Here’s another tour to add to the bag of Halloween treats for the day. Steve Harris’ own collaboration British Lion has a new album and a North American Tour. Dig in.
The Press Release:
Explorer1 Music (E1) are proud to announce a new collaboration in the U.S. with their release of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris’ second album with BRITISH LION, the ‘up close and personal’ side project he devotes his time to, outside of his Maiden activities, which will be followed by an 18-date U.S. tour (details below).
“The Burning” features 11 new songs and will be released worldwide on January 17th 2020 in Digi-pack CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats. BRITISH LION comprises: vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie, Steve Harris on bass & keyboards and drummer Simon Dawson. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, The Burning is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, with two songs “Lightning” and “Spit Fire” being made available for immediate download from tomorrow with all album pre-orders at https://explorer1-music.myshopify.com/collections/britishlion.
“Lightning” is also available to listen to now ahead of the digital release tomorrow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhtcRo1BB1g&feature=youtu.be.
Richard Taylor says,
“We’ve been working on ‘The Burning’ for the past couple of years and everyone is really pleased with the results. We started playing some of the songs live on recent tours and got a fantastic reaction from our fans so we are really excited to be sharing this album with the world. We’re also looking forward to heading out on the road again and seeing everyone at the shows.”
Paul Woolnough, CEO and Co-Founder of Explorer1 Music says,
“Explorer1 offers a completely new turn-key solution for touring and recording artists such as BRITISH LION in today’s fast-changing industry. After watching the band evolve over the last couple of years and recently launching E1, it seemed the perfect time to partner and collaborate on the U.S. release of ‘The Burning’ and BRITISH LION’s touring activities. I am proud to welcome Steve and the rest of BRITISH LION into the E1 family and look forward to working together for many years to come”
The Burning is a follow-up to BRITISH LION’s 2012’s eponymous debut album, Steve’s first ever musical venture outside of Iron Maiden which was pronounced both “brilliant” and “a big hearted ferocious triumph” by the music press. The band have since been tirelessly honing their live show performances with club tours every year and festival dates whenever time allows, building and establishing a firm and dedicated fan-base, reaching 24 countries across the globe so far, and now with their first ever Stateside tour on the following dates:
The Tour Dates:
January 18: Orlando, FL @ Ace Café
January 19: Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
January 20: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
January 22: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
January 24: San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
January 25: Dallas, TX @ Trees
January 26: Memphis, TN @ Growlers
January 28: Nashville, TN @ The Cowan
January 29: Joilet, IL @ The Forge
January 31: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon
February 01: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
February 04: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
February 05: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
February 08-13: Monsters Of Rock Cruise
February 15: Fort Lauderdale @ Revolution Live
February 17: Savannah, GA @ Victory North
February 18: Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim
February 19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
February 20: New York NY @ Gramercy Theatre
“It’s great for us to finally come to America to play some shows around the release of the new album there through Explorer1 Music. The E1 team have been extremely pro-active and we’re delighted to be working with them on both the record and the tour.”
Tickets available from https://britishlionuk.com/. Every ticket to the British Lion US Tour includes a digital download of the new album “The Burning” out January 17, 2020. The Digi-pack CD and Special Edition double gatefold Vinyl Album is also available for pre-order now in the E1 store (www.explorer1music.com/shop). Support at all shows will be The PICTUREBOOKS.
ABOUT EXPLORER1 MUSIC:
Explorer1 is a global full-service music company owned and operated by career professionals from the music, movie, TV, radio and media industries. E1 is not just a record, management or services company, it is a dynamic organization of passionate and highly skilled individuals, that collaborates and partners with artists and songwriters, providing them with a completely unique one-of-a-kind support infrastructure. Services include Artist Management and a full suite of Artist Services including digital and physical distribution, record label, music publishing & administration, catalogue acquisition and curation, live concert booking and logistics, radio and digital promotion and management, public relations, studio & rehearsal facilities, engineering, studio, video and live production and a full retail, e-commerce and merchandising solution. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles and has an office in London.
E1’s highly-regarded team includes CEO and Co-Founder Paul Woolnough, Head of Artist Development Andre Recke, Head of Artist Services Tom “Grover” Biery, Co-Chairman & Co-Founder Neil Russell, Co-Chairman Kenin M. Spivak, COO Andrew Russell, and other executives who have worked for or with the major recording labels, promoters and music publishers, including BMG, Warner Music, Interscope, Clear Channel Entertainment, Goldenvoice, AEG, Live Nation, Capitol Records, Universal, Sony Music, Sanctuary Music, Columbia Music, Portrait Records and Virgin Records, among others. These individuals have managed and provided booking, marketing, artistic and promotional services for numerous world-renowned artists, including, among many others, Madonna, Elton John, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Hilary Duff, Snoop Dogg, Fleetwood Mac, Jewel, Guns ‘N Roses, Michael Bublé, Motorhead, Josh Groban, Hole, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Journey, Foo Fighters, Morrissey, KISS, Nickelback, Alanis Morissette, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Jimmy Cliff, Poison and Sammy Hagar, and many more.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I’ve got to admit that I am a bit lacking in my background about the band British Lion. Sure they’ve got the great Steve Harris involved in the lineup and songwriting but I sadly never managed to get around to all that much investigation. Sometimes its hard to get to everything here at the Metal Media Command HQ. I’ve marked down the new album and will look into reviewing that and the regional show if I have the means to do so. As I’ve not heard of the Picturebooks before today as well, I will be sure to get to the venue early to see what they are all about. What do you readers think about this tour announcement? Is it something that you are interested in? Have you managed to catch British Lion somewhere around the world or been listening to them? Chime in down below in the comments section so we know you are out there. See you next time.