December 17, 2000
ROGER DEAN RE-UNITES WITH HEEP
Here's the cover of URIAH HEEP's new live album "Acoustically Driven" recorded December 9, 2000.
The artwork is by great Roger Dean who worked with the band on 1972's "Demons And Wizards" and "The Magician's Birthday" and 1995's "Sea Of Light".
PURPLE BOOTLEGS SERIES
DEEP PURPLE's "New Live & Rare: The Bootleg Series 1984-2000" is an officially sanctioned 6-CD box set featuring live recordings from 1984 to 2000. The limited edition box set collects the best Deep Purple live bootlegs of the last 16 years, all of which have been remastered and re-packaged with their original artwork together in a deluxe box.
The shows presented are:
The news is great except for the fact that at the moment we still have no official live recordings from 1971 and 1973, not to say of DP MkI.
HUGHES AND COVERDALE PERFORMED TOGETHER
On the Mark & Brian Christmas Variety show that took place December 15 Glenn Hughes teamed up with David Coverdale on stage to sing the classic DEEP PURPLE song "Burn". It was the first time since 1976 these two men performed together on stage.
Here are Glenn's words on the event:
Picture by Andy Grow
December 14, 2000
NEWS FROM RECORD HEAVEN
British classic band DEMON has recorded their 10th album "Spaced Out Monkey" that will be released in April 2001. They will also enter the studio early January to record THIN LIZZY's "Emerald" for the upcoming "The Spirit Of The Black Rose", Phil Lynott tribute. Soon the band will re-master their first three albums and ad some bonustracks for an April 2001 release.
Ex-NAZARETH guitarist Manny Charlton has now finished his first album with the MANNY CHARLTON BAND. The name of the album to be released on March 5th 2001 is "Stonkin'".
December 13, 2000
NEW XMAS CD FROM ANNIE HASLAM
Christmas is around the bend and in the holiday music rush is one great record more. After Glenn Hughes' "Soulful Christmas" we have "It Snows In Heaven Too" from charming Annie Haslam.
The title track is written by Annie's collaborator Rave Tesar. The rest are classics. Pay attention to "Ave Maria", "White Christmas", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Silent Night", "The Christmas Song" and "O Holy Night" which were chosen for inclusion on their albums by both Haslam and Hughes.
WETTON'S LIVE ALBUM DETAILS
Blueprint Japan has released new live album from John Wetton, the sixth one in last five years. It's called "Live At The Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999" and includes entire show from August 5, 1999 consisted of following tracks:
For the rest of the world, the album should be released sometime in late January in the UK.
December 12, 2000
CAPTAIN BEYOND IS IN AGAIN
Legendary progressive band CAPTAIN BEYOND has reformed with plans to record a new live album and video soon. The line up consists of founders Ryno Reinhardt (guitar) and Bobby Caldwell (drums) plus new members - Jimi Iinterval (vocals), Jeff Artabasy (bass) and Dan Frye (keyboards).
RUMOURS OF TREMORS
Bruce Dickinson, Rob Lalford and Geoff Tate are joining forces for a project called THREE TREMORS. According to rumours they will record with producer Roy Z which worked on Dickinson's and Halford's solo albums. A few days ago Dickinson and Tate got on stage with Halford in London for a rendition of "One You Love to Hate," a song from Halford's current album, "Resurrection". The three will perform live again next month. The band has been added to a January 9 Mexico City concert already scheduled to feature MAIDEN and Halford.
CULT TRIBUTE SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY
Versailles Records inform that long-awaited "Fire Woman - A Tribute to the CULT" will be released in February 2001. The tracklisting is as such:
December 11, 2000
JORNEY SINGER ON FRONTIERS
Frontiers Records and Now & Then Productions report that former JOURNEY and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION singer Robert Fleischmann has been signed with a world wide deal to the label for a brand new solo album under the supervision of THE VU executive producer Michael Robinson and with the production of guitar player Stuart Smith (HEAVEN & EARTH).
Robert confirms that Neal Schon of Journey will be involved and that his long time friends Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams have already contributed to the songwriting with a fabulous new track called "Over My Head". Other famed guests and friends will be added and confirmed during the recording. Release is tentatively scheduled for late summer 2001.
NEW FAITH FOR BLIND FAITH
The long-awaited re-release of the legendary BLIND FAITH album is due out soon as a 2 CD set. The original album will be included in remastered form, as will much extra material from the album sessions: an unissued electric "Can't Find My Way Home", two versions of "Sleeping In the Ground" (one said to be Beatlesy, the other Chicago blues style), an unheard of before "Time Wins" and a 12 minute-plus acoustic jam that is suggested " ...pointing to Low Spark-era Traffic style music". The second disc contains early "tribal" jams (most likely Morgan Rehearsals vintage) when BF was still an unnamed threesome of Baker, Clapton, Winwood.
December 10, 2000
AYREON'S ARJEN AWARDED
AYREON mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen received an award from a member of progressive rock royalty. Legendary keyboardist and YES veteran Rick Wakeman, president of the Classic Rock Society, presented Lucassen with the organization's annual Best All-Around Musician award on November 17, 2000, at the Oakwood Centre in Rotherham, England. CRS members and readers of its "Wondrous Stories" magazine chose Lucassen for this year's honor.
NEW RELEASES FROM JOHN WETTON
The tracklisting for John Wetton's album "Welcome To Heaven" (for the rest of the world, "Welcome To Hell") to be released in Japan on December 16 is as following:
1. Heart of Darkness
The cover art is very reminiscent of George Harrison's "Living In A Material World".
Moreover, Voiceprint Japan will release a new John Wetton live album, "Live in Japan 1999". The album will include the Nakano Sun Plaza show of August 5, 1999. The show was a replacement show for a ASIA reunion show which did not happen. The line up is the same as on "Nomansland" live CD: John Wetton - vocals, bass, David Kilminster - guitar, Martin Orford - keyboards, Steve Christey - drums. Release date is December 20.
December 5, 2000
ELO ZOOMS WITH FABS ON BOARD
April, 2000 is the release date for the first ELO album in 15 years. The album is titled "Zoom" and contains 13 new tracks. On some of them Jeff Lynne is helped by his famous friends - "A Long Time Gone" and "All She Wanted" feature George Harrison on guitar while "Easy Money" and "Moment in Paradise" have Ringo Starr playing drums.
"ALL THINGS MUST PAST" BUT NOW THEY'RE BACK
The rumours of George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album re-issue proved to be true! The release date for the George's masterpiece is January 23, 2001 at the moment. The 2CD-set is remastered and have 5 bonus tracks added: previously unreleased "I Live For You", alternate mixes of "Beware of Darkness", "Let It Down" and "What Is Life" and "My Sweet Lord 2000", which seems to be a re-recorded version of the song. The 20-pages booklet is also planned.
December 4, 2000
BEDLAM IS UP AGAIN
After 26 years of demise the original BEDLAM is back. The band comprises Frank Aiello (vocals), Dave Ball (guitar), his brother Denny (bass) and Russell Gilbrook (drums). Gilbrook is the only new BEDLAM member. His predecessor great Cozy Powell died in 1998 and is sadly missed.
The re-united band have already played their first concert at "Mr Smith's Music Club" in Bournemouth on November 10th, 2000.
December 2, 2000
If you were intrigued by the 'frozen' site of the best music magazine in the world "MOJO" now here's the news: quite soon "MOJO" will get online not as advertizing site for a paper copy but as a real, active resource. The new URL is www.mojo4music.com.
GENESIS GOT ARCHIVED FOR THE SECOND TIME
At last long-awaited "Genesis Archive #2" boxset is released. The box contains post-Gabriel material and seems to be much more interesting to Phil Collins fans rather than other band members although some tracks feature Steve Hackett playing. Detailed information can be found here.
To continue on great Steve Hackett - there is his "long-lost" "Feedback '86" album available featuring guitarist's work started while Steve was still in GTR. The album features Brian May, Chris Thompson and Bonnie Tyler.
DOKKEN ARE BACK INTO THE FRAY
Hard-hitting melodic metallers DOKKEN have released a new live CD, DVD and VHS, "Live From The Sun", on CMC International Records. The performance was recorded on November 4, 1999, before a sold-out hometown crowd at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim, CA. Vocalist/guitarist Don Dokken, lead guitarist Reb Beach, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown were on the road at the time promoting 1999's "Erase The Slate", and they are currently touring again to support "Live From The Sun".
November 29, 2000
TONY FRANKLIN'S "BRAVE NEW WORLD" NEWS
HARDLINE IS BACK
Frontiers Records and Now&Then Productions announce that they are to be the label of the come back to the melodic hard rock scene of the mighty HARDLINE.
The band, fronted by the Gioeli brothers, Johnny and Joey, have previously released one killer album, featuring Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and Todd Jensen (of David Lee Roth`s band), which was recognized as a classic amongst melodic hard rock fans!
As for the lineup, many serious 80s and 90s stars have been contacted and have shown interest in being involved. HARDLINE will start recording the album at the famed Record Plant studios in Los Angeles in early march 2001 for a release to be expected in late summer.
November 27, 2000
IAN ANDERSON WILL PLAY WITH HEEP
Just recently I had a chat with Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL and at a certain point URIAH HEEP were mentioned. At that moment the news still didn't get through as they do now: Anderson will join HEEP on their "Unplugged" show alongside string quartet and other surprises. The gig will take place on December 9 in Astoria, London.
LYNOTT TRIBUTE'S FINALISED
Record Heaven announced the (almost) full track listing for the "The Spirit Of The Black Rose. A Tribute To Philip Parris Lynott" CD that will hit the stores on February 5, 2001. The CD sports the artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick, that was supposed to be the cover for "Thunder & Lightning" album back in 1983.
So here are the songs and performers:
November 14, 2000
WINGER ON THE WING
Former Alice Cooper bassman KIP WINGER releases on Frontiers Records his third solo album called "Songs From The Ocean Floor" on January 15, 2001. Guest performances on this one are courtesy of Moon Zappa which duets with Kip on “Sure Was a Wildflower” and his former bandmate Reb Beach.
Also Frontiers Records puts out Winger's back catalogue reissues: "Thisconversationseemslikeadream" and "Down Incognito".
"Down Incognito" is the new version of "Made By Hand" with revised artwork and two bonus live unplugged tracks added, "Rainbow In The Rose" and "Blind Revolution Mad".
HEAVEN & EARTH" ARE CLOSING IN
Skilful British guitar player Stuart Smith returns with his solo project second album "Windows To The World". On his last outing, 1998's "Heaven & Earth", Smith gathered a great array of musicians with Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes and Richie Sambora involved. This time the sole singer is Kelly Keeling (ex-MSG, Carmine Appice's GUITAR ZEUS etc.). Also at the hand are Tony Franklin, Chuck Wright and Howard Leese, while songwriting credits not only Joe Lynn Turner but Ritchie Blackmore as well. Release date is January 15, 2001.
BJORN LYNNE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL OFFERS
There are arresting offers come out from Bjorn Lynne towards Christmas. Gifts, free CDs, limited edition stuff can be obtained directly from this talented musician.
The details are here.
November 13, 2000
THE BEATLES OFFICIAL SITE LAUNCH
Today Apple Corps. launched THE BEATLES official site to coincide with the release of the Fab Four "1" compilation.
The site so far looks quite shoddy, filled with the photos of very-low quality, which is strange as it's said that the site's content and design are under control of the Threetles.
BOB CATLEY GOES TO "MIDDLE EARTH"
Bob Catley has finished recording lead vocals at Gary Hughes' home recording studio for his third solo album. The album continues in the gorgeous style set by his previous works. Currently with the working title "Middle Earth" the album is based around J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings".
Once again the album features the songwriting talents of Gary Hughes with Vinny Burns also returning to embue the songs with his vitality and emotion. Album will be released by Frontier Records early 2001.
Catley's fans can be even more happy as next year MAGNUM will re-form to celebrate the band's 25th Anniversary and record a new studio album.
November 7, 2000
NEW OFFICIAL DEEP PURPLE SITE?
MALMSTEEN HIRES NEW VOCALIST
Yngwie Malmsteen has hired Jorn Lande (ex-THE SNAKES, MILLENIUM etc.) as the new touring vocalist for his band thus replacing Mark Boals who laid down his voice for the last RISING FORCE album but wasn't contracted as the tour group member. Lande is wrapping up some commitments prior to joining up with the Swedish master on the road with DIO and Doro on Wednesday, November 22nd in Salt Lake City.
On the first few shows of the tour, ending with the Saturday, November 18th concert at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Malmsteen will perform an instrumental set. Malmsteen's entire set will change starting with the Salt Lake City show.
November 2, 2000
KEN HENSLEY TAKES PART IN THE PHIL LYNOTT TRIBUTE
Ken Hensley is going to record a track for the upcoming Phil Lynott Tribute CD "The Spirit Of The Black Rose" to be released by Record Heaven on January 25th, 2001. It's a charity project with money raised to partially be donated to the Roisin Dubh Trust Fund.
Hensley will record the song "Dear Lord" together with Dave Karns on bass and Mike Johnson on drums.
HEEP'S "SALISBURY" IS SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED LIVE
URIAH HEEP classic piece "Salisbury" from the eponymously titlrd album of 1971 will be played on stage in all its glory on May 12th, 2001, in Hamburg, Germany.
There will be special guests performing on the concert: Ken Hensley, John Lawton with GUNHILL, EASY LIVIN', the German cover band,with a 12-piece orchestra. Besides "Salisbury", a very interesting setlist is planned for the night.
November 1, 2000
URIAH HEEP GO "UNPLUGGED"
My great friends URIAH HEEP announced that due to popular demand they are going to record on December 9 in Astoria, London an acoustic (but with Hammond organ, of course) set to be released later on CD and DVD.
The set list supposed to be as following:
There are some songs that never were performed live, and for the first time we'll hear Bernie Shaw singing gems from Lawton era HEEP.
All the details can be obtained here.
October 29, 2000
GLENN HUGHES' XMAS CD READY TO ORDER
Glenn at the moment tours Japan with Joe Lynn Turner starting his own European tour on November 2.
October 28, 2000
NEW PARTNERSHIP IS BORN
FRONTIERS Records and ADRENALINE Records announce the birth of a new exciting partnership. From now on Frontiers Records will be the official worldwide distributor of all the Adrenaline Records products. The first step of this new partnership shall be the release of the following three records on November 15th, 2000:
Adrenaline Records is a new and upcoming italian label specialized in Heavy Metal (ranging from melodic and progressive to Alternative and Thrash) that made its fame for the oustanding quality of the bands and for the luxurious digipack releases of the albums.
The Adrenaline Records back-catalogue (including the successful "Voices - A Tribute to Dream Theater", EVIL WINGS "Colors Of The New World", ACCOMPLICE and AZTEC JADE debut-albums and many more) is still available and it will be distributed worldwide exclusively by Frontiers Records.
October 27, 2000
FRONTIERS RECORDS ANNOUNCE NEW TITLES
FRONTIERS Records informed of some new titles to be released soon.
INTO THE LIGHT is the new project band of famed American guitarist Tim Donahue together with singer Kelly Hansen of Hurricane, Unruly Child and Stuart Smith fame. Previous Donahue CD was complemented with vocals from mighty Paul Rodgers. "Into The Light" will see the light of day on November 27.
October 23, 2000
THE DOORS' TRIBUTE ON ELECTRA
Electra Records eventually issues "Stoned Immaculate: The Music of THE DOORS" that includes contributions from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ("Break on Through"), SMASH MOUTH ("Peace Frog"), CREED ("Riders of the Storm" and singer Scott Stapp's "Touch Me"), DAYS OF THE NEW ("The End," "L.A. Woman"), THE CULT ("Wild Child"), AEROSMITH ("Love Me Two Times"), OLEANDER ("Hello I Love You"), and THE MARVELOUS 3 ("People Are Strange"), among others. "Stoned Immaculate" also contains three tracks ("Roadhouse Blues," "Roadhouse Rap," and "The Cosmic Movie") featuring late DOORS singer Jim Morrison. "Stoned Immaculate" will hit stores on November 14.
The idea of using original works doesn't seem good as it failed on the Bob Marley tribute. But what's interesting that while THE CULT contributes to this album there's a tribute album to them coming out on Versailles Records.
October 19, 2000
IMMORTAL HENDRIX - ANOTHER ENTRY IN THE JIMI'S CATALOGUE
The new CD from Jungle Records called "Jimi Hendrix With Curtis Knight & the Squires - 'Knock Yourself Out'" contains archive r&b studio sessions from 1965.
By September 1965, Jimi had completed stints as guitar-for-hire with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, Little Richard and others. His next was with Curtis Knight, who gave the broke guitarist a guitar as a welcome incentive to play in his band, THE SQUIRES. Jimi remained with Curtis's band for nine months, until just before Chas Chandler discovered him.
Contained on this album are the two studio sessions that took place in October and December 1965. They spawned two singles, included here as the first four tracks. The band's fare of mid-sixties r&b, in a style with Stax and 60's pop leanings, has Jimi's guitar very much to the fore.
This is the first time these 1965 studio tracks have been put together - previous exploitative releases have mixed them up with later recordings including many tracks where Jimi only played bass.
October 15, 2000
THE EAGLES' BOX SET IN THE PIPELINE
A disc of live performances, recorded at the end of 1999, will be the only unreleased material on an upcoming THE EAGLES box set, a four-volume package slated for release November 14. There were a number of other rarities under consideration — including early album outtakes; vintage live recordings; the band's sole non-album B-side, "Get in the Mood"; and tracks from last summer's aborted studio sessions — but those were all scratched in favor of more familiar material.
Rather than presenting the previously released material chronologically, THE EAGLES box will divide the songs into three thematic discs: country rock, ballads, and straightforward rock. The fourth will contain highlights from the band's ballyhooed New Year's Eve show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last year and from two performances in Las Vegas, including seldom-performed selections, such as a cover of Tom Waits' "Ol' 55" and a new arrangement of "Best of My Love."
EAGLES box set track list:
October 11, 2000
NEW CD-BOX FROM CRIMSO
There is a new product from KING CRIMSON. A limited edition 3-CD set called "Heavy Construction" is out to commemorate the recent European tour. The first two CDs feature a complete set with unique re-arrangements of classic songs. The third one is compiled from the live improvisations (remember "THRaKaTTaK") which regularly proved the highlight of each performance. A CD-ROM track on the second disc contains exclusive live footage.
The set released to coincide with the autumn King Crimson tour in the US.
TWO FACES OF THE NEW JOHN WETTON ALBUM
The new album from John Wetton with working title "Sinister" now is re-titled to "Welcome to Heaven/Welcome to Hell". As it was with "Voice Mail/Battle Lines" the same material will be released in Japan and the rest of the world under different titles and cover arts. "Welcome to Heaven" will be out in Japan on December 16, with "Welcome to Hell" scheduled to arrive in the end of January 2001.
The CD should include a track co-written by JW and Ringo Starr.
October 10, 2000
NEW MARK BOALS' CD TO BE RELEASED
New Mark Boals' album called "The Ring Of Fire" is to be released on November 22, through Marquee Inc.
Here are the songs we'll taste:
The players are: Tony MacAlpine, guitars, bass, keys; Vitalij Kuprij, keyboards; Virgil Donati, drums with The Czech Symphony Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir.
"Nessun Dorma" is the classic opera track by Giacomo Puccini.
GLENN HUGHES ANNOUNCED HIS XMAS CD TRACKLISTING
The Voice of Rock Glenn Hughes announced the tracklisting for his forthcoming Christmas album. The songs are as following:
1. Winter Wonderland
The release date is to be announced yet.
October 5, 2000
YNGWIE TO DONATE GUITAR TO HARD ROCK CAFE
Renowned guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen will donate one of his electric guitars to the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on Monday, October 16 at 6 p.m.
The guitar is a 1980s model Fender Stratocaster that Malmsteen played on an eight-month tour of Japan and Europe last year while promoting his album "Alchemy". The cream-colored guitar features a maple neck and a scalloped fretboard, one of the Swedish-born musician's trademarks.
The presentation will be part of his press junket in New York to publicize the new Yngwie J. Malmsteen's RISISNG FORCE album "War to End All Wars" scheduled for release on November 7 through Spitfire Records. Spitfire is also reissuing several Malmsteen catalog titles on CD that were never released domestically.
NEW RELEASES FROM FRONTIERS RECORDS
FRONTIERS Records will release a new bunch of top-notch melodic hard rock CDs. Here they are:
TEER - "Teer"
October 4, 2000
LENNON'S MURDERER IS DENIED PAROLE
Yesterday state parole officials rejected a bid for freedom, saying Mark David Chapman hadn’t lost his interest in publicity, a drive that fueled his “most vicious and violent act.” It was Chapman’s first attempt for parole stemming from the December 1980 shooting death. Chapman won’t be eligible for parole for two more years.
Yoko Ono said, "Myself and John’s two sons, would not feel safe for the rest of our lives. People who are in positions of high visibility and outspokenness such as John, would also feel unsafe."
Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes Tuesday morning at the maximum-security Attica state prison by three parole board members. About four hours later, Chapman was given the board’s one-page determination beginning: “Parole is denied.”
The board called Chapman’s killing of Lennon “calculated and unprovoked.” In addition to being one of the most famous musicians in the world, Lennon was also a “husband and a father of two young children,” the board said.
“Your most vicious and violent act was apparently fueled by your need to be acknowledged,” the board said. “During your parole hearing, this panel noted your continued interest in maintaining your notoriety.”
October 2, 2000
GENESIS' ARCHIVE 2 RELEASE
Two years after the release of GENESIS "Archive 1967-1975" comes "Archive 2 1976-1992". Concentrating on the Collins era where the band turned from a big selling UK act to world dominance.
The new boxset that includes rarities, b-sides, 12" mixes and some great live tracks will be released November 6th.
The box set spans the period from 1976 to the departure of Phil Collins. Packaged in a long box, the 64 page booklet contains previously unseen photos a foreward by Tony Banks and essay by Hugh Fielder. Much of the music has never been released on CD, including a work-in-progress version of 'Mama'.
October 2, 2000
NEW RELEASE FROM RENAISSANCE
The rumours are confirmed - there's a new RENAISSANCE CD called "Unplugged - Live At The Academy" (Mooncrest Records) containing 12 previously unreleased live tracks recorded in Philadelphia in 1985. I can say this year was great for all the band's fans as there were some live recordings from 70s released as well as singer Annie Haslam solo album. And yes, at the end of 2000 there will be a brand new RENAISSANCE album called "Tuscany".
October 1, 2000
NEW LOOK OF PAUL GILBERT SITE
Paul Gilbert announced a new look of his web site
September 22, 2000
DORO RISES AGAIN
After releasing the very ambitious effort (and first American album in nearly 10 years), "Calling The Wild" through KOCH Records, Rock siren Doro Pesch is not about to rest on her laurels; she's poised to strike and allow America another opportunity to witness the glory and passion of her live performance!
Acting as warm-up gigs for her pending tour with Metal legend DIO, Doro will perform 3 limited engagements in the North East.
On Thursday, October 5th, Doro will open for Dee Snider at The Vanderbilt in Long Island, NY.
ROB HALFORD TO BEGIN SOLO TOUR
Legendary heavy metal vocalist Rob Halford will lead his band, Halford, on a brief headlining tour in October. The former Judas Priest frontman recently completed a highly successful North American summer tour with Iron Maiden and Queensryche.
Halford is scheduled to play 10 shows in the Midwest and East Coast to further promote the acclaimed new album "Resurrection" on Metal-Is Records. Halford's band includes guitarists Patrick Lachman and Mike Chlasciak, bass guitarist Ray Riendeau and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.