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Friday, April 2, 2010

Rock News for Friday 2nd April, 2010

Frontiers Records announces the release of Y&T first studio album in 13 years
Entitled “Facemelter” the new album will be released on May 21st in Europe

Napoli, March, 2010 – Y&T, featuring original members Dave Meniketti (vocals and lead guitars) and Phil Kennemore (bass), along with longtime members John Nymann (guitar) and Mike Vanderhule (drums) have recorded their first studio album in 13 years, aptly titled “Facemelter” to be released in Europe on May 21st on Frontiers Records.

With a discography of 18 albums and three greatest hits collections, Y&T has sold over four million albums since their 1974 inception. The band has toured with numerous Rock icons including Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Mötley Crüe, receiving constant and extensive airplay with hits such as Forever, Rescue Me, Mean Streak, and Summertime Girls. Y&T songs have been featured in a multitude of movies and television shows, including Real Genius, Out of Bounds, Baywatch, and Hunter. After five US top 100 albums, songs that tipped into the 40s, two Bammie Awards, and many international television appearances, Y&T’s hits are still played nowadays on classic rock radio stations everywhere. Y&T’s high-energy music still captivates legions of fans around the globe, proving Y&T’s music timeless.

As the title indicates, Facemelter - the anticipated new recording - is a hard rockin’, song-oriented album that lives up to its name: it captures the band’s raw energy and tightness that they’ve become known for. Featuring heavy grooves, powerful guitars, and strong melodies, the band shows their versatility, delivering a range of high-energy rockers, mid-tempo head-bangers, modern rock grooves, majestic ballads, and signature Y&T rock anthems. To mark the return, the band engaged John Taylor Dismukes - the same artist who designed covers for Y&T’s classic albums “Mean Streak,” “Black Tiger” and “In Rock We Trust” - to create the amazing art of the new Facemelter.

“What a great feeling to dive back into making new Y&T music,” states Dave Meniketti. “After being away from it for this long, the anticipation of writing a new CD worth of material was, at first, a bit scary, but as soon as we started up I was happy to find how natural it was to get right back in it again. I think we're going to have to keep this up, because musically and emotionally, we still have a lot to say!”

“It's ridiculous that we waited so long to make a new record,” states Phil Kennemore. “In creating new music for Facemelter, I rediscovered the most important thing for any artist, and that is to continue creating . . . it feeds my soul. My hope for Facemelter is that people might just find a few new favorite Y&T songs.”

"We recorded together to capture as much of a live feel as possible which I feel is the strong point of the band," adds Mike Vanderhule, while according to John Nymann, “The chemistry we have between us makes it so easy to develop ideas. Now that we are ignited with new material, I can't wait to bring it to the stage.”

Face-melting is a term that has been with Y&T since the mid-’70s, when a rabid fan ran backstage and told the band, “you melted my face,” which inspired the group’s first publishing company: “Facemelting Music.”

If you haven’t yet taken Y&T’s new album for a ride, grab your leathers, strap yourself in, and prepare to have your face melted.

“Facemelter” includes the following tracks
Prelude, On With The Show; One Life; Shine On; Wild Child; I Want Your Money; I’m Coming Home, If You Want Me; Hot Shot; How Long; Gonna Go Blind; Don’t Bring me Down; Blind Patriot; Losing My Mind*
* Bonus track included on the first pressing in digipak
Y&T are:
Dave Meniketti - lead vocals, lead guitars
Phil Kennemore - bass guitar, vocals
John Nymann - guitar, vocals
Mike Vanderhule - drums & percussion, vocals
Confirmed Summer Tour Dates in Europe:
June 2010
June 10 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
June 12 ~ Donington, UK - Download Festival
June 15 ~ Köln, Germany - Underground Cologne
June 16 ~ Zwolle, Netherlands - Hedon Podium
June 17 ~ Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
June 19 ~ Clisson, France - Hellfest

Five More Shows Added to United In Rock Tour!
Five more shows have been confirmed for the UNITED IN ROCK Tour with Foreigner, Styx and Kansas, shown in bold below! All five shows have a public on-sale date scheduled for 4/9!
All shows with Foreigner closing are shown below by an asterix next to the date. The remaining shows will have Styx closing, and special guest Kansas will be opening for all shows.
Shows confirmed so far are as follows:

Date City Venue VIP Pre-Sale On Sale
May 2010
*12-May Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
13-May Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center Arena
14-May Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
15-May Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
18-May Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
19-May Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
21-May Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
*22-May Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
23-May Jackpot, NV Cactus Petes Casino
*25-May Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
*28-May Billings, MT Metrapark Arena
*30-May Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 2010
1-Jun Grand Island, NE Heartland Event Center
*3-Jun Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
4-Jun Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
5-Jun Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
7-Jun Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
9-Jun Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
*11-Jun Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
*12-Jun Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
13-Jun Gilford, NH US Cellular Pavilion
18-Jun Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
*20-Jun Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
*24-Jun Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
*26-Jun Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
*27-Jun Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Don't see your city? Check out the list below to see if Foreigner, Styx, and Kansas are coming to a city near you!
+ You won't want to miss this line-up!
Salt Lake City, UT
Wantagh, NY
Indianapolis, IN
Milwaukee, WI
Omaha, NE
Lampe, MO
+The cities listed here are subject to change.

Scorpions - Last Ever Tour to Asia Announced

While still in the process of booking and selling out dozens of new dates in Europe, North- and South-America, Scorpions have announced their last ever tour to Asia. As part of the "Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour" the band will be touring the Asian continent in February 2011. Klaus Meine explains: 'Throughout our career we have always loved to play in the Asian countries and to its diverse cultures and people. When we announced our final World tour earlier this year, fanmail started flowing in from Japan to Jakarta from Abu Dhabi, India and the Pacific Rim States and so it is a logical step for us to visit all those beautiful countries one last time and to celebrate with our fans.'

Europe April Fools joke revealed!

I guess one of my news stories yesterday was indeed a prank!
I did think it a little strange at the time!
The band Europe has just announced this today:



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