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Thursday, September 28, 2006


RIP - SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD The conductor of Deep Purple’s Concerto For Group And Orchestra has passed away at the age of 84


"The recently reunited legends VAIN and TIGERTAILZ have been confirmed as the headliners for the inaugural Wildside Festival, set to take place on November 18, 2006 at the MG Ballroom in Nottingham. The official website is online at and tickets priced at £20 are on sale now.

The Wildside Festival is a new venture from the Wildside Club — a monthly sleaze-glam club night held in Nottingham that has become the home of glam in the U.K. at present. Organizer, promoter and DJ Al White explains: "We've been running the Wildside nights for over three years now, and it's been a resounding success right from the start. The reason why glam rock fans have taken to us so passionately is probably due to the fact that we don't deviate from what we set out to do — and thats put on a full on sleaze-glam night! No deviations into other genres here! We've had everyone from L.A. GUNS to ROADSTAR play the Wildside club, and people have travelled from all over — even other countries as far as Sweden and Spain! We're at a point where we now feel the time is right to venture into putting on something spectacular and special. So what we have here is the two headliners VAIN and TIGERTAILZ (featuring Kim Hooker, Pepsi Tate, and Jay Pepper), undisputed leaders of the genre who've both got themselves back together and relased new albums that are fresh, relevant and in line with their classic albums — receiving universal critical acclaim across the board. And we've decided to team them up with the very best of the new and current sleaze rock bands the U.K. has to offer at present! Wildside is always looking forward to the future, rather than the past."

The festival lineup is currently as follows:


The festival also has its own MySpace at this location - "

This is the release that has gone out to press including -

On a personal note - we've put together a lineup that we feel represents exactly what Wildside is and stands for. We've given you the two headliners - Vain and Tigertailz.... Vain being the underground legends that released the greatest and unsurpassed sleaze rock album "No Respect" with Tigertailz... the best glam-metal band the UK ever produced... and put them together with a lineup we feel that is 'the best of Wildside'. All of them have played before at Wildside and paid their dues, tearing the roof of the place and raising hell in the process! And we're giving you all this for the fantastic price of £20!! And don't forget, when both Vain and Tigertailz last came through the UK on a tour ticket prices for them on their own was getting towards £20!

Along with that you get to experience the Wildside Clubnight after till the early hours of the morning! Of course with all you would expect from a festival with merchandise stalls, food, a great bar and music all day long!

For more information email the festival at

And don't forget to sing up and drop us a comment on our MySpace!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited ZION album on December 8th 2006!
ZION is Freddy Curci’s brand new project/band set to bring back his magical voice on an all new material that could resemble the best production of his ALIAS and SHERIFF days.

Freddy Curci is arguably one of the best vocalists in Rock History. He's got the combination of vocal talents that all singers strive for. He can sing a ballad with a beautiful, smooth voice like Steve Perry of Journey or Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and then turn around and belt out rocker with a rough edge on his voice like Brad Delp of Boston.

He started his career in SHERIFF recording a classic album in 1979 and (four years later!) having a number one song in the USA charts, called "When I'm With You". That song put Freddy into the World Records Book for holding a note for almost 30 seconds!

Hot on the heels of the chart success, Freddy and former SHERIFF bandmate Steve DeMarchi on guitar fromed legendary band ALIAS together with ex HEART members Steve Fossen, Mike Derosier and Roger Fisher. Alias released one album in 1989 for EMI worldwide. That record had two U.S. top ten hits: "More Than Words Can Say" and "Waiting For Love", which was penned by famed songwriters Brett Walker and Jeff Paris.

In 1994 Freddy Curci debuted as a solo artist with a cd called "Dreamer's Road" achieving good success in Canada. Six years later a compilation featuring some unreleased songs was unleashed on the market, marking the start of his cooperation with Frontiers Records who released that album in Italy.

Freddy then started his new ZION project which almost took four years to make it to completion “I got really sick for a long time and I couldn't sing for over a year... But I'm glad to say things are much better now and I am very excited to come back after such a long time! I could not even realize so much time passed. I guess In my mind I never left.. It was the journey I took that that brought me here now. To quote Paul McCartney, It was a long and winding road....”. “Zion is” continues Freddy, “one of those things that if there's enough demand, I'll ask the guys if they want to go on the road and tour this record! This would be a fun record to tour… it really rocks!”

Featured on ZION are professional musicians such as Jason Hook (ex BULLET BOYS) and Joey Scoleri on guitars, Paul Marangoni (KIM MITCHELL, THE WORKS, CONEY HATCH) and Joey Greco on drums, Ken Malandrino on bass and Ross Greene on keyboards with the collaboration of Fabrizio Grossi on bass as well. He gathered the best songs from his repertoire written with Steve DeMarchi (Curci’s ALIAS and SHERIFF songwriting partner), Jeff Paris, Marc Ribler and Bob Marlette, among others.

The resulting record simply entitled ZION is everything the ALIAS fans would have wanted to hear from Freddy and more!

Final tracklisting: Only Takes a Minute; How Much Longer Is Forever; One Man Alone; Dangerous; I Am Running Home; Everybody’s Watching; No Surprise; Sky Is Falling; Devil’s Dance; Who Do You Think You Are; Crash The Mirror.

Don’t miss the return of this AOR legend on December 8th 2006. Release in Japan was settled on King Records.


27th September- Cannock, Los Angeles Rock Cafe (near Birmingham)
28th September- Southampton Nexus
2nd October - Osaka Club Quattro
3rd October - Nagoya Club Quattro
4th October - Tokyo O-East

27th October - Nottingham - Junktion 7
28th October - Blackpool - Riffs
29th October - Dumfries - The Venue
30th October - Aberdeen - Kef (formerly Lava)
31st October - Glasgow - The Classic Grand
1st November - Keighley - New Variety Club

16th UK London The Underworld
17th Nottingham Rock City
18th Dudley JB's
19th Bradford Bradford Rio
25th Denmark / Copenhagen The Rock

Nov. 06 - London Dingwalls
Nov. 07 - Dudley JBs
Nov. 08 - Bolton The Soundhouse
Nov. 09 - Bradford Rio

L.A. GUNS (Tracii Guns version) + BULLETBOYS
Oct. 27 - Farmington, NM @ Big City Nite Club
Oct. 28 - Aurora, CO @ Hubba's
Oct. 30 - Lees Summit, MO @ Alley Catz
Oct. 31 - Middleton, WI @ Warehouse Stage
Nov. 01 - Mankato, MN @ What's Up Lounge
Nov. 03 - Wareen, MI @ The Ritz
Nov. 09 - Baltimore, MD @ Club Mate
Nov. 11 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov. 15 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Whiskey Dix
Nov. 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 22 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ The Garage Bar
Nov. 24 - Jonesboro, GA @ Breakers Music Hall
Nov. 26 - Little Rock, AR @ Hall Of Industry
Dec. 06 - Billings, MT @ The Railyard
Dec. 07 - Rapid City, SD @ Venue Eight
Dec. 08 - Casper, WY @ Eagles Lodge
Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Dec. 13 - Tacoma, WA @ The Factory
Dec. 14 - Portland, OR @ Outlaws Bar & Grill
Dec. 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room


THE FEELING ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ Universal (2006)

The Feeling have produced a gem of a pop rock album that takes in influences from 60’s/70’s greats like ELO, Brian Wilson and 10CC plus adding their own distinctive sound. There are just so many damn fine tunes on here from the pop classic ‘Fill My Little World’ with its piano riff and uplifting chorus through to ‘Love It When You Call’ where the guitars are whipped out for some catchy riffing. ‘I Want You Now’ ‘Never Be Lonely’ again sees the band’s good use of harmonies whilst ‘Blue Piccadilly’ rounds the album off in style. In fact the weakest song on here for me bizarrely is the single ‘Sewn’ but I am sure anyone who loves well crafted pop rock tunes will find delights on this album.
If you have in your CD collection anything by ELO, 10CC, XTC, Dodgy, Supergrass, Semisonic, Supernaturals or Squeeze then get this damn fine CD ASAP.

Jason Ritchie

THE POGUES ‘Rum, Sodomy & the Lash’ Rhino (2006)

Ahhh this takes me back to my student days… This is the Pogues second album and is rightly regarded as one of their classics. When I first heard this album back in 1986 it really showed you could bring folk music to the masses but without the stereotypical images of beards, tankards and twee music. With Shane McGowan on vocals the band were assured of exposure with his exploits and luckily they more than had the musical talent and tunes to back this up. Take your pick from ‘The Old Main Drag’, the frenzied ‘Jesse James’ or ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ (amazingly this single peaked at no.72 in the UK yet many people know the band for this song alone). Six bonus tracks on here including ‘London Girl’ with its quick fire drum and accordion backing and the laid back ‘Rainy Night In Soho’ – a classic late night tune.
If you only have one Pogues album make it this one!

Jason Ritchie


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