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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brief Rock News Update for Wednesday 16th March, 2011

Hey all, well, as you saw yesterday, no news update as I shared the Marco Mendoza interview with you all, long one, eh? Hope you liked it folks? there's another good one coming soon, but meantime I need to get you all updated on some album reviews ...
For now though, here's some news snippets! Enjoy! Cheers, Al

Michael Schenker new album and new tour on the way

Over at Michael Schenker has shared some information that is sure to be pleasing to his many fans that enjoyed his return to form with the album's 'In the Midst of Beauty' and even 'Gipsy Lady.'
He's also playing summer tour dates, some of which are already confirmed and are posted below.

Here's the word direct from Michael Schenker's website:

'Michael is currently in the studio recording a New Album to be released
in late Summer. More about it soon.'

Meantime ...

"Michael Schenker will be on Tour this Summer. More dates will be anounced soon.
In July a new show will be presented with Pete Way on bass, Herman Rarebell on drums, Wayne Findlay on keyboards and Michael Voss on vocals."

This sounds good to me and hopefully he'll trek the band back to the USA this year too.
Here are the confirmed dates so far:

MSG 30th Anniversary World Tour — South America Dates

FEB 22 2011 Teatro Metropolitan Mexico City MEX
FEB 24 2011 Bolshoi Pub Goiânia BRA
FEB 25 2011 Manifesto Rock Bar Sao Paulo BRA
FEB 27 2011 The Roxy Buenos Aires ARG

MSG Schenker/Barden World Tour — UK Dates

JUN 18 2011 A12 Classic Rock Festival Zevenaar HOL

Michael Schenker World Tour — UK Dates

JUL 22 2011 Robin 2 UK Bilston ENG
JUL 23 2011 Picturedome UK Holmefirth ENG
JUL 24 2011 High Voltage Festival UK London ENG

Official Michael Schenker site:

Ted Nugent
All New Nuge + Free MP3 Download!

Here's the latest and greatest from guitar legend Ted Nugent.
Nuge pulls out all the stops with this heartfelt new song, which perfectly captures what's right with America!

If you believe, then you'll love “I Still Believe”!
America is a target rich environment for an independent man addicted to logic, truth and The American Way. “I Still Believe” throttles the animal spirit of rugged individualism in pure Motor City ultra Hi-Energy Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. – Ted Nugent

To show you all how much Ted appreciates your support, every mailing list member is welcome to a FREE MP3 download of Ted's new song.
Check your inbox this afternoon for a special link! Not yet a mailing list member?
Visit the NUGE Letter Join page where you can sign up to receive all the latest Uncle Ted updates, plus claim your free download.

Official Ted Nugent site:


Veteran rock band CLUTCH have just announced a 9 date headlining tour beginning May 20th in Reading, PA to promote thier forthcoming "BASKET OF EGGS" project, as well as serving as an extended warm up run for their large scale European Festival tour in June.
The 10 day south-eastern US run (dates below) will feature Maylene & the Sons of Disaster as main support.
CLUTCH will keep the average ticket price for these shows to a fan friendly $17.50.

May 2011
5/20 Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/21 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
5/23 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
5/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
5/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/26 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
5/27 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
5/28 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
5/29 Huntington, WV @ V Club

*Fanclub presale tickets will be available on Wednesday, March 16th, and the Public On sale dates are Friday, March 18th and Saturday March 19th.

To view CLUTCH's European tour dates, including details of their main stage Download UK appearance, go to

"Basket of Eggs" is the 10 song new music bonus CD which will be included with the April 26th release of CLUTCH's deluxe, double disc, 25 song reissue of "BLAST TYRANT" via WEATHERMAKER MUSIC.
For more information about this release, consult

This weekend (3/18-3/20) marks the world premiere of the CLUTCH track "WALPOLE MAN" on the "Full Metal Jackie" radio show, which broadcasts on close to 40 commercial rock radio stations across the USA. To find this premiere on a rock station near you, go to
Clutch official site:

A New Twist On The Music Of Frank Sinatra
Eagle Rock Presents
CD Released March 29, 2011

New York, NY (February, 2011) - What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big or Queensrÿche?
This can now be experienced on SIN-Atra, a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29, 2011.
This all-star project, created from the team that brought you the merry, molten melodies of We Wish You A Metal Xmas, reinvents the classic songs that the great Frank Sinatra performed and, in turn, made famous. These twelve cherished tunes, written by some of the greatest songwriters of all time, are given a radical hard rock/heavy metal treatment, resulting in electrically charged versions of the classics.

Some of the most potent and recognizable voices of rock rework such legendary gems as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers In The Night,” and “That’s Life,” including Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate, , Tim “Ripper” Owens, Eric Martin, and dUg Pinnick. Producers Bob Kulick of KISS and Meat Loaf fame and Brett Chassen, recreated these songs on guitar and drums, respectively, rounded out by Billy Sheehan (bass) and Doug Katsaros (keyboards, orchestration). Also making an appearance as lead guitarist on “That’s Life” is renowned rock guitarist Richie Kotzen.

These familiar favorites are beloved the world over, but they’ve never been heard like this before!
“A fantastic CD,” says executive producer Wendy Dio, “keeping the era alive with today's musicians.”

Track Listing:
1.) New York, New York - Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2.) I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3.) Summerwind - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4.) It Was A Very Good Year - Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5.) Witchcraft - Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6.) Fly Me To The Moon - Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7.) Lady Is A Tramp - Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8.) Strangers In The Night - Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9.) High Hopes - Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10.) I’ve Got The World On A String - dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11.) Love And Marriage - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12.) That’s Life - Jani Lane (Warrant)

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg and Paris.

I've heard some of this and I have to say, I wasn't expecting much, but it's pretty good!


NEW ALBUM "DIAMONDS AND DIRT" IN STORES APRIL 5th ON SPV/STEAMHAMMER the internet hub for all things metal and hard rock is hosting an exclusive stream of the title track "Diamonds and Dirt" from legendary guitarist BRIAN ROBERTSON.
The album "Diamonds and Dirt" will see an April 5th release date in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.
Check out "Diamonds and Dirt" at

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