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Friday, February 10, 2012

News Update for Friday February 10th, 2012

Hi folks,

Well, as you can see the updates have been sporadic ... Sorry, but with this sickness going on and trying catch up with getting some review to you, it's pushed me back a little, anyway, on with the news today starting with the Black Sabbath story that I heard a couple of days back now and it just slipped by me to get it posted ... Doh!

Have a great weekend folks!
Cheers, Al

Black Sabbath give Bill Ward the 'heave ho' and continue without him

Black Sabbath November 2011:
L2R: Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

Yes, sad indeed that differences cannot be resolved.

After Bill Ward's outbreak last week about an unsignable contract - Sharon Osbourne's doing no doubt! - the other three members announced that they are letting Bill Ward go and will continue on recording and playing without him as a part of the reunion ..., that clearly is no longer ..., a reunion!


'We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!
Tony, Ozzy and Geezer'

Story source:

Sad indeed.
Bill, good luck mate with whatever path you take now.

Magnum provide brief new album update

After last years 'Evolution' album from Brummie rockers Magnum, that contained re-recorded versons of their classics, the band are back in the studio again and have shared this update. 

'This week we are back at M2 studios and all set to record the new album due out later this year.
We do have a title and will let you know what it is very soon.
We have just spent a week putting down guide vocals and some guitar parts and it`s sounding really powerful once again.
If the early song titles have anything to go by the album will tick all the boxes for all the fans.
Keep checking back for some very exciting news.
We have uploaded "Eyes Like Fire" without the DVD edit in the middle. Enjoy!'

For download go to:


Featuring Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette

Ringo Starr has announced his 13th All Starr Band, which will launch June 14, 2012 from Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario and conclude July 21, 2012 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. New to the All Starrs are Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey) who will join All Starr alumni Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette.

The tour is being produced by Dave Hart and as always fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits. Ringo classic’s such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, “Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Wings", from Starr’s just released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 (Hip-O/Ume). All Starr’s hits include “Rosanna,” “Broken Wings,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Black Magic Woman.”

Ringo will spend his birthday on the road, with a performance at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on July 7. Following in the tradition of the last few years, at Noon from the Hard Rock Nashville, Ringo will ask anyone anywhere, and everyone everywhere, to join him in a wish for Peace and Love.

The confirmed dates are as follows:

June 14, 15 – Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, ON

June 16 – Bethel Woods PAC, Bethel, NY

June 17 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

June 19 – Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA

June 22 – Jones Beach Ampitheater, Wantagh, NY

June 23 – Ceasar’s, Atlantic City, NJ

June 24 – Meyerhoff, Baltimore, MD

June 26 – State Theater, Easton, PA

June 27 – Mayo Center, Morristown, NJ

June 29 – St Augustine Theater, St. Augustine, FL

June 30 – Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, FL

July 1 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

July 3 – Tuscaloosa Ampitheater, Tuscaloosa, Al

July 4 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, Al

July 6 – Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

July 7 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

July 8 – Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IL

July 11 – Usana Ampitheater, Salt Lake, UT

July 13 – Northern Quest, Spokane, WA

July 14 – St Michelle Winery, Seattle, WA

July 15 – Edgefield, Portland, OR

July 17 – Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

July 19 – Humphrey’s, San Diego, CA

July 21 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA

More dates to be announced soon.

UK rockers Nazareth announce UK live dates while
Salvo / Union Square releases 2 CD Best of Nazareth - The Singles

Lauded for a lengthy series of classy albums as well their consistent live prowess, Scotland’s finest Nazareth have also enjoyed major success as a singles act, most notably in Europe and the Americas.

This 'Singles' collection draws together their finest 45s (and the odd CD single), fully demonstrating their facility with a wide range of styles. And it must be said that selecting two discs from three decades of releases was no easy task because Scotland’s premier rock group turned out a wealth of singles that hit the gold standard.

Perhaps the secret of the Dunfermline band’s success was singer Dan McCafferty’s versatile voice, which ranged from a tender croon to a blues-soaked wail, hitting all points in between. Maybe it was Manny Charlton’s mastery of the guitar, which covered hard rock territory as easily it encompassed balladry - and don’t forget the deft rhythm section of bassist Pete Agnew and the late drummer Darrell Sweet, who gave the music so much groove. What we can be sure of is the fact that from their beginnings as a group finding its sonic feet, via the stadium years and on to their current status as veterans, Nazareth have always delighted the faithful with their singles.

Also, Nazareth's current line up of:

Dan McCafferty - Lead Vocals
Lee Agnew - Drums
Jimmy Murrison - Guitar
Pete Agnew - Bass

will play UK live dates.

Following their powerful performance at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre on 14 January, Nazareth will embark on an 10-date UK tour in March. Details as follows:

Saturday March 10 - Classic Grand - GLASGOW
Sunday March 11 - Ironworks - INVERNESS
Tuesday March 13 - Dexters - DUNDEE
Thursday March 15 - The Grand - CLITHEROE
Friday March 16 - BEDFORD - TBC
Saturday March 17 – YORK - TBC
Tuesday March 20 - O2 Academy – NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Wednesday March 21 - The Brook - SOUTHAMPTON
Friday March 23 – The Assembly Rooms – DERBY
Saturday March 24 – The Robin 2 - BILSTON
You can see all the releases in Salvo’s exhaustive and highly acclaimed Nazareth reissue campaign here.
Official website:

Def Leppard say tour with Poison is officially on ....!

Yes indeed Def Leppard have confirmed what Rikki Rockett (Poison) had recently leaked a couple of weeks back on Facebook that Def Leppard and Poison would indeed be back out on the road again this summer.
What they fail to do though, is provide any live dates information ... At this time.

Over at their website, this is what they have shared ...

Massive Summer Tour With Special Guest Poison!

It's now official!
Def Leppard will be touring with special guest Poison this summer!
Continue to check back with for more announcements and all tour details!

That's all we get for now from the band, my best suggestion to you though folks, is to keep checking for dates, as they often get hold of them early and sometimes leak them, before the official press release comes, so you can at least have a clue what day of the week your nearest venue on the tour will be.

Official website is:

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