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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale has issued the following update on the band's current activities:

"We have LOTS of 'irons in the fire’ right now, and all important. I feel it's time to address the future and know the past will ultimately take care of itself.
"I'm coming into London for the Classic Rock Awards, with fingers crossed, and a few days promo for the new [live] album, then home for a week, back to Europe for a concentrated couple of weeks doing promotoion for the release of 'Live... In The Shadow Of The Blues', then starting 'properly' on the new studio record. Also, compiling the 20th Anniversary Special Edition of the WHITESNAKE '1987' album."
WHITESNAKE's new double live album, "Live ... In the Shadow of the Blues", was mastered in Los Angeles last week for a November release via Steamhammer/SPV. The set includes almost all the remarkable hits from WHITESNAKE's career, as well as two timeless DEEP PURPLE classics in "Burn" and "Stormbringer". Coverdale was the frontman of the legendary British act between 1973 and 1976, making a significant contribution to numerous PURPLE highlights during this era. "Live ... In the Shadow of the Blues" also includes four previously unreleased tracks in "Ready to Rock", "If You Want Me (I'll Come Running)", "All I Want Is You" and "Dog", eagerly awaited by all WHITESNAKE fans. The strictly limited version of the double album will be available in a top-quality digipack, featuring a number of surprises, among them the bonus track "Crying in the Rain", including a haunting drum solo by drum legend Tommy Aldridge.

Environmentally conscious frontman Thom Yorke tells The Guardian that unless steps are taken to reduce carbon emissions, Radiohead may cease touring. “It’s a necessary part of what I do, but the consequences are unacceptable,” he says. “In the US, 80,000 people have all sat in traffic jams for five or six hours with their engines running to get there, which is boll**ks.”

PATTI SMITH was the final artist to appear live at CBGB’s which has now closed.

GLYDER return to the studio with Thin Lizzy producer Chris Tsangarides to record their second album in January. The Irish rockers seek UK-based management, and can be reached at: info@glydermusic.com

The new-look TNT line-up, with ex-Shy singer Tony Mills, is in pre-production for a new album. It will be recorded with Norwegian producer HP Gundersen.

ROD STEWART again talks about a possible FACES ‘one-off’ reunion in BLNDER magazine.

Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy will release his new solo album I'm Alive through Frontiers Records on January 26. The album was co-written with Jim Peterik among others and features several guests.

GIG NEWS

ROSE TATTOO
March
4th London King's Cross Scala
6th Wolverhampton Civic Hall
7th Nottingham Rock City
8th Cardiff Coal Exchange

EUROPE plan European dates next Feb & March – dates TBA.

REVIEWS

AEROSMITH ‘Devil’s Got A New Disguise’ Very Best Of’ Geffen/Sony (2006) www.aerosmith.com

Yes another Aerosmith compilation although this one covers their Sony/Colombia and Geffen years plus you get two new songs to entice in the existing fans. Turning to the two new songs, ‘Sedona Sunrise’ is a Aerosmith mid-tempo number and not to bad but hardly a classic, whilst the title track of this compilation has a bit more too it and has a catchy rock riff. Elsewhere you’ve got certified classics like ‘Dream On’, ‘Sweet Emotion’, ‘Walk This Way’ (the RUN DMC version) right up to latter day hits like ‘Jaded’ and ‘Crazy’/’Cryin’ which sound very similar to these ears!
If you’ve not heard any Aerosmith or don’t have one of their CD’s (shame on you!) then this CD is a perfect introduction to their changing styles down the years. For fans just download the two new songs.

****
Jason Ritchie

FISHBONE ‘Still Stuck In Your Throat’ Terre Records (2006) www.fishbone.net

A band who have been going since the mid-80’s and their music covers may fields from metal to punk via funk and reggae/ska. In fact their mix of styles could be why they are not a bigger band than they are as although this album has some cracking songs others just don’t get the old foot tapping. ‘Jack Ass Brigade’ is superb, catchy hook and ‘Let Dem Ho’s Fight’ has an Ian Anderson flute mixed with System of a Down riffage – very bizarre but enjoyable. ‘Party With Saddam’ is another infectious tune although some songs like the ska flavoured ‘Premandanutt’ are not my personal listening choice.
An interesting and varied album that I am sure will delight their fans and if like me you are new to the band its worth a listen, especially the opening four tracks.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

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