Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Brief News Update for Wednesday March 9th, 2011
Christian Cullen Departs Night Ranger After Four Years as Keyboardist; Famed Performer Eric Levy to Replace.
Well, just as soon as Night Ranger line up possibly their biggest tour in sometime, alongside fellow melodic rockers Journey and Foreigner comes this line up change announcement.
This posted on Tuesday at http://www.nightranger.com/
After taking the stage countless times alongside Night Ranger's Jack Blades (bass guitar, lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar), Kelly Keagy (drums, percussion, backing & lead vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), and Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Christian Matthew Cullen (keyboards, backing vocals) has made the announcement that he will be leaving the band.
Not to fear, the band has invited the very talented Eric Levy to join on keys.
Cullen had this to share, "Having been a part of Night Ranger (NR) over the last four years has been an amazing experience, and while I'm looking forward to new opportunities, I will always remain grateful for all of the friendships I've gained; all of the rockin' shows with the guys; and most of all, the fans! Night Ranger fans are the greatest, most loyal fans on the planet, and that is truly what it's all about. I will be succeeded by Eric Levy who is a fantastic musician. I know the fans will enjoy him rocking with NR. Peace and love to you all!"
Levy adds, "These guys (Night Ranger) are all so talented, and I'm honored and thrilled to be playing with the band."
Levy was born and raised in suburban Chicago. Piano lessons began at an early age, gigging most weekends with musicians over twice his age. He went on to study music at Northern Illinois University, under the tutelage of Willie Pickens and Fareed Haque. Levy has performed onstage with such artists/bands as The Brides of Funkenstein, Quincy Jones, Zakir Hussein, Kid Beyond, Jerry Goodman, Tom Scott and has been a member of the funk jam group, Garaj Mahal since 2000.
Jack, Brad and Kelly added, "We wish Christian all the best with his future endeavors and can't wait to rock the globe with Eric Levy!"
Night Ranger have also put together their own announcement on the forthcoming summer tour with Journey and Foreigner:
Thin Lizzy Announce Rescheduled Ipswich Regent Theatre show in the UK
Thin Lizzy have rescheduled the UK date at Ipswich Regent Theatre to Wednesday June 1st 2011.
The show, originally scheduled to take place January 19th was postponed due to structural problems at the venue. All original tickets are valid for new date and tickets are available via usual agents and outlets.
Special Guests to be announced soon.
News source: http://thinlizzyband.com/
Foreigner to Perform "Public Television Rocks!"
Foreigner will be filming the first episode of the new Public Television series "Public Television Rocks!" at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL.
The filming will span two performances on the nights of March 26th and 27th, 2011. http://www.foreigneronline.com/ is happy to announce that we are offering 50 pairs of complimentary tickets to Members! Submissions to enter the random drawing will begin March 10, 2011 at 12pm ET.
Foreigner will also be heading to New York, NY on March 30th and 31st for two special shows at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater.
Complimentary tickets will be available for New York as well! Stay tuned for more details as they come in!
St. Charles, IL
Dates: March 26th and 27th
Doors: March 26th 7:00 / Showtime 8:00
Doors: March 27th 6:00 / Showtime 7:00
Official band site: http://www.foreigneronline.com/
PETER FRAMPTON TO LAUNCH 'FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE!' 35TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR THIS JUNE!!
MASSIVE TOUR WILL FEATURE COMPLETE PERFORMANCES OF FRAMPTON’S ICONIC MULTI-PLATINUM-SELLING ALBUM!!
Following his critically acclaimed new album 'Thank You Mr Churchill', Grammy®-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will embark on a world tour this June celebrating his multi-platinum-selling live album 'Frampton Comes Alive!', performing the legendary album in its entirety across the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
A schedule of confirmed dates will be available shortly.
The three-hour show will feature a complete performance of 'Frampton Comes Alive!' along with highlights from Frampton’s catalog, including his Grammy® Award-winning instrumental album, 2006’s 'Fingerprints'. To commemorate the anniversary of the landmark album, Universal Music Enterprises will be making a limited edition offer exclusively through http://www.peterframpton.com/
The offer will feature a unique autographed scrapbook containing rare photos and personal reflections from Peter. The scrapbook will be accompanied by 'Frampton Comes Alive' Deluxe Edition, 'Frampton Comes Alive II' Special Edition and other memorabilia.
Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
For all Peter Frampton live dates: http://frampton.com/live/
Official website: http://frampton.com/
Legendary Japanese hard rockers Loudness to play US tour
Japanese rockers Loudness, who over the years have released over twenty albums since 1981, are due to play a fairly low key club tour throughout May.
Sadly for many fans of the band, most of their albums released since the late 80's, have only been available as imports, outside of Japan.
Their last album, 'King of Pain' was released last year.
According to Pollstar, these are the band's current US live dates:
Sat 05/07/11 Portland, OR Dante's
Sun 05/08/11 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Tue 05/10/11 Santa Clara, CA Avalon Night Club
Wed 05/11/11 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
Thu 05/12/11 Tempe, AZ Club Red
Fri 05/13/11 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre
Sat 05/14/11 San Diego, CA 4th And B
Sun 05/15/11 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
Tue 05/17/11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Fri 05/20/11 Westland, MI The Token Lounge
Sat 05/21/11 Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club
Sun 05/22/11 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Mon 05/23/11 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Fri 05/27/11 Dallas, TX Trees
If you don't read Japanese, then the band's MySpace page is probably the best place to keep track of live dates: