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Monday, April 25, 2011
Slight News Update for Monday April 25th, 2011
Hi all, nice to have had some serious downtime this past weekend, I feel a lot better, how about you folks?!
Anyway, I know it's been fairly quiet on here lately and I hope to get some more reviews up at the site for you soon, honest! So, without further delay, here's today's bit's a pieces. Cheers, Al
Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham to be on Windsor, Ontario radio show TODAY (April 25th, 2011)
Brief one here folks, really to any of my local friends or just locals - To me - that follow my site here.
Thin Lizzy's official Facebook page is claiming that Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham will be interviewed live on Windsor, Ontario's radio station "CJAM - 99.1FM," on this afternoon's show at 4.30pm.
If you are in the Windsor-Detroit area you can listen to a live interview with Scott Gorham this afternoon at 4:30pm EST. Tune in to Big JD’s show “uTalkin2me” at CJAM 99.1 FM or listen live online with the attached link:
Editor's note: Hope it's accurate as I don't see any mention at the site of Scott Gorham ...?
ROCK BAND KANSAS CONTINUES WITH ‘2011 COLLEGIATE SYMPHONY TOUR’ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COLLEGE MUSIC PROGRAMS/TOUR PRESENTED BY D’ADDARIO & COMPANY
After the groundbreaking and universally successful 2010 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour, legendary rock band KANSAS is not only continuing, but expanding the tour for the fall of 2011. The 2011 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour will again help raise funds and awareness for college and university music programs.
Original member and drummer, Phil Ehart had this to say about last year’s concerts. “KANSAS and all the school symphonies just hit it off big time! The only people having more fun than us were all the students playing on stage with us! And considering all the money that was raised to help the music departments, everyone considered it a real success! We know this year will be bigger and better!”
The 2010 tour, which was inspired by their DVD “There’s Know Place Like Home,” saw KANSAS joined by conductor Larry Baird, and performing concerts with symphonies from the University of Alabama; University of Texas, San Antonio; Wichita State University; Oklahoma State University; Hardin-Simmons University; and Truman State University. Eugene Dowdy, Music Director and Conductor at University of Texas, San Antonio raved, “This was the biggest show my students have ever played – there were people everywhere! This is a visionary collaboration that resonates on every level…it is fantastic!”
Presenting sponsor D’Addario & Company will once again be joining KANSAS in their effort to raise funds and awareness for college and university music programs. D’Addario, the world’s largest musical products accessory manufacturer, brings products to market under the brand names D’Addario; Planet Waves; Rico Reeds; and Evans/PureSound/HQ percussion products. Jay Bulen, Chair of the Truman State University Music Department explains, “The support from D’Addario is tremendous. In the fall of 2011, we will have two new scholarships for incoming string players because of this. It will help us build our music program.”
“D’Addario & Company is excited, once again, to be the presenting sponsor for the 2011 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour,” commented D’Addario Vice President of Sales and Marketing, David Via.“Last year’s concerts were exciting, once-in-a-lifetime, events for the participating institutions and their students. Our scholarship and product donation is but a small way we can assist, along with KANSAS, in providing some much needed funding assistance to schools who are faced with departmental cut-backs,” Via stated.
With their self-titled first album released in 1974,KANSASwent on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.” The band – which in addition to Ehart, is comprised of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale – continue to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.
Confirmed ‘KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour’ dates and venues, with more to be added:
September 25, 2011 (Tickets On Sale April 19, 2011)
Rochester Institute of Technology (Main Street Armory– Rochester, NY)
October 1, 2011 (Tickets On Sale April 22, 2011)
Columbus State University (The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts – Columbus, GA)
October 15, 2011 (Tickets On Sale TBD)
Northern Illinois University (NIU Convocation Center – DeKalb, IL)
As well as my previous mention of Michael Schenker joining Black Country Communion on their UK tour, later this year, I guess the man is also sharing through his website, two different line-up's he'll be playing with.
The first - Alongside Barden. - two new shows in Holland in June will feature the following line up:
Michael Schenker - Guitars
Gary Barden - Vocals
Chris Glen - Bass
Chris Slade - Drums
Wayne Findlay - Keyboards / Guitars / Vocals
These shows are:
JUN 17 2011 Rocktemple Kerkrade HOLLAND
JUN 18 2011 A12 Classic Rock festival Zevenaar HOLLAND
Then Michael Schenker will be playing with some "friends" - On those BCC dates - and a few other dates too.
That line up will be:
Michael Schenker: MSG, ex Scorpions/UFO - Lead Guitar
Herman Rarebell: ex Scorpions - Drums
Pete Way: ex UFO - Bass
Michael Voss: Vocals
Elliott (Owner of Dean Guitar) Rubinson: Bass
Wayne Findlay: MSG - Keyboards/Guitars
Apparently an album will be recorded with the latter line up.
Pop rockers Train hit the road with Maroon 5 for Summer North American tour
Successful pop rockers Train, who've recently had more chart action with their latest release, 'Save Me San Francisco' will hit the road this summer, for a lengthy jaunt with Maroon 5.
Train issued this statement through their site, along with all the tour dates:
You've been asking, we've had to keep quiet... but not anymore. We're excited to announce that we'll be going out on tour this Summer with the one and only Maroon 5!! We'll be doing about 40 dates across North America so check out the dates below to see when we'll be coming through your neck of the woods. Gavin Degraw will be joining us for the first half, and Matt Nathanson will be joining us for the 2nd half.
Tickets will start going on sale this Friday, April 29th. We're going to have some great VIP packages set up for you guys, which all come with a 10% discount on Train Wine Club Subscriptions among other amazing things. We'll let you know more about that when the time comes.
For now, check out the dates! Hope to see all your beautiful faces this Summer.
- Pat, Jimmy and Scott
Confirmed Train Summer tour dates:
07/22 - Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater 07/23 - Paso Robles, CA @ California Mid-State Fair
07/25 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino
07/28 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/31 - Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Resort