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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rock News for Sunday 30th May, 2010

Diff'rent topic ....
Just wanted to share my thoughts over the sad loss this weekend of two more individuals, who had brought entertainment to peoples lives at one time or another, although not through the world of music.
Indeed, as much as many people despised these actors - For their own reasons ... - and yes, I mean despised as although these two individuals had their own 'personal issues' in their lives, Gary Coleman to me, had amused me back in the Diff'rent Strokes days and Dennis Hopper, well, what can you say?!
The guy was so off the wall sometimes, some of the times with no warning but that was him, so there you go.
Anyway, my thoughts go out to thier family members and close friends at this time.

Onto the music news then ...

Dio Memorial Shows on the way

Rumours are doing the rounds right now regarding the likelihood of two tribute shows for Ronnie James Dio.
To be honest, it's not at all surprising if you ask me, as it's clear from all the tributes and many guestbooks for the guy that can be found, that simply shows just how much of an impact the guy had on peoples lives.

A guitarist friend said to me the other day, 'They should do for Ronnie what they did for Freddie (Mercury)!'
I replied at the time by saying, 'Nice thought and I agree the guy deserves something, but I don't think it could pull anywhere near the number of people that the Queen tribute shows pulled.'
I'm actually beginning to think that believe it or not, I might eat my words on that! I hope that is the case, as Ronnie James Dio in my mind, was completely a class act.

Anyway, the biggest rumour is that the two shows will take place with one in London and one in L.A.
Classic Rock magazine had this story on it:

On a side note, it seems that Wendy Dio has helped set up the 'Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund,' with this info posted through the Dio website:

At the Public Memorial Service, this Sunday, there will be a donation center set up for the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund." 100% of the money goes to the Fund!

For a $25.00 donation at the Memorial to the Fund, you will receive a special "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout" Memorial T-Shirt. We will only be able to accept your donations in the form of a check or money order made out to "The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" or cash. We can't accept credit or debit cards at the Memorial

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT SELLING ANYTHING at the memorial. We are STRICTLY taking donations and this is just our way to say thank you for your donation.

We do plan on making this eventually available to fans around the world, but for now, it will only be on Sunday!
The Public Memorial is a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all his friends and fans and starts at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 30th!

To those of you that have already made donations, we can't THANK YOU enough! Here is some more information on where your generous donations to the "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" go:

The “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund was formed to bring awareness and education about cancer with the understanding that cancer screening and prevention is of vital importance in avoiding this deadly disease that robs families of their loved ones.

The philosophy stems from the notion that “Knowledge Equals Power.” Cancer screening allows people to effectively plan strategies to deal with the disease early on and affords a better chance to overcome the cancer.
The fund is committed to providing free cancer screening programs and testing to all people regardless of their ability to pay.

The fund will support community outreach programs and help provide the necessary equipment and personnel to test and screen people for cancer.
The fund also provides financial support to those individuals and families afflicted with cancer that cannot access treatment due to the overwhelming financial burden of medical treatments.

“You are the strongest chain, and not just some reflection” -Ronnie James Dio

Wendy Dio has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio "STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND."

Please make your checks or money orders payable to: The Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" and send them to the Niji Entertainment Group, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #837, Studio City, CA 91604 USA.
You can also use your credit or debit card via PayPal. There is a direct link on the homepage of

We all miss you Ronnie. 

Iron Maiden reminder ... Like you needed it!

The Iron Maiden newsletter sent out this week to fans included the following info:

Iron Maiden are back on the road in less than two weeks! Here's a quick round-up...

Sonisphere Day Tickets Now Available for Knebworth
If you want to catch Iron Maiden at their only UK show in 2010, day tickets for Sonisphere Knebworth are now on sale. Maiden headline Sunday 1st August and tickets are £65 from and the usual outlets. More info and the full lineup for Sonisphere at

Maiden Transylvania
For the first time ever, Iron Maiden will be travelling to the historic region of Transylvania to play a concert. The show is on August 15th 2010 and you can find out more info at

Bruce Air Valencia
There are still a few seats available on the Bruce Air trip to Valencia. Fly with Captain Dickinson to Maiden's final 2010 show as they round off the first leg of the Final Frontier World Tour in Spain on August 21st. See for full details

Iron Maiden on Rockline, Monday June 7th
Iron Maiden will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday June 7 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. For more information on how to listen to Rockline go to

The Best Of IMTV
To get you psyched up for the Final Frontier World Tour, we've posted part one of 'The Best Of IMTV' -- relive 'Somewhere Back In Time' over three episodes and get ready for IMTV to return for fanclub members, bigger and better than ever before, in June.

Tour Dates -- Final Frontier World Tour (first leg)
June 2010
June 09 - Dallas, TX - Center
June 11 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
June 14 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
June 16 - Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion
June 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
June 19 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheatre
June 20 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
June 22 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
June 24 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place
June 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
June 27 - Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
June 29 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
June 30 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
July 2010
July 03 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
July 06 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 07 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 09 - Quebec City Summer Festival
July 11 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC
July 12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 17 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 20 - Washington D.C. - Jiffy Lube Live
July 30 - Ireland - Dublin O2
August 2010Aug 01 - UK - Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Aug 05 - Germany - Wacken Festival
Aug 07 - Sweden - Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
Aug 08 - Finland - Helsinki Pori's Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
Aug 11 - Norway- Bergen Bergenhus Festning - Koengen
Aug 14 - Hungary - Sziget Festival
Aug 15 - Transylvania - Cluj Napoca - Polus Center
Aug 17 - Italy - Villa Manin, near Udine
Aug 19 -- 21 - Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 21 - Spain - Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur

Jeff Beck to Celebrate Les Paul with Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, and More

I found this posted at Ace Frehley's site that I thought I'd share ...

(Jeff Beck Photo Credit: Getty Images - Ace and Les Paul pic from: 

Jeff Beck will stage two intimate performances at New York's Iridium Jazz Club to honor the late, great Les Paul presented by Gibson Guitar and the Iridium. Titled "A Celebration of Les Paul," the shows will take place on June 8 and June 9 and will mix memorable Les Paul classics with rockabilly favorites. Guests scheduled to attend the invitation-only June 9th event include Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, Paul Shaffer, Steve Miller, Meat Loaf, Warren Haynes, and Gibson Guitar Chariman/CEO Heny Juszkiewicz.

Aerosmith Announces US Tour Dates

I'm guessing more dates will be added but at this time Aerosmith have announced just 19 dates across North America have been announced.
Here's hoping Steven Tyler doesn't lose his bablance again!

Full tour dates so far announced are as follows:
Date City, State Venue Presale Date
July 2010
Fri. July 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Wed. June 2, 1pm EDT
Mon. July 26 Paso Robles, CA California Mid-State Fair TBD
Thu. July 29 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater TBD
Sat. July 31 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Wed. June 2, 1pm EDT
August 2010
Tue. Aug 3 Dallas, TX Amphitheatre TBD
Thu. Aug 5 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion TBD
Sat. Aug 7 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre TBD
Mon. Aug 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center TBD
Thu. Aug 12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater TBD
Sat. Aug 14 Boston, MA Fenway Park Buy Party Pass
Tue. Aug 17 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre Wed. June 2, 10am EDT
Thu. Aug 19 Omaha, NE Qwest Center TBD
Sun. Aug 22 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater TBD
Tue. Aug 24 Holmdel, NJ PNJ Bank Arts Center TBD
Thu. Aug 26 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair Buy Tickets
Sat. Aug 28 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Wed. June 2, 10am EDT
Tue. Aug 31 Detroit, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills TBD
September 2010
Thu. Sep 2 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center TBD
Sat. Sep 4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena TBD

Rick Springfield 2010 Concert Cruise Announced

Rick Springfield Cruise
The time you have all been waiting for has finally come! We are pleased to announce all of our special guests for this year's Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise! Our special Musical Guest this year will be Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon! Kevin will be headlining a concert on board as well as participating in the singer-songwriter session with Rick! We are pleased to also welcome back Rick's very good friend, Doug Davidson, (Paul Williams) from the Young & The Restless as well as our host, Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio)! And lastly, we are thrilled to be joined by Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) from the Days of Our Lives who will be joining us onboard this year as well! With this incredible line-up, the third annual Rick Springfield & Friends cruise is going to be the best one yet! There is still time to make your reservation, so sign up now! Looking forward to seeing you onboard!

3rd Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise - November 15th - 20th, 2010 This Year's Special Guests are Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, Young & the Restless), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of our Lives) and our host, Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio)

The itinerary for this year's cruise is Monday 11/15 - Miami, FL - Depart 4PM Tuesday 11/16 - Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday 11/17 - Half Moon Cay Thursday 11/18 - Grand Turk Friday 11/19 - Day at Sea Saturday 11/20 - Arrive Miami - 8AM Activities include:

Full Concerts with Rick Springfield & Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon
Intimate unplugged concert with Rick Springfield & Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon
Special Interview by Mark Goodman with Rick Springfield on his book, Late, Late at Night
Personal Q&A sessions with Rick Springfield, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, Young & the Restless), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of our Lives) & Mark Goodman (MTV,Sirius/XM Radio)
Hosted by Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio)
Photograph and Autograph opportunities with all special guests
Special events with all our special guests
Five nights' accommodations aboard Carnival's Destiny Cruise Ship
Special Gift Bag with Cruise Event Souvenirs
Cocktail Parties
Chances to enter onboard exclusive Rick Springfield Event Opportunities
Full schedule of activities including dancing, deck activities & more
Gourmet dining experiences
VIP Concierge at your service

Sell your soul for the cruise - Nice prices, ouch! - and find out more details here:

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