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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rock News update for Tuesday 28th December, 2010

Hi folks, yes I'm back! Hope you all had a great Christmas!
We've had a good one for the most part, too much food though ... Phew!
Been a good time for family and friends, even including a little jam session last night with some former band mates. Good stuff!
Anyway, let's get going with the latest that I can share, even though it's been pretty lean on the updates.
Here we go! Cheers, Al.

Sweden Rock Festival starts to get serious with new additions to line up.

The annual Sweden Rock Festival, is fast becoming one of the greatest annual outdoor rock events - Hope to make it there myself one day! - celebrates it's 20th Anniversary next year and has just added a few more serious names after the initial announcement that included just Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest as 'the' big names. 
They've now announced the rejuvenated - We hope! - Whitesnake, the recently reformed Mr. Big, classic rockers Styx, Southern boogie merchants Molly Hatchet as well as few other favourites people will get a kick from.
Here's the festival flyer as it stands so far ...

It's certainly shaping up, I'm sure all will agree!
For more and updated information, along with ticket details go to:

Metal heads in the USA can look forward to a Motörhead Winter tour starting in February 2011.
This from the bands website:

MOTÖRHEAD, the loudest, coolest and most iconic rock'n'roll lifestyle around, announce their 2011 U.S. tour dates to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary and the release their new studio album, 'The Wörld Is Yours,' on February 8, 2011.

Motörhead are a mindset, a belief, a way to live your life, a way to both survive and beat a society that sometimes seems intent on trying to grind you down. Which is why Motörhead have chosen now, in what might be some of the most tense times in recent global history, to release a hell-raising, rebel-rousing rock'n'roll statement known as The Wörld is Yours.

If that isn't enough, the critically-acclaimed documentary about Motörhead's iconic founding-frontman, titled LEMMY, which has been tearing up the worldwide film festival circuit from New York to Melbourne to London and beyond, will premiere nationally in January.

“We don't fit into anything!” roars founder and heartbeat Lemmy Kilmister,"the only thing we fit into is 'Motörhead' because we are Motörhead music and that's what we do!"
January 2011
Tue 25 Jan Anaheim CA House of Blues
Fri 28 Jan Reno NV Knitting Factory
Sat 29 Jan Las Vegas NV HOB
Mon 31 Jan San Diego CA HOB

February 2011Wed 02 Feb San Francisco CA Warfield
Fri 04 Feb Seattle WA Sodo
Sat 05 Feb Portland OR Roseland
Mon 07 Feb Vancouver BC Vogue
Wed 09 Feb Edmonton AL EEC
Thu 10 Feb Calgary AL Flames Central
Sat 12 Feb Winnipeg MT Burton
Sun 13 Feb TBA TBA
Tue 15 Feb Minneapolis MN 1st Ave
Wed 16 Feb Milwaukee WI Rave Ballroom
Thu 17 Feb Kansas City MO Midland Theatre
Sat 19 Feb Chicago IL Congress
Sun 20 Feb St Louis MO Pops
Tue 22 Feb Grand Rapids MI Orbit
Wed 23 Feb Detroit MI Royal Oak
Fri 25 Feb Kitchener ONT Elements
Sat 26 Feb Toronto ONT Koolhouse
Mon 28 Feb New York NY Best Buy

March 2011Tue 01 Mar Boston MA House of Blues (AVALON)
Thu 03 Mar Sayerville NJ Starland Ballroom
Fri 04 Mar Atlantic City NJ House of Blues
Sat 05 Mar TBA TBA
Tue 08 Mar Austin TX Stubb's
Thu 10 Mar Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre
Fri 11 Mar Los Angeles CA Nokia Live

Melodicrock Records signs Riverdogs for new album.

Andrew McNiece, the man behind and his relatively new MelodicRock Records, has just secured the a great new signing to his label and has posted this update at his site to share the news.

Much loved melodic rock band Riverdogs (Rob Lamothe, Vivian Campbell, Nick Brophy and Marc Danzeisen) have signed to MelodicRock Records for an album to be released in the first half of 2011.

This studio album is a long awaited return for the band, featuring unreleased music from the 'lost' 2003 sessions as well as perhaps a few new 2010 tunes :)

The guys recently spent a week in Los Angeles together working up ideas and re-mixing and adding new parts to the originally recorded songs.

Further details, comments from the guys and track titles coming up in the new year. But to say I'm excited about this release is a massive understatement! I've loved this band since the day the debut album came out. They should be mega-stars and perhaps with this release we can get the ball rolling again!

The bands previously history includes three albums from the 90's, the self titled 'Riverdogs,' 'Absolutely Live' and 'Bone.'
For more details go to:

Santana takes 'Guitar Heaven' on South Pacific Asian Tour 2011!

In March, Carlos Santana and his band will be heading across the Pacific to the South Pacific and Asia for a month long tour in support of the man's 'Guitar Heaven' release.
Here's the tour dates at this time:

March 2011
3/26/2011 - Saturday Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
3/25/2011 - Friday Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia
3/24/2011 - Thursday Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
3/22/2011 - Tuesday CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
3/20/2011 - Sunday Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
3/17/2011 - Thursday Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
3/16/2011 - Wednesday Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
3/13/2011 - Sunday Sandalford Estate Swan Valley, Perth, Australia
3/9/2011 - Wednesday Gymnastic Gymnasium, Seoul, Korea
3/7/2011 - Monday Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, Singapore
3/5/2011 - Saturday Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
3/4/2011 - Friday Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
3/1/2011 - Tuesday Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
Official website:

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