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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Slight Update for Tuesday 19th July, 2011

Hi folks, I had hoped to get a couple more reviews up at the site, but the weekend seemed to fly by and that time passed, all too quick ... Too quick for me to get those reviews done!!!
Hoping that the gremlins that have been giving me problems recently will BACK OFF(!) and allow me to share with you various news bits and pieces, without too much trouble!

Here's wishing you all a good week ahead, at the time of starting to write this update, I've not long arrived at my hotel (9pm Monday night) just outside of Cincinnati - Day job business trip ... - and driving down from Detroit to here, boy did I hit some serious rainstorms!
Between Toledo and Dayton today it was one after another and seriously gusting winds too, the car was rocking from side to side with the winds and the rain was like a white out blizzard basically, crazy! So everyone was driving around 5 - 10 mph in stretches, others thought they could drive at 50 - 60 mph, no wonder some were off the road as I got further along!
Add to that upper 90F's temp weather, it's nut and seriously heavy going ...
Anyway, enough of all that, on to what I've been made aware of in the last few days, cheers, Al! 

Cheap Trick survive storm that trashes the stage set

It seems to be that time of year over here, where bands are playing in the northern territories, well North America and Canada anyway and big storms have hit to mess up the show, venue or both!
I remember back in the summer of 2008, that the annual Rocklahoma concert event, got totally messed up when either a hurricane hit or tornado passed through?
A couple of weeks ago, The Sweet show I reviewed was stopped when a torrential storm came through and looked as if it could've had a tornado develop ...

Well, US rockers Cheap Trick apparently just went through a similar situation if not worse, when they played in Ottawa this past weekend.
Here check this out from the Cheap Trick site:

Severe weather hits stage at Ottawa Bluesfest
This posted July 17th, 2011

Severe weather hit the stage as Cheap Trick was performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest tonight. The stage blew down and collapsed. Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine.
Cheap Trick hopes that everyone who attended the show is also ok.

Robin Zander said “Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we’ll see you down the road. And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.”

These pictures were taken at the concert site and posted at Cheap Trick's website:


Just before the storm hit, with the band still onstage:

The stage gear in the aftermath

Please note, all of the above pictures are credited to:

I would just like to add, someone, somewhere, was looking out for you guys that night!
Glad to know that everyone was OK, if somewhat shaken up and as the band say, let's hope everyone attending the event got home safely.


(UFO's Vinnie Moore photo by Sandi Murphy.) 


UFO guitarist VINNIE MOORE was the featured artist last Friday on Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” iPhone and iPad app. A description of today’s lick is described below.
Today VINNIE MOORE shares a rolling legato run based on the B blues scale. It's a hard-rockin' blues lick with just a hint of country "twang." Find out more and check it out at

Editor's note:
Sorry folks, I actually received this info last Friday, but Friday and Saturday night I was having problems with site formatting. Hopefully, those muso's amongst you can track down the actual lick.
I did find this, but I believe it's from a previous session:

In related news ...

UFO has confirmed a new run of North American dates kicking off this September in Santa Rosa, CA.
The band will be touring North America in support of their latest, encompassing collection “Best of a Decade,” that takes in some of the best moments of the bands past ten years, that is out now on SPV/Steamhammer.
UFO are also in the process of working on a new studio album which is scheduled for release in early 2012.

Providing direct support on the tour with be Brazilian rockers MINDFLOW. Their latest release “With Bare Hands” is available now on Nightmare Records. Heavy metal, hard rock, modern rock…try to put MINDFLOW’s music into a category and you either don’t know where to stop or you can’t find the words. It’s all there – the compelling energy of the rhythm section – drums and bass pounding relentless power.


September 2011

9/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
9/16: Sacramento/Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
9/17: Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
9/19: Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
9/21: Modesto, CA @ The Fat Cat
9/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @The Key Club
9/26: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
9/29: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
9/30: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

October 2011

10/1: San Bernadino, CA @ Orange Raceway
10/6: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/7: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
10/8: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

For more info visit:

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa team-up on new album "Don't Explain"
‘Don’t Explain’ is the debut collaboration between American singer-songwriter Beth Hart and the acclaimed Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album, made up exclusively of intimate soul cover versions, will be released in the UK and Europe on Monday 26th September by Provogue Records.

Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Black Country Communion, The Black Crowes), ‘Don't Explain’ perfectly combines Hart's raspy and soulful vocal with Bonamassa's unique guitar sound, as the pair unite on a stunning collection of hand-picked soul tracks, as performed by celebrated artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Waits, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and many more.

The full album tracklisting is:
1. Sinner's Prayer (Ray Charles w/ B.B. King)
2. Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits)
3. Your Heart Is As Black As Night (Melody Gardot)
4. For My Friend (Bill Withers)
5. Don't Explain (Billie Holiday)
6. I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James)
7. Something's Got A Hold On Me (Etta James)
8. I'll Take Care Of You (Gil Scott-Heron)
9. Well, Well (Delaney & Bonnie)
10. Ain't No Way (Aretha Franklin)

After crossing paths with Beth and her band on the road numerous times, Joe Bonamassa recalls how ‘Don’t Explain’ came about; "I was up late one night, I couldn't sleep. I was playing songs on my iPod from the reissue of Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, which included all the opening acts from that Stones show," says Bonamassa. "As soon as the Ike & Tina tracks came on, I just said out loud, 'Beth Hart.' I emailed Kevin, saying, 'Let's do a soul covers record with Beth,' and he replied back, 'Actually, that's a great idea.'"

For further information and much more, go to:


Monday July 25th, at 6 PM - To coincide with the 2012 tour launch plan, Thin Lizzy will be appearing at HMV’s Flagship London store (150 Oxford Street, London W1D 1DJ) where they will play an exclusive in store live set and do a signing session! - You lucky, lucky people!

Everyone and anyone is welcome to come down and watch the set and meet the guys. The latest Thin Lizzy re-issue albums 'Black Rose,' 'Bad Reputation' and 'Chinatown,' (via Universal Music) will be available to get signed and attendees can purchase tickets and VIP packages for the 2012 dates in store.

Here's the tour flyer for the UK gigs:

For all up to date information on Thin Lizzy go to:

Michael Schenker UK Tour slight update

This Friday night, 22nd July Michael Schenker will start his latest UK tour, with a headline gig at The Robin in Bilston, West Midlands, England. UK, before then hooking up with Black Country Communion as special guest for their UK tour.
Both acts will also be playing at the High Voltage festival*, in London on Sunday 24th July.

It seems, this will NOT be the Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) as such ... It seems it's a variation on a theme, that will be simply called Michael Schenker, possibly ..., 'plus Special Guests?!'
Read on, as this is posted at the German guitarist's website:

This will be the first time that Michael Schenker, Herman Rarebell, Pete Way, Michael Voss, Elliott "Dean" Rubinson and Wayne Findlay will be touring together with this new line-up promoting Michael Schenker's Brand New Album "Temple Of Rock" to be released in September ...
Anyway as previously mentioned, the tour will start on July 22nd and will last until the 31st.
A great new set will be performed with lots of Michael Schenker Classics from UFO to Scorpions and MSG as well as songs from the new album. See you out there!
Michael Schenker: MSG, ex Scorpions/UFO - Lead Guitar

Herman Rarebell: ex Scorpions - Drums

Pete Way: ex UFO - Bass

Michael Voss: Vocals

Elliott (Owner of Dean Guitar) Rubinson: Bass

Wayne Findlay: MSG - Keyboards/Guitars

*High Voltage Festival will have this new line up plus very special guests

Michael Schenker official website:


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