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Friday, September 17, 2010

Brief Rock News for Friday 17th September, 2010


David "Rock" Feinstein - the former member of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, The Electric Elves, Elf, and the leader of the legendary NYC band, The Rods - is readying a new solo effort via the Niji Entertainment Group, 'Bitten By The Beast.' Released on November 23, 2010, the nine-track disc will be available as a deluxe digipack, and will certainly be of interest to metal fans worldwide, due to Feinstein's impressive hard rock pedigree. But also, because the album features what turned out to be one of the last-ever recorded vocals by Ronnie James Dio (Feinstein's cousin), on the headbanging anthem "Metal Will Never Die."

"I feel like it was meant for me to write 'Metal Will Never Die'," explains Feinstein. "And it was meant to be that Ronnie James Dio should sing it! Whatever power it was that brought the two of us back together musically, I am so thankful for. Now, 'Metal Will Never Die' means more to me than any other song that I have written in my whole career as a songwriter and musician. I can't wait for the world to hear it!"

"Metal Will Never Die" is sure to be a hit at active, hard rock, and metal radio (which the Skateboard Marketing team will be heavily promoting for the coming months). Additionally, Feinstein will be supporting the release with live dates with The Rods for all of 2011. 'Bitten By The Beast' will surely catch the attention of Dio fans, as well as fans of vintage, anthemic metal sounds. "Nobody could really know how Ronnie worked in the studio, unless they saw it for themselves," adds Feinstein. "How effortless it was for him to sing. Years ago, Ronnie and I spoke about doing some kind of project together again." Soon, fans will be able to hear firsthand what Ronnie James Dio had known for decades - Feinstein is the real deal, and 'Bitten By The Beast' will prove this point once and for all.

The Niji Entertainment Group was started by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010 (shortly before Dio's tragic passing in May of this year).

The first non-Dio related release will be 'Bitten By The Beast,' which will lead to further releases by other artists throughout next year, including solo efforts by Tim "Ripper" Owens, Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan, and former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson.

'Bitten By The Beast' Tracklisting:
Smoke On The Horizon
Evil In Me
Break Down The Walls
Metal Will Never Die (Featuring Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals)
Kill The Demon
Rock's Boogie
Give Me Mercy
Run For Your Life
Gambler Gambler

Nate Horton: Drums ***Special guest performances by Ronnie James Dio: Vocals, Carl Canedy: Drums, and Garry Bordonaro: Bass*** On the song: "Metal Will Never Die"
For more information, visit:

There actually seems a little conflict about the release date of 'Bitten by the Beast', as Niji are saying November 23rd, but Dave's own site says:
David "Rock" Feinstein: Guitar, Bass, and Vocals, release date: November 9th, 2010?!

And while we're on a Ronnie James Dio related track and I don't mean the song ....
This from Craig Goldy posted over at the Dio website:

A Note From Craig Goldy

Even to this day I am still having trouble wrapping my mind around Ronnie’s passing!
He was such an amazing person, visionary, band leader, lyricist, songwriter and everything else he was that would take me a lifetime to explain…..but I am so very grateful to have been able to call him…..Friend.!

There is still a whole in my soul where once his greatness of being had occupied and now the memories of him and his influence on me shall remain! I will miss him until the day I die!
I also wish to follow Simon’s example and say a few words to Wendy:

I have said this before, but it is still true….Ronnie’s influence on my life is not over! Each and every day, something arises that makes me think of him and how he might respond to the current storms that life can bring along with it. My greatest wish is that I become someone that he would be proud of!
I also wish to follow Simon’s example and say a few words to the fans:

I know your pain….some of you were there that day of the memorial and we were able to hold each other in our arms and cry tears of the most intense loss we could ever imagine that life could throw our way! I will never forget that connection! I also wish to encourage you, that his music and his ways will never die! They are a part of everyone that he has ever worked with and came in contact with!

He is not dead…..he is just no longer in pain!
I love you all and miss you terribly and hope to see you soon again!
Your friend and fellow fan, Craig Goldy

Queen movie to star Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury

Brian May, Queen's unique guitarist, has confirmed to the BBC that star of British TV offbeat comedy Ali G and the main man in the 'Borat' movie, Sacha Baron Cohen, is to play the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury in a forthcoming movie about the flamboyant frontman.

"We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he's been talking with us for a long time," May told the HARDtalk show.

Frost / Nixon writer Peter Morgan is writing the screenplay, he added.
Peter Morgan was also the writer behind successes "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland."
The film, which will focus on the period leading up to Live Aid in 1985, will begin shooting next year.

"Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer so with Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success” said Graham King, of GK Films
"I think we'll try and keep ourselves out of it as much as we can," May said.
Baron Cohen had been "on this project since we started talking about it seriously with Peter Morgan a couple of years ago,". he added

May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor will oversee music featured in the film, which will include songs by the band and by Mercury as a solo performer.
The full details of this, can be read at:

New ZZ Top album on the way
A new album it seems is on the way for ZZ Top, based on information at where guitarist / singer Billy Gibbons, recently did an interview with them.
This will be their first studio album since 2003.
They'll be entering the studio with Rick Rubin, once they finish some current live dates with Tom Petty.
Read more on the story here:

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