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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rock News Update for Wednesday 26th January, 2011

Sorry for nothing yesterday folks, not much to be found to post when I scoured around ...
Few bits and pieces for you here today. Cheers, Al :)

Stryper - The Covering available through Stryper's site now! (If you're lucky!)

Christian rockers Stryper, who's latest album 'The Covering' gets an official release - Street date - on February 15th, but meantime the band have posted at their site - - that they have a limited numbers available to order now! - May be sold out by the time this posts ...

Tracklisting for 'The Covering:'

1. Set Me Free (Sweet)
2. Blackout (Scorpions)
3. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath)
4. Lights Out (UFO)
5. Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas)
6. Highway Star (Deep Purple)
7. Shout It Out Loud (Kiss)
8. Over The Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne)
9. The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
10. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest)
11. On Fire (Van Halen)
12. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
13. God (Stryper)

The band, even before this album is released have come in for a lot of flak from different areas, fans and critics alike for covering artists like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath and Kiss, but in defence of the album and the bands reasons why they are just 'paying their dues' to their influences, Michael Sweet had responded to those people by stating as far back as February last year, the following:

'Hey Everyone, Just as promised, I wanted to outline some more details regarding the new Stryper record. We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kansas and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking. We grew up on the streets of LA playing every club in town from Gazzari's to The Whisky to The Troubadour to you name it. We played covers from all the bands mentioned above and we shaped our own sound from listening and performing songs from these classic bands.

We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed "On Fire" by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed "Breaking The Law" by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert, Oz, Tim and myself to loosen up and have some fun.

For those of you who may think that we're walking away from our faith - your wrong. We've never been more serious about our faith at any point in our lives. It is however important to enjoy what you do and lighten up from time to time. That's what we plan to do. This will be a fun record to make and we hope that this comes through, as well as the chance to showcase the abilities that we've been blessed with. More details to come and a specific song list and sequence to follow.

We're looking forward to getting back into the studio and more important, to seeing all of you on the road again this year!

Be well, be blessed and let the games begin,


I have to tell you that the samples that I've heard are extremely impressive!
I look forward to hearing the complete album myself, as these guys really have something here and their last release, 'Murder by Pride,' while although a grower, was still very good indeed!

Band weblinks:

Uriah Heep coming back to the US again for live dates in June
Yes, Uriah Heep after they play two UK shows this coming weekend, they're then just about to head down under for three dates in Oz:
March 2011
Thu 03/31/11 Brisbane, Australia The Tivoli

April 2011
Fri 04/01/11 Newtown, Australia Enmore Theatre
Sat 04/02/11 Melbourne, Australia Palais Theatre

The band will then play a whole load of dates in Europe before returning to the US for what is shaping up to be a reasonable amount of live dates, following their successful few here last year.
Dates currently shown on Pollstar - Some are already advertised through too:
June 2011Wed 06/15/11 Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival Grounds
Thu 06/16/11 Saint Charles, MO Ameristar Casino St. Charles
Sat 06/18/11 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Sun 06/19/11 Falls Church, VA State Theatre
Mon 06/20/11 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Wed 06/22/11 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Thu 06/23/11 Foxboro, MA Showcase Live
Fri 06/24/11 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak

Hopefully even more here in July ..., but nothing showing yet, one date in Switzerland in July shown at their site, then back for a couple more dates in:

August 2011
Fri 08/12/11 Three Forks, MT Rockin' The Rivers Festival Grounds
Sun 08/14/11 Rochester, MN Mayo Park

For all official tour date info on the band go to:

Black Country Communion confirmed for UK's High Voltage Festival 2011

This press release from the band's UK Management:

Black Country Communion is pleased to confirm that they will perform on the Main Stage at the celebrated High Voltage Festival on Sunday July 24th in London’s Victoria Park.
High Voltage will be the band’s only UK festival appearance during the summer of 2011. Other bands confirmed for High Voltage include Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and the Michael Schenker Group.

Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock supergroup that features vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Foreigner, Airrace, Bonham), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa.
Hughes and Bonamassa originally appeared at the inaugural High Voltage festival in 2010, with Hughes singing for Heaven & Hell in tribute to his late friend, Ronnie James Dio.

Black Country Communion’s self-titled debut album was released in September 2010 to much critical acclaim. It entered the official UK album chart at #13 and shot straight to #1 in the official UK rock album chart. BCC’s debut was placed at #3 in Classic Rock magazine’s “Critics Album of the Year” poll, while Planet Rock radio listeners voted them as the Best New Band of 2010.

Black Country Communion are currently mixing their second studio album with Kevin Shirley, the album is scheduled for release in June 2011.

High Voltage tickets are priced £99 for the weekend and £56.50 per day, VIP tickets are available at £105.00 per day, and £199.00 for the weekend (stbf).
For further info about BCC and how to order tickets, visit:


Tour Kicks Off March 23rd In Seattle, WA
Three Days Grace Fanclub Presale Starts On January 25th At
General Public Tickets On Sale January 29th

New York, NY- Three Days Grace will begin their 2011 U.S. tour in Seattle, WA on March 23rd at the Showbox SoDo. Fellow Canadian rock band My Darkest Days has been tapped as the opening act.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, January 29th. Fanclub early presale begins on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at noon EST and will end on Friday, January 28, 2011.

This past year Three Days Grace brought their live act to fans with three successful North American tours promoting their latest album, Life Starts Now, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album spawned three No. 1 Active Rock songs including “The Good Life,” “World So Cold” and the No.1 Song of the Year at Active Rock, “Break.”
Overall, Life Starts Now spent the year dominating the Modern, Heritage and Alternative rock radio-airplay charts across industry radio-monitoring services, BDS and Mediabase. Their latest single, “Lost In You,” follows in their footsteps and is currently climbing up the Active Rock charts on Mediabase and BDS.

The Toronto-based rock band is comprised of Adam Gontier (vocals, guitar), Neil Sanderson (drums, piano), Brad Walst (bass), and Barry Stock (lead guitar). Since their debut eponymous platinum-certified album Three Days Grace has sold over four million albums worldwide.

Three Days Grace 2011 U.S. Tour dates are as follows:
Date City Location:

March 2011
March 23 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
March 25 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
March 26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
March 28 Idaho Falls, ID Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
March 29 Casper, WY Casper Events Center
March 30 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

April 2011April 1 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
April 2 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre by AMC
April 4 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Convention Center
April 7 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
April 8 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
April 10 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
April 12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 13 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
April 17 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
*Additional dates to be announced

Official Site:

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