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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rock News Brief Update for Saturday 31st July, 2010

Bassist JAMES LOMENZO Joins LYNCH MOB For The Summer Tour and Europe
“Smoke And Mirrors” Out Now On Frontiers Records USA
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2010) – James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society) joins Lynch Mob for their summer tour in support of their current release “Smoke and Mirrors” on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox), and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).

After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs."I would say this new record "Smoke and Mirrors", is the record we should have put out as a follow up to "Wicked Sensation"...better late than never I guess...”, says Lynch presenting the new record.

Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.


July 2010
July 31 The Filmore New York, NY
August 2010
Aug 01 Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, NY
Aug 02 Eleanor Rigby’s Jermyn, PA
Aug 03 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Aug 04 Scatz NightClub Middleton, WI
Aug 06 Club Vegas Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 07 The New Oasis Sparks, NV
Aug 08 Tower Theater Fresno, CA
Aug 11 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Aug 12 Dante’s Portland, OR
Aug 13 Last Day Saloon Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 14 Sky City Amphitheater Pueblo of Acoma, NM

New UFO compilation release from SPV

It seem's German hard rock / metal label SPV GmbH have announced the release dates for the 16 track UFO compilation album BEST OF A DECADE.

The album will be initially released in Germany: 27th August 2010 - Rest of Europe: 30th August 2010 then it gets a release in USA/Canada: 28th September 2010.
It includes 6 live tracks although whether or not these have been released before elsewhere, I cannot confirm. I tend to think they probably have as they are classic UFO tracks - i.e. Michael Schenker era - and not tracks from the SPV years studio albums.
The full album tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Wild One
2. Hard Being Me
3. Lights Out (Live)
4. Saving Me
5. Daylight Goes To Town
6. Let It Roll (Live)
7. This Kids (Live)
8. Heavenly Body
9. Hell Driver
10. Too Hot To Handle (Live)
11. Mr. Freeze
12. Shoot Shoot (Live)
13. Black And Blue
14. Can´t Buy A Thrill
15. Baby Blue
16. Doctor Doctor (Live)

The band are adding new tour dates all the time so keep track of all thing UFO at:
Toto live CD & DVD with Mascot Records

TOTO have signed a deal with Mascot Records for the release in 2011 of a live CD and DVD. The recording was made on July 20 2010 in Copenhagen's KB hallen (Denmark) and features many of their great songs including Pamela, 99, Africa amongst others (tracklisting to be announced at a later date).

The line up of Toto for this DVD/CD:

David Paich, Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams, Simon Phillips, Steve Porcaro and special guests Nathan East, Mabvuto Mavuto and Jori Steinberg.
Asia confirms three UK dates in December
Prog rockers Asia are pleased to announce three new tour dates for the UK in December.
After last weekend's successful performance at London's High Voltage Festival, the band will return to the UK for the following three dates in December 2010.
Friday, December 10 - Edinburgh Picturehouse
Satursday, December 11 - Birmingham Institute
Tuesday, December 14 London Forum

The band is just about to start an extensive US tour through August and into September.

USA dates are:
August 2010
Aug 2nd - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
Aug 3rd - Birchmere, Alexandria VA
Aug 5th - Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe PA
Aug 6th - Theatre at Westbury, Westbury NY
Aug 7th - Showboat. Atlantic City NJ
Aug 8th - Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT
Aug 10th - Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ
Aug 12th - Market Block Party, Syracuse, NY
Aug 13th - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Aug 14th - Armory, Rochester, NY
Aug 15th - Carnegie Hall of Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 17th - Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
Aug 18th - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
Aug 20th - House of Blues, Dallas, TX
Aug 21st - House of Blues, Houston, TX
Aug 22nd - Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
Aug 23rd - Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug 25th - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26th - Veijas Casino at DreamCatcher, Alpine, CA
Aug 27th - Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 28th - The Grove, Anaheim, CA
Aug 29th - The Uptown, Napa, CA
September 2010
Sep 1st - Laxon Auditorium, Chico, CA
Sep 2nd - Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
Sep 3rd - Ovation at Green Valley Resort & Spa, Henderson, NV
(For room reservations please call 1-800-6-STATIONS)

Sep 4th - Peppermill Casino, Wendover, NV
Sep 5th - Nugget Casino, Sparks, NV
Sep 7th - Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
Sep 8th - Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
The band's website is:

& finally ....

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star rock Salute To Big girls
OK, now I don't think this is quite right and no I'm not saying this because I'm defending fat, sorry 'large' girls but, perhaps doing something like this will give people that hate rockers, even more fuel to criticize the genre.
I mean, an all star salute to 'fat girls' is how it's titled ...
Anyway, the reason I have included the details of the press release is simply because of the artists involved. 
Newark, NJ, July 31, 2010 --( SplitScreen Entertainment has revealed the cover art of its upcoming tribute album "Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks." The image can be viewed at the official "Whole Lotta Love" MySpace page or at the SplitScreen Entertainment website. Inspired by the art of 19th century painter William Rimmer, the album cover is based on his most famous work, Evening (The Fall of Day). In place of the winged male in the original is a classically Rubenesque female figure, gracefully floating over a tranquil seascape. The new rendition was created by eminent pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful "big girl" pin-up art (as well as concert posters for the likes of Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette, and cover art for albums featuring NOFX, Green Day and Blink-182). In addition to serving as the cover of the tribute, the new artwork is also being offered on posters and T-shirts available from SplitScreen Entertainment.

"To complement such a unique project as this, the cover art needed to be absolutely perfect," reasons SplitScreen Entertainment founder A.J. Confessore. "I wanted to reference an iconic and evocative image, replacing the central figure with a larger woman in a classy and tasteful manner. After months of trying to come up with just the right idea, it finally hit me like a bolt out of the blue! This vision was ultimately given form by the endlessly gifted Les Toil, who rendered our angelic ingenue with due serenity and poise (while also striking that delicate balance between parody and homage). In the end, I hope this image will resonate with fans in the rock and plus-size communities alike."

"Passive and subtle were never qualities that attracted me to rock & roll," adds artist Les Toil. "Apparently the same can be said for my appreciation of the opposite sex. I want a fat bottomed girl. A whole lotta Rosie. A big-legged woman who does (or doesn't) have soul. In other words, I want a whole lotta love!"

As previously reported, "Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks" is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin' world go 'round. The tribute will feature all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance will be performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the "no fat chicks" mantra espoused by some, "Whole Lotta Love" will be a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies. Songs confirmed so far include Queen's arena rock classic "Fat Bottomed Girls" by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Also on tap is a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple "Whole Lotta Rosie" by Rufus Fontain, featuring Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar and original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. The Poison chart-topper "Unskinny Bop" is ably recreated by party rock outfit Evick, featuring members of the Bret Michaels Band. And the bass-heavy Spinal Tap dirge "Big Bottom" is given a 6-string revamp by Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda and his Band of Steel. Plus-sized songstress Celisa Stratton brings all-new meaning to the title track "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, in conjunction with veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed. Samples of all tracks are available at the official "Whole Lotta Love" MySpace page.

"Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks" is scheduled for an August 31, 2010 release and is now available for pre-order directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. The first 500 pre-orders will receive a free instant digital download of "Fat Bottomed Girls," as well as a bonus mini-print of the cover art upon delivery of the album. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website.

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