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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 10th November, 2010

JOURNEY, FOREIGNER and STYX are touring the UK together for the first time ever!

What an absolute dream tour for UK rock fans!
Journey have just announced on their website that they plan to tour the UK on a triple bill tour with fellow AOR giants, Foreigner and Styx!
This is the kind of tour we would come to expect in the US, but only dreamed about back in the 80's in the UK.
You lucky people! Enjoy!
The following dates have so far been announced:

JUNE 2011

Tickets on sale Friday, 12 November at 9:00 AM

£42.50 adv London / £40.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available at
More details here:

 Thin Lizzy to re-issue redone versions of three classic Lizzy albums

Classic Rock magazine is reporting - No official source is currently backing up the statement ... As usual! - that Thin Lizzy are to reissue remixed, remastered, by both Scott Gorham and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, new versions of Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox and Live and Dangerous.

Each album is being reissued as double disc sets with the exception of Live and Dangerous which will be two CD's plus a live DVD. - The old Live and Dangerous at the Rainbow theatre by the looks as things.
The disappointing thing for me, is OK, so they are remixing the albums - Great! - but the bonus tracks, are basically just different versions of the original tracks, except for just one or two tracks that were not previously released in any format as Lizzy tracks.
On Jailbreak there's 'Blues Boy,' a previously unreleased - by Lizzy - track, a Brian Robertson / Phil Lynott composition but I actually have this on a Brian Robertson EP from a few years ago, on a project called The Clan.
Jailbreak also has 'Cowboy Song' as 'Derby Blues.'

Johnny The Fox has an unreleased Scott Gorham composition, going out here as 'Scott's Tune.'

Live and Dangerous has the 17 tracks that were on the original album, split across two disc's now plus
two bonus live tracks in 'Opium Trail' and 'Bad Reputation,' which to be honest may well be the from the 'Killers Live EP' but they are identified as 'Wild One L and D outakes.'
Go here for the full details:

FRONTIERS RECORDS gains new grounds in the USA

Napoli – New York, November 9th 2010 - Frontiers Records is excited to announce that Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment has agreed to oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market.

After an internationally acknowledged career as singer for the Progressive Music band Gentle Giant, Derek Shulman became involved in the recording business in the early 80’s. Starting as an A&R representative at PolyGram Records, where he rose to the ranks of Senior Vice President, he signed Bon Jovi, Dan Reed Network, Cinderella, and Kingdom Come, among many others. In 1988 he became President and C.E.O of Atco Records (where he signed the progressive metal band Dream Theater (as well as Pantera). He also re-established the careers of AC/DC and Bad Company, both of whom sold multi-platinum albums under his watch. He then went on to become President of Roadrunner Records overseeing signings like Slipknot and Nickelback.

2PLUS directors, internationally renowned music impresario Leonardo Pavkovic and CFO Lawrence Offsey join him in this endeavour.

2PLUS will coordinate artist acquisition and marketing for Frontiers in North America and will represent the label in the relationship with the local distributors and promoters.

Pictured L to R: Larry Offsey, Derek Shulman, Serafino Perugino, Leonardo Pavkovic, Mario de Riso

Frontiers Records label President Serafino Perugino stated, “Working with “the professor” Derek Shulman has been nothing but a joy so far. His experience and wisdom are going to guide Frontiers Records growth to the next level and we are absolutely excited to share with him and 2PLUS a vision for the future growth of Frontiers in the North American market”.

Derek Shulman stated “I am extremely excited about being involved with Serafino and Frontiers Records. It is very gratifying to work with people who are music fans and yet understand the dynamics of the ever-changing music business model. Frontiers Records is committed to making the leap to become the premiere independent rock music company worldwide. I am very happy to lend my experience to my friends at Frontiers to realize this goal”.

An update regarding the recent passing of Jim Clench from the April Wine camp

MONTREAL - Jim Clench, a bassist and vocalist who played with Canadian rock bands April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has died at 61.

April Wine bandmate Brian Greenway says Clench died Tuesday in a Montreal hospital after fighting Stage 4 lung cancer.
Clench was not married and had no children.

Clench joined April Wine in 1970 after the release of the band's first album and played bass and added vocals to the mix until 1975.
He went on to join Bachman Turner Overdrive, before returning to April Wine in 1992 and staying with the band through 2006. He also wrote songs for the band, including fan favourite "Oowatanite." More here:

A personal note from Myles Goodwyn
The news of Jims` death has left me numb and like many others I`m sure.. melancholy. I met Jim in 1970 the year April Wine came to Montreal from Nova Scotia. When Jim Henman left April Wine in 1971, I asked Jim to join the group which he did, and so began an amazing 19 year fraternity.

He was a hell of a bass player and possessed one of the most unique voices in rock. I had the pleasure of writing songs with him in the 70`s , although my most-liked songs of his, he penned alone... Oowatanite, Cat`s Claw and my personal fave, You Opened Up My Eyes.

Jim was one of the smartest, funniest and most giving persons I ever met. When Jim passed on, on Monday, he left a lot of friends and fans saddened. His illness was sudden, and a surprise to myself and to the other members of April Wine.. I`m sorry that I didn`t have a chance to personally say goodbye. Perhaps we`ll get the chance to say hello again some day... and write some more tunes together.
Rest in peace Jimmy.


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