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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Brief News Update for Wednesday January 18th, 2012

Well folks, I can't believe it but it's happened ...
After all the people I've interviewed for one site or another, I was asked if I'd do an interview and it was with local radio host Big JD for CJAM - 99.1 FM show, 'U Talkin' 2 Me?'
It's a weekly radio show where Big JD interviews either a big name or some local celebrity to Windsor or Detroit, not that I could ever consider myself to be such, but it was fun!
We pre-recorded the show that is scheduled to air - you heard it here first! - on Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at .... - This is the kicker! - it's at 4pm (EST).
For my friends and family in the UK, you can go to the website for the live stream at 9pm your time!

'U Talkin' 2 Me?' - Big JD talking to local rock reviewer Alun Williams
Air date: Feb 15th - 4pm EST
99.1 FM or streaming from - Windsor-Detroit   

So there you have it!
Thanks Big JD, enjoyed talking to you!
Anyway enough about me, this site is about great musicians and their music and what they are up to today! On with the show!
Cheers, Al


Few heavy metal artists have built as stellar a discography as Judas Priest over the years.
And now, fans will get a chance to acquire all of Priest's classics in one fell swoop. On January 24th, Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release the 17-CD box set, 'The Complete Albums Collection,' which contains every studio and live album that featured the classic line up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and Ian Hill.
Included will be brand new remasters of Priest's first two albums, 1974's 'Rocka Rolla' and 1976's 'Sad Wings of Destiny' (which have never been released before as authorized remasters by the band), in addition to each individual album being packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art.
And although the 2009 live compilation, 'A Touch of Evil…Live' is included; no other compilations will be present.

Also featured in the set will be a 40-page booklet with photos, album credits, and liner notes by rock journalist/Priest fan Greg Prato. 'The Complete Albums Collection' will be available for purchase exclusively via
It's not often that you can acquire all of the classic albums by one of rock's all-time great bands in one gorgeously assembled package.
Judas Priest's killer 'The Complete Albums Collection' is certainly one of these rare occurrences.


Rocka Rolla (1974)
Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Sin After Sin (1977)
Stained Class (1978)
Killing Machine (1978)
Unleashed in the East (1979)
British Steel (1980)
Point of Entry (1981)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
Defenders of the Faith (1984)
Turbo (1986)
Priest…Live! (1987)
Ram It Down (1988)
Painkiller (1990)
Angel of Retribution (2005)
Nostradamus (2008)
A Touch of Evil…Live (2009)


EMI to release Iron Maiden 'En Vivo!'

EMI are proud to announce the release of a new live IRON MAIDEN Blu-Ray, 2 DVD Set and Double Soundtrack Album on Monday March 26th (March 27th Canada and USA (via UMe)).
"EN VIVO!" was filmed on 10th April 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. With spectacular stage backdrops, dynamic musicianship and a literally jaw-dropping appearance by Eddie, this live show encapsulates to perfection the heart and soul of Iron Maiden 2011.

Bass player and founder member Steve Harris comments "For The Final Frontier Tour it was really important to me that we filmed in South America as we're always so overwhelmed by the fans' reaction when we go to that part of the world and I wanted to reflect that in the filming. After much consideration we chose the Santiago show as we felt it was one of our best performances of the entire Tour and to play at the prestigious Estadio Nacional was a landmark moment for us. For reasons known to our fans, it took a long time before we got to play our first show in Chile, and once we did get to play a show, the response was so phenomenal we just had to keep coming back and it's got better and better each time!

This show also features the gigantic new Eddie. He wasn't due to make his appearance until our European leg of the tour later in 2011, but we managed to transport him across the sea in a special huge container just in time for the latter end of the South American dates so it was great we were able to immortalize him for the DVD as he really has to be seen to be believed!"

The concert was filmed digitally using 22 HD cameras and an octocam (a flying camera which captures aerial crowd scenes), recorded in both stereo and 5.1 audio and mixed by Maiden's longstanding producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, all of which serves to accentuate the incredible atmosphere of this compelling performance. Extensive use is made of split screens so fans can follow the individual members closer and the set list moves seamlessly between songs from Maiden's most recent studio album, 2010's The Final Frontier through to classic fan favourites via the band's vast and varied catalogue. (full set listing below).

DVD Disc Two is a Bonus Disc containing an 88-minute documentary, BEHIND THE BEAST.
This is also an entirely in-house production by Maiden's own Krew, led by Andy Matthews, and is intended as an interesting and revealing high quality "home movie" for their fans of how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. It describes the extraordinary story of one of the most acclaimed and ambitious touring shows in the world. It illustrates the day to day life and complex tasks of the Maiden Killer Krew and the other characters behind the scenes. The expertise and experience, the problem-solving and successes, the sheer scale and immense difficulties of the undertaking comes to life through the day to day coverage of the tour and the background work of the crews in sound, lighting, carpentry, production and set design. As well as interviews with the Iron Maiden crew, it interweaves anecdotes from the band and their fans, and includes footage of the live show in this comprehensive guide to the intricacies of staging massive, live Stadium shows around the World out of the belly of a Boeing 757.
The bonus disc also contains an extended version of the promo video "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier", a video about the making of "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier" plus the opening video sequence to The Final Frontier World Tour.

In addition to the Blu-Ray, the 2DVD will initially be available as a Limited Edition double DVD in Collectors Steel book case and Double Vinyl Picture Disc. As well as a traditional 2CD Soundtrack album, EN VIVO! will also be available as a Digital Download, CD soundtrack album and Digital Download Video.

Maiden's "Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11" saw the band circumnavigating the planet for the third time in their customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, and playing 98 shows in 36 countries to over 2 million fans.

(approx running time 120 mins)

1. Satellite 15
2. The Final Frontier
3. El Dorado
4. 2 Minutes To Midnight
5. The Talisman
6. Coming Home
7. Dance Of Death
8. The Trooper
9. The Wicker Man
10.Blood Brothers
11.When The Wild Wind Blows
12.The Evil That Men Do
13.Fear Of The Dark
14.Iron Maiden
15. The Number Of The Beast
16. Hallowed Be Thy Name
17. Running Free

(approx running time 102 mins)

1.Behind The Beast documentary
2.Satellite 15...The Final Frontier promo video (director's cut)
3.The Making of Satellite 15...The Final Frontier promo
4.The Final Frontier World Tour Show Intro

For more information:

Frontiers Records signs British uprising Metal stars FURYON for the Worldwide release of their debut album "Gravitas"
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the Worldwide release of FURYON’s debut album “Gravitas” on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.

FURYON is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock, FURYON mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock radio friendly songs, with technically challenging, yet infectiously catchy musicianship. Dedicated to one sole purpose, making hard hitting songs that will stand the test of time. "Our music is good songs with touches of intelligence” says singer Matt Mitchell, “There are a many different moods that come out from this album and all the songs have meaning and substance. Heavy and Melodic! That is what FURYON and this album 'Gravitas' is about".
What separates FURYON from the crowd is the sheer quality of their musicianship. Boasting two truly world class guitarists in the form of Chris Green and Pat “The Shred” Heath, FURYON have few peers when it comes to the quality of their iconic riffs, and jaw dropping solos. Backing them up is one of the tightest rhythm sections the rock world has to offer with the awesome combination of Lee Farmery, and Alex (Nickel) Bowen. Leading from the front is the outstanding vocal versatility of Matt Mitchell, whose emotion drenched voice effortlessly moves between melodic and crunchingly heavy. “We really have been inspired by many bands over the time (as all musicians and writers are)” continues Matt, “but for this album inspirations from bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Tool, Mastodon, Alter Bridge and Iron Maiden spring to mind”.
In 2009, after a sell out tour, and accompanying EP, FURYON set about the serious business of writing their debut album. The early demo’s reached the ears of US producer Rick Beato (SHINEDOWN, FOZZY), and a powerful and symbiotic relationship was formed. “Our hook up with Rick Beato was through Kip Winger recalls Matt. “We toured with Winger on their Karma tour and we had spoken with Kip about the band Shinedown and how we liked there productions. Kip hooked us up with Rick and to our delight he was interested in doing the album. Rick is a truly great Producer and writer”.

Released independently on a low profile and later covermounted on Metal Hammer UK, “Gravitas” received already rave responses from the press, including:

“I’ve seen hundreds of unsigned & unknown band in my career. Only a handful of them made me stand up and take any notice. Only one of them made me do that from the very first listen and that one band was FURYON.”
Chris Ingham (Group Publisher Classic Rock, Metal Hammer)

“Brighton’s FURYON are the latest and arguably greatest metal band of the modern era…” Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer UK)

 “Furyon almost crashed the airwaves when they came on my radio show, I’ve never had so many listeners tune in. They deserve to be stars. They deserve to play stadiums.” Louise Brown (Presenter Totalrock Radio/Editor Terrorizer Magazine)

“It has real underlying guitar driven fury”
Classic Rock Magazine UK
“Gravitas” will be released on Frontiers Records with the following tracklisting: Disappear Again; Stand Like Stone; Souvenirs; Don't Follow; New Way of Living; Voodoo Me; Fear Alone; Wasted on You; Our Peace Someday; Desert Suicide; Voodoo Me (acoustic)*; Souvenirs (acoustic)*
* Bonus tracks

Enjoy the videoclip of the awesome first single “Disappear Again” following this link: - The song can also be streamed on the Frontiers Records webradio:

Frontiers is now releasing this stunning debut worldwide with 2 bonus tracks. Pay attention: FURYON are destined to stardom!

Matt Mitchell - Vocals
Chris Green - Guitars
Pat Heath - Guitars
Alex "Nickel" Bowen - Bass
Lee Farmery - Drums

Livewire Youth Music Charity Auction Featuring Thin Lizzy
Your chance to meet Thin Lizzy at the Plymouth Pavilions show 31st January and support one of the UK’s leading youth music Charities Livewire Youth Music at the same time.

 Livewire Youth Music a UK registered Charity provides music based opportunities to young people aged 13 to 21, Thin Lizzy are keen supporters of the charity and have provided 10 concert tickets which will include the opportunity to meet the band after the show, the tickets will be auctioned on Livewire’s Ebay Charity page from this Thursday 19th January.

 This charity auction is fully endorsed and supported by Thin Lizzy and their management so bid with confidence.


Dio's Disciples appearing at NAMM Covention

The DIO Disciples will be out in force at this year's NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA January 19-22.
Guitarist Craig Goldy and bassist Rudy Sarzo will be signing Thursday 1/19 at 1pm at the Dean Markley booth (Hall B, #5710), and Craig will be at the ENGL Booth (Hall B, #5824) Friday 1/20 at 2pm.
Rudy will be back at Dean Markley Sat 1/21 at 4pm for the "Gaggle of Bassists" signing.
On Friday, 1/20, Simon Wright, Rudy and Scott Warren will be getting together for a jam session with Robin McCauley, Frankie Banali and Robert Sarzo in the lobby of the Anaheim Convention Center from 5-7pm, so when you're done with the convention, come on over!


And finally ....

Yes, this weekend in California, it's the big N.A.M.M. convention ...

This is a great event, N.A.M.M. (National Association of Music Merchants) where all the music sponsors of so many great artists advertise their new goodies AND many great rock stars hang out and you get the chance to not only meet these guys but to see them jam with other stars too, sometimes some really special jams!

Here's the venue details if you're in the area ... Go!


5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA. 92008

Venue phone:
+1 760-438-8001


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