Tag Archives: Jeff Scott Soto

Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Complicated

JEFF SCOTT SOTO - Complicated

Frontiers [Release date 06.05.22] Like his last solo album, 2020′s ‘Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)’, Jeff Scott Soto has teamed up with Frontiers ‘go to’ songwriter/musician Alessandro Del Vecchio. Del Vecchio also adds keys, bass and backing vocals, being joined … Continue reading

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Album review: CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – The Garden

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS - The Garden

Escape Records [Release date 25.03.22] ‘The Garden’ is the album put together by Bruce Mee (of Fireworks magazine) as a tribute to his mother, who died of cancer in 2020. The studio project is called Circle of Friends because the … Continue reading

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Album review: ZADRA – Guiding Star

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Frontiers [Release date : 18.02.22] Guitarist/songwriter/vocalist, August Zadra’s main claim to fame is his lengthy tenure as Dennis DeYoung’s sideman, touring and recording with him since 2010. Guiding Star is his first “solo” album. A considerable weight of talent and … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – The Duets Collection Vol. 1

JEFF SCOTT SOTO – The Duets Collection Vol. 1

Frontiers [Release date 08.10.21] The pandemic and resulting lockdowns certainly had musicians thinking about ways to carry on with their musical passion. One such artist Jeff Scott Soto wanted to do a retrospective ‘best of’ from the many bands and … Continue reading

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Album review: SPEKTRA – Overload

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Frontiers [Release date 06.08.21] Still mining Brazil’s rich seam of hard rock heroes, Frontiers latest South American hopefuls are Spektra, a melodic rock band built around the talents of the vocalist/ guitarist with no name, BJ. And like his countryman, … Continue reading

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Album review: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

Frontiers [Release date 12.02.21] Joel Hoekstra, best known as the current guitarist for Whitesnake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (and previously as a member of Night Ranger and the Broadway show Rock of Ages), returns with album number two from his solo … Continue reading

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Album review: JASON BIELER & THE BARON VON BIELSKI ORCHESTRA – Songs For The Apocalypse

JASON BIELER & THE BARON VON BIELSKI ORCHESTRA – Songs For The Apocalypse

Frontiers [Release date 29.01.21] Jason Bieler scored a winner with hard rockers Saigon Kick (who had a US hit with ‘Love Is On The Way’ in 1991), and since then Jason Bieler has been mixing up styles. Indeed, when asked … Continue reading

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Album review: W.E.T. – Retransmission

W.E.T. - Retransmission

Frontiers Records (Release Date 22.01.21) Of all the melodic rock supergroups assembled, usually on the Frontiers roster, W.E.T. have proved to have staying power.  This fourth studio release  comes a relatively recent three years after its predecessor ‘Earthrage’, which is … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)

JEFF SCOTT SOTO- Wide Awake In My Dreamland

Frontiers Records [Release Date 6.11.20] After going in a more modern metal direction with his Soto project and fronting prog rock supergroup Sons of Apollo, the latest album from the ever prolific Jeff Scott Soto sees him return to the … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – Steve Tilston, Argent, Camel, The Tubes

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David Randall surveys a near-20 year period, reflecting on what constitutes a great gig… What makes a good gig?  It can often be the events surrounding it – a pre-gig meal or drink for example -  your fellow gig-goer(s), the … Continue reading

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Album review: WAITING FOR MONDAY – S/T

WAITING FOR MONDAY

Frontiers [Release date 14.02.20] Few bands are less famous than their producer. Walter Ino, 6 years with Survivor, touring keyboard player with The Babys, and currently holding down lead guitarist spot with The Eagles of Death Metal, produced this self … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – MMXX

SONS OF APOLLO - MMXX

Inside Out [Release date 17.01.20] Second studio outing from the prog metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo who consist of vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, bassist Billy Sheenan, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, drummer Mike Portnoy and on keyboards Derek Sherinian. Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: SOTO – Origami

SOTO - Origami

Inside Out [Release date 24.05.19] Jeff Scott Soto is a busy man with his solo albums, Sons Of Apollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, W.E.T. and of course the band SOTO (I am thinking the use of capitals is to differentiate from the … Continue reading

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Gig review: SONS OF APOLLO – Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

SONS OF APOLLO - Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

It always amazes me how a less than mainstream band (even though heavyweights in their own right) can attract a sizeable crowd on a Monday night.  It’s highly unlikely there were many students at this gig, although within rolling out … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN – Voices From The Past

MelodicRock Records [Release date 28.09.18] Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity in the 1980′s and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years and now … Continue reading

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Album review: W.E.T.- Earthrage

W.E.T.- Earthrage

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] In the extensive world of melodic rock collaborations, W.E.T. can be seen as the nearest to a supergroup, bringing together the talents of prolific vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, Eclipse’s main man Erik Martensson and Work of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANIMAL DRIVE – Bite!

ANIMAL DRIVE - Bite!

Frontiers Music [Release date 23.02.18] Bite! Is the debut album from Croatian hard rock band Animal Drive. Four guys in their mid to late twenties, front-man Dino Jelusic has toured as a vocalist with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. He’s joined … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Retribution

JEFF SCOTT SOTO - Retribution

Frontiers [Release date 10.11.17] You do wonder at times when Jeff Scott Soto (JSS) finds time to rest, as he is involved in the recently released album from Sons Of Apollo, he has his more metal edged Soto band, there … Continue reading

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Album review: BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17] Bigfoot are a five piece hailing from Wigan, not the natural home of the Bigfoot beast but one that houses this band who have a penchant for classy hard rock. The line-up consists of vocalist Anthony Ellis, guitarists … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – Psychotic Symphony

SONS OF APOLLO - Psychotic Symphony

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17] Sons Of Apollo only formed earlier this year and come labelled with the ‘supergroup’ tag, which can be a blessing or a curse – luckily a blessing in Sons Of Apollo case. The Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: RONNIE MONTROSE – 10×10

RONNIE MONTROSE - 10x10

Rhino [Release date 29.09.17] Renowned guitarist Ronnie Montrose sadly passed in 2012, having left a long hard rock legacy, best known for his work with Gamma, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and Sammy Hagar as well as his eponymous band Montrose. … Continue reading

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Album review: BRIAN TARQUIN – Band Of Brothers/Orlando In Heaven

BRIAN TARQUIN - Band Of Brothers

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 25.08.17] Brian Tarquin is a fixer, talented guitarist, producer and general good egg.  A bit like label-mate Billy Sherwood he coordinates a number of artists for various projects usually with a guitar theme.  In the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: HAREM SCAREM – United

HAREM SCAREM - United

Frontiers [Release date 12.05.17] This is Harem Scarem’s second album since reuniting back in 2013 – three if you count their re-recording of their classic ‘Mood Swings’ album they did to get back their ownership of the songs. Original members … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOTO – Camden Underworld, London, 17 February 2017

SOTO - Camden Underworld, London, 17 February 2017

Prolific vocalist Jeff Scott Soto’s well-travelled career has seen him spend brief spells with big names like Yngwie Malmsteen and Journey, participate in supergroups like Soul Sirkus and W.E.T., release albums under his own name and lend his pipes to … Continue reading

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Album review: AOR – L.A. Darkness

AOR - L.A. Darkness

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 22.03.16] Frédéric Slama is back with the latest installment of the AOR series, number fifteen to be precise. Joining him are an impressive list of singers including Jeff Scott Soto and Steve Overland, plus Tommy … Continue reading

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