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Interview - Heaven & Earth - Stuart Smith 

If you’re a fan of classic rock, and you’re looking for a new band to get excited about, look no further than the melodic rock quintet - Heaven & Earth.  This band is the brainchild of veteran rock guitar star/songwriter - Stuart Smith.  In addition to Smith, the Heaven & Earth line up consists of high caliber musicians - Joe Retta on vocals, Richie Onori on drums, Chuck Wright on bass and Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards.

Heaven & Earth will be releasing their highly anticipated release; “Dig” on April 23th.  This 12 track, epic retro-rock masterpiece is an uncompromising throw back to the vintage sounds of bands such as the 1980’s versions of Rainbow and Bad Company, in sound, style and musicianship.  “Dig” also features guest appearances by Howard Leese, David Paich (Toto) and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi).  This record will be released on the new imprint, Quarto Valley Records.

What follows is an exclusive RockMusicStar interview with Heaven & Earth’s Stuart Smith.  During this interview, we discuss the “Dig” CD, the formation of Heaven & Earth and much more.

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Interview - D-A-D - Jesper Binzer

  The hard hitting Danish rock quartet  D-A-D is back in America, performing here for the first time in over twenty years!  The band, which consists of Jesper Binzer (vocals, guitar), Jacob Binzer (guitar), Stig Pedersen (bass) and Laust Sonne (drums,) touched down in New York City earlier this week, and is playing eight gigs all across the country during this two week  promotional tour.  This is in support of their upcoming April 23rd release, “ Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” on AFM Records.

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CD review - Richie Scarlet - "I Plead The Fifth" 

By John Jeffrey

Richie Scarlet is a rock and roll survivor. Dubbed the "Emperor of Rock" by former cohort Ace Frehley, while some may question whether his 'empire' is waning, one thing is for sure, Scarlet has a cult-like diehard fan base which recognizes the magnitude of his talents, which has unfortunately eluded most mainstream music listeners.

Richie Scarlet is not a quitter. In this upside down, ass backwards record industry, Scarlet continues to release new music on a regular basis, which each release pushing the envelope of what defines Richie Scarlet as a musical artist. His most recent release, "I Plead The Fifth," is no different. The 9 song disc, produced by Tarik Solangi, reaffirms Scarlet as still being the 'rebel boy' in 2013. 

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Concert review - Deftones - Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY - 03/04/2013  

Review/photos by Mike "Suicide" Santoro

Rochester, NY - The Deftones have always been a band that has circled outside the genres. Never quite fitting in the mold and leaving critics scratching their heads. Their music has been described as everything from Post Hardcore, Progressive Rock to Post Punk. Labels are simple, yet The Deftones' music is far from it. Their newest release titled, "Koi No Yokan" is named for the Japanese abstract notion of the moment you realize you will ultimately fall in love with a particular person. "Koi No Yokan" is a well written album with Deftones signature complex melodies and intricate layers of sound. I have been a fan of the Deftones since the late nineties, and have watched them evolve from being a band with a heavy punk influenced driving sound, to the more tempered, haunting sounds that really took shape with 2000's, "White Pony." Many people may not know they were actually signed by Madonna while she was a partner of the now defunct Maverick Records.

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Interview - Hair Nation - Jim Crean

If you live in the Western New York area, and are a fan of 80's hard rock, you have most likely heard of Jim Crean, if not seen him perform live. The gifted vocalist, multi-talented musician/songwriter and Buffalo, NY native has been rocking the masses in his hometown for over 30 years now. His 80's cover band, Hair Nation, has played many high profile gigs, opening for some of the biggest bands of the 80's. And just last week, Hair Nation headlined a killer show at the notorious Whiskey A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip to a gathering of new fans and celebrities.

In addition to Hair Nation, Crean also writes and records original material. He was even voted, "Best Original Male Vocalist" for last two years in a row in Buffalo's "Night-Life Music" awards. And last year, Crean released his 3rd solo record, entitled "Velvet Crush," on the label, Melodic Revolution Records. This CD was co-produced by Crean's partner in crime, former Talas vocalist, Phil Naro and Steve Major. "Velvet Crush" is a 12 song, epic release that showcase Crean's incredible vocals and also the outstanding songwriting skills of Crean/Naro.

The future has never looked brighter for Crean. This summer he will be performing countless shows in WNY, opening for many major artists such as Bret Michaels and Great White, just to name a few. He will be returning to Los Angeles this summer to perform at the "Sunset Strip festival" in August.

What follows is an exclusive interview with Jim Crean. Take a look, check it out and purchase his hard hitting, melodic masterpiece "Velvet Crush."

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