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Friday, November 12, 2010

Rock News for Friday 12th November, 2010

Magnum update through the bands newsletter

Magnum the British rockers who brought you classics like 'On A Storytellers Night,' 'Chase the Dragon,' 'Kingdom of Madness,' 'Vigilante,' 'Wings of Heaven' and so many more, including their last release, 'In the Valley of the Moonking,' are back with a brand new album, 'The Visitation,' to be released in January 2011 and will be followed by a lengthy European tour.

Magnum's latest album 'The Visitation' is now complete and is due out on Steamhammer/SPV in Europe on 17 January 2011 (Germany: 14 January; US & Canada: 25 January) People that have heard some of the album say it is the strongest album the band have ever made.
Tracklisting: - THE VISITATION
Black Skies
Doors To Nowhere
The Visitation
Wild Angels
Spin Like A Wheel
The Last Frontier
Freedom Day
Mother Nature's Final Dance
Midnight Kings
Tonight's The Night

Magnum 'The Visitation' Tour 2011

March 2011
9/3/11 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm - Sweden - Tickets
10/3/11 - Brew House - Gothenburg - Sweden - Tickets
11/3/11 - Postbahnhof - Berlin - Germany - Tickets
12/3/11 - Hellraiser - Leipzig - Germany - Tickets
13/3/11 - Exit Chmelnice - Prague - Czech Republic - Tickets
15/3/11 - Ampre - Munich - Germany - Tickets
16/3/11 - Hirsch - Nurnberg - Germany - Tickets
18/3/11 - Capitol - Mannheim - Germany - Tickets
19/3/11 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen - Germany - Tickets
21/3/11 - Z7 - Pratteln - Switzerland - Tickets
22/3/11 - Jazzhaus - Freiberg - Germany - Tickets
23/3/11 - Matrix - Bochum - Germany - Tickets
25/3/11 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg - Germany - Tickets
26/3/11 - Rock E.V. - Winterbach - Germany - Tickets
27/3/11 - Kantine - Koln - Germany - Tickets
29/3/11 - Posthalle - Wurzburg - Germany - Tickets
31/3/11 - Fabrik - Hamburg - Germany - Tickets
April 2011
1/4/11 - Rosenhof - Osnabruck - Germany - Tickets
2/4/11 - Music Hall - Worpswede - Germany - Tickets
4/4/11 - Garage - Saarbrucken - Germany - Tickets
13/4/11 - The Garage - Glasgow - UK - Tickets
14/4/11 - Academy 1 - Newcastle - UK - Tickets
16/4/11 - Stanley Theatre - Liverpool - UK - Tickets
17/4/11 - Assembly - Leamington - UK - Tickets
18/4/11 - Academy - Oxford - UK - Tickets
19/4/11 - The Waterfront - Norwich - UK - Tickets
20/4/11 - The Corporation - Sheffield - UK - Tickets
22/4/11 - Picturedrome - Holmfirth - UK - Tickets
23/4/11 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton - UK - Tickets
24/4/11 - The Brook - Southampton - UK - Tickets
27/4/11 - Rock City - Nottingham - UK - Tickets
28/4/11 - Academy 2 - Manchester - UK - Tickets
29/4/11 - The Park & Dare Theatre - Treorchy - UK - Tickets
30/4/11 - Shepherd's Bush Empire - London - UK - Tickets
May 2011
1/5/11 - Academy - Bristol - UK - Tickets
Keep up with Magnum at:

Mr Mister are back, one last time with their final album
Mr. Mister is a multi-platinum group with the #1 classic hits "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie." In 1990 they created their fourth album “Pull” , but because of record company politics, the album was never released and the band members moved on to other projects.

Since then, lead singer Richard Page has written songs for artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Leona Lewis and Josh Groban among many others.
Editors note: Not very rock and roll I know, but he's also written material with many rock acts too, during Mr. Mister downtime, as well as providing background vocals and more on different artist's albums.

Over three decades, Richard has had hundreds of songs recorded, written three number one hits, had a number one album—Mr. Mister’s "Welcome to the Real World"—and recorded two highly regarded solo albums, "Shelter Me" and most recently, “Peculiar Life”, produced by Oingo Boingo alum Richard Gibbs and featuring legendary drummer and old friend, Vinnie Colaiuta. He also was one half of the critically acclaimed group, 3rd Matinee and collaborated with Weather Report keyboardist, the late Joe Zawinul.

Most recently, Richard toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band playing bass and singing his hits along with fellow All-Starr’s Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Gary Wright, Wally Palmer and Gregg Bissonette.

Most recently, Richard created his own indy label, Little Dume Recordings and with a little help from industry friends, has secured the rights to finally release the “lost” Mr. Mister album “Pull.” It will be available at in October 2010.
A new website is on the way for the band, so follow what's happening right here:


First-Ever Tropics Camp Features Special Guest Counselors
Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford
The Who’s Roger Daltrey Slated to Host New York City Rock Camp in January

LOS ANGELES (November 11, 2010) — Can you imagine playing lead guitar for Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee or jamming alongside KISS icon Ace Frehley and pioneering Runaways rock goddess Lita Ford in front of a live, screaming and standing-room-only crowd? For many people, this is a lifelong fantasy; at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, it becomes reality. From February 17th to 20th at the world-famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, rock enthusiasts and amateur musicians from all walks of life will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, jam with and perform alongside their idols as part of the rock camp that became the centerpiece of VH1 Classic’s new series – also called Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – which debuted October 16th as the most watched series premiere in network history.

Over the four-day camp, counselors will kick-start campers’ hearts – and rock skills – transforming them from rock hobbyists into arena maestros. In addition to guest counselors Lee, Frehley and Ford, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp at Atlantis will feature several of the rock star counselors from the Mark Burnett-produced VH1 Classic show, including Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Kip Winger of Winger, and renowned singer/songwriter Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), plus Alan White of YES, George Lynch of Dokken, and many others.

“The Bahamas is going to rock like never before when Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp invades Atlantis Resort with an unprecedented line-up of some of the most celebrated rockers on the planet, all there for one reason: to make rock ‘n’ roll magic by transforming amateurs into rock stars,” says Rock Camp founder/CEO David Fishof. “Where else can someone with a passion for music spend four days playing with and learning from rock icons like Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford? Our Bahamas camp will be one of our most life-changing events ever produced.”

From the minute campers arrive in the Bahamas, their rock ‘n’ roll adventure begins. Campers will form their own bands; meet, jam with and receive intensive and ongoing instruction from the rock star counselors; spend over 10 hours a day in-studio jamming and creating original music under the guidance of a famous rock musician; take a variety of specialized master classes conducted by rock icons; break bread with industry insiders; and play live before a jam packed crowd at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

There are three packages – the four-day Rock Star package, and six-day Headliner and the Groupie packages – allowing campers a variety of options to tap into their inner Robert Plant.

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp premiered as the most watched show in VH1 Classic history for a reason,” added Fishof. “Our Atlantis camp this February will be one of our most star-studded camps ever.”

Prior to the Bahamas camp, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp takes New York City by storm January 12th to 17th with help from special guest counselor Roger Daltrey of The Who, one of the most iconic front men in rock history. Additionally, this fall, in conjunction with the VH1 Classic series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is criss-crossing the nation, bringing a series of “Weekend Warrior” Camps to several cities. The tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia on October 22nd, is led by Allman Brothers legend Dickey Betts and ends in Chicago (Nov. 19-21). Spots are still available in Chicago.
Learn more about Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, tour dates and pricing at

White Lion - Live DVD Anthology from 1987-1991 coming in December

Not too much more information on this release of White Lion filmed between 1987 - 1991, but it says there's bonus interview footage and more, so it could be well worth checking out!
The brief press release via the MVD site for this release on CLEOPATRA RECORDS, INC. is as follows:

White Lion - Concert Anthology 1987-1991 Deluxe Pack

Deluxe edition of live White Lion from their peak years!
The classic "more than a hair band" band live at their peak, working mostly songs from their huge hit albums 'Pride' and 'Fight to Survive.' This re-release features live shows in NYC and Japan as well as bonus features, interviews and more.

Track Listing
Don't Give Up
Lonely Nights
Sweet Little Lovin'
Broken Heart
Fight To Survive
Tell Me
All Join Our Hands
When The Children Cry
All You Need Is Rock N Roll
All the Fallen Men

Available for pre-order through MVD here:

Giuffria - Giuffria and Silk and Steel get the Remaster treatment

For many years, this first album by this band has been much sort after by fans of Angel, House of Lords and hard rock music fans in general, on eBay, Amazon and many mail order outlets, for silly money.
Giuffria the band was formed around former Angel keyboard wizard Gregg Giuffria and was fronted by the very talented David Glen Eisley.
Finally, this first album gets a re-release on the METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS label along with the band's second release, 'Silk and Steel' and is distributed through MVD and it's available now.
Sadly, no new bonus tracks with the first one, but one bonus track 'Say it Ain't True' is on the reissue / remaster of 'Silk and Steel.' I am curious to know how these new re-reissues sound.
Here's the press release with it:

Giuffria - Giuffria (Remastered) available November 9th, 2010

Re-release of the band's debut album. Includes 2 hit singles: "Call to Your Heart" and "Lonely In Love."
An American rock band that was formed in 1982 by keyboardist Gregg Giuffria after his departure from the band Angel. Giuffria's self titled debut album from 1984 brought eleven brilliant tracks bordering on hard rock and metal, packed with stellar keyboard melodies. The LP reached #26 on the album charts, spawning two hit singles - "Call to Your Heart" (#15 on the Hot 100 list) and "Lonely In Love" (#57). Thanks to their increasing popularity, the band was chosen to support the legendary Deep Purple on their 1984 reformation US tour. With this exclusive reissue of Giuffria's stunning self-titled debut we bring you back the legacy of a true 1980's rock legend ... The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc.
Track Listing
Do Me Right
Call To The Heart
Don't Tear Me Down
Lonely In Love
Trouble Again
Turn Me On
Line Of Fire
The Awakening
Out Of Blue
Line up:
David Glen Eisley - lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica
Craig Goldy - guitars

Gregg Giuffria - keyboards, backing vocals
Chuck Wright - bass
Alan Krigger - drums, percussion

Available through MVD here:

Giuffria - Silk And Steel (Remastered)

Re-release of the band's second album from 1986. New digipak edition includes a bonus track!
In 1986 Giuffria released "Silk and Steel", delivering ten amazing songs filled with hard rock passion. As it was with their debut album, two singles were released - "I Must Be Dreaming" (a Willy DeVille cover) and "Love You Forever". The LP peaked at #80 on the Billboard Top 200. With this exclusive reissue of Giuffria's brilliant second album "Silk and Steel", we bring you back the legacy of a true 1980's rock legend ... The new digipak edition of the album includes a bonus track and is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc.
Track Listing
No Escape
Love You Forever
I Must Be Dreaming
Change Of Heart
Lethal Lover
Tell It Like It Is
Dirty Secrets
Say It Ain't True (bonus track)

Line up:
David Glen Eisley: Lead Vocals, Harmonica

Lanny Cordola: Guitar
Gregg Giuffria: Keyboards, vocals
David Sikes: Bass
Alan Krigger: Drums

Available through MVD here:
.... And finally ...
Led Zeppelin 2 tour dates ...
Now let me guess, this has got your attention right?
Led Zeppelin 2? Who's in the band to be able to use the name, right ...?
Well, actually, none of the members of Led Zeppelin at all, so how can they use the name one wonders?
I don't really know the true legal angle on this, but I'm guessing they AREN'T calling it 'just' Led Zeppelin so perhaps they can get away with it!
The band are represented by an agency out of New York, The Windish Agency, LLC so I don't know, sounds all very professional and you can check out more here, including their tour dates! Interesting ...
or here:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 10th November, 2010

JOURNEY, FOREIGNER and STYX are touring the UK together for the first time ever!

What an absolute dream tour for UK rock fans!
Journey have just announced on their website that they plan to tour the UK on a triple bill tour with fellow AOR giants, Foreigner and Styx!
This is the kind of tour we would come to expect in the US, but only dreamed about back in the 80's in the UK.
You lucky people! Enjoy!
The following dates have so far been announced:

JUNE 2011

Tickets on sale Friday, 12 November at 9:00 AM

£42.50 adv London / £40.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available at
More details here:

 Thin Lizzy to re-issue redone versions of three classic Lizzy albums

Classic Rock magazine is reporting - No official source is currently backing up the statement ... As usual! - that Thin Lizzy are to reissue remixed, remastered, by both Scott Gorham and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, new versions of Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox and Live and Dangerous.

Each album is being reissued as double disc sets with the exception of Live and Dangerous which will be two CD's plus a live DVD. - The old Live and Dangerous at the Rainbow theatre by the looks as things.
The disappointing thing for me, is OK, so they are remixing the albums - Great! - but the bonus tracks, are basically just different versions of the original tracks, except for just one or two tracks that were not previously released in any format as Lizzy tracks.
On Jailbreak there's 'Blues Boy,' a previously unreleased - by Lizzy - track, a Brian Robertson / Phil Lynott composition but I actually have this on a Brian Robertson EP from a few years ago, on a project called The Clan.
Jailbreak also has 'Cowboy Song' as 'Derby Blues.'

Johnny The Fox has an unreleased Scott Gorham composition, going out here as 'Scott's Tune.'

Live and Dangerous has the 17 tracks that were on the original album, split across two disc's now plus
two bonus live tracks in 'Opium Trail' and 'Bad Reputation,' which to be honest may well be the from the 'Killers Live EP' but they are identified as 'Wild One L and D outakes.'
Go here for the full details:

FRONTIERS RECORDS gains new grounds in the USA

Napoli – New York, November 9th 2010 - Frontiers Records is excited to announce that Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment has agreed to oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market.

After an internationally acknowledged career as singer for the Progressive Music band Gentle Giant, Derek Shulman became involved in the recording business in the early 80’s. Starting as an A&R representative at PolyGram Records, where he rose to the ranks of Senior Vice President, he signed Bon Jovi, Dan Reed Network, Cinderella, and Kingdom Come, among many others. In 1988 he became President and C.E.O of Atco Records (where he signed the progressive metal band Dream Theater (as well as Pantera). He also re-established the careers of AC/DC and Bad Company, both of whom sold multi-platinum albums under his watch. He then went on to become President of Roadrunner Records overseeing signings like Slipknot and Nickelback.

2PLUS directors, internationally renowned music impresario Leonardo Pavkovic and CFO Lawrence Offsey join him in this endeavour.

2PLUS will coordinate artist acquisition and marketing for Frontiers in North America and will represent the label in the relationship with the local distributors and promoters.

Pictured L to R: Larry Offsey, Derek Shulman, Serafino Perugino, Leonardo Pavkovic, Mario de Riso

Frontiers Records label President Serafino Perugino stated, “Working with “the professor” Derek Shulman has been nothing but a joy so far. His experience and wisdom are going to guide Frontiers Records growth to the next level and we are absolutely excited to share with him and 2PLUS a vision for the future growth of Frontiers in the North American market”.

Derek Shulman stated “I am extremely excited about being involved with Serafino and Frontiers Records. It is very gratifying to work with people who are music fans and yet understand the dynamics of the ever-changing music business model. Frontiers Records is committed to making the leap to become the premiere independent rock music company worldwide. I am very happy to lend my experience to my friends at Frontiers to realize this goal”.

An update regarding the recent passing of Jim Clench from the April Wine camp

MONTREAL - Jim Clench, a bassist and vocalist who played with Canadian rock bands April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has died at 61.

April Wine bandmate Brian Greenway says Clench died Tuesday in a Montreal hospital after fighting Stage 4 lung cancer.
Clench was not married and had no children.

Clench joined April Wine in 1970 after the release of the band's first album and played bass and added vocals to the mix until 1975.
He went on to join Bachman Turner Overdrive, before returning to April Wine in 1992 and staying with the band through 2006. He also wrote songs for the band, including fan favourite "Oowatanite." More here:

A personal note from Myles Goodwyn
The news of Jims` death has left me numb and like many others I`m sure.. melancholy. I met Jim in 1970 the year April Wine came to Montreal from Nova Scotia. When Jim Henman left April Wine in 1971, I asked Jim to join the group which he did, and so began an amazing 19 year fraternity.

He was a hell of a bass player and possessed one of the most unique voices in rock. I had the pleasure of writing songs with him in the 70`s , although my most-liked songs of his, he penned alone... Oowatanite, Cat`s Claw and my personal fave, You Opened Up My Eyes.

Jim was one of the smartest, funniest and most giving persons I ever met. When Jim passed on, on Monday, he left a lot of friends and fans saddened. His illness was sudden, and a surprise to myself and to the other members of April Wine.. I`m sorry that I didn`t have a chance to personally say goodbye. Perhaps we`ll get the chance to say hello again some day... and write some more tunes together.
Rest in peace Jimmy.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Brief Rock News update for Tuesday 9th November, 2010

Monsters of British Rock new band announced

A new classic rock band has formed featuring ex-members of Whitesnake, Wishbone Ash, Thunder, Virginia Wolf, amongst others and it looks perhaps a little interesting!
Here's the Press release from their website:

Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Monsters of British Rock! Original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray have teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder), Chris Ousey (Heartland) and Michael Bramwell (We Will Rock You) to bring you classic twin-guitar based rock as it should be played.

Playing classic rock songs that they helped create, such as Whitesnake's Here I Go Again, Fool For Your Loving, Don't Break My Heart Again, Ready An' Willing and Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City, together with other hits from the band members' back catalogue, Monsters of British Rock are the genuine article.

The list of world-class bands and musicians that the members of Monsters of British Rock have collectively played with runs into literally hundreds: Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Magnum, Queen & Paul Rodgers, just to name a few.

This is one Monster of a rock band!
Micky Moody - guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Neil Murray - bass
Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals
Harry James - drums, vocals
Chris Ousey - lead vocals
Michael Bramwell – keyboards

Late extra note:
In a kind of link to this new band's coming into being, it seems a band that featured former Thunder and current Magnum drummer Harry James, alongside other Thunder maker, Chris Childs not to mention Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Carl Sentance (Persian Risk, Krokus, etc) as well as Jon Pease and Dave Bishop line up that was, 'The 80's Rocked' has now been completely replaced and has changed dramatically!
Here's a link - That's still available right now - that tells you more on that band that had played this years Cambridge Rock Festival:

The 'new' line up and further details of the current line up of 'The 80's Rock', can be found here - A word of warning ... You may not know any of them!:
How sad ....

Steve Augeri ex-Journey / Tall Stories man releases new track

Yes, Steve Augeri, the man with the incredibly good voice, that originally replaced Steve Perry, when everything in Journey really came to a head and the Steve Perry went his own 'Seperate Ways'(sic) , has released a new solo single.
The new track is called 'Riverside' and it's available through iTunes. - So Steve tells us on Facebook.

This message comes from Steve:
Hey All,
Just a little taste of some of my new music. It's called "RIVERSIDE". Co-written with Craig Pullman and Adam Holland. Performed by the Steve Augeri Band. Hope you like. Please visit me at for my next release ...

You can also kep up with Steve through his Facebook page:

Queen Joins Universal
 Island Records prepares 40th anniversary remasters of the quartet’s extraordinary catalogue

LONDON, November, 2010 – Queen and Universal Music Group have signed an exclusive, long-term agreement on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking group’s formation, in 1971.

With worldwide album sales of more than 170 million, No. 1 albums, singles and DVDs the world over, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, over 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, and a Guinness Book of World Records award for the most successful UK album chart act in history, Queen represent one of the most remarkable, compelling stories in popular culture.

Their music milestones include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” “Radio Ga Ga,” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”

The new agreement with Universal Music covers the world outside North America, and the music of Queen will appear through Island Records from January 1, 2011. Thus, the band joins some of the greatest names in popular music under the palm tree of the legendary label’s iconic logo.

Brian May of Queen said, “We are very excited, after all this time, to be embarking on a new phase of our career – with a new record company – with new ideas, and new dreams.”

Universal Music Group (UMG) co-CEO Lucian Grainge said: “Queen rewrote the rock & roll rule book 40 years ago, and you can count at least three generations of artists who are under their influence. So now we’re under their influence at Universal Music, and looking forward to writing chapters together for the new rule book.”

UMG International COO Max Hole commented, “A band of Queen’s stature, and a catalogue with such appeal, present an immense opportunity for a new creative approach. We aim to apply fresh thinking and innovation to the marketing and promotion of this great body of work. Ted Cockle, Darcus Beese and their team at Island Records are the perfect match, and everyone can’t wait to get started.”

During the course of the anniversary year, Island will remaster and repackage, with additional content, each of Queen’s 15 studio albums. The first five will be made available in March: “Queen,” “Queen II,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races.”

After four decades, the collective work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon continues to resonate around the globe, inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga), Axl Rose and Katy Perry through to Dave Grohl. Two decades after the death of their phenomenal and flamboyant singer, Freddie Mercury remains an icon beyond measure.

The 40th anniversary celebrations begin with a major Queen exhibition in London, “Stormtroopers in Stilettos,” opening in late February. This will be followed by a BBC-TV documentary and the production of a major Hollywood film about the band, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
Official website of the band:

Update for Monday 8th November, 2010

Hi folks, good morning ... Sorry no news update for today ... Yet!
Hope your weekend was great, today is our Wedding Anniversary (7th!) and this past weekend to celebrate Rhonda and I headed up to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to go and see a great British, that should read Scottish, comedian in the shape of Billy Connolly.
The guy is 67 years old now or should that be young, as the guys spritely humour never lets up!
We had a great time and met up with my old mate Dave and his wonderful other half and shared a few after the show ... Good to catch up again mate!
We also met Stuart (Hope I spelt it right man!?) who was originally from Paisley, Scotland but has lived in Toronto for the last 30 years of his life. Stuart mate, you are a character! Great to meet you. - BTW - Did you get the picture off the wall or not mate!? LOL!

Anyway, have to run, 5 or so hour drive ahead of me and some work colleagues, so I need to get on the road.
I hope to post an update later this evening, if not, you'll see something tomorrow here.
Have a great day folks and a better week!
Cheers, Al.