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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Henry Rollins is to publish a book called 'A Dull Roar (What I Did On My Summer Deracination)'. This is based on diaries he kept during the recent re-union tour by the Rollins Band.

TRIUMPH will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during Rogers Wireless Canadian Music Week. Gil Moore (drums/vocals), Mike Levine (bass/keyboards) and Rik Emmett (guitar/vocals) will accept the honour Saturday, March 10th during the Canadian Radio Music Awards at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The band will also perform live marking the first time guitarist Rik Emmett has played with the rest of the band in over 15 years.

KICK now added another exclusive song added to their downloads section at www.kickuk.co.uk. The song is Wake Me Up When It's Over, which was the "extra" song for the up close and personal CD Single.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release double live DVD on January 29 next year called The Abattoir Blues Tour. The package will contain 21 live tracks recorded at London’s Brixton Academy in November 2004 and the Hammersmith Apollo in June 2003.

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) bassist Rev Jones has issued the following statement regarding guitarist Michael Schenker's performance at the group's recent shows in Japan and Thailand:
"I want to apologize to all the fans that wrote to me and all the fans in Japan and Thailand for the talentless guitar player that took place on stage next to me at the last three MSG shows. I myself could not believe how bad Schenker played. Although me, Pete [Holmes, drums], Jari [Tiura; vocals], and Wayne [Findley; guitar/keyboards] all gave 110%, in my eyes he gave less then 1% and that is so disrespectful not only to the band and the crew but also to the loyal MSG fans. So again I apologize for his actions because he would never apologize himself. We have two more shows and it is OVER."

PRESS RELEASES

Finally, we are able to bring you some news about Arjen's next recording project.
At the end of September 2006, Arjen's new studio was finished and ready to use. The very next day, Arjen went in with his trusted little tape recorder, and papers with dozens of song ideas that he'd been working on for the past year.
He has been in his studio nearly every day (and night) since then, getting the ideas translated into songs. The musical ideas are so extremely varied that only one project could possibly hold them all: AYREON.
Arjen has already been in contact with some very interesting and talented people to help create a new dimension of the AYREON Universe. Of course, we'll keep you informed on Arjen's progress over the next months!"
AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).


The Smashing Pumpkins are more than halfway home on their first album since 2000, according to posts from drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on the group's MySpace.com site. "We have been working day and night in the studio and I am happy to say that the drums are finished!," he wrote earlier this month. "After almost a year of work, to finally sit down and listen to the drum takes, one after another, was a truly joyful experience."

Last week, he chronicled a "magnificent guitar symphony" from Billy Corgan featuring "eight guitars resonating in one big harmonic handshake. It is still ringing in my ears this morning."

His posts carefully worded to avoid any mention of song titles or acknowledgement of who, if anybody, is working with he and Corgan in the studio, Chamberlin has also thanked "the Grateful Dead, Rush [and] Billy Thorpe for their guidance in this hour of need."

"I can honestly say that this has been one of the most musically satisfying and spiritually rewarding trips I have ever been on," he added.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date, the as-yet-untitled album is expected in late spring, with a tour to follow. No label affiliation has yet been announced; Corgan has released all of his post-Pumpkins work on Reprise.

GIG NEWS

RAVEN
4th March Underworld, London

THE POODLES — consisting of vocalist Jakob Samuel (THE RING, ex-TALISMAN, JEKYLL & HYDE), guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE RING, ex-TALISMAN), bassist Pontus Egberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) and drummer Christian Lundqvist — has been confirmed as one of the support bands for HAMMERFALL on their European tour, which is scheduled to kick off January 18, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

PAIN OF SALVATION
Feb. 17 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Musikens Hus
Feb. 20 - Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
Feb. 21 - Krakow, Poland @ Klub Studio
Feb. 22 - Budapest, Hungary @ Schiff A38
Feb. 23 - Wien, Austria @ Planet Music
Feb. 25 - Treviso, Italy @ New Age
Feb. 26 - Rome, Italy @ Alpheus
Feb. 27 - Milan, Italy @ Rolling Stone
Mar. 01 - Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
Mar. 02 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
Mar. 03 - Paris, France @ Elysee Monmartre
Mar. 04 - Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
Mar. 06 - Augsburg, Germany @ Spectrum
Mar. 07 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ ColosSaal
Mar. 08 - Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
Mar. 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock

REVIEWS

DOUBLE ECLIPSE ‘Eloquent Face Down’ Indie (2006) www.doubleeclipse.co.uk

Two brothers, Alan and Phillip Hackney, make-up the band with Phillip handling lead vocals. The music is very reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo output especially in the vocals and the guitar riffs. The title track, ‘You Talk Too Much’ and the terrific opener ‘All That She Was’ are prime examples of this. Very riff heavy hard rock, stripped down almost to basics with no keys or other added embellishments. Being self-produced it does lack that ‘big sound’ you’d get if this was done via a label having said that it stands up well against label produced albums.
Definitely worth checking out if you like Ozzy’s solo work and classic hard rock. Hopefully the band can get some more recognition and perhaps a label’s backing as the songs are there they just need than final polish.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

THE ANSWER ‘Come Follow Me’ Albert productions (2007 CDS) www.theanswer.ie

Along with Glyder, Wolfmother and Roadstar, the Answer have made a mark on 2006 with their classic rock based music. They have certainly started to win over the rock fans and just need a tune to break them out more. Luckily in their next single ‘Come Follow Me’ they have just the tune – catchy chorus, great guitars and sure to do well in the charts if given the airplay.
The Answer are growing both in terms of fan base and their live shows, with next year sure to be a key as to whether the band can go up a level and gain wider recognition. With this single they have certainly started off on that road.

****1/2
Jason Ritchie

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