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Monday, March 19, 2007

NEWS

RUSH & STEELY DAN announce tours – see Gig News.

Escape Music are delighted to announce the signing of Daydreamer a melodic Rock band from Switzerland. These five talented guys have found a perfect mix of classical riffs and melodies. The result is a very classy album that traces elements of Warrior, Axxis and melodic side of Black Sabbath but they have a distinct originality all of their own. The album will be released May 21.
Track list: 1. I am 2. Guardian Angel 3. Secret Desire 4. Dreamtale 5. Paralyzed 6. Hand In hand 7. Philosophy 8. You Better Run 9.I Won't Follow you 10. Glass Prison 11. Slaves Of Our Fantasy.

On the 24th April 2007, InsideOut will release the long awaited "Worlds Apart Revisited Live CD/DVD" package, whose release was delayed from last November.

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GIG NEWS

RUSH
Jun. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheater
Jun. 15 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheater
Jun. 16 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheater @ Florida State Fairgrounds
Jun. 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jun. 27 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Jun. 29 - Scranton PA @ Montage Mountain
Jun. 30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 02 - Wantaugh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
Jul. 04 - Darien Lake, NY @ Six Flags
Jul. 07 - Homdel, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
Jul. 09 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 04 - Marysville, Ca @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug. 08 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center
Sep. 01 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Sep. 12 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre in London, ON
Oct. 03 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC Arena
Oct. 05 - Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Metro Arena
Oct. 16/17 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy' Rotterdam
Oct. 19 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Oberhausen, Germany
Oct. 21 - Mannheim, Germany @ SAP-Arena

CHICAGO + AMERICA
Sun 06/10/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Tue 06/12/07 Vienna, VA Filene Center At Wolf Trap
Wed 06/13/07 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
Fri 06/15/07 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat 06/16/07 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater
Sun 06/17/07 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
Fri 06/22/07 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Sat 06/23/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 06/24/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino / Spa
Wed 06/27/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Thu 06/28/07 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Fri 06/29/07 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat 06/30/07 Chicago, IL Charter One Pav. @ Northerly Isl.
Tue 07/03/07 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri 07/06/07 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord
Sat 07/07/07 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sun 07/08/07 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre

FOO FIGHTERS
22nd Aug Dublin, Ire
HEART
Fri 04/06/07 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Sat 04/07/07 San Francisco, CA Cow Palace
Sat 05/05/07 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park
Sat 06/30/07 Saint Ephrem, QC Woodstock En Beauce
Mon 07/02/07 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Tue 07/03/07 Naperville, IL Naperville Ribfest
Wed 07/04/07 Blue Ash, OH Blue Ash Sports Center
Thu 07/26/07 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Fri 07/27/07 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Fair
Sun 07/29/07 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Fri 08/03/07 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Casino
Sun 08/05/07 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort And Casino
Fri 08/24/07 Salem, OR Oregon State Fair & Expo Center
Sat 08/25/07 Monterey, CA Monterey Co. Fairgrounds
Tue 08/28/07 Lancaster, CA Antelope Valley Fair
Thu 08/30/07 Santa Ynez, CA Chumash Casino Resort
Fri 08/31/07 Pala, CA Pala Casino
Thu 09/27/07 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
Fri 09/28/07 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
Sat 09/29/07 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

STEELY DAN
July
5th National Indoor Arena Birmingham
6th Aintree Pavilion Liverpool
7th Apollo Hammersmith London

Nantwich Acoustic Festival
July 28th/29th JETHRO TULL + DEAD MEN WALKING + JULIET TURNER + THE BLUETONES + BERNIE MARSDEN & NEIL MURRAY + GORDAN GILTRAP + MIDGE URE + THE SAW DOCTORS + CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE)
http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk/

THE ANSWER join AEROSMITH at Hyde Park on 23rd June

REVIEWS

STEVE THORNE ‘Part Two: Emotional Creatures’ (2007) GEP/SPV
www.steve-thorne.co.uk

Follow-up to his excellent 2005 album and again it sees an impressive line-up of guest musicians including Tony Leven (Peter Gabriela/King Crimson), Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), Asia’s Geoff Downes, Marillion’s Pete Trewas, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Kino), Martin Orford (IQ) and Gary Chandler (Jadis) amongst others. I am happy to report Steve Thorne has done it again producing a superbly crafted album, full of thought provoking lyrics (he pulls no punches when targeting drugs, war and George Bush) and some stunning music. If I had to compare his work to anyone it would be Peter Gabriel or Fish, not in vocals but the attention to detail in the music and production.
Hard to pick highlights as it is all good but ‘Wayward’ and ‘All The Wiseman’ (includes great guitar work form John Mitchell) stand out, both of which show Thorne’s lyrical and musical prowess. ‘The White Dove Song’ will appeal to Asia fans with its layered keys (courtesy of Geoff Downes) and classic Asia sound.
A very accessible album – don’t be put off if you normally avoid progressive rock, as it really an album worthy of hearing and I can’t wait for his next release.

****1/2
Jason Ritchie

Broken English “The Rough With The Smooth” Angel Air (Cat No LC10415)

This album reminds me at times of both Tom Petty and The J Geils Band, but mostly of late 70’s/80’s Rolling Stones- unsurprisingly singer Steve Elson went on to form the highly successful Counterfeit Stones.
This CD sees the original, unreleased, 1987 album packaged with bonus tracks and b-sides. Amongst the various musicians involved are Oasis drummer (and son of Ringo Starr) Zak Starkey, and Paul Young guitarist Jamie Moses.
The highlights here include the very Stones like “Show A Little Mercy” and “Fire Me Up”, the 80’s balladry of “Don’t Change”, the UK top 20 single “Comin’ On Strong” and “Ball n’ Chain”- a song that sums up life as an office worker.
It’s a shame this album hasn’t seen the light of day until now, but it’s release is a good reminder of a band that should have seen a lot more success than they did- oh, and a reminder of those Ghostbusters style outfits!!!!

Nikk Gunns 3 out of 5

Big C**k “Big C**k” and “Year Of The C**k” Driver Wild Music.

From the opening notes on both albums Big C**k remind you of any number of 80’s rock bands- Skid Row and early Motley Crue are just two that come to mind. With crunching guitars and big choruses the only thing that lets these two CDs down is the lyrical obsession with- er, Cock.
On “Big C**k” the highlights include “F****d Up” (with the classic line “I’m The Ayatollah of Rock N Rollah”!!), “Real Man” and a brilliant cover of the Tom Jones hit “She’s A Lady”.
With “Year Of The Cock” the best bits are “I Want It All”, “Mean Street Machine”, the stripper inspired “Take It Off” and “Dynamite”.
Both albums are good rock albums and should appeal to fans of 80’s rock.

Nikk Gunns 2 out of 5

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