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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

As part of my fundraising for the Parkinson’s Disease Society various CD’s etc. will be up for grabs on EBay. First up the double live CD from Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent
Whitesnake are lining up a studio album with a working title of ‘Good To Be Bad’, it’s being slated for release via SPV in October. David Coverdale is considering involving his former Deep Purple band-mate Glenn Hughes in the project.

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice is one of seven revered British drummers confirmed to participate at a tribute show for Buddy Rich at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield on the September 29. This date would have been Rich’s 90th birthday.

Temporary Korn drummer Terry Bozzio reportedly will no longer be performing live with the band, according to the Kornspace fan site. No reason has been specified. Bozzio, who had taken over drum duties while founding Korn member David Silveria is on a hiatus, apparently will still appear on the group's next studio album.

ALICE COOPER’s new album ‘Along Came A Spider’ has been written but not recorded so the original May release has been changed to TBA.

QUEEN now have their own ice cream. Ben & Jerry's have created the 'Bohemian Raspberry'.

KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer have issued statements regarding the passing of former KISS guitarist Mark St. John, who died on April 5 from an apparent brain haemorrhage. He was 51.
Paul Stanley: "Mark tried his best to become the guitar player that KISS and our fans needed, so that we could continue moving forward. I enjoyed and am proud of our work together on 'Animalize' and know how much he wanted to take that leap to the stage to play with us live. He was gracious in his acceptance that it wouldn't happen and was supportive of Bruce [Kulick] and a gentleman when it was clear that his ailment would end his time with us."

Gene Simmons: "Mark was a great guitarist and a good man. He will be missed."

Eric Singer: "I would like to express my thoughts on the loss of Mark St. John. He was a talented guitarist that has his place in KISStory. I met Mark many years ago when he was looking for a drummer for WHITE TIGER. I was flattered that he contacted me about the drum chair but I had other commitments at that time. I wish his family all my prayers in this tough time."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is currently in the studio, working on the soundtrack album that will accompany his book 'The Heroin Diaries'. This is based on Sixx's diaries from 1986-7, when he was addicted to heroin.

Anathema are to call their new album 'Everything'. This is to be released later in the year.

ROYAL HUNT have completed song writing for the bands new album which will become a sequel to their critically acclaimed concept opus “Paradox”. Lyrical/musical continuation of the story will be spread over 10 tracks and the actual recordings will start in May 2007 at NorthPoint Productions while mixing’s been scheduled to September at EMI/Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark.

RIP - Original Shooting Star keyboardist Bill Guffey died late last week from complications due to a liver transplant in late 2006.



Ron Keel has put together a 2CD compilation of his career titled The Ultimate Ron Keel Collection.
Ron explains: "This double CD package is a collection of my work over the past 27 years, and includes everything from the hits to the most obscure and rare recordings of my career. The goal was to give the fans as many favorites as possible, cover all of my projects and styles, and also give you a peek behind the curtain with some rare and special home recordings from the vault. It includes my very first rock studio track from 1980 with Lust, "Hooker" (never before available on CD) - a previously unreleased Steeler song ("Make Up Your Mind"), and my first ever Country song ("Take Me To The Country") written in 1984 and dedicated to my father Roy. "If You Can Rock Me" and "The Hit Song" are two of my favorite unheard gems, home demos intended for Keel during the "Larger Than Live" era, and performed later by Fair Game - but these home recordings have stayed private until now. This compilation also features the brand new Ronnie Lee Keel track "Long Time Coming", unreleased IronHorse tracks, and my personal favorites from Saber Tiger, Fair Game, and more.
This is by far the most special release of my career, and I hope that my friends and fans will enjoy it.
DISC R: 1. Hooker – Lust (1980) 2. Cold Day In Hell – Steeler (original 45 version)(1981) 3. Ride Like The Wind – Saber Tiger (1997) 4. Street Of Broken Dreams – Fair Game (1990) 5. Somewhere In The Night – Fair Game (1991) 6. I Gave It All To You – Ronnie Lee Keel (2005)* 7. Long Time Coming – Ronnie Lee Keel (2007)* 8. My Horse Is A Harley –Ronnie Lee Keel (1995) 9. Show On The Road – The Rat'lers (1998) 10. Give Me All Your Love Tonight – Saber Tiger (1997) 11. Take Another Shot – IronHorse (2001) * 12. Bring It On – IronHorse (2004) 13. Follow Your Heart – IronHorse (2004)* 14. Serenade – Ron Keel (2006) 15. The Time Of My Life – Ron Keel (2006)
DISC K: 1. Rock N Roll Outlaw – Keel (1987) 2. The Right To Rock – Keel (1985) 3. Because The Night – Keel (1986) 4. Raised On Rock – Keel (1986) 5. Tears Of Fire – Keel (1986) 6. United Nations – Keel (1987) 7. Somebody's Waiting – Keel (1987) 8. I Said The Wrong Thing To The Right Girl – Keel (1987) 9. Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty – Keel (1989) 10. Dreams Are Not Enough – Keel (1989) 11. Reason To Rock – Keel (1998), Bonus Tracks: 12. Make Up Your Mind – Steeler (1982)* 13. Take Me To The Country – Ronnie Lee Keel (1984)* 14. If You Can Rock Me – Ron Keel (1988)* 15. The Hit Song – Ron Keel (1988)*
*previously unreleased


3rd Astoria, London

24th O2 Arena, London

RATT, POISON & WHITE LION will tour the US together this summer.

Oct. 09 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian (supporting SONATA ARCTICA)
Oct. 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit (supporting FINNTROLL)
Oct. 12 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
Oct. 13 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 14 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room (supporting OVERKILL)
Oct. 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Oct. 19 - Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
Oct. 20 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (supporting OVERKILL)


COLIN BLUNSTONE & ROD ARGENT – THE ZOMBIES ‘Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London’ Rhino (2007)

Double live CD (there is also a companion DVD as well) featuring the Zombies Colin Blunstone and Road Argent. Argent also fronted his own band and their hit ‘God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You’ has been covered a fair few times including Kiss. Blunstone has lost none of his vocal range down the years and this is an enjoyable live set including ‘Hold Your Head Up’, the mellow ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ , ‘Time Of The Season’ and the most identifiable Zombies song ‘She’s Not There’, which still sounds great all these years later. Very tight backing band including on guitar Keith Airey (Coliseum) along with a clean production makes for a ‘must have’ live CD for the two musicians’ fans.

Jason Ritchie

BREED 77 ‘Un Encuentro’ Albert Productions (2007)

Never a band to stick to one sound Breed 77 re-record a selection of tracks from their first three albums in their native Spanish (although the band have often mixed Spanish and English together to great effect already). The music sticks in the main to the original versions, although they utilise harmonies and acoustic guitars more. ‘Petroleo’ still keeps the aggression of the original whilst ‘El Rio’ (The River) could be a hit for them all over again.
Easily one of the best new bands to emerge in the past five years, although if your new to the band try one of the other albums first then get this one!

Jason Ritchie


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