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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

News Update for Tuesday January 31st, 2012


New York, NY (January 30, 2012)--Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp, will embark on his Breakfast in America Tour next month, kicking off with two sold out shows at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA.

Fans the world over have been thrilled with Hodgson's unforgettable songs such as "Breakfast in America," "The Logical Song," "Dreamer," "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home," and "School."
Hodgson and his band will perform these timeless songs, as they take you on a magical musical journey.

Universally recognized as one of the most gifted composers and songwriters to have ever put pen to paper, Hodgson helped define a generation of progressive rock.

Founding Supertramp in 1969, Hodgson's dulcet tones and beautifully crafted lyrics helped the band sell in excess of 60 million albums, transforming them into a worldwide phenomenon. Although he departed the band in 1983, he is still regarded as the spiritual and creative force behind Supertramp.

For a taste of the live Hodgson experience, Take the Long Way Home - Live in Montreal, is available on DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reflecting on his tour and DVD, Roger said "I love performing these songs, which continue to resound for me as a performer and for the fans. My songs come from a very personal place inside me and they carry my beliefs and my dreams and my philosophy of life. I understand the deep connection that fans have with my songs that have been a part of so many peoples' lives around the world."

Roger Hodgson will perform at the following venues:

February 24 and 25 Temecula, California, Pechanga Resort Casino

February 26 Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Casino

February 28 Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino - The Joint

March 2 Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley

March 3 and 4 Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Casino / Northern Lights Theater

March 7 Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live

March 8 Ft. Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre

August 17 Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino Event Center
More dates to be announced in the coming weeks! For details:


John Sykes update following pulling out from working with Mike Portnoy

Two great players, John Sykes (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue Murder) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and the band that might've been!

Despite announcing their collaboration on That Metal Show back in July 2011, featuring Eddie Trunk, the work they started has recently, apparently now been scrapped.

Reasons given for the split implied differing time management skills of all the musicians involved with the project.

John Sykes (Left) and Mike Portnoy - What might've been!

"The project I was putting together with [former Dream Theater drummer] Mike Portnoy didn't work out, and I wish him all the best for the future. I'm continuing to work on my new album, and I look forward to putting out some great new music in 2012."

Word out there now, is that drummer Mike Portnoy and Mr. Big Bassist Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, UFO), who were both previously working with Sykes, are now involved with a new band including guitarist/singer Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr Big).

I guess we'll all have to wait and see on all fronts now, what might still come from all these guys in 2012. An interesting year ahead indeed.
I like many others, based on what the man has provided to us solo and with Blue Murder, look forward to new John Sykes material with open arms!
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Summer 2012 Tour Rumours

As a new year starts, to try and put the winter blues behind us all we start to think ahead to summer and what great summer tours there might be.
Already the rumours are flying and possibly the two biggest tour rumours are of
Poison teaming up with Def Leppard again and of Kiss going out on the road with Motley Crue which will probably break most peoples bank balances for sure no doubt!
There is also talk that The Scorpions may well swing back to the US on their farewell tour during 2012 too.

I'll tell you of a personal double bill I would love to see as well, that I know there is more chance of seeing a flying pig go by!
I would imagine classic rockers out there would love to see a double billing of Uriah Heep and Thin Lizzy!

Both acts did pretty well for a lot of people and plenty of praise on both their individual, if low to mid scale US tours early last year and then Lizzy gained even more adulation playing alongside Judas Priest on their Epitaph tour late last year, so a double billing of those two acts, in some cities where maybe one or the other or both did not play last year, would I believe, go down a storm!

Yeah, I know ... Regular readers know that I'm a big fan of both acts, but wouldn't that be a killer bill?
What about you folks, what would be your dream bills I wonder?

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