“Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House” will be released in the U.K. on 2-CD, 2-LP, 2-DVD & Blu-ray formats by Provogue Records on Monday 25th March (followed by U.S. release on Tuesday 26th March). The release dovetails Bonamassa’s run of four exclusive London concerts which kicks off on March 26th at The Borderline.
The concert was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House in July 2012 during a very special unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from Bonamassa’s predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.
The Opera House in Vienna, regarded as the “City of Music,” was chosen for the main event because of its history and splendour, and association with many legendary composers. Accompanying Bonamassa on stage are traditional Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor, who also plays mandolin and banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester on the nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle; Los Angeles-based keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum texturing the mix with celeste, accordions, toy pianos, and assorted “organic” instruments; and renowned Puerto Rican percussionist Lenny Castro.
Joe recalls, “Originally, when I had the idea of doing an all-acoustic concert, I imagined doing it solo. I’d surround myself with a bunch of guitars, tell the background story of each song, and then play it. Kevin believed the show would be more exciting with a band and he got to work. All of a sudden, we had a five-piece group, and 72 hours to rehearse 20 or so songs. It was amazing, different than anything I’d ever done before.”
An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House features gorgeously textured music made with a wealth of rare, vintage, organic, and “oddball” instruments. Highlights among the 22 songs include Woke Up Dreaming —the one acoustic song, and fan favourite, that Bonamassa regularly plays during his electric shows, as well as Around The Bend, Driving Towards The Daylight, and Sloe Gin.
British rockers VOODOO SIX are excited to announce they will release new album 'Songs To Invade Countries To' worldwide on April 29 via Universal Music, before embarking on the biggest tour of their career so far as main support to metal legends IRON MAIDEN on their European dates.
'Songs To Invade Countries To' will consist of 11 tracks mixed by Tony Newton & Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Enter Shikari, Therapy?) and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Steve Harris).
The album release will be preceded by the release of brand new single 'Sink Or Swim' on March 4.
View the new video for the single here:
Voodoo Six will join Iron Maiden in Portugal for their European summer tour dates, heading through Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Poland and Sweden. The band has already been announced for major summer festivals such as Sonisphere Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), Sonisphere Italy and Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)- with many more yet to come.
Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris comments: "I've been keeping an eye on Voodoo Six for a while now and they've produced a cracking new album with real promise. It's great to support true British up and coming talent such as theirs and it'll be a pleasure to have them out with us on tour."
Voodoo Six vocalist Luke Purdie adds: “This is a huge deal for us and an amazing opportunity to support arguably the most iconic band in metal history. We came up with the album title ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ ages ago since we’ve been wanting to get our music across to European shores for a long time - but it’s been made a reality now that we’ve been chosen to support Iron Maiden on these dates. It’s going to be a very exciting year!”
Prior to their dates with Iron Maiden, Voodoo Six will also be heading out on a run of headline UK club shows throughout March and April.
'Songs To Invade Countries To' Track-listing:
1. Falling Knives
2. All That Glitters
3. Lead Me On
4. Sink Or Swim
5. You Don’t Know
6. Your Way
7. Sharp Sand
9. Brick Wall
10. Waiting In Line
11. Higher Ground
Full list of Tour Dates:
22 Dublin The Pint, IRE
23 Ballymena Diamond Rock Club, N.IRE
24 Inverness Mad Hatters, UK
26 Glasgow King Tuts, UK
27 Sheffield The Corporation, UK
28 Manchester NQ Live, UK
31 Birmingham Academy 3, UK
2 Brighton The Haunt, UK
3 Southampton Joiners, UK
4 Exeter The Cavern, UK
6 Harlow The Square, UK
9 London The Garage, UK
29 Lisbon Atlantico Pavilion, POR (w/Iron Maiden)
31 Madrid Sonisphere, SPA
1 Barcelona Sonisphere, SPA
5 Paris Bercy, FRA (w/Iron Maiden)
8 Milan Fiera Open Air Arena Sonisphere, ITA
11 Frankfurt Festhalle, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
12 Frankfurt Festhalle, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
18 Berlin 02 World, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
19 Hamburg 02 Arena, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
22 Zurich Hallenstadion, SWI (w/Iron Maiden)
25 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, HOL (w/Iron Maiden)
29 Singen-Aach Open Air Arena, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
30 Graspop Metal Meeting, BEL
3 Lodz Atlas Arena, POL (w/Iron Maiden)
4 Gdansk Ergo Arena, POL (w/Iron Maiden)
6 Oberhausen Open Air Ko-Pi-Arena, GER (w/Iron Maiden)
10 Malmo Stadium, SWE (w/Iron Maiden)
13 Stockholm Friends Arena, SWE (w/Iron Maiden)
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