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Thursday, March 1, 2012

News Update for Thursday 1st March, 2012

Hi folks,

Where do these days go, look it's Thursday already and then tomorrow night, it's the weekend!
Alright then, well, I know there's been not so much news coverage lately, but sure enough, there's been a couple of new CD reviews and an interview, so I hope that sufficed a little?!

New DVD review should be up in a couple of days and I'll see which review follows.
Still need to get those three interviews typed up too, Howard Leese, David Paich and Joe Lynn Turner, phew ... Busy, busy indeed, but exciting too!

Rather sad to hear about the youthful Davy Jones passing away yesterday aged just 66.
I remember him living in the Portsmouth area, when I was living back in the UK, never saw him in the area, but he was often in the local papers doing charity stuff or his horses.
Let's face it, I think we all liked something by the Monkees too.
As a kid, I would watch their TV shows. Always amusing.
RIP Davy Jones

Well, without further ado, lets gets to the news items.
Hope the tail end of your week works out. Cheers, Al

First new music from Europe in 2012

Sweden's biggest rock band EUROPE “have arrived” – as per singer Joey Tempest.
Be it literal or in an abstract sense, the band is back on track with a new smash: Not Supposed To Sing The Blues.

The first single of the rock supergroup’s new longplayer, Bag of Bones released in the UK on Monday 30th April 2012, was produced by one of the hottest producers, Kevin Shirley, who was in charge of the overall album production as well.
"Kevin Shirley did such a great job capturing the spirit of this band. He just let us do our thing and then pushed us and our songs to the max,” states an enthusiastic Tempest. "Finally we express ourselves completely without restraint. Straight from heart and soul. It took some time but WE HAVE ARRIVED!"

Europe 2012 - Photo by Fredrik Etoall

Yet the single title implicates little favor for Blues, the album sound actually does exactly this. Moreover, blues rock personality Joe Bonamassa also contributed guitar on the title track of the new Bag of Bones album.
Not Supposed To Sing The Blues will be serviced to radio this Friday, March 2nd and will be released digitally on March 9th.
EUROPE guitar virtuoso John Norum resumes single and album this way:
“Why drive VW beetle when you can drive a Rolls Royce! Bag of Bones is a classic rock album with lots of class. Even my mom likes it!”
Now let this sound conquer the airwaves again!
For more information on this press release go to:

Official Europe weblinks:









UK Classic Rock magazine's AOR Special Edition Issue # 6 now available in UK

The brand new edition of Classic Rock Presents AOR is on sale now – with a cover that celebrates Kiss’ career in the 1980s.

Stumbling into the new decade, Kiss ditched their iconic make-up and changed tactics to survive the 80s.
In an epic 12-page feature, we tell how Paul Stanley led Kiss’ MTV revolution. Discarding founder members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, the reinvented, reinvigorated band tore up the Top 40 with a string on AOR-friendly anthems including Reason To Live, Forever, Tears Are Falling and many more…

Also in AOR: a brilliant FREE CD titled Silk + Steel featuring 15 hot new melodic rock anthems, including tracks from UFO, Alfonzetti, Beggars & Thieves, Casablanca, Sencelled, De La Cruz, Sunstorm, Strangeways, The Magnificent

Elsewhere in AOR:
Loverboy – Canada’s blue-collar rockers chart their long journey to the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame.
Air Supply – AOR’s soppiest superstars swear they’re a rock’n’roll band, not just multi-platinum balladeers.
Mike Tramp – Arriving penniless in New York in the 70s, White Lion made Mike Tramp a rich man. But did success make him happy?
Christian AORPetra, White Heart, Stryper … We meet the bands who played AOR for the glory of God.
Mama’s Boys – Only bad luck and agonising tragedy could keep the brothers McManus from the big time.
Timothy B. SchmitThe Eagles/Poco bassist retraces his charmed life within West Coast rock’s highest echelons.
Little Angels – Reunited for Download, Toby Jepson and co tell us how and why…
Spider – From South Africa via NYC and, bizarrely, Shanghai: a web of AOR intrigue is deftly spun.

Plus – features on Joe Lynn Turner, Backseat Sally, Dwight Twilley, Candy and Mark Spiro; new albums from UFO, The Morning After, Mr Big, Strangeways, One Man’s Trash, Drought and Lillian Axe; reissues from Jo Jo Gunne, Autograph and Gamma; live reviews of Def Leppard, Chickenfoot, Reckless Love, Bryan Adams and Paul Rodgers; Canadian AOR Buyers Guide featuring Triumph, Honeymoon Suite, Harlequin, Toronto
All this and more in AOR issue No.6, on sale now.
For more details:

FASTWAY To Release Eat Dog, Eat on April 10 (US)

British-based metal band featuring Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-Motorhead)
introduces new vocalist Toby Jepson (ex-Little Angels)

Listen to "Leave the Lights On" HERE

MVD AUDIO will be relasing the long awaited FASTWAY album Eat Dog, Eat on April 10 (US).
This is the first FASTWAY album in over 20 years.

After the shows of 2007, Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-Motorhead) and Toby Jepson (ex-Little Angels) began casually working on ideas and over time managed to gather enough for a full blown record. Toby took on the role of producer and also played bass and sang all the main vocals. Eddie and Toby were joined on the drums by Matt Eldridge whom has long been Toby's drummer of choice.

The record was created at Chapel Studios with Ewan Davies as the engineer and mixer.

Toby says: "We have collaborated closely on all aspects of the recording, specifically wanting to create a performance based, un-apologetically raw album that was song driven and above all made with passion. This we did, eschewing multi layered, heavily edited recording in favour of the simple 'warts and all' dynamics. I think the results are real. We hope you do to."

Formed in 1983, FASTWAY's self-titled debut album entered the U.K. charts at No. 43 and received very good reviews. One year later, "All Fired Up" was released and was a great success, thanks in no small part to high-profile support tours in the U.S. with SCORPIONS and RUSH. In 1985 "Waiting For The Roar" saw the light of day and was followed by dates with AC/DC on the "Fly On The Wall" tour.
In 1986 FASTWAY wrote the soundtrack to the horror movie "Trick Or Treat" starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

After 1986, FASTWAY released two more studio albums with a different lineup and issued several live and best-of LPs.

Link to Purchase:

Available Now on iTunes:

VIDEO: "Making of" at Chapel Studios 2011:


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Fade Out
Leave the Light On
Loving Fool
Dead and Gone
Sick as a Dog
Freedom Song
Who Do You Believe
Love I Need
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