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Thursday, January 5, 2012

News Update for Thursday 5th January, 2012

Hi folks,
Well, here we go, back to the news as usual for you all.
Sad being reminded of how long ago it was that Phil Lynott passed away 26 years ago yesterday, such a loss ...
I am thankful that other band members of Thin Lizzy, original member drummer Brian Downey, classic line up member in guitarist Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton on keyboards, who played on the last three studio albums Lizzy recorded with Phil, are together again as the new Thin Lizzy!
They were so on their game last year on tour with Judas Priest, that I hope they record new music.
On with the news, hope the tail end of the week goes well for you all. Cheers, Al


Both Releases Available Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the domestic release of two essential new titles from the seminal metal band The Scorpions: Comeblack, a new album of classic rock covers and fresh performances of signature repertoire recorded earlier this year, and Get Your Sting and Blackout - Live in 3D, available on Blu-ray disc, an 11-camera 3-D concert film recorded in Saarbrucken, Germany on April 15, 2011 during Scorpions current farewell tour.

Launched by guitarist Rudolf Schenker in 1965, Scorpions forged metal, rock and pop into a sound that's come to signify an entire genre through hard rock anthems like "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and hits like "Send Me An Angel," "Wind of Change" and "Still Loving You," selling more than 100 million records in the process.

Last year, Scorpions announced that the group's Get Your Sting and Blackout tour, an epic ongoing worldwide rock 'n' roll odyssey in support of 2010's Sting in the Tail, would be the group's last before retirement. The tour is slated to run through 2012 with a string of historic farewell blowouts and festival performances scheduled Europe culminating with shows at the Wacken Open Air festival (August 4, 2012) and Munich's Olympiahalle (October 13, 2012).

Wanting to create a truly memorable concert film to do justice to power of the live show and the high energy emotional impact of the final tour, Scorpions chronicled the sold-out concert on April 15, 2011 in Saarbrucken, Germany with a state-of-the-art 3D production. Helmed by director Gerd F. Schultze (who's worked on 3D films with Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and German superstar Peter Maffay), Get Your Sting and Blackout - Live in 3D puts the viewer into the VIP box at the ultimate Scorpions concert. In addition to 100 minutes of pure Scorpions music, Get Your Sting and Blackout - Live in 3D includes more than half-an-hour of behind-the-scenes bonus material.

"The preview audience was absolutely euphoric and stunned by the intensity and the never-before-witnessed power and intimacy in which they were able to experience the Scorpions’ fantastic concert," said Gerd Schultze following a theatrical screening of the film. "The people left the screening with a completely new and never-before-seen concert experience and wanted to watch it all over straight away. Part of the reason is, that we have managed to create an unbelievable 3D depth with a specially developed method, which is very pleasant to watch. Using the new camera technology, we managed to translate 3D in the cut and montage technique in a style that will meet the expectations of a first class product even in ten years time. It makes you feel like you're sitting in the VIP lounge amidst the audience through this 11 camera 3D concert staging and its monstrous 5.1 surround and stereo sound. At the same time, The Scorpions perform their unbelievably powerful and visually unique show with all their hits live in your living room. This is pure dynamite ... fasten seat belts and take off ... into the third dimension."
"Saarbrucken was a very good choice," wrote the band in a press statement, "our fans were simply sensational and gave us the chance to thank them for their many years of support."
Get Your Sting and Blackout - Live in 3D - Blu-ray
The Set List:

Sting In The Tail
Make It Real
Bad Boys Running Wild
The Zoo
Coast To Coast
Loving You Sunday Morning
The Best Is Yet To Come
Send Me An Angel
Raised On Rock
Tease Me, Please Me
Kottak Attack
Six String Sting
Big City Nights
Still Loving You
Wind Of Change
Rock You Like A Hurricane
When The Smoke Is Going Down

At some point during the Get Your Sting and Blackout tour ("We can't remember the day, the month or the hour" ), Scorpions, enjoying the success of Sting in the Tail and the emotional rejuvenation of the farewell tour ("Screaming fans everywhere we went!") decided to record one last classic album. "The idea to go back to the studio was born out of pure excitement," said the band who cut an album mixing covers of rock 'n' roll standards that informed and inspired the Scorpions alongside new productions and performances of the songs in the band's core catalog that have proved the most meaningful to the members.

The result, Comeblack, is, according to the band, "an encore for our die-hard fans, to thank them for all the support for so many years. At the same time, this is a tribute to legendary bands from the sixties, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who have inspired us to follow our dreams. We hope you like it as much as we do... Rock on and ... Comeblack."
Scorpions - Comeblack - tracklisting:

Rhythm of Love
No One Like You
The Zoo
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Wind of Change
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones/Marc Almond)
Children of the Revolution (T. Rex)
Across the Universe (The Beatles)
Tin Soldier (Small Faces)
All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks)
Ruby Tuesday (The Rolling Stones)

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New Orleans Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe to release their eleventh album
XI: The Days before Tomorrow via CME Records on February 14th, 2012

“This is the best record I have ever written for Lillian Axe,” says lead guitarist Steve Blaze. That’s a bold statement considering the amount of music Lillian Axe has produced during its eventful career.

XI:The Days before Tomorrow is the eleventh release from Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe and marks the debut of new lead vocalist Brian Jones of Jackson, Mississippi.
Lillian Axe has recorded an impressive amount of songs, earned the loyalty of a devout fan base worldwide and amassed an extensive amount of effusive critical acclaim from their peers. Brian Jones brings an amazing new voice and incredible vocal range to Lillian Axe. His vocal style compliments Steve Blaze’s songwriting and in turn has inspired Steve to write some of his most passionate, deep and soulful new songs to date.

The songs on XI:The Days before Tomorrow reflect Steve Blaze’s passionate beliefs in the power of music. Steve’s compositions are as emotional as they are infectious. They are in your face songs of truth, war, neglect, Mother Nature, the innocent victim, the state of the world, current issues and spirituality. Personally charged rock ‘n’ roll is what makes Steve’s songwriting so melodic and drenched with deep lyrical insight.

The album, recorded in Covington, LA at Sound Landing Studios with longtime cohorts, Rob Hovey and David Heintz demonstrates why Lillian Axe is at the top of their game. Produced by Steve Blaze and mixed by platinum producer, Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and Prince), XI:The Days before Tomorrow, deals with heavy issues of the outcasts, the innocent, the hopeless and the true believers.

With the creative momentum in the studio, Lillian Axe took seven months to writ    e and record the new album. Steve Blaze recounts, “I had so many ideas and we experimented with a lot of sounds, we took our time to make the album we wanted to for ourselves and the fans. We took no shortcuts recording this album.”
Platinum producer Sylvia Massy had this to say about the songs on XI:The Days before Tomorrow, “Damn! These guys know how to write! I love the new songs!” Sylvia is no stranger to Lillian Axe. In 2010, Sylvia mixed the song, “47 Ways to Die” off of their Deep Red Shadows album which was the featured song in the opening credits of the 2011 Cuba Gooding Jr. movie, The Hit List.Although Lillian Axe has been through some tough times and taken the long road; they still create new music that is both relevant and exciting and continue to tour while others have forsaken the live performances. Lillian Axe respects its past but looks forward to the future by reinventing themselves with the current times. Steve Blaze reflects, “I continue to learn about writing songs, recording, performing and growing as a complete human being. My life experiences are those that make its way into the songs I write for Lillian Axe.”
The fire and passion still burns in Lillian Axe and maybe even brighter today as their eleventh album, XI: The Days before Tomorrow makes its way out to the world. Brian Jones states, “I’m just getting started and I look forward to the days ahead and the adventures that are coming our way.”
The Days before Tomorrow:

Take the Bullet / the Great Divide / Caged In / Lava on My Tongue / Babylon
Bow Your Head / Soul Disease / Gather up The Snow / Death Comes Tomorrow
My Apologies

Label: CME Records / Sony Music (RED)Catalog #: CME01
UPC#: 820360155727



Few rock guitarists can take an audience on an unforgettable journey like Eric Johnson can – who has been delivering stellar recordings and unforgettable live performances for decades by this point.
And come January, Johnson will give fans more stand-out concert memories to cherish, as it has been announced that he will be touring the U.S., in support of his latest album, 'Up Close.'
Eric Johnson - Up Close [Audio CD]

The string of dates run from January 4-29 and will be a rare treat as most shows will be an evening with Eric Johnson as Eric and his band (bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Wayne Salzmann) will be the only performers – except for six dates, which will feature talented acoustic guitarist Andy McKee (1/6 NYC, 1/7 Phoenixville, 1/12 Chicago, 1/14 Chicago, 1/18 Anaheim, and 1/19 Los Angeles), while Peppino wil open 1/21 in Visalia.

Johnson will be performing on a variety of stellar equipment that he fully endorses, including a newly released “Signature Series” speaker by Eminence and “Fuzz Face” by Dunlop (distortion pedal) retro'd back to (Jimi) Hendrix model.

Exactly a year ago, the aforementioned 'Up Close' was released – Johnson's sixth studio release over, which featured such special guests as Sonny Landreth, Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan, and Jonny Lang, and was later reissued as a beautiful 180-gram vinyl edition.

Soon, guitar aficionados will get a chance to ring in the New Year by experiencing guitar great Eric Johnson's music the best way imaginable - on a nearby concert stage.

(2012 'Up Close Tour,' with Chris Maresh And Wayne Salzmann):
Jan-04 Wed - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
Jan-05 Thurs - Bay Shore, NY - Boulton Center
Jan-06 Fri - New York, NY - BB King's
Jan-07 Sat - Phoenixville, PA - Colonial Theatre
Jan-08 Sun - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
 Jan-10 Tues - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Jan-11 Wed  - Ferndale, MI  - The Magic Bag
 Jan-12 Thurs - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
 Jan-13 Fri - ST Louis, MO - Old Rock House
Jan-14 Sat - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Jan-18 Wed - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Jan-19 Thurs - W. Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Jan-21 Sat - Visalia, CA - Fox Theatre
Jan-22 Sun  - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Jan-25 Wed - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Jan-26 Thurs - Napa, CA - Opera House
Jan-27 Fri - Modesto, CA - State Theatre
Jan-28 Sat - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Jan-29 Sun - Phoenix, AZ - Compound Grill



Z Records annual rock festival, has just made the following new announcement:

 We are pleased to announce that NEWMAN will be appearing at Z Rock 2012 festival on May 6th, Steve (Newman) and co last appeared in 2009.

 On a sad note Tony Mills has be forced to cancel his appearance due to conflicting schedules, Tony has been one of Z Rock’s / Z Records regulars over the years with Shy and solo, we hope he will appear again at some point in the future.
We are hoping to exchange contracts with another named act for May 6th during January watch this space!

For more details:

 Tom Petty 2012 Tour dates

Not only are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers playing their first European live dates, including the UK's popular Isle of Wight festival, in over 20 years in June 2012, the band have also leaked a few US dates from their upcoming schedule in 2012.

Those US dates so far announced are in April / May 2012:

April 19: 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO

April 21: Verizon Arena, Little Rock, AR

April 24: Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

April 26: INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

April 28: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

April 29: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

May 1: Germain Arena, Estero, FL

May 3: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

May 5: Frank Irwin Center, Austin, TX

For more details on further US dates and all the info on the European dates, go to:

Judie Tzuke UK Tour in Spring 2012

This update from the team behind Judie Tzuke:

We are pleased to announce dates for Judie's 2012 tour!
We have a limited number of the best tickets which the venues have available.
They are for sale from on a first come first served basis - tickets
will be allocated based on who ordered first.

Our ticket prices are £22.50, except; Farncombe which is £20, Union
Chapel which are £25 and the Stables which are £30.

Big Moon won't be adding individual booking fees but P&P will be added at the checkout
as normal. We have 30 tickets from each venue to start with, except the Union Chapel, where we are the main ticket seller, as on the last tour.
When these are sold we may be able to get more depending on availability.

The Union Chapel and St. John's Church tickets are unreserved seating.
Tickets are also available from the venues and
(except Farncombe).

Judie Tzuke 'One Tree Less' Tour March/April 2012
MARCH 2012
Fri 8th - Farncombe - St. John's Church
Sun 11th - Sheffield - Memorial Hall
Mon 12th - Edinburgh - The Queens Hall
Tue 13th - Gateshead - The Sage
Fri 16th - Wimborne - Tivoli Theatre
Sat 17th - Burgess Hill - Martlets Hall
Mon 19th - Bristol - St Georges
Tue 20th - Maidstone - Hazlitt Theatre
Wed 21st - Leeds - City Varieties
Fri 23rd - London - Union Chapel
Thu 29th - Liverpool - Capstone Theatre
Fri 30th - Milton Keynes - Stables

APRIL 2012
Sun 1st - Salford - Lowry
Mon 2nd - Worcester - Huntingdon Hall

Ticket and Venue links on

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