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Precious Metal

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’ will be taking to the boards in early Spring.  With a European and UK tour set to begin in March, the troop will be marching across the pond to the United States and Canada in Summer.  “Precious Metal” will be released in February.

 

Recently I had the privilege to review the debut album of Berggren Kerslake.  Stefan Berggren is a seasoned singer from Sweden, and of course, Lee Kerslake is the extraordinary drummer from Uriah Heep, and Ozzy’s solo band.  The last time I saw Stefan was when he was fronting “M3”, the core members of the original Whitesnake.  His soulful, yet rocking voice just blew me away, and it still does!  Recently teaming up with Lee, the two have created an awesome Rock-Blues record that will rival any Whitesnake, or early Bad Company efforts.  Now a Power Trio, the Berggren Kerslake Band is ready to conquer the world!  Tomas Thorberg rounds out the three-some on Bass.  The debut is full of soulful, bluesy renditions and hard rocking excursions that will linger with you for a long time. 

The label is AOR Heaven and release date is February in North America.


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Pappa Dawg: (Wednesday Night Jams)    Orio:   Jan. 9th    Young ‘Uns:   Jan. 10th & 11th   Zamboni Brothers:   Jan. 16th    Jimmy LeGuilloux:   January 17th & 18th   Orio:  Jan. 23rd  

Dream Café:  Jim Byrnes:  January 24th & 25th (2014)

Flashbacks:   Down With Webster:   January 30th (2014)

The Green: (Vernon)   Sunday Night Jams-featuring  GTR   

Minstrel Café:   Andrew Smith:   January 10th    Blue City Trio:   January 11th                                                    The Scattered Atoms:  January 17th & 18th 

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   Papa Wheely:   January 10th   Wild Son:  Jan. 24th

 Longhorn Pub:  Wheelhouse Band:  January 12th   

Notable Concerts:  

Prospera Place:   Hedley:   Feb. 15th   Yes:   March 21st 2014

Kelowna Community Theatre:  Matt Anderson:   February 2nd   The Johnny Clegg Band:  April 27th 

South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton):       Barenaked Ladies:   January 19th   Kenny Rogers:  February 27th    Florida Georgia Line:   April 10th

Interior Savings Centre (Kamloops):  Hedley:   February 16th   George Thorogood & The Destroyers:   May 1st 2014 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:   Bryan Adams:   February 25th             The Wailers:   March 15th 

 

                 …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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