Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Melodic Prog Trio The Raptor Trail To Release New Concept Album “Devil on an Indian”

Brevard, NC – Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed release “New World”, melodic prog trio The Raptor Trail will be releasing their third album on October 28, 2016! “Devil on an Indian” is a concept album dealing with the internal spiritual warfare that stems from a young man coming to grips with his Native American Indian heritage after being raised in 21st century white Christian morality. A near life ending motorcycle accident in the desert continues a mystical, poetic, and spiritual journey of self awareness and understanding, concluding that the heart of man is inherently evil. Set to 10 songs in three movements that seamlessly segue from one song to another, ending with the apocalyptic demise of the world.

Says guitarist Matt Mayes, “I think I have made 17 albums now in my career. They all have kind of felt like near misses. 'Devil On An Indian' is the best one yet. To get the music and lyrics to melodically and conceptually move together for an hour and 3 minutes, through ten tracks, without becoming banal twaddle or bohemic noodling was a challenge. That said, I think the result came out pretty good and I'm glad we finally made this record. It has been simmering for decades.”

The Raptor Trail has been slowly and quietly plotting its course over the last 25 years. Founding members John Meyer and Matthew Mayes had been kicking around the idea of recording something together for decades. Finally in 2014, the planets aligned and the idea actually transcended into a studio recording project which later came to be called The Raptor Trail. The Raptor Trail was actually the first song that Meyer and Mayes wrote together for the project, and it snowballed from there, with “Gravity x Ten” following, and then ten more songs over the course of the next year. The self titled first album, “The Raptor Trail,” was released in May, 2015.

Considering the musical backgrounds of Meyer and Mayes, one might not think the styles would mesh. Meyer coming from a harder edged, heavier guitar style; highlighted by the fact that he tunes his guitar in “D.” And, Mayes coming from more of a progressive bluegrass, jamrock background; highlighted by an instrument called a Guijo (Half Strat, Half Banjo, tuned in open G) But in reality, quite the opposite occurred. Not only did the styles mesh, but their melodic interplay and vast, yet different, musical influences pushed one another out of their respective comfort zones. The result was the creation of some of the most prolific, diverse, and conviction fused progressive rock music ever heard.

Before the project could be completed however, there was needed one addition. Gene Bass, long time musical companion with Meyer and Mayes, was brought on to play all drums and percussion. Gene Bass and John Meyer grew up together in Macon, GA, playing in a number of bands together starting back in 1980. Adding to this storied history is the fact that Mayes and Bass played together for 12 years in pioneer Jamrock band Jupiter Coyote which went on to sell well over half a million records. Adding yet more history to the story is the fact that Meyer and Mayes were roommates back in those days and Meyer was actually the first sound man in that band. Meyer is also the person that came up with the name Jupiter Coyote.

So the evolving path that has lead to The Raptor Trail has taken many turns and twists over the years. But, it has somehow reunited a great and long lasting friendship between three individuals who share a unique musical chemistry and history. The music has largely been recorded in each member's home studio. Then, simply passing the files back and forth over the internet and ultimately back to Meyer who has been the mastermind behind the production and mixing. The self titled album which was released in May 2015 received a warm reception from die-hard Jupiter Coyote fans, as well as many publications from the Progressive rock side of the scale.

The band released their sophomore album "New World" to critical acclaim in Spring 2016, and unlike most of the mindless, Teflon music produced today, The Raptor Trails's music is rich and layered, somewhat galactic in feel, with razor sharp musicianship and thought provoking lyrical content.

And now, much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, The Raptor Trail is releasing their new album “Devil on an Indian”!

The Raptor Trail is:
Gene H. Bass - Drums, Percussion
Matthew B. Mayes - Vocals, Backing vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Banjo, Guijo
John M. Meyer - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, G strings, Organ, Vocals, Effects

Here's what the press have been raving about The Raptor Trail:

“Their mix of southern rock with transitory flashes of 70s prog is one classy concoction, curious and commercially minded.” - PROG magazine, UK

“The Prog genre, however, doesn’t cleanly delineate the musical environment that the band explores in this album. With influences like Rush and the Dregs, a mix of sound and melody that flirt with pop, West Coast style vocal harmonies, harmonized guitars with a Southern Rock flavor, and suspended atmospheres where Pink Floyd meets banjo rolls, the band goes beyond all duties and limitations of the Prog genre” - Axe Magazine Italy

“Imagine that the Allman Brothers Band were finally released from their alien abduction, and have returned with their minds melded with non-standard open D tunings, and wielding weapons looking like a banjo welded to a Strat'.” - Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP)

“Billed as melodic prog, I can't quite escape the feeling that the only reason that tag is being used is because there isn't a neat little genre bag to drop this band into.” - Sea Of Tranquility

The Raptor Trail's official website: http://www.theraptortrail.com/

For more information: http://www.theraptortrail.com/devil-on-an-indian-song-stories.html

Video links:

To purchase The Raptor Trail's “Devil on an Indian”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-raptor-trail/id982216753
“New World”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theraptortrail

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches “Phantom of the Opera” Pledge Music Campaign


“Phantom of the Opera” Box Set - get signed items, merchandise and events exclusively here on PledgeMusic.

London, UK - Exclusive to PledgeMusic – For the first time on DVD the Lon Chaney silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with Rick Wakeman’s Soundtrack together in a Limited Edition Box Set with a signed and numbered certificate.

The legendary 1925 Lon Chaney film is brought to life with a specially commissioned Rick Wakeman soundtrack. This is the first time this version of the film has been issued on DVD, as such the images have been fully restored and the sound track lovingly remastered.

The DVD also has several bonus features;

Rick Wakeman commentary
Christopher Lee introduction
Rick and the Phantom – featurette
Originally trailer

The soundtrack double CD is the original Rick Wakeman unedited soundtrack and contains the original mixes of the songs which are different to what eventually appeared on his album “Phantom Power”.

Special Limited Edition boxset contains:

Single DVD
Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman and numbered certificate
2 x Reproduction Lon Chaney 10˝ x 8˝ photos
4 x A4 Reproduction “Lobby Cards Taken from the original artwork
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There will only be 250 of these manufactured.

There are additional items, merchandise and a special screening of the film available too!

NOTE Release Date 2nd of December for all items except the vinyl which will be delayed until February 2017due to long manufacturing lead times and the screening which is planned for January 2017

All prices include Postage and Packaging.

1) Double CD / Single DVD of The Phantom of The Opera. – SIGNED by Rick Wakeman
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2) The “Phantom of the Opera” Double 180g Vinyl – Gatefold signed by Rick Wakeman. There will only be 250 signed and the pressing will be limited to 500
Due to long manufacturing lead times the Vinyl will not be shipped until February 2017.
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3) “Phantom of the Opera poster Signed by Rick Wakeman. There are only 50 of this item available
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4) 2CD/1DVD – “Phantom of The Opera”
NTSC/PAL Region 0
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5) “Phantom of the Opera” Album download on MP3 or FLAC
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6) Exclusive T-Shirt
New design just for pledgers.
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7) Special Screening of the “Phantom of the Opera” 
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A very special screening will take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.

8) VIP Ticket to the screening of “Phantom of The Opera” 
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
To take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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9) Platinum Ticket. + AccessPass
This very special Pledge includes all of the following.
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
Box Set
And a Curry at a restaurant with Rick and the team after the screening.
It will be in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Friday, October 21, 2016

Boston Hard Rockers Neon Alley To Release New Video “That's How It Is”

Boston, MA - Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, Boston rockers Neon Alley are releasing a new video “That's How It Is”!

Watch Neon Alley's “That's How It Is” video:

A Young Woman wakes on the floor, trapped in a nebulous white room. It's minimalistic and sparse but evokes the future. There's only a white cube furniture piece with a VR headset on the center. She waves her hand over the cube and holograms of the band appear behind her (in the style of Star Wars holograms). They begin to play. As the guitar lead begins, she dons the headset and is taken to various spaces in a Virtual Reality world. And in each scene she becomes a different person.

In each scene she experiences what it's like being in someone else's body through her avatar. Some bodies are interesting. Other bodies are uncomfortable. So she leaves each scene in search of a better body/persona until she finds herself in an avatar that looks just like her own body except she's clean, nicely dressed in 50’s retro style. The body fits so well that she begins to dance and rocks out, having the time of her life.

End with her back in the white room as she sits down, sweaty, and removes the VR headset. She laughs. What a blast.

Camera cuts to a WS outside of the room and we see multiple rooms, each with one person. Each person looks dejected, upset or depressed. Except for her.

Says guitarist and band leader Dave Vaccaro, “The video, like the song is about the people we cross paths with and interact with everyday. Kind, clever, smart, slow, inspiring, funny, good or bad. It's just how people are and that's never going to change. The only thing that you can control is how you react to them. Like our woman in theVR headset (played by Shannon Ashe), some of the people she becomes she likes. Others she finds interesting, and still others she can do without.

“Wouldn't it be interesting to be somebody else for a time? Who would you be if you could be someone else for a day?

“Directed by Valdimir Minuty the video is one of several interpretations of the song that the band felt best represented the idea of 'That's How It Is'. Since Vlad is an artist as well as a film maker (he does great story boards BTW) he was able to translate the feel of the song in a very basic way that worked quite well given the limited resources we had available to us.

One thing we didn't want was a typical performance video of the band playing in some dilapidated industrial building. We really like how the video turned out, especially the sci-fi vibe of it. It's different.”

The live footage was shot all in one day at a studio/sound stage in Allston, MA called Red Sky Studio with post production taking another few weeks for edits and revisions.

NEON Alley is: 
David Vaccaro – Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
Mike McDonald – Bass, vocals
Scott Marion – Drums & percussion

BACKGROUND: David Vaccaro's story in music has a rare upward sweep. Vaccaro has journeyed from hardscrabble Boston club dates to the 90's music scene of Los Angeles and creative collaborations with some of melodic rock's platinum selling vocalists. With the self-titled debut album of his new band Neon Alley (out on DMV Music), Vaccaro revisits that visceral soulfulness of his early days. This collection of originals including a cleverly re-imagined cover is perfectly crafted for sweat-soaked live performances.

And Neon Alley has been doing just that, sweat-soaked live performances in clubs in and around Central Massachusetts, working their live show and earning a reputation as one of the best live bands in the area.

Here's what's being said about Neon Alley's debut album:

“...David carries a talent for carrying a tune, and there are plenty of those reverberating in hummable hard rock fashion. Highlights are carved out in the form of 'That's How It Is', a catchy rock anthem and the dreamy echoes of 'I Only Want to Be With You'. The cover of 'Jailhouse Rock' is another favorite; a refreshing reworking of the classic...” - Daniel Pavlica, therocktologist.com

“This album chock full of guitar-driven modern classic rockers kicks off in fine style with the thunderous 'That's How It Is', and backs it up with the more melodic 'All I Want', before that aforementioned cover, a rather unexpectedly ballsy 'Jailhouse Rock'. Wow, what a brilliant rendition these boys bring to the fore here, which they follow up with the drum-led 'I Only Want To Be With You'.” - Exclusive Magazine

“Neon Alley, It is loud, it is brash, it is exactly what Classic Rock should be.” - Simon Barrett, Blog Talk Radio

“NEON ALLEY: A solid dose of arena rock in search of an arena, this power trio delivers the kind of classic headbang that will speak for the generation throughout the generations. For teens that go to music festivals where it’s about rocking out instead of seeing and being seen, it’s like the 80s and 90s never left. Hot stuff that raging hormones will totally understand.”  - midwestrecord.com

“Grab a copy of this album, put it into your car, roll the windows down and crank it up while it’s still warm out and cruise to your heart’s content.” -  Altered Frequencies.com

“The new eight-song release begins with the guitar-riff driving rhythm of "That's How It Is" which will get the blood pumping.”  - JP's MusicBlog.com

To purchase Neon Alley's debut CD: http://www.dmvmusic.com/store
You can also buy CDs and t-shirts at: http://shop.bandwear.com/collections/dmv-music-shop

For more information: 

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

The Rock Pack Feat. Fee Waybill, Gregg Rolie, Lou Gramm, Robin Zander, Steve Augeri & John Payne

Rock legends unite!!! Some of the most iconic performers of our time have come together to form The Rock Pack!

The incredible lineup features: 
Fee Waybill lead singer of THE TUBES
Gregg Rolie original lead singer of SANTANA
Lou Gramm the original voice of FOREIGNER
Robin Zander lead singer of CHEAP TRICK
Steve Augeri former lead vocalist of JOURNEY
John Payne former lead vocalist of ASIA

"I decided to create a unique concert concept that was start to finish full of monster hits by iconic vocalists," explains John Payne, The Rock Pack creator.

Huge screens adorn the stage and the set contains an area where each singer briefly talks about their career before launching into some of their most revered songs. Classics such as I Wanna Know What Love Is (with a gospel choir), I Want You to Want Me, Don't Stop Believing, Heat of the Moment, She's A Beauty, Black Magic Woman and many more will be performed.

Payne continues, "I wanted the Classic Rock fans of Phoenix to enjoy the hit songs of some of our most iconic bands and if you like Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick, Asia, Santana and The Tubes then COMERICA THEATRE on Friday 16th of December is the place to be."

The Rock Pack Concert
at Comerica Theatre Phoenix
Friday the 16th of December 2016

On Friday December 16th The Rock Pack hits town. Prepare for an extraordinary unprecedented concert at Phoenix's beautiful Comerica Theatre. Iconic Singers will perform Iconic Songs in a two hour hit laden Classic Rock extravaganza.

All ages show starts at 8pm with doors at 7pm

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and Comerica Theatre Box Office 1-800-745-3000
Direct link at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=the+rock+pack&q=the+rock+pack

The Rock Pack: www.therockpack.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Audio Fidelity To Release Two Jazz-Fusion Classics on Hybrid SACD By Weather Report and Return To Forever

Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Weather Report, “Tale Spinnin'” and Return to Forever, “Musicmagic” on Hybrid SACD. Both recordings are considered essentials from the jazz fusion era of the mid-'70s.

Recorded in early 1975, “Tale Spinnin'”, Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. The album stands with anything recorded during the period for the range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band's co-founders and principle composers, the keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Zawinul's pioneering interest in world music is in full evidence with the exotic percussion, wordless vocals, sandy sound effects and Middle Eastern and North African musical spices. His synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology of the day. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on their previous albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore.

“Musicmagic” is Return to Forever's final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the earlier recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Gayle Moran and Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section.

The sound is remarkably more orchestral than anything the group had previously done, a cross between fusion, jazz vocals, big band and grassroots accoustic jazz. Musicmagic celebrates the pure joy of music.

Both releases are mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and the SACD Authoring was done by Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering.

Weather Report “Tale Spinnin'”
Produced by Wayne Shorter, Josef Zawinul

1-Man in the Green Shirt
3-Between the Thighs
5-Freezing Fire
6-Five Short Stories

Return To Forever “Musicmagic”
Produced by Chick Corea - Co-produced by Stanley Clarke

1-The Musician
2-Hello Again
4-So Long Mickey Mouse
5-Do You Ever
6-The Endless Night

For more information: www.audiofidelity.net

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Pink Fairies To Release First New Album “Naked Radio” In 3 Decades!

London - The legendary Pink Fairies will be releasing their new album titled “Naked Radio” on Gonzo Multimedia. It is the first studio recording by this line up of the band since “Kill Em and Eat Em” in 1987. Fronted by Andy Colquhoun (The Deviants), the band reformed in 2013 and played a number of successful UK shows through 2014 and 2015.

Says drummer Russell Hunter, “It's over 45 years since the first studio album and nearly 30 since the last - The passage of these years is inevitably etched to some extent on all these songs, some much deeper than others. But in the final analysis, they’re all some facet of The Pink Fairies.”

The Pink Fairies are an English rock band initially active in the London (Ladbroke Grove) underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970's. They promoted free music, drug taking and anarchy and often performed impromptu gigs and other agitprop stunts, such as playing for free outside the gates at the Bath and Isle of Wight pop festivals in 1970, as well as appearing at Phun City, the first Glastonbury and many other free festivals including Windsor and Trentishoe.

After various line-ups through the years, now fronted by Andy Colquhoun (The Deviants), the band reformed in 2013 and played a number of successful UK shows through 2014 and 2015! And now much to the excitement of Pink Fairies fans worldwide, the new album 'Naked Radio' is scheduled for pre-order on October 14, 2016.

The Pink Fairies are:
Andy Colquhoun guitar and vocals
Russell Hunter drums and vocals
Sandy Sanderson bass and vocals
George Butler drums
Jaki Windmill djembe, keyboards and vocals

Watch the Pink Fairies new video: 

The Pink Fairies official website: www.pinkfairies.net

“Naked Radio” will be available to pre-order only on PledgeMusic together with other exclusive merchandise and experiences, go to this link http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/pink-fairies to find out more.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Featuring Percy Jones, Neil Citron, Frankie Banali & others!

Chicago/Los Angeles – Declassified Records announced today the newest album from progressive fusion legends “BangTower” entitled “With N With Out”, is now available for official Pre-Order from PledgeMusic. The highly anticipated 13 track sophomore album, due for retail release December 6, marks the first full length CD since the internationally acclaimed 2010 debut "Casting Shadows”. The link to the Pre-Order campaign can be found at

Returning to the BangTower “2” project are original members, fretless bass legend Percy Jones of “Brand X”, Los Angeles “Drum-Guru” Walter Garces of “The Electric Prunes”, and Grammy winning musician, engineer and producer Neil Citron. In addition, the album features tracks with drummers Frankie Banali of "Quite Riot" and Rodger Carter of "John 5”, bassist Robbie "Pag" Pagliari of "Ohm", Joan Fraley of the “Rave” and Jon Pomplin of Declassified Records. Also appearing on the record are musicians Justin Stone, Chris Colovus and Josh Greenbaum.

Exclusives available only from the Pre-Order campaign include rare and unique autographed items, limited edition merchandise, fan interaction opportunities, ability to have their name on the CD liner notes, immediate digital downloads, early shipment of the record, plus regular updates and more.

BangTower was intended to bring together musicians and friends from different genres, disciplines and physical locations, by using a combination of leading edge digital technology along with traditional studio recording. The result from this expanded circle of talent from all over the country is another unique musical document of creative exploration. Blending multi-platinum record sellers, Grammy winners, session artists and music legends along with music teachers and students working together towards the goal of creating the most joyous and interesting music possible.

BangTower “With N With Out” 
1. Hello I’m Here
2. PCH
3. Chipotle
4. Soul to Sole
5. Roger Wilco.., And Out
6. Uncle Floyd
7. Kitty’s Real Groove
8. My Fathers Smile
9. McGown’s Pass
10. This is My Town
11. 6/8 Primate
12. Good Bye N Good Nite

13. – Bonus – (limited edition CD Only) – “Holiday track”
13. – Bonus – (Digital Only) – “Hair of the Dog” (Single)

The tracks on “With N With Out” have a unique personality that reflects and challenges each player’s technique and style, pushing the edge of their musical “comfort zone” while remaining a true joy to play and listen to. Although every composition is an exceptional stand-alone masterpiece, each song remains an integral part of the overall context and feel of the album and the project.

The special limited edition CD version of the new record “With N With Out” will also contain a bonus “holiday track” featuring Percy Jones, Walter Garces and Neil Citron, which was originally recorded in 2013 but never officially released until now.

The new BangTower record “With N With Out” is Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Neil Citron. Released by Declassified Records; Jon Pomplin Executive Producer.

For more information on the new BangTower album, visit:
PledgeMusic Pre-Order – www.pledgemusic.com/Bangtower 
Official Website - www.BangTower.com
FaceBook – www.facebook.com/Bangtower
Twitter – www.twitter.com/BangTower
YouTube – www.youtube.com/bangtower

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

Label/Distribution Inquiries: Declassified Records:
Official Website – www.declassifiedrecords.com 
Face Book – www.facebook.com/DeclassifiedRecords
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JonPomplin