Renowned guitarist Greg Howe, widely known for his rock / fusion instrumental recordings, had been considering doing an album featuring vocal-driven songs for quite a while. Long time friend, bassist Kevin Vecchione, had played on Greg's "Five" album, as well as having toured with Greg previously.Through the years, over the course of their enduring friendship, Greg and Kevin had been discussing and mulling over the idea of being in a band together... They finally decided to stop talking and start acting, and the seeds of the band "Maragold" were sown. Drummer Gianluca Palmieri, who had also toured with Greg, and played on his recent album "Sound Proof", was recruited to complete their dynamic rhythm section.
All they needed was "the voice"...
Originally, the band started working with a male singer, but due to other musical endeavors, he was unable to continue with the project. In the meantime, Kevin had discovered an amazing vocal talent while performing in the Tri-State area club circuit, and suggested the female singer as a replacement. Greg was initially hesitant, as the songs they had lined up were centered around a male vocalist.
Kevin had Greg listen to some demos he had done with the new singer, Meghan Krauss. Greg enthusiastically agreed that she had "the voice", but Meghan's presence, personality, image, and especially her ability to inject herself into a song, truly made her the "total package" that they wanted in a vocalist. Meghan agreed to take on the duties as lead singer; Greg and Kevin immediately went to work writing songs befitting her vocal style.
The results are the ten amazing songs on the debut self-titled album, "MARAGOLD". Combining exemplary musicianship and powerhouse vocals with provocative songwriting, the album represents a daring new direction for Greg Howe, which is sure to be an exciting experience for his fans, old and new.
A simple Amin to Cmin jam progression I improvised over. The video is only 1 min long in High Definition. 1.13 Gig file so I made it as short as possible!! I think this will take 3x as long to actually upload than it did to record, make and render the video!!
As Tate was working on his solo album Kings & Thieves and an ensuing tour, the other band members started the side projectRising West, playing earlier Queensrÿche material, from the Queensrÿche EP to Empire.The frontman of this band was Todd La Torre, who also was the frontman of Crimson Glory at that time. The band booked two shows at Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe for June 8 and 9, 2012, which were publicly announced on May 29, 2012, and both sold out in 48 hours. Shortly afterwards, Tate was fired from Queensrÿche, and La Torre was the obvious choice as the replacement singer, so that the Rising West line-up continued under the name Queensrÿche.
Things started developing quickly for the group when Glen Parrish of PGM Management approached them after the Rising West show on June 9, 2012, offering them to become their band manager.According to Wilton, Parrish had told the management company in Los Angeles: "I have something very hot here and we should grab these guys before someone else does".After band negotiations with "at least 3 or 4 record labels", Parrish chose to sign Queensrÿche with Century Media.
This version of Queensrÿche has toured through the U.S., Canada, and incidentally other places, performing songs from the band's old catalog as part of their "Return to History Tour", and at the same time recorded their first album with this line-up between December 2012 and April 2013. Wanting to return to their sound from that particular era, the band chose to work with James "Jimbo" Barton, who had mixed and engineered the band's hit albums Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, and whom they had last worked with in the mid-90s, when he produced their album Promised Land. The resulting self-titled album, Queensrÿche, was released on 24 June 2013 in Europe, and on 25 June 2013 in the U.S. and Canada.A European leg of the tour, scheduled for the second half of April, was postponed to late October and early November 2013, due to "changes in the band's promotional schedule", involving additional demands from the label, to be fulfilled before their 2013 album could be released and according to Wilton, the band "just barely made the deadline we had".
With regard to there being two versions of Queensrÿche, La Torre has explained: "There's no point in throwing mud around, and it doesn't make us look good if we do that" insisting that "you have to maintain a level of professionalism". Guitarist Michael Wilton has similarly expressed little interest in the two versions of Queensryche, saying "That other stuff is being taken care of on a legal aspect, and we’re all good with that. We’re really concentrating on rebuilding the business, rebuilding the brand and showing the fans who have been waiting so long to see a good hard rock show that we’ve got it." With respect to their chances in court, Rockenfield said: "We look forward to the case very optimistically", and La Torre said: "Everyone on our side feels very confident that Michael [Wilton] and Scott [Rockenfield] and Eddie [Jackson] will be awarded the name."
Gabbie Rae is only fifteen and she been playing with Patrick Kennison whose band is Heaven Below in the show organised by On The Road To Rock. Wendy Dio saw a video of them playing a Dio cover and has invited them to play on the Monsters of Rock cruise.
Heaven Below is an American hard rock band based in Los Angeles. The band's debut album Countdown to Devil released March 2009 reached No. 1 on Tradebit.com and No. 15 on Amazon.com's New Releases chart. The band also achieved Top 20 on Music Choice.
Countdown to Devil has independently sold over 5,000 units as of October 2009. The band toured in the winter of 2009 in support of the free digital album "Reworking the Devil", which contained live & alternate versions of Countdown to Devil material. This tour was dubbed "The Downloading The Devil Tour".
Each concert attendee received a free download card for "Reworking The Devil". The band posted online shortly after the tour that nearly 6,000 copies of Reworking the Devil had been downloaded from www.heavenbelow.net/rtd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Below
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