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Friday, May 21, 2010

Rock News for Friday 21st May, 2010


Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret's neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.

Dr. Zabramski states "There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately."

Dr. Zabramski continues, "I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret's brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests."

Bret's rep, Janna Elias, states "Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again."

THE ART OF MALICE - #27 on the Soundscan New Artist Chart &
#86 on the Soundscan Indie chart first week out!!

THE ART OF MALICE out NOW on 60 Cycle Hum Records/Rocket Science Ventures

“John 5 is hands down one of the most mind blowing guitarists around.”- Slash
“John 5 is an underrated guitar GIANT.”Steve Vai

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 20, 2010) – John 5 has taken 1 of 4 collector covers for L.A. Weekly’s prestigious annual bound book that highlights the most interesting people of Los Angeles. John 5 was chosen over many for his raw talent, unique resume of life and mysterious nature. For a peak at the cover click here

THE ART OF MALICE is John 5’s 5th solo album to date and is out now on 60 Cycle Hum/Rocket Science Ventures. The album is rising high on a solid first week charting on Soundscan new artist at # 27 and #86 on the Soundscan indie chart.

Gruesome Twosome & Mayhem Tour Dates:
May 2010
5/21 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
5/22 Buffalo Artpark
July 2010
7/10 San Bernardino Sam Manuel Amphitheatre
7/11 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/13 Southeast Auburn White River Amphitheatre
7/16 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/17 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
7/18 Englewood Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/20 Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Ctr
7/23 Camden Susquehanna Band Ctr
7/24 Hartford The Comcast Ctr
7/27 Mansfield Comcast Ctr
7/28 Holmdel P.N.C. Bank Arts Ctr
7/30 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/31 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Ctr
August 20108/01 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/04 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
8/6 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/07 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
8/10 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre
8/11 West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheater
8/13 Dallas Ctr
8/14 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre

Roger Glover (Deep Purple) Update From The Road
Brief update from the road from Deep Purple's bassist Roger Glover.

'The tour is going really well so far. It was probably the best Australian tour we've ever done. The audiences get younger every time, and they know how to rock!

The Asian section of the tour is also superb, a lovely welcome wherever we go. It was especially good to play in Taipei, somewhere that we've never been before (and there's not many places like that left-we are very lucky).
The band is really enjoying playing and every night on stage is an adventure and a joy.
Thank you and good luck,

Eagle Rock Reveals An Incredible New Collection of CD’s
~Released June 22, 2010~

New York, NY (May 20, 2010) –On June 22, Eagle Rock will celebrate the blues, when the first two CDs of its exciting new series This is the Blues is released.

These are the songs that sting, burn, and hurt so good, performed by the artists who studied it, and expanded upon it.

This Is The Blues presents a musical collective interpreting some of the greatest blues and blues-rock tunes of all time. Classics written by the likes of Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Peter Green, and John Lee Hooker are honored with performances by a gathering of supreme musicians in modern rock and blues. Volume 1 features Jeff Beck, Chris & Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor, Gary Moore, Harvey Mandel, and T.S. McPhee, while Volume 2 boasts Rory Gallagher, Jack Bruce, “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, Southside Johnny and honorees John Lee Hooker and Peter Green, in addition to many others. Volumes 3 and 4 will be released on July 20.

Track Listing:
Volume 1:
1.) Hobo Blues – Jeff Beck
2.) Black Magic Woman – Larry McCray
3.) Rattlesnake Shake – Vince Converse / Innes Sibum
4.) Going Down Mobile – Savoy Brown
5.) You Shook Me – Mick Taylor / Max Middleton
6.) I Want To Hug You – Zakiya Hooker / Johnnie Johnson / Bobby Murray
7.) I Loved Another Woman – Larry Mitchell / Jay Aston
8.) Long Grey Mare – Harvey Mandel / Wilbur Bascomb
9.) Evil Woman Blues – Ray Gomez
10.) I’m In The Mood – Jack Bruce / Gary Moore
11.) Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Luther Grosvenor / Mike Kellie / Jess Roden
12.) Drop Down Mama – T.S. McPhee
13.) Play On Little Girl / T-Bone Shuffle – Paul Jones / Otis Grand
14.) Ground Hog Blues – T.S. McPhee / Dick Heckstall-Smith
15.) Racketeer Blues – Chris Jagger feat. Mick Jagger
Volume 2:
1.) Leaving Town Blues – Rory Gallagher
2.) Send For Me – Jack Bruce
3.) Love That Burns – Dave Peverett / Rod Price
4.) Red House – John Lee Hooker / Booker T. Jones
5.) Whatcha Gonna Do – Zoot Money / Bobby Tench
6.) Stop Messin’ Round – Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmonds
7.) Go Down Sunshine – Duffy Power
8.) Albatross – Paul Jones / Bobby Tench / Max Middleton
9.) Traveling Riverside Blues – Peter Green / Nigel Watson
10.) Baby When The Sun Goes Down – Southside Johnny / The Uptown Horns
11.) Ramblin’ Pony – Harvey Mandel / Wilbur Bascomb
12.) Nine Below Zero – Nine Below Zero
13.) Closing My Eyes – Naked Blue
14.) Rocks In My Bed – Pete Brown / Phil Ryan
15.) I’m Leaving – T.S. McPhee / Dick Heckstall-Smith / Clem Clempson launches Melodicrock Records

Andrew McNiece the man behind the website has a bunch of new releases lined up as well as the announcement of his websites' own record label. Read on ...

Time to update folks about a few things going on behind the scenes at I'm talking about plans for MRCD7, 8 and 9 plus MRDVD1 & 2!

Artist submissions for MRCD7 are due in by June 30 at the very latest. To check or availability and compilations details - contact me now. MRCD7 will follow the path of MRCD5 and be a Double CD set of new and upcoming Melodic Rock highlights, plus a few rare and unreleased gems from the past. And it will feature the longest track ever to make a MR compilation, with one epic tune clocking in over 9 minutes in length. A few surprises in store as usual.

MRCD8 will be another Double CD set - going back to the concept of MRCD4 - the best melodic rock songs ever. Except this time I'm going to cram 30+ of the best melodic rock ballads ever onto one compilation. Really looking forward to working on this. If any artist has a killer ballad they think might fit the compilation - e-mail now.

MRCD9 will fill a long requested void in the MRCD series - an all metal compilation! Again, interested parties can e-mail now for details.

MRDVD1 will feature a disc of new and recent MR videos that have been filmed to promote various albums. It will incude a 2nd DVD with some behind the scenes footage and extras from MelodicRockFest1. If you have a video clip of live footage you would like to have featured on the DVD, please e-mail now.

MRDVD2 will follow the same path of DVD1 and will feature a bonus disc of fan footage and pictures from MelodicRockFest2.

All the above titles are underway and will be released over the course of 2010, starting in August with MRCD7 and MRDVD1.

I am also excited to announce the formation of MelodicRockRecords. It is about time this site had its own record label, but this won't be on any grand scale. I'm not about to compete with any of my label partners that I love working with, rather MelodicRockRecords will simply be a small exclusive independent label that will handle whatever artists I come across and believe in, who want to like what I do and who perhaps (for whatever reason), didn't secure a deal with a bigger label. What is guaranteed though, is maximum exposure here (as I wouldn't work with anyone I didn't 100% believe in) and the ability for fans to purchase these releases direct from me and via a few of the known specialist melodic rock retailers.

I'm continuing to build the concept of the label and what exactly I might be able to accomplish and of course...looking for the right artist/albums to work with! I won't be signing a ton of bands or releasing a record every month. Just a few quality releases throughout the year. Details of MRR001 will be announced next month. I think you're gonna love this guitar driven melodic rock band! Might be another surprise coming also…

Again...any further info required, e-mail now:
Good luck Andrew, the site has always been a great read each day! Here's to the new label too!

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