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Sunday, December 31, 2006

URIAH HEEP have signed to Sanctuary and release their new studio album in the summer.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT has announced the bonus tracks for two album reissues coming out February 13.
The Legacy Edition of the 1978 live album "Some Enchanted Evening" will double from seven to 14 tracks, with previously unreleased performances of "ME 262", "Harvester of Eyes", "Hot Rails To Hell", "Summer Of Love", "5 Guitars", STEPPENWOLF's "Born To
Be Wild", and an alternate version of the ANIMALS' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place". The album will also comewith a bonus 11-track DVD recorded in 1978 at the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland, and new liner notes by PATTI SMITH GROUP guitarist Lenny Kaye.
The 1977 album "Spectres" comes with four bonus tracks from the recording sessions,
including the originals "Night Flyer", "M For Murder", "Please Hold", and a cover of the RONETTES' "Be My Baby". Kaye wrote liner notes for this reissue as well.

Former Procol Harum keyboard player Matthew Fisher has won the rights to 40 per cent of all future songwriting royalties on the band's seminal '67 hit 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. Fisher had sued the band's vocalist vocalist Gary Brooker, claiming that he'd written the instantly recognisable organ part, and wanted a share of past royalties, plus 50 per cent of all future monies. Brooker intends to appeal.

GMT, featuring Robin Guy, John McCoy and Bernie Torme, are to start recording their second, as yet untitled album next month. This should be released in the spring.

Rose Tattoo are to issue their new album on February 16. Called 'Blood Brothers', this is on Armaggedon Music.

BUTCH WALKER is back with a rocking band called 1969, listen to songs from their upcoming album "Maya" here:
www.myspace.com/1969theband

JEFF LYNNE is interviewed in the new issue of Q magazine.

PRESS RELEASES

The classic and highly respected American progressive rock band, Starcastle, will debut its first album of new material since 1978, Song Of Times, on ProgRock Records. The band had this to say:

"Starcastle is thrilled to join with Shawn Gordon and ProgRock Records in the release of our new work. We see this record as bridging our past and future, and are happy to be aligned with ProgRock, who represent so many fine and vital artists in this continually unfolding genre."

Song of Times includes contributions from all the original members: Gary Strater (bass and vocals), Matt Stewart (guitars and vocals), Steve Tassler (drums, vocals and keyboards), Herb Schildt (keyboards), Steve Hagler (guitar and vocals), and Terry Luttrell (vocals, original REO vocalist)- alongside a number of new players and singers, including current Starcastle vocalist Al Lewis and guitarist Bruce Botts. The record was mastered by Emily Lazar (Bowie, Lou Reed, Moby, etc). The fantastic artwork by Ed Unitsky equals and surpasses the best of progressive rock artwork and packaging.

Starcastle formed in the late 1960’s in Champaign Illinois. They released four records on CBS/Epic Records: Starcastle (1976), Fountains of Light (1976), Citadel (1977), and Real to Reel (1978). Together these records have sold more than a million copies. The middle two albums were produced by Queen/Cars/Darkness producer Roy Thomas Baker.

The band toured extensively into the 80’s, appearing with such artists as Aerosmith, Foreigner, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Ted Nugent, Rush, The Guess Who, Gentle Giant, Kansas, ELO, J. Geils, Styx, Peter Frampton, Hot Tuna, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana, Boston, Todd Rundgren, and of all bands - Sha Na Na!

Through a series of adventures and the passing in 2004 of bassist and driving light Gary Strater, this dedicated group of friends and associates have persevered to complete and release Song Of Times through Prog Rock records for shipping in late-January or from your local CD retailer from 13 March 2007, and are now looking forward to the new Starcastle’s headlining appearance April 27th, 2007 at the Rites of Spring Festival in Phoenixville, PA.

SPOCK'S BEARD
April 26 (Thu) Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
April 27 (Fri) - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill
April 29 (Sun) - RoSfest - Phoenixville, PA - www.rosfest.com
May 11 (Fri) - UK - Wolverhampton - The Robin 2
May 12 (Sat) - UK - Rotherham - Rotherham Rocks Festival
May 13 (Sun) - UK - London - Mean Fiddler
May 14 (Mon) - Belgium - Verviers - Spirit of 66
May 15 (Tue) - France - Paris - La Locomotive
May 16 (Wed) - Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7
May 17 (Thu) - Germany - Karlsruhe - Substage
May 18 (Fri) - Austria - Wien - Planet Music
May 20 (Sun) - Hungary - Budapest - Ship A-38
May 23 (Wed) - Germany - Hamburg - Markthalle
May 24 (Thu) - Germany - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
May 25 (Fri) - Netherlands - Zoetermeer - De Boerderij
May 26 (Sat) - Netherlands - Weert - De Bosuil
May 27 (Sun) - Germany - Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
May 28 (Mon) - Germany - Ulm - Ulmer Zelt

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