If you counted Saliva out when you heard that they had parted ways with singer Josey Scott, you have been proven dead wrong – all you have to do is give a listen to the group’s upcoming single, “Rise Up” (impacting radio and available for purchase via all digital stores on February 18th), and album of the same name (April 29th, via Rum Bum). And with new singer Bobby Amaru firmly in place, it appears as though there is a bright future for the new-look Saliva line-up, which also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby.
TWRY recently to catch up with Bobby to get to know him a little better.
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DragonForce have found their new vocalist and are ready to introduce him to the world! After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe the band welcomes 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.
“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”
Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”
The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. With Hudson brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DragonForce prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.
“Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” Continued Li. “We haven’t felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can’t wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year.”
The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September, with a full world tour to follow. Hit up the band’s website for all the latest info.
Since yesterday there have been rumors that Dragonforce and ZP Heart had parted ways but now it’s official. Here’s the statement from the band along with info on the audition process for new singers (just in case you’re interested!)
“It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects.”
While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. “We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us.” said guitarist Herman Li.
Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at this web address www.dragonforce.com/audition.
You may have noticed that we haven’t been too quick to jump on any of the news items about Aerosmith auditioning for new singers. Probably because we’re biased and find it really hard to even say the name Aeorsmith without thinking of Steven Tyler.
There’s been speculation that after Tyler’s drug rehab he’ll need a couple of surgeries that will put him out of the game for about a year and a half. Is the world really going to forget Aerosmith if they hang it up for a year or two? Is it fair for the band to have to wait that long to move on? Is two years really that big of a stretch for a band that’s been rocking out for over forty years? All good questions but I think it’s safe to say that if Aerosmith were to lay low for a few years, no one would forget about them. Besides, who doesn’t love a good comeback story?
If one were to dig back into the archives of epic rock bands that decided to move forward without the lead singer that helped put them on the map, what would one see? The formidable argument of Dave vs. Sammy still seems to arouse the passion in rock enthusiasts but are there really a lot of dynamic frontmen out there looking for gigs that would be able to fill the bedazzled shoes of one said Steven Tyler? We’re finding it hard to even think of one. Maybe there’s an unknown, untapped natural talent out there singing in a Aerosmith cover band who’s been dreaming of this moment all of his life? Maybe we’ll find him on YouTube singing Dream On in his native tongue? We doubt it.
Let us be very clear. We love Joe Perry. We love his solo projects. We’ve always supported him in all of his ventures. Speaking of those ventures – shouldn’t that be enough to keep him busy for the next year or two while the band waits for Tyler? Don’t you have hot sauces to oversee? Rockband games to play? Guitar Hero songs to track? Do the Toxic twins ever even talk anymore? What’s with this communication breakdown? Rather than reading little post show quotes about replacing Tyler or watching YouTube clips of Tyler showing up uninvited to Joe Perry’s solo gigs, what I’d really like is to throw these two in a room and force them to work out their differences with each other, rather than through press. If the conclusion is that you can no longer work together…then we’ll respect that. We won’t like it, but we’ll deal…
Until then.. if you want to find out where you can audition to be the next Aerosmith singer, you won’t find it here. We’ll be in the corner listening to Toys In The Attic…..
Share your thoughts with us on this topic! Should Aerosmith stick it out and wait for Tyler? Do they deserve to move on without him? Do you think there’s a place for Aerosmith in today’s music scene? Are you too young to even know who Aerosmith is? Do you think Aerosmith sold out years ago? Tell us……..