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Friday, February 25, 2011

Rock News Update for Friday 25th February, 2011

URIAH HEEP's "Into the Wild" scheduled for European and North American release!

Frontiers Records has scheduled the release of URIAH HEEP's forthcoming studio album "Into the Wild" on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America. Produced by Mike Paxman (Status Quo, Asia) the new album will include the following songs: Nail On The Head (Link), I Can See You ((Link), Into The Wild ((Link), Money Talk, Trail Of Diamonds, Lost, Believe, Southern Star, I'm Ready, T-bird Angel, Kiss Of Freedom.
The cover art was designed again by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (LYNYRD SKYNYRD, STYX, SAGA etc). A videoclip for "Nail on the Head" is going to be shot in the coming days and will be added to the album as a special interactive tool.

The band has also recently posted a new video recording diary which can be seen following this link:
European and Australian tour dates have been announced already and can be found on the band's official websites. The first leg of the US tour was also recently announced.

US Tour Dates confirmed so far:

June 2011
6/14/2011 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
6/15/2011 Chattanooga TN Riverbend Festival
6/17/2011 Kettering OH Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
6/18/2011 Annapolis MD Rams Head on Stage
6/19/2011 Falls Church VA State Theater
6/20/2011 Sellersville PA Sellersville
6/22/2011 New York BB King Blues Club
6/23/2011 Foxborough MA Showcase Live
6/24/2011 Jim Thorpe PA Penn's Peak
6/25/2011 Ridgefield CT Ridgefield Play House
6/27/2011 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall

August 2011
8/12/2011 Three Forks MT Rocking the Rivers Festival Site
8/14/2011 Rochester MN Mayo Park

I can add that Mick Box recently shared with me, that the band hope to play more US dates in July too, following the success of their last two, shorter tours.

Also from Uriah Heep ...


Legendary British hard rockers URIAH HEEP will release a new live album, "Official Bootleg Volume Three - Live In Kawasaki Japan 2010", on March 29 via Phantom Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Wake The Sleeper
02. Overload
03. Bird Of Prey
04. Stealin'
05. Love In Silence
06. The Wizard
07. Traveller In Time
08. Easy Livin'
09. Poets Justice
10. Circle Of Hands
11. Rainbow Demon
12. All My Life
13. Paradise/Spell
14. Rain
15. Free 'n' Easy
16. Gypsy
17. Look At Yourself
18. Angels Walk With You
19. Shadow
20. July Morning
21. Lady In Black

I have to say, this set list looks like a cracker to me!
This live album should be great!

URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock music's milestones "Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble", and has since sold in excess of 30 millions albums worldwide. They constantly tour in the world, playing in over 53 countries and the band's live setlist features hits from the '70s and '80s, such as "The Wizard", "Free 'n Easy", "Sunrise" and their monster hits "Easy Livin'", "July Morning" and "Lady in Black", as well as new material.

Mick Box - Guitar, Vocals
Trevor Bolder - Bass, Vocals
Bernie Shaw - Lead Vocals
Phil Lanzon - Keyboards, Vocals
Russell Gilbrook - Drums, Vocals


Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of Warrant, one of the most popular and successful American hard rock bands to come out of the Los Angeles musical scene. The band is currently in the studio recording a brand new album under the direction of Keith Olsen (Scorpions, Whitesnake and Night Ranger). The album tentatively titled "ROCKAHOLIC" is scheduled for a May 2011 Worldwide release.

Jerry Dixon commented, "The last few years has been like holding in a big "secret" from the world and now we get to share it. I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on this record. Each song has its own vibe that's going to take people on a kick-ass Warrant rollercoaster ride. To help achieve an old school sound mixed with the flair of today, we called on the legendary Keith Olsen to do the production. There's enough 80's influence on songs like "Tears In The City" and "Sex Ain't Love" to keep the die-hard Warrant fans rocking while introducing them to new material".

Warrant has sold over 8 million records worldwide. The band first came into the spotlight with their debut multiplatinum album "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich", which included the smash hit single "Heaven." The band continued its success in the 90's with the multiplatinum album "Cherry Pie" and the gold album "Dog Eat Dog", both albums providing more hit singles in the Billboard Top 30.
"ROCKAHOLIC" is sure to add more Billboard action for the band. With singer Robert Mason on lead vocals and original band members Erik Turner and Joey Allen on guitars, Jerry Dixon on bass and Steven Sweet on drums Warrant is ready to spread the ROCKAHOLIC addiction to the world.

2011 Rockaholic Schedule:

March 2011 - US Tour Dates
03/04/11 -Club Broadway, Everett, WA
03/05/11 - Performing Art Center Performing Arts Center, Wenatchee, WA
03/19/11 - Glass Cactus, Grepevine, TX
03/31/11 - Arizona Bike Week - Handlebar Saloon, Scottsdale, AZ

April 29th - May 9th Australia Tour

May 2011
May 13th - M3 Rock Festival, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia, MD

September 2011 - South America Tour

October 2011 - European Tour

10/22/11 - Firefest Festival, Nottingham Rock City Nottingham England
Web links:

MR. BIG New Release "What If …" OUT NOW on Frontiers Records U.S.A.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February, 2011) MR. BIG is back with their highly anticipated new studio album entitled "What If …" out now on Frontiers Records.

"What If …" is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of  "Hey Man", the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan, “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”.
Pat Torpey adds “Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.

Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.

"What If …" was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.

Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.

Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover".

“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).

The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

For more information go to


"Cuts Like a Knife"

Direct link to view at You Tube:

The new Videoclip!
Taken from the forthcoming album

" Performocracy "

Out on in Europe on April the 15 th 2011
May 3rd 2011 in North America
on Frontiers Records

Official band site:

UFO adds extra tour dates ...

British rockers UFO, have just added a new bunch of tour dates for the US in September, although at this time, those are all West Coast dates.
I guess when you look at the original May tour dates, they're all Mid-West dates, so it makes sense I guess.
Current European dates are set for June and August.

Since there's no new album out yet, the band will be promoting their newest 'Best of' called ... 'Best of a Decade,' which captures elements from all of the bands work since Vinnie Moore joined them.
There's also a few classic UFO live tracks present too.

Here's what the band are currently plugging through their site:

2011 Tour Dates

May 2011
5th May - Farmingdale - NY - The Crazy Donkey
6th May - Poughkeepsie - NY - The Chance
7th May - West Springfield - VA - Jaxx
9th May - Pittsburgh - PA - The Altar Bar
10th May - New Hope - PA - Havana
11th May - Baltimore - MD - Bourbon Street
13th May - New York - NY - B.B. Kings
14th May - Foxboro (Boston) - MA - The Showcase Live
15 May - Londonderry - NH - Tupelo Music Hall
18th May - Milwaukee - WI - Shank Hall
20th May - Chicago - IL - House of Blues
21st May - Chicago/St. Charles - IL - The Arcada Theatre
22nd May - Akron - OH - The Tangier

June 2011
10th June - Germany - Hannover - Bluesgarage
11th June - Germany - Barby (n. Magdeburg) - Zum Rautenkranz
12th June - Germany - Berlin - Columbia Club
18th June - France - Clisson - Hellfest

August 2011
12th August - Poland - Slupsk - Dolina Charlotty Resort and Spa

September 2011
15th September - Santa Rosa - CA - Last Day Saloon
16th September - Sacramento/Orangevale - CA - Boardwalk
17th September - Santa Clara - CA - Avalon
23rd September - Las Vegas - NV - Boulder Station Casino
24th September - Los Angeles - West Hollywood - Key Club


Eddie Trunk book being released
"Eddie Trunk's - Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal"

Yes, Eddie Trunk the man behind 'That Metal Show' and Sirius XM's radio 'Monday night's rock show' on the Boneyard and so much more, is about to release his latest book.

This is what the blurb at says about it:

'Known as a leading expert on all things hard rock and heavy metal, Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic's hit television program That Metal Show with his passion for music. In his debut book, Eddie discusses his most essential bands, his unique personal experiences with them, his favorite "Stump the Trunk" anecdotes and trivia, as well as his favorite playlists. Whether you're a classic Metallica or Megadeth metalhead or prefer the hair metal of old-school Bon Jovi or Poison, Eddie Trunk's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal salutes all who are ready to rock!'

Then this quote from someone very special, sadly no longer with us:

"Eddie's name should be spelled M-E-T-A-L. All of us should be thanking him because he has kept this scene alive for everyone."
- Ronnie James Dio,
Rock and Metal Legend

To order and learn more details go to ...
or even:

Eddie's website:


February, 2011 (Hollywood, CA) Bebe Buell has come in close contact with rock royalty quite a few times throughout her vibrant life! She is one hell of a Singer, Rocker and Entertainer and Wendy Dio certainly agrees, as she recently signed Bebe Buell to Niji Management.
“I went to New York City to see Bebe Buell perform live and I knew after two songs that I had to manage her.” Said Wendy Dio
"I have a genuine connection with Wendy," says Bebe Buell. "She gets it - my music and me!
Her coming into my life felt like divine intervention." Bebe's stature within the rock world remains great to this day, as she presented two awards at this year's Pollstar Awards that took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.

Bebe maintains a very large and loyal Social Network and live show following around the world.

Niji Management recently secured a major International Booking Agency for Bebe Buell and there are plans for her to tour Europe in conjunction with her soon to be released new CD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:!/nijientertainmentgroup

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