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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 13th February, 2010

Hi all, apologies for no news yesterday some crazy family stuff and preparation for our first band rehearsal since last September! So ... Just couldn't get here folks.
Anyway, here's to a Saturday where I'm happy to say my home football team (In the UK), won for the first time in ages, in a crucial local derby cup game and got through to the next round! 'nuff said! :)
To the news!

Status Quo's Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt receive OBEs at Buckingham Palace
(Status Quo picture courtesy of )

Status Quo's Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who were included in the Queens New Years honours list for OBE's, were yesterday presented with their medals from Her Majesty.

The two rockers described being appointed OBEs as the most exceptional moment of their musical careers.

The story on the BBC's website and brief interview with both the guys can be viewed here:

Eric Clapton lines up Crossroads 2010 show
Eric Clapton the guitar legend, has lined up his Crossroads guitar festival for 2010.
The date confirmed for the event is June 26 at Toyota Park, in Bridgeview, Ill., just outside the Windy City.
Guitarists lined so far for the one-day event include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II and Buddy Guy as well as ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers Band, Vince Gill, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow are all planning to appear.

Other artists to play at Crossroads include Steve Winwood, Sonny Landreth, Bert Jansch, Joe Bonamassa, James Burton, Earl Klugh, Robert Cray, Albert Lee and Hubert Sumlin.

All profits from the festival will benefit the Clapton-founded addiction treatment and education facility The Crossroads Centre, located on the West Indies island of Antigua.
For all details and updates on the event go to:

Uriah Heep adds 2 new North American Tour Dates

Classic rockers Uriah Heep, who will be playing their first tour in the USA since 2002 have added 2 new dates to the previous 7 already announced in June / July 2010.

The 2 new dates are as follows:
Sat. 06/19/10 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Sun. 06/20/10 Wilkes-Barre, PA The Kirby Performing Arts Center

Please note - these dates ARE confirmed but the Venue websites may not be showing them on their calendars yet.

The tour will be in support of both the Wake The Sleeper and Celebration releases, as it's been so long since the band played in the USA.
For full tour dates, go to the band 'live dates' page here:

Me personally, I'm still hoping for something close to Detroit!
For all other great 'Heep stuff go here:
Winger to be supported on UK tour by the reformed Airrace

UK Classic Rock magazine has recently posted that on US rockers Winger will be joined by recently reformed UK AOR band Airrace for all dates except the ones in Glasgow and Belfast.

Airrace, whose original line-up featured Jason Bonham on drums, reunited last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Shaft Of Light debut, playing the Firefest event at Nottingham Rock City and supporting both Tesla and Thunder on separate UK tours.
Current Airrace drummer is Simon Dawson, formerly of The Outfield.
Dawson joins original members guitarist Laurie Mansworth, vocalist Keith Murrell and keyboard player Toby Sadler, plus second guitarist Dean Howard and bassist Dave Boyce.

Northern Ireland’s Stormzone are looking most likely to open for Winger in Belfast.
Stormzone who are managed by former Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist Jess Cox, are set to release of a new album called Death Dealer through SPV Records on April 26.
It was co-produced by Neal Kay of Iron Maiden/Heavy Metal Soundhouse fame.

The tour dates so far are:
March 2010
Bristol Academy 2 Mar 22
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms Mar 23
Manchester Academy 3 Mar 24
Dudley JB’s Mar 26
Belfast Spring & Airbrake Mar 27
Glasgow Cathouse Mar 28
Newcastle Academy 2 Mar 30
Leeds Rio’s Mar 31
April 2010
Sheffield Corporation Apr 2
London Islington Academy Apr 4

Stage Dolls Release new album 'Always' February 26th, 2010

26th of February is the date that everybody with an interest in rock music should make a note of, as this is the day when Stage Dolls – one of Norway's best bands through more than a quarter of a century – are releasing their seventh studio album. The title "Always" underlines that this is a band you always can trust. And simultaneously with the release, the band can mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, "Soldier's Gun".

Life on the road has been almost endless for Stage Dolls since - especially in Norway, but between concerts the boys have found the time to visit Nidaros Studio – where they made their earlier records – and the result is their new, in total 7th studio album, "Always". Torstein Flakne co-produced it with Ronny Wikmark, who also mixed it with Stage Dolls' former producer, Bjørn Nessjø. The American back-up singers from their success album "Stage Dolls" are also featured, so everything suggests a classic Stage Dolls album.

Stage Dolls are: Torstein Flakne (guitar, vocals); Terje Storli (bass); Morten Skogstad (drums)

Tracklist: 01.Always, 02.Raining On A Sunny Day, 03.Rollin', 04.Highway's Open, 05.Eye Of My Heart, 06.Better Off Pretty, 07.Taillights, 08.Saturday Night, 09.Where The Blacktop Ends, 10.My Strangest Friend

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