Casper spoke with the drummer who will be joining him KYLE HUGHES and guitarist extraordinaire MICKY MC CRYSTAL you can hear these below.
KYLE HUGHES (Part 1 & Part 2)
MICKY Mc CRYSTAL
“Viva La Rock” is big, bad and beautiful. It reflects the larger than life personality of its creator Marco Mendoza both on and off stage.
The Los Angeles native who has a proud Spanish/Mexican heritage is usually found holding down the bass rock foundation with artists like Neal Schon (Journey), Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and can currently be found with new classic cock champions The Dead Daisies.
With a hard working ethic that sees him constantly out on the road either with The Dead Daisies or as a solo artist, he was delighted when Mighty Music offered him the opportunity to release an album that could propel his own brand of music to a wider public.
“I am really excited about the release of this album. It will be my first collection of new songs in seven years! I have been extremely busy with the Dead Daisies since 2013 so when the opportunity to get some new music together came along, I jumped at it! I hope you guys have as much fun listening to it as I did recording it!” says Marco.
The album was recorded in Copenhagen with the multi-talented Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes/Mike Tramp/Electric Guitars) at the helm. The Soren/Marco collaboration proved to be the right way forward with the chemistry exploding in the studio, writing and producing some of the finest new rock songs that are screaming out to be heard through a radio somewhere in the world.
“VIVA LA ROCK!! Is a celebration of Music, Life & Rock & Roll, Peace and Love!” states Marco.
With the title track ‘Viva La Rock’ thrusting out of the speakers as a worthy invitation to come and listen, Marco then takes you on a rollercoaster of musical emotions and sounds with a number of potential hit singles like ‘Rocketman’, ‘Sue is on the Run’ and the ballad ‘Leah’. With a cauldron full of influences caressing Marcos Rock sound including blues, funk and R and B, there is something for everyone that loves great music, and for good measure there a little of his past thrown in with a visit to ‘Chinatown’ from Thin Lizzy, complete with a guest appearance by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and Danish star Mike Tramp on additional vocals, then the Ted Nugent cover ‘Hey Baby’. Throw it on your stereo or iPod and turn it up loud, you know you want to! “Viva La Rock” is a major priority release for Scandinavia’s premier rock/metal label Mighty Music, who in recent years has grown to become one of the more important record labels within the genre worldwide, not least due to succesful releases with The Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mike Tramp and Blitzkrieg.
“Viva La Rock” is to be released on the 2nd of March 2018 on ltd. colour LP, CD and digital and on the 19th of January the title song from the album will be out as single and music video.
Marco Mendoza will support the “Viva La Rock” album with a European tour, which is currently being booked:
Don’t Miss Marco on his upcoming UK and USA Summer Viva La Rock Tour!
These are Marco’s first solo shows on the East Coast in a long time this is not to be missed.
He will be performing lots of great songs from the critically acclaimed and fan beloved album ‘Viva La Rock’ as well as other classics
from throughout his illustrious career!
Viva La Rock!!
Hot off their sold-out UK and European Tour in support of their latest album “Burn It Down”, The Dead Daisies are announcing a full UK & EU Summer Tour which sees them perform at a mix of festivals, headline dates as well as shows with The Scorpions, Guns n Roses and Joe Satriani. Casper caught up with Marco Mendoza to find out how things are going with the new album BURN IT DOWN.
“BURN IT DOWN” has entered the charts around the world! Led by a #6 in the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart, a #10 in the prestigious German Media Control Charts, #12 in the US Hard Music Charts, #14 in the UK Sales Charts, #15 in both Switzerland and Austria as well as
numerous other chart entries around the world, the album very much delivered on the promise of
“Burning down everything in its path”!
At radio, the single “Rise Up” has been added to massive playlists worldwide. The track is climbing the US-airplay charts (currently #46 at Active Rock), is on huge stations in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and Spain as well as UK’s prestigious Planet Rock Radio adding both the
single and the teaser track “Resurrected” to their A-Playlist.
Before the band return to Europe in July, they will go back to Japan to play three packed headline shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).
Originally from Brisbane, Choreographer, Aaron Cash is a talented performer and one of the original “Tap Dogs“. Early in his career, world-renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing and High School Musical 1 & 2) cast Aaron in Cher’s Love Hurts Tour. This opportunity culminated in an impressive 10-year touring relationship as Cher’s lead dancer. His amazing talent drew the attention of many high-profile artists in the industry.
Direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolución – the show that has taken Europe by storm – returns to Australia for a national tour in April and May with a brand new production. Ballet Revolución is recharged, rebooted and ready for its Australian fans once again. casper spoke with
The Australian tour begins in Brisbane on 26 April followed by shows in Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Tickets go on sale on in late November.
Audiences all over the world simply cannot get enough of the Cuban dancers’ exuberant energy and contagious joy of life with which they turn any idea into an explosive and intense performance. With breathtaking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves from ballet to street dance, Ballet Revolución has already thrilled audiences in sold-out shows from Singapore to Berlin, Vienna and London.
“An irresistible Cuban cocktail of ferocious sensuality,” raved The Australian after their previous show’s world premiere in Sydney. Some of Cuba’s most talented artists dance to Latin American music with R&B and hip hop to produce a mix of modern dance styles and elegant ballet with Afro-Cuban dance traditions. “It is dazzlingly fast-paced, humorous and sizzlingly hot- blooded,” gushed the Daily Express after the sold-out performances in London, while the Tagesspiegel wrote after the German premiere in Berlin: “Once the Cuban dancers get going with their athletic bodies and exuberant temperament, it gets really hot.”
The dancers were trained at one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, with its renowned faculty of modern dance, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Dance training is strongly promoted in Cuba, as dance means more than art: on the Caribbean island, it means “life”.
Leading Australian choreographer Aaron Cash, along with Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, blend breathtaking contemporary moves with salsa and Cuban dance to produce a unique fusion, resulting in an explosion of unbridled passion and raw energy, with a distinctly Cuban flavour.
Boundless passion, attractive sensuality, stunning athleticism and exuberant joy of life, Ballet Revolución combines it all in a fireball of emotions that no one can escape.
Strictly limited season, Ballet Revolución returns to Australia in April and May.
Friday 27th and Sunday 29th April, 2018 – QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE QLD – Bookings: QTix 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au
Tuesday 1st May, 2018 – ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE WA – Bookings: (08) 9844 5005 or 1300 795 012
Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 – BUNBURY REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE WA – Bookings: 1300 661 272
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th May, 2018 – CROWN THEATRE, PERTH WA – Bookings: 136 100 Ticketmaster or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Wednesday 9th to Thursday 10th May, 2018 – CANBERRA THEATRE, ACT – Bookings: (02) 6275 2700
Friday 11th and Sunday 13th May, 2018 – STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW – Bookings: 1300 139 588 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Wednesday 16th May, 2018 – FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE VIC – Bookings: (03) 9784 1060
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th May, 2018 – STATE THEATRE, ARTS CENTRE, MELBOURNE VIC – Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 136 166 or Arts Centre 1300 182 183
Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th May, 2018 – FESTIVAL THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA – Bookings: BASS 131 246 or www.bass.net.au
It pumps you up, delivers and endorphin high! – The Guardian, London
It is dazzlingly fast paced, humorous and sizzlingly hot-blooded – Daily Express, London
Full of dynamic formation and exciting momentum – The Times, London
Irresistible Cuban cocktail of ferocious sensuality.
Everything was done with effortless cohesion and precision which made it all look so easy. Next plane to Havana anyone? – The Australian
Stephanie Nadolny is no stranger to the stage. She has been singing and dancing since she was a very young child of only 3. She is most known for her voice over work in the roles of Kid Goku on the outrageously popular Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT as well as Kid Gohan and East Kai in Dragon Ball Z, which appeared on Cartoon Network. In addition, she sang many of the English translated Japanese animated themes for Kiddy Grade, Case Closed and YuYu Hakusho.
She grew up singing and dancing in choirs, musical theater productions and majored in Dramatic Arts at the University of North Texas. In 1991, Stephanie joined the nationally renowned show band, Vince Vance and the Valiants where She toured extensively across the U.S.A. as the groups lead Valiantette, “Violet.” This popular, high-energy musical revue allowed Stephanie to shine as a professional singer, dancer and actress. Not only has she shared the stage with well-known artists such as Huey Lewis, James Brown, Harry Connick Jr., The Four Tops, KC and the Sunshine Band, Chubby Checker and others, she has performed in venues from the Superdome to the Super bowl and from the Waldorf Astoria to the White House. During her twenty year run with this organization, in addition to live concert performing, she choreographed dance routines and arranged vocal parts and contributed studio recordings on the albums, Dance, Dance, Dance and Tamale Wagon. She also made three appearances on the Dallas television program, Good Morning Texas, performing the #1 Christmas hit, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and was featured on the nationally televised “This Is Garth Brooks” concert special in 1993.
Performing with various local show bands, Stephanie has been a “first call” in her line of work. She performed live and on several album projects with the internationally known Grammy award winning Polka band “Brave Combo”. She has an affinity for vocal parody work for comedic radio shows and loves to pick up radio jingle work and radio voice over work when time allows.
Stephanie’s vocals were featured weekly for four years when she fronted the immensely popular HIGHROLLERS show band at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville Oklahoma, featuring some of the best musicians in the Dallas, TX area. Stephanie’s adoration for comedy landed her a position at a recording studio writing, recording and producing morning show parodies and skits. She was able to mimic many of the original artists as well as to come up with her own original voices for various seasonal and comedic projects. Backing up Elvis, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash tribute artists, Stephanie was able to showcase her incredible fine-tuned harmonies with the touring bands “Fever” and “Spinout”.
In 2011, Stephanie was sought out by a Los Angeles director to voice the lead character in a developmental cartoon project entitled Lakewood Plaza Turbo. Later on, after a series of shorts were released, the show was renamed OK K.O. of which Stephanie voiced “K.O.” to appear on the downloadable game app as well as on Cartoon Network. In 2013, Stephanie was selected to voice the role of “Deb” in a new animated project called Deb, the Mom, later renamed The Adventures of Ryan Dufrates.
In the foreseeable future, Stephanie intends to record her own album of her own selections which will be covers and/or original compositions. Stephanie fronts her own 4-6 pc show band called MOONGLASS which showcases pop, country, R&B, soul and Jazz music and they play all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Stephanie appears at various US and overseas conventions and was thrilled to be returning as a Supa-Star Guest at Supanova in 2018. Her most favorite part of her livelihood is meeting and greeting fans so come on by, say hello and get an autograph at the con! She cannot wait to meet you!
As one of the most popular up and coming Latina actresses in the business, Lindsey Morgan has built an extensive resume between her work in television and film. She currently stars as series regular, Raven Reyes, on The CW’s popular scifi drama The 100. Sarah had an interesting chat with her ahead of SUPANOVA COMIC-CON!
Born in Georgia, and raised in Texas, this half-Irish, half-Latin beauty discovered her love of theatre at a young age; and after starring in numerous high school productions such as Little Shop of Horrors and Footloose, Lindsey knew that acting was her passion.
After high school, Lindsey was accepted to The University of Texas, Austin and decided to pursue a degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in Theater Arts in order to continue learning the craft of acting. Within her first year of college, Morgan continuously began booking commercials and print ads. It wasn’t long before casting agents took notice of her natural talent and she was later cast for small guest roles in some of television’s critically acclaimed series My Generation and Friday Night Lights.
Realizing that her career was building at a swift pace, Morgan made the decision to move to Los Angeles to continue her work as a full-time film and TV actress. The risk was soon rewarded when she landed a role in the indie film Detention alongside Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook.
She later booked the lead in MTV’s original movie disCONNECTED, which was part of their “A Thin Line” campaign. The film and the campaign were developed in order to empower young people to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in their lives. The film premiered to much acclaim for its message to youth. Lindsey then went on to star in the horror-comedy film Chastity Bites.
Lindsey’s television work has included appearances on How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Supah Ninjas, and A Think Line. She is still widely recognized for her work as a series regular in the ABC soap General Hospital, which garnered her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
In addition to her most television roles, Lindsey starred as a leading role in the Pixl television movie Casa Vita. She most recently wrapped production in the Edward Burns coming-of-age film, Summertime.
We had a chat with Jake Kiley of STRUNG OUT ahead of their mighty tour down under!
Exploding onto the southern California punk scene, STRUNG OUT were one of the first bands signed to Fat Mike’s Fat Wreck Chords, issuing their debut album in 1994. It was the band’s sophomore effort however that truly proved Mike’s faith in the band was so very well placed. ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ was thirteen chucks of socially aware punk speed pop metal riffage that guaranteed carnage every time the play button was hit on the dash. Hear these songs played live and you’re talking something else again – a veritable maelstrom of shoutalong moshing craziness resulting in ringing ears, sweat soaked tees and huge smiles on the faces of ecstatic fans.
22 years later and STRUNG OUT are a monster of a band, and for the first time ever the band are playing ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ in it’s entirely. From the biting “Firecracker” and siren call of “Somnombulance” to the fraying id of “Bring Out Your Dead”, “Solitaire” and “Wrong Side Of The Tracks”, these are songs that that will suck you in and leave you joyously wasted.
But wait… there’s more!
It wouldn’t be a STRUNG OUT show without shotgun blasts such as “Analog”, “Calling”, “Blueprint Of The Fall” “Ashes” and “Matchbox”. Yea verily the gods of punk have smiled upon the faithful with the promise of nothing but the best – a show jam-packed with attitude, speed, creativity and energy.
Machine-gun drums, scorching guitars, hard-hitting basslines, and an in-your-face singer with more melodies than Top 40 radio – there’s no-one like STRUNG OUT and ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ is one of the defining albums of the Californian punk scene. Don’t be an idiot…get tickets for this and get them now!
Strung Out Tour Dates:
Thursday 21st June: MAROOCHYDORE Sol Bar
Friday 22nd June: BRISBANE Brightside
Saturday 23rd June: GOLD COAST Miami Tavern
Saturday June 24th BYRON BAY Byron Bay Brewery
Tuesday 26th June NEWCASTLE Small Ballroom
Wednesday 27th June BATEAU BAY Long Jetty Hotel
Thursday 28th June SYDNEY Factory Theatre
Friday 29th June NARRABEEN Narrabeen RSL
Saturday 30th June MELBOURNE Croxton Hotel
Sunday 1st July MELBOURNE Frankston Pelly Bar
Wednesday 4th July ADELAIDE Fowlers
Thursday 5th July BUNBURY Prince of Wales
Friday 6th July HILARYS Northside Tavern
Saturday 7thJuly PERTH Hell Hole
Pre sale: Wednesday 28th March 10am – 11.59pm (local time)
General sale: Thursday 29th March 10am (local time)
The mighty Finns AMORPHIS release their majestic new album QUEEN OF TIME on 18th May via Nuclear Blast. Casper spoke to guitarist Tomi Koivusaari about what we might expect!
It’s been 24 years since AMORPHIS changed the metal world forever with their second album Tales From The Thousand Lakes; an epic piece of work that paved the way for one of the most successful Finnish music careers of all time. On twelve albums so far, AMORPHIS has brought us closer to the Finnish national epic, the “Kalevala”, toured the world several times, received countless gold records and managed to achieve success after success with their unmistakable mix of metal, folklore and rock.
Many winters have since passed through Finland but AMORPHIS is still there and is bigger than ever, more important than ever and better than ever! With their fateful thirteenth studio album »Queen Of Time«, the band provides a ground-breaking epic about the rise and fall of civilization. The day has come – the next defining moment in an unprecedented career has arrived.
Attentive listeners may have expected a further rise in the level of heaviness after the release of their last record (culminating in 2015 in the phenomenal and acclaimed Under The Red Cloud), but AMORPHIS has changed the game once more. The band, which in recent years has refined and improved its iconic style, now opens a breathtaking new chapter. One thing is already certain: AMORPHIS has never before told their stories of the thousand lakes as complex, as enthralling, as inventive and monumental as on Queen Of Time.
“The recordings have been a lot more intense and more exhausting this time,” reveals Esa Holopainen. “After couple of hundred concerts in support of »Under The Red Cloud«, we played our last show of this tour on a Saturday in September 2017 in Helsinki. We had an off day on Sunday – and started rehearsals for the new album on Monday!”
For the band, there was no time out, no gap – not the easiest situation, but one that served to inspire AMORPHIS. “We were able to take the energy, the experience and the routine of the tour and put it directly into songwriting. That,” said Holopainen, “has given the process a good boost.”
Shortly after recording their last album Under The Red Cloud, the Finns realized one thing: they would also record their next album with Jens Bogren, a true brother in spirit. “We knew that if we continue to work with him, we can excel ourselves.” And they did. Together with perfectionist Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, who is at least by now the legitimate seventh AMORPHIS member, the band managed to create an album (just in three months) that surpasses all expectations. “This album turned out as a massive surprise to all of us.” says the band founder. “During the rehearsing and pre-production we didn‘t have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. Sure, he talked a lot about it, but we didn’t know he was actually going to put all the things he had in mind onto the album!”
Guesting on the album is the likes of Chrigel Glanzmann (ELUVEITIE) on pipes, laryngeal singer Albert Kuvezin and saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby, plus an orchestra and a choir (a novelty for a band now in their 30th year)! These elements deliver a dramatic and cinematic depth to the sound, making everything even more epic, even deeper, and even more meaningful than ever before. Most importantly, these additions do not steal the show from the archaic magic that is AMORPHIS. Holopainen nods enthusiastically: “We’ve secretly been looking for this rush, this metamorphosis, for years.”
A good example for this is the first single, triumphant opener ‘The Bee‘: It begins with sonorous laryngeal singing, a siren-like female voice and strikingly shimmering synths, before getting started in the typical AMORPHIS manner. Melodies from another sphere, raw harshness, grandeur, elaborate orchestration and melancholy, flow seamlessly into each other as if these different worlds always belonged to one another. As a symbol of this sublime game of light and shadow, everything is enthroned by Tomi Joutsen’s voice. Sometimes grumbling, sometimes full of mournful fervor, sometimes crystal clear above everything – he is, now more than ever, a skald, a prophet, a storyteller.
And that is just the beginning. The entire album is a ride at full speed through archetypally Finnish metal witchcraft; a dark, mysterious, melancholic evening around the campfire. The fabulous melodies in the fast-paced ‘Message In The Amber‘ are as Nordic as they can be, in ‘Daughter Of Hate‘ aggression and black metal screams unite with oriental melodies into a fire signal of the downfall with dark choirs. ‘Wrong Direction‘, on the other hand, is gentle in nature and intentionally reduced. But just because AMORPHIS now has choirs and strings it does not mean that they completely overburden their sound. ‘We Accursed‘ comes with full energy: Subtle Ennio Morricone flair, majestic, sublime, elegant – already a future classic in the live set! And then, of course, there’s the overarching ‘Amongst Stars‘, another anthem with the fabulous Anneke van Giersbergen contributing a guest appearance.
As always, borne by Pekka Kainulainen‘s poetic lyrics, AMORPHIS penetrate deeper than ever into the thicket of folklore and cosmic contexts. “This time, Pekka tells about the cosmic powers that people believed in long ago in a very universal way: the rise and fall of cultures.” This is also symbolized by the image of the bee on the album cover – the queen of time, as Holopainen explains the title of the album. “It represents the microcosm that can nevertheless trigger cataclysmic changes. The fall of world empires ushered in by a small sprouting seed. The butterfly that causes a hurricane.” And as ‘Daughter Of Hate‘ urgently needed a spoken part, lyricist Kainulainen also appears for the first time as a narrator. An excellent choice: His wise and venerable shaman-like voice is a perfect match to the music.
Queen Of Time is rounded off by the return of the original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine, following the departure of Niclas Etelävuori after 17 years . “When we started to play our first shows together again last summer it all felt so familiar” says Holopainen. Laine is back and ready to fulfill the whole AMORPHIS touring schedule, which is as extensive as usual. Starting with a massive festival season, AMORPHIS will embark on a large US tour (with DARK TRANQUILLITY and MOONSPELL as support acts) in fall, before presenting their latest masterpiece on European stages. “The songs of the new album will also set new standards at our live shows,” says Holopainen. And anyone who has heard Queen Of Time even once will know what he means by that. A new era has begun, a new Tales From The Thousand Lakes is born.