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Saturday, January 8, 2011

News Update for Saturday 8th January, 2011


FEBRUARY 11: The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
FEBRUARY 12: The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY
FEBRUARY 13: Dingbats, Clifton, NJ

MORE INFORMATION: Joe Lynn Turner's longtime friend, collaborator and guitarist Karl Cochran, helped to arrange some "Welcome Home JLT" shows next month.
As you may or may not know, Joe's been busy touring with Over The Rainbow and as a solo artist in Russia/Turkey/Eastern Europe. After some shows with Big Noize late January in Los Angeles, California and Brazil, he will be back in the States for a these dates in and close to his home state of New Jersey.
There have been some rumors about these shows posted online but they were just confirmed January 7.

and in other Joe Lynn Turner related news ...
Jan Holberg and Joe Lynn Turner announce Norway shows
The Jan Holberg Project, featuring Joe Lynn Turner, will release their new album "SENSE OF TIME" March 28 in Norway. The band will do three shows to support the album.
Besides playing songs from their new album they will also perform songs from JLT's time as a frontman in Rainbow and Deep Purple, plus a few songs from his solo career.

The concert dates are:
27th April - BLAEST (Trondheim)
28th April - JOHN DEE (Oslo)
30th April - HEMNEHALLEN (Hemne)
(all in Norway)

Official sites:

German rocker Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, J.R. Blackmore Group, Bonfire, Zeno) has been doing the melodic hard rock rounds for many years now and just last year received a number of rave reviews, for his 2010 release, 'Different.'
Well - Once he finds a new bassist! - he will start playing some European live dates in the Spring 2011.
If you haven't heard him, check him out on You Tube or at his own MySpace site, where you can hear samples:
Anyway, here's those live dates so far, chances are he'll be adding some more live dates along the way, so keep an eye out!

April 9th 2011
Ritmo y Compas - C/ Conde de Vilches 22
Madrid, 28028 SPAIN

April 23rd 2011
Cultuurpodium Boerderij - Amerikaweg 145
Zoetermeer, 2717 NETHERLANDS

May 6th 2011
Garage Deluxe - Friedenstr. 10
München, Bayern 81671 GERMANY

May 7th 2011
Rockcity - Aathalstr. 74

May 8th 2011
Rockfabrik 2 - Grönerstrasse
Ludwigsburg, Baden Würt 71634 GERMANY

May 13th 2011
Riders Cafe -Leinweberstr 4
Lübeck, Schleswig 23556 GERMANY

May 14th 2011
Zeche - Prinz-Regent-str. 50 - 60
Bochum, NRW 44795 GERMANY

August 6th 2011
SAAR SPEKTAKEL - Bühne am Theater

You can also check out this video teaser of Michael's, for 'Different Melody' right here on You Tube:

His official website:

Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen spotted at an Alter Bridge concert. Wolfgang joins in on drums!

(Picture courtesy of

Yes, it seems Eddie Van Halen has made a rare public appearance at a recent Alter Bridge show at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California and in addition to that, a very fit looking Wolfgang Van Halen joined the band to jam on drums on 'One Day Remains!' 

The You Tube clip from the show can be seen at this location:

Still no updated words from anyone about 'that' new album and tour for 2011 that has been banded about by so many sources, but I'm guessing - Since there's no smoke without fire, right?! - that something should be announced soon enough.
Last any of us heard was that Diamond Dave Lee Roth has been submitting vocal tracks to Eddie, but sources indicated that Eddie wasn't that happy with what he was hearing ...
Hopefully they can agree to something soon as the world waits for another Van Halen tour and new album. 
Keep checking at and as I say, it can't be long now before we hear something!

Brief snippet of information on Myles Goodwyn / April Wine

Fresh from the Metalworks Studio's news desk, it seems Myles Goodwyn of April Wine called in a favor to Gil Moore (Triumph and owner of Metalworks studios) requesting his drumming services on an upcoming catchy tune called "Love To Watch You Walk Away".
It's not clear at this point if this is a new April Wine track or Myles Goodwyn solo work on the way.
I'm sure we'll hear more soon.

To me though, I'm all the more intrigued that Gil is into playing again, as when I interviewed Gil, it seemed his focus was more on his studio's activities than playing. - That interview can be read here:

It sounds promising that he is at least keeping his hand in ... Although the Newsletter update from Rik Emmett - See next news piece. - would have you think that any possible Triumph activity is unlikely ...

Keep up with April Wine at:

Rik Emmett Newsletter Update

Yes, I recently received this fan newsletter update from Rik Emmett on his recent Holiday activities.
Check it out!

I had a nice dinner with Gil (Moore) and Mike (Levine) on Monday night. Lots of discussion and lively chit chat --- Gil extended an open invitation to have me and Mike mix "Marco's" at Metalworks. There's a lot of progress on the new Triumph website, and build-up of merch and other stuff.
No - no gigs or touring in the immediate future.

- I'm doing a promo guest thing at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Jan. 8, singing a few Triumph songs with the house band at around 10:30 p.m., if it all goes off on time. This is in support of CARAS and the Junos 40th anniversary, as they are having a theme night party celebrating the 80's.

- I bought one of those little mini Tonelab ST pedalboards on line, and I'll give it a shot on the 8th and on my fly-in Calgary date on Jan. 28. It seems good with its 'UK' Plexi pre-set, and its reverbs and echos ... but it doesn't have the same "VR GAIN" circuit that the bigger LE board has, so the output tone seems a bit more strident and not as smooth. Still - great convenient size.

- Got a new lyric for a song up and running before xmas, and finished it yesterday ... Wrote the lyric entirely before picking up a guitar and working on the music ... We'll see how it turns out, when I get the other half of the work done ...

- we've been lolling around and watching old seasons of "Entourage" on DVD --- also, some old Harry Potter movies [Blockbuster was getting rid of them at $5 a pop], and before xmas we went through some of our old xmas movie pile ---- my fave is The Bishop's Wife, with Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young . I also love to watch old stuff like Uncle Buck.

- Xmas presents of note: the Keith Richards biography --- Jeff Beck dvds [Live at Ronnie Scott's - awesome, yay]: Gibson Electric Guitar history ... and my son found me an autographed copy of Sting's Broken Music biography [cool collector item - a real autographed copy... ! ... ]

I hope you've all had a really lovely, relaxing holiday, and now it's time to buckle down on those resolutions. Peace, love and cheers, folks,

Rik Emmett


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Theatre Du Cuivre

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Val-D'or, Quebec
Theatre Telebec

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Thetford Mines, Quebec
Salle Dussault

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Theatre Des Deux Rives

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Kingston, Ontario
The Grand Theatre

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Sainte-Therese, Quebec
Theatre Lionel-Groulx

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Quebec, Quebec
Palais Montcalm

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Festival Place

TUES & WED, MARCH 29 & 30, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Living Sky Casino

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 (P.R.O. Trio - Pavlo, Rik Emmett, & Oscar Lopez)
Airdrie, Alberta
The Bert Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 (Rik & Dave - "Todd's Night Out" Fundraiser for Tomorrows Children's Fund)
Pompton Lakes, NJ
Pompton Lakes Lodge
For tickets and info call 973-978-2984 or email

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011 (Rik & Dave - Troubs show)
Bordentown, NJ
The Record Collector

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 (Rik & Dave - Troubs show)
Montreal, QC

For additional information, please visit

..... And finally, last by certainly by no means least ....

Steve Clark RIP - 20 years ago today January 8th, 1991

It was 20 years ago today, original Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark passed away at his home in Chelsea, London, England, much too soon at the age of 30 ...

I like so many other, can say that I was fortunate enough to have met Steve before a show in Southampton, way back in those early years, when Def Leppard were playing alongside Magnum as joint headliners on their 'On Through The Night' tour.
Yes, it was a great show and I went on to see Steve with Def Leppard at a number of other live shows.
He really was a great talent and unique player. He is certainly missed.

RIP Steve Clark 

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