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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 1st July, 2010

Apologies for lack of news updates on Tuesday and Wednesday folks, the late news on Monday, was literally posted around 11.30pm Monday night, so maybe I should've called it the late, late news! ;-)

I did give you the Eddie Money live review though, so I hope that sufficed for you, a little!
I wasn't expecting Eddie to be as good as previous years, as each year he comes out you look and think, 'Well, no spring chicken here, what are we going to get?' Then he goes and puts in a really good performance, all things considered.
So, to the updates.

Scorpions cancels Columbus show but ..., inks new publishing deal with BMG

Sad to see and learn that last nights show in Columbus, Ohio for the Scorpions was cancelled.
Klaus Meine has apparently been suffering with a chesty cold and was told to rest by doctors.
Although there were no Scorpions playing and refunds are to be given, opening act Cinderella it seems saved the day, by offering to play a free show for rock fans there and pulled in local rockers American Dog to kick things off.
More details on that story here through Blabbermouth:
Apparently the Detroit show is still on, as their next gig.- I hope so, I'm supposed to be reviewing it! ;-)

Meantime for the band ... A new deal seems to have been struck on publishing rights with BMG for the three longest serving band members. Funny that, haven't they just told us they are retiring? Hmmm
Here's that

BMG Rights Management has signed an exclusive, comprehensive and long-term publishing deal with Scorpions band members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs.

The agreement includes the rights to the current album Sting in the Tail which has been the band’s highest new entry in the US Billbord charts in 20 years.
Commenting on the deal, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch says, “We are proud that we will be working closely with one of the most successful international rock bands and especially one which also has its roots in Germany, and we are confident that we can build a successful partnership.”

Scorpions manager, Peter F. Amend adds, “We believe that by signing with BMG, we have found a reliable and international partner who will help us exploit our musical works worldwide.“

The rock band, who come from Germany, have won the ECHO award for lifetime achievement and three World Music Awards.

Foreigner Joins NASCAR on Labor Day Weekend!

This Labor Day Weekend, rock and race cars will take over the Atlanta Motor Speedway as Foreigner headlines a pre-race concert prior to the second running of the track's Labor Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Promo videos featuring Foreigner are currently available to view at the Atlanta Motor Speedway's website. A third video has just been added and all three can be seen by clicking on the linked image below.

Pre-race party passes for the Foreigner concert and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions are available for just $49 and will provide fans with up-close, stagefront access for both events on Atlanta Motor Speedway's front stretch famed for NASCAR's closest finishes.
A limited number of pre-race party passes are available, so fans are encouraged to act quickly to ensure their exclusive access for the concert and driver introductions. Grandstand tickets are required for admission.

Currently touring to support their latest and 11th-career album, Can't Slow Down, Foreigner has sold more than 70 million albums in a 33-year career and has released 39 singles, including rock anthems, Double Vision, Hot Blooded, and Cold as Ice, among others. In addition, Foreigner hit, Feels Like the First Time is currently featured in Atlanta Motor Speedway's advertising campaign.
For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit

Eddie Van Halen on Lopez Tonight footage available

Guitar superstar Eddie Van Halen made a brief taped appearance on the June 24 edition of  "Lopez Tonight", comedian George Lopez's new talk show on TBS. The segment now can be viewed below:

Recently reported that Van Halen's current line up Eddie, Alex, Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth, are working on a new studio album, most likely due in the first half of 2011.
A single is slated for release before the end of this year, all timing on these event is very patchy at best.
I guess keep checking for any other possible updates.

Johnny Winter "Live Through the '80s"DVD

To Be Released On August 24

"An extensive retrospective of the legendary guitarist in live performance, during what proved to be an incredibly prolific and successful decade."
- Andy Aledort, GUITAR WORLD

MVD Visual is proud to announce the release of Johnny Winter Live Through the '80s for North American distribution on August 24.

This DVD includes an incredible collection of official archival performance footage from around the world compiled from the original masters. It features 18 performances from various locations such as MTV Rock Influences '84 "Guitar Greats", Massey Hall (Toronto '83), Roskilde DRTV (Roskilde, Denmark '84), New Hampshire ('84), Sonet Studio (Bromma, Sweden '87), Piazza Duomo (Pistoia, Italy '88), and more. Intermixed with the live content is interview footage from various locations. This program is the definitive document of Johnny's career in the '80s, and is also the perfect companion to 2007's live DVD compilation, Live Through the '70s.

This DVD also includes rarely seen archival footage of Johnny riding his tour bus, talking candidly about his deep feelings for blues music, and relaxing backstage prior to a Swedish television appearance in 1987. Two songs are included from that performance: a rock-solid rendition of "Sound the Bell" (featuring subtle quotes from Freddie King's "Sen-Sa-Shun" and "San-Ho-Zay") and the hard-rocking shuffle that has become one of Johnny signature songs, "Mojo Boogie."

The final segment of the DVD features two absolutely scorching performances from the 1988 Pistoia Blues Festival in Italy: the extended slow blues, "Early in the Morning," and a lightening fast version of "Serious as a Heart Attack."

"For guitarists interested in learning from one of the true masters of blues and blues/rock music, Live Through the '80s provides an intimate and well-produced view of Johnny Winter's genius as an innovative and endlessly inventive player, offering enough guitar pyrotechnics to last a lifetime. And for music fans, it is simply a priceless collection of riveting performances from a true hero of electric blues guitar."- Andy Aledort, GUITAR WORLD

More details of the release can be found here:

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