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Hollywood Rocks

by Wheels of Fire

Ultra catchy keyboard-laced AOR and Melodic Rock in the vein of early Danger Danger, Firehouse, Bon Jovi and Winger. Produced and co-written by Michele Luppi (Killing Touch, Vision Divine, Los Angeles)
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hollywood Rocks
4:49 $0.99
2. You’re So Cool
3:48 $0.99
3. What I Want
4:55 $0.99
4. I Can’t Live Without You
4:27 $0.99
5. Everywhere I Go
3:50 $0.99
6. Live Again
3:58 $0.99
7. The Reason
3:42 $0.99
8. Little Prayer
4:33 $0.99
9. Relax
3:19 $0.99
10. Rock the World
4:03 $0.99
11. Love Nest
7:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Until the present day the very lively Rock music scene of Los Angeles during the 80s hasn’t lost any of its cult like fascination. The Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, Rainbow Bar And Grill on Sunset Strip und the Troubadour a little further south are the locations in West Hollywood in which the eventual mega sellers entered the stage and where they still hang around today every once in a while. This neighbourhood also seems to be made for a band like “Wheels Of Fire” and their band leader Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri, who started his musical career as a keyboard player back in the early 90s in some local bands. About ten years ago Dave discovered his passion for singing and to improve his skills he turned to Michele Luppi, who besides being a member of various bands, formerly of the Power Metal band Vision Divine and currently of the Melodic Metal act Killing Touch and the AOR project Los Angeles, is also active as a vocal coach. Before Dave made his dream of an “Old School” Melodic Rock album come true with “Wheels Of Fire”, he recorded the album "De Revelationibus Orbium Caelestium” with the Metal band Seventh Archangel in 2007. One year later “…As In A Deep Dream” with the Progressive Metal band Liquid Shadows followed. Beside the work in the studio Dave did a lot of gigs and meanwhile he is also a teacher for Modern Singing himself.

The foundation for “Wheels Of Fire” was layed back in 2006 when Michele Luppi heard some of Dave’s demos and subsequently offered his help to record an album. Eventually Michele produced “Hollywood Rocks” together with Dave and Michele can also be heard playing grand piano and singing background vocals. The studio line-up is completed by guitar player Stefano Zeni, who is in a cover band together with Dave, Roberto Galli on bass, as well as Andrea Zingrillo on drums. Roberto Priori (Killing Touch, Michele Luppi’s Heaven) took over the mix and the Mastering, and did an amazing job in delivering a great sounding record.

The songs of “Wheels Of Fire” are a captivating combination of all the elements that Melodic Rock and AOR fans love about this kind of music and that made these songs staples on mainstream radio twenty years ago. Pushed forward by powerful drums the mid- and uptempo rockers, like “Hollywood Rocks”, “You’re So Cool”, “What I Want”, “Everywhere I Go”, “Live Again”, “The Reason”, “Relax” and “Rock The World” also shine with their melodic guitar riffs and a heathy dose of crystal clear keyboards. As expected the verses of the songs always lead to a super catchy chorus and are crowned with a guitar solo. Rock ballads have always been a big plus of the Melodic Rockers and so the band has paid very careful attention to the softer moments “I Can’t Live Without You” and “Little Prayer”. They serve a decent portion of guitar power and the arrangements also include a grand piano, while the concluding master piece in this category, the bombastic eight minute epic “Love Nest” even adds a string section, making it a full blown wide screen listening experience. “Hollywood Rocks” is the very promising debut of a talented musician, who will also present his songs in a live setting over the next couple of months. (Words: Gregor Klee)

1) Hollywood Rocks (4:49)
2) You’re So Cool (3:48)
3) What I Want (4:55)
4) I Can’t Live Without You (4:28)
5) Everywhere I Go (3:50)
6) Live Again (3:59)
7) The Reason (3:43)
8) Little Prayer (4:34)
9) Relax (3:19)
10) Rock The World (4:04)
11) Love Nest (7:57)

All songs written and arranged by
Davide Barbieri and Michele Luppi

Wheels Of Fire are :
Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri: Vocals & Keyboards
Stefano Zeni: Guitars
Roberto Galli: Bass
Andrea Zingrillo: Drums

Special Guests :
Michele Luppi – Acoustic Piano on “What I Want”, “I Can’t Live Without You”,
“Little Prayer” and “Love Nest” Bass on “Hollywood Rocks” and “You’re So Cool”,
Background Vocals
Frank Nemola – String arrangement on “Love Nest”

Produced by Michele Luppi and Davide Barbieri
Mixed and Mastered by Roberto Priori




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