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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Brief Rock News Update for Tuesday 19th October, 2010

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of VEGA's debut album "Kiss of Life" on December 3rd in Europe.

VEGA is a band that formed in may 2009 from the union of former KICK vocalist Nick Workman with the successful and respected song writing partnership of Tom and James Martin (House of Lords, Ted Poley of Danger Danger, Khymera, Sunstorm to name but a few), VEGA is a new band but rest assured they are about to take the Melodic Rock world by storm!

Their debut album “Kiss of Life” has been produced by John Greatwood (engineer for Tom Lord Alge of QUEEN fame) and mastered by the one and only Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and features 12 rock songs which mix classic Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, with a pinch of U2 and Journey. "We wear our love of 80’s rock music on our sleeve, but we also have injected our love of modern rock music to it" says Tom Martin. "We aren’t trying to rehash anything: the sound we have achieved is 100% VEGA. We didn’t want to try and guess what people expect and get it wrong. Normally when we write songs we have the control over the lyrics/melodies but this time with Vega we left Nick to this part because we really rate him as a songwriter and he did a fantastic job with this on Kick's albums, so we knew he could make our sound more unique and make it a bit different from the AOR songs we write".

Tom and James met Nick 10 years ago when KICK was supporting Thunder on the first of their farewell tours. In the time that followed, the guys had always wanted to work with Nick, and opportunity came when the two brothers and drummer Dan Chantrey met Nick for a second time at a U.K. rock festival. Conversations about movies and music finally moved on to the all important question….."When are we going to work together?". The answer ended up being the next day, and VEGA was born. The chemistry between the guys was obvious and two brothers became four!

VEGA wrote 25 songs in the coming months and chose the best songs for recording. No expense was spared and a top UK recording studio was booked and in John Greatwood a producer with numerous UK and European top 10 albums and singles was on board! Following recording and mixing in October, Dennis Ward stepped up to the plate to put the final touches to the album, mastering it in his studio in Germany.

Get ready to experience the band live! "We do have a couple of gigs confirmed and others that we are waiting on" says singer Nick Workman. "We will support Danny Vaughn at Dudley JB’s on December 10th, the week the album comes out. As we were going to be rehearsed for that it would be silly not to do another gig, so we booked a date at The Yardbird’s the night before to blow out the cobwebs!! It’s going to be a lot of fun to play these songs live"

You can expect VEGA to be on many people's best of list of 2010 even if the album will be released almost... out of time !

"Kiss of Life" tracklisting includes: Into The Wild; Kiss Of Life; One Of A Kind; Staring At The Sun; Too Young For Wings; A.N. Other; Headlights; Hearts Of Glass; Stay With Me; Wonderland; What It Takes; S.O.S. - Kiss Of Life (videoclip)

The songs “Into The Wild” and “Kiss Of Life” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:

Enjoy the "Kiss of Life" videoclip clicking on the image below

Nick Workman: vocals
Tom Martin: guitars
James Martin: keyboards
Dan Chantrey: drums

Chad Smith confirms no touring with Chickenfoot in 2011

The man behind the drumkit in Chickenfoot, for all gigs to date Chad Smith, has confirmed on that he won’t be able to join his Chickenfoot band buddies in 2011 in support of the band’s second album due to other commitments with his main employers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He told the site, 'Things are good, if good means exceedingly crazy and busy, then they're very good.'
He went on to add, 'I just finished some great shows with the 'Foot, I'm making a Chili Peppers record, and now I've got the Meatbats' latest and greatest album ready to come out. I've said this before, but I either need to clone myself or grow another set of arms so I can keep up with all of my bands and projects. I can't believe I'm getting ready to go on a Meatbats tour in a few weeks.'

You can read the full story here:

Former Thunder band members pull out of 'The 80's Rocked' tour ... And the others too!

Former Thunder band members who were part of the line up that called themselves, 'The 80's Rocked' that featured Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Carl Sentance (Persian Risk - Geezer Butler Band - Krokus), Dave Bishop, (Sabbat, Loudman, Whole Lotta Metal), Jon Pease (Vandal - Jealousy), Chris Childs (Thunder - Paul Young), Harry James (Magnum - Thunder - Terraplane), recently issued the following statement:

The 80s Rocked - A Band Announcement

After a great deal of soul searching, I am very sad to announce that the rest of the band and I have decided to pull out of The 80s Rocked Tour. I’m not at liberty to go into the detail as to why, as there could be legal ramifications if I do.
We are told by the organisers that the tour will still go ahead, with another band stepping in to take our place.

We have no more information on this, so if you have questions or queries, I can only suggest you contact management at or via the Facebook page.

We would like to send our most profound apologies to fans and ticket buyers for any disappointment and inconvenience caused by our non-appearance. This is not a decision we made lightly, we simply felt we had no choice.

Check out the promo video for the line up here:
Official site for the band:

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