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Monday, August 9, 2010

Rock News for Monday 9th August, 2010

Robert Plant adds more solo UK tour dates 

To many rock fans out there, Robert Plant continues to push aside possibilities of any Led Zeppelin reunion, be it with his activities with Alison Krauss or his other solo side project, Band of Joy.
The band has just completed a 12 date US tour in July and well ... So it continues as more Band of Joy tour dates appear, just this past week another 3 UK dates were added.
His full current list of European tour dates with Band of Joy are as follows:

September 2010
2nd September, HMV Forum, London
October 2010
14th October, Annext, Stockholm, Sweden
16th October, Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
18th October, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
20th October, Gateshead: The Sage
21st October, Liverpool, The Olympia
24th October, France/Paris– Palais De Sports
26th October, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
27th October, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
31st October 2010, Palace Theatre, Manchester
November 20101st November, Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
For more updates on Robert Plant activities:

How about a new Scrap Metal tour date ...?

I know, many people are thinking who ...?
Well, Scrap Metal - for those that don't know - are the side project / band that was the dreamchild of brothers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, Mark Slaughter, Kelly Keagy and Eric Martin.
Since forming the side (occasional) project a number of years back, every onece in awhile, they get together again and when they do, you can usually guarantee a number of all star rock guests joining them.
These days though, Kelly Keagy has to back out from summer dates, due to his touring commitments with Night Ranger and Eric Martin these days, seems to spend most of his time in Japan.
Anyway, check out their special guests for this show coming up, along with the show details:

New Scrap Metal Tour Date!!!
August 20, 2010- Mohegan Sun Wolf Den Uncasville , CT
The line up for this show is scheduled to include:

John Payne / ASIA
Asia 's hit singles include “Only Time Will Tell,” “Heat of the Moment,” “Sole Survivor” and “Wildest Dreams.”

Steve Plunkett / AUTOGRAPH
Autograph's hit singles include "Turn Up the Radio", "Loud and Clear", "Blondes in Black Cars"

Janet Gardner / VIXEN
Vixen's hit singles include "Cryin", "Edge of a Broken Heart"

Mark Slaughter / SLAUGHTER - hit singles include "Up All Night", "Fly to the Angels"

Matthew & Gunnar Nelson / NELSON - hit singles "After the Rain", "Love and Affection", "More Than Ever"
Details over here:

Van Halen update - Official at Warner / Chappell site

Well, it seems somehow the press release that previously mentioned rock sites, and got a hold of, must have been an early leak, as indeed, the statement is NOW up at the Warner / Chappell site.
Here's the link to go read it for yourself:

Even without Michael Anthony onboard, I do seriously hope, Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth can indeed come up with some fine new music for us all.
It will be interesting to see what influence Eddie's son Wolfgang could have on the songwriting too, if they were to bring him into the writing equation. This of course is assuming a new album does see the light of day.

Rick Springfield new US tour dates

Rick Springfield continues to hit the live trail - hopefully plugging the excellent Venus in Overdrive album - playing the following US tour dates during August:

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair
FREE with fair admission!

Friday, August 13, 2010
Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center Outdoors

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Atlanta, GA - Symphony Hall - Woodruff Arts Center

Friday, August 20, 2010
Lynden, WA - Northwest Washington Fair

Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tacoma, WA - Emerald Queen Casino

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Kennewick, WA - Benton Franklin Fair

Friday, August 27, 2010
Great Falls, MT - Hideout Lounge & Casino

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Lewiston, ID - Hot August Nights Car Show, Pioneer Park

For more updates:
Another rock cruise lined up
These various rock bands getting together with cruise liner companies, for rock cruises seems to be getting more and more popular and here's another one for you, that I found through 38 Special's website!
Simpleman Cruise 2011

38 Special is getting back on the boat! We are excited to announce we’ll be sailing once again on the Simple Man Cruise in 2011! We're thrilled to be joining the 5th cruise adventure, with the band that’s closest to our family – Skynyrd - and hope you can join us!

We'll be sailing with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, Blackberry Smoke, Heather Luttrell, Tom Hambridge & the Rattlesnakes, Leroy Powell, Swampdawamp, Truth & Salvage Company and a full lineup of more than a dozen bands from January 20-24th, 2011 from Tampa, FL, to Grand Cayman on the Carnival Inspiration.
We are sure you’ve heard the stories, and the past 4 years of this event sound unforgettable (we know last year was!). We want you to join us in making this year’s event the biggest celebration of the southern rock community yet! We don’t want to be there without you, so please come on board with us!

There are less than 50 cabins left, so hurry and get one of the last! Prices start at $649 per person (based on double occupancy) plus $149 per person for taxes and fees. To book your cabin today, head on over to or call 877-SIXTHMAN and book your cabin. With less than 50 to go, make plans to join us today!
We can’t wait to see you on board!
See you on the cruise!
-38 Special

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