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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 28th January, 2010

Dokken to release Greatest Hits 2 and new single now available

(Current Dokken band pic courtesy of
Don Dokken and his merry bunch of sidekicks are about to release a new - although sadly only a ... - Greatest Hits package, titled ..., yes, "Greatest Hits 2!"
It does have a new track, a new single, "Almost Over" on there which is currently available for download through the re-opened Dokken store where they annouce:

"DOKKEN is planning another tour this year with a lot of BIG surprises for you, so get ready by purchasing the first single, "Almost Over" from the great new release GREATEST HITS II."

Dates so far posted are running from February into April and you can check them out with all other Dokken stuff here:

Paul Rodgers approached about Aerosmith gig
UK Classic Rock magazine has revealed that during their awards event in London last November, when Joe Perry approached Paul Rodgers about the Aerosmith "going's on!"
The story reads like this:
During a break in the ceremony (Joe) Perry approached Scott Rowley, Classic Rock’s Editor In Chief, and asked him: “Can you introduce me to Paul Rodgers?”
Amazingly, Perry had never met the Free/Bad Company/The Firm/Queen + Paul Rodgers frontman before.

Rowley guided Perry to Rodgers’ table and the two stars engaged in conversation ...
Classic Rock’s Jerry Ewing, who was sitting at the table, overheard Perry make a direct approach to Rodgers about replacing (Steven) Tyler in Aerosmith.

Ewing recalls:
“Basically Scott came over with Joe Perry who had asked to be introduced to Paul. After an initial introduction Perry started saying how Rodgers was his second-favourite vocalist of all time.
“Rodgers typically asked who Perry’s favourite was, and Perry said: ‘The lead singer of Aerosmith.’ Cue some embarrassed laughter.
To read more on the story go to:

Steve Lukather new album kicked off
January 27Steve Lukather is working on a new studio album. Follow his new project from the first ideas in October 2009 till the planned release in fall 2010 right here!

Lukather: "Well day one could not have gone better! We cut the first one, a tune I wrote with Steve Weingart and we cut #2 also a song I wrote with CJ (Vanston). It is GREAT to be in the studio with my band, Steve (Weingart ), Carlitos (Del Puerto) and Eric "biggie" V(Valentine). Steve Macmillin's sounds are fantastic and I am so excited already. I am gonna be workin my ASS off till I leave for the Japan/Asia tour and I am up early studying THAT music then poff to the studio to cut my stuff and I am still hiking-running everyday (unless it is raining) and life is great. BUSY and tired, but a good tired if ya know what I mean. I am NOT wasting my time on earth. I miss my wife and baby Lily but they come back today and I miss Tina and Trev but hopefully will see them for dinner tonight. NO rest for me but I like being busy. I love my life...,

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! We´re very sorry that it took so long for another News update, but the Band still´s working on the new CD. "This will be definately our masterpiece! Everybody in the band is so excited about the new songs and I really can say that it will be our best album by far. The recordings are completely finished now and Charlie Bauerfeind and I will finish the mix next week. In the meantime enjoy the new DVD called "ONE NIGHT LIVE - Live at the Rock Of Ages Festival 2009" which will be released in Germany on February 19th and in the rest of the world on February 22nd 2010. As the title says it features our complete 75 min. performance of last year´s Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany. We definately didn´t do any overdubs, so what you hear and see is what really happened that night, with all the mistakes and "blue" notes ! But that´s Liv(f)e !!!" - Axel Rudi Pell

Stay tuned for some more info on the next studio album soon!





Nashville-based rock band DAY OF FIRE have just released their third CD LOSING ALL--a powerful hard-rock record that explores the meaning of rebirth--January 26 via Razor And Tie. After four special CD release shows in the Southeast, DAY OF FIRE will join Cold and Nonpoint on the road February 16 for a run of U.S. shows.

LOSING ALL's first single "Lately" is currently at #35 and climbing on R&R's Active Rock Monitor chart. Drummer Zach Simms, who wrote the chorus during a time of turmoil surrounding the band, reveals that the song is about "letting go of the things that have been clouding your mind." He continues, "hopefully it will give people a reason to chase their dream that may have been shattered by someone telling them that they could never achieve it."

DAY OF FIRE features Josh Brown (vocals), brothers Joe Pangallo (guitar) and Chris Pangallo (bass), and Zach Simms (drums). Brown grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, where he picked up songwriting and a serious drug habit at age 15. Two years later he became the frontman for Full Devil Jacket, and at 22, scored a major record deal. The band toured with Creed and Nickelback and made a splash at Woodstock '99, but on his way to success, Brown had a major crash: a heroin overdose in an Orlando bathroom which put his career on hold while he rehabbed and rethought his life.

In a recent feature in Billboard, Brown elaborates: "I was already a drug addict when I got my first record deal, and when someone gave me a pile of money I was like, 'Man, I'm going to do more drugs than I've ever done.' I did, and that lifestyle was killing me. I just came to the realization after OD'ing a couple of times I needed to change. (January 16, 2010)"

After several years out of the spotlight, Brown had a burst of inspiration, re-emerged with a new slate of songs and assembled Day of Fire. The group's first two albums--"Day Of Fire" (2004) and "Cut & Move" (2006)--sold more than 150,000 copies combined. LOSING ALL was recorded in 2009 near the band's Nashville home base with producer Rogers Masson (Marilyn Manson, Song Of America, The Early Hours).

For Day of Fire, LOSING ALL isn't about despair and endings, but hope and fresh starts. During the two years the band was working on the album, they experienced various personal and professional changes. Brown explains in Billboard: "We changed management. We changed booking agencies. We changed labels. At the time, I was going through a divorce. Me and my wife are back together now, but my life was just turned upside down completely. So that's what the record is about--pretty much having the rug pulled out from under you. (January 16, 2010)"

But even when Day of Fire was at a low point, somebody cut them a break: Chris Daughtry, who had opened for DAY OF FIRE a year before his career-changing stint on American Idol. Daughtry invited Day of Fire on tour and co-wrote three tracks on LOSING ALL, including the chugging, melodic "Hello Heartache," "When I See You" and "Airplane."

The band held nothing back on LOSING ALL, and everyone drew on intense, raw personal experiences for nearly every track. Super-charged slow roller "Airplane" describes Brown meeting his wife for the first time at a Type O Negative concert and the swirling grind of "Cold Addiction" examines the horrors of being trapped inside cocaine dependency.

Ultimately, Day of Fire's true strength is their sincerity, honesty and ability to connect with audiences on a personal level. "We all go through dark times, but we can go through them together--that's what rock & roll is about to us," Brown says.

The group has received early praise from the media for LOSING ALL, as evidenced below:

"Laying it all out on the line and re-energizing their passion for music, Day Of Fire has resurfaced as a band in complete focus, evident on this record...The genuinely honest songwriting on Losing All is definitely Day Of Fire's most endearing and compelling body of work to date. Needless to say, this is hard rock at its best, unfiltered, unabashed and powerful."
--Gian Erguiza,, January 14, 2010 (4 out of 5 star review)

"...perfect examples of rock done right in modern times as they combine emotional depth with riffs, pounding drums, wailing vocals, and thick, dirty bass lines."
--James,, January 7, 2010

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