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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Late News Update for Saturday July 14th, 2012

Hey All,
Hope your past week has been good?
Sorry for lack of updates, just started a new dayjob, that doesn't allow access to personal email or sites such as this during lunch breaks, so that was a bit of a shock to the system, as the four companies I worked for, had no problem with it. Ah well ...

Would've liked to have caught Night Ranger live tonight, playing 'down the road'- About hour and a half - two hours drive from where we're at ... - in Woodhaven, Michigan, but had to decline, due to other things going on.
Hopefully a friend that said she was going, can provide a guest review for 'Chambers of Rock,' that you'll appreciate.
They did play a little unplugged medley this morning on Fox 2 Detroit TV:

Well, that it from me, on with some news updates for you folks.
Cheers, Al


Ted and Tommy - Photo credit:  Jason Powell 

July, 2012 -- Special one-time-only surprises usually happen at the end of a long tour.  The final stop in Bangor, ME last Sunday, July 8 of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was no exception.  
During STYX’s set, lucky fans at that final stop got what they were hoping for when Ted Nugent joined the band for a special performance of the Damn Yankees classic “Coming Of Age.”  

As STYX’s Tommy Shaw declared, “Working with Brother Ted has been a real treat.  Joining fellow Nugent alumni Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon guitarist) in the wings on a regular basis to watch Ted, Derek (St. Homes), Greg (Smith) and Mick (Brown) craft the perfect set for our collective audience.  Night after night, it has been inspirational.  Then, to finish the tour with Ted joining STYX on stage for a killer performance of ‘Coming of Age’ caught me off-guard how powerful it was.  I swear Nugent was levitating.  Damn Yankee brothers forever.”

“The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” began May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and quickly became one of Pollstar’s - - top-grossing tours of the summer so far.  
Rolling Stone recognized the 30-date tour as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012” noting, “Likely Highlight: Styx has played ‘Renegade’ and ‘Come Sail Away’ about six thousand times, but the fans keep coming back for more.”

In touring news, the band’s schedule isn’t slowing down now that “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour is done.  Check out STYX at any of the following stops, with more to be added in the coming weeks:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Thu 7/19            Interlochen, MI               Kresge Auditorium
Fri 7/20             Lac du Flambeau, WI     Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
Sat 7/21            Goshen, IN                    Elkhart County Fair
Sun 7/22           Harrington, DE              Delaware State Fair (with Cheap Trick)
Fri 8/3               Waverly, IA                   Bremer County Fair
Sat 8/4              Anderson, IN                 Hoosier Park Racing Casino
Sun 8/5             Muskegon, MI               Frauenthal Center
Tue 8/7             West Allis, WI                Wisconsin State Fair
Wed 8/8            Sioux Falls, SD             Sioux Empire Fair
Fri 8/10             Corbin, KY                    NIBROC Festival
Sat 8/11            Pittsburgh, PA              PNC Park (post-game Pittsburgh Pirates game)
Fri 8/24             Boise, ID                      Western Idaho Fair
Sat 8/25            Albany, OR                   Oregon Amphitheatre
Sun 8/26           Palmer, AK                   Alaska State Fair
Mon 8/27          Monroe, WA                  Evergreen State Fair
Fri 8/31             Marshfield, WI               Central Wisconsin State Fair
Sat 9/1              New Lenox, IL               New Lenox Commons
Sun 9/2             Wauseon, OH                Fulton County Fair
Thu 9/6             Lincoln, CA                   Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Fri 9/7               Madera, CA                   Madera District Fair
Sat 9/8              Pomona, CA                 LA County Fair
Sun 9/9             Saratoga, CA                Mountain Winery
Tue 9/11            Redding, CA                 Cascade Theatre
Thu 9/13            Spokane, WA                Interstate Fair
Sat 9/15            Deadwood, SD             Deadwood Jam
Fri 11/9             Biloxi, MS                     Hard Rock Casino & Resort
Wed 11/14        Provo, UT                     Covey Center

Official weblinks:


Blues For Jimi Lands September 25

New York, NY (July, 2012) — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the September 25 release of the Gary Moore CD, DVD and Blu-ray title Blues For Jimi.

This release captures a unique concert featuring Moore playing Jimi Hendrix tracks, including such classics as “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and many more. Filmed at the London Hippodrome on October 25, 2007, it was part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix “Live At Monterey” program.

At the end of the night, Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for three tracks.  The full line-up for this show was Gary Moore (guitar, vocals); Dave Bronze (bass); Darrin Mooney (drums) with Billy Cox (bass on tracks 9-11, and also vocals on the first two of those) and Mitch Mitchell (drums on tracks 9-11).

Both Gary Moore and Mitch Mitchell have passed since this concert took place, which makes the recording of this incredible night so special. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.


1) Purple Haze 
2) Manic Depression 
3) Foxy Lady 
4) The Wind Cries Mary 
5) I Don’t Live Today 
6) My Angel 
7) Angel 
8) Fire 
9) Red House 
10) Stone Free 
11) Hey Joe 
12) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Official weblinks:


Thin Lizzy are pleased to announce two very special intimate London shows ‘for the fans’ at Chelsea’s Under The Bridge venue at Stamford Bridge football ground as part the special Irish themed shows during the Olympics. The show dates are August 7th and 8th.

Scott Gorham commented ‘After having a phenomenal year and a half on the road, including some great shows with Guns n’ Roses last month, we jumped at the chance to play a couple of dates at the London Irish Village 2012 at Under the Bridge to give something back to the London fans who have been so loyal to us.

These are intimate shows in a state of the art venue with very limited tickets available, and will be our only London shows for the rest of this year, so will be very special. We may even throw in a surprise or two!’

Tickets are £29.50 General Admission and £60.00 VIP plus fees where applicable
Tickets are available from and

For further details visit:

Official band site:

Kiss new song 'Hell or Hallelujah' Available for Download Now

'Hell or Hallelujah,' the first single from KISS' upcoming 'Monster' album is officially available for purchase in North America on iTunes now and I have to say, it's not half bad if you ask me!

Let's make some noise on the charts and click here
to download.

Be sure to visit Vevo and watch the brand new lyric video too.

The summer tour starts in just a couple weeks, see you on the road this summer!

Official weblink:

News Briefs ...

Queensryche still a mess and getting worse

The issues with the saga of Queensryche, sadly continue on, with major revelations from other band members against former vocalist Geoff Tate, who they decided to fire, when tempers got to the stage of violent attacks by Tate on his fellow band members, including a series of spitting and punching incidents ahead of a concert in Brazil back in April this year.

What a disaster it's all become!

Classic Rock Magazine got the scoop and shared much of it here:

The rest of the band members have now filed a legal lawsuit against Tate, which can be read here:


It has been confirmed that Europe are to begin filming their second video from the excellent new album,"Bag Of Bones".

The second single and video will be for the majestic song 'FIREBOX.'

Filming will take place in Gothenburg with director Patric Ullaeus who has successfully made the bands three latest videos.

It is expected to be premiered in August, just prior to the start of 'Bag Of Bones World Tour.'
Official band site:


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