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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brief Update for Thursday January 12th, 2012

Mike Portnoy is moving forward, Flying Colors with Steve Morse!

Flying Colors, the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/rock band, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), will release their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.
Released by Music Theories Recordings, the debut album includes the talents of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). "The album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us,” says Portnoy. “The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved." 

Click here to read the full web press release:
The formation of Flying Colors began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who, in becoming a band, have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.
Mike Portnoy was the co-founding member and drummer for one of the world’s biggest prog metal bands “Dream Theater”. Neal Morse is the co-founding member of the prog rock band Spock’s Beard and is currently the prog rock supergroup “Transatlantic”. 
David LaRue plays bass for the Dixie Dregs and has also worked with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Steve Morse has been playing lead guitar for Deep Purple for the last 16 years. Founder and leader of “Alpha Rev”, Casey McPherson, has enjoyed major success in the US with multiple hits including the song “New Morning”.
"It was quite an experience,” recalls Dave LaRue. “The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!" The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."


Nickelback is Ready to Hit the Road - Here & Now Tour 2012

It's been two years in the making and it's finally here... the new Nickelback North American tour!
The Live Nation-produced "Here & Now Tour 2012" begins on April 10th where it will start making a 39-date trek throughout North America, with dates confirmed through June 26th. BUSH, Seether and My Darkest Days will join Nickelback on all tour dates with tickets going on sale beginning January 20th at Ticketmaster and Live Nation.
Get more details straight from Nickelback here!

Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning January 13th here along with a membership to the all new Nickelback fan club. Citi® cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, January 16th at 10:00 am local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit

VIP Packages will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit:

With the new tour, Nickelback will perform songs from the recently released seventh studio album, Here And Now, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the hit singles “When We Stand Together” and "Bottoms Up.”  In addition to songs from the new album, the band will also perform a multitude of hits from their previous six smash albums.

Nickelback 2012 North American Tour Dates

Date:   City / State:   Venue:   Onsale date:

April 10, 2012 Moline, IL i wireless Center January 21

April 12, 2012 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena January 21

April 14, 2012 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena January 21

April 15, 2012 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center January 28

April 19, 2012 New York , NY Madison Square Garden January 21

April 21, 2012 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre January 21

April 22, 2012 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre January 21

April 24, 2012 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center January 21

April 25, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center January 21

April 27, 2012 Hartford, CT XL Center January 20

April 28, 2012 Worcester, MA DCU Center January 21

April 30, 2012 Washington, DC Verizon Center January 20

May 2, 2012 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena January 21

May 4, 2012 Orlando, FL Amway Center January 28

May 5, 2012 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center January 21

May 15, 2012 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place January 21

May 16, 2012 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome January 21

May 18, 2012 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre January 21

May 20, 2012 Fargo, ND Fargodome January 28

May 22, 2012 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center Omaha January 21

May 23, 2012 Minneapolis, MN Target Center January 21

May 25, 2012 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center January 21

May 26, 2012 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center January 21

May 29, 2012 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center January 21

May 30, 2012 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena January 21

June 1, 2012 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center January 21

June 2, 2012 Houston, TX Toyota Center January 21

June 5, 2012 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center January 21

June 7, 2012 Tulsa, OK BOK Center January 21

June 8, 2012 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena January 21

June 10, 2012 Denver, CO Pepsi Center January 21

June 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena January 21

June 15, 2012 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center January 21

June 18, 2012 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion January 20

June 20, 2012 Nampa, IA Idaho Center January 21

June 21, 2012 Portland, OR Rose Garden January 21

June 23, 2012 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome January 21

June 24, 2012 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena January 21

June 26, 2012 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena January 21

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Los Angeles, CA: Laura Wilde’s long-awaited album Sold My Soul is finally dropping on January 31, 2012. Laura will tour and release singles and videos to support the album. Her first show is supporting Leif Garrett in his final live performance at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go on Friday, January 13. “It's truly an honor to be opening for Leif Garrett. My respect goes out to him for being a multi-gold and platinum recording artist and successful actor. I can't wait to meet him and share the stage,” Laura says.

22 year-old Laura has been compared to Lita Ford, Pat Benatar and even Chrissie Hynde.
Gorgeous, talented, and tough-yet-feminine at the same time, Laura Wilde and her signature Flying V are set to rock the States and beyond. A gifted songwriter and self-taught musician, Laura's already known in her native Melbourne, Australia, and is looking forward to conquering the US next. "I'm so excited to finally be releasing my debut album. It has been the culmination of a lot of hard work ... but I'm not popping any champagne corks yet. I'm really keen to get out on the road to promote it. I hope my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed making it!”

The first album cut going to radio is the title track “Sold My Soul,” which has a very cool accompanying video. “The single ‘Sold My Soul’ was the last song I wrote on the album. It's a wish list of all of the places I've been to or would like to visit. It’s really a celebration of my arriving in a new country and wanting to really experience it.... almost like a modern day version of ‘The Wanderer’ by Dion. I'm also really proud that I wrote, recorded and played all of the instruments on it myself.”
“Making the video was so much fun. It depicts a slice of life of being out on the road with the band and the infectious camaraderie we all have amongst each other.”

Laura’s music is explosive, gritty, powerful, fearless and aggressive. Real, true rock n’ roll, which is in short supply, especially from women.
“Music is pretty much the only way in which I am able to express my feelings and emotions. Being a musician is my dream job in every sense, and I enjoy all aspects of the process. I love everything from practicing to performing, from songwriting to production. It’s an unbelievably varied and interesting career to be able to pursue, and I'm quite blessed and grateful to have this amazing opportunity to do what I love exactly the way I want to do it.”

Editor's note:
I think Laura Wilde will certainly turn some heads and boy does she rock with the Flying V!
She sounds actually to me, a little like Joan Jett too if you ask me!

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