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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Late News Update for Wednesday February 22nd, 2012


Styx photo by Ash Newell

REO photo by Mark Weiss

Ted Nugent photo by Jenny Risher

February 22, 2012 – Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock’s finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” 30-date U.S. tour.
Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.

“Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs,” exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young. “It’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!”

"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin. “In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world. I am ready to climb aboard the ‘Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!’ Rock On baby!"

As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, “It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time.”

Ted Nugent couldn’t agree more. “The heart and soul of American R&B&R&R has always gushed forth from the heartland of America. REO, STYX and The Nuge have always celebrated the power of our special music and on the mighty ‘Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express,’ the energy, attitude and spirit is more intense than ever. This is the soundtrack for the hardcore.”

Check out “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.


Tue 5/1 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena 3/9
Thu 5/3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion 3/3
* Fri 5/4 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre 3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sat 5/5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 3/3
Sun 5/6 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre TBA
Tue 5/8 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 2/25
Thu 5/10 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Arena 3/2
Fri 5/11 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre 3/3
* Sat 5/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sun 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre 3/3
Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/10
Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre 3/10
Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/2
Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre 3/2
Fri 6/22 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/9
Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield 4/14
Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion 3/9
Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 3/10
Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 3/3
Fri 6/29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain 3/2
Sat 6/30 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 3/3
Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr 3/3
Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino 3/2
Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena 3/30
Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage 3/1
Sat 7/7 Gilford, NY Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion 3/2

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Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of the first new album in 18 years from New Jersey rockers Tyketto: DIG IN DEEP is due out on April 20th in Europe and April 24th in North America and features the original line-up.
With recent appearances at Sweden Rock, Download, Firefest, Hard Rock Hell and Hard in Rio, the band realized they still had a huge fan base worldwide and the timing was perfect for a new album.

The first single, “Faithless,” can be exclusively streamed on Frontiers Records’ web radio now following this link:

Please see below for the album’s complete track listing.
Tyketto will headline Firefest in the United Kingdom in October, 2012.

Formed in New Jersey in 1990, Tyketto released their major label debut DON’T COME EASY in 1991. The album contained the hit AOR songs “Forever Young” and “Seasons” as well as “Wings” and “End Of The Summer Days,” whose respective videos, along with “Forever Young,” were in heavy rotation on MTV.
Tyketto has sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide.
Tyketto is: Danny Vaughn (lead vocals), Brooke St. James (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jimi Kennedy (bass/backing vocals) and Michael Clayton (drums/backing vocals).

Tyketto DIG IN DEEP track listing includes the following songs:
1. Faithless
2. Love To Love
3. Here’s Hoping It Hurts
4. Battle Lines
5. The Fight Left In Me
6. Evaporate
7. Monday
8. Dig In Deep
9. Sound Off
10. Let This One Slide
11. This Is How We Say Goodbye

JACK BLADES’ BRAND NEW VIDEO “BACK IN THE GAME” HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON HANNITY.COM TODAY(New York, NY) – Jack Blades fans worldwide can log on to right now to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for “Back In The Game”.

The song is the first single from Jack Blades forthcoming album ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE.
The video imparts a strong patriotic message of the debt of gratitude owed to the military of this nation. Blades, a longtime fan of talk show host Sean Hannity, recently appeared on the “Hannity” television show and an instant bond was established melding the political world with the rock music world. Jack Blades commented, “Sean’s a great guy but he needs work on his onstage rock moves...I’m just the guy to teach him!”

ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE is due out on March 27th in North America via Frontiers Records and features contributions from Blades’ Night Ranger bandmates Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Joel Hoekstra and Eric Levy, as well as a special guest appearance by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.
Click here to pre-order the physical album on Amazon and here to pre-order the digital album on iTunes.

Jack Blades is a frontman, lead singer, bassist, songwriter, and producer as well as a founding member of the highly-successful arena rock band, Night Ranger and supergroup Damn Yankees (along with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw from Styx) and the highly-regarded Shaw/Blades. Throughout his remarkable career Blades has sold over 25 million albums, performed in front of millions of fans worldwide and collaborated with some of rock's most legendary artists. With a career spanning three decades, Blades has recorded with, penned songs and produced albums for some of the music industry's biggest names including Aerosmith, Cher, Ringo Star, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Styx, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue and Vince Neil.

His music has been featured in movies such as Armageddon, Boogie Nights, Tommy Boy, television shows such as “South Park” and “American Dad,” the hit Broadway musical (and soon-to-be released major motion picture) Rock of Ages and the wildly successful videogame series "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero". With Blades’ songwriting, driving guitars, stage antics and on the strength of Night Ranger's songs “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “Rock in America,” “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “Sentimental Street”, along with the Damn Yankees hits "High Enough" and "Coming of Age", Blades' legacy continues to inspire generations while still being written.

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Made In Germany label brings Rockpalast DVD series to MVD,

First set available from February 21!

Michael Schenker Group - Rockpalast

MSG Live on German TV!

Classic era MSG live on German TV from 1981! Filmed on January, 24th 1981 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, this concert presents the first MSG album almost in its entirely (and almost in the same running order) including the two greatest songs Michael Schenker has created with UFO: "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom".
60 minutes of M.S.G. live, are you 'Armed and Ready?!'

Ian Hunter - Live At Rockpalast Featuring Mick Ronson

Ian Hunter, MickRonson and friends live in 1980 on German TV

Amazing performances by Ian Hunter and his long-time 'compadre' Mick Ronson fill out this awesome DVD.
Killer versions of "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "All The Young Dudes," "Slaughter on 10th Ave" and more. Recorded in 1980 and broadcast on Germany's famous Rockpalast TV program.


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