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Monday, January 22, 2007

VELVET REVOLVER release their new album, ‘Liberated’ on 14th May.

SONATA ARCTICA have begun mixing their new album at Finnvox studio in Helsinki. "There is not much more I can say about the music," keyboardist Henkka Klingenberg writes on the group's web site. "Generally I feel that trying to describe music with words is basically like having someone telling the radio news by playing a piano piece.....you can't win, and will definitely not know what's going on. Odd enough? Nevertheless, the stuff sounds really great. This is actually the first time we hear all the elements together, one of the drawbacks of using a zillion studios.”

Thee next instalment from the Neil Young live archives will be Live at Massey Hall which was recorded at the Toronto venue way back in 1971. Billboard reports that the album, which is out on March 12, contains favourites such as Don't Let It Bring You Down, I Am a Child, Ohio and Down by the River as well as The Needle and the Damage Done, Old Man and Heart of Gold, which went on to feature on his 1972 chart topping album called Harvest.

Guitarist Pete Morten has been named as Threshold's second guitarist for the band's forthcoming live shows, following the announcement that Nick Midson will be taking a break from the band.

SUN CAGED have announced that their new album entitled "Artemisia" is now finished and will be released on 23rd March 2007 through Lion Music.

Megadeth have uploaded a new track for streaming on their website, www.megadeth.com. It's called 'Gears Of War' and comes from fortchoming album 'United Abominations'.

Steevi Jaimz, the band featuring Steevie Jaimz (vocals), Ace Finchum (drums), Joacim Sandin (bass), Trashi Benzi and Vic Zino (guitars). The five-piece have been working with Swedish song writing and production duo Chris Laney and Anders Ringman (Zan Clan, CrashDiet), and aim to release an album later in the year.

PRESS RELEASES

Frontiers Salutes the Multi-Platinum Metal Artists DOKKEN with
“From Conception: Live 1981”
A CD of an Unreleased Concert with 3 Previously Unreleased Tracks.

DOKKEN ruled the charts and airwaves in the ‘80s with a trio of platinum albums powered by an unforgettable mix of Metal and melody. With the band headed in the studio in January to record their ninth album – “Lighting Strikes Again” due out summer 2007 – Frontiers Records (Zink Music/Bonnier Amigo) revisits the quartet’s early days with a Live CD from 1981, packed with unreleased material.

“From Conception” finds singer Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, drummer Mick Brown and bassist Jeff Pilson ripping through 10 unreleased live performances of several songs that were eventually recorded for the band’s debut album, “Breaking The Chains”, including “Live To Rock (Rock To Live)”, “Knightrider,” the title track, “Paris Is Burning” plus a showcase for Lynch’s formidable guitar heroics. The live disc also contains three previously unreleased tracks that didn’t make it onto the debut album because the label did not feel they were commercial enough at the time: “Goin’ Down,” “Hit And Run” and “You’re a Liar.”

“In 2006 I was asked to remix the original tapes for “Breaking The Chains” for a 25-year anniversary release” says Don Dokken. “So I went to our locker where we had been storing our master tapes for years and while I was there I noticed some old 2-inch tapes that were in faded boxes. When I put them on the machines, I was surprised to hear a few songs that never made it onto our future records”.

“I love the angst in the performance” continues Don, “we were hungry and ready to take on the world. It brought back a lot of memories hearing that show after all these years. I hope our fans will enjoy adding this to their DOKKEN collection—it’s definitely a blast from the past”.

Later this month, DOKKEN will return to their Redondo Beach studio to begin work on their ninth studio album, “Lightning Strikes Again”, their first studio release on Frontiers Records. Taking its title from a track from “Under Lock And Key”, the new album will be available everywhere this summer, featuring founding members Don Dokken and Mick Brown along with Jon Levin on guitars and Barry Sparks on bass.


JADIS NEWSLETTER - January 2007
Hi there everybody,
This is the first newsletter of 2007 and we hope that the New Year finds you all well.
We have arranged a couple of gigs towards the end of March and the tickets can be purchased in advance online :

The Talking Heads - Southampton - Saturday 24th March
(Go to www.thetalkingheads.co.uk to purchase online - tickets are £10 inc postage)

Herringthorpe Leisure Centre - Rotherham - Saturday 31st March
(Go to www.classicrocksociety.net and click on the CRS gig guide ... or call 01709 702575 -
tickets for this gig are £11 to CRS members or £15 to non members)
If anyone on the Jadis mailing list would like to help us by handing out promo cards or sampler 3 track cds at gigs/festivals / record fairs then please get in touch and we will send you some.

We look forward to seeing you at the gigs.
Laters


It is my duty to inform you that due to unfortunate conflicting commitments that both Liam and Andy Jennings have departed Mostly Autumn. We can only wish them all the best for the future in whatever they pursue. Andy will be focussing his time with "Snowfight" who are at a very exciting position at present. Liam has issued the following statement...
"Although it has been one of the hardest decisions i've had to make, I feel I must sadly depart from Mostly Autumn. Working with Mostly Autumn has been a great experience and a truly inspirational journey, I sincerely wish them every success in the future, not only will I miss performing with such fine musicians, I will also miss everyone connected behind the scenes.

I will concentrate 2007 on working on my solo album which will hopefully see it's release in the not too distant future.

I would like to thank each and every one of the fans that have given the band tremendous support throughout the years and all the years to come. See you on the other side..."

Liam Davison.
I would like you to give a warm welcome to Gavin Griffiths, ex-Karnataka and Fish, who will be joining the band on drums. We have admired Gavin's playing from afar for many years now and are very much looking forward to working with him. We will not be replacing Liam in the immediate future.

All dates will go ahead as normal and more will be added.

So as we approach a new era I can only say that, although there will be a sadness connected with these departures, I have never felt more excited about the future of Mostly Autumn. We are in the process of signing some new fantastic record contracts for North America, Canada, Scandinavia and Europe and the response to Heart Full Of Sky has been stunning.

Thanks again to all of you who pre-ordered H.F.O.S they are almost gone now and I can say it has been heart breaking deciding which songs to leave out for general release, but after weeks of taking many things into consideration, the final order will be disc one with Further From Home" slotted in before Dreaming. Half A World and Pocket Watch may be released as singles in the not too distant future.

Happy new year everybody and hope to see you at the Astoria and beyond,
Cheers, Bryan Josh

REVIEWS

SAXON ‘If I Was You’ SPV (CDS 2007) www.saxon747.com

Saxon’s first single release in many a year and it forms part of a new Channel 4 series ‘Harvey Goldsmith Presents’ whereby Goldsmith tries to get bands with a cult status into the big time again. The TV series starts in April but prior to this Saxon release this single today (20th January). This single is not half bad at all with a bit more polish on the old production to give it a radio friendly edge. The classic Saxon metal riffs are there and Biff Byford still sings like his life depended on it.
I am no big Saxon fan but this single does have the chance to make a top 40 splash and with a version of 747 (Strangers In the Night)’ on the single as well you can’t go wrong!

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

CHARLIE ROBY ‘Ramble & Shuffle’ Malandrin Music (2007) www.charlieroby.ca

Born in northern England but now resident in Canada, singer/songwriter Charlie Roby has produced a satisfying collection of tunes that range from the jaunty ‘Yorkshire Shuffle’ through to the blissful ‘Cinnamon Road’, with its references to the Beatles. Nicely played and produced this expands the folk genre this release would normally be put in and with the addition of tabla and other traditional Eastern instruments on ‘Dust’ and the brass on Monument To Love’ you certainly get variety on here.
Enjoyable and one to play to unwind but sadly not an essential purchase.

***
Jason Ritchie

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