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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rock News Update for Saturday 5th March, 2011

Francis Rossi to host show on Planet Rock

Francis Rossi (Status Quo) is joining award winning radio station Planet Rock for a series of exclusive radio shows. The series will run on Sunday evenings at 6pm - 7pm beginning on 6th March.

Each week Francis will be playing the music that has inspired him over the years, with stories from four decades as one of rock's true originals,

"Planet Rock has always brought rock's greatest artists to the airwaves, giving a rock star's perspective to life on the road, in the studio and to hear stories never heard on radio before. Francis has something to say about everyone and everything, the trouble is stopping him…. and his choice of music makes the show a must listen" said Trevor White, Planet Rock Programme Director.

Planet Rock broadcasts on digital radio, Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730, and

Night Ranger announce first UK date since the 80's

I know a lot of folks in the UK, have been hankering after Night Ranger paying a visit to UK shores, as the last time they did so was in the late 80's when they played a few shows, opening for Foreigner on their Inside Information tour.

Although the band have never had any big hits in the UK - Probably due to lack of live dates in support of the releases guys! - there has always been an underground fanbase their, who have followed the band and each year that they hear of how great shows were in the US, they keep saying to themselves, 'when will we get to see them?!'
Finally, a return to the UK is on the cards and sadly it's not a full blown tour, not even dates, it is just one date!
Here's the thing UK fans, if you want to impress upon the band, just how much you want more live dates, go and support them at this date.
It takes place at Islington O2 Academy, London on Thursday, June 23rd.
Full details including Meet and Greet opportunities here, from this posted at

You asked, we delivered.

Night Ranger is coming to o2 Academy Islington in London this June! VIP presale tickets for Night Ranger's tour will be offered via the ticketing link below beginning TODAY, Friday, March 4th, 2011!

Night Ranger Fan Club Meet & Greet Bundles include:
- A General Admission Ticket
- Access to a Meet and Greet with Night Ranger and Photo with band (with your own camera)
- 1 Year Online Membership in the Night Ranger Fan Club
- An Autographed Night Ranger Poster
- A Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate

The only way to access bundled presale tickets for this show is by registering via the ticketing link below. The presale link is:

6/23/2011 o2 Academy Islington (London)
Presale tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Official band website:

Newman - update on UK rockers

UK melodic rockers Newman, led by guitarist / singer / songwriter / producer Steve Newman, have just issued this update through the bands website:


Steve has begun writing and demoing songs for the next full Newman studio album. The plan is to have this album ready for a summer release. The live Firefest CD/DVD will be released later in the year.
We will be starting a studio blog with regular updates on the progress of this new album which will be the follow up to last years much acclaimed "The Art Of Balance" which is still receiving rave reviews from around the globe.

More updates soon no doubt ...
Official band website:

In other Steve Newman related news, don't forget this ...


The Big Life album album featuring Mark Thompson-Smith and Steve Newman will be released via AOR Heaven on 29th April, both the guys are very excited about this new album and have already been receiving some great comments on the songs. Official press release below:


Big Life - Big Life / Release date: 29.04.2011 - Big Life is a new project featuring the immense talents of the UK's melodic rock genius, Steve Newman (Newman) and ex-Praying Mantis frontman, Mark Thompson-Smith.

 Steve Newman's reputation in the Melodic Rock circuit is impressive - with eight immense Newman albums released in the last decade, the latest being the highly acclaimed The Art Of Balance. Add to this his work on other albums with artists such as Atlantic, Steve Overland, Eden, AOR Project, Frozen Rain, Far Cry, Grand Illusion and Phenomena.

Mark Thompson-Smith re-emerges from the shadows after a lengthy period out of the limelight to more than demonstrate that time has not dulled his impressive vocal powers. Best known as the singer with Praying Mantis in the early 90's and as guest vocalist in The Sweet in 2005, he has also featured as frontman for various 80's UK bands such as Idol Rich, Touche and Flight 19.

The early 90's also saw Mark working in America with Mike Walsh (Departure) and legendary keyboardist Dave Rosenthal (Rainbow/Red Dawn/Billy Joel/Infinity), spending two exciting years performing and recording the later released and now much sought after solo album, A Far Cry From New Jersey.

Returning to the UK in 1993, as the grunge band tsunami swept away the US melodic rock scene, Mark joined Praying Mantis recording the impressive “Only The Children Cry” EP and completed a successful tour of Japan before leaving the band in 1994. During the years, he appeared a couple of times as backing vocalist on various Newman albums. The Sweet experience being short lived as the band required a bass playing vocalist, it fired up Mark's renewed passion for singing further and so he sought out Steve Newman to embark on a brand new musical adventure....and certainly found it in Big Life!

The guys are joined by Rob McEwen, the outstanding drumming talent on the last three Newman albums, and all recordings have once again taken place at “The Blue Room” studios in England.

You can hear three sample tracks at the band site in: Better Man, Close To You and Dying Day.
Big Life Official site here:

The Poodles talk about new album and more

Swedish hard rockers The Poodles are due to release their next studio album 'Performocracy' through Frontiers Records on April 15th (Europe) and May 3rd (USA).

They have recently record a video for You Tube, to share with fans that you can check out here:

If you have difficulty viewing the video here on 'Chambers of Rock,' then you may want to go directly to You Tube by following this link:

Official band website is here:

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp 2011 first names announced

Following on the success of previous years Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp that takes place annually in  Hollywood, California, as well as last years well publicised event broadcast on VH1, 2011 is already shaping up well! Some new big names and some familiar names from last year too!

The Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp showed last year on VH1 that people with musical passion, yet from regular walks of life, can get to jam with and learn from some of the most admired musicians in the business.
It shows how much hard work and stress can exist in trying to put together a band, not to mention trying to put together an original song from scratch, when under time constraints. By the same token, it shows how much of a kick and buzz an individual and / or band, can get from getting this done.
It all happens May 10th through 15th and there are many different packages available to people, depending on how much you really want your rock and roll dream to come true!
Full details on pricing and more at the site:

This years star guest players are set to include Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Phil Collen (Def Leppard, Man Raze), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Eddie Kramer (Engineer / Producer - Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Kiss, Peter Frampton), with more names to be added.

Counselors already confirmed for this year will include the return of Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio), Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper) and Mark Hudson (Producer - Ringo Starr, Aerosmith), who both became TV stars, thanks to VH1 in the last series. This year they will be joined by George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Gamma, Van Morrison), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf, Billy Squier, Grand Funk Railroad), Fred Coury (Cinderella) and Ritchie Kotzen (Poison, Mr Big).
It certainly looks like being another fun time for anyone with the cash to spare, to live out their own rock and roll fantasy!

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