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Monday, February 27, 2012

Rock News Update for Monday February 27th, 2012

Hi folks, wow, check it out, almost two months into 2012 already, time flies when you're having fun, eh?!

Hope you all had a good weekend? Our was busy ..., again, where does the time go, phew!

OK, it has to be said ... Folks, no guitarists among you interested in entering last weeks competition / giveaway for a years subscription of ...???
I am stunned, kind of disappointed too, as last weeks site readers numbers were up again?
Did you all forget about the giveaway or was my second question too tough?
Well, maybe we can try again this week ....
Keep watching the site if you are interested in trying again and this time, I'll post a reminder before the deadline is up, if agrees to give you folks a second chance.

Alright, enough from me, here's the latest updates I found for you ... Cheers, Al

Pretty Maids - It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland) new live album

 Pretty Maids are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band with their first audio visual release ever! After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium” the Danish melodic hard rockers are releasing their new DVD/CD recording “IT COMES ALIVE (Maid in Switzerland)”.
Riding on the success of “Pandemonium” which by fans and reviewers was rated as the best Pretty Maids album since their heyday back in the eighties, the band has been touring more or less constantly throughout 2010/2011. They undertook a full scale European tour in 2010 and has since played several festivals plus the occasional gigs.

For many years there has been a massive and ongoing request for a live DVD with the band and on October 1st 2011 Pretty Maids gathered in Pratteln, Switzerland with a enthusiastic and high explosive crowd of die hard fans and followers to fulfill the demand.

The outcome of that special night can be witnessed on “IT COMES ALIVE” which shows the band at the top of their game, performing songs from a 30 year long career. Besides the concert itself, the DVD contains a Rockumentary with backstage footage, interviews with the band and their fans.

“IT COMES ALIVE (Maid in Switzerland)” captures Pretty Maids in their finest moment: Live on stage – In your face ! It’s party time, so just: TURN UP THE VOLUME!

The trailer for the DVD can be viewed here:

CD1: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U; Hell on high heels; Wake up to the real world; Destination paradise; Another shot of your love; Scream; Walk away; It comes at night; Queen of dreams; Savage heart; Clay.

 CD2: Yellow rain; Rock the house; Back to back; Rodeo; Lovegames; Future world; Little drops of heaven; Please don’t leave me; Red hot and heavy; Lethal Heroes*
*bonus track

 DVD Contents: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U.; Hell On High Heels; Wake Up To The Real World; Destination Paradise; Another Shot of your love; Scream; Walk Away; It Comes At Night; Queen Of Dreams; Savage Heart; Yellow Rain; Rock The House; Back To Back; Rodeo; Love Games; Future World; Little Drops Of Heaven; Please Don't Leave Me; Red Hot & Heavy.
Rockumentary (incl. backstage footage and interviews with the band)

Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards

Boston's Tom Scholz considering Mayan calendar!

Interesting stuff that Tom Scholz chooses the possibility of the Mayan folks maybe being right, to announce the band Boston are hitting the road again in 2012!

Sadly of course it will be once more without Brad Delp (RIP) who sadly took his own life back in March 2007.
The band did  a tribute to Brad in August, 2007 as, with new singer Tommy DeCarlo singing one song, 'Smokin'.'
DeCarlo had got the gig with Boston officially in 2008 after Tom Scholz heard his versions of Boston songs on his MySpace page!

The band last toured in 2008, with Stryper's Michael Sweet sharing lead vocals with Tommy, but last year Michael announced his departure from the Boston camp, as he wanted to get re-focused on Stryper, who released the excellent 'The Covering,' album in 2011.

Now, Boston are back it seems for another flurry of live dates, that will be quite limited!
Here's a statement from Boston's lead guy: 

"Just 10 months till the end ... at least till the end of the Mayan calendar anyway. I wonder, did they mean to prophesize the end of the world, or was the December 21st planetary alignment just a convenient place to stop chiseling stone tablets on a really long calendar project? Some people think it is the same thing, so why take a chance? If I was making a bucket list, it would definitely include going out one more time to play some Boston shows - before time runs out!

So just to be safe, we are going to do exactly that. I don't really think the world is going to end this year, but on the off chance the Mayans were on to something, let me take a moment to thank all of you for helping make the Boston experience an awesome ride. One of the best things about Boston to me is its fans; they are some of the nicest people I've ever met, and collectively the best crowds anyone could wish to play for.

I regret that we can't play as many shows as we would like, but we will do as much as we can in North America. Check out our tour page for the list of shows that have been confirmed so far, and if you can, come out to enjoy another night of Boston's music before the next great coronal mass ejection."

The dates the band have confirmed are:

June 2012

June 28 2012 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
June 29 2012 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 30 2012 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park

July 2012

July 1 2012 St. Augustine, FL The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
July 3 2012 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live Orlando
July 26 2012 Rama, ON Casino Rama
July 27 2012 Belleville, ON Empire Theatre
July 28 2012 London, ON Harris Park

August 2012

Aug 1 2012 Columbus, OH Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair
Aug 12 2012 Bethlehem, PA Sands Steel Stage

That's the only dates confirmed right now at the band's site.
I sincerely hope they add more, as I'd like to see this for sure!

Official band website:

Jeff Scott Soto's 'Damage Control' coming soon!

Jeff Scott Soto’s new album DAMAGE CONTROL will be released on March 27th in North America via Frontiers Records.

The album was recorded in Fall 2011 and features guest appearances by Jamie Borger and Nalle Påhlsson (Treat), Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) and Dave Meniketti, founding member of Y&T.

DAMAGE CONTROL will be released in two configurations: the basic version in CD jewel box and a deluxe edition in digipak format. The deluxe edition contains three additional bonus tracks and a DVD with videos and interview footage. To preorder the deluxe physical CD, click here; click here to preorder the regular version. To preorder the digital version of the album, please click here. Please see below for the track listing and click here to view the official trailer for DAMAGE CONTROL.

Jeff Scott Soto has lent his powerhouse vocals to more than 60 albums, expertly navigating numerous genres from hard rock to funk. Soto’s career spans nearly thirty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. He has fronted such bands as Talisman, Soul SirkUS and Journey. More recently, Soto has been a vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra gaining a Gold Disc for their 2009 release NIGHT CASTLE.

Jeff Scott Soto DAMAGE CONTROL track listing:

1. Give A Little More
2. Damage Control
3. Look Inside Your Heart
4. Die A Little
5. Take U Down*
6. If I Never Let Her Go
7. Tears That I Cry
8. BonaFide
9. Elena*
10. Krazy World
11. How To Love Again
12. AfterWorld
13. NeverEnding War
14. Afraid To Die*

*Bonus tracks only available on the deluxe edition of DAMAGE CONTROL

For more information please visit:

Europe's 'Bag of Bones' tracklisting revealed!

Europe guitarist John Norum has leaked further details on the forthcoming new Europe album, ahead of the bands own official website!

The new album, 'Bag of Bones' produced by mega producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden, Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa), is due for release in most markets in April, with the Japanese release date being April 18th through JVC Victor and April 25th across Europe itself. 
If you pre-order by folllowing the link at John Norum's site - - you may even get your copy signed!

The album's tracklisting is as follows:

Riches to Rags
Not Supposed to Sing the Blues
Bag of Bones
My Woman My Friend
Demon Head
Drink and a Smile
Mercy You Mercy Me
Bring It All Home
Beautiful Disaster (bonus track)

Official band websites:

Toto announces 2012 European live dates

As the band Toto continues with it's live come back, now with David Paich back in the band, sadly minus Mike Pocaro (Bass) now as his illness continues to drain him more, the band has announced new European live dates.

No UK date among these new dates yet, but I'm sure it will come.

Date - Day - City - Venue / Event - Country

           29 - Jul - 2012SundayLucca Lucca Summer Festival at Piazza NapoleoneItaly
           31 - Jul - 2012 Tuesday Majano Area Concerti di MajanoItaly
          05 - Aug - 2012SundaySchwäbisch Gmünd Open Air in University ParkGermany
              08 - Aug - 2012 Wednesday Stavanger Sandnes BryggeNorway
              10 - Aug - 2012 Friday Stockholm Skansen SollidenSweden
              11 - Aug - 2012 Saturday Smögen HavsvallenSweden
             14 - Aug - 2012 Tuesday Leipzig ParkbühneGermany
             16 - Aug - 2012 Thursday Altusried Open AirGermany
             17 - Aug - 2012 Friday Karlsruhe SchlossparkGermany
             18 - Aug - 2012 Saturday Coburg SchlossplatzGermany
            19 - Aug - 2012SundayCologne TanzbrunnenGermany

 Official band site:

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