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Review: Graham Bonnet Band’s ‘Live Here Comes The Night’

By Andrew Catania

Infamous for his much sought after vocal contributions, Graham Bonnet is still alive, rocking and touring even at the grand old age of 70 years – anyone doubting it should check out his incredible live performance at Michael Schenker’s recent Tokyo International Forum shows! With stints in Rainbow, MSG, Impellitteri, co founding Alcatrazz and more recently his namesake band, Bonnet has also sung either as a lead vocalist or guested on projects too numerous to mention!! Spending the last two years touring regularly around the world and this past winter releasing his latest double album “The Book,” it’s been 33 years since Bonnet released his last live album. With an opportune moment presented in last year’s Frontiers Rock Festival, Bonnet chose to put on and record a stellar set that could only be described as a ‘best of’ of the bands above, and of course his solo material too. Backed by Bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone, Brazilian guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato and veteran drummer Mark Zonder (Warlord, Fates Warning), Bonnet’s performance is once again in fine form over 15 classic numbers including ‘All Night Long’, ‘Assault Attack’, ‘Lost In Hollywood’ and of course, the mighty ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ where he is literally singing his lungs out, and given his passion and soul, it’s hard not to join in too! Whatever his past criticisms, it’s hard to fault the man musically, and as he’s decided to let indeed that do the talking on this release, For a band that had a long plane ride, went from limo to the stage on total exhaustion, they knocked it out of the park! “Live… Here come the Night” ranks as a definite must have for anyone appreciating his work over the years! 8/10 stars

Chris Impellitteri – One Of The Best

By Andrew Catania

Chris Impellitteri is one of those few names of the metal shredding genre who have proven themselves as an eligible and worthy heir to the legacy of eternal metal legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads. An honor and acclaim of this significance never come as complementary though. It should require immense talents, some exceptional command and penchant for non-conformity on a musician’s part to not just make a mark, but a breakthrough to demolish the status quo of the industry.

In the particular realm of rock and metal music sphere, many musicians have emerged since the mighty era of the 1980s, as a promising addition to the genre. Equipped with speed, techniques and making waves with their unique style, several musicians of the modern era of metal are making an encouraging reassurance that the future of the genre is in safe hands. However, among all the shred metal maestros of the modern era, Chris Impellitteri’s name rests a par above the rest.

It should cost an exceptional talent, and a massive dose of efforts to a metal musician to be called as the ‘Leading Light of Post-Malmsteen Shredvolution and Chris Impellitteri has proven his mettle and expertise to be rendered as worthy of the title. That is not all Chris Impellitteri possesses to his claim.

The Leading Light of Post Malmsteen Shredvolution is also known as ‘The Master Shredder’ and as one of ‘The Fastest Guitarists in the World.’ All these titles and awards and that too at the age of 53 tell a lot about the strength, status and the credibility of a musician like Chris.

Completely owning the genre that brought him this fame, Chris has not only contributed to the progress of the genre, he has also been imparting his acumen and expertise for the benefit of the current and coming generations of metal musicians.

Chris’s playing technique is pure and highly refined. His tones are well-structured, finely articulated to the core and stands a class apart regarding the flow, speed, depth, nuances, and versatility. It is interesting to note that these unique attributes that have become his signature characteristics primarily stem from his self-taught learning approach.

Chris Impellitteri was never satisfied in learning from the instructors and opted instead for his high road. Plunging headlong in the pursuit of his passion, Chris tried his hands on a variety of instruments, playing styles, techniques, and that too in a multitude of genres and sub-genres.

This extensive learning has allowed him to build a strong grasp of rock and metal music. Being well-versed with the tact and intricacies of the chords, it has become a cake walk for him to squeeze out tones, with extreme clarity, exuberant audacity and at an extreme speed.i

Talking about his ideals and role models, Chris claims to be inspired by several eminent musicians of the 1970s and 1980s decade such as Jimi Bell and Al DiMeola

How To Choose A Concert Promoter

By Andrew Catania

In the last decade or so, there has been a severe decrease in record sales due to the game-changing shift in current trends in the music industry. The advent of technology has led to a decline in album sales and an increase in pirated music or streaming services like Spotify that allow access to millions of songs and albums for a measly monthly sum of an approximate $10. What people used to spend on one single album containing approximately a dozen tracks is what they spend an entire month for unlimited music.

As a result of such technological changes, artists now depend on concerts as a means of revenue more than every before. The increasing number of world tours by established musicians is a direct reflection of the fact that the whole industry is increasingly becoming dependent on concert ticket sales as a means of survival.

Hence, concert promoters today are a make-it-or-break-it deal. According to the Berklee College of Music, specific concert promoters can earn up to a million dollars a year, whereas concert promoter giant Live Nation earned well over $3.5 billion dollars in 2012 according to Statistica.

While these promoters, of course, focus on international stars, the average concert promoter can earn between $40,000 to $114,000 a year. The range is wide, and options limitless. However, if the music is your one true passion, it is vital to understand and weigh one’s options before selecting the right concert promoter for yourself or your band.

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Here are a few tips to keep in mind while hiring a gig promoter:

  • Don’t get short changed: There are unscrupulous concert promoters who attempt to convince bands and artists of forgoing their earnings for a night if it comes to opening for a relatively bigger band due to the ‘exposure’ they can get (at the end of the day, he is pocketing your earnings). However, do not fall for this classic gimmick. You are still selling a service as a musician and by accepting such ‘offers’; you are undermining your art. Say no thank you and move along to a promoter who values your work and has the best interest in heart for you.
  • Location Impact: Keep in mind that concert promoters who are located in bigger cities will have a wider and more influential network because they have more access to the music industry in a place like New York or Los Angeles. To be a successful concert promoter in New York already indicates the success of the promoter since the industry is ruthless. However, to be a successful concert promoter in a rural town is not saying much.
  • Negotiate your contract: Keep in mind that your concert promoter should be paid directly aligned with your earnings. The more shows the promoter can sponsor every year, the higher is salary should be. If you succeed, he or she should succeed. Negotiate his cut as a direct percentage of your revenues to avoid being cheated.
  • Try to see his or her past success: Keep track of your concert promoter’s portfolio. How lucky are his previous clients? Their success is a reflection of what he or she can do for you!

With these tips in mind, you are well on your way to discovering the perfect concert promoter!

 

Impellitteri Working On New Record For Late 2017 Release

By Andrew Catania

Legendary guitarist Chris Impellitteri is in the studio writing and recording for a follow up to 2015’s ‘Venom‘ record.  Chris told All That Shreds, ” I am in the studio writing and recording new music at this time……The new music is very much in the vein of VENOM, so I think our fans will like it very much!! IMPELLITTERI want to evolve artistically without losing our identity….so the new record will have a lot of fast tempo metal songs filled with shredding guitar solos, screaming Vocals, and an energetic rhythm section with lots of punch and power in our mix.”

Impellitteri is looking for a late 2017 release date.  This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Impellitteri’s debut record, the black album.

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Frontiers Records: How They’ve Saved 80’s Rock and Metal

By Andrew Catania

Everyone is a fan of music. Everyone is a fan of some great and beautiful musician or a boy band full of hunky men. The era of the 80s was an era of great music made by great musicians. It was the era of hard rock and heavy metal music. It was an era of loud music that seeps down to your bones and cling there for the rest of your healthy long life. An era that wouldn’t have lived on if not for the people passionate enough and who loves it enough and beyond to continue making the genre of the 80s still a thing and live on.

Music is a very flexible thing. And at the same time, though, it can be very fast-paced. New bands are emerging one after another every year. New kinds of music, new kinds of feelings, new kinds of trends are made in the industry. And in the same thought, as new ones come, a lot also leave. And sometimes it is because they just are too far gone behind in the music taste of people. An era is born, and eventually, it dies.

So it is such a blessing to have a record label that just loves the music of the 80s. We’re talking about the Frontiers Records, the ever grown record label from the sweet, sweet lands of Naples, Italy. It is the finest in the worlds of classic rock, metal, AOR and melodic rock. And in these times of modernity, where the music industry often ignores the “80’s rockers,” with its founder Serafino Perugino, the widely known record label is proving that the music from of old is still vital nowadays.

Founded in the 1990s, Frontiers Records have continued reaching out to the hearts of those who love making 80s rock and metal music and have provided them the means to share and make the music of a great era live on. The record label kept has signed up some artists that has become well known in the industry and the whole world. Some of these artists are Whitesnake, Dokken, Journey, Yes, Jeff Lynne, Boston, and FM.

It’s not a surprise. Frontiers Records is one of those record labels that has built a trademark. The existence of the label is pillared on classic rock, hard rock, AOR, progressive rock, so-called melodic rock, and of course, you guessed it right, even the undying heavy metal with the roots reaching out to the 80s. It’s in the Frontiers Records’ DNA to keep signing up many of the bands from that era.

Many people, even some modern young ones of this generation, remembers a band like Journey and all their songs and music. But no one takes a look at who made their breaks possible. This may be because the word “fan” is commonly associated with people. It is less often associated with the company that provides the musicians to come and goes to. Many fail to see these record labels like the Frontiers Records as the one responsible for the good music of our lives.

And it’s a hurrah to Frontiers Records to have saved a generation it was excellent music and still is. It’s just as the song goes “We built this city on rock an’ roll.” And Frontiers Records helped it continue to live.

Can a Heavy Metal Band Make Money in 2017?

By Andrew Catania

Heavy Metal as a genre has been around since the 1970s with “Black Sabbath,” “Judas Priest,” “Metallica,” “Iron Maiden,” and countless others. It became popular because it branched off from Rock and Roll; it was easy for it to become part of the culture back then. Fast Forward to present day, there are a lot less heavy metal bands because it is not the hottest genre right now. Even the bands that were mentioned before are still going on today, which should give people the idea how many heavy metal bands are still forming. In today’s world, it would be hard for a heavy metal band to make money in the music industry because the culture has evolved their tastes in music, however, if a metal band did succeed, it would be worth it for them.

It would be hard for heavy metal to succeed in today’s world because it is today’s world. Heavy metal became popular for a lot of reasons back in the 1970s and 1980s. One them is that it took Rock and Roll to a whole another level regarding sound; it became the music of rebellion for that period. Now, the culture has evolved into something different. The African-American culture has taken the nation by storm with hip-hop, pop, and rap as the front genres. Those are the genres that are popular right now. Take a look at some of the top musicians as of right now, Beyonce, Adele, Drake, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, they are all part of the hip hop/ pop genre. Take a look at Taylor Swift; she used to be a country singer; now she evolved herself into more of a pop singer. Even Maroon 5 has changed into pop in recent years, and that band was part of the rock genre back in the 200s. They changed because it would attract more audience. So in the midst of all this, heavy metal would be overlooked by fans in favor of pop singers. Not that is a bad thing; the pop genre has much great music. Regarding heavy metal making money, it would be hard for them to make money because the culture has changed and their fan base would be relatively small.
However, music is all about art and expressing oneself, and heavy metal does that. There is a lot of people out there who love rock, and the sound that it brings, so heavy metal could still make money in today’s industry. To draw a much bigger crowd, an up and coming band could learn to adapt; if a heavy metal band took the genre to a whole new level, they would make more money. Like before, music evolved quite a bit because new types branch off from other ones, taking inspirations from other genres. If a heavy metal band took the sounds of the genre to a whole new level, they could make money. There has been a lot of heavy metal over the years, so the genre has been covered quite a bit. A new band would just be mimicking those older bands. If a new heavy band drew inspiration and developed into something different, like adding new beats to songs, changing the attitude of the genre just enough to draw a new crowd. Heavy metal will also be exciting to people because that’s just the nature of the genre so that it will have its audience; the trick is to make it into making into an art a lot of people can enjoy.
Heavy Metal has been around for almost 40 years. It has its audience, young and old so that they will make money. The trick is to draw a bigger crowd. Since the culture has evolved, and so has music taste, that is challenging part of a heavy metal band. If a heavy metal band was willing to take it to a whole another level for today’s audience to love, then they could make more money. So, yes, a heavy metal band can make money in today’s music industry.

Impellitteri Working on New Record for 2017 Release

By Andrew Catania

Legendary guitarist Chris Impellitteri is in the studio writing and recording for a follow up to 2015’s ‘Venom‘ record.  Chris told All That Shreds, ” I am in the studio writing and recording new music at this time……The new music is very much in the vein of VENOM, so I think our fans will like it very much!! IMPELLITTERI want to evolve artistically without losing our identity….so the new record will definitely have a lot of fast tempo metal songs filled with shredding guitar solos, screaming Vocals, and an energetic rhythm section with lots of punch and power in our mix

Impellitteri is looking at a later 2017 release date.  This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Impellitteri’s debut record, the black album.

Photo taken at Mates in North Hollywood on 08/04/14.