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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rock News Update for Sunday 1st May, 2011

Dream Theater announce the name of their new drummer

Finally it seems the search is over for Dream Theater to find a replacement drummer for Mike Portnoy.
Mike Mangini is the new drummer in Dream Theater after the band went through numerous auditions, that the band screened through their website.
Those auditions can still be watched here:

Mangini has previously recorded with thrash metallers Annihilator, guitar wizard Steve Vai and funk rockers Extreme.

(Mike Mangini Photo courtesy of

The man's website is currently under construction:

Dream Theater's Jon Petrucci has issued this statement:

"Welcome Mike Mangini!

Well, it's been a very exciting day for all of us in Dream Theater and we are happy to finally share the news that Mike Mangini is our new drummer! He is not only a beast of a player but an incredible person as well who truly and fully understands and values everything that we strive to be as a band. Thank you for being so patient and incredibly supportive to us throughout the years and especially over the last several months. Thank you for your faith in us and your immediate and practically across-the-board acceptance of Mike Mangini as our new drummer. Thank you for the positive words about the documentary and all of your passion and dedication. The movie is our gift and our invitation into something that would traditionally be very private and I appreciate everyone's sensitivity towards that. There's a lot of work to be done, so back to the studio. JM finished tracking bass today and Jordan is recording as I type. Things are real busy around here. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music and to begin playing live with Mike!

God Bless,


Official Dream Theater site:



Sorry this was actually announced at his site a little earlier this month, but for UK / European fans that didn't know about this, you may still appreciate it, hopefully ....

Following his critically acclaimed new album 'Thank You Mr Churchill', Grammy® - winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will tour Europe this November celebrating his multi-platinum-selling live album Frampton Comes Alive! The tour features Frampton performing the legendary album in its entirety across the continent, including stops in London, Paris, Berlin and Madrid. Please see below for complete schedule.

The three-hour show will feature a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive! along with highlights from Frampton’s catalog, including his Grammy® Award-winning instrumental album, 2006’s Fingerprints. To commemorate the anniversary of the landmark album, Universal Music Enterprises will be making a limited edition offer exclusively through The offer will feature a unique autographed scrapbook containing rare photos and personal reflections from Peter. The scrapbook will be accompanied by Frampton Comes Alive Deluxe Edition, Frampton Comes Alive II Special Edition and other memorabilia.

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Peter Frampton European Tour dates:
November 2011

November 5 Lisbon, Portugal Atlantico Pavillion
November 6 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
November 8 Barcelona, Spain Allianca de Poble Nou
November 11 Manchester, U.K. Bridgewater Hall
November 12 Cambridge, U.K. Corn Exchange
November 13 London, U.K. Hammersmith Apollo
November 15 Birmingham, U.K. Symphony Hall
November 16 Glasgow, U.K. Royal Concert Hall
November 18 Antwerp, Belgium Queen Elisabeth Hall
November 19 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall
November 21 Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
November 22 Mainz, Germany Phonixhalle
November 23 Paris, France Bataclan

Official Peter Frampton website:

Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord and other artists working together on Charity Aid music
Black Sabbath's official website has for a few months been sharing information on a project that was in the works, a charity music project to help aid Armenia, the country that has still not recovered from the devastating earthquake there, back in 1988.

The project is going under the name of Who Cares and the first music from this, that is now available, is a single that features two songs in, 'Out Of My Mind / Holy Water.'
The line up that has recorded this is as follows:

•Tony Iommi - Guitars (Black Sabbath)
•Ian Gillan - Vocals (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)
•Jason Newsted - Bass (Metallica, Voivoid, Flotsam & Jetsam)
•Niko McBrain - Drums (Iron Maiden)
•Jon Lord - Keyboards (Deep Purple)
•Linde Linstrom - Guitars (HIM, a Finnish band)

Black Sabbath's webmaster Joe Siegler has said this:
"This was all recorded back in September of 2010, and finally we're getting some details on it. :)  The new charity release will consist of two songs. The names of the songs are called "Out of My Mind" & "Holy Water". This will all be out worldwide on May 6th. The primary distribution format will be digital. Meaning your iTunes of the world, that kind of thing. There will be a physical media presence with the release, too. There will be a very limited press run of 7" vinyl for the album (a total of 1,000 copies), and a CD version. The CD will have a video, and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the songs."

There's a video for the project too, over on You Tube, that is best viewed here:

For more information on this and more go to:

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