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Monday, March 15, 2010

Rock News for Monday 15th March, 2010



Some of the biggest and best names in Melodic Rock will once again gather for the biggest party of the year when MELODICROCKFEST 2 comes to Chicago for the weekend of April 30 - May 2.

Heading to the newly opened ROADHOUSE venue in the Chicago suburb of Elgin, MelodicRockFest 2 is the second major concert event organized by the popular hard rock website’s first show in October 2007 was held in South Bend and featured an audience made up of fans from 8 countries and 34 US states. And now its Chicago’s turn!

Spread over two full days (Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2); with an additional VIP ticket holder night on Friday April 30; the event will feature 20 bands and additional special guests in a display of classic melodic and hard rock music.

Saturday’s show will be headlined by San Francisco hard rock legends Y&T. The band will be taking a break from the studio, preparing the release of their new studio album due mid-year to rock Chicago.

DANGER DANGER is one of the most popular hard rock acts to come out of the late 80s and in 2009 the band delivered one of the genre’s best new albums.
They’ll be playing all their biggest hits and some new tracks too.

PRIDE OF LIONS needs no introduction – featuring Chicago’s favourite rock legend Jim Peterik (ex-Survivor, Ideas Of March, World Stage) and vocalist Toby Hitchcock, plus members of the World Stage band, Pride Of Lions will appear for one of their rare live appearances.

EDEN’S CURSE features members from 4 different countries, but they will converge on the USA for the very first time to perform the best tracks from two acclaimed albums and maybe even preview the upcoming third opus. And they’ll record and film the set for a DVD release!

TERRY BROCK has been in the business for 20 years and is the current lead vocalist for much loved AOR act Giant and classic rock band Le Roux. But Terry has a solo career also and in his feature set, he will cover all the favourites and perhaps a surprise or two. His backing band will be popular New York melodic rockers Valentine.

ROCK SUGAR might just be one of the most talked about bands of the weekend. Their unique take on twisting songs into each other, or ‘mashing them’ together will have everyone talking. Fast becoming a YouTube sensation with their Metallica/Journey mash-up, these guys are going to rock the house.

US rockers TALON are another band bubbling under and will debut their new vocalist and film a live DVD at the same time.

Opening the day is FARCRY – a band with the attitude of any stadium act of the 80s.

Headlining Day 2 of MelodicRockFest is multi-platinum rockers WINGER. Famed for their musical prowess and fresh off a European tour, the band are supporting the release of their latest hard rock masterpiece Karma.

For the first time in 14 years, acclaimed NJ rockers TRIXTER will return to the mid-west to perform a true greatest hits set as they continue the tour that commemorates the 20th Anniversary of their debut album.

Pulling double duty for the show is Danger Danger frontman TED POLEY.
Ted will do his own set, concentrating on some D2 rarities and solo material, plus tunes from his Poley/Rivera release. Ted will be joined by guitarist Vic Rivera and band.

JIMI JAMISON (ex-Survivor) returns from a guest appearance that brought the house down at MRF1 to perform a solo set of new solo tracks and some much loved Survivor classics. Who knows what guests might join him on stage.

VOICES OF ROCK RADIO are just that. Kevin Chalfant (The Storm, Two Fires) and Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent, MSG) and the Two Fires Band perform their best known hits before inviting former Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison to join the fun.

CROWN OF THORNS, featuring Jean Beauvoir and Tommy Lafferty will play a rare US soil live show in support of their latest studio album and a catalogue of much loved tunes that go back to the Paul Stanley (Kiss) produced debut album.

No Chicago based show would be complete without local legends 7TH HEAVEN – the hardest working band in the Midwest and recently featured on American Idol.

Opening up Day 2 is melodic hard rockers BOMBAY BLACK, a heavy duty live act that will get the day off to a thunderous start.

The Friday VIP Meet & Greet night is open to VIP ticket holders and will feature some acoustic performances from more melodic rock stars.

Headlining the night will be a rare special 30 minute set from ALIAS, featuring vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi.

Chicagoland rockers MECCA made an immediate impact with their debut album in 2000, but has never played live – until now. This will be a very special set not to be missed.
ROCK SUGAR couldn’t help but get involved again and will warm up for Saturday with some acoustic tracks.
And joining us again from MRF1 is US melodic rock band GOODBYE THRILL, who might just ignore the acoustic night premise to deliver some rocking tunes.

A number of the weekend guests will be on hand to meet and greet fans and sign autographs and share a drink or two.
Tickets for this very special only event are on sale now.
Purchase tickets online at the festival website: or call Revolution Tickets for credit card phone sales on 312-675-8025.

About The website is run by Australian based journalist Andrew McNeice and first made its debut in the first week of January 1997.
Since that time it has become one of the most respected and leading websites in the world, taking in 42 million hits and currently services 275,000 unique users per month.

Merchandise from and the participating artists will be on sale throughout the day as will a major CD Vendor with many current and recent titles to purchase.

Full show information can be found at:
The event hotel for MRF2 is the Holiday Inn in Elgin. Discount rates are available by logging on to the event website.

For additional information regarding MELODIC ROCK FEST 2 show, please contact Andrew McNeice on +61 403 922016 or E-mail:
All artists are available for interviews to promote the event.


38 Special, no new album yet but many new tour dates!

No new news on any new album from 38 Special since 2004's 'Drivetrain' release, but these guys have got such a historic back catalogue they are hitting the road again - When do they ever stop?! - to share some of their classic music.
If you've never seen 38 Special live, go see 'em! It's a great show!

Here's their current tour dates at their site:
March 2010
3/26/10 St Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
3/27/10 Duluth, GA Wild Bill's
April 2010
4/7/10 Green Cove Springs, FL Clay County Fair
4/17/10 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
4/24/10 College Station, TX Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater
May 2010
5/7/10 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
5/8/10 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
5/15/10 Richardson, TX Wildflower Music Festival
5/28/10 Herrin, IL Herrinfesta Italiana
5/29/10 Bossier City, LA Diamond Jacks Casino
5/30/10 Caruthersville, MO Lady Luck Casino
June 2010
6/5/10 Marion, KS Chingawassa Day Festival
6/12/10 Joplin, MO Boomtown Days
6/19/10 Rochester, NY Rochester International Jazz Festival
6/25/10 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Air Force Museum
6/27/10 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 2010
7/3/10 Greeley, CO Greeley Stampede
7/9/10 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort
7/10/10 Webster, MA Indian Ranch
7/15/10 St. Clairsville, OH Jamboree In The Hills
7/16/10 Springville, IN Lawrence County Park
7/20/10 Kirksville, MO NEMO Fairgrounds
7/22/10 Oshkosh, WI Leach Amphitheater
7/23/10 Omaha, NE Rosenblatt Stadium
7/24/10 Chicago Ridge, IL Ridgefest
7/25/10 Louisville, KY Churchill Downs
7/31/10 Maquoketa,IA Jackson County Fairgrounds
August 2010
8/6/10 Waverly, IA Bremer County Fair
8/7/10 Wausau, WI Wisconsin Valley Fair
8/8/10 Sturgis, SD Broken Spoke Saloon
8/20/10 Brownsville, OR Willamette City Music Festival
8/26/10 Boise, ID Western Idaho Fair
8/27/10 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
8/31/10 Monroe, WA Evergreen State Fair
September 2010
9/1/10 Filer, ID Twin Falls County Fair
9/4/10 Las Vegas, NV Silverton Casino
9/18/10 East Durham, NY Blackthorne Resort
October 2010
10/22/10 Pensacola, FL Interstate Fairground

Simon and Garfunkel to tour together again

Yeah, I know, not exactly hard rocking news to be posted here, but a great many rock fans are or were fans of this hugely successful duo's music.
Yes, it seems Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel - Who are both certainly getting 'up there' in their years - are willing to hit the USA and mostly Canadian roads again during April and May 2010 as Simon and Garfunkel, to share many of their great songs with Joe public, although ticket prices I would no doubt imagine, will be something else!

Here's the official notice and dates announced at their joint site:

Beginning in Vancouver on April 29, the majority of the dates will be in Canada, bringing the pair to multiple cities for the first time in many years -- and several others for the first time ever -- in addition to selected dates in the US.

The pair recently performed a heralded set at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert. "Simon and Garfunkel walked onstage together to a rapturous standing ovation," said Rolling Stone, and "ended with a jubilant "Cecilia" that had everybody in the Garden singing along." The Times of London said simply: "One of the most extraordinary jam sessions in the history of rock'n'roll."

For the upcoming shows Simon & Garfunkel will perform a set of timeless songs from their catalog, in addition to highlights from Paul & Art's solo careers -- each night a journey through an awe-inspiring musical legacy that has proven to be the soundtrack for generations.

Simon & Garfunkel North American Spring Tour 2010 - Confirmed Dates

Date Day City Venue
April 2010
24-Apr Sat New Orleans LA Jazz & Heritage Festival
29-Apr Thu Vancouver BC General Motors Place

May 20101-May Sat Edmonton AB Rexall Place
2-May Sun Calgary AB Pengrowth Saddledome
4-May Tue Saskatoon SK Credit Union Centre
5-May Wed Winnipeg MB MTS Centre
7-May Fri Fargo ND Fargodome
8-May Sat St. Paul MN Xcel Energy Center
9-May Sun Madison WI Kohl Center Arena
11-May Tue Detroit MI - Venue TBC
12-May Wed Toronto ON Air Canada Centre
14-May Fri Ottawa ON Scotiabank Place
15-May Sat Montreal QC Bell Centre

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