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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

News update for Wednesday March 28th, 2012

Hi folks,
Yes, I'm back from my week away in the UK for my Mum's funeral ...
Anyway, back now and trying to catch up with mountians of stuff!
Sorry if you've seen some of these updates already elsewhere, but I'm only seeing these now for the first time.
On with the updates, cheers,

Aerosmith Announces The Global Warming North American Summer Tour
Tour Kicks-Off June 16th in Minneapolis, MN
Tickets on Sale March 30th and 31st

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2012) – Aerosmith, America’s greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n’ roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Japan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America’s soul, with The Global Warming Tour playing 18 markets beginning on June 16th in Minneapolis, MN. 
“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers,” says Steven Tyler.
Joe Perry adds, "Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long."
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for Aerosmith’s North American tour.  This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale March 30th and 31st at and 
The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.   Beginning on Thursday, March 29th, fans that visit and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets.
The band celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This quintessential live act truly defined rock and roll as we know it, bringing their heart-pounding sound and millions of fans to their feet over the past four decades.  Never succumbing to the trends and fads in music, Aerosmith blazes their own path and remains as ground-breaking as they were when they first formed in 1970.
Bassist Tom Hamilton says, "After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans.  We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio.  Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!"
Aerosmith are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.”  With scores of multi-platinum albums, Aerosmith continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play.  It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time. 

American rock band and musical institution Cheap Trick will open the announced shows. 

The Global Warming Tour
North American Dates:

Date, City, State, Venue, Presale On Sale

June 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 19 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 22 Chicago, IL United Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 27 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 5 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 17 Boston, MA TD Garden Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Tue. 3/27 Fri. 3/30
July 24 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 26 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 30 Houston, TX Toyota Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31

For VIP ticket packages, including opportunities to meet band members, backstage tours, great tickets and more, visit

Tyketto to release 'Dig In Deep' on Frontiers

Getting together to write your first album in over eighteen years is no easy feat, especially when the band members are spread out all over the globe. But after many successful years of touring on the heels of their classic albums DON'T COME EASY and STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, Tyketto felt it was time to introduce the fans to new music.
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.
 All the original band members agreed to make a new record, but on some conditions.
*The music had to be written by the core writing team of Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James, and Michael Arbeeny (Clayton).
 *The music should have stayed true to the Tyketto roots, but at the same time the album should have reflected where the band members lives were today.
*It should rock!

 Sessions for DIG IN DEEP began in 2009 ago with the exchanging of demo ideas and a few preproduction visits to Brooke's Las Vegas home. With Brooke in Vegas (and now in Wisconsin), Danny in Gibraltar (and now Spain) and Michael in New Jersey (and still in New Jersey!), the band certainly had their work cut out for them.

Michael recalls receiving the initial song demos from Danny: "As I listened to the first set of songs, I immediately drew parallels to our debut album, DON'T COME EASY. Although the words were different, many of the sentiments were the same. The themes of classic Tyketto songs such as WALK ON FIRE, WINGS and SAIL AWAY were simple: don't let anything stand in the way of what you want in life. Those sentiments are echoed in songs like THE FIGHT LEFT IN ME and DIG IN DEEP.
As the months passed and the ideas became songs, we knew we were onto something very special. In typical Tyketto fashion, we collected a wide array of material. Rockers like SOUND OFF and FAITHLESS will make those "FOREVER YOUNG" fans happy, while we show our more melodic side with BATTLE LINES, MONDAY and the epic ballad THIS IS HOW WE SAY GOODBYE. LOVE TO LOVE shows off our acoustic laced rock side ala SEASONS. We feel there is something here for everyone. It is hard to meet that balance of giving fans what they want without repeating yourself. We feel DIG IN DEEP has met that balance perfectly."
 The making of the album was fraught with scheduling issues, weather delays, internal differences of opinion and a myriad of other problems associated with making an record. In the end, the band’s vision was met, so now DIG IN DEEP is the perfect third chapter in the Danny Vaughn era of Tyketto.
 The band debuted some of the new material at British and American shows in December 2011 to rave reviews. With a 2012 slot scheduled for Firefest and a full scale tour in the works, Tyketto keeps on doing what they do best: writing great songs and performing live for their fans.

 Danny Vaughn - Lead vocals
 Brooke St. James - Lead guitar & backing vocals
 Jimi Kennedy - Bass guitar & backing vocals
 Michael Clayton - Drums

HARDLINE’s lineup revolution welcomes you in the “Danger Zone”

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of HARDLINE’s new studio album entitled “Danger Zone” on May 18th in Europe and May 22nd in North America.

Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.

Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.

“Ale is one talented brotha...” tells Johnny, “he plays, writes, sings, engineers, produces and mixes... He's like the golden goose handed to me. More than all the talent he has, he is an example of a great human in many many ways. I look forward to making more music with Ale. And it doesn't hurt that he's Italian too!”
Alessandro Del Vecchio says: “I feel humbled but at the same time excited as never before. I grew up with Double Eclipse, which I bought when I was 13, so it's really a combination of feelings. The whole thing started so naturally that I feel like me and Johnny have been knowing each other for years. Our goal was to match the superb quality of that milestone of a debut and we worked hard to get to it, but we also wanted this record to be a shift and the truthful mirror of this "new" life for Hardline”. And, according to Gioeli “I think all of the Hardline records have a magic about them... this one certainly holds a more commercial pop sound to its heartbeat. I love it.”

So now Hardline have been completed with a European based lineup featuring Francesco Jovino (UDO), Thorsten Koehne (Code Of Perfection, Eden's Curse) and Anna Portalupi (Mitch Malloy).

“I would absolutely LOVE to tour with these guys. I think the fans would be quite surprised when they hear this a good solid kick in the teeth” concludes Gioeli and certainly discussions are ongoing to have finally Hardline play some dates around Europe in support of this exciting new release.

“Danger Zone” tracklisting includes: Fever Dreams; 10.000 Reasons; Danger Zone; What I'd Like; Stronger Than Me; Never Too Late For Love; Stay; I Don't Want To Breakaway; Look At You Now; Please Have Faith In Me; Show Me Your Love; The Only One.


Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English.
They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big.

The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song "Hot Cherie". While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline's fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and Melodic Rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material.

While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”.

But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, and with an all new line-up they produced the awesome return album “II” in 2002 with Josh Ramos (of The Storm and Two Fires fame) taking Neal Schon’s place on lead guitar.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned on stage headlining the GODS Festival in Bradford in June 2002, before Johnny and Josh started to work on new songs which eventually saw the light of day on the “Leaving the End Open” album released on Frontiers in may 2009.

Johnny Gioeli – lead vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards and backing vocals
Thorsten Koehne - guitars
Anna Portalupi - bass
Francesco Jovino - drums


Great White 2012 - Celebrating 30 years of Rock & Roll with the new album “Elation”

The love and passion for their music has never faltered. Re-charged and re-focused, Great White channels their raw, sweet and all-at-once dangerous sound into their soon-to-be released collection. Set to come out May 18, 2012 in Europe and May 22nd in North America from Frontiers Records, “Elation” is the band’s 12th studio album.

“Elation” thrives on Great White’s signature grit and blues-hued sound, only marked with a new synergy. Featuring co-founder Mark Kendall (guitar), and 28-year-veterans Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Audie Desbrow (drums), they are joined by lead singer Terry Ilous and bassist Scott Snyder the group emerged unscathed from late 2011 band member changes.
Best known for the 1989 smash “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Great White’s worldwide sales are approaching 10 million. Their song arsenal also includes “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love,” “The Angel Song,” “Mistabone” and more!
“Elation” is just the recording of what live audiences will see and hear as a band with a new mission. “This is a new birth of the band,” Desbrow says. “I wanted to call the album ‘Tabula Rasa’ which means rebirth, but we went for ‘Elation’ because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It’s a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I’m like a kid in a candy store.”
Kendall, one of rock’s most notable guitarists, echoed Desbrow’s pure excitement. “The energy in the studio is amazing,” Kendall says. “This is the most excited I’ve been since I was nine-years-old and got my first guitar. It's remarkable to be doing our third record with Frontiers Records and to feel the love and support from Serafino and his team. They are truly part of the Great White family."
Lardie, who also served as “Elation”’s producer, applauded the band’s teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group’s song writing approach and enthusiasm, and assures fans will embrace the record.

“The difference in this studio experience was simple. Everyone was completely present and contributed to the making of this album. As a producer, I feel my part is to get the best out of each of us and I got better than anyone’s best!”
Look out for Shark Tales - The Tell All Book: 30 years of Rock and Roll and Great White rocking in a city near you in 2012!

“Elation” tracklisting includes:
(I've Got) Something For You; Feelin' So Much Better; Love Train; Heart Of A Man; Hard To Say Goodbye; Resolution; Shotgun Willie's; Promise Land; Lowdown (Bonus Track); Just For Tonight; Love Is Enough; Complicated.

• Terry Ilous – lead vocals
• Mark Kendall – lead guitar
• Scott Snyder – bass guitar
• Audie Desbrow – drums
• Michael Lardie – guitar, keyboards



Release to Coincide with Stones 50th Anniversary
Director Brett Morgen
Eagle Rock Entertainment to Release

New York, NY (March 21, 2012)– In celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, Eagle Rock Entertainment is pleased to release a groundbreaking and eye-opening documentary, featuring remarkable revelations from the world’s most legendary band.  This is the first film to ever trace the evolution of the Rolling Stones’ from 1963, making it the ultimate Stones experience.  The film will be showcased in September as part of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary celebrations.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Rolling Stones and help to bring this extraordinary documentary film to millions of fans,” said Terry Shand, Eagle Rock chairman and CEO.

The film is a cinematic journey through the incredible eye of director Brett Morgen, capturing hours of never-before-seen footage in a rare, uncensored format that reveals the band’s vivid stories told through their eyes and their voices. With paramount access to the band and their materials retrieved from vaults and personal archives, Morgen captures astonishing new interviews and footage.  “For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones,” said Morgen, an Academy Award nominee who is known for esteemed work on The Kid Stays in the Picture among many other projects. “The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”

Fans go on the road, in the studio, behind the scenes, and witness each band member’s personal, unfiltered perspective on the legendary life of the Rolling Stones – embarking on a journey through 50 years of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The film is executive produced by the Rolling Stones, produced by Victoria Pearman, co-produced by Morgan Neville and directed by Brett Morgen.

It has previously been announced that Thames & Hudson will release the only official and authorized book The Rolling Stones: 50 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary on July 12. The book has been possible by privileged access to superb reportage photography from the Daily Mirror’s archive, the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography, most of it hitherto unseen. This photographic autobiography features images selected by the band accompanied by their own words.



Lindsey Buckingham photo by Jeremy Cowart

March 27, 2012 -- Legendary guitarist, singer/songwriter/producer, Grammy® Award winner and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM is gearing up for a new round of tour dates beginning May 3 in Solana Beach, CA and concluding Monday, May 21 in Spokane, WA. 
More shows throughout the U.S. will be announced in the coming weeks.

In his intimate-one-man show, Lindsey will showcase his distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice in his usual awe inspiring form, captivating his audience with songs from his recent album, Seeds We Sow as well as performing a combination of favorites from his previous solo albums, along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics.

Regarding the new tour, Buckingham says, "As I've grown as an artist, I've gotten more and more in touch with my center, and that center is voice and guitar. Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I've been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone."

Check out Lindsey Buckingham at any of the following tour stops:

DATE        CITY              VENUE

Thur 5/3    Solana Beach, CA       Belly Up Tavern
Fri 5/4        Los Angeles, CA        The Wiltern
Sat 5/5        San Juan Capistrano, CA    Coach House
Sun 5/6     Thousand Oaks, CA       Fred Kavli Theatre/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tues 5/8    San Luis Obispo. CA        Fremont Theatre
Wed 5/9    Fresno, CA            Tower Theatre
Thur 5/10    Carmel, CA            Sunset Central Center
Fri 5/11        Santa Cruz, CA            Rio Theatre
Sun 5/13    Sacramento, CA        Crest Theatre
Mon 5/14    San Francisco. CA        The Fillmore
Tues 5/15    Redding, CA            The Cascade Theatre
Thur 5/17    Bend, OR            Tower Theatre
Fri 5/18      Portland, OR            Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/19    Seattle, WA            The Neptune
Mon 5/21    Spokane, WA            Bing Crosby Theatre


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