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The Pretty Maids, consistent, yet largely underrated performers, have a new album out called “Kingmaker’.




Another veteran performer, Graham Bonnet, has a new album called “The Book” out featuring two CDs – the first is new material, whilst the second is re-recorded versions of song from his past such as “Night Games” (solo), “Assault Attack” (MSG) and “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Rainbow). 



I mentioned it last week when posting about the Overland release, FM are also revisiting their past with a re-recorded version of “Indiscreet” to celebrate 30 years since the original release.



In yet another Frontiers created project, veterans Terry Brock and John Roth, who met when they were involved in the last Giant album, have released a new album called logically enough the Roth Brock Project.



The other recent release that caught my interest this week is “Solas” by The Answer. Despite these guys also being from Northern Ireland I know practically nothing about them and had dismissed them as retro Led Zep copyists. The new album is apparently slightly different to previous releases and a quick scan of reviews indicates that perhaps their existing fans are screaming ‘sell out’ and accusing the band of giving in to record company pressure to produce a more radio friendly album. But for me it has been this week’s diversion away from my usual listening habits and an introduction to the band.



If you looking for something retro and slightly heavier with shades of the blues, then it might be worth checking out the new album by Glenn Hughes called “Resonate”.




Finally, if you are looking for something even further from standard melodic rock fodder, Dee Snider had a new album called “We Are The Ones” on which he engages with a variety of styles mostly veering toward pop, but the standout track is a piano led version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which surprisingly is just as powerful and emotionally charged as the original!


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FM Newsletter #62 – Meet & Greet applications for Grimsby and Nantwich

FM – “Digging Up The Dirt” live at HRH AOR

It was great to be back playing live for our first shows of the year at Bedford Esquires and HRH AOR the weekend before last. We had a fabulous time, thank you to everyone who attended.

Here’s a look at new song “Digging Up The Dirt” – live from our set at HRH AOR.

Meet & Greets for Grimsby and Nantwich

Meet & Greet applications are now open for our shows at Grimsby Yardbirds and Nantwich Civic Hall on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April. Please head over to the FM Meet & Greet page to apply.

Closing date for applications is this Sunday, 29 March 2015 so don’t delay!

Exclusive signed CD pre-order
Please note our exclusive HEROES and VILLAINS pre-order will close on Friday 3 April 2015. So if you would like a signed CD of our new album sent out to you shortly before release date please head over to our Heroes & Villains pre-order page.

You will still be able to order Heroes and Villains from the FM webshop after 3 April. Copies ordered after this date however will be regular CDs which will be dispatched after release date and whenever possible during our May tour while the merchandise team are out on the road with us.
“Life Is A Highway” lyric video

We’re delighted to bring you another track from our new album HEROES and VILLAINS – “Life Is A Highway”.

This song is available as an instant download along with “Digging Up The Dirt” when you pre-order our new album via iTunes.
FM LIVE 2015

Apr 03 – Grimsby, UK – Yardbirds – FM / Hand of Dimes

Apr 04 – Nantwich, UK – Civic Hall – FM / Lawless / Hex

Apr 11 – Milan, Italy – Frontiers Rock Festival – Joe Lynn Turner / Harem Scarem & more
May 01 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 02 – Wolverhampton, UK – Robin 2 – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 03 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 05 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 06 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 08 – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 09 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2 – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

May 10 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – FM / Romeo’s Daughter / No Hot Ashes

Jun 21 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting – Kiss / Scorpions / Motorhead & more

Jul 25 – Maidstone, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair – Scorpions / Dream Theater / Saxon & more

Jul 31 – Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsröjet – Europe / Saxon / Magnum & more

Aug 01 – Knislinge, Sweden – Helgeåfestivalen – Europe / Saxon / Skid Row & more

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New FM album

HEROES and VILLAINS, the new FM album is out 20 April 2015 in the UK and Europe, and 21 April in N. America.

As an FM webshop exclusive you may now pre-order your signed copy of our new album.

All CDs pre-ordered via our special pre-order page will be signed by the band and will be dispatched shortly before release date.

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FM no longer playing M3 festival

It is with great regret that due to circumstances TOTALLY out of our control we have to announce that we are no longer playing the M3 festival in Baltimore. We would like to thank you for your amazing support and apologise to everyone that was looking forward to seeing us play at the festival. We know how frustrating it is to be told ‘due to circumstances out of our control’ but we ask that you respect there are reasons behind this that mean we cannot post specific details.
Nothing has happened that will affect us playing in the USA in the future and we look forward to the day when this will finally happen.
We are having such an amazing time on the Foreigner tour and have been overwhelmed by the support and reaction at every show so far so a BIG thank you to all of you.
We are very disappointed about the M3 but can’t let it affect the mood in the camp as everything is going so well right now and we look forward to seeing some of you on rest of the tour.
Once again thank you for your continued support and amazing messages it really makes it all worthwhile.

Steve, Merv, Pete, Jem, Jim

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Shadowman – Watching Over You

A student is framed by shadows as the sun shines through the windows of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Feb. 15-21 is National Engineers Week. Armstrong Hall, which opened in fall 2007, provides educational and research facilities dedicated to teamwork, hands-on learning, community-service learning and interdisciplinary connections. It houses the dean's office; the Schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Materials Engineering and Engineering Education; Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Women in Engineering and Minority Engineering programs; and the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory. (Purdue News Service photo/Andrew Hancock)

Shadowman is a bit of a cult AOR supergroup featuring Steve Overland (Wildlife, FM & The Ladder), Steve Morris (Gillan, Heartland), Chris Childs (various recording and touring gigs including Thunder, Go West & Andy Taylor) and Harry James (Thunder, Magnum).

I remember the Wildlife album I had being impressive stuff and since then Steve has been a favourite vocalist of mine, especially when FM where hitting their high spot. Heartland are another great UK melodic rock/AOR band where Steve Morris hooks up with another good vocalist, Chris Ousey). Thunder are another band that feature in my record collection. Therefore my expectations for this album we pretty high. In fact, I’m pretty surprised that this is my first encounter with Shadowman.

Well, as you would expect from musicians of this calibre, this album bops along quite nicely. The Led Zep influence on "Heaven Waits", "Whatever It Takes" has hints of the Eagles and little keyboard flourishes on tracks like "Waiting For A Miracle" (Gillan influence?) are the other things that kind of surprised me, but otherwise everything is as expected.  Fans of UK melodic rock as performed by FM & Heartland will be very happy with it. It has been a while since I listened to any material featuring Steve Overland, and this is an excellent reminder of what I’ve been missing. Of course, for Steve to shine the rest of the guys need to play their part and this they do so in style.

When the band hit a groove the music seems to flow effortlessly, such as on tracks "Watching Over You", "Waiting For A Miracle",  "Stop Breaking This Heart of Mine" and "Party Is Over".

FM official newsletter 07/06/11


FM Official Newsletter 21: 07/06/11

Hi everyone,

Just a little note to let you know our website News page has had a bit of a makeover.  We hope it means everyone will find it easier to catch up with what’s going on in FM-land.

– News items are now archived, right back to the first one in 2007. That’s a fair bit of reading for anyone to do on a rainy day (whilst listening to METROPOLIS of course!).

– There is a new RSS feed for the News page. If you have previously subscribed to the RSS feed please make sure you subscribe to the new one in its place.

– All the latest news is also now available ‘at a glance’ from our Home page. Check out the very handy News widget just above the Twitter box – clicking on any of the headlines will take you straight to the relevant news item.

We hope you will find these changes useful, let us know what you think!

If you are going to Sweden Rock, Download or to see us with Journey and Foreigner in Dublin and Belfast later this week – see you there!  We can’t wait!!!


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FM update


FM Official Newsletter 20: 21 April 2011
Rock For Japan CD

On 11 March 2011 we all saw the scenes of devastation and suffering in Japan after the biggest natural disaster ever to hit those shores.  Nobody could fail to be moved and be filled with a desire to help in some way.

AOR Heaven, our European record label, hit on the idea of compiling a benefit CD, all profits from which will be donated to the Red Cross for their work in Japan.  Within 24 hours of writing to the artists on their roster over 20 bands and artists had offered to contribute material to the CD – previously unreleased tracks, new mixes of songs, all in all a pretty rare bunch of tracks – enough to fill 2 CDs.
"We are glad to have been approached by AOR Heaven and more than happy to contribute a song for such a worthy cause.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan." – Pete Jupp
We have been lucky enough to visit Japan – the country and its people left a lasting impression on us.  We were deeply upset and shocked when news broke of the terrible devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent events.  When Georg at AOR Heaven asked us to be involved in this CD we sent a track immediately.  We know that the great nation of Japan and its people will pull together and overcome this adversity.  We as a band hope money raised from this CD goes in some small way to help achieve this goal – FM
ROCK FOR JAPAN is released via AOR Heaven in Europe on April 29th and in the UK via Cargo Distribution on May 9th..  This CD-only release will be available from all good record stores and may be pre-ordered now at

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