My top 10 Rock songs that never get old for me

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There are songs that you have heard a million times and you can’t take them anymore (Post about those songs another time), and those that remain eternally epic. This is my list of those songs I consider most epic.

10. “Tombs Ov Oblivion” – Crowned By Fire

     9. “Back In The Saddle” – Aerosmith

     8. “Breakin’ Down” – Skid Row

     7. “More Than A Feeling” – Boston

     6. “Now I’m Here” – Queen

     5. “Dance The Night Away” – Van Halen

     4. “River Of Deceit” – Mad Season

     3. “No Quarter” – Led Zeppelin

     2. “Love To Love” – UFO

     1. “Spirits In The Night” – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

     These are the ten top songs which I could listen to over and over without them wearing out on me. I guess of I were to make a Hellion Rocks greatest hits CD these would be the ten songs that would make the cut for me. Why these ten songs? They each represent to me musical craft at its best. I can listen to these and be carried away on musical adventures in faraway lands. I encourage your feedback and responses with your own definitive top ten list.

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     -the Hellion

 

Talkin’ with UFO bassist Rob De Luca

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Having been a long time UFO fan, I jumped at the chance to sit down with bassist Rob De Luca. I have had Rob on my radar for a few years now and was excited to learn of his addition to the UFO lineup. We had a great conversation and are sharing it with you here:

     Thanks to Rob, UFO, and Jon Freeman for making this happen. Be sure to check out the new UFO release “A Conspiracy Of Stars”.

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Rock N’ Roll!!!

     -the Hellion

UFO Reveal Track Listing to new Album A Conspiracy of Stars

UFO Reveal Track Listing to new Album A Conspiracy of Stars

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Available March 3rd in North America on Steamhammer/SPV

Of course you don’t need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release. To cut a long story short: their 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.

A Conspiracy Of Starspresents UFO’s current line-up for the first time: along with the original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed two of the album tracks as a songwriter. The majority of the new material was composed by Vinnie Moore, the album also featuring a song by Paul Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. The lyrics were penned by frontman Phil Mogg.

Track Listing Digipak:

01. The Killing Kind

02. Run Boy Run

03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun

04. Sugar Cane

05. Devils In The Detail

06. Precious Cargo

07. The Real Deal

08. One And Only

09. Messiah Of Love

10. Rolling Rolling

11. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)

Track Listing Jewel Case:

01. The Killing Kind

02. Run Boy Run

03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun

04. Sugar Cane

05. Devils In The Detail

06. Precious Cargo

07. The Real Deal

08. One And Only

09. Messiah Of Love

10. Rolling Rolling

 

Track Listing LP:

Side 1

01. The Killing Kind

02. Run Boy Run

03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun

Side 2

01. Sugar Cane

02. Devils In The Detail

03. Precious Cargo

Side 3

01. The Real Deal

02. One And Only

03. Messiah Of Love

Side 4

01. Rolling Rolling

02. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)

23 February 2015 will see the European release (Scandinavia: 18 February 2015 / Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) as Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl colored double LP and download.

TOUR DATES 2015

FEBRUARY

Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz

Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17

Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock

Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club

Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei

Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche

Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana

Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde

MARCH

Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club

Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola

Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  – Forum Palace

Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat

Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café

Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  – Riffelhof

Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle

Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus

Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle

APRIL

Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront

Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction

Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall

Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz

Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy

Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight

Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC

Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy

Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy

Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City

Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy

MAY

Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion

Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix

Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall

Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2

Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy

Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum

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Rob De Luca (bass), Phil Mogg (vocals), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar)

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https://www.facebook.com/UFOofficial

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www.spv.de

     this record ROCKS!!!!

     -the Hellion

QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE – 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATION MINDCRIME 04/12/13 SHOW REVIEW

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     From the opening notes of “I Remember Now” to the closing notes of “Eyes of a Stranger”, Operation Mindcrime was played in its entirety  to perfection at The Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque, NM on 04/12/13. No breaks, and no interruptions, the story of Operation Mindcrime was told to completion. Never mind about controversy and nay saying, THIS was Queensryche at its finest. Like a superhero calling forth his team mates, Geoff Tate has assembled a rock solid lineup.

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     With Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, and was considered as Randy Rhoads replacement for OZZY), Simon Wright ( AC/DC, Dio, UFO, Rhino Bucket, John Norum, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Mogg/Way), Randy Gane (Myth), Kelly Gray (Myth, Slave To The System), and the LEGENDARY Rudy Sarzo (OZZY, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, M.A.R.S., Manic Eden, Michael Angelo Batio, Dio, Bassinvaders, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Animetal USA), you can’t go wrong.

Robert Sarzo on fire!

Robert Sarzo on fire!

Kelly Gray in charge!

Kelly Gray in charge!

Somewhere behind this kit is Simon Wright

Somewhere behind this kit is Simon Wright

Rudy Sarzo showing us how bass is done!

Rudy Sarzo showing us how bass is done!

After totally annihilating us with their blistering rendition of Operation Mindcrime, Geoff finally broke his silence and talked to the wildly enthusiastic crowd.  “You want more?” he queried. Queensryche then launched into a four song encore set. “Silent Lucidity”, “I’m American”, “Jet city Woman”, and closing with “Empire”. Geoff and crew continued to whip the crowd into submission until the very end. It was awesome to see the massive crowd singing in unison to these great songs.

the crowd says it all!

the crowd says it all!

 

     Thanks Geoff, Robert, Rudy, Kelly, Simon, and Rudy S. for giving us a memorable evening and keeping the music of Queensryche true to form!

at the meet and greet

at the meet and greet

Funny story from the meet and greet. I happen to have a Tri-Ryche tattoo on my right arm. I also happen to have a green Happy Bunny tattoo wearing a blue shirt with my daughters nickname on it. In the process of showing Geoff my Tri-Ryche tattoo he asked “What’s with the green bunny?” A nice moment of levity with Queensryche.

 

I would like to give a special shout out to Jeff Albright from THE ALBRIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP  for making it possible for me to cover this show.

 

 

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

the Hellion

 

 

 

 

OF EARTH: New Project Featuring Rob De Luca (UFO, Sebastian Bach) to Release New Album ‘The Monarch’ this Spring‏

OF EARTH: New Project Featuring Rob De Luca (UFO, Sebastian Bach) to Release New Album ‘The Monarch’ this Spring

 

New Single ‘Prototype’ Available Now for FREE at CDBaby.com

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OF EARTH, a musical endeavor featuring Rob De Luca (UFOSebastian Bach) is releasing a second album, entitled The Monarch, this spring. The album will be released via Lovember Records and was co-engineered by “Album Of The Year” Grammy winner Tom Camuso and mastered by Howie Weinberg. In addition to singing and playing bass on The Monarch, Rob De Luca produced and mixed the album as well.

The first single from The Monarch, entitled ‘Prototype’, is out now and available this week for FREE on CD Baby. Head towww.cdbaby.com/cd/ofearth2 to download the track!

Rob De Luca will be heading back out on the road, playing bass with legendary British rockers UFO in the UK and Europe:

2/21/13- Bath, England @ Komedia

2/22/13- Bournemouth, England @ O2 Academy

2/23/13- Portsmouth, England @ Pyramid Centre

2/24/13- Oxford, England @ O2 Academy

2/26/13- Cardiff, Wales @ Coal Exchange

2/28/13- West Yorkshire, England @ Holmfirth Picturedrome

3/1/13- Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC 1/2

3/2/13- Preston, England @ 53 Degrees

3/3/13- Birmingham, England @ HMV Institute

3/5/13- London, England @ HMV Forum

3/6/13- Caen, France @ Le Cargo

3/8/13- Madrid, Spain @ Caracol

3/9/13- Bilbao, Spain @ Rock Star Live

3/10/13- Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2

3/12/13- Bordeaux, France @ Theatre Barbey

3/14/13- Nurnberg, Germany @ Rockfabrik

3/15/13- Mannheim, Germany @ Alte Seilerei

3/16/13- Wilhelmshaven, Germany @ Pumpwerk

3/17/13- Wuppertal, Germany @ Die Börse

3/20/13- Hannover, Germany @ Capitol

3/21/13- Berlin, Germany @ K17

3/22/13- Affalter, Germany @ Zur Linde

 6/6/13- Lubeck, Germany @ Werkhof

6/7/13- Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival

6/9/13- Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik

6/11/13- Darmstadt, Germany @ Steinbruchtheater

6/12/13- Verviers, Belgium @ Spirit Of 66

6/13/13- Siegburg, Germany @ Kubana

6/15/13- Derby, England @ Donnington Download Festival

 Rob De Luca is available for touring, recording and press, regardless of location.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/OfEarthMusic or www.facebook.com/RobDeLucaOfficial.

OF EARTH IS:

Rob De Luca- vocals, bass

Paul Casanova- guitar, vocals

Rik De Luca- drums

Matt Baram- keyboards