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Monday, June 20, 2011

News Update for Monday 20th June, 2011

Clarence Clemons, E-Street Band main man passes away

(Photo by Danny Clinch - from

RIP Clarence Clemons - January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011

The man who alongside Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen, MADE the E-Street Band what it really was all about, Clarence Clemons has passed away aged 69.
The lion hearted, saxophonist suffered a stroke last week, sadly lost his fight for life on Saturday 18th June.

Over at the Bruce Springsteen website, this message is posted, including words from Bruce himself:

It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Bruce Springsteen said of Clarence: 'Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.'

Another huge loss to the music world.
RIP Clarence, thoughts go out to your family and close friend at this time.

UFO adds more US Tour dates in the Fall 2011

Yes, it's time for west coast UFO fans to catch the band, as additional dates have now been added to the original few California shows.
The band who has not long wrapped up a fourteen date Mid-West US tour - Sadly once again missing Detroit. :( - have lined up twelve dates, mainly for west coast fans plus three Texas shows.
They have also just completed a brief - seven date - tour of Europe.

The new 2011 US dates are:

 15th September - Santa Rosa - CA - Last Day Saloon
16th September - Sacramento/Orangevale - CA - Boardwalk
17th September - Santa Clara - CA - Avalon
19th September - Portland - OR - The Aladdin Theater
21st September - Modesto - CA - The Fat Cat
23rd September - Las Vegas - NV -
Boulder Station Casino
24th September - Los Angeles - West Hollywood - Key Club
29th September - San Juan Capistrano - CA - The Coach House
1st October - San Bernardino - CA - Orange Raceway
6th October - Dallas - TX - House of Blues
7th October - Houston - TX - Warehouse Live Studio
8th October - San Antonio - TX - Backstage Live
No new music is likely to be released in time for the tour, my guess being early next year now.

Van Halen new album 'Incredible!' states Alter Bridge guitarist

More news on the forthcoming new Van Halen album comes from perhaps a strange source, Alter Bridge guitarist, Mark Tremonti speaks out, as revealed at:

In a new interview with Austria’s Mulatschag TV, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti reveals that he was recently at Van Halen’s 5150 studios, where Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang Van Halen treated him to a live performance of their upcoming album, played in it’s entirety.

Tramonti: “We played with Van Halen years and years ago at Madison Square Garden and Palace in Detroit. The first time I saw Wolfgang, he was just a little… probably five-year-old kid or six-year-old kid and Eddie, that day, gave me one of his guitars, so I got to know Eddie.
“Then years went by and Wolfgang ended up being a fan of Alter Bridge, so we got to know him through Alter Bridge. And Wolfgang invited us to go see soundcheck when Van Halen did a tour a couple of years ago, and we were the only in there, so it was quite a treat.
“And then recently, I was in Los Angeles and Wolfgang invited me to his Dad’s house and I got to go to 5150 studios and watch Eddie and Alex and Wolfgang play their new record from front to back. So I was one of the only people who have heard the new Van Halen. It was incredible.”

Van Halen have been recording their as-yet-untitled new album with Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks. It will mark the band’s first album with David Lee Roth in more than 25 years. The album’s release date is unknown, but is rumored to be sometime in the Fall of 2011.
You can watch the entire interview posted on You Tube, right here:

Dio Disciples slight update note

Another postings from the Dio Disciples team, from over at their Facebook page:

Dio Disciples are celebrating the incredible music of Ronnie James Dio!
The band is on a European tour. Here is the complete schedule:
Come out and celebrate with Dio Disciples and special guests The Rods and Anvil!
Dio Disciples are heading to Germany. Check the schedule and get tickets before the shows sellout!

We hope to do a USA tour in the Fall.


"At (Mötley) Crüe's newest road show of fire and a noisy set-list of songs chosen by fans, there was no sign of the acrimony that's sometimes broken the band apart over the decades--just a vivid celebration of their shared history. They reached across a mirrored piano to join hands during ‘Home Sweet Home,’ the kind of epic power ballad that was once essential in the days when hairspray dominated MTV. But most of their set was about tough hooks and pyro, from the grinding, roaring riffs ignited by guitarist Mick Mars on "Live Wire" to the spinning pentagram of ‘Shout at the Devil.’”
--Steve Appleford, (6/15/2011)
MÖTLEY CRÜE sets fire to the Hollywood Bowl (June 14). All photos except * by: Paul Brown.

MÖTLEY CRÜE are now on the road, having launched their summer headlining U.S. tour last week.
Performing to record-breaking, star-studded crowds only four shows in, the group’s combination of hit songs (all fan-picked), over-the-top showmanship with pyro, state of the art sound and visual effects--including “The 360” drum coaster--is a must-see show drawing rave reviews from fans and tastemakers nationwide.
On Tuesday night (June 14), the rock icons hit the Hollywood Bowl for the first time--with a packed house, killer show and set list encompassing the below fan favorites and classics:

Motley Crue, Tuesday, June 14--Los Angeles, CA--Hollywood Bowl
1) Wild Side
2) Saints of LA
3) Live Wire
4) Shout At The Devil
5) Same Old Situation
6) Primal Scream
7) Home Sweet Home

8) Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
9) Looks That Kill

10) Dr. Feelgood
11) Too Young To Fall In Love
12) Girls, Girls, Girls
13) Smokin' In The Boys Room
14) Kickstart My Heart
Highlights from the Hollywood Bowl show included Cee Lo Green joining onstage for a crowd-pleasing mash-up of “Girl Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “F**k You.” Friends such as Dane Cook, Slash and Perla Hudson, Danny Masterson, Chris Jericho, Criss Angel and many others caught the Los Angeles show.
On Sunday night (June 12) in Albuquerque, NM, actors Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner--in town filming the Avengers movie--caught the show:

VINCE NEIL and Cee Lo Green perform a mash-up of “Girl Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “F**k You,” June 14 at the Hollywood Bowl.
   Following the U.S. tour, Mötley Crüe are the 2011 honorees of Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip Music Festival ( The three-day festival kicks off with the group’s tribute on Thursday, Aug. 18 and will culminate on Saturday, Aug. 20 with Mötley Crüe headlining the outdoor festival live on Sunset Boulevard (between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard).

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