Rick Ventura Reads Us The Riot Act

Posted March 2022

BAND LIKE ZEP NO LOGO reducedI just really love this guy that you're about to hear be interviewed. His name is Rick Ventura, and he is the guitarist for the metal band Riot Act, which, in its previous incarnation was Riot.

We all remember Riot from the late 70s, early 80s. They were highly rated who hit some rough spots in their career. Then they were kind of off our radar for a little while and then they got back together - not as Riot - but as Riot Act. These guys bring the old Riot music back along with some brand-new music.

I got to talk with the band's guitarist Rick Ventura recently. I talked with him twice. In full disclosure here, I had a great talk with him before this call, and, for whatever reason, the recording just wasn't there. It vaporized. But Rick was gracious enough to sit with me again, via Zoom. This just shows what a class act Rick is. I was very fortunate to be able to do that because I know fans will want to hear what he has to say. He brings us up to speed on what all happened with Riot and what brought the guys back together. They hit some more rough spots, but Riot wouldn't be Riot Act if it wasn't for the perseverance of the band.

Riot Act CloserToTheFlame Cover3000pxClick Above To Order Your CopyRiot Act has a new album coming out in April. It's two discs, so you're gonna get a heck of a bargain. But, boy, if you loved Riot in the past, you're gonna love Riot Act now.

I encourage you, if you haven’t already pre-ordered the album, do so. You're going to want to. On this page you'll see at least one video of a song from the new album. It will give you a taste of what you can expect when you pick it up.

After you watch the Boomerocity interview with Rick Ventura, share it with your friends. Then, order your copy by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can follow Riot Act on their website, RiotActBand.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

In addition to the interview video, below, is the press release and official bio that can be found under the video.

The Boomerocity Interview With Rick Ventura

 

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PRESS RELEASE/ BIO

RIOT ACT:
"Closer To The Flame"
NOTE:
Riot were a successful US metal band from 1976-2012

Mark Reale the founding member passed away in 2012.

The surviving members continue as the band Riot V (spoken as "Riot 5")

Original guitarist Rick Ventura continues with Riot Act.

There is no friction between the two camps, in fact quite the opposite.

 

This is Riot Act's debut release:

PRESS RELEASE/BIO:

The highly anticipated debut album from Riot Act, the band initially formed by former 'classic era' Riot members Rick Ventura and Lou Kouvaris is titled "Closer To The Flame" which is sure to please fans of the late 70s, early 80's era of Riot as well as fans of Montrose, Rival Sons, The Black Crowes, Tesla and fans of classic hard rock everywhere.

The album will also come with a 12 track bonus CD of classic 1979-1981 Riot tracks recut, these recordings feature the final ever recordings of Lou Kouvaris, who tragically passed away of Covid19 in early 2020.

Riot Act features former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura, Don Chaffin vocals, Paul Ranieri bass and Claudio Galinski drums, Rick Ventura was a member of the original Riot from 1979-1984
"Riot Act’s new album is a culmination of emotions over the past two years. From the excitement of our early rehearsals to the loss of our band mate, struggling through a pandemic and not knowing if we were going to continue, the four of us knew that the band had much to offer. The result of that renewed energy is “Closer To The Flame” and with joining forces with Global Rock Records we are ready for the world to hear this new music we have been working on for so long.

Our very good friends and brothers in in Riot V of course continue their evolution of Riot onward,
While as Riot Act we aim to recapture the early Riot sound of the 1977-1983 band and bringing that into a new era with our new music.

Further illustrating that "Riot members of all eras are family" Riot V guitarist Mike Flyntz is a special guest on the record, laying down a killer solo on the track "49er" a re-recording of the Riot - Narita era classic.

Riot Act will be touring the UK as support to Lillian Axe in the UK throughout August 2022

Riot Act performed at the Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame in 2020
Rick and Lou were inducted as Riot members in 2018
Full details of the debut album "Closer To The Flame" below:

1 Closer To The Flame
2 Wanted
3 Straight For Your Heart
4 Smoking Gun
5 Almost There
6 Stand Or Fall
7 Love Come Round
8 Angelina
9 Right Between The Eyes
10 Rock Love And Roll

BONUS CD:

1 Rock City
2 49er
3 Sword And Tequila
4 Overdrive
5 No Lies
6 Tokyo Rose
7 Warrior
8 Don't Hold Back
9 White Rock
10 Outlaw
11 Road Racing
12 Altar Of The King

Curtis Stigers Relishes This Life

Posted March 2022

Curtis Stigers 199 credit Ben Wolf reduedCurtis Stigers. He first hit the scene about 30 years ago and has had a string of hits and very successful albums. He also co-wrote the theme song for Sons of Anarchy, which I'm sure you guys have heard, if not watched all the episodes. He contributed a song to the soundtrack of The Bodyguard, which is, “What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding.”

By the way, the theme song for two Sons of Anarchy is also the title of Curtis's new album, “This Life.” Also, on Sons of Anarchy, he did a cover of the old blues classic, “John the Revelator.” He's a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, sax, piano, and all sorts of other instruments.

Curtis Stigers This Life ALBUM COVER 3k sRGB ReducedClick Above To Order Your CopyHe crosses all sorts of genres and that's why I love about this guy. He's just so dang versatile, and a lot of fun to talk to; very easygoing, very easy to talk to. I think when you watch this interview, you'll feel like you're sitting right there with us as we're chatting.

I hope you listen to it. I hope you share it with your friends, and I hope as soon as you listen to this and share it with your friends that you order his new album, Curtis Stigers’, “This Life.”

You can keep up with the going on with Curtis at his website, CurtisStigers.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Look below the interview window to see if Curtis will be performing in a city near you!

The Boomerocity Interview With Curtis Stigers

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Curtis Stigers on Tour

April 22 Durango Cool Jazz - Durango, CO
April 23 Durango Cool Jazz - Durango, CO
April 24 The Record Exchange, Boise, ID
April 29 Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club - Portsmouth, NH
May 01 Ameris Theater - Atlanta, GA special guest to Van Morrison
May 04 Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ
May 05 Dazzle - Denver, CO
May 18 Texas Jazz - San Antonio, TX
May 19 Parker’s Jazz - Austin, TX
May 21 The Dakota - Minneapolis, MN
Sept 10 TBA - Sun Valley Idaho
Sept 27 Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sept 28 Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA

Ticket information can be found here.

Felix Cavaliere: The Rascal Shares Some Memories & Talks About His Book

Posted March 2022

0002 8xI have such a fun interview for you to watch. It is great. As you may know, if you follow Boomerocity very long at all, I interviewed Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals almost two years ago (here). The pandemic had just been underway for just a few short months. I think everybody went home in March and the interview two years ago was in May or June. It was a fun chat with him. He's a great guy.

Since then, he has written a book that is coming out on March 22nd (you can order by clicking on the book cover photo on this page) that’s titled, “Felix Cavaliere: Memories Of A Rascal”. I read excerpts of it that were provided to me prior to the interview. It’s a very good book. The cover is a photo taken by the late great Linda McCartney. As you'll hear in the conversation, there's just a lot of great stories in there. It really is a heartfelt written book by Felix.

I encourage you to click the book cover on this page to order your copy directly from Felix’s website or you can get it through wherever you like to buy books.

Watch the interview, below. Share it with friends. Follow Felix at his website, here. Under the interview video is the press release for the book that will provide you with other details about the book. You can also follow Felix on his website as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Felix Cavaliere

 

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Press Release

MEMOIR OF A RASCAL –
FELIX CAVALIERE ANNOUNCES AUTOBIOGRAPHY

BookCoverClick Above To Order Your Copy - Photo Credit: ©1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer Linda McCartneyNASHVILLE, TENN., February 22, 2022: Music lovers of yesterday and today recognize that distinctive voice and that iconic intro in an instant: One, two, three! Sharing his stories—from his first classical piano lessons in his childhood home of Pelham, New York, through his years topping the charts, and to his inductions into the Rock & Roll, Songwriter, Vocal Group, Grammy and Musicians Halls of Fame—celebrated songwriter and singer Felix Cavaliere is pleased to announce his autobiography, “Memoir of a Rascal,” releasing March 22 via Ingram Spark. Cavaliere’s career, which spans over a half-century, is a testament to rock ‘n’ roll: he writes about being galvanized by the new sound legendary disc jockey Alan Freed bought to WINS radio in New York, the pain of losing his mother when he was only 13, his wild ride with Joey Dee and The Starlighters, taking the stage at the famed Hamptons, New York club The Barge and becoming the King of Blue-Eyed Soul© with one of America’s early rock bands. Few artists can claim they defined a generation; Cavaliere’s message of peace, love and happiness endures in his music and is likewise threaded through his autobiography, a reminder to never stop listening for the world’s beauty.

“Memoir of a Rascal…From Pelham, NY To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame” features a forward by famed rock ‘n’ roll deejay Cousin Brucie. The cover is an original photograph by Linda McCartney taken during The Rascals’ New York City’s The Phone Booth concert. Cavaliere’s gregarious writing is enhanced by heartfelt memories of the magic of the Rascals, his spiritual journey and guru Swami Satchidananda’s lifechanging influence, and professional accomplishments like being named to the Musicians Hall of Fame. A bold memoir that touches laughter, loss, lawsuits and love, “Memoir of a Rascal” is a firsthand account of rock ‘n’ roll history from a man recognized as one if its most celebrated artists—but who also sees himself as one of the genre’s biggest fans.

Fans can also expect Cavaliere’s new album, “Then & Now,” to arrive the end of summer 2022.

“I know fans have been asking me for years to finish my autobiography,” Cavaliere said. “This is for the fans. It’s a blessing to revisit memories and hopefully my story can inspire the next generation of singers and songwriters.”

With No. 1 songs like “Good Lovin’”, “Groovin’”, “A Beautiful Morning”, “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long”, “People Got To Be Free” and “How Can I Be Sure”, The Rascals are considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960s. For Cavaliere, making people feel good is fundamental to his illustrious career that includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame. As a solo artist, Cavaliere connected with a new generation of fans with his hit “Only A Heart Sees” in 1979, and in 2008 Cavaliere worked with Steve Cropper on the Grammy-nominated “Nudge It Up A Notch.” In 2019, Cavaliere was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame. Cavaliere is a 2022 recipient of the Free Speech in Music Award presented by Middle Tennessee University and in April embarks on a Legends Live Tour with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees in select markets.

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals 2022 Tour

February 26 | The Casino @ Dania Beach | Dania Beach, Fla.
March 28-31 | Flower Power Cruise
April 1 | Southwest Florida Events Center | Bonita Springs, Fla.
April 2 | Center @ Anna Maria Island | Anna Maria Island, Fla.
April 8 | Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino | Niagara Falls, N.Y.
April 9 | Rams Head On Stage | Annapolis, Md.
April 23 | American Music Theatre | Lancaster, Pa.*
April 24 | Keswick Theatre | Glenside, Pa.*
May 12 | Count Basie Center | Red Bank, N.J.*
May 14 | Patchogue Theatre | Patchogue, N.Y.*
June 3 | Palladium Times Square | New York, N.Y.*
June 4 | Lynn Auditorium | Lynn, Mass.*
June 10-12 | Blue Note Hawaii | Honolulu, Hawaii
July 16 | Meadow Brooke Theatre | Rochester, Mich.

More dates being announced soon.

  • Legends Live Featuring Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees

Kent LaVoie Talks About The New Lobo Re-Masters

Posted March 2022

248357752 105667261911232 727329179648833011 nWhen I think back to being a preteen kid when I really started listening to music other than Elvis, listening more intently, and discovering music on the radio. I remember hearing a couple of songs that, every time I hear them to this day, I'll reach over and turn up the radio just a little bit so I can hear it and remember it all over again.

A couple of those songs are by someone who is thought of as a band but it's just a gentleman who went by the name Lobo. His actual name is Kent LaVoie. He recorded, “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo,” and “I’d Love You To Want Me.” And probably like you, every time I hear those songs, I flashback what feels like 100 years ago but it’s more like 50 or so and I remember those innocent, carefree days of my youth.

That's what makes our generation fun and meaningful - especially our music and that’s what Kent and I talk about in the interview, below. We talked about the beauty of the music of our generation and how it serves as a benchmark of our lives; how the first few notes of a song could take us instantly back decades and we can remember those things all over again.

Kent’s music as Lobo is exactly that. The reason why we talked is he's done some re-recording, remastering and re-issuing of a bunch of his music. He's big over in Asia. And we still love him here. The opportunity presented itself for us to talk and we sat down in his living room, and I sat here in the Boomerocity office, and we just talked by Zoom. I had the best time chatting with him. He’s such a wonderful guy; full of good stories and what a treasure he is to the musical soundtrack of our lives.

Watch the interview, below, and check out the re-masters and re-recordings that Kent has put together for us to enjoy and to remember once upon a time.

The Boomerocity Interview With Kent LaVoie

 

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Press Release

LOBO REIMAGINES THE ORIGINS OF ICONIC HITS
AS IF THEY WERE RECORDED TODAY
IN NEW ALBUM
“IF I COULD DO IT OVER: THE ACOUSTIC HITS”
FEATURING NEW “DEMO” VERSIONS OF
“ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO,” “I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME”
AND MORE

Available for Streaming on October 22 via Time Life
Along With Three Additional Albums:
“Faithful” (First Time Available in the US), “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
And “Timeless: The Very Best”

Fairfax, VA (October 22, 2021) --- Time Life releases four digital albums from pop/rock favorite Lobo today, including “If I Could Do It Over: The Acoustic Hits.” The new collection reimagines Lobo’s biggest songs and personal favorites as if they were recorded today for the very first time. “Faithful” (previously unavailable in the United States), covers album “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and newly recorded versions (in premium quality audio) of hit songs in “Timeless: The Very Best” are also now available on all major streaming platforms, as well as videos from live performances on Lobo’s new official YouTube channel. Lobo’s dreamy love songs dominated the Adult Contemporary charts for decades with 12 Top 20 AC hits and four AC #1s and have remained popular around the world ever since with Lobo logging over a million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

“’If I Could Do it Over’ is like opening my brain and starting again,” describes Kent LaVoie, who writes and records as Lobo. “The album concept is what my songs would sound like if I recorded demos of them today - it’s something that says, ‘yesterday today.’”

“Back when I first started writing songs,” he continues, “I had a four-track recorder, and it took me forever to make a demo. So, when I started working on this album, I thought, ‘I’m going to do these songs like I would have demoed them in the old days but with today’s phenomenal recording quality,’ thanks to the advent of Pro Tools and (longtime collaborator) Billy Aerts constantly encouraging me to use it. There are a lot of things on this album that aren’t on the original records or demos…things like more guitar parts, my voice is more in your face and it’s essentially acoustic: there’s no bottom end, no drums, no bass, but there are some synthesizers.” “For color,” adds Aerts.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” features the songwriter covering classics written by others including “Different Drum” (made popular by Linda Ronstadt and Stone Poneys), Paul Anka’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “Let It Be Me” (popularized by The Everly Brothers) and more.

“Faithful” was originally released in Asia in 1996 (under a different name) and is best known for its title track, which was written by Aerts for his wife and has amassed more than 2 million views on YouTube. “I sang that whole song in one take,” LaVoie recalls. “I mean, ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ took me something like eight months to get the vocal just right. This was a hard song for me to sing and I don’t know how I did it to this day. And it has the best harmonica break on it in the world.” The remainder of the songs on the album were co-written by Lobo and Aerts.

“Timeless: The Very Best” includes recently recorded versions of Lobo’s biggest songs and fan favorites that deliver the hits in the highest quality of audio possible, such as the #1 Adult Contemporary hits “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” “I’d Love You to Want Me,” “Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend” and the Top 5 “It Sure Took a Long, Long Time,” “How Can I Tell Her” and “Don’t Tell Me Goodnight.”

About Time Life:
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique CD and DVD collections and streaming audio and video content specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

Greg Martin Of The Kentucky Headhunters Is Still Rockin' - That's A Fact, Jack!

Posted March 2022

Greg MartinKentucky Headhunters fans are gonna love this interview. It’s with band co-founder and lead guitarist, Greg Martin. Of course, the Kentucky Headhunters are known for their blend of Southern rock, country rock, rock n’ roll, and the blues and serving it up with the highest of quality for over 35 years.

I’ve seen Greg perform (without the Headhunters) a couple of times over the years at the Dallas International Guitar Festival. During one of those performances, it was with Phil Keaggy and Rick Derringer. It was amazing! Consequently, I’ve long had him on my list of people to interview and it finally happened. The band recently released their latest album, “That's A Fact Jack,” so it gave me the opportunity to interview him.

We also talked about his good friend (and amazing guitarist), Phil Keaggy, Rick Derringer, others, and about his radio show, Lowdown Hoedown.

ThatsAFactJackCoverClick Above To Order Your CopyIt was a lot of fun.

If you aren't familiar with the Kentucky Headhunters, you need to be because they're a great, great band who is underappreciated, I think, in a lot of areas, but they have come out with some great music, and this new album is certainly no exception. In fact, I think it's their best.

So, please give the interview, below, your attention. It’s long but it’s laid-back and you’ll feel like you’re sitting right there with us, taking part in the conversation. After you’ve watched it, share it with your friends and, if you haven’t already bought your copy, order one by clicking on the album cover on this page.

Below the interview video is a ton of links where you can keep up with Greg, his radio show, and the Kentucky Headhunters. Be sure and check them out and follow them!

The Boomerocity Interview With Greg Martin

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