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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Interview with GRAHAM GOULDMAN of 10CC –

Steve Hackett Comments on Genesis Reunion –
Original Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett who left the band after Wind and Wuthering to pursue a successful solo career, has said of the forthcoming Genesis reunion:
"First of all I would like to congratulate Tony, Mike and Phil for flying the flag once again. Good luck to them and I really hope they have a very successful tour.
I was originally approached to discuss the possibility of a five piece which would have included Peter Gabriel and yours truly but since Peter’s schedule precludes this, it makes sense for the other three to celebrate the band in their ‘own special way’ as it were ...."
Steve recently released a new record, 'Wild Orchids', which has been described as his best album for years. He starts a Japanese tour later this month and is planning a series of UK shows early in 2007.

Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin, along with the likes of Rod Stewart, Brian Wilson, James Brown and Sir George Martin are all set to be inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame at a ceremony that takes place at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 14th November.

Iron Maiden have split from their long time Management Company, Sanctuary. Maiden's manager, and co-founder of Sanctuary, Rod Smallwood has also left the company and will, in the future, still represent Maiden via his new Phantom Music Management firm.

According to, original KISS drummer Peter Criss recently gave an interview to Perfect 10 magazine in which he revealed details about his upcoming solo CD. The album, entitled "One for All", will feature contributions from the following musicians: Paul Shaffer, Will Lee, Clifford Carter, Mark Montague, Mike (Angel) McLaughlin.

ELTON JOHN wants his label Universal to drop him as he feels they have not promoted hie new album properly.

THRESHOLD have confirmed that their new CD artwork will be created by Thomas Ewerhard, who's credits include Kings X, Vanden Plas and Asia. Thomas Ewerhard has been responsible for Threshold's artwork since 1998, including the iconic Hypothetical and Subsurface covers.
The title of Threshold's new album will be Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams. The band plan to finish recording during November, with a release date planned for 2007.


Press Information: London 7 November 2006

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford of the iconic band Genesis unveiled the dates for their first tour in 15 years. Turn It On Again - the tour, will see the band play a series of stadium concerts in Europe in the summer of 2007. Kicking off in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki on 11 June, the tour will hit twelve different European countries, ending in Rome on 14 July. At a Pan-European press conference staged today at London's exclusive Mayfair hotel and hosted by comedian and lifelong Genesis fan, David Baddiel, the band took questions from international media about their reasons for reforming and thoughts on the tour.
European tour promoter, John Giddings, commented:
"It is a privilege to work with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and to see their musical talent together again onstage will be incredible. The live shows are as famous as their music."
The "Turn It On Again" tour will be travelling to all the biggest stadiums as it treks across Europe in 2007 through Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Holland, UK, Monte Carlo and Italy. For all European tour dates, please go HERE.
Tickets will be on sale for UK dates on 24 November and for dates in Germany on 10 November. Other on-sale dates to be announced.
Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford will be joined on stage by long time Genesis sidemen, Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Steurmer on guitar. Two of the world's greatest show technicians, award-winning lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe and acclaimed set designer Mark Fisher are working on plans for the 2007 Genesis tour.
Genesis have sold over 130 million albums, it is one of a small elite of British bands who have achieved global success and sustained it over four decades. Genesis was formed in 1966 by Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, while still at school, but its most successful incarnation was the late 70's early 80's line-up of Phil Collins taking on lead vocals and sharing songwriting, with Rutherford and Banks. The Duke album topped the UK charts in 1980 with the hit single, Turn It On Again monopolising the airwaves. In 1987, Genesis played sold out stadium shows across the globe, including four consecutive Wembley Stadiums.
To coincide with the Genesis tour, EMI Records will be re-issuing 14 Genesis studio albums in three stages during 2007. All the releases will be SACD/DVD double disc sets featuring newly re-mastered 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes. The release schedule is as follows:

March 2007: A Trick Of The Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1977), …And Then There Were Three…(1978), Duke (1980) Abacab (1981)
June/July 2007: Genesis(1983), Invisible Touch(1986), We Can't Dance (1991), Calling All Stations(1997)
Late 2007/Early 2008: Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972 ), Selling England By The Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway(1974)

TNT vocalist Tony Mills has released the following statement with regard to the recording on the new TNT album via his myspace site

"Well, recording commenced nearly two weeks ago in Toten, Norway for the new TNT album. The material has all the diversities that I personally had hoped for, with the balls of TNT and the elegance of Queen and the post perspective of various 70's production attitudes. 'Something Special' rocks from top to bottom with complicated backing arrangements and
'I Cant Go On With This Feeling' smacks of the same colour and underlying power. In all, six songs will be complete within the next week and mixing will commence in Denmark before December. The album will be completed in February with the direction of the producer H.P. Gundersen, who to me seems like a modern day Andy Warhol .. George Martin. A very talented guy who can seem to create unthinkable arrangements and follow them through to their completion with great ease. An important find.
Discussions are underway with various record companies for the release of the album with some labels already committed to the project.

Nashville-based music journalist Sterling Whitaker has announced the upcoming release of his second book, The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx. The self-published book is set for publication December 12, 2006 and will be available through, as well as the book’s own website at It is the first-ever biography of the superstar rock group Styx. “This is one of the most beloved groups of its generation,” Whitaker said. “It’s about time the story is told properly.”
Culled from the author’s exclusive interviews with many of the principal players in the career of Styx, including guitarist/bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik, guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, and drummer Todd Sucherman, as well as management, record company executives, crew members and fans, The Grand Delusion is the definitive portrait of the Chicago-based rock ensemble that has sold more than thirty-five million records in a career spanning three decades. Beginning with 1977’s The Grand Illusion, followed by Pieces Of Eight in 1978, Cornerstone in 1979 and Paradise Theatre in 1980, Styx was the first rock group ever to earn four Triple Platinum albums in a row, selling three million copies each. The group’s #1 hit “Babe” was Song of the Year at the 1980 People’s Choice Awards, and the 1979 Gallup poll named the group the most popular in America. Styx’ other hits include “Lady”, “Come Sail Away”, “Renegade”, “Blue Collar Man”, “The Best Of Times”, “Too Much Times On My Hands”, and, of course, the ubiquitous pop culture reference “Mr. Roboto”.
“The Grand Delusion is more than just another sleazy biography about the excesses of rock stars,” Whitaker maintains. “It’s about hard work and sacrifice, success and failure, fame and fortune, love and hatred, friendship and betrayal, and hopefully redemption. It’s the true story of how a group of people who have very little in common outside of music struggled to overcome their differences and their limitations to create a body of work that is beloved by millions of people. It’s also about the business side of the band’s career, the behind-the-scenes work that greased the rails for the band to succeed. It’s not so much a story about rich rock stars. The story of Styx is a very human story, good and bad.”
Fans who purchase the book through or through between December 12th and December 25th will receive a free download of the author’s first book Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar, featuring Whitaker’s exclusive interviews with rock guitarists such as Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Howard Leese (Heart) and Richard Williams (Kansas), as well as a free download of Behind The Grand Delusion, comprised of the author’s project notes and his exclusive interviews with some of the principal players in Styx’ career which form the backbone of the project.

Frontiers Records is excited to launch the release of the forthcoming KELLY KEAGY new solo album entitled “I’m Alive” on January 26th 2007.
KELLY KEAGY is better known as drummer / singer with the US Melodic Rock heroes NIGHT RANGER. NIGHT RANGER’s first album “Dawn Patrol” (1982), reached number 38 on the U.S. charts, yet it was 1983’s “Midnight Madness” that established the band as a commercial force. Featuring the hits “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and “Sister Christian”, the record peaked at number 15 and sold over 1 million copies. 1985’s “7 Wishes” was even more successful, reaching number 10 on the charts. The band reformed in the mid-90s and have since released 4 more albums.
In 2001, Kelly took a turn down the solo album trail. “Time Passes” saw Kelly handling drums and vocals and collaborating with such artists as Jim Peterik, Kevin Chalfant, Brian Bart with obvious features from his band mates Brad Gillis, Jack Blades and Jeff Watson.
To date, Kelly and NIGHT RANGER are busy working on a new studio album. But in the meanwhile he found the time and the inspiration to finish his second solo work entitled “I'm Alive”. The new record was written and produced by Keagy in cooperation with Jim Peterik (PRIDE OF LIONS, ex SURVIVOR) and also features contributions from Kelly’s THE MOB band mate Reb Beach (WINGER, WHITESNAKE), Mike Aquino (PRIDE OF LIONS, MECCA), Brian Bart, Bruce Gaitsch, Tommy Denander on guitar and Michael Lardie (GREAT WHITE, NIGHT RANGER) on keyboards among others.
The new album sees Keagy exploring a slightly rougher edge compared to his debut album with a more live feel in the mix. “I look forward to playing these songs live, as they were written to be played live”, says Kelly and the joyful ride that this record offers, proves just that!

Final tracklisting of “I’m Alive” is as follows:
I’m Alive; Stolen; Blink of an Eye; When Nobody’s Looking; Back of Your Mind; Life Worth Remembering; Re-Imagine; World Before and After; Where Are We Now; Where the Road Ends; Everything I Need in a Woman; Call In Another Day; Half a World Away.

Release is scheduled on Frontiers Records in Europe on January 26th 2007 and in Japan on King Records.


11 June Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium
14 June Herning, Denmark Messecenter
15 June Hamburg, Germany AOL Arena
17 June Berne, Switzerland Stade de Suisse
18 June Linz, Austria Gugglestadium
20 June Budapest, Hungary Puskas Ferenc Stadium
21 June Katowice, Poland Slaski Stadium
23 June Hannover, Germany AWD Arena
26 June Dusseldorf, Germany LTU Arena
29 June Stuttgart, Germany Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium
30 June Paris, France Parc Des Princes
1 July Amsterdam, Holland Arena
3 July Berlin, Germany Olympiastadion
4 July Leipzig, Germany Zentralstadion
5 July Frankfurt, Germany Commerzbankarena
7 July London, UK Twickenham Stadium
8 July Manchester, UK Old Trafford
10 July Munich, Germany Olympiastadion
12 July Monaco Louis II Stadium
14 July Rome, Italy Telecomcerto at Colosseo

RUNRIG are to put on their own outdoor event - Runrig – Beat the Drum, Loch Ness will take place on Saturday 18th August next year at Borlum Farm, Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness (subject to license).

April 18th - Glasgow SECC
April 19th - Manchester MEN Arena
April 20th - Birmingham NIA
April 22nd - London Wembley Arena

Mar. 04 - UK - London Scala
Mar. 06 - UK - Wolverhampton Civic Hall *
Mar. 07 - UK - Nottingham Rock City *
Mar. 08 - UK - Cardiff Coal Exchange *
Mar. 09 - B - Vosselaar Biebob
Mar. 10 - GER - Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
Mar. 11 - GER - Übach-Palenberg Rockfabrik
Mar. 13 - GER - Köln Live Music Hall *
Mar. 14 - GER - Oberhausen Turbinenhalle *
Mar. 15 - GER - Hannover Musikzentrum
Mar. 16 - GER - Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt *
Mar. 17 - GER - Leipzig Werk 2 *
Mar. 18 - GER - Lichtenfels Stadthalle *
Mar. 20 - GER - Regensburg Kulturspeicher
Mar. 21 - AUT - Wien Planet Music
Mar. 22 - GER - München Metropolis
Mar. 25 - RUS - Moskau Apelsin Club
Mar. 26 - RUS - Sankt Petersburg Club Port
Mar. 28 - RUS - Ekaterinburg The Hooch
Mar. 30 - ESP - Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 31 - ESP - Madrid Sala Heineken
Apr. 01 - ESP- Bergara Sala Jam
Apr. 03 - F - Toulouse Havana Club
Apr. 04 - F - Bordeaux Theatre Barbey
Apr. 05 - F - Lyon Ninkasi Kao
Apr. 06 - F - Savigny Le Temple L'Empreinte
Apr. 07 - F - Strasbourg Le Laiterie
Apr. 08 - SWI - Muotathal Alpenrösli
Apr. 10 - SWI - Winterthur Salzhaus
Apr. 11 - SWI - Pratteln Z7
Apr. 12 - GER - Essen Zeche Carl
Apr. 13 - GER - Bremen Tivoli
Apr. 14 - GER - Rostock Mau Club
Apr. 18 - NL - Weert De Bosuil
Apr. 19 - NL - Zoetermeer Boerderij
Apr. 20 - GER - Hamburg Markthalle
Apr. 21 - GER - Kiel Pumpe
Apr. 28 - N - Stavanger Stavanker Punkrock Festival

*** 2006 ACOUSTIC TOUR ***
November 13 - Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
November 14 - Tampere, Pakkahoune, Finland
November 15 - Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia
November 17 - Prima, Vasteraas, Sweden
November 18 - Det Rode Sjohus, Stavanger, Norway
November 19 - Ricks, Bergen, Norway
November 20 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
November 21 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
November 23 - Palladium, Köln, Germany
November 24 - Theatre, Hannover, Germany
November 25 - Brahmssaal, Karlsruhe, Germany
November 27 - Deutches Theatre, Munich, Germany
November 29 - Hegelsaal, Stuttgart, Germany
November 30 - Oetkerhalle, Bielefeld, Germany
December 1 - Glocke, Bremen, Germany
December 2 - Adventuremine, Merkers, Germany
December 4 - Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, Germany
December 6 - Musensaal, Mannheim, Germany
December 7 - Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
December 8 - St. Paul Kirch, Furth, Germany
December 9 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
December 11 - Operettenhaus, Hamburg, Germany
December 12 - Steintorvariete, Hallen, Germany
December 13 - Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany
December 14 - Konzertsaal, Bamburg, Germany


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