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Monday, January 24, 2011

Rock News for Monday 24th January, 2011

Universal Music releases remixed, remastered, reissued and expanded Thin Lizzy classics!

Universal Music is proud to announce the imminent release of deluxe expanded editions of three seminal Thin Lizzy albums – Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox and one of the greatest live rock albums of all time, the iconic Live and Dangerous. Remixed, remastered and put together by original band member Scott Gorham and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) – each contains a remastered version of the original release plus a bonus disc of rare material.
The scheduled release date for each of these - According to Amazon, Universal had nothing! - is February 8th, 2011.
Sad news for US fans though, is the Deluxe edition of Live and Dangerous is NOT as yet, being advertised on ... It's only showing as available through

The Amazon links included below each album's details.


1976's Jailbreak was Thin Lizzy's sixth studio album and features the seminal singles Jailbreak and the track that was one of Q magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks and Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Rock Tracks Of All Time – The Boys Are Back In Town. One of the classic rock albums of all time, this deluxe version now contains BBC session recordings and previously unreleased tracks.

Disc: 1
1. Jailbreak
2. Angel From The Coast
3. Running Back
4. Romeo And The Lonely Girl
5. Warriors
6. The Boys Are Back In Town
7. Fight Or Fall
8. Cowboy Song
9. Emerald

Disc: 2
1. The Boys Are Back In Town (Re-mixed Version)
2. Jailbreak (Re-mixed Version)
3. The Boys Are Back In Town (Alt vocal Re-mixed Version)
4. Emerald (Re-mixed Version)
5. Jailbreak (BBC Session 12/02/1976)
6. Emerald (BBC Session 12/02/1976)
7. Cowboy song (BBC Session 12/02/1976)
8. The Warrior (BBC Session 12/02/1976)
9. Fight Or Fall (Extended Version - Rough Mix)
10. Blues Boy (Unreleased Studio Track)
11. Derby Blues (Early Version - The Cowboy Song)



Released in 1976, Johnny the Fox was the band's follow up album to Jailbreak. They were at their peak and the album highlights the twin guitar attack of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson and Phillip Lynott's own song writing and contains the all time classic "Don't Believe a Word". This deluxe version contains BBC session recordings alongside previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Disc: 1
1. Johnny
2. Rocky
3. Borderline
4. Don't Believe A Word
5. Fools Gold
6. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
7. Old Flame
8. Massacre
9. Sweet Marie
10. Boogie-Woogie Dance

Disc: 2
1. Don't Believe A Word (Re-Mixed Version)
2. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed (Re-Mixed Version)
3. Borderline (Re-Mixed Version)
4. Don't Believe A Word (BBC Sessions 11/10/1976)
5. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed (BBC Sessions 11/10/1976)
6. Fools Gold (BBC Sessions 11/10/1976)
7. Johnny (BBC Sessions 11/10/1976)
8. Fools Gold (Instrumental Run Through)
9. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed (Instrumental Run Through/Extended)
10. Rocky (Instrumental Run Through)
11. Massacre (Instrumental Take With Lynott Directions To Band)
12. Scott's Tune (Unreleased Scott Gorham Composition)


Live and Dangerous was released in 1978 and is without doubt, one of the greatest live albums of all time, rated in 2010 as number 1 by and listed in 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die. Recorded in London and Toronto in 1977, it is packed with Lizzy's timeless moments. This 3 disc set set comes with the original Live and Dangerous DVD, now expanded to include previously unseen performances from the show and their farewell tour.

Tracklisting as follows:
Disc: 1
1. Jailbreak
2. Emerald
3. Southbound
4. Rosalie/Cowgirl's Song
5. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In It's Spotlight)
6. Massacre
7. Still In Love With You
8. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed

Disc: 2
1. Cowboy Song
2. The Boys Are Back In Town
3. Don't Believe A Word
4. Warriors
5. Are You Ready
6. Suicide
7. Sha-La-La
8. Baby Drives Me Crazy
9. The Rocker
10. Opium Trail
11. Bad Reputation

Disc: 3
1. Introduction/ Rosalie (Video)
2. The Boys Are Back In Town (Video)
3. Emerald (Video)
4. Dancing In The Moonlight (Video)
5. Massacre (Video)
6. Call On Me (Video) - (Still In Love With You) 
7. Don't Believe A Word (Video)
8. Are You Ready (Video)
9. Sha La La (Video)
10. Baby Drives Me Crazy (Video)
11. Me And The Boys (Video)

Artwork on all of these releases features extensive new sleeve notes, memorabilia and rare and unseen photos.
For more information on Thin Lizzy and these releases:

Tommy Shaw to release The Great Divide on March 22nd, 2011

In perhaps a strange twist, change of direction - Even considering the Shaw / Blades stuff. - Styx mainman Tommy Shaw will release a new solo album on March 22nd, 2011, 'The Great Divide' is a Bluegrass album!

Not quite sure about this, but here's more on the story from Tommy himself:

'In 2003, my friend Brad Davis asked me to sing a high harmony on a bluegrass song he’d written and was recording for a solo album. I had fun cutting that track and when he realized this was right in my wheelhouse he suggested we get together and try our hand at writing some bluegrass. Having grown up in Alabama in I’d been exposed to all kinds of popular music, including Saturday night radio broadcasts of The Grand Ole Opry, which came in clearly because of WSM’s 50,000 watt signal up the road in Nashville. Songs like The Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower” were standards in my hometown no matter what type of band you were playing in because sooner or later you’d get a request for it, so you needed to know how to play it.

Brad and I got together every few months to write and record demos of new bluegrass songs. When we had three songs completed and recorded I said, “We have a story now and can start playing these for people.” We were thrilled but nobody else knew about it for months other than our closest friends. Their feedback was very positive.

But it was now 2005 and we realized by then this was going to be a was a slow process because we were both incredibly busy in our individual careers and it was tough finding a time when we were both available to get together, but we loved what we were creating and knew the day would come when we’d get it done.

In late 2009 we saw an opening and committed to begin writing the rest of the songs we needed to make an album. After the new year Brad began spending three, four and five days at a time at my studio in Los Angeles and over the next several months we amassed a list of 19 songs in various stages of completion.'

To read more of the story, go to:

Among others on the album, he's pulled in Brad Davis of course, 'the instigator' perhaps, then Dwight Yoakam and Alison Krauss as well.
You can read a whole lot more on this right here:

Interesting stuff for sure and I for one, am kind of surprised ...
I wonder where this leaves the Styx saga regarding any new material?
I have to say, I'm sure it's not likely, but I sincerely hope it's not going to follow a similar path!
It will probably be a while coming yet anyway since they've just released 'Regeneration Volume 1' not so long ago with one new song and the others all re-recording of Styx classics. My review of that can be found here:

Toto adding extra reunion live dates ..., but not in the US ..., yet!

In what seems to be a bit of a blanking out of the USA from both Toto and Steve Lukather - Sadly ... - the band who reformed originally to play just a few European live dates in June 2010 to honour Toto bassist Mike Pocaro, who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), had added more European dates for 2011.
Luke (Steve Lukather) had even toured the European circuit last Autumn / Fall, in support of his latest solo album, 'All's Well That Ends Well' - My review here: 
OK, I know Luke played six New York live dates in January, but, come on, that's not a US tour?
On his 'Ever Changing Times' tour, I thought he did great, here in the US, not big venues by any means, but I understood the response was great, so where are his US tour dates for the album? 

Well, more dates are being added for the Toto tour with an additional six Japanese dates just announced on Sunday 23rd January.
The Toto tour dates currently confirmed for the band, run from May through into July, as follows:

May 2011
16 - May - 2011 Monday Nagoya (1,920) Shi Kokaido Japan
17 - May - 2011 Tuesday Kanazawa Kagekiza Japan
19 - May - 2011 Thursday Osaka Archaic Hall Japan
20 - May - 2011 Friday Osaka Archaic Hall Japan
23 - May - 2011 Monday Yokohama Pacifico Japan
24 - May - 2011 Tuesday Tokyo Budokan Japan

June 2011
21 - Jun - 2011 Tuesday Bruxelles Forest National Belgium
23 - Jun - 2011 Thursday Amsterdam Heineken Hall Netherlands
24 - Jun - 2011 Friday Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall Netherlands
26 - Jun - 2011 Sunday London Hammersmith Odeon UK
27 - Jun - 2011 Monday Paris Le Zenith France
28 - Jun - 2011 Tuesday Lyon Halle Tony Garnier France
30 - Jun - 2011 Thursday Copenhagen KB Hallen Denmark

July 2011
03 - Jul - 2011 Sunday Riihimaki / Helsinki Riihimakirock Finland
10 - Jul - 2011 Sunday Vejle Open Air Denmark
12 - Jul - 2011 Tuesday Hamburg Stadtpark Freilichtb├╝hne Germany
14 - Jul - 2011 Thursday Straubing Jazz an der Donau Germany
15 - Jul - 2011 Friday Ulm Klosterhof Wiblingen Germany
17 - Jul - 2011 Sunday Verona Castello Scaligero Di Villafranca Italy

For more details go to:
Van Halen News Desk confirms Producer John Shanks is working with Van Halen
(John Shanks photo courtesy of

This statement comes directly from the Van Halen news desk, so I guess there must now be some substance to the stories!

The Van Halen News Desk was the first to report last December that Van Halen were to record a new studio album with Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks in January, 2011. Shanks has confirmed this with a tweet late Thursday night, “here we go kids…..vh” followed by tweeting this photo he took from the studio:

Last week, Shanks tweeted the hint: “going back to cali..good bye london.hello la.time to rock.i still believe!! in the power and thunder.big bass drum and big guitars.just me?”

Keep checking at: for updates and I guess you could also go checking out: ... Here's to a new album from EVH and the gang!

Foo Fighters say, 'Told Ya We Were Comin’ For You!'
Announce new tour dates.

The Foo Fighters are psyched to announce headline shows in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki! So says their website!

All times reflect local venue time. Presales start next week. Sign up to the email list to receive exclusive presale information!

June 18th – Berlin – Wuhlheide
With Band of Horses
Tickets go on sale to the public on January 26th at 10am through &

June 21st – Copenhagen – Refshaleoen
With Biffy Clyro and The Gaslight Anthem
Tickets go on sale to the public January 26th at 10am through

June 22nd – Stockholm – Stockholm Stadium
With Band of Horses and Biffy Clyro
Tickets go on sale to the public January 26th at 10am through

June 24th – Oslo – Telenor Arena
With Sahara Hotnights and Kvelerton
Tickets go on sale to the public January 26th at 10am through

June 26th – Helsinki – Kalasatama
With Biffy Clyro
Tickets go on sale to the public January 26th at 9am through:

On the 17th January, the band made this announcement too:

Foo's set to headline their first arena gig of 2011 with the NME Awards Big Gig @ Wembley Arena on Friday the 25th of February.
The show will very special guests in the house including Cee Lo Green / Band Of Horses / No Age. Exclusive and limited number of tickets will be available from both Foo Fighters and NME on Wednesday, January 19th @ 9am (GMT). Stay tuned for presale deets from the band. General onsale Friday, January 21st @ 9am (GMT) available from / / or via phone @ 0844 811 0051.
Head to for all the deets.

Full tour date information on the band can be found here:
For all other information on the band:

The Jan Holberg Project featuring Ex-Rainbow/Deep Purple Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

The Norwegian bassist/songwriter Jan Holberg has joined forces with legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner to release an exciting debut album, a move that will thrill the fans around the world.
The Jan Holberg Project is preparing to release the debut album 28th March, marking a huge stage in the career of Jan Holberg. Jan, who lives in Trondheim, Norway, has just put the final touches to the album and is now preparing for the imminent release that will hopefully build upon his fan base, and get his music heard by more people than ever.

The album, Sense of Time, consists of ten original songs from Jan, each providing a combination of high-energy playing, and melodious vocals by Joe Lynn Turner.
The album was mainly recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland, and some of Europes finest musicians participate on the album.

Jan says, 'The idea behind the album is that music should be free, there are no musical borders, on this album. You can hear ballads, pop-songs, instrumentals and funk. This is what I am all about as a musician.'

Turner adds, 'I had a great time stretching out the vocal style on Jan's songs. I'm always interested in something different with quality. Looking forward to the concert dates!'

27 April - BLAEST (Trondheim)
28 April - JOHN DEE (Oslo)
30 April - HEMNEHALLEN (Hemne)
(all dates with Jan Holberg are in Norway)


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