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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Very Brief News Update for Wednesday 22nd June, 2011

Judas Priest add extra dates to Epitath tour 2011

On their 'farewell' Epitath US tour, Judas Priest have just posted the following message:

We are pleased to announce more dates of the US leg of our 'EPITAPH' tour.

October 2011
27 October Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
November 2011
8 November US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
15 November Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November The Armory, Rochester, NY
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
30 November 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
December 2011
1 December Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi

Note: These dates ARE in addition to the previously announced original live dates with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society.
For the full list of live dates:

Black Country Communion hits #1 spot on Official UK Rock Album Chart

Black Country Communion’s second album “2” hit the No. 1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart this week, overtaking the Foo Fighters album “Wasting Light”.

Click here to see the official chart -

The news follows the rave reviews of BCC’s follow up album, produced by Kevin Shirley and featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian.
The band embarks on a July tour that takes in their only UK dates this year:

July 2011
Llandudno Cymru Arena (July 23),
London, High Voltage Festival (July 24),
Leeds o2 Academy (July 26),
Newcastle o2 Academy (July 27),
Glasgow 02 Academy (July 29)
Manchester Academy (July 30).
Album and UK tour date info:, and

Mountain's Leslie West loses right leg through surgery
Spare a thought and prayer for guitar legend, Mountain's Leslie West who has just had to undergo emergency surgery to remove his right leg.
This posted over at

Guitar legend Leslie West is in stable condition after having his lower right leg amputated. The Mountain legend and heavy metal pioneer is a diabetic and underwent emergency surgery after severe swelling, according to
His wife Jenni explained in a press statement that: “The doctors tried for two days to save it to no avail. The decision to amputate was one that was necessary to save his life as the infection was spreading throughout his body.”
West is expected to make a complete recovery but his family ask that the “the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life-changing transition.”
West has been working on a new Mountain album, The Unusual Suspects, featuring collaborations with Slash, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde and Joe Bonamassa.

The Sweet are out playing limited US / Canadian live dates

70's / 80's classic pop rockers, The Sweet, who are probably one of the few bands out there, that
can say, they have a song or two that 'everyone' loves, are playing some very limited live dates in the US and Canada through July / August.
With hit's that have been covered by so many act's too, Blockbuster, Love is Like Oxygen, Ballroom Blitz, Hellraiser and Fox on the Run to name just four, will play the following dates:

 Saturday, July 2nd
Stars & Stripes Festival
31 N. Walnut Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Tuesday, July 19th
Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, Connecticut

Thursday, August 11th
Average Joe's Sports Bar
420 6th Street
Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9, Canada

Friday, August 12th
Edmonton Rock Music Festival
Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre
9330 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada

Saturday, August 13th
The Redneck Rumble
Wood Mountain Regional Park
Wood Mountain, SK SOH 4L0, Canada

Official band site:

Two years back, they released a live album, that got some great reviews and accolades galore in 'Live in America' recorded on their 2008 US tour.
The current line up of the band features:
Steve Priest - Bass/Vocals (Original Founding Member)
Stuart Smith - Guitar/Vocals
Richie Onori - Drums
Joe Retta - Vocals
Stevie Stewart - Keyboards

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