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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

JIMMY PAGE commented at the recent UK Music Hall induction for LED ZEP that he has an album he ‘needs to get out of his system’ and work will start on it in the New Year.

A major fire has all but destroyed the music/club Edwards No.8 in Birmingham (UK). Luckily no-one was seriously injured.

Following on from LORDI’s success last year fellow Fins THUNDERSTONE are entering their native Eurovision Song Contest selection.


Ian Anderson brings the first Acoustic Jethro Tull Tour to the UK for 11 dates in March 2007. The band will include long time Tull guitarist Martin Barre as well as special integrated guest violinist **Anna Phoebe.

Ian Anderson says. “My role in life was always to be an acoustic musician but for the last 38 years, I have had some very noisy friends! This will be the first time we’ve actually done a really Acoustic Jethro Tull Tour. Over a third of our catalogue of recorded material is acoustic or contains sections of acoustic music and the shows will feature a number of these tracks including Fat Man, Dun Ringill and Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day. We have also re-arranged some of our more rock-oriented songs like Aqualung, Locomotive Breath and My God. So the concerts will contain a varied selection of old and new music.”

Violinist Anna Phoebe will join the band for many classic Tull tracks as well as some Ian Anderson/Tull material not previously performed in the UK. She will NOT be the opening act but will play some tracks from her new album "Gypsy" with Jethro Tull. The acoustic tour first goes to The Netherlands and Scandinavia at the end of November.

EMI Records plan to release a Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull album in early March 2007. Some bonus tracks of new or unrecorded music will also feature on this CD.

Jethro Tull will play a special early evening, Christmas Acoustic Concert on 19th December at St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London. This will be in aid of charities for the homeless. The Church only holds around 350 people and ticket details will be announced shortly on both and This show and all remaining concerts for 2006 will feature the talents of violinist Ann Marie Calhoun.

Full details are:-
Fri 23th High Wycombe The Swan Theatre
Sat 24th Cardiff St David's Hall
Mon 26th Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Tue 27th Leicester De Montfort Hall
Wed 28th Reading Hexagon
Fri 30th London *Shepherd's Bush Empire
Sat 31st London *Shepherd's Bush Empire
* with orchestra
Sun 1st Salisbury City Hall
Mon 2nd Derby Assembly Rooms
Tue 3rd York Grand Opera House
Wed 4th Middlesbrough Town Hall

All shows start at 7.30pm and there is no support.


GIRLSCHOOL have cancelled their upcoming German/Italian shows.

17th Perth, Belvoir Amphitheatre
19th Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
20th Melbourne, Festival Hall

Mar. 08 - Liverpool, UK - University
Mar. 09 - Leeds, UK - University
Mar. 11 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Mar. 12 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
Mar. 13 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Mar. 14 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Mar. 15 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
Mar. 16 - Norwich, UK - UEA
Mar. 18 - Bristol, UK - Academy
Mar. 19 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
Mar. 20 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
Mar. 22 - Paris, France - Olympia
Mar. 23 - Weisbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Mar. 24 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk
Mar. 25 - Tillberg, Holland - 013
Mar. 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
Mar. 27 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
Mar. 29 - Dortmund, Germany - Westhafallenhalle
Mar. 30 - Dijon, France - Zenith
Mar. 31 - Munich, Germany - Elserhalle
Apr. 03 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
Apr. 04 - Milan, Italy - Alcatrazz
Apr. 06 - Clermont-Ferrad, France - Coop de Mai
Apr. 09 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
Apr. 10 - Brussels, Belgium - Halles de Schaerbeek

April 27 – Thessaloniki @ Mylos
April 28 – Athens @ Fuzz Live
April 29 – Athens @ Fuzz Live

January 12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Cox Business Services Conv. Ctr.
January 13 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
January 15 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
January 17 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
January 20 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
January 22 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
January 23 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena
January 25 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
January 26 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
January 28 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
January 30 - Orlando, FL @ Orlando Centroplex
January 31 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
February 27 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
March 2 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
March 3 - Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall
March 6 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
March 7 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center


LOST WEEKEND ‘Forever Moving On’ Z Records (2006)

The UK based melodic rockers return with their fourth album and the final recordings of keyboards player Irvin Parratt, who has been replaced by guitarist Squiz – be interesting to see how they sound live with an added guitarist. One of the busiest men in rock is again at the production helm, Vince O’Regan (Bob Catley/Eden/Alibi). In fact one song of Bob Catley’s ‘Spirt Of Man’ album resurfaces on here namely ‘Beautiful Mind’, which is an acoustic driven tune on here. Elsewhere the title track is a blissful example of classy melodic rock and some very tasty guitar riffs. Of course there are ballads with ‘Save the Best ‘till Last’ and epic ‘I Will Be Here For You’ a tune you’d expect to find on a Bob Catley or Magnum album, great stuff!
Possibly the band’s best album to date, with vocalist Paul Uttley putting in a top draw performance throughout the album. A very keyboard led album and be interesting to see how the band develops with two guitarists and no keyboards player.

Jason Ritchie

WHITESNAKE ‘Live In The Shadow Of The Blues’ SPV (2006)

A double live CD recorded on the band’s recent tour plus four new studio tracks, all co-written by main man David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Turning to the new songs first ‘Ready To Rock’ does just what it says, a nice heavy tune and sounding not unlike late 80’s Whitesnake. ‘If You Want Me’ is okay, nothing special and the slow number ‘All I Want Is You’ sounds uncannily at times like a reworked version of ‘Is This Love’. Last new song is ‘Dog’ which is a heavy rocker with Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach duelling away on guitars, hinting at maybe a new direction for the band - less polished and more guitars. So two good tracks and two okay tracks and hopefully the new studio album due sometime next year will be worth the wait.
The live set is of course the Whitesnake classics albeit geared more towards the band’s late 80’s output. You can’t go wrong with ‘Slide It In’, ‘Still Of The Night’ and ‘Bad Boys’ (although I wish Coverdale could resist from his dog howl at the start of a few songs on here!). There are some Moody/Marsden era tunes including ‘Fool For Your Loving’ and ‘Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues’. There is even a blues work out on ‘Blues For Mylene ‘06’, although Aldrich as good a guitarist as he is lacks that real blues passion in his playing that you get with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody. The whole band gels well with Whitesnake veteran Tommy Aldridge keeping it steady on the drums and new boy bassist Uriah Duffy linking in well with Aldridge. Timothy Drury on keys/backing vocals is not drowned out either and gives his all on the Deep Purple medley ‘Burn’/’Stormbringer’.
Of the recent DVD and CD releases this one is the one to get if you only want one due to a wider set list and of course four new songs. Whitesnake and Mr Coverdale are back at their best, although a one-off show with Moody & Marsden would be a real treat if at all possible sometime soon.

Jason Ritchie


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