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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 5th May, 2010

Hi all, yes I'm back and it's been a long day - Up since 4am UK time and it's now 8.50pm here in the US of A! - and the rest of the Williams clan is out for the count, I'm sure I won't last too much longer!
Anyway, without any further delay, here we go!

Bret Michaels looks set to make full recovery!

Well, I'm happy to have some good news to start with, based on this story posted on the BBC website.
It seems, Poison singer Bret Michaels has been discharged from hospital and is expected to recover completely from a brain haemorrhage, doctors have said.

The 47-year-old has been advised to wait up to six weeks before resuming regular activity.
Medical experts have declined to say when the rock star might resume touring.
Doctors at the Phoenix medical centre where the singer was treated said they will examine him every two weeks until he is declared fully fit.

"This produces a great deal of stress on the body. This is like being involved in an accident from inside," said Dr Joseph Zabramski.
He also declined to confirm whether Michaels had gone home or into a rehabilitation facility.
For the full story go here:

It also seems that Michaels has already been speaking to People magazine as well, based on this posted at Classic Rock magazine from news at the rockers website:
Michaels revealed to the People magazine exactly what has got him through this terrifying ordeal:

“I opened my eyes and was like: ‘I am so thankful. I’m lucky to be alive.’ It just wasn’t my time yet! I’m a believer it’s a combination of will and faith [that kept me alive]. Will — and good medical attention — and faith.”
More on that here:
His website is here:

Michael Schenker updates continue - 30th Anniversary tour

This 'Note from Michael' over at his website, indicates the that his current 'MSG World Tour' will continue on into 2010!

'The MSG - 30th Anniversary - (Special Line-up) World Tour will continue in Europe and North America celebrating 30 Years of The Michael Schenker Group!
All the best
The dates posted at his site currently read as such:

MSG 30th Anniversary World Tour — European Dates
May 2010
MAY 21 2010 Faktoria D'Arts Terrassa ESP
MAY 23 2010 Sala Heineken Madrid ESP
MAY 27 2010 Millennium Music Hall Cardiff WAL
MAY 28 2010 Civic Hall Wolverhampton ENG
MAY 30 2010 02 Academy Liverpool ENG
June 2010
JUN 02 2010 Shepherd's Bush Empire London ENG
JUN 04 2010 Tell Saal Ostermundigen SWI
JUN 05 2010 Halles des Congres La Bresse FRA
JUN 11 2010 Sweden RockFestival Sölvesborg SWE
July 2010
JUL 01 2010 Ulmer Zelt Festival Ulm GER
JUL 02 2010 Classic Rock Night Ratshaussen GER
JUL 03 2010 Open Air Holledau Unterempfenbach GER
JUL 09 2010 Culturpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer HOL
JUL 10 2010 Spirit of 66l Verviers BEL
JUL 11 2010 Bospop Festival Weert HOL

MSG 30th Anniversary World Tour 2010 — North American Dates
July 2010
JUL 15 2010 Brixton Redondo Beach, CA USA
JUL 16 2010 Galazxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA USA
JUL 18 2010 Brick By Brick San Diego USA
JUL 21 2010 Back Stage Live SA San Antonio, TX USA
JUL 24 2010 Zoo Amphitheatre (Rock N America Festival) Oklahoma City, OK USA
JUL 27 2010 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA USA
JUL 28 2010 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA USA
JUL 29 2010 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ USA
JUL 30 2010 Jaxx Springfield, VA USA
JUL 31 2010 The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza New York, NY USA
August 2010
AUG 01 2010 The Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, NY USA
AUG 02 2010 The Hideout Binghampton USA
AUG 04 2010 Scatz Nightclub Middleton, WI USA
AUG 8 2010 Tower Theatre Fresno, CA USA
AUG 11 2010 Studio Seven Seattle, WA USA
AUG 13 2010 The Last Day Saloon Santa Rosa, CA USA
AUG 14 2010 Pepperbelly's Fairfield, CA USA
AUG 15 2010 The Avalon Santa CLara USA


U.S. syndicated radio show InTheStudio celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Bad Company's second album Straight Shooter. InTheStudio producer and Host Redbeard interviews Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke about life in the band while recording this sophomore effort.

To find out where to listen or to listen online, visit:

Triumph to appear on Rockline Radio

Triumph will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm PDT/11:30 pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to This broadcast will be available for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the evening of the day following the show.

This will originate at Q107 studios in Toronto. The Mighty Q may not carry the show. Call the station to insist that they do!!!!


Rob Halford has confirmed his solo band 'Halford' will perform July 24, 2010 at Montreal, Canada's 2nd Annual Heavy MTL Festival. Tickets and additional details available soon at and
“I am excited to re-introduce the Halford band: Mike Chlasciak and Roy Z. on guitars, Mike Davis on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums to the Metal fans in Canada this summer,” explains Rob Halford. “We are looking forward to performing a strong set and unveiling a new track for the Montreal Heavy MTL Festival.”

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to release 'Halford - Live In Anaheim' Original 2CD Soundtrack (6/21), 'Halford Crucible - Remixed & Remastered' (7/12) and 'Halford - Live In Anaheim DVD' (8/3) a 5.1, 23-Song, 2+hour film documenting Rob Halford's 2002 - 2003 solo release (Crucible) and tour.

Armed with Metal's most diverse band of the decade, Halford - Live In Anaheim is an intimate, in-your-face, solo performance featuring Halford, Fight and Judas Priest classics: Golgotha, The Heretic, Sun, Into The Pit, Light Comes Out Of Black, Painkiller, Rapid Fire, Never Satisfied, and more. Also featured are Bonus LIVE tracks from Halford's Tokyo, Japan performances February 2003.

Stay in touch with Rob Halford and his Halford band members at throughout 2010 for NEW Halford music, digital releases and Metal God Apparel, limited concert ticket giveaways, limited meet-and-greets, tour dates, news and more!!

New unreleased STYX song available for download FREE!

A new unreleased STYX song is available for download, absolutely FREE!
This posted over at the Styx site:

STYX - Difference In the World

"Difference In the World," a brand-new and previously unreleased STYX song is available for FREE here on! Just click here - - to join our mailing list and get the song!

 Foreigner announce new drummer

Jason Sutter To Be New Foreigner Drummer!

Following a three year stint with Chris Cornell, drummer Jason Sutter will hit the road with Foreigner this month replacing Brian Tichy. Said band founder Mick Jones "Since Brian rejoined the band over two years ago he has helped propel Foreigner to new heights. We all have nothing but love and respect for him and wish him all the best for the future." The bands' summer tour with Kansas and Styx takes them on a 35 show nationwide tour that will be followed by a number of European festival events.
Follow Foreigner updates here:



HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 27, 2010) –Never before seen video KING OF THE LADIES from EXTREME’S studio album Saudades De Rock premiers live on AOL Music and Noisecreep on April 28th at 11am EST - or

This is one of four videos created and directed by EXTREME guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt.
The video is from their critically acclaimed 2009 studio release Saudades De Rock, which released upon their reunion after a 13 year hiatus. KING OF THE LADIES is also 1 of 4 bonus videos on their new live CD and DVD release TAKE US ALIVE out May 4 on Frontiers Records USA.

TAKE US ALIVE captures EXTREME at the peak of their game with a renewed enthusiasm led by Gary Cherone’s spellbinding stage performance and powerful vocals, Nuno Bettencourt’s ferocious guitar, Pat Badger’s flawless bass and Kevin Figueiredo’s pounding drums not to mention the Extreme trademark, spot on, back-up vocals.

This brilliant performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues August 8, 2009 in EXTREME’s hometown of Boston, MA . “We wanted to do something really special for our hometown fans that were there for us since the beginning… the club days,” states Nuno. “It was the last night of the tour and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing it back to where it all started… Boston.”

“Classic Albums” - Eagle Rock’s Highly Acclaimed DVD Series Erupts With The Story Of
BLACK SABBATH - PARANOID - Honoring The Album’s 40th Anniversary ~ On DVD and Blu-ray June 29

New York, NY (April 26, 2010)—It was big, menacing, controversial…and an absolute masterpiece.
On June 29, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s acclaimed and award-winning Classic Albums series will uncover the story of its making. Black Sabbath: Classic Albums – Paranoid is released, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the album.

The Classic Albums series unwinds the threads of mystery behind artistic genius, recounting the experiences behind the board and through every chord. Unearthing the creative process of definitive albums from Elvis Presley, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Nirvana, Meat Loaf, Phil Collins, Bob Marley and many others, it will now dive into Black Sabbath’s 1970 tour de force.

Throughout the 97 minutes of this documentary, original members Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drummer), along with their original engineer, deliver the story behind Paranoid. The DVD chronicles the creation of the locomotive force and unrelenting energy behind these tracks, which ignited an electrified and unforeseen brand of blues-rock. The comprehensive collection of interviews, demonstrations, archive videos, and feature cuts from timeless epics such as “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” and the title track, is complemented with 40 minutes of bonus features. For the first time a classic album title is also released on Blu-Ray.

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