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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News Update for Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Hi folks,
Wow! Great news for AOR fans, Journey fans in particular here in the US, read on for all the info!

OK, as previously mentioned about a month, the prize giveaway with courtesy of is back on and it couldn't be easier ...
Yes, free online guitar lessons for ONE year, for ONE lucky winner!
Full details at the end of today news items.
OK, to the news, have a great day folks,


JOURNEY is returning to the road on July 21 for their 2012 tour kick-off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheatre with concert dates through December. Special guests Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo and Loverboy will appear on most tour dates.
Scheduled 2012 tour information is listed below.

Tickets for some concerts are already on sale with additional onsales starting Friday, April 13, at all the usual online, phone and physical retail outlets, including select Walmart Ticketmaster locations across the country.

Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band's Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. Journey was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honor of the band's significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.
The 2011 Eclipse World Tour was of the band's most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal anthem, Don't Stop Believin', which was honored as the top-selling digital classic rock song in history by Nielsen SoundScan. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

PAT BENATAR AND NEIL GIRALDO changed the face of music forever when their debut album, 'In the Heat of the Night,' exploded in 1979. Pat emerged fearless, fighting and forging a path for future female rock stars around the world. With Neil's innovative vision creating the signature "Benatar" sound, hits like Heartbreaker, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love Is A Battlefield and We Belong led to platinum album after platinum album. Benatar won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as three American Music Awards, establishing her as one of America's leading female rock vocalists. With over 30 million albums and 19 Top 40 singles to their name, Benatar/Giraldo remain a rock 'n roll powerhouse today, selling out concerts and wowing audiences, after more than three decades of making music together.

With trademark red leather pants and bandanas to match their huge rock sound and high-energy live shows, LOVERBOY has sold more than 10 million albums and earned multi-platinum plaques for albums such as their self-titled debut LP, Get Lucky, Keep It Up and Lovin' Every Minute of It. The string of hits include the band's smash anthem Working For The Weekend, as well as Hot Girls In Love, Turn Me Loose, and Lovin' Every Minute Of It. Loverboy's continued pop culture relevance is alive and well in 2012, with recent references to the band in episodes of NBC's hit show '30 Rock' and Comedy Network's popular 'Regular Show.'
Members of Journey will be attending the premiere of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, a new documentary that tells the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Arnel Pineda, who was discovered on YouTube to become the band's new lead singer. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, a film by director and producer Ramona S. Diaz, is a rare behind-the-scenes look at Pineda's early life's struggles and the challenges involved in becoming front man for one of America's most beloved rock groups. The documentary premieres April 19 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 on May 3.

VIP Packages for the 2012 tour will be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit Journey is also teaming up with to offer fans some of the best seats in the house for this tour to benefit outstanding charities helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. These exclusive seats will be available only at
Scheduled 2012 Tour Dates (more to be announced):

July 21: San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
July 22: Stateline, CA- Harvey's Outdoor Arena
July 24: Paso Robles, CA - Main Grandstand, California Mid-State Fair
July 26: Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Nights
July 28: George, WA - Gorge Amphiteatre
July 29: Spokane, WA - Northern Quest Casino Amphitheater
August 3: Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
August 6: Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground Amphitheatre*
August 15: Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
 August 17: Louisville, KY - Freedom Hall
August 18: Des Moines, IA - Grandstand, Iowa State Fair
August 24: Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 25: Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 18: Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
September 21: Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
September 22: Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center

*This concert features Journey and Loverboy.
**This concert features Journey.

Official weblinks:

Coroners report on Ronnie Montrose rules that guitarist shot himself

What a really tragic twist in the death of Ronnie Montrose, after the initial story that we all learned or were informed, revealed that he had died of prostate cancer, which had made no sense to many, who had understood that the man had beaten the cancer.

Then another story came out that Police were investigating the possibility of another cause of death ..., that now appears to be accurate following San Mateo County coroners office revealing that the guitarist died from a single, self inflicted gunshot wound.

This was posted in the San Francisco Chronicle, also it's been posted in Rolling Stone magazine, on Billboard and in the UK's Classic Rock magazine.

Links to those stories:

Sad indeed. RIP Ronnie Montrose ...

Some brief news items

Queen it seems, will still play live shows with Adam Lambert, following the cancellation of the huge Sonisphere gig they were scheduled to play this summer.
It seems they will now play two shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo, possibly early July, according to Classic Rock magazine, not yet confirmed at at this time.
Apparently they will also play in Russia, with two shows, one in Moscow and one in Kiev.

Rock of Vegas is an annual rock festival on the streets of Vegas, scheduled to take place this summer in downtown Las Vegas and the shows will free! Now there's a first for Vegas right?!

Artists mentioned so far include Styx, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Vince Neil, Dennis DeYoung, Bret Michaels, Skid Row and Asia featuring John Payne - The other Asia!
The story and details were posted at

Yngwie Malmsteen is to open the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods! - Tonight!

Revolver Golden Gods will broadcast live on all XBOX game consoles as well as Revolver's Facebook page starting at 3pm EST / 6pm PST on Wednesday(Tonight!), April 11th, 2012.

Go here for details of a direct link to watch:

Official artist website:

And finally ....

Yes, here we go folks, read on!

"April Guitar Master Class and Chambers of Rock Giveaway"

Hey folks, want to learn how to play guitar online?
No catch, the folks at simply want to make this really easy for you to win, but only for ONE person only, yes really!

No question to answer, honest!

Simply send me an email to with the subject line saying: "I want the lessons!" and enter to win 1 year of full access to Guitar Master Class - online guitar instructional web site and music community.

Details about the prize: is a dreamworld essentially for guitarists or aspiring guitarists who are looking to learn more, start from scratch or ..., well, just go and check the site out and you'll see what I am talking about.

Yes indeed, Chambers of Rock and are pleased to be able to offer, one very lucky reader of 'Chambers of Rock' a years subscription at as the prize.

This is something that would normaly cost you $110 (USD) for the year, but it's coming up for grabs, right here at Chambers of Rock during the month of April!

Rules are simple, be the first reader to email me, saying "I want the lessons!" and you could be the lucky winner and who knows, future rock guitar hero!!
Good luck and have a great week, cheers, Al "

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