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Monday, February 1, 2010

Rock News for Monday 1st February, 2010

Message from Saxon regarding St. Georges Day gig
This message was posted through the Saxon MySpace page: regarding their plans to NOT play a gig in the UK on St. Georges Day.

Hi from planet Saxon,

A bit of news from the hard side.

Unfortunately we will not be playing a Saint Georges day concert this year, every one feels we have played a lot in the UK two tours last year and they were amazingly successful, there may be some festival shows in the UK but we have no info on these yet.

We are doing festivals across Europe in summer, South America is a possibility and maybe some shows in North America, we should know soon.
That's all for now.

Keep the faith,
Biff Byford

After a little "Evolution" it's time for singer Hugo to take a new "Voyage!"
After former Valentine frontman and solo artist Hugo finished with his Journey tribute act Evolution, it seems he's determined to stay the course, perhaps trying to stake his claim to the Steve Perry crown?
He has certainly released some classy solo work, certainly in "Hugo" and "Time on Earth," where he clearly shows he has the Perry gift of voice. 
An announcement has just been made that he indeed does have a new Journey tribute band, "Voyage."
Check out their new website here:

At this time there are only a few shows lined up, but right now it seems the big plug is for his - appropriately arranged - Valentines special event on February 13th. Here's the flyer:
Any die hard Michael Bolton fans out there?
The guy really has not flown the flag for rock for many a year, but there was no doubting the guys' pedigree so to speak.
Michael Bolton really broke into the rock arena with his own hard rock band Blackjack who also featured fromer Kiss guitarist Bruce Kullick and the travelled Sandy Gennaro on drums, they even toured with Ozzy Osbourne.
He then released some respectable albums in 'Michael Bolton' and 'Everybody's Crazy' before starting to soften with 'The Hunger.' 'Soul Provider' wasn't a bad commercial pop/rock album, but it showed clearly the man's intentions to move on from the mainstream rock genre.

New York, NY (February 1, 2010)—Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a mesmerizing night of music, will be released on the DVD and Blu-ray formats.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to present this evening of music on May 4.

Recorded at the famed venue in October 2009, this 110-minute DVD offers an array of tunes, spanning Michael Bolton’s 25-year career. Bolton’s voice, saturated with sensuality and soul, soars on his hits, such as Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” “How Can We Be Lovers,” “Soul Provider,” Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind,” and Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Dipping further into America’s treasures, songs “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Summertime,” “Crazy Love,” and “That’s Life” are embellished by his band and all-female brass section. “Murder My Heart,” a song he co-wrote with Lady Gaga, from his upcoming CD "One World One Love" (released domestically May 4), is also highlighted in this set.

Additionally, a performance of “Nessun Dorma,” an interview with Michael, and the “Countdown” documentary, a 7-minute feature showing the day at the venue leading up to the show are part of the bonus features. The Blu-ray also boasts the bonus track “New York New York.”

Selling more than 50 million records, packing arenas worldwide, and earning multiple Grammys, Michael Bolton has cemented his legacy. His expert ability to craft the perfect love song, as evidenced by Barbra Streisand and Laura Branigan, and his collaborative work with artists as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, KISS, and Kanye West, shows Bolton has mastered the art of transcending genres. He will tour internationally throughout 2010. This concert will also air on PBS in March.

Track Listing:

1.) Soul Provider
2.) Said I Loved You
3.) Hope It’s Too Late
4.) To Love Somebody
5.) Dock Of The Bay
6.) You Don’t Know Me
7.) Summertime
8.) Fly Me To The Moon
9.) That’s Life
10.) Murder My Heart
11.) When A Man Loves A Woman
12.) How Can We Be Lovers?
13.) Steel Bars
14.) Times Love And Tenderness
15.) Can I Touch You There?
16.) Crazy Love
17.) Georgia On My Mind
18.) How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?
19.) One Love

DVD Bonus features:
Bonus Track “Nessun Dorma”
Interview with Michael Bolton
“Countdown” Documentary

Blu-ray Bonus features - Bonus track:
New York New York

He's also about to set out on a North American Tour:

3/7/10 Lakeville, PA Caesars Pocono Resorts
3/9/10 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
3/11/10 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/13/10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Atlantic City
3/15/10 Easton, PA State Theatre Center For The Arts
3/17/10 Peekskill, NY Paramount Center For The Arts
3/30/10 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre
4/14/10 Ivins, UT Tuacahn Amphitheatre / Center For The Arts

Women in Rock, rockin' on with the Lilith Fair Tour 2010

Maybe you're thinking, come on Al, how rock is that really?
Well, look again my friends as I know some of these women can rock and I bear witness to having seen it myself before!
Check out the latest press release on this annual event via:

Loretta Lynn, Heart, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Gossip and More Added to the 2010 Lilith Tour Line-Up

January 21, 2010 (New York, NY) – The 2010 Lilith Tour is pleased to announce exciting line-up additions to the summer touring festival: Loretta Lynn, Heart, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Sia, Gossip, La Roux, Beth Orton, Ceci Bastida, Erin McCarley, Frazey Ford, Julia Othmer, Kate Nash, Lights, Missy Higgins, Lissie, Marina & The Diamonds, Priscilla Renea, Rosie Thomas, Melissa McClelland, Toby Lightman and Elizaveta. More major artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional Cities Announced
Additionally, 15 more cities have been revealed, with more to come in the next few weeks: Edmonton, San Diego, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Hartford, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Houston and Austin.

More artist thoughts on joining the 2010 Lilith Tour:
Country legend Loretta Lynn:
"I'm happy they wanted me on this Lilith tour. I have never done shows just with other girl singers before. When I first started out, they said girl singers couldn't sell records or concert tickets. We've come a long way since then and we're gonna have a big time out there!"

Rock duo Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart:
"We are thrilled that Lilith 2010 is in our future ... to be a part of all that depth and power will be beyond exciting! This is stunning intent for women of the new decade.”

Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins:
“Lilith Fair was always one of those things that I wish I'd been a cool enough kid to know about and go to! But even if I had known about it then, I would've been on the other side of the world here in Australia. I've always secretly hoped they'd bring it back so that I could beg to be a part of it! Needless to say I'm really excited to have been asked, especially as this is the first Lilith to be taken to the new generation.”

The 2010 Lilith Tour previously announced a multi-platform media partnership with ABC Entertainment, which entails creative collaboration in weaving confirmed artists and Lilith across ABC’s programming and online in the months leading up to and during next summer’s tour, including ABC’s physical presence at each tour date. More details to follow.

Full list of artists announced so far:
A Fine Frenzy, Ann Atomic, Ash Koley, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Butterfly Boucher, Cat Power, Ceci Bastida, Chairlift, Chantal Kreviazuk, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Donna Delory, Elizaveta, Emmylou Harris, Erin McCarley, Erykah Badu, Frazey Ford, Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Ima, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Knapp, Jill Hennessy, Jill Scott, Julia Othmer, Kate Nash Katzenjammer, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Lissie, Loretta Lynn, Marina & The Diamonds, Mary J. Blige, Meaghan Smith, Melissa McClelland, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Missy Higgins, Nneka, Norah Jones, Priscilla Renea, Rosie Thomas, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Sia, Sugarland, Susan Justice, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara, Toby Lightman, Vedera, Vita Chambers, The Submarines, The Weepies, Ximena Sarinana, Zee Avi

Full list of cities revealed so far:
Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, DC and West Palm Beach

Follow @lilithfair on Twitter for the most up to date information.

Bret Michaels releases new single "Nothing To Lose" and announces new tour
"Nothing To Lose" will be released by Bret Michaels this coming Tuesday, February 2 exclusively from iTunes! So get your copy from them Tuesday! Hope you enjoy it!
Tour dates are starting to be announced for the "Roses & Thorns World Tour"!

March 2010


Fri, Mar 12 Fargo, ND The Venue @ The Hub
Sat, Mar 13 Clear Lake, IA The Surf Ballroom
Thu, Mar 17 Chicago, IL Joe's Bar
Sat, Mar 27 (7:00P.M.) Primm, Nevada, Primm Valley Resort / Star of the Desert Arena (B*M*B)

To hear a clip of the single and get the latest news and tour dates as they become available stop by
World Stage write up / review available from 10th Anniversary Gig. 

Over at self described, webscribe and music junkie Paul Braun has posted a lengthy write up on events from the gathering late last month in Chicago of Jim Peterik's (Ex-Survivor, Pride Of Lions, etc)  special project World Stage.

Jim Peterik seriously knows a who's who of folks in the music industry and can certainly pull together a very respectable line up, as he has shown previously and again recently.
So, I won't steal anything from the guys write up, except to say that it sounded like a great night not to have been missed, but sadly all too many did but that's not to say it wasn't a great night!
Go check it all out right here:

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