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Monday, September 17, 2012

News Update for Monday September 17th, 2012

Well, happy Monday folks ... Not, right?!
Back to work for most of us, I guess it pays the bills right?!
Anyway, something's seem to have rolled right by me in the past week, with being so busy, as well as trying not to dwell on the loss of a close friend here this past week and having a very sick son for the past four days. :(
My old mate Andrew McNiece very kindly gave my interview with David Paich a plug, at which subsequently led to a massive surge in site views, thank you mate!
THEN ..., Classic Rock magazine in the UK jumped on it to take what they could, sadly to dwell on poor Mike Pocaro condition during part of David's and my chat.

Their interpretation can be read here:
Pleased to get some recognition elsewhere, shame they dwell on the sad side of things and couldn't have captured more on the positive side. :(
Ah well ...
Enough of all that, on with the news updates! Cheers folks, try to have a good week! :)

Thin Lizzy are out to slam Mitt Romney for use of their song in Presidential campaign.

 It seems Phil Lynott's Mum Philomena and his ex-wifeCaroline Lynott-Taraskevics have both spoken out against the US Republican party's unauthorised use of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town,' basically echoing Scott Gorham's previous comments, posted recently:

Clearly, neither the band or Phil's family believe this is something he would've wanted and since the guy can no longer speak for himself, then really this should be respected.

Of course it's not always 'just' the Republican party that step out of line doing this, there have been instances before from other bands, hitting up the Democrats for doing the same thing to them.  

Read more details here:

and here:

and here:

Believe me, there are plenty of other news sources all over this ...

Official Thin Lizzy site:

GEOFF TATE Reveals KINGS & THIEVES Cover Artwork and Track Listing 


Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2012) - GEOFF TATE, the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, will release his second solo album, KINGS & THIEVES, on November 6, 2012 in North America.  KINGS & THIEVES will be TATE's first solo album in more than a decade and his debut release for InsideOut Music
As one of the most well-known and respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, GEOFF TATE has sold over 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. 
It is with much excitement that he reveals both the track listing and cover artwork for KINGS & THIEVES:

01. She Slipped Away
02. Take A Bullet
03. In The Dirt
04. Say U Luv It
05. The Way I Roll
06. Tomorrow
07. Evil
08. Dark Money
09. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting
GEOFF TATE will head out this October for a full tour in support of KINGS & THIEVES, including a 7-date Canadian run with metal legend ALICE COOPER
More dates are constantly being added and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below.
2012 Tour Dates:
10/17/12 - Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
10/19/12 - Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ JC's Washington House
10/23/12 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 - Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 - Amityville, NY @ Ollie's
10/27/12 - Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 - Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen's Tap House
10/29/12 - Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen's Tap House
10/31/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 - Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 - Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater's Grill
11/07/12 - Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 - Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 - Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 - Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 - Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 - Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/21/12 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 - Shiprocked
For more information of GEOFF TATE, visit:

Black Country Communion announces rare UK concert in Wolverhampton

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock band comprising Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), have announced their only concert of 2013 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday 5th January 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.

To celebrate the news of this rare, one-off concert, the UK’s leading classic rock radio station, Planet Rock, will launch an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale fromWednesday 19th September.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 21st September from the 24 Hour ticket hotline 0844 478 0898,

When fans visit from Wednesday 19th September, they’ll also be eligible to receive a free download of the new BCC track 'Confessor.'

This unique concert marks Black Country Communion’s only UK appearance in 2013.
Given BCC’s geographical and spiritual ties to the area, when discussions arose about where in the world the band would perform this one-off show, there was only ever going to be one outcome.
Black Country Communion is very excited to come home for this ultra rare live performance.
You can check out the full press release right here:
Ed's note: Something else for UK fans - Or anyone that's a fan of this band. - to keep in mind, is that Glenn Hughes has recently gone on record as saying that 'Afterglow' may well be the last ever BCC release, at least to feature Glenn Hughes ...
Hughes expressed his disappointment in the band's lack of touring, to a couple of big US broadcasting organisations, due to Bonamassa's continued solo success and endless touring of his own.
I for one hope they can make some compromise and continue. 
Official band website:
Official band YouTube:
In related news:
Joe Bonamassa to release Beacon Theatre double live album
Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live From New York is released as a 2 CD and double vinyl album for the very first time.

The double live album, released by Provogue Records in the UK on Monday September 24th, features 20 stunning tracks that spans his incredible career.

The festivities kick off with 72nd St. Subway Blues, followed by Slow Train, from 2011's solo album Dust Bowl, plus fan favourites Midnight Blues, Dust Bowl, Bird On A Wire, Blue & Evil, Mountain Time, and many more.

Beth Hart performs with Bonamassa on I'll Take Care of You and Sinner's Prayer.
John Hiatt joins Bonamassa on Down Around My Place and I Know A Place, while Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), is featured alongside Bonamassa on Fire And Water and Walk In My Shadows.

Album Track Listing:

CD 1
1:  72nd St. Subway Blues
2:  Slow Train
3:  Cradle Rock
4:  When The Fire Hits The Sea
5:  Midnight Blues
6:  Dust Bowl
7:  The River
8:  I'll Take Care Of You (with Beth Hart)
9:  Sinner's Prayer (with Beth Hart)
10:  You Better Watch Yourself
11:  Steal Your Heart Away

CD 2
1:  Bird On A Wire
2:  Down Around My Place (with John Hiatt)
3:  I Know A Place (with John Hiatt)
4:  Blue And Evil
5:  Walk In My Shadows (with Paul Rodgers)
6:  Fire And Water (with Paul Rodgers) 
7:  Mountain Time
8:  Young Man Blues
9.  If Heartaches Were Nickels

The live album precedes Bonamassa's London March 2013 concerts at The Borderline (March 26), o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (March 27), Hammersmith Apollo (March 28), and Royal Albert Hall (March 30).  

Official website:

UFO Announce 2013 UK Tour Dates, following Winter North American 2012 dates
British rockers UFO will head to the US for live dates in support of their 'Seven Deadly' album, released earlier this year to much acclaim.

The US live dates kick off in Chicago, IL on November 15th and run through until 1st December, where they'll wrap things up in Corona, CA.
Those confirmed dates are:
15th November - Chicago - IL - HOB
16th November - Milwaukee - WI - Shank Hall
17th November - St. Charles - IL - Arcada Theater
18th November - St. Charles - IL - Arcada Theater
20th November - Orangevale - CA - Boardwalk
21st November - San Francisco - CA - The Independent
23rd November - Santa Cruz - CA - The Catalyst
24th November - Agoura Hills - CA - Canyon Club
25th November - San Diego - CA - Brick By Brick
26th November - Tempe - AZ - Club Red
28th November - San Juan Capistrano - CA - The Coach House
29th November - Los Angeles - CA - Key Club
30th November - Las Vegas - NV - Boulder Station Casino
1st December - Corona - CA - Marquee 15

In February of next year, they'll then be playing a fairly low key UK ten date tour, starting in Bath on the 21st, finishing up in London at The Forum on the 5th March.
21st February - England - Bath - Komedia
22nd February - England - Bournemouth - Academy
23rd February - England - Portsmouth  - The Pyramids
24th February - England - Oxford - Academy
26th February - Wales - Cardiff  - Coal Exchange
28th February - England - Holmfirth  - Picturedrome
1st March - Scotland  - Glasgow - ABC
2nd March - England - Preston - 53 Degrees
3rd March - England - Birmingham - Institute
5th March - England - London  - Forum
Pleased to see them playing in my old home town of Portsmouth on a Saturday night ... Wonder if we could make that ...? I wish!
They have not played here in Detroit since 2004, so a bit of a downer for this old fan.
Ah well ...

I love the album 'Seven Deadly' and said as much in my review here:

I'm sure the live shows will be nothing less than excellent!
Catch them if you can.

Official UFO site:


Robin Beck announces details on 2012 European dates

The extremely talented Robin Beck has announced details at her site of more European live dates, that will follow her performance at the UK's Firefest festival annual event in October.
Details on Firefest here:
Her website shared these details:
We are excited to announce that Robin will be playing live dates in Europe during October / November 2012.
The tour is entitled 'Here Comes Trouble' and she will be joined by James Christian of House of Lords who will be playing Bass Guitar and providing vocals in her band.
Also in Robin's band will be Tommy Denander (Guitar), Jorge Salan (Guitar) and House of Lords drummer BJ Zampa.

For the Firefest show only Eric Ragno will be providing his talent on keyboards.
For details on those dates, go here:
Robin's ninth album released last year 'The Great Escape,' will no doubt have tracks featured during the tour, as well as her previous work including her number one hit, 'First Time.'


AC/DC's first live album in 20 years, "AC/DC Live At River Plate," is coming Tuesday November 20th.

"Live At River Plate" was recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2009, when nearly 200,000 fans (over 3 sold-out nights) thunderously welcomed AC/DC back after a 13-year absence from Argentina. 

The recording captures the legendary grandeur, excitement and energy that AC/DC’s live performances are renowned for. 

"AC/DC Live At River Plate" is the ultimate live recording, chronicling one of the largest rock shows in history.
This ultimate live recording chronicles one of the largest shows from their massively successful Black Ice World Tour (where they performed to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries). 

Pre-order the 2 CD set or collector's edition 3-disc red vinyl on

Check out this video clip from the show, that has already been released on DVD:

CD tracklisting:

Rock N Roll Train
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shot Down In Flames
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
Dog Eat Dog
You Shook Me All Night Long
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Official band website:

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