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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

From the Sunday Express –
The Beatles have been reunited for the release of a never-before-heard new single. It has emerged that the legendary band, who are tipped to reinvent themselves when their music goes digital this summer, have not released their last Lennon-McCartney track. Friends say this may now be the “one last great song” that Sir Paul McCartney has felt he has been waiting for since he resumed touring and working in 1989. His iconic band are expected to cash in to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds in new marketing campaigns around the first release of Beatles digital downloads. They plan to reach their existing fans and a whole new generation of young music lovers. But they are set to surprise the world by offering the new song alongside the classics. The plan is to have Ringo Starr drumming on the track and to lift a George Harrison performance from The Beatles archives to make sure that the Fab Four are included in the enterprise. The new song, entitled Now And Then, is based on fragments of a Lennon ballad given to Sir Paul McCartney by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1994 as part of their Anthology project. In a flurry of activity, McCartney will also release a new album, Memory Almost Full, in June to coincide with the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Wolfsbane will be reuniting for a three-song set as part of former frontman Blaze Bayley’s performance at Rock Of Ages Festival in Tamworth on September 9.

Poison’s tribute album, Poison’d, is released via EMI on June 4. It includes the band’s versions of songs by The Sweet, David Bowie, The Cars, Tom Petty, Kiss, The Who and many more.

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin has a new solo album called Miami. Released exclusively through iTunes, it features ex-George Satellites guitarist Rick Richards.

Ex-Kiss drummer Peter Criss releases a solo CD called One For All through Silvercat Records on July 24. It includes a tribute song to his friend and former band-mate Ace Frehley, titled Space Ace.

Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt has been fired whist drummer Rocky Gray has quit, leading to speculation that the remaining members of the band are about to part company.

New Order could have called it a day after bassist Peter Hook revealed to XFM Radio that the band had 'broken up'.




Jul. 07 - The Pitz, Milton Keynes
Jul. 21 - Riga Club, Southend
Jul. 28 - The Rock & Blues Custom Show, Derbyshire
Aug. 11 - Rainbow Spirit Enlightenment Fayre, Chepstow
Sep. 07 - The Twist, Colchester
Sep. 08 - The Academy, Manchester
Sep. 29 - Esquires, Bedford
Nov. 02 - Boardwalk, Sheffield
Nov. 16 - The Point, Cardiff
Nov. 29 - Carling Academy, Liverpool
Dec. 01 - Fibbers, York

29 June 2007 Open Air , Leer (Germany)
30 June 2007 Arrow Rock Festival , Biddinghuizen (Holland)
01 July 2007 Gilde Parkbühne , Hannover (Germany)
03 July 2007 Freilichtbühne , Schwerin (Germany)
05 July 2007 Parkbühne Open Air , Leipzig (Germany)
06 July 2007 Stadthalle Open Air , Bremerhaven (Germany)
07 July 2007 Westfalenpark , Dortmund (Germany)
10 July 2007 Laugardalshöllin , Reykjavik (Iceland)
03 August 2007 Bodø Spektrum , Bodø (Norway)
04 August 2007 R21, Torvet, City Square , Trondheim (Norway)
05 August 2007 Color Line stadion , Ålesund (Norway)
10 August 2007 Arenaen , Frederikshavn (Denmark)
11 August 2007 Festival , Ringstead (Denmark)
17 August 2007 Oulun Pesapallostadion , Oulu (Finland)
18 August 2007 Ratinan stadion , Tampere (Finland)

26 September 2007 Germany, Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
27 September 2007 Czech Republic, Prague, Retro Music Hall
28 September 2007 Austria, Vienna, Planet Music
29 September 2007 Hungary, Budapest, A38
2 October 2007 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
3 October 2007 Germany, Augsburg, Spectrum
4 October 2007 Belgium, Vosselar, Biebob
5 October 2007 Germany, Hannover, Musikzentrum
7 October 2007 England, Maximes, Wigan, Z-Rock Fest
8 October 2007 Italy, Milano, Alcatraz
9 October 2007 Italy, Rome, Circolo Degli Artisti
17 October 2007 Germany, Hamburg, Markthalle
19 October 2007 Denmark/Fredikshaven - Norway/Oslo, Rock the Boat
20 October 2007 Denmark, Copenhagen, The Rock

TALISMAN European Farewell Tour
19 May 2007 Hellendoorn Festival, Hellendoorn, Netherlands
20 May 2007 The Corporation, Sheffield, UK
21 May 2007 JB's, Dudley, UK
24 May 2007 Ksilourgio Milou, Thessaloniki, Greece
25 May 2007 Gagarin 205 Live Music Space, Athens
27 May 2007 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
28 May 2007 Poppodium Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands
29 May 2007 Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg
31 May 2007 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
1 June 2007 Heineken, Madrid, Spain
2 June 2007 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
4 June 2007 Teatro Juan Ramón Jimenez, Gran Canaria, Telde, Spain
6 June 2007 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8 June 2007 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden

12 May 2007 JB'S, DUDLEY

7 May 2007 Rescue Rooms (with Danny Vaughn), Notthingham
8 May 2007 Purple Turtle Bar(with Danny Vaughn), London
8 September 2007 The Palace, Tamworth - ROCK OF AGES FESTIVAL 200

UNITED FORCES OF ROCK FESTIVAL Ludwigsburg, Germany September 30th 2007


22 Leicester - De Montford Hall
23 Cambridge - Corn Exchange
24 Ipswich - Regent
26 Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall
27 Birmingham - Academy
28 Cardiff - St Davids Hall
30 Glasgow - Academy
1 Aberdeen - Music Hall
2 Newcastle - City Hall
4 Sheffield - City Hall
5 Manchester - Apollo
6 Liverpool - University
8 Bristol - Colston Hall
9 Southampton - Guildhall
10 Exeter - University
12 Folkstone - Leas Cliff
13 London - Sheperds Bush Empire


DAYDREAMER - 'Daydreamer' (Escape Music 2007)

It's interesting when a band can bring to mind so many others acts yet still manage to produce something that sounds pretty unique however that's exactly the situation with this debut album from Swiss rock band 'Daydreamer'.
The most obvious comparison to draw is that smooth traditional metal of Headless Cross era Black Sabbath displayed in the likes of strong opening track, the strangely titled 'I Am F...', 'Glass Prison' and the excellent 'Slaves Of Our Fantasy' whilst I defy anyone to listen to the superb 'Guardian Angel' without thinking of ' St.Elmo's Fire' during the chorus! Containing also some impressive heavier power metal moments, a couple of ballads of which 'Hand In Hand' would grace a Scorpions album and two of the finest tracks I've heard this year in the epic melodic rock sheen of 'Dreamtale' and the amazing 'You Better Run' which employs a piano fronted build up in a similar way to Van Halen's Right Now and is potentially the song that could take the band to a wider audience.
Lyrically thoughtful even if the vocals are a little accented at times, and instrumentally delivered with impressive ability throughout its a very polished although occasionally unconventional modern hard rock release that offers something a little different and is well worth hearing.

Bill Leslie

Stryper: Live in Puerto Rico Greatest Hits

Despite their multi-platinum career Stryper, especially in their
bumblebee striped 80s heyday, have come in for a lot of stick. Their
naff outfits, on their sleeve Christianity and bible tossing didn't
endear them to many, but it cannot be denied that they are a talented
bunch who can write a cracking catchy tune when they want to... just
check out "Honestly" or "Always there for You" if you need proof. Even
"To Hell with Devil" has got enough balls to satisfy the average
hard-rocker. It could be argued that the subtle Christian approach of
Kings X or Trouble might have been better for cred. Never the less you
can't argue with success. Oh yes, I have met them and they are
thoroughly nice blokes all around.

This "greatest hits" gig was recorded in Puerto Rico in 2004 in front
of a rather keen audience. There are fourteen tracks on here, thirteen
of their own and "Winter Wonderland". What is odd is that their
biggest hit is on here but only in less than perfect archival footage
from 1989. That aside this is a pretty good package, bereft of liner
notes though it might be, and a must for any Stryper fan. I thoroughly
enjoyed the 72 minutes of material on here and am not ashamed to say
it. Take it from this heretic, there is talent in between all those
yellow and black stripes.

Rating: 4/5
Marty Dodge

Damn Yankees: Uprising Live

Now this lot I have always adored since their debut CD. They combine
talents of some of the best bands of their genres from the 80s in the
form of Ted Nugent, Jack 'Night Ranger' Blades and Tommy 'Styx" Shaw.
Damn Yankees are a slicker paired down version of all those bands and
are truly a supergroup. Take out the pomp of it all and just go for
blues-soaked heavy rock of the heartland. All their big hits are on
here including "High Enough", "Where you Goin' Now" and "Coming of
Age". As would expect with such an outing you get some stuff for their
pasts as well. The band banter in between the tracks shows a bit into
how this lot of giant talents manage to produce anything without
killing each other. There is even a bit of insight into how they
manage those close harmonies. This was originally released in '92 on
VHS and the DVD version suffers from none of the bad conversion
problems that happens so often when using archive material.

One can always hope that the Damn Yankee machine will come back,
especially with Blades and Shaw working together again. Until that
happens this is a fitting testament to a cracking rock supergroup.
Great stuff and well worth the price of admission.

Rating: 4.5/5
Marty Dodge

CD reviews

Sadus: Chemical Exposure, Swallowed in Black & A Vision of Misery

Quite literally one of the fastest and most aggressive death/thrash
metal bands on the planet this lot took playing their death to the
uber-extreme of intensity. Home to one of the top thrash/speed metal
bass talents going, in the form of journeyman Steve DiGiorgio,
(Artension, Autopsy, Control Denied, Death, Dragonlord, Iced Earth,
Painmuseum, Testament, Vintersorg and numerous guest appearances),
this is a reissue of their first three albums. The band is still going
strong releasing material as recently as 2006.

This is music for those who like their stuff really out there on the
ultimate extreme. The sheer ferocity of the material on these three
albums is just something to behold. The roots of much of what exists
as extreme metal can be traced to these albums and DiGiorgio. Of the
three, the later one is where everything came together just right.
Through the aggression and speed there exists a bonding of the
musicians. As with the other Roadrunner re-issues in this series there
are bonus tracks and extended liner notes. The liner notes provide an
interesting insight into the making of the albums.

Rating: 4/5
Marty Dodge

Gorguts: The Erosion of Sanity and Considered Dead

These Canadian nutters made a career of extreme technical chaotic
metal that pushes the edge of reason. Much like their Canuck cousins
Voivod, they were determined to take the genre as far as it could go
and then some. Some say that the follow-up to these albums called
Obscura saw the band fall of the edge into oblivion. These two CDs
prepared them for that insanity showing a progression. Complete with
bonus tracks and liner notes this is yet another set of releases any
extreme metal fan should not be without. Death metal taken to the nth
degree, it's certainly not for the faith of heart or ear.

So that is you lot for this week. I am sorry I managed only four
reviews for you. I need to be a better job of hitting the pile for
next time. Next week will be a tad mellower with music from Marillion,
Rush, and a few other niceties. The two tracks from my band will not
be up for yer listening pleasure until after my wedding on the 19th as
they were written and recorded to premiere at our reception.

Rating: 4/5
Marty Dodge


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