[Cover photo credit to James St. Laurent]

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Aldo Nova has set an April 1st release date for the first chapter of his rock opera, a 10-song EP titled The Life and Times of Eddie Gage. It tells the story of Eddie Gage, “a prodigious musician who breaks into the music industry only to be preyed upon by a nefarious suit Andy Christos, manipulated by a corporate overlord M.F. Stophalis, and tempted by a succubus Rati Ayida. Drugs, alcohol, and excess plunge him into despair until he realizes redemption on his own terms”. The track “Free Your Mind” has been released from the EP, introducing fictional rocker Eddie Gage.

Aldo explains:

The date is July the 1st of 1982, when only three months after the release of his 1st album, simply titled Eddie Gage, Eddie has achieved superstar status. This is him playing in front of 10,000 fans and singing about the fact that it’s time for people to expand their minds towards a more spiritual side of reality because society has become corrupt, a direction that his record company, Daedalus Records did not want him to take. The lyrics say it all, and Eddie and his band show a level of musicianship far above the norm.

The musical journey of the new Rock Opera began in 2008, when Aldo started to assemble what would become 25 songs, all to be released eventually. Aldo wrote, produced, arranged, engineered, and mixed the entire slate of songs and the recording includes a 40-piece orchestra, a full gospel choir, Lee Levin on drums and mastering from Bob Ludwig. In addition, a one song bonus disc will accompany the collection with the instrumental song “Les Anges.”