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Monday, September 26, 2011

Brief News Update for Monday September 26th, 2011

Alice Cooper 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' debuts well and the tour rolls on!

Alice Cooper is currently undergoing quite the ressurgence with a current worldwide tour and as his latest album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' more than proves, the public is still smitten by the character behind the makeup!
The new album hit # 22 on the US Billboard 200,  the album also debuted on SoundScan’s Hard Music Albums chart at # 6 and Rock Albums chart at # 11.
This is also his highest charting entry in the US in over 20 years!

He's currently on the road with new guitarist with the 'wow' factor Orianthi (Steve Vai, Michael Jackson) who simply blows so many away, down under in Australia right now with final shows in Melbourne and Perth and once he wraps that tour up, it's off to Singapore and Indonesia and then he's back to Europe, all through this September and October, then later in October the band hits the UK.
Then in November the band shift to mainland Europe for more dates, then Russia before returning the US, just around Thankgiving Holiday time, hitting Michigan's Mt. Pleasant and then further dates into mid-December ...  So right now, there's no sign of 'The Coop' letting up at all!
It's a great show as I reported here previously:
Don't miss it folks!

Also, the new album, if you don't have it already, is a great return to Alice' best loved sounds, review coming soon here on that! So go and check it out, you'll be glad you did.
Official site for all things 'Coop' related:

Michael Schenker / Leslie West / Uli Jon Roth US Tour Dates Postponed

This news just in, kind of disappointing for many fans of Michael Schenker, Leslie West and Uli Jon Roth for sure, although personally I would've like to have seen a solo Schenker tour, with a longer set.
Here's the brief details for now though .... - As you can see through Schenker's management.
No more from Leslie West's camp at this time, more updates as I get them.

Michael Schenker, a true purveyor first-class hard guitar rock, is set to release the aptly titled "Temple of Rock" on October 11 on CD, digital formats, and vinyl.
Unfortunately, his US visit with Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West on the '3 Guitar Heroes' tour has been postponed until early 2012 due to Leslie West's leg amputation.
More info will be made available at a later date.

Official Michael Schenker site:

Prophet confirmed for UK Z Rock Festival

It Is with great pleasure that we can confirm the addition of Prophet
to the Z Rock 2012 line up. The band are highly regarded in rock circles
and their appearance will be Prophet’s first on English soil. Prophet’s
Recycled will be rereleased on October 24th via Z Records.
The confirmed line for Z Rock 2012 on May 5th is now as follows..
and SHAKRA with one further act to be confirmed. Tickets can be
purchased at a special discounted rate of £38 until November 30th
when they revert to £45. Visit to obtain yours!

Anderson Wakeman Touring together - North American Dates lined up

Vocalist Jon Anderson and keyboard genius Rick Wakeman, are both former main members of the band Yes, but in recent years it seems the old personality clashes, etc, have struck once more.
Truth be told though, it was more a case, certainly with Jon Anderson, that he was recovering from some serious health problems, that the rest of Yes were not prepared to wait for him, unsure if or when he might return.

 Wakeman in fact has been extremely busy with his own solo projects and TV work, but he and Anderson did work together last year to produce 'The Living Tree.'

Well now, it seems these two will hit the road in North America next month, for some live dates, also now I hear that another former Yes member in Trevor Rabin may also be committed to touring with these two guys. Sounds promising to many folks I'm sure.

The live dates will be from mid-October, through November and then returning next year, for further dates.

Catch Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and hopefully Trevor Rabin together, live!
Dates and details are on - Jon Anderson's - the Tour page.

 For further details go to:

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