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Saturday, June 18, 2011

News update for Saturday 18th June, 2011

Metallica secretly recording with ... Read on ...

This update from the possibly the most commercially successful metal band out there, Metallica!

A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that's "not really 100 percent a Metallica record." While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.
Here's some shot's, courtesy of course of

A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou's work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers. We can't wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates . . . we'll be back with more details as they come together.

The band will kick off their European tour in Germany, at the start of next month, confirmed dates at this time can be found here:

 In related news, are you are Monopoly fan? Fancy your own 'Metallica Monopoly?'
 I kid you not, the band now has their own Monopoly game, available directly at their site. Unreal!

For this and of course, loads more Metallica info, go to:

Swedish Melodic Rock champions WORK OF ART are  'In Progress' on their second album

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated second album from the swedish aces of melodic rock WORK OF ART 'In Progress' on August 23rd in North America and August 26th in Europe.

Following the much acclaimed debut record 'Art Work,' WORK OF ART have not been resting on laurels. While main songwriter and guitarist Robert Sall contributed heavily to the success of the W.E.T. project with Jeff Scott Soto and Erik Martensson and singer Lars Safsund kept busy singing on other projects, WORK OF ART have been working hard to create the foundations of another amazing piece of music. 'A lot of blood, sweat & tears went into the making of this album and I think it shows. Maybe we didn’t change the formula all that much,' tells Robert Sall, 'but we certainly made sure to write, perform and produce at our very best and I think we’ve taken a huge step forward on In Progress.'

And in reality “In Progress” gives the Melodic Rock fans exactly what they’re looking for, with songs that stick in the ears from the first second and amazing musical licks. The new album shows three musicians who have matured a lot their abilities and gel together in a very natural way, presenting a sound which – still encompassing different influences – is now defined and recognizable as their own.

“This time we are definitely planning to play live in support of this record and we're set up for our live debut so, the wheels are in motion!” promises Sall. So watch out for further news from the Swedish rockers!
The first single “The Great Fall” will be exclusively distributed in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets on July 19th. This special release will include two exclusive acoustic bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere) : 'Once Again' and 'Until You Believe.'
In Progress will include the following songs: The Rain; Nature Of The Game; Once Again; Never Love Again; Eye Of The Storm; Until You Believe; The Great Fall; Call On Me; Emelie; Fall Down; Castaway; One Step Away.
Includes bonus videoclip: The Great Fall.

 You can enjoy the album EPK following this link : /watch?v=luNu3WZvFz4
The Great Fall” can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records web radio :

Work of Art:

Robert Sall – guitars, keyboards
Lars Safsund – lead vocals, keyboards
Herman Furin - drums

Major German Festival date, featuring Thin Lizzy, Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger and many more cancelled!

A Message from the Promoters:

It is with regret that the ROCK THE NATION Festival starring Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy and many more in Leipzig on 25 and 26 June has to be cancelled due to technical and logistical difficulties. Fans will receive a full refund for their tickets at point of purchase.

ROCK THE NATION’s Hannover, Stuttgart (18 June), Augsburg (22 June) and Loreley (24 /25 June) dates will remain as originally scheduled.

Journey issued this statement too:
It is with regret that the ROCK THE NATION Festival starring Journey and Foreigner in Leipzig on June 26 has to be cancelled due to technical and logistical difficulties. Fans will receive a full refund for their tickets at point of purchase. ROCK THE NATIONĂ¢€™s Hannover, Stuttgart (June 18), Augsburg (June 22) and Loreley (June 25) dates will remain as originally scheduled.
Foreigner have also announced the cancellation of the event also in their tour dates:

The official festival website - If you read German! - is here:

Mr Big announces North American tour dates

Mr Big, the band that featues the talents of: Eric Martin - Vocals, Paul Gilbert - Guitars,
Billy Sheehan - Bass, and Pat Torpey on Drums, are currently playing live dates everywhere in support of their latest album, 'What If ...?' released earlier this year on Frontiers Records.

The band just played a major UK live show at the Download festival, alongside the likes of Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and Cheap Trick to name just a few.

The band will play shows in the following cities:

July 2011
07/30/2011 - San Diego, CA
07/31/2011 - Agoura Hills, CA

August 2011

08/02/2011 - Tempe, AZ
08/04/2011 - Santa Ana, CA
08/05/2011 - San Francisco, CA
08/06/2011 - Modesto, CA
08/08/2011 - Salt Lake City, UT
08/09/2011 - Denver, CO
08/12/2011 - Chicago, IL
08/13/2011 - Columbus, OH
08/16/2011 - Pittsburgh, PA
08/17/2011 - Cleveland, OH
08/19/2011 - Buffalo, NY
08/20/2011 - Detroit, MI
08/23/2011 - New York, NY
08/24/2011 - Boston, MA
08/26/2011 - Myrtle Beach, SC
08/27/2011 - Orlando, FL
08/30/2011 - Houston, TX
08/31/2011 - Dallas, TX
 Official site:

Survivor new site up now and new music coming!

Survivor who've been pretty quiet new music wise since their last studio album 'Reach' was released through Frontiers records back in 2006, have launched a brand new website, that clearly reflects a new band look with Robin McAuley (M.S.G., Grand Prix, Far Corporation) proudly fronting the band. - As he has done since soon after 'Reach' was released actually!

The band also state that a new single, "How Do You Feel?" is 'Coming Soon!'

No more word on the new album yet, but of course the band is still hitting the road, with the following live shows confirmed.

Survivor Tour dates 2011 starting next month:

July 2011
 July 8, 2011 Pleasanton, CA Alameda County Fair
July 15, 2011 Niles, OH Eastwood Mall

August 2011
Aug 5, 2011 Waverly, IA Bremer County Fair
Aug 7, 2011 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
Aug 12, 2011 Garden City, KS Mosiac
Aug 13, 2011 Wood Dale, IL - Wood Dale Fest
Aug 26, 2011 Kansas City, KS - KC Live!
Aug 27, 2011 Urbana, IL - Sweet Corn Festival

September 2011
Sept 3, 2011 Portsmouth, OH - River Days Festival

October 2011
Oct 8, 2011 El Cajon, CA Sycuan Casino

November 2011
Nov 5, 2011 St Johns, NF Mile One Centre 

Official band website (Again):

Brief notes:

New Kelly Keagy available interview at Classic rock site

Night Ranger singing drummer, Kelly Keagy has recently been interviewed by's Matt Wardlaw.
The interview can be read here:

Message from Tim 'Ripper' Owens on Dio's Disciples

This message from Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen), just posted over at site:

"Things are going great out here, the crowds are fantastic and really understand what we are doing ... Celebrating the Music of Ronnie James Dio!! We just finished 5 awesome shows in a row and we have really met some great DIO fans along the way!
We also had a special show in Newcastle, with a very special guest, Doug Aldrich, who got up and jammed a few tunes with us (Long live R&R and Man On The Silver Mountain) The fans Loved it (also thanks to his band mates, Brian Tichy, Michael Devin and Brian Ruedy for hanging out) So we continue on with this emotional roller coaster and we look forward to coming to your city and Celebrating the Mighty R J D" - Tim "Ripper" Owens

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