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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

News Update for Wednesday October 24th, 2012

Hi there folks,
Yes, I've been a bit quiet I know, but hoping that Michael Schenker gig review made up for things a bit!
Good news is, Michael isn't going away anytime soon!
He was special guest on Eddie Trunk's (That Metal Show) radio show show on Monday night, here in the States and Eddie was basically saying, in the last few years how good Michael's playing had been - Agreed! - and he hoped it would continue.
Michael replied by more or less saying he wanted to be the BB King of hard rock and had no plans to retire anytime soon!
Good news Schenker fans!
He also spoke about the album he is working on with Don Dokken and that is still ongoing too.
It was also revealed for those that were not already aware of it, that Michael actually lives just across the road from Phil Mogg (UFO) in the UK - Brighton. - and sees him on a regular basis - When he's not touring! - although he really didn't talk about chatting with Phil.
He did elaborate that he'd be open to a full UFO reunion but that Pete Way would have to get himself in shape ... Healthy ... Come on Pete mate, give it a shot ...
No doubt ... There's also a small matter of UFO's current line up being very strong, so why would they mess with that, unless it was simply a one off world tour.
If it was, my guess is it wouldn't last and Michael would end up fighting with Phil again!
Ah well ...
Anyway, let's see what I can share and I apologize if some of this you have read elsewhere already, I'm playing catch up on news items ...


(New York, NY) - Iconic rock guitarist Neal Schon has a lot to celebrate!  Schon's highly-acclaimed new solo album THE CALLING hits streets worldwide today via Frontiers Records. 
The video for the title track just premiered on CBS' The Insider and can be viewed here:
Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to co-produce the video.  Filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County, "The Calling" video also features Schon's fiancée, Michaele Salahi (the couple just became engaged when Schon popped the question on stage during a Journey concert). 
 The video can be purchased at iTunes, while the full album can be purchased at iTunes here - - and Amazon here:

THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international media, with the US' Guitar Player declaring, "It's a thrilling, edgy, ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely constructed as a symphony piece.  Less-blessed composers and guitarists can now take a moment to cry..." and the UK's Classic Rock proclaiming, "...a musical masterclass."
THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album.  In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks - "Fifty Six (56)" and "Tumbleweeds" and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout thealbum.  Recorded at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey's busy touring schedule, Neal completed the album from start to finish in just four days.
Neal Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.  As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. 
In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.


 Neal Schon: Guitars
 Steve Smith: Drums
 Igor Len: Keyboards

Special guest

 Jan Hammer: Moog solos


Black Country Communion’s ‘Afterglow’ almost here!



Black Country Communion will release their highly anticipated 3rd album ‘Afterglow’ on Monday October 29th through Mascot Records.

BCC is an Anglo/American rock band featuring Jason Bonham (drums), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).
Their previous two albums (2010’s eponymous debut and 2011’s “2”) have both gone straight in at #1 on the Official UK Rock Album Chart. 

Already being hailed as Black Country Communion’s best album to date, Classic Rock magazine says - “Afterglow is easily the most cohesive and exciting album from the band,” while Metal Hammer magazine says - “One listen to songs and you’ll be drawn in... repeated spins will lead to addiction.”

Read the official ‘Afterglow’ album press release HERE:


In related news ….

Joe Bonamassa to make recording history at 4 London venues

Joe Bonamassa, the world’s premiere guitarist, will perform four exclusive London concerts during March 2013.  Each concert will be specially filmed for DVD and will feature never-before performed live tracks. The four London concerts will chronicle Joe’s atmospheric rise from the intimate club atmosphere of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The live in-concert DVDs will be released during fall 2013.

Hailed as The Guitar Event of the Year, Bonamassa will pay homage to the historic London venues he’s played by going back to his ten studio albums to perform songs for the very first time.  The four London 2013 concerts will individually showcase a unique band configuration that will highlight diverse elements of Joe’s style. Each performance will be distinctive with different set lists. Collectively, there will be upwards of eighty new and old songs performed over the four nights that even the most die-hard Bonamassa fan will experience for the first time.

The London run will start at the intimate 200-capacity London Borderline on Tuesday March 26.  Bonamassa will then play the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28 respectively, before finishing the week at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday March 30.

The Royal Albert Hall and Shepherds Bush concerts are currently sold out. Tickets are still available for the Hammersmith Apollo, as well as VIP tickets for the exclusive Borderline concert that also includes the best seats in the house for the remaining three concerts including the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush and the Hammersmith Apollo.
For further information about the VIP tickets, visit

“London is like my second home,” says Bonamassa. “I want to give the fans attending the London concerts a real treat – a thank you for their unwavering support.  Over the years I’ve received requests for tracks we’ve never performed live. Now, it feels right that we delve into the back catalogue and dedicate London fans with unique versions of tracks they’ve never experienced live.”

Download your free copy of the song When The Fire Hits The Sea from 

Read the official London 2013 press release. HERE:



Y&T to melt your face again with "Live at The Mystic" - released in Europe in November on Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of Y&T's latest live album “Live at the Mystic” on November 23rd in Europe.

Following original bassist Phil Kennemore's untimely passing from lung cancer in early 2011, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T. With Brad Lang on bass and vocals, Y&T prove their continued strength with “Live at the Mystic”, a new double live CD recorded at the legendary Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, one of the most popular venues that Y&T play every year.

Singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti recalls “Like all Mystic Theater shows, this particular weekend was special. Having just returned from a near 2-month tour of Europe and the UK, we were very tight and energized to be playing for our home crowd again”.

This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD.

"The amazing heat to the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds, playing songs from “Facemelter” as well as all the hits and fan favourites. Songs like "Dirty Girl," with its extended solo section of John Nymann and myself tearing into a nearly 3-minute back and forth solo, was especially a great performance” says Meniketti.
“Also many of the classic tunes like "Black Tiger," "Don't Wanna Lose," and "Mean Streak" were very well played and show some of the best live performances of these songs we've ever recorded. But I also feel strongly about our more mastered performances from our latest "Facemelter" CD. The energy and much more refined versions of these songs, now that we've really had some time to hone in the vibe of these tunes, make it that much more special of a live recording.”

This album screams out to be a classic Y&T CD to have in your collection.
Prepare to have your face melted!

 “Live at the Mystic” tracklisting includes:

 CD1: Prelude; On With the Show; Black Tiger; Dirty Girl; Mean Streak; Girl Crazy; Shine On; Blind Patriot; Winds of Change; Straight Thru the Heart; Gonna Go Blind; Surrender; I'm Coming Home

CD2: Hungry for Rock; Don't Wanna Lose; Don't Bring Me Down; Hurricane; I Believe in You; Eyes of a Stranger; Rescue Me; Squeeze; Forever.

Y&T is:

 Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals)
John Nymann (guitar/vocals)
Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals)
Brad Lang (bass/vocals)

 Enjoy a special EPK presentation on Youtube:

And listen now to “Black Tiger” on the Frontiers Records webradio

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Frontiers Records Update



Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band DE LA CRUZ for the release of their forthcoming debut album which will be entitled "Street Level".

Described by Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine: "like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active (Def) Leppard!", DE LA CRUZ debuted with a self-financed 6 songs EP which caused a stir in the Hard Rock scene Worldwide.

Founded in 2011 after Gold Coast guitarist Casey Jones met with Auckland-born singer Roxxi Catalano, the guys immediately had the vision to start an 80s style rock band.
Casey knew the best musicians to complete their lineup, Lacey Lane on drums, Grant Daniell on bass and the second guitarist Rory Joy.

DE LA CRUZ came to the attention of Frontiers Records in the winter of 2012 and they finally decided to join forces. Frontiers will release the band's first full length album entitled "Street Level" in early 2013. In the meanwhile all fans of classic Leppard, Skid Row, Kiss and Motley Crue should immediately check out the new album teaser following this link:

Get ready for one of the most exciting new sensations for the new year!

 Don't forget to "like" their Facebook Page.
Check them out at:



Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has started working for a new solo album - under the working title of "Free Fall". Karlsson, best known as guitar player for Primal Fear and Last Tribe and producer and composer for the popular studio project Allen Lande and Bob Catley's last solo album "Immortal", has been writing songs for the past few months which he decided to use for a personal a own project which he has been considering for some time now. Karlsson has confirmed that some special "friends" agreed to take part to the album and particularly such singers as Tony Harnell, Ralf Scheepers, Mark Boals and Russell Allen. More guests will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Musically speaking all fans of Karlsson work with Last Tribe, Starbreaker's first album and Allen Lande will enjoy the new musical creation from the "Swede".


German melodic rock legend PINK CREAM 69 are in the studio to mix the songs which will end up on the new album that will follow the release of the band's 10th album "In10sity". The title will be "Ceremonial" and some of the songs working titles include "Big Machine", "Passage of time", "I Came To Rock" and "Special".

Musically the fans can expect a classic PC 69-album from the David Readman-era (beginning with “Electrified”). The band will embark on a full scale tour after the release of the album which is planned for early 2013. Stay tuned for more news!



The Danish Melodic Metallers PRETTY MAIDS are hard at work in the studio to give birth to the successor of "Pandemonium". The title of the new album will be "Motherland" and the band has not changed the winning production team which worked on the previous record with Jacob Hansen at the production helm. Some of the song titles in the works are "Mother of All Lies", "I See Ghosts", "The Iceman", "Why So Serious", To Fool a Nation" and the title track.

 The fans can expect the usual dose of heavy guitar riffs and superb hooklines in the finest tradition of the band musical style. Release date is expected in the spring of 2013.

For all things Frontiers, go here:

Liberty N' Justice giving their 2007 CD "Independence Day" CD away for FREE!!!
Liberty N’ Justice who just a few months ago released their latest album, ’Hell Is Coming To Breakfast,’ are feeling in a generous mood, by offering up a major freebie that may normally cost you around $10 at least!

‘We really want to thank you guys for all your "love" and to show ya we are giving our 2007 CD "Independence Day" away for FREE!!!!!
 tips are appreciated but not required!'
The track listing is as follows

01. Doubting Thomas (John Corabi)
 02. Monkey Dance (Jack Russell)
 03. Soldier (Kelly Keagy & Mark Slaughter)
 04. My Sacrifice (Shawn Pelata)
 05. Phoenix (Pete Loran)
 06. Independence Day (Kelly Keeling)
 07. Meet My Monster (Tony Mills)
 08. Praying For A Miracle (Ted Poley)
 09. Fade (Jamie Rowe)
 10. Bullet, Train, Breakdown (Jaime St. James)
 11. Addiction (Jani Lane)
 12. Wake The Dead (Ez Gomer & Tony Carey)
 13. Snake Eat Snake (David Raymond Reeves)
 14. A Little Bit Of Love (Mark Hovland & Shannon Hovland)

The band has had some great reviews recently:
"RockEyez (5 out 5) "It’s really cool when you can release a masterpiece like this" Brian, RockEyez

"The Refinery Rock (5 out of 5) "star-studded classic."  The Refinery Rock

 "Shipwreck Island Studios (4.98 out of 5) "quite honestly I can’t think of any other project which is this exciting to listen toJere, Shipwreck Island


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