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Friday, June 22, 2012

Brief News Update for Friday June 22nd, 2012

Hi All, finally it's Friday, yes!!!
Let the weekend begin!
Hope you all have a great one, Cheers, Al

Toto announce more US live dates

It's been a few years now since US fans of the multi talented band Toto, were treated to any live dates, but finally, David Paich, Steve Lukather and the gang are going ahead with some live dates, here in the States.

Well, I guess don't get too excited, as they are really not going that crazy, but originally it was just two California dates, now there's three more added for when the band plays back on home soil, in September.
The sad thing for many fans, is that they are still restricting this run of shows to pretty much the West Coast.

No word on any new recording at this time and as David Paich told me in an interview earlier this year - Yes, I know, it's not posted yet! Getting these interviews typed up, believe me ... Takes forever! - that the recording period of the band is considered over ...
I sincerely hope they rethink that, as there is such talent within these guys, as their heritage clearly speaks for itself on.

US Live shows confirmed so far:

Thursday - 13 - Sep - 2012
Santa Ynez, CA
Chumash Casino

Monday - 17 - Sep - 2012
Friant, CA
Table Mountain Casino

Friday - 21 - Sep - 2012
West Wendover, NV
Peppermill Concert Hall

Saturday - 22 - Sep - 2012
Henderson, NV
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino (Ovation Showroom)

Sunday - 23 - Sep - 2012
Scottsdale, AZ
Talking Stick Resort and Casino (Showroom)

In July the band will kick off live European dates in Italy and those dates will continue through into August, taking in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands ...
No UK date or dates are currently planned for this upcoming run of European dates, but hopefully they'll add at least a London show.

For more details and all Toto updates:

will kick off a headline tour on June 23rd

Tour supports their most recent release, “THE STRANGE CASE OF…”

- Halestorm recently made history with their electrifying new single, “Love Bites (So Do I)” when the track ascended to #1 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide, marking the first ever female-fronted group to top the format’s airplay ranking
- The band just wrapped up the Mass Chaos tour with Staind and Godsmack
- “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” made a #1 debut on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while also making a top 15 entry onto the overall Billboard 200, upon its release in April
Produced by Howard Benson (who previously collaborated with Halestorm on their self-titled 2009 debut), “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” includes such explosive tracks as “Here’s To Us,” which shot to #1 on iTunes’ “Top Rock Songs” chart after being featured in a February 2012 episode of Fox’s hit series, Glee.  Along with its popular success, “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” has also drawn critical acclaim, with Billboard praising the collection as “full of chugging riffs, wailing solos, drums that kick like a boot to the gut, and never-out-of-style soft/loud dynamics that lead to massive choruses.” “Led by one of our favorite rocker babes, singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, (Halestorm) promise a more personal album for their follow-up,” noted Revolver in its album preview.  “But don’t expect them to get all sappy on us.  There should still be more than enough of the band’s now signature raucous attitude and righteous riffs for any headbanger to get off.” 
Formed by frontwoman Lzzy Hale and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has been hailed far and wide as an incendiary force in modern hard rock.  “HALESTORM” made a top 5 debut on SoundScan’s “Hard Music” chart upon its 2009 release, simultaneously bursting into the top 40 on the comprehensive Billboard 200.   The album subsequently sold more than 300,000 copies, and half a million cumulative tracks.  Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), the album earned extensive acclaim for its infectious hard rock anthems, sexy hooks, and rough-and-tumble grooves.  True road warriors, Halestorm made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such artists as Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Disturbed

Last year saw the band traveling the country on the blockbuster “Avalanche Tour 2011,” joining such hard rock luminaries as Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, and fellow Atlantic recording group Skillet.



23 Portland, ME State Theater 
25 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
26 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
27 Providence, RI Lupo’s
29 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
30 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater


1 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

4 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club
7 Tremont, IL Twisted Spoke
8 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
10 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
13 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
16 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
17 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre
19 Fargo, ND The Venue @ Playmaker’s

Firefest releases Jimi Jamison - Live at Firefest 2011

After former Survivor singer Jimi Jamison's much praised performance at the UK's annual Firefest event in 2011, the organisers are releasing the live recording of the show as 'Live at Firefest,' on both CD and DVD.


Caught in the Game
It’s The Singer, Not The song
High On You
Is This Love
Didn’t Know It Was Love
I See You In Everyone
A Dream Too Far
Crossroads Moment
Rebel Son
Burning Heart
I’m Always Here
Eye Of The Tiger

Both are available to order directly through the new Firefest website:

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