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Saturday, October 29, 2011

News Update for Saturday October 29th, 2011's Andrew McNiece secures Steve Perry exclusive interview

Yes, the man behind the excellent website, Andrew McNiece has succeeded after 15 years of trying, in getting an interview with former Journey lead vocalist, the dare I say, legendary ... Steve Perry.

This has been - not only for Andrew - probably the most sought after interview in melodic rock circles, there has been in years.
Not since VH1 Classic's Behind The Music, has anyone secured as detailed an interview as Andrew has.

Since Perry left Journey, he's released two solo albums in 'Street Talk' that featured the mega hit 'Oh Sherrie' and a second - my preferred - album 'For The Love Of Strange Medicine,' that for many fans of the band, was considered the album Journey should've made after 'Raised on Radio.'
Classy stuff indeed.

Anyway, enough of my thoughts, find out what Steve Perry thinks of Journey today, what he's been doing and what he plans to do next, right now over at:



Full Circle: The Live Anthology With Three CDs and One DVD Lands November 1

New York, NY (October 26, 2011) — Eagle Rock Entertainment celebrates the life of Jeff Healey (1966-2008) with the November 1 release of Full Circle: The Live Anthology, a beautifully packaged boxed set containing three CDs and one DVD.

Known as one of the great guitar players of his generation, Healey, blind since age one, played the guitar on his lap, pedal-steel style. His soulful vocals and instrumental dexterity criss-crossed genres with ease but his heart was firmly entrenched within the blues-rock tradition.

Three complete concerts, captured in stunning aural clarity (Dolby Digital Stereo) are represented in this incredible set. In 1989, the Jeff Healey Band supported its See The Light debut album by performing at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. In 1991, the band toured Switzerland appearing at the St. Gallen Open Air Festival (on CD and DVD in this set). In 1995, after achieving international fame, they returned home to Toronto for a rousing hero’s welcome in front of a hometown crowd, in support of their Cover To Cover album.


Disc 1 (CD):
Live At The Montreal Jazz Fest – 1989

1. The Better It Gets
2. I’m Tore Down
3. My Little Girl
4. Blue Jean Blues
5. Confidence Man
6. I Need To Be Loved
7. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
8. Angel Eyes
9. Roadhouse Blues
10. Hide Away
11. That’s What They Say

Disc 2 (CD):
Live At The St. Gallen Open Air Festival – 1991

1. My Little Girl
2. Blue Jean Blues
3. I Think I Love You Too Much
4. How Long Can A Man Be Strong
5. I Can’t Get My Hands On You
6. Full Circle
7. Angel Eyes
8. Guitar Solo
9. See The Light
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Disc 3 (CD):
Live At The Hard Rock Toronto – 1995

1. I Got A Line On You
2. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
3. As The Years Go Passing By
4. Yer Blues
5. Stuck In The Middle With You
6. Evil (Is Going On)
7. Angel
8. See The Light

Disc 4 (DVD):
Live At The St. Gallen Open Air Festival – 1991

1. My Little Girl
2. Blue Jean Blues
3. I Think I Love You Too Much
4. How Long Can A Man Be Strong
5. I Can’t Get My Hands On You
6. Full Circle
7. Angel Eyes
8. Guitar Solo
9. See The Light
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps



Vol. 1-Strange Karma

"Australian rock" is a genre that music fans hold in high regard, as some of the greatest rock bands of all time (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Saints, Radio Birdman, etc.) hailed from the land down under. And the latest hard rocking Australian band that is turning heads is Strange Karma.

Comprised of brothers Martin Strange (singer) and Paul Strange (guitar), as well as Doe Prijono (bass), and Jason McDonald (drums), Strange Karma has just issued their kick ass debut, 'Volume 1' (via FNA And soon, US fans will get a chance to catch this fast-rising act.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, Strange Karma will be playing the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, and on Saturday, November 5th, will be playing the Rock n' Roll Cantina in Las Vegas, NV. Then, on Wednesday, November 30th, the quartet will perform another show at the Whiskey A Go Go.

Unlike many other up-and-coming bands, Strange Karma is already a road-tested unit, having performed extensively in their home country, as well as embarking on tours of both England and the US. Additionally, the group has collected an impressive amount of accolades and accomplishments, including amassing nearly 100,000 friends on Myspace, which has led to over 200,000 plays of their songs via their Myspace site. Also, Strange Karma has received coverage on such respected hard rock/heavy metal sites as Sleaze Roxx, Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.

The band has also filmed a video for the lead-off single from 'Volume 1,' titled "America," which can be viewed here:

Also, 'Volume 1' can be purchased via these links:

Hollywood and Las Vegas area rockers and beyond, get ready to welcome the next wave of loud n' proud Australian rock n' roll this November!

Upcoming Strange Karma US Tour Dates:

Wednesday, November 2nd: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
Saturday, November 5th: Rock n' Roll Cantina, Las Vegas
Saturday, November 12th: Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago
Wednesday, November 16th: Sullivan Hall, New York City - 10:30pm set time
Saturday, November 19th : Harpo's, Detroit appearing with Art Of Dying
Wed, November 30th: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood

For more information, visit the following sites:

New Big Country Tour Dates
Big Country Crossing Tour
Big Country who have completed a very successful comeback year which has seen them complete two sold-out UK tours and make high profile appearances at The Isle of Wight Festival, T in The Park, Oxegen and V Festivals plus, reunite with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite for the first time in 27 years, announce a new tour of UK for 2012. This will be the commencement of celebrations for their 30th anniversary and to mark it, Universal are to re-release The Crossing the bands debut classic album, in various formats. The band will perform the album live in its entirety.

Tony Butler says "First albums are usually considered to be a bands finest moment, for us it was a magical one. A collection of songs that were unique, original and above all, heart felt. We knew we were different and we knew we were creating something special."

TICKETS ON SALE 9.30am Friday 09 September to the general public and via the bands brand new website from today, Tuesday 6th September.

February 2012
Fri 03 Manchester Academy 0161 832 1111

Sat 04 Liverpool O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Mon 06 Glasgow Barrowland 0844 4990 990

Tue 07 Dunfermline Alhambra 0844 4990 990

Wed 08 Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Thu 09 Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Sat 11 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000

Sun 12 Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060

Mon 13 Norwich UEA 01603 508 050

Wed 15 Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Thu 16 Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444

Fri 17 Birmingham O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Sat 18 Sheffield O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 / 24hr cc hotline +44 (0) 844 811 0051

Official band website:


Z Rock 2012 welcomes vocalist Tony Mills [SHY, TNT] to the proceedings on May
5th 2012.
Z Rock 2012 will be Tony’s 4th Z Fest after his previous appearances in England and Germany with SHY and then most recently in 2006 with TNT.

Tony Mills will be performing the essential SHY classics plus tracks selected from his extensive back catalogue.
Tickets are now on sale at

And in related news ...


'Unfinished Business' has been praised by the press and fans the world over as UK AOR legends SHY finest hour.
SHY’s 2002 opus Unfinished Business will now be reissued by Z Records fully remastered, repackaged and with 2 bonus tracks.
The album will be released on December 12th


From Escape Music


Release date: 11 November, 2011
Catalogue No: ESM233
Bar Code 5 031281 002334

Track List:

1- Mother of Invention
2- Motivation
3- To Break a Heart
4- Bleeding heart
5- A Chemical high
6- Give me Shelter
7- The Reason Why
8- Any Other day
9- Don’t Wanna Dance
10- Watch this space
11- By any Other name
12- A Natural Law

All songs written by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander

The Band:

Chris Ousey – Vocals (Heartland / Virginia Wolf / The Distance)
Mike Slamer – Guitars and Keyboards (City Boy, Streets, Seventh Key)
Tommy Denander – Guitar and keyboards (Radio Active / Alice Cooper )
Neil Murray – Bass (Whitesnake, Gary Moore)
Gregg Bisonette – Drums (Dave Lee Roth, Ringo Starr)

On backing vocals: Billy Trudel and Kristoffer Lagerström

Produced and Mixed by: Mike Slamer
Co-Produced by: Tommy Denander
Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at MSM-Studios Germany

Chris Ousey’s career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was with Polygram recording artists "Monroe" with guitarist Gary Sharpe, but Chris never made it to the album as he was snatched in the pre-production stages by John Bonham's son, Jason, for his new band of the moment, Virginia Wolf.
The band notched up 250,000 album sales between two records in the form of their self titled debut (produced by Queen's Roger Taylor) and "Push" (produced by Keith Olsen).

Most will associate Chris with the band “Heartland” which was actually formed by Chris with Gary Sharpe and their self titled debut on A & M Records in the early nineties was produced by James "Jimbo" Barton. Since then Chris has notched up 10 releases with Heartland, and recently “Best of .." (ESM221) is a great reminder of the work he has done over the years.

Nicknamed by the press as “The Man with the Golden Tonsils” Chris has always been loved by the rock audience, simply because of his amazing voice and his uncanny vocal range. So, for the first time we have a solo album from the man himself, and are we all in for a treat. Produced by none other than the famous Mike Slamer, “Rhyme and Reason” is a superb slice of melodic hard rock that will have you singing every chorus after the first spin. Songs Like “Mother of Invention” (available as a Digital download on 5th October) and “The Reason Why” are two great examples of songs from the album, but there is not one single weak track here. Chris has a knack of writing great lyrics and with Tommy Denander writing the music then it is a match made in heaven….and just wait till you hear the collaboration of two great guitarists Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander and the combination is just pure magical!!

Rhyme and Reason is a great album and highlights just how Chris has matured over the last two decades.

And finally ....

I just thought I'd share this, because between these bands, there is a massive amount of talent ...
If you live in the UK and this event is happening close to you, go on, treat yourself ... I'm sure you'll have a great night!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Update for Friday October 28th, 2011

Yes, you should now see a little more on today's page updates.
Thanks for your patience.

Hey folks, sorry for lack of updates yesterday ..., but here we go with Friday's update!
Have a great weekend! Cheers, Al

Doogie White releasing 'As Yet Untitled' through Metal Mind Records

Great news to all fans of hard rock. Doogie White’s debut solo is finally released!
“As Yet Untitled” is a collection of 10 dramatic and hard hitting rock songs co-written by White and some good friends he has made over the years on the rock scene.

Release dates:
24.10.2011 Europe
08.11.2011 USA

This Scottish vocalist came to the attention of the worldwide audience when Ritchie Blackmore asked him to be the lead singer in his reformed Rainbow. They recorded one album together - “Stranger in Us All.”

Doogie would go on to sing with Swedish neo-classical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen for over a six and a half year period, record two albums and tour the world. He also recorded four albums and toured with Cornerstone and is currently the lead singer of Tank.

The list of guest musicians involved in the recording of “As Yet Untitled” looks impressive: Drums - Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen), Thomas Broman (Glenn Hughes); Keyboards - Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Dream Theater), Tony Carey (Rainbow); Bass - Neil Murray (Whitesnake, M.S.G., Peter Green), Greg Smith (Ted Nugent), Paul Logue (Edens Curse); Guitars - Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt), Phil Hilborne (Queen Musical), Mick Tucker (Tank);
Guest vocals - Patti Russo (Meatloaf, Cher).

Doogie White
“As Yet Untitled”

1. Come Taste the Band
2. Time Machine
3. Dreams Lie Down and Die
4. Lonely
5. Land of the Deceiver
6. Secret Jesus
7. Sea of Emotion
8. Catz got yer Tongue
9. Living on the Cheap
10. Times like These

The album was recorded at various studios in Florida, Germany, and Scotland but most of the production was handled in Sweden with Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall) at the helm.
Official weblinks:

Nils Lofgren To Release "Old School" On Tuesday, November 1st

First full studio album in five years features such music icons as
Lou Gramm, Sam Moore and Paul Rodgers
Listen to "Ain't Too Many Of Us Left"

It's been five years since the release of Nils Lofgren's last studio album featuring his own songs and, with his forthcoming release titled, Old School, he's got something to say.

An effort that's been in the works since the culmination of (Bruce) Springsteen's Working on a Dream Tour in November of 2009, Lofgren's Old School covers a variety of topics including desperation, self-doubt, true love, departed friends, holding on to your dreams and the world gone mad... along with a tribute to the late, great Ray Charles.

"These songs reflect characters with some radical feelings and beliefs," states the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lofgren. "They're definitely thought-provoking."

The CD -- due out on Tuesday, November 1st -- will be his eighth studio release on Vision Music, the label also responsible for 2008's The Loner - Nils Sings Neil (an homage to Neil Young, whom Nils started his career with over four decades ago) and 2006's Sacred Weapon.

"Old School has many different types of songs and feels... some rough, bluesy tracks to haunting acoustic songs," continues Lofgren. "There's some interesting and controversial characters in these songs and I look forward to everyone's reaction."

The album starts off with the controversial title track, "Old School," which features former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm.

"our spineless Congress should all be fired
get some women and men
with balls and sense hired
child rape and murder
one strike and you're down and out
with our kid's lives at stake what's to figure out
oh no ain't no old school anymore..."

It's not for the timid.

Old School features a total of a dozen songs (see below for track listing), all produced by Nils with the exception of the song, "Why Me," which was produced, recorded and mixed by Brian Christian (Alice Cooper/KISS/The Babys fame).

The song, "Amy Joan Blues" features legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers while the cut, "Ain't Too Many Of Us Left," features Rock Hall of Fame inductee Sam Moore from the popular sixties duo Sam & Dave.

Sam Moore comments about the collaboration, "It hit me when I was in the studio with Nils that we've lost so many of our friends, peers and colleagues in the past few years... The Big Man, Billy Preston, Wilson Pickett, George Harrison, Solomon Burke, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes. It hit me how true it is that there 'ain't too many of us left.' I was flattered and honored that Nils asked me to join him to pay a little honor and remind everyone in some way to remember our dear but departed friends and loved ones."

"Ain't Too Many Of Us Left" has been made available as a free download at for fans to enjoy and the entire CD can be pre-ordered on the site as well.

Also appearing on Old School is the song, "Irish Angel" (written by the great Bruce McCabe) that Nils has been singing for years at his acoustic shows along with a ballad Nils wrote with an old friend and great DC-area artist, Root Boy Slim, called, "Let Her Get Away."

"I've always wanted to share that particular song but never got it together until now," says Nils. "Sadly, Root Boy's not with us any longer, but I know there are fans out there that will appreciate this touching, haunted country-type ballad of ours."

Speaking of old friends near and dear... Old School is dedicated to Nils' dear friend and band mate, Clarence "Big Man" Clemons.

As an integral member of the Bruce Sprngsteen's E Street Band since 1984, Nils has remained consistently busy as part of the group, and as a solo artist.

In addition to songwriting and performing, Nils also devotes substantial time to his online guitar school (, which has garnered tremendous response from guitar players all over the world. Beginner lessons are offered in English, Spanish and Italian...

In early September, Nils released "When You Are Loved" (via free download on his site), a 9-11 song that honors heroes, victims and families.
Beginning today, Nils hits the road for a few dates (Link to full itinerary below) to talk up the album and have some fun.

He'll travel from town-to-town, playing his favorite songs in intimate venues, talking to friends and fans... something he's enjoyed for 43 years now.

Call it "Old School."

1. Old School
2. 60 Is The New 18
3. Miss You Ray
4. Love Stumbles On
5. Amy Joan Blues
6. Irish Angel
7. Ain't Too Many Of Us Left
8. When You Were Mine
9. Just Because You Love Me
10. Dream Big
11. Let Her Get Away
12. Why Me
For up to date news on where Nils is playing and full list of current and future tour dates, go to:

Stuart Smith provides Heaven and Earth project update

I had the pleasure of catching up with British guitarist Stuart Smith, who these days resides in LA, to find out what is happening with him and the excellent Heaven and Earth project that has so far produced two excellent albums.

Heaven and Earth Featuring Stuart SmithWindows to the World

For the past three years or so, Stuart Smith has been a part of Steve Priest's version of The Sweet, who incidentally on Wednesday night played at L.A.'s Key Club for a CD launch party for the recently reissued / remastered and expanded version of The Sweet 'Live in America.'
Asking Stuart how it went, 'Alun, it went great, it really did! We had a lot of fun there, as did the crowd I'd say, but I'm feeling it now!' (Laughing)
Sweet have been playing select dates across North America through the Summer as well as dates down in South America.

So what next I asked?
'Some dates in Canada and then I have secured studio time to get the Heaven and Earth band recording again.
We have some really great material, I'm so happy with the songs, I really am. You wait 'til you hear them!'
Stuart told me the line up will be some familiar names to people that have followed the Heaven and Earth band activities.
Joining Stuart, who will of course be handling guitars and no doubt some vocal duties, will be:
Joe Retta - Vocals
Richie Onori - Drums
Chuck Wright - Bass
Arlan Schierbaum - Keyboards.

Anticipate a release date I'd imagine around Spring time 2012.
Looking forward to it Stuart!

Related links:

Well folks, I didn't get all of the previous issues put right, right now, but I should have more news features posted tomorrow, certainly over the weekend for sure.
Enjoy your weekend!



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.


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!
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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!