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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brief News Update for Tuesday April 5th, 2011

The Cars, back together with a new album, new North American tour dates and a new website ...

Well, on the last one it's almost there, but indeed the band have a new album recorded, 'Move Like This' featuring original members without of course, the sadly departed Benjamin Orr (RIP).
The album will be released worldwide on May 10th, 2011.
Here's the cover artwork ... Yeah I know, not the greatest but good to see Ric Ocasek back in the fold again.

The website is on the way and you can check it out here:

They are also currently lining up a new North American tour, with the following dates lined up:

May 2011
Tue 05/10/11 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Thu 05/12/11 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
Fri 05/13/11 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Sun 05/15/11 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
Tue 05/17/11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Wed 05/18/11 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Fri 05/20/11 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
Mon 05/23/11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Wed 05/25/11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
Thu 05/26/11 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston Presented By Foxwoods Resort Casino

The band have just had their new single 'Sad Song'  released as a pre-cursor to 'Move Like This,' and here's the video for it. - Editors note: Sorry but Blogspot doesn't always allow the full You Tube screen to be shown, so I've also posted the direct like to the You Tube video, underneath:

You Tube link:

It's probably best to follow their activities right now through either their MySpace or Facebook sites:



DEEP PURPLE have announced their first tour in North America in four years, and the pioneering rock band--featuring classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) -- will perform for the first time in North America with a symphony orchestra in each city (except San Francisco). Launching June 3 and wrapping June 25, the tour is called “DEEP PURPLE: The Songs That Built Rock,” with stops in New York (two nights at the Beacon Theatre), Los Angeles (Greek Theater) and Montreal (Bell Centre).

Fans can expect to hear the band’s trail-blazing iconic hits -- including “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star,” “Hush” and “Space Truckin’” -- plus other favorites achieve a new dimension of sound with the added heft of a symphony orchestra. In other parts of the world, DEEP PURPLE has achieved acclaim for its live epic presentation of symphonic rock.

As they eye a new studio album for release in 2012, DEEP PURPLE continues to tour around the world. The band, rounded out by Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards), recently launched (March 18-27) their eighth visit to Russia, a country where the group made early inroads as a touring act and where they’ve played at the personal request of the country’s president Dmitry Medvedev. They performed in three cities -- Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg and Moscow -- before moving on to Kiev (Ukraine) and Minsk (Belarus). The band also has nine more shows on tap -- Heraklion, Greece (May 6), Limassol, Cyprus (May 8), Ceasarea, Israel (May 14, 15), Istanbul, Turkey (May 18), Athens, Greece (May 20), Patras, Greece (May 21), Thessaloniki, Greece (May 23) and Ioannina, Greece (May 25) -- before heading to North America.

Throughout its career, DEEP PURPLE has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has incorporated classical music, blues-rock, pop and progressive rock. (Although the band’s devoted fans treasure their live album Concerto for Group and Orchestra, the upcoming tour of North America will not draw from this work.)

June 2011

Fri 06/03/11 Rama, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Sat 06/04/11 Quebec City, QC L'Agora Du Vieux Port
Mon 06/06/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Tue 06/07/11 Boston, MA Wang Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center
Wed 06/08/11 Hartford, CT Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Fri 06/10/11 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat 06/11/11 Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino & Resort
Sun 06/12/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Tue 06/14/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Wed 06/15/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Fri 06/17/11 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Sat 06/18/11 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park - At "Ravinia Festival"  
Sun 06/19/11 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre
Fri 06/24/11 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sat 06/25/11 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre (Non-Orchestra tour date) 

 Official band website:
  Vivian Campbell announces his own Lizzy replacement, then says 'Oops!'

While Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham had told me in the interview we did last month that,
"We’ve got another guy that’s coming out on the right, he’s kind of a biggish name and I can’t really say who it is right now …" It seems after Lizzy were joined onstage in Chicago by Guns 'n' Roses current guitarist, Richard Fortus, Vivian Campbell posted on his Facebook page, "Well, that was it; my last U.S. show with Lizzy, and Chicago was a great one to end on! I have one, final gig with them at Slane Castle festival in Ireland on May 28th. The very next day we start Def Lep rehearsals. New guitarist, Richard Fortus came and played a couple of songs with us tonight."

This posting was even picked up on by, with this piece:

Now, Vivan Campbell has almost posted a retraction to what he had said before that reads, "Oops! It seems I may have been a bit presumptuous about the next Lizzy guitarist; although Richard is very much a target (and in my opinion, a great fit), he's still involved with Gn'R, so it remains to be seen if he will be available to play with Thin Lizzy when required. The mystery thickens ..."

Interesting ... We will indeed see what arises ...
Official Lizzy site:

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