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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Rock News Update - Sunday 22nd August, 2010
Joe Satriani new album and tour on the way
JOE SATRIANI - THE NEW ALBUM
"BLACK SWANS AND WORMHOLE WIZARDS"
UK RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 4th
US RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 5th
Joe Satriani, one of rock music’s most renowned electric guitarists, has announced details of his highly anticipated 14th studio album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. The album will be released in the UK on Monday October 4th by Epic records and dovetails 'Satch’s' autumn 2010 UK tour, which kicks off on October 17th at the Manchester Apollo.
On the new album Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, Satriani’s classic sound is accompanied by a surprisingly rich new texture. The first single "Light Years Away" is destined to be a hit, alongside several other high energy offerings, like “Wormhole Wizards” and “Premonition.”
Satriani joined with former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, to form the stand-out rock collaboration, Chickenfoot. After a highly successful world tour, their self-titled debut album was certified gold in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America with over 500,000 sales.
Over the last two decades, Joe Satriani has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. As one of the world’s most renowned instrumental artists, Satriani recorded Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock! in 2008 at The Grand Rex Theater in Paris, France. The live two-disc CD and DVD was released in February 2010 through Epic Records and contained such memorable songs as, “Surfing With The Alien”, “Flying in a Blue Dream”, along with recent hits like “Super Colossal” and “I Just Wanna Rock.” Of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.
The UK release of Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards dovetails Joe Satriani’s autumn 2010 UK tour, tickets for all UK shows are on sale now and available from the national credit card hotline 0844 888 9991 or can be booked online at http://www.ticketline.co.uk/
JOE SATRIANI - UK TOUR DATES
SUNDAY OCTOBER 17TH – MANCHESTER APOLLO
MONDAY OCTOBER 18TH – BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER – LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER – NEWCASTLE CITY HALL
FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER – GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER – BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
Also Joe Satriani has announced North American tour dates that start in December 2010!
As a special treat to 'Satch' fans, if you pre-order his new album through his online store, there's a few bonuses that should be of interest to die hard Satriani fans!
Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards (Autographed CD) offer!
Signed CD, Ticket Pre-sale Code and Instant Grat Track Offer Includes:
- An autographed copy of the Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards CD
- A ticket pre-sale code for a chance to access concert tickets before the general public
- An MP3 download of "Light Years Away"on 9/7
Every Signed CD Bundle pre-ordered through this offer receives a code for exclusive access to ticket pre-sales for Joe Satriani's upcoming tour*!
Line Of Fire new album Momentum gets North American release
It’s been 5 years since LINE OF FIRE unleashed their debut album upon the unsuspecting masses. The band had planned to swiftly capitalize on the glowing success of 'Line Of Fire' but when the sessions for 'Momentum' began in 2006 it seemed that fate had other plans. Numerous personnel problems, sudden and life threatening health issues and other disruptive elements ran rampant throughout the LINE OF FIRE camp. It’s a miracle the band survived such tumultuous times. But it’s been said that great music comes from great struggle and Momentum is the culmination of 5 years of very complicated and strenuous circumstances. Despite the negative energies circulating during its conception, Momentum emerges as a bright light beaming from that dark period to carry the band forward and thrust them back into the spotlight of the AOR scene.
To help aid in the album’s completion, the band enlisted several session musicians (Killwhitneydead,The Demonstration, Hip Pocket) in addition to adding a new guitarist. Thomas Clark (Jonin) joined vocalist Shawn Pelata and guitarist Nikki Dimage as a permanent member of LINE OF FIRE and brought with him a new spark and creative insight. The resulting material doesn’t stray too far from the Melodic Rock formula for which the band is best known. Despite using digital technologies to track Momentum, the band wanted to draw influence from classic albums like Boston’s'Boston' and Journey’sDeparture for a more raw and organic sound. A sound which producer Jamie King was easily able to deliver. Momentum is a standout Melodic Rock album through and through and should not disappoint any of the fans who have been waiting patiently for this long promised and much delayed sophomore album.
FORMER RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE VOCALIST PLANS TO HELP ORGANIZE MAJOR MUSIC
FESTIVAL ON TURKEY'S "GOLD COAST" IN 2011
(Antayla, Turkey) While vacationing in Antayla, Turkey this summer, some Turkish businesspeople approached Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen) with the idea of presenting a major rock music festival in or near the city sometime in 2011. Turner agreed that this was a great concept.
While the festival is only in the "idea stage" at this time, Joe helped lay the groundwork for it by visiting with Mayor Mustafa Akaydin of Antalya. Akaydin said that the municipality should support the organization of such a festival. He stated, "Famous artists coming to the city will favorably promote both Turkey and the city. We already stage events to boost the city's cultural and artistic reputation. It will make us very happy to do this."
"Antalya is a 'Gold Coast' of international holiday destinations," says Turner, "They have over 300 five star resorts in or near the area and are still building. Over 32 nations come here for vacations so this region seems like a great fit for a large scale music festival."
He explains that the event would feature a mix of international and Turkish rock musicians. Although there is no definite date yet, Turner mentioned the possibility of holding the festival in May 2011.
Joe describes his role as "The celebrity face of the project, working with government and sponsors. This will be a very big project and the work will be hard but worth the effort. We hope it is a big success!
We have government support and the sponsors will give full support as well!"
Dave 'Bucket' Colwell releases solo album
Long time Bad Company guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell leads his allstar band Bucket & Co. on his eponymous debut album 'Guitars, Beers & Tears.'
Bucket is joined by an all star list of friends including Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, Edwin McCain, Steve Conte (New York Dolls), Spike (The Quireboys) and Mark Reid (A1) among others. The album features songs written by Bucket as well as famed country singer/songwriter Tommy Lee James (over 50 #1 hits).
Guitars, Beers & Tears has been a labor of love for Bucket. Colwell had the chance to write and record with some of his best friends and band mates from his storied career in Rock and Roll. Playing the guitar since the age of eight Bucket has shared the stage with some of music's greatest artists such as Slash, Bon Jovi, Mick Ralphs to name a few. Classically trained and inspired by the likes of Steve Marriott, Paul Kossoff and Mick Ralphs, it wasn't long before Bucket began to form his own bands and play in the local venues.
His first taste of success came with the release of his first song 'Running Away' with his band Angel Street. The band quickly built a dedicated following in the city of London. Dave also worked with 720 and then went on to Samson. With Samson, Bucket toured Europe extensively appearing with Black Sabbath, Gary Moore and UFO.
Dave would eventually leave Samson to form FM. Also, during this period Dave signed a songwriting deal with Rondor/Universal and penned an early hit for Iron Maiden called 'Reach Out'. Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden then called on Bucket to write and record the ASAP album 'Silver & Gold' which saw release worldwide.
Bucket was then tapped by one of his guitar heroes, Mick Ralphs, to play in Ralphs' solo band. This gig led to Bucket becoming a member of Bad Company in 1990. Bucket would tour and record with the platinum selling act during the Holy Water, Here Comes Trouble and the What You Hear Is What You Get tours. Dave would also co-write the The Company of Strangers and Stories Told and Untold albums for Bad Company.
During a brief hiatus for Bad Company, Bucket was asked to join Humble Pie by founding members Jerry Shirley and Greg Ridley. Bucket wrote and produced Back on Track for Humble Pie. Paul Rodgers reformed Bad Company and requested that Bucket rejoin for the Merchants of Cool tour which culminated in a CD/DVD that went Gold.
Since then Bucket has stayed very busy. He recorded and toured behind the solo project from Spike of The Quireboys. Bucket then joined The Jones Gang featuring Kenney Jones (Faces/The Who) along with old band mates Robert Hart and Rick Wills. The single 'Angel' from the debut album Any Day Now would stay at #1 on the US radio charts for 12 weeks.
During his career Bucket has lived the life most musicians have dreamed about. Bucket's songwriting is sure to leave a legacy of producing and performing high quality hard, melodic rock. It's no wonder that Dave 'Bucket' Colwell was recently inducted into the Harrod's Guitar Hall of Fame.