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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Rock News for Wednesday 8th December, 2010
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, CANADIAN ROCK ROYALTY, TRIUMPH, HAS LAUNCHED ONLINE STORE AND BRAND NEW WEBSITE
The fans spoke and now they have gotten what they wanted. Canadian rock royalty has launched a brand new, completely overhauled website and online store, for all your Triumph needs!
The website will serve as both the band’s official website and as a community for Triumph’s devoted worldwide following.
The new site (whose URL will remain http://www.triumphmusic.com/) will feature streaming music, videos, classic interviews and memorabilia, as well as many other options for fans to learn the history behind one of Canada's greatest hard rocking bands.
Additionally by going to Triumph's new site, you'll be able to access the group's Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter pages, as well as the group's official YouTube page (comprised of kick-ass, vintage video clips), and the Triumph iLike page, where you can purchase downloads of Triumph music.
As the site content continues to grow, Triumph fans will be treated to exclusive free music downloads, a monthly newsletter, fan forum, and online store featuring rare merchandise bundles, including t-shirts, signed CDs, posters, videos, etc., among other goodies.
Right now, there are a total of four "bundles" for sale. There are three different bundles for the 'Greatest Hits' release (including a "digital bundle" , a "classic bundle" and a "deluxe bundle" ), as well as a "limited edition bundle" for the bands classic 1977 release, 'Rock and Roll Machine' (a release that celebrated its 33rd anniversary of release this past November).
On December 3, Frontier Records released, in Europe only, official reissues of Triumph's ten classic albums, in digipak version and with the original track listings.
These albums include 'In The Beginning' (1976), 'Rock and Roll Machine' (1977), 'Just a Game' (1979), 'Progressions of Power' (1980), 'Allied Forces' (1981), 'Never Surrender' (1983), 'Thunder Seven' (1984), 'Stages (Live)' (1985), 'The Sport of Kings' (1986), and 'Surveillance' (1987).
The CDs have been remastered and have an extensive booklet including lyrics. For the serious Triumph fan, Frontiers has released, also in Europe only, a very limited edition collector’s Box Set, entitled 'Diamond Collection,' which will include all the 10 albums in vinyl replica, featuring the artwork from the original vinyl editions of the albums.
By special arrangement, the Triumph online store has imported 300 Box Sets that are available for sale in North America. The Box Sets are numbered and will not be sold anywhere else.
Keep an eye on http://www.triumphmusic.com/ and visit it frequently, as you never know what surprises, exclusive content, and sales may lay in store for you.
And always remember ... FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!
Formed in 1975, TRIUMPH (whose classic line-up comprised of guitarist / vocalist Rik Emmett, bassist / keyboardist Mike Levine, and drummer / vocalist Gil Moore) continues to be one of the most successful rock acts of the 70’s and 80’s, selling out arenas and stadiums all across North America.
The power trio from Toronto toured relentlessly, selling over fifteen million albums worldwide in the process, and penning such all-time great arena anthems as “Rock ‘n Roll Machine,” "Hold On," "Magic Power," "Lay It on the Line," "Fight the Good Fight," "Allied Forces," “Never Surrender,” “Spellbound” and “I Live for the Weekend.”
Always purveyors of positive messages in their music, which continues to be a staple at Rock Radio, TRIUMPH headlined on some of the largest festivals of the era, including the 1983 US Festival in California in front of a throng of 500,000 screaming fans.
TRIUMPH was inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2007 and into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and the group reunited for 2 show-stopping performances at the Sweden Rock Festival and the Rocklahoma Festival in 2008.
Most recently, their 1979 hit “Lay it on the Line” from the Greatest Hits Remixed package was featured in the summer blockbuster “Grown Ups” (starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and David Spade).
Robin Trower has a 'Playful Heart' he wants to share
Robin Trower is a celebrated guitar virtuoso who continues to create new music and expand his musical portfolio. Robin’s body of work ranges from the recently remastered, “Twice Removed From Yesterday” through "Bridge of Sighs" recognized by many as a groundbreaking collection, right up through 2010’s “The Playful Heart”.This catalog demonstrates not only his mastery of the instrument, but also a continuing determination to reach outside his comfort zone.
Influenced early by Scotty Moore, Hubert Sumlin, B B and Albert King, and of course,Jimi Hendrix, Robin has spent four decades refining his approach to the guitar. Today, his Fender Stratocaster and Marshallamplification combined with the vibrato touch of his hands and a couple of Fulltone effects, create aninstantly recognizable tone that is uniquely Robin Trower.
Robin’s songwriting began when he was a member of Procol Harum, and his collaborative efforts with his original vocalist, James Dewar are at the heart of his writing. Since Jimmy’s passing Robin’s poetry has become both more intensely personal, and interpretable. The lyrics on “The Playful Heart” demonstrate this exceptionally well.
Recent releases include the exhilarating 2008 live set “RT@RO.08”, 2009’s “What Lies Beneath” and now “The Playful Heart”. In these CDs Robin exhibits his ability to draw in new fans but hold true to what his loyal following loves so much, superb guitar playing, signature tone and creative songwriting which combined convey the power of Trower.
“The Playful Heart” was recorded in a small studio in England, with touring bandmates Davey Pattison on vocals, Glenn Letsch on bass and Pete Thompson on drums. It was produced by Livingstone Brown, who has collaborated with Robin on several previous collections, and once again captures the full-spectrum sound. The eleven songs reveal Robin’s introspective side, and the entire CD is full of tasty guitar parts, which point up the intensely personal lyrics.
It is, however, in concert that Robin Trower truly comes alive. Perpetual favorites “Bridge of Sighs", "Day Of The Eagle" "Too Rolling Stoned", "Shame The Devil", "Daydream", and "Long Misty Days" from the five Certified gold releases from 1973-1977, are staples in the live show. Each of these songs is revitalized by Trower’s inspired soloing, so that old friends become new again at each performance. Many fans attend more than one show on each tour, confident that Robin will not repeat “safe” solos, but will remap the emotional territory each night. In the current set three songs from “The Playful Heart” get their initial public airing. The European fans approved and Robin's US audience has seen previews on YouTube of the great performances to come.
The latest information has the band rehearsing several other songs that have never been seen live before.
There will be two legs on the 2011 tour. The first opens in Florida crosses Texas and turns right at California, to end in Seattle, the second begins in the heartland heads north and East to end in New England. For current information on tour dates please visit www.trowerpower.com/tours
This tour will be recorded for DVD release in early 2012.
Status Quo - various updates and competitions!
WIN TICKETS, MEET THE BAND, AND MORE!!!
Universal Music are giving Status Quo fans the chance to WIN tickets, MEET the band and MANY more prizes on offer for the 'Quid Pro Quo tour' this Xmas. You can enter the competition by clicking on the link below.
Quo lead man Francis Rossi will go on a 7-date solo tour of the UK in February next year. Tickets are on sale now from Live Nation ( http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/francis-rossi-tickets). Also that month, ‘Live At St Luke’s’ (filmed earlier this year) will be released as a live album and DVD.
Unfortunately, German dates scheduled for February have been cancelled due to RECORDING OF THE FORTHCOMING STATUS QUO STUDIO ALBUM being brought forward.
The following are the tour dates that are going ahead.
Tues 1 Birmingham Town Hall
Weds 2 Salford Lowry
Thurs 3 Glasgow O2 ABC
Sat 5 Oxford O2 Academy
Sun 6 Brighton Corn Exchange
Mon 7 Norwich Waterfront
Tues 8 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets are priced at £19.50 regional and £25 London [booking fees may apply]
HANDWRITTEN LYRICS AUCTION
PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 75,000 songwriting and composing members, are holding an auction of handwritten lyrics by some of the world's greatest songwriting talent in a bid to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Sir Paul McCartney, Gary Barlow, Brian May, Sting, Quo and Annie Lennox are among 27 songwriters who have contributed.
Included are the original handwritten lyrics for Down Down and Rain.
The 'art of the song' auction will be held at Bonhams Knightsbridge at 2pm on December 15th as part of the Entertainment & Memorabilia auction.