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Friday, May 25, 2012

News Update for Friday May 25th, 2012

Aerosmith Debut Brand New Single "Legendary Child" With Performance on American Idol 

"Legendary Child" Single Available Now on iTunes
New Album Music From Another Dimension out August 28, Available Now For Pre-Order
Tour Kicks Off June 16   

Aerosmith premiered their brand new single "Legendary Child" by performing the song live on the season finale of American Idol on May 23.
For me, I have to say, it really didn't grab me, but maybe it'll be a grower?

"Legendary Child," available now on iTunes, is the first single from Aerosmith's long-awaited new album.  'Music From Another Dimension' will be released August 28 and is available now for pre-order on iTunes.  The track listing is below.
Pre-order link:

Eager to bring the new tunes to fans across the country, Aerosmith will hit the road for The Global Warming Tour this summer.  The tour kicks off on June 16 in Minneapolis. 
A full list of dates is below.
Music From Another Dimension tracklisting
1. What Could Have Been Love
2. Beautiful
3. Street Jesus
4. Legendary Child
5. Oh Yeah
6. We All Fall Down
7. Another Last Goodbye
8. Out Go the Lights
9. Love Three Times a Day
10. Closer
11. Shakey Ground
12. Love a Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up on the Mountain

The Global Warming Tour
with Special Guests
Cheap Trick:

6/16    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
6/19    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
6/22    United Center, Chicago, IL
6/27    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
6/29    Times Union Center, Albany, NY
7/01    Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
7/03    Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
7/05    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
7/07    Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
7/10    Laval Nature Center, Laval, QC
7/12    Festival d'été de Québec, Quebec City, QC
7/14    Salmon Festival, Grand Falls, NL
7/17    TD Garden, Boston, MA
7/19    TD Garden, Boston, MA
7/21    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
7/24    Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
7/26    Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA
7/28    American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX
7/30    Toyota Center,  Houston, TX
8/01    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
8/04    Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
8/06    Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
8/08    Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA

Official website:



HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 23, 2012) – Boston’s very own Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of multi-platinum recording band EXTREME are performing the National Anthem this Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 PM at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game.

Most recently, in the celebration of Fenway Park’s centennial, Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt and Daniel Bard joined forces and recorded a version of the song “Let The Good Times Roll” available on the 100 Year Anniversary Red Sox Commemorative album. A portion of proceeds benefits the Red Sox Foundation.

Bettencourt will also be celebrating his special fan Darren Parker, who has self-proclaimed himself as one of Nuno’s biggest fans. The band and fans know him as NunoFreak. Darren has an inoperable brain tumor rendering him unable to work as his medical bills are mounting.

A fundraiser is being held on June 23 at Sleep’s Bar & Grill in Bluffs, IL which will include an auction, donations and freewill. Darren’s dream was to have Nuno show up but unfortunately he will be in London on tour with Rihanna. Bettencourt came up with a solution to help.

Last Friday, Nuno surprised Darren by calling him on the phone and invited him to be his special guest with Gary for the Red Sox game. This generous offer includes Darren to be on the field when they perform the National Anthem. After the Anthem, Nuno will gift him one of his Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 guitars so Darren can auction it on eBay to help cover his medical expenses. The Red Sox has kindly agreed to let Darren come in the afternoon to watch sound-check and then stay in the park to watch batting practice. “We are making this real special for him.” states Bettencourt.  After the phone call with Nuno, Darren sent management an email saying that he “Literally had to pull the car over on the side of the road for 20 minutes to just process the conversation he just had with Nuno.”

Here is Darren’s website to learn more about his situation and the fundraiser.

Gary Cherone (lead vocals) and Nuno Bettencourt (guitar) are the driving force behind the iconic Boston rock band Extreme. To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released six albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide. They also achieved a Billboard #1 hit single, “More Than Words” — from their 1990 multi-platinum album Pornograffitti and a Top Five hit with “Hole Hearted.” Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, the band’s trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk—fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style and Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics.


Drummer Mark 'BAM BAM' McConnell passes away

Former drummer with Sebastian Bach's band, Mark 'BAM BAM' McConnell sadly passed away yesterday morning, following the failure of both his liver and kidneys.

McConnell had drummed with the former Skid Row singer Bach between 1997 and 2005, he had also been a part of southern rockers, Blackfoot.

His family shared the news with family and friends, through Facebook:

"Mark passed at 9:42 this morning surrounded by family and close friends. We will miss him...he was precious to all of us and touched all our hearts deeply and profoundly. On behalf of our family thank you to all of you for you prayers and support. We will post more info when we've had a chance to catch our breaths."

Erin McConnell shared this through Facebook, in response to the many messages from fans and friends:

Hello Everyone,

I can't let all of these comments go unnoticed and I seem to be the one to take on the face-booking for us at the moment...I just wanted to say thank you to all of you. I have to say that Facebook has been a great comfort to me - hearing all of your stories and reading all of your thoughts and seeing all of the imagery you've all been so wonderful about posting. I want you all to...
know that Rikki is resting right now and our family and friends are coming together to get through all of this.

We haven't had a chance yet to make solid plans for a gathering on Mark's behalf, but things are in the works and someone will post more information as it becomes more clear.

Do stay tuned and know that we hear you. Keep posting!

Much love to all of you from all of us. ♥♥♥

Mark's wife Rikki McConnell, posted this tribute:

My Sweet, Beautiful Best Friend and Husband. I miss you SO much and so do Sara and Patch. I'll take good care of them. My time with you was Way too short but what an adventure! WOW! I'LL LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND ALWAYS! You'll forever be in my heart!!! XOXOXOXOX

RIP Mark, the hurt is now over for you.
Sympathies go out to Mark's family and friends.

Joe Bonamassa is No.1 in the UK's Midweek Album Chart

Joe Bonamassa’s brand new studio album “Driving Towards The Daylight” is the number 1 album in today’s Official UK Midweek Album Chart.
 Released in the UK by Provogue Records, this marks Joe’s 13th solo album and solidifies his reputation as one of the hottest guitarists in the music business.
“We are very excited about Joe’s impressive rise in record sales,” says Ed van Zijl, owner of Provogue Records. “Joe has worked extremely hard for the past 20 years, gradually building a massive following with the general public. It now seems that public demand is dictating the need for a singer/songwriter and guitarist of Joe’s stature.”

The midweek chart position is subject to change. 
The official album chart will be revealed on Sunday evening. The album follows Bonamassa’s appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which aired on Monday May 21st. View Joe’s Letterman TV debut here

For the official album press release, click here.

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