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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rock News Update for Wednesday March 7th, 2012

Europe Announces UK Tour in support of new album

Academy Events and the DHP in association with The Agency Group are pleased to announce Europe’s Bag of Bones UK Tour 2012. Hot off the heels of last year’s Balls N’ Banners UK Tour and sold out concert at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (where they filmed their recent live DVD), Sweden’s biggest hard rock band undertakes a nationwide UK tour in November 2012.
An exclusive 48-Hour Ticket Pre-sale for Europe fans will happen on Wednesday 7th March at 9am via Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 9th March at 9am via and All tickets are priced £18.50, with the exception of London (£20).

The UK tour dovetails the recent announcement of Europe’s new single Not Supposed To Sing The Blues, released digitally by iTunes throughout the UK and Europe on Friday March 9th, followed by their 9th studio album, Bag of Bones, released in the UK on Monday 30th April.

Last year, Classic Rock Magazine rated Europe’s previous album, Last Look At Eden, as one of the best hard rock albums of 2009, citing them as - "One of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records.”

Metal Hammer praised Europe for their outstanding concerts - “Europe’s live show pulls together all ages, and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory.”

Joey Tempest - Vocals
John Norum - Guitars
John Leven – Bass Guitar
Mic Michaeli - Keyboards
Ian Haugland – Drums

Best known for their 1986 global classic rock anthem, The Final Countdown, the Swedish rockers received unanimous praise a heavier bluesy, hip-shaking metal sound. The new album, Bag of Bones, is produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Stone Cherry, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin). Celebrated blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, makes a guest appearance on the title track, Bag of Bones.

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that 2009’s Last Look At Eden album was a significant turning point for the band. That album proved to be Europe’s most important record since The Final Countdown. Now, with the highly anticipated release of Bag of Bones, Tempest says Europe is “ready to do some serious damage.”


Formed north of Stockholm in the early 80s, Europe was originally called ‘Force’. Their initial influences included Thin Lizzy, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group.

To date, Europe has recorded nine studio albums and sold over 15 million records. Their biggest and most well known hit singles include The Final Countdown, Rock The Night, Carrie and Superstitious.
After a hiatus in the 1990's, Europe returned in 2004 with the album Start From The Dark. Since the new millennium, Europe has released 4 studio albums, 2 live DVD's and toured extensively around the world.

Europe are about to release their 9th album Bag of Bones on Monday 30th April 2012. The new album includes the single Not Supposed To Sing The Blues. The album is produced by Kevin Shirley and features blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa playing guitar on the title track, Bag of Bones.








Scorpions first 2012 'Final Sting' North American tour dates added

The Scorpions whose 'Final Sting tour' started back in 2010 and has kept rolling ever since, have just announced some US tour dates for 2012.

The band has also not long released their latest album of covers and re-recording in the shape of the 'Comeblack' album.
My review of that release is here:

I guess at this time, there is no official press release just yet - Maybe due to finalizing further dates? - but the following dates have been posted on their website:

June, 8th 2012
Reno, NV
Reno Events Center

June, 9th 2012
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater
June, 11th 2012
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre
June, 12th 2012
Denver, CO
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

June, 14th 2012
Albuquerque, NM
Hard Rock Pavilion

June, 15th 2012
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theatre

June, 17th 2012
Tucson, AZ
Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
June, 20th 2012
San Diego, CA
Valley View Center Arena

June, 22nd 2012
Los Angeles, CA

June, 23rd 2012
Las Vegas, NV
Thomas & Mack Center
June, 27th 2012
Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

June, 29th 2012
Chicago, IL
Charter One Pavilion
June, 30th 2012
Milwaukee, WI
July, 2nd 2012
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatere

July, 3rd 2012
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
July, 6th 2012
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
July, 7th 2012
Wantagh, NY
Jones Beach Theater
July, 11th 2012
Philadelphia, PA
Mann Center for Performing Arts
July, 12th 2012
Washington D.C.
Merriweather Post Pavilion

For further details go to:

LANCE KING Offers Free Download on His New Facebook Fan Page

A Moment on Chiros Available Now on Nightmare Records     
is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about LANCE is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of.

Today LANCE KING has launched his new official Facebook Fan Page. The page can viewed at this location:

In conjunction with launch of the Facebook Fan Page, LANCE is offering a free mp3 download of the title track from his latest release A Moment in Chiros, which is available now on Nightmare Records through Sony / Red in North America. Order your copy HERE:

On the last day of June, 2011 LANCE decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release.
In under three months, A Moment In Chiros was mixed and mastered and off to the presses, perhaps the fasted created music in history?  This album was meant to be out by 11/11/11 and is destined to stand the test of time.

Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians:
Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator & Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater / Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Michael Hansen & Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini  
(Myrath) & Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson and MANY others).
Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) & Jacob Hansen, (Volbeat, Heathen, TYR, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, Onslaught, Rob Rock, Blotted Science, Raunchy, Pretty Maids, Cryoshell)   

Trevor Rabin to release 'Jacaranda'
Release Date May 8th 2012

Jacaranda is Trevor Rabin's first new solo project since his album Can't Look Away.
The extremely versatile Rabin covers a wide range of styles on the new album, including rock, jazz, and classical. Trevor plays all of the instruments himself, with the exception of drums on the tracks, for which he brought in noted jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), longtime Rabin drummer Lou Molino III, and Trevor’s son Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). He also brought in noted bass guitarist Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock) who plays on the track “Anerley Road.” Vocalist Liz Constintine is featured on the track “Rescue,” inspired by the film The Guardian.

Trevor has long been regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world. His collaborations include working with Seal, Michael Jackson, Manfred Mann, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Paul Rodgers to name a few.

Trevor Rabin is also one of the most sought-after film composers in the business. He has created music that crosses barriers and genres that have made him one of the premier composers of contemporary music. As a guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, producer or recording engineer, Trevor has established himself as a leader in the contemporary music field. Some of his most noted soundtracks include: Armageddon, Remember the Titans, National Treasure, Race to Witch Mountain, Get Smart, The Guardian and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

He has received numerous awards including 11 BMI Film and TV Awards, a Grammy (Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Cinema,” from the album 90125 by Yes), a Lifetime Achievement Award (Los Angeles Music Awards), a Career Achievement Award (Temecula International Film Festival), and Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music Award (Park City Film Festival).

Track List:
1 Spider Boogie
2 Market Street 
3 Anerley Road 
4 Through The Tunnel        
5 The Branch Office
6 Rescue 
7 Killarney 1 & 2                
8 Storks Bill Geranium Waltz               
9 Me And My Boy    
10 Freethought
11 Zoo Lake     
12 Gazania

Pink Cream 69 parts company with drummer

Kosta Zafiriou, drummer and original member of PINK CREAM 69 left the band. He will be replaced by his good friend and long time drum tech Chris Schmidt, who played drums for Sunstorm, Harry Hess’ First Signal and more.

Kosta: "It was a very hard decision to leave the band I co-founded back in 1987, but I am sure this is the right step. Due to my various activities with my company Bottom Row plus being the drummer and manager of my new band UNISONIC, more and more I felt I was retarding PC 69´s career. Chris is a great drummer and a good friend of the band since many years, which makes him the perfect match for PINK CREAM 69. I wish the guys only the best and look forward to see the first show with him - as a visitor, enjoying the songs that accompanied me half of my life!
The band already started recording the successor to the “In10sity” - album on the 1st of March.
The new, yet-untitled, effort will be released by Marquee/Avalon (Japan + SouthEast Asia) and Frontiers Records (rest of the world) in the autumn of 2012.

Says guitarist Alfred Koffler: “The vibe within the band is very enthusiastic and creative. There are far too many strong songs by Dennis (Ward), David (Readman) and myself to pick from. There will be eleven of them on the album plus a couple of bonus tracks for the different markets and formats. We also will have guest appearances by two famous musicians on the new record – both fans of the band. More on that soon!”
For the release of the new PINK CREAM 69 album, the band will also be shooting a new video clip – the first one since “Shame”.
The band will be appearing at several European festivals during the summer and will tour after the release of the album.


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