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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 10th July, 2010

Stryper's 'The Covering' is on the way!

This update from Michael Sweet through the Stryper website on the forthcoming covers album, 'The Covering' as follows:

As most of you know, Stryper has been busy in the studio working on the brand new record "The Covering". As described by Michael Sweet, this record is a collection of covers from "bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Kansas and many others, who helped shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking."

The album tracks - as it stands right now - are:
1. Set Me Free
2. Blackout
3. Heaven and Hell
4. Lights Out
5. Carry On Wayward Son
6. Highway Star
7. Shout It Out Loud
8. Over The Mountain
9. The Trooper
10. Breaking The Law
11. On Fire
12. Immigrant Song
13. God

Want to hear samples of the new Stryper album, The Covering?

Not quite sure about Christianity and Michael asking you to be a 'follower' of his though ...

All you need to do is become a follower of Michael Sweet on Twitter at Michael will be revealing a hidden website via twitter where fans can listen to samples of the new Stryper album.
Go now to and sign up to follow Michael and get the latest news on the new album. 

Also ...

JULY 10, 2010 - We just wanted to remind the fans overseas that Stryper will be headed to South America and the land down under this summer!
They'll be playing Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Chile & Australia! Be sure to get your tickets soon as they are going fast!
Please visit the TOUR DATES section of for all of the confirmed shows and ticket info.

His Music And Spirit Will Live On Forever In Our Hearts!

Ronnie James Dio would have been 68 years old on July 10th.

Ronnie will live on forever in our hearts and through his amazing, timeless music. We Love You!
Happy Birthday Ronnie!

Black Country Communion - Full Details NOW!

UK Album Release: September 20th
US Album Release: September 21st

Black Country Communion the Anglo/American rock supergroup comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, UFO, Airrace, Bonham), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, today confirmed the release date and track listing for their highly anticipated debut album “Black Country”.

The album will be released by Mascot Records in the UK and the rest of Europe on Monday September 20th, followed by a North American release through J&R Adventures on Tuesday September 21st.

All songs are sung by Glenn Hughes, with the exception of Song Of Yesterday and The Revolution In Me which are both sung by Joe Bonamassa. Hughes and Bonamassa share lead vocals on the songs Sista Jane and Too Late For The Sun.
Also included on the album is a new version of Medusa, the classic rock song that Hughes originally recorded with his first band Trapeze.

Black Country Communion is the brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin). The album, produced and mixed by Shirley, is mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig.
Black Country Communion initially came to fruition when Kevin Shirley saw Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event.

Shirley recruited powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper).
The band, named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, recorded the debut album at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010, and are planning a tour in 2011.

Nicko McBrain & David Swales
Announce the release of VOICES OF EXTREME new studio album!!!

July, 2010 – New York and Massachusetts Melodic Rockers VOICES OF EXTREME will release their anticipated new album “Break the Silence” on August 2nd in the USA. “Break the Silence” is the band’s 2nd original studio album and their second full length release within the last five years.

V.O.X. is an infectious rising band who has caught the interest from top industry peers like Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and David Swales (Affinity Management) who co-manage the band.

V.O.X. was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan. They started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin and John Macaluso. The second release introduces new musicians Rob Katrikh and Mike Khalilov.
V.O.X. have a powerhouse line-up previously involved with artists like Doro, TNT, Ark, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

V.O.X. is now complete with Don Chaffin on lead vocals, Rob Katrikh on lead guitars, Bob Brennan on bass guitar, Mike Khalilov on keyboards, and John Macaluso on drums.
"Break the Silence”, states Don Chaffin, “Is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and various individual styles of the band members and a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances! ”

V.O.X. debuted in 2005 with the amazing ‘Hypocrite’, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005.
Once the debut album was complete, it wasn’t long before the V.O.X. hit the stage opening for Disturbed , Alice in Chains, and Godsmack.

“Break the Silence” will inspire fans of true Melodic Rock! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.

“Break the Silence” track listing includes:
Damned, Tell Me What It Takes, Apocalypse, Break the Silense, Numb, Did It Again, Hollow, Made of Stone, Blown Away, Sorry

Check out VOICES OF EXTREME website for upcoming shows and news.


Don Chaffin- Lead Vocals
Rob Katrikh– Guitar
Bob Brennan- Bass Guitar
Mike Khalilov- Keys
John Macaluso-Drums


Toto setlist details from European dates ...
Sorry, no other updates on Toto folks, but just thought I'd share the setlist from one of the shows performed recently in Europe.
Setlist as follows:
1.Child's Anthem
2.Till the End
3.Afraid Of Love
4.Lovers In The Night
5.Somewhere Tonight
8.Stay Away
9.I Will Remember
10.Keyboard SoloSpot
12.Georgy Porgy
13.Stop Loving You
15.Home of the Brave
16.Hold the Line

It really would be great if they'd only agree to make the reunion official and do more dates and I'm sure they could pull another album off too!

Bad Company to make 2010 US live shows music available

It seems that Bad Company are continuing to follow where others have led in releasing the live sets from each night of their forthcoming US Tour dates. I do personally still think that $30 for a CD is pricey, even if it is from the show you've just attended.
Also, how can an album be fully mixed and mastered and then given out right after a show?
Wouldn't the engineer need to go over the recording a few times first to tweak where needed?
I don't buy that statement, sorry!
Read on with this statement from their website: 

We are happy to announce that Abbey Road Live will be recording all the Bad Company shows on the US leg of our tour and making the recordings available immediately after each show!

These are limited-edition, collectible CDs that will sell out fast. They are fully mixed and mastered, not to be confused with a "sound board" feed. The quality is amazing!
The good news is that they are on pre-sale as of NOW at this link:

Go there now to reserve your copy to pick up at the show, or to have it sent home to you.
And make sure to "friend" Abbey Road Live for all the latest news and updates on the recordings:

Live dates are as follows - At this time:
July 2010
Friday July 16, 2010 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
Saturday July 17, 2010 Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, CA
Thursday July 22, 2010 The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena, Lakeland, FL
Friday July 23, 2010 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
Sunday July 25, 2010 Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA
Tuesday July 27, 2010 Bank Of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Friday July 30, 2010 Choctaw Resort Casino Event Center, Durant, OK
August 2010
Sunday August 1, 2010 Outlaw Jam, Frederick County Fairgrounds Frederick, MD
Wednesday August 4, 2010 Casino Rama Entertainment Center Rama, Ontario (Toronto), Canada
Saturday August 14, 2010 Dog's Nest At Grand Bend Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada
October 2010
Monday October 4, 2010 Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday October 5, 2010 Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday October 7, 2010 The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, OK (Tulsa)

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