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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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Heaven & Hell are to release a live DVD/CD at the end of August, through Rhino. It's to be titled 'Live From Radio City Music Hall'.

Green Day are to release a download version of John Lennon classic track called Working Class Hero. The single will be available from today and follows REM's Lennon cover #9 Dream, which was released earlier last month. Both cover versions are to appear on a new John Lennon covers album called Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur which will be released on May 25 and will so feature efforts from U2, Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson, Snow Patrol and Aerosmith.

Reuters is reporting that Jimi Hendrix's 1966 Red Fender Mustang guitar fetched $400,000 at an auction Saturday (April 21) to benefit musicians who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. The auction at New York's Hard Rock Cafe by Julien's Auctions raised $2,436,900, including a 20 percent buyer's fee, for Music Rising, a charity set up by U2 guitarist The Edge and other musicians after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane. It marked the first time such a wide selection of U2 memorabilia was available to collectors, organizers said. Read more at www.reuters.com

Peter Criss, founding member and drummer of iconic rock group KISS, will release his new solo CD, entitled "One for All", July 24 on Silvercat Records, distributed by Sony/RED.

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PRESS RELEASES

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the European Union release of Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1 on June 8, 2007 through license with Frontiers Records of Naples, Italy!
Metal God Essentials - Volume 1 features thirteen (13) dynamic tracks from Rob Halford's Fight and Halford solo releases.
The Halford band's first new songs in more than four years Forgotten Generation and Drop Out are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from producer Attie Bauw Redemption European Mix.
Frontiers Records European Release of Metal God Essentials - Volume 1 includes a full-color twenty page expanded booklet and Bonus DVD featuring eight Halford promotional videos in an enhanced digi-pack.
The Metal God's U.S. (Essentials Release July 2007); Japan (Essentials Release July 2007); Australia (Essentials Release August 2007); Canada (Essentials Release July 2007) and Brazil (Essentials Release June 2007) licensees and release configurations will be announced late May 2007.
Metal God Entertainment will also produce three (3) new Box Sets for its licensees in the European Union, U.S. and Canada for fall 2007 / early 2008 release. The Fight and Halford Box Sets will feature a 5.1 DVD documentary and live concert performance, remastered audio releases, expanded booklet, rare and unreleased photos and liner notes.
The Box Sets are tentatively titled:
1) Fight - War Of Words The Film - Box Set; 2) Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III - Box Set; 3) Halford - Live Crucible World Tour - Box Set.
Special configurations for all other territories are in production and will be announced - summer 2007. Halford IV licensees will be announced - summer 2007.
Visit these sites for more Metal God info, merchandise, digital music and film downloads: www.RobHalford.com / www.HalfordMerchandise.com / www.HalfordMusic.com.

GIG NEWS

ALICE COOPER
May 29 Santiago Teatro Caopoican
May 31 Cordoba, Argentina Estadio Juniors
June 1 Buenos Aires Estadio Luna Park
June 3 Sao Paolo Venue To Be Announced
June 5 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
June 6 Rio de Janeiro Venue To Be Announced
June 8 Curitiba Master Hall
June 13 Mexico City Plaza de Toros
June 14 Guadalajara Plaza Nuevo Progreso
June 15 Monterrey Arena
June 21 Athens, Greece Lycabettus Theatre
June 23 Huttwil, Switzerland Rock Sound Festival
June 25 Florence, Italy Venue To Be Announced
June 29 Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Festival
July 1 Bucharest, Romania B'estival
July 6 Sydney Enmore Theatre
July 7 Sydney Enmore Theatre
July 8 Brisbane Convention Centre
July 11 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
July 13 Perth Burswood Theatre
July 14 Perth Burswood Theatre
July 18 Wollongong WIN Ent Centre
July 19 Canberra AIS Arena
July 21 Launceston Silverdome
August 10th Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
August 17th Beaver Dam, WI Dodge County Fair
August 19th 2007 Green Bay, WI Radisson Three Clans Ballroom
August 31st Central Wisconsin, WI Central Wisconsin State Fair
September 14th Hutchinson, KS Kansas State Fair

STEVE VAI
19TH JULY - CARLING ACADEMY - BIRMINGHAM
21ST JULY - ROYAL CONCERT HALL - NOTTINGHAM
22ND JULY - APOLLO HAMMERSMITH – LONDON

Keane are to play London’s O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London on Thursday July 21 and tickets go on-sale at 9.00am this Thursday May 4. The band will also be joining Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys and Madonna, at Wembley Stadium for the Live Earth concert on July 7th.

REVIEWS

SHANNON ‘World Of Desire’ (Demo 2007) www.shannon-rock.com

French melodic rock band who revel in the classic 80’s hard rock sound and will appeal to fans of bands like Treat, Pink Cream 69 and Skagarak. Five songs on this demo release (they have already released a full album back in 2003) with ‘Do You Know?’ and ‘No Better Times’ real gems of hard rock, big choruses and the latter has some neat piano backing. Only ‘Long Gone’ sounds a bit too generic, otherwise these songs are very catchy and perfect for lovers of melodic hard rock. Hopefully they will get a label and then be able to put these songs out to a wider audience.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

DAVID SURKAMP ‘Dancing On The Edge Of A Teacup’ Rockville (2007) www.rockvile-music.com

The vocalist with Pavlov’s Dog releases a solo album featuring his wife on Sara on vocals/keys/percussion. David Surkamp has a very distinctive voice at times not unlike Roger Chapman (check out the 60’s influenced ‘Hard Again’). Soe good songs on here including ‘Looking For My Shadow’ which tips a hat to ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and is an enjoyable piece of psychedelic pop rock. He duets with his wife Sara on ‘Wrong’ which includes a blissful guitar solo. There is even a bit of folk rock in the shape of ‘One Of These Days’.
An eclectic mix of music which will appeal to fans of his pervious solo output and Pavlov’s Dog plus anyone who enjoys a solo album with plenty of musical variety and a strong late 60’s musical vibe running through the music.

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Jason Ritchie

DRUGDEALER CHEERLEADER ‘X E cute My X’ (CDS 2007) www.drugdealercheerleader.co.uk

Another band professing a love for all things glam/sleaze metal and like fellow young upstarts Rattlesnake Remedy and Hinder they hit the nail on the head soundwise. Think Backyard Babies attitude but with a decent tune (harsh but fair), which the title track is and vocally you can even hear snippets of UFO’s Phil Mogg! ‘Happening Now’ is not as instant but still worthy of your attention.
DDCL may well be the next hyped band from the likes of ‘Classic Rock’ and ‘Metal Hammer’ magazines but luckily they do have the tunes and live show to keep them going long after all the hype has died down.

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Jason Ritchie

THE CONWAY STORY ‘Adam & eve’ (Album sampler 2007)

A six song sampler from the band’s upcoming album and if you like Coldplay, Muse and Radiohead prepare to be amazed! This band have the talent and tunes and in the mellow refrains on ‘Landing Light’ an all important tune that can garner them airplay from Radio 2 through to XFM and beyond. ‘A Drug’ really does beat Muse at their own game and the mid section keyboards and strings outro make this a superb piece of music. Only ‘Remember Me’ has yet to sink in but judging by this sampler Conway Story could well be one of my top 20 albums come the year end. Streets ahead of the latest offerings by Muse and Radiohead.

****1/2
Jason Ritchie

ALLEN/LANDE ‘The Revenge’ Frontiers (2007) www.frontiers.it

Symphony X’s Russell Allen and Jorn Lande (Masterplan/Ark) return with a follow-up to 2005’s ‘The Battle’. Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker) again handles production, song writing and plays guitars/bass/keyboards. Of the twelve songs on here they take three apiece on their own and duet on the remaining six songs. Like the debut the riffs come thick and fast with the opening track ‘The Revenge’ really hitting the spot and the vocals of Allen and Lande combine so well together, a key factor in making these albums such a hit. ‘Wake Up Call’ is a wondrous romp with a Thin Lizzy guitar motif, whilst Jorn Lande shows why he is so good at the slow building songs as can be heard on ‘Master Of Sorrow’. Russell’s solo highlight is the hard rock meets metal of ‘Obsessed’. The final track ‘When Time Doesn’t Heal’ again sees the two vocalists’ team up and produce a seminal power ballad. The clear sound and keys make for an epic listen.
Well produced throughout with some jaw dropping guitar soloing at times, this second album is almost as strong as their debut. However, ‘Just A Dream’ is a bit too similar to the title track of ‘The Battle’. If you liked the first album you will love this believe you me although it is not as instant as the first album and takes a few plays to really get into the music. Hopefully there will be a third instalment.

****1/2
Jason Ritchie

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