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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Late News Update Friday 24th April, 2010

**Bret Michaels hospitalized with hemorrhage**

Various news sites have been reporting that late on Thursday 23rd April, Poison frontman Bret Michaels was rushed to hospital, after suffering from excruciating headache where doctors discovered he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem), according to a source close to the situation. Tonight (Friday) he is said to be in a critical condition.

Michaels, is currently in critical condition. "After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation," the source says.
Comcast Entertainment News, posted through Michaels publicist earlier today - Friday.- said that Joann Mignano, Michaels' New York-based publicist, confirmed a report on People magazine's website that said the former Poison frontman was rushed to intensive care late Thursday after a severe headache. The report said doctors discovered bleeding at the base of his brain stem. Mignano said tests are being conducted but did not know where he was being treated.

The 47-year-old glam-rock reality TV star had an emergency appendectomy at a private care facility for diabetics last week after complaining of stomach pains before he was scheduled to perform at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. Michaels later wrote on his website that though the surgery "has taken its toll," doctors expected him to make a full recovery.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rock News Update for Thursday 22nd April, 2010


In celebration of the 20th year anniversary of their 1990 debut multi platinum release “Shake Your Money Maker,” The Black Crowes will release their first ever double album of all acoustic material on August 3, 2010.

After touring in 2009, The Black Crowes spent time at the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, recording over 20 songs from their 20 year history. The band arranged acoustic versions of many of their best loved songs and the band’s catalogue picks.

The double album, Croweology, will be sold at the cost of a single album as a “Thank You” to their fans for 20 years of support. Also to be released on vinyl, the project was produced by Paul Stacey and will be released on The Black Crowes label, Silver Arrow, through Megaforce Records.

In late summer, The Black Crowes will kick off their “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” 2010 Tour which will feature three hour performance sets in most markets. The shows are being billed as “Acoustic Hor D’oeuvres followed by an Electric Reception With The Black Crowes,” and will consist of a full hour and a half acoustic set followed by a full hour and a half electric set, except where noted below *.

The tour will begin on August 13 in Milwaukee and is presently scheduled to conclude with the band’s annual multi-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 19, 2010.

Following their 2010 “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” Tour the band has planned a lengthy hiatus.

Chris Robinson had this to say, “With a smile so wide you can count my teeth and with a heart so full of love that it is spilling over the rim, I offer a humble and simple thank you. Thank you for your time, your imaginations, your heartaches and joy. Thank you for 20 years of cosmic rock n roll. 20 years of keeping it weird. 20 years of chasing horizons and before the band that dares dream out loud puts it down for a while, we are proud to give you our Croweology. This year the music is only for you as we celebrate what has been, what is now and whatever will be”.

Rich Robinson said, “At this milestone in our career, I feel very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to spend my life making music. It’s been 20 years since we started out on this journey. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all of our fans who have been there with us along the way. We would not have gotten here without your support. Every night I stand on the stage I feel great pride and respect for what we share with our fans. After this tour we are going to take some much needed time to spend with our families. But for now, we are very much looking forward to a great year of touring. I look forward to seeing all your familiar faces again on the road. See you soon.”

Steve Gorman added, “20 Years Gone - To look back over the past twenty years …there are so many thoughts, feelings, and memories of all shapes and sizes that it's tough to process it all. Lots of ups and downs, lots of everything. One can easily get lost in the labyrinth of those many experiences. However, there is one constant - and that's an overwhelming sense of gratitude to all of you that have supported us for the past twenty years. Our tour this year serves as a very large THANK YOU to all in attendance. Whether you have seen us one time, ten times, a hundred times, or more, it goes without saying that we wouldn't be here without you. The lives that we all lead, and the opportunities that we have been presented with, all trace directly back to your support. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! And after this tour, we'll be taking a nice, long, much needed break. We are all in agreement (no, seriously, we are!) that this is the right time to spend time with our families, friends, outside musical and non musical projects and of course, our personal lives. So, we're going out swinging with all we got. Let's all join hands and share the ride!”
The Black Crowes have partnered with CID Entertainment to offer their fans some special ticketing package options for the 20th Anniversary Tour. The packages will include a variety of perks including VIP entrance, premier seat locations, limited edition posters and other merchandise, a Limited edition "Musical Merch Pack", pre-parties, post-parties and more. We'll also be offering "Share the Ride" Travel Packages in select cities including hotel accommodations and shuttle transportation to make it real easy for you to join us and share the ride.

The Black Crowes are:
Chris Robinson, Rich Robinson, Steve Gorman, Sven Pipien, Luther Dickinson, Adam MacDougall.

THE BLACK CROWES ( * = Electric shows ONLY )

Date City, ST Venue On Sale On Sale Time
August 2010
Fri-Aug-13 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Aug-14 * Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino Fri-May-14 Noon
Sun-Aug-15 * Apple Valley, MN Zoo Amphitheatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Tue-Aug-17 * Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Wed-Aug-18 * Kansas City, MO Harrah's Kansas City Sat-May-15 10:00 AM
Fri-Aug-20 Detroit, MI The Fillmore @ The State Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Aug-21 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sun-Aug-22 Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion Sat-May-15 10:00 AM
Tue-Aug-24 * Cleveland, OH House of Blues Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Wed-Aug-25 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Aug-27 St. Louis, MO The Pageant Fri-May-14 5:00 PM
Sat-Aug-28 * Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove Sat-May-15 10:00 AM
Sun-Aug-29 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium Sat-May-15 10:00 AM
Tue-Aug-31 * Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
September 2010
Tue-Sep-07 * Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Wed-Sep-08 * Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Sep-10 Charleston, SC Family Circle Magazine Stadium Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sun-Sep-12 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Sep-17 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Sep-18 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sun-Sep-19 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Tue-Sep-21 Jacksonville, FL The Florida Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Sep-24 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sun-Sep-26 * Dallas, TX House of Blues Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
October 2010
Fri-Oct-01 * Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Casino Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Oct-02 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Oct-15 Albany, NY The Palace Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Sat-Oct-16 * Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino Fri-Jun-11 Noon
Sun-Oct-17 * Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre Fri-Jun-11 Noon
Tue-Oct-19 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Wed-Oct-20 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Fri-Oct-22 Boston, MA House of Blues Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Sat-Oct-23 Boston, MA House of Blues Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Sun-Oct-24 * Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Tue-Oct-26 Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre Sat-Jun-12 Noon
Wed-Oct-27 Toronto, ON Massey Hall Sat-May-15 Noon
Fri-Oct-29 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre Fri-Jun-11 10:00 AM
Sat-Oct-30 * Atlantic City, NJ Music Box @ Borgata Resort Sat-Jun-12 10:00 AM
Sun-Oct-31 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
November 2010
Tue-Nov-02 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Thu-Nov-04 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Fri-Nov-05 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Sat-Nov-06 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square Fri-May-14 Noon
Wed-Nov-10 * Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Fri-Nov-12 Pittsburgh, PA North Shore Entertainment Complex Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Sat-Nov-13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Sun-Nov-14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club Thu-Sep-23 10:00 AM
Tue-Nov-16 Richmond, VA The National Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Wed-Nov-17 Norfolk, VA The Norva Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Fri-Nov-19 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
Sat-Nov-20 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle Fri-May-14 10:00 AM
December 2010
Fri-Dec-03 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Auditorium Fri-Jul-16 10:00 AM
Sat-Dec-04 * Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre Fri-Jul-16 9:00 AM
Sun-Dec-05 * Seattle, WA Showbox SODO Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Tue-Dec-07 Santa Barbara, CA The Arlington Theatre Sat-Jul-17 10:00 AM
Fri-Dec-10 * Las Vegas, NV The Joint Sat-Jul-17 Noon
Sat-Dec-11 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium Fri-Jul-16 10:00 AM
Sun-Dec-12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Tue-Dec-14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Wed-Dec-15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Fri-Dec-17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Sat-Dec-18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM
Sun-Dec-19 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore Sun-Jul-18 10:00 AM

Blues/Rock Guitarist PAT TRAVERS on 2010 Tour
New album 'FIDELIS' Out Now Digitally - CD In Stores SOON!!

'Pat was the guitarist that influenced me the most in getting what became a signature sound for me.... especially in the rhythm dept. He is the most underrated player of our time'
- Nuno BettencourtExtreme/ Rhianna

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2010) – Revered blues/rock guitar guru Pat Travers is back out and touring in 2010 in support of his new studio release 'FIDELIS' on Alexus Records.

This hard rocking blues masterpiece is Travers long awaited studio album in the true Pat Travers signature style, in your face and full of big guitars. Being the first studio album in 5 years, Travers has put heart and soul into every note he recorded. “Ask Me Baby” is the first release that will hit the airwaves in a matter of time.

The current line-up for the Pat Travers band is:
Pat Travers (Guitar/vox), Kirk McKim (Lead Guitar / Backing Vox), Sean "The Cannon" Shannon (Drums) and Rodney O'Quinn (Bass / Backing Vocals).
This is a show you cannot miss – Pat Travers is a real giant amongst giants!
PAT TRAVERS – TOUR SCHEDULE – more dates to come:
Thur 22 Newport, RI Newport Blues Café
Fri 23 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
Sat 24 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 30 Samford, FL Route 46
Sat 15 Conesville, IA Circle Of Pride Rally
Thur 22 Corpus Christi, TX Brewsters Street Ice House
Tue 1 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Thur 3 Modesto, CA Fat Cat Music Hall
Fri 4 Fairfield, CA Pepper Belly’s
Sun 6 Santa Rosa, CA Last Day Saloon
Sat 12 Kissimmee, FL Kissimmee Bike Fest
Fri 16 Walker, MN Moondance Jam 19
Sat 17 Sturgis, KY Little Sturgis Rally
Sat 24 Birkenfeld, OR S.E. Oregon ABATE Run 21 Rally
Thur 19 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Fri 20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live
Sat 21 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Mon 6 Indianapolis, IN Rib America Fest
Sat 18 Tomahawk, WI Nokomis Town Park
Fri 8 Plymouth, MA Memorial Hall
For more information on this extraordinary live performer go to:

ZZ Top, it’s tour time folks!

Catch the merchants of boogie band, ZZ Top live around the world, on these dates! 
Fri 04/23/10 Tyler, TX Oil Palace
Sat 04/24/10 Beaumont, TX Ford Park
Sun 04/25/10 Austin, TX Tim's Porch @ The Backyard
Thu 04/29/10 West Palm Beach, FL Downtown Appearing at "SunFest"
Fri 04/30/10 Melbourne, FL King Center For Performing Arts
May 2010
Sat 05/01/10 Saint Petersburg, FL Tropicana Field
Tue 05/04/10 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater
Wed 05/05/10 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
Fri 05/07/10 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheatre
Sat 05/08/10 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Sun 05/09/10 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena
Fri 05/14/10 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
Tue 05/18/10 Santiago, Chile Movistar Arena
Thu 05/20/10 Sao Paulo, Brazil Via Funchal
Fri 05/21/10 Sao Paulo, Brazil Via Funchal
Sun 05/23/10 Porto Alegre, Brazil Pepsi On Stage
Wed 05/26/10 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
Fri 05/28/10 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sat 05/29/10 Pryor, OK Catch The Fever Festival Grounds - Appearing at "Rocklahoma Festival"  
June 2010
Sat 06/05/10 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Sun 06/06/10 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Tue 06/08/10 Cranbrook, BC Rec Plex
Thu 06/10/10 Grande Prairie, AB Crystal Centre
Fri 06/11/10 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sun 06/13/10 Medicine Hat, AB Medicine Hat Arena
Tue 06/15/10 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Fri 06/18/10 Windsor, ON WFCU Centre
Sat 06/19/10 Belleville, ON Zwicks Park Appearing at "Big Music Fest"
Fri 06/25/10 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater Appearing at "Summerfest" \ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Sat 06/26/10 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
July 2010
Fri 07/02/10 Skanevik, Norway Skanevik Blues Festival Grounds Appearing at "Skanevik Blues Festival"
Sat 07/03/10 Jarvenpaa, Finland Festival Grounds - Appearing at "PuistoBlues - Lakeside Blues Festival"  
Mon 07/05/10 Monte Carlo, Monaco Palais De Monaco
Tue 07/06/10 Toulouse, France Zenith
Thu 07/08/10 Bayonne, France Arenes
Fri 07/09/10 Nimes, France Arenes - Appearing at "Festival De Nimes"
Sat 07/10/10 Locarno, Switzerland Piazza Grande - Appearing at "Moon & Stars Locarno"
Mon 07/12/10 Rome, Italy Ippodromo Delle Capannelle
Tue 07/13/10 Lucca, Italy Piazza Napoleone - Appearing at "Lucca Summer Festival"  
Wed 07/14/10 Piazzola Sul Brenta, Italy Villa Contarini
Thu 07/15/10 Milan, Italy Arena Civico
Sun 07/18/10 Kempten, Germany Big Box Concert Hall
Mon 07/19/10 Strasbourg, France Zenith
Tue 07/20/10 Tienen, Belgium Centrum - Appearing at "Suikerrock Festival"
Thu 07/22/10 Nantes, France Zenith
Sat 07/24/10 London, United Kingdom Victoria Park - Appearing at "High Voltage Festival"
Sat 07/31/10 Stillwater, OK Tumbleweed Dance Hall & Concert Arena
August 2010
Wed 08/04/10 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Clearfield County Fair"
Sat 08/07/10 Lake Delton, WI Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Mon 08/09/10 Sturgis, SD The Legendary Buffalo Chip - Appearing at "Sturgis Rally"
Tue 08/10/10 Sioux Falls, SD W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Sioux Empire Fair"
Sun 08/15/10 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre - Appearing at "OC Fair"
Fri 08/20/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Sat 08/21/10 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Tue 08/24/10 Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds - Appearing at "Antelope Valley Fair"
Wed 08/25/10 Livermore, CA - The Concerts At Wente Vineyards

Frontiers Records to release Germany’s Prog Metal finest VANDEN PLAS highly anticipated new concept album

“The Seraphic Clockwork” in the shops on June 4th in Europe and June 22nd in the U.S.A.
Napoli, April, 2010 – A good four years after Vanden Plas last critically acclaimed studio recording, “Christ O” hit the charts, Germany’s finest Prog Metal act is set to release its brand new album: “The Seraphic Clockwork”, on June 4th, in Europe and June 22nd in the USA.

Highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, “The Seraphic Clockwork” is a fascinating concept album, which not only shows the quintet’s exceptional technical skills, but also highlights their impressive development as songwriters. The new album sounds more multi-layered, progressive and metal-oriented than any previous Vanden Plas release. “I think that my penchant for music of the tougher persuasion shines through more than ever before on this album,” comments guitarist Stephan Lill, who – together with keyboardist Günter Werno and vocalist Andy Kuntz – make up the group’s creative triumvirate. He adds: “Hard riffs, elaborate keyboard and orchestral arrangements plus catchy hooklines come together in a perfect symbiosis which marks Vanden Plas’ own style. I feel that we were much more adventurous on with The Seraphic Clockwork than ever before.”

A perfect example which substantiates this statement, is the 13-minute track ‘On My Way To Jerusalem’, a little masterpiece within a homogeneous, self-contained album. The song takes the listener on a haunting, adventurous journey which comes full circle musically towards its end. From soaring piano sounds through hard riffs and versatile arrangements to atmospheric parts, the whole range of expressive forms which the Progressive Metal genre has to offer are present. On the other hand, ‘Heal The World’ with its melodic intro, subsequent heavy riff and catchy chorus, reveals the band’s affinity to theatre music and all its complexity, and is classic Vanden Plas.

The band's fascination with classical history has left its mark on “The Seraphic Clockwork” particularly in terms of lyrics: the dramatic science fiction story of the concept album was penned by vocalist Andy Kuntz and chronicles a journey in place and time from 16th century Rome to Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. The protagonist, after an apocalyptic vision, has come under the spell of an Old Testament prophecy and must travel back through the centuries to face his God-given destiny. “It’s about being unable to escape fate”, explains Kuntz, a master at making complex subject matter both fascinating and accessible to contemporary audiences. “Working for the theatre has definitely influenced the story’s depth. When you realize or reproduce your own projects on a stage, you learn a lot about dramaturgy.”

“The Seraphic Clockwork” was exclusively presented to the journalists in a press showcase held in Koln, Germany on April 9th. Some of the reactions to the preview include:

“Great comeback of Germany’s leading Prog Metal band!” Mike Borrink - Rock Hard Germany

“Those who have been concerned that Vanden Plas might have lost their riff power over the last few years don't have to worry anymore: their new album „The Seraphic Clockwork“ is a perfect example for a well-balanced mixture of intelligent prog tunes, heavy riffing and the uncompromising love for hard music.” Thorsten Zahn - Classic Rock Mag Germany

“They've made us wait but one of the best and most respected Progressive Metal bands are back with the heaviest, most epic and diverse album of their career to date. Awesome stuff.”
Matthew Adrian Spall - Powerplay , UK

“The Seraphic Clockwork" is unbelievable, fantastic, great music with a great story. Vanden Plas are the Prog Metal kings.”
Marco Magin – Breakout, Germany

"Intense, melodic and challenging at the same time, this new offering by Vanden Plas has what it takes to please the most demanding Progressive Metal fans."
Morgan Rivalin - Rock Hard France

The musical and lyrical complexity of “The Seraphic Clockwork” is certainly inspiring. Vanden Plas have proved again that they are the most imaginative and diverse of German Prog Metal bands and justly enjoy the highest international acclaim. It can only be a matter of time before this concept album also makes it onto the stage.

“The Seraphic Clockwork” includes the following tracks:
Frequency; Holes In The Sky; Scar of an Angel; Sound of Blood; The Final Murder; Quicksilver; Rush of Silence; On My Way to Jerusalem.

Andy Kuntz (vocals), Stephan Lill (guitar), Günter Werno (keyboards), Torsten Reichert (bass), Andreas Lill (drums)
ACCULT (1996)
CHRIST O (2006)


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 21st April, 2010

Release date: May 25th
Black Sabbath / Classic Albums: Paranoid / DVD and Blu-ray
The original line-up of Black Sabbath – vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tommy Iommi, bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler, and drummer Bill Ward – breed a brew of blues-rock unlike anything the world had heard before, and in the process, birthed a genre. Now, the forefathers of heavy metal will join the much-lauded lineage of Eagle Rock’s Classic Albums DVD series. Continuing a tradition of examining landmark albums, the back-story of 1970’s Paranoid will be unveiled, with live footage and in-depth interviews from the band and their original engineer.
Release date: June 2010 - Exact date: TBA
Ringo Starr / The Anthology…So Far / 3CD - Release date: June 2010 - Exact date: TBA
The legendary Beatles drummer stepped out front to lead his All-tarr Bad in 1989, and in the process, formed a touring unit that fans would consistently flock to see year after year. Recorded between 1989 - 2000, The Anthology…So Far, originally released in 2001 via Koch Records, will enjoy a well-deserved re-issue almost ten years after its release. A constantly evolving entity with a revolving cast of music’s best, Ringo’s All-Starr Band has gathered many rock legends as its alumni, including Nils Lofgren, Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Simon Kirke, Levon Helm, Todd Rundgren, Billy Preston, Gary Brooker, and a cavalcade of other noted artists. Starr leads his group through renditions of classic Beatles tunes and his solo work, in addition to classic gems from his esteemed colleagues.

Release Date:
July 20th - Jackson Browne / Going Home / DVD
All-American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has been purveying his honest, homegrown sound for almost thirty years. On this 90-minute DVD, a seamless blend of interview footage, rare footage, and various performances is presented, including favorites like “Running on Empty,” “Take It Easy,” and “Doctor My Eyes.” This re-issue, originally released via Pioneer, is a chronicle of his 25-year history that features special appearances by Don Henley, Bonnie Ratt, David Crosby, Graham Nash, The Eagles, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes, and many others.
Release date:
August 3rd - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Classic Albums: Damn The Torpedoes / DVD and Blu-ray
Not long after the release of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid Classic Albums installment, Eagle Rock will issue the story behind Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes. This 1979 breakthrough, their third album, carried the band up the charts and into more hearts, scoring with songs like top 10 single “Don’t Do Me Like That.” With newly filmed interviews from Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus, as well as new and archival performances, Classic Albums: Damn The Torpedoes proves why this magnum opus has stood the test of time.

Guitar Guru and Singer/Songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN On World Tour

Kotzens New Masterpiece PEACE SIGN Out NOW!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 20, 2010) – Richie Kotzen will hit the road on his world tour starting in South America April 22nd in Goiania, Brazil, but is working his way back to his long-awaited return to the USA. This will be his first string of tour dates in the USA in over a decade and a concert not to miss. He will be performing from his 17 plus solo albums with various charting hits he wrote or performed with Poison and Mr. Big.

Kotzens latest critically acclaimed release PEACE SIGN on Headroom Inc is sweeping the Nation.
Kotzen has an amazing ability to create projects that awe critics and inspire aspiring musicians having done it again with his new release. “I'm really excited about this new CD,” explains Kotzen. “I'm not sure how I did it, but somehow I think it has a really live sound, even though I'm playing all the instruments on all but four songs. I think it is because of the music I grew up on. Bands like Cream, The Stones, and of course Hendrix all had that ‘live -- create it on the spot’ sound so I suppose that is the way I hear music.

Kotzen has been touted as “one of the best guitar players in the world” with a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers. He has also enjoyed a truly incredible journey in the world of music. Among numerous accomplishments, in 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour in Japan. And in addition to writing and being featured on #1 charting albums and tracks, Kotzen has amassed an impressive 25 plus album discography.

Come see the hot ticket of the year and one of the greatest guitar players to hit the pages of Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar World and more! USA tour dates below~

VIP Packages are available on this tour. VIP Packages include:
- One (1) VIP ticket with early entry to the venue.
Attend sound check with RICHIE KOTZEN!
- A meet and greet with RICHIE KOTZEN!
- An autographed, limited edition RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace SIgn World Tour commemorative Poster (In addition to your personal item, Richie will also personalize the poster for you at the meet and greet if you'd like)
- A RICHIE KOTZEN VIP commemorative laminate.
- A RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace Sign World Tour T-Shirt.
- A copy of Richie's new CD PEACE SIGN

May 10 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Orlando, FL
May 11 Skipper's Smokehouse Tampa FL
May 12 Club 57 West Orlando FL
May 13 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
May 14 The Local Marietta, GA
May 15 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Nashville, TN
May 16 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
May 18 Jaxx Night Club West Springfield, VA
May 19 The North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
May 20 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Philadelphia, PA
May 21 The Works Reading, PA
May 22 Diesel Club Lounge Pittsburgh, PA
May 24 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic NYC, NY
May 25 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
May 26 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
May 27 Showcase Live Foxboro, MA
For more information visit

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rock News for Tuesday 20th April, 2010

Whitesnake - 1987 in 2010!!!

Yes folks, the classic Whitesnake album, 1987 the one that really broke the band 'HUGE' everywhere, is getting the magic remastering treatment ... Enough of my babble though read on for the full Press release!

For U.S. Release April 20, 2010

British born vocalist extraordinaire David Coverdale paid his dues early on with superstar band Deep Purple before setting a new musical course with the group he formed and has led thro several incarnations since the late 70s. Though the band had released several platinum selling albums prior to this, the 1987 self-titled 'Whitesnake,' none matched their new musically muscular approach, or the impact that this hit-driven, melodic-yet-heavy-rocking release attained.

Initially the album was given significant attention with the release of the video 'Still Of The Night,' which was the longest promo video MTV ever played on heavy rotation at that time and introduced the band to millions of unsuspecting viewers who until then had never heard of the British import.

The song, tho` never released as a single, was a smash at rock radio. Sales then went thro the roof with the release of the energetic No. 1 single 'Here I Go Again'  followed by soulful ballad 'Is This Love,' which reached No. 2 and fans of Whitesnake both old and especially new embraced the album with open arms as it went on to become a multi-million selling success in the U.S. alone.
The synchronicity of an album loaded with some great classic rock anthems that are as vital today as they were when the were first released and arriving during an era fuelled by music videos and the monster promotional vehicle that MTV was at that time, proved an irresistible force that could not be ignored.

This DELUXE EDITION offers powerful video footage on Disc Two from various live performances appearing along with those memorable, magical promotional videos mentioned above.
... four live stage performances ...

Joining the original album, which has been freshly digitally remastered, are four live stage performances of the memorable songs from this album, which were all Billboard chart hits.

This is a must for any discerning rock fan to have in his, or her collection.


Pick it up through Amazon, here:

and don't forget to keep checking out for any other updates ....!


Two more Frontiers Records band was confirmed recently for the Sweden Rock Festival: PRAYING MANTIS and TREAT were added to the bill in addition to the already confirmed CINDERELLA, WINGER, Y&T, JORN, RICK SPRINGFIELD.
On a related note the recent TREAT album “Coup De Grace” was awarded an amazing 100/100 review on

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Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of MELODIC ROCK FANZINE. The 37th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.

Here are the previews of the two MELODIC ROCK FANZINE covers:

This new issue includes reviews and interviews of , Serpentine, FM, Crazy Lixx, Alan Parsons, Treat... and more!
Asia, Extreme, Auras, Tesla, Big Ball, Sven Larsson, Crashdiet, The Glitterati, Neverland

Monday, April 19, 2010

Rock News Update for Monday 19th April, 2010

Icelandic Volcano disaster starting to effect bands tour schedules

It seems on top of the problems Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano has caused in the UK and other parts of Europe, with internal flights being halted for the past 5 days, but now the ash cloud is spreading much further into Europe, as well as Poland, Romania and Russia now, but some other countries are actually questioning the situation now?!

The BBC's take on things with the airlines:

It seems now that it's clearly starting to have an effect on some bands touring schedules, with both UFO and Asia for starters posting news messages about the situation.

Due to the airport closures caused by the volcano eruption in Iceland, the band and crew are stranded in Greece.
The flights to Germany have been cancelled, so we are waiting for transport to shuttle us all to Tuesday's gig in Oberhausen... 2300 km to go...
Our apologies to everyone who was planning to come to the Nürnberg show. We are aiming to reschedule it as soon as possible.

Volcanic Eruption May Affect Tour Dates - Sunday, 18 April 2010
As has been highly publicized by the media, the volcanic eruption on Iceland is significantly affecting global air travel and may result in flight delays or cancellations. Fans intending to travel to forthcoming Asia shows are advised to check with local promoters/venues before setting out as some dates that require air travel are currently in question.
Any specifics that can be passed on will be made available via this site.

So there you have it folks, it's causing serious chaos which I'm sure some of you may well have been affected ... If you're trapped somewhere, I wish you luck in finding your way, wherever you need to get to.
I'd also recommend that if you know the band to plan to see tonight, tomorrow or an otherwise soon date, you should keep watching the bands / artists websites for updates. :)

Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage Poster revealed
Rush, who have just announced major dates for this summer on their 'Time' tour, will also have a serious behind the scenes view of their life on the road, made available to Joe Public.

... and more Rush live dates!

In addition to the 2 new shows, the following dates on the RUSH TIME MACHINE TOUR now have ticket on-sale details!
Reserve the best seats in the house now through our various special fan pre-sale offers that start this Tuesday for a limited time before general on-sales begin.

If you happen to be a CITI or AMEX card member, please be aware there are also pre-sale opportunities via CITI for US shows* and AMEX Front of Line for the 2 Toronto shows.
July 2010
July 01 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre On sale April 23
July 07 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On sale April 24
July 13 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre On sale April 23**
July 17 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On sale April 23**
July 21 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center On sale April 24
August 2010
August 11 Los Angeles, CA LA Forum On sale April 24
August 13 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater On sale April 24
August 18 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre On sale April 24
August 22 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater On sale April 24
August 25 Omaha, NE Qwest Center On sale April 23
August 29 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena On sale April 24
August 31 Allentown, PA Allentown Fair On sale April 24*
September 2010
September 16 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center On sale April 26
September 26 Dallas, TX Center On sale April 24
*does not include CITI pre-sale ** includes Amex Front of Line
Bret Micheals health update

This from the Poison frontman's website:
Due to the emergency surgery performed last Monday 12th April on Bret Michaels, he has had to cancel some shows which included Baton Rouge, Clinton, OK and Hidalgo, TX.
As well as those, the following shows have also been postponed for now:

April 21 at Sweet Carolines in Winchester, VA
April 23 at Neumeiers Rib Room in Ft. Smith, AR
April 24 at Belterra Resort and Casino in Florence, IN

Please note all tickets will be honored for the rescheduled show dates.
Keep checking back for information on rescheduling as well as any other possible postponed shows.

Bret remains under medical supervision at an undisclosed private care facility specializing in the rehabilitation of diabetic patients. While the surgery went well and Doctors are optimistic that the rocker will make a full recovery, the fact that he was exhausted due to his rigorous schedule prior to the surgery and coupled with the fact that he has diabetes, the surgery has taken its toll. Even for non diabetic patients the recovery from surgery can be long and painful. Doctors were amazed at how good of health Bret was in being a 47 year-old diabetic. However the main focus and concern right now is that he is able to rest, recover and maintain good blood sugar levels while doing so.

Thank you all for your well wishes. And, as always, thanks for your support! For those of you who have inquired about sending get well cards, flowers or gifts we ask that you instead call your local radio and request Bret's current single "Nothing to Lose."
More information will be released as it becomes available. Please keep checking for updated information.


It’s not very often that three long-time friends get a chance to launch a record label together, but that’s exactly what Phil Sadler, Charlie Bagarozza, and Steve Blaze have done, with the creation of Love & War Records. And with such a strong link to metal veteran act Lillian Axe (Blaze is the lead guitarist/founding member of the band, while Sadler promoted the group’s shows in the Midwest area), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the label’s first-ever release will be the group’s tenth album overall, ‘Deep Red Shadows.’
The album - produced by Blaze and mastered by Ty Tabor of King’s X - promises to be another kick ass entry into the group’s catalog, and will be released on July 20, 2010.

Love & War Records will accept solicited and unsolicited materials from artists. Submissions should contain at least a 3 song demo CD, optional DVD of the band performing live, current band photo, current band bio and any info on live shows you have played. All submissions will become the property of Love & War Records.

The official titles for the three label founders will be “Owner and CEO” for Sadler, “President/Head of A&R/Talent Relations” for Bagarozza, and “Producer/A&R” for Blaze. "After having 6 label deals, including major and indie labels, it was time to become a part of a family that could learn from the errors and strengths of our past situations,” says Blaze. “We want to surround ourselves with a great team to guide our artists and great artists who care about the wonderful art of hard rock and metal music."For more information, visit:


Announcing The New Website
Times are exciting for Stone Temple Pilots as their new single takes off and their website gets a facelift. The new site has a whole new photo gallery, up to the minute tour updates, a new audio player and much more. Many other updates will be rolling out within the next few weeks so stay tuned, and visit the site often for the latest.
See the New Site Now:

The much-anticipated self-titled album from Stone Temple Pilots including the single 'Between the Lines' will be released May 25, 2010! Pre-order now and be one of the first to have it in your music collection.


KISKE/SOMERVILLE, the new project featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville, filmed two videos — "Silence" and "If I Had A Wish" — on March 28 and March 29 in Nurnberg, Germany. Joining Kiske and Somerville for the shoot were bassist and main composer Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR), guitarist Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER, HDK), drummer Rami Ali and keyboardist Jimmy Kresic (VOODOO CIRCLE).
The clips were directed by Martin Mueller of RCN TV who previously helmed U.D.O.'s "Black and White" and "Mean Streets" and GOTTHARD's "The Call" videos.
Check out behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot below:

The KISKE/SOMERVILLE debut album is scheduled for release in September. A digital single, "Silence", will be launched in late august before the release of the full album.

Commented Mat Sinner: "The first video clip is for ther song and first single of the album, 'Silence', and was shot at the Opera House. The second video clip was shot for the song 'If I Had A Wish' in an old and closed public bath. Hard job for all of us, but we had a fantastic time!"

The songs that will end up on the album (not final sequence; composers for each track listed in parenthesis) are:
01. Nothing Left To Say (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
02. Silence (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
03. If I Had A Wish (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
04. One Night Burning (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
05. Arise (Sander Gommans & Amanda Somerville)
06. End Of The Road (Mat Sinner & Jimmy Kresic)
07. Don't Walk Away (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
08. Devil In Her Heart (Mat Sinner & Jimmy Kresic)
09. Rain (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
10. A Thousand Suns (Sander Gommans & Amanda Somerville)
11. Second Chance (Mat Sinner & Magnus Karlsson)
Bonus Track:
12. Set A Fire (Sander Gommans & Amanda Somerville)

Somerville is the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons' health issues. Amanda was also featured on KAMELOT's latest release, "Ghost Opera", and toured with AVANTASIA. She released her solo album, "Windows", in 2008.
A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She has collaborated with several other bands in the metal scene along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera "Aina". Her own music is of the pop-rock genre.