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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Slight Update for Wednesday April 6th, 2011


STEVE HACKETT is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favorite of John Lennon). With STEVE's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach  to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/ orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.

With Genesis, STEVE's guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis. As he embarked on his solo career he developed his exceptional range, pushing musical boundaries into exciting areas, inventing new sounds and also techniques such as 'tapping'. His solo career went from strength to strength and the mid eighties not only saw the hit single Cell 151, but also the STEVE HACKETT and Steve Howe super group GTR, highly successful in America.

After GTR STEVE worked further with many renowned musicians such as Paul Carrick, Bonnie Tyler, John Wetton and Brian May, who has credited STEVE as an early influence. STEVE went on to produce his hit album Genesis Revisited. He went even further back to his roots with Blues with a Feeling, whilst continuing to challenge his own 'horizons' with an amazingly eclectic mix of sounds, genres and a sense of the exotic that excites his many followers to this day.

Recent albums have possessed a high level of sophistication, along with an everpresent powerful dynamic, from the dramatic and atmospheric darkness of Darktown and Wild Orchids to the colourful voyage through time and space of ToWatch the Storms. 2009's Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth, written and recorded in the midst of domestic and professional upheaval, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and reviewers alike, many of them proclaiming it his best ever.

STEVE's live electric gigs take his fans on an extraordinary journey drawn from a rich musical heritage. Perennial Genesis favorites such as the mighty Firth Of Fifth sit alongside solo classics, while more recent material, with much of Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth now included, demonstrate that Steve is an artist still at the very top of his game. Supported by some of the best musicians on the planet, STEVE's unique guitar work remains the fulcrum on which this challenging and exhilarating show is balanced.

Genesis' induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2010 stands as a testament to the enduring qualities of their music. Never one to rest on his laurels, though, STEVE continues to blaze a trail with new material and to be an exhilarating and groundbreaking artist.

The new Double Live CD "Live Rails" is a worthy documentation of his last world tour for "Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth" including new material and classics from the STEVE HACKETT and Genesis catalog!

For more info please visit:


As Uriah Heep approaches the release date for their new album, 'Into The Wild,' released through Frontiers Records on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America, they've added new shows to the previously announced dates.

Guitarist and founder member, Mick Box is buzzed and excited about this new release and when I asked him his thoughts on the new album, he said this, 'Yeah it does feel good to have some new product coming out for sure Alun!'
These days, many reviews by sites like 'Chambers of Rock' are done through downloading the album and not a physical CD in your hand. I told him, it's just not the same anymore and Mick felt the same,'I miss the old album days too, although we are going to release 'Into the Wild' on vinyl!'
So there you have it!

It's great the band are coming back to the States again with so many dates ... I just wish they'd squeeze in a date in Detroit!
The album artwork looks good and song samples, sound equally impressive.

Check out some sample tracks off the album right here:

The dates currently confirmed are as follows and there will be other dates added. Come on guys, let's hear it for Detroit, please!

Uriah Heep North American Tour 2011

June 20116/14/2011 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
6/15/2011 Chattanooga TN Riverbend Festival
6/17/2011 Kettering OH Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
6/18/2011 Annapolis MD Rams Head on Stage
6/19/2011 Falls Church VA State Theater
6/20/2011 Sellersville PA Sellersville
6/22/2011 New York BB King Blues Club
6/23/2011 Foxborough MA Showcase Live
6/24/2011 Jim Thorpe PA Penn's Peak
6/25/2011 Ridgefield CT Ridgefield Play House
6/27/2011 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
6/28/2011 Londonderry NH Tupelo Music Hall

August 20118/09/2011 Lincolnshire IL Viper Alley
8/10/2011 West Allis WI Wisconsin State Fair - Cousins Subs Amphitheater
8/12/2011 Three Forks MT Rocking the Rivers Festival Site
8/14/2011 Rochester MN Mayo Park
8/18/2011 West Hollywood CA Key Club
8/19/2011 Santa Anna CA Galaxy concert Theatre
8/20/2011 Henderson NV Green Valley

Official band website:

JOURNEY to release first single from the forthcoming album "Eclipse."

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the April 4th digital release of the new JOURNEY single, “City of Hope” from the forthcoming album “Eclipse”. “City of Hope” will be available at all European online music stores. “City of Hope” is a “classic Journey style anthem”, writes


JOURNEY is currently touring Latin America in front of packed audiences. Following shows in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima and Caracas, JOURNEY will play the following dates:

April 2011
April 7 Guatemala City, Guatemala - Mundo E
April 9 Panama City, Panama - Centro Figali
April 12 Mexico City, Mexico - Auditorio Nacional
April 13 Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey

“Eclipse” will be released on Scarecrow Records in Mexico, WET Music in Brazil and D.B.N. in the rest of Latin America.

The first single from “Eclipse” in South America will be “Human Feel”, also available digitally from April 4th. Online stores carrying the new single include iTunes and Telcel in Mexico, Claro, Telefonica and Comcel in Colombia, and Porta in Ecuador.

“Eclipse” will be released in Europe on May 27th, with the “Eclipse Tour” kicking off with major arena shows in the UK and Eire together with Foreigner and Styx (check local listings for lineups). The tour also visits Germany, Switzerland, Benelux, Scandinavia, France and – for the first time ever – Italy, before the North American tour which starts in mid-July.

Since its formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums in the US alone. The band’s “Greatest Hits” album is 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. “Revelation”, Journey’s 2008 studio album, is the sixth album to reach double platinum worldwide. Journey (Neal Schon - lead guitar, Jonathan Cain - keyboards, Ross Valory – bass guitar, Deen Castronovo – drums and Arnel Pineda – lead vocals) have performed for over two million fans, and the Eclipse Tour will take them around the world well into 2012.

For more information on Journey and complete tour details go to

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