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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 9th October, 2010

Bret Michaels plugging new single 'Riding Against the Wind'

OK, I guess I really haven't plugged too much of Bret Michaels stuff here, as he's clearly gone 'so much' Mr. Celebrity, I think he's losing touch with the real world perhaps. That said, I can't deny his efforts to entertain the troops in Iraq, when he flew out there with his solo band as other members of Poison, weren't willing to go.
Anyway, clearly the guy has had a rough ride with some health issues too, but who's to say that some of them weren't brought on through his living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle?!

I thought I'd share his new single with you though, 'Riding Against the Wind,' as it's actually not a bad track.
If you think of Bon Jovi at their best, it's not far away if you ask me! is plugging it for him too, right here, along with some background behind it:

I will say, the picture of Michaels on the cover of Billboards magazine is a little, um, scary, although I'm sure the girlies will lap it up!
The video for 'Riding Against the Wind' can be viewed either at the above link or simply watched here:

Unruly Child EPK - The band about the new album

For more on this and other Frontiers new releases and video's go to:

John Mellencamp ‘No Better Than This’ tour 2011 / 2011

 BLOOMINGTON, IN– October 7, 2010 –With initial dates for the first leg of John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour starting at the end of this month, a new set of Mellencamp concert appearances that begin in February of next year has just been announced. The tour, designed as a uniquely formatted “evening with,” brings Mellencamp’s music to theater-sized venues, a rare opportunity to experience one of America’s most iconic songwriters and performers in an intimate setting, highlighting all phases of his artistry.

The new No Better Than This Tour dates commence in early February in New England and continue on to two stops in Canada before heading south to New York, Washington, Philadelphia and into the Carolinas and Florida. Tickets for these dates go on sale Friday, October 15 at 10 AM.

The tour will feature classic Mellencamp material associated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee over the course of his 35 year long career as well as the new music from No Better Than This. The album, released by Rounder Records, held the top spot on the Americana Music Chart for five straight weeks and was produced by T Bone Burnett. It was recorded in three historic locations in the American South: Savannah’s First African Baptist Church, Sun Studio in Memphis and Room 414 of San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. The sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location. Rolling Stone’s review of the album noted, “Mellencamp has never sounded looser or easier on a record,” suggesting the artist was “channeling spirits and stepping into period styles. They fit him perfectly." The Americana Music Association honored Mellencamp last month with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, presented by Rosanne Cash.

Tickets bought for the newly announced dates include a digital download of No Better Than This. Details regarding how to redeem the album download will be sent via email a few days following purchase to ticket buyers. A tutorial outlining this process will be posted on

As a reflection of the diversity of styles and material that have been a hallmark of Mellencamp’s eclectic career, the concerts are formatted into three segments. These showcase John Mellencamp in an acoustic context, fronting a small combo recalling blues/country and rockabilly roots and with his full rock band. Musicians backing Mellencamp include Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards).

Of special note is the fact that the tour’s “opening act,” is a documentary film by Kurt Markus entitled It’s About You. Shot on Super8 film over the course of last year’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums, it chronicles the creation of No Better Than This while serving as a cinematic ‘think piece’ on the state of the country at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century. Markus, whose still work has put him in the front ranks of contemporary American photographers, has been cited for his extraordinary vision of his work documenting the American West and is the recipient of Life Magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Award. Ticket holders are urged to get to their respective No Better Than This Tour venues on time to be on hand for the film’s start.
Mellencamp noted, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity at this time in my life to go on tour and present these songs in this manner.”

Fans should to log on to the most up-to-date concert and ticket on-sale information.

Current 2010 Tour dates:
October 2010
Oct. 29 - Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
November 2010
Nov. 1 - Cincinnati, OH - Music Hall
Nov. 3 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 5 - Kansas City, MO – The Midland by AMC
Nov. 6 – St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre
Nov. 8 - Indianapolis, IN - Clowes Memorial Hall
Nov. 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Hinkle Fieldhouse
Nov. 13 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
Nov. 16 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
Nov. 17 – Cleveland, OH – Palace Theater
Nov. 19 – Detroit, MI –Fox Theatre
Nov. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall*
Nov. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre (1)
Nov. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre (1)
Nov. 26 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre** (1)
Nov. 27 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre** (1)
(1) Co-promoted with Jam Productions
Tickets available at

John Mellencamp No Better Than This 2011 Tour, promoted by AEG Live, confirmed tour dates:

February 2011
Feb. 3 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 4 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theatre
Feb. 6 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
Feb. 9 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Feb. 15 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
Feb. 18 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall*
Feb. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy Of Music
Feb. 24 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theatre
Feb. 26 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium
Feb. 27 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
March 2011
Mar. 1 - Durham, NC - Durham PAC
Mar. 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center
Mar. 4 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Mar. 5 - Jacksonville, FL - Moran Theatre

As Simple Minds take breather 'Lostboy' a.k.a. Jim Kerr is relaunched!

Yes indeed, with Simple Minds summer tour shows now behind them, frontman 'Lostboy' A.K.A. Jim Kerr is relaunching his solo career, with a free download of his latest song and pretty reasonable solo tour.
The newsletter with all these details is as follows:

Hope this finds you well!

As Simple Minds take a short breather after this summers tour, confirmation of even more Simple Minds shows is beginning to filter through. Keep an eye on the TOUR DATES page for info as it comes in.

Brand New Free Download
As anyone who reads Jim's Diary will know, the man never rests... so it's no surprise that, to keep us entertained until the next SM shows, Jim is about to embark on a very special LostBoy! A.K.A. 'Electroset' Tour.
LostBoy! A.K.A. is Jim's critically acclaimed alter-ego and to get us in the mood he has kindly decided to add a brand new Free Download called 'Kill Or Cure' to the already packed 'Welcome Gifts'' area of his site. It's a powerful Electroset demo remixed by Simon Hayward.


Electroset Tour with LostBoy! A.K.A. Jim Kerr's details below:
more to come....
Enjoy the free music and hope to see you at the Electroset shows!

Bullet For My Valentine Bassist Jason James Takes Time Off Fall Tour
New York, NY-- Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine regret to inform their fans that bassist Jason James will be taking time off from their current North American fall tour. James will be on leave from October 8th through October 17th attending to a private family matter and will rejoin the band on October 18th in Calgary, AB.

No dates will be cancelled and Escape the Fate, Black Tide and Drive A will continue to open on all remaining dates. Calvin Roffey, a musician in his own right and BFMV guitar tech, will take over bass duties until James returns to the tour.

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