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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Rock News Update for Tuesday 12th October, 2010
Hi folks, huge apologies for the lengthy silence ... This streaming cold thing is a real big bummer!
Anyway, without further ado, here we go!
AC/DC: HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
THE ULTIMATE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
By Phil Sutcliffe
FIRST COMPLETE ‘ILLUSTRATED RETROSPECTIVE’ BOOK ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BANDS IN ROCK HISTORY, CELEBRATES 4 DECADES IN WORDS AND PHOTOS
MINNEAPOLIS, October 2010 - Voyageur Press has joined forces with renowned rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe for the brand new book, AC/DC - HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History. This lovingly assembled tome -- the first complete illustrated history published about this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee -- arrives October 15th, 2010 to celebrate four decades of simply ass-kicking rock n' roll, perfectly mixing expertly researched text and many never-before-seen photos. This heavy duty 224-page volume follows AC/DC’s long-and-winding career, from the early days as a bar band in Australia, through the tragic passing of singer Bon Scott and of course, their massive comeback success with one of rock's all-time classic (and best-selling) albums, Back in Black.
AC/DC is currently comprised ofBrian Johnson (vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Cliff Williams (bass) and Phil Rudd (drums). Formed in Australia during the early 1970s, the group -- then lead by hard-living frontman Bon Scott -- became a regional sensation with a brand of tough, bluesy hard rock, that soon translated globally, on the strength of such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Sin City,” and “Highway to Hell.” But on the eve of becoming a worldwide arena headliner, Scott died in 1980 after a hard night of drinking. Replaced by Johnson, the group issued Back in Black just a few months later, and has been rightfully considered one of rock's all-time great recording and live acts.
Featuring over 400 illustrations (including handbills, posters, backstage passes and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography), and a special “spinner” cover image of Angus Young, AC/DC - HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History is sure to appeal to both the longtime fan and the newcomer. Sidebars by rock's finest journalists weighing in on various eras of the AC/DC are included throughout the book, as well as an album-by-album analysis, and info on the guitar gear championed by the Young brothers. While many AC/DC fans have heard and experienced the group live on stage numerous times over the years, there has simply never been a book which has chronicled the group's entire history as vividly as AC/DC - HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History.
In addition to the AC/DC book, Voyageur Press will be issuing another major rock title this fall, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’sTHE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock n’ Roll Rivalry. These titles join Voyageur Press’ other most recent “Illustrated History” releases, Dan Durchholz’s and Gary Graff’sNEIL YOUNG: Long May You Run, Jon Bream’sNEIL DIAMOND ISFOREVER: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music , Phil Sutcliffe’s QUEEN: The Crown Kings of Rock, and Jim DeRogatis’ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side. All are jam-packed with photos, artifacts, and comprehensive histories of each artist.
ABOUT VOYAGEUR PRESS:
Since 1972, Voyageur Press has published high-quality books and calendars in a variety of subjects, including nature and science, regional interest and travel, American heritage and country life, crafts, sports, and more.
ABOUT PHIL SUTCLIFFE:
London-based freelance journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Cave and Queen. His work has appeared in myriad publications, including Mojo, Q, the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Sounds and more. Phil’s back catalog is mostly available on the world’s best archive of music writing: http://www.rocksbackpages.com/ Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press’ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock.
The new Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock, the all-new story-based quest mode pays homage to the cult classic Rush album 2112.
Rush have partnered with 'Guitar Hero' to bring their seven-part suite to the game. For the first time ever, fans will embark on an epic voyage playing as eight Guitar Hero characters that transform into rock warriors who must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down “The Beast” and save rock ‘n roll.
“The music, the story and the journey of 2112 lends itself perfectly to the quest in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” said Geddy Lee of Rush. “In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar and this rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors’ journey to find the Demi-God of Rock’s Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern.”
“I love the idea of Guitar Hero; they have combined two great things – music and fun,” said Alex Lifeson of Rush. “I think it’s a great way to introduce people of all ages to music of various styles by all kinds of different bands, while providing a launching pad for kids who want to get into playing music.”
Within the narrative-driven journey, Rush and Guitar Hero fans alike will traverse an exclusive three-part 2112 Rush-inspired venue, playing their way through the 20 minute, seven-part suite. Additionally, each song transition will feature band members narrating liner notes from the 2112 album.
Glyder frontman and Mama's Boy's guitarist to play 'Vibe for Philo'
It's pretty well known at this stage that Glyder made their live debut at the Vibe in 2004.
Metal Hammer said they had "Lizzy's melodic soul .. with .. the punk bite of The Only Ones and the Ruts," while Classic Rock said they had "the same stadium nuances that Thin Lizzy exuded with glorious results." 3 highly acclaimed albums later and successful touring with the likes of Slash and Metallica and the boys are taking a break.
Glyder guitarist / backing vocalist Bat Kinane has decided to release his first solo album "A Lifetime to Kill," so after five years we've finally caught up with Bat long enough to get him back on the Vibe stage. Great? No! It gets better.
Remember the Mamas Boys? Needle in the Groove? The first unsigned band to play Reading? The 'Thunder and Lightning' Tour with Lizzy? Deep Purple? Bon Jovi? etc, etc, etc.
Despite several attempts we could never get the timing right to get the 'Boys at the Vibe before they broke up, but thats about to change.The Mama's Guitar God, Pat McManus is back on the road again, and, well, as the vibe is about things being special and different, it made sense to put them together.
So for one night only Bat Kinane will be fronting Pat McManus' Band with a killer Lizzy Set.
Can it get better? Probably - but that's another announcement.
You'll find out more on that new solo album, which actually features Pat McManus!
Ozzy Osbourne Announced Second Leg of North America Dates To Kick Off January 16, 2011 in Omaha, NE .
Slash To Open All Dates Of The Second Leg Of The Arena Tour Which Will Include Two Intimate Performances: Los Angeles, CA (Gibson Amphitheatre) and Phoenix Arizona (Dodge Theatre)
Ozzy to Kick Off First Leg of His Headlining North American Tour November 12, with Halford Set To Open.
OZZY OSBOURNE - who will kick off his fall North American arena tour November 12 in Victoria, B.C - has now announced a second leg of U.S. dates which will get underway January 16, 2011 in Omaha, NE. The six-week 2011 trek, part of the multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s in-progress 18-month world tour, will include a pair of intimate shows: January 26 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix and Feb 1 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. OZZY’s longtime friend and musical collaborator Slash will open all the concerts on the second leg. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, October 15. For the most up-to-date on sale information, please visit http://www.ozzy.com/ or http://www.livenation.com/.
OSBOURNE recently completed a run of overseas festival appearances and headlining overseas performances including his first-ever concert in Israel: a September 28 OZZFest show at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.
The Tel Aviv show was described by the http://www.ynet.co.il/ as “one of the most important rock events in Israel, if not THE most important…There is no one that can contest Ozzy Osbourne's charisma and madness. Park Hayarkon was awash with energies and foam at the main performance of the Ozzfest…” Elsewhere http://www.mako.co.il/ noted: “We have waited for years and finally it happened--Ozzfest arrived to the holy land. And as much as the anticipation was high--it shrinks in comparison to the real thing that happened on stage. Ozzy Osbourne lifted Tel Aviv with a crazy show. Osbourne managed to lift people up as only he can do. With simplicity and (relative) modesty, the prince of darkness gave his heart and soul with big love to the Israeli crowd and managed to jump and touch every single one of the tens of thousands of fans present.”
The http://www.mouse.co.il/ added, “The crowd was versatile and colorful, the other bands on the bill were great, but the real star of Ozzfest was, undoubtedly, Ozzy Osbourne. The metal legend last night at Hayarkon Park gave a show worth living for.”
Later this week, OZZY will perform shows in Japan (October 16 in Kobe and October 17 in Tokyo) before returning to the U.S. to headline the Voodoo Experience festival Halloween weekend in New Orleans, LA; he will rock the three-day event at City Park City Saturday, October 30. OZZY will then launch his first leg of solo dates which includes a December 1 show at Madison Square Garden in New York and wraps December 12 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on the 2010 dates.
The fall dates will coincide with the October 5 release of an expanded two-CD version of the SCREAM album. This “Tour Edition” package will feature seven bonus songs: a mix of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings. Epic Records has also issued a four-sided vinyl edition that includes five bonus tracks: the three aforementioned songs from the SCREAM sessions and the live version of “Let Me Hear You Scream,” along with the single version of “Life Won't Wait” (the second single from SCREAM).
Ozzy's 2010 dates:
OZZY’s 2010 dates with Special Guest Halford are as follows:
DATE VENUE CITY
Sat Oct 30 Voodoo Experience (City Park) New Orleans, LA
Fri Nov 12 Save On Foods Memorial Centre Victoria, BC
Sun Nov 14 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
Tue Nov 16 Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary, AB
Thu Nov 18 Rexall Place Edmonton, MB
Sat Nov 20 MTS Centre Winnipeg, MB
Tue Nov 23 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
Thu Nov 25 Scotiabank Place Ottawa, ON
Sat Nov 27 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
Mon Nov 29 1st Mariner Arena Baltimore, MD
Wed Dec 01 Madison Square Garden Arena New York, NY
Fri Dec 03 Izod Center E Rutherford, NJ
Sun Dec 05 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
Tue Dec 07 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI
Fri Dec 10 Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
Sun Dec 12 Target Center Minneapolis, MN
OZZY’s 2011 dates with Special Guest Slash are as follows :
DATE VENUE CITY
Sun Jan 16 Qwest Center Omaha, NE
Tue Jan 18 Toyota Center Houston, TX
Thu Jan 20 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Sat Jan 22 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
Mon Jan 24 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Wed Jan 26 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Fri Jan 28 Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas, NV
Tue Feb 01 Gibson Amphitheatre Los Angeles, CA
Thu Feb 03 HP Pavilion San Jose, CA
Sat Feb 05 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
Tue Feb 08 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
Thu Feb 10 BOK Center Tulsa, OK
Sat Feb 12 The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit, MI
Mon Feb 14 i wireless Center Moline, IL
Wed Feb 16 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
Fri Feb 18 St Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL
Sun Feb 20 BankAtlantic Center Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue Feb 22 Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena Jacksonville, FL
Diamond Head to tour playing first album in it's entirity on
'Lightning To The Nations' 30th Anniversary Tour
2010 is the 30th anniversary of Diamond Head's first album, 'Lightning To The Nations (aka The White Album).' At selected dates on Diamond Head's upcoming European tour, the band will be playing the entire album back to back for the first time ever.
The full track listing for the 1980 release is as follows; Lightning To The Nations, The Prince, Sucking My Love, Am I Evil?, Sweet & Innocent, It's Electric, Helpless.
The album was recently featured in Classic Rock's magazines 150 greatest debut albums of all time.
Sadly only original member from that album is lead guitarist Brian Tatler, but by all accounts apparently the current line still rock each and every venue they play!
Current Dates lined up:
Nov 7 2010 2:00P - Estragon Bologna, ITALY
Nov 12 2010 8:00P - 8 Ball Club Thessaloniki, Greece, GREECE
Nov 13 2010 8:00P - An Club Athens, GREECE
Nov 18 2010 8:00P - An Cruiscan Lan Cork, IE
Nov 19 2010 8:00P - Fibber Mcgee’s Rock Bar Dublin, IE
Nov 20 2010 8:00P - Spring And Airbrake Belfast, GB
Nov 21 2010 8:00P - The Spirit Store Dundalk, Dundalk, IRELAND
Nov 27 2010 8:00P - Metal Forces Festival Lorrach, DE
Dec 2 2010 8:00P - The Asylum, Hockley Birmingham, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
Dec 3 2010 8:00P - Hard Rock Hell Festival Prestatyn, GB
Dec 4 2010 8:00P - Athletic club Rushden, Midlands, UNITED KINGDOM
Dec 11 2010 8:00P - TRIBUTE Sandnes, Rogaland, NORWAY
Steve Lukather update posted at his site yesterday
Lukather's solo record out now!!!
Today is THE day. Steve Lukather's solo record is out now in Europe and Asia!
The USA and Canada will follow in November.
Lukather: "Check Amazon and all the other outlets for pre order chart positions. I am knocked out. Nice way to start the week!
BIG thanks to Mascot my label for doing such a great job. Check the tickets for the November shows at the ticket info section."
CJ Vanston: "Hey European fans: today Steve Lukather's "Alls Well That Ends Well," which I co-produced and co-wrote much of, is being released! Very proud of this record and thankful for the opportunity to work with Steve, who is one of my heroes."
Side note - US fans - Sadly I've heard that the physical album will not be available until the New Year, but digital downloads will be available in November.
Scorpions to release Sting in the Tail Premium Edition [CD+DVD]
I guess getting on the back of current trends to reissue an album with bonus features - After all your loyal fans have already - featuring extra tracks and bonus DVD (Although only 3 tracks on the DVD?), The Scorpions are joining in on the game with their 'Sting in the Tail' album.
The "Premium Edition" of the album CD and DVD, will feature the following tracks on the CD:
1.Raised On Rock
2.Sting In The Tail
4.The Good Die Young
8.Turn You On
11.Spirit Of Rock
12.The Best Is Yet To Come
15.Miracle - (Regular Version)
16.The Good Die Young - (New Version)
17.Thunder And Lightning
The bonus DVD will feature the following 3 tracks: