Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2005
Heavy metal legend Thor the Rock Warrior has teamed up with long time Thor friend and collaborator, John Fasano (Zombie Nightmare, The Edge of Hell Â All HallowÂs Eve), Once Upon A Time Films, USA Networks and Smog Veil Records to the premier of the Murder At The Presidio (Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Priestley, Victoria Pratt, Jon Mikl Thor) and to a live Hollywood Knitting Factory April 26th - Thor performance featuring songs from his new CD titled ÂThor Against The WorldÂ. Thor both performed in and contributed to the soundtrack for the upcoming USA Network production titled ÂMurder in the Presidio,Â airing on May 2, 9pm, May 3, 4pm and May 4, 2pm. (See Trailer:
http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/murderatthepresidio/ and invitation
Thor Against the World is set for release on Smog Veil Records http://www.smogveil.com on July 12. The recording started in 2004 and was finished in March of 2005. The CD is produced and co-written by the production team Messiaz (Bruce Duff, Frank Meyer). See for Producer information: http://www.sweetjusticetheband.com/theguys.htm. ÂWe wanted to make a record that would embrace all the things that made ThorÂs classic albums so fun and great, yet update into the new millennium and make it cool and hip,Â says Messiaz/Sweet Justice collaborator Frank Meyer, who co-produced and co-wrote much of the material. ÂThe main ingredient was strong songs, of which Thor http://www.thorcentral.com had plenty of.Â "Between Jon's blow-down-the-walls vocals, Brian Kehew's elaborate synth playing, Vince's MVP harp and sax, not to mention the soon-to-be hits that both Jon and Frank brought to the table, the album was a total joy to work on,Â chimes in Messiaz/Sweet Justice partner Duff. ÂI think people are going to be surprised to discover a fun, hard-rocking album along the lines of Alice Cooper's '70s favorites." ÂWhat I liked the most about it is that the songs -- lyrically and musically -- remind me of my older material, yet sound fresh and modern,Â adds Thor. ÂGoing into this, I really wanted this album to reflect where IÂm at in my life nowÂ and I think we achieved that.Â
Thor and his managerÂpartner Michael Hektoen (See latest news http://www.thorcentral.com/mp_redesign/html/news_pages/other_news.html#smog )
explain about their choice of record label for the release. ÂFrank Mauceri the boss of Smog Veil Records http://www.smogveil.com is a great visionary.Â ÂWe really like his fast growing multi-media company. The industry is rapidly changing and Smog Veil is getting involved with downloading, ring tones, DVD's and movies. They truly see where the future of technology is headed and have their finger on the pulse. Were honored to be part of the Smog Veil Family.Â
Equipped with a new multi-media deal with Smog Veil Records that will see the July release of Thor Against the World and a career retrospective DVD now in post production, Thor is entering the fray with his greatest weapon yet, an incredible album. ÂThose who have heard the new album feel it is Thor's best work ever,Â says Frank Mauceri head of Smog Veil Records. KNAC Radio has the new Thor Video link at: http://knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=3595
Thor brims with enthusiasm when asked about his plans for the upcoming show Âthere will be theatrics. am concentrating mainly on the music, energy and showmanshipÂ Thor explains Âand I will do things like wrap a microphone stand around an opponents neck on stage!Â he quips. ÂUsually I have half nude female warriors on stage,Â he adds Âbut this time we are planning a rock ÂnÂ roll "all cock and balls band" set. We think there may be some scantily clad women in the audience though. We hope so anyway!Â ThorÂs set list for the Knitting Factory performance will include ÂMegaton Man,Â ÂEasy Women,Â ÂGlimmerÂ (from the movie), ÂThunder On The Tundra,Â ÂAnger,Â and ÂLet The Blood Run Red.Â
ThorÂs discography spans over 28 years and over 20 full-length albums. This body of work recently earned him a place on the Classic Rock Magazine List of Top 100 Greatest Front Men of All Time (alongside winners like Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne See: http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/ ). Body building titles Thor has held include Mr. North America, Mr. Canada and Mr. Teenage USA.
Thor is known for his ability and willingness to perform amazing feats of strength and endurance during his shows. He has had a pile of bricks stacked on his chest and then broken with a pneumatic drill. He has bent steel bars with his teeth, performed motorcycle stunts on stage and mock-slain gladiators while flames and thunderbolts explode around him. Thor is still an immensely powerful man and is in incredible shape and continues to be a dedicated performer. During ThorÂs long career he has shared the stage with other rock and entertainment luminaries including Metallica, Arnold Schwarzeneger, Motorhead, The Dictators, D.O.A., John Candy, Wasp, Donald Sutherland, Manowar and Liberace, to name but a few. "It's Great to be re-united with Jon Thor - The original Hard Rocker" says John Fasano, the multi-talented producer, director and screenwriter.
The media and musicians have always embraced Thor, littering magazines and newspapers with their praise for the man, the myth and the music. Melody Maker wrote "Thor is a genial host for an evening of some murderously effective and hard music....Thor is a showman, his expression and antics are all there to enliven the proceedings, but the quality of his band and his voice should not be underestimated." Kerrang! unabashedly gushes "Thor flew into town and put on one of the most outrageous shows I've ever seen."
Henry Rollins enthuses ÂNo one rocks like the mighty Thor. He's been going strong for decades. Let the blood run red, mother--ckers!Â SF Weekly ÂThor, the original rock warrior, has returned to walk among his people and safeguard his dominion. Since his emergence in 1977 with Keep the Dogs Away, he has had countless imitators -- girlie-men musicians who thought a few well-placed chest plates and a foam ax or two could mask their puny physiques and poofy lineage -- but none was Thor.Â
Visit: http://www.smogveil.com for more THOR information and tour updates. Thor Tour Dates TBA in the following markets: Los Angeles, CA, Vancouver, BC, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Toronto, ON, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Montreal, QC, Minneapolis, MN. For press materials on Thor or Smog Veil Records please contact: Fly PR (http://www.flypr.net/tier_1/about_us.asp / email@example.com). For additional Thor information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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