HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 14/01/2015


The third day of Hard Rock Hell dawned just as the previous one had for Team PM – early, cold and with an early trip down to the sports hall which this weekend was serving as the cavernous media sanctuary for another busy round of interviews. Unfortunately, scheduling of the latter meant that we again missed theThe third day of Hard Rock Hell dawned just as the previous one had for Team PM – early, cold and with an early trip down to the sports hall which this weekend was serving as the cavernous media sanctuary for another busy round of interviews. Unfortunately, scheduling of the latter meant that we again missed the main stage openers – this time in the shape of Wakefield’s Euphoria Audio and the vanguard of today’s Scandinavian invasion Reach – but we managed to make the trudge back up the hill and into the bar area just in time to catch Melbourne blow-ins White Widdow and their impactful brand of classic melodic rock. With their tight musicality and good use of vocal harmonies, there is no doubt that Jules Millis is another of the plethora of charismatic frontmen strutting their talent this weekend; he covers the stage well, and interacts with the crowd on the most effective level – even taking time to have a joking swipe about The Poodles vocalist Jakob’s comment about how far his band had travelled to play Pwllheli (“their flight must have been a killer”!). The band themselves are tight and the set is a solid and well-paced way […]

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Kelly Keagy – Night Ranger – HRH AOR 14/03/2015

US superstars Night Ranger made a triumphant return to the UK this past weekend, with a sell out show in London followed by a sensational headline appearance at the HRH AOR festival in Pwllheli – theUS superstars Night Ranger made a triumphant return to the UK this past weekend, with a sell out show in London followed by a sensational headline appearance at the HRH AOR festival in Pwllheli – the first time the band had played more than two gigs on British soil on the same visit. Before the latter show, PlanetMosh was privileged to able to catch of with one of the three founding members of Night Ranger, drummer and vocalist Kelly Keagy, for a quick chat about the band, their return to the UK, why they have decided to include cover versions in their set, future plans – including the possibility of a full UK tour in 2016 – returning to their roots in terms of their recording techniques, the resurgence of interest in rock music and his favourite Night Ranger songs. Later that evening, Night Ranger played a set which came in at just shy of two hours – something very few bands do at festivals – and left the audience clamouring for more. You can read our full review later in the week. http://planetmosh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Night-Ranger-Interview-March-2015.mp3 Last updated:Monday, March 16, 2015

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Night ranger – Islington academy, London – 12th March 2015


Tonight’s gig was billed as An evening with Night Ranger, and is the first time they’ve been to the UK to do more than one show – as well as tonight’s gig they are also appearing at the HRH United festival in Pwllheli at the weekend. Tonight’s gig has no support act, just a longTonight’s gig was billed as An evening with Night Ranger, and is the first time they’ve been to the UK to do more than one show – as well as tonight’s gig they are also appearing at the HRH United festival in Pwllheli at the weekend. Tonight’s gig has no support act, just a long set from Night Ranger – who tonight end up playing over two hours. As the band don’t play the UK very often, it’s no surprise to find that a lot of the audience have travelled from around the UK for this show – and in fact some fans had travelled from other parts of Europe too. The venue was packed out before the band came on stage – it really was jammed solid with people, and as a result got pretty warm, but everyone was having a great time tonight. What can I say – these guys put on a stunningly good performance and made it look easy. The band showed their years of experience by putting on a show that sounded fantastic, while not only making it look easy, but also looked like they were having a great time onstage. It’s the sort of […]

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Tigertailz replace CrashDiet at HRH AOR


Welsh glam legends Tigertailz have replaced CrashDiet on the bill at next month’s HRH AOR, after the Swedish sleaze rockers were forced to pull out. PlanetMosh’s favourite new kids on the block, StOp sToP have also been added to the event’s Sleaze stage.

While it had beenWelsh glam legends Tigertailz have replaced CrashDiet on the bill at next month’s HRH AOR, after the Swedish sleaze rockers were forced to pull out. PlanetMosh’s favourite new kids on the block, StOp sToP have also been added to the event’s Sleaze stage. While it had been widely reported for several weeks that CrashDiet were not appearing, an official statement posted on the HRH Facebook page earlier today said: “Just to put some clarity to the recent rumours, CrashDiet will not be performing at HRH United or in the near future due to one of its band members being considerably ill. It’s a shame, as we were all up for it, but we are only human and sometimes these things happen, however once they are fit and back up and running, well get them back in.” A statement from the band added: “Its with a lot of regret that CrashDiet have had to cancel Hard Rock Hell United due to health issues with one of the band members. We apologise to anyone that has bought a ticket to see the band and hope that the band will be able to grace a future edition of the event so as to […]

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Revolution Saints-Revolution Saints cd

Frontiers boss Serafino Perugino has put together another one of his ‘supergroups’ and this time it’s a trio made up of Journey’s drummer Deen Castronova, Night Ranger’s bass player Jack Blades and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich. Guest musician is Frontiers in house maestro Alessandro Del Vecchio, who provides the keyboards, co- songwriting and handles production, all with his expert ear for detail.
Deen Castronova handles most of the lead vocals, giving a real Journey feel to the music at times, particularly on the ballads like ‘Don’t Walk Away’, so it should come as no surprise that Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda duets on ‘You’re Not Alone’, and then surprise surprise up pops Neal Schon who plays guitar on ‘Way To The Sun’.
So is this a pseudo Journey album by the numbers? No is the short answer, as Revolution Saints have an ace, or two up their sleeve in the form of Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich.
While superbly handling drums and lead vocals Deen Castronovo is equally matched by the fluid bass playing and vocal talents of Nightranger’s Jack Blades, add the spice to the mix with the hot and fiery playing of Aldrich and you really have a utter classic of a Melodic hard rock record.
‘Back On My Trail’ is a very strong opener, with not a guest insight, the excellent vocals from Castronovo, glorious harmonies and a total revelation in Aldrich make this a killer track: It is as if Doug has been kept in a bottle, he literality explodes on this track, I haven’t really followed Aldrich since he joined Whitesnake and I found his solo’s during the last Whitesnake tour quite boring, however on this album he plays like a man reborn. I had thought he would be the weakest link in Revolution Saints,REVOLUTION SAINTS 300 until I heard the album, and now I know why Serafino Perugino helped to put this band together. On this album Doug lets his guitar do the talking.
‘Turn Back Time’ has Aldrich letting loose some tasty riffs, Castronova and Blades fight for top honors as they do a sing off, and the whole track just rocks along, very reminiscent of classic Night Ranger.
From the Arnel Pineda vocal on “You’re Not Alone” through to the closing ballad “In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song),” this is an album full of high quality songs which would even do the mighty journey proud, where Revolution Saints excel though is when they play straightforward melodic rock, tracks like “Locked Out Of Paradise”, “Dream On” and “To Mend A Broken Heart” with its metal groove showcase the individual talents and collectively the bands greater than the sum of its parts mentality. A fantastic record which richly deserves it’s 5 star rating.

This album is not only a must for all Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Bad English and Journey fans, it is a must have for all Melodic and hard rock fan as everything about this release oozes class. This is not a future classic; this is a current classic and will easily be in my top 10 of 2015.

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Band Members.
Deen Castronovo: LeadVvocals, Drums
Jack Blades: Bass, Vocals on tracks 2 and 5.
Doug Aldrich: Guitars

Additional musicians
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on track 5.
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on track 3
Neal Schon – guitar solo on track 5

Track List:
01. Back On My Trail
02. Turn Back Time
03. You’re Not Alone
04. Locked Out Of Paradise
05. Way To The Sun
06. Dream On
07. Don’t Walk Away
08. Here Forever
09. Strangers To This Life
10. Better World;
11. How To Mend A Broken Heart
12. In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)

Label: Frontiers Records

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Night Ranger- High Road

Reunions are a fickle beast. Sometimes they work, sometimes they are a callous attempt to make some money and sometimes they are initially a response to a rose tinted view of the past but turn out to be better than before. Europe, Journey and Accept are three names that have released ‘come back’ albums inNight Ranger – High Road Reunions are a fickle beast. Sometimes they work, sometimes they are a callous attempt to make some money and sometimes they are initially a response to a rose tinted view of the past but turn out to be better than before. Europe, Journey and Accept are three names that have released ‘come back’ albums in the last few years and arguably sound better than ever! Night Ranger have funnily enough never really have a “comeback” album; they split up for three years (which is about the same amount of time it took Guns N’ Roses to release their second proper album). The closest would have been 2007’s Hole in The Sun which was the first album of new material in 8 or so years. Back in the early 80’s Night Ranger were part of the hair metal/AOR crossover group of bands that took hold. Catchy hooks, ballads flashy guitar work were name of the game back then. Some 30 odd years later nothing has changed for Night Ranger. High Road is their new release and apart from the production being even more polished it’s still as good as ever. Ok the title track is a […]

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Neal Schon – So U

Most fans of rock and roll have heard of arena-rock sensation Journey, and this is where they’ll realize they’re familiar with guitarist Neal Schon already. What they may not be aware of is that Schon has a vibrant career as a solo artist as well. So U is Schon’s latest ‘solo project’ release. This nine-trackMost fans of rock and roll have heard of arena-rock sensation Journey, and this is where they’ll realize they’re familiar with guitarist Neal Schon already. What they may not be aware of is that Schon has a vibrant career as a solo artist as well. So U is Schon’s latest ‘solo project’ release. This nine-track record contains seven songs with vocals, and two instrumental songs. On this release, backing up Schon are Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders) on bass guitar, and Deen Castronovo (Journey) on drums. Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) contributed additional songwriting ideas and assistance on some of the tracks. So U is designed to cast a bro ad net to appeal to a large portion of rock music fans: it isn’t too esoteric, nor is it too commercial – it balances accessible listening with diverse ideas. One of the best things about ‘high end rock’ releases is that they are beautifully produced, well-mixed, and enjoyable at any volume. So U is no exception. Turning the volume knob to the right might make it easier to appreciate some of the nuances or production layers in the songs, without muddying up the tunes. This is a trio format, but […]

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