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Friday, April 13, 2012

Brief Update for Friday April 13th, 2012

Sorry folks, not too much really to share right now, so I guess based on this update, you kind of see where I'm coming from when it's kind of lean on the news front!
Have a great weekend, cheers, Al


New York, NY (April, 2012) — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the May 29 release of Foreigner’s Alive & Rockin’, recorded at one of Europe’s most popular Hard Rock fests, the 2006 Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany.
This 9-track concert, previously released on DVD only (Eagle Rock Entertainment) is now available for the first time on CD.
“My initial musical vision for Foreigner was to combine blues and R’n’B with British Rock and make it sound soulful and authentic,” says guitarist Mick Jones. “I’d grown up in England and had the English influence but I was also inspired by many elements of American music from Mississippi blues to country. Foreigner was the vehicle to get that musical blend across.”

That “blend” was never more evident than on this rockin’ night as Jones — with vocalist Kelly Hansen, drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Jeff Jacobs, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel (guitars, saxophone, flute) and bassist Jeff Pilson — knocked out a crowd-pleasing set that included eight U.S. Top 20 hits including anthems “Juke Box Hero” “Cold As Ice” and “Hot Blooded.”

This most beloved of Classic Rock bands has been serving up the hits for over 30 years. With over 70 million records sold worldwide, they’re second only to Led Zeppelin on the Atlantic Records roster in total album sales. Jones, producer of 10 of Foreigner’s multi-platinum albums, has composed some of the most memorable riffs in rock history. After forming Spooky Tooth with Gary Wright in the early 1970s, he left his native England to move to New York in 1976 and formed Foreigner.

Track Listing:
1) Double Vision
2) Head Games
3) Dirty White Boy
4) Cold As Ice
5) Starrider
6) Feels Like The First Time
7) Urgent
8) Juke Box Hero / Whole Lotta Love
9) Hot Blooded


Twisted Sister's Come Out and Play photographer shares more!

Check out never before seen footage from the 1985 photo shoot of
and the transport of this historic piece of HEAVY METAL history

Photography and Art Direction by: Mark "WEISSGUY" Weiss

You always remember your first! For Photographer Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss, the first album cover he shot just happened to be TWISTED SISTER’S historic, multi-platinum “STAY HUNGRY.” The 1984 album brought us the two rock anthems "We're Not Gonna Take it" and "I Wanna Rock," which will be performed by the Black Veil Brides at the Golden Gods Awards on April 11, 2012.

How do you top the shockingly memorable image of Dee Snider, screaming and crouching with a rotting giant bone in his clutches? When Weiss was asked to create and photograph Twisted Sister’s follow up album, “Come Out and Play,” it was a no-holds-barred art director’s dream. Weiss concocted a textured manhole cover design that opened to reveal a novel “pop up” mummy-wrapped Dee Snider resplendent with sharpened teeth, emerging from beneath the pavement.

In September of 1985, a 1,000 pound manhole cover was custom-made with the Twisted Sister “TS” logo by Weiss’ dad, who also supplied a fully constructed street in Weiss’ NYC studio, for Dee to emerge from. After the shoot both items remained in his NJ garage for 27 years, until April 1, 2012, when the manhole cover was loaded onto an 18 wheeler for the cross-country trek to its ultimate destination of honor at the Golden Gods: History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA beginning April 11, 2012.

The truly heavy piece of metal history arrived last week to be displayed along with other heavy metal artifacts, including several of Weiss’ iconic photographs from the era. These photographs are taken from Mark’s Weiss’ extensive collection of rock’s most enduring images from the “Decade of Decadence.”

Mark Weiss’ collaboration and history with the iconic rockers he worked with almost 3 decades ago comes full circle this year, with the recent completion of Dee Snider’s release, “Dee Does Broadway,” as well as rocker Lita Ford’s new cd, “Living Like a Runaway,” both photographed and art directed by Weiss. Working with two of rock’s legendary performers again, Weiss says, “I have always been there for the artists who were there for me when I began my career. We’ve all had and continue to have, peaks and valleys to overcome in our personal and professional lives. Without their loyalty and belief in my craft, I would have never been able to continue making my rock ‘n roll dreams a reality.”

Hugh Cornwell unveils 'Totem and Taboo' album & 'No More Heroes' UK tour

Hugh Cornwell will embark on a nationwide UK tour during October 2012. The concerts will be divided into two sets. The first will feature his eagerly anticipated new studio album ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ (released August 2012). The second set will see Hugh playing The Stranglers’ seminal 1977 second album ‘NO MORE HEROES’ in its entirety with keyboards added to the lineup.

A ticket pre-sale is launched today (Wednesday 11th April) from followed by a general on-sale on Friday 14th April. Tickets can be ordered from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, and booked online from and 
Special VIP ticket packages for all shows include sound check entry, meet and greet, exclusive ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ demo album, and a free poster signed on the night by Hugh.

Cornwell’s highly anticipated new studio album ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ will be released in August 2012. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, it was engineered and mixed by Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies).
Hugh Cornwell is the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British punk rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive UK and European success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, with classic songs including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and No Mercy.

Hugh Cornwell: Autumn 2012 UK Tour / 24 Hour Box Office:

0844 478 0898 / Book Online: and

Carlisle The Brickyard (Oct 3) / Aberdeen Lemon Tree (Oct 4) / Glasgow The Arches (Oct 5) / Northumbria University (Oct 6)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Oct 10) / Leeds The Cockpit (Oct 11) / Manchester Academy 3 (Oct 12) / Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (Oct 13)

Bristol The Fleece (Oct 17) / Southampton The Brook (Oct 18) / London O2 Academy Islington (Oct 19) / Tavistock The Wharf (Oct 20)

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