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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rock News Update for Thursday November 22nd, 2012

Hi All,
First off, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!
Yes, it's turkey day here and we'll be off to my wonderful inlaws house by around noon.
Should be great, real family time!
Anyway, apologies of course for lack of news updates, although you're no doubt astonished by the amount of reviews I've finally got to!
Take care folks, have a great rest of the week and weekend.
Cheers, Al


Bon Jovi —

Bon Jovi fans - get ready!
Bon Jovi is bringing Because We Can - The Tour to the USA in 2013!
We'll be visiting arenas and stadiums across the nation - you won't want to miss our biggest show yet! Members of Backstage JBJ get first dibs when it comes to buying tickets to select shows starting November 20th! 
Ed's note: Sorry folks ...
Tickets will be available to the public starting Friday, November 30th at 10AM Local Venue Time in select markets. Visit for complete tour date and ticketing information.

Date - Location - Venue - Pre-Sale - Tickets Public On Sale:

February 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun - November 30 - December 10
February 10 Washington, DC Verizon Center - November 26 - December 3
February 21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center - November 26 - December 3
February 27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - November 20 - December 3
March 1 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum - November 26 - December 3
March 2 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center - November 26 - December 3
March 5 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena - November 20 - November 30
March 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena - November 26 - December 3
March 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena - November 20 - December 3
March 10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena - November 26 - December 3
March 13 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center - November 26 - December 3
March 14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center - November 26 - December 3
March 16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena - November 30 - December 7
April 7 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center - November 20 - December 3
April 10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center - November 30 - December 7
April 11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center - November 20 - December 3
April 13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center - November 26 - December 3
April 14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena - November 26 - December 3
April 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center - November 20 - November 30
April 17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena - November 20 - December 3
April 19 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center - November 26 - December 3
April 20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena - November 26 - November 30
April 23 Glendale, AZ Arena - November 20 - December 3
April 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose - November 26 - December 3
July 12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field November 26 December 3
July 24 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium - November 26 - December 3
July 25 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium - November 26 - December 3
The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come:
Detroit, MI
Foxboro, MA
Memphis, TN
Milwaukee, WI
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
State College, PA
Vancouver, BC
More details at official website:

EUROPE's "Bag of Bones" UK tour is off and running!

Europe’s Bag of Bones UK tour started last night at Birmingham's o2 Academy with special guests StoneRider and will continue tonight in Glasgow.
See full tour dates here:
Europe will perform songs from their new Bag of Bones album including Not Supposed To Sing The Blues and Demon Head, plus classics Rock The Night and The Final Countdown.
Tickets for the UK tour are available from, and or the 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 477 2000.  
Europe’s November 2012 UK Tour / with very special guests StoneRider

Birmingham 02 Academy      Wednesday 21 November (Gone)
Glasgow 02 ABC                   Thursday 22 November
Manchester HMV Ritz           Friday 23 November
Newcastle 02 Academy      Sunday 25 November
Leeds 02 Academy              Monday 26 November
Nottingham Rock City           Tuesday 27 November
Bristol 02 Academy                 Thursday 29 November
Cardiff Coal Exchange          Friday 30 November
London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire         Saturday 1 December




January 28 (Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records)
Paul Raymond, songwriter, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist of legendary cult hard rock outfit UFO has inked a deal with Cherry Red Records' new hard rock imprint label Hear No Evil for his new solo album with The Paul Raymond Project.
The new album, entitled "Terms & Conditions Apply" is set for a worldwide release on January 28, 2013.   It will mark the sixth release by the group and features a guest appearance from Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, Scorpions) on a cover of ‘Reach Out (I’ll Be There)’ and by Reuben Archer (Stampede, Wild Horses, Lionheart, Lautrec) on ‘Love Is Blind'.
Paul Raymond is set to play some select regional solo UK shows to promote “Terms & Conditions Apply” in the New Year, including a special headline launch show at London’s Borderline venue on Friday 1st February, before resuming his duties touring with UFO.  The shows will feature Stampede vocalist Reuben Archer amongst other special guests and will showcase the new material as well as UFO classics. Regional dates are yet TBA.
Paul Raymond is primarily best known for his work in UFO, having joined the band’s ranks in 1976. Beginning with “Lights Out” in 1977, to date Paul has appeared on 11 UFO albums, including the incendiary double live “Strangers In the Night”.  In a varied career, he’s also been a key member in a number of acts, including 70s legends Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Michael Schenker Group and Waysted.
The Paul Raymond Project (PRP) was first formed in 1989 in Japan featuring original lineup of Frank Di Mino (formerly of Angel) on lead vocals and Masoyoshi Yamashitu (Loudness) on bass.  Paul spent 1990 writing new material, inspired by the resurgence of straight-ahead blues/rock led by bands such as the Black Crowes and the Quireboys, until, joined by guitarist Andy Simmons, the third incarnation of the project released “Man on a Mission” through Zoom Club records.  It was to be nine years before Paul and Andy joined forces again and recorded “Virtual Insanity” as UFO had once again intervened.
In 2010, together with bass player Mark Coles and drummer Tony Steel, they began working on “Terms & Conditions Apply”.
Tickets for the London show at The Borderline on Feb 1st are available here:
"Terms & Conditions Apply" Track Listing:
1. Born & Raised On Rock ‘N’ Roll
2. End Of Life As We Know It
3. Deeper Shade Of Blue
4. C-List Celebrity
5. We Will Be Strong
6. Terms & Conditions
7. Whiskey Mac
8. Bright Lights
9. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
(featuring. Michael Schenker)
10. Love Is Blind (featuring Reuben Archer)
11. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
Bonus Tracks:
12. Still The Same
13. Drifting Apart
14. Partners In Crime
PRP are:
Paul Raymond – lead vocals/lead & rhythm guitars/keyboards
Andy Simmons – lead & rhythm guitars/ keyboards
Mark Coles – bass/backing vocals
Tony Steel – drums/backing vocals
Links - For further info please visit:

Escape Music is proud to announce the release of
EDGE – Heaven Knows.

Featuring Tobias Andersson (Shadowland, Seven Wishes) & Tommy Denander – guitar solo on “How Long”.

EDGE is an exciting new AOR/Melodic Rock band from Karlskoga, SWEDEN. They started out as a project by 2 friends sharing the same dream. Having played together in different bands off and on since the mid nineties, Jonas Forss and Tobias Andersson (Shadowland, Seven Wishes) knew each other by heart. Strangely enough they hadn't written any original tunes together before, even though they had recorded dozens of covers in different shapes and forms.

About 2 years ago Jonas came to Tobias house with an idea for a song and the rest as they say is history. “We found our sound almost immediately. It was as we hadn't done anything else but writing songs together. It all felt very natural, as it was meant to be…”
They both agreed upon writing an album without compromise. No account to what others might think, just the album they both wanted to hear; melodic, interesting harmonies, variation, power and depth. The songs should mean something and speak for themselves.

Their own brand of melodic hard rock derives from lots of different influences ranging from classical music to metal and beyond. "We always loved music where real musicians actually play for the song and not for themselves if you know what I mean”, Jonas states. “Yeah, but that doesn't mean that we don't shred from time to time”, Tobias adds, “but always within the context of the song of course ;-)”
The two guys recorded 12 songs on their own but felt there was something missing, that extra ingredient to take it over the cliff so to speak: Musicians!!!
They knew exactly who to call. Torbjörn Brogren (Heads or Tales) and Olle Rodehn (Shadowland) both accepted with a smile and contributed a great deal to the final sound of the album. They added the extra depth and live-feeling we needed so we decided to re-record everything and EDGE, the band was born.

Soon after they finished up in the studio they started pitching for a record deal. “It all happened very fast. We sent 1 song to 5 different labels and 4 of them wanted to sign us right away which felt very good indeed. Escape Music in England pulled the longest straw because of their genuine interest in our music and passion to the industry as a whole.”
Heaven Knows is the title of their debut album, and What A Way To Start the New Year 2013!
Album tracklist:
1- Little Girl
2- How Long
3- Nowhere to Hide
4- Get Over it
5- I Believe In Love
6- There Is No Other Way
7- I Could Never Live
8- Right Now
9- To Hell And Back
10- Through That Door
11- The End Of The World
Official weblink:
MVD Re-locates for 2013
 After nearly 25 years of renting, MVD is purchasing a 30,000 sq.ft.
warehouse / office facility.
Their new address as of January 1st 2013 is:
MVD Entertainment Group
203 Windsor Rd
Pottstown PA 19464

After 24 years of renting warehouse space in Southeastern Pennsylvania, MVD Entertainment Group has purchased their own headquarters. The building, located at 203 Windsor Road in Pottstown, PA is a significant upgrade in terms of space and quality of building.
"We are fortunate that business has remained very good for us overall. With the real estate market being so soft we were able to take advantage and make a big step", said Ed Seaman, COO of MVD. "It's an exciting time to be in the music and video business. While there is a lot of change in the marketplace, we are confident that physical goods remain relevant, particularly for collectors, for a long time. And our Digital business grows incrementally each year. It feels good to be investing in ourselves and our future. And it will be nice to work in a building with windows after being in a cave for the last few decades!"
This move marks the official 25 year anniversary of MVD's incorporation. MVD Entertainment Group, solely owned by the Seaman family, is preparing for festivities later in 2013.
"The music and video business has made major recoveries in the area of physical goods," said Tom Seaman, CEO of MVD. "We are delighted to be able to upgrade our ability to turn our merchandise around in a more effective manner."
MVD Entertainment Group (previously known as Music Video Distributors, Inc) was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran of more than 40 years, whose background includes retailing stints with Record Hunter, Sam Goody, Musicland, CBS Retail, and wholesale experience with Jem Records.
MVD initially acted primarily as a one-stop, buying all labels' music-related VHS releases and reselling to music and video stores.
The DVD era brought about a significant shift in MVD's core business.  MVD called upon its strong relationships with content holders, labels, artists, and management to become a world leader in music DVD.  Shortly thereafter,  MVD broadened its DVD reach to include films, TV series, documentaries, and a wide scope of non-music related programming.
In 2006, MVD expanded further and launched an audio CD division based on its strong relationships with suppliers and customers, and by 2008 merged with Big Daddy Music Distribution to become a force in audio Distribution
Today, MVD is a full service audio and video distributor, representing DVD, Bluray, CD, vinyl and even collectible figures and merchandise.  Further, MVD represents the vast majority of its content digitally on both audio and visual formats.
Official webpage:

Legendary Guitarist ULI JON ROTH to Embark On 40th Anniversary North American Tour

German guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will be returning to North America for a special tour commemorating his 40th anniversary of joining THE SCORPIONS.
ULI plans on celebrating this anniversary with a one of a kind show that features an entire set of SCORPIONS material as well as selections from his extensive solo catalog.
Every show on the tour will be recorded for a live album documenting this amazing milestone in ULI's career.
The tour is currently scheduled to kick off January 25th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through March 3rd in Los Angeles. More dates will be added in the coming days. Stay tuned to for the most up to date schedule.
ULI is looking forward to presenting this historical show to his North American fans:
"Celebrating my 40th anniversary of joining the band, we will play a full set of SCORPIONS songs alongside my more recent material. We will feature several songs from each of the albums that I played on, including some, which have not been played live before. I'm really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!"
Because of his ground-breaking, highly innovative and distinctive trademark guitar work, ULI is widely regarded as being one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
As one of the main founding members of THE SCORPIONS, ULI wrote much of the material for the bands - by now legendary - first five albums, which include the hugely successful live album "Tokyo Tapes".
These early SCORPIONS years with ULI, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker as the nucleus, were absolutely essential in shaping what is now considered the classic SCORPIONS sound.
ULI is regarded as a significant influence by many notable guitar players, including, but not limited to Slash, Eddie Van Halen Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Having collaborated and shared the stage with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Deep Purple, Brian May, Jack Bruce, UFO, and many others, ULI continues to inspire and pave the way for musicians and fans alike.
After his departure from THE SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH embarked on a successful career as a solo artist, producing highly influential albums with his band Electric Sun, as well as performing classical concertos with orchestras.    
ULI also invented his own instrument the legendary 6-octave Sky Guitar, which is currently on the market as a limited Edition signature model.
In addition to his 40th Anniversary shows, ULI will also be offering his world renowned Sky Academy Seminars while he is on the road in North America. These introductory seminars are not just aimed at guitarists, but fans and even non-musicians may well find plenty to gain from Uli's unique way of talking about some of the deeper mysteries of music.
For some people Sky Academy has even been a life-changing experience, because ULI's teaching can open up completely new ways of experiencing music.
The aim of Sky Academy is to provide knowledge and inspiration to those who take guitar playing seriously and to help them reach a new plateau. The seminars are designed to open musicians' eyes to new possibilities and to trigger an awakening of the student's full potential and talent. Special emphasis is given to inspirational concepts rather than just technical means. Sky Academy is designed to teach particularly those things which are not normally touched upon in music teaching, but which provide a true gateway to mastery.
Tickets for the introductory seminars are available through the individual venues and can also be purchased at
Uli Jon Roth Live
2 Day Sky Academy Seminar
1/21/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse
1/22/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Tour Starts:
1/25/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey (w/ Warren DeMartini)
1/26/13: Santa, CA @ Malone's
1/27/13: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick*
1/31/13: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
2/1/13: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
2/6/13: New York, NY @ Stage 48*
2/7/13: White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
2/8/13: Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/9/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile*
2/10/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile
2/12/13: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
2/13/13: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
2/16/13: Savage, MN @ Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill
2/17/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club*
2/23/13: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
2/26/13: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/27/13: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
*Denotes shows with Sky Academy Seminars*
For More Info Please Visit:

TRACER wins "Best New Band" at Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards
Australian rock band TRACER won “Best New Band” at Classic Rock's, Roll of Honour Awards. Held at the London Roundhouse, lead singer and guitarist Michael Brown was flown in from Adelaide, Australia to accept the award on behalf of the band.
Tracer’s “Best New Band” win follows the news of their forthcoming April 2013 UK tour. Read the official announcement HERE:
“I’m absolutely stoked about winning the Classic Rock Award for Best New Band,” says Brown. “It still blows my mind that we are creating and playing music we love and people are responding to it and we’re getting awards for it!” 
Tracer start recording their second album with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel), at his studio in Malibu later this month. 
The album will be released by Mascot Records in March 2013, and will dovetail their UK tour in April. 
Tracer’s 2013 UK Tour starts Tuesday 9 April. 
Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898,  They play London Scala (April 9), Bristol Tunnels (April 10), York Fibbers (April 11), Sheffield Plug (April 12) and Glasgow o2 ABC (April 13).
In 2011, Tracer came to prominence in the UK when they released their debut album Spaces In Between, which spawned three radio singles on Planet Rock, including the song Too Much. The band includes Michael Brown (guitar, vocals), Andre Wise (drums), and Pat Saracino (bass).
They’ve received praise from UK rock magazines including Classic Rock (New Band of the Month), Total Guitar, Metal Hammer, and Guitarist
Their promo video for  the Too Much single has amassed almost 100,000 YouTube hits:
Tracer - Official Website

Tracer - Official Facebook

Tracer - Official Twitter
November, 2012 Los Angeles/ San Francisco based Sledge Leather have begun writing material for their second full-length release, scheduled for 2013.    Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge have already written four new tracks out of the nine new songs scheduled for the “untitled” concept release.       
To expedite releasing new material, Sledge Leather started a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign on November 6th to help complete production for the release.  The campaign will run through December 18th and offers fans an opportunity to purchase some great items.  Some pledges include classic releases long out of print, new material, and Leather’s classic leather jacket dating back to the Rude Girl and her time before Chastain.  The Kickstarter campaign can be found here:
Sledge Leather was embraced by media and radio contacts everywhere with impressive sales for “Imagine Me Alive” CD and DVD releases.   The Sledge Leather debut engulfs the listener in an onslaught of heavy metal that resurrects a classic HEAVY metal sound with Dio's former band members Scott Warren (keyboards), and Jimmy Bain (bass), who both return for the new release.

Before “Imagine Me Alive” it had been more than two decades since we embraced new material from  Leather Leone (Chastain, Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi) and drummer Sandy Sledge (Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi, Warbride) in their new project Sledge Leather.

Sledge explains “Imagine Me Alive shows the different ways that Leather’s voice can create music.” Leather adds, “This new record will kick that in the a** and take us further.”
Sledge Leather Kickstarter campaign can be found here:
For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bonrud – Save Tomorrow album review

Bonrud – Save Tomorrow album review
Released on: Escape Music. Release date: Available now
‘Save Tomorrow’ is the second album from the Bonrud band, released through Escape Music led by the incredibly talented Paul Bonrud, who’s guitar playing and songwriting / arranging, production work, etc, etc all go hand in hand to create some masterful work.
The first self-titled album was released in 2004 through the Frontiers label and gained much praise, even if it did draw many comparisons to AOR greats Journey, from the artwork of that album through to the music.
I wish I could give you a little more background on the guy, but since I can’t, I really would strongly emphasize that the music really does speak very well for itself!
With an animated album cover featuring a ‘Wonder Woman’ or ‘Superwoman’ like superhero type cute looking cartoon character, flying over an animated city it could all too easily make people not take this seriously, but you should! 
Ably assisted by fantastic vocalist Rick ‘Four Octave’ Forsgren and drummer Paul Higgins as the foundations here, they also have guest input on keyboards from Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnet, Jeff Scott Soto and many more!), Richard Baker (Santana, Lynch Mob, Warrant, Saga and more) and Dave Gross.
Perhaps the icing on the cake here, is that Paul and gang have captured the services of producer extraordinaire in Keith Olson (REO Speedwagon, Santana, Whitesnake, The Babys, Fleetwood Mac to name a handful!).

This really is a strong album and while I see comparisons drawn again in others reviews to Journey, I believe there is much more depth and earthiness to this release. Seriously, I can hear similar styling’s here and there to say UFO and other European hard rock acts too.

‘We Collide’ opens things with a keyboard led intro, before rocking the house in great style, Paul’s guitar work …, phenomenal, Rick’s strong vocals and powerhouse drumming from Paul Higgins and as hard rocking and edgy as it gets, there’s still the melody.
Good strong opener!

With ‘Bullet in the Back’ it’s without doubt darker and edgier still.
The solo licks throughout, kind of still throw me a little no matter how many times I’ve played this – It’s been a few too, great album! – yet the song is once again, very strong and unique.
‘American Dream’ is a good solid rocker, almost like prime time Scorpions musically, yet a very catchy AOR style chorus.
All good to me!
OK, hopefully Paul (Bonrud) doesn’t take this badly, but title track ‘Save Tomorrow’ musically is very Journey like … And I love it!
Rick Forsgren really has a great voice, it’s far from Steve Perry style and he’s not trying, why should he, his voice is unique enough.
Paul's guitar work here, is even quite like Neal Schon in style, a little different from the jority of the rest of the material.
‘Liquid Sun’ is another beauty and actually Paul’s playing at times reminds me here a little of Steve Vai but the overall composition makes me think a little of The Verve Pipe or even Collective Soul in its structure and sound and maybe they come to mind as I watched a live Collective Soul show last night, as I write this.
With ‘I’d Do Anything’ it’s very much back to the AOR styling’s you might expect to hear more of by these guys.
I love the driving Hammond organ in the pre-chorus and chorus itself and the chorus harmony vocals are really strong too.
Great track, nice one guys!
There’s a lot more of a darker edginess to ‘Last Sunrise,’ much more of a European hard rock / metal yet still melodic groove, still very enjoyable.
‘Torn Apart’ has a more pop / rock like sound … Single? Easy on the ears as an up tempo pop rock number, yet Paul still manages to squeeze in a very tasty solo.
Getting more in sync with the AOR rock groove is the mid-paced hock full of melodies. Nice!
 ‘Dominoes’ is an up tempo commercial rocker, the big chorus is clearly the standout here, big harmonies.
With ‘You’re The One’ it’s another good up tempo number that has a underlying riff that really reminds me of one on Tal Bachman’s ‘She’s So High,’ but the of course Rick sounds nothing like Tal and neither does the rest of the song.
It’s perhaps at times a little more like classic Bryan Adam’s the way the organ / guitar work together.

‘End of Days’ has an almost epic like feel to it, to close the album.  Great power chords kick in for the pre-chorus and chorus, whereas the verses are a little more laid back. There’s great layering to this one. I wonder how many tracks they recorded this across.
Again great vocal from Rick and Paul’s guitar work is sweet.
Overall, this album is a wonderful piece of work, great songs and great playing and Escape have clearly backed Paul with this, by pulling Keith Olsen in to ‘do the business’ to the album.
I’m guessing Paul basically did all guitar, as well as keyboards and bass on here too, so with Rick’s fantastic vocals, Paul Higgins solid drumming and fine production work from Keith Olsen, this is an album that people may not be too aware of and may not have thought to check it out, but you really should!
Nice work throughout, very recommended!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5