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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 12th May, 2010

Thin Lizzy Confirm New Lineup and Tour!

UK & EIRE Tour January 2011
Universal Music commit to full reissue programme 2010/2011
(Picture from: by Ross Halfin)


Thin Lizzy is one of rock music’s most recognizable names. The fiery Dublin band exploded onto the scene with a fresh sound, look and attitude. Led by the incomparable Phil Lynott, the band reached many peaks and influenced generations of musicians with classic tracks such as “Jailbreak”, “The Boys Are Back In Town”, “Still In Love With You”, “Cold Sweat”, “Emerald” and “Don’t Believe A Word”. Most rock historians would agree the pinnacle of their commercial success was in 1983, followed by the bands’ premature demise, as they played their last gig in September of 1984. Just two years later, the world was shocked when singer/bassist and founding member Phil Lynott passed away at the age of thirty six.

Twenty four years have passed, the world has changed, but the amazing body of work that is Thin Lizzy still retains all of its vibrancy and influence. A new lineup has formed to take Lizzy’s music to a whole new generation of music fans. Led by alumni Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton (all of whom played in Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott) the stellar lineup is completed by Def Leppards Viv Campbell (guitar), Bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Soul SirkUS) and The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick on vocals and guitar.

Alongside the new lineup, Universal Music has committed to a series of re-issue, deluxe and special releases of classic Thin Lizzy material over the next 18 months. More details to follow.

Thin Lizzy have confirmed a 2011 UK tour. Full dates are as follows:
Thursday 6th January – Aberdeen Music Hall
Friday 7th – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 8th – Newcastle City Hall
Monday 10th – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 11th – Llandudno Theatre
Wednesday 12th – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 14th – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 15th – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 16th – Bristol Colston Hall
Tuesday 18th – Southampton Guildhall
Wednesday 19th – Ipswich Regent
Friday 21st – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 22nd – Hammersmith, London, HMV Apollo

Doors will be at 7pm. On the UK dates Special Guests will be Seattle based Supersuckers

For UK dates tickets will be available from 9am on the 14th May 2010 exclusively through Planet Rock radio. Tickets are priced £23.50 (£26 London) – subject to booking fee – and are available through and
Tickets will go on general sale from 9am on the 28th May (prices as above and subject to booking fee) and will also be available through VIP packages will be available through  

In addition to the UK, Thin Lizzy’s new line up will play Dublin on January 4th 2011. This special show will mark the 25th anniversary of Phil Lynott’s passing and the event will feature many additional guest stars and performers. Venue details are set to follow.

Deep Purple - Steve Morse update from the road

Type A in Taipei... I am still getting used to being in Asia, food-wise, but they sure have managed to keep order out of what looks like too many people in a small space. The audience in Taipei was incredible, very energetic! We just arrived in Hong Kong, and you just can't imagine the immensity of high rise buildings on top of hills, everywhere.

Australia was a blur, I think I was still trying to get over the change of day to night, and then we were gone. It was better than last time, I think, and it felt like a good result for all. A guitarist that I met years ago at a Guitar Player guitar concert, Nathan Cavaleri, sat in with us, and played very well, as I expected. I touched base with Living Loud bassist Bob Daisley, and we made plans to finish the tunes we started. I do wish Australia would float a few thousand miles closer to the USA, though! Always a good experience.


Full Deep Purple tour dates:
May 2010
Wed 5.12.10 Singapore
Fri 5.14.10 Bangkok, Thailand
Sun 5.16.10 Genting Highlands, Malaysia
Tue 5.18.10 Seoul, Korea
Fri 5.21.10 Vladivostock, Russia
Sat 5.22.10 Khabarovsk, Russia
Tue 5.25.10 Yerevan, Armenia
Fri 5.28.10 Johannesburg, South Africa
Fri 5.30.10 Durban, South Africa
June 2010
Tue 6.1.10 Cape Town, South Africa
Fri 6.4.10 Budapest, Hungary
Sat 6.5.10 Zagreb, Croatia
Mon 6.7.10 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tue 6.8.10 Dornbirn, Austria
Wed 6.9.10 Celigny, Switzerland
Sat 6.12.10 Samara, Russia
Mon 6.28.10 Belfast, Ireland
Wed 6.30.10 Cork, Ireland
July 2010
Sat 7.3.10 Sønderborg, Denmark
Mon 7.5.10 Turku, Finland
Tue 7.6.10 Joensuu, Finland
Thu 7.8.10 Langesund, Norway
Fri 7.9.10 Sarpsborg, Norway
Sat 7.10.10 Kilafors Bollnas, Sweden
Wed 7.14.10 Lisbon, Portugal
Sat 7.17.10 Cordoba, Spain
Sun 7.18.10 Valencia, Spain

October 2010
Wed 10.27.10 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Thu 10.28.10 Rzeszow, Poland
Sat 10.30.10 Katowice, Poland
Sun 10.31.10 Wroclaw, Poland
November 2010
Fri 11.5.10 Lyon, France
Sat 11.6.10 Montpelier, France
Sun 11.7.10 Bordeaux, France
Tue 11.9.10 Rennes, France
Wed 11.10.10 Paris, France
Fri 11.12.10 Huttwil, Switzerland
Sat 11.13.10 Trier, Germany
Sun 11.14.10 Freiburg, Germany
Tue 11.16.10 Mannheim, Germany
Thu 11.18.10 Memmingen, Germany
Fri 11.19.10 München, Germany
Sat 11.20.10 Nürnberg, Germany
Mon 11.22.10 Berlin, Germany
Tue 11.23.10 Rostock, Germany
Wed 11.24.10 Braunschweig,, Germany
Fri 11.26.10 Oldenburg, Germany
Sat 11.27.10 Hamburg, Germany
Sun 11.28.10 Essen, Germany
Tue 11.30.10 Stuttgart, Germany
December 2010
Wed 12.1.10 Strasbourg, France
Thu 12.2.10 Dijon, France
Sat 12.4.10 Troyes, France
Sun 12.5.10 Rouen, France
Mon 12.6.10 Lorient, France
Wed 12.8.10 Toulon, France
Thu 12.9.10 Pau, France
Fri 12.10.10 Limoges, France
Sun 12.12.10 Tours, France
Mon 12.13.10 Lille, France


The following announcement, was actually posted at the Supertramp home website back in April, then just a couple of days back, a new statement from the Supertramp camp ... The reunion tour will NOT include Roger Hodgson ... Read on my friends!

Supertramp has announced their 70-10 TOUR, celebrating forty years since the release of their first album, “Supertramp”, in 1970. The tour will begin on September 2, 2010 in Halle, Germany and will include thirty-five shows in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, England and Ireland.

Joining Supertramp’s founder, lead singer and keyboardist, Rick Davies, are legendary Supertramp members John Anthony Helliwell, saxophones and woodwinds, and Bob Siebenberg, drums. Veterans of past Supertramp tours, Jesse Siebenberg, lead vocals, guitars and percussion, Cliff Hugo, bass, Carl Verheyen, guitars and Lee Thornburg, horns, will round out the lineup.

Rick Davies, along with set and lighting designer, Michael Brian Duncan, is developing a new stage production that will provide the audience with a total Supertramp experience, a delight for both the eyes and ears. Rehearsals are currently underway in New York and during the two hour plus show the band will perform a plethora of classics from their forty year history, including Bloody Well Right, Dreamer, From Now On, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song, Rudy and many, many more.

Then this update posted at the site, May 8th, 2010:

In June of 2008 Rick Davies went to meet with Roger Hodgson to discuss the possibility of a reunion with him. After fifteen months of discussions, last fall Rick and Roger did not come to an agreement as was hoped. Roger decided to continue his solo career as he has since leaving Supertramp twenty-seven years ago.

After a bit of soul searching and much encouragement and support from Supertramp’s longstanding promoters, Rick decided to put the band back on the road.

The “70-10 Tour” is a celebration of 40 years of Supertramp, which Rick started in 1970, but it is not a reunion with Roger Hodgson. We wish Roger well and look forward to playing for you this fall.
We sincerely hope this puts an end to the confusion that has been circulating on the internet and in the press.

Kiss is coming back to the USA! - August 2010 Tour expected

Main Kiss 'character,' frontman Gene Simmons has leaked through his Twitter page this news:
 "KISS is coming to North America again... starting in August... See you all then."

Then add to that the announcement at that KISS will make its Indiana State Fair debut Aug. 9 at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

Tickets for the concert go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Admission prices are $70, $59 and $45 plus applicable fees. Fair admission is included with tickets.
Through midnight Sunday or while supplies last, a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer applies to $45 seats in the upper grandstand.
Tickets will be available at the fairgrounds box office, 1202 E. 38th St., by visiting, or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Stay tuned to for a full announcement within the next few weeks!
Free download of new Heart song

Heart are offering a free download of a new song from their forthcoming new studio album, 'Red Velvet Car' 
coming this fall!
Go to their MySpace page here: or their band website and - you'll have to enter your birthdate and give your email - you'll get the new song available as a download link emailed to you. Sound good? It does to me!

Bon Jovi - 10 Special Editions and Madison Square Garden DVD Released


The "Special Editions" are re-releases of Bon Jovi's entire collection of studio albums that include bonus rare, era-specific live recording tracks. These "Special Editions" also feature new artwork, including images from each period, and new liner notes documenting the evolution of the band. Additionally, each "Special Edition" will unlock "backstage access" to The Bon Jovi Vaults where you can access exclusive content--photos, tour memorabilia, and more live tracks.Visit to the albums today!
Specific link:


Get the new Bon Jovi  Live at Madison Square Garden DVD or Blu-Ray from their performance on July 15, 2008--25 years after their first performance there. The show is captured in high definition and surround sound to make you feel like you're right there at the show. Get the DVD at your local Walmart store or the Blu-Ray edition at Amazon:

Also check out the trailer on Youtube:

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