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The Sunflower Superjam 2012 was a once-in-a-lifetime event that you can now experience with the release of the DVD, due on September 16. On stage together for the only time, you can watch Alice Cooper, Brian May (QUEEN), Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN), Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), Mark King, Alfie Boe and a host of other exceptional musicians “jam” at the Royal Albert Hall, making the iconic London venue rock like never before. Plus, enjoy the Sunflower Superjam 2011 on the bonus disc with performances from DEEP PURPLE, Rick Wakeman, Joe Bonamassa, Newton Faulkner and including the last live performance from the legendary Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE). Produced by The Sunflower Jam charity, all monies raised will go directly to supporting the research and application of holistic and non-toxic treatments for children and young adults suffering from cancer.

DVD 1 track listing:

01. Ain’t No Telling – The Temperance Movement
02. Behind Blue Eyes – Bruce Dickinson
03. Black Night – Bruce Dickinson
04. Elected – Alice Cooper
05. Emerald – Bruce Dickinson
06. I Want To Know What Love Is – Alfie Boe
07. Lessons In Love – Mark King
08. Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
09. Rock n’ Roll – Alfie Boe
10. Sails of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
11. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
12. Since You’ve Been Gone – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
13. Smoke On The Water – Ensemble
14. Something About You – Mark King
15. This Wheel’s On Fire – Sandi Thom

DVD 2 – Bonus Disc with Sunflower Superjam 2011 plus extra footage tracks from Sunflower 2012

2011 footage

01. Bohemian Rhapsody – Newton Faulkner
02. Born To Run – Danny Bowes
03. Bourée – Jon Lord
04. Eleanor Rigby – Rick Wakeman
05. Good Golly Miss Molly – Gary Brooker
06. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Margo Buchanan
07. It’s Not As Big As It Was – Jon Lord & Rick Wakeman
08. Life on Mars – Newton Faulkner
09. Midnight Blues – Joe Bonamassa
10. Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
11. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple feat. Bill Bailey
12. The Ballad of John Henry – Joe Bonamassa
13. The Thrill Is Gone – Joe Bonamassa
14. Whiter Shade of Pale – Gary Brooker

2012 footage

01. Freedom Jazz Dance – Brian Auger
02. Born Free – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
03. I Loved A Butterfly – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
04. Substitute – Margo Buchanan
05. Help Me – Sandi Thom
06. November Rain – Sandi Thom
07. Only Friend – The Temperance Movement

For more information, visit TheSunflowerJam.com.

Fan-filmed video footage of the 2012 concert can be seen below.




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The Sunflower Superjam 2012 was a once-in-a-lifetime event that you can now experience with the release of the DVD, due on September 16. On stage together for the only time, you can watch Alice Cooper, Brian May (QUEEN), Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN), Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), Mark King, Alfie Boe and a host of other exceptional musicians “jam” at the Royal Albert Hall, making the iconic London venue rock like never before. Plus, enjoy the Sunflower Superjam 2011 on the bonus disc with performances from DEEP PURPLE, Rick Wakeman, Joe Bonamassa, Newton Faulkner and including the last live performance from the legendary Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE). Produced by The Sunflower Jam charity, all monies raised will go directly to supporting the research and application of holistic and non-toxic treatments for children and young adults suffering from cancer.

DVD 1 track listing:

01. Ain’t No Telling – The Temperance Movement
02. Behind Blue Eyes – Bruce Dickinson
03. Black Night – Bruce Dickinson
04. Elected – Alice Cooper
05. Emerald – Bruce Dickinson
06. I Want To Know What Love Is – Alfie Boe
07. Lessons In Love – Mark King
08. Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
09. Rock n’ Roll – Alfie Boe
10. Sails of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
11. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
12. Since You’ve Been Gone – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
13. Smoke On The Water – Ensemble
14. Something About You – Mark King
15. This Wheel’s On Fire – Sandi Thom

DVD 2 – Bonus Disc with Sunflower Superjam 2011 plus extra footage tracks from Sunflower 2012

2011 footage

01. Bohemian Rhapsody – Newton Faulkner
02. Born To Run – Danny Bowes
03. Bourée – Jon Lord
04. Eleanor Rigby – Rick Wakeman
05. Good Golly Miss Molly – Gary Brooker
06. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Margo Buchanan
07. It’s Not As Big As It Was – Jon Lord & Rick Wakeman
08. Life on Mars – Newton Faulkner
09. Midnight Blues – Joe Bonamassa
10. Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
11. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple feat. Bill Bailey
12. The Ballad of John Henry – Joe Bonamassa
13. The Thrill Is Gone – Joe Bonamassa
14. Whiter Shade of Pale – Gary Brooker

2012 footage

01. Freedom Jazz Dance – Brian Auger
02. Born Free – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
03. I Loved A Butterfly – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
04. Substitute – Margo Buchanan
05. Help Me – Sandi Thom
06. November Rain – Sandi Thom
07. Only Friend – The Temperance Movement

For more information, visit TheSunflowerJam.com.

Fan-filmed video footage of the 2012 concert can be seen below.




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Leslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of MOUNTAIN, will release a new studio album, “Still Climbing”, on October 28 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group.

The CD is a testimonial to the strength and durability of West‘s artistry. Born October 22, 1945, as he approaches his 68th birthday, West has packed some of the most soulful and searing vocal performances of his half-century career into these 11 tracks. His guitar has never sounded more massive or riff-orientated.

West, who ascended rock’s Mt. Olympus with Mountain in a historic performance at 1969’s Woodstock festival, accomplished all of that despite a life-threatening battle with diabetes that cost him most of his right leg in 2011, just after his previous Mascot Label Group release, “Unusual Suspects”, was recorded.

“I’m lucky it wasn’t one of my hands or I’d be screwed,” says West. “It was a difficult struggle, and after the amputation I didn’t know whether I’d ever want to or be able to perform again. But a month later I played at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City, and I heard my guitar on stage and that was it. I knew I had to keep going.”

Following the success of “Unusual Suspects”, West approached the new release with vision of tying the albums together. “The new album is a sequel to ‘Unusual Suspects’, where I had friends of mine that include Slash, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa and Billy Gibbons come to the studio and play,” West explains.

This time Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, TWISTED SISTER‘s Dee Snider and ALTER BRIDGE and CREED‘s Mark Tremonti do the honors. “What’s different on ‘Still Climbing’ is that I wanted my guitars to sound as big as I look,” Leslie says. “So I used four of my Dean Signature model guitars with my Mountain of Tone humbucking pickups. I plugged them into my Blackstar amps — no pedals — and turned them up loud and raw, and what you hear is exactly what I did in the studio. These Blackstar amps deliver everything I need without ‘confidence’ pedals. I played one of the early tracks we recorded for Slash, and he said, ‘That is as heavy as it gets.'”

“Still Climbing” track listing

01. Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born (feat. Mark Tremonti)
02. Busted, Disgusted or Dead (feat. Johnny Winter)
03. Fade Into You
04. Not Over You At All
05. Tales Of Woe
06. Feeling Good (feat. Dee Snider)
07. Hatfield or McCoy
08. When A Man Loves A Woman (feat. Jonny Lang)
09. Long Red
10. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (feat. Dylan Rose)
11. Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)

“Still Climbing” is co-produced by West and Mike “Metal” Goldberg, who engineered all of the sessions. Songs like “Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born”, “Hatfield or McCoy” and “Busted, Disgusted or Dead” establish a new litmus test for “heavy.” The latter features West and Johnny Winter on duelling slide guitars. West also gave up smoking cigarettes and pot after a bout with bladder cancer, so it’s no wonder many of “Still Climbing”‘s numbers explore the theme of survival and, ultimately, triumph. To that end, West avows, “Not only am I lucky to be here, but because I stopped smoking my voice is now stronger than it’s ever been — as strong as my guitar playing.”

His inclusion of “Feeling Good”, a song by British actor-musician Anthony Newley that was made famous by Steve Winwood‘s group TRAFFIC, is a testimonial to all of that. Its lyrics celebrate a “new dawn for me” as West and his long-time buddy Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) trade vocal lines.

West has always been an outstanding vocalist, earning comparisons to soul legends like Otis Redding since his 1969 debut “Mountain”, which gave his historic band its name. On “Still Climbing”, West revisits the catalogue of another classic soul man, Percy Sledge, with the enduring “When A Man Loves A Woman”. He’s joined by now 32-year-old soul man Jonny Lang, whom he met 15 years ago when Lang was a rising guitar prodigy. West says they cut the tune side-by-side in the studio, their soaring guitars and voices twining to bring fresh blood and a blues-soaked arrangement to the song.

“When A Man Loves A Woman”, “Never Let Me Go” and “Fade Into You” explore a romantic theme. In 2009, West married his wife Jenni, who co-wrote many of “Still Climbing”‘s songs with the guitar giant.

They exchanged vows on stage at the Woodstock 40th-anniversary concert. West credits her with saving his life — first with her love, and then by making the difficult decision to permit his doctors to amputate while he was in a coma.

“Being in MOUNTAIN was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done in my professional life,” says West. “I became a musician, not just a guitar player.”

“Being in MOUNTAIN with Felix Pappalardi was an honour. He was so talented as a producer, arranger, bass player, guitar player — all the things I aspired to be. We had some great years together, and some rocky roads. His wife Gail, who, by the way, shot and killed Felix, could suck the fun out of a clown. It left a terrible taste in my mouth about working with my wife, Jenni. I did not want to risk going down that path where your wife was involved in every aspect of your musical life. Jenni has become so good at expressing thoughts to paper. She has become my primary collaborator on the lyrical side of my new recordings.”

West has been performing since 1965, when he fronted the soul-fired VAGRANTS in his native New York City. Rolling Stone placed him at #66 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists.”

His repertoire continues to be relevant with enduring appeal to this day as top-selling rap recordings are built around samples from “Long Red”, which appeared on the “Mountain” album. Jay-Z tapped the tune for his 2004 mega-smash “99 Problems”. So did Kanye West, for “Barry Bonds” and “The Glory”, and Common‘s “The People”, along with others.

Recently, Lana Del Rey sampled West‘s voice and features it in the beginning, middle and end of the worldwide smash “Born To Die”. For “Still Climbing”, West re-recorded “Long Red” with his brother and former VAGRANTS mate Larry West on bass. He offers, “It was time for me to let people hear that song the way I do it now. I used a B-3 organ on it again, but this time it has a lot more balls.”

Balls, guts, heart — more words that are part of West‘s legend and describe the roaring crescendos and deep emotional roots of “Still Climbing” — and West himself. “You know, when it comes to talent, we don’t all move at the same rate of speed,” West muses. “Some people start at the top of their game and after 10 or 20 years you wonder what the hell happened to them. I like to joke that the older I get the better I used to be, but after giving up drugs and smoking, my voice can hit notes that I never could reach before. I’m thankful for that.”

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Guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa says that he would make another BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album “in a minute,” despite the fact that he left the band earlier this year following a public feud between singer/bassist Glenn Hughes.

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION — the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa — is officially “over” following Bonamassa’s decision to exit the project.

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released its third album, “Afterglow”, last October amid a public feud between singer Glenn Hughes and guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

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Lick Library have just released “Quick Licks Joe Bonamassa Vol. 2” to help you master his style of playing with in-depth guitar lessons from renowned teacher Danny Gill.

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“Afterglow”, the third album from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION — the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa — sold 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released its third album, “Afterglow”, on Tuesday (October 30) amid a public feud between singer Glenn Hughes and guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

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Acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) will perform four exclusive London concerts during March 2013.

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