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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 31st March, 2010



SEVENDUST--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) — are currently putting the finishing touches on a headlining tour with Drowning Pool and will take a much-deserved break before heading out to do it all over again in April and beyond. The band will be world premiering the DVD portion of the album and doing a special acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in their hometown of Atlanta, GA the night before release, April 19th. Details and ticket information TBA.

The band's eighth studio album, 'COLD DAY MEMORY,' comes out April 20 on their own 7Bros. Records, through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The album—produced by Grammy® nominated Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Plain White T's)—is the band's first new album with their original line-up back together with Lowery’s return after his departure in 2003. Sevendust’s new single, “Unraveling”, is #17 and rising on the BDS Active Rock chart – It’s the most well received single in the bands history and has a chance to be a crossover smash. Buy "Unraveling" on

To make the tour extra special, Ticketmaster is offering an "Ultimate Memory Fan Package" bundle, which pairs a ticket to the show with an autographed copy of COLD DAY MEMORY and a meet and greet with the band. Further info can be found on Ticketmaster by doing a search for Sevendust tickets

Confirmed tour dates:
April 2010
Mon 4/19 Atlanta, GA Hard Rock Cafe (DVD Premiere & Acoustic Set) - Details TBA
Tues 4/20 Kennesaw, GA 6:30pm - Best Buy In Store Signing (850 Cobb Place Blvd NW - Kennesaw, GA 30144)
Weds 4/21 Knoxville, TN 5:30pm - Disc Exchange In Store Signing (2615 Chapman Hwy - Knoxville, TN 37920)
Wed 4/21 Knoxville, TN The Valarium
Sat 4/24 Tampa FL St. Pete Times Forum (WXTB 98 Rockfest)
Sun 4/25 Ladson, SC Ladson Fairgrounds (LiveX 2010)
Tue 4/27 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Thu 4/29 Houma, LA The City Club
Fri 4/30 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
May 2010
Tue 5/4 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Wed 5/5 Richmond, VA The National
Fri 5/7 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
Sat 5/8 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café
Sun 5/9 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
Wed 5/12 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Fri 5/14 South Bend, IN Club Fever
Sun 5/16 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Sat 5/22 Columbus, OH Crew Stadium (Rock On The Range)

Pre-Order w/signed booklet:

Frontiers Records announces the release of PRETTY MAIDS 13th studio album

Preceded by the digital only release of the single “Little Drops of Heaven”, “Pandemonium” is out on May 14th in Europe and June 8th in the USA.

Napoli, March, 2010 – Danish Dynamite Rockers Pretty Maids will release their anticipated new album “Pandemonium” on May 14th in Europe and June 8th in the USA. “Pandemonium” is the band’s 12th studio album and their first full length release over the last four years. A 90 secs. preview of the single “Little Drops of Heaven” is now available for streaming on and on the band’s and Frontiers myspace sites ( / ).

Produced by Jacob Hansen (who has also worked with Volbeat, Rob Rock and Beyond Twilight between others), “Pandemonium” with its melodic approach is a definite return to the “Future World / Red Hot and Heavy” era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidates that Pretty Maids are as strong as ever.

“I think this new record shows the band in its finest moment”, says singer Ronnie Atkins “that’s definitely our best effort in many years and the spirit in the band is higher than ever”.

This album also introduces keyboard player Morten Sandager as a permanent member of the band and his impact is evident on the tracks of the cd, particularly on the hauntingly melodic new single “Little Drops of Heaven” which will be released – only as a digital download, as an exclusive teaser leading to the album’s release, on April 13th worldwide.

Written in the fall 2009 and recorded in the winter 2010, “Pandemonium” will be supported by several festival appearances during the summer of 2010 and then followed by a full scale European tour in Oct/Nov 2010.
“Pandemonium” tracklisting includes:
Pandemonium, I.N.V.U., Little Drops of Heaven, One World One Truth, Final Day of Innocence, Cielo Drive, It Comes at Night, Old Enough to Know, Beautiful Madness, Breathless, It Comes at Night (remix)*.
* Bonus track available first pressing in digipak
Soundbytes here: ItemID=565

Pretty Maids:
Ronnie Atkins - vocals
Ken Hammer – guitars
Kenn Jackson – bass
Allan Tschicaja - drums
Morten Sandager - keyboards



Just announced over at Newman's website, more live dates for the band in 2010. Here's the press release:

We are very pleased to announce that Newman will play the following dates in support of the new album "The Art Of Balance"

Friday 6th August - Cambridge Rock Festival, Barton

Saturday 25th September - The Heroes, Portsmouth
Sunday 31st October - Firefest Festival - Nottingham

.........more dates to be added very soon and more details and links on the Live page:

16 SECOND STARE To Release Self-Titled Sophomore Album BONNIE AND CLYDE - To Hit The Active Rock Airwaves Soon!!
From CRÜE FEST 2 2009 to Join Forces with COLD and NONPOINT on Tour 2010
“16 SECOND STARE” OUT APRIL 27TH on Goomba Music

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 29, 2010) – Gaining ground in an industry that is tough as nails – The band that is sweeping the USA with their industrial metal is the Hot Ticket to see this year and out with Billboard charting band COLD. 16 SECOND STARE breaks new sonic ground with their new self-titled album releasing April 27 on Goomba Music.
With an aggressive sound, in the veins of Rob Zombie, NIN and Marilyn Manson - Their new self-titled record, 16 SECOND STARE is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international metal scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Chris Davis, who stepped out from behind his drum kit to prowl the stage like a madman, and driven by the onslaught of guitarist Angry Tim Shanks, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show. During the summer of 2009, on the road with Crüe Fest 2, 16 SECOND STARE showed what they were made of winning over huge crowds with their radical onslaught. Now they're unleashing an equally radical album.

16 SECOND STARE took a year to make and, during that time, the band underwent a transformation. "I started singing lead and everything clicked into place,' says singer and drummer Chris Davis. “We used to think about radio play, but this time decided to go for the jugular. We're going to get right up in your face and if people like it, that's fine. If not, fuck'em. Anyone who's seen us live knows we kick ass, so we decided to kick ass in the studio too. Making Chris the singer was the best move we ever made.”

Come out and hear the Hot Ticket of the year, 16 SECOND STARE on tour now with COLD and NONPOINT.

MARCH 2010
Wed 31 Chico CA Senator

APRIL 2010
Thu 01 Santa Rosa CA Last Day Saloon
Sat 03 Los Angeles CA Roxy
Sun 04 Tempe AZ Marquee
Tue 06 Albuquerque NM Sunshine
Wed 07 Lubbock TX Jakes
Fri 09 Abilene TX Midnight Rodeo
Sat 10 Odessa TX Dos Amigos
Sun 11 Corpus Christ TX Brewster Street Ice House
Tue 13 Jacksonville FL Freebird
Wed 14 Ft Walton FL The Swamp
Fri 16 Melbourne FL County Line Saloon
Sat 17 Orlando FL Firestone Live
For more information go to

Asia First 2010 US Tour Dates Announced
This just posted over at Asia's website:

First 2010 US Tour Dates Announced
Asia are pleased to be able to start announcing forthcoming dates on their US leg of the 'Omega' tour:

3rd August 2010 - Birchmere, Alexandria VA
5th August 2010 - Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe PA
6th August 2010 - North Fork Theatre, Westbury NY
7th August 2010 - Showboat. Atlantic City NJ
8th August 2010 - Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT
More dates will be announced shortly; the US leg runs through 8th September 2010.

JOHN 5 To Perform & Speak At The Grammy Museum MARCH 31ST @ 7:30 PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 2, 2010) – Guitar virtuoso John 5 will perform live followed by a Q&A about the studio, recording, touring and other topics at the Grammy Museum on March 31st. This event will include a signing session to end the evening’s excitement.

John 5 has compiled one of the most impressive resumes in rock. In addition to his own solo work, his commanding riffs combined with his composition skills have most recently earned him a coveted spot playing with rock icon Rob Zombie. Join us as he demonstrates his masterful techniques, breaks down his signature gear, talks about life on the road and songs from his latest album, 'Requiem.'

John 5’s credentials include his famous stint with shock rocker Marilyn Manson, his current gig with Rob Zombie, but also includes diverse work with some names you might not expect, including Lita Ford, K.D. Lang, David Lee Roth, Meatloaf, Salt-N-Pepa, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others. Surprisingly, to many, John 5 has an ardent love of bluegrass music and has the chops to prove it (just listen to “Sugar Foot Rag” from 2004 solo album 'Vertigo').

We have the opportunity to offer reservation seating for the first few rows of this event. This is first come first serve. If you would like to make a reservation please send an email to and in the subject field put "Reserve Seats". This has limited seating so reserve your tickets now!
The Grammy Museum is located at 800 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. For Further information online, visit

John Lennon "Rare and Unseen"  Coming to DVD May 18, 2010
A collection of rare footage, original rare film and videos of the band, newsreels and photographs from private collections.

Wienerworld and MVD Visual are proud to announce the DVD release of John Lennon "Rare and Unseen" on May 18, 2010. (Released February 22 in the UK)

The next title of the "Rare and Unseen" series takes an inside look at the rock musician, singer-songwriter, author and peace activist who made it as one of the world's most successful solo artists after his departure from the Beatles in 1969: John Lennon.

From his musical and songwriting input with the Beatles (especially his partnership with McCartney) to his astronomical solo career, Lennon has written some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. After the Beatles, Lennon enjoyed a successful solo career with such acclaimed albums as 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' and 'Imagine' and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine". His final album, 'Double Fantasy,' was released less than a month before his death.

This brand new DVD release is a collection of rare footage featuring original rare film and videos of the singer, newsreels and photographs from private collections.
· Man of the Decade - Aired once in 1969 and unseen since
· Aquarius - Unseen since the 70s
· Weekend World - Thought wiped and unseen out of the UK
· Frost - never released on DVD
· Plus opinions from Phil Collins, Len Goodman and Tony Barrow

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