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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

News Update for Tuesday September 13th, 2011

Hi folks,
Well it seems the old Blogspot formatting is causing me grief again and as much as I hate to say it, I would've added more updates, but due to some of the press releases that I've received, I am not able, it seem to be able to copy and paste the information directly into the Blogspot template - No matter how much I try to change the text format, colour, font style, etc. - so I've had to re-write a lot of what I've received.  So there's a lot of limited info here on some things but I want to make sure you are still aware of the info, so I've provided direct links to the sources. - After having to type up much of the releases?! Weird?!

Anyway, time of late has again been very limited, so much so I am seriously considering - Sorry about this ... - cutting out the regular news updates just to get all the reviews to you, that I'm not having time to get to.
Sorry, it's as simple as that. Family, day job and various other stuff, must come first.

I love doing this, so much so that I quit playing live music myself, which I do miss a lot but ....
I feel there's a lot of bands out there that simply don't get the coverage they deserve and there's material out there, that so many rock fans are simply not aware that it is ... Out there!

I love this music just as much as you all do, so I understand you all wanting to hear about new stuff. It gives me such a buzz sometimes, when I get to hear new stuff so far ahead of release dates and I do consider myself lucky, very lucky, to be in this position.
Anyway, I'm babbling! LOL!
So, if you see a lack of news updates, please understand I am just trying to keep up with getting these reviews out to you, before the releases are too old! :)
Keep on rockin' folks, thanks again for your support, cheers, Al.




New York, NY (September 12, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the U.S. release of Slash’s first ever live solo album 'Made In Stoke 24/7/11.' The double-disc CD, and a special-edition 2CD+DVD package (featuring five bonus tracks and an exclusive interview with Slash) hits stores November 15.

The iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter Slash has perfected the science of the six-string for over 20 years as an integral component of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver and as a hugely successful solo artist. On July 24, 2011, he made a very special visit to Stoke on Trent, England, where he was raised, at the end of the 2010-2011 tour in support of his globally chart topping and critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut.

Captured at Victoria Hall as part of an intensive world tour, this 21-song set is a celebration of a legendary career. Joined by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on vocals, Slash ripped through cuts culled from his GN’R days, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit, and his solo album, (including the single “By The Sword”). His band line-up included bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and guitarist Bobby Schneck.

With favorites like “Back From Cali,” “Slither,” “Sweet Child ‘O Mine,” and many more reverberating the crowd-filled rafters, this proved to be one rockin’ homecoming.

The track listing for both the CD and the Special Edition DVD is:

1) Been There Lately
2) Night Train
3) Ghost
4) Mean Bone
5) Back From Cali
6) Rocket Queen
7) Civil War
8) Nothing To Say
9) Starlight
10) Promise
11) Doctor Alibi
12) Speed Parade
13) Watch This
14) Beggars & Hangers On
15) Patience
16) Godfather Solo
17) Sweet Child O’ Mine
18) Slither
19) By The Sword 20) Mr Brownstone
21) Paradise City
Bonus DVD:

1.) Ghost
2.) Back from Cali
3.) Beggars & Hangers On
4.) Been there lately
5.) Starlight.
Interview with Slash


Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 induction into Hollywood’s RockWalk (located in front of Guitar Center in Hollywood) alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Grammy-winning Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, Slash. In addition, Slash was just honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. In February 2011, he performed at the Super Bowl XLV half time show, seen by more than 106 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history (Nielsen Co.). Slash is currently in the studio working on his second solo album due for release in 2012.

Official weblinks:

Michael Schenker "Temple Of Rock"

To Be Released on CD and LP
October 11, 2011 via MVD Entertainment Group
US Tour Dates with Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West set for October

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. He will also be touring with Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West on the 3 Guitar Heroes tour. - Link to full tour dates here:

The list of Schenker's successes is extensive ... As a young man he lent his very special sound, together with his brother Rudolf, to the Scorpions, that later made the band one of the first real international hard rock stars from Germany. In the 70's, he similarly helped British rock legends U.F.O. to their definitive breakthrough, turning songs like 'Rock Bottom' or 'Doctor, Doctor' into songs everyone knows.

In 1980, it was time for him to form the first band of his own ... The Michael Schenker Group or MSG for short. Some of the world's best musicians were assembled, cavorting with founding members such as Gary Barden, Don Airey or Simon Phillips. Not forgetting that no one less than Roger Glover from Deep Purple manned the production console for the first record. Since then, the three letter MSG have become a synonym for honest, hand crafted and impelling premium hard rock.

Now, after extensive touring and following a well-earned rest, Schenker has returned with his group to add a new jewel to his creative work in 'Temple of Rock.' Names such as Pete Way, Wayne Findlay, Neil Murray and Chris Slade still represent the highest of standard and get aficionados' heartbeats racing. One of the biggest treats is his collaboration with the former Scorpions drummer, Herman 'the German' Rarebell, as well as his beloved brother Rudolf ... And yet the list is even longer with Doogie White (Former singer with Rainbow), super drummer Carmine Appice and Elliott Tichy. However, the one name missing in 2011 is Gary Barden.
Michael Voss, the new vocalist is more than 'just' a replacement. The experienced producer and singer showed just what he is capable of during the last MSG tour.

 Schenker says:
"The Temple of Rock is within me where I create since I was introduced to the amazing invention of the distorted Guitar which is for me the most enjoyable and the best possible way to express myself. The Rock Guitar Sound that I fell in love with, mostly expressed as a lead break, is what I have nurtured and treasured all of my life. Combined with the infinite spring from within and the amazing musicians around me, I keep expressing an ongoing development of my Art (Being). With 'Temple of Rock' I am entering a new stage of my life, a new level of existence enjoying life more than ever, reaping the joy of all sorts of developments from the past.

Also, it seems to me that collectively, with true expressive makers of Rock Music, we have been building the external Temple Of Rock for many years and have now come to the point of putting on the roofing and celebrating the almost completion of the Temple. All generations of this period are meeting all over the world on one stage it seems celebrating an Era of 'Hand Made Rock' which will never be the same again due to invention of new technology but of course New Temples and New Wonders will arise to enjoy expressions in new ways."

 Check out the single 'Miss Claustrophobia' here:

  For more information go to:

Roadrunner Records Presents

You've waited, we've teased you and now the big news is finally here!
The brand new Nickelback album, 'Here and Now,' is heading your way November 21, 2011 also known as "NICKELBLACK MONDAY!" 
The first singles, "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together" will ship to rock and pop radio respectively on September 26th, 2011.
Stay tuned for even more big news and keep an ear open for the new music!
Judie Tzuke - John Martyn, Old Grey Whistle Test and One Tree Less News
Updates from British songstress Judie Tzuke mailing list, take it away ...
Right now on Soundcloud are four tasters from the new album, 'One Tree Less.'
Feel free to listen and comment, they are still, 'works in progress' but we are getting close to the finished article now and are on course for an Autumn release.
Soundcloud ~

With the album being more imminent, we will be ending the Gold Disk Pre-orders at the end of September. So if you want to be involved there are only three weeks remaining.
Gold Disk Pre-Order ~

Judie recently recorded some exclusive tracks for Bob Harris helping to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Old Grey Whistle Test. The shows are on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday nights at 10pm (GMT).
We aren't sure which show Judie will be on, this week is 1973/74 so it will be a few weeks at least.
Old Grey Whistle Test 40 ~

Lastly Judie has a track on a John Martin tribute album called "Johnny Boy Would Love This....A Tribute to John Martyn", Judie sang 'Hurt In Your Heart' and the album and Judie has been receiving very favourable reviews. Last week Bob Lefsetz a very respected voice within the music world, wrote a glowing review of the album, I have included the entire review at the end of the email (See below).  In it he described Judie's contribution as one of the stellar tracks.
Bob Lefsetz archive ~
Bob Lefsetz Twitter ~

Official Judie Tzuke links:



2011 Winter Tour On-Sale

Experience the New Rock-Holiday Tradition!

Hello TSO fans,
Tickets for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 2011 Winter Tour go on-sale to the general public as early as today - Friday, September 9th. (Editor's note: Sorry I was late on this folks.)
Visit or check out the tour dates below for shows near you. The [Tickets] links will take you to the official ticketing page where you can find prices and more details. Also, help spread the word by clicking on the [RSVP] link and let your friends on know that you're going to the show!
We can't wait to see you on the road!

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Official Site:
Official Fan Club Site:






As his new single “If You Ever Get Lonely” arrives at radio, rock legend JOHN WAITE will hit the road for a fall tour kicking off September 10. An urgent mid-tempo pop rock song that is classic WAITE, “If You Ever Get Lonely” is the latest release from ROUGH & TUMBLE that was released earlier this year on Model Music Group/Fontana.
The video for the song can be viewed here:
“If You Ever Get Lonely” is the follow up to the album’s first single, the title track which reached #1 on Classic Rock charts.

“If You Ever Get Lonely” was a song the Los Angeles-based British singer and songwriter worked on as part of a Nashville writing session in early 2010 with Matchbox Twenty's Kyle Cook. 
WAITE says, “It’s about “getting a phone call at night…perhaps the love of your life that you sort of lost track of dials you by mistake or maybe she’s out at a party and after a bottle of wine thinks she’ll just say hello.” He adds: “It’s one of those things where you pick up the phone and you stop breathing. It’s about distance. It’s about lives going on after they’ve been damaged.”

WAITE’s live performances will include songs from ROUGH & TUMBLE along with classic hits from his solo career and the two bands he fronted, The Babys and Bad English.
His fall tour will take the Grammy-nominated artist through the holidays and includes a stop in New York City on November 16 at BB Kings.

WAITE’s live performances continue to draw praise from the media: “throughout his long solo career, Waite's clear, soaring vocals have always been his defining characteristic. His flawless ability to raise a whisper to a scream without losing any clarity or depth has always been what's made him one of the more distinctive and enduring vocalists in the rock genre,” (Creative Loafing, June 2011) and “Waite’s voice was clearly in fine form and the crowd was on their feet rocking out from note one,” (, AZ, August 2011).

ROUGH & TUMBLE features an eclectic mix of rock, pop and blues, including several collaborations with Matchbox 20’s Kyle Cook. Here are some critical quotes on ROUGH & TUMBLE:

“...rocking harder than he has through most of his solo career. Certainly, there are some slower and soulful moments--arriving fairly quickly in the album, too--but there’s grit to these ballads and they’re surrounded by some of Waite’s toughest rockers of recent vintage. As good as it is to hear this in the production, what makes ‘Rough & Tumble’ one of Waite’s better efforts is how the songs..are a solid set of rockers and ballads, a sturdy set of tunes that benefit considerably from their lean, lively production.”
--, (Feb. 2011)

“The album shows a new and fresh side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative output…”
-- (Dec 2010)

WAITE recorded five albums with The Babys before launching a solo career with Ignition, a record which spawned the MTV/rock radio staple, “Change.” The hit song laid the groundwork for one of the greatest pop/rock ballads of all time--“Missing You,” which has received a rare 6 million+ spins on radio airwaves and has been covered by many artists, including Tina Turner, Alison Krauss, Rod Stewart and Orianthi. WAITE continued his success with supergroup Bad English with a string of Billboard Top 40 hits, and the #1 position, once again, when the band topped the charts with “When I See You Smile.” WAITE’s fast-paced, no-holds-barred live album, In Real Time, released in 2010, was recorded with his super-charged three-piece band in tow. The record successfully captures the electrifying live performances WAITE is known for and fueled the approach to the hard-rocking L.A. sessions for ROUGH & TUMBLE.

The preliminary fall tour dates are as follows:


Sat 9/10 Tipton, IN Tipton County Pork Festival (Gone)
Fri 9/16 Corpus Christi, TX Brewster Street Ice House
Sat 9/17 Biloxi, MS IP Casino, Resort & Spa

Thu 10/13 Wilkes-Barre, PA Genetti Hotel Ballroom

Fri 11/4 Newport, KY Newport Syndicate
Wed 11/9 Reading, PA Reverb
Fri 11/11 New Hope, PA Havana New Hope
Sun 11/13 Shirley, MA Bull Run Restaurant
Wed 11/16 New York, NY BB Kings
Thu 11/17 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
Fri 11/18 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean Music Hall
Sat 11/19 Fairfield, CT Stage One

Thu 12/1 Houston, TX Stereo Lie
Fri 12/2 Grapevine, TX Glass Cactus

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