Search This Blog

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rock News Update for Wednesday 6th July, 2011

Hi folks, well ..., it's hump day, sorry, Wednesday and we're halfway to the weekend, yes, we've got this far!
Anyway, all that aside first of all I'd like to say congratulations to our two Christopher Cross giveaway prizewinners, Todd Nemphos of Baldwin, MD wins the autographed copy of 'Doctor Faith' and John Pierson of Sellersville, PA, gets the regular copy of the album.
Well done guys, you correctly guessed that British metal act Saxon covered Christopher Cross' hit single, 'Ride Like the Wind,' your  CD's will be sent out to you both later today. Hope you appreciate the album.

 Onto the news for Wednesday! Cheers, Al

Uriah Heep set for UK tour in December

Looks like UK rock fans are in for a treat, as Uriah Heep have set up a ten date UK tour in support of current album 'Into The Wild,' released through Frontiers records.

Here's the flyer for the tour.

Based on the excellent new album and great reviews of the band's recent US tour, it's not to be missed!
Enjoy folks!

Keep up with the band, for any news or tour date additions at:

VH1 Classic Presents THAT METAL SHOW
Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson
SEASON 8: Los Angeles!


That Metal Show is back in LA to film its 8th Season and we’re looking for Hardcore LA Metal Fans to be in the audience for our shows!

You wanted more metal, we’re giving you more metal! VH1 Classic’s THAT METAL SHOW is back and ready for another season of celebrating all things hard rock and heavy metal. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, THAT METAL SHOW is a ONE HOUR roundtable talk show where legends of rock hang out and discuss their past and current projects, all the while interacting with the metal maniacs that make up our studio audience. Once again, we’ll be settling all metal arguments, trying to Stump the Trunk, and we’ll be tracking down artists who vanished from the metal scene. THAT METAL SHOW is quite simply the only on-air destination for the greatest genre of music ever created.

We will have another season of AMAZING Guests, so get your reservations in now!

Friday, 7/22/11
Saturday, 7/23/11
Monday, 7/25/11
Tuesday, 7/26/11
Thursday, 7/28/11

NOTE- We will film 2 shows each day. You MUST stay for both show tapings. The shows this season will be a FULL HOUR, so we will be shooting for an hour and half each show!
It’s twice the Metal!

LOCATION-Los Angeles, CA (Given upon being confirmed.)
(The total check in & tape time for the tapings will be approx 4-4.5 hours)

PLEASE NOTE- As this is a television taping, all shows are overbooked. (Which is standard for any show) Audience members will be allowed in on a first come first served basis.

We are extending this special, complimentary ticket offer to LA fans of METAL!!


And Include:
CITY/STATE: (MUST be in the LA area to be eligible)
GUEST NAMES: (You Can bring TWO guests with you)

Put “Metal Show (and date you would like to attend)” in subject line! Example: “Metal Show 7/22/11”There are no hard tickets, you will be put on a VIP security list upon confirmation.

For more details check out:

Van Halen ... Is that album ready ...? David Lee Roth's site, possibly drops a hint!

So, are the rumours about to be made fact ...?
For sometime now, there's been speculation over when the new Van Halen album will be released, the first new material featuring David Lee Roth on lead vocals since ... Well, it's been so long it was the Van Halen 'Best of ... Volume 1,' back in 1996, which featured two previously unreleased David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen tracks.
This at the time looked as though VH were back with Diamond Dave fronting the band once more, but alas the man blew his chance by taking over the MTV awards show that year ..
Eddie Van Halen was apparently less than happy about it ...

The 'Best of Both Worlds' compilation in 2004 featured three brand new Sammy Hagar sung Van Halen tracks and the band did indeed reunite for a big old tour ...
Sadly, once again, the reunion was short lived with all kinds of rumours from both sides ... Sigh ...

Van Halen of course DID reunite with Diamond Dave in 2006 and they toured in 2007 to mixed reviews. Some said Eddie Van Halen was in trouble again trying to stay clean ..., but they managed to get through the tour that finished in 2008.

So much talk as I say has been ongoing regarding the new album and finally ... It's just possible that David Lee Roth has indeed dropped the biggest - yet cryptic - hint yet, by a simple statement at his website, 'Get ready ...'
You can check it out here:

Who knows, maybe he's got his own new solo album coming out, but I kind of doubt it, as Van Halen have already lined up live dates in Australia:

Van Halen
Soundwave Revolution Festival - Australia

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 Brisbane
Sunday, September 25th, 2011 Sydney
Friday, September 30th, 2011 Melbourne
Saturday, October 1st, 2011 Adelaide
Monday, October 3rd, 2011 Perth

I guess we should find out soon enough right ...? I hope so!
The Van Halen news desk seems to keep on top of most things:

New solo album, 'Marauder' from Starship's Mickey Thomas

A new covers album has just this week been released by Starship frontman, Mickey Thomas and the album goes by the title of 'Marauder.'
I cannot find any official press release for this album, but Amazon says this of the release:
Mickey Thomas is one of rock music's best kept secrets. 'Marauder' plunders Thomas Rock legacy with Starship and Elvin Bishop to pay tribute to his musical influences, peers, and followers. Featuring fourteen incredible tracks, 'Marauder' showcases Thomas vocal genius and leaves no doubt that his voice is among rock music most treasured.

'Marauder' is Thomas fitting tribute to his musical influences such as
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Joe Cocker. As lead singer for the popular 80's hitmakers, Starship, Mickey Thomas was the voice of some of the biggest hits of the 80's including
'We Built This City,' 'Sara' and 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'.
With 'Marauder', Thomas showcases the amazing range of his voice on classics as Paul McCartney's 'Maybe I'm Amazed', AC/DC's 'Moneytalks', Snow Patrol's 'Chasing Cars', and Muse's 'Supermassive Black Hole' among others. 
It's avilable through both Amazon and iTunes it seems right here:
The official website for the man is here:








Atlantic recording group Staind has announced details of their hugely anticipated new album.  “STAIND” – which marks the iconic hard rock band’s seventh studio album and first full-length release in three years – arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 13th.
Produced by Johnny K – known for his work with 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, and Sevendust, not to mention his Grammy Award-nominated collaboration with Staind, 2008’s “THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS” – and mixed by the legendary Chris Lord-Alge, “STAIND” stands as Staind’s most intense and powerful work to date.  The album is heralded by the new song, “Eyes Wide Open,” which premieres today at
“Not Again,” the first official single from “STAIND,” will then impact multi-format rock radio outlets nationwide in mid-July.
Check out the video for 'Eyes Wide Open' right here:

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Aaron Lewis recent described “STAIND” as “the heaviest thing we have recorded in a long time.  It’s definitely one of the heaviest collections of songs that we have put together.”
“It’s completely different than the last record,” agrees guitarist Mike Mushok.  “It’s more of a throwback to where we came from.  I definitely think it’s fresh. It’s a modern-sounding version of a heavy Staind record.  It’s pretty cool.”
“STAIND” has already earned advance acclaim from ARTISTDirect, which hailed the album as a “timeless masterpiece,” praising Lewis’ vocals for “reach(ing) heights that only legends can touch.”
In other news, Staind will perform at KROQ’s annual rock festival, Epicenter 2011, slated for September 24th at Irvine, California’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 
For up-to-the-minute details, please see
Staind’s decade-plus career has seen worldwide album sales in excess of 13 million and five #1 singles spanning three different radio formats.  With honest, heartfelt lyrics, resounding guitar chords, and Aaron Lewis’ unmistakable voice, the New England-based band leapt to the forefront of American alternative metal with 2001’s hugely popular Flip/Elektra third album, “BREAK THE CYCLE.”  Fueled by the hit singles, “Outside” and “It’s Been Awhile,” the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, ultimately going on to five-times RIAA platinum certification and worldwide sales of 7 million.
2003’s “14 SHADES OF GRAY” saw Staind continuing to dominate rock radio, spawning the mainstream rock hits, “Price To Play” and “So Far Away” and earning RIAA platinum certification.  Released two years later, “CHAPTER V” entered the Billboard 200 at #1 – Staind’s third consecutive platinum-certified, chart-topping debut.  In 2008, “THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS” made a top 3 debut on the Billboard 200 driven by the #1 alternative rock song, “Believe.”
In addition to his continuing work with Staind, singer Aaron Lewis is a fervent road warrior, performing solo acoustic shows featuring both classic Staind songs like “It’s Been Awhile” and “Right Here” and songs from his solo EP "Town Line," which debuted at in the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart, and #7 on the Billboard 200.  "Town Line" also earned him two CMT video nominations, one for the lead single "Country Boy," the video for which currently has 10 million views on and YouTube alone.
For additional news and information, please visit

Classic Rock Presents AOR 3: Foreigner 4
A year to make. More than $1 million in recording costs. Deadlines Missed. Budgets broken.
Classic Rock Presents AOR analyses the dramatic birth of Foreigner '4.'

The third sensational issue of AOR magazine celebrates a very special birthday: the 30th anniversary of the release of Foreigner 4 – the classic 1981 album that brought you such massive hits as 'Waiting For A Girl Like You,' 'Urgent,' 'Juke Box Hero' and many more.

The epic 10-page article tells you everything you need to know about the creation of this melodic rock masterpiece, based around a revealing new interview with Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

Other interviews include former band members Rick Wills and Dennis Elliott; Tony Platt, who engineered Foreigner 4; plus the man who played synthesiser on the album – none other than Thomas Dolby.
There is also an interview with the band’s current frontman, Kelly Hansen, asking him what it feels like singing those classic Foreigner songs today.


No comments:

Post a Comment