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Monday, March 12, 2007

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Check out the new hard and heavy-sensation FRANCIS SOTO on MySpace. Former singer of SUBWAY and WICKED SENSATION.

The new WAARANT DVD has been pushed back until May.

Rush return with their first new collection of original material in nearly five years with the release of 'Snakes & Arrows' which is scheduled for release on May 1st through Atlantic Records. The album was recorded in the fall of 2006 with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and Rush co-producing.
The collection’s first single, “Far Cry,” is set to hit rock radio outlets nationwide in mid-March. “It’s hard to describe,” Geddy Lee recently told Revolver re: 'Snakes & Arrows' “It’s big, it’s bold, and I think it’s some of the best work we’ve done in years. I’m really pleased with the quality of the songs, and there’s lots of playing on it.” Rush - Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - will trumpet the release of 'Snakes & Arrows' with a full-scale North American tour, the renowned trio’s first since 2004’s. “An Evening with Rush: 30th Anniversary Tour.” The trek is slated to traverse the continent through the summer.
'Snakes and Arrows' will feature the following track listing:
Far Cry, Armor and Sword, Workin’ Them Angels, The Larger Bowl, Spindrift, The Main Monkey Business, The Way The Wind Blows, Hope, Faithless, Bravest Face, Good News First, Malignant Narcissism and We Hold On

House Of Shakira are currently working on a new album for Lion Music. In a press release issued by the label, the band currently working on ten new songs, writing as a band rather than indiviudals.

Magnus Rosén, bass player of HAMMERFALL, has decided to leave the band.

Brian May has given Journey vocalist Jeff Scott Soto a little love via a website update after today's Manchester show in the UK. Brain writes: "Jeff Scott Soto spotted in tasteful BANG! T-shirt! Very good! Bless 'im! JSS rocks! I sent him it, I think! He's good value!! In many ways! What a Bloke!!! See Journey on tour (for dates, see HERE) with Jeff singing! Good luck out there, JSS! Love bri."

Launch Radio Networks reports: NICKELBACK is releasing one more single from its 2005 album, "All The Right Reasons", and it's "Side Of A Bullet", a song inspired by the death of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger told Launch about the first time he played the track for Dimebag's brother, drummer Vinnie Paul. "I called Vinnie, I wanted to get his blessing, and I play him the tune and I'm telling him that it's this very PANTERA-inspired riff," Chad said. "He was into it. He was digging it over the phone, and then he says, 'You know what, dude? You gotta write one for Dime.' And I said, 'Well, I wasn't quite sure how to lead into this, but that's what the song's about, and I kind of want to get your blessing on it.'And he's like, 'Brother, of course you have my blessing.'"

Arjen Lucassen has quit STREAMS OF PASSION to concentrate on AYREON and now Lori Linstruth and Alejandro Millán have left the band as well. However the band will continue.

The new U.D.O. album "Mastercutor“ will be released on May 21st, 2007.


SACRED HEART have a new cd out this summer "SHAKE" and we'd like to offer our myspace friends (who don't already have one) a copy of our 10 track demo album "LAY IT ON THE LINE" for FREE!
Yes, FREE!
All promotion is good promotion, and all we ask is you cover postage & packing/shipping.
UK £2
Europe 3.50Euros
USA & rest of world $5
No hidden "anything" just wanna properley introduce as many people to SACRED HEART before our official album comes out in few months.
To pay (please do so) through - you don't need an account, just pay SACRED HEART, email/payee:
Thank you for your continued friendship & support, any questions please drop us a line.

All the best,

LAY IT ON THE LINE samples at

SHAKE samples at

Immergent release a Deluxe Tour Edition of Gillan’s Inn, the current celebrated album from legendary singer and Deep Purple front man Ian Gillan on 16th April. Gillan toured North America in August and September last year and captured on this special edition CD and DVD is the thrill that is a concert tour. The original Gillan’s Inn audio CD, now features 3 new bonus tracks and the DVD is also expanded with more content from the tour including backstage moments, tour bus fun, inebriated interviews and much more.

With the release of Gillan's Inn, Ian Gillan celebrated an unprecedented career as the quintessential voice of rock music. The album served as a dynamic retrospective of Ian's solo repertoire, in addition to his work as the lead singer for Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. However, this is not a collection of previous recordings, but rather, fresh takes on some of the most memorable songs of the rock genre.

Gillan enlisted the help of his friends to ensure that the recordings reached their full potential. What resulted amounts to a rock summit of epic proportions. Gillan's Inn features performances by Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Jeff Healy, Tony Iommi, Uli Jon Roth, John Rzeznick, Michael Lee, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ronnie James Dio, Jon Lord, Don Airey and others.


01. Unchain Your Brain – Special Guests: Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Lee (drums), Don Airey (keyboards)
02. Bluesy Blue Sea – Special Guests:. Jamick Gers (guitar), Michael Lee (drums)
03. A Day Late N A Dollar Short –.Special Guests: Uli Jon Roth (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Michael Lee (drums)
04. Hang Me Out To Dry – Special Guests: Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Lee (drums)
05. Men Of War – Special Guests: Steve Morse (guitar), John Rzeznik (guitar)
06. When A Blind Man Cries – Special Guests: Jeff Healey (guitar), Jon Lord (organ)
07. Sugar Plum – Special Guests: Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums)
08. Trashed – Special Guests: Tony Iommi (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums)
09. No Worries
10. Smoke On The Water – Special Guests Steve Morse (guitar), Robby Takac (bass), John Rzeznik (guitar), Jon Lord (organ), Ian Paice (drums), Don Airey (organ)
11. No Laughing In Heaven – Special Guests: Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), Don Airey (organ)
12. Speed King – Special Guests: Joe Satriani (guitar), Michael Lee (drums), Don Airey (organ)
13. Loving On Borrowed Time – Special Guests: Steve Morse (guitar), Uli Jon Roth (guitar)
14. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Special Guests Joe Elliott (vocals), Redd Volkaert (guitar), Mickey Lee Soule (piano)

New Bonus tracks:

15. Demon’s Eye – Special Guests: Jeff Healey (guitar), Jon Lord (organ), Michael Lee (drums)
16. Have Love, Will Travel (live 2006)
17. Wasted Sunsets (live 2006)


Complete album in 5.1 surround sound / Making Of Gillan's Inn video / Track by track audio commentary by Ian Gillan

Special "Select the Soloist for Smoke On the Water" section (choose from Jeff Healey, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Tony Iommi, Uli Jon Roth and more)

Bootleg basement – amateur, audience-shot footage lifted from unauthorized bootleg DVDs. Tracks include Speed King and When A Blind Man Cries by Deep Purple (with Joe Satriani on guitar) from Flanders Expo, Gent, Belgium in 1994 / Special DVD Rom bonus track – Can I Get A Witness / Photo Gallery / Discography / Hand-written song lyrics by Ian Gillan

Liner notes / Contains Dolby headphone encoded AAC files – rip straight to your iPod for simulated surround experience through your headphones

New Bonus material:

NEW bootleg basement songs from the 2006 Gillan’s Inn tour including never-before-seen video of No Laughing In Heaven, Hang Me Out To Dry, Into The Fire, Moonshine, Men Of War, Sugar Plum

Backstage Pass: behind the scenes and backstage moments from the tour

Tales From The Tour Bus: Ever wanted to see what life on a tour bus is like? You won’t believe your eyes!

Tour photo gallery

Bonus footage available through DVD Launcher

Gillan’s new DVD, Ian Gillan Highway Star: A Journey In Rock is also released 2nd April. Also in April/May a selection of seven re-mastered Gillan and Ian Gillan Band re-issues will be released. Deep Purple tour in the UK from 21st April

Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the release of The Jewel, Pendragon members past and present reunited and came together to play a very special concert in Katowice, Poland. The fun and excitement at this incredible concert is obvious when you watch it, it is contagious and it gives you a terrific insight as to how Pendragon have remained so very popular with fans and musicians alike for over 21 years.

On this very special occasion, the band decided to present a very special setlist, including songs from the band's classic debut The Jewel (like the timeless Alaska, Leviathan, and The Black Knight), but also several other classics back from the Marquee Club days (like Fly High Fall Far or Victims of Life) plus a few other surprises. Get ready for nearly 2 hours of some of the best music that the neo/progressive genre has to offer!

The DVD is enhanced with an interview with Nick Barret and John Barnfield, "Behind the Scenes" bonus video footage and more! Also available in a limited digipack edition, including 2 CDs with songs recorded at the concert!

Line-up: Nick Barrett - vocals, guitar, Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals, Peter Gee - bass, backing vocals, Rik Carter - keyboards, backing vocals, Julian Baker - saxophone, guitar, backing vocals, John Barnfield - keyboards and Joe Crabtree - drums.

The Release date: 16 April 2007 (Europe) and 24 April 2007 (US).
1. Higher Circles
2. The Pleasure of Hope
3. Leviathan
4. Victims of Life
5. Armageddon
6. Fly High Fall Far
7. Excalibur
8. Please
9. Oh Divineo
10. Alaska
11. Dark Summer's Day
12. Circus
13. The Black Knight
14. 2AM
15. Stan and Ollie

CDs (only available in limited swing case edition)

1. Higher Circles
2. The Pleasure of Hope
3. Leviathan
4. Victims of Life
5. Armageddon
6. Fly High Fall Far
7. Excalibur
8. Please
9. Oh Divineo

1. Alaska
2. Dark Summer's Day
3. Circus
4. The Black Knight
5. 2AM
6. Stan and Ollie

Bonus video:
Interview with Nick Barrett
and John Barnfield
Behind the Scenes
Nigel Harris on drums at
Riffs Bar, UK, 28th Oct 2006
Also includes:
- Photo gallery
- Biography
- Discography
- Desktop images
- Weblinks
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound


19th Manchester University June
20th Birmingham Academy
21st London Astoria

8th Wembley Stadium

April 22 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
25 Los Angeles, CA Forum
26 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
29 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
May 1 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavillion
3 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
6 Minneapolis, MN Theatre @ Target Center
8 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Arena
11 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
12 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall
14 Albany, NY Times Union Center
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
17 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
18 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Pavilion
19 Holmdell, NJ PNC Arts Center

Mar. 09 - Jevnaker, NOR @ Untouchable Rock Club
Mar. 10 - Sauda, NOR @ Sauda Show Festival
April 07 - Karasjok, NOR @ Easter Festival
May 26 - Lillehammer, NOR @ Classic Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Trondheim, NOR @ Trondheim Rock Festival (w/OZZY OSBOURNE)
Jun. 30 - Jæren, NOR @ Helgaa Festival
Jul. 14 - Kvinesdal, NOR @ Kvinesdal Rock Festival
Jul. 20 - Bremanger, NOR @ Bremanger Rock Weekend


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