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Monday, November 28, 2011

Brief Update for Monday 28th November, 2011

Hi folks,

Well, here we go again, not too much new news to share folks, after a busy home holiday time.
Would've liked to have caught up on a few reviews, but family comes first!
Anyway, relative to the opening news item below, I will this coming Wednesday night, be glued to the CBS channel for the Grammy's, as I wonder ..., will we see a special appearance and announcement from a certain band ... We'll see ...
Take care folks, hope to get a few more reviews up this week.
Cheers, Al

No new Van Halen album yet, but a new book on Eddie is out!

Sadly, after so much talk this past year about the forthcoming new Van Halen album, rumours after rumours and much, much more but no new album, not even a new sample of a new single?

The talk is that Van Halen, WILL make an appearance at the Grammy nominations show this coming Wednesday 30th November, but since Ed and his boys never showed for Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you begin to wonder ..., will he show at the Grammy's?

Anyway, all of that aside for now, there is a new book available on Eddie, available right now!
Read on for the details ...

Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography

This is it! The definitive and very detailed biography of the most influential living guitarist.
The author leaves no stone unturned...everything is in here! proclaims this book one of the few MUST-HAVE books on Van Halen!
In July of 1984, Edward Van Halen was the most popular musician in the world in the most popular band in the world—the band that to this day bears his own surname. As a 12-year-old, author Kevin Dodds experienced his first Van Halen concert, and it changed his life.

In this biography, Dodds takes a comprehensive look at the life of Van Halen, examining Eddie's early years growing up in the Netherlands; his life with his mother and musician father; the family's immigration to the United States; his lifelong trials and tribulations; and his remarkable music career.

For more than a year, Dodds delved into more than a thousand different sources to compile Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography, the story that captures the life of a man with complex personality and character traits whose life and times has played an important role in American cultural and musical history. Dodds has also woven his personal experiences with Van Halen into this story, providing a unique perspective in the field of rock-and-roll biographies.

Kevin Dodds has been an avid follower of Edward Van Halen’s career since 1979. Dodds is a writer, semi-pro guitarist, and rock and roll historian.

You can order the book through the Van Halen store, right here:

Michael Schenker announces Japan tour plans for 2012

Michael Schenker's planned tour of the US with the '3 Guitar Heroes' tour was recently postponed, due to guitar legend Leslie West' health condition deterioration, but now he's looking ahead to a Japanese tour in March 2012.
A shame, as the 'Temple of Rock' tour could've been quite impressive, maybe US dates will happen in 2012, I hope so.

This announcement on Japan plans made on his site:

Hi Everybody in Japan!

I am looking forward to playing Japan in March with the new line-up!
We will be performing lots of classics from Scorpions, UFO and MSG.
Herman (Rarebell) says Hi! and so does the rest of the band!

See you out there!


So, here's to the return of Michael Schenker in 2012, we're waiting Michael, we're 'Ready to Rock!'

Official website:

The Answer plus The Union on UK co-headline tour 2012


The Union announce co-headline tour with The Answer in a celebration of the best of British rock!!!

'Pete and I are really looking forward to touring with The Answer and it's a
real pleasure to be flying the flag for British rock music. I think both
bands are ideally suited and it'll be a great experience for audience and
musicians alike! Roll on March!'
- Luke Morley - The Union

'The Answer and The Union joining forces for a once in a lifetime rockin
rollercoaster ride around the UK???  Yes Please ...
The Answer are there with bells on and we're gonna rock your socks off people!!! The rock n roll
revival continues ... long live the REVIVAL!!!!!'
- Cormac Neeson - The Answer

Official weblinks:



LANCE KING is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about LANCE is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of.

Today LANCE KING is proud to unveil his brand new website. The web page is

In conjunction with launch of his new site, LANCE is offering a free mp3 download of his song "Awakening", which comes from his new album "A Moment in Chiros" which is available now on Nightmare Records through Sony / Red in North America.
Metal Insider recently sat down with LANCE KING for an exclusive talk about his new album, as well as being the president and head of Nightmare Records. LANCE spoke at length about "A Moment in Chiros" and the responsibilities that come with being an artist and a label head at the same time.

Check out the interview HERE
"A Moment in Chiros" is available to order HERE.

On the last day of June, 2011 LANCE decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release.

In under three months, "A Moment In Chiros" was mixed and mastered and off to the presses, perhaps the fasted created music in history? 
This album was meant to be out by 11/11/11 and is destined to stand the test of time.
For those fans not in North America the worldwide release is now scheduled for November 25th.
(Ed's note: Sorry folks, somehow I missed this press release in my inbox before.)

It will be made available from the following labels:
Bertus (BeNeLux), FioMusica (Portugal), Firebox (Finland), Hammermusic (Hungary), Indie (Norway), Insanity Records (Poland), Mad Lion (Poland), Masterpiece/Andromeda (Italy), NonStopMusic (Switzerland), PHD UK (UK), Record Heaven (Sweden), Rockextremum (Slovakia & CZ), Rock Off (Estonia), Sound Pollution (Sweden), Soundforge (Greece), Twilight - Vertrieb (Germany), Lethal Conflict (Czech Republic), Underclass (France), Wizard (Bulgaria)

Lance has chosen "Human Trafficking" (sex slavery), one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide as the charitable cause he would like to champion, profits from this album will go to efforts to abolish this slave trade worldwide through an organization called "NOT FOR SALE"!

Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians:
Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator & Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater / Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Michael Hansen & Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini (Myrath) and Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson and MANY others).

Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) and Jacob Hansen, (Volbeat, Heathen, TYR, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, Onslaught, Rob Rock, Blotted Science, Raunchy, Pretty Maids, Cryoshell)



111. A Sense of Urgency
222. Awakening
333. Manifest Destiny
444. A Given Choice
555. A Moment in Chiros
666. Dance of Power
777. Kibou
888. Infinity Divine
999. Joy Everlasting
10:10 Sacred Systems
11:11 Transformation

Lance's Links!

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