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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quick site update for Thursday 8th September, 2011

Hi folks, sorry it's a brief update and while I do have some news updates to share, right now I'm very limited for time here, as I've been trying to catch up with reviews which I'm very sadly behind with.
I hope to get to you within the next week Status Quo's latest 'Quid Pro Quo,' John Wetton's 'Raised in Captivity,' Doobie Brothers 'Farewell tour - Live at the Greek 1982' DVD / CD and Deep Purple's 'Phoenix Rising' DVD.
The good folks that provided these, did so sometime back, but as you're all aware, life has been full of many ups, downs, major life changes and I've been doing all I can to keep you up to date with news items. 
All of the last events have put me behind on so many of my reviews, not to mention interviews that are long overdue posting at the site ... Not good, eh?!
Add to that, unfortunately it seems I was a little hasty in my remark of getting some assistance here with album reviews and that's not now going to happen ... I hope, my good friend will be able to assist in some way in the future with more live reviews. :)

On a final, way more positive note I'd like to say an incredibly huge and very humbling thank you to so many of you for sticking by me, as this week the site has past 80,000 page views!
No, it's not a million and somedays it's as low as just 130, which simply means to me that you lot are just as bloody busy as I am and don't have time to get over here!
Of course, it makes me ecstatic on those rare days of 400+ hits!
Whatever the case, you lot are great and I thank those of you that take the time to send me emails saying how much you enjoy the site and the comments good or bad - Hey, it's real world right?! - on my reviews, it shows you are into this stuff as much as me and that's great. Thank you!
So, that's it for now from me, so here's just a few bit's and pieces for you.
Hope the rest of your week goes well and really, thanks again! Cheers, Al :)


2-CD Package Available For The First Time On October 4
New York, NY (September, 2011) — Styx will have its entire career encapsulated within the 16 tracks of Regeneration, Volume I & II on a double-disc to be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on October 4.

With over 30 million records sold in North America alone, Styx is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band’s 40-year existence.

In addition to thirteen Styx classics and a brand new song “Difference In The World,” Regeneration, Volume I & II also includes interpretations of “High Enough,” and “Coming Of Age,” originally recorded by Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw, along with Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band had originally re-recorded these acclaimed anthems to sell only at their live shows, as they continued to tour the globe and introduce a new generation of fans to their chart-topping hits. Now, for the first time, this music is being made commercially available.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has previously released Styx: One With Everything, a DVD and Blu-Ray filmed with The Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland. Upcoming in December will be 'The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight event – Live, on DVD/CD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

For more information on Styx, please visit

Track Listing:
1) The Grand Illusion
2) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
3) Lorelei
4) Sing For The Day,
5) Crystal Ball
6) Come Sail Away
7) Difference In The World

1) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2) Miss America
3) Renegade
4) Queen Of Spades
5) Boat on The River
6) Too Much Time On My Hands
7) Snowblind
8) Coming Of Age
9) High Enough
Release information and more through:

New interviews with Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda

Andrew McNiece at recently conducted interviews with both lead vocalist Arnel Pineda and guitarist Neal Schon, both of mega American act Journey.

Neal Schon: Doing It His Way. Read Interview.
Arnel Pineda: From Dusty Streets To Platinum Records.
Read Interview.
Happy reading folks ... He's one or should that be two up on me, that's for sure! ;-)
Good result Andrew!

New Michael Schenker track from 'Temple of Rock' available for streaming

Check out 'Miss Claustrophobia' from the forthcoming new Michael Schenker album, 'Temple of Rock' due out in October this year, right here:

Keep tabs on all his upcoming activity including his '3 Guitar Greats' tour with both Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West, right here:

Here's the latest from UK melodic rockers FM

Update via the band's

"On September 8th 1986, FM's first album INDISCREET was released. Recording started in the hedonistic atmosphere of Ibiza and finished in the more earthy surroundings of Wood Green, North London. Who would have thought back then that in 2010 Planet Rock listeners would vote Frozen Heart one of the greatest AOR songs of all time? 25 years have passed but the songs from Indiscreet still hold a special place in all our hearts.

It is only fitting that we mark such an important day in FM history with something special, so we're excited to announce the launch of 'Indiscreet 25Live' - for the next 12 months we'll be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of Indiscreet with competitions and more. Our dedicated Indiscreet 25Live page will be the place to congregate for all the latest Indiscreet-related news and to share your memories. Check out the new page now for more info and a chance to win one of our new Indiscreet 25Live T-shirts!

Steve Price will be helping us launch the Anniversary celebrations this Sunday September 11th on his ARfm Rock Show from 6-9pm. We'll be joining Steve live for a chat during the show so please join us on Sunday at

Thanks everyone for all your support over the last 25 years!

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