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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 22nd December, 2010

Hi all, sorry for not getting anything posted for you yesterday ... Wrapped up things in the other job for the year, so didn't finish there until later than planned ... Isn't that always the way?!
Anyway, I WILL have something else - Besides todays news here - posted on the site later today, so check back in a while ...
Meantime, here's the latest for you!
Cheers, Al

Uriah Heep - New album on the way, US tour plans and UK festival soon!

Well, Uriah Heep have certainly been busy bees indeed over the past few years, not forgetting the 'Celebration' - 40th Anniversary Best of re-recordings release - of their 40th Anniversary!
It seems since the release of their seriously excellent 'Wake the Sleeper' album in 2008, it's like the band have got a completely new lease of life and things just seem to go up and up for the band!

The release earlier this year as well of 'Celebration' which included some great re-recordings of many of their best loved tracks, plus two news songs, was a great album too.

I can reveal that the band will enter the studio in January, to start recording their next album and that the band will be headlining the Great British Rock and Blues Festival at Skegness on the weekend of Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January.
Not too many details on the festival at this point, except that it will also feature: The Quireboys, 'Monsters of British Rock band' (Feat. Micky Moody - guitar, slide guitar, vocals, Neil Murray - bass, Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals, Harry James - drums, vocals, Chris Ousey - lead vocals and Michael Bramwell – keyboards), Girlschool, Dr. Feelgood, The Heavy Metal Kids and more.

I am also aware that the band has set aside dates in their calendar for a return US Tour in June 2011!
I for one, am seriously hoping they hit Detroit this time! ;-)

Mick Box band leader and founding member also wanted me to pass on this Christmas message to the fans:

"To all of our fans out there, the band wish you a brilliant Xmas and a New Year full of wonderous things!
‘Appy days!"

Mick Box

Meantime Uriah Heep also have the 'Uriah Heep - Official Bootleg Volume 2 – Live in Budapest, Hungary 2010'  released very soon.
Here's the artwork for that:

A Very Merry Christmas to you and the band too Mick, from Chambers of Rock!

John Waite's 'Rough and Tumble' release to be supported by Live dates

In January, Frontiers records will release the new album 'Rough and Tumble' from British rocker, John Waite. This follows his live album, 'In Real Time,' that was release back in May of this year, also through Frontiers (At least in Europe).

In additional news, for US fans that never managed to track down a copy of John's live album, it's seems the budget 'Extended Versions' series of releases has now included the 'In Real Time' release, in their own 'Extended Versions' format, with the exact same track listing. The bonus here of course, is depending where you go you can pick this up for anywhere from $3.99 and up!
I saw it in Borders for $5.99 yesterday.

That tracklisting is:
1. Change
2. Back On My Feet Again
3. In Dreams
4. Every Time I Think Of You
5. Band Intro
6. Prelude
7. New York City Girl
8. Best Of What I Got
9. Missing You
10. Head First
11. Rock And Roll
12. When I See You Smile
Never an artist to shy from touring, John Waite has already lined up some 2011 dates.
Starting with a couple of odd dates here and there in January and February, it seems a string of dates will follow, starting in March 2011.
Dates so far - Based on his MySpace site:
January 2011
Jan 15th - Centennial Park, Ft. Myers, FL

February 2011
Feb 12th Boomtown CasinoHarvey, LA

March 2011
Mar 2nd BB KingsNew York, NY
Mar 4 Showcase Live!Foxboro, MA
Mar 5 Boynton’s Tap RoomManchester, New Hampshire, US

April 2011
Apr 8 Admiral TheatreBremerton, WA
Apr 9 Edmonds Center for the ArtsEdmonds, WA
Apr 15 Hamilton Fine Arts CenterSussex, WI
Apr 21 De Kade (main hall)Zaandam, Noord holl, NETHERLANDS
Apr 22 De PulUden, Noord Brab, NETHERLANDS
Apr 23 The Rock TempleKerkrade, Limburg, NETHERLANDS
Apr 25 The ClunyNewcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM
Apr 27 GRAND THEATRE lancasterLancaster (UK), Lankashire, UNITED KINGDOM

June 2011Jun 14 Soaring Eagle CasinoMt Pleasant, MI

Since John Waite's new website is not up and running, it seems the best place for info is:

TEN to come back with a vengeance with the new album 'Stormwarning!'

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of TEN’s ninth all original studio album entitled “Stormwarning” on February 18th 2011 in Europe and February the 15th in North America.

Turmoil is a word that could well describe what life has been like in the TEN camp over the past few years. Going through several line-up changes and a self imposed exiles from the scene, TEN for many seemed to be a name that wrote glorious pages in the darkest period of Melodic Hard Rock, failing to keep the flame alive when the momentum was raising again.

Still, TEN singer and principal songwriter, Gary Hughes knew he had another ace up his sleeve and decided to play it safe. For the new album “Stormwarning” he wanted first to have the right line-up and he enlisted the services of Neil Fraser on lead guitars and Mark Sumner on bass, in addition to long-time members John Helliwell on guitar and Paul Hodson on keyboards.

Then the masterful Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) guested to take care of all the drum duties and Gary made sure that none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69 and producer of Angra, Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Edenbridge among others) would mix and produce the album. Finally he made contact with the original designer of the “Spellbound” and “Babylon” covers, the renowned Spanish fantasy artist Luis Royo, to recreate the perfect graphics for the new album.

In the summer 2010 with all the groundwork done, TEN finally started the recording of “Stormwarning” an album that, like the name itself tells, is an inspiration for tales of glory, war, and death and of course love. Any rock fan who digs the sound that Rainbow carved out with “Difficult to Cure” or that Whitesnake brought to success with “1987” and that Gary Moore exalted with albums like “Final Frontier” or “Run For Cover” needs to have this record in their collection. And even for the well acquainted, TEN re-ignite memories of “The Name of The Rose” and “Spellbound”.

“Stormwarning” tracklisting includes:
Endless Symphony; Centre Of My Universe; Kingdom Come; Book Of Secrets; Stormwarning; Invisible; Love Song; The Hourglass And The Landslide; Destiny; The Wave.

The radio edit version of “Endless Symphony” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:

Gary Hughes - Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
John Halliwell - Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Neil Fraser - Guitars, Lead Guitars
Paul Hodson - Keyboards and Synthesisers, Programming
Mark Sumner - Bass Guitars
With Mark Zonder: Drums and Percussion
Produced by Dennis Ward

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce - Scheepers
His self titled solo debut

Ralf Scheepers has built himself quite a reputation for being one of the finest German Heavy Metal singers. With a career spanning three decades (he debuted with Tyran’ Pace’s “Eye to Eye” album in 1983), Scheepers sung on true Power Metal manifesto releases such as Gamma Ray’s first three albums, before starting Primal Fear in 1997, with Mat Sinner.

His voice is high-pitched and tenor-esque and his abilities were often compared to some of the finest Hard Rock and Heavy Metal singers ever (from Rob Halford to Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan). Both Helloween and Judas Priest considered him as their possible next lead singer.

Over the years Ralf wrote and collected a few tracks that did not fit exactly in the Primal Fear concept. As often happens, he had just been waiting for the right chance to present itself and that happened when himself, his buddy Mat Sinner and Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino sat together and discussed plans for the future in… 2007!
Over three years later and the results are finally here and in Scheepers’ words “I’m really proud of the result!”

Ralf Scheepers’ artistic intention was to please the existing Primal Fear fan base, but he also wanted to add some surprises and include as much variation as he could in the recording. So he went ahead and covered one of his own favourite - but untypical Judas Priest songs “Before the Dawn” and for the first time, Ralf played all instruments on a song, except the fantastic guitar solos added by Victor Smolski (Rage). “Compassion” is another special track with a very positive vibe, recorded only with acoustic instruments. Two of the songs were composed with former Primal Fear guitarist Stefan Leibing, while Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen added guitar on “The Pain Of The Accused”. Halford’s Metal Mike played lead-guitar on the album opener “Locked In The Dungeon”. One more highlight is the vocal duet with Tim “Ripper” Owens on “Remission Of Sin”.

Additional guest appearances include Sander Gommans (ex After Forever), Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion) and Scheepers Primal Fear band mates Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt and Mat Sinner! The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Koehler and produced by Mat Sinner.

“Scheepers” final tracklisting includes:
Locked in the Dungeon; Remission of Sin; Cyberfreak; The Fall; Doomsday; Saints of The Rock; Before the Dawn; Back on the Track; Dynasty; The Pain of the Accused; Play with the Fire; Compassion. The song “Remission of Sin” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:


Ralf Scheepers: Lead & Backing Vocals; Acoustic Guitar; Keyboards; FX Sounds
Tim “Ripper” Owens: Lead Vocals on “Remission of Sin”
Magnus Karlsson: Lead Guitars; Guitars; Banjo; Accordion; Keyboards
Sander Gommans: Lead Guitar, Guitars
Mike Chlasciak, Alex Beyrodt; Kai Hansen; Victor Smolski: Lead Guitars
Mat Sinner: Bass, Keyboards
Snowy Shaw: Drums

Whitesnake shares new album cover artwork with the world

Well, it all seems a little strange that the band are doing this, but David Coverdale and his current Whitesnake band, seem to be letting information out in piece meal fashion!
They have already teased with the announcement of some European, Russian and UK tour dates for 2011 and now they are sharing, 'just' their new forthcoming album cover artwork ..., nothing more ...
Hopefully Frontiers or Whitesnake will stop the teasing and share a little more.

Interesting choice of title, as it's exactly the same as the last Tesla album ... 'Forever More.'
Mind you, if it's anywhere near as good as Tesla's release, then I for one will be very happy!
Mr Coverdale, I sincerely hope the pipes are doing good! :)

Send Deep Purple Christmas E-Cards

This December, EMI Catalogue launched its "With Love From Me To You" Christmas e-card campaign. Go green with your Christmas cards this year by sending your friends and family an e-card, featuring some of the year's best releases as well as more classic tracks, including Iron Maiden's "El Dorado", Deep Purple's "Black Night" (in the "Classic Rock" card) and Megadeth's "Hangar 18" (from the "EMI Sessions" card). Plus, enter a great competition to win a huge bundle of prizes including some great limited-edition box sets.

With seven e-card designs to choose from all based on some of EMI's classic genres, each e-card features a choice of eight tracks — from John Lennon to Daft Punk, from Tinie Tempah to Wizzard. Users can also personalize their e-card by including a message to their loved ones.

Everyone that enters the e-card competition will have the chance to win a massive bundle of prizes including a limited edition John Lennon signature box set, an Apple Records box set, a The Beatles stereo box set as well as loads more great prizes.
For more information, visit

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