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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Brief News Update for Thursday September 20th, 2012


Black Country Communion Set to Release Third Studio Album “Afterglow” on October 30 – Preorder Now
First track “Confessor” now available as free download
BCC releases 6-episode web TV series of never-before-seen interviews and behind the scenes footage in the studio.
Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2012: Black Country Communion, the English-American rock band named “Best New Band of the Last 10 Years” (VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show) and featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), will release their third studio album Afterglow (J&R Adventures) on October 30, 2012.

Pre-order your copy here: and receive the album by street date.

Brand new track “Confessor” is now available as a free download here:

BCC has announced their only concert of 2013 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

The concert is significant, as it is based in the heart of the Black Country, where both Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham grew up as kids.
For more information and tickets, visit Planet Rock ( which will launch an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday Sept. 19.

Ed - Please note: Sorry folks, only got to see this US Press Release late Wednesday, but if you read Monday's update, you would've already seen the link, from the UK press release.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday Sept. 21 via

Like BCC’s previous albums (2010’s self-titled debut and 2011’s ‘2’), Afterglow was produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, the Black Crowes), who formed the band after watching Bonamassa and Hughes perform together at a Guitar Center event in November 2009.
Afterwards, Shirley got in touch with Sherinian and Bonham to round out the group and they released their debut album in September 2010.

Classic Rock Magazine called it “Possibly the best hard rock album of 2010.”
A mere nine months later, the group released their sophomore album ‘2’.

Guitar World named it #12 in their Top 50 Albums of 2011; Planet Rock Radio listeners crowned them Best New Band; in November, BCC scooped up the Breakthrough Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

In terms of content, Afterglow expands upon the progression that took place between ‘BCC’ and ‘BCC2’. “It’s a deeper album, musically, than our first two albums, but it does not step away from the genre we’re in,” said Hughes, who wrote the bulk of the album’s 11 songs after BCC’s Summer Tour in 2011.
“I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two.
I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted an angelic side to the vocals as well as the more aggressive one, like on the songs ‘Crawl’ and ‘Midnight Sun’. Above all, I wanted more drama.”

Rock Guitar Daily’s Tony Conley says, “It sounds like there's a war going on… It rages with an unbridled passion unseen on the first two Black Country releases, and this passion adds immensely to the music.
Glenn Hughes has made the statement of a career - his voice is more powerful and under control than ever, his phrasing shakes, quivers, screams, and howls with rightful indignation…
His lyrics are as amazing, and they tell tales that could be heard in a variety of interpretations. Joe Bonamassa hits his strings like Ali hitting Sonny Liston - wicked accuracy and vicious intent that can't be hid.
These two titans are like a couple of super heroes fighting a war set up by some unseen bad guy... Afterglow is a huge record… it is Black Country rock at its best.”
Bonamassa compares the album’s sound to “a jet engine” and Shirley, considered the unofficial fifth member of the band, added, “When I finally managed to get them all to convene in a studio and they start playing, it's like everything I've ever loved about Rock.
Intense musicality from everyone, first and foremost; then bombast, self-indulgence - the kind that Jimmy Page made as the template for being a Rock Star - and then stunning sensitivity.”

To support the release, BCC is running a 6-episode web TV series which can be viewed here:
Watch the Afterglow trailer here:
Afterglow Track List:
 1. Big Train
2. This Is Your Time
3. Midnight Sun
4. Confessor
5. Cry Freedom
6. Afterglow
7. Dandelion
8. The Circle
9. Common Man
10. The Giver
11. Crawl

Essential Links:

Vocalist David Van Landing will front Michael Schenker's band on the upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on October 3 in Modesto, California.
David will be stepping in for Robin McAuley, who was originally slated to take part in the trek after recently reuniting with Schenker for their first full tour together in almost 20 years.
Van Landing, who has previously done three tours with MSG and had a short stint with CRIMSON GLORY, said: "I am just looking forward to getting out on the road again with the boys and seeing all my old friends and hopefully meet some new ones!!"
In addition to Schenker and Van Landing, the lineup for the forthcoming tour is expected to include Pete Holmes (BLACK N BLUE) on drums, Wayne Findlay (MSG) on guitar and Elliott Rubinson (DEAN GUITARS) on bass.
Schenker's latest album, "Temple Of Rock", was released in Europe on September 23, 2011 and in North America on October 11, 2011 on CD and LP through Schenker's own Inakustik label via MVD Entertainment Group.
Due to a four year battle with a recurring Acid Reflux and the nasty Stomach Bacteria, HP, Robin McAuley has now been diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia and requires surgery and can no longer participate in the upcoming MSG fall North American tour by Doctors order.
Robin has released this statement in regards to this desicion.....
"In light of the upcoming MSG shows beginning early October 2012, I regretfully am forced to cancel my appearance with Michael Schenker.
I expect to be back in the saddle soon as this is taken care of but it's important for all the fans to know how very disappointed I am. I make a point of staying healthy and always ready to meet the challenges of each day as it comes.
This is one of those days I rarely have to confront, but here it is nonetheless.
I promise to be back at ya! Real soon! Be well, all of you, and thank you for your support.
God Bless,Robin."
The MICHAEL SCHENKER "Temple of Rock" North American Tour will continue with DAVID VAN LANDING replacing Robin on vocals who has been the cornerstone of MSG tours in the 90's as the lead vocalist and most recently was featured on the MICHAEL SCHENKER sold out tour of South America in 2011.
Michael Schenker is happy to have him for the second leg of the North America tour now.
North American Tour Dates are:

10/03/2012 Modesto,CA - Fat Cats
 10/04/2012 San Jose,CA - Rodeo Night club
 10/05/2012 Hollywood,CA - Key Club
 10/06/2012 Las Vegas,NV - Santa Fe Sation
 10/07/2012 Ramona,CA - Ramona Mainstage
 10/09/2012 Tempe,AZ - Club Red
 10/11/2012 Houston,TX - Concert pub North
 10/12/2012 Corpus Christi,TX - Concrete St Amplitheater
10/13/2012 San Antonio,TX - Sunken Gardens
10/14/2012 Lubbock,TX - Lonestar Amplitheatre
10/17/2012 Detroit,MI - Token Lounge
 10/18/2012 Toronto,ON - Rockpile
 10/19/2012 Toronto,ON - Rockpile
 10/20/2012 W Greenwich,RI - Rock House
 10/21/2012 Poughkeepsie,NY - Chance Theater
 10/23/2012 New York,NY - Gramercy
 10/24/2012 White marsh,DM - House of Rock
 10/25/2012 Cleveland,OH - Peabodys
 10/26/2012 St Charles,IL - Arcada Theatre
 10/27/2012 Savage,MN - Niesens Sports bar
 10/28/2012 Milwaukee,WI - Shank Hall
 10/29/2012 Midleton,WI - Red Mouse
 10/30/2012 Chicago,IL - House Of Blues
 11/02/2012 Orangvale,CA - Boardwalk
 11/03/2012 Portland,OR - Hawthorn Theater
 11/04/2012 Seattle,WA - Studio Seven
 11/06/2012 Santa Rosa,CA - Last Day Saloon
 11/07/2012 Oakland,CA - New Parrish
 11/08/2012 Agora Hill,CA - Canyon Club
 11/09/2012 San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
 11/10/2012 Corona,CA - Marquee 15

See all of you out there! Keep Rockin! And all the best to Robin!

Official website:



News of Joe Lynn Turner-Carmine Appice supergroup is a rumour
A new press statement from Joe Lynn Turner's management has just been released, it reads as follows:
On September 17, 2012, reports were posted on various websites
with what appeared to be "official news" from Ex-Rainbow/Deep Purple 
singer Joe Lynn Turner (JLT) and Ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Vanilla Fudge 
drummer Carmine Appice about a new band/project with Michael Anthony 
(Van Halen, Chickenfoot).
Both Appice and Turner have officially dismissed this news as a rumour.
The musicians said that there was never any press release sent out by 
either of their media representatives or their record companies.
While both of them agree that they have had casual conversations about 
musicians they would like to work with, including Michael Anthony
this news of the formation of a "supergroup" is not official or confirmed.
Turner admits, "Carmine and I are longtime friends and we have talked 
over the years about working together on future projects. These are 
conversations musicians like us often have all the time. These 
conversations are not 'official news' it is just casual talk.

Like many artists, we exchange ideas about people we would like to work 
with if given the chance. Names like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and 
Michael Anthony are all musicians we both admire but we never released 
any official news stating that we were planning to launch this so-called supergroup."
Turner and Appice would like to specifically apologize to bassist 
Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and his fans for any 
confusion this rumor or any casual conversations might have caused.
Appice confirms, "We had nothing to do with the publishing of any of 
this news about this project and neither of us talked to any 
journalists or media people 'on the record' about a possible 
supergroup. Having said all this, Joe and I have worked together in 
the past and can't rule out the possibility of working together in the 
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