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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Rock News for Thursday 4th March, 2010
Hey folks, sorry it's late today .... Phew, what a day ...!
OK here we go then ....
IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "THE FINAL FRONTIER"
AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
IRON MAIDEN are pleased to announce that their forthcoming new studio album will be called 'THE FINAL FRONTIER', and is expected be released late summer of this year.
The announcement comes with news of a North American Tour with Very Special Guests Dream Theater to open in Dallas, Texas, on 9th June and finish in Washington D.C. on 20th July, making it Maiden's most extensive North American tour in many years.
Following these shows in USA and Canada The Final Frontier World Tour will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011 (full currently confirmed dates below).
An exclusive pre-sale allowing members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club first access to tickets to the North American Maiden Shows will be made available two days prior to them being available to the public.
Tickets for the Canadian shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 13th March at 10am PST (10am EST for Toronto and 12 noon EST Montreal).
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 10th March at 10am PST through to Thursday 11th March at 6pm PST (EST for Toronto).
Regretfully due to technical reasons an exclusive Pre-Sale in Montreal is not possible.
Tickets for the US Shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 20th March at 10am EST.
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 17th March at 10am EST through to Thursday 18th March at 6pm EST
As IRON MAIDEN are actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have access to the best possible tickets at the fairest possible price, without being subject to scalping for good seats, so many North American shows will operate, at least in part, a paperless ticket policy: More information on Ticketmaster Paperless Ticketing can be found here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/paperless
To give IRON MAIDEN fan club members a privileged insight to their touring world, IMTV will return to http://www.ironmaiden.com/ to cover THE FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR. This exclusive footage includes regular video from the live shows, touring, band interviews, insights into our crew and what they do and much much more. The website will also feature exclusive tour diaries, exclusive photographs and anything else that helps the fans get a real insight into the dynamics of a big tour.
Y&T are excited to announce their new album release event at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday, May 22. The band is especially happy to have their buddy Don Dokken open the show. This is an "All Ages" show, so bring the kids. Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 7.
Y&T's annual Fillmore show always sells out so be sure to get your tickets early.
A huge thanks to all the fans who gave their support and helped get Y&T to Reno. See tour dates for outcome! Look for many more tour dates to come this year.
NEW Y&T ALBUM (On the way ...)
The band is locked in the recording studio long hours, day and night, working on the new album. Drop by the web site forum and see the latest info that Dave Meniketti has posted about the progress of the new Y&T album. We'll keep you updated as news develops, but check out the forum for the most up-to-date info on this new Y&T project. Forum fans hear the news first.
May 13 ~ Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club (all ages show--under 18 must be with a paying adult)
May 14 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House (all ages show)
May 15 ~ Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton
May 22 ~ San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore (all ages show) + special guest Don Dokken
See below for June dates in Europe
July 16 ~ Portland, OR - Peter's Room @ Roseland Theater
July 17 ~ Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
July 24 ~ Wichita, KS - Midwest Rock Fest (all ages)
August 5 ~ Allentown, PA - Sterling Rock Room (all ages show)
August 6 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theatre (16 & over)
August 7 ~ New York, NY - BB King Blues Club (all ages show)
August 14 ~ San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
August 15 ~ El Paso, TX - The Vault
August 20 ~ Reno, NV - New Oasis (all ages show)
August 21 ~ Sacramento, CA - The Crest Theater (all ages show)
August 26 ~ Hollywood, CA - Key Club
August 27 ~ Tempe, AZ - Club Red
August 28 ~ Las Vegas, NV - Feelgoods
Europe - June 2010
June 10 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
June 16 ~ Zwolle, Netherlands - Hedon Podium
June 17 ~ Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
June 19 ~ Clisson, France - Hellfest
*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*
Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.
Thanks for your support!
Daughtry and Amazon hook up to offer 'Deal of the Day!'
Well, to be honest, how much of a deal is this ...?
Anyone that likes Daughtry probably already has this album, but if you don't have 'Leave This Town' tomorrow for one day only, Amazon and Daughtry have teamed up to offer the album for download for the hugely discounted price of just $3.99.
Here's the post from Daughtry on this deal:
For all you Daughtry fans who have yet to purchase the critically acclaimed new album 'Leave This Town,' Amazon.com will be offering the 12 track album for only $3.99 tomorrow Friday 03/05 as part of their Amazon Daily Deal offer. That's like getting 3 Daughtry tracks for every $1 you spend. Talk about a bargain. Be sure to put this in your calenders and head on over to http://www.amazon.com/ tomorrow!
Jeff Scott Soto's W.E.T. band pulls out of Melodicrock Fest 2
Sadly for melodic rock fans who were planning on attending Melodicrock Fest 2 to specifically see W.E.T. featuring Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals, will be disappointed.
Read this announcement from Andrew McNiece posted at his site this morning:
W.E.T. CANCELS MRF APPEARANCE
It is with great regret that I must announce that W.E.T. have today cancelled their appearance at MelodicRock Fest 2 in Chicago, on Saturday May 2.
It is a source of great frustration for me personally to announce this, but also for the rest of the guys, as I know they were looking forward to coming together to perform for the first time - which was to be their only live date in 2010.
The reason behind the cancellation is that vocalist Jeff Scott Soto is held on retainer for Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform in their nationwide Spring tour of North America and the dates clash.
Jeff was originally not scheduled to be part of the group's upcoming Spring dates, but a change of plans now requires to join the group for a prominent role in the tour - rehearsals for which started this week in New York.
This clash has also meant that Jeff has had to cancel appearances in Europe and America, including the May 1 appearance with Spike Edney in North Carolina.
This cancellation also means that Eclipse – whose members are a major component of W.E.T. - will no longer be performing. It became apparent that it was not going to be economically viable to fly the guys in for just one short set on the Saturday.
Jeff, Erik and Robert regret this announcement, it is unavoidable and they wish to apologise to any fans looking forward to their appearance. I am going to personally work with the guys to find an alternative opportunity in the near future for their live debut.
A main feature of the Sunday line-up, the loss of W.E.T. leaves a significant gap to fill, but I believe I have the answer and will make an announcement on that in the next 24-48 hours. The Eclipse slot will be filled by reallocating time slots for the other Saturday artists.
Refunds for any ticket holders coming specifically for the W.E.T. performance are available. One again, my personal apologies for this issue arising and causing disruption to the MelodicRockFest event. Everyone else is locked in and ready to go for a fantastic weekend of hard rocking fun.