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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rock News for Monday 16th August, 2010

Hi all, sorry it's been a little slow lately, as you've seen by many of my posts ..., well, you can tell it's summertime!
It's all about 'tour dates,' 'tour dates' and more 'tour dates!'
Then more 'tour dates' ahead in the Fall, er I mean Autumn .... Losing my English touch there! ;-)
Anyway, let's see what I can share with you now! Enjoy!

Iron Maiden fans, the wait is over!

The Final Frontier is here, now!
Available as a limited collectors 'Mission Edition' with extra goodies*, limited edition double picture vinyl and iTunes LP as well as standard CD and digital download... if you haven't already got your hands on Iron Maiden's stunning new album then hit for links to buy!

*Extra goodies include access to bonus content including the Director's Cut of 'The Final Frontier' video, filmed band 'Mission Debrief' interview footage, wallpapers, photos and the exclusive game 'Mission II: Rescue & Revenge'.

(Of course, if you're in the USA you'll have to wait until tomorrow - August 17th. But you can always kill some time with instead.

John Norum new album Play Yard Blues details

Mascot Records is pleased to announce the release of “Play Yard Blues” – the long-awaited new studio album from Europe guitarist John Norum. - Available now!

Hot on the heels of Europe’s critically acclaimed 2009 album “Last Look At Eden”, Play Yard Blues is Norum’s seventh solo release, featuring seven original John Norum tracks and three covers, including Thin Lizzy’s It’s Only Money, Frank Marino and Mahogany RushDitch Queen and Mountain’s Travellin’ in the Dark.

The new solo album sees Norum take his guitar playing in a new direction. While his trademark sound and distinctive style remains, the new recordings embody a bluesy rock vibe and much more soulful approach.

Both mixed and produced by John Norum, Play Yard Blues was recorded in Norum’s home town of Stockholm alongside Peer Stappe (who play percussion on the album). Norum’s long-standing Europe bandmate Mic Michaeli appears on the album, playing keyboards on several tracks.

(John Norum Photo by © Paul Bergen)
John Norum - Vocals & Guitars
Tomas Torberg - Bass Guitar
Thomas Bronman - Drums
Peer Stappe - Percussion
Mic Michaeli - Keyboards

Let It Shine
Red Light Green High
It’s Only Money
Got My Eyes On You
When Darkness Falls
Over and Done
Ditch Queen
Travel In The Dark
Born Again
Play Yard Blues

John Norum - Official Site -
John Norum - No. 1 Fan Site -
Mascot Records Official Site -

Joe Bonamassa UK Tour details

"Right now, there's no better
Blues-rock artist than Bonamassa"

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October.

Tickets go on sale from Tuesday June 1st and can be purchased from the nationwide ticket hotline:
0871 230 1101 or can be booked online from

Joe Bonamassa is hailed as one of the greatest young blues guitarists of his generation. Championed by Eric Clapton, and voted Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2009 Classic Rock Magazine Awards.

Joe Bonamassa voted ‘Best Overall Guitarist’, ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards

Bonamassa recently released his eighth new studio album 'Black Rock' which features the legendary
B.B. King on the track Night Life. Black Rock entered the UK album chart at number 14 and number 1 in the Independent Album chart. Bonamassa also hosts his own weekly UK radio show on Planet Rock.

Joe Bonamassa – Official Website -

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience Tour Announced

Taking time out from his other current project, Black Country Communion - That incidentally also  features Joe Bonamassa if you didn't know! - Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Foreigner, Airrace) is about to hit the road in October, to pay tribute to his Dad, Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham.

Tour dates as follows:
October 2010
Fri 10/08/10 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Event Centre
Sat 10/09/10 Prince George, BC CN Centre
Tue 10/12/10 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Wed 10/13/10 Red Deer, AB Westerner Park / ENMAX Centrium Arena
Thu 10/14/10 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sat 10/16/10 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
Sun 10/17/10 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tue 10/19/10 Minneapolis, MN The State Theatre
Wed 10/20/10 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
Thu 10/21/10 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
Sat 10/23/10 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Mon 10/25/10 Quebec City, QC Grand Theatre
Wed 10/27/10 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre
Thu 10/28/10 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
Fri 10/29/10 Toronto, ON Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Sat 10/30/10 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre
November 2010
Tue 11/02/10 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Wed 11/03/10 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Thu 11/04/10 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
Sat 11/06/10 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater
Mon 11/08/10 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
Sat 11/13/10 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Sun 11/14/10 Melbourne, FL King Center For Performing Arts
Tue 11/16/10 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Sun 11/21/10 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
Tue 11/23/10 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
Fri 11/26/10 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sat 11/27/10 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
Mon 11/29/10 Vancouver, BC Centre In Vancouver For Perf. Arts

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