Solar Flame Music

Solar Flame Music Live concert, studio album and music video production, publication and promotion services for guitar-oriented rock bands and recording artists.

Solar Flame Music produces, publishes and promotes the live performances, studio albums and music videos and singles for American west coast groups and recording artists focused on guitar-oriented rock. Production includes engineering, mixing, mastering and manufacturing as well as booking, and publishing includes retail and online distribution, while promotion includes advertising, radio airplay, and social media public relations.

Mission: To create, distribute, and advocate for the new music written and recorded in the superior style made famous by such producers as Bob Rock, Ron Nevison and Beau Hill, drummers like Mick Brown, Steven Sweet and Bobby Blotzer, and guitarists like Chris DeGarmo, Tony Iommi and Johnny Colla.

RIP Magazine
08/16/2020

RIP Magazine

This week in 1988, Winger released their self-titled debut album. When talking about Winger, it's hard to avoid the band's image that centered on Kip Winger's looks, the scorn directed at them by the show Beavis and Butt-Head, or Metallica's video for Nothing Else Matters (not to mention the hit single "Seventeen," which is about having sex with underage high school girls). But what many people don't realize is that the musicianship on this album is downright awesome. Guitarist Reb Beach is an absolute beast, and he, along with ex-Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein, and keyboardist Paul Taylor bring a distinct progressive metal influence to many of the tunes on the album. Having reached #21 on the Billboard 200 (and eventually being certified platinum in the U.S.), Winger is a surprisingly accomplished debut. So RIP Nation, does the musicianship on this album redeem it, or is it too hard to get past the band's image and lyrical content?

RIP Magazine
08/02/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1986, CINDERELLA released their debut album, NIGHT SONGS. The band was discovered by Jon Bon Jovi, who happened to catch one of their performances at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia in 1985. Impressed with what he saw, Jon immediately notified his A&R rep, who signed Cinderella to a contract with Mercury Records later that year. Convinced that the band was destined for greatness, Mercury sent them into the studio with legendary producer, Andy Johns. Though not an overnight success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the end of the year. Thanks to MTV's decision to put the band in its regular rotation, Night Songs produced three hit singles (Shake Me, Nobody's Fool, and Somebody Save Me) that ultimately pushed it up to triple-platinum status in 1991. And for what it's worth, we happen to think that Nothin' for Nothin' is a painfully overlooked track on this release. What do YOU think is the best song on the album? ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽถ

RIP Magazine
07/30/2020

RIP Magazine

Happy Birthday to John Sykes of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Tygers Of Pan Tang, and Blue Murder! Fun Fact: Did you know that John auditioned to play with Ozzy Osbourne (following Randy Rhoads' death) and DIO (who eventually chose Vivian Campbell)? Interesting to think about what those bands would have sounded like with Sykes playing lead guitar! ๐Ÿค˜ ๐ŸŽธ

RIP Magazine
06/22/2020

RIP Magazine

This week in 1987, White Lion released their second studio album, PRIDE. Thanks to the overwhelming success of "Wait" and "When The Children Cry," Pride jumped up to #11 on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified double-platinum by the RIAA in 1990. The supporting tour for the album lasted nearly two years, and serendipitously put them on the same stage with the likes of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Ace Frehley, and KISS. Due in no small part to the extraordinary talents of Vito Bratta on guitar (and Mike Tramp Official's delightfully raspy vocals), Pride became the commercial breakthrough that the band had been waiting for since 1983. ๐Ÿค˜

RIP Magazine
06/16/2020

RIP Magazine

Happy Birthday to BRAD GILLIS of Ozzy Osbourne and Night Ranger!! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป ๐ŸŽธ

STARFIRE on Twitter
05/04/2020
STARFIRE on Twitter

STARFIRE on Twitter

โ€œAll electric bass and electric guitars performed by @Dairenn Lombard are recorded exclusively with @Fender Music Instruments.โ€

RIP Magazine
05/03/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1988, Queensrรฟche released their quintessential album, OPERATION MINDCRIME. Geoff Tate came up with the "revolutionary" idea when the opening chords of the title track found their way into his conscience while sitting alone in a church in Montreal. The inspiration for Mary's character came later when he witnessed a sad-looking girl in Amsterdam clutching a teddy bear and dancing by herself in a nun's costume. With the help of Chris DeGarmo, the band took those ideas and produced one of the greatest concept albums ever written, and like it or not, it became the benchmark against which their entire body of work would forever be compared. The album was certified gold a year after its release, and eventually went platinum in 1991. Revo-lution! ๐Ÿค˜

RIP Magazine
04/28/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1986, exactly one month after its release, Van Halen's 5150 hit #1 on the Billboard 200. The album was named after Eddie Van Halen's home studio, which also happens to be the California police term for a mentally disturbed individual (in reference to Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code). And despite the controversy associated with Sammy Hagar replacing the legendary DLR, 5150 was the first VH album to hit #1 in sales (even though each of their prior albums had gone platinum). What do YOU think about this chart-breaking album?

RIP Magazine
04/11/2020

RIP Magazine

Happy Birthday to WARREN DEMARTINI!! ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ€

RIP Magazine
04/08/2020

RIP Magazine

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of WHITESNAKE'S self-titled studio album. When David Coverdale and John Sykes teamed up to produce an album together (not to mention getting Bob Rock's help in generating Sykes' ferocious tone), everyone knew the end result was destined for greatness. Unfortunately, once the recording process was over, Coverdale made the decision to fire the entire band over "personal differences." Realizing that the album was going to be a big seller, David recruited the talents of Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell, Rudy Sarzo, and Tommy Aldridge to play on the supporting tour (and even pretend to play the songs in the videos!). Notwithstanding the inner turmoil, Whitesnake peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified 8x platinum by the RIAA. *Fun fact you may not have known: "Here I Go Again" and "Crying in the Rain" were previously recorded with a different line-up and released on Saints and Sinners in 1982, and "Still of the Night" was loosely based on a demo that Coverdale recorded with Ritchie Blackmore when he was in Deep Purple. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป ๐ŸŽธ ๐ŸŽถ

Unofficial: Mr Big (band)
03/30/2020

Unofficial: Mr Big (band)

29 years ago today(3/26), Mr. Big released their second studio album, LEAN INTO IT. This album is a breakthrough release of the band, which includes their timeless hit "To Be With You."

HAPPY 29th ANNIVERSARY! ๐ŸคŸโค๏ธ๐ŸคŸ - DW

RIP Magazine
03/28/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1984, RATT released their monstrous full-length debut, OUT OF THE CELLAR. The band had already created a buzz with their self-titled EP in 1983, but with the meteoric success of bands like Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Dokken and Van Halen, it's clear that the "Ratt Pack" was poised for a breakthrough. They were soon discovered by Atlantic Records, who, after signing the quintet to a long-term deal, immediately put them in the studio to begin writing and recording what would become Out of the Cellar. The result was a multi-platinum juggernaut that reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and periodically outsold Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil (which had already been certified platinum at the time). If we were forced to credit the album's success to a single element, the dual guitar sound of Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby would be the obvious choice. The combination of their melodic duets with Stephen Pearcy's delightfully raspy vocals yielded a number of unforgettable tracks that transformed their major-label debut into one of the most important albums of the decade. Ratt N Roll!! ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿค˜

RIP Magazine
03/15/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1989, EXTREME released their eponymous debut album. The band was formed in Malden, Massachusetts in 1985, and after developing a strong local following, was signed by A&M in 1988. Their first record was heavily influenced by Van Halen, and even though it's somewhat uneven at times, Nuno Bettencourt's playing is positively astounding (highlights include Play With Me, Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today), Big Boys Don't Cry, Little Girls, and Kid Ego). While this should have been the album to put them on the map, it wasn't until their next release, Pornograffitti, that the band became truly well known. What's YOUR favorite song on this album?

RIP Magazine
02/24/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1986, OZZY OSBOURNE released his fourth studio album, THE ULTIMATE SIN. Once the supporting tour for Bark at the Moon wrapped up in 1984, Ozzy was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic to undergo extensive treatment for substance abuse. When he was released in 1985, he returned to find that his guitarist, Jake E. Lee, had already written a significant amount of material for their next album (which was originally slated to be called Killer of Giants). Before entering the studio to begin the recording process, the Osbournes recruited Phil Soussan to replace Bob Daisley on bass (who had been fired yet again by Sharon) and Randy Castillo (who had previously played with Lita Ford) to replace Tommy Aldridge on drums. The end result received a lukewarm reception from critics, though fans seemed to think otherwise. The album shot up to #6 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in less than three months. Even though it sadly represents Jake E. Lee's final appearance in the band (after allegedly being fired by Sharon via a telegram), we think it's one of the most underrated albums in Ozzy's catalog. What do YOU think about it? Should we YANK it or CRANK it?

New Releases Now!
01/15/2020

New Releases Now!

RIP Magazine
01/10/2020

RIP Magazine

Today marks the 36th anniversary of Van Halen's sixth studio album, 1984. Despite repeated objections from David Lee Roth and Ted Templeman, Eddie Van Halen was itching to incorporate keyboards into the band's sound. In an effort to avoid their criticism, Eddie built a recording studio in his backyard (called 5150) and began working on the follow-up to Diver Down. The result was an album of smash hits that included Jump, Panama, I'll Wait, and Hot For Teacher (not to mention the album's opening one-minute synthesizer instrumental, which had been previously incorporated into Michael Anthony's bass solo on their '82 world tour). Eddie had actually written the arrangement for "Jump" several years before 1984 was recorded, but Roth had rejected the now-famous synth riff for more than two years before finally agreeing to write lyrics to it. MCML###IV peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind Michael Jackson's Thriller, which ironically featured an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on "Beat It"), and is the second of two Van Halen albums to achieve RIAA Diamond status, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone. ๐Ÿค˜

01/05/2020

After six years, we have terminated its relationship with The UPS Store due to losing an expensive int'l package and then lying about it.

This lack of accountability is completely unacceptable and it became untenable to do business with them going forward.

RIP Magazine
01/05/2020

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1984, Judas Priest released their ninth studio album, DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH. With tracks like "Freewheel Burning," "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" and "Love Bites," the record became an immediate hit with Priest fans, and was certified Gold in less than 10 weeks. Unfortunately, the song "Eat Me Alive" landed at #3 on the PMRC's "Filthy 15" because they thought it was about having oral sex at gunpoint. In response to the allegations, Priest recorded the song "Parental Guidance" for their follow-up album in 1986 (Turbo), which ironically gave them another hit, another platinum record, and another reason to laugh at Tipper Gore's self-indulgent crusade against heavy metal. What's YOUR favorite track on this classic album? ๐Ÿค˜

CDJAPAN
01/03/2020

CDJAPAN

2019 is ending soon.
Before it ends, let us say some to you.
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Do you remember that song?
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Streaming service music flows away
while CDs remain there in your shelf.
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That day when you purchased it,
where you chose it,
and whom you opened it with...
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The story that comes along with the CD is
forever etched in your memory.
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With a packaged CD, you are not done at the point of purchasing.
If anything, it is just the beginning of your version of story with that song.
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Memories are more important than things.
But sometimes "things" are what remind us of memories.
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Over the international border,
through offering many products,
CDJapan supports to provide that treasured memories for over 20 years.
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We hope we could keep serving you
as long as CDs remain in your memory.
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And, we hope that you'll have a wonderful 2020.

RIP Magazine
12/19/2019

RIP Magazine

Happy Birthday to the late RANDY CASTILLO (Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue), who would have been 69 today. (Photo by Mark Weiss)

Dokken
11/02/2019

Dokken

32 years ago we released BACK FOR THE ATTACK! Whatโ€™s your favorite song? #happyanniversary #dokken #backfortheattack ๐Ÿ’ฅ

RIP Magazine
10/16/2019

RIP Magazine

On this day in 1987, Joe Satriani released his second full-length studio album, SURFING WITH THE ALIEN. The release was a huge breakthrough for Satch, due in no small part to the fact that he was able to combine his extraordinary skills with genuine songwriting. This rare combination put him in the exclusive company of precious few musicians throughout history (i.e. guitar virtuosos who appealed to ordinary listeners), which was made abundantly clear when Surfing With The Alien became the first instrumental rock album to ever land a spot on Billboard's Top 40 (it ultimately peaked at #29). Prior to being a successful songwriter, Satch made a living as a guitar instructor in Berkeley, California, where he molded the likes of Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai, and Alex Skolnick during their musically formative years. Simply put, Satch is one of the greatest guitarists that any of us will ever have the privilege of hearing. \m/

10/14/2019
STARFIRE

STARFIRE

From the upcoming CD "Dreaming of your Destiny," this is a rehearsal session take of the guitar solo in a song called "A Wonderful Moment" performed by Starfire guitarist Dairenn Lombard at Solar Flame Music This was played on a Charvelยฎ Guitars Pro-mod Series San Dimas Style 1 upgraded with Seymour Duncan SH-5 pickups, D'Addario and Co. NYXL 0946 strings through BOSS effects, EVH Gear 5150 amp stack, G12H Celestion Speakers in the 1x12 cab and a Shure SM57 microphone.

Eighties Music Forever
10/09/2019

Eighties Music Forever

MONSTERS OF ROCK
09/11/2019

MONSTERS OF ROCK

09/03/2019
STARFIRE

STARFIRE

A live session take from Solar Flame Music productions.

Eighties Music Forever
07/16/2019

Eighties Music Forever

Today's the anniversary of STARFIRE's R&B collab with Santa Monica vocalist Tammy Marie, "Stealing My Heart Away" now st...
06/27/2019
Stealing My Heart Away - Single

Today's the anniversary of STARFIRE's R&B collab with Santa Monica vocalist Tammy Marie, "Stealing My Heart Away" now streaming on Amazon Prime Music!

Stealing My Heart Away - Single

Vince DiCola
05/28/2019

Vince DiCola

Dear friends and fans,


When we get together for our barbecues and parties, let's not forget what we're actually commemorating. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives serving our country, preserving our freedom and protecting our way of life. #neverforget #memorialday


Peace and blessings,

Vince

Extreme
03/15/2019

Extreme

30 years ago today, March 14, 1989, we released our first record!

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