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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Interview with ALAN MORSE (SPOCK’S BEARD) –
http://www.getreadytorock.com/rock_stars/alan_morse.htm

GREAT WHITE will celebrate its 25th anniversary by touring and releasing a new record in 2007. According to a posting on the band's web site, vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall will be rejoined for the tour and album by NIGHT RANGER’s Michael Lardie (keyboards,guitar), ex-QUIET RIOT Sean McNabb (bass) and Audio Desbrow (drums). The first show is scheduled for January 27, 2007 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California as part of the Save The Harp Seals fundraiser.

Within Temptation are to release a new single in January. Called 'What Have You Done', it features a guest appearance from Life Of Agony vocalist Keith Caputo.

THE HOOTERS release their new album on March 10th.

According to ESCToday.com, LORDI's latest album, "The Arockalypse", has been certified triple platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 90,000 copies. It is now also among the Top 60 best-selling albums ever in Finland.

PRESS RELEASES

GRAVEYARD SMASHES VOLUME 1 is the latest release from the legendary DEAD MEN WALKING. For the first time ever, you can hear all the classic songs associated with this amazing rock and roll line up RECORDED IN THE STUDIO. Dead Men Walking is a unique blend of the instrumental and vocal talents of all four members.
On drums, the world's only stand up drummer - Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats On bass - the people's punk and Blah party leader - Captain Sensible of The Damned On guitar - Spear Of Destiny's master of the dark arts - Kirk Brandon On harmonica and electro acoustic guitar the Welsh balladeer - Mike Peters of The Alarm.
Graveyard Smashes Volume 1 features Dead Men Walking versions of The Damned's all time punk rock classic - 'New Rose' , Stray Cats rockabilly rumble - 'Runaway Boys', Theatre Of Hate's visionary - '[Do You Believe In The] Westworld and The Alarm's punk and roll anthem - '45 R.P.M.'
Backed up with reworked versions of Alarm/Damned/Spear/Stray Cat gems such as 'Up For Murder', 'Liberator', 'Little Miss Prissy' and 'Love Song', the 14 track CD Graveyard Smashes Volume 1 is serious testament to the originality of the Dead Men Walking completed by an amazing Kirk Brandon lead re-read of Joy Division's 'Transmission'.
Recorded at the same time as the soon to be released in 2007 debut album of 'new' material that the Dead Men completed during the recent U.K. tour this album lays to rest the ghost of Dead Men past and resurrects the spirit of the Dead Men future!

DEAD MEN WALKING † GRAVEYARD SMASHES VOLUME 1
NEW ROSE
ROCK THIS TOWN
SIXTY EIGHT GUNS
[DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE] WESTWORLD
SMASH IT UP
RUMBLE IN BRIGHTON
UP FOR MURDER
LIBERATOR
LOVE SONG
LITTLE MISS PRISSY
45 R.P.M.
TRANSMISSION
NEAT NEAT NEAT
RUNAWAY BOYS

How to order: https://www18.safesecureweb.com/21stcenturyradio/ec/store.asp?func=viewproduct&id=350


Press Release / Buckcherry's smash hit single Crazy Bitch has earned a Grammy nomination from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the category of Best Hard Rock Performance. The lead single from the gold certified release, 15 (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records), Crazy Bitch is currently the most played song at Rock radio along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dani California.
15 is the band's first studio album in four years released in the U.S. in April 2006 with a debut at #2 on the Independent Album Chart. The out-of-the-box success of 15 gained the attention of Atlantic Records who immediately brought them up in the ranks adding them to the roster.
Buckcherry lead singer and co-founder Josh Todd reacted to the news: "Who would have thought you could record an album in fifteen days, release it independently, have it go gold and get nominated for a Grammy in less than a year? When we started this project, no one believed in it except us and our management company. It's exciting and shows that if you're passionate and work hard anything can happen."
Buckcherry just announced a national co-headlining tour with 3 Days Grace kicking off in January. Details available at www.buckcherry.com


New Jersey Hard Rock band Norway is extremely proud to announce that the song "Bridge of Faith" will be released December 20, 2006 as the bonus track in Japan(Marquee/Avalon) on our new CD "Rising Up From The Ashes".
50% of all royalties from this song, will be donated to MUSICRISING.ORG an instrument replacement fund for Gulf Coast musicians (Katrina).

GIG NEWS


CHRISTY MOORE
23RD OCTOBER - COLSTON HALL - BRISTOL
26TH/27TH OCTOBER - APOLLO HAMMERSMITH - LONDON
29TH OCTOBER - BRIGHTON DOME - BRIGHTON
30TH OCTOBER - ST DAVIDS HALL - CARDIFF
21ST NOVEMBER - ROYAL CONCERT HALL - NOTTINGHAM
24TH NOVEMBER - GRAND OPERA HOUSE - YORK
25TH NOVEMBER - CITY HALL – SHEFFIELD

THE LEVELEERS
25TH APRIL - SALISBURY CITY HALL - SALISBURY
26TH APRIL - AYLESBURY CIVIC HALL - AYLESBURY
27TH APRIL - WARWICK ARTS CENTRE - COVENTRY
28TH APRIL - TOWN HALL - MIDDLESBROUGH
29TH APRIL - WINDING WHEEL – CHESTERFIELD

REO SPEEDWAGON
Monday, 4 Jun 2007 Glasgow royal concert hall
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 7:00 PM Bridgewater hall Manchester
Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 7:00 PM symphony hall Birmingham
Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 7:00 PM Hammersmith Apollo

SAXON
February
28 - UK Glasgow Garage **
March
2 - Belfast, UK at Spring & Airbrake **
3 - Dublin, Ireland at Temple Bar Music Centre **
4 - Manchaster, UK at Academy 2 **
6 - Wolverhampton, UK at Civic Hall *
7 - Nottingham, UK at Rock City *
8 - Cardiff, UK at Coal Exchange *
9 - London, UK at Astoria **
10 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo **
11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso **
13 - Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall *
14 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle *
15 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle **
16 - Berlin, Germany at Huxleys Neue Welt *
17 - Leipzig, Germany at Werk 2 *
18 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle *
20 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn/LKA **
21 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7 **
22 - Toulouse, France at Havana Cafe **
23 - Madrid, Spain at Macumba **
24 - Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam **
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz **
26 - Santiago, Spain at Capitol **
27 - Porto, Portugal at Hard Club **
29 - Lyon, France at Transbordeur **
30 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre **
April
12 - Saarbrücken, Germany at Garage **
13 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle **
14 - München, Germany at Große Elser Halle **
15 - Mailand, Italy at Alcatraz **
16 - Firenze, Italy at Viper **
17 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus **
20 - Athens, Greece at Gagarin 205 **
21 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Ydrogeios **
23 - Bucharest, Romania at Preoteasa **
24 - Beograd, Serbia at SKC **
25 - Zagreb, Croatia at Boogaloo Club **
26 - Budapest, Hungary Petofi Hall **
27 - Wien, Austria at Planet Music **
28 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta **
29 - Krakow, Poland at Club Studio **
30 - Warszawa, Poland at Stodola **
May
2 - Vilnius, Lithuania at PHC **
3 - Tallinn, Estonia at Rock Cafe **
4 - St. Petersburg, Rusia at DS Jubileiny **
5 - Helsinki, Finland at Tavastia **
6 - Oulu, Finland at Teatria **
8 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan **
9 - Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller **
10 - Göteborg, Sweden atTrädgarn **
11 - Malmö, Sweden atKB **
12 - Osnabrück, Germany Halle Gartlage **
13 - Hardenberg, Holland at Podium **
* MASTERPLAN, ROSE TATTOO and guest
** Masterplan and guest

REVIEWS

SINNER ‘Mask Of Sanity’ MTM Music (2007) www.mtm-music.com

Mat Sinner and his band have been going since the mid-80’s and now he has a more hands on role with the label MTM, whereby he is signing more heavier and modern rock bands than the label’s more melodic fare. The band have had a few line-up changes as well with ex-Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling joining permanently and a new guitarist Christof Leim.
Musically this is solid, classic metal which occasionally rises up to some cracking tunes like ‘The Sign’ and ‘The Other Side’ but for the most part is fine to listen to but nothing really special. Sure the guitar solos are good and Matt Sinner’s vocals have that heavy metal power in them but many tines just lack that spark to really want you to play this album again and again.
If you are already a fan of the band then this will doubtless keep you happy, otherwise listen to a few songs first as it is not a ‘must have’.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

DANIEL McMASTER ‘Rock Bonham and the Long Road Back’ Sun City Records (2006) www.suncityrecords.com

Who you may ask? Well Daniel McMaster was the vocalist with Bonham, a band who released two wonderful albums and featured the band’s namesake Jason Bonham (later to pop up in UFO and now Foreigner). This is a collection of demos he has recorded from 1991 onwards. Bearing in mind that these tracks need that final production polish they are very good! Think Tesla in their slower mode, in fact ‘Is She Falling?’ and ‘Walk With Me’ would have Tesla fans in raptures. But the real treat on here are four Bonham demos that have been released before. ‘Friend of Mine’ hints a real Led Zep groove, whilst ‘Great Confusion’ is just a great no frills rock track. Shame they never made that third album…
Obviously one for fans of Bonham but is m ore than just a collectors’ gem in that the solo tracks are very good and as mentioned previously would give Tesla a run for their money!

****
Jason Ritchie

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