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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rock News for Saturday 22nd May, 2010

Frontiers Records to release “Dio”, JORN’s offer to the musical legacy of the great singer

Napoli, May 2010 - The Norse God of Metal. The leader of the renaissance of classic Hard Rock on its highest level. One of the most prolific and sought-after singers of today, whose vocal talent has reserved him a place amongst the greatest giants in the history of Rock. This is Jorn Lande and now he offers his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio”, to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the US.

Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era”.

The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says “I wrote 'Song for Ronnie James' as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today”.

The “Song for Ronnie James” videoclip can be watched on Youtube:

Either as front man in German metal act Masterplan, which has achieved great success around the world, or as guest in spectacular projects such as Tobias Sammet’s “Avantasia”, or in the Allen / Lande’s releases, Jorn Lande is today a trademark for quality Hard Rock music. “Dio” is the new chapter in Jorn’s history and a sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to a great and influential Artist.

“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks: Song For Ronnie James; Invisible; Shame on the Night; Push; Stand Up And Shout; Don't Talk to Strangers; Lord Of The Last Day; Night People; Sacred Heart; Sunset Superman; Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version); Kill The King*; Straight Through The Heart (live). Song for Ronnie James (videoclip)

Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Tore Moren: guitars
Jgor Gianola: guitars
Tor Erik Myhre: guitars
Nic Angileri: Bass

Scorpions Receive World Music Award

After a triumphant tour kick-off and a gold album from their home country Germany for "Sting in the Tail", the rockers were honored anew: The Scorpions received the World Music Award at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club on May 18th, in presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Back in 1992 and again in 1994, the band proudly accepted the award for "Best International Selling Artist from Germany". However, this time, were awarded with the World Music "Rock Legend Award" for their outstanding contribution to rock music. The show was aired in over 160 countries around the world, including Japan and China. More than 100 million viewers were said to have tuned in. The event was a logistical challenge for the Scorpions: after performing in front of sold out crowds in Germany and Switzerland, all five members of the band accepted the award, right before they had to depart for a concert in Paris. They will be back to complete the German leg of their Get Your Sting and Blackout Farewell World Tour on May 29, where they will rock the Capitol city Berlin. Next stops after that: Greece, USA, Canada, the world!

and how about this ...

Scorpions MP3 USB flash drive

The "Get your Sting and Blackout" world tour is the last chance for all fans around the globe to experience the legendary Scorpions live.simfy live features high-quality live audio recordings of this very last tour.(Pre-)order your favorite show copied to the Scorpions MP3 USB flash drive now. A must-have for every Scorpions fan out there.

MSG - Anouncement of Guest Appearances
Michael Schenker and MSG is very proud to have guest apperances of Herman Rarebell (ex Scorpions), Neil Murray (ex Whitesnake) and Doogie White (ex Rainbow) PLUS MORE SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS who will perform only at MSG's 30th Anniversary Shepperds Bush Empire show in London on June 02 2010!
The Rolling Stones 1969-1974 - The Mick Taylor Years Coming to DVD on July 27
The story behind The Stones' finest era...

Often regarded as the period in which The Rolling Stones recorded the finest music of their career, the years during which Mick Taylor was the fifth Stone remain the band's 'Golden Age'. Notably, on albums Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street the Stones' sound changed as they developed new ideas and were informed by a range of new influences. But crucially it was Taylor's sophisticated blues and jazz licks that gave The Rolling Stones an added dimension between 1969 and 1974 - one they lacked both before and afterwards. This dynamic film tells the behind the scenes story of this hugely productive era for the group.

Featuring interviews with Taylor himself and further contributions from his old boss, John Mayall; author and group colleague, Robert Greenfield; Village Voice music editor, Robert Christgau; Stones session musicians, Al Perkins and Bill Plummer; highly regarded UK music critic, Barney Hoskyns and many others. The program also includes liberal performance footage of The Stones, archive footage and interviews, numerous seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.

Extras include:
- 'Meet Mick' - John Mayall and music historian Alan Clayson tell the Mick Taylor story, prior to his entry into The Rolling Stones.
- Contributor Biographies
- Beyond DVD section

Status Quo - 'Quid Pro Quo' Winter Tour 2010 dates announced

Yes indeed, already tickets for that great British tradition, Status Quo's Winter tour are going on sale!
Here are the dates:

November 2010
Tue 9th Southend Cliff Pavilions
Box Office:0170 235 1135

Wed 10th Brentwood Centre
Box Office:0871 224 1113

Fri 12th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Box Office:0122 335 7851

Sat 13th Oxford New Theatre
Box Office: 0844 847 1585

Mon 15th Croydon Fairfield Halls
Box Office: 0208 688 9291

Tue 16th Ipswich Regent Theatre
Box Office:01473 433 555

Fri 19th Swindon Oasis
Box Office:01793 445401

Sat 20th Bristol Colston Hall
Box Office: 0117 922 3686

Sun 21st Plymouth Pavilions
Box Office:0845 146 1460

Tue 23rd Warrington Parr Hall
Box Office:01925 442 345

Wed 24th Newcastle City Hall
Box Office: 0191 261 2606

Fri 26th Preston Guildhall
Box Office: 01772 203 456

Sat 27th Bridlington Spa
Box Office: 01262 678258

Mon 29th Halifax Victoria Theatre
Box Office: 01422 351 158

Tue 30th Llandudno Theatre
Box Office: 01492 872 000

December 2010
Wed 1st Llandudno Theatre
Box Office: 01492 872 000

Fri 3rd Blackburn King Georges
Box Office: 01254 582 579

Sat 4th Birmingham LG Arena Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 33 88 000 

Mon 6th Manchester Apollo
Box Office: 0870 401 800

Tue 7th Brighton Centre Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 847 1515

Fri 10th Cardiff Arena Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 02920 22 4488

Sat 11th London Wembley Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 815 0815

Sun 12th Nottingham Trent FM Arena Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 412 4624

Tue 14th Bournemouth BIC Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 576 3000

Wed 15th Sheffield Arena Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0114 256 5656

Fri 17th Aberdeen AECC Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 477 9000

Sat 18th Glasgow SECC Support: Joe Brown
Box Office: 0844 395 4000

Sun 19th Bradford St Georges Hall
Box Office: 01274 432 000
Quo's website is here:

OZZFest On Sale This Saturday

OZZFest has announced that all fans who purchase tickets for this summer's explosive return of OZZFest before June 18 on will receive a digital copy of Ozzy Osbourne's new album SCREAM the day before the album is available in stores.

Also, all six dates on the tour will feature all-in ticket pricing, starting as low as $30 per ticket when purchased in a 4-pack.

Tickets for this summer's OZZFest go on sale May 22 at, so don't miss your chance to see Ozzy live with Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver, Black Label Society, Nonpoint and more!
For more information about the festival and downloading the album with a ticket purchase, visit

Dweezil Zappa: “Van Halen played me some new stuff from his record”

Friday, 21 May 2010 Eddie Van Halen hasn’t talked to the press in a while, but one of his his friends has - Dweezil Zappa told Glide Magazine that he has been hanging with his old friend Eddie Van Halen recently, and that Eddie played him some of his “new stuff from his record”!
These snippets from the interview ... Posted at Van Halen's News Desk:

Glide Magazine: How did growing up around your father and the countless amazing musicians he employed change the course of your musical development?

Dweezil Zappa: The thing is, I could always tell that what my dad did was on a different level than other music that I heard, so I always had this sense of, you know, “I could never do that.” So the music that got me inspired to play guitar was different from my dad’s music. My first biggest influences were Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen. I never got to meet Randy Rhoads, but I did get to meet Eddie Van Halen. So seeing how he did things up close really changed my abilities quickly, because when you can see how somebody does something up close, if you’re the type of person that’s going to spend some time practicing, it’s like I had all these images that were burned into my mind forever that started that whole thing.
It’s kind of funny, because I’ve recently been spending some time with Eddie Van Halen after being out of touch for a while. He was playing me some new stuff from his record, and I was playing him some stuff that I had been working on for this project, you know, playing Frank’s music. He actually came to the Jeff Beck show the other day too. [Dweezil is talking about the recent LA show on 4/17/10 when he opened for Jeff Beck - VHND] But one thing that was actually a pivotal and hilarious thing to me was that I was showing him some stuff, these different ways I had worked out to play quintuplets, and he said “Uh, you lost me there. I don’t even know what you’re talking about. Who would have thought after all these years, you’d be giving me a guitar lesson.” To me, that was hilarious because I couldn’t have envisioned that myself, and also the flipside of him coming to a show of mine when I had been to so many of his. There he was, in the dressing room before we went on, and we saw him after the show and everything, and it’s just such a role reversal. But it’s definitely a strong and good memory for me because I think it would have to be really be rare for anybody to have the ability to have that kind of communication with the thing or the person that inspired you so much to begin with, and have this mentor type of relationship and have some common ground in a different way after all these years. It is a unique and cool experience to have.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Rock News for Friday 21st May, 2010


Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret's neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.

Dr. Zabramski states "There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately."

Dr. Zabramski continues, "I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret's brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests."

Bret's rep, Janna Elias, states "Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again."

THE ART OF MALICE - #27 on the Soundscan New Artist Chart &
#86 on the Soundscan Indie chart first week out!!

THE ART OF MALICE out NOW on 60 Cycle Hum Records/Rocket Science Ventures

“John 5 is hands down one of the most mind blowing guitarists around.”- Slash
“John 5 is an underrated guitar GIANT.”Steve Vai

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 20, 2010) – John 5 has taken 1 of 4 collector covers for L.A. Weekly’s prestigious annual bound book that highlights the most interesting people of Los Angeles. John 5 was chosen over many for his raw talent, unique resume of life and mysterious nature. For a peak at the cover click here

THE ART OF MALICE is John 5’s 5th solo album to date and is out now on 60 Cycle Hum/Rocket Science Ventures. The album is rising high on a solid first week charting on Soundscan new artist at # 27 and #86 on the Soundscan indie chart.

Gruesome Twosome & Mayhem Tour Dates:
May 2010
5/21 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
5/22 Buffalo Artpark
July 2010
7/10 San Bernardino Sam Manuel Amphitheatre
7/11 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/13 Southeast Auburn White River Amphitheatre
7/16 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/17 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
7/18 Englewood Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/20 Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Ctr
7/23 Camden Susquehanna Band Ctr
7/24 Hartford The Comcast Ctr
7/27 Mansfield Comcast Ctr
7/28 Holmdel P.N.C. Bank Arts Ctr
7/30 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/31 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Ctr
August 20108/01 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/04 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
8/6 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/07 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
8/10 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre
8/11 West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheater
8/13 Dallas Ctr
8/14 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre

Roger Glover (Deep Purple) Update From The Road
Brief update from the road from Deep Purple's bassist Roger Glover.

'The tour is going really well so far. It was probably the best Australian tour we've ever done. The audiences get younger every time, and they know how to rock!

The Asian section of the tour is also superb, a lovely welcome wherever we go. It was especially good to play in Taipei, somewhere that we've never been before (and there's not many places like that left-we are very lucky).
The band is really enjoying playing and every night on stage is an adventure and a joy.
Thank you and good luck,

Eagle Rock Reveals An Incredible New Collection of CD’s
~Released June 22, 2010~

New York, NY (May 20, 2010) –On June 22, Eagle Rock will celebrate the blues, when the first two CDs of its exciting new series This is the Blues is released.

These are the songs that sting, burn, and hurt so good, performed by the artists who studied it, and expanded upon it.

This Is The Blues presents a musical collective interpreting some of the greatest blues and blues-rock tunes of all time. Classics written by the likes of Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Peter Green, and John Lee Hooker are honored with performances by a gathering of supreme musicians in modern rock and blues. Volume 1 features Jeff Beck, Chris & Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor, Gary Moore, Harvey Mandel, and T.S. McPhee, while Volume 2 boasts Rory Gallagher, Jack Bruce, “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, Southside Johnny and honorees John Lee Hooker and Peter Green, in addition to many others. Volumes 3 and 4 will be released on July 20.

Track Listing:
Volume 1:
1.) Hobo Blues – Jeff Beck
2.) Black Magic Woman – Larry McCray
3.) Rattlesnake Shake – Vince Converse / Innes Sibum
4.) Going Down Mobile – Savoy Brown
5.) You Shook Me – Mick Taylor / Max Middleton
6.) I Want To Hug You – Zakiya Hooker / Johnnie Johnson / Bobby Murray
7.) I Loved Another Woman – Larry Mitchell / Jay Aston
8.) Long Grey Mare – Harvey Mandel / Wilbur Bascomb
9.) Evil Woman Blues – Ray Gomez
10.) I’m In The Mood – Jack Bruce / Gary Moore
11.) Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Luther Grosvenor / Mike Kellie / Jess Roden
12.) Drop Down Mama – T.S. McPhee
13.) Play On Little Girl / T-Bone Shuffle – Paul Jones / Otis Grand
14.) Ground Hog Blues – T.S. McPhee / Dick Heckstall-Smith
15.) Racketeer Blues – Chris Jagger feat. Mick Jagger
Volume 2:
1.) Leaving Town Blues – Rory Gallagher
2.) Send For Me – Jack Bruce
3.) Love That Burns – Dave Peverett / Rod Price
4.) Red House – John Lee Hooker / Booker T. Jones
5.) Whatcha Gonna Do – Zoot Money / Bobby Tench
6.) Stop Messin’ Round – Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmonds
7.) Go Down Sunshine – Duffy Power
8.) Albatross – Paul Jones / Bobby Tench / Max Middleton
9.) Traveling Riverside Blues – Peter Green / Nigel Watson
10.) Baby When The Sun Goes Down – Southside Johnny / The Uptown Horns
11.) Ramblin’ Pony – Harvey Mandel / Wilbur Bascomb
12.) Nine Below Zero – Nine Below Zero
13.) Closing My Eyes – Naked Blue
14.) Rocks In My Bed – Pete Brown / Phil Ryan
15.) I’m Leaving – T.S. McPhee / Dick Heckstall-Smith / Clem Clempson launches Melodicrock Records

Andrew McNiece the man behind the website has a bunch of new releases lined up as well as the announcement of his websites' own record label. Read on ...

Time to update folks about a few things going on behind the scenes at I'm talking about plans for MRCD7, 8 and 9 plus MRDVD1 & 2!

Artist submissions for MRCD7 are due in by June 30 at the very latest. To check or availability and compilations details - contact me now. MRCD7 will follow the path of MRCD5 and be a Double CD set of new and upcoming Melodic Rock highlights, plus a few rare and unreleased gems from the past. And it will feature the longest track ever to make a MR compilation, with one epic tune clocking in over 9 minutes in length. A few surprises in store as usual.

MRCD8 will be another Double CD set - going back to the concept of MRCD4 - the best melodic rock songs ever. Except this time I'm going to cram 30+ of the best melodic rock ballads ever onto one compilation. Really looking forward to working on this. If any artist has a killer ballad they think might fit the compilation - e-mail now.

MRCD9 will fill a long requested void in the MRCD series - an all metal compilation! Again, interested parties can e-mail now for details.

MRDVD1 will feature a disc of new and recent MR videos that have been filmed to promote various albums. It will incude a 2nd DVD with some behind the scenes footage and extras from MelodicRockFest1. If you have a video clip of live footage you would like to have featured on the DVD, please e-mail now.

MRDVD2 will follow the same path of DVD1 and will feature a bonus disc of fan footage and pictures from MelodicRockFest2.

All the above titles are underway and will be released over the course of 2010, starting in August with MRCD7 and MRDVD1.

I am also excited to announce the formation of MelodicRockRecords. It is about time this site had its own record label, but this won't be on any grand scale. I'm not about to compete with any of my label partners that I love working with, rather MelodicRockRecords will simply be a small exclusive independent label that will handle whatever artists I come across and believe in, who want to like what I do and who perhaps (for whatever reason), didn't secure a deal with a bigger label. What is guaranteed though, is maximum exposure here (as I wouldn't work with anyone I didn't 100% believe in) and the ability for fans to purchase these releases direct from me and via a few of the known specialist melodic rock retailers.

I'm continuing to build the concept of the label and what exactly I might be able to accomplish and of course...looking for the right artist/albums to work with! I won't be signing a ton of bands or releasing a record every month. Just a few quality releases throughout the year. Details of MRR001 will be announced next month. I think you're gonna love this guitar driven melodic rock band! Might be another surprise coming also…

Again...any further info required, e-mail now:
Good luck Andrew, the site has always been a great read each day! Here's to the new label too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 20th April, 2010

Public Memorial Service For Ronnie James Dio

There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.

For fans and friends that are coming in for the Memorial Service on 5/30, we have reserved very low rates at The Ramada Inn Burbank Hotel of $71.09. This is a SPECIAL rate for us. YOU MUST MENTION THE CODE RJD when you book the room. Call (818) 843-5955. Hurry before they sell out!

Wendy Dio has requested in lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio "STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND." Please send your donations to the Niji Entertainment Group, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #624, Studio City, CA 91604 USA. From all of us at Niji Entertainment Group, we thank you! For those that want to use Paypal, a link will be set up.

Frontiers Records announces the release of  TERRA NOVA new studio album
Napoli, May, 2010 – Dutch Melodic Rockers TERRA NOVA will release their anticipated new album “Come Alive” on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA. “Come Alive” is the band’s 5th original studio album and their first full length release over the last five years.

TERRA NOVA started the work for the recording of the new album in 2008. Their vision was to go back and recreate the exciting sound of their debut album “Livin’ It Up”, a milestone record which captured the sheer joie de vivre of the eighties AOR and melodic rock and catapulted TERRA NOVA into the vanguard of the genre, both in Europe and Japan.

With this in mind TERRA NOVA reunited in the original line-up with Fred Hendrix on lead vocals and guitar, Ron Hendrix on keyboards, Gesuino Derosas on lead guitars, Lars Beuving on drums and the additional musician Eric Coenen (who played on the band’s third and fourth record) on bass guitar.

"The new songs are very much in the line of "Livin' It Up", states Fred Hendrix, “fresh and pumping, but with a little blink to the modern sound and styles. Our aim was to please our earliest fans but also the new generation of Melodic Rock fans and we have tried to combine old and new styles and sounds. This album was a real joy to record with all the original members of our first album!”

TERRA NOVA debuted in 1996 with the amazing ‘Livin’ It Up’, a record that marked the end of a long musical era for the two Hendrix brothers, the band’s founding members. No second album syndrome caught TERRA NOVA and ‘Break Away’ was released in 1997 to major critical acclaim and even bigger success in Japan, leading to a major tour of the Far East in 1998. At the end of 1999, after the release of their third album, ‘Make My Day’, persistent problems with their Dutch record company saw the band reach the end of their patience and the end of the road.

Six years after, Frontiers Records pulled Fred Hendrix away from his solo projects and commissioned a new album. For the thousands of fans who remembered TERRA NOVA’s three nineties’ releases this was truly something to celebrate and the come-back album “Escape” was received warmly by the critics and fans.

“Come Alive” is now set to restore the faith in true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Come Alive” tracklisting includes:
Come Alive; Fighting Yourself; Holy Grail; Here Comes The Night; Those Eyes; Under Pressure; Do Or Die; Who Can You Count On; My Own Way; The Final Curtain.
Check out TERRA NOVA and / or the Frontiers Records website for tour news which we are planned for the end of this year.

Fred Hendrix – Vocals
Gesuino Derosas – Guitars
Lars Beuving – Drums
Ron Hendrix – Keyboards
Eric Coenen - Bass
Anvil - Bless 'em - on target to now be bigger than they ever were before!
Yes, it seems that hot on the tail of the success of their 'touching' Story of Anvil film / rockumentary, the Canadian band Anvil seem to be getting offered the opportunity to play more and more live dates around the world.
Check out these tour dates ..., unreal!

June 2010
Ratinanniemi park Tampere, Finland June 11, 2010 for Sauna Open Air
Norje Havsbad Solvesborg, Sweden June 12, 2010 for the Sweden Rock Festival
Manchester Academy 3 Manchester, England June 14, 2010 with Girlschool
O2 Academy Islington Islington, England June 15, 2010 with RATT and Girlschool
The garage Glasgow, Scotland June 16, 2010
Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, England June 17, 2010 with RATT
Val de Moine Clisson, France June 19, 2010 for Hellfest
Rock Star Live Bilbao, Spain June 20, 2010 with RATT
Bikini Barcelona, Spain June 22, 2010 with RATT
Sala Heineken Madrid, Spain June 23, 2010 with RATT
Dessel, Belgium June 25, 2010 for the Graspop Metal Meeting
Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland June 26, 2010
Stage 2 Collegno, Italy June 27, 2010 for Gods Of Metal
Backstage Halle Munich, Germany June 29, 2010
Retro Music Hall Discotheque Prague, Czech Republic June 30, 2010
July 2010
Columbia Club Berlin, Germany July 2, 2010 with Girlschool
Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany July 3, 2010
Markthalle Hamburg, Germany July 4, 2010
Matrix Bochum, Germany July 5, 2010
O2 Academy Sheffield Sheffield, England July 7, 2010 with Girlschool
O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, England July 8, 2010 with Girlschool
Kvinesdal, Norway July 10, 2010 for Norway Rock
Tent stage Weert, Netherlands July 11, 2010 for Bosbop
Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands July 13, 2010
Messegelände Balingen, Germany July 16, 2010 for Bang Your Head!!!
Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, Canada July 24, 2010 for Heavy MTL
August 2010
True Metal Stage Wacken, Germany August 6, 2010 for Wacken Open Air

I guess they've got a lot to thank VH1 for!
Interesting one here .... Fuse ... Read on
OK, I have to say, this band Fuse really isn't rock as such, but I'm giving it inclusion for 2 reasons, the Francis Rossi / Status Quo connection as well as a certain amount of curiousity!

(Fuse - Debut album)

FUSE are virtuoso musicians Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee who, on their eponymous debut album, harness their bespoke signature Bridge electric violins and take Rock tracks that people love and radically but lovingly reinterpret them. They played at Status Quo's 'Pictures' launch party at Bonham's in November 2008.

The album, which includes a version of 'Down Down' featuring a guest appearance on guitar by Francis Rossi, is out on May 24th.
Buy the album from Amazon using this Discount Voucher from 1-31st May: "CORFNBZG".
See for details.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Uriah Heep – Celebration 40th Anniversary ‘Best of’ CD review

Uriah Heep – Celebration 40th Anniversary ‘Best of’ CD review

About 2 years back Uriah Heep released ‘Wake the Sleeper’ their first new studio album in 10 years, since ‘98’s 'Sonic Origami.'
'Wake The Sleeper,' without doubt was an absolutely stunning return to the studio for Mick Box and his band of merry musicians!

So here we are 2 years on and what is 'Celebration,' the latest official release from the band?
It’s an official 40th Anniversary celebration of Heep’s history, but it’s more than just another ‘Best of.’ Indeed, the bands current line up, for the most part has been the same band since 1987 with just one exception. Long time member, drummer Lee Kerslake had to call quits on his playing - due to health reasons – in 2007 and was replaced by the extremely impressive Russell Gilbrook and they’ve re-recorded everything here, 12 classic Heep tracks and 2 new ones. If you were at all doubtful about this, you needn’t be!
2010's Uriah Heep line up is, Mick Box, Trevor Bolder, Bernie Shaw, Phil Lanzon and Russell Gilbrook.
(Uriah Heep - 2010)

In 'Celebration,' the band has really breathed new life into this re-recorded classic material in the studio, after presenting it live, night after night, so they’ve had plenty of ‘warm up’ time live on stage before making this ‘new’ album of classics, plus 2 additional pieces of new material.

Opener ‘We’re Only Human’ is the first of the new material tunes and it’s of the same great quality Heep provided on 2007’s ‘Wake the Sleeper.’ Loads of Hammond organ, strong guitars, great drums, great vocals, killer hookline and chorus, quite the opener!

‘Bird of Prey’ (from the 'Salisbury' album) redone here, brings a smile to my face as to a degree it reminds me here and there of the (Equally) old Focus tune ‘Hocus Pocus,’ but the tune is still very strong in Heep’s own unique style and it sounds current ala their more recent material.

Then ‘Sunrise’ (Magician’s Birthday) next is a more laid back starter, before picking up a little and one of Heep absolute strengths is their vocal talents throughout the release and when you listen to these tracks today redone, you wonder why they never broke through bigger than they ever did back in the 70’s. That’s said of course the fact that the majority of these tracks have been re-recorded with a different band from each of their original appearances and what a really strong band it is today too.

‘Stealin’ sounds so good here and again, the levels on everything on this album are all just right, which just makes to enhance the listening pleasure. Bernie Shaw fails to include the ‘dirty’ inclusion of ‘Ha, ha,’ after the smutty tongue firmly in cheek line of, ‘I done the rancher’s daughter and I sure did hurt his pride.’ Ah well …

Second new song ‘Corridor’s of Madness,’ to be honest fit’s in like a true classic Heep song, with the structure being very traditional if you ask me. Nice solo toward the end from Mick Box that sadly is faded out way too soon!
‘Between Two Worlds’ I was thinking to myself, hold on, this track’s not that old, why redo it and then I realized that its origin was actually 1998, so OK and yeah, I do really like the track so go ahead guys! It’s great!

If you’re a Heep fan of old that was stuck with the Dave Byron version, seriously, give the guys another shot, the current incarnation of the band can sound so fresh, yet true to their roots that it’s phenomenal and I think that in years to come – if you don’t get into now. – you then discover it, you’d probably kick yourself for missing out!
I can’t believe ‘The Wizard’ was really originally from 1972, although perhaps maybe the most dated sounding song amongst the set, but still classic Heep and a beauty!

‘Free Me’ (Innocent Victim) literally could be a Gospel song and a nice laid back track, that in fact was a No.1 hit single in New Zealand back in the day, but still stands as a good song today.
Then ‘Free and Easy’ from the same original album is a different bag altogether, same big vocals / choruses, but a true rocker of a track, with Mick Box and Phil Lanzon playing guitars and keys off one another. Go guys!

‘Gypsy’ of course is many a Heep fan’s favorite (from ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble.') and is everything you expect it to be, rough edged vocals, big Hammond organ, rocking guitars and it’s Heep through and through, fresh up to date!

In ‘Look at Yourself,’ it’s great classic rockin’ stuff in true, what we used to call ‘Contemporary Rock’ style of the 70’s and it’s got everything here, but ultimately it sounds better today than ever! Bernie Shaw couldn’t possibly have given anymore than he does here. It’s great!
You know full well, you simply couldn’t have a Best of Uriah Heep without the next track. ‘July Morning’ is a staple in any Heep set, live or compilation set and this is no exception. Heep’s soundtrack song? Who knows, after all we all have our own personal favorites right?!

Probably the first Heep song from the 70’s that sticks in my memory more than any other is ‘Easy Livin’.’ I truly love this song and this version is stronger than ever and is just pure magic here.
The album is closed by ‘Lady in Black,’ again these really are all classic Heep songs if you ask me. Could this have been a double release? Sure and I’m certain others will say why didn’t they include this or that song and it’s true, but these really are 14 great tracks. No disappointment from me here with what’s presented.

Well, maybe one … As it’s a promo copy of the ‘Celebration’ release this didn’t come with the live at Sweden Rock festival DVD that should be with your copy when you buy this album. Would’ve loved that here, but that would be like getting my cake and eating I guess!
Ah well, a very nice album to celebrate 40 years of Heep and I strongly recommend it!
Rating: 4 out of 5.

Go catch the band live on their first US tour in years, check their site for all the details:

Rock News for Wednesday 19th May, 2010

More tributes to Ronnie James Dio

(Ronnie James Dio a nice memory with a smile - At the movies supporting his friend Jack Black)

Ritchie Blackmore, who started Rainbow after Deep Purple alongside Ronnie, had this to say through his site:
"Ronnie had a unique and wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed in the rock and roll world."- Ritchie Blackmore -

It seems even Ozzy Osbourne has added to paying tribute to Ronnie, Ozzy had this to say:
“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices.
“My heart goes out to his family and to his many fans. Love and respect.”
Posted at Classic Rock Magazine here, along with many more name tributes:

Geezer Butler who had remained close with Ronnie James Dio in Heaven & Hell had simply said this of his former band mate on the day he passed:
"GOODBYE MY DEAR FRIEND." He then added a further statement on Ronnie on Tuesday 18th May which goes into a lot of detail, on the last days of Ronnie, which must have been incredibly hard to address.
It's really moving I must say. You can read it here:

Likewise Tony Iommi who stuck with Ronnie and Geezer in Heaven & Hell had this to say:
"Yesterday, 16th May, my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45 a.m. L.A. time. I've been in total shock; I just can't believe he's gone.
"Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing onstage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others.
"I can honestly say it's truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever.
"Our thoughts are with [Dio's wife/manager] Wendy Dio, who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional.
"I'll miss you so much, my dear friend."

It's still very much of a shock to many, but this was an interesting piece to come from everything being mentioned.
Van Halen's News Desk site added a surprise in just making public this early footage of Van Halen playing, possibly Ronnie's best know Rainbow song 'Man on the Silver Mountain."

I'm sure the tributes will continue to pour in.

Other news ...

Halford Announces Live Show At Regency Ballroom!

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to announce an intimate Halford concert performance Saturday, July 17th at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California!

Join the Halford band members as they prepare to embark upon their first concert tour in more than seven (7) years performing soon-to-be released tracks and rare tracks from The Metal God’s Halford, Fight and Judas Priest repertoire.

‘It’s 2010 and I am excited to say the Halford band are heading back to the Bay area this July (17th),' comments Rob Halford. 'We are preparing the Halford set lists, crew, etc., for this year’s Montreal Heavy Metal Festival, Ozzfest and many soon-to-be-announced dates. The Regency Ballroom will be a great venue to enjoy the band work, up-close. Get ready my Bay-area Metal Maniacs I’m bringing a night of blistering Heavy Metal to town.’

Halford’s new CDs and DVD will arrive in time for this year’s concert tour.
Halford Live In Anaheim a 23-song, 2-CD performance debuts June 22nd
Halford Crucible Remixed and Remastered a 16-song 2002 studio release complete with new mixes and four (4) bonus tracks releases July 13th, plus
Halford Live In Anaheim a 23-song, 5.1 DVD debuts new Halford members Roy Z (Guitars) and Mike Davis (Bass) to The Metal God’s solo band - August 2010.

More details and pre-sale pricing now available at: and
Halford Live At The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA tickets go on-sale Sunday, May 23, 2010 at

AMERICAN HI-FI: "Fight The Frequency" Release Date Changed To August 17
American Hi-Fi’s new album, “Fight The Frequency,” will now be released August 17 on their own label, Hi-Fi Killers/The Ascot Club (through Megaforce/RED/Sony).
Originally due out June 22, it’s the highly anticipated follow-up to 2005’s “Hearts On Parade” (Maverick) and was produced by singer/guitarist Stacy Jones and recorded at his studio in Los Angeles, The Deathstar.

“Lost” is the first single from the original line-up--Stacy Jones (singer/guitarist), Drew Parsons (bass), Jamie Arentzen (guitars) and Brian Nolan (drums)—which will impact radio on May 24. A video for the song is being shot in Los Angeles next week with award-winning director Chris Applebaum (Rihanna, Kid Rock, Fountains of Wayne), who previously worked with the band on the clip for their smash hit “Flavor Of The Weak.”

Official issue date: 28th of May 2010 - Pre-Order now!
The Scorpions: Rock’ n’ Roll for 40 years - all over the world!

Star photographer Marc Theis accompanied The Scorpions on their worldtour between 2007 and 2009.
He managed to capture the unvarnished atmosphere of a world famous rock band on tour, taking the reader on a visual ride with the Scorpions. His impressive black and white pictures transmit the power and the dedicated hard work of one of the most successful rock bands worldwide. A lyrics collection from 40 years of Scorpions and texts written by bestseller author Peter Lanz complete this powerful photo album, a must for every rock fan. Rock 'n' Roll forever!

From the stage set up in cold and empty arenas to electrifying moments of the concert and the close communication with the audience to private moments of exhaustion and celebration – Marc Theis paints a pure picture of a rock band with a passion for the non-glamorous and the authentic.
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

Asia YouTube Channel Ahead!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Asia is considering creating its own YouTube pages. We invite any audience members to submit YouTube selections of Asia which will be uploaded to our new pages subject to approval.

The band ask all of you to be reasonable, please, and take into account the comfort and enjoyment of your fellow audience members when taking your films. The band does not want to see whole concerts filmed, nor TV or bulky cameras spoiling the view of your neighbours. We extend this invitation to those of you who record to your phone or iPod the occasional short segment of your favourite track.

If the band believes that concert goers are being disturbed by over enthusiastic YouTubers, the YouTube pages will be withdrawn and we will return to our previous position.

Video may be submitted via email and should be less than two minutes in length.
More details, go here:


18/05/10 We are very pleased to announce we have signed a deal with Japanese label Marquee/Avalon.
Our new album Metropolis is released in Japan 19 May 2010. Catalogue number MICP-10921

Tracklisting - Wildside, Hollow, Unbreakable, Flamingo Road, Metropolis, Over You, Days Gone By, Bring Back Yesterday, I Ain't The One, Don't Need Nothin', The Extra Mile, Who'll Stop The Rain, Still The Fight Goes On, Kissed By An Angel **
** Bonus Track

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rock News for Monday 17th May, 2010

Ronnie James Dio RIP

(Ronnie James Dio - from backstage at the UK's Download festival)

So many people have been stunned by yesterday's announcement by Ronnie James Dio soul mate, Wendy Dio, on his passing.
Many had thought he was on the mend, but cancer is such an evil and callous disease, that we should all be trying to do what we can to 'Find a cure' or 'Search for a cure.'
I seriously don't believe I know a single individual, who has not in some way or another been affected by this evil and wicked illness, either in the loss of a family member, close friend, work mate or just someone you knew ...
Maybe you also know people who've fought it like Ronnie and thought they were over it and then it seems to come back twice as strong to destroy peoples dreams and prayers.
It's one of those things that often makes people question their faith when they lose someone they love, but don't worry I'm not about to go on a mission with that line, it's just something that sometimes makes us ask the question why ...?

My wife Rhonda and I were been stunned and deeply saddened yesterday and last night we lit a candle, raised glass to Ronnie and watched the Dio concert video 'Sacred Heart,' where you'll see Ronnie and band at their absolute best and as Ronnie always appeared on stage, like a little boy in a toy store.
On stage, in front of so many fans was where you saw the true Ronnie James Dio, giving his absolute all for the crowd. It's always been like every night, he was playing in his home town!
I guess I could be forgiven for thinking that, the many times I saw him play in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, my home town, as Ronnie was actually born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA!
Perhaps he did feel something when he played there as it was always so special.

As I posted yesterday, I was fortunate to have enjoyed my late teens listening to Ronnie singing with Rainbow, alas that was one band I didn't see him fronting live and had hoped Ritchie Blackmore would've one day agreed to do it one more time with Ronnie. We now know sadly, that will never happen.
I did see Ronnie with Black Sabbath as he had just joined them and for me, it was the best Black Sabbath, it was very different from the Ozzy years, if we're honest with ourselves.
I saw both those first two tours he did with Sabbath and then with his own band Dio. What a showman, what class personified!
Since I moved to the US, I've also seen Dio with his own band playing live on a few occasions and again, just great!
Then I caught the Heaven and Hell line up and I don't mean to take anything away from Tony, Geezer or Vinnie, but it really was Ronnie that made it so special, without doubt.
So now he's left us, not through choice for sure and although it's a very sad time right now, it gives people the chance to recollect, that special time that they met Ronnie or saw him in front of one of those now classic bands.
With Ronnie James Dio it was always 'Magica' as his 2000 album was titled and his memory will certainly live on on as he sung, 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll!' Ronnie you will never be replaced and you will never be forgotten.
Wendy - to you and all your family, God bless you all, the prayers of my dear wife Rhonda and I are with you.
Alun Williams - Chambers of Rock
RIP Ronnie James Dio - 1942 to 2010

In other news ....

Triumph on Rockline Radio

Triumph will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm PDT/11:30 pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to
This broadcast will be available for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the evening of the day following the show.

This will originate at Q107 studios in Toronto. The Mighty Q may not carry the show. Call the station to insist that they do!!!!
Also ...

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Foghat is often linked to the classic rock genre, due to such anthems as “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City,” but the band has always had their roots in vintage blues.
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to longtime fans that Foghat has reconnected with the blues on their latest release, ‘Last Train Home.’

Recorded both in New York at EKO Studios and at Foghat’s own studio, Boogie Motel South, the album combines covers of such blues classics as “So Many Roads, So Many Trains” and “Shake Your Money Maker,” as well as a few new originals.

The group’s blues roots can be traced back to the pre-Foghat band, Savoy Brown, as well as Foghat’s first hit single - the classic cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You.”
But perhaps the most obvious connection was a star-studded concert the band organized in 1977 at the Palladium in New York, when they hosted a benefit to start a Blues Archive at the New York Public Library.

Foghat was the house band at the show, as many bona fide blues legends joined them on stage - including Muddy Waters , John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield, Honey Boy Edwards, Otis Blackwell, and Eddie ‘Bluesman’ Kirkland (the latter of which recently reconnected with the band, and led to his inclusion on ‘Last Train Home’).

‘Last Train Home’ sees Foghat’s line-up - Roger Earl (drums), Charlie Huhn (vocals/rhythm & lead guitar), and Bryan Bassett (lead & slide guitar) - joined by several special guests, including Kirkland, harmonica player Lefty “Sugar Lips” Lefkowitz, and Earl’s brother, Colin Earl, on piano. Due to a prior commitment for the band’s bassist, Craig MacGregor, former Foghat/Savoy Brown/Outlaws bassist Jeff Howell filled in for the recording.

Additionally, another of the bands recent endeavors has been the creation of their own wine label Foghat Cellars. Their first wine was a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, and they will be releasing their 2008 Chardonnay this summer. More info can be found at
One mustn’t forget their roots, and Foghat once more reminds us that it’s the blues that just about every rock n’ roll style is built upon - as evidenced throughout ‘‘Last Train Home’.’

Complete track list for ‘Last Train Home’:
Born for the Road – Earl, Bassett, Huhn
Needle & Spoon – Chris Youlden
So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush
Last Train Home – Huhn, Bassett, Earl
Shake Your Money Maker – Elmore James
It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James
Feel So Bad – Chuck Willis
Louisiana Blues – Muddy Waters
495 Boogie – Earl, Earl, Bassett, Howell, Huhn, Lefkowitz
Rollin’ & Tumblin’ / You Need Love – CC/Willie Dixon
In My Dreams – Eddie Kirkland
Good Good Day – Eddie Kirkland

Confirmed FOGHAT 2010 concert engagements:
May 2010
June 2010
August 2010
October 2010


JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE will celebrate the life and music of his father--the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham--in true epic fashion with a limited engagement of 30 concert dates in North America this fall.
"This is a personal trip through my life with the music of Led Zeppelin,” explains JASON, "and how the music influenced me."

JASON played with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Led Zeppelin's "final" show at London's O2 Arena in 2007, which was heralded as the most powerful Led Zeppelin performance since the group’s disbandment. The band received uniformly rave reviews and JASON didn’t want to stop after that magical and memorable night.

"When I was offered to put this together over a year ago, it wasn’t right,” notes JASON. “This September 25th is the 30th anniversary of my father's passing--I thought, what better way to celebrate his life than to do 30 shows for the 30 years he's been gone?"

BONHAM has partnered with Annerin Productions--the critically acclaimed producers of "The Pink Floyd Experience" and "Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles"-- to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert. As BONHAM and his band rock through Led Zeppelin's hallowed catalog, a state-of-the-art sound system and light show will enhance their live performance onstage. Behind them, giant screens will display futuristic art and mood-setting home movies and photos. All this will take you though a personal journey into JASON’s past and put you at the center of this multimedia event.
After Jason saw "Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles" he put together his own show with himself in his father's coveted seat behind the kit.
"I loved ‘Rain’ and its take on The Beatles,” notes JASON. “The way they used a timeline and news reel to create a mood, and crafted set changes throughout, it was stunning.”

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE will offer an epic and intimate evening--an unforgettable night of rock 'n' roll.

“I remember when I went to see Led Zeppelin live in 1979 at Knebworth, there were certain songs that stood out to me and will stay with me forever,” JASON recalls. “I will also share other big moments in my life, time with my Dad and my relationship with the band. The show is far from being ‘just another tribute band.’ I want to make the show as personal as I can and show how much Led Zeppelin means to me."

Look for more information, tour dates and band members to be announced soon.

MusiCares "Shock Me" Jam feat. Ace, Slash, Chad Smith, Corey Parks and Allison Robertson

(Photo Caption: Slash, Allison Robertson, and Ace Frehley)
Video footage of Ace Frehley jamming "Shock Me" with Slash, Chad Smith, Corey Parks, and Allison Robertson at the at the sixth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit to celebrate women in recovery and salute former first lady Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center at Club Nokia in Los Angeles has been posted online.
Watch the video here.

Bret Michaels, who suffered a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage on April 22, just 10 days after an emergency appendectomy in San Antonio, Texas while on his 'Custom Built Tour,' is planning on making his return to live performances Friday May 28, Memorial Day Weekend, at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This hard-rocking venue has hosted such acts as Kid Rock, Three Doors Down, Stevie Nicks and Daughtry.

Michaels, who has been rehabbing since his release from ICU, has increased his rehabilitation sessions to twice a day to prepare for his comeback on Friday May 28th at the Hard Rock in Biloxi, Mississippi and to continue on all of his solo dates as well as kicking off a tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd which begins June 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Cruzan Amphitheater. 'We have been overwhelmed with well wishes and offers that continue to pour in for Bret. And promoters have really stepped up to the plate to reschedule dates he missed. Which is a testament to Bret's great live performances and friendships he has built over the years,' states Brian Ahern from William Morris Endeavor Agency (WME).

The singer plans to remain on tour throughout the fall and early winter, with dates scheduled through December. Dates that were postponed due to the singer's medical emergencies are currently being rescheduled.

Michaels, who continues to be a strong competitor on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice Sunday nights, is hoping to be able to return to New York, along with the rest of the cast, for the finale on Sunday May 23rd. Donald Trump says 'We really hope that Bret is well and able to join us at the finale as Apprentice has hit some of its highest ratings ever and I have much respect as he is a fighter and strong competitor.' Michaels will be making his first televised appearance since being hospitalized on The Oprah Winfrey Show to air Wednesday May 19. His upcoming album Custom Built, featuring the hit song "Nothing to Lose" with Miley Cyrus, a remake of the Sublime song "What I Got," as well as a rock and country remake of his hit song Every Rose Has It's Thorn featuring other artist such as Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts, Brad Arnold of Three Doors Down, Chris Cagle and Mark Wills just to name a few.
Custom Built is set to hit stores June 8.