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Monday, December 04, 2006

Peter Hook (New Order, Joy Division), Mani (Primal Scream, Stones Roses) and Andy Rourke (The Smiths) have formed a group called Freebase.

Alter Bridge are currently working hard on their 2nd album with bassist Brian Marshall giving the following comment on their website:
“Hello everyone, glad to see you all are hanging in there. We have been in writing mode here in Orlando for some time, awaiting word on engineers/producers/labels to start recording. Looks like we are getting very close to the pre-production of our second record. We've all decided that these some 20 songs are probably the best we have ever created and if we don't get them tracked soon we will be pulling our hair out, locking the doors and beating eachother to a pulp. Just kidding of course. We have had our hands tied and anxiously await to share it with you all....until later...your 5 string friend, bringing the thunder... Brian Marshall”.

The track details for the two new 2007 NIGHT RANGER releases have been announced.
The band recently completed work on their new studio album, their first since 1998's Seven release. It looks like the album will be titled Hole In The Sun and will feature the following tracks: Tell Your Vision . Drama Queen . Whatever Happened . There is Life . Rock Star . You're Gonna Hear From Me . Fool in Me . White Knuckle Ride . Revelation 4am . Hole In The Sun . Being . Wrap it Up.
In addition to that release, there is the Live In Japan 2003 release lined up, which will feature the following tracks: Don't Tell Me You Love Me . Four In The Morning . Goodbye . Rumours In The Air . Sentimental Street . Seven Wishes . Sing Me Away . Sister Christian . When You Close Your Eyes . You Can Still Rock In America.


“The Almighty are definitely one of the best bands to have played with us through the years. They’ve always been a special band and special people. Listen to this anthology and you’ll see why”. – Steve Harris (Iron Maiden).

The Almighty, the recently reformed eight legged axe-grinding machine who brought the house down when they headlined the Bulldog Bash 2006, are set to tour the UK in December, a month prior to the release of their ‘Anth’f***Ing’ology The Gospel According To…’ CD/DVD on Sanctuary Records on February 5th 2007. Dates are:-

Tue. December 26th Nottingham Rock City (£15)
Wed. December 27th London Shepherds Bush Empire (£17.50)
Thu. December 28th Sheffield Corporation (£15)
Fri. December 29th Newcastle Academy (£15)
Sat. December 30th Glasgow Garage (£15)

‘Anth’f***Ing’ology The Gospel According To…’ is the Almighty’s first ever comprehensive career assessment. Included on the CD (Disc One) are all 13 singles the Almighty ever released, plus select bonus tracks compiled by the band themselves, taken from their seven studio albums to date. Included on the DVD (Disc Two) are all the promo videos shot for the singles, plus extras. The accompanying booklet is crammed with photos and memorabilia together with a complete band discography and extensive sleeve notes, written by Classic Rock Magazine’s Dave Ling and Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris.

After detonating onto the UK metal scene in 1988, The Almighty released a succession of top 40 singles and powerful top 20 albums, rammed with fearsome metal commandments and chest bursting anthems, before finally imploding in 2001.

When bassist Floyd London was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in September 2004, he was given only a 50/50 chance of survival of the immediate course of chemotherapy he was prescribed. “I would’ve been dead within weeks had I not gone to see the doctor,” marvels Floyd at the memory. “Fortunately, I responded well to the aggressive treatment.”

Indebted to the medical staff that had treated him, London galvanised the Ricky Warwick / Stumpy Munroe / Pete Friesen line-up of The Almighty into two reunion gigs early in 2006, raising £25,000 for Leukaemia research in the process. The band had the time of their lives playing again and agreed to headline the Bulldog Bash in August 2006, where they had the massive crowd of bikers and rock lovers eating out of their hands.

Much as the band relish playing together again, they’re not looking to work as permanently as before. “It was odd that doing something for Floyd could bring us back together, but within five minutes of starting rehearsals we knew that it felt right,” enthuses the now Californian-based frontman Ricky Warwick, who’s married for the second time and involved with Circus Diablo, a project featuring The Cult’s Billy Duffy. The Almighty’s ‘temporary’ comeback shows no sign of abating, though.

“Offers are coming in for shows, and it’s great that an official anthology like ‘Anth’F***ing’ology – The Gospel According To The Almighty’ is being released. Floyd’s feeling strong and things are proceeding naturally. Is the urge to write new songs still there? Definitely, it never goes away. And to tell you the truth, music is probably crying out again for a band like The Almighty,” adds Ricky.

So the door’s being left ajar, just to see what might happen? “Yeah. We’re not actively pursuing tours, record deals or whatever. But if we feel like writing some new stuff, who’s gonna stop us?”


16/12 The Ents Shed Bedford (Milton Keynes)
17/12 Riff's Swindon
19/12 Rock Cafe 2000 Stourbridge (Birmingham)
22/12 The Boileroom Guildford
22/02 The Half Moon Putney (London)
The band will consist of :
John Young (keys & vox)
Robin Boult (gtrs) (Howard Jones)
Frosty Beedle (drums) (Cutting Crew)
Steve Vantsis (bass) (Fish)

Spock's Beard have been confirmed as the headline band on the Saturday night of Rotherham Rocks 007. The other bands are Arilyn, Jump, Anemo and Psi Phi. The Friday night session will be headlined by Ray Wilson, along with Strangefish, Dark Ocean, Abel Ganz and Underground Ballroom.
The Friday gig will take place at the Herringthorpe Leisure Complex on May 12th, while Saturday's gig will be at the Oakwood Centre. There are also plans for a Saturday afternoon acoustic session.

SKID ROW has cancelled all of its previously announced dates for December. No reason was given for the cancellation.

HEAVEN AND HELL - the new project featuring metal icon Ronnie James Dio (vocals - DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), Black Sabbath legends Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and the recent addition of Vinny Appice (drums - ex-Dio, Black Sabbath) are confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 6-9, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. Other acts on the bill include: HEAVEN AND HELL, BLIND GUARDIAN, MOTÖRHEAD, REO SPEEDWAGON, THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW, TROUBLE, KREATOR, UDO, SUZI QUATRO, GOV'T MULE, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, THUNDER, THE ANSWER, AXEL RUDI PELL, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, RANDY PIPER´S ANIMAL, TOKYO DRAGONS, ELDRITCH, LION'S SHARE, FALCONER.

Jan. 16 - London, UK @ The Underworld
Jan. 17 - Milton Keynes, UK @ Woughton Centre
Jan. 18 - Cardiff, Wales at The Point
Jan. 19 - Dudley, UK @ JB's
Jan. 20 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Jan. 21 - Bradford, UK @ Bradford Rio
Jan. 22 - Crewe, UK @ Limelight

12/31/06 The Station Square Pittsburg, PA
02/01/07 Mulcahy’s Long Island, NY
02/02/07 Harper’s Ferry Boston, MA
02/03/07 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
02/07/07 Amos’s Southend Charlotte, NC


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