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Friday, January 20, 2012

Brief News for Friday January 20th, 2012

Quiet Riot troubles again

It seems there is unrest in the Quiet Riot camp once again.
Singer Mark Huff, who the band found as their replacement vocalist for the sadly passed Kevin Dubrow, it seems has a few health problems that the band don't seem to accept, based on some press information elsewhere, but the guy is in hospital for some serious surgery ... On his brain!

The lineup was Frankie Banali on drums, bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist Mark Huff.

Dee Snider's House of Hair shared this statement, that apparently was released to the press. - I've seen it nowhere else, not even on the Quiet Riot site, that has no news section anyway?!

Quiet Riot has axed singer Mark Huff, who’s been fronting the band since late 2010. He was replaced by former Montrose singer Keith St. John for three live shows next month. Huff says he didn’t find out about it … until he read about it and at a bad time. He wrote on his Facebook page, “As I sit in hospital…wait for my brain surgery…I have been let go from Quiet Riot. And nobody's had balls to tell it to my face. Interesting…the rock 'n' roll business. I have to read the news in a post that's not even directed to me? WTF? Let me tell all my friends…don't count me out. Watch what happens. It's obvious what I ever meant to this situation. I deserve better treatment. Don't worry about me, worry about your own bad selves. And I am gonna take the high road … I have so much sh*t I could speak. Stay tuned, my friends … and if you aren’t … delete me.”

Veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frank Banali responded on his Facebook page, “My policy has always been not to air out the dirty laundry in public. That policy remains the same even in light of those who chose to make accusations. The fact is that Mr. Huff's medical condition had nothing to do with the decision that was made, though it is unfortunate that it comes at such a time. His wife assured me that Mark would be home this week, and as legal protocol dictated, a certified letter was sent informing Mark of the decision that was made and why it was made. This was days ago. The content of that letter is a private matter unless Mr. Huff decides to make the reason for his dismissal made public, which I believe would be counterproductive for him. I will not go tit for tat with this issue. If certain persons wish to villainize me, that is their prerogative."
Gotta love all that legalize!
So something is certainly not right ...
Have to say, my sympathies have to go with Mark Huff if you ask me.
Hope it works out OK Mark. Good luck bud.

Official links:
Quiet Riot
Mark Huff:

PRETTY MAIDS to celebrate their 30th Anniversary with the release of 'It Comes Alive' - the band’s first ever audio-visual release !

Frontiers Records is pleased to celebrate PRETTY MAIDS Thirtieth Anniversary with the release of the band’s first ever live 2CD/DVD package entitled “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.

Following the highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, Danish melodic hard rockers, Pretty Maids have been touring more or less constantly throughout 2010/2011. They undertook a full scale European tour in 2010 and have since played several festivals and occasional gigs. The overwhelming response to the new songs and the ongoing requests coming from the fans prompted the band to take their chance and record a live 2CD/DVD last October 1st 2011. Pretty Maids gathered in Pratteln, Switzerland with an enthusiastic and highly explosive crowd of die hard fans and followers to fulfill the demand, for an energetic and memorable performance which was recorded with a fully equipped mobile studio and cameras.

“Riding on the success of our previous studio album Pandemonium and with maybe the strongest line up ever, we thought that we’d make some kind of a live document of what this band is all about in the present time” tells singer Ronnie Atkins. “It Comes Alive is purely and simply a tribute to all our fans and supporters throughout the world, who gave us so many memorable moments, so much pleasure and making our childhood dreams come through”.

“The band’s spirit during the last couple of years has been better than in a long long time” says Atkins. And “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” shows the band at the top of their game, performing songs from a 30 year long career.

“It’s always difficult to make a set list that satisfies everyone” continues the singer, “It’s a combination of what the crowd expect us to play and what we like to play ourselves ! But of course there are songs like Futureworld and Red hot and Heavy that we have been playing for the last 25 years so, they still get a new life every time we play ‘em and still seem to please our audience. But basically what you will find on this Live album are the songs that we toured with on the Pandemonium tour, with a few exceptions”.

“It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” will be exclusively released in a lavish 2cd/dvd digipak released and will include the following tracks:

CD1: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U; Hell on high heels; Wake up to the real world; Destination paradise; Another shot of your love; Scream; Walk away; It comes at night; Queen of dreams; Savage heart; Clay.
CD2: Yellow rain; Rock the house; Back to back; Rodeo; Lovegames; Future world; Little drops of heaven; Please don’t leave me; Red hot and heavy; Lethal Heroes*
* bonus track

DVD Contents: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U.; Hell On High Heels; Wake Up To The Real World; Destination Paradise; Another Shot of your love; Scream; Walk Away; It Comes At Night; Queen Of Dreams; Savage Heart; Yellow Rain; Rock The House; Back To Back; Rodeo; Love Games; Future World; Little Drops Of Heaven; Please Don't Leave Me; Red Hot & Heavy.
Rockumentary (incl. backstage footage and interviews with the band)

DVD Format: NTSC Region Free / Length 120 mins / Stereo mix 2.0 / Screen 16:9

The Album trailer can be enjoyed following this link:

It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland) captures Pretty Maids in their finest moment, Live on stage – In your face ! It’s party time, so just: TURN UP THE VOLUME !

Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards

Richie Sambora new solo album in the works

Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora's Stranger In this Town and Undiscovered Soul were both great solo albums from the man and it's felt like an eternity since the latter album was released.

Yes, I understand Bon Jovi has been busy on the road as they always are once they release a new album, I also think that it's common knowledge that Richie has had a few battles with his own demons in recent times, but I think any real rock fan will agree that the man's guitar work is phenomenal, either with Bon Jovi or on his solo work.

Sadly there seems to be no official Richie Sambora website, for any further update but there are numerous fan sites, so take what you will from them ...
I in fact learned this from my musician friend Stuart Smith, who actually was over at his former brother-in-law's house to borrow a guitar, when Richie revealed he's working on a new record.
Sambora played on Stuart Smith's first Heaven and Earth project album, laying down some great guitar work alongside Smith own great playing.

All I can say is roll on that release, he's a seriously talented player and you really wonder these days - No pun intended! - whether Richie needs Bon Jovi anymore?
He's certainly well known enough in his own right.
Go on Richie, do it! Good luck with the album! 

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