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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rock News for Tuesday 2nd February, 2010

Melodicrock Fest 2 Update - Elgin, IL. USA

Andrew McNiece the man behind probably the best known melodic rock site out there, has almost all he needs to give details on all the live acts.
The first Melodicrock Fest took place in South Bend, IN 3 years ago to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the website and featured some awesome names from the world of rock including, Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger - as well as Christian Cullen and Joel Hoekstra who were then announced as Night Ranger members), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.), Jimi Jamison, Jim Peterik (Ex-Survivor), Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (Nelson), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Soul SirkUS, etc), Kevin Chalfant (The Storm, The Vu) as well as other great acts, all in one days performance!
It was a great event, as my wife and I can attest to, along with the fans that made the trip from all over the globe to be a part of it.
So now 3 years on, Andrew is ready to do it again, prepare for Melodicrock Fest 2!
This posted today at
MelodicRockFest 2 will be held in the Chicago suburb of Elgin, on the weekend of Friday April 30 - Sunday May 2. The line-up is just days away from being revealed - a few last minute back and forth details need to be sorted and then you'll know ASAP!

But here are a few details I can reveal now.
Saturday will feature 8 acts and Sunday will feature 7. There is the chance of someone being added at the last minute, but that'll be included in the announcement coming up. Both nights feature name headliners. Bands worthy of the title!

There will be a VIP ticket issued, but strictly 200 tickets only! The ticket will get folks into the Saturday and Sunday show plus an exclusive Friday night acoustic show/Meet & Greet (with as many artists as possible), which will feature 3 or 4 exclusive artists doing unplugged sets. Full details of the VIP deal included with the show launch.

The venue is a newly renovated bar - a 1000 capacity - with standing room on the floor and a smaller balcony, but a restaurant attached for those needed rest periods!
So there will be 200 VIP tickets for the weekend and 800 general tickets available for each day/the weekend.
Tickets will be on sale RIGHT HERE! Tickets will be sold by via Paypal on a first come first served basis. Hopefully we can sell this baby out! I expect tickets to go on sale on February 15th or 16th. Tickets will then be posted out in a few weeks time.
Ticket prices:
Weekend VIP Pass (200 only) - US$175
Saturday Day Ticket - $55
Sunday Day Ticket - $55
Saturday/Sunday Combo - $100

Slash new album for release in May, but Classic Rock Mag gets exclusive deal!
UK Classic Rock magazine online has just posted this info as an exclusive for Slash fans.

Slash’s debut solo album, 'Slash,' won’t be released until May in the UK – but Classic Rock will be selling a very special Slash fan-pack on the newsstands from April 7.
The fan-pack will include an exclusive Slash tribute magazine plus an expanded 15-track version of the guitarist’s hotly anticipated solo album.
The Slash fan-pack comes with a 132-page one-off deluxe edition of Classic Rock dedicated to Slash.
The Slash fan-pack also comes with an giant A1-size Slash poster and a collector’s edition Slash patch.

Roadrunner Records will be releasing the normal Slash album on May 10 – but it will not include two bonus tracks that will be available with the Classic Rock Slash special.

The bonus tracks are:
* Baby Can’t Drive featuring Slash alongside Alice Cooper and The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger.
* An amazing cover of Guns N’ Roses’ Paradise City featuring Slash assisted by Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Cypress Hill.
That’s 15 brand-new tracks from the guitar hero – including additional collaborations with Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock, Lemmy, Iggy Pop and more.

Details of pre-ordering can be found here along with all the other album information:

"We Will Remember Them" charity song backed by Paul Rodgers 
In an effort of support for the troops fighting overseas and those lost, Paul Rodgers has posted a plea on his website for people to support the cause and but the charity song, "We Will Remember Them."

With the recent news that more service personnel have fallen in Afghanistan, taking the total killed to over 250 since operations begain in the country in October 2001, we encourage fans to buy the CD or MP3 of "We Will Remember Them" as ALL money raised from the sale of the single will go to Help 4 Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

Thank you fans for your support!

Asia announce new album name, 'Omega' will be released in April.
No artwork yet and a very brief announcement from the band at their website yesterday:

New Album Announcement - Monday, 01 February 2010

The band is proud to announce that their forthcoming studio album, "Omega," will be released in April. Please check back for more details shortly.

UK Classic Rock Magazine added a little more on this announcement even so far as to throw out, since Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, that perhaps this is the last Asia album?

Current tour dates for the band as follows:
Apr. 24 - Rome, Italy
Apr. 27 - Winterthur, Switzerland
Apr. 28 - Graz, Austria
Apr. 30 - Paris, France
May 1 - Uden, Netherlands
May 3 - Nuremburg, Germany
May 4 - Pratteln, Switzerland
May 6 - Reichenbach, Germany
May 7 - Bochum, Germany
May 8 - Osnabruck, Germany
May 9 - Bonn, Germany
May 13th – Tokyo, Japan
May 14th – Tokyo, Japan
May 15th – Yokohama, Japan
May 17th – Osaka, Japan
May 18th – Nagoya, Japan

Frontiers Records to release AURAS anticipated debut album “New Generation” on March 19th in Europe and April 6th in the USA.

February 2010 – Hailing from Brazil, Auras is one of the most exciting new acts to hit the AOR-rock scene in the past few years and with the release of their debut album 'New Generation' they are ready to prove the world that acts such as Journey, The Storm, Toto and Survivor have found a credible heir from South America!
Auras was formed in the beginning of 2007 by singer Gui Oliver and guitarist Ferpa Lacerda. Tired of playing in cover bands and feeling they were musically mature enough, both musicians decided to write some new music.

The first song coming out of this collaboration Hungry Hearts was sent out to several producers and musicians around the world, gathering some very warm response. Gui and Ferpa therefore kept on writing more material until their songs landed on Frontiers Records desk who some immediately some concrete interest, making Auras the first band from South America to sign with the label.

New Generation is the result of years of hard work and faith in our music, explains Gui Oliver. It sounds corny, but it’s really a dream that came true especially for a Brazilian band where this kind of music is not very popular. We really have to thank Frontiers for their trust and support.

Being a real band, not just a studio project, Auras had their live debut supporting their idols Jeff Scott Soto and Jimi Jamison in Curitiba, Auras hometown. Hearing the band play, Jamison mentioned that Auras songs took him back to the eighties and reminded him of the great bands of that period.

Artists like Toto, Journey and Survivor, tells Gui, are known worldwide and in Brazil it’s not different: their classic hits are still on the radio. Their music touched me in different ways. It was not only the beautiful and amazing melodies, but their songs also had great lyrics. Ferpa also grew up in a very musical family and this kind of music was always part of his life. Definitely melodic rock and AOR in Brazil is not for the masses but we have a faithful and loyal audience. We received lots of emails of people saying how proud they were of us about the album.

During the recording process the great jazz drummer Edu Sallum, who had already played with Rafael Moreira (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Rockstar INXS, Paul Stanley), joined the band, and the local studio musicians Matheus Brandon and Hemerson Vieira helped to complete New Generation. The album was finally mixed and mastered to sonic perfection by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Sunstorm, Place Vendome, Khymera etc.).

Love, dreams, faith and hope are what Auras music is all about.
New Generation includes the following tracks:
Beauty Of Dreams (previewed on Rock The Bones vol. 7 compilation); Forgive and Forget; Never Give Up; In My Arms; Reach Out; New Generation; Forever In Your Eyes; Hungry Hearts; That’s the Way Love Goes; Keep On Loving You; Out of Love; Love To Survive. Includes Beauty of Dreams videoclip.
Samples can be heard by visiting Frontiers records site here: ItemID=553

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp™ USA 2010

2010 will celebrate another opportunity for people to fufill lifetime dreams of being a rock 'n' roll star, well, at least for a day or so!

You can spend the time being educated by the rock stars that you look up to and have done so for year too!
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp™ is the ultimate music experience. For the novice and the expert, the amateur and the aficionado, we make rock n' roll dreams come true. Simply stated, our mission is to bring people's musical fantasies to life!

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp™ is a one-of-a-kind event that brings music lovers of all levels together with rock 'n roll stars - and that brings those music lovers the unforgettable opportunity to move from spectator to a member of the band, sharing the stage, sharing the limelight with living legends.

As a participant in a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp™, you are treated like a rock star. You'll live the rock n' roll lifestyle day in and day out, learning or perfecting your knowledge of an instrument, practicing and jamming with your band mates and learning the ins and outs of the music business - all in the company of some of music's brightest stars.

This year between February 23rd and 28th, if you sign up you will be right there alongside,  Bret Michaels, Dave Mason, Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, Mark Farner, Kip Winger, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Lita Ford, Spike Edney, Steven Adler, Rami Jaffe, Gary Hoey, Sandy Gennaro, Teddy Andreatis, Richie Kotzen, Ron Nevison and believe me, the list just goes on!
Past Camp's have had campers working alongside The Who's Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, The Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, and Joe Walsh from the Eagles. Campers have recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, shared the stage with KISS' Paul Stanley and Motley Crue's Vince Neil and listened to tales about life on the road with Bret Michaels of Poison. Other celebrity Rock Stars that have attended Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp include Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Pete Best (The Beatles original drummer), Jack Bruce (Cream), Micky Hart (Grateful Dead) Jon Anderson (Yes), Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's), Max Weinberg, Joe Satriani, Stevie Vai, Cheap Trick and dozens more! You never know who will show up at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.

What's the cost though right?
The Headliner Package - 5 1/2 day Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Experience. February 23rd - 28th. $6,999 more details... -
The Rockstar Package - 3 1/2 day Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Experience. February 25th - 28th. $4,999 more details...

The Groupie Package - Give your spouse a taste of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Our 3 1/2 day campers can purchase the "Groupie Package" for $499. Our 5 1/2 day campers can purchase this package for $699. more details...

For more details and so much more, go to: Go on, live your dream!

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