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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rock News Update for Sunday 16th May, 2010

Ronnie James Dio passes away
July 10th 1942 - May 16th 2010

Sad news today in the world of rock, as legendary singer Ronnie James Dio passed away this morning, Sunday May 16th, 2010 at 7.45am.
I was stunned and actually just learned while interviewing Gil Moore of Triumph this afternoon who described Ronnie's voice as a 'hurricane!'

He went on to add, 'Ronnie was always cool with us, if we were playing close to where he was at the time, he'd come out and see us play and meet up afterwards. He was a great guy.'
Wendy Dio has posted this sombre message there today:
Message from Wendy Dio

Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
- Wendy Dio

To leave condolences, go to Ronnie Facebook page here:

I personally was fortunate to have seen Ronnie live with Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell on numerous occasions, both in the UK and the USA and the guy never failed to impress me, such a strong and powerful voice and what a totally cool individual with the fans.

It was always for the fans with Ronnie.

RIP Ronnie James Dio - Gone but the legend will live on!
You'll never be forgotten Ronnie.
RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE will now get a Global cinema release!

This update regarding the Rush documentary / movie, from the Rush fan club.


Thanks to your demand and requests – there are now more cities & markets that are being added for the special limited engagement of the Rush documentary. In Canada & the US the main one night screening is June 10th with a few additions running from June 11-18th in Canada.
As well, there is now an international date of the 7th of June for many countries including UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Austria & Brazil.

Please go to to buy your advance tickets now.
This site will have all the latest information on cities, theatres and show times for all territories, so do check back if your local cinema, town or city is not listed.

Directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen - the Directors of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666“ -  embark on a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary power trio, from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with notables such as Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Gene Simmons, this film explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band. The much-anticipated film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Frontiers Records to release the anticipated YOSO debut album
Former members of YES and TOTO return with a new band

Napoli, May, 2010 – The term “Super-Group” can only describe the band arising out of two of the most creative bands of the past 30 years: YOSO is formed out of TOTO’s brilliant lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of former YES members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, thus equalling the magic of YES with the voice of TOTO. However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. The band’s debut album “Elements” - which comes together with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics – presents a fascinating combination of the sound of YES ("90125"/"Big Generator" era) and TOTO, with a very interesting and original sound that truly encompasses the styles.

“Elements” will see the light of day on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA, where the band has already scheduled a number of tour dates in support of the album’s release, on Frontiers Records.

Even though the band's heritage is from 2 classic bands, YOSO intends to become its own identifiable entity in a very short time, YOSO’s collective mission is to make the next decade one where YOSO’s music will be held up alongside their classic rock backgrounds as a band as important as TOTO and YES.

Billy Sherwood recalls: "YOSO was started when I suggested to Bobby Kimball we should write some new music and form a band, we had been working together on various tribute projects I was producing and one thing lead to another, before too long we had 5 songs in the can and were well on our way to making a record and thinking seriously about taking it to the next level. Once there was a few songs underway the concept grew into the band we now have, "YOSO".

YOSO line-up was later rounded out with two amazingly gifted musicians: Johnny Bruhns as the guitarist and background vocalist and Scott Conner on drums, percussion and background vocals.
YOSO does indeed have the magic of YES and the voice of TOTO. However, in 2010 the band intends to convince fans of both bands that the brilliance of YOSO will be just as celebrated in the years to come.

“Elements” tracklisting includes:
Yoso; Path To Your Heart; Where You’ll Stay; Walk Away; The New Revolution; To Seek The Truth; Only One; Close The Curtain; Won’t End Tonight; Come This Far; Time To Get Up; Return To Yesterday.

Bonus live CD: Yoso; Rosanna; Owner of a Lonely Heart; Walk Away; Good For You; Yes Medley (Yours Is No Disgrace/Heart of the Sunrise/South Side of the Sky/Starship Trooper/I’ve Seen All Good People); To Seek the Truth; Hold The Line; Cinema; Gift With a Golden Gun; White Sister.
More song streaming, live clips and info available on:

YOSO - US Tour dates (more TBA)
August 2010
11 August - Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
12 August - The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
15 August - Ramshead Tavern (Ramshead Onstage), Annapolis, MD
17 August - B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, New York, NY
19 August - Kent Stage, Kent, OH
20 August - Syndicate Dinner Theatre, Newport, Ky
21 August - Lake Clementia Amphitheatre, Rancho Murieta, CA

YOSO is:
Bobby Kimball; vocals; Tony Kaye: keyboards, background vocals; Billy Sherwood: bass, vocals; Johnny Bruhns: guitar, background vocals; Scott Conner: drums, background vocals.

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