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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 7th January, 2010

Any Nickelback fans out there? Guess what? They've announced more live dates!

Well, as Nickelback's latest release "Dark Horse" continues to shift more and more copies, the band have moved with it, to add more tour dates!
With the band just about to play some major UK dates, a bunch of new US dates have been added plus a few more Canadian dates tagged on the end for good measure, which will currently see them touring into June 2010!
Pollstar had posted details yesterday actually, but I only caught this today.

Here's the current tour dates for the band:
Date City Venue Tickets

January 2010
Sun 01/17/10 Liverpool, United Kingdom Liverpool Echo Arena
Tue 01/19/10 London, United Kingdom Wembley Arena
Thu 01/21/10 Basel, Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
Sun 01/24/10 Linz, Austria Intersport Arena Linz
Tue 01/26/10 Mannheim, Germany SAP ARENA
Wed 01/27/10 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Rockhal
Fri 01/29/10 Oberhausen, Germany Konig - Pilsener Arena
Sat 01/30/10 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
February 2010
Mon 02/01/10 Hamburg, Germany Color Line Arena
Fri 02/05/10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai Festival City (Appearing at "Gulf Bike Festival" )
April 2010
Tue 04/06/10 London, ON The John Labatt Centre
Thu 04/08/10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Fri 04/09/10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sun 04/11/10 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Tue 04/13/10 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wed 04/14/10 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
Fri 04/16/10 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
Sat 04/17/10 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Mon 04/19/10 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Wed 04/21/10 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Fri 04/23/10 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center on sale 1/16
Sat 04/24/10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Mon 04/26/10 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center on sale 1/16
May 2010
Wed 05/05/10 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena on sale 1/23
Fri 05/07/10 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome on sale 1/16
Sat 05/08/10 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum on sale 1/16
Mon 05/10/10 Nampa, ID Idaho Center on sale 1/16
Fri 05/14/10 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena on sale 1/23
Sat 05/15/10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center on sale 1/16
Tue 05/18/10 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena on sale 1/16
Wed 05/19/10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena on sale 1/23
Fri 05/21/10 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center on sale 1/16
Sat 05/22/10 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Mon 05/24/10 Minneapolis, MN Target Center on sale 1/16
Tue 05/25/10 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha on sale 1/23
Thu 05/27/10 Fargo, ND Fargodome on sale 1/23
Sat 05/29/10 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Mon 05/31/10 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
June 2010
Tue 06/01/10 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Thu 06/03/10 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place

Foreigner's Kelly Hansen, "I'm no puppet!"

Former Hurricane frontman, Kelly Hansen who took on the extremely challenging role of replacing one Lou Gramm in the band Foreigner, has spoken to UK Classic Rock magazine to make clear, that he is NOT, lone original member and band leader, Mick Jones' puppet!

Lead vocalist Hansen refuted claims that guitarist Mick Jones tells him how to interpret the band’s classic songs such as "Cold As Ice" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

“I half-read an interview with [original Foreigner vocalist] Lou Gramm where he assumed that Mick must be telling me how to sing the songs,” Hansen told Classic Rock.
“Well, it can’t be further from the truth. Mick and I are of a like mind about what the songs need. I’m trying to perform them in a sincere way, from the heart. Just to clear the air on that point.”

Jones spoke up to also say, “As far as Kelly or any other vocalist is concerned, it’s not simply a matter of being able to sing the songs,”
 “I detected something in Kelly from the beginning. I could tell right there and then that he wasn’t just singing the songs, he was interpreting them. It wasn’t karaoke; he definitely got into the songs and made them come alive.”
"Can’t Slow Down," Foreigner’s first new studio album in 15 years, gets a European release through EarMusic/Edel on March 1.


January 7, 2010 -- Revolver has described JANUS as a band that sounds like “Deftones getting Disturbed because their Chevelle stalled when the alt-metallers were just 30 Seconds To Mars.”

The Chicago band----David Scotney (vocals), Johnny Salazar (drums), Alan Quitman (bass), Mike Tyranski (guitar/programming) — will soon be able to show everyone that they live up to such a compliment. Once a current trek of headlining shows concludes, JANUS will perform a month’s worth of dates with Chevelle starting February 8 in Boston at the House of Blues. They’ve been touring non-stop to promote their debut album, RED RIGHT RETURN, since its release September 22, 2009 on REALID Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.

The album’s explosive first single, “Eyesore,” is currently spinning on over 50 Rock radio stations nationwide, and is approaching Top 20 on the Active Rock charts. A video for the track—directed by Noah Shulman (Sleepless City Productions)--can now be seen on the band’s Myspace and YouTube pages.

“This musically versatile band is locked and loaded for a nationwide takeover…This band is a hard rock dream team.” -- News 4U

“There are a few bands, given the opportunity, could take the radio by storm. JANUS is a perfect example of this type of band. If they were given the chance, and played on some larger radio stations alongside all of our alternative ‘favorites’ (sound-alikes), they could earn themselves hordes of fans.” --

“There’s no need to beat around the bush here--RED RIGHT RETURN is a near flawless affair…the group accomplished with RED RIGHT RETURN what many bands strive for their entire careers. From the tight and pinpoint precision of their musicianship to their enviable and poetic penmanship, Janus are years and years ahead of the pack. RED RIGHT RETURN is an orgasm to 30 Seconds to Mars fans seeking the next generation, so all you bandwagon folks leftover from “The Kill” would be damned not to take a flyer. I’ll digress and give Janus the floor, because they not only deserve your undivided attention, but also earn it with RED RIGHT RETURN.” --

“RED RIGHT RETURN is phenomenal, a massive piece of near perfect modern rock sensibilities. This masterpiece is truly driven by outstanding hooks fueled by frontman David Scotney’s vocal multi-tasking…This is as captivating and engrossing as rock records come--it is polished and well produced. There is no doubt that the boys put a lot of time into Red Right Return, and it shows…This is a record that will stick with you, a characteristic many rock albums sadly do not boast. It shouldn’t be long before this Chicago quartet rightly takes their place atop modern rock’s throne. Hell, with how good RED RIGHT RETURN is, they very well might be considered rock music’s ‘it’ band right now. Janus is one of the best modern rock bands on the scene today, and with their talent and an album like RED RIGHT RETURN, these guys might be an unstoppable force.” --

Check out JANUS at any of the following stops:

Headlining shows:

Thu 1/21 East Lansing, MI The Small Planet
Fri 1/22 Bay City, MI State Theatre (with Pop Evil)
Sat 1/23 Chicago, IL Best Buy (2pm acoustic performance)/The Cubby Bear
Fri 1/29 Nashville, TN Exit/In

Dates With Chevelle as follows:
Mon 2/8 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Tue 2/9 New York, NY The Fillmore
Wed 2/10 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Fri 2/12 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Mon 2/15 Columbus, OH Lifestyles Communities Pavilion
Tue 2/16 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Wed 2/17 Fort Wayne, IN Piere's
Fri 2/19 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Sat 2/20 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Sun 2/21 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium
Tue 2/23 Rapid City, SD Barnet Arena
Wed 2/24 Fargo, ND The Venue
Fri 2/26 Sioux City, IA Convention Center
Sat 2/27 Grand Island, NE Heartland Arena

"Sonisphere Festival" at Knebworth, UK to feature hard rock and metal acts galore!

With a line up that boasts Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, The Cult and Rammstein to name a few, the weekend of Friday 30th July - Sunday 1st August 2010 is sure to one to leave those with hearing problems, completely shot afterwards!

Seriously though, a major rock event in the UK, in the tradition of Monsters Of Rock and Download, no doubt it will be a massive success.

For tickets and much more information go here:

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