A six-album vinyl box set will collect all of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic-era studio and live LPs, packaging them together for the first time. Each album, originally released between 1973-77, features exact reproductions of the original artwork and will be pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Simply titled ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd,’ the set is due on Jan. 26.
Skynyrd made their debut in 1973 with ‘Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd,’ a Top 30 hit that included four of the group’s best-loved Southern-rock favorites: ‘Gimme Three Steps,’ ‘Simple Man,’ ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ and ‘Free Bird.’ A consistent seller, the album eventually went double platinum in 1987.
Bluesy hard rockers BloYaTop announced on their Facebook-page that they are about to record their 3rd album. The studio set up is almost ready: "The drums are acclimatizing at studio Theelen (NL). In the next days several amplifiers and guitars will follow and then, december 18 finally the recordings to our third album will kick off. Our third album.... Wow... We're mighty proud of that!"
The Dutch band didn't announce the album name or planned release date yet, but they revealed the names of the backing vocalists: "We're also proud of the fact that we can announce that the backing vocals on our next album will be provided by Mandy de Bruin, Mir Delnoy and Katia Salemi! But first we'll start next week by creating a hardrocking, funky and swinging foundation, with a bit of soul. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
Swedish rock legends Europe will release their 10th album, "War of Kings", in March 2015 on UDR Records. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monsterously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. The album will be released in the UK on March 2nd, Japan on March 4th (via JVC), the EU on March 6th and the US on March 10th.
Joey Tempest: “War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath. And after hearing Dave Cobb amazing production for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!”
Jason White, the lead guitarist for Green Day, has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. His prognosis, according to the band, is good and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Last Friday (Dec. 5), the band issued the following statement on its website. “We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery.”
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