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Monday, April 12, 2010

Update for Monday 12th April, 2010

Hi folks, I know, I know .... Where's all the updates?!
Well, a busy weekend indeed in the family, much going on, some personal changes - away from here, there's a new day job, very demanding! - also big PC problems with my beast still not right!
Soon there may well be a new PC ..., but not right now ...

Good news is, listening to a lot of great new music, that really is impressing me.
I can tell you, the new ones from The Scorpions, Newman, Uriah Heep (Celebration - old ones redone!) and Treat to name just a few, are all very tasty new albums! Reviews coming soon!

Anyway, you don't want to hear anymore from me, you want the news!

Winwood + Santana 2010 North American Tour!

PRNewswire-- "The Carlos Santana Universal Tone Tour 2010 gets underway on June 30 with an initial North American leg running through early August. Carlos and the Santana Band will be joined on the road by special guest Steve Winwood, who will open the dates. Following the kick-off concert at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, the tour travels through the Midwest and Canada for the first half of July, and then heads to the East coast.

Highlights along the way include shows at Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL (7/9); Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON (7/11); Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (7/15); Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY (7/18); Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA (7/23); Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, VA (7/27), and Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL (8/1). Additional North American dates and international legs of the Universal Tone Tour 2010 will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 will feature hits from Santana's four-decade-long career, as well as songs from a brand new studio album that Carlos Santana is currently putting finishing touches on. Santana's most recent release was the2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition — featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks — in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album's 10th anniversary."

Steve Winwood will release a multi-disc career retrospective on June 7th entitled “Revolutions – The Very Best Of Steve Winwood”. It is a portrait of one of the most influential British musicians in rock history; a singer-songwriter, peerless vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player.

With tracklistings personally selected by Steve Winwood from his five decade career, “Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood” will be available in two high quality formats: a single CD for the casual fan and a four CD deluxe box set including 60 page book for the connoisseur, with sleevenotes by writer Dylan Jones.
Stay tuned to for more breaking news, ticket info, and updates.

6/30/10 - St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center

July 2010
7/1/10 - Milwaukee, WI

7/4/10 - Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
7/6/10 - Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center

7/7/10 - Indianapolis, IN
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/9/10 - Tinley Park, IL
Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/10/10 - Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/11/10 - Toronto, ON
Molson Amphitheatre

7/15/10 - Montreal, QC
Bell Centre

7/17/10 - Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

7/18/10 - Wantagh, NY
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

7/20/10 - Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center

7/21/10 - Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun

7/23/10 - Mansfield, MA
Comcast Center

7/24/10 - Camden, NJ
Susquehanna Bank Center

7/25/10 - Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

7/27/10 - Virginia Beach, VA
Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre

7/28/10 - Charlotte, NC
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/29/10 - Atlanta, GA
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

7/31/10 -Tampa, FL
Ford Amphitheatre

August 20108/1/10 - West Palm Beach, FL
Cruzan Amphitheater

30 Years on, Roger Waters tours The Wall again

It's now been a while since Roger Waters officially left Pink Floyd and went it alone, that said, the guy has always pulled in various talented muso's to join him on the road, each time he tours.
Well, it's now been 30 years since Pink Floyd's The Wall was let loose and now Waters want to tour it again, why ..?
Read on in his own words!

Roger Waters, 2010

I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:

"What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?”

I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.

30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.
It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it’s concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever!
All these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.

This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more ‘humane’ ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.
I disagree.
In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.
I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.

I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, ” You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
- Roger Waters, 2010

His tour dates can be found right here:


Moments before he was to take the stage last night (April 11th) in San Antonio, Doctors at Sea World urged Bret Michaels to go to the hospital as the singer had been suffering all day from severe stomach pains and what was assumed to be a severe case of the flu. After further examination by doctors in San Antonio it was determined that the singer was suffering from an acute appendicitis. He was rushed into emergency surgery at 1:00 a.m.. According to doctors, Michaels, who remains in the hospital, is doing well and beginning the recovery process.

Michaels who has been known to perform under extreme conditions that would make most performers cancel, will unfortunately have no choice but to reschedule some of his April tour dates. A listing of all dates being rescheduled will be posted to his website in the coming days.
For more info go to
Here's to a quick recovery for the guy!



Following his overseas appearances of major European festivals, British singer-songwriter and rock icon BILLY IDOL will hit the road with a six-week U.S. tour kicking off August 5 in Washington. Tour stops include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas, among others. For this tour, IDOL will be joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass and Derek Sherinian on keyboards as well as his recently announced new bandmates: acclaimed guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson.
This tour marks the legendary rocker’s first U.S. tour since 2008. ....

On these dates IDOL will be performing classics from his storied career. As leader of the group responsible for starting a youth cult, Generation X, he was one of the original British punks who gave the rock establishment a good kick up the arse with such classics as "Ready, Steady, Go," "Wild Youth," "Your Generation" and "Dancing With Myself," the latter of which marked the transition to IDOL's solo career when it appeared in remixed version on his 1981 DON'T STOP EP. ....

Other show-stoppers will likely include hits from the Grammy and MTV nominee’s multi-platinum selling career including “Hot In The City,” “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “To Be A Lover” and the #1 smash “Mony Mony.” He long ago found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime. All of these classics are included on 2008’s The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection (Capitol/EMI). His immortal “Rebel Yell” was also featured on 2008’s Guitar Hero® World Tour game. In 2009, Eagle Rock Entertainment released IDOL’s first in-concert DVD “In Super Overdrive Live” (filmed at the Congress Theatre in Chicago). ....

The U.S. tour dates are as follows:....
August 2010
Thu 8/5 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre....
Sat 8/7 Roseburg, OR Douglas County Fair....
Sun 8/8 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino....
Wed 8/11 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino...
Fri 8/13 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino....
Sat 8/14 Hollywood, CA The Hollywood Palladium....
Mon 8/16 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery....
Tue 8/17 San Francisco, CA Filmore....
Thu 8/19 Santa Ynez, CA Chumash Casino....
Fri 8/20 Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino....
Sat 8/21 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl at the Palms
Tue 8/24 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom....
Wed 8/25 Houston, TX House of Blues....
Fri 8/27 Biloxi, MS Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino....
Sat 8/28 Robinsonville, MS Harrah’s Tunica....
Sun 8/29 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater....
September 2010
Wed 9/1 Portsmouth, VAlnTELOS Wireless Pavilion....
Fri 9/3 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Sat 9/4 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino
Sun 9/5 Rockford, IL On the Waterfront
Wed 9/8 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Thu 9/9 Windsor, ON Caesar’s Windsor....
Sat 9/11 Rama, ON Casino Rama....
Sun 9/12 Montreal, QC Metropolis....
Tue 9/14 Boston, MA House of Blues....
Wed 9/15 New York, NY Hammerstein....
Fri 9/17 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues....
Sat 9/18 Gaitherburg, MD HFSestival.... (Huh?!)

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