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Monday, March 05, 2007

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CHRIS SQUIRE (YES) is in the process of preparing a new solo album. He's rehearsing with Paul Stacey and Gerard Johnson and the album is targeted for a summer release.

Recently reformed band James will release their comeback album on April 30 according to play.com, the same day as Tangerine Dream will release an album called ‘Madcap's Flaming Duty’, which is a tribute to the late Pink Floyd man Syd Barrett.

Lost Highway records have confirmed that Ryan Adams will release a new album called ‘Easy Tiger’ on June 4th.

HARD-FI plan to release their second album in June.

WOLFMOTHER plan to start work on their second album soon with a live DVD also in the works.

GEORGE MICHAEL will be the first artists to perform at the new Wembley. Previous rumoured bands had included the ROLLING STONES and U2.

PRESS RELEASES

FastLane Records subsidiary The Independent Recording Group (IRG) are also back on track combining other quality Indie labels together in networking, data base collecting, clientele formation, etc., in hopes of building a strength in numbers approach to the Indie world as well as getting quality releases by quality Indie labels more exposure. IRG has also recently paired up with Digital Freakz (www.digitalfreaks.com) to bring forth new technology in digital downloads to purchase and to set up audio players for the MySpace sites...For more information, please contact info@independentrecordinggroup.com or visit us at www.independentrecordinggroup.com

GIG NEWS
THE POLICE
September
4th Birmingham National Indoor Arena
8th London’s Twickenham Stadium
October
15th Manchester MEN Arena
19th Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium

PINK CREAM 69 ‘In10sity’ Frontiers (2007) www.frontiers.it

Amazingly the band has been going for twenty years now and this is their tenth studio release. I have not been a big fan previously but I am happy to report this album rocks and then some! With the permanent addition of second guitarist Uwe Reitenaeur the music is very heavy and in your face. In fact bar the short, gentle ‘Desert Land’ and the ballad ‘Last Train To Nowhere’ (the only track to feature keyboards) the songs romp along.
Check out the great drum sound on ‘Children of the Dawn’ and ‘No Way Out’, with the catchy ‘I am Not Afraid’ up there with the best of TNT. Melodic metal doesn’t get much better than this! Vocalist David Readman does have Coverdale air about him especially in the intro/fade out to songs, with ‘mmms’ and ‘come on’ abound. ‘A New Religion’ will delight Whitesnake/THT/Talisman fans and again a great driving drum sound. Dennis Ward does a sterling production job as well, nice and clear with a big sound.
One of this year’s ‘must have’ albums and a cracking listen.

****1/2
Jason Ritchie

BUCKCHERRY ‘Next 2 You’ Atlantic (CDS 2007) www.buckcherry.com

New single from the band’s excellent ‘15’ album to coincide with a short UK tour. Their last single ‘Crazy Bitch’ generated lots of coverage mainly over the video and its string of err scantily clad ladies.
‘Next 2 You’ is classic Buckherry – cracking guitar solos, sex fuelled lyrics and a chorus that won’t leave your head. Great band, great single.

****
Jason Ritchie

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