A meeting in Oslo, with King Baltak from Sydney and his comcern of Battlegod Productions has left me with opportunities that I scarcely saw previously, with enthusiasm abound and the desire to create a third SIAM album to complement and probably escort a re-release of the other two. It was only the desire to see who was behind the stunning production of the NERGARD album that drew me to meet him, but we got on famously and have discussed it ever since. I've contacted the remaining interested musicians in SIAM, which are Andy Faulkner on bass, Darren Horton and Marcus Thurston on guitars and Pano Moullaris on drums. I was already in the throws of co-writing very similar material with Neil Hibbs, which was fortuitous to say the least, ably assisted by Pete Newdeck on drum programming. There is a strong intention to do this, yet again, we'll see how it pan's out. I intend to involve other guest musicians as well on the third album, depending on their availability etc.
In and around this metal genre, I have a distinct intention to release one more metal album of my own. I've been asked by a lot of people to record a new metal album and I think for my part, the kick is easily big enough to free the desire to do so. So that is in motion anyway.
Over and above this record, I'm contracted to deliver one more AOR album to my Japanese album, Marquee Avalon.
I was kind of hoping that they would go for the metal album, but not so. So, through desire and demand, I'm really pulled both ways into two records, which in itself doesn't bother me, it will just be a case of keeping two projects on the go.
Saying that, I'm surrounded by more than enough capable musicians both in Norway and back in ol' blighty. So, co-writing I am and very happy about it as well. There's so much talent about. As the songs develop, I'll release the names of the musicians I'm working with and show you how it all fits together as I go.
Neil Kernon finished mixing the single, 'GIRLS IN NORWAY' in Chicago last month and it was mastered by his colleague, Alan Douches at West West Side Productions. He did a great job.
Since then, Inga Woie has been pulling together the video production in Kristiansand, Norway, which goes ahead on Saturday June 8.
I have to say, she has done an amazing job; a true people expert.
Somewhere in the middle of this, we managed to perform a GARY MOORE memorial show with TORE ST. MOREN at Dokka festival, which I have to say, was not only great, but a little strange, singing all the songs from the '87 tour, back when SHY supported Gary.
With little rehearsal, it didn't seem to matter that much, things fell into place with no real effort and it gelled great on stage; a huge slice of nostalgia and basic, great rock music. A winning combination. There is a definite intention to play further shows this year and into 2014. The mans name will not die !! We'll make sure of that !! So look out for, 'WILD FRONTIER'. I'll post some photos this coming week.
With the cancellation of a festival TNT were due to play in the north of Norway, it was only right that I get over to Birmingham to sing some of the songs that the late, great Steve Harris wrote from SHY at his tribute charity raiser concert on July 19. So I'm away to jog my memory of some songs from twenty five years ago and contribute what I can, to the band's efforts to raise some money for the foundation that his widow Debbie, sports so enthusiastically.
When my UK trip is over, I'll be back to Oslo to set my mind to the albums in hand and play a few remaining shows with TNT for 2013.
Whatever else pops up in the meantime, I'll drop on FB.
Have a warm and pleasant summer :)))