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Thursday, June 28, 2007

THE VERVE have reformed and are working on new material with UK dates in Nov already announced.

Drummer Jimmy Copley rejoins MAGNUM next month after recovering from recent illness.

JEFF CANNATA re-releases ‘Images Of Forever’ through AOR Heaven.

BON JOVI hit the no.1 spot in the US with their new album selling over 285,000 copies.

CRYSTAL BALL have signed with AFM Records and release their new album on octo 26th.

STREAM OF PASSION members Johan van Stratum (bass), Davy Mickers (drums) and Marcela Bovio (vocals, lyrics, violin) have announced the addition of guitarist Eric Hazebroek.

DREAMSCAPE have parted ways with Roland Stoll (vocals), Benno Schmidtler (bass) and Jan Vacik (keyboards). "We do point out, that we disband in agreement, with the greatest respect to each other and in deep friendship," the band writes on its web site. "We have experienced a lot together, had a fantastic time, gave a lot of awesome shows and produced fantastic albums. Most of it was only possible because of you, our fans, so thank you so much for all your support! Roland, Benno and Jan will leave DREAMSCAPE because of private affairs. They will reach out for different interests and projects, but a part of them will always be with DREAMSCAPE. Wolfgang Kerinnis (guitar) and Michael Schwager (drums) will continue DREAMSCAPE with a new lineup und for sure with the best prog metal you can get. Detailed info about the new lineup will follow as soon as possible."

NIGHTWISH's upcoming album will be called ‘Dark Passion Play’. It will be released by Nuclear Blast on September 28th. The tracklist reads as follows:
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Bye Bye Beautiful
3. Amaranth
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
5. Master Passion Greed
6. Eva
7. Sahara
8. Whoever Brings The Night
9. For The Heart I Once Had
10. The Islander
11. Last Of The Wilds
12. 7 Days To The Wolves
13. Meadows Of Heaven

Temporary bass player Fredrik Larsson has left EVERGREY to rejoin his previous band HAMMERFALL. EVERGREY will record their new album, due before the end of the year, without a bass player and will announce either a temporary or permanent bassist once touring starts.

From XFM –
Led Zeppelin Plan Reunion Gig

The three remaining members of arguably the greatest rock group of the 20th century - Led Zeppelin - are rumoured to be planning a one-off reunion show in London.

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones are said to be dedicating the much hoped for concert - one of the rare occasions they will have played together since their split in 1980 - to the memory of Ahmet Ertgun, the late founder of their label Atlantic Records, who died last year after falling over at a Rolling Stones concert.

The trio will fittingly be joined by Jason Bonham - the son of the original Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham - for the London concert, which is rumoured to be a trial date for a possible subsequent world tour.

If it materialises (fingers, toes, lips and eyes crossed everybody) this will be the first time the three surviving members have played together in over 20 years, with their last on stage appearance back in 1985 for a Live Aid performance.

Page and Plant did have a comeback in the 1990's - during which time they produced two new albums, 'No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant' and 'Walking Into Clarksdale' - but excluded Jones from the collaboration.

A source told WENN news services,

"Page, Plant and Jones spoke and agreed to do the memorial concert. They are waiting for a definite date. And no-one can quite believe it, but during discussions about the concert they all gave the green light to a tour if it all does well and they don't all fall out."

Motorhead's Lemmy Voted Greatest Living Englishman By The Guardian
posted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 08:36:44 PM by Diamond Oz.

British newspaper The Guardian has concluded its question of who the greatest living Englishman is and the result will make heavy metal fans very happy! Motorhead mainman Lemmy has been given the title. For more information read the following article...

"Let it be stated for the record: Lemmy, singer with Motörhead, is the nation's greatest living Englishman. Some say this accolade belongs to Tony Benn, but attending one of his appearances will cost you up to £35 a ticket and doesn't get you Ace of Spades played by a sexagenarian who sinks two packets of Marlboro Reds and two litres of Jack Daniels a day.

Next month, London sees the start of the South Bank Meltdown festival, the summer's annual pick'n'mix of musical culture. This year's curator is Jarvis Cocker, another national treasure. The band Cocker has chosen to launch Meltdown is Motörhead. I would like to think - no, I believe - there is nothing kitsch about this choice. It isn't the same as people who wear AC/DC shirts to the NME Awards. I feel that Jarvis Cocker understands that Motörhead epitomise rock'n'roll's core ideal, that "the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud", and that they are a beacon for defiant celebration.

Lemmy may have hit many a duff note in the past 30 years, but not once has he told you a lie. I was 10 years old when I first heard this band; I was just a week older by the time I owned my first Motörhead record. A month after that I had an iron-on T-shirt. Five years later and I was knee deep in mud at Donington Park, flailing in terror as people fell under my feet, watching in amazement as a firework screamed its way toward Lemmy on the stage. I remember it now: he went ballistic. And then he played Ace of Spades.

Ace of Spades is, of course, the one song loved by everyone who has heard it. Its moral is so clear it could well be Moses on the mic, its timing so deft it might just be the greatest shimmy in rock'n'roll. "You know I'm going to lose, and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't want to live forever." In the original studio version Lemmy then warns you to not "forget the joker", but of late the song has been brought up to date. While power chords throb from his Rickenbacker bass and his mouth moves up to a microphone stationed higher than his head, the 61-year-old greatest living Englishman instead says "... but apparently I am."

And who wouldn't drink to that?"

2/3 Glasgow Academy
5/6 Blackpool Empress Ballroom
8/9 London Roundhouse

Dublin National Stadium – November 26
Belfast Waterfront Hall – 27
Manchester MEN Arena – 29
Glasgow SECC – 30
Nottingham Arena – December 1
Birmingham NEC – 3
Cardiff International Arena – 4
Bournemouth International Centre – 6
Brighton Centre – 7
London Wembley Arena – 9

28th Sep Mean Fiddler, London


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