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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brief News Update for Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

Hi folks,
Well, first of all, big thanks to everyone for so many birthday wishes ...
Ha! The life I've lived, at times I never thought I'd make it to 50!!!
Boy oh boy ...

Anyway, enough about me, it's over to the news, but before I sign off my thoughts and prayers reach out to Tony Iommi and his family.
The last update at his site was a week ago - See below in news items. - and I just hope and pray that the treatments are going well and he is being cured ...
I just recall how all the updates for Ronnie James Dio (RIP) indicated he was out to beat his cancer, but sadly it really wasn't until very close to the end, when of course we all learned he'd lost his battle.
Tony, all our sincere well wishes and prayers reach out to you. We wish you well my friend.

Cheers all, Al

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi continues his battle with cancer

Legendary guitarist with Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, who has been battling lymphoma, has recently - Last Tuesday. - posted an update at his site.

It reads like this:

A little update on how it's all going:
Well, I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse. I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see.
A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England, it was a big incentive for me, we managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.
And, importantly thanks again for your kind messages, hope to be seeing you soon.
- Tony
The worrying thing for fans and friends of Tony's and certainly is playing on my mind, is the way it reads doesn't tell you if all the cancerous cells have been beaten at this time, yet Tony says he's just had his last dose of chemotherapy and that radiotherapy is still to come.
Tony, I really wish you well as I said in my opening comments.
Keep up to date with Tony's progress and go ahead and wish him well, over at:
And these two:

to release ...
New Album “A Life Within A Day”
Release date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012.

Limited edition 7” vinyl single to be release on April 21st for International Record Store Day.
Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the hugely anticipated album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project between two legends of Progressive Rock, Chris Squire and Steve Hackett.
With progressive rock (in its many forms) now seemingly more popular than ever a collaboration from members of two the the godfathers of the genre is hugely exciting. Chris Squire has appeared on every YES album and is widely regarded as one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time. Now an established solo artist, Steve Hackett first came to prominence as the guitarist with Genesis. He was in the band from 1970 to 1977 and played on six studio albums and three live albums before leaving to concentrate on his solo career.
The two met when Chris Squire was working on a solo album and needed some guitar parts. Chris was put in touch with Steve and through these sessions the idea for SQUACKETT was born.
Over four years in the making, the “Squackett” album is very much more than the sum of its parts. “It was very much about a bunch of pals swapping notes and anecdotes,” says Hackett “I would say if people are looking for uncountable time signatures, in the main that’s not what this album holds. I think the songs are more simple and direct.”
“It has a flavour to it that is reminiscent of a few things from different artists,” says Squire. “There is some clever prog rock stuff in there, some jazzy bits but there are parts that have vocal harmonies like Crosby, Stills and Nash
Album tracklisting is as follows:
1. A Life Within a Day
2. Tall Ships
3. Divided Self
4. Aliens
5. Sea of Smiles
6. The Summer Backwards
7. Storm Chaser
8. Can't Stop the Rain
9. Perfect Love Song
The album will be released in the following formats - Standard CD - EANTCD 1002, Limited and Numbered Vinyl Edition - EANTLP 1002, Limited Edition 2 Disc Deluxe Edition (with hardback cover and 5.1 surround bonus disc) - EANTCD 2002.
On April 21st the band will release a limited edition 7" vinyl single to tie in with International Record Store Day (
The single will be "Sea of Smiles" (single edit) b/w "Perfect Love Song" and Cat number is EANTS 1001 

Official weblinks:

Marco Mendoza Italian tour dates

Sorry folks, slacking with this one, but in case you missed my previous mention about Marco Mendoza's return to Europe for more live dates, here's an update on the live shows Marco is currently playing in Italy.

The man who has played alongside many great talents, as part of Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Ted Nugent and the current line up of Thin Lizzy as well as others, still has the remaining live dates to play in Italy.

Marco Mendoza - Live In Italy 2012 - Remaining - dates


Marco Mendoza - Bass & Vocals
Favio Cerrone -Guitar
Pino Liberti - Drums

Expect Marco and his band to play material from both his solo albums 'Live For Tomorrow' and 'Casa Mendoza' as well as possible material from his work with the previously mentioned acts.
Miss him at your loss, enjoy the shows Marco my old friend!

Keep up with Marco, right here:

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