According to The Blast, former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry has filed a lawsuit against musician Phil Brown to prevent the release of demos they recorded together in 1991. Perry claims that the songs were recorded on an 8-track tape recorder in Brown‘s garage and were never meant for to be heard by the public.

“[Perry] did not perform them as he would if the recordings were intended for public release,” the complaint says. “[Brown is] threatening to release certain old vocal performances of Perry as part of Brown‘s band’s release, even though Perry owns all intellectual property rights in said vocal performances, Brown abandoned any claim to those performances in 2002, and Perry has repeatedly demanded that Brown not release those works.”

Brown is credited as a production assistant and the bassist on the track “Tuesday Heartache” on Perry‘s 1994 solo album “For The Love Of Strange Medicine”. He also worked on the string arrangement for “I Am”.

Perry says that he never intended the vocal performances he recorded at Brown‘s home to be released publicly, and he ultimately decided that the songs he recorded — titled “Somebody Somewhere” and “Don’t Push The River” — were not appropriate for his 1994 solo album. None of the musical compositions he created with Brown, and none of the vocal performances he laid down in Brown‘s home in 1991 appeared on “For The Love Of Strange Medicine” or on any other recording by Perry. Perry says he did no additional work with Brown.

According to Perry, Brown claimed for the first time in 2002 that he had a copyright interest in Perry‘s 1991 recorded vocal performances, and threatened to release them. Perry, through his attorney, expressly repudiated Brown‘s claim to a copyright interest in Perry‘s recorded vocal performances and reasserted Perry‘s sole ownership of those recorded vocal performances. Brown subsequently never took legal action to dispute Perry‘s sole copyright ownership of his recorded vocal performances, and never purported to dispute Perry‘s copyright ownership of those recorded vocal performances in any way for 14 years.

After Perry released his latest solo album, “Traces”, in October, Brown, through his representatives, again began claiming an ownership interest in Perry‘s 1991 recorded vocal performances, and again threatened to release those performances to the public, the singer says. Furthermore, Brown‘s manager allegedly began circulating Twitter messages promoting the imminent release of Brown‘s new CD in a way that misleadingly made it appear that Perry is in Brown‘s band, APACHES FROM PARIS.

“By intentionally using Perry‘s image and misleadingly implying that Perry has authorized or approved Brown‘s conduct, and that Perry is a member of Brown‘s band just as Perry‘s solo ‘Traces’ album is in wide release and garnering significant publicity, Brown is seeking to confuse and mislead Perry‘s fans and the consuming public into believing that Brown is associated with Perry when he is not, to induce them to purchase Brown‘s music rather than Perry‘s,” the complaint reads. “Brown also seeks to mislead fans into believing that Perry‘s 1991 recorded vocal performances, of which Perry is the sole copyright owner, and which Perry decided not to release because they do not meet his standards, are somehow associated with ‘Traces’ and are being released with Perry‘s permission, when they are not.”

Perry is suing for an injunction prohibiting Brown from releasing the music and for unspecified damages.

VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS have released a stripped-back version of “Sailing Ships”. The track comes from their new record, “Rugged And Unplugged”, which will be released on November 23 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Originally from WHITESNAKE‘s 1989 album “Slip Of The Tongue”, “Sailing Ships” has a delicate beauty to it that makes the hairs on your arm stand up and has become a favorite and regular in the MOONKINGS‘ live shows.

“Rugged And Unplugged” is a beautifully stripped back acoustic album which features songs from across Adrian Vandenberg‘s career. From his first band TEASER as a 20-year-old, he has always used an acoustic guitar in his recordings, which along with the electric guitar creates the light and shade dynamic that is the cornerstone to all of his records.

“For me, the sign of whether a song is good or not, is whether it still stands up when it’s completely stripped down to the bare essence of it,” says Vandenberg. He continues: “What I find with acoustic versions of songs you already know is that they can touch you in a different way than the full band and even orchestral versions. You don’t get ‘impressed’ by big guitars, drums and even orchestras. As a performer, you can’t hide behind all that, so what’s left is the emotional content of the performance and the actual song.”

This project created the opportunity to strip down the big orchestral arrangements on songs such as “What Doesn’t Kill You” and “Breathing” to just Vandenberg on acoustic guitar and the voice of Jan Hoving.

“My favorite singers ever since my teens have always been guys like Paul Rodgers and David Coverdale,” Vandenberg says. “Since I wrote this song in 1981, I’ve always pictured it sung by a singer with such a tone of voice and vocal abilities. Jan is absolutely such a singer as you can hear.” “One Step Behind” has a graceful warmth and “Walk Away” feels both intimate and anthemic.

“Out Of Reach” is the only song that features drums, bass and violins and has a warm cascading elegance. The album closes with a new song, the instrumental “Sundown”. Adrian says: “It was one of those beautiful early evenings in the late summer, the light turning pink, it was quiet and I was doodling away on my acoustic guitar. The melody that pretty much rolled off of my fingers really matched the vibe of that moment so I decided to record it and end the album with it. It felt like a very natural thing to do.”

Like the two MOONKINGS albums, “MoonKings” (2014) and “MK II” (2017), “Rugged And Unplugged” was produced by Adrian Vandenberg himself. It was recorded between Vandenberg‘s home studio and Jan Hoving‘s farm which gives it the relaxed, intimate and natural feel, away from the clinical studio environment. It is Vandenberg and Hoving doing what they do and love the most, playing music straight from the heart.

“Rugged And Unplugged” track listing:

01. What Doesn’t Kill You
02. Sailing Ships
03. Out Of Reach
04. One Step Behind
05. Burning Heart
06. Walk Away
07. Breathing
08. Sundown

According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut police are treating the death of ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oliver “Oli” Herbert as suspicious.

The state medical examiner’s office ruled this week that the 44-year-old musican drowned in a pond behind his Stafford Springs home last month and called the manner of death “undetermined.” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Herbert‘s case will remain undetermined unless new information is developed.

Sources told the Hartford Courant investigators are compiling a timeline of Herbert‘s last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before October 16 when his body was found in Hydeville Pond.

Oli and his wife have lived in a home that borders the pond since 2014, town records show. That house was reportedly in pre-foreclosure at the time of the guitarist’s death for lack of payment.

Over the weekend, Elizabeth Herbert, who had reported her husband missing, released a statement via his official Facebook page in which she revealed that Oli drowned after apparently ingesting antidepressant medication and sleeping pills. She also addressed the sudden cancelation of the public memorial service for Oli, which was supposed to be held on Sunday, November 11 at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. She wrote: “As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason.”

ALL THAT REMAINS singer Philip Labonte said last week that he was “shocked” by Oli‘s death. “He was 44 years old, and he wasn’t really a big partier,” Labonte told Meltdown Of Detroit’s WRIF radio station. “He would go hang out with people and stuff, but he didn’t really do a lot of drinking… He didn’t do drugs, he didn’t really drink a lot. He would smoke pot once in a while, but that was the extent of it.”

Herbert began playing guitar at 14. He co-founded ALL THAT REMAINS with Labonte in 1998.

ALL THAT REMAINS has released nine studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and has sold more than one million records worldwide.

The surviving members of ALL THAT REMAINSLabonte, Mike Martin (guitar), Jason Costa (drums) and Aaron Patrick (bass, backing vocals) — will embark on the previously scheduled European tour with SEVENDUST this December. Guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (ALL SHALL PERISH, CHELSEA GRIN, BORN OF OSIRIS) has come on board and will fill in on the upcoming trek.