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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

DEEP PURPLE have urged fans not to buy the recently released ‘Live at the NEC 1993’ on Sony/BMG as they feel it does not put the band in a good light.

FASTER PUSSYCAT frontman Taime Downe has issued the following statement (handbags at dawn!):
"FASTER PUSSYCAT is NOT playing Europe in April and May. That is Brent Muscat doing his FP tribute band, playing my songs. We will be on tour in the U.S. in May and Europe in the summer. Sorry it you already bought tickets.
"P.S.: Message to Brent: I didn't want it to turn into this, you prick! But I started the band, not you.... I wrote the songs, not you. I did the work.... NOT YOU!!!.... but that's you, always taking credit that's not yours!!!"

Three David Lee Roth solo albums will be reissued April 3 in the US. Remastered versions of the original Van Halen singer's 1991 disc, A Little Ain't Enough, and 1994 effort, Your Filthy Little Mouth, will be made available along with the first-ever CD edition of Sonrisa Salvaje -- the rare Spanish-language version of his 1986 effort, Eat 'Em and Smile. The VAN HALEN ‘Best Of’ due in April has now been cancelled.

PAUL STANLEY’s recent US concerts had an average attendance of 62% of tickets sold (or 950 people on average per venue) according to Pollstar.

PRESS RELEASES

Any fan who attended TOTO shows over the last year noticed that Mike Porcaro had toured after having sustained a very painful injury to his left hand. Despite the fact that it was difficult, Mike persevered and played each and every date of the first leg of the Falling In Between Tour. After returning home, Mike sought medical treatment and has been recovering nicely; however, he has not been able to recuperate in time to join the band on the upcoming tour.
“I was hoping that the situation would be better by now,” Mike states, “but it hasn’t improved. It’s gonna take a while. I’m working on it, and I hope to be back in the saddle soon enough. But, unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to make this upcoming run. Nobody feels worse about it than me, but that’s the reality of it.”
Despite the short notice, TOTO have recruited one of the best bass players around to substitute for Mike: acclaimed session musician and life-long friend Leland (Lee) Sklar. “Those of you on the TOTO Network have seen Lee; he’s a big part of the Network and what we’re trying to do there with the web. He’s going to play bass and you’re going to love it. You’re in great hands,” says Mike, and jokes, “Come on down and see him play and see a real bass player.”
Sklar, a renowned player whose credits include James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, is looking forward to playing with his long-time friends in TOTO. He will be filling in for Mike on all of the upcoming TOTO tour dates so that Mike has the time to fully recover. “I hope to see you all soon,” says Mike. “I’m sorry that this is the way it is, but this is life and I’ll hopefully be back really soon. So God bless and enjoy the upcoming tour!”
Mike recorded a special video message apologizing for not being able to do the tour and introducing Lee to the fans.
http://www.toto99.com/multimedia/videos/mike.shtml

GIG NEWS

FOREIGNER
Mon 03/12/07 Tokyo, JPN Koseinenkin Kaikan
Tue 03/13/07 Tokyo, JPN Koseinenkin Kaikan
Thu 03/15/07 Honolulu, HI Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
Fri 03/16/07 Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sat 03/17/07 Kona, HI Hilton Waikoloa
Tue 03/20/07 Austin, TX Travis County Exposition Center
Fri 03/30/07 Long Beach, CA Vault 350
Sat 03/31/07 Scottsdale, AZ Westworld
Mon 04/09/07 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Fri 04/13/07 Grand Prairie, TX Lone Star Park At Grand Prairie
Fri 05/18/07 Peachtree City, GA Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
Sat 05/19/07 Peachtree City, GA Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
Sun 05/20/07 Hudson, FL Port Hudson Marina
Sat 05/26/07 San Juan, PR Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Thu 06/14/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Fri 06/15/07 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
Sat 06/16/07 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 06/17/07 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Thu 06/21/07 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
Fri 06/22/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat 06/23/07 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Thu 06/28/07 Moosic, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 06/29/07 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
Sat 06/30/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino / Spa
Sun 07/01/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Tue 07/03/07 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Sat 07/28/07 Janesville, WI Rock County 4-H Fair
Fri 08/17/07 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
Fri 08/31/07 Woodstock, VA Shenandoah County Fair
12th & 13th Oct Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino

The Killers, Snow Patrol and the Foo Fighters will be the three headliners of the 2-day 2007 V Festival later this summer. The twinned event which takes place at in Chelmsford and Staffordshire over the weekend of August 8-10 will see The Killers headline one night whilst Foo Fighters and Snow Patrol will co-headline the other.
Other artists confirmed to appear include Amy Winehouse, Babyshambles, Basement Jaxx, Damien Rice, Editors, Fratellis, Happy Mondays, James, James Morrison, Kasabian, Kooks, KT Tunstall, Manic Street Preachers, Mika, Paolo Nutini, Pink and Primal Scream.

TRAVIS
MAY
15 Grimsby Auditorium
16 Dundee Caird Hall
17 Glasgow Barrowlands
21 Newcastle Academy
22 Manchester Apollo
23 Bournemouth BIC
25 Birmingham Academy
26 Plymouth Pavilions
27 Reading Hexagon
29 London Hammersmith Apollo
JUNE
8 Thetford Forest, Suffolk
10 Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
23 Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
29 Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
30 Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire

REVIEWS

DAMAGE CONTROL Cargo Records (2007) www.damage-control.co.uk

You may not know the name but you will know the band, namely guitarist Robin George, bassists Pete Way (UFO), drummer Chris Slade (Asia/AC/DC/Uriah Heep) and on vocals the Quireboys Spike. Musically it reminds you of AC/DC and Nazareth, especially as Spike’s vocals sound like they’ve been squeezed through a mangler at times! In fact the only slight downside of the album is Spike’s vocals which at times just don’t seem to quite fit the music. That’s said ‘Dead Men Walking’, ‘Savage Songs’ and the album highlight ‘Alice’ are classic hard rock tunes. Robin George ditches his more polished guitar sound of his solo work for some mean, dirty riffing and a great piece of guitar on ‘Bitching Blues’. Chris Slade’s drumming is worthy of a special mention as well as he really powers along the songs and seems to get more free reign for powerhouse drumming than in his Asia days.
Fans of Nazareth, the Quireboys and Bon Scott era AC/DC will like this album I am sure as well as lovers of no frills blues based hard rock. Hopefully the band will tour and we will see another album from them as they obviously work well together.

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Jason Ritchie

AL ATKINS ‘The Sin Sessions’ Cargo Records (2007) www.dieselandglory.com

Al Atkins was a founding member of metal legends Judas Priest and this is his fifth solo release. He’s joined by a few notable guests including Budgie guitarist Simon Lees and Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler. Atkins has an earthy vocal style suited to the classic metal tunes on here of which ‘Demon Deceiver’ and ‘Blood, demons and Whiskey’ are the pick of the bunch. There are two Priest songs revisited on here, ‘Victim Of Changes’ and ‘Dreamer Deceiver’, both of which stay faithful to the originals (personally though I prefer Rob Halford singing these). Elsewhere it is pretty standard metal fare, well played but nothing really stand out.
If you are a Judas Priest fan give this a listen as the songs are not unlike the mighty Priest and of interest as well to fans of classic metal like Chariot, Saxon et al

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Jason Ritchie

THE DIALS (CDS 2007) www.thedials.co.uk

The Dials were recently winners in the Fopp unsigned bands competition and rightly so! They evoke the 60’s psychedelic sound and the harmony filled bands like the Byrds and CSN. The latter even form the basis of the third track on this EP ‘CSN’, a very lad back and mellow piece. ‘The Coracle’ is simply top stuff, lovely harmony and a real 60’s sound albeit with modern production. ‘Hernandez’ is the middle track on this three song CD and again the band maintain their high standards.
A very enjoyable CD and I urge fans of the Byrds and CSN to buy/download ‘The Coracle’ as it is too good to miss out on.

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Jason Ritchie

THE DECOYS ‘Songs About Girls’ (CDS 2007) www.decoysband.com

The Decoys come from the south coast of England (near Worthing) and have been going for three years. This is an enjoyable five track CD is upbeat pop rock with ‘She Won’t Wait’ and ‘Torn Up’ well worth checking out pronto. They remind me of the rather good Undercut and Black #5 (RIP), with the band’s emphasis on strong melodies and crashing guitar riffs when needed.

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Jason Ritchie

SON VENENO (CDS 2007) www.myspace.com/sonveneno

Mmmm…not sure I am the target market for this band as it contains lots of rapping and r’n’b, which along with jazz leaves me cold. ‘Stupid Song’ with its Latino beat is worth a listen, mind you ‘Bridge’ is background music at best, soon to be played in your local shopping centre…
Unless you like rap steer clear…

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Jason Ritchie

CONRAD VINGOE (CDS 2007) www.conradvingoe.co.uk

Singer/songwriter Conrad Vingoe is another winner of Fopp’s unsigned competition and with his mellow tunes sure to become a hit within fans of this genre. ‘How Come’ off the Fopp EP is a great little number, whilst ‘Letter To Self’ allows his voice to take the centre stage along with some wistful piano. There are a lot of acoustic singer/songwriters out there vying for attention but I would rank Vingoe as one of the best of the new voices and certainly worthy of further investigation.

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Jason Ritchie

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