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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

News Update for Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Hi folks, sorry for lack of updates ... A whole bunch of stuff going on, that's not been helpful, personally and interruptions in a limited lunchbreak situation in the dayjob are not helpful either!
The weekend flew by and Monday was just, well ... Monday!
Friday night I caught a great live set from the Pat Travers Band, review will be up, very soon
Moving swiftly on, have yourselves a great week!
Cheers, Al

 Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi to Release WhoCares Album

Word is out that the joint collaborative 'WhoCares' project featuring Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan will be more than just a one-off charity single project.

The two legendary rockers teamed up last year to release the song ‘Out of My Mind’ (along with ‘Holy Water’) to raise funds for rebuilding a music school in Armenia, marking their first collaboration since Ian Gillan’s involvement with Black Sabbath on the 1984 disc ‘Born Again.’

Both musicians have visited Armenia several times over the years and have seen the slow renewal after a major earthquake struck, that decimated the country in 1988.
After having such a great time together working on last year’s benefit track, the longtime friends decided to forge ahead with a full record with the goal remaining to aid rebuilding efforts in Armenia.

Gillan says, ‘As I said once in the song ‘Razzle Dazzle’…it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time.’ The destruction of conformity in this case – some of these pieces never really fitted into the contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure.
As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities, a combination of freshness as they fully felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘Yeah, told you so,’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time. And that adds up to more money for the music school we are building in Armenia.”

Iommi and Gillan are finalizing the track listing at the moment, but did reveal that there will be a pair of original 'WhoCares' songs, the Deep Purple unreleased studio jam ‘Dick Pimple,’ a song from Gillan’s pre-Deep Purple band Repo Depo, two unreleased tracks from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes, plus obscure collaborations, B-sides and exclusive live versions of tracks.
Jon Lord, Nicko McBrain and ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted also helped with last year’s benefit songs, but it is not known which artists will guest on the next 'WhoCares' release?
'WhoCares' will be released on June 22nd on earMUSIC. A dream come true for Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath fans!

Michael Schenker's "Temple of Rock" UK Tour starts Wednesday May 9th

Wednesday May 9th sees the start of legendary guitarist Michael Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” UK tour.

These shows mark the first time Schenker’s touring band will feature two ex-Scorpions members – Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass). Vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen) and M.S.G. keyboardist, Wayne Findlay complete the line-up.

Tickets are available from 0844 478 0898 and

May 2012 UK Tour Dates

May 9 - Wolverhampton The Wulfren
May 10 - Manchester HMV Ritz
May 11 - Glasgow O2 ABC
May 12 - London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The UK concerts will feature a plethora of hits spanning Michael Schenker’s colourful career. Songs to be performed by the “Temple of Rock” line-up include UFO’s “Rock Bottom" and "Doctor Doctor", M.S.G.’s "Armed and Ready" and "Into The Arena", Scorpions classics "Another Piece of Meat" and "Rock You like a Hurricane", plus new songs from the recently released "Temple of Rock" album "Miss Claustrophobia" and "Before the Devil Knows You´re Dead".

For more details on this press release, go here:

For everything you want to know about Michael Schenker, go here:


“Hands without Shadows – A Tribute to Rock Guitar”
@ The Token Lounge on Sat. May 12TH – Detroit, MI


HOLLYWOOD, CA (May, 2012) - Legendary shredder Michael Angelo Batio will take over Detroit’s Token Lounge with his newly devised show: “Hands without Shadows – A Tribute to Rock Guitar.” This show is a multimedia extravaganza featuring the music of some of the greatest rock guitarists of the past 50 years. Batio will also be giving away an autographed MAB 3 guitar the night of the Token Lounge performance!

Guitar legend and virtuoso, Michael Angelo Batio, takes you on his 90 minute aural/visual journey to the different eras of rock music while playing guitars with incredible speed and musical precision. The “Hands without Shadow’s – A Tribute to Rock Guitar" show entails an awesome display of guitar wizardry accompanied by an equally talented band. This chronological tribute features Batio’s incredible arrangements and medley’s from the different eras of rock beginning with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, then moving on to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Metallica and more.

The brilliant, fast paced multimedia experience is completed with multiple video screens, incredible lighting, on stage theatrics and of course the amazing guitar work of the “#1 Shredder of all time” (Guitar One Magazine), Michael Angelo Batio. You will be introduced to Batio’s “MAB Over – Under” neck technique along with his famous Double-Guitar. Michael’s Dean “Jet” Double-Guitar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in February 2012. Michael invented the Double-Guitar and is credited with being the first person to play both left and right handed at the same time.

The Token Lounge
28949 Joy Road
Westland, MI – to purchase in advance
Advance Tix $10 - $15 at the door
Doors 8pm

The excitement of the show stays with you long after the performance. Michael Angelo Batio has been an extraordinary inspiration to countless musicians around the world, playing a major role in the evolution of modern rock guitar. He embodies the spirit of a true artist who has ceaselessly pursued his own creative vision, while mentoring and cultivating the next generation of emerging musicians. Come see what all the talk is about of this true shred guitar legend!

For more information and to watch for the upcoming tour dates go to or!/michaelangelobatioofficial.



Trevor Rabin releases Jacaranda (Varese Vintage Records), his first new solo album in two decades since Can't Look Away. The extremely versatile Rabin covers a wide range of styles on the new album, including rock, jazz, and classical. Trevor Rabin plays all of the instruments himself, with the exception of drums on the tracks, for which he brought in noted jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), longtime Rabin drummer Lou Molino III, and Rabin’s son Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). He also brought in noted bass guitarist Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock) who plays on the track “Anerley Road.” Vocalist Liz Constintine is featured on the track “Rescue,” inspired by the film The Guardian.

Trevor Rabin is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world. His collaborations include working with Seal, Michael Jackson, Manfred Mann, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Paul Rodgers. He is also one of the most sought-after film composers in the business. He has created music that crosses barriers and genres that have made him one of the premier composers of contemporary music. As a guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, producer or recording engineer, he has established himself as a leader in the modern music field. As a film composer his credits include: Armageddon, Remember the Titans, National Treasure, Race to Witch Mountain, The Guardian and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Trevor Rabin has received numerous awards including a Grammy, numerous Film and TV Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award (Los Angeles Music Awards), a Career Achievement Award (Temecula International Film Festival), and Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music Award (Park City Film Festival).

Track List:
1 Spider Boogie
2 Market Street
3 Anerley Road
4 Through The Tunnel
5 The Branch Office
6 Rescue
7 Killarney 1 & 2
8 Storks Bill Geranium Waltz
9 Me And My Boy
10 Freethought
11 Zoo Lake
12 Gazania

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