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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 27th April, 2010

New music coming from Rush, but no new album until 2011

It appears that Canadian rockers Rush will release 2 new songs entitled "Caravan" & "BU2" on June 1, 2010 via digital music providers. - Some international territory dates may vary.

These 2 new songs are part of the recording for their 20th studio album entitled 'Clockwork Angels' due out next year, and both songs will be performed live on the Time Machine Tour this summer.
When purchasing the 2 track bundle on iTunes there will be a pdf booklet of artwork & lyrics.

Both tracks were recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, The Deftones), who previously collaborated with Rush on 2007’s critically acclaimed "Snakes & Arrows."
Info from:

Gary Moore announces, '2010 - Summer of Rock!'

(Photo credit ©Sam Scott-Hunter)
With the “Blues” line up on summer recess, Gary Moore will be hitting the road this summer, with a whole “new” band line up: Neil Carter returns after 20 years, to take up his rightful place stage left, behind a battery of technology. He is planning to throw some on stage shapes, as he dusts off his guitars; after 20 years, to take up his rightful place stage left, behind a battery of technology. He is planning to throw some on stage shapes, as he dusts off his guitars; after 20 years, to take up his rightful place stage left, behind a battery of technology. He is planning to throw some on stage shapes, as he dusts off his guitars; Jon Noyce, (ex Jethro Tull/Sessions) will be holding down the bottom end on bass, again someone who is making a return to the live line up (he was last seen on the Phil Lynott, “One Night in Dublin” Tribute DVD in 2005), and providing the percussive edge is a very familiar face, Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream/Sessions) on drums.

This re-energised line up have been locked away, since Gary’s return from a successful “Blues” tour of the Far East earlier this year, working up a live set based around a selection of live favourites from the “Wild Frontier/After the War” period. Songs that have been regularly requested at live shows, over the past 15/20 odd years.
This may prove to be a real treat for fans, old and new, as many will not have heard Gary play these songs live, for a very long time.
In addition to the older tunes, a number of new “Celtic Rock” style tracks are to be included in the show. Tracks that slot easily into the live set.

The debut live show for the line up will be at the Trondheim Rock Festival, Trodheim, Norway on May 22nd, and the first opportunity for UK audiences to see and hear the new tracks will be at the “High Voltage” Festival in July, when Gary performs on the bill with the likes of ZZ Top, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Foreigner, Asia, Marillion and many more. Gary Moore is due on stage on Saturday July 24th.

This “Summer of Rock” is set to continue with a number of European festival shows, which have been added to the touring schedule, so looks like a very busy year for Gary and the “new” band.

June / July dates for Roger Daltrey

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is hitting the road briefly in North America in late June/early July, doing just three solo gigs ....

Tuesday, June 22: Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre

Friday, June 25: Salina, KS - Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts

Saturday, June 26: Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

... but then he's doing four gigs supporting Eric Clapton ...!

Monday, June 28: Milwaukee, WI - Markus Amphitheatre Summerfest

Wednesday, June 30: Cincinnati, OH / Riverbend Music Center

Friday, July 2: Indianapolis, IN / Verizon Wireless Music Center

Saturday, July 3: Detroit, MI / DTE Energy Center
Please note that there are no presales, special packages or 'meet & greets' for any of these shows.

Meanwhile, back on the Who farm, Roger and Pete (Townsend) are in discussions about the future plans of The Who, so do check into for an announcement, which could come in a few days or a few weeks.

The Faces Reunion is on!

On Friday 13th August, the legendary 1970s English supergroup, The Faces, will perform at the inaugural Vintage at Goodwood festival at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England.
The reformed Faces will feature original members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan, plus Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), and vocals from Mick Hucknall (of Simply Red).

Ronnie Wood says: “We got together to receive a PRS Lifetime Achievement award last year and very simply the magic was still there. Playing with the boys again just felt right so we thought well why not? It’s exciting to be on this path again and I hope that the Faces fans are excited as we are – I’m just really looking forward to seeing them this summer – bring it on!”

Kenney Jones says: “When we realised at the PRS Awards we hadn’t played a live gig since 1975 we just couldn’t believe it! The timing is just right, we can feel the excitement and we cannot wait to be back on stage playing to a live audience again. Expect the classics and also some incredible guests when we get back on the road, it’s going to be lots of fun.”

Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan says: "Frustrated Faces fans can finally feel the heat as Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and me hit the stage with Mick Hucknall and Glen Matlock fanning the flames!"
Keep track of all Faces activity at:

Krokus set to 'Hoodoo' you, in the USA!
“Hoodoo” the new album from 80's Swiss rockers Krokus, was officially released on May 25th, 2010 in the United States and the response from the press has been overwhelmingly positive.

Vocalist Marc Storace worked marathon hours for the last 2 weeks as well as this week to accommodate the US media. The phone lines are smoking across the Atlantic between Switzerland and America in order to respond to all the requests for phone interviews.

Marc was supposed to do an interview for the “Eddie Trunk Radio Show” in New York this coming Friday. Due to the untimely death of rock icon Ronnie James Dio and the planned public memorial service this coming Sunday, May 30th in Los Angeles and open to the public to celebrate the life and music of Ronnie James Dio, Eddie Trunk had to postpone said interview for the near future. When the news first broke that Ronnie had passed on May 16th, Marc had been asked by many to comment on his passing. In a conversation with Jason Coldiron for CWG Magazine / Metal Assault, Marc paid tribute to the rock icon in a touching way, extending his and the band’s condolences to Dio’s wife Wendy and their family. This interview has been picked up by various other magazines and can be seen/heard on YouTube as well.

To hear Marc’s tribute to Dio, visit our NEWS page and click on this link: “Marc Storace Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” -  Marc actually auditioned at one time for Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow prior to joining Krokus and eventually Dio became Rainbow’s vocalist.

To our fans in the United States: Look for “Hoodoo” in your local record stores. And if you can’t find it there, log on to some of the web sites like and get your copy directly sent to you within days. Produced by founder and bassist Chris Von Rohr, “Hoodoo” will not just rock your socks off but the enclosed CD booklet will be “eye candy” for every Krokus fan. Besides pictures and credits it also includes all the lyrics of the songs. And for our “old faithfull’s” we printed them even a little larger than usual! [weren’t we told that first thing that “goes” is the eyesight, as we get older] So, what are you waiting for?

To get the hard copy/jewel case delivered directly to your doorstep in no time, click on/copy in your browser:

To download it including extra track “Live For The Action”, especially written by Krokus to be the official 2009 IIHF-International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship song, log on to [Rock > Krokus > Hoodoo]
Here's some press quotes:
“Hoodoo has, in fact, achieved the difficult task of preserving the true Krokus vibe while sounding fresh and vibrant against the present-day hard-rock landscape – in short, it has brought the past into the present” -- Heavy Metal Hog

“Krokus has taken that shot and created an album that is on par with some of their best work. I would rank HOODOO right up there with the classic albums of the 1980-1984 era and I am positive that this record will be one of my top albums of 2010”Heavy Metal Addiction

“Krokus Bring An All Out Rock Assault With "Hoodoo"Revolver Blips
“This is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year. It rocks from beginning to end. The sounds are full of energy and the band is fired up”Metal Excess
“Hoodoo is proof that Krokus is simply one of the best Hard Rock bands ever, and, that they aren’t stopping any time soon”Hard Rock Haven

“Krokus has chosen the perfect time to get back into the game. Hoodoo fits nicely next to their classic albums of yesteryear. While Swiss cheese may come with holes in it, Hoodoo has none; this is a complete album, start to finish”Classic Rock Revisited

Three Days Grace's “The Good Life” No. 1 On Active Rock Radio Songs Chart
Band Scores Second No.1 Hit From Their New Album “Life Starts Now”

New York, NY – Multi-platinum rock band Three Days Grace scores their second No.1 hit with “The Good Life.” The song claims the No. 1 spot on the Active Rock radio chart for the second week in a row and No. 5 on the Alternative Rock radio chart. The single follows the success of their previous No.1 hit, “Break” the lead single from their current effort 'Life Starts Now.' “The Good Life” marks the seventh No. 1 song at Active Rock for the Toronto-based foursome comprised of Adam Gontier (vocals, guitar), Neil Sanderson (drums, piano), Brad Walst (bass), and Barry Stock (lead guitar).

Life Starts Now (Jive Records) debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart making it the highest debut ever for the band. This is the band's third album, their eponymous debut 'Three Days Grace' and sophomore effort 'One-X' have both been certified platinum. To date the group has sold in excess of four million albums worldwide.

Three Days Grace is currently on the road and is slated to perform at various music festivals including Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 28th, May Day in Indianapolis, IN on May 29th, Pointfest in St. Louis, MO on June 6th, Verge in Milwaukee, WI on June 4th, Jamboree 2010 in Tinley Park, IL on June 5th and the recently announced Rock and Rev Festival in Sturgis, SD on August 9th.

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