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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rock News for Tuesday 29th December, 2009 2nd Festival on the cards! Chicago will be the place to be!!!

Andrew McNiece the name behind possibly the best known rock website around -
- that covers of course melodic rock, hard rock, AOR, pop/rock along with a little metal stuff too, is preparing to make his second Melodicrock festival become a reality, the location will be Chicago, but as yet the final venue(s) is (are) not decided.

His first event was a fantastic occasion, where the artists involved including Mr. Big's Eric Martin, Joe Lynn Turner (Ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc), Jim Peterik (Ex-Survivor, World Stage, Pride of Lions), Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy, Jack Blades, Joel Hoekstra and Christian Cullen, the Nelson brothers with their band and the main act Scrap Metal, Kevin Chalfant (The Storm, The Vu, Journey, etc), Mark Slaughter and so many other great musicians and their bands.

Anyway, Andrew has put out a request to rock fans out there and he's looking for suggestions from fans of how they would like the festival to be.
He posted this on his site today:


I'm using the slower time of year to get some additional work done on MelodicRockFest 2 plans. Could really be an amazing event if everyone asked actually gets back to me with an affirmative answer. Stay tuned...

I'm also being approached by a number of smaller bands within this scene who are just hanging out for an outlet to perform at, so the choice is there for me to consider extending the Festival to include full Saturday and Sunday line-ups, as well as the VIP Friday night acoustic show.

The question is - would folks like a 2 day festival in a mainly standing venue (new Chicago venue, w/some seating available at this stage), and can they afford the time away and a weekend ticket price? And with the Monday following the April 30/May 1/May 2 weekend not being any kind of holiday - does that pose problems for those folks that had to be back at work Monday?

There would of course be options for separate tickets for both days for those that could only take in one of the days, but I'd welcome some additional feedback on this if you plan on attending. E-mail me at or comment via the MelodicRock Twitter - - and / or Facebook - - pages.
Cheers folks....stay tuned!
Avenged Sevenfold Drummer found dead at 28.
CNN news posted this today:
James Sullivan, the drummer for the Huntington Beach, CA rock band Avenged Sevenfold, died on Monday, according to Orange County authorities.
The cause of death is still under investigation. Sullivan, 28, was found unresponsive inside his home.
Metallica's Lar's claims he struggles with ringing in the ears
Well, surprise, surprise, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is now publicly announces he suffers with ringing in the ears, because of how loud the music has been at shows. 
He said this when CNN spoke to him:
"It's this constant ringing in the ears," Ulrich said. "It never sort of goes away. It never just stops."
Sorry Lars, but you guys play metal and loud ..., erm, what do you expect dude?
"I've been playing loud rock music for the better part of 35 years," said Ulrich, 46, drummer for the heavy metal band Metallica. "I never used to play with any kind of protection."
The full story is here:
Former Kansas guitarist and born again Christian Kerry Livgren gives details on his stroke
Kerry Livgren the guitarist who made his name with US semi prog / AOR rockers Kansas has just now posted full details on the stroke he suffered earlier this year and how he has been fighting to regain his health since.
He's currently a part of Christian prog rock outfit Numavox and full details of Kerry and his involvement with that project can be found here:
Details on his full explanation on his stroke and more can be found here:
Livgren was recently a part of a Kansas reunion that was recorded and released as a DVD earlier this year, Know Place Like Home. My review of that DVD can be found here:

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