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Friday, September 22, 2006

News 22nd Sep

NEWS

BOB SEGER's `Face The Promise' debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart with over 150,000 SoundScan units sold. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY debut at no.21 with MASTODON at no.32 and the mighty SUGARCULT debut at no.64. BUCKCHERRY has now clocked-up 21 weeks on the charts and is still in the top 75, not bad at all for band who couldn't get a record deal…

AGENT STEEL should have a new album out early next year on Mascot Records.

REM start work on a new album with a late 2007 release expected.

Blackmore's Night are to release a 'holiday album' at the end of November. To be called 'Winter Carols', it will be on the AFM label, and features covers of Christmas carols.

OPETH are to include their cover of Deep Purple's 'Soldier Of Fortune' on the expanded re-issue of the 'Ghost Reveries' album, due out next month. This will also feature a DVD.

SYMPHONY X have pushed their new album back to early 2007.

PRESS RELEASES

Frontiers Records is particularly excited to announce the release of STYX & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra album "One With Everything" on the European markets on November 10th 2006 !

STYX and CYO cooperation started last year when the band was asked to join the Orchestra for a concert. Having in the past worked with solo artists, including Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Ray Manzarek, Graham Nash and Jon Anderson, it was not the first time for them to be involved with Rock music, but was definitely their premiere with a full scaled band !

STYX has performed only one other time with a symphony and "while it was a wonderful experience, we had not been inclined to revisit it until we heard that the members of this particular orchestra were all between the ages of thirteen and nineteen" says STYX singer and guitar player Tommy Shaw, adding "From the very beginning, the
enthusiasm has been extraordinary. Their grasp of our music, their flexibility and willingness to go far beyond what any of us imagined, has been incredible. Director Liza Grossman is to be hailed as the heroine extraordinaire tonight, for her steady
guidance and the unflinching belief in the members of CYO".

On May 25, 2006 then STYX took the stage in Cleveland for a new venture accompanied by the 115 piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a 60 member chorus. With a setlist that combined the band's classics, new songs and cover versions, this was a truly unique event.

This very special album will include the following 14 songs (not final order):
Blue Collar Man; One With Everything; Don't Make Sense (If You Can't Make Peace); Everything, All The Time (NEW SONG); I Am The Walrus; 6. Just Be (Studio Version, NEW SONG); Fooling Yourself; Boat On The River; I Don't Need No Doctor; Crystal Ball; Too Much Time On My Hands: A Criminal Mind; Miss America; Renegade.

GIG NEWS

The Wildside Festival is a new event taking place on November 18th at the Marcus Garvey Ballroom in Nottingham. The event features appearances from Vain, Tigertailz, Kid Ego, Red Star Rebels, Rattlesnake Remedy and Sweet Seduction amongst others. Full details on the show, including information on how to get tickets can be
found here

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