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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tony Iommi Praises Mario’s Version of ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’!

The great Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath posted a video on his Facebook page today, talking about the ‘Great Lefty: Live Forever’ tribute album to him that Mario was very proud to be featured on. All the proceeds of this album will go to Macmillan Cancer Charity. The video can be viewed here. Tony talks about Mario in the video, and praises his guitar playing and version of Tony’s instrumental ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’. Mario said “Tony is such a kind and humble soul, and I’m both honored and flattered by his very kind words. A wonderful human being and one of the music greats of all time.”

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Great Lefty: Live Forever! Now Available!

The new Tony Iommi tribute album ‘Great Lefty: Live Forever!’ featuring Mario’s version of Tony’s instrumental ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ is now available from several online vendors in mp3 format including Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk and CDs from CD Baby All the proceeds from sales of the album are being donated to MacMillan Cancer Charity, the cancer charity chosen by Tony. Please support this worthy cause by buying the album - thank you! :-)

Great Lefty

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tony Iommi Tribute Album to be released on May 4th

Tanzan Music and a team of Tony Iommi supporters are set to release

“GREAT LEFTY: LIVE FOREVER! TRIBUTE TO TONY IOMMI GODFATHER OF METAL” on 4th May.

Tanzan Music and “Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic” team of Iommi supporters together with Facebook communities “Tony Iommi The Man The Master The Legend” and “Global Black Sabbath Convention”  are proud to announce the release of the compilation tribute in honor of Black Sabbath’s true heart and soul, legendary Riffmaster Tony Iommi on May 4th.

The first ever tribute to Iommi is titled “GREAT LEFTY: LIVE FOREVER. TRIBUTE TO TONY IOMMI GODFATHER OF METAL”

Great Lefty

When Tony Iommi was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer in 2011, followed by extensive chemo and radiotherapy, it was a hard shock for his die hard fans. Millions of fans worldwide took to social networking pages to express both dismay and support for him.  The horrible illness wasn’t able to stop him working on a new album. And still undergoing therapy, Tony managed to play over 84 concerts all around the world with Black Sabbath, showing incredible positivity, enthusiasm and love for music.

The compilation is an act of solidarity towards Tony from Pals & Fans. The tribute includes participations from well-known artists, the best Black Sabbath tribute bands from all around the world, and the bands and solo artists “children of Iommi” as having Iommi’s music as their major influence. All the songs were kindly donated for the cause. The profits from compilation sales will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Some of the artists participating are: Dario Mollo (Tony Martin, Voodoo Hill) featuring Mark Boals (Savoy Brown, Malmsteen, Dio Disciples, Dokken), Mario Parga (Mario Parga Band, Graham Bonnet, Forcefield, Cozy Powell’s Hammer), doom legend Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row) with his current band Place Of Skulls, Giuntini featuring Tony Martin, and a young talented artist Kyle Cousins, singer and songwriter, huge Iommi Fan, who also happens to have autism. Kyle performs with Vinnie Appice (former Sabbath and Heaven and Hell drummer), Barry Goudreau (guitarist for Boston), Hugh McDonald (David Bromberg, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Lita Ford).

Tracklist Disc 1

1. Dario Mollo featuring Mark Boals - Never Say Die  (3:54);

2. Maniac Rise - Time Is Mine  (5:05);

3. Kyle Cousins - Heaven And Hell  (6:16);

4. Mario Parga - Scarlet Pimpernel  (5:13);

5. Children Of The Gravy - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath  (5:40);

6. Ironlung featuring Wizard Of Ozz - Electric Funeral  (5:03);

7. Tanzan Music Academy - Neon Knights (4:45);

8. Nick Didkovsky - Orchid  (1:38);

9. Darking - Law Maker  (3:35);

10. Into The Void - Loner  (4:40);

Tracklist Disc 2

1. Rekuiem - Paranoid  (3:17);

2. Place Of Skulls featuring Victor Griffin - You Won’t Change Me (6:43);

3. Black Sabbath Dio Tribute Cz - I  (5:10);

4. Phil Jakes - Behind The Wall Of Sleep  (2:47);

5. Giuntini - Anno Mundi, featuring Tony Martin  (6:14);

6. Tony Reed - Live Forever  (4:44);

7. Kill Van Kull - No Stranger To Love  (5:13);

8. Aplanadora featuring Santiago Cabakian - Hole In The Sky (4:20).

9. Blood Sabbath - Snowblind  (5:33);

10. Phenomena - The Wizard  (4:10);

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mario to record Black Sabbath’s ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ for Tony Iommi tribute & cancer charity album

Mario is scheduled to record a version of Black Sabbath’s ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’, one of Tony Iommi’s instrumental tracks for an upcoming tribute album of which the proceeds will be donated to Tony’s choice of cancer charity. The album will be titled ‘Great Lefty: Live Forever! (A Tribute to Tony Iommi Godfather of Metal)’, more details and links will follow soon.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mark Mendez’s (Mario Parga Band) AMAZING live drum solo!

Check out Mark’s INCREDIBLE drum solo!!

Mark’s amazing talent can be heard on all the tracks on the upcoming new album, Shadows & Light. Mario recently said: “The degree of technique, skill and musicianship of Mark has brought my music to a whole new level. He never ceases to amaze me with his incredible talent and natural ability for the drums. I know that my guitar fans will instantly recognize the power and intensity on the new album thanks to Mark’s playing. He’s an awesome force all by himself and we’re looking forward to live shows very soon.”

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mario’s New Art Blog

Mario Parga - 'Wester Ross Coastal Trail, Scotland' (2010) oil on canvas on wood panel

Mario Parga - ‘Wester Ross Coastal Trail, Scotland’ (2010), oil on canvas on wood panel

In an attempt to keep Mario’s music/general related blog separate from his artwork, a new blog has been created called ‘Realistic Painting‘ and can be accessed by the link provided or via his main art website here.

The blog you’re used to reading (www.marioparga.com/blog) will be used for music and general topics as before, but Mario hopes that those of you interested in his artwork will visit the new blog also.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Mario’s ‘Lick of the Week’ - Starting next Friday!

Mario’s ‘Lick of the Week’

Siggery Guitars 'Mario Parga Signature' model
Siggery Guitars ‘Mario Parga Signature’ model

Starting from next Friday Feb 18th, Mario is going to post a ‘lick of the week’ on Twitter and his Blog every Friday for an indefinite period. The lick will consist of an audio clip of him playing it, plus tablature and playing tips.

Mario said: “I get many requests for guitar tuition, so I’m hoping this will be of interest to those of you who have emailed me about it :-) The licks will be just that; short guitar licks with a brief explanation and tab. Hope you enjoy them!”

Join Mario’s Twitter feed here.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year & ‘The Magician’s’ 20th Anniversary!

Happy New Year!

We hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and wish you a very Happy New Year! :-)

2011 will be a busy year for Mario and will see the release of his new album Shadows & Light.

The Magician’s 20th Anniversary!

Mario Parga - The Magician (1991)

Mario Parga - The Magician (1991)

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Mario’s first solo album, The Magician (1991)!

President Records (who originally released the album) and Mario have been in touch recently with potential ideas to commemorate the album. At the moment, there is a possibility that the popular track ‘Heatwave’ from The Magician will be re-recorded as a special edition digital download. Mario talks about it a little more in his blog.

As soon as plans have been finalized the News page will be updated.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Mark Mendez: Drummer Extraordinaire

Mark Mendez

Mark Mendez

Mario is pleased to formally announce Mark Mendez as the new drummer for the Shadows & Light album and his band. Mark is from Guadalajara, Mexico and has toured and recorded with numerous Central American rock and metal bands.

Mario said: “Finding a drummer to replace Kevin Valentine was a very difficult and daunting task. Aside from technique, I wanted excellent timing, passion, soul and originality. After hearing many candidates, Mark’s material stood out from the crowd with his world class playing. He possesses all of the previously mentioned qualities and more, and I’m very excited to get to work on the new album with him powering the rhythm section.”

For all press enquiries, please contact Shawna at music@midnightcafestudios.com

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Drummer for Mario

Mario is pleased to announce that he has now found a new drummer for his band. A full press release will follow soon.

Thank you to all those who submitted material to MidnightCafe Music for consideration of the role of drummer for Mario. Please note that this position is now closed and new applications will not be considered.

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