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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has lost a Supreme Court battle over what he claims to be unpaid royalties from the Kiss album 'Lick It Up'. Vincent had previously had a lower court rule against him.

Thy Majestie announced former singer Dario Grillo has returned to the band. Six new songs have been written, with a seventh to follow soon, and the band hopes to hit the studio early next year. Grillo is still part of the band Violet Sun; see http://www.platens-opera.com/ for more. See both http://www.thymajestie.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/thymajesty for more on Thy Majestie.

Evanescence look set to top the US album charts next week with sales predicted to reach 400,000 copies.

PRESS RELEASES

RAIN "Stronger"

RAIN was founded in 1997 as a result of a project started by Lars Forseth and
Sonny Crow from the band Bankok Babes. They were soon joined by the Bangkok
Babes drummer Per-Helge Bruvoll, guitarist Tore Moren from Jorn and
Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, Bonfire, J.R. Blackmore, Zeno, etc.) The recordings for their second album took place in Michael Bormann’s studio in Duisburg, Germany in 2005. The album is now being released by MTM MUSIC for the
territory of Europe and in Japan by JVC/Victor. “Stronger” is a pure AOR
Hardrock album and Michael Bormann continues with this great band where he
stopped after the JADED HEART “IV” album.

The release of "Stronger" is scheduled on MTM MUSIC in November 10th, 2006.
Final tracklist as follows:
01. Do You Like It
02. Insobriety
03. Get Over It
04. Crazy
05. Die For You
06. Flesh And Blood
07. Let Me Be Your Favorite
08. The Other Side
09. Deserve
10. Right By Your Side
11. Lovesong

AOR "L.A. Concession"

Line-Up:
Lead Vocals, Guitars: David Chamberlin
Lead Vocals: Doug St John, John Fluker, Kristoffer Lagerström
Guitars, Keyboards: Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander, Peter Hume
Guitars: Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Peter Friestedt, Michael Thompson,
Keyboards: David Diggs
Bass: Tony Franklin, Hussain Jiffry,
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega, Gregg Bissonette
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Saxophone: Tom Saviano, Dan Higgins
Backing Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George

After having recorded a couple of solo albums and having produced some French and American artists, Frédéric decided to start a "one man band". This marked the birth of his project AOR, always using the cream of US session players. In 2000, the first album "L.A CONCESSION" was released and gave big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. The second album "NEXT STOP L.A" was released one year later. It was in 2002 that Frédéric Slama released his third album "L.A. REFLECTION", which was considered to be the best Westcoast CD of the year by many journalists and fans. In 2003, Frédéric Slama returned with
"DREAMING OF L.A" and in 2004, released "NOTHING BUT THE BEST", a compilation album featuring the best songs from his previous CD's with unreleased tracks. AOR was back again in 2006 on MTM with a new cd called "L.A ATTRACTION "featuring as always the cream of L.A session players such as STEVE LUKATHER , PHILIP BARDOWELL, TOMMY DENANDER, MICHAEL LANDAU and many more. The current album "L.A Concession" was actually released in 2000 as a strictly limited "private pressing" on CD-R only. when this album appeared on eBay, prices usually ranged around 150.00 €. Finally, this extraordinary production finds its way into the record stores and mail orders as an official release. The CD now includes 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks, a new full colour booklet with lyrics which make this great fully remastered album even more attractive for all AOR / Westcoast and melodic rock fans!

The release of "L.A. Concession" is scheduled on MTM MUSIC in November 10th,
2006.
Final tracklist as follows:
01. NEVER GONNA LET HER GO
02. ON DANGEROUS GROUND
03. CAUGHT INSIDE YOUR HEART
04. WORLDS AWAY
05. IN MY CRYSTAL BALL
06. THE WAY OF THE NIGHT
07. LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
08. ONLY IN MY DREAMS
09. FROM L.A TO TOKYO
10. LOST IN YOUR EYES
11. DON’T LET HER GO
12. LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY
13. CAN ONE OF YOUR KISS DO ALL THIS? (bonus track)
14. SECRETS IN HER HEART (bonus track)
15. THE SPARK OF MY SOUL (bonus track)
16. NEVER GONNA LET HER GO (bonus track)

DA VINCI "Back In Business"

In 1987, five young men from Oslo, Norway were signed by Polygram and joined forces to record an album of finest Scandinavian AOR and Melodic Rock: DA VINCI’s self-titled debut. In the tradition of other Scandinavian rock bands of the mid-80’s such as Treat, Europe or Dalton, DA VINCI delivered well-produced songs full of hooks, driven by guitars and stunning keyboards. The success of the critically acclaimed debut immediately resulted in a second effort, Back In Business from 1989, which is also considered to be a real gem among melodic rock aficionados worldwide. Bass player Bjorn Boge later joined STREET LEGAL and played with ex-EUROPE lead guitarist JOHN NORUM 'Wild Willy' Bendickson from BAD HABIT among others.

The release of "Back In Business" is scheduled on MTM MUSIC in November 10th,
2006.
Final tracklist as follows:
01. Touchdown
02. Call me a liar
03. Young hearts
04. 9 and 10
05. Turn down the lights
06. Millions like us
07. Pink champagne
08. Circus maximus
09. Hold back the tears
10. Last time
11. Blame It On The Radio (bonus track)

GIG NEWS

Tool are to headline the Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, which happens from January 19 to February 4. Also on the bill are Muse, My Chemical Romance and Jet.

The Ragnarok Festival, which was due to happen on November 4 in Perth, Scotland, has been cancelled, due to poor ticket sales. The bill was to include Doro, Gamma Ray and Dream Evil.

Patti Smith is to play the last ever show at the legendary CBGB's in New York. This happens on October 15.

KANSAS
Wed 10/18/06 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 10/21/06 Reading, PA Sovereign Center For Perf. Arts
Fri 11/03/06 Saint Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Sat 11/04/06 Homestead, FL TBA
Sat 11/11/06 Kansas City, MO Ameristar Hotel & Casino
Thu 11/16/06 Erie, PA Warner Theatre
Fri 11/17/06 Burgettstown, PA Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
Sat 11/18/06 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre

BOB SEGER
Wed 11/08/06 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Fri 11/10/06 Saginaw, MI The Dow Event Center
Tue 11/14/06 Huntington, WV TBA
Thu 11/16/06 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Sat 11/18/06 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Mon 11/20/06 Knoxville, TN TBA
Sat 11/25/06 Cincinnati, OH TBA
Tue 11/28/06 Minneapolis, MN TBA
Thu 11/30/06 Chicago, IL TBA
Sat 12/02/06 Kansas City, MO TBA
Mon 12/04/06 Saint Louis, MO TBA
Sat 12/09/06 Nashville, TN TBA
Tue 12/12/06 Louisville, KY TBA
Thu 12/14/06 Pittsburgh, PA TBA
Sat 12/16/06 Cleveland, OH TBA

REO SPEEDWAGON
Wed 10/11/06 Perris, CA Southern California Fair
Sat 10/14/06 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 12/30/06 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Sun 12/31/06 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Mon 02/19/07 Indio, CA Riverside County Fair
Fri 03/02/07 Kansas City, MO Ameristar Hotel & Casino
Sat 03/03/07 Wisconsin Dells, WI Crystal Grand Theatre

STYX
Thu 11/16/06 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
Fri 11/17/06 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel / Casino
Sat 11/18/06 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Fri 12/01/06 Las Vegas, NV Luxor Hotel & Casino
Sat 12/02/06 Las Vegas, NV Luxor Hotel & Casino
Sun 02/25/07 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues

THE WHO
Tue 10/10/06 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Wed 10/11/06 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Sun 10/29/06 London, UK Roundhouse
Sat 11/04/06 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sun 11/05/06 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Wed 11/08/06 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Fri 11/10/06 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sat 11/11/06 Indian Wells, CA Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Mon 11/13/06 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center
Tue 11/14/06 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri 11/17/06 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sat 11/18/06 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Mon 11/20/06 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Wed 11/22/06 Duluth, GA Arena @ Gwinnett Center
Fri 11/24/06 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel / Casino
Sat 11/25/06 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Mon 11/27/06 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Fri 12/01/06 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
Mon 12/04/06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tue 12/05/06 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Thu 12/07/06 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Fri 12/08/06 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Mon 12/11/06 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

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