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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 10th June, 2010

UK AOR rockers FM land late Download spot in place of Ratt
This press release through the Download site came late Wednesday:

FM to replace Ratt on the Main Stage this Sunday!

British hard rockers step in to fill the shoes of the band who sadly have had to pull out of this year’s Download

Yesterday we reported the sad news that owing to illness, RATT have had to pull out of Download 2010. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that a replacement has stepped in at the 11th hour…

Filling Ratt’s shoes on the Maurice Jones Stage this Sunday are none other than British hard rockers FM, who have been back on tour this year following the recent release of their latest album Metropolis.

Featuring Steve Overland, Merv Goldsworthy and Pete Jupp from the band’s original line up, it’ll be one hell of a performance when FM take to the Download stage on the final day of the Festival.
Thanks to the boys for stepping in at the last minute! Nice one chaps…


Scorpions at the World Music Awards in Monaco on May 18

As one of the most successful rock bands in the world with over 100 million records sold, the SCORPIONS announced this year that they will leave it ALL on the stage after 40+ years of entertaining fans worldwide. The band is currently out on their “GET YOUR STING AND BLACKOUT” farewell world tour and will hit the states Friday, June 18 to kick off the North American leg in Holmdel, NJ.

The German rockers will be bring their heavy, full-on, electrically charged energy to major cities across the U.S. including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and many more as they celebrate the success of their latest and final album STING IN THE TAIL. Special guests on the tour will include Vince Neil, Cinderella, Great White, Dokken, Ratt and Tesla supporting along the way.
The full tour itinerary is below.

Released March 23 via Universal Music Enterprises, Sting in the Tail entered the Billboard Top 200 charts at #23, marking the band’s highest chart debut in over 20 years. In their home country of Germany the album has reached Gold status. “Raised on Rock” -- the album’s anthemic first single -- claimed the #1 spot at classic rock radio for weeks and adds to their remarkable list of hits including “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Wind of Change” and “No One Like You.” The band’s next single “Sting in the Tail” -- going to radio June 21 -- is all about attitude. Lead singer KLAUS MEINE wails “I’m driving out of town, just follow my heart/I think I’m gonna be a rock ‘n’ roll star/The girls would go mad, I’d give ‘em all I can give/If I had a cheap guitar and one dirty riff.”

Thus far the Scorpions--MEINE (vocals), MATTHIAS JABS (lead guitar), RUDOLF SCHENKER (guitar), JAMES KOTTAK (drums) and PAWEL MACIWODA (bass)--have taken the “Get Your Sting and Blackout” farewell world tour to Germany, Switzerland and France and received rave reviews. Of the in-progress European tour, the German daily paper Bild said, “Farewell Scorpions–you were sensational!...Why do they want to call it quits? The Scorpions rocked the sold-out arena...there were elaborate video animations, fantastic light effects and a perfect sound--it was a show of superlatives!”
Munich’s paper TZ said, “It was very emotional early on: 45 minutes after the Scorpions took the stage in the fully sold out Olympia Halle and sang their opener ‘Sting in the Tail’ from their final, hit album, the five musicians approach the forestage, while the crowd renders homage. The band then begins to play a marvelous acoustic version of their Nineties ballad ‘Send me an Angel.’ It seems as if the fans do not want to stop applauding -pure emotions…A brilliant, two-hour long, rock show. The musicians illustrate why they rank among the most successful German bands in the world: they are a momentum on stage.“ Frankfurt, Germany’s Frankfurtonline said of Meine’s voice: “It still sounds just as young and fresh and easy-going as it did from day one: powerful and flexible.”

In other exciting news, the rockers were honored at the World Music Awards at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club on May 18th, in presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Back in 1992 and again in 1994, the band proudly accepted the award for "Best International Selling Artist from Germany.” This time, the Scorpions were awarded with the World Music "Rock Legend Award" for their outstanding contribution to rock music. The show aired in over 160 countries around the world to more than 100 million viewers. And earlier this year the group were honored in Los Angeles at Guitar Center’s “Rock Walk,” where they were inducted alongside other artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and R&B.

MEINE continues to thank their loyal fans and invite them out to the biggest party of the year. “We are so incredibly happy about the fantastic feedback we have been receiving from around the world on Sting in the Tail. We can’t wait to see our fans soon!”

Check out the SCORPIONS on the “Get Your Sting and Blackout” Tour:

w/ Cinderella supporting
Fri 6/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
**Sat 6/19 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tue 6/22 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater

w/ Vince Neil supporting:
Wed 6/23 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook Amphitheatre

w/ Cinderella supporting
Fri 6/25 Quebec City, QC Pavillion de la Juenesse
Sat 6/26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sun 6/27 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Wed 6/30 Columbus, OH LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
Thu 7/1 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
**Fri 7/2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Mon 7/5 Pittsburgh, PA Amphitheatre at Station Square

w/ Great White supporting:
Tue 7/6 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre

w/ Cinderella supporting:
**Thu 7/8 Sarnia, ONT Sarnia Bayfest Festival

w/ Ratt supporting:
Sat 7/10 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sun 7/11 Memphis, TN Mud Island
Wed 7/14 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/16 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Sat 7/17 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Mon 7/19 New Orleans, LA Mahalia Jackson Theatre
Wed 7/21 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Fri 7/23 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

w/ Cinderella supporting:
**Sat 7/24 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre

w/ Tesla supporting:
Mon 7/26 Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion
Tue 7/27 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater

w/ Cinderella supporting:
Thu 7/29 Ontario, CA Citizen’s Business Bank Arena
Sat 7/31 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
Sun 8/1 San Francisco, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Tue 8/3 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center

w/ Ratt supporting:
Wed 8/4 Sacramento, CA Raley Field

w/ Dokken supporting:
**Fri 8/6 Roseburg, OR Douglas County Fairgrounds
**Sat 8/7 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheatre at Clark County

w/ Local support:
Mon 8/9 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Tue 8/10 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Center
Support TBA:
**Fri 8/13 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground
**Sat 8/14 Billings, MT Montana Fair

w/ Tesla & Jackyl supporting:
Mon 8/16 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

w/ Cinderella supporting
Tue 8/17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center

w/ Dokken supporting:
Fri 8/20 Moline, IL I Wireless Center

Support Michael Schenker Group:
Sat 8/21 Chicago, IL The Rosemont
** denotes festival appearance

 Saxon DVD get's into UK's DVD chart at Number 3

Amazing as it may seem to many, it appears there are plenty of die hard rock and metal fans who wanted to snap this new Saxon rock documentary, 'Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie' up when it was released this past weekend in the UK!
Perhaps they can thank Canadian metal heads, Anvil for some of this success, based on how much attention their 'The Story of Anvil' movie has received all over the world and I don't mean to take anything away from SAxon, as they've always been a hard touring band.

Saxon got some publicity a few years back (2007) with a 'wind up' TV show 'Get Your Act Together' they did with legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith. It was apparently meant to be a wind up anyway - So some sources would have it. - but many people believe it backfired on the producers of the show as the audience apparently really got into it!.
These details were also posted at Blabbermouth at the time:

Details on the 2 disc Saxon DVD set just released as follows:
Saxon are true heavy metal heroes. Their story is a classic rock 'n' roll saga: five friends from the backstreets of Yorkshire setting out to take on the world. The resulting chart glory, mixed with band infighting and full-on rock'n'roll excess, ensures their dramatic tale will become part of heavey metal history.

A Special Limited Edition featuring over SIX HOURS of Saxon, including:
• Heavy Metal Thunder – the Movie!
(A special extended edition of the dramatic story of Saxon)
• Saxon In Concert, 1981
(A classic concert from the archives of The Beat Club)
• ‘Building the Labyrinth’
(A mini-doc following the recording of Into The Labyrinth)
• ‘The Eagle & The Bomber’
(A mini-doc shot on tour with Motorhead in 2009)
• ‘On a Crusade’
(Archive interviews from the recording of Crusader)
• ‘No Excuses’
(Archive footage from the ‘Innocence Is No Excuse’ recording sessions)
• St George’s Day 2008
(Saxon’s inaugural St George’s Day gig filmed in London)
PAL, Region 0, Exempt from classification but contains some strong language.
You can order it here:

Anyone remember Montrose, any fans still out there?

It seems Ronnie Montrose is still getting the odd live Montrose show in here and there ...
3 dates are currently showing in the bands schedule coming up, starting this weekend with 2.
Dates as follows:



Ronnie's website and details on all his previous bands, can be found here:

Gallery Books to Publish KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley's Memoir

NEW YORK, June 8, 2010 – Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced today that it will publish legendary rocker and KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s memoir NO REGRETS.
The book, to be published under the VH1 Books imprint, is scheduled for publication in Summer 2011.

Ace Frehley is known worldwide as the legendary original lead guitarist for the seminal rock band KISS and respected as a solo artist who has influenced generations of guitar players. KISS is known for its wild make-up, spectacular costumes, and theatrical live shows (not to mention their music)! Frehley will delve into his life as a kid growing up in the Bronx, his ups-and-downs and influences which catapulted him into a life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, and reveal what is was like to be one of the founding members of one of the most influential bands in the world.

Ace Frehley said “I think Sinatra said it best…‘regrets I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.’”

Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery Books, said "NO REGRETS is sure to be the next must-read rock-and-roll memoir.”

Gallery Books’ Senior Editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss negotiated the deal with Frank Weimann, President of The Literary Group International, which includes world rights.

Gallery Books is an imprint dedicated to publishing a wide variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. The imprint was designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction, and across a variety of genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, sTori Telling by Tori Spelling, and Oh My Dog by Beth Stern. Upcoming titles include I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee, Gunn’s Golden Rules by Tim Gunn, I Remember You by Harriet Evans, and Lisa Genova’s new novel, Left Neglected. VH1 Books is an imprint of MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION and Pocket Books.

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