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Thursday, June 28, 2012

News Update for Thursday June 28th, 2012

Hi Folks,
Yep, skipped a day again, free time at a premium to get anything up right now on the site.
Anyway, here's a few snippets for you all, Cheers, Al

Calling all Night Ranger fans, want to go to Hollywood with the band?!

Well, it's not quite as simple as that folks, but yes indeed Night Ranger will be part of an episode of a popular reality show ..., with a cameo performance. 

I don't know what the show is at this time, but the band are asking fans to support them by filling in a short questionnaire and being prepared to be in Hollywood on this Sunday, 1st July for the 7.30pm (PST) performance plus you must be over 18 to enter / apply.

This is what the band have shared with fans on their site:

We are having an exciting filming coming up and we’re looking for high energy people that would love to participate.

When: Sunday, July 1 2012
 Time: 7:30pm
 Where: Hollywood, CA

For more information about this filming please email or click this link

Keep up with the band, for more info on this and all the band's current tour dates, head to:

Swedish Hard Rockers’ ECLIPSE anticipated new album "Bleed And Scream" out in August on Frontiers

 Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated ECLIPSE fourth studio album entitled “Bleed and Scream” on August 24th in Europe and August 28th in North America.

“Bleed and Scream” marks the return from the Swedish Hard Rockers, 4 years after the acclaimed album “Are You Ready to Rock”, which gained the band a solid reputation and a steady following, thanks also to their live appearances which culminated with dates as opening act for Deep Purple and a Firefest show in 2009.

 Besides this, Eclipse singer Erik Martensson has been busy producing and writing a number of successful songs and records for such artists as: W.E.T, Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison just to name a few. Erik and Eclipse guitarist Magnus Henriksson also wrote the song “Brothers in Arms” (originally an Eclipse-track) which was voted as # 1 for best song of the year in awards for 2009.

 In 2011 Eclipse teamed up again to write what was to become their latest effort “Bleed and Scream”. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album. “We knew we had to do everything better on this album. If we couldn’t have achieved that we never would have released it! But boy did it turn out well! When it was taking shape we realized this was to be a monster of an album”, says guitarist Magnus Henriksson.

 "With Eclipse we never think of what other people want or expect from us. We write for ourselves and make the music we love to listen to. If I'd think of a perfect album this is how it will sound! And once the album was written the recording process went pretty smooth as we knew exactly what goal we aimed for. I'd say it's our own pimped version of the classic hard rock we grew up listening to", adds guitarist/singer Erik Martensson.

“Every song has qualities as a single. Erik´s vocals are way better than ever. The guitar-sound is just awesome! The whole production is just in your face. It has something for everyone in it! We worked so hard at making this record that it drove us nearly nuts and made us wanna scream, but now it’s your turn to bleed & scream”, concludes Magnus.

 “Bleed and Scream” tracklisting includes: Wake Me Up; Bleed And Scream; Ain't Dead Yet; Battlegrounds; A Bitter Taste; Falling Down; S.O.S.; Take Back The Fear; The Unspoken Heroes; About To Break; After The End Of The World.

The first single “Bleed And Scream” will be exclusively distributed in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets on July 17th.

This special release will include two exclusive bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere) : "Come Hell or High Water" and "Into The Fire".

You can stream the song on the Frontiers Records webradio ( or listen to a sample following the link via


 Erik Martenssom - Bleeding vocals, guitar & bass
 Magnus Henriksson - Screaming lead guitar
 Robban B├Ąck - Roaring drums
 Johan Berlin - Epic synthesisers


New live Y&T material - 'Live at the Mystic'


Last year when Y&T were still out touring in support of the excellent 2010 'Facemelter' album - Yes, they were on the road a while and into this year too! - the band stopped off for a pretty much 'home' gig, they recorded a new live album.

'Live at the Mystic' was recorded at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA, with Dave Meniketti leading his troops admirably on guitar and vocals, ably assistant of John Nymann (Guitars, vocals), Mike Vanderhule (Drums, vocals) and Brad Lang on bass and vocals.

The recording includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011.
Recorded as a two disc set, it's now available through the bands website:

Live Nation is proud to announce Quofestive 2012!

Status Quo are to hit the road in the UK again - as they always do ... - in December to play their annual Christmas shows.
For more details, read on ... 

Priority tickets for the 10 date winter tour will be available to fans in an exclusive online only pre-sale from this site on Monday July 2nd.

Quo are delighted to be joined at the shows in Cardiff, Birmingham and London, by the legendary Bonnie Tyler and also on all dates by a very special guest (to be announced shortly).

Tickets for all shows are priced at £37.50, except the show at London's 02 which is priced at £38.50 (plus booking fees).

Tickets will be on general sale from Friday July 6th.

Please note that during the pre-sale period tickets will not be available by phone or from venue box offices.

Due to time restrictions, no fan-club postal mail notification of the tour will be sent.

Thurs 6th Dec - Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
(with special guest (to be announced)

 Fri 7th Dec - Sheffield, City Hall
(with special guest t.b.a.)

Sun 9th Dec - Bournemouth, BIC
(with special guest t.b.a.)

 Mon 10th Dec - Brighton, Centre
 (with special guest t.b.a.)

 Weds 12th Dec - Gateshead, Sage
(with special guest t.b.a.)

 Thurs 13th Dec - Blackpool, Opera House
(with special guest t.b.a.)

 Fri 14th Dec - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
(with special guest t.b.a. and Bonnie Tyler)

 Sun 16th Dec - Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
(with special guest t.b.a.)

Mon 17th Dec - Birmingham, LG Arena
(with special guest t.b.a. and Bonnie Tyler)

 Weds 19th Dec London, 02 Arena
(with special guest t.b.a. and Bonnie Tyler)

Official band website:

Progressive Rock Band GPS releases LIVE 2DVD/4CD Box Set Entitled Two Seasons Live in Japan

New GPS live box set released by GONZO Multimedia features progressive rockers John Payne (ASIA), Guthrie Govan (ASIA, the Aristocrats), Jay Schellen (ASIA, CIRCA:, Conspiracy), and Ryo Okumoto (Spocks Beard).

Progressive rock band GPS releases Two Seasons Live in Japan, a 2DVD/4CD box set documenting two powerful performances in Japan from 2007.
Released by GONZO Multimedia, the box set features 2 video DVDS and 4 audio CDs containing two complete concerts.

Priced at $29.99 (US) and £24.99 (UK) the box set is available NOW for pre-order at GONZO Multimedia (US) and GONZO Multimedia (UK/Europe). Orders ship June 18, 2012.
Full details including track list and bonus video features follow-

GPS (founded in 2006) includes singer/bassist John Payne (ASIA), guitarist Guthrie Govan (ASIA, the Aristocrats), drummer Jay Schellen (ASIA, CIRCA:, Conspiracy), and keyboardist Ryo Okumoto (Spocks Beard).

Volume One is a full band ensemble performance filmed “guerrilla-style” at Tokyo’s O-West. Volume Two showcases John Payne and Guthrie Govan in an intimate acoustic setting at Clapper in Tokyo, filmed by multiple cameras. Both sets contain a mix of tracks from GPS’s debut album “Window to the Soul”, classic ASIA tracks and solo features.

Bonus DVD features include a lengthy interview with John Payne, Jay Schellen and Ryo Okumoto shot in 2011, and an in-store acoustic performance by John Payne and Guthrie Govan. The box set is housed in super jewel style cases in a handsome sleeve.
The DVDs are standard definition, region-free, and NTSC encoded.
Production and engineering by John Payne, Jakko Jakszyk and Harold Houldershaw.

Priced at $29.99 (US) and £24.99 (UK) the box set is available NOW for pre-order at (US) and (UK/Europe).

Orders shipping now!

Tracklistings and credits:

DVD Volume 1 (cds 1/2) 

Performance date: 14-Oct 2007
 Venue: O-WEST, Tokyo/Shibuya
 filmed by Shinpei Sato

1. The Objector
 2. All My Life
 3. Since You’ve Been Gone
 4. Heaven Can Wait
 5. Window To The Soul
 6. Taken Dreams
 7. Ryo’s Keyboard Solo
 8. Military Man (Acoustic) (Asia)
 9. Gold (Acoustic)
 10. Written On The Wind (Acoustic)
 11. Silent Nation (Asia)
 12. Long Way From Home (Asia)
 13. Jay Schellen Drum Solo
 14. Only Time Will Tell (Asia)
 15. Guthrie Govan Guitar Solo
 16. Heat Of The Moment (Asia)
 17. New Jerusalem

John Payne: Vocals, Bass, Guitar
 Jay Schellen: Drums, Percussion
 Guthrie Govan: Guitars
 Ryo Okumoto: Keyboards

DVD bonus:
 John and Guthrie in-store performance
 “GPS Jazz Trio” excerpt

DVD Volume 2 (cds 3/4)
Performance date: 6-April 2007
 Venue: Clapper, Tokyo

1. Taken Dreams
 2. All My Life
 3. Written on the Wind
 4. Heaven Can wait
 5. Gold
 6. The Objector
 7. Guthrie Govan guitar solo
 8. I Believe in Yesterday
 9. Window to the Soul
 10. New Jerusalem
 11. Since You’ve Been Gone
 12. Military Man (Asia)
 13. The Longest Night (Asia)
John Payne: Vocals, Guitar
 Guthrie Govan: Guitars
DVD bonus: interviews

Priced at $29.99 (US) and £24.99 (UK) the box set is available NOW for pre-order at (US) and (UK/Europe).

Orders ship June 18, 2012.


That Chad Smith is one busy gentleman - having to balance his jammed schedule as both a member of both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot. And that's not even his full roster, as evidenced by Smith's funk/jam side project, the Bombastic Meatbats, who have just issued their first-ever live recording, 'Live Meat and Potatoes' via Marmaduke Records, which is available as both a traditional CD and as a download, via the following links, respectively:

Consisting of drummer Smith, guitarist Jeff Kollman (from Cosmosquad, UFO, Glenn Hughes), bassist Kevin Chown (Uncle Kracker, Tarja Turunen), and keyboardist Ed Roth (Coolio and Ronnie Montrose), the band first formed in 2008, and hails from Los Angeles.

The third record in the evolution of the Meatbats sound, 'Live Meat And Potatoes' captures the band in their most natural environment: in front of a live audience in an intimate setting. The band has found its sound after its first two studio releases, 'Meet the Meatbats' and 'More Meat.'
LIVE is where they shine the brightest, featuring long extended jams that take the audience on a roller coaster ride of funk, rock and experimental madness of all sorts.

"This double disc is the perfect representation of the Meatbats," explains Kollman. "The recipe starts with the Chad Smith intangible funk groove along with a memorable melody, some sex chords, a bit of sarcasm, and the bombastic interplay that defines the bats. Plus a bit of the kitchen sink thrown in."

As Kollman hints at, the band has a knack for merging killer chops with humor - as evidenced by such song titles as "Opps! I Spilled My Beer," "Pigsfeet," and "Lobster Legs." Additionally, the cover of 'Live Meat and Potatoes' pays tribute to Kiss' 'Love Gun' album cover. Also, Smith pays homage to one of his top influences, the legendary John Bonham, with a slow and funky cover of "Moby Dick" in a way it's never been heard before.

The group's latest figures to match up to the success of their earlier releases, which debuted in the top-20 of iTunes' jazz chart. Additionally, the group's earlier single, "Shag," was one of the most added songs in jazz radio during 2011, and was featured in the USA Network television series, 'Covert Affairs.'

And the lucky fans that have caught the Bombastic Meatbats live can attest that the group offers consistent on-the-edge performances - resulting in the material never being played the same way twice.

As Chown explains, "It's been interesting watching and experiencing the band evolve. Our challenge was always capturing what we came up with spontaneously in our writing and jam sessions. That's hard to do in a studio environment. In front of an audience, we let it all hang out and have a good time with it. It really captures the band the way WE hear it. Live and on the edge."

Bring a healthy appetite for the latest serving of Bombastic Meatbats, 'Live Meat and Potatoes'!




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