Pictured, from left: Chuck Wright, Ed Roth, Joe Retta, Richie Onori, Stuart Smith / Photo credit: Imeh Akpanudosen
HEAVEN & EARTH–guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ED ROTH–raised the roof last week at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Packed with industry heavyweights, celebrities, fans and friends, the event (Wednesday, April 10) served as the world premiere album release party for their new album Dig, due out April 23 via Quarto Valley Records, on which they fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus. At the Fonda, they performed the album live for the first time, underlining their high caliber of musicianship and uniformly strong songs. Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power–and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).
HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” and its controversial video which has already logged over 200,000 views in just a month: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d
The event kicked off at The Fonda Theatre with a red carpet event that saw the likes of David Paich (Toto), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Tony Kaye (Yes, Circa), David Victor (Boston), Marc Ferrari (Keel), Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale), Mickey Dee (Motörhead), Sean McNab (Dokken, Great White, Quiet Riot), Robbie Wyckoff (singer with the Roger Waters band), Mitch Perry (Lita Ford Band), Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) , Fred Coury (Cinderella), EJ Curse (Silent Rage), Athena Lee (drummer and younger sister of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee), Tyler Mane (actor/former professional wrestler), Crossong Jordon (actor), Bobby Jean Brown (MTV music video vixen/star of FUSE TV’s “Ex Wives of Rock”) and Ron Jeremy (adult film star), among others. It was a twisted carnival-like atmosphere mirroring the bands “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” video complete with a leprechaun, a stilted giant, a talking moon MC, international champion of magic, David Minkin mesmerizing the audience and then “The Most Dangerous Woman In Hollywood,” Tonya Kay, put on her Machine Shop Burlesque show. To close out the celebration, Heaven & Earth took the stage for their much anticipated performance.
Here’s what the press is saying about HEAVEN & EARTH’s performance at the party:
“…a high-energy set with Joe Retta’s powerful vocals reaching every crevice of the Fonda Theatre…Highlights included the current single ‘No Money, No Love,’ with guitarist Stuart Smith and keyboardist Ed Roth driving the song. ‘Man and Machine’ gave the band one of their better live moments of the night as Smith wailed on the track. And ‘Waiting for the End of the World’ provided the audience with some heartfelt soulful rock, complete with backing singers.”
–Chad Childers, LOUDWIRE.COM, April 11, 2013
“…Heaven & Earth came on and took immediate ownership of the room. The set opened with the epic “Victorious,” and the lead single and soundtrack to the popular video, “No Money, No Love,” as well as other tunes from Dig…Together, singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onari and keyboardist Ed Roth re-introduced the feeling of a big and splashy rock ‘n roll show, lunging over with tight musicianship, catchy songs, a strong presentation…”
–Shawn Perry, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 14, 2013
“These rockers put on a tight set and seeing them live, you can tell they are true musicians who know their instruments and craft well and not just another rock n’ roll band…By the end of the night, no one truly wanted to sit down after being fed an electric performance by Heaven and Earth.”
–Robyn Vagnozzi, SCREAMERMAGAZINE.COM, April 15, 2013
For more photos from the album release party visit HERE