Machines of Grace
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Below is our complete Machines of Grace news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Vater percussion has posted a video interview online with Trans Siberian Orchestra / Machines of Grace drummer Jeff Plate, in which he discusses his playing style, influences, history and more. You can view the video clip below.
Guitarist Matt Leff of Machines of Grace has issued the following statement about Ronnie James Dio, who passed away due to stomach cancer:
"In 1988 I was attending GIT in Hollywood and read that Dio was looking for a new guitar player. I never expected to get a call but sent in my demo anyway. A couple months later my phone rang and it was Wendy Dio telling me Ronnie had listened to my material and really liked it, they wanted to know if I'd go down and audition... I was like, 'YEAH!!' Out of the thousands of demo's they received, only a couple guys were brought in to audition and I was really nervous about playing with one of my all time musical idols. I mean, there I was, playing with Ronnie James Dio and his entire band! Not to mention Wendy Dio and some people from their label. Typing this out, I'm remembering how nerve racking it was, but what a fantastic experience it was playing with such a musical powerhouse.
"From the moment I arrived at the studio, Ronnie made me feel like I had known him my entire life. Just super friendly and any time I tell this story, I always mention that he was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I probably spent 3 or 4 hours playing Dio songs along with some of my own material, then we spent quite a bit of time sitting around the rehearsal room table talking. They all were really great and I'll never forget that day as long as I live. Thank you for being such a huge inspiration Ronnie!" More...
Machines Of Grace has issued the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"Hi Everyone - Just a quick update on what's happening in the world of Machines of Grace! Our drummer Jeff is gearing up for the first Trans Siberian Orchestra Spring tour, so we're looking at hitting the road this summer and fall when his TSO schedule is less demanding. As news develops on this, we'll keep you all posted.
"In the interim, we've got some cool stuff going on. We've signed a distribution deal with Loudtrax in Canada, so shortly the MOG CD will be available at most retail stores throughout Canada. We've also signed a deal with SAOL/CMM in Germany which will allow for distribution of our CD throughout all of Europe and the UK. As these companies push our music out, there will be a whole new wave of interviews and reviews to watch for. We also have something REALLY big in the works with one of the world's major guitar magazines, but it's a little too early to spill the beans on this one. Once it becomes official we'll let you all know so you can check it out.
"Speaking of magazines, Machines of Grace is featured in the current issue of 22nd Century Rock magazine, which is North America's #1 independent rock magazine. 22nd Century Rock did an interview with our vocalist Zak Stevens and gave us a 2 page spread right in the front of their magazine, which is available on news stands all over the place! More...
Machines of Grace has posted footage online of their performance at the House Of Blues in Cleveland on September 24th. The video clip can be viewed below.
Machines Of Grace has issued the following update about streaming new sample tracks online at their MySpace page:
"Hi Everyone -
"We just put up a couple new sample tracks (‘This Time’ and ‘Between The Lines’) from our debut CD ‘Machines of Grace’. Check them out and let us know what you think.
"The CD has been getting really great reviews from all over the world, so if you haven't picked up a copy yet, get over to iTunes or www.machinesofgrace.net and grab one for yourself! Jeff is out on tour with the Trans Siberian Orchestra now, so we're on a bit of a hiatus until the holidays are over. We're working on a few things in the mean time and expect to announce some upcoming tour dates for early 2010 soon!