15, 2008 - Louis
Antonelli (Director of Paul Stanley's
"One Live Kiss" DVD) shares his
experiences working with Jim (and Rockstar House Band)
In a new exclusive
interview with Louis Antonelli, Director of the new Paul
Stanley DVD, references working with Jim and the Rockstar House Band.
We thought this was a really cool mention as it's featured on both the
Stanley and KISS
Q: Can you tell us
about the guys in the band and what they might have brought to the
A: Oh, they brought a whole lot to
the table. I couldn’t have enjoyed working any more with a group of
guys. They were so outstanding. Just characters and people. I mean,
Sasha, the bass player, he was just full of jokes and great humor and
just, you know, killer technique on the bass. I mean, he had the music
down, the heart and the soul of the music down. It was great. Jimmy
McGorman on rhythm guitar along with Paul,
you know, you have a feeling of where everyone was harmonizing with
each other. The vocals all coming together with the rhythm,
the textures of the music. Everything was just clicking and happening,
and it was because of the band. I mean, the band worked hand in hand
with Paul. It wasn’t like here’s the legend we’re working with and
we’re all subservient to that. It felt like the whole band, everyone
was equals in that.
To read the rest of
the interview, please check out Living The Dream, Interview with Louis Antonelli.
October 5, 2008 - Jim explains how he came to sing lead on
"In Too Deep" at the end of
The Best Damn Tour
sent us a funny little note:
"...We had been playing "In Too Deep" with Deryck Whibley, because he
was out here with us for a while, but now that he went home, Avril
decided to keep it in the set and I have been singing the lead part
that Deryck normally sings - Avril sings it too, but only on the
choruses and bridge. I sang it in LiJang, Shanghai and will most
likely sing it tomorrow in Beijing. It has been really fun, even though
I didn't find out I was singing it in LiJang until 40 minutes before
the show - and if you find a video, you will see that I wrote out the
lyrics on a little piece of paper and taped it to my shirt - so I
could remember them. I did better the second night, but still fumbled
them a bit - but I doubt anyone knew because of the language barrier.
There are surprisingly a lot of words in that song!!!!"
Here is a video clip of the Shanghai performance.
October 1, 2008
- See Jim on DVD w/Paul Stanley! "One Live KISS" is now
available for pre-order!
concert DVD "One Live KISS" from his "Live To Win" tour (2006) is now
available for pre-order via Amazon.com! You can see Jim performing on
stage with Paul and his Rockstar house bandmates as they
rock out to 20 classic KISS and Paul Stanley tracks. What is even
more cool is according to the One Live KISS Theatrical Premiere Announcement the
DVD is scheduled to included an interview with Jim as well, which is
Dream!" features interviews with Paul Stanley, Louis
Antonelli, KISS manager Doc McGhee, band members Jimmy McGorman,
Rafael Moreira and Nate Morton, as well as a dozen fans from the
Head on over to Amazon.com and pre-order your copy. Two official
music DVDs in one year for Jim - that is truly exciting for Jim
and his fans!
September 25, 2008 -
Jim to perform on The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 8th
w/Marc Broussard and more!
will be playing organ with Marc Broussard
October 8th on The
Tonight Show w/Jay Leno! The title track from Marc's new
record is one of the songs Jim co-wrote with him. Don't forget to pick
up Marc's record as well! Updates have been posted on Jim's Myspace
page so head on over to check them out including this news from Jim
Kate Voegele -
’It’s Only Life’ co-write
Just wanted to let you know about a song I co-wrote with Kate Voegele
called 'It's Only Life'.... it is getting a great response! It was
picked up for the Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants 2 Trailer - so it can be heard on tv's
and in theatres across the nation! Kate is a very talented artist and
she can also be seen on One
Tree Hill - check out her website at www.katevoegele.com!
Oh..... and go buy the song on Itunes!!!
Link for the Trailer for SOTTP2....
24, 2008 - Another cool
collaboration of Jim!
Check out Corey
Elliott, a songwriter and lyricist from LA and his record called "The
Corey Elliott Song Collection". Jim collaborated with Elliott on
"I met Jim McGorman
through Nathaniel Morton, the drummer on “Rock Star”(who also lent his
drum talents to my project.) I felt it was important to have a
male voice on a few songs to convey that both male and female artists
can sing my songs. When creating melodies, I often have a male voice in
my head. Therefore, I felt it was important to have a male voice
translate my melodies as well. Jim is very talented. He’s
an excellent pianist, guitarist, and producer. He has worked on
many of my tracks."
Jim sings lead on
the following tracks:
Road In My Barefeet
In My Shoes
Part Of Me
In The Sky
23, 2008 - Update from Jim on
the Don Kirkpatrick Benefit Show with photos :)
11, 2008 - Update from Jim! Thanks Jim!
In addition to all of the Avril stuff going, there are a few cool
things on the horizon.
First, the video for my song Fallen
performed by Bret
Michaels (which I wrote, produced and
played) is currently on the VH1
top 20 countdown. Though the video is a
bit low budget, it is still a thrill for me - since I grew up
listening to Poison.
There are also a few records coming out that I played on.
I played keyboards on all of them.
All of the artists records above were produced by a friend of mine
Altman (MySpace , photo w/ Jim). He is one of my great
friends and has become "the unofficial producer for up and coming indie
artists". I am very happy to be working with him so much - and am
very proud of all the work we have done. These records were made over
the last 18 months and they are all coming out now - which is very
cool. They are all good, but I particularly like the Matt Duke record.
I have been listening to it recently, and there are a few tracks that I
can't get out of my head. Check out The
Father, the Son...... and 30
Some Days. He is from Philly (no coincidence that I like him)
and I think he has some great lyrics.
Through Marshall, I met Marc Broussard, (MySpace)
and although Marshall did not produce Marc's latest CD, I got the
opportunity to write with Marc a while back - and amazing he ended up
recording a bunch of the songs - and 3 of them made it on his new
Atlantic release (out Sep 16th) - including the title track - Keep Coming Back. Also, Evil Things and Why Should She Wait are co-writes
So, August/September are pretty big months for me. I am part of 4
records being released. So, if you feel like checking out some new
music that I was a part of (and is good) - check em' out!
I have also recently built a recording studio room in my house. It came
out amazing. I am going to partner with a few friends on a production
co. and we will start to make records form there. After being on the
road for so long, I am looking forward to trying to work from Los
Obviously, my first order of business will be to write and record my
new record, but I will also be taking on other production projects and
getting back into writing. So........ there is a lot to be
I have a little less than a month left out here with Avril. Things are
going well. It has been a pretty good trip so far. We have
another 2 weeks in Japan, then 10-12 days in China. After that,
just have one more corporate show with Avril right after we get
back - and that is it!.
September 4, 2008
- The Best Damn Tour - Live in Toronto is
|Catch Jim doing his thing in the official release of Avril
Lavigne's The Best Damn Tour DVD! Starting this week the DVD is
now made available for purchase in records stores, so check with your
local music retailer on when it might be available in your
area. This is something cool to have, and to see Jim
rockin' out with Avril and his bandmates is really awesome! :)
July 5th, 2008
sent us a li'l note from the road
|Jim says that they have been working really hard travelling
and doing lots of shows. He saw a few cities that he had never seen
before. He especially loved Luxembourg and he said that was one of the
nicest places he has ever been. He is looking forward to visiting
Prague in a few days, something that he always wanted to do. He also
said, "We don't always have much time to check stuff out in certain
places, but I am trying to get some sights in. Been taking some good
Check out all the places that Jim is visiting on our Jim
Tour Map page
June 28th, 2008
review of the Mannheim, Germany concert
|We have noticed the
great rapport and musical camaraderie between Jim and Avril on this
tour. SO have Avril fans as well, so here is what ButchWalker
said in their review from Mannheim:
the cutest moments of the show was, when there was a little technical
problem at the beginning of the acoustic set. The way Avril smiled at
Jim was just... THE CUTEST SMILE IN THE WORLD. HONESTLY!!!
only thing that didn’t work out was the intro of "He Wasn’t" . Like on
the other shows before, she wanted the crowd to get crazy, then calm
down and so on. But they didn’t understand. Avril was looking at Jim.
He raised his hand, like, "Forget it Avril" and they started to do the
June 25th, 2008 - The
Best Damn Tour DVD coming soon!
|elease dates are
being announced for the upcoming release of The Best Damn Tour
DVD. For United States and Canada August 5th, and August
11th for Australia. These dates are tentative and may be
subject to change. In the meantime, you can go ahead and pre-order your
copy through Amazon.com! Let's hope for many Jim moments to
appear during the DVD!
2008 - Another update
from Jim! Thanks Jim.
Jim told us that; since he has a few weeks on
his own before heading to Europe for the next leg of "The Best
Damn Tour"; he is trying to relax. However he is
also working on writing for his new record. He has
already started recording. Because of his commitments with Avril
Lavigne, Jim doesn't think he will finish it before late
2008/early 2009. It will be released for a recording label (in
other words, Jim has been signed) and it will be a Jim McGorman solo
We will keep you posted!
April 22nd, 2008 - A review of Avril's concert in
If you read the reviews of The Best
Damn Tour concerts, you must have noticed that the
critics haven't been kind to Avril. And Av deserves a lot better
than that. Honestly. We are both avid concert goers and we
can safely say that she and the band put on a really good, energetic
and fun show. She is awesome live. And that's a rare trait today.
Anyway - here is one (sort of) positive
review. It's from PalmBeachPost.com
and it says some nice things about the band as well. Such as: "...
the energy of the band and their sweetly sneering singer perked up
appreciatively every time the dancers went away". Read the whole review
By the way, the dancers are
not bad. Seriously.
16th, 2008 - We just got a little
update from DA MAN!
Among other things, Jim told
us that Avril and the band have a Leno performance scheduled for
May 1st. He also told us that will be his 10th
appearance on that show!!! Talk about a milestone!
Jim told us another very cool thing. While recently touring North
East of the US, Jim went to Berklee College of Music (his alma mater) and gave
a seminar to the students. He went there with the two other
Steve's in the band (Fekete, lead guitar and Ferlazzo,
keys). Jim said that the students asked them many questions and that
the whole seminar was video-taped and hopefully we will get to see
April 10th, 2008
- MSN Control Room EP Digital Release Available on
In October, Jim performed with Avril live at The
Roxy in LA all part of the MSN Control Room Concert Series.
Announced today, the Control Room performance will be
released on April 15th via your favorite digital retailer! The
track listing includes:
Losing My Grip
Adia (Sarah McLachlan Cover)
Without question, Jim is heard throughout and one of our favorites to
date is the rendition of Adia during this amazing
performance. So don't forget to check out the audio version on
March 12th, 2008 - Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna Shows!
We just have returned from the first three dates of
"The Best Damn Tour"! It was an incredible week for both
of us. First off, having the opportunity to reconnect in person after
eight years, in addition to seeing Jimmy perform live!
During our time in British Columbia we had the outstanding pleasure of
meeting up with Jim, which was absolutely great :) It's going to
be a very fun and active year for Jim with the Avril tour, in addition
to many other exciting things to come!
Stay tuned to our site over the days and weeks ahead as we will be
posting a lot of cool videos and photos all taken from front row!
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