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Monday, January 29, 2007

MARILLION’s new album Somewhere Else will be released on April 9th through the band's own Intact label. The tracklisting of the new album is as follows:
The Other Half
See It Like A Baby
Thank You, Whoever You Are
Most Toys
Somewhere Else
Voice From The Past
No Such Thing
The Wound
The Last Century For Man
Faith

The album will be preceded by a single See It Like A Baby on 26th March.

BOSTON’s Tom Scholz has filed suit against latter-day guitarist Anthony Cosmo over the use of the band's name. Scholz made his move after Cosmo began advertising his connection to the group, which is a violation of his contract, according to the Boston Business Journal. Scholz is also upset because Cosmo and his father Fran, who was a lead singer with the group, played a show recently in St. Croix that they advertised as Boston. BOSTON are lining-up US dates for this summer.

MIKE OLDFIELD is to publish his autobiography Changeling through Virgin Books on 10th May 2007.

Vocalist Joey Belladonna has quit ANTHRAX for the second time. The band are trying to lure back JOHN BUSH.

David Bowie is to release another best-of compilation album on March 19 called Bowie The Best Of 1980/1987. The release is basically a watered down version of the 2005 triple CD The Platinum Collection which will feature 19 tracks of material recorded between 1980 and 1987. The package will also come with a DVD called Sight and Sound which features 15 videos including previously unavailable versions of The Drowned Girl and When The Wind Blows.

GIG NEWS

FIREFEST 4 will take place on October 26th & 27th but no bands are confirmed as yet.

Rumours now that there will be no Monsters of Rock festival this year although IRON MAIDEN & SAXON are tipped to appear at this year’s Download festival.

PEARL JAM
08/6 Lisbon, Portugal Passeio Maritimo Alges
09/6 Madrid, Spain Festimad
12/6 Munich, Germany Olympichalle
13/6 Katowice, Poland Chorzow Stadion Slaski
15/6 Italy TBA
16/6 Vienna, Austria Nova Rock Festivval
18/6 London, England Wembley Arena
21/6 Dusseldorf, Germany Ltu Arena
23/6 Tuttlingen, Germany Southside Festival
24/6 Scheebel, Germany Hurricane Festival
26/6 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum
28/6 Nijmegen, Holland Goeffert Park
29/6 Werchter, Belgium Werchter Festival

GLENN HUGHES
Feb. 21 - Dom Oficerov - Petropavl Kamchatsky, Russia
Feb. 23 - Fesko Hall - Vladivostok, Russia
Feb. 25 - Octobersky Con. Hall - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
Feb. 27 - Muzcomedy Theatre - Khabarovsk, Russia
Mar. 01 - Dom Oficerov - Blagoveschensk, Russia
Mar. 03 - Cosmos Concert Hall - Ekaterinburg, Russia
Mar. 05 - B2, Moscow - Russia
Mar. 06 - Lensoveta Theatre - St. Petersburg, Russia
Mar. 08 - State Circus, Samara - Russia
Mar. 09 - Busin. & Ent. Centre - Chelyabinsk, Russia
Mar. 10 - Club Hootch, Ekaterinburg - Russia
Mar. 12 - KH Oktyabrski, Kiev - Russia

REVIEWS

JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS ‘In The Palace Of The King’ Eagle (2007) www.eagle-rock.com

This is John Mayall’s 56th official release! Now into his 70’s he can still play those guitar licks and then some. This album is a tribute to fellow blues guitarist Freddie King, who was a big influence on Mayall and fellow British based guitarists in the 60’s. King passed away in 1976 but his influence and songs live on helped by this fitting tribute by Mayall. ‘Goin’ Down’ is most probably the most instantly recognisable track on here, whilst the instrumental ‘Cannonball Shuffle’ sees Robben Ford guest on guitar and Mayall switching to harmonica. ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and ‘Big legged Woman’ are other stand out tracks. Two Mayall penned tuens finish off the album with ‘King of the Kings’, the latter featuring some cracking boogie woogie piano playing.
A very enjoyable classic blues rock album with plenty of variety and John Mayall still on great form after all these years of playing and touring (his touring schedule would put many newer bands to shame!).

****
Jason Ritchie

RICK WAKEMAN ‘Live at the BBC’ Hux Records (2007) www.huxrecords.com

Two CD set featuring Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble (who featured vocalist Ashley Holt) in concert back in 1976. One set from Radio 1’s ‘In Concert’ series and the other an ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ recording. Set features an extended version of ‘Catherine Howard’ with its full guitar solo and Wakeman playing like a madman on ‘Catherine Parr’, one of my favourite Wakeman tracks. The two set lists are similar bar ‘Arthur’ and ‘The Forest’ being only on the ‘In Concert’ disc. Both discs form a fitting snapshot of Rick Wakeman in his solo prime and also the final concerts withy the English Rock Ensemble.
Very informative sleeve notes make for a ‘must’ have’ CD for fans of Rick Wakeman.

****
Jason Ritchie

VARIOUS ‘Fopp Award For New Music 2006 – SE/London’ (EP 2007)

The four bands on here are the regional winners of the music chain Fopp’s competition to find the best new music out there. An eclectic bunch, with singer/songwriter Conrad Vingoe worthy of further investigation. As too is the track by the Dials. If you heard this you’d swear it was a long lost 60’s psychedelic track! Great tune full of spacey riffs and a nod to the Byrds in the vocals. Olympus Mons are your standard indie guitar rock, okay but nothing earth shattering and the final track is by electro band the Outskirter. Not my cup of tea but a decent tune nonetheless. Good on Fopp for doing this but where are the rock/metal bands???

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

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