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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Brief News Update for Saturday August 25th, 2012

Hi folks,
Hope the weekend has been going well for you?
Had a great getaway on Friday with the family, came back this afternoon.
Fun times! :)
So, a great news update for you here. Hope you enjoy it!
Cheers, Al
Black Country Communion Third Album Release Details

Those magical musicians that go by the combined name of Black Country Communion - BCC to thier friends ... Ha ha! - have announced more details on their forthcoming third album, cool indeed!
Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa - Does this guy ever take a breather?! - Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham have confirmed that 'Afterglow' will be the title of the band's third album, to be released on October 30th, 2012.
These guys have so far put out two mesmerising albums in the self titled first 'BCC' release and second album 'BCC 2' of pure class, the second being a little more instant, but the first one, certainly was a grower.
The band's management have so far only released limited info, with the above artwork and a brief trailer, here's what they shared:
Black Country Communion's 3rd Studio album "AFTERGLOW" will be released on October 30th, 2012.
The Pre-Order will begin on September 11th and will be available at
Watch the sneak preview here:

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Magnum Launch Party Details and live dates
Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group MAGNUM will release their upcoming eighteenth studio album, ‘On The 13th Day’ on Steamhammer / SPV on September 19th in Scandinavia, September 21st in Germany, September 24th in Europe and September 25th in the US/Canada.
On August 31st the first single ‘So Let It Rain’ will be released as a digital version with the following tracklisting:
1. So Let It Rain (Radio Edit) 3:59
2. So Let It Rain (Album Version) 4:50
3. Wild Angels (Live version from Aschaffenburg, Germany) 4:50
EMP Mailorder (biggest Mailorder in Europe) have a special bundle for September 21st (Germany) / September 24th (Europe):
Digipak + Single:
(This is the only way of getting hold of a hard copy of the single)
‘On The 13th Day’ will be available as a limited digipak slipcase edition with a bonus CD featuring unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the Magnum vaults, plus as a double coloured vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download.
The cover is once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).
Tracklisting Limited Digipak:
Disc 1

1. All The Dreamers 7.09
2. Blood Red Laughter 4.40
3. Didn't Like You Anyway 4.33
4. On The 13th Day 5.35
5. So Let It Rain 4.50
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo 5.16
7. Shadow Town 5.57
8. Putting Things In Place 4.41
9. Broken Promises 4.55
10. See How They Fall 4.56
11. From Within 4.42
Bonus Disc 2

1. Those Were The Days 4.12 (Demo From 1988-89)
2. Eyes Like Fire 5.23 (Full Version)
3. Blood Red Laughter 4.12 (Acoustic Version)
4. We All Need To Be Loved 4.12 (Live From Prague CZ)
5. Shadow Town 4.59 (Acoustic Version)
6. Moonking 6.29 (Live From Mannheim, Germany)
One month after the release of ‘On The 13th Day’ MAGNUM set off on a 31 date European tour from October-December 2012.
Dates are:
MAGNUM live 2012
04.10. SE-Sweden Rock Cruise
06.10. SE- Jönköping - Zaragon Rock Club
25.10. D-Berlin C-Club
26.10. D-Hamburg – Fabrik
27.10. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
28.10. D-Cologne – Kantine
30.10. D-Ingolstadt – Eventhalle am Westpark
31.10. D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
01.11. D-Bochum – Matrix (new)
03.11. D-Bremen – Schuppen 2
05.11. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
06.11. D-Augsburg - Spectrum
07.11. D-Munich – Ampere
09.11. D-Burglengenfeld – VAZ
10.11. D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
11.11. CH-Pratteln-Z7
12.11. CZ-Pilsen – KD Serikova
13.11. CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Café
15.11. NL-Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
16.11. B-Vosselaar - Biebob
17.11. F-Vaureal – Le Forum
With special guests NeonFly -
(All European shows except Sweden)

UK Dates:
18.11. GB-Bristol – 02 Academy
20.11. GB-Liverpool – 02 Academy
21.11. GB-Glasgow – Garage
22.11. GB-Newcastle – 02 Academy
23.11. GB-Holmfirth – Picturedrome
24.11. GB-Manchester – Ritz
25.11. GB-Nottingham – Rock City
27.11. GB-Leamington – Leamington Assembly
28.11. GB-Southampton – The Brook
29.11. GB-London – 02 Academy Islington
30.11. GB-Pontypridd – Muni Arts Centre
01.12. GB-Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
02.12. GB-Norwich - Waterfront
With special guests Amanda Somerville's Trillium -
(UK only)
Stryper "Live In Indonesia At Java Rockin' Land"
Coming to DVD on on October 23
Celebrating almost 30 years rocking the world, it's Stryper live!
MVD Entertainment Group
The multi-platinum heavy metal band Stryper, live at the Java Rockin' Land festival in Indonesia. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd in 2010, this is the definitive Stryper DVD.
Celebrating almost 30 years of incredible melodies and musicianship, Live In Indonesia features hits and rarities delivered in impeccable sound and video.
"This show was an unexpected, but welcomed, addition to our tour schedule," said Michael Sweet (singer, guitarist, songwriter). "It was added last minute and we scrambled to make it happen, but I'm glad it worked out. It was an opportunity to go to a primarily Muslim country and share our faith. Java Rockin'Land was a highlight moment of our career and I'm thrilled that we were able to capture its on video. It's definitely one of the better live performances by the band in a long time, and the fact that it was captured on video makes it even more exciting. I think the fans are going to really enjoy it."
Without a doubt, Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all-time, and certainly the most celebrated Christian metal band of all time. Comprised of Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1983, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as 'Soldiers Under Command,' 'To Hell with the Devil,' 'In God We Trust,' and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly."
 After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. But it was not until their 2011 covers set, 'The Covering,' that the aforementioned definitive Stryper was reinstated, as the band welcomed Gaines back into the fold.
Link to Clip:

Track Listing:

Sing Along Song
Murder By Pride
Loud 'N Clear
Rock That Makes Me Roll
Reach Out
Calling On You
More Than A Man
Open Your Eyes
All For One
To Hell With The Devil
Soldiers Under Command

‘Operation Rock’ Featuring Cinderella, Sebastian Bach and Lynch Mob Live in Detroit!

‘Operation Rock’ Featuring Cinderella, Sebastian Bach and Lynch Mob
DTE Energy Music Theatre / Pine Knob – Saturday 18th August, 2012
 So it’s a Saturday night and there’s a multi band bill, rock show in town and it’s quite a lineup.

It’s billed as ‘Operation Rock’ to pay tribute and honour the US Military and the venue offered a special deal to members of the military forces or veterans, by offering free lawn tickets to those that presented their military ID.

 This was in fact, a five act bill, with John Corabi (Ex-Motley Crue) as the opening act and Enuff Z’Nuff as well, prior to Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach and headliners Cinderella.

Here’s the thing folks, with the show starting at 5pm, there was no way Rhonda and I were going to find a sitter to watch the kids from say 4pm – It can be up to an hour getting to and into Pine Knob, from where we live. – up until midnight, when we anticipated getting home, so … Didn't happen!
I really am not a big fan of ‘The Crue …,’ so suffice to say I didn’t mind missing John Corabi, sorry to fans of his …

Enuff Z’Nuff …, honestly, I have never heard their material, so can’t really comment, but obviously that meant, we’d give them a miss too.
We caught the very last two of their songs as we arrived and it sound OK, but nothing extraordinary. Sorry ...

Lynch Mob

Lynch Mob onstage at Detroit's Pine Knob / DTE theatre - Photo: Alun Williams

Now Lynch Mob, that’s a different story, while not knowing George Lynch’s solo career that in depth, I have now been a Dokken fan for some years, but I will say the ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ album I really did enjoy.
Oni Logan is also a great lead vocalist, so I really didn’t want to miss this and that as it turned out, was absolutely the right decision.

Rhonda and I loved their set, they sounded strong, good and the crowd on the night loved it too!

The band opened with a new song, ‘Sucka’ from their latest ‘Sound Mountain Session’ E.P. that’s just been released and it sounded good.
Oni Logan is a class singer and George Lynch these days certainly seems very much on top of his game.
Lynch Mob again at Pine Knob / DTE - Photo: Alun Williams

Then it was a classic Lynch Mob track in the shape of ‘River of Love,’ excellent song that the band played very well.
Robbie Crane (Ratt, Vince Neil, Adler’s Appetite) on bass, is a seasoned and solid addition, very strong.
Have to say, I’m not 100% on the drummer, as I know it wasn’t Brian Tichy, don’t think it was Scot Coogan either …?
‘Hell Child’ up next is another strong song, before something many had been waiting for, some classic Dokken!

George and the guys fire up ‘Into The Fire’ in great style. The band assumes their poses, like they’re the headline act so they are clearly enjoying themselves.

George Lynch the main man! - Photo: Alun Williams

Some great guitar work from George all through their short set, particularly on next number ‘Mr. Scary’ though and what a tight band?!

Another new track in ‘Slow Drag’ off the new E.P. and on first hearing, it sounds like a winner. Not bad in a live setting as one of the opening acts.

The band closes with probably their best known song in ‘Wicked Sensation,’ which is also emblazoned on the back of many Lynch Mob t-shirts being worn tonight, clearly much love here in Detroit for the former Dokken player.
Nice set guys, come back soon!

Sebastian Bach
So, to former Skid Row – American version! – frontman and TV personality, Sebastian Bach next.

Here’s the thing … I really don’t know much of his solo material, as I’m not his biggest fan and wasn’t really hooked on Skid Row, I do have their first release, but that’s it.

Sebastian Bach and band onstage in Detroit. - Photo: Alun Williams

Clearly Mr. Popular though … Sadly, to me, he really comes across as a wannabe Axl Rose and I know they are friends or acquaintances so, perhaps no surprise there …?!

The crowd does seem to love this though and I believe the opening song was ‘Slave to the Grind.’

A very strong backing band, no question at all, but boy, have they cranked the sound up?!
This is possibly the loudest show I have ever been to and believe me when I say that; I’ve probably been to more than a thousand in my life.

He certainly loves to swear, as throughout his set, it’s a continuous barrage of ‘f’ bombs, just constantly.
He introduces the next song as, ‘We’ve got a new song for you that’s all about kicking fxxxing ass!’
So I'm guessing it was ‘Kicking and Screaming,’ the title track off his last solo album.
Really was at a loss with most of the rest of his set and without telling us the song titles, the way they were sung, made it hard to even guess?!

Sebastian Bach, the man with the hair! - Photo: Alun Williams

We did of course get plenty more swearing, including various references to this being ‘Detroit f**king rock city!’

He introduces his guitar player Nick Sterling(?) I’m guessing, although I swear he said Bret Woods …?
He then proceeds to make fun of the guy, saying that, ‘Yeah, this guy’s hair straightener broke, so that’s why his hair is such a mess tonight!’

Then he talks about Axl Rose having sung on the next song they’re about to play, then he says, ‘I’d like to bring out a special guest … Just kidding!’ Adding, ‘Even if Axl was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here yet anyway!'

Next track is introduced as a song off ‘Angel Down’ and is something about …. , ‘mother truckers …’ Yeah, that about sums you up Seb!
His voice sounds alright, it’s just that I’m not familiar with the songs, but he certainly plays the front man role well, posing, swinging the microphone around all over the place frequently and then some.

Sebastian Bach and band onstage in Detroit. - Photo: Alun Williams

He also interacts with the crowd between EVERY song, clearly like Axl and Ted Nugent, a motor mouth, no question!

Aha, a song I know next with Skid Row’s mega hit, ’18 and Life’ and suddenly I notice something really crafty about the guy and his vocal technique. He’s got a little trick down with his sound engineer.
Whenever he goes to hit the last note of a song line, where the album reflects him holding the note, well, live he’s singing and as he goes to sing that last note, he pulls the mic away and the sound guy holds the sustain on the last note, so he doesn’t have to and lets it fade out.
Clearly he knows he can’t physically hold those notes anymore on a regular basis. Clever live trick!
He dedicates the next song to the American military and it’s ‘American Metalhead.’
Then it’s back to the Skid Row era of his career and ‘Monkey Business’ from the ‘Slave to the Grind’ album.

Band introductions next, on the guys he’s not introduced already with Jason Christopher on bass, then Bobby Jarzombek on the drums, gets the nod from Bach for ‘More cowbell Bobby …. Bobby Jarzombek on cowbell!’

Bach then gets the crowd singing along and announces, ‘I love Pine Knob!’ Then he thanks the WRIF - Local radio station. - and DJ Doug Podell, saying that they helped break Skid Row in Detroit.

With that we get ‘I Remember You’ from his previous band and brings out the bands guitar tech to play acoustic guitar here.
He seems to struggle on some notes in the chorus, but it’s still a great song.

Seb Bach rockin' the stage in Detroit! - Photo: Alun Williams

‘It smells like hot dogs and beer in here tonight … And I smell f**king dope!’
The crowd seems to get a kick out of that …

 He then tells us that this is the band’s last show on this tour – Cinderella only had one more date anyway … - and that tomorrow they go home.
He goes on to thank the band, the techs and the road crew and they wrap it up with ‘Youth Gone Wild.’
 He has a great band, puts on a show and sings alright, just a shame that the guy doesn’t take into consideration, that on a show like this, there’s a lot of young kids there, as it’s a show dedicated to the military, hence why it’s called ‘Operation Rock’ and many of those guys are here tonight with their family. Shame …


Cinderella hits the stage in Detroit! - Photo: Alun Williams

 Cinderella comes on pretty late in the evening and by the time they hit the stage, it’s clear we are not going to hear much more than just over an hour, as it’s now 9.50pm and curfew here is 11pm.
‘Once Around The Ride,’ what a great opener and the band sound on their game from the off!
It’s been almost three years since the band played here last, opening for The Scorpions on their ‘Final Sting’ tour.
Next up is ‘Shake Me’ another big hit for the band and clearly they understand they are on a tight schedule time wise, so it’s hit city!
Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff Labar and Fred Coury still have what it takes to put on a great show and tonight is no exception.
‘Heartbreak Station (Last Train)’ was always a favourite of mine, but then there’s not a bad song in tonight’s set, so no complaints here, only on the time limitation and shortened set.
The whole sound tonight is great, can’t believe it, when you think of it being an outdoor gig, I love it!
Top - Jeff Labar and Tom Keifer, jamming!
Bottom - Fred Coury and Tom Keifer.
Photo's - Alun Williams

‘Somebody Save Me’ up next and like I said before, there’s not a bad song tonight and Tom Keifer after his recent illnesses is still as good and raspy as ever!
Then it’s ‘Night Songs’ and that riff was always a great opener on their first album and Tom is sporting a twin neck guitar and he quick change from chorus to verse playing, on both necks just shows the guys great ability.

Top - Eric Brittingham on bass.
Bottom: Tom Keifer sporting twin neck guitar and top hat.
Photo: Alun Williams

The evening is all about paying tribute to the troops and Tom Keifer then brings out military man, ‘AJ’ as someone .., ‘who has served our country, so I ask you all … All the military troops here tonight, to please raise your hand.’

The troops in the crowd duly oblige and then Tom says, ‘Now, everyone else standing next to someone with their hand raised, turn around, look them in the eye and say ‘Thank you!’
Wow! That just gives me goose bumps!  Good one Tom, respect mate!
‘So now I’d like to dedicate this next song to all our troops out there still serving our country, it’s a song called ‘Coming Home.’
‘Second Wind’ next sounds good, before a baby Grand Piano is rolled out to the front of the stage for Tom to introduce ‘Don’t Know What You’ve Got (‘til it’s gone)’ which really moves the crowd to sing along.
What a great night!

A little piano time with Tom Keifer - Photo: Alun Williams

Straight into ‘Nobody’s Fool’ and you see what I mean about every song being a winner? Bet you wish you were here?!

As well as carrying the songs well vocally, Tom really shows his talent here with some nice lead work, but taking nothing away from Jeff Labar, alongside Tom Keifer who’s done an excellent job throughout the set too and of course Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury keep the rhythm tight!
Then it’s ‘Gypsy Road,’ which really gets everyone on their feet, everyone loves it, with Tom getting the crowd singing and clapping along. It’s a great song to close the set with.
They come back with the blues of ‘Long Cold Winter,’ before ‘Shelter Me’ finishes the evening, Tom adding a little saxophone in there for good measure.
No complaints from Rhonda or myself and from the crowd’s response, everyone is going home happy tonight.
A great show certainly for us, with some killer performances from Lynch Mob and Cinderella, Seb Bach’s band were on their game too.

Special thanks as well to Patty in the Palace staff for all you did to make the night go smoothly!


Side note: Folks, for those that don't realise it, if the photo's seem small, click on any of them to enlarge the image.
The blogsite limit's how big it is streamed.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

News Update for Thursday August 23rd, 2012

Hi folks,
Just trying to get something to you out there ...
It's incredibly late for me here right now ..., so I have to leave this here.
Don't know how many more updates they'll be this week, busy family weekend ahead.
Cheers, Al 
Groundbreaking Jon Lord Release "Concerto For Group And Orchestra"
On CD, CD/DVD, and Digital - September 25, 2012
Eagle Rock Entertainment/earMUSIC releases Concerto For Group And Orchestraon September 25th, 2012

~ The first studio recording of Jon Lord's groundbreaking meeting of rock and classical music ~

New York, NY (August 21, 2012)—On September 25th, 2012, earMUSIC, the Hamburg-based rock label part of Edel Group and Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the first studio recording of Jon Lord's groundbreaking meeting of rock and classical music - Concerto For Group And Orchestra. This will be released as a CD, CD/DVD (audio DVD in 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound), and digitally.

“Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvellous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score.” - Jon Lord, May 2012

Jon Lord recorded the rhythm section - Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Madonna) and Brett Morgan (Jon Anderson, Sting) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom Jon had recorded twice before) in June 2011 in Liverpool, under conductor Paul Mann.
The production then moved to Abbey Road Studios in London to record additions from such noted artists as Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson  (on vocals with Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska) and Joe Bonamassa, Darin Vasilev and Steve Morse.

Happily, Jon got to hear and approve the final mixes a few weeks before he passed away.

The family and earMUSIC decided to proceed with the release of the album in September as scheduled, as this seemed the best way to celebrate and pay tribute to Jon and his beautiful music. Thus this superb studio recording of Concerto For Group And Orchestra is exactly the way Jon wanted us to hear it and will now hopefully become part of Jon's legacy for generations to come.



 With his legendary blues-rock sound, Deep Purple’s founder/organist Jon Lord has influenced decades of rock musicians. He is with no doubt the pioneer of fusing rock and classical/baroque forms and became one of the most important composers of the last few decades.

Jon Lord co-wrote many of Deep Purple’s legendary songs including “Smoke On The Water” and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career (Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, George Harrison).
Best known for his orchestral work Concerto For Group And Orchestra first performed and recorded at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold - a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002 but he continued to tour the Concerto around the world to sell-out crowds and standing ovations.

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Tom Keifer - Live in Detroit 2012 - Photo: Alun Williams
August 20, 2012 -- Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer (Cinderella) is finally releasing his long-awaited and highly anticipated solo album in the Spring of 2013 after entering into a partnership with Merovee Records (a joint venture with Worldwide Pants, Inc.).
The as-yet-untitled collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide.

The upcoming release is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.
Ed's note: I can tell you all, from a personal standpoint, seeing Tom fronting Cinderella last Saturday night, he sounded true to his classic sound, even if it was a pretty short set, just over an hour.

Official weblinks:
Tom Keifer
Eric Ragno added as a member of Liberty n' Justice plus "Cigar" update
Liberty n' Justice is excited to announce its newest member on keyboards .... Eric Ragno!
Eric joins JK Northrup and Justin Murr as the three of them continue to search for a lead singer and a drummer!

Murr had this to say, "Our yet to be released double CD "The Cigar Chronicles" will be our last all-star album as LNJ stops being a project and becomes a band! When I spoke to JK and we had a dream list of players, Eric was on top of our list as a keyboardist! To have him him in this band is a thrill and what he brings in talent is a amazing! While waiting for "The Cigars" to be finished, the three of us started writing and recording some new music and we have great chemistry. I'm really excited for the future of LNJ...."
Northrup added,"I have had the privilege of working with the amazingly talented Eric Ragno on a number of different albums and projects over the past 5 years. Not only is Eric one of the most gifted musician/songwriters I know, but he is also one of the most amazing person's I know! Welcome aboard the "Liberty N' Justice" ship Brother Eric! It's going to be a fun ride."
Eric finished by saying, "Wow...what can I say! My first collaboration with Justin Murr and Liberty n Justice was on the Light it Up album. The legacy that Justin has built has been pretty amazing, and consistent! We kept in touch, and I was thrilled when he invited me back to add keyboards to the upcoming CD The Cigar Chronicles.
Justin seems to "get me" and my style, and has been both supportive & inclusive. Then, there's JK Northrup! I've admired JK forever, going back to his work with Paul Shortino! I was supremely happy with the way he mixed my keys on Ted Poley's Smile CD. When it came time to mix my own China Blue record, I knew JK would once again find the perfect balance of loud rock guitars and sweeping keyboards!
Again, another guy I totally respect who completely "gets me"! I'd hoped to work with each of these men more in the future, but our schedules made it pretty impossible...until now. We've already started some great music together, with much more to follow! Stay tuned folks - we're on the brink of something great here. Be well & rock on! "

In other LNJ news, "The Cigar Chronicles" has been sent off for mastering.
It features over 70 guest musicians including George Lynch (Dokken/ Lynch Mob), Kip Winger (Winger), Jeff LaBar (Cinderella), Tony Harnell (x-TNT), CJ Snare (Firehouse), Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Gunnar Nelson (Nelson), Tim Gaines (Stryper), Steve Brown (Trixter), Mark Kendall (Great White) plus many many more including Jani Lane (RIP - Warrant)!

More info soon or stay updated by going to:



Styx photo: Ash Newell

August, 2012 -- There’s no slowing down for STYX (@STYXtheband), whose on-going U.S. tour continues through the rest of the year, with even more shows being added frequently to their already hectic schedule. 
Dates for 2013 are already in the works and will be announced soon.

The band will be performing a pair of extra special shows in Las Vegas, NV at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. 
Fans west of the Mississippi will finally have their chance to witness the critically-acclaimed performances of 1977's THE GRAND ILLUSION and 1978's PIECES OF EIGHT in their entirety, along with other classic hits.  Both albums spawned such hit singles and Classic Rock radio standards as "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).” 
Tickets for both shows can be purchased here:

Doors at The Pearl will open at 7:00 PM and show time is 8:00 PM. 

Back when “THE GRAND ILLUSION/PIECES OF EIGHT” tour originally took place October and November 2010, singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw had proclaimed:  “This is the most unique STYX concert ever.  It's a hybrid experience of enjoying the artistry of the vinyl album and the energy and of our live performance.  Some songs have never been performed live!” 

Check out STYX at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Fri 8/24             Boise, ID                       Western Idaho Fair
Sat 8/25            Albany, OR                   Oregon Amphitheatre
Sun 8/26           Palmer, AK                   Alaska State Fair
Mon 8/27           Monroe, WA                  Evergreen State Fair
Fri 8/31             Marshfield, WI               Central Wisconsin State Fair
Sat 9/1              New Lenox, IL                New Lenox Commons
Sun 9/2             Wauseon, OH                Fulton County Fair
Thu 9/6             Lincoln, CA                   Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Fri 9/7               Madera, CA                   Madera District Fair
Sat 9/8              Pomona, CA                  LA County Fair
Sun 9/9             Saratoga, CA                 Mountain Winery
Tue 9/11            Redding, CA                  Cascade Theatre
Thu 9/13            Spokane, WA                Interstate Fair
Sat 9/15            Deadwood, SD               Deadwood Jam
Thu 10/4            Niagara Falls, ON          Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino
Fri 10/5             Niagara Falls, ON          Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino
Sat 10/6            Niagara Falls, ON          Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino
Thu 10/11          Sewell, NJ                     TD Bank Arts Centre
Fri 10/12           Wabash, IN                   Honeywell Center
Sun 10/14         Reading, PA                  Sovereign Performing Arts Center
Fri 10/26           Harris, MI                      Island Resort and Casino
Sat 10/27          Harris, MI                      Island Resort and Casino
Thu 11/8            Nashville, TN                 Ryman Auditorium
Fri 11/9             Biloxi, MS                     Hard Rock Casino & Resort
Wed 11/14        Provo, UT                      Covey Center for the Arts
Fri 11/16           Las Vegas, NV              The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort
Sat 11/17          Las Vegas, NV              The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort
Sun 11/18         Scottsdale, AZ               Talking Stick Resort



CLUTCH Announces Additional Flint and Detroit, Michigan Dates
 Commence Work on New Studio Album

Due to overwhelming demand Maryland rockers CLUTCH have added two shows to their short run this November. 
With both the Flint, MI and Detroit, MI shows sold out, the band has added an additional show to each city.  The new show in Flint at the Machine Shop is scheduled for October 31st and the new show in Detroit at St. Andrews Hall is scheduled for November 4th.  Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday August 17th. 
MonstrO will be opening all of the dates with Lionize providing direct support.

In other CLUTCH news, the guys have commenced work on their new studio album. 
The band is currently in pre-production and is shooting to have the album out in early 2013.  For those of you that are clamoring for new CLUTCH music the band recently released a limited edition picture disc single of the track "Pigtown Blues" via Weathermaker Music
The single is also available digitally.  The A-Side is "Pigtown Blues" and the B-Side is an acoustic version of the track "Motherless Child".  The disc can be found at your favorite record store as well as online at 
This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009's Strange Cousins From the West, and the first simultaneous worldwide release for Weathermaker Music.

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10/31: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
11/1: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop (Sold Out - Rescheduled from 5/13)
11/2: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes - Tickets
11/3: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Sold Out - Rescheduled from 5/12)
11/4: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

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