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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Slight Update for Thursday July 5th, 2012

Hi All,
I hope you all enjoyed the Howard Leese interview, I have another soon to be finished thanks to a very close friend, whose also been helping me out.
Anyway, hope my American readers had a great 4th July, we had fun here ...
Sorry this is brief, I'm finishing up the dayjob in place and getting buried in stuff before I leave, then I start at a new place on Monday, so even more limited time here with all that on top of the usual.
Enjoy the rest of the week folks, weekend is almost here!
Cheers, Al

MAGNUM New Album Details Revealed

Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group MAGNUM have confirmed the release of their upcoming eighteenth studio album. The album 'On The 13th Day' will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on September 19th in Scandinavia, September 21st in Germany, September 24th in Europe and September 25th in the US/Canada. "So Let It Rain", a new track taken from the album, will be released as a single at the end of August.

'On The 13th Day' will be available as a limited digipak edition with a bonus CD featuring unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the MAGNUM vaults, standard jewel case CD and download.
The artwork was once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).


Limited Digipak Edition:

Disc 1
1. All The Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn't Like You Anyway
4. On The 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things In Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within

Bonus Disc 2
1. Those Were The Days (Demo From 1988-89)
2. Eyes Like Fire (Full Version)
3. Blood Red Laughter (Acoustic Version)
4. We All Need To Be Loved (Live From Prague CZ)
5. Shadow Town (Acoustic Version)
6. Moonking (Live From Mannheim D)

Jewel Case Edition:

1. All The Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn't Like You Anyway
4. On The 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things In Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within

'On The 13th Day' follows the success of 'The Visitation,' which charted at #19 in Germany, #46 in Sweden, #55 in the UK national album charts, #56 in Switzerland, and at #3 in the UK rock charts at the end of January 2011. 

'On The 13th Day' also picks up where 'The Visitation' left off, boasting 11 soaring, brand new totally epic rock songs packed with hook filled choruses, glorious flowing melodies, luscious keyboards and flowing guitar licks. Right from the opening track "All The Dreamers", (set to be the new "Sacred Hour") you get an instant feeling that this album has something very special to offer. "So Let It Rain", the first single to be taken from 'On The 13th Day,' will without a doubt soon be officially classified as 'classic', while "Dance Of The Black Tattoo", which, from the moment the first drum beats crash out of the speakers, mesmerizes from start to finish. 'On The 13th Day,' which draws on the very best elements of MAGNUM's illustrious back catalogue and high end production, is a strong contender for the title of MAGNUM's best album to date.'

One month after the release of 'On The 13th Day,' MAGNUM will set off on a 31 date European tour from October-December 2012.

Dates are:

MAGNUM live 2012

25.10. D-Berlin C-Club
26.10. D-Hamburg - Fabrik
27.10. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
28.10. D-Cologne - Kantine
30.10. D-Ingolstadt - Eventhalle am Westpark
31.10. D-Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
01.11. D-Bochum - Matrix (new)
03.11. D-Bremen - Schuppen 2
05.11. D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
06.11. D-Augsburg - Spectrum
07.11. D-Munich - Ampere
09.11. D-Burglengenfeld - VAZ
10.11. D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
12.11. CZ-Pilsen - KD Serikova
13.11. CZ-Zlin - Masters Of Rock Café
15.11. NL-Kerkrade - The Rock Temple (new)
16.11. B-Vosselaar - Biebob (new)
17.11. F-Vaureal - Le Forum (new)
18.11. GB-Bristol - 02 Academy
20.11. GB-Liverpool - 02 Academy
21.11. GB-Glasgow - Garage
22.11. GB-Newcastle - 02 Academy
23.11. GB-Holmfirth - Picturedome
24.11. GB-Manchester - Ritz
25.11. GB-Nottingham - Rock City
27.11. GB-Leamington - Leamington Assembly
28.11. GB-Southampton - The Brook
29.11. GB-London - 02 Academy Islington
30.11. GB-Pontypridd - Muni Arts Centre
01.12. GB-Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
02.12. GB-Norwich - Waterfront


Line Up:
Tony Clarkin - guitars
Bob Catley - vocals
Mark Stanway - keyboards
Al Barrow - bass
Harry James - drums

Rudy Sarzo calls it quits with Blue Oyster Cult
Here's the thing with this folks, many people will remember Rudy Sarzo for his abilities with Whitesnake, Dio, Ozzy, etc and yeah, I know people know who Blue Oyster Cult (B.O.C.) are, but how many people were aware that they are still going ... or even kind of cared?

The band are probably best known for songs like '(Don't Fear ) The Reaper,' 'Burning For You' and 'Godzilla,' and yes, the first two songs most classic rock fans will know and a few more will know of 'Godzilla.'
I've seen these guys twice and both times, they really didn't impress me, but I did want to hear those songs ... Kind of like when I caught Steppenwolf, really wanted to hear 'Born To Be Wild,' but after a while, the other material seemed so far away from that, that both Rhonda and I decided to leave ..., before they'd even played it!
Anyway, I'm getting off track here ...

So, B.O.C. have still been touring with Rudy Sarzo, I'm also aware that Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot) had been with the band too for some time and he quit not that long ago as well.
It seems that these days B.O.C. seems to revolve around the two remaining long standing members Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma, but the last studio album they released was over ten years ago ... Really?! It's kind of like what are they doing?

OK, B.O.C. whine over ...
The Rudy Sarzo part comes, as I totally respect the bassist, great player indeed and his recent limelight on US T.V., with the annual 'Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp,' that is broadcast here in the US, on VH1 Classic, he's taken part in, brings even more attention his way.
So, when I heard he was quitting B.O.C., I wondered so where's he going now?
He has told Ultimate Classic Rock - - that he's formed a new band with former Anthrax vocalist Dan Nelson, as well as Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero and Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando.
The band's name is Tred ... Yeah, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue does it?!
I don't know folks, I would've thought Rudy could've done something a little bigger these days, ah well ...
Maybe it simply allows him a little creative freedom, who knows?

Keep up with Rudy right here: or

Blue Oyster Cult:

News brief ...

Van Halen are looking at heading down under, to Australia, 'if' they can get confirmation with some promoters, after pulling out of a festival tour previously, that dates can be booked.
Target is for October timeframe, with Japan scheduled for November, according to

Talk is also doing the rounds about the band playing at the next Superbowl, again more details over at

Eagle Rock releases Staind - Live From Mohegan Sun on DVD July 10th, with Blu-ray in stores August 14th.

Recorded at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on November 25, 2011, this concert captures a typically raw and energetic performance by Staind on the tour in support of their eponymous album released in September last year, their first tour to feature new drummer Sal Giancarelli.
The show features tracks from the new album mixed in with classic songs from across their career including many of their hit singles.

For more details on this and other Eagle Rock releases, go to:

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