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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

News Update for Tuesday July 31st, 2012

United Kingdom, 'Are You Ready To Rock' with Michael Schenker ... In 2013?!

Due to the critical acclaim Michael Schenker received on his 2012 UK tour, the legendary guitarist will return with his classic rock band, "Temple of Rock" on a 12-date UK tour in April 2013.
The tour kicks-off on Tues 9th April at ARC, Stockton on Tees.

Tickets for all twelve 'Temple of Rock' UK concerts go on general sale Monday July 30th. Book online: or call the Ticket Hotline: 0844 478 0898. (UK)

Ed's note: I guess he's calling the band, 'Temple of Rock' now then ...?

Michael Schenker: April 2013 UK Tour:

Stockton Arc                           April 9
Aberdeen Lemon Tree           April 10
Edinburgh Picture House       April 11
Newcastle o2 Academy          April 12
Holmfirth Picturedrome         April 13
Warrington Parr Hall            April 14
Falmouth Princess Pavilion    April 16
Bristol O2 Academy               April 17
Salisbury City Hall                 April 18
Oxford o2 Academy               April 19
Nottingham Rock City           April 20
Norwich Waterfront              April 21

Following his acclaimed 2009/10 world tour performing the MSG 30th Anniversary Show, Michael was joined by (original MSG vocalist) Gary Barden, with a host of other classic rock legends including Carmine Appice, Simon Phillips, Chris Slade and Chris Glen. Schenker’s Temple of Rock band is ready to conquer the UK with a celebrated kick-ass, all-star line-up.

Boasting Ex-Scorpions stars Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), MSG stalwart Wayne Findlay (keyboards) and Scottish vocalist Doogie White (ex Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), the Temple Of Rock concerts will feature plenty of hits spanning Michael Schenker’s career with The Scorpions, UFO and MSG.

Songs to be performed by the “Temple of Rock” include UFO’s 'Rock Bottom' and 'Doctor Doctor,' MSG’s 'Armed and Ready' and 'Into The Arena,' and the Scorpions classics 'Another Piece of Meat' and 'Rock You like a Hurricane.' In addition, Schenker will perform brand new songs from the recently released Temple of Rock album including the Planet Rock radio favourite 'Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.'

In 2010, Michael Schenker received the Marshall '11' Award at the Classic Rock Magazine Roll Of Honour Awards. The following year he rocked the High Voltage Festival, and also toured the UK with Black Country Communion.

More details on this press release and some great pic's, go to:

Michael Schenker - Official Website:

Michael Schenker - Official Facebook:

PRIDE OF LIONS to return with an "Immortal" fourth album!

 Frontiers Records is excited to announce the return of PRIDE OF LIONS with the release of their anticipated fourth studio album entitled “Immortal” on September 21st in Europe and September 24th in North America.

The 11 tracks new album is everything Melodic Rock fans expect from these guys: powerful vocals from Toby Hitchcock and Jim Peterik, amazing music from the Pride Of Lions band and guest musicians, and of course epic songs from the pen of Grammy - winning songwriter and founding member of Survivor, Jim Peterik.

 “After producing and writing the songs for Jimi Jamison’s wonderful 2009 release, “Crossroads Moment,” I needed a minute or two to get my juices back flowing in the direction of writing a great new Pride Of Lions record. When Toby decided to do his solo album, this was the perfect time for reflection. Once I started writing, the flood gates just opened up. I feel this is the CD to put POL on the map once and for all” says Peterik.

 Indeed all the pieces are there that made Pride Of Lions the group to watch back in 2003 with their self-titled debut record on Frontiers. Timeless songs such as “It’s Criminal”, “Sound Of Home” and “Gone” are still on the I-pods and cd players of thousands of rock fans worldwide, but Toby Hitchcock's voice this time has gained a new maturity and depth while sacrificing none of his incredible 4 octave range.

 “When I was approached by Serafino Perugino (Frontiers Records President and guiding light) to do the next POL record I knew he wouldn’t settle for less than my very best as a songwriter and producer. I couldn’t let him or the fans down - so I really got down to business,” continues Jim.

 The results speak for themselves. Joined again by Jim's long time musical partner Larry Millas the album is a sonic powerhouse. Back up vocals are supplied by Thom Griffin ex of Trillion and a new rock tenor on the scene Marc Scherer. The title track is sheer POL magic “Immortal” with its key line: “For the thousand times we fail, it’s the one thing we did right, that leaves a mark forever on this world - and makes us Immortal.” “Delusional,” another key cut (chosen to become the first single and music video) tackles the subject of the way we as a people overprescribe medication to young people that may be a bit different from the norm, to make them conform with the status quo- thus choking off their brilliant uniqueness.

Pride of Lions - Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock

Of course the power ballads are there as always: “Everything Money Can’t Buy,” the melancholy gem, “Are You The Same Girl” and “Sending My Love”.

 “For me,” states Toby Hitchcock, the pivotal song on this CD is “Sending My Love”. I’m a sucker for a great ballad and this one spoke to my soul. Being a new father, it gets more and more heartbreaking to be away from my loved ones on the road. I love the road, don’t get me wrong, but its tough being separated from them as well.”
The rockers, of course, rock as hard as ever. The album’s closer, “Ask Me Yesterday” explores the natural wisdom we seem to lose over time. “If It Doesn’t Kill me” explores the Nietzschian quote: “What doesn’t kill me- makes me stronger!”

 “Another strong rocker, in my opinion, is “Vital Signs,” says Peterik. “It’s a song I started back in 1984 while making Vital Signs with Survivor. I often like to have a song be the title cut- i.e. 'When Seconds Count,' 'Eye Of The Tiger,' 'Too Hot To Sleep,' 'Caught In The Game' etc. But this time I couldn’t quite finish this tune - until finally this year.”

 “Immortal” is a vital album (pun intended) for POL. “We hope to finally break big in our own country - the USA. It’s great having the world wide profile that we do - when Toby and I walk the streets of Barcelona the people point and shout - Pride Of Lions! I’d like that to happen in Cincinnati!” concludes Jim Peterik.

 Some big shows are currently being set up for Pride Of Lions including a show with Styx in the Chicago area around the time of this release.
 So enjoy another epic album from a band that is more than a flash in the pan project. Pride of Lions is the real thing - and they are here to stay!

 “Immortal” tracklisting includes:
 Immortal; Delusional; Tie Down The Wind; Shine On; Everything That Money Can’t Buy; Coin Of The Realm; Sending My Love; Vital Signs; If It Doesn’t Kill Me; Are You The Same Girl; Ask Me Yesterday.

 The first single “Delusional” will be available for digital purchase only on September 5th.
A videoclip will be made available soon – an album trailer is available now:


 Toby Hitchcock: lead vocals
Jim Peterik: lead and harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, all keyboards, bass (on 10), percussion.

Add. Musicians:
Kelly Keagy: drums on 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10
Ed Breckenfeld: drums on 3, 4, 6, 7, 11
Bobby Lizik: bass on 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Klem Hayes: bass on 3, 4, 7, 11
Mike Aquino: additional lead guitar on 3, 5





New York, NY (July 30, 2012)—Over three hours long on two DVDs, one of the greatest visual bands in rock history will get their due on August 28 when Eagle Rock Entertainment, the world leader in visual music, releases Greatest Video Hits by Queen.

Upgraded digitally in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound, with added commentary from lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, this 2 DVD set packages Queen’s pioneering and groundbreaking video history into a seamless whole.
33 videos deep, this is the first time that this collection will be released in one package.

Heavy on the early days, the first disc spotlights Queen in the 1970s, when the music video as an art form began to emerge. It includes the iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” as well as “Flash,” from the 1980 sci-fi film Flash Gordon.
From the freezing backyard shoots of “We Will Rock You” and “Spread Your Wings,” to the visual masterpiece that accompanies “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen was already showing off the various ways that they visually wanted to represent their music.

The 1980 years are represented on Disc 2, from 1982’s Hot Space album through 1989’s The Miracle. With the advent of MTV in the US, Queen proved they could be as creative visually as they were on record. The ’84 “Radio Ga Ga” video was hailed by both film and music critics alike for its referencing of the original 1927 cinematic milestone Metropolis by Fritz Lang.
From the spoofing of Coronation Street in “I Want To Break Free,” to children replacing the band members in “The Miracle,” Queen put their stamp on the music video in the best way they knew how – offering something fresh and different every time.

Queen burned so bright it created a legacy that continues today. From its self-titled 1973 debut to its fitting finale 1995’s Made In Heaven, the band set precedents within rock music that will never be equaled. Singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), bassist John Deacon, May and Taylor meshed like magic and the results will be seen, heard and deeply felt on August 28.

Eagle Rock will also release the Freddie Mercury documentary The Great Pretender on DVD and Blu-ray September 25.

Track Listing:

Disc #1)

Bohemian Rhapsody
Another One Bites The Dust
Killer Queen
Fat Bottomed Girls
Bicycle Race
You’re My Best Friend
Don’t Stop Me Now
Save Me
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Somebody To Love
Spread Your Wings
Play The Game
Tie Your Mother Down
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions

Disc #2)

A Kind Of Magic
I Want It All
Radio Ga Ga
I Want To Break Free
Under Pressure
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Miracle
It’s A Hard Life
The Invisible Man
Las Palabras De Amor
Friends Will Be Friends
Body Language
Hammer To Fall
Princes Of The Universe
One Vision


TOTO to appear at JackFM Concert, September 15!

Don't miss Jack FM's 7th Show on Saturday, September 15 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California!

Appearing at this year's show will be Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, TOTO, Gin Blossoms, MC Hammer, and Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday, August 3 at

Don't forget to purchase your TOTO VIP Packages which include exclusive TOTO merchandise, a Meet & Greet / Photo Op with TOTO, and much more!

Get yours at:

Official band website:

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