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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

News Update for Tuesday October 25th, 2011


Eighth Annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards to Bring Together Today's Top Touring Industry Executives at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on November 9-10

New York, NY (October 24, 2011) - Billboard announced today that iconic rock band Journey will receive its prestigious Legend Of Live Award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards presented by Showclix, set for November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

The Billboard Legend Of Live Award honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients' commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience. Previous award recipients include Rush (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009), The Allman Brothers Band (2008), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), Sir Elton John (2006), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), and promoter Michael Cohl (2004).

Journey has created some of the best-known songs in modern music, contributing to their status as one of America's most popular rock bands. They continue to tour and record into the 21st Century, and have never stopped creating vital music since their inception in 1973. The 2011 "Eclipse Tour" has been one of their most successful ever, touring the world with the lineup of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).

Despite owning a history marked with multi-platinum albums and massive radio hits across decades, Journey remains a hugely successful touring band, having moved nearly one million tickets and averaging more than $600,000 a night at the box office.

"I'm so honored to come to New York to represent the band for all the years and dedication that everyone's given," says Neal Schon of the band being named the 2011 Legend of Live.
"Though they have sold millions of records and charted a wealth of the most beloved Billboard hits in history, most would agree that Journey's longevity has in large part been driven by their stellar live performances," says Ray Waddell, Billboard's Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment. "From their days blowing up the Bay Area music scene, to their ascent to international headlining and, today, iconic rock status, withstanding personnel changes that would bring down a lesser band, Journey's talent transcends musical trends and draws bigger crowds year after year. In short, Journey personifies a Legend Of Live."
The Billboard Touring Awards honor the industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based on actual data compiled through the Billboard Boxscore chart. This awards reception culminates the two-day Billboard Touring Conference, presented by ShowClix, taking place at Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on November 9-10. The conference unites today's top touring professionals to discuss the current state of the industry. Guided by Ray Waddell, this unique event includes provocative panels, productive roundtables and networking opportunities with touring industry power players and decision makers.

For more information about the 8th annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards please

Also ...

In other Journey related news, it seems Andrew McNiece of has secured the interview of the century! Well, OK, possibly THE most anticipated rock interview of the last twenty years perhaps!
Andrew spoke with former Journey lead vocalist Steve Perry, who's been pretty much out of the music scene for what seems forever. He hopes to post it next week at his site.
For more details of course, go to:

Congrat's to you Andrew!

Want to ask Tesla a question?

Tesla are hooking up with live broadcast internet TV outlet, Justin TV to answer questions from their fans!
Sorry, I'm possibly posting this a little late, as the show is on Wednesday, but anyway, here's the details. Good luck folks!

If your question is asked, you will be identified by your first name and your city.

World's Greatest Prog Rock Band & Grammy Award Winners
YES to release new Live 2CD/DVD package on Frontiers

Frontiers Records proudly announces the latest live release from the most influential and ground-breaking progressive rock ‘n’ roll band in history, YES. New album “In The Present – Live from Lyon” will be available on 2CD/DVD package from November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Recorded in Lyon, France, on December 1st 2009,In The Present – Live from Lyon is an outstanding collection of hidden gems and unforgettable classics, with new singer Benoit David breathing new life into each of the evergreen tracks. The package comes with a 55 minute DVD containing excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage. The cover art features an original design by Roger Dean, author of most YES album covers including classics ‘Fragile’, ‘Close To The Edge’ and ‘Drama’.

YES’ powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians. They have a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of masterpieces; songs like “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, taken from the YES album ‘90125’, saw YES top the UK and US album charts simultaneously.

YES are the pioneers for the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music and produced a multitude of timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks; they continued to push the cutting edge of art-rock music to their limits, selling over 30 million albums and reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. YES latest studio album ‘Fly From Here’ – the first in ten years – hit the Top 10 on the Rock Charts and was declared as their “best work since the ‘70s” (Paste Magazine)

In the Present – Live From Lyon will be released in a gloss digipak edition. The final tracklisting includes:

Cd1 Siberian Khatru; I’ve Seen All Good People; Tempus Fugit; Onward; Astral Traveller; And You And I; Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo).

Cd2: Owner Of A Lonely Heart; Southside Of The Sky; Machine Messiah; Heart Of The Sunrise; Roundabout; Starship Trooper.

DVD: Interviews, Excerpts from the Live Show, Roundabout, Machine Messiah (running time approx 55 mins.)

A limited edition gatefold sleeve 3 LP vinyl release (only including the audio portion of the album) will be exclusively available in the European markets.
A trailer of the DVD can be enjoyed following this link:

In the Present – Live From Lyon” lineup features:

Benoit David: vocals
Steve Howe: guitar
Chris Squire: bass
Alan White: drums
Oliver Wakeman: keyboards



 11/03 Lisbon, Portugal Coliseum
11/04 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
11/05 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club
11/08 Cambridge, UK Corn Exchange
11/09 Sheffield, UK City Hall
11/11 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
11/12 Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium
11/13 Manchester, UK Apollo
11/15 Brighton, UK Dome
11/16 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
11/17 London, UK Hammersmith Apollo
11/19 Paris, France Olympia
11/20 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
11/21 Nijmegen, Holland Vereeniging
11/23 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
11/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Smeraldo
11/25 Trieste, Italy Palazzetto di Chiarbola
11/27 Vienna, Austria Koncerthaus
11/29 Dresden, Germany Kulturpalast
11/30 Stuttgart, Germany KKL Hegensaal

12/02 Nuremberg, Germany Meistersinger Hall
12/03 Munich, Germany Tonhalle
12/04 Bielefield, Germany Ringlokschuppen
12/06 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
12/07 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
12/09 Stockholm, Sweden Solnahallen
12/11 Helsinki, Finland Circus
12/12 Tallinn, Estonia Nokia Kontserdimaja
12/15 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall

Official weblinks:

Saga news update

... And no, I'm not talking about holidays for old folks! - UK rock fans will no doubt get that one!

Canadian pompsters Saga or call them what you will, AOR Prog, Prog melodic rock, but for most it's pretty much something like that, have a news update at their website, that the now returned frontman Michael Sadler has shared with fans there.

Posted on Oct 20 2011 at

'Okay, let’s see. What can I reveal without being too revealing?
Let’s start with the album release being pushed back to January. Both Edel and the band understand how important this album is and we all feel that we have to “get this one right” so to speak. Instead of just finishing the record to meet a deadline, the whole team felt strongly enough about what we have that a January release date was chosen. This allows everyone the chance to give the album all the support it deserves. The team at Edel have been amazing and we are extremely pleased with the partnership.
We expect only great things in the weeks/months/years to come.

A little info about the album? We will be announcing the title shortly, meanwhile, it will have 10 tracks, including a new Jim Gilmour lead vocal. These are the track titles (you may notice a familiar name in there!), although some may change by the time we go to copy.
So, in no particular order:

Another Day Out Of Sight
Anywhere You Wanna Go
Ball And Chain
Lost For Words
One Of These Days
Show And Tell
It's Not Gone
Spin It Again
‘Till The Well Runs Dry

All the recording of the album is now essentially finished and it’s in final mix mode, which will be followed by a review by the band, mastering and then…it’s all yours! I’m sure that Edel has some sort of “special” or “deluxe” edition planned as well, including DVD footage, but I haven’t any details regarding any of that at this time.

As far as the tour goes, we will be featuring, hopefully, at least 2 songs from the new album as well as a very diverse selection of material this time around, including something we’ve put together that we are affectionately referring to as “The ¾ Medley”. Also, there may be as few as 5 or 6 Saga “standards” in the set so all of that should make for quite an entertaining evening!
And that, my friend(s), is the story so far!
Looking forward to seeing you all somewhere on tour!


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