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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rock News update Wednesday 2nd June, 2010

John Mayer cancels shows due to illness

'E news Online' posted this news:
John Mayer is waiting on his health to change before going back onstage.

The garrulous pop star has pulled the plug on the remainder of his shows in Europe and will be returning to the U.S. to recover from an undisclosed illness which caused him to cancel last night's concert in Copenhagen.

His website posted this notice:
After a sold-out performance in Copenhagen, John Mayer was forced to cancel his second show there on 5/31 due to illness. Regrettably, the illness has caused his remaining European shows scheduled through this week to be canceled as well (Amsterdam, Madrid and Manchester). Ticket holders should apply for refund from point of purchase. Mayer is returning home to the States and a full recovery is expected under a doctor’s supervision.

Here's those other updates folks!

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Uriah Heep North American Tour adds another tour date

Uriah Heep due to play their first US tour in 8 years, have added 1 more date to the current list of just 10 dates (Including the new one.).
The latest date to be added, will be at the Beverley Arts Center, in Chicago, IL, on Thursday July 1st.
This tour will be in support of both the 'Wake the Sleeper' album released in 2008 and the latest re-recorded 'Celebration - 40 years of Uriah Heep.'
Since the tour starts in just over 2 weeks, I would next expect any additional dates to be added, but who knows?

The full US tour dates are as follows:
June 2010
June 18th Chattanooga TN Riverbend Festival - Bud Light Stage TN

June 19th Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage MD
June 20th Wilkes-Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Arts PA
June 21st Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894 PA - SOLD OUT
June 22nd New York NY B.B. King Blues Club NY
June 24th St. Charles MO Ameristar Casino St. Charles MO
June 25th Kansas City MO Ameristar Casino & Hotel Kansas City MO
June 26th Milwaukee Summerfest Tickets
July 2010
July 1st Illinois Beverly Arts Center IL
July 2nd Algona IA Freedom Park IA

Styx updated news - Details of forthcoming 'Regeneration - Volume 1' Announced

**Updated with corrected link to full article.**
STYX is putting the finishing touches on the soon-to-be-released "Regeneration, Volume 1". Produced by the band and their long-time studio/live sound engineer Gary Loizzo, "Regeneration, Volume 1" contains six re-recorded versions of STYX classics, and one brand new song, "Difference In the World" (which is also available as a free MP3 download via
The six classic tracks are "Grand Illusion," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)," "Lorelei," "Sing for the Day," "Crystal Ball" and "Come Sail Away."

In a recent interview with Doug Fox of the Daily Herald in Salt Lake City, UT, James "JY" Young said "We're in the ultimate, final-polishing stages of it."
Check out that interview here:

In addition to the CD, the band also plans to make "Regeneration, Volume 1" available on vinyl.
Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Keep an eye out for a sneak-peek of the album cover coming soon.

Rik Emmett listed on Gibson’s Readers Poll – Top 25 Guitarists

Rik Emmett (Triumph) just gave a plug to the announcement from the website on the Top 50 rated guitarists.
Rik says, 'Gibson recently revealed the Top 50 Guitarists and Readers Poll Results, and yours truly made the cut!'
Rik featured on the poll, coming 7th out of their Top 25 Guitarists.
Even if you're not a Rik Emmett fan - Although why not is beyond me ... ;-) - this is interesting to check out.



Displaying stellar vocals, amazing guitar tones and backed by powerhouse songs, the rock band Heaven Below brings an exciting and fresh sound to the world of music - as evidenced throughout their new, self-titled release. Fronted by Patrick Kennison - formerly of The Union Underground - and supported by members Jesse Billson on guitar, John Younger on bass, and Chad Clark on drums, Heaven Below has forged a tour de force of sonic power and songwriting - that is poised to lead the way for new rock music.

“Our sound encompasses the best parts of our influences,” explains Kennison. “We love the vocal harmonies of classic bands like Alice in Chains, or the angst of legends like Trent Reznor, but our riffs and song ideas tend to be spawn from guitar driven bands like Metallica, or even Rage Against the Machine. Once we put the vocals on, we immediately feel that our music takes on it's own sound.” And on their self-titled release, Heaven Below shows that despite being such a young band, they can easily keep pace with the top dogs of the current rock scene - especially on such standout tracks as “When Daylight Dies,” which was produced by Grammy-award winning/multi-platinum artist Ben Moody of Evanescence.

Heaven Below recently completed their inaugural set of live dates - which saw the group spread the word even further throughout the hard rock/metal community. As Kennison points out, “We pride ourselves on delivering a live show thats dangerous and emotionally vulnerable. Playing on the Sunset Strip has not only strengthened us, but has proved that great songs are only a portion of putting on a great live show. Live, we set out to engage the audience with a video presentation that inter-plays our lyrics and song concepts through our performance. In this day and age we believe the audience deserves a full blown cathartic experience, bar none.”

And their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as evidenced by quite a few impressive accolades, such as Marissa Brown from Artist Direct, who describes HB as “Most brilliantly bludgeoning performance,” and also Robert Foster from Metal Edge, who gushes, “Every track explodes with expression.” And as added by Kennison, “Our future plans are to reach an audience that strives for something fresh and new. If building a touring fan base is one of the requirements, we're primed and ready.” As evidenced with by the sonic wallop of their self-titled release, the buzz and praise thrust upon Heaven Below is certainly deserved, as a most promising road lies ahead.

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