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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rock News for Friday 6th August, 2010

Van Halen story … New deal signed?
Both and sites have posted this latest story / piece of news. The only flaw to it, is there’s no link to any website that verifies this event?!

The Warner/Chappell Music website does not include any of this info – At this time. – on this Van Halen story, so read it as you will?!
Feel free to look for yourself as there’s plenty of news there, just not on this!

Here's what both sites have published:

"Warner/Chappell Music has extended its administration agreements with two original members of the legendary rock band Van Halen, Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell will continue to administer their catalog of works.

The Grammy Award-winning Van Halen was formed in 1972 in Pasadena, California and released its first album in 1978, quickly becoming one of the most influential rock bands in history. In 2007, after more than three decades dazzling audiences with their energetic performances and establishing their catalog of songs as one of the most enduring in the history of popular music, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With 11 studio albums, Van Halen is the 19th best-selling group of all time in the U.S., according to the RIAA, with more than 56 million albums sold in the U.S., 10 of them certified platinum or multi-platinum, six albums that reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and two of them, "Van Halen" and "1984", achieving diamond certification. Van Halen has been nominated multiple times by the American Music Awards and, in 1992, won "Favorite Heavy Metal/Rock Album" for the album "For Unlawful Carnage Knowledge".

"It's fantastic to continue our relationship with Van Halen, which is one of the most enduring and successful partnerships within our roster of songwriters," said Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music, and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S. "Since its inception, Van Halen has written driving melodic rock songs performed in groundbreaking style."

During its more than three decades as a band, Van Halen has featured a number of different lineups and three different lead singers, and throughout has produced a string of multiplatinum albums that contained numerous No. 1 singles, including "Jump", "(Oh) Pretty Woman", "Why Can't This Be Love?", "Humans Being", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Me Wise Magic". - Not too sure about the last two songs being No. 1's!?!

The most popular - and only updated site - for Van Halen news is:


The folks at Firefest - Kieran Dargan and Bruce Mee - have just made this latest announcement, regarding the 2010 Firefest event:
'Firefest is extremely saddened that Sandi Saraya, despite making the commitment to perform at the show in December 2009 has chosen at relatively short notice to back track on her original decision. After a period of will she won't she, she finally asked for a totally inappropriate amount of money for herself personally to actually perform. Firefest had already went way beyond the original deal in an effort to make the Saraya show happen, offering much more financially than we had agreed. In fact the improved package we offered was over double what we had agreed from day 1 but apparently it was not enough. We have nothing but the highest regard and respect for Chuck Bonfante and Tony Bruno who went WAAAY above and beyond the call of duty in order to make this happen. The guys are extremely upset and annoyed that Sandi would choose to make this first time reunion about the almighty $, but sadly it appears this is the case. For the record Chuck, Tony and Barry at no stage asked for anything extra and were more than happy with the original agreement It is with great regret that we must inform you that Saraya will not be playing Firefest 2010 and a replacement act will be confirmed very shortly.'

Kieran, Bruce and the gang.

Then this also comes from the other Saraya band members:

'When Kieran Dargan first approached us with the idea of re-uniting after 20 years, we (the remaining band members) were all immediately on board. The question was whether or not Sandi, who now leads a very different and private life, would be into it. When she responded with an enthusiastic "definitely!" we were all surprised and delighted. However, nearly 8 months later and 3 months before the show it seems she requires a great deal of money to do this. This is not what Firefest is about, and neither Firefest or the remaining band members were willing to be put in such an unexpected and unpleasant position regarding the personal demands of our former singer. Sadly we will be unable to perform at Firefest and we would like to extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many fans travelling from all over the world to see us.'
Tony Bruno, Chuck Bonfante and Barry Dunaway

Frontiers announces catalogue reissues and some updates

Frontiers Records announces the re-release in limited edition of some of long out of print classic releases of its catalogue on August 27th. Subject to the campaign will be four albums.

WETTON / DOWNES “Icon”, the album that marked the reunion between Geoff Downes and John Wetton. Originally released in 2005, this is the album that re-sparkled the flame between the two artists and brought later two more albums and the original ASIA line-up reunion. This edition will see the addition of 5 bonus tracks: Heat of the Moment 05; Paradox/ Let Me Go (different version); The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 05; In The End (different version); There In Your Bed (which originally appeared on the “Heat of the Moment 05” EP). Details and samples available on

HURRICANE “Liquifury”, the third album from the amazing US Hard Rock band featuring singer Kelly Hansen (who later went on to join Foreigner) and drummer Jay Schellen (who will shortly appear on the Unruly Child reunion album). This reissue will include two bonus tracks: Push, Promises (both have originally appeared on the Japanese edition of the album). Details and samples available on

SEVENTH KEY “Seventh Key”, the debut album from the collaboration between KANSAS bassist Billy Greer and former CITY BOY guitar player Mike Slamer. Both have played together in STREETS, the band formed by Steve Walsh in his brief hiatus from Kansas from 1983 to 1986. This album includes some songs which were originally demoed for the KANSAS “Power” album and feature performances from Steve Morse, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams among others. This reissue adds two bonus tracks The Storm Rages On (original Japanese bonus track) and Remember You Well (US bonus track which was written by the other ex KANSAS, Kerry Livgren). Details and samples available on

SEVENTH KEY “The Raging Fire”, the band’s second album. From a studio project SEVENTH KEY evolved in a more stable unit which saw Greer and Slamer joined by Terry Brock and Jamie Thompson. Defined as “A brilliant album!” by at the time of the release, this reissue comes with one bonus track “Love Train”. Details and samples available on

WORK OF ART update
Singer Lars Sarfsund is currently completing the vocal track recordings for the highly anticipated second album from WORK OF ART, the Swedish Melodic Rock band that took the scene by storm with the release of the self / titled debut in February 2008. The working title of the new album will be “In Progress” and Frontiers looks to release in before the end of 2010. Melodic Rock fans can expect a real step forward and the guys will deliver nothing else than a stunning release !

Frontiers Records would like to announce that the release of ALLEN / LANDE third album “The Showdown”, originally planned for September, is postponed to November 2010. We apologize with the fans for the unexpected delay.


Some very positive press results are blessing the return of ex-HAREM SCAREM singer Harry Hess fronting FIRST SIGNAL, the new project produced by Dennis Ward of PINK CREAM 69. Some of the most remarkable ones include:
“FIRST SIGNAL is a well-constructed and melodic-as-hell album that welcomes Harry Hess and melodic rock fans with open arms.” Rockeyez

“If you dig Melodic Rock and the old Harem Scarem stuff then this album is something you will enjoy.”

“For die hard fans of Harem Scarem is First Signal featuring Harry Hess a good news show, its finger liking good”

“Simply put, First Signal is one of the contenders for being one of the best melodic rock albums of 2010”.

Enjoy again the videoclip for the awesome album’s opener “This City”:


The US-Greek Hard Rock unit OUTLOUD is working already on the follow up to their successful self titled debut release. RockpagesTV "invaded" Basement Studios were the band is working and talked with drummer Mark Cross and guitarist Bob Katsionis about the recording of their sophomore album, the differences with the first and Outloud's characteristics. You can read the entire interview at or enjoy the interview clicking here:


The very well known Japanese actor/singer Anna Tsuchiya will use the original THE MURDER OF MY SWEET song "Follow The Rain" (titled "Shout In The Rain" in her version) as the lead off single from her third album released in Japan on Avex. The song in this new version can be enjoyed in this attractive videoclip:

It’s very rare that a Japanese artist decides to cut a single with an already available song - but Avex and Anna T loved the track very much and the band feels honoured by their choice. THE MURDER OF MY SWEET are scheduled to appear live at the forthcoming Raismes Festival in France on September 11th.

Maiden Down Under!

Iron Maiden are delighted to announce that they will return to Australia in late February/early March 2011 to headline Australasia’s greatest Metal Festival, Soundwave. The dates are –

26 Feb 2011 - Brisbane, Showgrounds

27 Feb 2011 - Sydney, Eastern Creek Raceway

4 Mar 2011 - Melbourne, Showgrounds

5 Mar 2011 - Adelaide, Bonython Park

7 Mar 2011 - Perth, Steel Blue Oval

For full details on Soundwave and its incredible line up go to

Rik Emmett newsletter update

Here’s the latest newsletter update from the Rik Emmett camp:

Hi folks:

Seems like every time I get around to writing one of these newsletter intros, I say I'm emerging from a crazy hectic busy time. Story of a modern musician's life, I guess ...

Let's see: a week immersed in the Songstudio workshop at Ryerson was great fun: not only did I run workshop classes every morning, I got to accompany Jim Vallance one night, singing & playing Bryan Adams hits, and played over 4 hours backing up students on the night of Thursday the 22nd (try that some time: almost 30 songs that my bandmates and I had never heard before! - talk about flying by the seat of your pants), and ended the week by going out to a birthday party for my old friend Ian Thomas, where we sat around a campfire and played his great songs, some old Beatles songs and stuff from the '60's.

Then I went with the quartet down to Sarnia and rocked through an outdoor show there on the night of the 24th. Yahooooo. (I got a new Line 6 Wireless system for big stages, and with my trusty Les Paul and Vox pedalboard, I am one easy-to-please, happy dude ... ) It got even better in Lockport NY on July 30. HUGE crowd - biggest 'Magic Power' singalong in years.

For those who sent 57th birthday wishes and 34th anniversary congrats, thanks and thanks again. We were having a great time down Cape Breton way, after playing the Stan Rogers Festival in Canso July 3 & 4. On our anniversary night, we were staying in an amazing old B & B in Guysborough - DesBarres Manor Inn - ; - and our room actually had Rob & Laura Petrie separate beds! But it was an amazing holiday: we actually were out on a whale-watching expedition at one point, north from Cheticamp, and the tour guide brought us in close to the mountainous rocky shoreline and pointed out a big brown bear way up on the hillside, foraging about. The bear took one look at us, and decided it didn't want anything to do with a bunch of humans wearing life jackets, floating down there in the ocean - so it went scrambling back up the mountainside. But that was a very cool moment - seeing a live wild bear, moments before & after watching pilot whales gently surfacing & clearing their blow-holes. That boat ride home (in a Zodiac - essentially a super-motorized inflatable raft, ripping along the tops of the waves at over 30 knots an hour) was exhilarating. It made me very thirsty for a pint of Moosehead.

Keep up with Rik Emmett through his site here:

Press Release

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 4th August, 2010


August 4, 2010 -- It’s the tour STYX fans have been waiting for.
STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo — are getting ready to head out on the U.S. concert trail again this year. However, for this round of dates, the band has an extra-special treat planned - it won’t be a typical STYX show. Along with the classic hits, the band will be performing 1977's THE GRAND ILLUSION and 1978's PIECES OF EIGHT in their entirety.
Both albums spawned such hit singles and Classic Rock radio standards as "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).”

And as icing on the cake, a seven-song EP, entitled REGENERATION, VOLUME 1, containing six newly re-recorded classics--"Come Sail Away,” "Crystal Ball," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lorelei,” “The Grand Illusion” and “Sing For The Day” — and a brand new track, “Difference In The World,” will be available for sale at every stop along “The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight” October/November tour route.

“This is the most unique STYX concert ever,” says singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “It's a hybrid experience of enjoying the artistry of the vinyl album and the energy and of our live performance. Some songs have never been performed live!”

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, 6 best-of compilations and 4 live albums, garnering 8 Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

On the touring front, STYX has performed more shows since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Foreigner (to name a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Check out the “The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight” at any of the following stops:
October 2010
Thu 10/14 Evansville, IN The Centre (on-sale 8/13)
Fri 10/15 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre (on-sale 8/14)
Sat 10/16 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre (on-sale /14)
Sun 10/17 Columbus, OH The Palace Theatre (on-sale 8/13)
Tue 10/19 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre (on-sale 8/20)
Thu 10/21 Melbourne, FL King Center (on-sale 8/20)
Fri 10/22 Ft. Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Perf Arts Hall (on-sale 8/20)
Sat 10/23 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall (on-sale 8/20)
Mon 10/25 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center (on-sale 8/20)
Wed 10/27 Washington, DC Warner Theatre (on-sale 9/10)
Thu 10/28 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (on-sale 8/6)
Fri 10/29 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre (on-sale 8/20)
Sat 10/30 Albany, NY Palace Theatre Albany (on-sale 8/19)
November 2010
Tue 11/2 Bangor, ME Bangor Auditorium (on-sale 8/27)
Wed 11/3 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium (on-sale 8/20)
Fri 11/5 Erie, PA Warner Theatre Erie (on-sale 8/27)
Sat 11/6 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre (on-sale 8/27)
Sun 11/7 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace (on-sale 8/27)
Tue 11/9 Memphis, TN The Orpheum Theatre (on-sale 8/27)
Thu 11/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (on-sale 8/27)
Fri 11/12 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino & Resort (on-sale TBA)
Sat 11/13 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center (on-sale 8/27)
**On-sale dates are subject to change.


Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early '80s was none other than Quiet Riot. After years of struggling in LA clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the '70s), the classic QR line-up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic 'Metal Health.' Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal - "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health" - the 'Metal Health' album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.

Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band's career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is ... until now. Banali is in the midst of constructing a full-length/behind-the-scenes/warts-and-all documentary about the group (the first-ever solely about QR), which will focus on this aforementioned era, but also, recount QR's entire story - from the first time DuBrow and Banali crossed paths in January 1980, through DuBrow's untimely passing in November of 2007.

The video footage - directly from Banali's archives - will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of "DuBrow" (a short-lived name Quiet Riot went by in the early '80s), with DuBrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne's band at the time), and Cavazo's first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews - most of which has never been seen.

Banali has already invested money into the project, and to make the documentary reach its full potential, he is having an online fundraiser that ends September 2nd. Fans are being called upon to help back the project, and lend a hand in its completion. Also via the aforementioned link is a list of the different increments you can pledge - all of which give rewards of QR-related merchandise, and as the pledge amount increases, so do the rewards (including such simply awesome items as an autographed QR photo that includes the late DuBrow's signature, a personal drum lesson with Banali in LA, dinner with Banali at the Rainbow in LA, your own personalized 'Metal Health' platinum CD award, your name in the film's credits, amongst many other cool opportunities).

As Banali says, "The moment my friend Kevin DuBrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath." But now, DuBrow and Quiet Riot will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!

The first stages of putting the documentary together are now underway, and a "teaser" clip of what to expect has been posted via this link
Frankie Banali's MySpace page is:
Glasgow-Based Rockers, LOGAN, Prepare to Unleash ‘THE GREAT UNKNOWN’ October 5th, 2010

Producer Keith Olsen certainly has a knack for spotting talent - over the years he has overseen the creation of some truly mammoth rock records - namely Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘No Rest for the Wicked’, Whitesnake’s ‘Slide It In’, and the Scorpions’ ‘Crazy World’.
Logan is in some splendid company with Olsen at the helm of the group’s first world wide release, ‘The Great Unknown.’

‘The Great Unknown’ - available on October 5th, 2010 - will be the first Logan recording to receive a major push Stateside. It will be released on Guardian Angel in conjunction with Mesa Bluemoon through Universal. The group - Kenny Collins (vocals), Al Reilly (lead guitar), Mick Coll (rhythm guitar), Steve Reilly (bass), and Iain Stratton (drums) - is already a major player in Europe. Case in point, they have opened up stadium gigs for Bon Jovi and toured alongside the likes of Alter Bridge and Hinder. In fact, Logan left Alter Bridge vocalist (and current frontman of Slash’s solo band), Miles Kennedy quite impressed, as evidenced by his quote, “They drank Central Europe dry of vodka."

Accolades continuously pour in about this fast-rising band - including praise from such respected publications as Guitarist Magazine ("If Logan are taken on by a US label and producer, they could go a long way") and Classic Rock Magazine ("Anthemic, stadium filling sound"). Their instantly memorable tracks as “Hallowed Ground,” “Jump in Again,” and “Rock & Roll Way” are ready to take radio by storm - it appears to be only a matter of time until America catches up with the rest of the world, and falls under the hard rockin’ spell of Logan and ‘The Great Unknown.’

Peter Frampton Update

The Peter Frampton newsletter came in earlier today, so I thought I'd share it with you fine people!

Peter and Julian’s (Julian is Peter Frampton's son) first interview together at

New Frampton single!
Peter's second single, "Road to the Sun", is currently at Classic and Mainstream Rock radio. Please give your local station a call to request it. Peter's son Julian, is singing lead on it! A video of them performing this together will be posted on our sites soon!

Free Frampton Show!
Peter is coming back to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ for a free show on Aug. 9th! Here's the official statement - Attention ticket holders from Peter Frampton¹s 2009 show at The Stone Pony Summer Stage! We invite you back to see Peter Frampton live at The Stone Pony Summer Stage on August 9th.
If you purchased tickets online you will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up your FREE tickets or RSVP for guaranteed entry to the show. If you purchased your tickets at the venue please stop by The Stone Pony Box office or Grand Arcade Box office to pick up your FREE tickets that guarantee admission before August 6th at 5pm. After that date, all remaining unclaimed tickets will be released to the public. Limited tickets available now to the public on a first come first serve basis. Get your tickets early to guarantee admission to the show.

Keep up to date with Peter Frampton right here:

Y & T update via their newsletter

As fans in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado witnessed at the recent Y&T shows, the band has been kicking serious butt on this summer's Facemelter tour. Even though Phil (Kennemore - Bass) was experiencing severe back pain ever since the June European tour, he soldiered on and played the shows anyway. Now, with much regret, Phil's doctors have ordered him off the tour to get the treatment he needs to move forward.

Extremely proud of the new Facemelter album, and the work that he, Dave, John, and Mike have done, Phil insisted the tour continue. So to honor his wish, we flew in a bass player to sub for Phil until he is able to return. As the band's manager Jill Meniketti, posted on the web site discussion forum about these recent events, Phil says: "On with the show."

The guys are so sorry that they had to cancel the show in Springfield, IL, but Phil was receiving local treatment and tests in St. Louis and the band was unable to continue until that important business was finished. With less than 24-hour's notice, Brad Lang (of Jet Red fame, War & Peace, and Foreigner) was gracious enough to step up to fill in on bass for the time being to help out the band and keep the tour continuing. He's extremely proud and excited to be playing with Y&T and helping out for Phil. Brad's doing a great job of representing the Y&T live experience. We want to thank you all for giving him the warm welcome he's received on the shows he's played so far.

For the record, Y&T has only cancelled one show on this US tour -- Springfield, IL -- and that one cancellation was due to Phil's medical needs. Any other shows that have been cancelled or changed or moved in any way are the fault of the agent and/or local promoter for that particular original show.

We hope all of you fans who live near where Y&T is playing the next few weeks will come out to support the band, as they play the classics, as well as songs from the new Facemelter CD.

The Fort Worth show has moved to Trees in Dallas, TX. So come on down and have your facemelted.

Get your Facemelter T-shirts! This year's Y&T shirts feature the Facemelter cover art (created by John Taylor Dismukes) on the front and the 2010 tour dates on the back.
We also have shirts for the ladies, with the gold Y&T logo plus the Facemelter title on the front.

Visit our web store to see these items and more, and and hear clips of the album.

Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.

August 2010
August 4 ~ Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
August 5 ~ Allentown, PA - Sterling Rock Room (all ages)
August 6 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theatre (16 & over)
August 7 ~ New York, NY - BB King Blues Club (all ages)
August 8 ~ Springfield, VA - Jaxx
August 11 ~ Dallas, TX - Trees ***VENUE CHANGE***
August 13 ~ Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
August 14 ~ San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live (all ages)
August 15 ~ El Paso, TX - Rayn Theater
August 19 ~ San Jose, CA - Music in the Park (all ages)
August 20 ~ Reno, NV - New Oasis (all ages)
August 21 ~ Sacramento, CA - The Crest Theater (all ages show)
August 26 ~ Hollywood, CA - Key Club
August 27 ~ Tempe, AZ - Club Red
August 28 ~ Las Vegas, NV - Feelgoods
November 2010
November 19 ~ Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
September 2010
September 27 ~ Belfast, N Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
September 28 ~ Dublin, Ireland - The Village
September 30 ~ Cardiff, Wales, UK - Millennium Music Hall + special guest Tigertailz
October 2010
October 1 ~ Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
October 2 ~ Bradford, UK - Bradford Rio's
October 7 ~ Glasgow, Scotland, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
October 8 ~ Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy Newcastle
October 9 ~ Nottingham, UK - Rock City
October 12 ~ Ipswich, UK - Corn Exchange
October 14 ~ Southampton, UK - The Brook
October 15 ~ Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham
October 16 ~ London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
October 20 ~ Paris, France - Le Trabendo
October 22 ~ Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
October 23 ~ Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
October 25 ~ Verviers, Belgium - Spirit of 66
October 26 ~ Bruchsal, Germany - Fabrik
October 28 ~ Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice Music Hall
October 29 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
October 30 ~ Isernhagen, Germany - Blues Garage
October 31 ~ Berlin, Germany - Magnet
November 2010
November 2 ~ Hamburg, Germany - Ballroom Hamburg
November 3 ~ Koln, Germany - Underground Cologne
November 5 ~ Zaragoza, Spain - Sala Devizio
November 6 ~ Valencia, Spain - Durango Club
November 7 ~ Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken + special guest Lynch Mob
January 14 ~ Shangri-La - Osaka, Japan
January 15 ~ Club Citta' - Kawasaki, Japan
January 16 ~ Club Citta' - Kawasaki, Japan
*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*

Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.
Thanks for your support!

Australian rockers Karnivool news update

"Epic Australian monsters" (Kyle Anderson, MTV) KARNIVOOL begin THE NEW DAY TOUR this week, but they're warming up with a stripped down live acoustic set at the Blip FM studios TODAY, Wed, Aug 4 at 2PM Pacific (5PM Eastern). The performance will be broadcast on the Karnivool Blip FM channel and fans will be able to log in and comment via Blip, Facebook and Twitter.

Though they’re a critically acclaimed hard rock band, KARNIVOOL perform gorgeous acoustic versions of their material. Check out a few recent unplugged takes from earlier this year:

“All I Know” acoustic @ NOVA Studios

“Roquefort” acoustic @ YAHOO! Music

“Umbra” acoustic w/ Guitar EDGE

If this acoustic stuff is too mellow for ya, you can download “Set Fire To The Hive” courtesy of our friends at FUSE TV and feel free to repost:

KARNIVOOL just returned from their first UK festival slot as part of the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth where they opened the MAIN STAGE with Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains & Slayer. THE NEW DAY TOUR begins this Fri, Aug 6th and all dates can be found below.


Pretty Maids – Pandemonium review

Pretty Maids – Pandemonium CD review
(Released on Frontiers records - June 2010)

Danish rockers Pretty Maids return with their latest album to date, Pandemonium their last being ‘Wake up To the Real World’ in 2006.

For those who don’t know, the band has actually been around since 1981, yes that long, although they didn’t release their first album until 1984, with ‘Red Hot and Heavy.’
You see my problem with the band – possibly many other rock fans too. – is that often it seems like they have an identity crisis!

Now don’t get me wrong, as I certainly recognize the bands talents, but if I was to say to you imagine the pomp prog sound of say Asia, then the hooks of say Europe and finally the aggression of say Metallica and that’s to me somewhere about where the band is at!

This new album opens with the title track, with an intro piece of US President Obama during a news conference, leading you into the Pandemonium direction, statement wise, before the music then kicks in.

It’s a very powerful start to an album musically and that part I love, but the vocals during the verse …, hmmm … To me, with the music, this isn’t quite right with the aggressive snarl, but then the chorus hits melody and all is well again. That was my assessment upon my first few plays, but …. I’ve since grown to accept it, but after giving the CD some time away from plays.

‘I.N.V.U.’ - What?! Oh OK, I get it … Doh! Spell it out again … - next and I like this track, I really do, after growing from the darkness, it just grows with some great hooklines, but it’s Ronnie Atkins voice that really gets me, so changeable in so many different ways. Very interesting. Dark and grungy one minute then totally melodic the next …

Talk about going completely left field with ‘Little Drops of Heaven’ to the pop level almost, not in a power ballad way either as after a poppy start / intro, it simply builds to a huge powerful chorus and this grows and is getting the band a lot of attention too.

Next up it sounds like an Asia track, before crunching power chords in ‘One World One Truth’ and for a moment Atkins almost sounds like Magnums Bob Catley! It’s a strong heavy yet melodic song.

‘Final Day of Innocence’ is again heavy with plenty of melody present. Musically it’s similar to say Nickelback latest sound ala Mutt Lange, but perhaps a little more melodic. Love the way they blend atmospheric keyboards with heavy guitars.

Next there’s no messing with the riffing intro of ‘Cielo Drive’ and it’s just plowing through as the song just totally drives and as heavy as these guys sound, it’s still melodic. There’s an erie radio type broadcast mid way through before searing guitar solo that cruises. Atkins voice at time for me is almost too much growl in that seriously metalic vein, but it just works here somehow.

‘It Comes At Night’ certainly echoes say Megadeth / Metallica as it starts, but in the pre-chorus the melody kicks in briefly while the chorus is a growler and then midway through the song, it eases right down to a quiet simply piano and vocal piece. Clever. Then it becomes a strong melodic piece backing the solo, before the aggressive verse returns. Wow! Quite a track.
With ‘Old Enough To Know’ it’s melodic from the start and right through, as the ballad of the album rears it’s head beautifully. It really is a great track, maybe too mellow for many Pretty Maids die hards, but it’s class to me.

Next up is ‘Beautiful Madness’ which is almost a chug along easy going rocker, with the melodic keyboard overtones keeping it’s melodic edge, but again the variety in how Atkins phrases each song in a different way makes it intriguing.

‘Breathless’ is so commercial, it should be a huge hit and I’m surprised it’s not being played on every radio station …, everywhere! It’s almost classic Def Leppard territory meet the most commercial side of Guns ‘n’ Roses, but it’s so good in it’s own right, that I shouldn’t need to draw comparisons.

Closing track here is … – again? - ‘It Comes’ … Yes really … It was track number seven and then here at number 11 it’s back again. With a more atmospheric intro this time though. The remix?

It’s funny to hear the metallic baseline to some of these songs, particulary this one, with some of the swirling and stabbing keyboards that support the metal song structure and this is what makes the album such an interesting mix.
The thing is, maybe this is what has confused a lot of rock fans to maybe not take Pretty Maids 100% to their hearts so to speak.

There’s clearly a lot to be enjoyed here and at first I’ll admit, it wasn’t grabbing me, but with time it really is an album that has won me over.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Late Rock News update for Tuesday 3rd August, 2010

Are You A Freak? - Of the Alice Cooper variety?!

Have you ever wanted to perform on stage with Alice Cooper? Well, now's your chance!
Alice is doing a historic Halloween two night stand, 31st October-1st November, at London's legendary Roundhouse featuring the full Theatre of Death show and so much more. Pre-Sale tickets, VIP packages and VIP package upgrades will be available for both the October 31 and November 1 shows starting tomorrow (Wednesday, August 4) at 9 am BST, exclusively on!

Alice is looking to push the boundaries of shock rock once again and wants your help! There will be 5 additional attractions. Some on stage and some in special performance areas. Think freaky circus sideshow...think scary and horrific...think bloody and Halloween. THIS COULD BE YOU!!!

From now till August 7th Alice will be accepting video submissions. We know Britain's Got Talent, but has Britain Got Freaks???? The best will be invited to a live audition on August 9th at... The London Dungeon, 28-34 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SZ at 7pm where they will 'perform' in front of a panel of judges in what will surely be the most bizarre talent show this country has ever seen! The panel will consist of Alice himself along with Nicky Horne, plus others to be announced. The freakiest and most outrageous sideshows will then become part of Alice Cooper's Halloween Night of Fear.
Follow this link for more info:

If you want to enter your video for consideration, please visit our online community, Cooper's Town, and embed your YouTube video on your profile and tag it "Night of Fear."

Also ...

Brand New - Alice Cooper - Website
In addition to Cooper's Town, we have been busy working on a brand new website. It is finally done and up for everyone to see. This is the best place to find out all of the latest updates on Alice. Where and when he is playing, contests, new, and it is integrated with Cooper's Town so you can even see what is going on in there at the same time. Be sure to check out and see what is new.


~Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Nils Lofgren, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Black Label Society, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Barclay James Harvest, Rory Gallagher, Michael McDonald, Rush, Ronnie Wood, INXS, Dio, Rolling Stones, Twisted Sister, and a very Metal Xmas! ~

Yes indeed! Those very good people at Eagle Rock have a number of new releases coming your way on DVD and Blue Ray for you many rock fans out there! Check out these little beauties on the way!
Some of these you've already seen the full press releases for, but as a friendly reminder, here they are again!

Released on August 3rd, 2010
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers / Classic Albums: Damn The Torpedoes / DVD and Blu-ray
Continuing a tradition of highly-acclaimed documentaries, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes promises to be another welcome addition to the Classic Albums series. Retracing the steps taken to create this enduring American Rock ‘N’ Roll album, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Ron Blair, in addition to co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus, partake in brand new interviews. Supplemented with new and archival footage, in-depth multi-tape analysis, and 40 minutes of bonus footage, this DVD proves why 30 years later, Damn The Torpedoes stands the test of time.

Released on August 10th, 2010
Nils Lofgren / Cry Tough / 2 DVD
Another welcome addition to Eagle Rock’s Rockpalast DVD series, Nils Lofgren’s Cry Tough is an incredible live showcase of the guitar virtuoso, with performances from 1976, 1979, and 1991. This 2 DVD set, following up concerts from Joan Armatrading, Meat Loaf, Thin Lizzy, and UB40 on the German TV program, captures Lofgren stepping into the spotlight as a soloist, after turns with Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Roy Orbison / The Last Concert / CD
The instantly recognizable vocals, heart-on-sleeve songwriting, and unmistakable style of Roy Orbison is embedded in American’s musical tapestry. The Last Concert, captured from his December 4, 1988 concert in Cleveland, OH, is a perfect homage to such a pristine and unforgettable artist. Performed just two days before his passing, this fourteen-song collection is the exact set list he played that evening, including seven top 10 singles such as “Oh, Pretty Woman” and the Grammy-Award Winning “Crying.”
Originally released as a limited run via iTunes in 2008, this historic performance, untouched by mixing or enhancements, is now available on CD for the first time. It truly captures one of the best rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time.

Released on August 17th, 2010
Jackson Browne / Going Home / DVD
American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has carved out his place in America’s musical history, not only with the seven platinum albums to his name, but his reputation for penning poignant songs for the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, The Eagles, and many others. Going Home, originally released via Pioneer in 1999 as a home video, is a reflection of his stellar career. Seamlessly blended live performances meld with interviews and rare footage for a full take of Browne’s legacy, as well as the timeless nature of his music. Live renditions of classics “Running on Empty,” “Take It Easy,” and “Doctor My Eyes, in addition to guest interviews/performances from Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, The Eagles, David Lindley, Graham Nash and Jennifer Warnes complete this DVD package.

Released on August 24th, 2010
Black Label Society / Doom Troopin’ Live – The European Invasion / Blu-ray
For over twenty years, Zakk Wylde has been burning up stages, both as Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand guitar man, and fronting his own band, Black Label Society. Doom Troopin’ Live follows their 2005 trek around Europe, for a sold out tour supporting the Mafia album. This 16-song set in Paris is completed with extensive bonus features, including four tracks from their Astoria show in London, music videos, and “Backstage Pass” – a 50-minute documentary following BLS on the road. Originally released as a 2 DVD set, this blazing blast of heavy metal is now presented in high-def as a single disc package.

Electric Light Orchesta / Live: The Early Years / DVD
Commemorating 40 years in the business, Electric Light Orchestra’s Live: The Early Years DVD is the perfect package to showcase the band’s signature sound – a blend of lush orchestration and rock ‘n’ roll grandness. Formed in 1970, with global album sales in excess of 50 million, ELO is one of rock’s biggest bands. The three concerts highlighted in this program include tracks from a 1973 performance at Brunel University, their 1974 appearance on the German TV series Rockpalast, and the 1976 Fusion concert at the New Victoria Theatre in London, filmed during the “Face The Music” tour.

Released on August 31st, 2010
Jane’s Addiction / Live Voodoo / DVD and Blu-ray
Live Voodoo, Jane’s Addiction’s first ever live DVD, captures a musical celebration at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans in 2009. Filmed on Halloween night, the reunion of the original lineup – guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery, drummer Stephen Perkins, and ever-enigmatic frontman Perry Farrell – proved they still have that flawless, ferocious flair that conquered the hard rock world of the late eighties/early nineties. Setting in motion a lasting alt-rock legacy, they are seen performing staples predominantly from their first two albums. The band worked their magic over the crowd, proving that a Jane’s Addiction show is more than just a concert – it’s an experience.

Barclay James Harvest / Berlin – A Concert For The People / DVD
One of the most popular acts in Germany, Barclay James Harvest is a proprietor of melodic masterpieces. Their signature sound is a fusion of rock and classical music. Performing to over 250,000 fans in front of the German parliament building the Reichstag, the band performed A Concert For The People on August 30, 1980. They played this historic concert to Germany’s divided capital city, which was still sliced in half by the Berlin Wall. Featuring classics that span their career, in addition to tunes from the then-to-be-released album Turn of the Tide, Barclay James Harvest held this concert to personally thank the fans for their massive support.

Released on September 14th, 2010
Rory Gallagher / Ghost Blues + Best of the Beat Club 2DVD / The Beat Club Sessions CD
Irish guitar virtuoso Rory Gallagher scaled musical heights with his majestic melding of urban blues and hard rock chops. On September 14, fans can enjoy the dual release of the Beat Club Sessions CD and Ghost Blues + Best of the Beat Club 2 DVD set. The CD hosts previously unreleased recordings from three different appearances of the German television series Beat Club in the early seventies, mostly extracted from his first two albums. Ghost Blues treats viewers to a complete and fully authorized documentary on Rory, featuring archive interviews with the man himself, and contributions from many of his friends and admirers, such as Bob Geldof, The Edge, and former band members Ted McKenna and Gerry McAvoy. The second disc of this 2 DVD set displays Rory’s onstage magnificence, with 90 minutes worth of footage from the Beat Club.

Released on September 21st, 2010
We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Deluxe Edition / CD
Originally released in 2008, We Wish You A Metal Xmas is everyone’s favorite holiday tunes … amped to eleven! This revised version is updated with four new tracks from the 2009-released companion EP —“O Christmas Tree,” featuring Doro Pesch, “Auld Lang Syne,” performed by Girlschool, “Frosty The Snowman,” featuring Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil) and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” featuring Dez Fafara (DevilDriver) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake). The original 12 tracks kick out festive jams featuring Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Alice Cooper, Lemmy Kilmister, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), John 5 (Marilyn Manson), and the late great Ronnie James Dio on classics like “Run Rudolph Run,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Silver Bells.” It’s the perfect stuffer for any metalhead’s stocking!

Released on September 28th, 2010
Rush / 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums / DVD and Blu-ray
Following a banner year of dynamic documentaries, from Black Sabbath and Tom Petty, the acclaimed, award-winning Classic Albums series ventures on to prog-rock powerhouse Rush, delving into the backgrounds of two of their legendary albums. 2112, which was certified triple platinum, landed the band on the charts, with a #1 position in their native Canada, and in the top 75 in the US. Moving Pictures, their biggest selling album to date, went #1 and quadruple platinum in Canada, hitting #3 in the US and the UK. Bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart, along with original producer Terry Brown, walk us through the creation of the two epic musical entities, via interviews, archival videos, and multi-track tape demonstrations. 50 minutes of additional footage that did not make the broadcast version are included as well.

Ronnie Wood / I Feel Like Playing / CD
Ronnie Wood’s legacy is undeniable, having played a pivotal role in The Rolling Stones, The Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, and The Birds, in addition to a thriving solo career. This fall, the preeminent guitarist will grace the world with his 7th studio album to date, I Feel Like Playing. His first release since 2001’s Not For Beginners, features guest appearances from Slash, Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Bernard Fowler, Daryl Jones, and Jim Keltner.

INXS / Mystify / DVD
Formed in Australia in the late seventies, INXS earned a reputation as a phenomenal live act before hitting their stride as a recording act in the eighties. Maintaining a steady stream of classic hit singles and best selling albums, they filled global arenas with their infectious and sexy pop sound. Mystify features their 1997 concert at the Loreley Festival in Germany, filmed for the Rockpalast TV series just five months before the premature passing of frontman Michael Hutchence. Not only does this DVD include performances of all seven of their US Top-10 singles, but six bonus tracks from their 1984 Rockpalast appearance.

Released on October 12th, 2010
Dio / Holy Diver Live / Blu-ray
One of the greatest hard rock singers of all time, the late Ronnie James Dio brought a stylized, sophisticated nature to the heavy side of rock. He and his band, Dio, whipped the London crowd at the Astoria Theater into a frenzy when they took the stage and plowed through the classic Holy Diver album in its entirety. Holy Diver Live features not only this 2005 performance, which is also peppered with choice tunes from RJD’s Black Sabbath and Rainbow days, but a bonus band interview. Originally released on DVD in 2006, this high-def version is a fitting tribute to a true icon.

Rolling Stones / Ladies & Gentlemen / DVD and Blu-ray
Just after the release of Stones in Exile, which took viewers through the making of the Rolling Stones’ seminal album Exile on Main Street, Eagle Rock Entertainment is proudly presenting us with a taste of their live experience. Billed as “the most powerful rock film ever made,” Ladies & Gentlemen was filmed over the course of four nights in Texas during the “Exile on Main Street” tour in 1972. This fully restored and remastered masterpiece, which premiered at the Ziegfield Theatre in New York in 1974 and played in select US theatres, is the first fully authorized DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.

Released on October 19th, 2010
Twisted Sister / Live at Wacken / DVD/CD
Originally released in 2005, this remastered version of the Live at Wacken DVD/CD is a blend of Twisted Sister reflecting on their career and live footage from their 2003 appearance at the Wacken Festival. The juxtaposition of candid time with band via behind-the-scenes footage, and their explosive live show before the hungry heavy-metal loving German crowd is a one-of-a-kind treat any fan would enjoy. The CD companion mixes audio from the performance with vintage concert tracks from the 1980s.

For Eagle Rock's website and more go to:

Styx - NYC Beacon Theatre Special Show is excited to announce that on October 28, 2010, The Beacon Theatre in New York City will welcome STYX in concert. Tickets for this show go on sale to the public on Friday, August 6, but has an exclusive Best Seats presale starting tomorrow morning. Presales are open to all members, so if you're not yet a member, it's easy to join and doesn't cost a thing. Simply fill in all applicable information found here on this page: - and then be sure to be logged in right at 11 am EDT Tuesday, August 3 to purchase your tickets. And if you are a STYX Lounge subscriber, your ticket purchase includes priority seating for the show.


Oct 28 New York, NY Beacon Theatre On Sale: Aug 3 @ 11 am EDT

This Beacon Theatre show will be a very special concert as STYX will be revisiting two of their classic albums and performing them in their entirety. Concert-goers that night will rock out to 1977's The Grand Illusion and 1978's Pieces of Eight. Hear the classic hits "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)", all followed by additional hits from the band's incredible catalog.

Kevin Chalfant - 2 Mid-West shows coming up

This news from Kevin Chalfant himself:
'I have two midwest shows coming, in Hammond Indiana on September 4th at the Horseshoe Casino The Venue with my Voices of Rock Radio. Also Septemeber 10th at The Aragon Ballroom with VORR.'

There's actually another show in October too, more details on these gigs here:

Saturday Sept 4th, 2010 Hammond, IN - The VENUE Jimi Jamison, Derek St. Holmes, Wally Palmar, Kevin Chalfant, John Cafferty

Friday Sept 10th, 2010 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom Jimi Jamison, Derek St. Holmes, Wally Palmar, Kevin Chalfant, John Cafferty

Friday Oct 22, 2010 St. Charles IL Arcada Theater Jimi Jamison, Kevin Chalfant

Keep up with news on Kevin through:
and Voices of Radio Rock here:

German Legends ACCEPT sign Japanese priority record deal with Universal

Following the incredible success stories and sold-out shows from Europe and the United States, Germany’s ACCEPT are proud to announce their latest news from Japan: ACCEPT have signed a new recording deal with Universal Japan. The new ACCEPT album “Blood Of The Nations” will be released by Universal in Japan on September 4th, 2010. The band’s and Universal’s promotional machines for this highly anticipated release have already shifted into high gear. The interest by the Japanese media is at an all-time high, and the first high-profile press representatives are on their way to conduct face-to-face-interviews with ACCEPT at their home in Nashville, USA next week.

As ACCEPT's guitarist Wolf Hoffmann explains: “Japan was our last missing component in the international marketplace, which we have completed now with Universal! They are the perfect partners for us over there. Japan has always been a terrific market for us. We had tremendous success there in the past, so we are very happy to come back to Japan after all these years. Rock music is still a big thing in Japan and every good rock band in the world has Japan on their wish list. We can see from our website that we have a lot of fans there. We are excited and looking forward to bring them our new album and our great live shows.”

“Blood Of The Nations”, the new, long-awaited studio album from ACCEPT, will be released on the following dates:
August 20: Europe (via Nuclear Blast)
September 4: Japan (via Universal Japan)
September 14: North America (via Nuclear Blast)

“Blood Of The Nations” was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MASTERPLAN and many more). The 80 + min long CD marks the recording debut of the band's latest addition, vocalist MARK TORNILLO (ex-TT QUICK) and includes the following tracks:

1. Beat The Bastards
2. Teutonic Terror
3. The Abyss
4. Blood Of The Nations
5. Shades Of Death
6. Locked And Loaded
7. Time Machine (Bonus Track)
8. Kill The Pain
9. Rollin' Thunder
10. Pandemic
11. New World Comin'
12. No Shelter
13. Bucketful Of Hate

ACCEPT 2010 is:
Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Herman Frank: Guitar
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums

This piece from tha bands MySpace page:

We all know Jules Verne`s book "Around the World in 80 Days“.
As Jules Vernes traveling report has fascinate people around the world in 1872, so ACCEPT are doing in 2010. The German rockers have impressed the hardrock fans around the globe during their world warm up tour and the festivals in the first half year of 2010. A thriller story. ACCEPT travelled for their teaser campaign for the new album "Blood Of The Nations" more than 60.000 miles and have visited 16 countries and the band performed in front of more than 450.000 people in the last 80 days. On top of this amazing action, the band did more than 150 interviews and meet & greets. This facts are really impressive and shows us ACCEPT`s direction. The ACCEPT virus is becoming a Pandemic... as it gets distributed all over the planet relentless. ACCEPT is back and it is the topic people are speaking about, from Tokyo to Los Angeles , from Helsinki to Lisboa, from Moscow to London.

This stations of a new success-story just began. On August the 20th ACCEPT will release the brand new album "Blood Of The Nations“ in Europe, the US Release is on the 14th of September.

Accept will be playing the following US tour dates with Kings X:
September 2010
Sep. 23 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Sep. 24 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Sep. 25 - Sayreville, NJ - The Starland Ballroom
Sep. 27 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sep. 29 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
October 2010
Oct. 01 - Reading, PA - The Silo
Oct. 02 - Mount Clemens, MI - The Emerald Theatre
Oct. 09 - Chicago, IL - The Arcada
Oct. 12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues