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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News Update for Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

Message from Tony Iommi after the Birmingham gig

Black Sabbath's guitar legend, Tony Iommi gathered enough strength inbetween all his treatments for lymphona that he's currently battling, to play a pre-Download festival warm up gig.

It took place in his home city of Birmingham, the place where the Black Sabbath story all

Sadly, over the past months and even this last week or so, leading up to the gig, there have been announcements / statements, call them what you will between the original band members, drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler.
The statements have been regarding contracts and why or why not Bill Ward did not play and does not look like figuring in any Black Sabbath reunion activity, any time soon.
For more details on all that, you can either go to Bill's or Geezer's website's or even Sabbath's!

On a positive note though, away from the soap opera that it's become, Tony Iommi did play and from most reports, it wasn't a bad show at all!
Tony has just posted this message to Black Sabbath fans everywhere, regarding the event:

Message From Tony!
22nd May 2012

I was extremely nervous beforehand about playing a long set, not knowing whether I'd be able to last.
 It turned out to be no problem whatsoever because Ozzy, Geezer and Tommy were nailing everything, no chance to feel tired!  I'm really pleased with how it turned out, fantastic crowd and I want to say thank you to all of them for giving me such an amazing reception.

On our way again at last!

Finally, a special thanks to Tommy, we invited him to play and he was brilliant.

Best wishes,


Message From Tony!

Official Tony Iommi site:

Good for you Tony, get well soon mate!


After the recent announcement for the Uriah Heep camp, regarding pushing their US tour back this year from summer to later in the year, here's an update from the band's website:
Uriah Heep will be touring USA in November.

The dates below are going on sale in early course.
The band will also be announcing VIP and meet / greet packages.
Stay tuned to
Further dates will be announced.

The new confirmed dates thus far are:

Thu Nov 1 Jim Thorpe PA Penn's Peak

Sun Nov 4 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club

Thu Nov 8 Milwaukee WI Potawatomi Casino / Northern Lights Theatre
Performing DEMONS & WIZARDS Live!

Fri Nov 9 ' Milwaukee WI Potawatomi Casino / Northern Lights Theatre
Performing DEMONS & WIZARDS Live!

Fri Nov 16 Tulsa OK River Spirit Casino

Keep your eyes on the 'Heep site and here of course for updates!

Tesla Summer Tour dates 2012

I truly long for a new album from Tesla, as 'Forever More' was a killer release!
Never got to hear the 'Twisted Wires' release, although I'm sure it was enjoyable.

Anyway, the guys are heading out this summer for plenty of live shows, so go and catch them, you know you'll enjoy it!

Here's those dates!

05/25/2012-Herrin, Il
05/26/2012-Welch, MN

06/03/2012-Wendover, NV
06/08/2012-Reno, NV
06/09/2012-Mountain View, CA
06/12/2012-Morrison, CO
06/14/2012-Albuquerque, NM
06/15/2012-Phoenix, AZ
06/17/2012-Tucson, AZ
06/20/2012-San Diego, CA
06/22/2012-Los Angeles, CA
06/23/2012-Las Vegas, NV
06/26/2012-San Antonio, TX
06/27/2012-Grand Prairie, TX
06/29/2012-Chicago IL
06/30/2012-Fort Wayne, IN

07/01/2012-Mt Clemens, MI
07/05/2012-Hampton Beach, NH
07/06/2012-Clifton Park, NY
07/08/2012-Englewood, NJ
07/09/2012-Uncasville, CT
07/11/2012-Philadelphia PA
07/13/2012-Oshkosh, WI
07/14/2012-McHenry, IL
07/20/2012-Biloxi, MS
07/21/2012-Hot Springs, AR
07/27/2012-Janesville, WI
07/28/2012-Mankato, MN

08/11/2012-West Allis, WI
08/17/2012-Escanaba, MI

03/16/2013 - 03/20/2013-Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For more details on specific venues, news updates, etc, go to:

Sandi Thom gets the Black Crowes treatment on new album

Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, best known for her 2006 No.1 hit single I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair), is pleased to confirm the August 27th release of her fourth studio album Flesh and Blood.  Produced by the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, and featuring a rare duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie, the album and was recorded at 16 Tons studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Sandi will embark on a nationwide UK tour in support of the new album, which begins at the London Islington Academy on Thursday November 1st 2012.
Sandi's new song, Sun Comes Crashing Down will be available as a free download from on Monday May 21st.

The album features an all-star ensemble led by the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowe and widely travelled session guitarist Audley Freed, respected Nashville stars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up with special guest performances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and stunning duet with the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on her 1992 classic The Big Ones Get Away.

Flesh and Blood is a significant release, being Sandi’s sophomore studio album, released solely by her independent label Guardian Angels Records (distributed in the UK by Nova through Universal Music Operations).  The highly anticipated new album radiates the raunchy blues rock bravado of the opening track Help Me, followed by the country-flavoured Leadbelly classic In The Pines. The album also features the strutting, clavinet-led Stormy Weather; and the emotionally compelling finale Lay Your Burden Down.

"Sandi really stretched herself and made a bold new album,” reflects Rich Robinson, “Her songs are honest, vulnerable and very strong.  Her vocal abilities are showcased really well, as is her guitar work, and harp playing. I think Sandi’s made a great record. It was a joy to work with her.”

Classic rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa) also mixed two tracks, Sun Comes Crashing Down and a duet with Buffy Sainte Marie on the latter’s classic song, Big Ones Get Away “Sandi’s writing is fantastic,” says Shirley, “and her singing is wonderful. Sun Comes Crashing Down has all the right ingredients to be a hit.”

Read the official web release, featuring the Making of Flesh and Blood EPK and a full list of UK tour dates HERE:

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