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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rock News for Monday 20th September, 2010

Steven Tyler is he planning a solo period?

It's quite possible, Aerosmith's frontman Steven Tyler is planning on having himself a little solo time away from the band. has posted information on a forthcoming solo single by Tyler, for a Japanese movie, that is due to be released in November.
In addition to that, it appears that the man is about to launch his own website, which right now has a domain, but no info except for a banner that reads, 'Coming Soon!'
Check for yourself:
When you consider all the recent press of say the last 12 months or so, I think it's a real possibilty.
Maybe a little time apart will do both party's good, that said it's never stopped Joe Perry right, he's always doing his own thing and seriously, just think of the list of possible muso's Tyler could get involved in any solo project. I think it could be awesome!

For more info on the solo single, go to:

Allen - Lande - The Showdown is coming!

Yes, indeed, no other real information on this right now from Frontiers Records, but it seems the combined forces and vocals of - currently popular - Jorn Lande and Russell Allen are set to unite for their third joint affair in November, with the planned release of 'The Showdown.'

This is all I have received from Frontiers at this time, but you can also check out a brief video clip below, as a taster!
Project details at this are simply as follows:

Vocals by Jorn Lande / Russell Allen
Songs written by Magnus Karlsson
Mixed by Achim Kohler
Artwork by Rodney Matthews.

Available November 5th, 2010 - In European stores!

... and while we're on the Frontiers topic ...

Frontiers is pleased to announce the release of
Unruly Child - Worlds Collide

After disbanding over sixteen years ago, the original members of the legendary melodic hard rock quintet Unruly Child, have reunited to produce a brand new album for Frontiers Records.

Marcie Michelle Free (vocalist - King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) are back together again and have written and recorded a stunning new cd entitled “Worlds Collide”. Rejoining Free, Gowdy, and Allison are original band members from the first record produced in 1992 by Beau Hill (Ratt, Winger, The Storm, Europe) and released on Interscope/Atlantic in 1992: drummer - Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, Asia), and bassist - Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise).

Since the initial release of the critically-acclaimed "Unruly Child", all the band members have successfully pursued accomplished careers in the music industry. Marcie Michelle Free, one of the world's finest and and in recent times, most renowned transgendered vocalists, first released a solo record as Mark Free entitled “Long Way From Love” in 1993 and then another solo record as Marcie Free titled “Tormented” in 1996.

While the original band may have been disbanded, guitarist Bruce Gowdy and keyboardist Guy Allison were not dormant during the past 16 years. They produced two more Unruly Child records without Free, and participated on another World Trade album with Schellen. They have also pursued other projects and their reputation as writers, performers and arrangers is second to none with experiences with the likes of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Air Supply and The Moody Blues.

Drummer Jay Schellen and bass player Larry Antonino are a solid powerhouse rhythm section. After Schellen worked with Gowdy and Allison on World Trade’s “Euphoria” in 1995, he rejoined Hurricane with Kelly Hansen on “Liquifury”. He also was part of the Asia album “Silent Nation” line-up and keeps touring and recording with Asia featuring John Payne nowadays. Antonino has played with Ambrosia and Air Supply and in addition to being one of the world's most respected bass players, he has pursued acting, with his most notable role being that of "The Wolfman" in the movie “That Thing You Do" starring Tom Hanks.

But the puzzle would not quite be complete until the awesome cover art was designed by none other than the famed, Hugh Syme (Rush, Megadeth, Whitesnake etc.). The final piece for the ultimate reunion, as he also designed the original Unruly Child debut album artwork.

With so much excitement centered around their new record it has sparked fires of tour talk. Something this group has never done before. Will they hit the road in Europe or the States? Keep checking back. The band already has material in preparation for a follow up, but will likely release a remixed, remastered and updated version of "Tormented" with bonus tracks and new material before breaking ground on the next record. Unruly Child are also in the process of securing the rights to their first record for a future re-release.

The group, in its constant state of evolution has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic rock sensibility. With the return to the original line-up, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change. In their case, that's a good thing. The future looks very promising for the rebirth of Unruly Child.

For more information and band updates please visit:

Unruly Child:
Marcie Michelle Free: vocals
Bruce Gowdy: guitars
Guy Allison: keyboards
Larry Antonino: bass
Jay Schellen: drums

Mike Tramp and his band pay their tribute to Ronnie James Dio with new recording

Here's the official Press Release from Mike Tramp:

“Hymn to Ronnie”

Those who have already heard the song, call it The Ultimate tribute ever.

Mike Tramp, former frontman of White Lion and Freak of Nature. Have together with his Rock’n’Roll Circuz band, created a beautiful tribute of epic proportion, to the late Ronnie James Dio. The song clocking in at almost 9 minutes long, takes you through a magical journey of RJD’s life, and you will be left breathless at the end.
The track will premier September 27th on Eddie Trunks satellite Radio show in USA and Canada and immediately following the broadcast, fans will be able to download the 9 minute track from exclusively for the following week.

There after Mike Tramp permits anyone to place the song on their website for free download.
The song and “Download-Player” will be available from

Tramp wrote and recorded the song while recording his new album “2nd Act”, with his rock’n’roll circus, due out next year. Tramp says that the song always needed to stand by itself and never felt that he could include it in any form for commercial album. This song belongs to all of Ronnie’s fans, it’s not just a tribute, it’s a Hymn, something much more sacred to fit the man with the true voice of rock’n’roll.

Tramp got to tour with Dio in 1993 and speaks of Ronnie as a gentle man who wouldn’t hurt a fly and who spoke from the heart and made you feel welcome in his company.

Tramp is an enormous Rainbow fan because of Ronnie James Dio and the same goes for Black Sabbath. Ronnie brought so much melody to heavy metal, it was a great change.
Tramp says that with Ronnie gone, so is the space and throne he occupied, and no one can and will replace him or even fill his shoes.

Now let’s keep his rock’n’roll alive, always.
Ronnie R.I.P.

Notes written by Mike Tramp
Performed by: Mike Tramp & The Rock’n’Roll Circuz
Keyboards by: Tony Carey original Rainbow keyboard player (the Dio years)
Recorded at Medley Studios Copenhagen, Denmark by: Soren Andersen
Mixed by: Michael Voss, at Kidroom-Music, Germany.
Free download from September 27th
Check out for further news

Alter Bridge Join Forces With Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records are delighted to welcome American rock band ALTER BRIDGE to the family. The band will be represented by Roadrunner worldwide, with the exception of North America (an announcement regarding North America will be released in the near future). Since they formed in 2004, Alter Bridge have built a loyal fan-base through relentless touring and their stellar live performances, selling more than a million albums and in the process becoming one of the most respected rock bands in the world.

Grammy-winning songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti comments, “There is a real sense of excitement in the Alter Bridge camp to be able to partner-up with Roadrunner. With their proven track record worldwide and the hard work we have put in touring internationally, it seems like the perfect combination.” Wally van Middendorp, Roadrunner’s Snr VP International, states, “I am extremely pleased that we have added Alter Bridge to our international artist roster and I am confident the band will reach the next level with their upcoming record.”

Alter Bridge’s first release with Roadrunner will be their forthcoming third studio album, succinctly titled 'AB III.' Set for release on October 11 with Michael “Elvis” Baskette producing, the band – completed by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Myles Kennedy (who also fronts Slash’s touringband), bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips - recently unveiled the song titles on their official website at * * ALTER BRIDGE * * and also on their MySpace page at Alter Bridge on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads. The full track listing is set to be:

Slip To The Void
Ghost Of Days Gone By
All Hope Is Gone
Still Remains
Make It Right
Wonderful Life
I Know It Hurts
Show Me A Sign
Breathe Again
Coeur D’Alene
Life Must Go On
Words Darker Than Their Wings

The band will hit the road as soon as the album hits the shelves. Alter Bridge kick off an extensive European tour in Glasgow on October 16. Including 32 shows, the jaunt will wrap up in Italy in December. Tickets are on sale and selling fast for the following dates:

Oct. 2010
Sat 16th Oct - GLASGOW, UK O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sun 17th Oct - NEWCASTLE, UK O2 Academy
Tue 19th Oct - MANCHESTER, UK Academy SOLD OUT
Wed 20th Oct - NOTTINGHAM, UK Rock City
Fri 22nd Oct - LONDON, UK Hammersmith HMV Apollo
Sat 23rd Oct - SOUTHAMPTON,UK Guildhall
Mon 25th Oct - BIRMINGHAM, UK O2 Academy
Tue 26th Oct - BRISTOL, UK Colston Hall
Thu 28th Oct - ANTWERP, BE Trix
Fri 29th Oct - HAMBURG, DE Markhalle
Sat 30th Oct - COPENHAGEN, DK Amager Bio
Nov. 2010
Mon 1st Nov - MALMO, SE KB
Tue 2nd Nov - STOCKHOLM, SE Arena
Wed 3rd Nov - GOTHENBURG, SE Tradgarn
Fri 5th Nov - BERLIN, DE Columbia Club
Sat 6th Nov - COLOGNE, DE E-Werk
Mon 8th Nov - AMSTERDAM, NL Heineken Music Hall
Thu 11th Nov - LUXEMBOURG, LU Den Atelier
Fri 12th Nov - Paris, FR La Maroquinerie SOLD OUT
Sun 14th Nov - BILBAO, ES Rock Star Live
Mon 15th Nov - BARCELONA, ES Razzmatazz
Wed 17th Nov - MADRID, ES La Riviera
Mon 22nd Nov - VIENNA, AT Gasometer
Wed 24th Nov - ZURICH, CH Volkshaus
Thu 25th Nov - MUNICH, DE Theater Fabrik
Sat 27th Nov - LINZ, AT Posthof
Sun 28th, Nov - FRANKFURT, DE Batschkapp - SOLD OUT
Mon 29th Nov - DORTMUND, DE FZW
Dec. 2010
Wed 1st Dec - MILAN, IT Alcatraz
Thu 2nd Dec - ROME, IT Atlantico
Fri 3rd Dec - MODENA, IT VOX
Sat 4th Dec - PADOVA, IT Gran Teatro

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