Wednesday, June 8, 2011
News Update for Wednesday 8th June, 2011
Andrew Gold RIP
August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011
Another name from the world of rock and pop goes down, as news just yesterday is announced that late 70's, American singer / songwriter Andrew Gold passed away in his sleep last Friday, 3rd June.
Various news sites are reporting it all around the globe and here's just one of those, at the BBC that also features one of his live videos of 'Heartaches in Heartaches' from the man:
Possibly Andrew Gold's best known album, 'What's Wrong With This Picture.'
I know it's not hard rock folks, but for those old melodic rock fans out there from the 70's, you are probably very familiar with many of the guys songs.
I can remember back then, thinking what a cool track 'Lonely Boy' was, for it's catchy hookline, big chorus and tasty lead break. At that time I was not aware that the guy was already a successful session musician, contributing lead guitar and song arranger for Linda Ronstadt, starting from 1974 on her album 'Heart Like a Wheel,' onwards with her next four albums too.
His first solo big hit was indeed 'Lonely Boy,' followed by 'How Can This Be Love,' then another smash hit, probably best associated later on, with popular US TV series 'The Golden Girls,' was 'Thank You for Being a Friend.'
'Never Let Her Slip Away,' was really his last big solo hit in 1978, although he went on to contribute to many rock and pop artists album works, including Art Garfunkel, Eric Carmen, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Cher, Jackson Browne, 10cc and many more.
In 1983 he and ex-10cc founder Graham Gouldman formed the project 'Wax,' who had a big hit with the single, 'Bridge To Your Heart,' amongst others.
After that, he really seemed to just get by on writing soundtrack material and T.V. commercials, he will always be best remembered for those catchy 70's melodic pop rock songs.
Quite possibly the saddest thing of all, is his own website http://www.andrewgold.com/ has not even acknowledged his passing and does not appear to have been touched in sometime.
Thank you for the music Andrew, I enjoyed quite a bit of it.
RIP Andrew Gold - 1951 - 2011
Uriah Heep fans, US tour kicks off next week
In support of the band's excellent new album, 'Into the Wild,' for their new label Frontiers Records - See review here: http://chambersofrock.blogspot.com/2011/04/uriah-heep-into-wild-album-review.html - classic UK rockers Uriah Heep start their two leg US tour next week June 14th, in Atlanta, GA, at the Variety Playhouse, with the first leg closing in Palm Springs Indio, CA on July 2nd.
The second leg of the US tour will kick off August 9th, after some dates in Russia and Germany, resuming in Linconshire, IL at Viper Alley and close in Las Vegas, NV on August 20th.
The tour will run in the US hitting cities such as Chattanooga, TN, Kettering, OH, New York City, NY, Norfolk, CT, Del Mar San Diego, CA, Rochester, MN and Scottsdale, AZ.
Sadly, no date for Michigan again from the guys, no Detroit date ...
Ah well, same as the last tour chaps ... Maybe next time ....?
For the official Uriah Heep site, news updates and full tour details, go to:
Journey BBC interview from Friday June 3rd
Journey who are currently touring the UK and Europe, in support of latest just released album 'Eclipse,' took time last Friday to step in the BBC's Breakfast Time TV show studio's for an interview.
Present from the band were Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and latest vocalist Arnel Pineda.
If you happened to have missed it, you can see the interview right here and now at:
Note: Sadly, if you're in the US, the intro crosses with a commercial / advertisement, as the interview starts. Typical!
The new album 'Eclipse' entered the US Billboard 200 charts at #13, not quite as high as 'Revelation' which entered at #5, but very respectable indeed.
It also entered the UK charts this week at #33, again, not too bad at all.
Journey will kick off their US tour in Oshkosh, WI at the 'Rock US Festival' on July 15th before then continuing their tour alongside Foreigner and Night Ranger.
The US tour runs right through into October, closing in Seattle, WA on the 21st.
For all the news from Journey and full tour details, go to:
Anyone want a guitar signed by all current Thin Lizzy members?
A current auction for charity is indeed offering such an item from Thin Lizzy!
Here are the details:
Livewire Guitar Auction
This Epiphone Les Paul guitar was signed by Thin Lizzy this year in person for the charity Livewire Youth Music.
This is a great opportunity to not only get a great guitar but also 100% authentic autographs.
The Guitar is signed by Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Marco Mendoza, Viv Campbell and Ricky Warwick and will come with official letter of authenticity from Thin Lizzy's management so bid with confidence.
All proceeds of this auction will go towards the running of Livewire a UK registered Charity working with young musicians aged 13 to 21.
For more details please visit www.livewireyouth.com
Bid with confidence knowing this is the genuine article.