Hard work, perseverance, and simultaneously having your hands in multiple projects seem to be the new business model for musicians nowadays. Case in point. guitarist Joel Hoekstra. When he is not out touring on the weekends with Night Ranger he can be found on Broadway’s Great White Way, turning heads with his blazing eight-finger solo in the play Rock of Ages. When he is not there in the winter months, he can be seen playing arenas with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!
If there has ever been a band that is difficult to place a label upon or box into a genre, it’s STYX. The Chicago spawned rockers are just as well known for their hard rocking singles as they are the lush ballads, that propelled them to superstardom in the 1970s and 1980s.
With band members from around the globe including the U.K., Russia, Spain, Uruguay and New York, The Blackfires truly are an international and inspirational band. They’re not only making great rock music with a new vibe, but also extremely well educated.
Judas Priest have outdone themselves with their 17th studio album; Redeemer of Souls.
Released on July 8, 2014, metalheads around the globe are already singing its praises.
Tesla have gone back to the basics with their newest CD, Simplicity. From the way they wrote these 14 riff blazing songs to the way they were recorded – as a team and live, the album is reminiscent of the way they recorded their debut album back in 1986.
This is a continuation of a previously published article, which consisted of a Concert Review of Juan Martín’s performance at the Leeds Flamenco Festival (2014) and the first half of this interview. Here, Juan continues speaking (among other things) about flamenco and fusion, his experience performing with Miles Davis, his experiences on the UK flamenco scene, and his course in Ronda.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest living exponents of the flamenco art from, guitarist Juan Martín, throughout his dazzling career, has delighted audiences across the globe with his passion, musical virtuosity and charming personality. Having initially learnt to play the guitar from the late great Paco de Lucía, Juan has since gone on to have an astounding performance career, playing in many of the world’s most prestigious performance auditoriums.
Michael Sweet, frontman and guitarist for the multi-platinum Christian rock band, Stryper, released an autobiography this past May entitled Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed.
Norwegian born retro-soul singer and multi-instrumentalist, Bernhoft, has found his music taking on a whole new level of meaning. On his latest CD, Islander, he explores deeper and richer sonic textures to his groove-laced soul and frenetic tension. His music embraces both heartbreaking raw emotion and soulful positivity.
Guitar extraordinaire, Eric Johnson, will be releasing a collection of 14 live tracks recorded in Europe, simply entitled, Europe Live, on June 24th. Along with his collection of his classic songs, Eric incorporated two new tracks for his fans, “Intro”, a song that opens the set, and an encore rock and roll jam inspired by boating and water skiing called, “Evinrude Fever”.