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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rock News for Wednesday 16th December 2009

Brian Howe new album Circus Bar for Frontiers Records - Press Release:

Frontiers Records is delighted to announce the release of BRIAN HOWE’s forthcoming solo album entitled “Circus Bar” on February 26th 2010 in Europe and March 9th in the USA.

Long regarded as one of rock's legendary voices, Brian Howe started his career in 1983 as lead vocalist for Ted Nugent on the "Penetrator" album and fronting its band on the subsequent world tour. In 1984, drummer Simon Kirke and guitarist Mick Ralphs asked Brian to replace Paul Rodgers as the lead singer in Bad Company. Brian decided to accept the offer and continue the legend of the band. This was not an easy task, but along with Kirke and Ralphs, Brian created, wrote, recorded and toured for the following 10 years, headlining every major venue around the globe.

Along with Bad Company's highly acclaimed 1993 live CD "What You Hear Is What You Get - The Best of Bad Company - Live", Brian wrote and sold with Bad Company something like 19 million of records, highlighted by such radio and video hits as "Holy Water”, "If You Needed Somebody," "No Smoke Without A Fire," and "How About That," - not to mention a few of the group's previous hits as recorded on the "live" CD.

Thirteen years after the release of his debut solo album “Tangled in Blue” (later renamed “Touch” in Europe), Brian is back and ready to unleash his awesome new solo album entitled “Circus Bar”. “When I decided I wanted to make a new CD” tells Brian, ”I wanted to try to make everything memorable and enjoyable. Therefore I set aside a week for writing with my new producer Brooks Paschal and I decided we would go down to my favourite place in the entire world: Lake Atitlan , Guatemala, an incredibly inspirational place for me to be. We realized after three days that we had written enough songs for the CD and that took any pressure I had been feeling away and it soon became obvious that the CD should be named after that wonderful little bar where we spent our evenings eating, drinking and listening to the local music. The bar was started by circus performers and still has posters and pictures of all the great circus acts from throughout the years”.

Some friends helped Brian in shaping up “Circus Bar”, an album, which promises to be a career landmark for this amazing singer: Wayne Nelson of Little River Band dropped by the studio for a few days and also Pat Travers popped in and played guitar on "My Town". “I didn't want to have too many "established" musicians on the record because I wanted to keep the feel somewhat fresh and spontaneous”, explains Brian.

The album includes also two stunning – newly recorded - remakes of the Bad Company hits “How ‘Bout That” and “Holy Water”.

Produced by Brooks Paschal and mixed by Rafe McKenna (GIANT, BAD COMPANY, TESLA, TEN) “Circus Bar” tracklisting includes:

I’m Back; Life’s Mystery; There’s This Girl; Could Have Been You; Surrounded; Flying; How It Could Have Been; My Town; How ‘Bout That; Feels Like I’m Coming Home; If You Want Trouble; Feelings; Holy Water; Little George Street.

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“I like to think that this CD is representative of an established artist with a modern outlook on what happening in today’s music scene” concludes Bryan. “It's been 13 years since my last record and on this CD I have given them everything I have: music that appeals to anyone that likes big melodies with an edge”. 100% gold class awaits the faithful fans who will purchase “Circus Bar”, better believe it: Brian Howe is back to Rock !

Weblinks:  / /
Axl Rose back to his old ways?
Guns 'n' Roses frontman Axl Rose seems to be at it again so it seems, what do I mean?
Well, go back a few years to the last time he was actually putting the band on the road & you may recall he was guilty of delaying show start times, considerably.
I recall here in Detroit he did just the same at the Palace Of Auburn Hills, keeping us waiting from around 8.45pm until close to 11pm before coming onstage.
Some shows I seem to recall were even cancelled by the guy, after the support acts had played their own sets!
Well, it seems according to a source at that he's done it again in South Korea.
Read more by following the full details, via this link here:
Reunited Swedish Rockers Krokus new album and confirmed for Germany's 'Bang Your Head'festival in 2010
I always had a bit of a soft spot for Swedish rockers Krokus back in the '80's and it seems the reformed line up has been busy. Their website:  posted this recently regarding a new CD and confirmation of them playing at next years well known, subtly named German rock festival, "Bang Your Head."
Just because you have not heard from us in a while does not mean KROKUS isn’t busy at work. The band finished recording the yet untitled forthcoming new cd release. Producer and founding KROKUS member Chris Von Rohr is feverishly mixing and putting the final touches to the first cd of the originals after an over 20 years hiatus.

Also, KROKUS have been confirmed as co-headliners of next year’s “Bang Your Head” Festival in Balingen, Germany. Their appearance on July 16th, 2010 celebrates the festivals 15th anniversary. For tickets and more info visit their link on our TOUR page.

KROKUS wishes all their fans a Happy Holiday Season and thank them for their loyalty and support.
Have a rockin’ X-mas!

UK Rock Fanzine "Fireworks"has it's 38th Issue now available!

The guys at Fireworks have just released their 38th issue of their AOR and melodic rock fanzine, well worth checking out, more details at their MySpace page: as well as through the excellent melodic rock site:

This issue features KISS, Winger, YES, Steve Vai, House of Lords, Gotthard, George Lynch, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mr Big, Porcupine Tree, Twisted Sister, Ace Frehley, Danny Vaughn, Outloud, Grand Design, Lita Ford, Russ Ballard, 69 Eyes, WASP and many more.

Status Quo's Francis Rossi follows up Quo business with his own solo album and UK tour

Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi never stops!
The band who recently released their Live In Montreux DVD, a great performance if I say so myself! - ;-) - are currently on their annual UK Christmas tour - Dates can be found here for that: - which always seems to be successful.
He's finally got around to completing his second album due for release around April / May 2010, titled One Step At  A Time and get this, he's going out on a solo tour to support it in between European and Australian Quo dates.
Confirmed dates so far are:

May 2010 - Francis Rossi 'One Step at a Time' - Solo Tour

Wed May 12th Queens Hall, Edinburgh

Francis Rossi solo tour
Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

Thu May 13th Town Hall, Birmingham

Francis Rossi solo tour

Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

Fri May 14th Academy, Manchester

Francis Rossi solo tour

Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

Sun May 16th Her Majesty's, London

Francis Rossi solo tour

Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

Tue May 18th Glee Club, Cardiff

Francis Rossi solo tour
Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

Wed May 19th Memorial Hall, Sheffield

Francis Rossi solo tour

Or 0844 576 5483 (from Dec 18th)

3 Doors Down Christmas CD release details.
3 Doors Down are continuing to roll out product with their current holiday album "Where My Christmas Lives."
The 8 track release is available through I-Tunes for $5.99 through this link:
That's it from me today .... Sorry, been a long day. More updates tomorrow, thanks!


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