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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
News Update for Tuesday June 5th, 2012
Hi folks, yes, I'm back and have a slight news update for you, hope this has some interest for you folks out there! Cheers, Al
MAGNUM Completing Work on New Album
British melodic rock legends MAGNUM are about to finish their new album 'On The 13th Day' which will be released in Germany on September 21st, in Europe on September 24th and in the US/Canada on September 25th through SPV/Steamhammer.
A single named "So Let It Rain" is scheduled for an end of August release.
It will be available as a limited digipak edition with a bonus CD feat. unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the MAGNUM vaults, as double gatefold LP version with colored vinyl, standard edition and download. \
The cover will be created once more by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Yes, Nazareth, Eloy).
Singer Bob Catley reveals some facts about the new album and more in a brand new video podcast.
KICKING & SCREAMING was released on September 23rd, 2011 in Europe and was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter).
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Sebastian Bach KICKING & SCREAMING European tour dates:
07/06/12 Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
08/06/12 Knust, Hamburg, Germany
10/06/12 Download festival, Donington, UK
12/06/12 Limelight, Belfast, UK
13/06/12 Garage, Glasgow, UK
14/06/12 Islington Academy, London, UK
16/06/12 Hellfest, Clisson, France
17/06/12 Jimmy Jazz, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
19/06/12 Caracol, Madrid, Spain
20/06/12 Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
22/06/12 Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
23/06/12 Earshakerday Festival, St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide. For more information go to: www.stryper.com
YES "Open Your Eyes"
To Be Released On 180 Gram Heavy-Weight Vinyl
For the First Time - July 10, 2012
Open Your Eyes is the seventeenth studio album by progressive rock band Yes, released in 1997. The follow-up to the twin projects Keys to Ascension and Keys to Ascension 2, Open Your Eyes marked Billy Sherwood becoming an official member of Yes, following Rick Wakeman's departure.
Sherwood had previously been involved with Yes as a backup keyboard player and guitarist on the Talk tour, as a potential new lead singer during Yes rehearsals circa 1990 and as engineer and producer for part of the band's Keys To Ascension project. During this period he had formed a strong working relationship with Yes bassist Chris Squire. Open Your Eyes initially began as an outside collaboration between Sherwood and Squire with its material intended for the two men's duo project The Chris Squire Experiment (Later to become Conspiracy).
Yes singer Jon Anderson was impressed by some of the early Conspiracy material and became interested in singing on it, in part because of the parent band's need for new material to sustain commercial momentum. Consequently Sherwood, Squire, Anderson and drummer Alan White began working on the songs together with the aim of transforming them into Yes songs. Guitarist Steve Howe (At the time, the band's only UK-based member) was not practically involved for most of the process and made his contributions to the album at the end of the sessions (and mainly as a player). By the end of the sessions, Sherwood was formally inducted into Yes - he would play second guitar and sing harmony vocals on tour.
Although Sherwoodplayed the bulk of the keyboards on the album, two other keyboard players were brought in to perform the more complex parts. Steve Porcaro (Toto) played keyboards on the title track and Russian keyboard player Igor Khoroshev performed on "New State of Mind", "No Way We Can Lose" and "Fortune Seller".Khoroshev was hired as the band's keyboard player on the tour promoting Open Your Eyes (On which he also played percussion and sang backing vocals) and would be a full member by 1999's The Ladder (On which he featured far more prominently).
All songs written and composed by Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Billy Sherwood, Chris Squire, and Alan White.