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Monday, March 8, 2010
Rock News for Monday 8th March, 2010
Ok folks, I know, I didn't get anything more posted after my brief note on Saturday, likewise Sunday, but here you go ..., midnight has past (A while back now!) and it IS Monday here now! So, here's your news updates!
Come Together - Tribute DVD to the life of Brad Delp
Various artists, friends and former bandmates of the late Boston singer, Brad Delp who tragically took his own life 3 years ago on the 9th March, 2007 recently got together to pay tribute to the man behind that incredible and sadly much missed voice for a concert.
The show was recorded and is now available on DVD and is titled, 'Come Together - A Tribute To The Life of Brad Delp' and it features RTZ, Extreme, Godsmack, Farrenheit, Beatlejuice and Ernie and the Automatics.
RIP Brad Delp - June 12th, 1951 to March 9th, 2007
New Scrap Metal Tour Dates!!!
Scrap Metal, the side all star project that was put together by the Nelson brothers, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (Nelson) and Kelly Keagy(Night Ranger), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) and Eric Martin (Mr.Big, Eric Martin Band), have announced a few exclusive shows!
Check these out:
Date, Venue / City, State. May 2010
May 14, 2010 - Center Stage Rainbow City, AL - 7:30pm
Supergroup 'Black Country' forced to change it's name
Well, according to Joe Bonamassa, guitarist in the band called, er ..., I guess we''ll have wait on a replacement, that also features, Glenn Hughes (vocals/bass), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and Jason Bonham (drums), told Undercover magazine.
I learned of this through Classic Rock magazine in the UK.
The soon to be released new covers album by Christian rockers Stryper is getting near completion.
The band posted through Twitter and Facebook, that tracking is currently under way and the band are loving it!
Covers are set to include:
•Judas Priest - Breaking the Law
•Iron Maiden - The Trooper
•Scorpions - Blackout
•Ozzy Osbourne - Over the Mountain
•Sweet - Set Me Free
•Van Halen - On Fire
•Deep Purple - Highway Star
•Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
•UFO - Lights Out
•Kansas - Carry on Wayward Son
Believe it or not, this notice was posted at Black Sabbath's site:
Christian Band Stryper to cover Black Sabbath
Saw this morning (oddly enough as I was getting ready for Church myself) a story that surprised me a little. The Christian metal band Stryper's new album will be an album of covers. That kind of thing has been done a few times before, most recently Queensryche's album of covers "Take Cover", where they covered Sabbath's Neon Knights. I found it amusing that Stryper is covering Sabbath too, and the Dio Era as well with the title track of "Heaven & Hell".
I know a lot of Black Sabbath fans see "Christian Metal", and check out, but that's a shame. Stryper has done some great stuff over the years, and you should check 'em out. Yes, I am a Christian too, so the message is far more uplifting than the garbage that permeates hard rock and metal music (Yeah, I'm thinking of drek like Slayer). Anyway, you should check 'em out if you haven't done so - some of their recent output (Murder by Pride & Reborn) has been quite good stuff! They preach the good word of the Lord, and that's always a good thing! I realize I'll probably take some grief for this paragraph, but there's far worse things to be hated over than wanting people to know God. If you want to attack me for that, bring it on. Or if you want to know about God, email me about that, I'd love to talk to you. As for those who would attack me.. Matthew 5:10 states "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Thanks to Blabbermouth for the track list, which didn't appear on the Stryper site, oddly enough.
I am very pleased to announce that New Jersey rockers Trixter will be joining the MelodicRockFest 2 event for Sunday May 2. The guys have not played in the Chicago region for 14 years and will bring a true “best of” set to fans gathered.
Thanks for the terrific support following the frustrating MRF2 update and the loss of W.E.T. and Eclipse from the bill. No more bad news! It's great to see most folks are in for the event, not just one artist in particular. Tune in for more updates.
A few people have asked after tickets - they had to be re-designed with the updated line-up and should arrive back from the printers at the end of this week – to be shipped out first thing next week.