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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Late News Update for Wednesday June 13th, 2012

Hi All,
Sorry for lack of news updates lately, busy day today with the kids and to be honest, this week I have my hands full, as Rhonda's company goes through an audit, which she has to lead each time ...
Had a fun day today though, learned a bit about local sports teams, Detroit Tigers and Lions, as the school had a outing for a stadium tour of both teams. Pretty cool ...
Anyway, enough on that ..., on with the news! Cheers, Al

Night Ranger to play free acoustic show

This just shared from the Night Ranger camp ....

JetBlue Airways, Long Beach Airport and KLOS-FM join forces to present a performance by NIGHT RANGER in celebration of the opening of the new film, 'Rock of Ages!'

Night Ranger will perform the first ever live musical concert at Long Beach Airport in conjunction with a special announcement by JetBlue.

When: Thursday, June 14 at 1pm (Doors open at 12:30pm)
 Where: Rooftop of Parking Lot A (parking garage nearest to the terminal).
Long Beach Airport

If you're in the area, don't miss this FREE acoustic live event, where Night Ranger will be performing their greatest hits!

Sounds good to me and I wish I could be there!

Official band website, for all things Night Ranger including all their summer live dates:

Warrant heading out on Cherry Pie's 21st Anniversary tour

After a successful performance at this year's M3 Festival, Warrant are hitting the road in celebration of the 21st Anniversary of their most successful album to date, 'Cherry Pie.'

WARRANT has also earlier this year completed a new 14 song album entitled 'ROCKAHOLIC,' that was released May 17, 2011, on Frontiers Records
The culmination of their combined efforts has been highly regarded and reviewed all over - the band can't wait to play not only all the hits fans know by heart, but also new tunes, such as the single "Life's A Song", "Home", and "Sex Ain't Love" from the new album, songs which have already gotten the
crowd cheering and singing along!

For more details on those live dates, go to:

Warrant's official site is:

Also tagging along are TRIXTER and FIREHOUSE. - On select dates ...

TRIXTER's first full-length CD in 20 years entitled, 'NEW AUDIO MACHINE' (Frontiers/EMI Records), is now available for download on ITunes, and Amazon.

Official band site:

In celebration of FIREHOUSE'S 20th Anniversary on the scene, their 2011 release, 'Full Circle,' features re-recorded fan favorite songs! Purchase your copy today! 

Official site:

GOTTHARD – “Firebirth” burns in the Top 10: Number 9
in Germany, Number 1 in Switzerland!!

- Gotthard easily takes it up with their previous successes -

Baptism of fire passes the test effortlessly: GOTTHARD is in the same position with
their current album “Firebirth” as they left off with their last album: with Number 9
in the German Media Control Charts, they have reached the Top 10 for the second
time in their history.

In their Swiss homeland, “Firebirth” is the 14th number 1 album in their unique

“We are really happy with this success”, says guitarist Leo Leoni. “After the past difficult
time, Firebirth is like a new beginning for us and is also album number 1 of a new
Gotthard chapter. We want to thank everyone who was involved, particularly our
management, both record labels Nuclear Blast and Musikverttrieb – and of course all
our fans, who have been with us all the way and have been as always like a family to
us. We look upon this success as a joint effort of all of us and our fans too. We are
delighted with the great GOTTHARD teamwork – as Neil Young would say: “Hey, hey,
my, my – Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die!”

In the past few weeks, GOTTHARD has celebrated the release of “Firebirth” together
with many music fans. After appearing before 42,000 spectators with Buelent
Ceylan in the Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena, they rocked last week in front of
25,000 enthusiastic fans at the Sweden Rock Festival … and in the coming weeks,
they will tour round many summer Festivals, before they will travel throughout
Europe on a big headliner tour.

Official band website:

Wilko Johnson announces Autumn 2012 UK Tour

Following the release of Wilko Johnson’s autobiography, 'Looking Back At Me,' the legendary former guitarist of Dr Feelgood, who’s influenced everyone from Joe Strummer and Mick Jones to Steve Albini, is pleased to announce an Autumn 2012 UK Tour with special guest Virgil and the Accelerators.

Tickets are on sale from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898 and The tour gets underway at the Bath Komedia on October 11th. 
Described by Wilko as a “fractured autobiography,” Looking Back At Me, co-written with Zoe Howe, is published this month by Cadiz Music

After pioneering the Feelgood’s distinctive mid 70s, pre-punk British R&B sound (which had a significant impact on the British punk rock music), Wilko went on to play guitar for Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

His current touring band features current Blockhead members Norman Watt-Roy (bass guitar), and Dylan Howe (drums). 

Click here for further info about the upcoming UK tour:

Wilko Johnson Autumn UK Tour

Bath Komedia (Oct 11)
Exeter Phoenix (Oct 12)
Gloucester Guildhall (Oct 13)
Brighton Komedia (Oct 14)
Stratford Cox’s Yard (Oct 17)
York Fibbers (Oct 18)
Gateshead Sage (Oct 19)
Poole Mr Kyps (Oct 24)
London Islington O2 Academy (Oct 25)
Hertford Corn Exchange (Oct 26)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (Oct 27)
Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre (Oct 28)
Bedford Corn Exchange (Nov 1)
St Helen’s Citadel (Nov 2)
Glasgow O2 ABC (Nov 3)
Stamford Corn Exchange (Nov 4)
Bury The Met  (Nov 22)
Morecambe Platform (Nov 23)
Carlisle The Brickyard (Nov 24)
Bilston Robin (Nov 25)

Wilko Johnson Offical Website:

.38 Special celebrating 30th Anniversary of 'Special Forces

.38 Special packs some heat this week 'InTheStudio' for the 30th anniversary of the multi-platinum 'Special Forces' album.

Dallas, TX - JUNE 13, 2012.
 North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock heads south to Florida this week where thirty years ago .38 Special, coming off the success of their ‘81 'Wild Eyed Southern Boys' album, would trump even that with the release of their fifth studio album 'Special Forces.'

A Top 10 Billboard album, 'Special Forces' would spawn two Top 40 hits including “Caught Up In You”, but more importantly, singer Donnie Van Zant reminds us that into the 1980s .38 Special was the sole banner carrier of Southern Rock, which had been decimated by deaths in genre definers the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band.

The 38 Special -Special Forces/ InTheStudio program will air on radio this weekend on over 50 radio stations across North America.

To STREAM this interview online, visit:

Official band website:



Rock brief updates ....

No farewell on the horizon for the Scorpions it seems now, as they have been invited - Apparently ... Nothing official on their website? -  to play at the opening of 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
So who knows, a new album too?
Details over at the Classic Rock Magazine site, where they provided their interpretation of an interview Matthias Jabs did with 

The edited Classic Rock write up is here:
The original write up is here:

Scorpions website:

Cinderella hitting the road currently, will be making a special stop in Detroit or to be precise, Clarkston, MI, to play ...
“Operation ROCK!” featuring Cinderella with special guests Sebastian Bach, Lynch Mob and Enuff Z’Nuff will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m.

To take advantage of the “Operation ROCK!” offer to receive up to four free lawn tickets, military members or veterans can present their military ID or proof of military service at The Palace or DTE Energy Music Theatre Box Offices while supplies last.

7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348

“The men and women in our armed forces have sacrificed more than most of us will ever know to give us the freedom we enjoy every single day,” said Cinderella’s lead vocalist Tom Keifer. “We are proud to make this free ticket offer available to service personnel and veterans for ‘Operation ROCK!’”

More ticket details here - For regular ticket buyers:

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2013 - Line up released

Official weblinks:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Brief Update for Tuesday June 12th, 2012

Hey folks,
Sorry to be brief and yes, just a brief update for now again ...
Work is extremely busy, a bunch of phone calls too, it never ends!
Anyway, to what you're here for, the updates!
Cheers, Al

20 Years of Terrorvision - New Tour Dates

It’s been twenty (mental) years since Terrorvision unleashed their debut album 'Fomaldehyde' and instant classics like 'My House' and 'American TV' on an unsuspecting world back in 1992.

Amid grunge’s bleak introspection and the slow demise of 1980s hair metal, Terrorvision burst onto the UK scene like a breath of the freshest, finest Yorkshire air. Cutting their teeth supporting legends like The Ramones, Motorhead and Def Leppard, Terrorvision went on to become one of the most successful UK rock bands of the 1990s.

To celebrate this anniversary, and the release of their first album in 10 years –
'Super Delux', the band will be heading out on their only UK tour of 2012 in October.

And where better to announce this than at the home of Metal – Donington and Download, where the band will appear this weekend for the first time since 1994!

Editor's note: I received this press release AFTER this past weekend's Download festival folks.

October's dates will see 20 years of chaos, 6 hit albums and countless more hit singles crammed into a veritable one-night, one-band festival of tunes that get everyone thinking...'jeez, is this one by them as well!'. Smashed up ankles and cactus juice, cross dressing and green bathrooms, doo-wops and dolphins and high jinks from New York to Old Yorkshire have provided a rich vein of inspiration for Bradfords finest.
Join us in October for the highs, the lows, the middle(man), the hits and the lost classics.

Raise your glasses – Terrorvisions Rocktoberfest... it will make you happy!









New album ‘Super Delux’ out now on Total Vegas Recordings at:

Former Harem Scarem singer HARRY HESS to come back with a brand new solo album "Living in Yesterday"

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release HESS new solo album entitled “Living in Yesterday” on August 24th in Europe and August 28th in the US.

Best known for spending 17 years as frontman of Harem Scarem, one of the most well known and respected Melodic Hard Rock bands to come out from Canada, Harry Hess has been redesigning his career as music producer and songwriter.

After the band’s decision to stop recording more albums, the next natural step for Harry was to start working on a solo album which he has been expertly crafting little by little in his Toronto studio. Still the songs included in “Living in Yesterday” are the result of Hess’ travels around the globe over the last few years with stops in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Nashville and Germany.

With this CD Harry intends to go back to certain sounds and atmospheres leaning more towards melodic rock music. “This record is more a continuation of where I left off with Harem Scarem” says Harry. “I am a rock singer and it's really hard for me to open up my mouth and sound right doing any other style of music so I really embrace that now and build the production around my vocal style”.

The musicians featured on the album include his former bandmates Pete Lesperance, Creighton Doane and Darren Smith (his former bandmates in Harem Scarem), Tommy Denander, Marcie Free (Unruly Child), Howie Simon (Jeff Scott Soto) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) among others. “This whole record was built on the co-writes and on the collaborations I have been doing all around the world the past 3 years” continues Harry. “There were some great writers involved and it was fun to try new things but still make it work with what I do”.

“Living In Yesterday” includes the following songs: Living In Yesterday; Reach For You; It's Over; Don't Leave Me; What If; Nothing Lasts Forever; Falling Down; I Live For You; I Don't Wanna Want You; Where To Run.
For samples of four of the tracks, go here:

The new album is a superb slice of Melodic Rock which features a monster vocal performance from Harry, fabulous songwriting and a crisp production. “I've never a big fan of my own work but there are few songs on this record that I feel are some of my best to date”, concludes Harry.

It is possible to stream in full the first song from the album “Living In Yesterday” on the Frontiers Records webradio and on Harry Hess page on Facebook

HESS is:

Harry Hess: Lead Vocals, keyboards, Backing Vocals, additional Guitars

Additional Musicians:
Peter Lesperance: Guitars & Bass
Creighton Doane: Drums
Howie Simon: Guitars solos on “ What If “ & “ It’s Over “
Magnus Karlsson: Guitar solo on “ Living In Yesterday “
Chris Green: Guitar solo on “ Where To Run “
Tommy Denander: Guitar & Keyboards on “ I Don’t Wanna Want You “

Strings on “ What If “ & “ It’s Over “ arranged by Pete Whitfield, performed by Pete Whitfield, Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, Paulette Bayley (violins) Simon Turner, Nick Trygstad (cellos).
Marcie Free: Backing vocals on songs 1,2 & 3.
Darren Smith: Backing vocals on songs 4 – 10.

A new track available from AOR artist Jace

The multi talented songwriter / singer Jace - Alias Jason Pawlak - has a new song available for download, as he has just shared in his latest newsletter.
The guy has already written songs for AOR acts, Goodbye Thrill and Far Cry to name two and it's good stuff too!
Read on folks!

New song, "The Same Mistake", released today at!


First, I want to thank you for signing up for my Newsletter. I appreciate your willingness to listen and your interest in what I have going on. I will only use this sparingly. I do not want you to feel spammed in any way. I appreciate that you trust me with your Email and I will not abuse it. I will send you information when I have something exciting to discuss or something new coming out. :)

Which brings me to... new song released on today!
Today I am releasing my original version of "The Same Mistake" on my Perspective page:

"The Same Mistake" was written a few years ago and was covered by the band FARCRY on their 2009 debut album. This song also has a rather interesting origin which I discuss on the video commentary.

It is available on iTunes as well as on the media player on the site. It is also now the free download that is available when people sign up for this newsletter. So encourage your friends to sign up!

Also, starting today I will be releasing a new song on every third Tuesday. My next tune, "Surrounded", will be available on July 3rd.
Don't worry... I will remind you. :)

I want to thank you again for signing up and listening. I hope you enjoyed "Little Star." If you get a chance take a listen to the new tune. And if you like it, you know... tell a friend or two. :)

Hope you are doing well.
You are welcome to write to me for or about anything at

Take care.


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Slight News update for Monday June 11th, 2012

Hi folks, hope you all had a great weekend, how many folks reading this went to the UK's Download festival?
Friday seemed a bit of a washout, with a bunch of bands not getting to play, one of those being Swedish rockers Europe ... Joey Tempest posted a statement on that whole situation on the band's website and Facebook pages. Details in the news section.

Well, have a great week folks. I was drumming again in public yesterday for the first time in almost three years, one performance yesterday morning and one in the evening, with temperatures outside being 90°F+ ... Loading and unloading gear, a nightmare. Phew!
Anyway, enough on that, Cheers, Al

Def Leppard fans, Free New York City gig, this Friday morning

This posted over at Def Leppard's website, it seems the band is kicking off a series of free gigs, arranged through the Fox TV channel, in New York City this summer.

Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series - NYC Free Show Performance
For those of you living in the New York City area, Def Leppard will be performing live on the morning television show "Fox & Friends" (Fox News Channel) Summer Concert Series on Friday June 15th.
 All fans are welcome to stop by and see the band perform live. 
Please arrive at 7am. Details below.
 Fox & Friends Outside Stage:
 1211 Avenue of the Americas (48th & 6th Avenue)
 New York, NY
 Show time: 7-9am


Download Festival washout Friday 8th June and more

It seems a bunch of band's lost out to the weather and traffic delays on Friday at the UK's Download festival, including Swedish rockers Europe. Later the weather seemed to ease some and organisers got things back on track and for the most part it seemed that the acts that did play, made up for things somewhat, later on.

It was a pretty strange mix for many, crossing over some different genres for sure with The Prodigy headlining Friday night and some serious metal acts, alongside regular rock acts of the melodic / pop rock variety.

I really wouldn't want to be at a festival with such a mix like Download was this year - I do like some of the acts though ... - , for a Friday that looked like this:
The Prodigy, Machine Head, Terrorvision, Fear Factory, Night Wish, Opeth, Little Angels, Lawnmower Deth and Slash to name just a few ...

Saturday's bill was headlined by Metallica, who apparently played a half an hour longer than planned and went down a storm!
Other bands on Saturday's bill had included:
Tenacious D, Biffy Clyro, The Mission, Cockney Rejects, Gun, Killswitch Engage, Halestorm, Saxon, Steel Panther, Theory of a Deadman, The Treatment and many others.

Sunday was seriously an all out metal day and was headlined by Black Sabbath, but also featured:
Anthrax, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Black Label Society, Lamb of God and many more, but did include some regular rock acts that are often raved about such as:
Furyon, Heaven's Basement, Rival Sons, Sebastian Bach and one of my favourites in Shinedown.

I know that a lot of UK rock fans in recent years, have really taken to Europe in a festival setting, so it must have been pretty disappointing for many there when the band did not appear, as most of them had been stuck in traffic on their way there ...

The band were also disappointed by events and shared this message from the bands frontman Joey Tempest:

We're so gutted!
Not making the gig at Download 2012 happen.

A sincerely heartfelt apology to the people that came to see us at Download and ended up waiting in vain. We tried everything we could to get there in time but in the end it was beyond our control. We have now learned that there were perhaps up to 20000 people waiting in front of our stage at Download to check us out and that there was a massive reaction when the organizers announced Europe couldn't make it!!!! That makes this whole thing even harder to take! We had so been looking forward to this gig!

It started already early in the morning at the airport. Three band members were two hours late flying into Heathrow due to bad weather and backlog at Heathrow. Then we battled up towards Donington in the tourbus. More bad weather and severe traffic prevented us from making up the time necessary. We spent another two hours stuck in traffic. We asked for police escort or smaller cars to transport us the last bit, but they simply coudnt get to us.

In a last desperate effort as we we were getting close to the venue we sent our crew (running) by foot to the venue so they could start setting the gear up! as the toubus coudnt move through the traffic close to the gig.
In the end we just couldn't make it. We were so close, thats why the organizers announced things so late from stage. However, the organizers at Download were cool and invited us to next years Download.

What a truly surreal and disappointing experience. But I guess shit happens and life goes on!

Hope to see you in November on our UK tour. The response to BAG OF BONES have been truly amazing in the UK so we are ready to give something back. The autumn tour will be special indeed.

All the best

Joey / Europe

Official site:

There's pretty good coverage from Download to read over at these sites: