consists of a repertoire which includes song lengths from just under 4 minutes to just under 20 minutes. Once
you have narrowed down the gazillion bands to those who include all of the criteria listed, you may find there are not so many bands out there who do what we do, in the manner in which we do it. And probably none that sound like us, act like us, look like us, write like us, or come from where we come from!!”
We want to make music that entertains, makes you think and lets you lose yourself in the sound and the story. From where we hail we are truly unique, and it’s our uniqueness that makes us stand out!
We are looking for rotation for the songs “Ashes of Time” and “BGN.”
Paradigm Track Listing
Ashes of Time*
Death Leaves An Echo
The Utopian Suite (Ascension, Acceptance, Decline)
Darrin Bell – Drums
Phil Dolan – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Hytham Martin – Vocals/Rhythm & Lead Guitars
Tess Olivia – Vocals
Ivan O’Sullivan – Vocals & Bass
Special Guest Musicians
Ewen Ferguson – Piano & Keys
Raych V. Corcoran – Sound Design
All Songs Arranged, Recorded & Produced at TDP Headquarters by The
All Songs Written by The Dystopian Project with Bruno Di Micco
*Lyrics by Antonia Close & Orchestral Arrangement by Bruno Di Micco
Bob was gracious enough to spend some time with me to discuss Skeletons in the Closet and his future plans.
What made you release a solo album after all these years?
Well, I guess as they say you sometimes know fate and synchronicity just kind of wind up. And then you see what the plan is. In this case, my girlfriend Julie Bergonz who is a professional photographer she took all the pictures of me that are on the CD. She kept saying to me why don’t you do an EP of original material just do a few songs. Do something of your own for a change.
I was of like, I’ve done all this other stuff with everybody else every time I wanted to do something of mine I would put a band together of some shape or variety and me kind of thought you know well you know this could be interesting if only the parts that I would need would fall into place. So, Julie introduced me to Bobby Ferrari who wound up co-producing the record with me and provided the awesome Vegas recording studio that we did the five new songs at. It’s a real studio and it ties into the story in that all of the other stuff the skeletons in the closet saga the five nuggets that were the retrospective songs the songs that were already recorded before previously released to score songs that two murderers row songs and the one song can’t stop the rock actually was never released.
It’s part of the retrospective part that all got tacked on after we did these five original songs to have a whole record when it was suggested that you know the five new songs are great. You wonder if you had an entire record it might be cool with people suggesting but what about those skeletons in your closet. What about all those tracks that never really got to see the light of day. So those wound up getting dragged out, and that’s how the back five wound up attached to the front five. And I would also mention the other person who is critically important to this was my old balance band bandmates Doug Katsaros who co-wrote the four originals that start the record.
Did Bruce contribute to your record?
BK: Bruce provided two things. One of the songs he’s a co-writer on which is Not Before You. One of the new songs on he also engages in the guitar do on Guitar Commandos. One of the retrospective songs that we do with skulls though he’s on both as a lead player playing with me and as a songwriter
What does the future hold for you?
Will be doing the Kiss Kruise. Gene Simmons had contacted me about releasing a box set of songs that he had written back in the day of which I have 4-5 songs which may end up on his box set. That should be out next year. As far as touring or new stuff, we’ll see what the future holds.
The all star list of musicians to appear on Skeletons in the Closet include:
Musicians appearing on Skeletons in the Closet include:
Lead vocalists – David Glen Eisley, Andrew Freeman, Todd Kerns, Robin McAuley, Dennis St. James, Dee Snider, Vick Wright. Bassists – Kjell Benner, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St. James, Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright Keyboardists – Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo Drummers – Vinnie Appice, Frankie Banali, Chuck Burgi, Scot Coogan, Brent Fitz, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen, Eric Singer.