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Michael Lee’s Magical Mythical Metal Is No Flashback-(Rab session with Steve Bundrick Producing)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

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Michael Lee’s Magical Mythical Metal Is No Flashback

Too much is too much, but way too much is perfect. Michael Lee is way too much.

Lee’s made his name as an editor and Emmy-nominated producer on everything from E! True Hollywood Story to Super Bowl post-game wrap-ups, but the San Antonio native was suckled at the teat of Van Halen and Judas Priest as a tyke, and has decided to claim the world of music as his own with his debut EP Hold on Till Heaven.
His Facebook page was sent to Rocks Off as a joke. “Hey! Look at this guy 80s guy! What a maroon!” Laugh all you want, but Michael Lee is not some cheeseball nostalgia-gimmick gimp. Sure, his music is over-the-top and unabashedly inspired by metal’s more fantastical elements, but like The Darkness before him, an undercurrent of exemplary musicianship and innovation here sets the EP apart from a simple flashback.
Take opening track “Connection” by way of a for instance. Right when you’re ready to sneer and shout, “Dokken!You’re Sukken! Get off the Stage-n,” you pick up on sinister industrial elements winding in and out of the pop-metal guitar riffs. In fact, the whole track made us think of the gritty awesomness of Daniel Ash’s last EP, Flame On.
It’s important to realize what happens to your mind while you listen to Hold on Till Heaven. You have only seconds to dismiss it as Bill and Ted’s bogus soundtrack before the underlying power forces you to appreciate the subtleties woven in amongst the dragons.

And there are dragons! What ever happened to dragons? You fail us, metal, and you fail us band. Not Lee, though. He believes in dragons, angels and vampires. Most of all, he believes that he should sing about them. He even has a song on the EP, “Believe,” pretty much laying out the sheer unholy joy of magic and myth.

We fail to see what the hell is wrong with that. Yes, OK, it’s kind of cheesy. It was cheesy when Dio did it, or when Rhapsody had Christopher Lee narrate “Unholy Warcry,” but it was also epic. Literally epic, not Internet epic. There are artists who explore the wide realm of fantasy as easily as they explore their own hearts and souls. Lee belongs in that temple.
A lush full world demands a pretty lushly produced album, and Hold on Till Heaven is nothing if not stretched to the limit. The album was engineered by Steve Bundrick, nephew of Who keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick who also appears on several tracks on the album.
Incidentally, did you know Rabbit Bundrick was the principal musician on the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack? Judging by Michael Lee’s outfits, he certainly did, but what’s a little extra outrageousness when you’ve already gone screaming over the edge like Thelma and Louise on a flying V guitar?

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Michael Lee in the Batcave (literally)
Like any album, even a six-song EP, there are ups and downs. We can’t say we particularly got behind “Mind You Own Business,” a song bitch-slapping the nosiness of Hollywood. Not that it’s a bad track, mind you, it’s just lacking in dragons – we think.

However, for the segment of the listening populace who prefers a more noir approach to the world rather than a Day-Glo eargasm, this might be right up your alley.
Truly it’s the title track that transcends all other attempts on the album. Even after three straight listens to Hold on Till Heaven, the album, we still had “Hold on Till Heaven,” the song, on repeat and full volume until our fellow passengers begged us – in vain – to please stop.
It’s pop. That’s important. It’s very pop, and in that is the song’s genius. Much like “Your Fate” from our own death rock hometown heroes Ex-Voto on their last album Antioch, what stops you and holds you is and unashamed appreciation of the highly-oxygenated atmosphere of good rock or metal based pop.
True, both songs stand on the cusp between irreverence and a deeper kind of music, but any soldier will tell you that the border is what people fight and die over, not the center. Lee brokers a peace talk between the People’s Republic of Metal and Popghanistan that echoes as an anthem of audio exultation for both sides.
One side learns to bang their heads a bit, and the other stomps a few less newborn puppy skulls while they take the time to smile.
Ultimately, that’s Lee’s true genius. His music is impossible not to smile at. You may shake your head a ruefully, you may rolls your eyes a bit, look at his outfit for Santa’s sake! In the end, though, you can’t help but love a man who believes.

Michael Lee plays tonight at Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington.

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http://www.houstonpress.com/
Only In Houston
By Jef With One F, Wed., Dec. 15 2010 @ 8:00AM
Categories: Metalocalypse, Only In Houston, Playbill

Phil Spalding’s Big Night Out. Come and enjoy the Music. It’s for the Rehabilitation Charity”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Phil Spalding's Big Night Out. Come and enjoy the Music. It's for the Rehabilitation Charity"

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  NIGHT PARADE – LA TALK RADIO AIRPLAY ’50 STONE LOVER’-Original Show Date: September 21, 2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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LISTEN AGAIN……..COPY THE LINK AND PASTE IT INTO YOUR BROWSER. THE SONG IS NEAR 18-20 MINUTES INTO THE SHOW. WHAT COMPRESSION THEY HAVE OVER THERE. IT PUMPS !
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http://www.latalkradio.com/Players/Troy-092110.shtml

UPCOMING GIG DATES –
Saturday, November 20th 2010
Dune FM 107.9FM (Live Sounds)
Night Parade Special


Saturday, December 4th 2010
O2 Academy
Hotham St, Liverpool

Night Pararade Gig at Hoxton Underbelly, London Friday October 15th at 9pm…www.nightparade.co.uk……

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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Here’s a good gig for all you Rabbit Fans & Friends. This is the band I have been bragging so much about. Please go and check them out, it’s their very 1st gig in London.
You will all be happily surprised at the quality of the songs & musicianship from this bunch of lovely Liverpudlian Lads. See you all there. Go to www.nightparade.co.uk for ticket information.

THE WHO-PICS BY MICK YATES FROM THE ALBERT HALL-2010-QUADROPHENIA

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

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RAB PLAYS KEYS WITH NIGHT PARADE AT THE CAVERN CLUB-LIVERPOOL-AUG 21 2010

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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Rabbit is playing Keys with Night Parade in Liverpool at The Cavern, 21st August, 2010, 7pm

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

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Night Parade – EP Launch from Goodmedia on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

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Night Parade – EP Launch from Goodmedia on Vimeo.

Night Parade – Havoc

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

This is a band from Liverpool called Night Parade with their song Havoc (released 11 June 2010). I played on their album and I’m also in the video. We get on like a real band and I’m thinking of doing some live shows with them.

You can visit their website at www.nightparade.co.uk follow them on their facebook page and listen to more on myspace.

Watch this space for more details.

MORE TERESA JAMES-RAB GIG PICS BY JODY

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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