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Friday, September 10, 2010

Rock News for Friday 10th September, 2010


2010 will go down as the year that we lost one of hard rock/heavy metal's all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio (after a valiant battle with cancer).

Throughout a career that saw Ronnie pen or co-pen classics with such legendary acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and with his solo group, Dio, there are simply not enough words to describe the singer's contribution to rock music worldwide.
And to celebrate the life of the man that has become synonymous with metal, several new releases will soon be arriving, that are certain to please Dio's large and loyal fanbase.

On November 9th, the double disc set, 'Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987' will be released.
The first disc was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio's solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, 'Holy Diver.' And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio's debut (featuring such classics as "Rainbow in the Dark," "Stand Up And Shout," etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath ("Man on the Silver Mountain," "Heaven and Hell," etc.) - resulting in a thorough retrospective of Dio's career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits.
The second disc of 'Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987' features guitarist Craig Goldy's debut - recorded in 1987, in support of the 'Dream Evil' album, and contains highlights from Dio's career.

Tracklist for Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 and 1987
CD 1: 1983
1. Stand Up and Shout 2. Straight Through the Heart 3. Children of the Sea 4. Rainbow in the Dark 5. Holy Diver 6. Drum Solo 7. Stargazer 8. Guitar Solo 9. Heaven and Hell 10. Man on the Silver Mountain 11. Starstruck 12. Man on the Silver Mountain (Reprise)

CD 2: 1987
1. Dream Evil 2. Neon Knights 3. Naked in the Rain 4. Rock and Roll Children 5. Long Live Rock n’ Roll 6. The Last in Line 7. Children of the Sea 8. Holy Diver 9. Heaven and Hell 10. Man on the Silver Mountain 11. All the Fools Sailed Away 12. The Last in Line (Reprise) 13. Rainbow in the Dark

'Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987' will be the very first release from the Niji Entertainment Group (which was formed by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010).
The set will be released as a deluxe digipak including a booklet filled with rare photographs and liner notes, and original replica all access laminates from both shows.

Ronnie was the executive producer on the Donington project, and was very much looking forward to the release. The Niji Entertainment Group is a full service record label, and will be releasing rare and unreleased recordings from Dio and other artists.

November 23rd will see two additional releases from the Niji Entertainment Group - a deluxe limited edition picture disc of Dio's classic solo debut, 'Holy Diver,' and 'Bitten By The Beast' from David "Rock" Feinstein.
"Rock" is Ronnie's cousin, and was a member of Elf, and the leader of the legendary NY band The Rods. 'Bitten By The Beast,' features the single "Metal Will Never Die," with lead vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This single will be heavily worked to active rock and metal radio this fall.

In 2011, the Niji Entertainment Group has many other Dio-related projects planned, including an extensive vinyl box set (an idea that Ronnie himself came up with), 'For The Record: The Complete Dio Vinyl Collection,' which will feature 16 LP's in a deluxe carrying case, with "all access tour laminates" from every tour. All of the LP's will be on 180 gram colored vinyl. Also, being released for the first time on DVD will be 'Super Rock Japan 1985' (which was only ever released in Japan on VHS).

Another forthcoming DVD release will be a collection of every Dio MTV promotional video, plus live concert footage including bonus features, including interviews with Ronnie, his band, and crew.
A Dio bootleg box set is on the horizon as well, featuring never-before-released sound board recordings and audience recordings.

Other releases from the Niji Entertainment Group in 2011 will include all four Rainbow Dio-era LP's in their original gatefold sleeves on 180 gram colored vinyl, and all three Elf LP's will be issued on 180 gram colored vinyl.

2011 will also see deluxe reissues from Tim "Ripper" Owens, a fantastic new CD from Oni Logan (Lynch Mob vocalist), and Rowan Robertson (Dio guitarist), as well as live Elf.
Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now numbers over one million.

The Niji Entertainment Group is in the process of starting the official Dio webstore, which will give fans worldwide opportunity to purchase t-shirts, limited edition items, and CD's/DVD's that fans have been requesting.

While Ronnie was alive, he always wanted to have his own action figure/statue.
And now, this has become a reality - KnuckleBonz has created the Ronnie James Dio rock iconz statue, which will be available in late fall 2010.
These statues are only produced in limited edition runs of 3000, which make them highly collectible and sought after from fans.
A portion from the sales of the Dio statue will go to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio.
Preorders available by visiting
For more information, please visit:

Ozzy announces End of Year North American arena tour

OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows -- in support of his album SCREAM (Epic Records) and latest single “Life Won’t Wait” -- are part the of the Rock Legend’s in-progress 18-month world tour on which he’s earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G). HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark OZZY’s first headlining North American tour since 2007’s trek for his Black Rain album.
Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.

New North American 2010 tour dates are:
November 2010
Fri 11/12/10 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Sun 11/14/10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Tue 11/16/10 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
Thu 11/18/10 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Sat 11/20/10 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tue 11/23/10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 11/25/10 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Sat 11/27/10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
December 2010
Wed 12/01/10 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Fri 12/03/10 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Sun 12/05/10 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Sun 12/12/10 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
OZZY is now on a run of acclaimed festival appearances and headlining overseas performances, including two OZZFest dates: London at O2 Arena September 18 and Tel Aviv, Israel at Heyarkon Park September 28. This overseas trek includes stops in Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Finland, Norway, Germany, Romania and Turkey, before wrapping October 4 in Hungary. OZZY then heads to Japan (October 13, 16 and 17) before returning to the U.S. to headline the Voodoo Experience festival Halloween weekend in New Orleans, LA.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for each show on the North American tour through two unique “Meet & Greet” packages. VIP packages go on sale Monday September 13 at 10:00 AM (local venue time) and are limited to 4 per show date for the M&G package and 8 per show date for the party package. Descriptions of the two VIP packages are as follows:

• The “Ozzy Osbourne Meet & Greet Package” is limited to 30 tickets per show and amenities include: premium seating within the first 3 rows of the stage, Meet & Greet and personal photograph with OZZY, VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave and a variety of OZZY tour- related items.

• The “Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package” -- available to the first 200 buyers -- includes a ticket located within the first 10 rows of the stage, VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave and a variety of OZZY tour-related items.

At the same time, OZZY’s first-ever official free iTunes app--simply called OZZY--will be the best way for fans to obtain the most up-to-date information, including tour dates. Users can experience music from OZZY’s 30-year solo career with access to a full discography featuring direct links to his iTunes page for a one-stop link to purchase of any song or album from his catalog. In addition, once downloaded, users can view music videos and photo galleries, access OZZY’s current concert dates and buy tickets for upcoming shows, or they can instantly post comments and photos from shows they’ve just attended. A built-in fan wall also allows users to communicate with each other and search (by location) to find fellow OZZY fans in their town. The OZZY app is fully integrated with his official Twitter feed and has direct links to all of his other social networking sites as well as OZZY’s official online store.

The fall dates will coincide with the October 5 release of an expanded two-CD version of the SCREAM album. This “Tour Edition” package will feature seven bonus songs: a mix of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings. Epic will also issue a four-sided vinyl edition that includes five bonus tracks: the three aforementioned songs from the SCREAM sessions and the live version of “Let Me Hear You Scream,” along with the single version of “Life Won't Wait” (the second single from SCREAM).


Is this taking things just a little too far with Kiss or is it pretty cool?
I think it's alright, but it should just be a case of being available for everyone that has bought tickets on the current tour and at regular price, 'because you are going to see (and support) Kiss!
I think it's wrong to be charging extra, the sad thing is, people are always prepared to pay for stuff like this.
Anyway, here the info that I found through the bands Facebook page:

You "Rocked and Rolled All Nite," with KISS, now rock a one-of-a-kind concert souvenir!
Introducing the limited edition KISS Souvenir Ticket -- a glossy, full-color, holographic souvenir available only to KISS concert-goers like you.
Each souvenir ticket is just $12 (plus a small processing fee) and displays your actual seat location -- making every souvenir unique.

It's the perfect show-off piece for the ultimate KISS fan. But hurry -- if you wait too long you'll kiss this amazing offer goodbye. Order your one-of-a-kind souvenir tickets by Monday, September 13th with the following instructions:
Email Ticketmaster at with:
1) Your Kiss event order number.
2) The number of souvenir tickets you'd like. Must be equal to or less than the number of concert tickets you bought.*
3) The last four digits of the credit card used to purchase the original tickets. This is for security purposes.*

A $2.50 processing fee applies to each order. Allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.
*The original credit card charged for the original concert tickets will be used for souvenir ticket purchases.
*Getting souvenir tickets for only some of your concert tickets? Souvenir tickets can be made only for consecutive seat numbers, beginning with the lowest. For example, if you purchased 4 concert tickets with seats numbered 1 - 4 and only buy 3 souvenir tickets, the seat numbers printed on your souvenir tickets will be 1 - 3. You will not be able to get 2 - 4 or any other combination other than 1 - 3.

Only those who've purchased KISS concert tickets are eligible to purchase souvenir tickets and are limited to one souvenir ticket per concert ticket purchased.

Some brief news items too!

Robin Trower - First US Tour Dates, Now Online
The first US Robin Trower 2011 tour dates have been announced. Details are available on the Tours page - - More confirmed dates have been added!

Lynch Mob update
Lynch Mob has a new Myspace page! - The new page is
The old Myspace page will be phased-out and will no longer be updated/supported.

Lynch Mob is also proud to announce that bassist Robbie Crane is joining the band for the rest of the upcoming tour dates. Robbie has performed with Ratt and Vince Neil as well as many other top artists in his career.
Current Lynch Mob European tour dates are:
Oct. 2010
Oct 30 Firefest Nottingham UK
Nov. 2010
Nov 2 Rockbar Fans Sofia BULGARIA
Nov 3 A38 Ship Budapest HUNGARY
Nov 6 De Bosuil Weert NETHERLANDS
Nov 7 Sala Heineken Madrid SPAIN
Nov 9 Apolo 2 Barcelona SPAIN
Nov 10 Atelier Luxembourg city LUXEMBOURG
Nov 11 Szene Vienna AUSTRIA
Nov 12 Z7 Pratteln SWITZERLAND
Nov 13 Paranoid Viareggio ITALY
Nov 14 Arcitom Mantova ITALY
Nov 17 Le Divan duMonde Paris FRANCE
Nov 18 Sticky Fingers Göteborg SWEDEN
Nov 19 Sigurdsgatan 25 Västeras SWEDEN
Nov 20 Gamla Oslo NORWAY

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