Thursday, August 8, 2013

Anneke Van Giersbergen signs to InsideOutMusic for forthcoming album 'Drive'

Anneke Van Giersbergen signs to InsideOutMusic for
forthcoming album 'Drive'

InsideOutMusic is extremely pleased to announce the signing of Anneke Van Giersbergen for the release of her forthcoming new album 'Drive' on 23rd September 2013 in Europe (Worldwide ex-Benelux where she will stay with [PIAS] Holland) and late October release in the USA.  Anneke had this to say about joining the InsideOut roster, where she joins frequent collaborator Devin Townsend: 

"I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with InsideOutMusic. We share a genuine passion for music and it's great to become label mates with my friend Devin Townsend and many more talented musicians. I am incredibly happy with my new album and I am stoked it will be available all over the world!"

In anticipation of the new album, they have revealed a behind the scenes video that looks at the tour for previous album 'Everything Is Changing' as well as the making of 'Drive'. You can check that here: 

Anneke and her band will also be touring Europe in support of the new release later this year, and full details of the tour can be found below:

OCT 16 2013 Zentrum Altenberg OBERHAUSEN DE
OCT 17 2013 Underground COLOGNE DE 
OCT 18 2013 Colos-Saal ASCHAFFENBURG DE 
OCT 19 2013 Jazz Cafe LONDON UK 
OCT 20 2013 Metal Female Voices Fest WIEZE BE 
OCT 22 2013 Backstage MUNICH DE 
OCT 24 2013 La Salumeria della Musica MILAN IT 
OCT 25 2013 La Laiterie STRASBOURG FR 
OCT 26 2013 Divan du Monde PARIS FR 
OCT 27 2013 Galery PRATTELN CH 
OCT 29 2013 Knust HAMBURG DE 
OCT 30 2013 Kleine Freiheit OSNABR√úCK DE 
OCT 31 2013 Melkweg AMSTERDAM NL 
NOV 01 2013 K17 BERLIN DE 
NOV 02 2013 Stadthalle STEINHEIM DE
 NOV 06 2013 Doornroosje NIJMEGEN NL
NOV 07 2013 Tivoli de Helling UTRECHT NL
NOV 08 2013 Effenaar EINDHOVEN NL
NOV 09 2013 Hedon ZWOLLE NL
NOV 10 2013 Rotown ROTTERDAM NL


Sound of Contact Postpones Tour Dates

from the Sound of Contact Website:
Dear friends and fans of Sound of Contact!
Due to delays and complications from the US embassy in the UK, Simon Collins and key SOC personnel were unable to obtain work visas in time to perform with Sound of Contact in the upcoming YEStival in Camden, New Jersey this Saturday. We also deeply regret to inform everyone that as of today, we must postpone our North American tour this August / September until Spring next year.
Logistical issues derived from VISA complications and low ticket sales in a few locations have impacted on our ability to effectively honor all dates at this time.
We sincerely apologize for the disappointment and potential inconvenience that this may cause.
Please know that we have every intention of re-grouping and re-scheduling as many of the dates as possible. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Simon, Dave and Matt

YES, ASIA, DREAM THEATER Members Featured On 'All-Star Tribute To Steve Miller Band'

A whole host of space cowboys, gangsters of love and legendary music
icons from around the globe gather together to pay special tribute to
classic rock legends the STEVE MILLER BAND! Now available on Purple Pyramid Records, "Fly Like An Eagle" features performances by members of YES, ASIA, XTC, DREAM THEATER, SURVIVOR, THE TUBES, CURVED AIR, DEEP PURPLE, GONG, NEKTAR and others! With exciting renditions of Steve Miller's classic hits, "Fly Like An Eagle - An All-Star Tribute To Steve Miller Band" is sure to please music fans worldwide. It also includes some final recordings by guitar legend Peter Banks.

Producer Billy Sherwood of YES/CIRCA: fame explains: "Steve Miller has written so many great songs. Working on this record gave me a
chance to look deeper into the inner workings of the material and
explore it all with so many amazing guest artists.

"It was an
honor producing and playing on this project. I think the fans of the
music will appreciate the contributions of all the artists involved."

"Fly Like An Eagle" track listing:

01. Take The Money And Run
02. Jet Airliner
03. Living In The USA
04. Abracadabra
05. Swingtown
06. Winter Time
07. The Joker
08. Jungle Love
09. Space Cowboy
10. Rock'n Me
11. Fly Like An Eagle

DEEP PURPLE: 'Perfect Strangers Live' To Be Released On DVD In October


1984 saw the long-awaited reunion of the classic DEEP PURPLE Mark II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973. They recorded a brand new studio album, "Perfect Strangers", and headed out on tour. The band's show in Melbourne, Australia was
professionally filmed and is the only full-length concert recording of
the band at this time.

The "Perfect Strangers Live" DVD — due out October 14 via Eagle Vision — is a stunning concert with the band in incendiary form. The setlist mixes then new tracks from the "Perfect Strangers" album with favourites from the early seventies culminating in the brilliant "Smoke On The Water" finale. This is without doubt one of the finest DEEP PURPLE concerts ever filmed and a must have for their legions of fans.

"Perfect Strangers Live" is 141 minutes long and features the following tracks:

01. Highway Star
02. Nobody’s Home
03. Strange Kind Of Woman
04. A Gypsy’s Kiss
05. Perfect Strangers
06. Under The Gun
07. Knocking At Your Back Door
08. Lazy (including Ian Paice drum solo)
09. Child In Time
10. Difficult To Cure
11. Jon Lord Keyboard Solo
12. Space Truckin' (with Ritchie Blackmore guitar solo)
13. Black Night
14. Speed King
15. Smoke On The Water

MASTODON Guitarist Talks Next Album In New Video Interview

Artisan News conducted an interview with guitarist Bill Kelliher of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON during this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for MASTODON's follow-up to 2011's "The Hunter", Kelliher said: "We haven't really come to the lyrical concepts yet. That's
usually the last thing that comes. We're usually focused on the music
and getting all the parts and everything sounding 'balls to the wall,'
you know what I mean?! That's the most important thing. And then once
we've got all that settled and recorded, we're always scrambling for
lyrics and ideas and stuff. We're getting a little bit better at it, and I think Brann's [Dailor, drums] got a lot of ideas for
vocal melodies and stuff like that. I'll play the riff and he'll kind of sing along, and I'm, like, 'OK, that sounds really proggy, but really
awesome.' I'm really, really excited about it. But as far as what it's
gonna be dealing with, it's a little too early to tell; it's pretty
fresh stuff right now. I mean, we've got some demos, but they're really, really rough."

Kelliher also spoke about possible lyrical themes that might be covered on MASTODON's next album. He said: "Death always makes for really good story telling. It's kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music. We've had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I'm not really sure yet. I
think we're kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what
would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that's sort of
maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on."

He added: "Art reflects life — how you're feeling and your mood. I played a riff for Brann and he was, like, 'That sounds kind of happy. Are we happy now?' I
don't know… I am; I'm a pretty happy guy. So that's kind of how we work; it's pretty simple. But we'll have to see. I really like the way 'The Hunter' went; that was not a total change in direction, but we just kind of
proved to ourselves that we can just write stuff that we think sounds
cool, and it doesn't have to all flow together, it doesn't have to all
sound the same. It can be totally different without a concept. So I
think that really opened up my mind at least to, like, 'What if I write
something like this? Is that gonna be cool?' And we're all on the same
page right now with all the songs — the 30 or so songs we've gathered so far. So we'll just have to see how it goes."

A MASTODON song from the band's 2004 album "Leviathan" is featured in the new animated film "Monsters University". The track "Island" is utilized in a scene in the movie, but does not appear on the official soundtrack. The filmmakers explained how and why "Island" and MASTODON were chosen to factor into the film, saying, "There is a great moment in 'Monsters University' when we thought it would be funny if the tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. MASTODON was the obvious choice. They show off an unexpected monstrous side for one of our great new characters."

"Monsters University" is the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc." Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles in the prequel as the wise-cracking Mike Wazowski and lovable Sulley.

MASTODON's latest album, "The Hunter", came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.

DAVID DRAIMAN Demands Apology From ROGER WATERS For 'Blatant' Anti-Semitic Symbolism

DISTURBED and DEVICE frontman David Draiman has asked his 120,000 Twitter followers to condemn British rock musician and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters for allegedly using the Jewish Star of David as one of the symbols on the giant inflatable pig that hovers over "The Wall" concerts.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with the Star of David, as well as dictatorial symbols, dropped from the ceiling while Waters performed on last week in Belgium.

69-year-old rocker has been using the inflatable pig for years to
display political messages, serving primarily as a symbol of greed,
fascism and oppression.

In a message on, a related Twitter site that allows one to send tweets that require more than 140 characters, Draiman — who has extensive family in Israel, including his brother, Jerusalem-based folk rock and ambient musician Ben Draiman, as well as his grandmother — wrote: "My brothers and sisters, my blood,

"Regarding Roger Waters' usage of a flying pig with the Star of David on it during his performances;

"I have personally been a fan of Mr. Waters' work for many years. I think that PINK FLOYD are one of the most groundbreaking and visionary acts of all time. Mr. Waters' position on the Palestinian/Israeli crisis is well known, and has been well publicized.
or not you agree with the policies of the Israeli government (and there
are times where I myself, a half Israeli Jew, with a large number of
relatives still living in Israel, including my brother and grandmother;
do not agree with some of their policies), nothing excuses the usage of
the Star of David (the symbol of the Jewish people as a whole, not
Israel or its government) emblazoned on a flying pig/zeppelin during his
performances for 'The Wall'. It is uncalled for, abhorrent, and blatantly Anti-Semitic.

"If the pig is in fact a symbol of greed and tyranny as described in the song from 'The Wall' called 'In the Flesh', then affixing the symbol of the Jewish people to it, is an attempt at
reinforcing an age old anti-Semitic stereotype that is unwarranted and
beyond offensive. All he is doing through such symbolism is encouraging
hatred and teaching his fans that Jews are greedy tyrannical people,
which could not be further from the actual truth. If he wanted to make a political statement against the policies of the Israeli government
(which I would not be in agreement with either, but would be political
and not religious/racial, and therefore understandable), he should have
had an image of the Israeli flag on it, the symbol of the government,
and not the lone star of David, the symbol of the Jewish people as a

"Hitler himself used the star of David as a badge
of identifying Jews with the word 'Juden' under it, marking ALL Jews as
they were mercilessly driven into the cattle cars that lead to the death camps in his maniacal attempt at genocide.

"Once again, this is not an issue of freedom of speech, or expression, as Mr. Waters is well within his rights to say and display anything he chooses, even
if it does incite hatred, but it does NOT mean that we as responsible
individuals against hatred and anti-Semitic imagery, have to sit back
and just take it. Freedom of speech and expression is a two way street,
and sometimes you will reap what you sow.

"I therefore urge all
of my followers, friends, and colleagues, and certainly the Jewish
people within the entertainment community to take issue with this
anti-Semitic symbolism, and to demand that the Star of David be stricken
from the flying pig, and that a formal apology/explanation be given
from Mr. Waters himself."