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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 14th August, 2010


The UK's Classic Rock Magazine today revealed the nominations for their annual awards bash – The Classic Rock 'Roll Of Honour' Awards which takes place on Wednesday 10 November at London’s Roundhouse, hosted by Alice Cooper.

For the first time in the awards’ history the show will also feature live performances from Cheap Trick and Alter Bridge.

Six of the categories on the night, including Album of the Year, for which Europe's Last Look At Eden has been included in the list of initial nominations, will be decided by the public vote (see the categories to vote for by visiting the following link -

There will be a number of special achievement awards on the night, with the winners to be revealed over the coming months.
Rock music fans are being asked to cast their votes for Best Album of the Year from the following list of initial nominations -

Album Of The Year:
Europe - Last Look At Eden
Cheap Trick – The Latest
Bigelf – Cheat The Gallows
Slash – Slash
Kiss – Sonic Boom
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Pearl Jam – Backspacer
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns
Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
The Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
Ratt – Infestation
Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down
Black Crowes – Before The Frost…
Steve Hackett – Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth

Cast your vote for the Album of the Year here -

Europe will head out on a UK 'Balls and Banners' tour in February 2011.
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The annual 'Vibe for Philo' announces special guest band
Once a year in Dublin, on the anniversary of the mans passing, an event takes place to honour the rock legend Phillip Lynott called the, 'Vibe for Philo.'
It's an event that is supported and encouraged by Phil Lynott's mum, Philomena.
On January 4th, 2011 will be the next one and the organisers are pleased to make the following announcement:
Robbo to Rock The 25th Vibe!
The exciting news is that Brian "Robbo" Robertson will headline the 2011 event with his new band featuring Ian Haugland (Europe), Leif Sundin (Michael Shenker Group), Nalle Pahlsson (Treat), and Liny Wood.

As an 18 year old Robbo entered the world of Thin Lizzy and over four studio albums defined the Thin Lizzy twin guitar attack; wrote some of the most recognizable riffs in Rock Music (Are You Ready, Don't Believe a Word); and laid down the seminal blues guitarwork of the classic Still in love with You."

Robbo has a long association with the Vibe having played the 5th, 9th, 12th, 15th, and 20th Vibes. His new album "Diamonds and Dirt" features 4 Lizzy era tracks and Robbo will be taking time out from promoting it to play in Dublin on 4th January 2011. He stated "obviously the 4th January is an emotional time for me and there's no better way to commemorate it than being in Dublin with all those Lizzy supporters who love Phil so much, many of whom weren't even born when he died. It's amazing."

Robbo's performances at the Vibe, both on and off stage, are almost legendary at this point. His endless supply of stories and general warmth and conviviality at the after-show parties are almost as fondly remembered by supporters as his playing.

Keep up to date with all the updates and changes here:

German rockers Accept line up US tour dates and World wide News marathon

ACCEPT Announce World Wide News Marathon to Promote Blood Of The Nations!

To support the release of their long-awaited new album Blood Of The Nations, ACCEPT are proud to announce a 24-hour News Marathon to take place the day before the album’s European release on August 20th, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. (The CD will be released in Japan on Sept. 4th and in the US on Sept. 19th).
The album has generated a tidal wave of exhilaration and anticipation around the globe weeks ahead of its release. Blood Of The Nations is destined to become one of the most important rock releases of 2010

The ground-breaking 24-Hour News Marathon will take place over the official ACCEPT website as well as over all accompanying Social Networking sites (Facebook, Twitter and MySpace). The fans will be able to get access to exclusive ACCEPT news from all over the world, see personal video messages from the band members, take part in a variety of raffles and give-aways and much, much more.
The ACCEPT News Marathon begins August 19th, 2010 at 9:00 in the morning Central European Time (3:00 AM East Coast, or Midnight Pacific Time). Up to the minute latest news of ACCEPT will be posted and updated every hour all day long.

In support of the new album, Blood of the Nations, their first new studio album in 14 years the band have also lined up a short US tour.
Having just completed a successful European tour the ten US tour dates announced are:

September 2010
09/09/2010 - Atlanta, GA Prog Power Festival

09/23/2010 - Poughkeepsie NY The Chance
09/24/2010 - Baltimore MD Ram's Head Live
09/25/2010 I Sayerville NJ The Starland Ballroom
09/27/2010 I NYC NY B. B. Kings
09/29/2010 I Foxboro MA Showcase Live

October 2010
10/01/2010 S Reading PA The Silo
10/02/2010 A Mt Clemmens MI The Emerald Theatre
10/09/2010 A Chicago (St Charles) IL The Arcada
10/12/2010 A Dallas, TX House Of Blues
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Status Quo re-record In The Army Now hit for charity

On 26 September 2010, Status Quo will release a brand new version of their classic hit "In The Army Now" through Universal / UMTV. The original track is approaching its 25th anniversary and, upon release in 1986, became one of the biggest-selling records of the '80s worldwide. All profits from this updated and lyrically-reworked version of a true fan favourite will be donated equally to the British Forces Foundation and Help For Heroes charities. The former boosts the morale of servicemen and women on the frontline and in operational theatres all over the world, primarily through high quality entertainment, and the latter provides direct, practical support for injured service personnel.

Francis Rossi said, "It seemed like the right time to do this. This release is intended to show our support for the Allied Forces around the world, but in particular, of course, the British Armed Forces. We want people to celebrate what they do, say thank you and also support these vital charities."
The stunning video was recorded at the Kiwi Barracks of the 4-Rifles regiment and on location at the National Tank Museum and is rammed with hilarious footage of the band being put through their paces on the drill square, getting behind the wheel of some seriously heavy military hardware, and much more. The video is an unalloyed triumph and a testament to the work of the British Army. The band were so enamoured by the Sergeant Major who took charge of them that they asked him to deliver the classic "Stand Up And Fight!" line on the single.
Recorded just weeks ago at the Vestry Hall of the London College of Music, the track was, once again, produced by Pip Williams. This 2010 recording also features male and female backing singers from the Corps of Army Music.
The "In The Army Now" single is aimed at refocusing attention on the amazing job being done for us around the world by the Armed Forces and also in raising some much needed funds to better support those who need it most. Status Quo are delighted to get involved with these two charities and hope that the British public connect with the campaign too.
Army and Status Quo join forces -
Help for Heroes -
British Forces Foundation -

The Quo website is:


Los Angeles, CA – August 3, 2010 – The original members of legendary rock band Bad Company have announced they will extend their 2010 North American tour with four new dates confirmed for October, followed by five new dates in Japan. The exclusive tour run of Japan will be the first time in over three decades the original members have performed together there. Initially released earlier this year in the UK, the Warner Bros/Rhino greatest hits set "The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers" is slated for release September 22 in Japan, to coincide with the tour.
In addition, the band has announced the production of a new documentary titled "Movin' On." Bad Company, in partnership with production company Rogue HD, is currently on the road filming a concert tour documentary during the band's 2010 North American Tour.
Selling over 90 million records during his career, Paul Rodgers is and has been one of the most sought-after and recognizable vocalists in rock music. "The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers" greatest hits collection features Rodgers' greatest works during the legendary '68-'73 era of Free and '73-'82 era of Bad Company, the album collects 15-tracks from the very best of the chart-topping hits during that 14-year musical tenure. - Side Note: Simon Kirke was also there too!!! 
An exclusive iTunes deluxe version of the album, featuring bonus recordings, is also available. Alongside the UK release earlier this year, the original members of Bad Company reunited for their first concert tour of the UK in over three decades. The highly anticipated tour run culminated with a sold-out show at Wembley Arena. The collection became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979, Free's first since 1991 and was Rodgers' return to the charts following his 2007 certified Gold debut solo DVD "Live in Glasgow" which charted at #1 in Canada*, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US* and #4 in the UK.
Currently, "Movin' On" film crews are chronicling the band and crew during their daily activities on tour in addition to filming each nights show. The project has been described as a film where the tour itself is the star. "Each city, each venue, the crew and fans are as much a part of 'Movin' On' as the band themselves," said executive producer, William Johnson.
Official Bad Company iPhone and Android apps are now available and the "Movin' On 2010" tour video blog will be hosted exclusively in the smartphone apps and on the official Bad Company website at Features within the app allow fans to interact with each other at the venues on the concert tour, see concert video clips and a backstage look into the tour itself. Stay tuned to and for more news. Be sure to check out the official Bad Company community at and official Twitter@OfficialBadCo

Bad Company confirmed 2010 tour dates:
New USA 2010 dates 
Saturday October 2, 2010 Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, CA
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)

Japan 2010 Dates
Monday October 18, 2010 Zepp Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan
Wednesday October 20, 2010 Zepp Nagoya Nagoya, Japan
Thursday October 21, 2010 Namba Hatch Osaka, Japan
Monday October 25, 2010 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday October 26, 2010 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

More on new Brian Robertson solo album

OK, not a whole lot of info on this release and you try and find an 'active' Brian Robertson website!
No idea what label it will be released through either, but the info came through the 'Vibe for Philo' update and a link there.

Former Thin Lizzy/Motorhead/Wild Horses guitarist Brian Robertson has finished his new solo album with the working title "Diamonds and Dirt".
It's release is expected very soon.

Do It Till We Drop (Berry/Miller)
Blues Boy (Lynott/Robertson)
Linger My Love (Karlsson/Robertson)
Mail Box (Miller)
It's Only Money (Lynott)
That's All! (Robertson)
Devil In My Soul (Robertson)
Passion (Robertson)
Texas Wind (Robertson)
10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road (White)
Diamonds And Dirt (Robertson)
Running Back (Lynott)

Line up:
Guitars/Vocals - Brian Robertson
Lead Vocals - Leif Sundin (MSG)
Drums - Ian Haugland (Europe)
Bass - Nalle Påhlsson (Treat)
Piano - Chris Antblad (Spin Gallery)
Here are possibly the best or most up to date links for the man:

.... and finally ... What a great story!

I just saw this posted over at the Dio website.

A Very Cool 12 Year Old!

I wanted to share something very cool with all the Dio fans around the world!

12 year old Benjamin Polselli of Las Vegas, NV is having a Birthday Party next Saturday and has asked all 30 of his friends that instead of giving him toys or presents, he would like them to make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund!
Vincent Polselli, Benjamin's father said "Benjamin came up with this idea all on his own!"
This goes to show everyone that there is good in this world!
Benjamin and his buddies are the future leaders of our world and we are off to a great start!
Can all the Dio fans wish him a Happy Birthday on the Official Ronnie James Dio Facebook Page?

What a cool kid! Happy Birthday Benjamin and "Stand Up And Shout!"


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