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Stryper: The Covering Now Available
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/coveringrelease]

It took a while, but Stryper's latest album The Covering has finally been released.  If you've haven't been keeping up on this album, it comprises of cover songs of some of the bands that influenced Stryper, like Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Sweet, Judas Priest, Van Halen and more.

The album was originally due to be released last fall, but the release date was pushed to February 15 to give more time to set up the release. Stryper did make early copies available for sale on their website in the second half of January.

You can get the album online at Stryper.com, iTunes and Amazon

 
New Single From Tommy DeCarlo
Saturday, January 08, 2011

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/tdsingle]

BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo has just released his first single. The song I Think I Fell In Love With You, is the story of how Tommy met his wife Annie.

Here's the story from Tommy's official site:

The story goes back to 1987 when native upstate New Yorker Tommy was visiting his grandparents in Florida. Chance brought Tommy and Annie to the same restaurant on the same night and there was a strong and immediate attraction. However given Annie's shy nature, the fact that she had no telephone, and the geographical distance, a year-long correspondence via mail ensued. In the age of texting and instant messaging, not to mention online dating, the randomness of the couple getting together permanently was like destiny. Given their very young ages, 20 and 22, it's all the more extraordinary they reunited, got married, raised two wonderful adult children and continue the romance. They have literally been together their whole adult lives and have done and learned and experienced most of life's biggest milestones together.

The track features guitar performance by long time BOSTON member Gary Pihl. Tommy has also released another track A Man He'll Always Be. If you've been following Tommy, you may have already heard this song as it was a tribute he wrote for Brad Delp. The song has been expanded from the original version, which featured Tommy with a piano.

You can get these songs at CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tommydecarlo2

If you want to sing along to these songs, I transcribed the lyrics.

Update January 10: Tommy posted a behind the scenes video from the recording of the single.

Update January 11: Now available on iTunes.

Update January 12: Now available on Amazon.com.

Update January 21: Now available on CD through eBay (includes autographed 8x10)

 
Rock This Town! 10 Great Bands Named After Places
Thursday, December 09, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/gibson1]

Gibson.com published a list called Rock This Town! 10 Great Bands Named After Places, where they highlight bands named after places. Boston was featured as #10.

10. Boston



Were there any mid-’70s album collections that didn’t include Boston’s 1976 debut album? The group did in fact emerge from the Beantown scene, and songs such as “More Than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind” almost instantly became part of the classic rock canon. While the bands’ hits have been overplayed enough to lose some impact, it’s worth remembering just how revolutionary, innovative and influential founder Tom Scholz’s guitar and production work were at the time.

You can see the remaining entries in the list at www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/rock-this-town-1209/

 
New Album by Anton Cosmo
Monday, December 06, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/anton1]

Former Boston guitarist/songwriter Anton Cosmo (aka Anthony Cosmo) has recently released a new album. The album, called The In Between, was released in October. It appears by looking at iTunes, Amazon and  Magnatune that the release date is different between them.  This album contains some tracks that first appeared on Anton's 2007 album Regrets, released under the name The Casting.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Magnatune.

Here is video from the mastering sessions of The In Between:


 
Upcoming December People Shows
Monday, November 22, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/dpshows]

December PeopleThe December People, which features BOSTON member Gary Pihl, have a couple of performances lined up:

Sunday, Dec. 5 San Jose Holiday Parade
The International Award-Winning SAN JOSE HOLIDAY PARADE, considered one of the “TOP 25 PARADES IN AMERICA” by the International Festivals and Events Association, is ready to step off the holiday season in Northern California! The San Jose Holiday Parade, the largest parade of its kind in Northern California, and one of  the largest in the state, is ready to usher in the holidays with its giant helium balloons, over two dozen marching bands, creative floats, dozens of specialty units,  clowns and Santa Claus.Beginning at 8:30 a.m., televised live on NBC Bay Area at  9:00 a.m. and streamed worldwide on NBCBayArea.com.

Friday December 10 - San Jose "Can Jam"  at the Avalon
KFOX Radio 98.5 San Jose sponsors a Can-Jam charity food drive with the December People and the winners of this year’s Last Band Standing contest. Starts 7:30 PM

Location:
777 Lawrence Expressway
Santa Clara, CA, 95051
Phone:  408-241-0777

 
thirdstage.ca Gets It's Own URL Shortener
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/shortener]

You've all seen these - short and confusing looking links on sites and services like Twitter. I've been using these on the Twitter feed to keep links shorter. They're convenient, but confusing. What's worse is that using these you need to rely on another site somewhere else in the world.  I've wanted to have my own custom shortener for this site for a while now. Well, now I do.

I've set up a service and a new domain name: 3rdstg.ca (a shorter representation of thirdstage.ca) which I will use to create short links that can be used on Twitter and elsewhere. Stories published here will also feature short links at the top, which you can easily copy and paste to share.

 
Stryper "The Covering" Update
Saturday, October 30, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/635]

As previously reported over the summer, Stryper was recording a new CD called The Covering, which features covers of some of the greatest metal songs. The album was expected released sometime in September, but has been delayed.

According to Stryper's official site, the release will now be sometime in the first quarter of 2011. According to their site, the reason is "the business and label team feel that more set-up time will allow for a stronger release of this amazing recording."

Details on the release date will be posted here when available.

Update February 01: Release date is February 15, 2011

 
December People
Friday, October 29, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/632]

December People Album ArtThe time between Boston albums can be long - very long. So it's natural that members of the band use that time to persue other projects.

Gary Pihl is working with a band called December People. This band, made up of Robert Berry (who Gary has worked with in the band Alliance), Mike Vanderhule, Jack Foster and Dave Medd.  This group performs Christmas music - and does an awesome job of it.

The group released their album Rattle & Humbug October 10, 2010, which features Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.  The music is described by the band as Industrial Strength Holiday Music.

For more info on the band, go to decemberpeople.com.

Buy Rattle & Humbug:
Amazon
iTunes

 
Upcoming band member gigs!
Sunday, October 10, 2010

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(Courtesy of bandboston.com)

This coming Saturday night, October 16, Kimberley Dahme, Gary Pihl, former Boston drummer, Doug Huffman, and Ric Podmore will be performing Kimberley's songs - and some surprise cover songs - at The Spillway in Aurora, CO. The occasion is Jeff Greenstein's Birthday Party. It's open to the public, so if you're in the Denver area, please stop by and join the party!

Then on November 13th, Gary Pihl will be sitting in with the December People to celebrate the holidays at the The World Theater at California State University Monterey Bay. Partnering with HIPPO FM104.3 to help those in need this holiday season in a canned food drive to benefit the Food Banks of Monterey and San Benito counties and the SPCA. For every five cans of people or pet food you bring to the theater on the night of the performance, you can get a ticket to The December People for only $10!

 
Stryper - The Covering
Saturday, July 10, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/623]

As previously announced, Stryper is releasing a new CD, called The Covering. This features covers from different rock and metal bands. Michael Sweet had been posting hints on his Twitter account during the recording process as to what songs they were covering. Stryper has now released some audio samples on their site.

To listen to them, just go to: www.stryper.com/thecovering777

 
Barry Goudreau Solo Album Remastered *Updated Sep 15*
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/622]

Update Sep 15, 2010:
I have received an email from Barry who received a copy of this remaster with the interview he did (which he had forgotten about as it was done a long time ago). He says the release is on the "up and up" and gives his okay to endorse this album.

Previously, some doubts arose as Barry had no knowledge of this remaster, despite the fact it was advertised as having "full involvement from Barry Goudreau." Based on that, I did not recommended purchasing it. However, now that Barry has given his okay to endorse the album, I have reversed my previous recommendation to avoid it.



This info comes from Rock Candy. It has also been posted on melodicrock.com.

There's no getting away from the fact that the debut Boston album was one of the greatest, and of course most successful, recordings in the history of rock music. It was a record that changed the lives of the band members forever, rapidly elevating them from humble beginnings to headlining huge arenas worldwide. But good fortune soon turned to disappointment as the band slowly began to implode under the constant demand to keep the cogs of their hit making machine in motion.

By 1980 Boston was effectively put on ice by leader Tom Scholz, in an effort to resolve numerous business differences, leaving the rest of the group with time on their hands. Guitarist Barry Goudreau seized the moment and set about recording a solo album, enlisting the help of then unknown vocalist Fran Cosmo who, ironically, would later go on to replace front man Brad Delp in Boston.

Every inch as good as a fully-formed Boston album, the record is choc full of superbly constructed songs, great hooks, impressive production (from John Boylan, the producer of the debut Boston album) and Goudreau’s unmistakable, rich guitar tone. Look out too for further support from fellow Bostonians Sib Hashian and Brad Delp. A great lost classic for sure and one that sounds as impressive today as it did when first released.

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album and a new interview and full involvement from Barry Goudreau. Additional previously unseen photos and memorabilia spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.

 
New Stryper Album
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

[Short Link: http://3rdstg.ca/621]

Stryper will be releasing a new album in Fall of 2010. The Covering, which will be released on Big 3 Records in the Fall. The release date has not been set, but according to Michael Sweet, they are aiming at a September release.

Based on Michael's Twitter feed, the album will feature covers such as:

Iron Maiden - "The Trooper"
Judas Priest - "Breaking The Law"
Scorpions - "Blackout"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Over The Mountain"
Sweet - "Set Me Free"
Van Halen  - "On Fire"
Deep Purple - "Highway Star"
Black Sabbath - "Heaven and Hell"
UFO - "Lights Out"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
KISS - "Shout It Out Loud"
Led Zeppelin - "Immigrant Song"

Stryper will also include a new song called God.

In addition, Stryper is putting the song God up for auction. If you recall, Stryper auctioned off their single "Alive" in two auctions, in which the winners share in a percentage of the royalties of the song. In this case, they are auctioning a song that has not yet been released. To see the auction, go to SongVest.

Lot #1: The Platinum Edition - 2 Lots
12.5% of Michael Sweet’s Writer’s Share of the song’s royalties
Exclusive studio access to witness the final mastering of “God” to take place sometime between June 18 and June 21 (travel and accommodations paid for by purchaser)
Special Acknowledgement in the album credits
Personalized, one-of-kind platinum album award with handwritten lyrics and signed CD

Lot #2: The Gold Edition - 10 Lots
2.5% of Michael Sweet’s Writer’s Share of the song’s royalties
Gold single award signed by Michael

 
Between Rock and a Soft Place
Saturday, May 08, 2010

(from bandboston.com)

Acoustic Rock Magazine's July 2010 issue presents a guide to the 25 greatest acoustic songs in hard rock, featuring the lightest tunes from the heaviest hitters. By Joe Bosso "More Than a Feeling" comes in at number two, just behind "Stairway to Heaven" at number one.

"Tom Scholz's soaring leads and crunchy, multi-tracked electric guitar rhythms have more than a little to do with "More Than a Feeling" becoming one of classic rock's most enduring anthems. But it is the song's lilting, arpeggiated acoustic intro that puts fans in the mood. Working as something of a one-man band in his basement, Scholz, one of music's first DIY dudes, played all the guitar parts on "Feeling".

A bit of trivia: Noting the similarities between "More Than a Feeling" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Kurt Cobain teased fans at Nirvana's 1992 Reading Festival performance with a few bars of the Boston classic."

 
Fran Cosmo Demo From 1985
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Former BOSTON singer Fran Cosmo has released a demo from 1985 called Highway In Your Eyes.  The song was recorded with Fran's Orion the Hunter bandmate Bruce Smith.  If you enjoyed Orion the Hunter, I think you'll enjoy this track.

To hear it, you can go to Fran's Facebook page.

UPDATE - May 28: Fran has released two more demos:
I Believe In You
Is It Love

 
BOSTON salutes Siobhan Magnus
Thursday, April 08, 2010

(this was posted on the official Boston site)

Can a human really sing that well?!  Not since the late Brad Delp have I heard anyone consistently display that kind of technical vocal ability, and last night I think Siobhan surpassed it. Even the Darth Vader of talent competition, Simon Cowell, had to summon up a compliment or risk looking completely tone deaf.

But it's not just that she has amazing pitch, incredible range, effortless control, and a huge beautiful voice - although that would be enough - she really seems to live in the moment of the song, putting real heart into her performances. OK, so I'm prejudiced, but how could you not love this girl? I suddenly find myself telling people "I met Siobhan Magnus," and walking around with a phone hitting redial for two hours every Tuesday night.

Good luck, Siobhan, you deserve nothing but the best in this new future you've created for yourself.

-Tom Scholz

 
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