NEWS UPDATE : January - March 2019
|February 5 : WARRIOR
(Vinnie Vincent 1982) 2CD Expanded Edition
Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled a second
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an
official release date March 22, 2019, entitled "WARRIOR
- II" 2CD Expanded Edition.
WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members
Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch
Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed
guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano
was recommended by KISS’s Gene Simmons (both bands were
represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin). Cusano was a
prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the
NEW ENGLAND for consideration. So impressed was the trio
with Cusano’s song-writing abilities that they agreed to
relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the
WARRIOR was born.
Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest
from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to
record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing
the fledgling band on cassette.
WARRIOR, Vincent Cusano’s talents meant that the guitarist
was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their
“Creatures Of The Night” LP, their last in make-up, where he’d
be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.
precious WARRIOR recordings gathered dust until
HNE released a collection of them in 2017. Subsequently,
more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been
unearthed from Gary Shea’s personal archive. Also included are a
number of the demos transferred from the above mentioned
Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with
Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J.
This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the
power, quality and sheer momentum of the first “WARRIOR”
album, “Warrior II” adds to the band’s legacy and legend.
>> CLICK HERE FOR TRACK LIST and FULL ALBUM DETAILS <<
|January 21 :
Carmine Appice's Guitar
Zeus - feat. Bruce Kulick
Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is re-releasing his GUITAR ZEUS
project, a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best
and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band
featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly
Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice
on drums which wrote and performed these well-crafted timeless
Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming
Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 &
1997, this new re-mastered album (by
Stephen DeAcutis - Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Overkill, Cyndi
Lauper) combines both releases as one complete version for the first
time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand
new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and
top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char.
Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition
vinyl and CD.
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus showcases the complete and prolific
talents of many world-renown rock guitarists including Brian May,
Slash, Neil Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen,
Bruce Kulick, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Paul
Gilbert, Mick Mars, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Dweezil
Zappa, Vivian Campbell, Leslie West, Warren DeMartini, Steve Morse,
Ty Tabor (Kings X), Ted Nugent, Dug Pinnick, John Norum and others…
Carmine Appice :
“The Guitar Zeus project, for me, was an amazing experience that has
never been done before by a drummer, especially with so much talent
on one album! You get your money’s worth! Writing all the songs with
my band (Tony & Kelly) and then picking out songs for each guitarist
was a fun and time-consuming process, especially coordinating
everybody’s schedules and recording sessions.
From the opening note, one can tell this is going to be something
special. I consider these drum tracks to be some of the best
performances in my career, topped off with working with so many
great guitarists and singers. The combination of players and song
selection is something special with some of the tunes is out of the
ordinary and ahead of their time!”
KISS Related Recordings
NOTE : The 2019 12 track 1CD version and
the vinyl album
version of "Guitar Zeus" does not include the song "Snake" featuring
"Snake" is only released on the previous (1998
versions as well as on the 2019 remastered digital
download 2019 release !
KISS Related Recordings
Since it's first release (1997), various versions of "Carmine
Appice's Guitar Zeus - Volume II" does exist, but not all features
the song "Snake" with Bruce Kulick.
Even the album "Channel Mind Radio" is released with different track listings,
for example the 2003 reissue has a (slightly) different album
cover, which actually is released as "Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
Vol 2: Channel Mind Radio" This version doesn't contain the
song "Shake" (with Bruce Kulick), but "Nothing" (with
John Norum) instead.
August 2009 Fuel Records reissued the Guitar Zeus project as
a 24 track double-disc set compilation of the best Guitar Zeus
songs, with also features "Snake" (with Bruce Kulick).