Although Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen (then still with her previous band, After Forever), and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad had never actually met before, when they played a handful of cover versions during an ‘All-Star Jam’ at Progpower USA in 2007, the two hit it off immediately. Discovering they both shared a fondness for basic, stripped down heavy rock music, the pair sat down the following year and wrote an album’s worth of music quite different to what they were both producing at the time.Continue reading →
Veteran Norwegian hard rockers TNT has issued their 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra release in the United States via Indie Recordings.
The performance was filmed on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway, with the band performing with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester), and special appearances by Hank Von Helvete (Turbonegro), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), and original TNT vocalist Dag Ingebrigtsen and returning vocalist Tony Harnell (replacing Tony Mills).
30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Track Listing: 01. Fanfare For The Common Man. 02. Invisible Noise 03. Substitute 04. Refugee 05. As Far As The Eye Can See 06. Downhill Racer 07. Intuition 08. Northern Lights 09. Tekrø solo 10. Magica Lanterna 11. Sabre Dance 12. Harley Davidson 13. USA 14. Eddie 15. June 16. My Religion 17. Everyone’s A Star 18. 10.000 Lovers (In One) 19. Seven Seas
Starting off their current tour with not one, but two New York City shows, The Winery Dogs backed up their bite with a huge bark. Their brand of hard rock is so full of energy you couldn’t help but get drawn into the hype Opening the night was an acoustic set from Tony Harnell of TNT and his guitarist Virus, of Device fame. They belted out songs from his solo career as well as Westworld. Singer Rachel Lorin joined them for the final three songs of the set including a cover of the Nazareth song ‘Love Hurts’. Tony did reveal there will be some TNT shows in the US to mark their upcoming anniversary.
The Winery Dogs fans are surprisingly vocal. For a band with only one album there was a sing-a-long for almost every song. From opening songs ‘Elevate’ and ‘We are One’ the crowd nearly eclipsed the bands’ harmonies. Maybe it has something to do with the musicians themselves being killer players. It was a pick-less night between the bass behemoth of Billy Sheehan and singer/guitarist, Richie Kotzen they both displayed insane finger playing. Seeing a bassist in rock without a pick is normal, but for a guitarist, rare. During ‘Six Feet Deeper’, they leaped into part of Jimi Hendrix staple ‘Hey Joe’ before diving head first into a dizzying drum solo by the mighty Mike Portnoy. Following that up, Billy blurring goodness filled ‘The Other Side’. With only an hours worth of material on their debut album, they treated the crowd to a brand new song. As they were wrapping up they went into my personal favorite, ‘The Dying’. It is one of those great, moody songs can stay on repeat forever.
They returned to the stage for the encore, a massive rocking rendition of The Four Tops, ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’. Before closing the night off they Richie made his way over to the church organ for rendition of “Regret”. Instead of lighters, there were cell phone lights shining as the ballad carried on. To wrap up the first night of a two night stand, they knocked out ‘Shy Boy’ by Sheehan’s old band Talas. The Winery Dogs are a rocking groove machine of fun that I’d encourage anyone to check out when they hit your area.