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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New interview with TIGERTAILZ

Fundraising forum open to all (also features bands who have helped raise money for charities)

The Thrills will return on July 23 with their third studio album called 'Teenager' and the track list is:
'The Midnight Choir', 'This Year', 'Nothing Changes Round Here', 'Restaurant', 'I Came All This Way', 'Long Forgotten Song', 'I'm So Sorry', 'No More Empty Words', ‘Teenager', 'Should've Known Better', 'There's Joy To Be Found' and 'The Boy Who Caught All The Breaks'

OZZY’s autobiography has been postponed until autumn 2008 and instead his wife Sharon will publish the second volume of her memoirs this autumn.

BOB GELDOF has been criticising the upcoming Live Earth concerts on July 7th as he thinks they lack any real focus.

H.I.M. will release their new album in Sep now.

PRESS RELEASES

Lock up your daughters! Velvet Revolver, rock's ultimate supergroup, is back. Once again, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses) and Dave Kushner (Wasted Youth) have returned to give rock 'n' roll a swift kick in the ass with their rough and raunchy sound.
The band's upcoming release, Libertad, is the follow-up to their 2004 Grammy-winning, multi-platinum debut, Contraband. We got Scott and Slash to talk about their first single, She Builds Quick Machines, plus previews of three more songs. Tell us if you think they have a hit on their hands before the album drops on July 3.
4 songs can be streamed now via: www.music.aol.com/franchise/firstlisten/velvet-revolver-new-songs

GIG NEWS

FROM THE JAM (featuring Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler from The Jam)
NOVEMBER
24 - Plymouth Pavilions
25 - Cardiff St Davids Hall
26 - Grimsby Auditorium
27 - Liverpool Carling Academy
29 - Glenrothes Rothes Halls
30 - Preston 53 Degrees
DECEMBER
1 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
3 - Leeds Met Students Union
4 - Nottingham Rock City
5 - Manchester Academy
8 - Sheffield Octagon
9 - Bristol Carling Academy
11 - Southampton Guildhall
12 - Norwich UEA
14 - Newcastle Carling Academy
15 - Glasgow Carling Academy
16 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
18 - Birmingham Carling Academy
19 - London Kentish Town Forum
21 - Brighton Centre

PSYCHEDELIC FURS + The Alarm + The Fixx
JULY
2 - NAPERVILLE, IL Festival (Outdoors)
4 - BALTIMORE Pier Six (Outdoors)
7 - BUFFALO Canal Street (Outdoors)
9 - PT PLEASANT, NJ Jenkinson Pavilion (Outdoors)
10 - BOSTON Avalon
11 - WESTBURY, NY North Fork Theatre
14 - SAN DIEGO 4th & B
15 - SAN FRANCISCO The Mezzanine
17 - COSTA MESA, CA Pacific Amphitheatre (Outdoors)
19 - DENVER Ogden Theatre
20 - AUSTIN Stubbs (Outdoors)
21 - DALLAS House Of Blues
22 - HOUSTON Verizon Wireless Theatre

THE ALARM
JULY
2 - NAPERVILLE, IL Festival (Outdoors) *
4 - BALTIMORE Pier Six (Outdoors) *
7 - BUFFALO Canal Street (Outdoors) *
9 - PT PLEASANT, NJ Jenkinson Pavilion (Outdoors) *
10 - BOSTON Avalon *
11 - WESTBURY, NY North Fork Theatre *
14 - SAN DIEGO 4th & B *
15 - SAN FRANCISCO The Mezzanine *
17 - COSTA MESA, CA Pacific Amphitheatre (Outdoors) *
19 - DENVER Ogden Theatre *
20 - AUSTIN Stubbs (Outdoors) *
21 - DALLAS House Of Blues *
22 - HOUSTON Verizon Wireless Theatre *
AUGUST
4 - Bristol Academy
SEPTEMBER
8 - Glasgow Academy
OCTOBER
6 - Newcastle Academy
NOVEMBER
10 - London Shepherds Bush Empire
DECEMBER
1 - Manchester Academy
JANUARY
26 - The Gathering
* with Psychedelic Furs and The Fixx

RICK SPRINGFIELD
MAY
18 - Lincoln, RI - Event Center at Twin Rivers
JUNE
1 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)
8, 9 - Las Vegas, NV - Green Valley Ranch Casino
15 - Shreveport, LA - Sam's Town Casino
16, 17 - Vinton, LA - Delta Downs Casino
22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
23 - Rowlett, TX - Pecan Grove Park
29 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)
30 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)
JULY
1 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Music Arts Center (w/ Eddie Money &
Scandal)
6 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino
7 - Arlington Heights, IL - Frontier Days Festival
12 - Grande Ronde, OR - Spirit Mountain Casino
14 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
AUGUST
3 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (w/ John Waite)
4 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Arts Center
5 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
8 - Westbury, NY - North Fork Theater (w/ Eddie Money)
9 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
10 - Rochester, MI - Meadowbrook Music Festival
11 - Robbinsville, MS - Sam's Town Casino Tunica
SEPTEMBER
15 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)
28 - Denver, CO - Venue to be announced (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)
29 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
30 - Phoenix, AZ - Maricopa Events Center (w/ Eddie Money & Scandal)

REVIEWS

REO SPEEDWAGON ‘Find Your Own Way Home’ (2007) www.speedwagon.com

REO Speedwagon released their last studio album back in 1996, the good in parts ‘Building the Bridge’, although they are no strangers to the road having toured relentlessly in the US each year. This new album is very strong selection of songs and sees the band harking back at times to their late 70’s/early 80’s albums. The production is also first rate with Joe Vannelli helping Kevin Cronin. Vanelli also handles all the keyboard parts bar the one track Neal Doughty plays on, which doesn’t hopefully signal the end of Doughty’s involvement with the band!
‘Smilin’ In The End’ and the title track are classic up tempo REO tunes, with neat line in harmonies and some nice guitar work from Dave Amato. ‘Dangerous Combination’ ventures into pop rock and the band wheel out the ballads, with ‘Another Lifetime’ the pick of the bunch. Bassist Bruce Hall takes the lead vocal on ‘Born To Love You’, with his dad, who has now sadly passed away, guesting on clarinet. It’s not bad and reminded me a lot of Bob Seger, good, solid bar room rock. There is a nice diversion into a bit of rock ‘n’ roll fun with ‘Run Away Baby’, which I would imagine would go down a storm live.
Great to see them back and with a very string album that whilst maybe not being the highly polished REO some would expect it is nonetheless damn fine melodic rock/AOR.

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Jason Ritchie

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