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Sheryl Crow delivers powerful message with In The End

After re-releasing her 2012 track “Woman in the World,” (the 2020 remake has been aptly titled Woman In The White House) Sheryl Crow debuted a new politically-charged track called “In The End” earlier today. Co-written with Crow’s longtime collaborator Jeff Trott, the song examines an embattled president and a country facing their biggest moral dilemma.

In The End is available on all digital streaming platforms via https://sherylcrow.lnk.to/InTheEndTP

Candlebox offer glimpse of upcoming album with Let Me Down Easy

A staple of mid-90s alternative rock radio Candlebox entered the studio last year to start work on their seventh studio album and were lining it up for release in 2020 (as well as hitting the road in support of it) however due to the corona-virus pandemic those plans unfortunately had to be altered to 2021. Thankfully while all of us are isolating/social distancing Kevin and the guys have decided to give fans a taste of what’s to come with the first single – Let Me Down Easy.

No word yet when the single will be available for digital purchase but as soon as those links go live we’ll be sure to update this post. Until then you can stream Let Me Down Easy below via Candlebox’s official Youtube channel.

Iconic Heavy Metal drummer Frankie Banali passes away.

Sad news to start the weekend on as Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 68.

The following statement has been released from Frankie’s family:

Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter

Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals, all of whom are family. He was a longtime advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Aspca.org, Pancan.org, or Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.

Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.

Back when Quiet Riot released their 2006 effort – Rehab (their last with the legendary Kevin DuBrow) – Frankie reached out to both myself and Tony thanking us for our glowing review of the album. During that time we struck up a friendship with Frankie, when Kevin tragically passed away in November of 2007 both Tony and I felt the need to touch base with Frankie sending our condolences and Frankie got back to us right away thanking us for the kind words and thoughts as he was absolutely devastated having lost one of his best friends. With the sad news of Frankie’s passing after a courageous battle with cancer we know that he is now up in the great beyond rocking out with his friend once more as well as so many other legends no longer with us. Rest In Peace Frankie.

Seaway aiming to make ‘Big Vibe’ in October with new album.

The popular Canadian pop/punk act has just debuted the music video for the title track off of their upcoming 4th studio album – Big Vibe, which will be arriving on October 16th, 2020 via Pure Noise Records.

Along with the music video premiere also comes the album artwork and track listing which is featured below.

Big Vibe track listing:

  1. Brain In a Jar
  2. Big Vibe
  3. Mrs. David
  4. Still Blue
  5. Wild Things
  6. Pathetic
  7. Sweet Sugar
  8. Peach
  9. If You Let Me
  10. Wicked
  11. Sick Puppy

Big Vibe is available for pre-order in a wide variety of formats (LP, CD, Digital) & bundles (shirts, hoodies, covid masks, water bottles etc.) via Seaway’s official merch store – smarturl.it/SeawayBand

Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has died

Widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in rock Neil Peart has sadly passed away at 67 after a three year battle with brain cancer.

Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and band mates.  The music world has lost a giant. Rest In Power.

Styx – Tribute To Neil Peart

Track-listing & Album Artwork for Harem Scarem’s Change The World emerge

One of Canada’s best kept secrets Harem Scarem are gearing up to release their 15th studio album, Change The World, in early March of 2020. As fans eagerly count the days until they have it in their hands both the album artwork and track-listing have now made their way onto the internet.

Harem Scarem – Change The World

  1. Change The World
  2. Aftershock
  3. Searching For Meaning
  4. The Death Of Me
  5. Mother Of Invention
  6. No Man’s Land
  7. In The Unknown
  8. Riot In My Head
  9. No Me Without You
  10. Fire & Gasoline
  11. Swallowed By The Machine
  12. No Man’s Land (Acoustic Verison) – Japanese Bonus Track

The first single The Death Of Me is set to be released on January 23rd.

Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson passes away

Another sad day for the music industry as iconic Roxette front woman Marie Fredriksson has succumbed to cancer after a 17 year battle with the disease.

One of the most dynamic talents to break out of Sweden Marie’s powerhouse vocals took Roxette to the top of charts with numerous hit singles including – The Look, Listen To Your Heart, Dangerous, and Joyride to name a few.

Both myself and Tony send our condolences to Marie’s family, friends, and band mates. While her incredible voice is no longer with us it will continue to live on through an amazing body of work.

Huey Lewis & the News drop another single from upcoming album – Weather.

While it’s been nearly two decades since ’80s mainstay Huey Lewis & the News released an album’s worth of original material with 2001’s Plan B, Huey and the guys have proven that they still know how to craft catchy pop/rock numbers that stick with you long after the first listen. The band’s previous single Her Love Is Killin’ Me feels like it would be right at home on the seminal masterpiece that launched their careers – Sports.

Now right in time for the holiday season HLN have premiered the next single – While We’re Young over on their official YouTube channel. Featuring a seamless blend of guitars, horns and smooth harmonies if Her Love Is Killin’ Me plays like a long lost Sports outtake While We’re Young would have no problem fitting in on 1988’s vastly underrated Small World.

Weather is set for release on Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2020.

Richard Marx Embarks On A New Chapter In Both Art And Life With New Album ‘Limitless,’ Out Feb. 7 On BMG

Last night The Island featured the brand new music video for Richard Marx’s Another One Down the first single for his forthcoming untitled (at the time) studio album which was being advertised for a fall 2019 release. As the old saying goes – what a difference a day can make. The album title and release date have now been officially confirmed as well as the debut of another single launching on to the inter-web.

Richard Marx – Limitless

Today, Richard Marx announces his new album ‘Limitless,’ out February 7th 2020 on BMG. ‘Limitless’ is Richard’s first album of original songs in six years, as well as his first new release for BMG. Produced in part by Richard and featuring co-writes with Sara Bareilles, Richard’s son Lucas Marx and his wife Daisy Fuentes, ‘Limitless’ represents a new beginning for the celebrated singer-songwriter. While his last album ‘Beautiful Goodbye’ closed the book on one chapter of Richard’s life, ‘Limitless’ opens a new one. After falling back in love, remarrying and settling into a new home in LA, “I’ve never felt so intrinsically strong and optimistic about my future,” Richard says, and the bright, heartfelt pop of ‘Limitless’ reflects that feeling.

The announcement arrives as Richard’s latest single “Another One Down” spends its 6th week in the top 15 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Richard co-wrote “Another One Down” with his son Lucas, which he called a “joyful” experience.

Richard has also released a new song from ‘Limitless’ entitled “Let Go.” Co-written with Daisy Fuentes, and co-produced by Richard himself and Morgan Page (deadmau5), “Let Go” is a driving track about the freedom of new beginnings. “It reflects the way I feel about my life these days,” Richard says.

Richard – Let Go

“I wasn’t really sure what making a new album meant for an artist like me,” Richard says of the creative process behind ‘Limitless.’ “All I knew was that I still write songs all the time and I realized I had a collection of songs I really liked. In my past, my only criteria was to write and record songs that pleased me, and hopefully other people would like them, too. So I returned to that ideology and dismissed any concerns of stylistic consistency and the next thing I knew, I had recorded a diverse album I really liked.”

Shortly after signing with BMG earlier this year, the label celebrated the 30th anniversary of his breakout album ‘Repeat Offender’ by releasing ‘Repeat Offender Revisited,’ a compilation of brand new live and acoustic versions of songs from the original album, including his hit song “Right Here Waiting.” 

Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, won a GRAMMY, and remains the only male artist in history whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. In addition to being a musician, Richard is a committed philanthropist. His charitable causes include the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and he supports Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Richard Marx will tour through the end of 2019 and into 2020 with intimate performances at theaters from coast to coast including stops in San Francisco, Milwaukee, Detroit and more. For the full set of current tour dates check the following link .

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