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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rock News Update for Thursday April 26th, 2012

Hi folks,
Hope the week is going well so far for you all?
Sorry about the lack of new reviews up on the site, but every day this week, I've been hearing a little news update on this and that and so on, so I've just wanted to keep you up to date.

I will say this too this week, just shouting out for an old mate, Andrew McNiece @  is struggling a little financially, as he run his site time, it's his bread and butter, so he's put a request out there to fans of his site, to help out all they can with donations.
It's a great site, so if as a rock fan, if you feel you can give something, I'm certain it will be appreciated by Andrew. Also has many things reduced in his online store over there and a bunch of stuff out on eBay. Again, to check it out go to
Good luck with everything Andrew!

Got a call from Stuart Smith (Heaven and Earth) yesterday, just to touch base and he was saying that the new Heaven and Earth album is on target (provisionally!) for an end of July release.
Good luck there Stuart, I for one am greatly looking forward to hearing the new one!

Well, on with the update folks, cheers, Al

Status Quo - Bula Quo! It's official!

Fans of British 12 bar rockers, Status Quo, will recall I recently posted a piece questioning what is going on in the Quo camp, with talk of a documentary and a movie going on.
I thought the documentary was a realistic, possibility that could be something great to look forward to.
The movie ..., really didn't know what to think ..., but now it seems it's a go and here's the details!

Status Quo are delighted to announce that they are shooting their first ever feature film over several weeks in Fiji from April this year.

A 90-minute action movie, featuring the band as themselves and also starring Jon Lovitz [‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘The Wedding Singer’], Craig Fairbrass [best known for ‘Eastenders’] and Laura Aikman [star of the forthcoming ‘Keith Lemon: The Movie’], this project sees the band moving from gold discs to the silver screen.

Also boasting 12 songs, “Bula Quo!” takes its name from the islanders’ traditional Fijian greeting, and also references the title of the band’s best-selling album “Hello!”

The film is to be directed by award-winning Stuart St. Paul, who has worked on projects ranging from Duran Duran’s seminal ‘Wild Boys’ video, to massive franchises like ‘Aliens’, ‘Batman’ and three ‘Bond’ movies. Having first met the band when asked by ITV to look after their visit on Coronation Street [he also worked on Emmerdale] St. Paul wrote the script specifically with the band in mind. The film’s Producer is Tim Major, who has worked on ‘The Scar Crow’, ‘Not Alone’ and ‘Kill Keith’ and is also a very successful Film and TV actor in his own right. The film is aimed for international theatrical release in 2013.

Francis Rossi of Status Quo commented, “The one thing Quo fans know is to expect the unexpected. Of course, Rick (Parfitt) and I have already acted in Coronation Street, one of the biggest TV shows on the planet, so this should be no trouble at all! According to management…” Rick Parfitt adds, “Once I found out that we weren’t going to be shooting anywhere cold, I was all for it. This is an amazing chance for us to do something new and we’re all really excited.”

The first production from the newly incepted Status Quo Films [Fiji] Ltd, this movie project has been supported by the Fiji Audio Visual Commission [FAVC]. Stuart St. Paul said: “We have been made to feel so welcome by everyone. Fiji isn’t just a paradise because of its location; it is also because of the wonderful islanders who cannot do enough for us. The production team is grateful for the support from the Fiji Government and Tourism Fiji without which none of this would be possible.”
Bula Quo - Internet Movie database:

Official Status Quo site:

Some brief updates ...

Michael Schenker Temple of Rock + Lovedrive Reunion tour update

Having not that long ago, seen Michael Schenker live for the first time in years, I can tell you that the upcoming UK tour should be something special to catch, even if it is a different line up!
The man is playing very well indeed, no question, so don't miss out!

Here's a post over at the man's website:

 Hi Everyone!
It's "Temple Of Rock and Lovedrive Reunion" time!
I am very much looking forward to performing songs from my "Lovedrive" album with the Scorpions with original Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz on this upcoming European Tour as well as playing many of my classics from the past with UFO and MSG and new stuff from the "Temple Of Rock" album with the great Doogie White on vocals.

It's going to be a blast.
Armed and Readyyyyyy!See you out there Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Just saw him on TV last night - As I missed Saturday night's 'That Metal Show' show ... - on a repeat on VH1 Classic, that featured Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith as the studio guest and Michael was the episode's guest musician on the show.
Very cool to see and wow! Michael gave host Eddie Trunk, a Dean Flying V guitar.
Very decent thing to do Michael, I must say that Eddie has been an avid Schenker fan for years, has been continually praising Michael's abilities over here in the States, on both the TV show and his weekly radio show and rightly so!

Official website:

 The Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford tour, rolls on with added dates!

Yes people, it seems that Def Leppard are proud to announce the adddition of some new US tour dates alongside Poison and Lita Ford, for this summer's hot tour!

The new dates added are:
August 11th - Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
August 14th - Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
August 28th - Des Moines,  IA (Wells Fargo Arena
September 4th - Austin, TX (Cedar Park Center)

Apparently there's a bunch of rumours flying around on Def Leppard, some saying they will not record any more albums, some saying the next will be their last, but then apparently, drummer Rick Allen recently did an interview on a US radio station, saying that he's been laying down some early drums tracks for the next album, playing to Phil Collen's early guitar parts ... Interesting ...

Phil Collen has likewise done a new radio interview, with California's 93.7 KCLB check it out here:

Official band website:


The Yellow & Black Attack is Back World-Wide For Select Intimate Shows

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 25, 2012) –The Yellow and Black Attack is back - STRYPER is about to embark in a string of select dates world- wide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago.

STRYPER is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features “All Original Members”.
They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.

Looking back over the past 25 years, STRYPER is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” and the band’s popular power ballad “Honestly” became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit “Calling On You”, also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with “Honestly” being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 STRYPER found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering.
“After almost 30 years in this business, we are blessed to be able to continue doing what we love most - making music,” explains Michael Sweet, lead singer/ lead guitarist and songwriter. “God has blessed us with talents and abilities so we plan to continue on this path as long as God calls us to do so.”
TOUR DATES – (more to come) – Bold denotes added dates~

5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI

6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA

7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India

11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto,Venezuela

Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide.

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