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Thursday, February 3, 2011

News Update for Thursday 3rd February, 2011


Yes, I  know I just gave Robin Trower a bit of a plug a few days back, but now I have the official Press Release! Thanks David!
Robin Trower returns to the US in 2011 for an extensive tour in support of his new CD “The Playful Heart”. The tour started in Fort Lauderdale Florida on January 27th and now continues on through the end of June, Robin will be performing his signature songs, with a variety of new material and some surprises included in the set.

Initial response to “The Playful Heart” (V-12 Records) is overwhelmingly positive from both fans and critics. Everyone agrees that it was a great idea for Robin to bring his longtime touring mates, Davey Pattison, Glenn Letsch and Pete Thompson into the studio for the sessions. The years of gigging together has resulted in a very tight band and their mutual inspiration shows through the entire CD. Early focus tracks include "Find Me”, "The Turning", "Don't Look Back” and the title track. This release has the musical intensity of "Twice Removed From Yesterday" and "Bridge Of Sighs" combined with Trower's new vision of his guitar voice.

Robin Trower is offering a select four FREE downloads from various records including the amazing "Prince of Shattered Dreams" from his new record The Playful Heart and "Shame the Devil" from the live RT@RO.08 album. Go to to download these songs, purchase the new release, and locate all the Robin Trower tour dates in the US.

Robin Trower recordings are a great way to hear one of the most prolific guitarists express his unique voice, but it is at a Robin Trower concert that you will be made aware of just what a guitar can do in the hands of a master. No two shows are ever identical because Robin improvises his solos every show, based on audience response -- which encourages fans to attend multiple performances. Like many other guitar fans - both Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steve Lukather have most recently proclaimed simply..."Trower Rocks!".

Don’t miss this tour – check out the show nearest to you on the list below.

Robin Trower's official website is available at
Robin Trower's US tour dates are available at
Free Robin Trower downloads are available at

Night Ranger, VERY slight update from guitarist Joel Hoekstra

Yes, I did recently share that Night Ranger would be playing some dates with both Journey and Kansas in Germany, but read on for this from Joel Hoekstra, Night Ranger guitarist.
Joel has recently provided a massive note / message to fans, that basically covers all his activities including Trans-Siberian Orchestra tours, the Broadway presentation of Rock of Ages and of course, Night Ranger.
Here's a snippet of what Joel shared on Night Ranger related stuff!

'As if the 8 'Rock of Ages' shows a week on Broadway weren't enough, I had about 65 shows this past year with Night Ranger. I also had the pleasure of playing on Jack Blades' soon-to-be-released solo album. Currently we are all in the studio working on a new Night Ranger record and are looking forward to a World Tour in '11 (US, Japan, Europe, South America).'
Posted at on January 30th, 2011.

Queensryche's Geoff Tate Completes Work on new Feature Film!

Geoff Tate is starring in the psychological thriller, “The Burningmoore Incident.” Long time admirers of Geoff’s onstage theatrics and commanding presence, Fires at Midnight Films, found him to be a perfect fit as the film’s unstoppable killing machine.

The film focuses on the murderous rampage that took place in March of 2010, in Bayside Queens, as the construction team of Cole Contracting were being video taped by multiple cameras on the first day of what was to be a home makeover reality show. By sundown the house was a bloody scene of carnage.

Geoff has also contributed an exclusive new track for the film.
Check out the official movie trailer on YouTube:
Click here for the official movie website :


TESLA's Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, and Jeff Keith have reviewed the tracks from the last recording sessions with former guitarist Tommy Skeoch from the 2005 "Acoustic Jam" tour, as well as the recently recorded tracks featuring the new TESLA song "Second Street" to be released this year (2011).

TESLA'S RECORD COMPANY has signed a deal with EONE distribution to release this new CD .. tentatively titled "TWISTED WIRES" ... (the acoustic sessions). Troy Luccketta, will be joining Frank and Brian at Sonic Ranch studios where the REAL to REEL sessions were recorded and they will collectively wrap up the recording and mixing of "TWISTED WIRES" simultaneously, utilizing the studio's amazing analog equipment to record and mix down the tracks. The album will consist of 6 tracks recorded back in 2005 at Brian's J STREET Studio (luckily these tracks survived the infamous fire!) and 6 newly recorded tracks recorded at Frank Hannon's studio including acoustic remakes of songs from "Bust a Nut" and a brand new song "Second Street".

During all of this JEFF KEITH and his wife will be welcoming the arrival of their baby boy due at the end of February! After all this mayhem is finished ...TESLA will be writing a follow up studio album of all new material with guitarist Dave Rude starting in March 2011 and performing select dates across the USA.

In the meantime Dave Rude Band, SoulMotor, and FHB will be finishing up some tour dates supporting their solo efforts... Stay Tuned for more!

REO Speedwagon Abbey Road Live Limited Edition CD

After the recent success of the Abbey Road Live Limited Edition recordings in Bloomington and Milwaukee, REO Speedwagon has decided to introduce more limited edition recordings at select upcoming shows, including Soaring Eagle Casino Resort on Feb 11, and Belterra Resort & Casino on Feb 12!

Best of all - if you are **attending** either show, you can reserve your copy online and literally walk out with the full concert in your hands! That's right ... you can take home the concert you just heard, encore and all!

These new super exclusive limited edition CD sets will be packaged in handsome double disc DigiPaks, with an elegant gold foil stamp of the REO Speedwagon logo on the front.

Don't fret if you cannot go to the show - you can still reserve your copy online and the folks at Abbey Road Live will ship it home to you. These are sure to become collectors items. And don't forget - these are 100% fully mixed and mastered, so the quality is amazing!

Here's a clip from Milwaukee: Click here to view:
There will only be 1000 of each show ever made, so you will want to reserve your copy early before they all run out!
To reserve your copy now, simply go
For all REO Speedwagon updates go to:

Saga's Michael Sadler shares message on his return to the band

This message was recently posted at the Saga band website, from returning original Saga frontman, Michael Sadler:

Message from Michael Sadler:

"To my dear friends, fans and family,
Let me begin by saying how touched I am by your overwhelmingly positive reaction to the news of my return to Saga. It’s always good to feel support from one’s friends and family, (fans fall under both categories!) especially at a time when you’re making any kind of life change or decision, and believe me, this was a big one!
Although the facts about “how it all went down” will surely be elaborated upon through the course of the inevitable interviews that will follow, this came about simply because Jim (Crichton) and I stayed in contact after my departure in 2007.

After all, after 30 years of musical and emotional investment, it’s next to impossible not to be at least a little curious about the ripple effect, positive or negative, you may or may not have caused as a direct result of a decision you’ve made.

During the course of a conversation we had some months ago about a few things, musical and otherwise, the topic of Saga came up, and we briefly touched on the notion of what it would be like, hypothetically speaking, if I were to rejoin the band. Nothing serious, just two friends sharing some memories and speculating just for fun.

One thing that we agreed on was that, if and when I ever were to return, it would have to feel like it was exactly the right thing to do and exactly the right time to do it!

While I can’t say for certain that my return, in whatever capacity, was inevitable, what I can say is, that on more than one occasion, I have thought of what it would feel like, to once again record and perform with Saga.
Consequently, during a more recent conversation, Jim said he felt that perhaps the time was right, and after quite a bit of thought …I agreed.

One thing I would like to make clear, considering the implications and impact that my decision would have on my family, I naturally discussed this extensively with my wife, Gwen.

Ultimately we agreed…this is who I am...and this is what I do!
But make no mistake, without her support & belief I know that this decision would not have been made. So, although I am very optimistic about Saga’s future and very happy about my decision to come back, my family is, and will remain, my number one priority.

So there you have it. The “if” has become “yes” and the “when” has become “now”.
I would like to thank you all again for making me feel so welcome. It’s nice to be back!
I’ve missed you…

Michael Sadler "Official band site:

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