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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 16th June, 2010

Some more details on the Dio Tribute gig by Heaven and Hell

This info from the Black Sabbath website:

Ronnie James Dio Tribute Concert Announced!

Today I'm proud to bring to you the details of the Ronnie James Dio tribute concert that have just been announced. Heaven & Hell have issued a press release (shown below) of the one off tribute show they're doing for Ronnie. It will be held on Saturday July 24, 2010 at the High Voltage Festival in London.

This actually was a gig that Heaven & Hell had planned to play with Ronnie, but it was cancelled with the rest of the dates a few weeks before Ronnie died. It apparently has been revived, and there's some details available now as to what's going on for this gig. This will be billed as "Heaven & Hell", and the lineup will be:

Tony Iommi - Guitar
Geezer Butler - Bass
Vinny Appice - Drums
Glenn Hughes - Vocals
Jorn Lande - Vocals

First, while the press release doesn't mention it, I'd assume that Scott Warren will play keyboards. When I first read the press release, I wondered with a lot of fans who the heck "Jorn Lande" is. From the PR, "Norwegian Jorn Lande is best known in the UK as the vocalist for power metal band Masterplan, he has also released many solo albums including a tribute to Ronnie." I had never heard of him before, so I looked him up. Holy crap is this guy good. I saw him do some covers of old Dio era Sabbath tracks, as well as Dio tracks, and he nailed it. What's amazing is he can mimic other singers too. Heard him do Ian Gillan on Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers" - holy crap, he nailed it. You might also want to check out this link - - about Jorn, too.

Heaven & Hell Announce One Off Show
A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
High Voltage Festival, Saturday 24th July 2010
Proceeds to be donated to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund

On the 16th May 2010 Ronnie James Dio passed away and the world of music mourned the loss of the greatest voice of heavy metal.

Dio was a truly iconic figure in music, whose work with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and most recently Heaven & Hell defined a genre.

Heaven & Hell were set to be on the road in Europe this summer when news came through that despite the amazing progress he was making Ronnie wouldn't be well enough to tour and those shows were canceled. But now, remaining members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice are set to play a one off show to celebrate his life and work. The band will be completed by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande who will both contribute vocals. Former Deep Purple / Black Sabbath star Glenn Hughes was a close friend of Ronnie's for many years and performed a musical tribute at Ronnie's funeral service in Los Angeles. Norwegian Jorn Lande is best known in the UK as the vocalist for power metal band Masterplan, he has also released many solo albums including a tribute to Ronnie. It promises to be a fitting celebration to a man that the metal scene owes so much.

"It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you." Love & Peace, Geezer Butler

Tony Iommi says "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."

The Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund Program Description
*The fund is committed to the early detection and prevention of cancer through facilitating access to medical screening and medical educational programs.
*The fund supports programs designed to integrate medical knowledge into local communities such as cancer screening programs, education on nutrition in cancer prevention, exercise and overall wellness."
*The goal of the fund is to reduce the risk of developing life threatening cancers by offering access to preventative medical services."
*Furthering the commitment for patients to access to quality medical care related to cancer, the fund seeks to assist families burdened by the cost of caring for loved ones with cancer."

For further information on the Fund and to make a donation please visit

Tickets for High Voltage festival are priced £135 (for weekend tickets) and £75 (for day tickets). There is no booking fee for Classic Rock Presents High Voltage tickets. Other VIP packages available alongside standard tickets from or 24hr cc ticketline 0871 230 5582.
Please check the websites below for further updates

Frontiers records to release Stan Bush - Dream the Dream

Napoli, June 2010 – Emmy Award winning recording artist and Melodic Rock icon Stan Bush will release via Frontiers Records in Europe his brand new studio album entitled “Dream The Dream” on August 27th.

“Dream the Dream” is Stan Bush 11th studio album and is destined to set in stone the singer/songwriter artistic abilities and taste for writing and performing nothing but classy music. With powerful melodies that have made Stan a popular singer/performers in the melodic rock community, “Dream The Dream” is another gem that will please his old and newer fans. “We’ve been working on the new album for a year and a half, and I’m very happy with it” says Bush, “The last album, “In This Life” got great reviews and though we had to work really hard, I think we’ve got ourselves another amazing album. Some of the songs have a ‘go for it’ message, and some are about love, life and a search for meaning”.

Producer and guitarist Holger Fath again helped Stan shape his creativity even though songwriters on the album include, apart from Stan and Holger, Bobby Barth (Axe, Blackfoot), Curt Cuomo (KISS, Eddie Money), Ed Tree and Lenny Macaluso. “I was honored to again work with Holger Fath as producer/guitarist (and also keys)” tells Stan, ”I think he’s brilliant and he’s been a close friend for years. On drums, Matt Laug (Alice Cooper, Slash), is one of the best rock drummers in L.A. And on bass, Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Rick Springfield) is incredibly solid”.

Apart from writing and recording albums, tracks from Stan’s previous albums have appeared in several major films. He won an Emmy Award in 1997 for Best Original Song. As a vocalist, Stan has sung on albums by established artists such as Alice Cooper and Jefferson Starship and has worked with many top producers (Ron Nevison, Giorgio Moroder, Andy Johns, Mick Jones, Desmond Child, Peter Frampton, Paul Stanley, Richie Zito). He has co-written with many of top songwriters like Jonathan Cain (Journey), Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith), and Paul Stanley of KISS. Stan’s songs have received covers from many notable bands. "Love Don't Lie" was covered by House of Lords, and "Slave To Love" was recorded by Quiet Riot.

Stan announced touring plans in Europe in support to the release of “Dream The Dream” during the fall, so stay tuned for news!

“Dream The Dream” final tracklisting includes:
Never Hold Back; I’m Still Here; Don’t Give Up on Love; Two Hearts; In My Life; Love Is The Road; If This Is All There Is; Dream The Dream; More Than a Miracle; Your Time: All That I Am; Sam's Theme (The Touch).

The songs “I’m Still Here” and “Don’t Give Up on Love” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:

Stan Bush: vocals
Holger Fath: guitars, keyboards
Matt Bissonette: bass
Matt Laug: drums
Nils Lofgren heads to the U.K. for Acoustic tour

In October, guitarist / vocalist Nils Lofgren who has played alongside Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, will head out on a low key UK tour.
What's so different about this tour is that Lofgren will simply be accompanied by Multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta on the dates.
Dates below.


Tues. Oct. 12 ANVIL ARTS
Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
Box Office: 01256 844244

Pacific Road
Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 1LJ
Box Office: 0151 666 0000

Thurs. Oct. 14 THE LOWRY
Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Box Office: 0843 208 6000

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW3 2RP
Box Office: 0207 730 4500

Sat. Oct. 16 THE STABLES
Stockwell Lane
Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Box Office: 01908 280800

Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB
Box Office: 01223 357851

Mon. Oct. 18 ST. GEORGE'S HALL
Great George Street, Off Park Street
Bristol BS1 5RR
Box Office: 0845 4024001

Station Road, Treorci, CF42 6NL
Box Office: 08000 147 111

Reigate Rd, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SG
Box Office: 01306 881717

Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1HT
Box Office: 0845 3442012

85 - 89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Box Office: 0131 6682019

2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Mon. Oct. 25 THE SAGE
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Box Office: 0191 443 4661

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL
Box Office: 01603 630000

Thurs. Oct. 28 TOWN HALL
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Box Office: 0121 780 3333

Fri. Oct. 29 THE BROOK
466 Portswood Road, Portswood,
Southampton SO17 3SD
Box Office: 02380 555366

Sat. Oct. 30 CITY HALL
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TU
Box Office: 01722 434434
More details at his site:

US stars Aerosmith rock biggest ever Download

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler treated fans to a flash of his torso as he whipped off his top at the UK's Download music festival.

The 62-year-old rocker was celebrating bandmate Joe Perry calling him "the best lead singer on the planet" as the band played the closing headline set on Sunday night.

It was a very special year as the 100,000 strong audience at Donnington Park made it the biggest ever Download festival and organisers paid tribute to the late Maurice Jones - who founded the Monsters of Rock event on the site 30 years ago - by naming the main stage in his honour.

Rockstars & Actors Donate In Support of 'Humanity Thru Music © In Benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary'

HOLLYWOOD, CA – (June 15, 2010) – Besides the love of music, rockstars have a soft spot for our four legged furry friends. With the help from so many artists and actors with their charitable donations of instruments and signed memorabilia, FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY comes closer to breaking ground in the next year for the first fully solar and wind powered, no-kill animal sanctuary. The sanctuary will also provide the community with a low-cost animal clinic, education and cultural center.
Currently on the eBay auction block is a Yamaha bass signed by Bass-master BILLY SHEEHAN, guitar virtuoso JOHN 5’s famous 666 strap by Red Monkey from 5 tours with Rob Zombie signed and dated, OZZY’s autobiography “I AM OZZY” signed by OZZY, legendary ax-slinger STEVE VAI’S custom made silver outfit by famed rockstar couturier Terri King. It was worn on the Ultra Zone tour in the late 90's, HALLOWEEN 2’s movie prop w/ signed Michael Myers photo from TYLER MANE, and a Schecter Diamond Series Delux guitar signed by ALL the mainstage bands from OZZfest 2006 including OZZY, ZAKK WYLDE, BLS, HATEBREED, DISTURBED, LACUNA COIL, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and more!

Adding in the next week to the auction will be 2 signed Ibanez guitars one from PAUL GILBERT and one from STEVE VAI, an Ernie Ball bass signed by BLASKO from Ozzy Osbourne’s band, and a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by horror Icons TYLER MANE (Michael Myers/Halloween 1&2) and DEREK MEARS (Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th). More items coming!! Keep an eye out for additions of cool signed memorabilia from your favorite rockstars!!
All items come with signed letters of authentication for your collection!

Did you know?
- Between four million and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.
- An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
- Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.
- There is a direct correlation between animal abuse and neglect and child abuse and neglect.

FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment.

For more information go to (almost finished) or visit them on Facebook now! Just search for Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary and look for the happy Pit-bull~ To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to or email to get address to send checks~

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