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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Brief News Update for Sunday December 11th, 2011

 Tesla Receive Key to Sacramento

Tesla recently received the key to Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, at the Sacramento Rock and Roll Museum, which is very cool indeed.
You can check out a video of the event, right here:

Good for you guys, there's no doubting Tesla is one hard working band.

Tesla have also had to reschedule a bunch of dates, due to vocalist  Jeff Keith getting struck down with bronchitus.
Here's wishing Jeff a speedy recovery, take it easy buddy!

TESLA's Anaheim House of Blues Acoustic show for November 20 has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2012.

TESLA's Phoenix Celebrity Theatre Acoustic show for Friday, November 18 has been rescheduled for Friday, January 6th, 2012.

TESLA's Las Vegas House of Blues Acoustic show for Thursday, November 17 has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2012.

All tickets purchased will be valid for the new dates.
If you have not yet bought your tickets, now's the perfect time to stuff someone's stocking for the holidays!

Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat, Troy Luccketta and Dave Rude apologize for rescheduling and promise to bring a great acoustical evening.
See you on January 5th, 6th & 7th!

Official band website:

Stan Bush and Acoustic Saints, what's the story?

AOR / Melodic rock favourite Stan Bush, has of course recorded some really popular material as a solo artist as well as the album 'Stan Bush and Barrage.'
Love that one!

You know he's released thirteen studio albums - Not including the Christmas one! - and there's some really great material out there, there really is and one of the great things now, is that's many of them have been made available again through Stan's site and LA Records, including 'Every Beat of My Heart,' 'Heaven,' 'Capture the Dream,' 'Shine' and 'In This Life' to name a few and you can find them again, right here:

Aside from just Stan Bush solo though, who's currently writing his new album, the follow up to last years excellent 'Dream The Dream' inbetween his side project, Acoustic Saints, Stan shared this with me:

'I'm mainly just working on writing for a new album. Got a killer new ballad in the works.
I'm hoping to have a new album finished in the coming year.'

Then when I asked what else ...

'I'm also doing the Acoustic Saints project with myself, Chuck Wright (bass) from
Quiet Riot, House of Lords and Rick Sailon (violin, mandolin, guitar).
We're performing some local gigs and also doing some recording together. It's an unplugged trio
that's turning out to a be very cool project.'

Sounds very cool indeed Stan and I do like what I hear over at the band's site and here's a link to the music they've been playing. I think you'll agree folks, sounds very good indeed!

Official Stan Bush site:

Saxon's Biff Byford joins Metallica onstage for 30th Anniversary show

Metallica recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a handful of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and invited a bunch of special guests that they've always had respect for and have always plugged as influences.

One those special nights, they invited Biff Byford from Saxon - who've just finished their American 'Call To Arm's' tour. - to join them, but Biff didn't just happen to be in town, he flew in especially for the event ..., from Helinski!

Saxon like to keep their fans informed of activities through regular podcasts and they captured the event, from Biff's arrival at the airport, through the ride to the venue and then inside the venue and the tail end of the night at the Metallica show is captured too.

Biff went and joined the band as they ploughed through 'Motorcycle Man.'
Here's the link to the night:

For photo's of the night and more, go to:

Saga drummer Jim Gilmour undergoes eye surgery

Canadian band Saga have recently put everything on hold currently due to the condition of drummer Jim Gilmour. This posted over at Saga's site:

Due to circumstances obviously completely out of his control, Jim Gilmour is to undergo emergency eye surgery in an attempt repair a detached retina in his right eye tomorrow, 21/11/11.

Without this very sudden unexpected surgery, “Daryl” was at risk of almost certain permanent loss of vision in that eye. We’re all praying that the procedure is a 100% success and that his recovery time is as short and painless as possible. I’m sure that Jim will offer a more in-depth explanation of the situation when he is able.

In the meantime, in order for the tour to continue without having to cancel any shows, we have managed to find someone to temporarily step into his shoes and handle the keyboard responsibilities, albeit in a different version of the existing set. (It’s a lot of information for one person to absorb on such short notice so some changes will have to be made to accommodate the “new guy”!) We offer our apologies to those of you who were looking forward to the set you may have seen posted on various forums. But this is the only way that we could avoid any cancellations.
Thank you for your understanding.

After speaking with Jim, he asked me to pass along this update regarding the status of his condition/eye surgery. It is now confirmed that on Tuesday, the 29th of November he will undergo the surgical procedure of the re-attachment of the retina in his right eye, and while we all agree that the operation will be a complete success, our thoughts and prayers will be with him nonetheless.
Jim also asked me to say “Thank you all so much!” to everyone for their extraordinary outpouring of support, well wishes and affection at this very difficult moment in his life. He is extremely touched by your concern and takes great comfort in knowing that he is not alone.

Further Update:
I have just received word that the doctor is well pleased with how the procedure to repair Jim's retina went today. While it's a little early to call it a resounding success, all signs so far point in that direction. So that's very good news! He will be resting for the next 48 hrs.

Hope it all falls into place guys, all my best to you all.

Official Saga website:

Steve Lukather has started his next solo album

I have to say, while Steve Lukather is an absolute master of music and yes, I'm pleased to hear he's writing again, but with all the activity in the Toto camp over this past year, I would've hoped that there might've been a new album from the band.

This posted at Lukather's site:

On December 6th 2011 Steve Lukather officially started working on a new solo record.
As always you can follow his and his friends steps at the special work in progress section. Right HERE!

Official website of Steve Lukather:

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