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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 27th February, 2010

The Neal Schon Band Solo Tour 2010

Yes, Journey's guitarist Neal Schon has made this announcement at his MySpace page, but don't get too excited ..., as this is it!
The Neal Schon Band Live!

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM PDT
Where: The State Theater, 1307 J St.,
Modesto, CA 95354

Neal Schon
Miles Schon
Marco Mendoza
Praire Prince
Keith St. John
John Harjo

... And that's all he's sharing ...
It would be cool if Neal Schon does some other dates, many people would be very happy!

Meat Loaf Hanging Cool with his Teddy!

What?! You might well ask, am I talking about?
Well, Meat Loaf is soon to release in April, a new album, using the absolutely ridiculous title of, yes,
'Hang Cool Teddy Bear!' I kid you not and the man will apparently unleash a new website on the world at:

The album cover should look something like this ....

What else I can tell you about it, is he's got plenty of guest artists performing on it, apparently, including - According to UK magazine, Classic Rock - Brain May (Queen), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth, Alcatraz, G3, etc), Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and Jack Black to name just a few.

The album track listing is given as:
1. Peace On Earth (with strings arranged and conducted by Dave Campbell)
2. Living On The Outside
3. Los Angeloser
4. If I Can’t Have You (duet with American Idol presenter Kara Dioguardi, Hugh Laurie on piano)
5. Love Is Not Real (featuring Brian May and Steve Vai, Justin Hawkins on backing vocals and guitar)
6. Like A Rose’(duet with Jack Black)
7. Song Of Madness (featuring Brian May and Steve Vai)
8. Did You Ever Love Somebody
9. California Isn’t Big Enough
10. Running Away From Me
11. Let’s Be In Love (duet with Patti Russo)
12. If It Rains
13. Elvis In Vegas (written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Billy Falcon.)

The website really has nothing on it right now, besides the artwork, oh and his website store is open for business, nice!
So that's all I can tell you right now ...

'Live at the Ryman' captures blues guitarist Jonny Lang in an electrifying performance in Nashville, Tennessee on sale April 20, 2010
While still in his teens in the mid 1990s, Jonny Lang exploded onto the national scene with a combination of highly developed blues guitar chops and a powerful voice that rivaled some musicians more than twice his age. And that was just the beginning. Fifteen years and a half-dozen studio albums later, he has evolved into a seasoned musician and a road-savvy showman capable of delivering powerful live performances on his home soil and just about every other continent on the globe.

On April 20, 2010 Concord Records captures that passion and energy with the release of Live at the Ryman, Lang’s first record since 2006’s 'Turn Around,' which earned him a Grammy® Award for Best Gospel Album. Recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, in the summer of 2008, Live at the Ryman, Lang’s first-ever live recording, offers a compelling glimpse of a young guitarist at the height of his creative powers, yet still open to exploring the depth and range of the blues and its relationship to R&B, soul, rock, gospel, funk and so may other emotionally riveting forms of music.

Backed by the five-man crew of guitarist/vocalist Sonny Thompson, keyboardist Tommy Barbarella, bassist Jim Anton, drummer Barry Alexander and percussionist/vocalist Jason Eskridge, Lang burns through a dozen songs first heard on studio albums dating back to 1997. This time, though, the songs heat up in the kind of pressure-cooker setting that can only take shape in the vibrant Nashville club scene.

The Ryman says Lang, is “one of those magical places where you just can’t help but be inspired. I think a lot of that magic and inspiration makes it way onto this recording. It’s a collection of some of the best songs from our studio recordings – only more energized, thanks to a great group of musicians and a very receptive live audience.”

The set opens with the triple punch of “One Person at a Time,” “Bump in the Road” and “Turn Around” – songs that reflect Lang’s ever-evolving spiritual side. “In my own life, music has been such a powerful force, and I know that’s the case for a lot of people,” he says. “I’ve seen how music can give people the strength to change. After years of witnessing that, it’s become more of a focus for me to write songs that really count.”

Later, Lang and company churn their way through “A Quitter Never Wins,” a song by veteran bluesman Tinsley Ellis that’s been a consistent entry in Lang’s live show for many years.

The set reaches its coda with “Breakin’ Me,” a melancholy ballad that segues into a burning rendition of “Lie to Me” – Lang’s very first hit in 1997, and a song that continues to define him as a lead figure in the blues for a new century.

In many respects, Live at the Ryman is the record that Lang wanted to make all along – one that paints a vivid picture of a performer and a band who understand the significance of the blues as not only an art form unto itself, but as the wellspring for every meaningful and enduring form of music to follow.

“I’ve wanted to do a live record for a long time, because I feel like our band is strongest in the live setting,” says Lang. “I think this record is a good representation of our live show, and an accurate reference for people who haven’t seen us yet. Hopefully it will be an inspiration for them to come out and see us.”

You can catch Jonny beginning in early March on the fourth edition of the upcoming Experience Hendrix Tour, featuring an all-star line up of music greats paying homage to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix including: Jonny along with Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Kenny Wayne Shepherd among many others.
March 2010
4 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theater
5 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint @ Hard Rock
7 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater
9 - Fresno, CA - Table Mountain
10/11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
12 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy
14 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
15 – Salina, KS – Steifel Theatre
16 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
17 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater
18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
20 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
21 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
23 - Akron, OH - Civic Theatre
24 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
25 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater
27- Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
28 – Durham, NC - - Durham Performing Arts Center

Bret Michaels ... What’s he thinking?!

Well, this really kind of stinks to me, if you're a fan of new music ... Poison frontman Bret Michaels, is releasing his new solo single and at first it read as interesting. 5 Track Maxi-Single, cool.
Then not so cool is the details behind it, 5 different versions, of the same song, 3 of which feature teen idol Miley Cyrus ...?! Sorry, but this is just sad ...

'Nothing to Lose' Now Available in the Store!
Get your CD of the "Nothing to Lose" maxi-single featuring 5 versions of the song. Get it Now!

Nothing to Lose Maxi Single CD
Five versions of the new single:
1. Nothing to Lose (featuring Miley Cyrus)
2. Nothing to Lose (Bret only)
3. Nothing to Lose (featuring Miley Cyrus - country)
4. Nothing to Lose (featuring Miley Cyrus - acoustic)
5. Nothing to Lose (Bret only - acoustic)

Follow Bret Michaels here:

Saxon news on new album and DVD

News from Saxon frontman Biff Byford, this from their MySpace page:
Short info about the 'Heavy Metal Thunder' bonus DVD

'Hi all out there in ROCKTOPIA!

Just a quick blog. We have been working on the 'Heavy Metal Thunder' album this week and we've decided to include a short film of Download 2008.
We feel this was such an important event in our recent career that it has to be included.
This means the release to those of you who have pre ordered it there will be a delay for a while.
After all it's all about quality not quantity.
After seeing all of the DVD last night I think you will love it, so don't blame Cool head, it's my fault wanting to give you the best documentary that we possibly can.

On another matter we have just finished rehearsing for the tour and we will be playing 'Requiem We Will Remember' in memory of our good friend Mick Cox guitarist for Rose Tattoo who went on to the other side recently.
To Absent Friends,

Biff Byford.'

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