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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rock News Update for Tuesday 1st March, 2011

Hi all, wow look, March 1st, already ...! Can you believe it?! Well, we'd better right, time flies indeed!
Sorry about lack of updates yesterday, there was really little to share with you all, but it's Tuesday and there is a little more to share, so here we go! Cheers, Al


Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will undertake a UK tour in October 2011 to promote his 9th studio album Dust Bowl. The album is released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday 21st March.

Tickets for Bonamassa's UK tour will go on sale to the general public at 9am on Wednesday March 2nd from 0871 230 1101, and

Fans who can't wait for the general on sale date can take advantage of Planet Rock radio's 48-hour pre-sale, starting at 9am on Monday February 28th via

Photo Credit (Left) © Steve Johnston and Photo Credit (Right) © Christie Goodwin

Dust Bowl is Bonamassa's 9th studio release on Provogue Records in Europe and his J&R Adventures label (which he created with long-time manager Roy Weisman) in the US and his 6th collaboration with Dust Bowl's producer, Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Black Country Communion).

Dust Bowl was recorded at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The new album combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since, and also features a dose of Nashville in duets with legends John Hiatt and Vince Gill, as well as a song collaboration with Glenn Hughes.
In 2010, Bonamassa's previous album, Black Rock, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart and #38 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, a huge leap from 2009's The Ballad of John Henry which debuted at #136 on the Top 200. The eleventh full-length solo release and ninth studio album of his career, this new disc will mark Bonamassa's eighth collaboration with Kevin Shirley as producer.
Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin

Recently, Bonamassa has been splitting duties with his side project, the English-American rock group Black Country Communion with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Dream Theater).

BCC released their debut self-titled album, also produced by Shirley, on September 21, 2010. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #53 and is getting rave reviews. Mojo magazine gave the album four stars and Goldmine said it's "Possibly, the best hard rock album of 2010." Music Radar describes it as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."

In addition to the success of Black Rock and Black Country Communion's stellar debut, 2010 kicked off with Guitar World dubbing Bonamassa - "The Blues Rock Titan" and his song, "Lonesome Road Blues," was included in Guitar Hero V's New Blues Masters Track Pack. He was also honoured twice in Guitar Player Magazine's June 2010 Readers' Choice Awards winning "Best Overall Guitarist" for the first time and "Best Blues Guitarist" for the fourth consecutive year. On June 26, he played the main stage at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.

In May 2009, he played a sold out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world and had the added honour of being joined on stage by the legendary Eric Clapton. Released Oct. 6, 2009 and debuting at #6 on Billboard's DVD Chart was Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Royal Albert Hall, a 2-disc live DVD capturing the intensity and excitement of that show which Bonamassa calls "a day 20 years in the making." Also, in 2009, Bonamassa was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the UK's prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, "This kid's potential is unbelievable…He's one of a kind." Bonamassa's recording career began in the early '90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger's son Waylon and Miles Davis' son Erin.
His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.

Bonamassa averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out and ever-larger houses, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, Bonamassa remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way like Slash, who recently said, "Just saw Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland again. He's definitely my new favourite guitarist."
Official Weblinks:
Joe Bonamassa – Official Website

Joe Bonamassa – Facebook

Joe Bonamassa – Twitter

Joe Bonamassa – YouTube



(New York, NY) - The brand new video for Hurtsmile's "Just War Theory" has just premiered on AOL Noisecreep, from Friday, February 25th and can be viewed here:

Hurtsmile is frontman extraordinaire Gary Cherone's (Extreme/ex-Van Halen) latest project and features Cherone collaborating with his brother, guitarist Mark Cherone. The Boston Globe referred to "Just War Theory" as a "revved-up rocker(s)" and the video is an equally-dynamic performance take on the song. "Just War Theory" has already received rock radio airplay in markets such as Boston, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Madison, New Jersey and more. Gary Cherone will appear live tonight on the nationally-syndicated "Eddie Trunk Rocks!" radio show.

Hurtsmile's self-titled debut was just released in North America via Frontiers Records and has been winning over the press and fans alike. The Boston Herald said of the album, "the results are great", while Colossal Pop referred to the album as "a rock solid album"; Metal Assault avowed, "With an entertaining debut that excellently portrays a plethora of musical styles executed with aplomb by four seasoned musicians, Hurtsmile is here to stay." Chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring vocals and eclecticism, HURTSMILE is a conceptually-cohesive album examining the nature of man and the human heart, with an added focus on the current state of world affairs and political commentary.

Hurtsmile will perform at this year's M3 Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Saturday, May 14th. Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone (vocals), Mark Cherone (guitars), Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion).
Noisecreep is AOL Music's destination for all things hard rock and heavy metal. Launched in 2009, the site covers everything from news, video and song premieres, and exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in rock music today.

For more information please visit:

38 Special lines up, 'Wild-eyed and Live 2011' tour

Southern rockers 38 Special, the band that bought such great hit's as, 'Hold On Loosely,' 'Rockin' Into The Night,' 'Caught Up In You,' 'If I'd Been The One' and 'Second Chance,' not to mention such classic albums as, 'Wild Eyed Southern Boys,' 'Special Forces' and 'Strength In Numbers,' have lined up a huge tour for 2011 starting this month!

The band's last release, was 2004's 'Drivetrain,' which picked up some great reviews here and there, although it's clearly been quiet for a while now.
Perhaps a new album is on the cards?
Led by long time members Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes, the band are still going strong, touring every year due to demand and you can always expect a pretty good show each time from these guys.

The Wild Eyed and Live 2011 Tour dates are as follows:

March 2011
3/4/11 Plant City, FL Florida Strawberry Festival
3/11/11 Dubuque, IA Diamond Jo Casino
3/12/11 Florence, IN Belterra Casino
3/17/11 Warren, OH Packard Music Hall
3/18/11 Detroit, MI Motor City Casino
3/19/11 Arlington Heights,IL Peggy Kinnanes Irish Festival
3/25/11 Carlton, MN Black Bear Casino Resort
3/26/11 Baraboo, WI Ho-Chunk Casino

April 2011
4/2/11 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park
4/16/11 TBA
4/29/11 Choctaw, MS Golden Moon Casino

May 2011
5/7/11 Lakewood, NJ First Energy Park
5/27/11 Farmers Branch, TX Gussie Field Watterworth Park
5/28/11 Winnie, TX Nutty Jerry's
5/30/11 Saint Louis, MO Soldiers Memorial Park

June 2011
6/4/11 Mears, MI Val Du Lakes
6/10/11 Webster, MA Indian Ranch
6/11/11 Vernon, NJ The Hidden Valley Club – Rock, Ribs, & Ridges
6/18/11 TBA

July 2011
7/1/11 Omaha, NE Bank of the West Celebrates America
7/4/11 Fort, Monroe, VA Walker Airfield
7/9/11 TBA
7/16/11 Mansfield, OH North Central State College
7/22/11 Hammond, IL Festival of the Lakes
7/23/11 Elko, MN Elko Speedway
7/28/11 West Bend, WI Washington County Fair Park
7/29/11 Coralville, IA St. Morrison Park
7/30/11 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion

August 2011
8/5/11 Oroville, CA Gold Country Casino
8/6/11 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
8/7/11 Littleton, CO Hudson Gardens
8/11/11 Tillamook, OR Tillamook County Fair
8/12/11 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
8/20/11 Columbus, IN Mill Race Park Amphitheatre

September 2011
9/3/11 Bethany, MO Northwest Missouri State Fair

More shows will be added shortly.
If you do not see a show in your area, then contact the venues near you and tell them you want 38 Special!!

Official band site:

Def Leppard announce further dates - Dublin and Belfast June 2011 with special guests
Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy

PRESS RELEASE - Def Leppard, Britain's greatest arena rock band, have added extra dates in Dublin and Belfast in June 2011. These dates are in addition to the recently announced headline slot at Download Festival 2011, and will kick off the band's world tour. The band are also set to release a brand new live album, "MIRRORBALL", this summer featuring a mix of live Def Leppard classics, three brand new studio songs and a bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage captured on the road. Also set for release this summer is Leppard's first coffee table book titled "DEF LEPPARD - THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY", with exclusive photos by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin.

Def Leppard remain one of the world's biggest and most successful live acts. The band last played the UK and Eire in 2009 – headlining Download festival that year after a hugely successful sold out UK Arena tour in 2008. 2011 will see Def Leppard headline Download Festival for the second time in three years.

June 2011
Tue 7th June 2011 – The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, N. Ireland
Wed 8th June 2011 – The O2, Dublin, Eire
Fri 10th June 2011 - Download Festival, UK

Tickets for Dublin and Belfast go onsale at 9am Friday 4th March 2011. Ticket prices tbc are available from Ticketmaster.
In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55

The Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Odyssey Arena Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074

Download tickets are onsale now. For information please refer to

Official band website:

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