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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Evanescence have been forced to cancel their show at Manchester Apollo tonight, November 21. This is because of 'family reasons', affecting an undisclosed member of the band.

Johnny Borrell (Razorlight) and Brandon Flowers (The Killers) are to get together to perform a version of an old Dire Straits Hit. The duo will record Romeo and Juliet, which originally a top 10 hit for Dire Straits back in 1981, for a Live at Abbey Road TV show.

Former DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW singer JOE LYNN TURNER is busy writing and recording the up and coming studio album. The direction will be again in the Melodic Hard Rock vein that characterized the latest studio effort “The Usual Suspects”. Release date is not yet scheduled but Frontiers Records hopes to release it before the summer 2007.

Encouraged by the success of their guest spot in Coronation Street, Status Quo are planning to make a movie. Described as an action thriller, it will be filmed in early 2008 and release to cinemas the same autumn, coinciding with a soundtrack album.

ROBIN BECK is recording a new album for release via Frontiers early next year.

PINK CREAM 69 have signed with Frontiers and release their new album in March.

Paralophone Records will be releasing all of Queen’s singles as a box set next spring. HMV reports that the 10 disc set will be in the shops on March 16 2007 with full details to be confirmed.

Primal Scream are to release Sometimes I Feel So Lonely as a vinyl and download only single on December 18.

Epica have moved quickly to deny reports linking Simone Simons with the position of new Nightwish vocalist.

Viking Skull have brought in a new rhythm section, featuring drummer Jules Cooper and bassist Jess Margera. The band are currently working on their second album, 'Chapter Two'.


Celebrate Christmas in style and join LOST WEEKEND at the SPORTMANS HOTEL in Halifax on Saturday 2nd December. Entry is FREE and the band are due on stage at 9pm.

2007 LINE-UP...
A full "1-hour special" rock radio show featuring ..
BOB CATLEY interview
OLIVER WAKEMAN (track from MOTHER'S RUIN) set to be aired on BRADFORD ROCKS on BCB 106.6 FM in West
Yorkshire and via Realaudio feed from the station website
Date: Thursday 23rd November 2006 Time: 9-10 pm GMT (4-5 pm EST) .

LOST WEEKEND have also been added to the bill for ZROCK 2007, which is to be headlined by HOUSE OF LORDS. The show is set to take place on Sunday 27th May at Maximes in Wigan.
Also there are additional dates for February with more to be announced. See the SHOWS section at for more information...

Check out the band's one and only official myspace account, to hear some songs from the band's forthcoming fourth CD - Forever Moving On.


22 Bournemouth BIC
23 Birmingham NEC
25 Nottingham Arena
26 Cardiff CIA
28 London Wembley Arena
03 Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
04 Manchester MEN Arena
06 Newcastle Radio Metro Arena
07 Glasgow SECC

Original ASIA
MAR 4 Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan
MAR 5 Koseinenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
MAR 7 Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan
MAR 8 Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan
MAR 10 Kokaido, Shibuya, Japan
MAR 11 Kokaido, Shibuya, Japan

The THIN LIZZY & CHEAP TRICK Australian tour dates have been cancelled.

Mar 3rd - Glasgow Academy
Mar 4th - Manchester Apollo
Mar 7th - London Hammersmoth Apollo
Mar 9th - Newport Centre
Mar 10th - Portsmouth Guildhall
Mar 12th - Plymouth Pavillions
Mar 13th - Wolverhampton Civic


‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ by Joel McIver Omnibus Press 19.95 HB (2006)

After a very enjoyable book on Metallica Joel McIver (Record Collector & more) now turns his attention to the colourful history of Black Sabbath. As you’d expect it is thoroughly researched and covers all eras of the band. I personally enjoyed the post-Ozzy chapters as you can read a lot about the Ozzy years already (highly recommended reading for the Ozzy years is ‘How Black Was Our Sabbath’). You get the insights to how Ian Gillan landed the singer’s role for the ’Born Again’ album, the Glenn Hughes & Tony Martin years and it takes the story right up to date with the recent Ozzfest gigs and the rumours of a new album from the band. Reading the tales and tribulations of this band it is amazing the original line-up are still around!
A good objective look at the band and one that will be enjoyed by fans of the band and readers of good, solid rock biographies.

Jason Ritchie


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