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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News Update for Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

Francis Rossi reveals Classic 'Quo Line up will be back ...

Status Quo's founding and leading man, Francis Rossi has revealed to a Swedish rock magazine - of all places! - that the classic Status Quo line up of the 70's, will reunite to record a new album and play live dates ...
Rumours had already done the rounds about the possibility, but since the band have been making the Quo documentary, 'Hello Quo' which is due for release later this year - Hopefully! - old wounds from legal battles and more, have it seems healed somewhat!

The classic 'Quo line up featured Francis Rossi (Guitars / Vocals), Rick Parfitt (Guitars / Vocals), Alan Lancaster (Bass / Vocals) and John Coghlan on drums, who last recorded and toured together back in 1981, before Coghlan left the band first.
Lancaster soon followed around 1985.

In 2002 sadly, Alan Lancaster was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but it seems he is winning to a degree, a bit of a battle ... 
Rossi told Swedish magazine, 'Nostalgia Rock 'n' Rock,' “Alan looks like he couldn’t do it. He’s still frail and his legs are a bit shaky, but he’s getting stronger every day. He’s lifting weights and eating himself into shape.”

Quo have continued recording albums and touring, with a strong line up still today and for many years now and Rossi remains adamant that the current line up will continue, but that the classic lineup will play together again.

“We’ll do a tour and write new songs. We’ve booked a tour in Britain in March next year – eight to ten gigs or something. If we had been gone for 20 years maybe we would have been able to book all the big arenas. But we have a modern-day Quo up and running, and quite successfully too. Who knows how the old band will be perceived?”

The full details, in Swedish(!), can be found here:

UK magazine Classic Rock have also taken the story from the Swedish magazine, as posted here:


New York, NY—(May 22, 2012) – Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp, recently completed the first leg of his “Breakfast in America Tour” with sold out shows across the US and South America.  On June 6, Hodgson heads to Germany to kick off a summer run through Germany, Holland, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland, before returning to perform in North America in August.

Fans the world over have been thrilled with Hodgson’s unforgettable songs such as Breakfast in America,” “The Logical Song,” Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and It's Raining Again.”   Hodgson and his band perform these timeless songs worldwide, as they take you on a magical musical journey.

Universally recognized as one of the most gifted composers and songwriters to have ever put pen to paper, Hodgson helped define a generation of progressive rock. Founding Supertramp in 1969, Hodgson’s dulcet tones and beautifully crafted lyrics helped the band sell in excess of 60 million albums, transforming them into a worldwide phenomenon.

Reflecting on his tour and DVD, Roger said "I love performing these songs, which continue to resound for me as a performer and for the fans.  My songs come from a very personal place inside me and they carry my beliefs and my dreams and my philosophy of life.  I understand the deep connection that fans have with my songs that have been a part of so many peoples’ lives around the world."For a chance to experience the magic first-hand before Roger arrives in your city, tune-in to the livestream on the DW homepage.   Check listings for Euromaxx airing June 1-2 and 3, here:

Media Reviews:

 “This is the real deal: a legendary music man, in brilliant form and shimmering presence, supported by a tight, terrific band.”   Huffington Post Review

 “He is a consummate musician that takes his craft seriously. Every aspect of his performance was flawless”   Classic Rock Revisited Review

For a taste of the live Hodgson experience, Take the Long Way Home – Live in Montreal, is available on DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click to view songs from the DVD: Take the Long Way Home,“ “Breakfast in America and Give a Little Bit.”

Upcoming US Summer Dates:

August 5        Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT
August 9       Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
August 10       Portland Zoo, Portland, OR
August 11       Cache Creek Casino, Brooks, CA
August 12      Saratoga Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
August 16      Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
August 17      Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
August 18       Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
August 21      Artpark, Lewiston, NY
August 23       Ravinia Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
August 24       Blue Ash Town Square, OH
August 25        Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, NY
September 16    Taste of Newport, Newport Beach, CA 
September 18     Humphreys, San Diego, CA

For fall US show itinerary and ticket information go to:

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Escape Music presents PRAYER - "Danger In The Dark"

Escape Music – ESM241

Released: 20th July 2012

PRAYER is back! It has been some 7 years since we were presented with the album “Wrong Address” (ESM117), which really set the pace way back in 2005 and gained the band a cult following. Prayer play Melodic Rock/AOR and hail from Oulu in Northern Finland.

"Danger in the Dark” is their brand new debut album which boasts catchy tunes with lots of double guitars and great keyboards. All songs have been written by Tapani Tikkanen, who is the driving force behind Prayer. Tapani´s musical career began in the early eighties with “IC-Rock” and continued later with “Tanna”. Together with those bands he did hundreds of gigs all over Finland but after several albums and more than 20,000 records sold, it was time for a break. However, he kept writing songs, such as three albums for the craziest football club in the world, F.C.Rainbow and a solo single entitled “Everyone’s a Winner”.

Tapani wanted to create a band that brought out his rock and roll heart. After the recording of a few demos Tapani contacted his friend and keyboard-wizard Jari Huvila to talk about forming the band PRAYER. Since “Wrong Address” there has been a line up change, which now features distinguished keyboards player Mika Pohjola.

Prayer play exciting hard melodic rock with a style that joins together the best of Saga, Treat and Royal Hunt. Their music has meaning and these guys are all committed to making this one of the most talked about releases in 2012.
Anyone with a penchant for soaring vocals, driving guitars and plenty of keyboards are in for a real treat. It’s as if all your prayers have been answered.


1. Danger In The Dark 4.37
2. Nobody Loves You 3.51
3. KP 4.36
4. Get What I Came For 3.16
5. Another Fool 4.48
6. Never Let Your Dreams Die 5.12
7. Heart Wants You To Rock 3.53
8. Livin´ Ain´t Livin´ 4.30
9. I ´m Back 4.50
10. It´s Not The End 4.01

Prayer line-up is:

Jukka Ihme - lead and rhythm guitar
Mika Pohjola - bass and keyboards
Matti Torro - drums
Tapani Tikkanen - lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Valtteri Tikkanen - rhythm guitar and keyboards

Recorded at Soundmix Studios 2012, Oulu, Finland
Engineered and mixed by Mika Pohjola
Produced by Tapani Tikkanen and Mika Pohjola.
Words and music by Tapani Tikkanen



George Thorogood & The Destroyers To Release New Studio Album

Named for the address of Chess Records Chicago` headquarters, 2120 South Michigan Avenue is produced by musician, songwriter and producer Tom Hambridge, a four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and 2010 GRAMMY winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Hambridge produced Buddy Guy`s Living Proof) and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award winner. The album`s featured guests include 2010 GRAMMY Award winners Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite.
The album opens with "Going Back" a blistering new song written by Hambridge and Thorogood, setting the stage for Thorogood and The Destroyers to rip through classic Chess chestnuts including "High Heel Sneakers" (featuring Buddy Guy, who originally recorded the song for Chess), Willie Dixon`s "Seventh Son," Howlin Wolf`s "Spoonful", Chuck Berry`s "Let It Rock", Muddy Waters "Two Trains Running", Bo Diddley`s "Bo Diddley", J.B. Lenoir`s "Mama Talk To Your Daughter" Sonny Boy Williamson`s "Help Me", Little Walter`s "My Babe" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica), and Jimmy Rogers "Chicago Bound".

The album also features another new song by Hambridge and Thorogood, along with Nashville songwriter, Richard Fleming, titled "Willie Dixon`s Gone", and the album`s closing title track, the Rolling Stones instrumental, "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica).
George Thorogood forged his signature sound of blues-infused rock & roll with the musical guidance he received from his Chess heroes. The Destroyers fought their way to the top, barging out of Delaware in the `70s as a jarringly high-energy bunch (also featuring drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Billy Blough), playing raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by Chuck Berry, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and others. Soon, they were touring and gigging with many of these statesmen of the blues, and learning invaluable lessons with every encounter.

"We were playing with these tough guys `these legends` away from their mean streets of Chicago. The audiences on the road were a real shift from the rough scene they fought through at home", says Thorogood. "That`s the blues. That`s the education I got, hanging out day in and day out. There`s an incredible story behind the music - they`re speaking the truth".

Thorogood is proud to honor Chess Records architects of modern blues and rock & roll, saying "Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley are religion to me. I know their ears and eyes are on me, so I have to nail it".
2120 South Michigan Avenue producer Tom Hambridge says of Thorogood, "What`s makes this album so perfect for George is that he has been doing it authentically all along. He can deliver Howlin` Wolf better than anybody, because he`s lived it. He`s not going to sing something he doesn`t believe in".
The Destroyers have expanded through the years; the band now includes original members Simon and Blough, as well as guitarist Jim Suhler (a Texan who was brought aboard in 1999) and saxophonist Buddy Leach, who joined in 2003. Their latest album, 2009`s The Dirty Dozen, debuted at #1 on Billboard`s Blues Albums chart, fueled by the album`s #1 single, "Tail Dragger".

Thorogood is no stranger to ruling Billboard`s Blues chart, as 2004`s Gold-certified Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock was the magazine`s #1 Blues Album for both 2004 and 2005, and the band`s 2006 studio album, The Hard Stuff, hit #2 on the chart. The band has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers will include some songs from 2120 South Michigan Avenue in setlists on their North American tour, which kicks off this week and includes stops this summer at Los Angeles Greek Theatre and South Dakota`s Sturgis Rally. Thorogood will debut several songs from the new album at Southern California`s Canyon Club on April 13, a concert that will be recorded for Westwood One`s "Superstar Concert Series" and later aired by more than 100 of the radio network`s affiliate stations across the U.S.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers: 2120 South Michigan Avenue (CD, LP, digital):

1. Going Back [written by Tom Hambridge and George Thorogood]
2. High Heel Sneakers (featuring Buddy Guy)
3. Seventh Son
4. Spoonful
5. Let It Rock
6. Two Trains Running
7. Bo Diddley
8. Mama Talk To Your Daughter
9. Help Me
10. My Babe (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
11. Willie Dixon`s Gone [written by Tom Hambridge, George Thorogood, and Richard Fleming]
12. Chicago Bound
13. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

George Thorogood - Guitars & Vocals
Jeff Simon - Drums
Bill Blough - Bass
Jim Suhler - Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Buddy Leach - Saxophone
Produced by Tom Hambridge
Executive Producer: Mike Donahue

Official band website:

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