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Monday, May 31, 2010

Rock News for Monday 31st May, 2010

May 30th Public Memorial for Ronnie James Dio

Wendy Dio relays her thanks:
'Today's Memorial Service was attended by Ronnie's family, close friends and fans from all over the world.
It was a celebration of the life and music of our Dear Ronnie and was hosted by "That Metal Show's" Eddie Trunk. It was a BEAUTIFUL day and thank you to everyone that came out!'

More on the event, from the Associated Press, posted over at Pollstar

Apparently more than 1,200 fans commemorated Dio inside Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty. Hundreds more gathered in the scorching heat outside the auditorium to watch monitors of the proceedings, which featured performances from some of Dio's rocker friends, including Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot.

With chants of "Dio, Dio, Dio," headbangers, rock fans, friends and family were loud and proud Sunday as they paid tribute to the late metal legend, who died from stomach cancer May 16 at age 67.

"He touched all of us with his music and his message and his magic," said David Feinstein, Dio's cousin and Elf bandmate. "I know that Ronnie truly loved all of you. He had a great appreciation for your loyalty. I'm talking about all you out there, all the fans."

Several musician friends of Dio celebrated the rocker by performing tunes that featured Dio's signature howl.

Scott Warren of Heaven and Hell began the memorial with an arrangement of Dio's "This is Your Life" on piano. John Payne of Asia crooned Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell." Joey Belladonna of Anthrax wailed Rainbow's "Man On The Silver Mountain."

Dio's son, Dan Padavona, cautioned the memorial crowd to be screened regularly by a doctor and take care of themselves, something he said his father did not do.

"I beg you not to make the same mistake my dad made," said Padavona. "For dad, the show always had to go on. He ignored the warning signs for years, and all along the cancer was growing and mutating from something that was probably easily defeatable into a monster which even Dio couldn't slay."

Michael Schenker Group + Lynch Mob Tour Dates

It seems Michael Schenker and George Lynch have hooked up to offer a rather tasty tour package - For those whose way it comes! :( - as M.S.G. and Lynch Mob plan to hit the road together in North America in July and into August.
With both acts having released very good last albums, this should be a fun one to catch for sure.
These dates were posted at George Lynch's site:
July 2010
07/28/10 Lynch Mob in Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
07/29/10 Lynch Mob in Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
07/30/10 Lynch Mob in Springfield, VA Jaxx United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
07/31/10 Lynch Mob in New York, NY The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
August 2010
08/01/10 Lynch Mob in Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/02/10 Lynch Mob in Binghampton, NY The Hideout United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/04/10 Lynch Mob in Middleton, WI Scatz Nightclub United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/06/10 Lynch Mob in Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/07/10 Lynch Mob in Sparks, NV The New Oasis United States
 Lynch Mob live…(not part of the MSG tour)
08/08/10 Lynch Mob in Fresno, CA. Tower Theater United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/11/10 Lynch Mob in Seattle, WA Studio Seven United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/12/10 Lynch Mob in Portland, OR Dante’s United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.
08/13/10 Lynch Mob in Santa Rosa, CA The Last Day Saloon United States
With the Michael Schenker Group.

Toto still adding extra odd dates to 'that' European ONLY tour

Yes, still disappointed like many fans that Toto won't agree to get back together for good, although I do understand that this bunch of gigs was out of respect for Mike Pocaro, who is living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Prayers are with you Mike.
Still, it does seem a shame to stop it there guys?
Anyway, as I said in the headline, yes, the band continues to slip in an extra date here and there.
The dates will take in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany again(!), Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Those dates are as follows and will all take place in July 2010:

07 - Jul - 2010 Wednesday Neu-Isenburg Hugonottenhalle Germany
09 - Jul - 2010 Friday Clam Burg Clam Austria
10 - Jul - 2010 Saturday Wiesen Lovely Days Festival Austria
11 - Jul - 2010 Sunday Weert Bospop Festival Netherlands
13 - Jul - 2010 Tuesday Heerhugowaard (near Amsterdam) De Waerdse Tempel Netherlands
15 - Jul - 2010 Thursday Locarno Moon & Stars, Piazza Grande Switzerland
16 - Jul - 2010 Friday Singen Hohenentwiel Festival Germany
17 - Jul - 2010 Saturday 83671 Benediktbeuern Kloster Benediktbeuern Germany
18 - Jul - 2010 Sunday Berlin Zitadelle Germany
20 - Jul - 2010 Tuesday Copenhagen KB Hall Denmark
22 - Jul - 2010 Thursday Pori Pori Festival Finland
24 - Jul - 2010 Saturday Biri Biri Travbane Norway


"The John Bonham Story" on London's BBC Music 6 Radio, Monday June 3rd 3:00 pm GMT.
It features all the members of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones plus Paul Rodgers, Bill Ward, Debbie Bonham and is presented by The Foo Fighters / Nirvana's Dave Grohl.

John 5 on Van Halen: “They are writing right now at 5150. Eddie is on fire.”

Friday, 28 May 2010 Shredding mastermind John 5 recently joined the Hard Rock Nights radio program to talk about his new solo record, 'The Art Of Malice,' and working with Rob Zombie, David Lee Roth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, etc.

John talks about working with David Lee Roth on his DLR Band CD at 1:59 into the interview. Then at 5:06 they ask him about Eddie (Van Halen)

Q: “Now Dave, of course, is back in Van Halen, last we heard…”
A: “Yes.”

Q: “Have you met Eddie? Have you gotten to sit down and talk with him any?”
A: “Oh yeah me and Eddie are good friends. He’s a great guy, you know, he’s doing great, playing great and looks great. He’s on fire right now. They’re writing right now, at Eddie’s place - at 5150 - and he is on fire right now.”

Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on a number of rock and metal stations across the internet and the FM dial.
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