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    Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:49:58

    Exclusive Video Premiere: Heaven & Earth's Live Performance of "Victorious" - It's from their album release party at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood

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    ARTISTdirect.com wants you to feel like you were at Heaven & Earth's album release party for Dig, held at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on April 10, 2013. How are we going to do that? By exclusively premiering this video footage of the band's performance of the song "Victorious." So no matter where you really were on April 10, you can teleport to L.A. for the H&E show via this clip!

    The band's album Dig is out now.

    Heaven & Earth, in case you are unfamiliar, fuse hard rock and blues with classical bravado.

    Enjoy the live footage.



    Check out our interview with the band below!

    What ties "Dig" together for you? Are there certain overarching themes?

    There is in a way. At the time we started writing "Dig", our singer Joe Retta had sold his house in Ventura and was looking for a new one in my area, which is Woodland Hills. I had just been through a hellish breakup and had a spare room so I invited him to move in with me so we could write together more easily. In our writing process I would generally come up with the main riff and a title and when he moved in I was going through the whole anger/depression thing after the relationship so the first few titles I threw at him were "Back in Anger", "House of Blues", "Waiting for the End of the World", "No Money, No Love", and "I Don’t Know What Love Is". Writing and playing music always helps to heal you so the following songs were more upbeat. In the past I’ve always relied upon the Howard Leese, (Heart/Bad Company) to help me plan out the song sequencing for the album so when "Dig" was finished he told me that we should just lay the songs out in the order they were written as it starts off very darkly but transitions into a very uplifting finale. We all liked the idea as we felt that the whole album tells a story when played from top to bottom.

    What’s the story behind the last song "Live As One"? That one stood out.

    This is a song that Joe Retta had originally written and demoed up back in the 80’s with a friend and when he played it to me I was immediately blown away by the chorus. The song was in very rough form but the basics were there so Joe and I got together with keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum and knocked it into shape. During the recording process we knew that the song cried out for a gospel choir so we brought in the Agape Choir to lay on the big vocals. Also in keeping with the theme of the album it’s the perfect song to end the album.

    How did you come up with the concept for the "No Money, No Love" video?

    This was all Glen Wexler’s idea. Glen got involved with the project from the beginning and created the stunning cover art. When he suggested directing the video, we gave him the go ahead so he brought in Jeremy Alter and Meiert Avis who did the videos for Evanescence and Paramour. The video was shot over a 3 day period at Fuch’s Mansion on Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles and the rest was filmed in Quixote green screen studios in Burbank.

    What tends to inspire you outside of music?

    I take my inspiration from many things around me. It could be what I learn through martial arts, a good movie, a story in a book or that someone relays to me or just something that effects me on a gut level through personal experience.

    If this album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?

    That’s a tough question. How about "Rocky?"

    What artists shaped you?

    Everything from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Deep Purple, Free, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, Jeff Beck, Cream, Eric Clapton, ELP, Groundhogs, Gentle Giant, Yes, Rod Stewart and The Faces, The Rolling Stones, and many others that I can’t think of right now.

    What’s next?

    Touring. We desperately need to get this band out and working. It’s a bit tough at the moment, as we didn’t get "Dig" released till April this year so most of the summer tours are already booked. If we’d have finished and had it released last year it would have been easier but we’re working on it.

    What did you think of this live footage of Heaven & Earth?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.18.13



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