Frontiers Music Srl recently announced the return of TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON with the release of the long-awaited third chapter in his metal opera, "Return To Eden", on June 14. Today, the lyric video for the second single, "Hear My Call", featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen on lead vocals, has been made available. Check it out below.Five years in the making, "Return To Eden" marks a new return for the legendary ex-STRATOVARIUS guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki. Following a few personal issues which forced him to take a step back from the spotlight, Timo started the writing process for the new album and, with the help of the Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (SECRET SPHERE), completed this outstanding comeback album. A convincing and inspired release, Timo's hunger to create is stronger than ever. As with previous releases, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists were brought in to handle lead vocal duties. "Return To Eden" features appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING), Zak Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE), Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V), Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA, ARDOURS), and Eduard Hovinga (ex-ELEGY)."I would like to say… Tolkki is back!" exclaims Timo. "I feel that this is one of my best works to date and I believe the whole cast of singers and musicians truly went above and beyond the call of duty. We managed to create a really great record. I hope the fans will like it."Tolkki has traveled a hard road to get to today, but he is back and more determined than ever to take back his rightful place in the metal scene that he so much deserves after all these years.Formed in the autumn of 2012, TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON released its debut album, "The Land Of New Hope", in May 2013. A follow-up effort, "Angels Of The Apocalypse", was issued in May 2014.Although AVALON has been described by the media as a metal opera, it really is a vehicle for former STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki to express his music in various formats using high-quality musicians. It doesn't have a permanent lineup except for Tolkki.The project's name comes from the film "The Mists Of Avalon", which tells the story of King Arthur. The film describes Avalon as a place likened to "heaven" that normal mortals cannot see and it is divided by mist. It is one of Tolkki's favorite films."Return To Eden" track listing:01. Enlighten02. Promises (feat. Todd Michael Hall)03. Return To Eden (feat. Mariangela Demurtas, Zachary Stevens, & Todd Michael Hall)04. Hear My Call (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)05. Now and Forever (feat. Todd Michael Hall)06. Miles Away (feat. Zachary Stevens)07. Limits (feat. Eduard Hovinga)08. We Are The Ones (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)09. Godsend (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)10. Give Me Hope (feat. Eduard Hovinga)11. Wasted Dreams (feat. Zachary Stevens)12. Guiding Star (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)Timo Tolkki - Lead Guitar, BassAndrea Buratto - BassAntonio Agate - Piano, KeyboardsGiulio Capone - Drums, Piano, KeyboardsJami Huovinen - DrumsAldo Lonobile - GuitarSanttu Lehtiniemi - Additional Guitars
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has defended his decision to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Gus served as the spokesperson that gave the final voting results on behalf of Greece at the event, where 26 nations were battling to be crowned Europe's best pop act.The grand final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday, May 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the semi-finals held on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16.Earlier today, Gus took to his Facebook page to write: "OK, so I know a lot of you were shocked (whether it was in a good way or not) to see yours truly on Eurovision last night."When the Greek national television asked me to be the official spokesperson, I was somewhat hesitant for the obvious reason that 'a metalhead like me doesn't belong in a pop culture type of show.' But music should know no boundaries, and we should all respect that, regardless of our musical tastes. After all, there's been plenty of collaborations between rock/metal artists and pop artists over time."For the record, I look at Eurovision Song Contest as a huge televised musical event production and as entertainment. Under no circumstances I look at this from a political angle and I'm sorry for those that mixed it all up. I'm glad I got to shred '80s style' and bring the rock spirit for a few seconds inside the homes of tens of millions of people. If you were entertained last night, then we did good. I certainly had fun doing it."Thanks to ERT for the opportunity & thanks to you all for your encouraging and positive feedback."Gus's latest solo album, "Fearless", was released in April 2018 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks his first release since exiting Osbourne's band in 2017.
OK, so I know a lot of you were shocked (whether it was in a good way or not) to see yours truly on Eurovision last...Posted by Gus G on Sunday, May 19, 2019
The Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival reopened earlier today after attendees were evacuated for about an hour Sunday due to high winds and storms in the area.The three-day event at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is scheduled to conclude tonight with a performance by the FOO FIGHTERS.The evacuation was announced around 6:00 p.m. and the festival reopened about 90 minutes later.According to reports, several performers — including BRING ME THE HORIZON and CHEVELLE — had their main-stage sets canceled earlier today due to high winds. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS were originally scheduled to appear on a side stage just before 7:00 p.m., but their performance was pushed back to 8:30 p.m.Although Sonic Temple is technically a new festival, it is being produced by produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, which staged Rock On The Range for 12 successful years. Wimmer founded Sonic Temple last year after moving away from Rock On The Range due disagreements with AEG, a former business partner of the show.Earlier in the month, the inaugural edition of another Danny Wimmer Presents-produced festival, Epicenter, in Rockingham, North Carolina, had to evacuate due to harsh weather.
Unfortunately, due to high winds that are making the festival grounds unsafe,— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
we must ask you to evacuate the festival grounds.
Please follow instructions of festival + security staff along with local law enforcement to exit the venue in a safe, calm, and orderly fashion (1/2) pic.twitter.com/uxNwVrGgwr
The weather has passed and it is now safe to resume the festival!— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
The gates are now open. Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at 9:00PM.
Please approach the gates calmly and safely.
If you left the parking lot, you will be let back in by presenting today’s parking pass. pic.twitter.com/CSgIFhuAyP