Roses are Red, Love Past Blue, Rock’s New Stars Are Coming For You

(Images courtesy of Baz Here)

They may be young, but America’s indie-alternative pop rockers, the quartet which form Love Past Blue, are fast making a name for themselves.

Already award winners, the band fronted by the exquisite vocals of 16-yeard-old bombshell, Clio Cadence are set to release their second EP of original music having released a self-titled, seven-track masterpiece at the turn of the year.

The debut EP, spearheaded by the brilliant ‘Keep Running,’ a personal favourite of the band, which put them firmly on the radar of management consultant, Vicky Hamilton, who shot to fame during rock’s heady days of the eighties and nineties with the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Stryper et al; and that after claiming both Battle of the Bands and Best Vocals last summer at the Wildflower Music Festival in Richardson, Texas.

With a sound that has been described as being both bold and sassy, whilst straddling the thin line between that of pop and rock music whilst having an infusion of a subtle blend of both jazz and funk, just for good measure.

Invited back to perform at this year’s event alongside Bowling for Soup and the All American Rejects Clio and her rock all-stars have so much going for them that they’re understandably elated with the rapid progression being made.

She said: “I’m humbled (with last year’s awards), we really didn’t think we would win.

“But it was awesome that we did; and to get best vocalist was a shock.

“We’ve also been pleased with the results (from the debut EP).

“It’s had a positive response when played on the radio, and a few of songs really get the audience singing along at our shows.

“Keep Running is definitely a crowd favourite, I love Keep Running; and I also like Tricks.

“This next recording, be on the lookout for a song called VIP.”

With their catchy name originating from a Beatnik poem, that, and the sultry rock sound they produce. It is their belief that, from that, and what they have and continue to produce, is a recipe for success and led to the formation of LPB.

Clio adding: “To us it means going through a hard or difficult time where you might feel sad or blue, and finding love on the other side.

“The band started basically from stalking! I knew I didn’t want to go the solo route, and thought it would be really fun to do the band thing. So I started calling around some local studios, which is how I found Joe (Galate).”

“I was working at a place called Whataburger when they called me,” continued Joe.

“I got off at 10, went over and auditioned and they decided right there that I was in. The year and half since then has been insane, but really fun.”

“I met LPB at a competition where we were both finalists,” continued Jack.

“A month later, when they needed a guitarist, they called me while I was on vacation. I auditioned shortly after a 20 hour drive, rehearsed with them for a couple of hours, and played a show that night.”

Continuing with their speed in addition of musicians to the band the line-up was recently completed when they added fifteen-ear-old drummer, Logan, to the mix. “I flew to Dallas to rehearse for the L.A. tour, which went so well that I got to do the recordings too.

“It has been great. I feel like we’re best friends already.”

Now, as they swim with the sharks or the powerful rock industry the quartet have found themselves playing events such as the Dallas International Guitar Festival, Wildflower, Springboard and Celtic Festivals as well as a recent outing at the famous Whisky a Go Go on the Hollywood strip.

Unanimously the band all agree that the Whiskey tops recent successes although Clio is very easily pleased, not wanting to nails her colours to any particular mast.

Fourteen-year-old Jack said: “The Whisky stage is a legendary venue.

“Zeppelin has played there, so have a bunch of other great rock bands.

“To have played there at age 14, to a lively crowd, was pretty amazing.”

As for Clio, she giggled: “All of them are my favourites; but the Whisky was the last big show we did.”

Moving forward the band are set to release a new, six track EP and will be nipping across country to New York in October for manager Vicky’s launch of the second edition of her own life story, ‘Appetite for Dysfunction.’

Along with their music producer, Sylvia Massey, their latest offering certainly ticks every box, pretty much the same as Vicky has with the soon-to-be A-Listers.

“Working with Sylvia on our new music is literally a dream come true,” added Clio.

“She really believes in us and our music, and she has definitely taken the recordings to the next level.

“We’re also absolutely thrilled to be working with Vicky.

“We had hoped that performing at SpringBoard would open some doors for us career-wise, but we had no idea it would lead to us working with someone so amazing.

“She really knows what it takes to make it in this business, how to get us connected and in front of the right people.”

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Putting the FUN back in DysFUNction – Second Edition Book Launch

(October 12, 2017, Cutting Room, New York City) Vicky Hamilton invites all to the launch of the second edition of her all-access, kiss-and-tell life story ‘Appetite for Dysfunction: A Cautionary Tale’ in New York City on October 12.

Aiming at “putting the FUN back in DysFUNction” Vicky has added a self-penned poem and new chapter she has entitled I’m A Thunderstorm.

Leaving her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, at just 22, Vicky arrived on the famous Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock n’ roll.

“I was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,” says Hamilton, “He told me I was a ‘real California girl,’ and that’s all it took.”

It was 1981 and Vicky had arrived at the center of Hollywood, where the scene was erupting in spandex, sex, cocaine, hairspray and madcap visionaries.

Hamilton discovered Guns N’ Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother, living in her apartment as Axl Rose ducked a rape charge. “I was basically harboring a fugitive,” she says, “Axl ended up crashing on my couch for six months.”

Hamilton then negotiated GNR’s contract with Geffen Records. In 1986, she was let go and forced to sue the band to recoup the $25,000 she’d borrowed to bankroll them.

She now continues to share her stories in an explosive memoir of the woman who rode the crazy train with some of rock’s wildest frontmen, and matched their hard-partying ways.

Sober for near 20 years, Hamilton spent that last seven excavating her private collection of photos, flyers, contracts, letters, and interviews to create a revealing look into her fascinating life.

The book includes details of her turbulent relationship with Axl Rose and Poison’s Bret Michaels, her experience as an A&R Rep. for Geffen, and, above all, it’s the story of her rise and fall, and how she regained her life by becoming a Grammy Award winning executive that helped relaunch the career of June Carter Cash in 1999.

Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses drummer) said: “Vicky was probably the best thing that happened to us in the early days. She dealt with us when nobody else would, and made everything happen for us. I’m grateful for that.”

NOW UPDATED Vicky has added an extra chapter as, going into her sixtieth year, she is still tearing up the rule-book and still putting names on the map with Love Past Blue, Diane Meyer, Damian Sage, and London’s Matt Adey at the forefront of her exploits.

“I’ve written a new chapter for the second edition which brings the book up-to-date,” added Vicky, “Appetite for Dysfunction has had a life of its own and I’m so grateful to all I’ve met on this journey.

“A little rock n’ roll heart, definitely goes a long way.”

October 12 will see Vicky Hamilton and Friends at the fabulous Cutting Room, NYC where she’ll be doing readings from her memoirs, signing (not singing, although she could be tempted on stage), and several of her acts will also perform on a night not to be missed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award winning music industry executive and manager who oversaw the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Mötley Crüe (to name a few). She is considered one of the most successful music industry executives of her time. Appetite for Dysfunction is her unbelievably true story, told for the first-time alongside stunning images and first-hand accounts of a music executive with nearly four decades of rock & roll stories to tell.

Limited edition autographed pre-release editions and other merchandise may be ordered through Vicky’s WEBSITE 

Influences of a Velvet Undergound

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the album ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ released by US rock group, The Velvet Underground, in the summer of 1967.

Stepping forward, led by Lindisfarne’s keyboard player, Steve Daggett (lead vocals, guitar, piano and drums) alongside partner Ema Lea Daggett (Lead vocals, drums, organ and guitar), ‘The Velvets’ are marking the occasion with a five-date tour, beginning in Newcastle on September 9 at the city centre’s O2 Academy.

Daggett, who has been with the north’s famed, folk rockers, Lindisfarne, since the mid-eighties, helped form The Velvets late last year with gigs in Newcastle (The Cluny) and Liverpool (The Arts Club).

Ten months on and the five-piece are ready to test the waters with an anniversary tour celebrating the release of that iconic album, which will see The Daggetts accompanied by Bad Bob Bates (guitars), Willie Angus (bass) and guest musician Chris Maynard (viola), follow up their Newcastle opener with dates in Bristol, London Islington, Wigan and Glasgow.

 

“The idea that we are a ‘tribute’ act is a little misinformed and presumptuous,” stated Steve with the band being labelled in some quarters of social media as sacrilege, blasphemous and uncool since they started last October.

“There are no wigs, plastic surgery or mannerism cloning going on around here.

“We see it more as a celebration of music that doesn’t get the airing it should, considering the impact and influence the original outfit had on popular music.

“At the Liverpool Academy show, which co-incidentally was the day after John Cales’ Liverpool performance, a large number of the audience went to both gigs.

“There were no doubts at the end of the evening and nothing but great feedback from the crowd. Some fans saying they enjoyed our gig just as much.”

Originally managed and produced by the influential artist Andy Warhol, the experimental rock band rose up in New York in 1965 and consisted of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and Hungarian model and vocalist, Nico.

Although The Velvet Underground and their four albums garnered little success during the initial run, they’ve since been recognised as having had an influential presence on numerous musical genres. The groups’ songwriter Lou Reed achieved international rock star status with his solo work.

“I was looking for a project to run alongside my acoustic solo work and my live performances with the band Lindisfarne” explained Daggett of his decision to take the ball and run with The Velvets.

“The Velvet Underground & Nico debut album was released in 1967 and was a huge influence on my early teenage years and I thought it would be a challenge to recreate their great songs on stage.

“I’d only ever performed one or two of their tracks live before and so I set about getting deeper into the catalogue.

“The band was put together with other established musicians who were also big fans of the group.

“As rehearsals commenced we soon found ourselves in a predicament of which tracks to perform and which to omit, as a consequence we’ve ended up leaving very little out and having a two-hour show.”

With that musical marathon set to be unleashed The Velvets will cover tracks from the original album in the first half of their show followed by a selection of tracks from the bands’ subsequent catalogue of ‘White Light, White Heat,’ ‘Velvet Underground’ and ‘Loaded’.

Beginning on September 9 at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, The Velvets will then head to Bristol’s O2 on September 15 (POSTPONED), London Islington’s O2 on September 30 before trips to Wigan Old Courts Theatre on October 6 and Glasgow’s O2 on November 11; Daggett adding: “Initially we envisaged just playing small intimate clubs with a kind of 100 capacity, however it has grown into something a little bigger.”

Tickets for The Velvets – UK Tour 2017 can be purchased from individual venues, or via the websites www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.thevelvetslive.co.uk/