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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Brief News Update for Wednesday 2nd March, 2011

Hi folks ... Yes, I hear you ...., 'Al, where's all the reviews got to?!'
They are in hand, believe me!
I've been listening to so much new material, since I'm getting hit up with so many requests for reviews, etc, that's it's seriously tough to stop listening and start writing!
Hoping to have a couple for you, if not during this week, certainly by the weekend ...
One from a much loved British melodic rock meets prog rock, type style band and the other from a band that released 2 albums back in the late 80's but then didn't really do much more - That was obvious to most folks! - until late last year.
Both of these albums have just been released here in North America, so they are current.
Also trying to get through an interview that's taking forvere for me to again find the time to type it up!

Yes, I have a day job too folks, one that of late has not helped in terms of letting me come home!
Late nights, long days, some travelling - With long days! - and more, leaving so little time for family and then for this site.
Anyway, enough of my moans and groans, on with the rock 'n' roll, right?!
Cheers, Al

Judas Priest announces UK live dates, on top of High Voltage

The black country - natives of Birmingham, English rockers Judas Priest have just announced some UK dates to keep long time fans happy, who thought all they'd get for the farewell tour was the High Voltage show!
Indeed although the dates are still somewhat limited, they do captured shows in England, Wales and Scotland, hopefully for UK fans, they'll add a few more. They certainly should!
Here's the update from the band's website:

Judas Priest Press Release March, 2011
UK and Scotland dates added to EPITAPH 2011 World Tour!

July 2011
15th July Newport Centre, Newport, UK
16th The Apollo, Manchester, UK
17th The Dome, Doncaster, UK
19th The Secc, Glasgow, Scotland
20th Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK
21st Wolverhampton Civic, Wolverhampton, UK
24th Bournemouth BIC, Bournemouth, UK

These shows with QUEENSRYCHE and Rival Sons.

Here's the full tour dates for Judas Priest from June to August 2011

Date,  Location:

June 2011
7th June Eindhaar, Tilburg, Holland
9th June Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June Sauna Festival, Finland
14th June Oslo, Norway Spektrum
15th June Bergen, Norway Edward Greig Plass
17th June Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June Hellfest, Nantes, France
20th June Le Zenith, Paris, France
22nd June Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
23rd June Sonisphere Festival, Basel - St. Jakobs, Switzerland
25th June Graspop Festival, Belgium
27th June Zenith, Munich, Germany
28th June 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
29th June Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

July 2011
1st July Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
3rd July Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
8th July Akademik Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
10th July Kazlicesme Festival Site, Istanbul, Turkey
15th July Newport Centre, Newport, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
16th July The Apollo, Manchester, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
17th July The Dome, Doncaster, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
19th July The Secc, Glasgow, Scotland (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
20th July Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
21st July Wolverhampton Civic, Wolverhampton, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
24th July Bournemouth Bic, Bournemouth, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)

23rd July High Voltage Festival, London, UK
27th July Atlantico Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal
29th July Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
30th July La Cubierta, Madrid, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
31st July Bec, Bilbao, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)

August 2011
2nd August Badalona, Barcelona, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
5th August Wacken Festival, Germany
7th August Colmar Wine Festival, Colmar, France
10th August Spodek - Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice, Poland

Official band website:

Black Country Communion warm up European dates with US live dates

Just two shows in June 2011 have currently been announced in the US, by Black Country Communion but I would imagine the band cannot just leave it there following so much critical acclaim for their debut album.

BCC USA Tour Dates Announced

BCC coming off being named The Best Rock Group for 2010 by PlanetRock has announced two shows in The United States before going on their 2010 European Tour.
The first two shows will be held in San Diego and Anaheim, CA on June 9th and June 10th respectively. New shows to be announced.

June 9th- San Diego, CA
June 10th- Anaheim, CA

Official website:  

NEW ALBUM "DIAMONDS AND DIRT" IN STORES APRIL, 2011 the internet home for Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the track "Texas Wind" from legendary guitarist BRIAN ROBERTSON.

The song is taken from ROBERTSON's forthcoming album "Diamonds and Dirt" which will see an April 5th release date in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Be one of the first to hear "Texas Wind" at


Y&T Update via newsletter

An update from Y&T via the fan club newsletter, I thought I'd share.
Glad to see that Dave Meniketti will be making it onto 'That Metal Show.'
Good call Eddie Trunk!

Since the TV show's inception, Eddie Trunk has been lobbying VH1 to have Dave Meniketti on as a guest. Eddie's years of efforts have paid off, as Dave will be on Season 7 of That Metal Show on VH1-Classic.
Dave's episode tapes early March and airs on Saturday, April 9th.

Fans in the US are constantly asking for Y&T shows where they can bring the kids. We're happy to announce that Y&T is playing several "all ages" shows in California: April 2 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, May 7 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and August 27 at the Tower Theatre in Fresno.
So there are three shows where your kids can share in the Y&T experience!

Check the web site end of March, as we'll have new items in store, including brand new shirts to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Earthshaker album. Available exclusively on our Y&T web site and at Y&T shows. In honor of this anniversary, Y&T will also be playing the entire Earthshaker CD at select 2011 shows, including the Fillmore show in May.

Hey, all you gadget-heads who have an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Droid, LG, Kindle, XBOX, Nintendo, PS3, PSP Guitar Hero or Zune . . . check out these Y&T and Meniketti skins that you can now get for your gear. There are Y&T and Meniketti logos, and Facemelter, Black Tiger, and Mean Streak covers. Cool stuff! Laptop skins are also available.

Stay tuned. More 2011 shows to come.
Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.

March 31 ~ Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
April 1 ~ Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton
April 2 ~ Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre (all ages show)
May 7 ~ San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore . . . plus special guest Kip Winger (all ages show)
August 27 ~ Fresno, CA - Tower Theatre (all ages show)


New Album RABBITS ON THE RUN To Be Released On June 21st, 2011

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie is excited to announce the signing of singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton. Her fourth studio album and first for Razor & Tie is set for release on June 21st, 2011. The album, titled Rabbits on the Run, was produced by Steve Osborne (U2, B-52's, KT Tunstall) and was recorded in the UK at Peter Gabriel's world-renowned Real World Studios.

"It's inspiring to be working with such a vibrant talent like Vanessa Carlton," said Beka Tischker, Razor & Tie's Vice President of A&R and Music Publishing. "Vanessa's latest album harkens back to the art of making records that take you on a journey, it's refreshing and something you don't hear a lot of today. The music showcases her depth as a composer, sensitivity as a lyricist, and her skills as a pianist. At Razor & Tie we pride ourselves with being a home that nurtures artists to grow and explore so that they can reach their full potential."

Vanessa Carlton's Rabbits on the Run is a 10-song set of gorgeous, haunting melodies and finely-crafted stories. The album was created in collaboration with Steve Osborne, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Ari Ingber of The Upwelling (all playing on the album), a two-inch tape machine, and a stone house in the English countryside. It was in part inspired by two books: Richard Adams' Watership Down and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Songs include the 70's-sun-drenched "Dear California," the lush "Carousel" and the bold "I Don't Want to Be a Bride." Rabbits on the Run is by far the most honest and uncompromised album she has recorded to date, revealing a striking departure and an exciting snapshot in the evolution of Vanessa Carlton.

Carlton explains, "It took me thirteen years to return to the vibe of my first cassette demo and ten years to muster the courage to go it alone and create something that is pure Arts and Crafts. It was written and arranged over two years, and put to tape."
Watch Vanessa discuss the album HERE or at

Three Grammy nominations, three studio albums, platinum sales and a collection of hit songs are some notable results of a fruitful career thus far for Vanessa Carlton. She first exploded onto the scene in 2002 with her stunning debut Be Not Nobody, and world-wide hit single "A Thousand Miles."
Vanessa Carlton first began playing the piano as a toddler, continuing on an artistic road with her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York, a path she would eventually abandon in favor of songwriting. While studying at Columbia University in New York City, Carlton was signed to Interscope Records and has since released three albums featuring songs such as "A Thousand Miles," "White Houses," and "Nolita Fairytale." Carlton's music has resonated with audiences of all ages world-wide and she continues to inspire an increasingly loyal fan base. Vanessa Carlton is managed by Career Artist Management (CAM).

Vanessa Carlton joins the leading independent label Razor & Tie and the diverse and acclaimed roster that includes such artists as Richard Ashcroft, Nicole Atkins, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Barnes, All That Remains, Norma Jean, Dweezil Zappa, Dar Williams, Chelsea Grin and The Summer Set. The New York City based label is one of the fastest growing independent record companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20 year history.


New York Dolls announce London "Underground" Concerts

The legendary New York Dolls have announced two exclusive “underground” London concerts at the Old Vic Tunnels on Wednesday 30th March and Thursday March 31st. The concerts will take place underneath London’s historic Waterloo train station in what is described as a network of Victorian red brick tunnels.

The intimate concerts are limited to just 500 tickets per night. Tickets are available by calling the following box office number: 0844 871 7628. Alternatively, tickets for the March 30th concert can be booked online from Tickets for the March 31st concert can be booked online from

The London concerts dovetail the Dolls’ forthcoming album release ‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’, released by Blast Records on Monday 14th March. Iconic guitarist Earl Slick, best known for his guitar playing on David Bowie's albums David Live (1974), Young Americans (1975) and Station To Station (1976), will join as the new guitarist on these exclusive London shows. Support at the Tunnels concerts comes from London-based band The Shoestrung; who command an infectious blend of dirty blues and foot stomping British rock’n’roll.

The Old Vic Tunnels club dates is set to follow the tradition of previous Dolls intimate London concerts (their last small venue show in London at the 100 Club sold out in just 4 minutes).

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