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Friday, May 6, 2011

Rock News Update for Friday 6th May, 2011

Frontiers Records announce
Night Ranger - Somewhere in California
New Album!

Night Ranger truly epitomizes the sound of the 80’s while at the same time transcending it. Since their reunion in 1996, they have brought their guitar-crunching, melodic brand of Hard Rock into the 21st century with unparalleled talent, energy and creativity.

Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception. Night Ranger’s contributions are featured in multiple entertainment realms, including the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” and hit videogame series "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero". The band has also been recognized in such significant films and television shows as Boogie Nights and American Dad.

The remaining founding members of the band have impressive resumes. Jack Blades was also in the supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw, with whom he also released the now classic “Hallucination” album - As Shaw / Blades - and the more recent “Influence”. His songwriting credits include Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper and Ozzy, to name just a few. Brad Gillis appeared on Ozzy’s “Speak of the Devil” live album, while drummer Kelly Keagy has had a successful solo career of his own.

Tracklisting: Growin' Up In California; Lay It On Me; Bye Bye Baby (Not Tonight); Follow Your Heart; Time Of Our Lives; No Time To Lose Ya; Live For Today; It's Not Over; End Of The Day; Rock n' Roll Tonight; Say It With Love.
Coming of Age – Bonus track for Amazon (digital only)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – Bonus track for iTunes (digital only)

SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA is the culmination of the band's work to date and celebrates the band's 30th anniversary with incredible melodic cuts and hard rocking numbers. Night Ranger's new album has everything the fans could ask for!
Euro Release date: June 17th, 2011
USA Release date: June 21st, 2011

In 2011 the group will headline tours in Japan (June 9-14, 2011; Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka) and Europe (June 17-26; Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom) before rejoining Journey and Foreigner for their North American Tour (July-October 2011) in celebration of their ninth studio album.

Night Ranger is:
Jack Blades – bass guitar, lead & backing vocals
Kelly Keagy – drums, backing & lead vocals
Brad Gillis – lead & rhythm guitars
Joel Hoekstra – lead & rhythm guitars
Eric Levy – keyboards

Official sites:

New TESLA on the way, so says the band! 

TESLA's Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, and Jeff Keith have reviewed the tracks from the last recording sessions with former guitarist Tommy Skeoch from the 2005 "Acoustic Jam" tour, as well as the recently recorded tracks featuring the new TESLA song "Second Street" to be released this year.

TESLA'S RECORD COMPANY has signed a deal with EONE distribution to release this new CD .. tentatively titled "TWISTED WIRES" ... (the acoustic sessions). Troy Luccketta, will be joining Frank and Brian at Sonic Ranch studios where the REAL to REEL sessions were recorded and they will collectively wrap up the recording and mixing of "TWISTED WIRES" simultaneously, utilizing the studio's amazing analog equipment to record and mix down the tracks.

The album will consist of 6 tracks recorded back in 2005 at Brian's J STREET Studio (luckily these tracks survived the infamous fire!) and 6 newly recorded tracks recorded at Frank Hannon's studio including acoustic remakes of songs from "Bust a Nut" and a brand new song "Second Street".

During all of this JEFF KEITH and his wife will be welcoming the arrival of their baby boy due at the end of February! After all this mayhem is finished ...TESLA will be writing a follow up studio album of all new material with guitarist Dave Rude starting in March 2011 and performing select dates across the USA.

In the meantime Dave Rude Band, SoulMotor, and FHB will be finishing up some tour dates supporting their solo efforts ... Stay Tuned for more!

Tesla 2011 live dates:

May 2011
Fri 05 / 06 - Mahnomen, MN
Sat 05 / 07 - Medina, MN
Fri 05 / 13 - Hampton Beach, NH
Sat 05 / 14 - Columbia, MD
Fri 06 / 10 - Biloxi, MS
Sat 06 / 11 - Bossier City, LA

July 2011
Fri 07 / 01 - El Paso, TX
Sat 07 / 02 - Albuquerque, NM
Fri 07 / 08 - Rancho Mirage, CA
Sat 07 / 09 - Lincoln, CA
Sat 07 / 16 - Rock Island, IL
Sun 07 / 17 - Cadott, WI
Fri 07 / 22 - Chicago, IL
Sat 07 / 23 - Fond du Lac, WI

August 2011
Mon 08 / 08 - Sturgis, SD
Wed 08 / 24 - Wantagh, NY
Sun 08 / 28 - Clarkston, MI

Def Leppard
First Live album ever on Frontiers Records
DEF LEPPARD to release their first Live album ever on Frontiers Records in Europe !

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of DEF LEPPARD for the release of the upcoming live album MIRROR BALL on June 17th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, June 20th in the rest of Europe and June 23rd in France.

MIRROR BALL is Def Leppard’s first ever live album. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. It makes perfect sense that the band would finally release a live album, MIRROR BALL, featuring all of the triumphant hits that continue to make Def Leppard one of the most admired rock bands in the world.

MIRROR BALL was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates and features all of the classic songs that have made Def Leppard one of the most respected and beloved power rock bands in the world. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits such as "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME," "ROCK OF AGES," "FOOLIN'," "HYSTERIA," "PHOTOGRAPH" and an incredible rendition of "BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK." With their creative juices at full flow, the band has also added three new studio tracks: "UNDEFEATED," "IT'S ALL ABOUT BELIEVIN'" and "KINGS OF THE WORLD," that are undeniably Def Leppard and take their place with ease within this classic setlist.

Joe Elliott says, "I'm really happy that we've been able to include three brand new songs on the album, all VERY different from each other & a teaser of what our next studio album will be like. We could have waited until next year, but to be quite honest, we're so excited with the new songs we want people to hear them now!" Rick Savage adds, "The 3 new songs on this release are what Def Leppard is and has always has been about. These songs are not just thrown in to have something not heard before. Personally, I think it's THE best work we have put together in years. From the "Sugar" quality of "Undefeated" to the Hysteria / Animal melodic rock of "It's all about Believing," to the ambitious and over the top epic, "Kings of the world. "The message is in the titles. If ever you needed reminding, the heartbeat of Leppard is as strong as ever."

Also included will be a 50 mins. bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road.

MIRROR BALL follows the band's 2008 studio release, SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the group's highest chart position in the USA since 1992's ADRENALIZE.

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards (Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands to have two consecutive 10 million plus selling albums in the U.S. - the others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen) to their credit, Def Leppard - Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) - continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music.

Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group's spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.

MIRROR BALL tracklisting includes:
Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop); Rocket; Animal; C'mon C'mon; Make Love Like a Man; Too Late for Love; Foolin'; Nine Lives; Love Bites; Rock On.

Two Steps Behind; Bringin' On the Heartbreak; Switch 625; Hysteria; Armageddon It; Photograph; Pour Some Sugar on Me; Rock Of Ages; Let's Get Rocked; Action; Bad Actress; Undefeated*; Kings of the World*; It's All About Believin'*.
* New studio tracks

DVD includes live performances of: Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop); Armageddon It; Pour Some Sugar On Me; Hysteria.
Music videos: Nine Lives; C'Mon C'Mon.

The new single “Undefeated” can be streamed on and on Frontiers Records webradio:

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

The band will of course also be touring North America with Seattle's Heart and will release Mirror Ball in the USA, exclusively through Walmart.
Official band website:

New Dates Added to DIO Disciples tour!

We've added some Italian and Spanish dates to the DIO Disciples tour:

June 2011
6/29/2011 Milan, Italy, Magazzini Generali

July 2011
7/01/2011 Bilbao, Spain, Rockstar Live
7/02/2011 Madrid, Spain, Heineken
7/03/2011 Barcelona, Spain, Bikini

Ripper Owens will be stepping away from the tour at this point to attend to his daughter's wedding, so we are proud to announce that the lovely and talented DORO will be filling in for him on these dates. The Rods, featuring Ronnie's (James Dio) cousin Rock Feinstein, will be joining the tour at the Download Festival, and rock icons Anvil join the party in Lucerne!
Check out: for further details or for tour dates go to:

Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath to Release Autobiography reporter Anne Erickson has shared that singer and bassist Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Black Country Communion is getting onboard the autobiography bandwagon, as he readies for the release of his autobiography, Deep Purple and Beyond: Scenes from the Life of a Rock Star, on May 12. According to, the book was co-written with British author and journalist Joel McIver, who has worked on the autobiographies of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Ice Cube and others.

The collection features an introduction by none other than Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, as well as rare photos and a 10-inch vinyl EP featuring the following all-new recordings:

“What is a Woman’s Role?” (Trapeze, written by Hughes)
“Holy Man” (Deep Purple, written by Hughes, David Coverdale, Jon Lord)
“Dying to Live” (new acoustic track by Hughes)

A launch concert for the book will take place on May 12 in London, England.

“My autobiography is going to be a literary event. I’ve been working on this book for the last three years and you’ve never read anything like it,” Hughes told Blabbermouth. “It’s the true story of the Voice of Rock, from my childhood via my career in Trapeze and Deep Purple to my addiction and recovery. I’m now on top of the world as a solo artist and after so many years of sobriety, I can hardly believe that I survived. I spent a million dollars on cocaine and, when you’ve read this book, you won’t believe it either.”

Deep Purple and Beyond: Scenes from the Life of a Rock Star also features passages from Hughes’ friend and Deep Purple bandmate David Coverdale, his longtime musical collaborator Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and more friends, including Angie Bowie and John Varvatos.

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