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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rock News for Tuesday 11th May, 2010

Queen breaks free from EMI

According to Queen fan site, - it seems the guys in the band are following in Paul McCartney's footsteps in quitting EMI and it seems that Universal is where they are headed!
Interesting indeed ... I wonder if this will lead to John Deacon hooking up with Brian May and Roger Taylor once more and moreso, since the Paul Rodgers bit appears to be done, who would front the band?

This posted through the Queen site:
Veteran rock band Queen have quit the beleaguered music label EMI for its rival Universal.

Queen, who have been with the heavily indebted British label for almost 40 years, are believed to have been lured to Universal with a new contract worth tens of millions of pounds.

The band’s exit follows the departure of Sir Paul McCartney, who took his solo and Wings back catalogue to Concord Music this year.
Read the full story here:

Joe Elliott's DOWN 'N OUTZ to release MY RE GENERATION on June 23rd

Sometimes the most interesting of projects arise from the most unusual of circumstances. So it is that the Down 'N Outz is a project fronted by Def Leppards Joe Elliott, backed by The Quireboys and playing rare tracks connected only by Mott The Hoople ....

Joe Elliott takes up the story, "When Mott The Hoople announced they were reforming for a weeks worth of shows at the Hammersmith Odeon I was asked that I participate in some capacity. They've always been my favourite band and it's nice to see the rest of the rock world finally catch up and give them their due."

"But, what was I to do? It was suggested to me that the Quireboys would be up for offering their services. This was perfect! A fan since their first album, I loved the idea of working with a band as enthusiastic to do this as I was. I decided that the thing to do was play some songs that like minded people thought they would never hear live again, if ever, songs by spin offs of Mott the Hoople - songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions. Songs that are close to my heart, songs that I've played every week for the best part of 35 years on record, cassette, CD, Ipod and now live."

The Down 'N Outz supported Mott The Hoople's at one of their legendary 2009 reformation shows at Hammersmith Odeon. In addition to Joe Elliott (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards) the band featured The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards) and Phil Martini (drums) and finally bassist Ronnie Garrity (Raw Glory). Following a rapturous reception the one night project took on a life and energy of it's own and an album project was born.

Down 'N Outz then set about recording an albums worth of material. The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage and Moor Hall studio in Bedfordshire.

Full tracklisting (with original recording artist):

2. STORM (Mott)
5. ENGLAND ROCKS (Ian Hunter)
7. BY TONIGHT (Mott)
8. WHO DO YOU LOVE (Ian Hunter)
9. ONE MORE CHANCE TO RUN (British Lions)
10. GOOD TIMES (Mott, originally recorded by The Easybeats)

Prior to it's general release fans will be able to get hold of the 10 track album cover mounted on the issue of Classic Rock magazine on sale on the 23rd June 2010. Classic Rock, a publication by special-interest media group Future, is one of the U.K.'s biggest rock music magazines and in 2009 recorded its eighth consecutive circulation increase, the only paid-for music magazine to grow. Chris Ingham, group publisher of Future's Classic Rock, said, "We are delighted to be able to offer our readers the first chance to hear the Down 'N Outz record - a completely unique project. To have them also appearing as a UK festival exclusive on the Classic Rock curated High Voltage festival is an added bonus".

An extended version of the album will also be released through Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges) on the 13th July 2010. The extended version will feature three extra tracks unavailable on the Classic Rock tied release.

Down 'N Outz have also been confirmed to play the main stage of inaugural High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park, London on Sunday the 25th July 2010. For further details, ticket information and an exclusive interview with Joe Elliott, visit

"MY RE GENERATION" is the first part in a series of projects by the Down 'N Outz, including a forthcoming DVD of the Hammersmith Apollo performance. More details to follow.....

Jani Lane gets DUI ..., again ...

This story of the former Warrant frontman Jani Lane from E News.
Jani Lane, frontman for the '80s hair-metal band Warrant, was arrested on suspicion of DUI Sunday night, E! News has learned. - via Comcast:

According to an LAPD spokesman, the 46-year-old Lane was behind the wheel of a black Infiniti sedan when he allegedly sideswiped a parked car in the L.A. suburb of Woodland Hills. He flubbed both field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, police said.

The singer, who was not injured in the incident, was taken into custody and booked on the DUI charge. He was released around 3 a.m.
It's not the first time for Lane either, in July 2009, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was handed three years' probation, three months in an alcohol-education program and a month of community service.
Sad times indeed for the singer ....

Michael Schenker Group - M.S.G. - Tour line up information released

The MSG - 30th Anniversary - (Special Line-up) World Tour will continue in Europe and North America celebrating 30 Years of The Michael Schenker Group!
Special Line Up - Europe and UK - May/June:
Michael Schenker - Lead Guitar
Gary Barden - Vocals
Chris Slade - Drums (ex - ACDC/Firm etc.)- May/June
Pete Holmes - Drums (ex Black 'n Blue) - July
Chris Glen - Bass
Wayne Findlay - Guitar/Keyboards

Special Line Up - US Tour:
Michael Schenker - Lead Guitar
Gary Barden - Vocals
Carmine Appice - Drums (ex - Vanilla Fudge/Jeff Beck/Ozzy Osborne/etc.)
Elliott "Dean" Rubinson - Bass (Owner of Dean Guitars)
Wayne Findlay - Guitar/Keyboards
Tour dates can be found here:

Stone Temple Pilots new video available

Check out the Stone Temple Pilots’ brand new music video for their #1 single “Between the Lines” off their self-titled studio album which hits stores on May 25th!

Stone Temple Pilots "Between The Lines" [Music Video]:

"Breaking The Law (Live)" from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel premiere's at VEVO!

"Breaking The Law (Live)" from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel premiere's at VEVO!
Album in-store everywhere on Tuesday 11th May, or order now from


Achim Kohler (PRIMAL FEAR. SINNER, SILENT FORCE).has recently finished the mix of the third ALLEN / LANDE album which will be entitled “The Showdown”.

With songs once again written by guitar sensation Magnus Karlsson (now with PRIMAL FEAR), the two monster vocalists Jorn Lande (Masterplan) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) unite once again their talents in a fabulous new album that seems to be forged in the fires of Mayhem. “The Showdown” shows again that the musical direction will be Epic, grandiose and very melodic Hard Rocking music. The cover art was designed specifically for the project once again by the amazing Rodney Matthews. Frontiers looks set to release this new masterpiece in September.

A videoclip for the song “Judgement Day” was shot in Scandinavia during April under the direction of Thomas Tjader (Saint Deamon, Issa). You can enjoy a trailer by clicking below…

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