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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 19th May, 2010

More tributes to Ronnie James Dio

(Ronnie James Dio a nice memory with a smile - At the movies supporting his friend Jack Black)

Ritchie Blackmore, who started Rainbow after Deep Purple alongside Ronnie, had this to say through his site:
"Ronnie had a unique and wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed in the rock and roll world."- Ritchie Blackmore -

It seems even Ozzy Osbourne has added to paying tribute to Ronnie, Ozzy had this to say:
“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices.
“My heart goes out to his family and to his many fans. Love and respect.”
Posted at Classic Rock Magazine here, along with many more name tributes:

Geezer Butler who had remained close with Ronnie James Dio in Heaven & Hell had simply said this of his former band mate on the day he passed:
"GOODBYE MY DEAR FRIEND." He then added a further statement on Ronnie on Tuesday 18th May which goes into a lot of detail, on the last days of Ronnie, which must have been incredibly hard to address.
It's really moving I must say. You can read it here:

Likewise Tony Iommi who stuck with Ronnie and Geezer in Heaven & Hell had this to say:
"Yesterday, 16th May, my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45 a.m. L.A. time. I've been in total shock; I just can't believe he's gone.
"Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing onstage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others.
"I can honestly say it's truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever.
"Our thoughts are with [Dio's wife/manager] Wendy Dio, who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional.
"I'll miss you so much, my dear friend."

It's still very much of a shock to many, but this was an interesting piece to come from everything being mentioned.
Van Halen's News Desk site added a surprise in just making public this early footage of Van Halen playing, possibly Ronnie's best know Rainbow song 'Man on the Silver Mountain."

I'm sure the tributes will continue to pour in.

Other news ...

Halford Announces Live Show At Regency Ballroom!

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to announce an intimate Halford concert performance Saturday, July 17th at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California!

Join the Halford band members as they prepare to embark upon their first concert tour in more than seven (7) years performing soon-to-be released tracks and rare tracks from The Metal God’s Halford, Fight and Judas Priest repertoire.

‘It’s 2010 and I am excited to say the Halford band are heading back to the Bay area this July (17th),' comments Rob Halford. 'We are preparing the Halford set lists, crew, etc., for this year’s Montreal Heavy Metal Festival, Ozzfest and many soon-to-be-announced dates. The Regency Ballroom will be a great venue to enjoy the band work, up-close. Get ready my Bay-area Metal Maniacs I’m bringing a night of blistering Heavy Metal to town.’

Halford’s new CDs and DVD will arrive in time for this year’s concert tour.
Halford Live In Anaheim a 23-song, 2-CD performance debuts June 22nd
Halford Crucible Remixed and Remastered a 16-song 2002 studio release complete with new mixes and four (4) bonus tracks releases July 13th, plus
Halford Live In Anaheim a 23-song, 5.1 DVD debuts new Halford members Roy Z (Guitars) and Mike Davis (Bass) to The Metal God’s solo band - August 2010.

More details and pre-sale pricing now available at: and
Halford Live At The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA tickets go on-sale Sunday, May 23, 2010 at

AMERICAN HI-FI: "Fight The Frequency" Release Date Changed To August 17
American Hi-Fi’s new album, “Fight The Frequency,” will now be released August 17 on their own label, Hi-Fi Killers/The Ascot Club (through Megaforce/RED/Sony).
Originally due out June 22, it’s the highly anticipated follow-up to 2005’s “Hearts On Parade” (Maverick) and was produced by singer/guitarist Stacy Jones and recorded at his studio in Los Angeles, The Deathstar.

“Lost” is the first single from the original line-up--Stacy Jones (singer/guitarist), Drew Parsons (bass), Jamie Arentzen (guitars) and Brian Nolan (drums)—which will impact radio on May 24. A video for the song is being shot in Los Angeles next week with award-winning director Chris Applebaum (Rihanna, Kid Rock, Fountains of Wayne), who previously worked with the band on the clip for their smash hit “Flavor Of The Weak.”

Official issue date: 28th of May 2010 - Pre-Order now!
The Scorpions: Rock’ n’ Roll for 40 years - all over the world!

Star photographer Marc Theis accompanied The Scorpions on their worldtour between 2007 and 2009.
He managed to capture the unvarnished atmosphere of a world famous rock band on tour, taking the reader on a visual ride with the Scorpions. His impressive black and white pictures transmit the power and the dedicated hard work of one of the most successful rock bands worldwide. A lyrics collection from 40 years of Scorpions and texts written by bestseller author Peter Lanz complete this powerful photo album, a must for every rock fan. Rock 'n' Roll forever!

From the stage set up in cold and empty arenas to electrifying moments of the concert and the close communication with the audience to private moments of exhaustion and celebration – Marc Theis paints a pure picture of a rock band with a passion for the non-glamorous and the authentic.
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

Asia YouTube Channel Ahead!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Asia is considering creating its own YouTube pages. We invite any audience members to submit YouTube selections of Asia which will be uploaded to our new pages subject to approval.

The band ask all of you to be reasonable, please, and take into account the comfort and enjoyment of your fellow audience members when taking your films. The band does not want to see whole concerts filmed, nor TV or bulky cameras spoiling the view of your neighbours. We extend this invitation to those of you who record to your phone or iPod the occasional short segment of your favourite track.

If the band believes that concert goers are being disturbed by over enthusiastic YouTubers, the YouTube pages will be withdrawn and we will return to our previous position.

Video may be submitted via email and should be less than two minutes in length.
More details, go here:


18/05/10 We are very pleased to announce we have signed a deal with Japanese label Marquee/Avalon.
Our new album Metropolis is released in Japan 19 May 2010. Catalogue number MICP-10921

Tracklisting - Wildside, Hollow, Unbreakable, Flamingo Road, Metropolis, Over You, Days Gone By, Bring Back Yesterday, I Ain't The One, Don't Need Nothin', The Extra Mile, Who'll Stop The Rain, Still The Fight Goes On, Kissed By An Angel **
** Bonus Track

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