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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brief Update for Wednesday 26th October, 2011

Hi folks,
I know many of you who surf many rock websites, may well have seen some of the same info I'm plugging, but with all the stuff going on in the day job and playing catch up, every now and then I realise that I should've posted something else I stumble on through my inbox, that slipped through my clutches at the time, so I'm sorry if you're thinking, 'I thought I read that last week?' Chances are, you probably did, but somewhere else! LOL! :)
Anyway once again, thanks for sticking with me folks, this site is a labour of love - If frustrating at times due to Blogger's formatting .. Grrr! - and I really appreciate your support.
Have a great rest of the week, cheers, Al 
Chickenfoot premieres new video for "Three and a Half Letters"
To coincide with the UK release of Chickenfoot’s highly anticipated second album “III” (Oct 24th - Yes, just this week!) and the recent announcement of two UK concerts in January 2012, this week the band have released a new video for the single “Three and a Half Letters”. Watch the video right here: 

Featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, and drummer Chad Smith; “Three and a Half Letters is the second single to be taken from the band’s new album. The song’s poignant lyrics tackle the world’s economy and current levels of unemployment. The lyrics are taken directly from letters written to Sammy Hagar, following a suggestion from his long standing manager, Carter, who sadly passed away earlier this year during the recording of the new album.

“I've received letters from lots of people, mostly fans, but some people just needing help, looking for work,” says Hagar. “Carter had told me to write a song called ‘I Need a Job’ six months prior but the idea didn't dawn on me until I received a letter from a guy who had just returned from Afghanistan. At the end of his letter he wrote – ‘Can you help? I need a job’."

Watch a podcast of the band talking about “Three and a half Letters” here:

Chickenfoot will perform two UK concerts in January 2012 as part of a 5-date European tour; dates include Manchester Academy (Jan 12) and London’s O2 Academy Brixton on (Jan 14), followed by concerts in Paris, Tilburg and Dusseldorf. These are the band’s first European shows since July 2009, and will see them perform songs from their gold-selling eponymous debut album, alongside tracks from the new album ‘III’. Tickets are available from:

Read the press release for the new album here.
Read the press release for Chickenfoot’s European concerts here.

At this time the band has indeed only announced just five US tour dates.
It seems they are still testing the ground right now, so these shows are clearly pretty exclusive!
Official band website:

The wait is nearly over! Legendary US metal outfit RIOT are set to release their hugely anticipated fourteenth album ‘Immortal Soul’ worldwide via SPV/Steamhammer.
Today Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is streaming the track “Still Your Man” at

Noisecreep is also streaming a track entitled “Sins of the Father” HERE
‘Immortal Soul’ is available for pre-order HERE
Scheduled release dates:

Scandinavia - 26th October, 2011
Germany / Austria / Switzerland - 28th October, 2011
Rest of Europe - 31st October, 2011
USA / Canada - 22nd November, 2011


‘Immortal Soul’ sees TONY MOORE, MARK REALE, DON VAN STAVERN and BOBBY JARZOMBEK – the line-up responsible for the band’s hugely acclaimed ‘Thundersteel’ (1988) and ‘The Privilege Of Power’ (1990) albums – re-united once more, together with MIKE FLYNTZ who as the additional live guitarist helped bring these two acclaimed albums to life on stage.

RIOT are justifiably proud of their upcoming release. As bassist DON VAN STAVERN says: “‘Immortal Soul’ picks up where ‘Thundersteel’ left off, 20 years later! It has the same intensity, creativeness and passion that we put into our music. It’s another ball buster and I can’t wait to unleash it on the masses.”

Guitarist MIKE FLYNTZ is equally as enthusiastic. “I have been performing the songs from the ‘Thundersteel’ era for over 21 years. It has been an honour to write and record ‘Immortal Soul’ with Tony, Don, Bobby, and Mark. I am very proud of my contribution to this record and also very proud to play along with such inspirational musicians. I hope everyone enjoys this album as much as I do.”

For drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK, “‘Immortal Soul’ is a special record for me because in all the years that I’ve been playing and recording various projects, I’ve never been completely involved in any other CD from the very first day of writing, to the very last day of mixing. I’m really looking forward to the live shows, and including some new ‘Immortal Soul’ songs into the set along with the Riot classics!”

Founding member and guitarist MARK REALE, who has been RIOT’s guiding force since the band released ‘Rock City’ over thirty years ago, is quick to pay tribute to vocalist TONY MOORE’s input. “To me, the close collaboration with each of our vocalists has always been the decisive aspect in any RIOT release. That’s why it was absolutely inspiring for me at the studio that Tony directly took up many of my ideas and translated them brilliantly, or contributed his own suggestions from which our songs benefited greatly. He is simply the perfect RIOT frontman!”

And as TONY MOORE himself points out, “It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the five of us assembled in New York to create ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege Of Power’, and the music world couldn’t be more different.'

'The internet led us not only to discover that those albums had taken a special place in the history of metal, but also put us back in touch – and the result is ‘Immortal Soul’, an album that is 100% true to the legacy of those 1980s recordings. It’s also packed with evidence of how we’ve all grown and changed as artists. It was recorded in five studios, in three different cities, and it’s absolutely a product of the most important changes in the recording industry over the last 20 years. We’re looking forward to sharing the details with our fans and friends around the world, along with the music. Enjoy!”

The band also has a promo video for new song, 'Wings Are For Angels' that can be viewed right here:
"Immortal Sin" Limited Digipak incl. 2 Bonus Tracks

1. Riot
2. Still Your Man
3. Crawling
4. Wings Are For Angels
5. Fall Before Me
6. Sins Of The Father
7. Majestica
8. Immortal Soul
9. Insanity
10. Whiskey Man
11. Believe
12. Echoes
13. Johnny`s Back (live) bonus track
14. Metal Soldiers (live) bonus track

 JOHNNY’S BACK and METAL SOLDIERS recorded  live at Sweden Rock Festival, June 6th, 2009, Sölvesborg, Sweden
"Immortal Sin" will also be released as double gatefold LP in colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, standard jewel version and download.
For more info go to:

Alan Parsons Podcast available via Guitar Center

 If you haven't heard of Alan Parsons, you have certainly heard his work.
Starting out as an assistant engineer in the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, Parsons' first projects were assisting on the last two albums recorded by The Beatles,  but it's his work as the engineer on Pink Floyd's, "The Dark Side of the Moon" is what put Parsons on the map, with the band crediting him as an important contributor to the album.

The fact that Alan Parsons was involved with those classic releases, really just scratches the surface, on a man that has produced some absolute gems with his own Alan Parsons Project.

Join us for an intimate conversation with Nic Harcourt as Parsons discuses his lengthy career, and what led him to produce the DVD series, 'Art and Science of Sound Recording', that gives away the production secrets that have made him a legendary producer and engineer.
Listen to the Podcast with Alan, right here:

Official artist website:


PAUL RODGERS (Bad Company, Free) will play an exclusive benefit concert In the UK Saturday December 3 at The Venue in Chicester also performing Deborah Bonham, Steve Rodgers and Jasmine Rodgers.
All proceeds will go to the Racehorse Sanctuary Re-Homing Centre and Rocking Horse Children's Charity.
This unique charity rescues Ex Racehorses, re-homes the ones it can and suppports the others to live out the rest of their days in a caring, calm enviroment, giving these animals the respect they deserve after having been specifically bred for mankind's entertainment and gains. Many of these horses would have been sent off to slaughter or shot.

Both Paul and his wife Cynthia are Patrons of the charity.
"I am deeply moved by the commitment and sacrifice of these beautiful, noble creatures and to their lives on the other side of the finish line. Involving young, autistic and inner city kids is brilliant and helps encourage a healthier next generation " PAUL RODGERS
The evening will also include a Silent Auction of Music Memorabilia and a Live Auction with the main item being a Songwriting Session with Paul Rodgers! Tickets are Limited
Email to purchase.


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