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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 7th July, 2010

Robert Plant solo UK live dates announced

The Led Zeppelin frontman or should that be 'Ex-Led Zeppelin' frontman, Robert Plant has announced through his website that he will be playing the following UK dates:

• HMV Forum, London - Thursday 2nd September 2010
• St David’s Hall, Cardiff - Tuesday 26th October 2010
• Symphony Hall, Birmingham - Wednesday 27th October 2010
• Palace Theatre, Manchester - Sunday 31st October 2010

Pre sale tickets will go on sale from 9am on Wed 7th July, and everyone registered (on the email mailinglist) for the pre sale will be sent instructions for purchase on the 6th.
Tickets will go on general sale from 9am on the 9th July from the following places:

St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Palace Theatre, Manchester

Fans can still gain access to the pre sale by ordering Band of Joy from HMV here, before 8am on Monday 5th July:
Robert Plant website:

No new Van Halen on the way ..., apparently ...

It seems Eddie Van Halen's wife and 'spokesperson' Janie, has spoken out to Rolling Stone magazine, denying reports previously posted through that there was a new album on the way.
She says, "What is going around is exactly that, rumors. I don't have any updates at this time," Janie Van Halen said.
Hmm, no smoke without fire but why can't she tell us what is or has been going on or when something 'will' happen?! Not much of a spokesperson if you ask me ...
Anyway, it's a shame ... A new VH album featuring Diamond David Lee Roth would've been something to look forward to. 
Read more on the background to this here:

Rush Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and Radio conversation

Rush would like to say, 'Thanks again to the fans who came out to celebrate with the band for their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
And to Donna Halper, Billy Corgan and the City of Los Angeles.'
Radio host Jeff Woods in conversation with Geddy & Alex:

The radio special ran in North America, but it was also filmed so you anyone can watch it here:
Spread the word!


August 27 will see Frontiers Records issue their first ballads compilation titled Power Ballads Vol. 1.
The track listing will be:

JourneyAfter All These Years (Taken From “Revelation”)
WingerOn A Day Like Today (Taken From “IV”)
Glenn HughesImperfection (Taken From “Music For The Divine”)
Jeff Scott SotoHolding On (Taken From “Prism”)
Allen / LandeMaster Of Sorrow (Taken From “The Revenge”)
Giant Can't Let Go (Taken From “III”)
Primal Fear Hands Of Time (Taken From “16.6 Before The Devil Knows You're Dead”)
Pride Of LionsInterrupted Melody (Taken From “Pride Of Lions”)
Place Vendome My Guardian Angel (Taken From “Streets Of Fire”)
House Of LordsSweet September (Taken From “Cartesian Dreams”)
W.E.T.Comes Down Like Rain (Taken From “W.E.T.”)
Blanc FacesEverything (Taken From “Falling From The Moon”)
Places Of PowerI Live For You (Taken From “Now Is The Hour”)
Treat A Life To Die For (Taken From “Coup De Grace”)
SunstormWalk On (Taken From “House Of Dreams”)
Shadows FadeSpeak (Taken From “Shadows Fade”).

BENEDICTUM Signs for Frontiers

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of US Classic Heavy Metal band BENEDICTUM for the release of a brand new studio album in early 2011. Since 2005 Benedictum has been heralded as one of metal's most exciting bands. Fronted by the awesome talent of Veronica Freeman, her raw and powerful vocals have been the driving force behind this international metal sensation.

This year proves to be a very intense and exhilarating time, as Benedictum are set to deliver their 3rd album of jaw dropping, head banging, female-fronted fury. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums (Seasons of Tragedy & Uncreation), produced by internationally renowned producer and bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio & Foreigner), Benedictum is back to unleash their career defining release!

Benedictum is ready for the next step: with a new label behind them, they are currently working hard on the recording with Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, MXPX, NOFX). Benedictum is firing on all cylinders! Veronica is joined once again by lead guitarist extraordinaire, Pete Wells, bassist Chris Shrum, Tony Diaz on keyboards and drummer Mikey Pannone.

Benedictum’s success and legacy have been well documented and the band have already earned their place at the head of the power metal genre. “There is really a feeling of excitement in the air for us, the new material will be another level in our evolution as a band and we have a lot of confidence in our new label Frontiers Records and their willingness to stand with us on our journey!” states Veronica.

TEN update

Gary Hughes and the other TEN guys are working hard in the studio to lay down the tracks of the forthcoming TEN album to be entitled “Stormwarning”.

According to Gary: “The album is coming on nicely. The songs are incredibly strong this time out, the strongest I feel since the first two albums. This album has very commercial overtones as did the first two but when it kicks it does exactly that. some songs being more in the Spellbound era style too”. Some of the song titles include, apart from the title track: “Centre of My Universe”, “Kingdom Come”, “Endless Symphony”, “Love Song” and “The Wave”.

Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) was chosen to lay down the drum tracks, while the mix will be handled by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Sunstorm, Place Vendome). The cover art will be again designed (like it was for “Spellbound” and “Babylon”) by the spanish artist Luis Royo.
Frontiers hopes to release the album in early 2011.

FM on the Radio!!!!

British AOR'ster's FM, just shared this message yesterday on their MySpace page:
'We're joining Andy Fox for the whole of his GTFM show tomorrow night (Wednesday) from 10pm to midnight. We'll be playing some of our favourite tracks, giving away copies of Metropolis and tickets for our Cardiff show on Thursday and answering listeners' questions.'

If you have any questions/comments please email them to Tune in at

Marco Mendoza opening for Ted Nugent

Former Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Soul SirkUS and sometime Thin Lizzy bass man, Marco Mendoza has a little update for people! 
He's going open 3 shows for Ted Nugent, on the Motor City Madman's forthcoming tour.

Upcoming US Marco Shows, see here:

July 7 w / Ted Nugent
Ardmore OKlahoma ............. Heritage Hall

July 9 w / Ted Nugent
Alburqueque, New Mexico...... Hardrock Casino

July 10 w / Ted Nugent
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
...Starlight Amphitheater

as well as ...

Finally, please spare your thoughts and prayers for a very good friend of ours and extremely talented musician, Steve Newman of the band Newman.
After losing his Mother back in February of this year, after a long illness his Father passed away in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 7th July.
Steve, we're so very sorry to hear this, although know that he is now at peace and no longer suffering. Our love, prayers and deepest condolences go out to you, your sister and brother. Take care mate.

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