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Friday, April 13, 2007

New 10Q’s with Todd Jensen (SEQUEL/DAVE LEE ROTH) & NIGHT RANGER’s Jack Blades

Foghat signs to Metro City Records and releases ‘LIVE’ II on May 22n in the US.

The Eagles 'The Long Road To Eden', their first studio album since 1979's 'The Long Run' is expected to be released at the end of June, 2007.

Glenn Hughes has squashed any further talk of a Deep Purple MKIII reunion with this update to his website:
"I am in Russia, and wanted to give you all the news about the rumour of a Deep Purple MKIII re-union. As I have been the one that is consistently being bombarded with the same question over and over again. My answer has always been that there a 5 members, and that at no time have we had a band discussion about a re-union. Yes, David [Coverdale] and I flirted with the idea 18 months ago, and since then my brother has fully committed himself to his love and nurturing of his beloved Whitesnake. For all GH followers, you can all see that my solo career has gone to another level, playing to more people around the world - the popularity and the demand for my activity has risen... David's recent statement has finally put this rumour to bed... Although I would have loved to have seen it happen under the right circumstances, I'm just as happy to let the incredible legacy of the Mighty MKIII remain intact... See you somewhere in concert on the Planet this year..."
DAVID COVERDALE has also quashed these rumours on his website although he does say he would do a one-off charity concert with this line-up.

Escape Music pleased to announce the release date for the anticipated new White Wolf album due on July 23.
Possibly one of the most talented, yet underrated metal acts to come out of Canada in the 1980's had to be the band White Wolf. They were formed in 1980, and were very popular as a cover band, but they also wrote their own material which was warmly received by the audience. The band eventually decided to go with the rapidly expanding RCA group and in 1984 signed with them for the first White Wolf release Standing Alone.
Two years later in 1986 the album Endangered Species was released and for various reasons the band actually split up in 1987. Later Don Wolf was to front the band Point of Power in 1992, record a solo album (Making Changes) and later form Project X with Kenny Kaos in order release an album Blueprint for Xcess on the Escape Music label in the late 90's. This was one of Escape's earliest releases and is still highly regarded to this day!
Moving back to the present day and White Wolf, it was Escape's own Khalil Turk that suggested to Don a new album would be a great idea. A phone call to Cam Macleod and the thoughts the band had 20 years ago had been magically resurrected. Here we are in 2007 and the White Wolf is to prowl the streets once more! The new album Victim of a Spotlight is soon to be released and the sound these guys have created is even better than before; this is very catchy metal and is bound to rekindle the flame for fans old and new.
Also Escape Music are delighted to announce the re-issue of both White Wolf albums as a double CD digipak beautifully put together with liner notes, with many band pictures, re-mastered with two bonus tracks and three video tracks.
Track listing: Eyes Of The World / Don't Turn Away / America / Out Of Control / Dreams Are For Ever / Price Of One / Hold On / Nightmare / Night City / The Wolf / One More Lie / Victim Of The Spotlight / Hard Cold Stone.
The Band: Don Wolf – Vocals / Cam Macleod – Lead Guitars and vocals / Martin Kronlund – guitars / Imre Daun – Drums / Rikard Quist – Bass and keyboards.
www.Escape-Music.com

PRESS RELEASES

Press Release / “I Don't Wanna Stop.” “Not Going Away.” “Thank God For The Almighty Dollar.” “Civilize The Universe.” “Black Rain.” “Countdown's Begun.” And “Trap Door.”...You can tell by looking at many of the song titles on Black Rain—Ozzy Osbourne's first album with new studio material in six years—that the rock legend took a good look at his own life and the world around him. He also salutes his fans—among the most devoted in the world—with such songs as “Here For You” and “Lay Your World On Me.”
Due out May 22 on Epic Records, Black Rain finds the two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as vital, creative and evocative as ever. You also get the clear sense that he's operating at the peak of powers, as a singer and songwriter. Ozzy fans can log onto www.Ozzy.com to hear samples of tracks from the album.
Ozzy co-produced the album with Kevin Churko and recorded it with his touring band: Zakk Wylde (guitar), Mike Bordin (drums) and Blasko (bass). Ozzy says that he felt a new freedom while recording the album at his home studio in Los Angeles. The result: songs that are not only hard-hitting but adventurously arranged and sonically fresh. Explains Ozzy, “It's a well-put together album. I think it's evident that it hasn't been just slapped out and put down. I took my time on the album and Zakk [Wylde] plays some amazing stuff as always.” Ozzy feels Black Rain is the true follow-up to his classic No More Tears, the 1991 album that also challenged the expectations of what an Ozzy Osbourne album should sound like.
Some of the songs on Black Rain are ominous in their emotional tone--they examine a world teeming with greed, war, deception, bad drugs (“11 Silver,” about crystal meth) and environmental havoc. Ozzy also zooms in on the overriding sense of fear and dread that define our times--perpetrated, he feels, by news programs that make “entertainment” out of terrible news events.
Says Ozzy: “I just thought there's so much fucking bad news, the only way I can release it is to put it in a song.” On the other hand, the new track “Civilize The Universe” offers a sense of hope, as Ozzy sings: “I'm alive/Watching better turn to worse/One more time/Try to civilize the universe.”
Ozzy will support BLACK RAIN with a world tour beginning in Moscow on May 27 which continues through July 6. Then starting July 12 in Seattle, he'll headline the 12th annual Ozzfest tour throughout America (www.ozzfest.com).
The pioneer and trendsetter has pulled the plug on ticket prices in America and given the power back to the fans, calling this summer's Ozzfest "FreeFest.” That's right, this year's Ozzfest is entirely free for fans, an unprecedented move for an artist and tour of this stature.
Ozzy is being honored in May on VH-1's “Rock Honors” telecast. He will perform three songs on the broadcast including a track from Black Rain. Premiering on Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, “VH1 Rock Honors,” will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12.
Ozzy's popularity, creativity and reach are immeasurable, with recent inductions into both the U.K. Music Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and as a member of Black Sabbath) in November 2005 and as a member of Black Sabbath in the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2006. He's won two Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award, and has a star on Hollywood Boulevard's “Walk of Fame.”
Track Listing: I Don't Wanna Stop, Not Going Away, Thank God For The Almighty Dollar, Civilize The Universe, Black Rain, Countdown's Begun, Trap Door, Here for You, Lay Your World Down on Me, 11 Silver.

GIG NEWS

HINDER
June
6th Islington Academy, London

QUIET RIOT
April 27: Lyons, Tx: Big Creek
April 28: Leesburg, Fl: Bikefest 2007
May 5: Mexico City: Avandaro Open Air-To Be Rescheduled
May 19: Myrtle Beach, Sc: Club Kryptonite
June 2: Waterloo, Ia: Byrnes Park
June 7: Solvesborg, Sweden: Sweden Rock Festival
June 23: Green River, Wy - Flaming Gorge Days
June 30: Sarasota, Fl: Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix
July 3: Delhart, Tx: Kxit Presents
July 4: Del Mar, Ca: State Fair
July 13: Pryor, Ok: Pryor Creek Festival Grounds
July 14: Vernon Hills, Il: Village Of Vernon Hills
July 20: Springville, In: A.B.A.T.E. (The Boogie) Of Indiana
July 21: Thackerville, Ok: Winstar Casino
July 27: Houston, Tx: Houston Speedway
July 28: Royalton, Mn: Halfway Jam
Aug 3: Clearfield, Pa: Clearfield County Fair
Aug 4: Sterling Heights, Mi: Freedom Hill
Aug 25: Oklahoma City, Ok: Bricktown Event Center
Aug 31: Atlantic City, Nj: House Of Blues
Sep 1: Henderson, Nv: Henderson Pavillion
Sep 8: Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm: Sky City Casino

REVIEWS

The recent phenomenon of combining raw metal instrumentation with sumptuous female vocals welcomes back one of it type as Dutch quintet Deplhian return with their second album 'Unravel'.
Refreshingly devoid of the Gothic imagery often used to enhance the visual appeal of female fronted band Delphian instead allow the dramatic, emotional vocals of Aniek Jannsen to provide the focal point of the album and its main selling point. Her voice and indeed, occasional flute playing, take the thrash tinged riffery of 'Starting To Unravel' and 'Creation' into progressive metal territory and make them worth hearing. ' Sleepless Lullaby' offers a more reflective and gentle mood showcasing the clarity of Jannsen's tones whilst of the other tracks, each with their own merits, 'Hidden' stands out as something special with unique folk influenced mid-section contrasting greatly to the metallic guitar parts.
Final track of the album 'Air' is a ten minute epic featuring piano backed balladry interspersed with heavier moments and changes the feel of the album thus far by utilising a male voice alongside Janssen. A journey drifting through light and dark its both the finale and the highlight of the album and quite frankly is reason enough alone to make this release worth tracking down.

***½
Bill Leslie

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