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Musical Gypsies

Continuing with their eighteen month world tour on the strength of their last studio album…”Outsider”, ”Uriah Heep” have also released a new DVD package that shows us why they are still a sought after live act, and below we can get a glimpse as to what drives these musical gypsies!

Bruce:  Watching this new DVD package certainly shows us why “Uriah Heep” are still such an influence on the modern rock scene!  Did you ever imagine that you and the boys would still be rocking as hard as you are in the 21st century?

Bernie Shaw: The thing is with being in a rock band is that you never ever dwell on age or time... it’s a bit like being in the Peter Pan business really.  Growing up and growing old is what “other people” do in the outside world. Touring musicians who tend to live out of suitcases, never slow down enough to think of time in that sense, so I guess the answer is YES, of course I just assumed I’d still be singing with Heep and the band still playing in excess of 100 shows a year as we always have done ... and will continue to do so... As long as we are selling tickets, we’ll be around.

Q: This combination of your older material with the newer music works so well and on many levels…and it works so naturally, can you take us through some of the creative process—and has it changed throughout the years?

A: We are very lucky that Heep had such a distinctive sound and style back in the 70’s. A trademark sound that set them apart from all the rest of the Big Five (Zeppelin, Purple, Sabbath, Tull and Heep). That song writing chemistry still runs true with Mick and Phil today and they still seem to capture the magic in the melody and harmony that played such important part of early Heep’s sound. Add the fact that we still prefer to record all together in one room at one time and you can’t help but get the sound of the 70’s, amps on 10! Giving it yer all!! That’s rock and roll at its basic level. Include 5 guys that are all on the same page musically, you can’t help but end up with a great sounding album. True Heep, end to end.

 

URIAH HEEP “Live at Koko”

(Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

One listen, or for that matter-one viewing of this new live CD/DVD production from Uriah Heep will tell you why this iconic group are still making an impact! “Live at Koko” is a living testament of the high level of craftsmanship and musicianship this group has. From some of their earliest compositions to their very latest creations: Uriah Heep’s performances here are flawless! Join their journey through four decades-and then some-of stately progressive renderings delivered with the same energy that we witnessed back in the ‘70’s! A fabulous performance from an equally fabulous band of musical gypsies, one can be totally immersed in the sonic brilliance that is now and always was the essence of Uriah Heep! A dazzling performance from a long standing innovative British super group, nothing more needs to be said other than… Uriah Heep “Live At Koko” is a “must-have” release for all respecting Rockers!!

 


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Zamboni Brothers:  April 17th & April 18th and April 23rd   Rumble 100:  April 24th & April 25th 

Doc Willoughby’s:    Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Fever Feel:  April 15th    Sam Weber:  April 18th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th  Linus:  April 24th & April 25th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:    Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Journey:   July 10th  “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th   Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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House Of Lords-Tenth

Reigning supreme since 1987…’House Of Lords’ began with Lord Gregg Giuffria, ex-Angel keyboardist and Lord James Christian, ex Vocalist for ‘L.A. Rocks’.

Initially signed to one Gene Simmons’ label: Simmons Records, the group’s self-titled debut took the Melodic Rock kingdom by storm.  Establishing themselves as an epic band of musicians, the Lords toured incessantly, treating everyone with an enormous sound and amazing vocals from James, which, at times, touched the stratosphere!   House Of Lords’ second release ‘Sahara’ further cemented the group, and gained considerable chart success.  Again, the Lords took to the road, but after a short tour…disbanded.  A year later, (1992), Gregg and James reunited and with a slate of new Lords in waiting…released ‘Demons Down’, a slightly more melodic effort which was received in a lukewarm atmosphere, although the record is a grand display of orchestral rock.  Licking their collective wounds, the original line-up began a new campaign in 2000, releasing what has become their most controversial album yet…a combination of the melodic side with a more Progressive feel to it.  “Power And Myth” gained momentum, and the group toured throughout North America and Europe.  At this time, Gregg Giuffria decided not to tour with the group, although his trademark keyboarding and arranging was dominate throughout the record…James Christian took the lead, with Gregg’s approval, and continued to develop the group, pushing them to a harder edged sound.  Recruiting new Lords, James pressed forward, releasing “World Upside Down”, a very powerful statement that raced the charts and found new followers all over the world.  Monstrous sounds kept coming forth with “Come to My Kingdom” in 2008…and House Of Lords continued touring relentlessly, both in Europe and the States.   2009 saw the release of “Cartesian Dreams”, …a musical statement that is both majestic and powerful.  After spending most of that year touring, House Of Lords went back in to the studio and prepared for what became the critically acclaimed eighth album; ”Big Money” released in September of 2011.  Since then, the group toured the globe and James Christian released his third solo album.  2013 saw the group enter the studio and they hunkered down to some serious song writing and have come up with yet another stellar Recorded Work!

“Precious Metal” is ‘House Of Lords’ ninth excursion and James has guided the group back to their roots.  Hard hitting, yet melodic, the ninth studio album is custom made for the stages of the world.  Armed with a huge sound, ‘House Of Lords’ embarked upon an international tour in 2014.  Covering most of the globe, the group enjoyed a very successful string of dates that took them from the UK and Europe to Canada and the United States.  Showcasing this big sound of “Precious Metal”, audiences responded most positively and encouraged the group to go forth with confidence.  That is just what they have done! 

This Summer will see the release of their tenth studio album.  Again, released through Frontiers Records, “House Of Lords” will unleash “Indestructible”—now, maybe somewhat of an aggressive statement, but really not so…James Christian explains: “The name ‘Indestructible’ was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our careers and what better way to say “Hey, I’m still Here” than by giving the cd a bold title”.

 The music within?—well, it is bold, and continues forward from what we heard on “Precious Metal”.  The group is not only celebrating their tenth release, but also ten years together in this line-up of the group!  The album is set for an early June release, worldwide…and another International tour is actually underway!  Live shows are already happening in Europe, with North American dates to be announced very shortly.  Below is a sneak peek at this fantastic upcoming album…take it away James!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Young ‘Uns:  April 10th & 11th  Hank Stallion:  April 16th   Zamboni Brothers:  April 17th & April 18th and April 23rd

The Barking Parrot Bar:  Tattoo Alibi:  April 10th & 11th

Checker’s Bar & Grill (Vernon):  Mace: April 11th

Doc Willoughby’s:    Dave Hause w/ Kalle Mattson:  April 10th  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Sun K:  April 10th   Waking Scarlet:  April 11th   Fever Feel:  April 15th                              Sam Weber:  April 18th

Neighbours Pub:  Honest Woods:   April 11th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Rockaholicks:  April  10th & April 11th  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th  Linus:  April 24th & April 25th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th   Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....



Worth Seeking

They call themselves the “4th Dimension”, an Italian Progressive Rock band that are dedicated to the enduring Progressive/Symphonic style of music.  Their musical meanderings are epically majestic!  In part, here is what has been said about their second effort, “Dispelling The Veil Of Illusions”…”Knowing that 4th Dimension was founded by a vocalist and keyboardist—both steeped in powerful Melodic Rock-one’s expectations reach the upper echelons of hearing majestic, epic musical journeys.  This release is the group’s second effort and those expectations are totally fulfilled!”   A five piece, “4th Dimension are signed to a strong independent label, PowerProg, and if you are a Progressive Rocker, then you are in for an aural delight!  The group’s first album, “The White Path To Rebirth” was released five years ago, and they have been writing and re-writing this album over the last five years.  Meticulously performed and produced, their current effort displays their high standard of craftsmanship and their extraordinary Talents as musicians!  “Dispelling The Veil Of Illusions” is definitely worth seeking out!                                                                                                              Another interesting and very talented group is “Estate”, a quintet from Russia that create and perform a huge and expansive sound!  Marrying Russian folklore with Razor-sharp Metal, “Fantasia” will simply rock you out!  From the Mighty label, and available at reputable on-line music sites, and possibly at some of the areas Speciality Music stores—“Estate”—‘Fantasia’…

Now, here are some albums worth watching out for!

WHITESNAKE—“The Purple Album”:  David Coverdale and his band of hard-core Blues-Rock friends have put together a scorcher this time!  And, you guessed it—these are numbers from his ‘Purple days!  Now, not just a re-visit to these Deep Purple classics, but they have been “Whitesnake-ized”!!  We must remember, though, this is where David started—with the wizards of “Deep Purple”, and now forty plus years on, he is revitalising these standards, and reinterpreting them!  “Whitesnake” is preparing to tour this album, introducing new guitarist, Joel Hoekstra as well!

 

They were an iconic family in America, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson—from their 1950’s television series to their son’s legendary tenure in Rock,  and now, the present day twins-Matthew and Gunnar are the foundation of today’s “Nelson”.  Just an aside, but a significant one—the American Nelson family are the only family in the American entertainment business that have three generations of #1 hitmakers in the music business!  This album is certainly going to continue that accomplishment!  Nelson-“Peace Out” hits the streets in mid-May!!

As I wrote in the last “Under The Lights”…2015 may just be the year for “The Answer”!!  These Irish blues-masters are about to “Raise A Little Hell”, their new album hitting the streets now!  The album certainly is a hell raiser, and should give this group the boost they need to break out big time!  Absolutely worth seeking out plus…look out for a DVD release of their concert appearance from 2014’s “Crossroads” Festival from the German music show Rockpalast!—if you want to catch a glimpse of the 21st Century ‘Led Zeppelin’—this is it!!

 


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    The Goods:  April 3rd & 4th   Zamboni Brothers:  April 9th   Young ‘Uns:  April 10th & 11th

The Barking Parrot Bar:  Tattoo Alibi:  April 10th & 11th

Doc Willoughby’s  Dope Soda:  April 3rd  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Revenge Of The Trees:  April 3rd   Honest Woods:  April 4th  The Reckless Heroes:  April 9th    Sun K:  April 10th   Fever Feel:  April 15th   Sam Weber:  April 18th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Radio Lifeline:  April 3rd & 4th  Rockaholicks:  April  10th & April 11th  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Whitehorse:  April 10th                                            Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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Time For Action

I know!..it is only the beginning of Spring—but we can certainly plan for the upcoming Summer events around the Okanagan!!  First up—let’s look at the Annual “Summerland Action Festival”!  For all the events please go to www.SummerlandActionFestival.com  Here though, we will focus on the music events:  So, June 5,6,& 7th are the days, and here is the Music line-up:  You have Kelowna’s own “The Journeymen”—those veteran Rockers that graced this column a month or so ago.  Plus the tribute extravaganza of “Totally Tom Petty-Hosts Women Of Rock”, of course performing tribute to Tom Petty, and Pat Benetar, Chrissie Hynde, and Stevie Nicks!  Throughout this Action Festival, get set to enjoy the musical talents of “The Slam Dogs”—members of Prism and Headpins get together and unleash their rocked out talents!  “Silent Alarm” will take you on another journey through some classic rock sounds. This year’s Festival will also feature MDM/Universal recording Artists: Robyn and Ryleigh, and don’t be surprised when you see hitting the stage Ray Roper and David Wills of “Stonbolt” fame!!

Now, the music surrounding “Summerland Action Festival” will not just be Rock, there will be “…a little bit country” as well!  Steve Dreger with his Johnny Cash Tribute will hit the stage on the Sunday, and for all you Neil Young fans, Kevin Foley will take you through Neil’s catalogue and then some!  We wouldn’t want this type of Festival without the likes of Bob Seger and John Fogerty, would we!—“Centerfield” is set to hit the music stage on the Sunday, June 7th along with “Night Moves”!!  Two fantastic tribute bands that will spin you into the worlds of John Fogerty and Bob Seger!! 

Remember, the above is just the music line-up—there will be all types of Family activities, throughout the three days—so, please mark your calendars and join in!—the “Summerland Action Festival”- 2015: June 5th, 6th, and 7th!

Please, don’t forget tonight to introduce yourselves to the “GoodFellas”, five seasoned musicians hailing from Kelowna:  What with making the scene in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and right here in Kelowna years ago…Will Hawkins, Cliff Giroux, Rick Berkley, Rick Rock, and Len Cornett have recently teamed up to play and perform the music of their heart.  “GoodFellas” formed in 2013, drawn by their pure love of playing, and have been rehearsing, doing the occasional gig and rehearsing some more!  The lads play a vast variety of styles—putting their unique interpretation on each piece.  Steeped in Southern Rock-I think that is their first love, they also perform material from other legends, like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Joe Cocker-just to name a few.  An interesting band of musical brothers—they are just as comfortable performing “More Than A Feeling” with feeling and then turning the dial up a couple of notches when they go into “Free Bird”!!  So, do you want a great night out?  A night where you can go down memory lane, dance and boogie with your favourite person and enjoy friends?  Why not hang out with some “GoodFellas”!!  See and hear these five driving Rockers at the Rivals Sports Grill in Kelowna on March 27th!  The Rock begins at 9pm.


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  March 27th & 28th

Doc Willoughby’s  Rolla Olak:  March 27th  Dope Soda:  April 3rd  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  The Thrashers:  April 1st  Revenge Of The Trees:  April 3rd   Honest Woods:  April 4th

Minstrel Café:    Joshua Smith:  March 27th  Poppa Dawg Blues Band:  March 28th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Colt 45:  March  27th & 28th  Radio Lifeline:  April 3rd & 4th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Lefty:  March 27th  & 28th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Colin James:  March 28th    Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Marilyn Manson:  March 28th                                     Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.









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