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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 4th September, 2010

Release date: September 28th, 2010
Metal God Records

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of 'Halford IV Made Of Metal' featuring fourteen new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27th (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford.
Made Of Metal features fourteen new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.

Halford's new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video 'Made Of Metal' created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010. Sneak peek now available at: The single 'Made Of Metal' digital download available at iTunes and

Halford¹s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal¹s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo's Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

November and December Halford touring details will be announced September 21, 2010 at:

'It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I¹m very pleased to return with Halford IV Made Of Metal this September 2010,' comments Rob Halford.
'It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I'm certain it will be recognized as one of the band¹s best releases, and I'm looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans.'

Halford IV Made Of Metal is releasing on Metal God Records September 27th (UK, EU, Australia - ADA Global / Warner Music Group), October 28th (North America - Fontana / Universal Music Group) and October 13, 2010 Japan (Fontana International / Universal Music Japan).

Track Listing:
1) Undisputed
2) Fire and Ice
3) Made Of Metal
4) Speed Of Sound
5) Like There¹s No Tomorrow
6) Till The Day I Day
7) We Own The Night
8) Heartless
9) Hell Razor
10) Thunder and Lightning
11) Twenty-Five Years
12) Matador
13) I Know We Stand A Chance
14) The Mower

For more info, please visit:

Former Founding Members of YES & TOTO First Los Angeles Concert
YOSO Headlines “HUMANITY THRU MUSIC” Green Carpet Charity Concert
Saturday, November 6th @ Musicians Institute Music Corridor and Amphitheatre in Hollywood
PAW-sta Buffet and HUGE Silent Auction

HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 3, 2010) – Come wag your tail and rock-out in Hollywood on November, 6th at the First Annual “Humanity Thru Music” concert and paw-sta dinner in benefit of Fur and Feather Animal Sanctuary a 501c3 - Non profit charity - dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Come help save the lives of our homeless animals from having to enter shelters and face needless euthanasia by supporting the building of Southern California’s first full NO-KILL animal sanctuary, medical and educational center.

The night will dazzle you with bright lights and stars as you cross the green carpet to the corridor off of Hollywood Blvd for fun, food and a paw-stompin concert with Platinum super-group players from YES and TOTOYOSO - playing hits from both bands Roundabout, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Rosanna, Hold The Line and so much more!!

Join celebrities and rockstars at the vegetarian Paw-sta buffet bar then trot over and chase your tail around one of the largest silent auctions full of the best treats, including guitars signed by Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, drum heads signed by Marky Ramone, weekend trips, Hi-end spa weekends, signed sports memorabilia, autographed Star Wars memorabilia, Two Brunches at the House of Blues, Tickets from the LA Philharmonic (winter season) and Hollywood Bowl tickets (summer season), a Two Night Stay at the beautiful Carmel By the Sea, Cypress Inn - part owned by Doris Day and pet friendly. The list of auction items is endless and all proceeds go to Fur and Feather Animal Sanctuary to further their goal of building in 2011.

NIGHTS SCHEDULE: Will-call opens at 5:30 pm to check in and purchase tickets with the Green Carpet and silent auction starting at 6:00 pm. The vegetarian paw-sta buffet starts at 6:30 pm with a martini and wine bar. 8:00 pm is your cue to go rock-out to classic rock in the amphitheater for the concert that will start at 8:30pm. The concert will end about 11:00 pm in which the guests will return to the corridor for the last chance to bid on the silent auction before the winners are announced. At this time, coffee and dessert will be served.

ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats, dinner and dog tags (festival seating) is $50, VIP seating, dinner, dog tags and commemorative book is $100 (guaranteed first 5 rows), $195 VIP Backstage (First 3 center rows seating guaranteed
VIP Lounge
After-Show Meet & Greet
Special YOSO Gift bag), Platinum group seating for 10 includes all above* $1250.

TO BUY TICKETS – Go to OR Paypal direct with ticket seat-type and quantities to – You will be provided with a confirmation page you will bring to will-call night of the event. Will-call starts @ 5:30 pm sharp!

WALK-UP (day of show): General Admission seats, dinner and dog tags (festival seating) is $50, VIP seating, dinner, dog tags and commemorative book is $100 (guaranteed first 5 rows), VIP Backstage not available.

The term “Super-Group” describes a band rising out of two of the most creative bands of the past 30 years: YOSO is formed out of TOTO’s brilliant lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of former YES members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, thus equalling the magic of YES with the voice of TOTO. However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. The band’s debut album “Elements” will debut this Fall in the USA on Frontiers Records. This long awaited release comes with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics. Their musical blend presents a fascinating combination of the sound of YES ("90125"/"Big Generator" era) and TOTO, with a very interesting and original sound that truly encompasses the styles.

Blackmore's Night releasing new album Autumn Sky

Yes, a new Blackmore's Night release coming to everyone soon, the band that features the musical talents Ritchie Blackmore and vocals of Ritchie's partner Candice Night.
Not too much info on this release, so I grabbed what I could from their site, as I never saw / received a press release, but I must say some of the tracks being made available for listening to, through YouTube sound pretty good:

The new cd will have 15 songs including a bonus track of Ritchie playing electric guitar with Des Geyers. It will be released on Universal and Spinefarm throughout the world; and on Sony for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Additional cover art will be used for different territories.
Songs include: All The Fun of the Faire; Journeyman; Vagabond (Make A Princess of Me); and Strawberry Girl plus many others...
This cd is inspired and dedicated to our new little girl Autumn Esmerelda.

I did find this press release through 'Spinefarm records.'

Blackmore's Night, the renaissance-inspired rock band formed by Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, will release their new album "Autumn Sky" in the USA on October 26th through Fontana/Spinefarm.

With a career spanning nearly two decades, the band of minstrels has gained crossover success all over the world with its fantastic medieval and renaissance inspired tunes.
In addition to being known from their unique sound combining traditional instruments, guitars and Candice's enchanting lyrics and vocals, they are also known for their fabulous live shows, many of which have been performed at castles and other exceptional venues that add to the mystique and warmth of their performance.

"Autumn Sky" brings us 15 new Blackmore's Night songs, full of emotion with a touch of past times and magical atmospheres. From the glorious wanderlust-feelings of "....Highland...." all the way to the sweetness of "Strawberry Girl" and the upbeat "Journeyman", the album is again a powerful proof of the versatility of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night's repertoire and the talents of Blackmore's Night Band.

Recorded during Candice's pregnancy, Candice and Ritchie have dedicated the "Autumn Sky" album to their newly born daughter Autumn Esmerelda Blackmore.
The band's website and all things Ritchie Blackmore:

Fat Girl Tribute Album Release Party and Special Guests Announced

SplitScreen Entertainment reveals that its new tribute album "Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks" will serve as the basis for a weekend-long musical celebration on October 1st - 3rd, 2010 at the semi-annual NJ BBW Bash sponsored by Plush Productions.

Newark, NJ, September 03, 2010 - SplitScreen Entertainment is pleased to announce the official release event for its new tribute album, "Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks." Though the album itself becomes available this week, it will also serve as the basis for a weekend-long musical celebration on October 1st - 3rd, 2010. The release will be held in conjunction with the semi-annual NJ BBW Bash sponsored by Plush Productions. For the occasion, the organizers will adopt "Whole Lotta Love" as the theme of the event, showcasing its music and artists throughout their weekend programming. Highlights will include live music performances, a meet and greet autograph session with tribute album players and the Saturday evening semi-formal dance (for which attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite rock icons). Fans in attendance will have opportunities to win "Whole Lotta Love" albums, posters and shirts, which will also be available for purchase at special bash prices. A complete schedule of events and activities can be found at the Plush Productions website.

Tribute album participants currently scheduled to attend include the following:
Steve Brown of Trixter - "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)"
Ted Poley of Danger Danger - "All Lips N' Hips"
Vic Rivera of Poley/Rivera - "All Lips N' Hips"
David Z of ZO2 - "Spit" (a.k.a. "Split")
Kelli McCloud - "Spit" (a.k.a. "Split")
C.C. Banana - "Spit" (a.k.a. "Split")
R.E. Asbury of Dogwhistle - "BMW"
Celisa Stratton - "Whole Lotta Love"
Paul LaPlaca - "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Baby Got Back" + more
Doug Darrell of Triangle Exception - "Big, Fat, Sexy Mama"
As previously reported, "Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks" is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin' world go 'round. It features all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance are performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the "no fat chicks" mantra espoused by some, "Whole Lotta Love" is a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies.

Songs include Queen's arena rock classic "Fat Bottomed Girls" by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Also on tap is a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple "Whole Lotta Rosie" by Rufus Fontain, featuring Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar and original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. The Poison chart-topper "Unskinny Bop" is ably recreated by party rock outfit Evick, featuring members of the Bret Michaels Band. And the bass-heavy Spinal Tap dirge "Big Bottom" is given a 6-string revamp by Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda and his Band of Steel. Plus-sized songstress Celisa Stratton brings all-new meaning to the title track "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, in conjunction with veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi. Additionally, rock and roll comic C.C. Banana offers up a faithful rendition of the Kiss track "Spit" (a.k.a. "Split"), featuring bassist David Z of ZO2 and guitarist Angus Clark. Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley lends his trademark vocals to the Electric Boys hit "All Lips N' Hips," alongside his Poley/Rivera partner Vic Rivera. And the Sir Mix-A-Lot hip-hop smash "Baby Got Back" is given a metal makeover by comedian Don Jamieson, co-host of "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic. Trixter guitarist Steve Brown puts a rock spin on Mika's international Top 40 single "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)." Plus "Big, Fat, Sexy Mama," a song by NYC underground sensation The Compulsions, is expertly rendered by newcomers Triangle Exception. Also included is the original studio recording of "You Need A Great Big Woman" by celebrated blues diva Candye Kane and the brand new song "BMW" by the mysterious Dogwhistle. Rounding out the roster are founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and longtime W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, who collaborate on a cover of the Ted Nugent cult favorite "Thunder Thighs." The album boasts an inspired cover by pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful "big girl" pin-up art. Samples of all tracks are available at the official "Whole Lotta Love" MySpace page.

"Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks" is now available directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website:

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