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Friday, September 21, 2012

News Update for Friday September 21st, 2012

Well, it's the weekend ... Well almost ..., close enough right?!
Listen, tonight we're off to see the current line-up of Lynyrd Skynyrd and it's probably been about five or six years since we saw them last, so I'm looking forward to it!
Sad news on the Black Country Communion front, but you'll have to scroll down and read on for the details, which are ..., er, vague!
Enjoy your weekend folks, cheers, Al
Black Country Communion cancel only UK show in January 2013
OK folks, yes, you read that headline right ...
I know, just yesterday I posted another update from the Black Country Communion band, which included details on that solitary show they were due to play in the New Year, in England.
Sad indeed that as soon as a press release comes out, promoting once again a 'single UK gig,' by the band, the very next day comes the message that the show is off!
I'm beginning to think that Glenn Hughes, amid his 'various' - Yes, not just one! Didn't help yourself there, now did you Glenn? - interviews saying that the upcoming and third release from the band, would most likly be the last, due to his frustration at lack of BCC touring, has now, most likely, quit the band.
Here's the press release from the band's UK management:
Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group featuring Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), today announced that their only UK concert at the Wolverhampton Civic on Saturday January 5th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 
Planet Rock Radio launched a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 19th September. Customers who purchased tickets will receive a full refund, however if you have any queries, please email
The one-off concert was originally intended to be Black Country Communion’s only UK appearance in 2013. The band chose Wolverhampton due to their geographical and spiritual ties to the area (Glenn Hughes was born in Cannock, Jason Bonham was born in Dudley).
In 2011, Black Country Communion’s last studio album, “2”, scored the No.1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart.
The band’s upcoming third album Afterglow, produced by Kevin Shirley, will be released in the UK by Mascot Records on Monday October 29th.

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Singer, actor and best-selling author: Rock icon RICK SPRINGFIELD to release in Europe his new album "Songs from the End of the World" on Frontiers Records
For all his accomplishments as an actor, a best-selling author and the subject of a recent documentary, RICK SPRINGFIELD’s first love has always been music, since the first time he picked up a guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia. That passion for writing and performing songs, as well as playing guitar, comes through loud and clear on his new album, “Songs for the End of the World” which gets a European release on Frontiers Records on November 2nd.
Collaborating on songs like the three-chord rocker “I Hate Myself,” the anthemic “Our Ship’s Sinking,” “Love Screws Me Up” and “Depravity” with his bass player Matt Bissonette, Springfield sets his sights on the possibilities of escaping the current, apocalyptic world situation in our closest relationships. In doing so, he employs the kind of self-effacement and ability to poke fun at himself as he demonstrated when putting his dog Lethal Ron on the cover of Working Class Dog or spoofing his image by playing a sleazy, drug-and-sex-crazed version of himself on Showtime’s dark comedy “Californication”. John Waite and Mr. Mister’s Richard Page appear as backup vocalists, along with Rick’s original guitarist, Tim Pierce, who hasn’t played on record with him since 1999’s “Karma”.
“There’s real feeling in it, but you can’t write about that stuff too seriously,” he says of his sometimes tongue-in-cheek approach to serious subjects. “In the end, it’s about the world in flames, but from a personalized viewpoint. I take what’s happening to me and place it in a universal context. It’s what I’ve always tried to do with my songwriting.”
With 25 million albums sold, 17 U.S. top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “An Affair of the Heart”, “I've Done Everything for You”, “Love Somebody”, and “Human Touch”, as well as a 1981 Grammy® Best Male Rock Vocal win for his No. 1 single hit “Jessie’s Girl” behind him, Springfield has more to say with his latest new release, “Songs for the End of the World”.
Still playing nearly 100 live shows a year, Springfield’s bond with his audience is the subject of the recent documentary An Affair of the Heart, which came out earlier this year, winning special jury awards at both the Nashville and Florida Film Festivals. He also recently wrote and recorded a new song with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters / Nirvana) as well as being a featured guest in Grohl’s new documentary about “Sound City,” the fabled San Fernando Valley recording studio.
His 2010 autobiography, Late, Late at Night…: A Memoir, for Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, entered The New York Times best-seller list at No. 13, hitting the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly lists as well, with Rolling Stone recently naming it one of the Top 25 rock autobiographies of all time. In the book, Springfield revealed the life-long depression he’s battled throughout his career, a theme he returns to in such songs as “I Hate Myself” and “Love Screws Me Up.” “I’m not the shiny, happy guy people think I am from my role in General Hospital,” insists Springfield. “I tend to put that angst into my music.”
With “Songs for the End of the World”, Rick Springfield continues to do what he does best—applying his sardonic view to life as we live it today, offering a ray of hope in the midst of all the turmoil.
“The darker side of my nature creeps in and out, but so does a degree of optimism,” he says. “In the end, I believe that solace and healing can be found in the presence of someone who understands, loves and accepts you for who you are, even while these looming threats remain.”
Tracklisting of the European edition of “Songs for the End of the World” includes: Wide Awake; Our Ship’s Sinking; I Hate Myself; You And Me; Gabriel; A Sign of Life; My Last Heartbeat; Joshua; Love Screws Me Up; I Found You; Depravity; One Way Street ; Let Me In (Bonus Track); My DUI (Exclusive Bonus Track).
The Bug – album only I-tunes exclusive track

The first single Our Ship’s Sinking which features John Waite and Mr Mister’s Richard Page on background vocals can be streamed in its entirety on the Frontiers Records webradio
Rick Springfield: Guitars, Lead Vocals
Matt Bissonette: Bass & Keyboards, Background Vocals
George Bernhardt: Guitars
Rodger Carter: Drums
Additional Guitars: George Nastos, Dan Strain, Tim Pierce
Additional percussion: Ronnie Grinel
Additional vocals: Richard Page on 2,7,12
Additional vocals: John Waite on 2


Seven Distinguished Supporters to Receive Awards
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the world-renowned voice of Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell, will host its second Awards Gala on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. 
Awards will be presented to seven distinguished honorees for their contributions to spreading awareness of Fund’s important work.
A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $500,000 in its short history.  Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, according to Wendy Dio, widow of the late singer and Fund President/Founder.
The Halloween Spooktacular at the Avalon will include gourmet food stations and a hosted bar, a silent auction, live auction, an all-star rock ‘n roll jam featuring Dio Disciples and a performance by the weirdly wonderful performance troupe Cirque Berserk
VIP ticket levels will also be available.
Awards named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio will be presented to the following distinguished honorees:
* Man on the Silver Mountain AwardNeil Warnock, Founder and CEO of The Agency Group worldwide
* Rainbow in the Dark Award Stanley J. Diamond, partner, Diamond & Wilson, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund;
* King of Rock ‘n Roll AwardTony Iommi, legendary guitarist for Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell and recent cancer survivor;
* Killing the Dragon AwardCharlie Hernandez, President of QED Productions and veteran production manager, who, with partner Lori Tierney, are the driving force behind Just a Bunch of Roadies, a nonprofit organization formed by musical touring industry professionals to respond to humanitarian crises.

* Stand Up and Shout AwardBob Chiappardi, Founder and CEO of Concrete Marketing, one of the largest independent lifestyle marketing companies in the music industry,.known for its work with cutting edge rock and heavy metal artists.

* Master of the Moon AwardAlex Hodges, CEO, Nederlander Concerts

* Sacred Heart AwardDr. Raul Mena, Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center in Burbank, who concentrates in the area of cancer research.
Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show,” who was presented with the Fund’s Long Live Rock ‘n Roll Award at last year’s Gala, will once again serve as Special Guest emcee.
“We are really looking forward to our 2nd Annual Awards Gala,” says Dio Cancer Fund chairman Gloria Butler“It will have quite a different feel from last year's inaugural extravaganza at the Playboy Mansion, this year replaced with Ghosts & Goblins on Halloween night at Avalon, an all-star jam, the amazing Cirque Berzerk, the fortune tellers, strolling magicians and free flowing delicacies.   It's sure to be a ‘spooktacular’ night for a special cause.”
Fund founder and president Wendy Dio adds:  “The support the Dio Cancer Fund has received since its beginnings shortly after Ronnie’s death has been overwhelming.  Our mandate is cancer prevention, research and education, and we are proud and gratified to be able to recognize this year’s honorees for their contributions toward spreading the word about our mission.  Ronnie would have been so proud of what we have accomplished so far, and he would especially have loved to party on Halloween.”

The Avalon is located at 1735 North Vine Street in Hollywood.  General admission tickets start at $200 with special VIP ticket packages that include reserved seating and admission to the Bardot Club are also available.  Information regarding the Fund as well as tickets and sponsorships for the Gala is available at: 
Ronnie James Dio Website:
And in related news ...
Dio Disciples announce Fall North American live dates
The Ronnie James Dio website has also shared the following information:
We're happy to announce the first confirmed dates for the DIO Disciples Fall tour here in the US:
Sat Oct. 20 Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
Thu Nov. 08 Ft. Wayne, IN, Pierre's
Sat Nov. 10 Detroit, MI, Harpo's
Tue Nov. 13 Portland, ME, Asylum
Thu Nov. 15 Sayerville, NJ, Starland
Sat Nov. 17 Amityville, NY, Revolution
Stay tuned for more dates as they are confirmed.
The full schedule is listed on the tour page.

Ronnie James Dio Website:

(New York, NY) - Dokken fansworldwide can click here - - to witness the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for "Empire," the first single from forthcoming album BROKEN BONES.  The video for "Empire" was directed by Devin DeHaven (Whitesnake, P.O.D., Busta Rhymes) and features a post-apocalyptic take on the band's signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.
Dokken's 11th studio album (and their first in North America for the Frontiers Records label), BROKEN BONES, will be released on September 25th in North America. 
The album will be available in two configurations: standard CD and limited edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making Of The Album" documentary.  BROKEN BONES is produced by Dokken frontman and namesake, Don Dokken, and is mixed Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, Collective Soul) and Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sepultura). 
To preorder via the Frontiers Records webstore, please click here:
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Dokken exploded out of the hotbed that was the hard rock and heavy metal scene in Los Angeles in the early '80s. Such classic albums as TOOTH AND NAIL, UNDER LOCK AND KEY and BACK FOR THE ATTACK were all certified multi-platinum, with songs like "Alone Again," "Just Got Lucky," "Into the Fire," "It's Not Love" and "Dream Warriors" still being regarded as amongst the genre's finest.
Dokken was one of the first groups to sell a million copies of their DVD "Unchain The Night."  The group continues to tour the world extensively and has shared the stage with AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Kiss, Scorpions, Bon Jovi and many more.  To date, the band has sold upwards of 10 million albums worldwide. 
The group has been nominated for a Grammy as well as an American Music Award.
In 1988, Don was awarded the keys to the city of Los Angeles by Mayor Tom Bradley declaring January 27th as "Dokken Day" for his charity contributions to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital. 
Dokken is: Don Dokken (vocals), Mick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Sean McNabb (bass).
Dokken 2012 - Photo credit: Devin DeHaven
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Check out Steve Harris' listening party and hear all of 'British Lion'!
Want to hear Steve Harris' new album right now, for free?
Head over to or hit our Facebook page - - and you can do just that.
We're streaming the entire album now, until midnight on Sunday, so you've plenty time to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to hear the record before it hits the shops!
'British Lion' is released on September 24th (25th in the USA) on CD and as a digital download. The CD also features two bonus mp3 versions of the albums for enhanced listening pleasure.
"A bold and ballsy modern hard rock album...this is a big-hearted ferocious triumph" 8/10 Metal Hammer UK
"British Lion is a brilliant album" 4/5 Kerrang UK
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