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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

News Update for Tuesday November 13th, 2013

Hi folks,
Sorry it's been so quiet, regular readers, you know the story and I'm sure don't need to hear it again. It's just life ....
I did catch Dio Disciples this past Saturday evening here in Detroit and the guys put on a great show!
Go and see them seriously!
Tim 'Ripper' Owens and Oni Logan sharing vocal duties, do a formidable job between them, in paying respect to Ronnie James Dio (RIP).
Thank you guys, loved the gig and great to catch up with you after the show, review is on the way if you're reading this!
Anyway folks, have a great rest of the week, no more gigs on the horizon currently although I'd love to see T.S.O. this Christmas, it's been a couple of years since I caught their Christmas show and I've never got any invite to review them live, so it's probably not going to happen this year or any time soon. Ah well ...
Cheers, Al
Journey's Arnel Pineda's in vocal trouble
Journey are being forced to cancel shows on their current tour with Pat Benatar and Loverboy, due to vocalist Arnel Pineda's voice being in trouble.
Isn't this a familiar story since Steve Perry has gone?
Steve Augeri, Steve Perry's original replacement in Journey, had his voice pushed to the max after having more or less given up the music industry, then being plucked back into by Journey, thanks to former manager, Herbie Herbert.
Augeri had joined Journey in 1998, after Herbie Herbert had pointed out Augeri's talents - Herbert had also managed Augeri's pre-Journey band Tall Stories. - to Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain.
Augeri lasted until 2006, recording two albums ('Arrival' and 'Generations'), one E.P. ('Red 13'), 'Remember Me' his brilliant studio debut with Journey that featured on the 'Armageddon' movie soundtrack album and the video / DVD of his show with Journey in Vegas titled 'Journey 2001' which has since achieved platinum status.
During the band's 2006 tour, amid speculation that backing tapes were being used, it was revealed that Augeri was suffering with larynx problems - 'Chronic Throat Infection.' - and another great talent stepped in.
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Soul SirkUS) replaced Augeri, mid-summer tour in 2006 with Def Leppard and all seemed to be going well, for about a year and Soto had even revealed online that the band and he, had been writing new material ...
Soon after that statement, in 2007, Journey let Soto go ... No real reason ...
In 2007 Journey announced that had found via You Tube, a huge talent in Filipino vocalist Arnel Pineda, who's video's with his band The Zoo, were pointed out to Neal Schon.
The rest is history as they say, but now five years on, after Journey's continuous and vigorous tour schedule, five years in, on November 8th, Journey announced that Arnel Pineda has been diagnosed with severe laryngeal and esophageal inflammation and is under doctor's orders not to perform currently, that is until Thursday this week.
So far Journey have cancelled / postponed the following dates:
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN
 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, IA
Arnel has been diagnosed with severe laryngeal and esophageal inflammation and is under doctor's orders not to perform for the next week.

The JOURNEY tour will resume:
Friday, November 16, 2012 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Tickets for the above-mentioned postponed concerts will be honored for the new concerts which will be rescheduled for January/February 2013.
Refunds can be obtained at point of purchase.

Arnel, I wish you well my friend. Don't be driven into the ground.
Offical website:

Michael Schenker launches official "Temple of Rock Live" trailer and microsite
The critically acclaimed guitarist Michael Schenker has just posted the official trailer for his upcoming Temple of Rock: Live In Europe CD, DVD and Blu-ray - watch/embed the trailer here:

Schenker has also launched the official Temple of Rock Live microsite here:
 Loads of great info and bonus stuff there.

Live In Europe, released by inakustik in the UK on Monday December 3rd, will also be available as a Limited Deluxe Edition including 2 CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray.
The concerts were recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011’s London’s High Voltage Festival.

US release date for this through MVD Entertainment is January 15th, 2013

This should be a great release, I managed to catch Michael's 'Temple of Rock' show in the Detroit area twice this year, first time with Robin McAuley back in March - Review link:

Then again recently with David Van Landing:

He is indeed playing very well indeed these days, so make sure you get this live DVD or the bonus special edition pack!

Click here to read the official online press release:
Click here for info about Schenker’s April 2013 UK Tour:
Michael Schenker's official website:


UFO Kick off North American Tour This Week 

British Hard Rock legends UFO will be kicking off their North American West Coast tour this Thursday November 15th in Chicago, IL. The band is touring in support of their latest album Seven Deadly which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV. A complete list of dates can be found below.   
Guitarist Vinnie Moore commented on the upcoming tour:
"It's been quite a while since we've toured in the USA and I'm really looking forward to it. We have not played here since the new record came out and it's going to be exciting to play some of the new tunes. And it is always great to see our awesome fans!"
Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. Ultimate-Guitar says of Seven Deadly: "UFO has re-entered back through Earth's atmosphere to bring the world another excellent, classic sounding album and it is one you must pick up."
You can read Chambers of Rock's review of Seven Deadly right here:
UFO frontman Phil Mogg's thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of "Burn Your House Down" features all the important UFO strengths, "Mojotown" sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least "Year Of The Gun" features a pointed reference to UFO's early days.
Seven Deadly is available for purchase on AMAZON and iTunes.
UFO on Tour:
11/15: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/17: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/18: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/20: Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
11/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/23: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/24: Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
11/26: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
11/28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
12/1: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
For More Info Please Visit:

"Never Too Late"
(Official Video)
Taken from the album "Never Too Late" out now on Frontiers Records!
Release dates: EU: November 2nd / NA: November 6th

For more info:


Looking for your songs for the new album!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that Michael Kiske agreed to start working on a third PLACE VENDOME album. With Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) producing again, the album will be recorded during the winter 2013 and will hopefully see the light of day after the summer.
Frontiers Records is therefore now looking for YOUR songs for the forthcoming album.
We look for songs in Melodic Rock / Power AOR with musical references to the previous albums "Place Vendome" and "Streets of Fire".
We look for melodic tracks, rocking tracks and also ballads at the moment.
You can check the following tracks for reference:
Official Frontiers website:

It is with regret that blues rock powerhouse vocalist Beverly McClellan from smash hit TV show "The Voice" USA  has had to pull out of the UK 'Story of Light' tour dates with Steve Vai due to personal issues. Steve Vai / Favored Nations Records have issued the following statement:

Beverly McClellan unexpectedly had to leave the Steve Vai European/UK tour to address personal issues at home in Florida. Unfortunately, she will not be returning for the remaining dates on this tour.
"She is perhaps the finest natural talent I have ever worked with and an excellent touring companion. She will be greatly missed and her Vai touring family wish her the best." - Steve Vai

Beverly McClellan, who is signed to Steve Vai's label Favored Nations, releases her international debut album 'Fear Nothing' [Tour Edition] in the UK and Europe on December 1.
The special Tour Edition package contains 3 never before released bonus tracks.

For further information visit:

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