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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rock News Brief Update for Saturday 30th October, 2010

Guitar Guru GARY HOEY Releases 17TH Album

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 28, 2010) – Ax-slinger Gary Hoey has had a busy year with numerous projects and extensive touring. Most recently, he wrapped up his latest album UTOPIA, which released on his own label Wazoo Music Group.

While Hoey is known for his signature versions of covers (Hocus Pocus, Lowrider, Misirlou, etc.) this album features 12 all new, all original songs. UTOPIA features Hoey’s widely recognized guitar skills, while showcasing his growth as a singer and songwriter. “Utopia's been a long time coming,” explains Hoey. “Utopia took over 2 years to make because I wanted time to develop my songs on tour and then bring that to the studio. That is why I started my indie label, Wazoo Music Group, so I could have that creative control over my music and be able to give it to my fans on my own terms.”

Hoey has toured North America throughout the year opening shows for Jeff Beck, Styx, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Bret Michaels. Additionally, he was Camp Counselor at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp. That session was filmed and produced by Mark Burnett for a reality TV series that is currently airing on VH1 Classic.

With a collection of 17 albums and five top 20 Billboard hits, it’s clear to see why Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Whether Hoey plays rock, blues, surf or Christmas, Hoey’s command of each style makes his live show one of the most exciting on the circuit today.

UTOPIA is a must have for your collection, available now through , iTunes and
Full track listing:
1. Utopia
2. Walk Away
3. Reminds Me Of You
4. Inevitable
5. Something's Going On
6. Only Human
7. You're Killing Me
8. Barn Burner
9. If I Knew Then
10. Simplify
11. Big Cactus
12. Bonzai Island

Recent Gary Hoey info:
*Extensive Fender guitar clinics in the US this year (nearly 30 cities)
*Appeared at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year providing demos for the new Fender American Stratocaster and the new G-DEC amp
*Opened for Jeff Beck on this year’s spring tour in the US
*Cover of Pollstar Magazine – April 2010
*Tour of Malaysia and Japan – June 2010 / Appearances at Tokyo Guitar Show including performance with Sham Kamikaze
*20 city summer tour in US, including support slots with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Styx and Bret Michaels *“Camp Counselor” at Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – filmed by Mark Burnett Productions –airing on VH1 Classic Gary Hoey’s “Need to Lead” guitar instruction DVD released on RockHouse Method
*Annual “Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday tour starts November 26th in Detroit


November 26 Detroit, MI / City Theatre
27 Pittsburgh, PA / The Altar Bar
28 Chicago, IL / Reggie’s Rock Club

December 1 Sellersville, PA / Sellersville Theatre
2 Norfolk, CT / Infinity Hall
3 Lincoln, RI / Twin River – Lighthouse Bar
4 Salisbury, MA / Blue Ocean Hall
9 San Luis Obispo, CA / SLO Brew
11 Redwood City, CA / Club Fox
14 Exeter, CA / Orange Blossom Junction
15 Bakersfield, CA / Majestic Fox Theatre
16 Redondo, CA / Brixton
17 San Juan Capistrano, CA / Coach House
18 San Diego, CA / House of Blues
Official website:

Kings of Leon announce massive UK outdoor Summer shows for 2011

Kings of Leon have announced details of a series of huge headline outdoor shows for 2011 that will see one of the country's most adored bands perform in five UK cities this summer, including a return to London’s Hyde Park "the scene of last year’s triumphant headline performance to 65,000 fans." Tickets for the shows in Coventry, Sunderland, Manchester, London & Edinburgh go on sale on Wednesday 3rd of November at 9am.

Their highly acclaimed fifth album 'Come Around Sundown' became their third consecutive album to debut at #1 when it topped the UK album charts last week on release, claiming both the biggest week one sales of the year & the biggest ever first week digital sales along the way.

Like last years Hyde Park show, their forthcoming brace of December arena shows sold out in seconds and these new shows are set to be one of the highlights of next year’s live calendar. The dates are as follows:

Kings of Leon: Summer 2010
May 2011
May 30th Coventry Ricoh Arena
June 2011
June 17th Sunderland Stadium of Light
June 19th Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground
June 22nd London Hyde Park
June 26th Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium

Tickets on sale: Wednesday 3rd of November at 9am
Buy Online at:

Also ...
Kings of Leon return to Ireland on Saturday 28th of May to headline Slane Castle and celebrate 30 years of concerts at the historical Co. Meath venue.

Tickets priced €79.00 inclusive of booking fee are on sale from 8am on Friday 5th November
In person: from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
24hr hotlines: Tel: ( ROI ) 0818 719 300/ ( NI ) 0844 277 4455

Tickets are limited to 8 per person. Under 16s must be accompanied by parent/guardian 25 or over.

Keep up with the band at:

Simple Minds new music

Simple Minds have recently completed four weeks recording in London. In total 4 songs were recorded and mixed, including an 8 minute long version of 'In Every Heaven'. This was originally recorded in '82 during the New Gold Dream sessions and subsequently released in instrumental form as a B side to 'Someone Somewhere In Summertime'. All other tracks recorded are entirely new compositions with both 'Stagefright' and 'On The Rooftop' being credited to Charlie Burchill and Jim Kerr. "Broken Glass Park" written by Jim and Owen Parker was, however, heard previously this year during the live sets from Jim's solo project Lostboy!AKA.
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As well as Jim Kerr's side project Lostboy!AKA -

Ace Frehley Appears on VH1 Classic's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Reality Series

Ace Frehley will appear on this season of VH1 Classic's new Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp reality series which premiered on October 16th.

Please check for airtimes.

Photo Caption:
Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen) and Ace Frehley performing with a Fantasy Camper
Credit: © VH1 Classic

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