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Herrmanns' Jukebox Rock Blog
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
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News update Updated 25 November 2006

Alan Freeman

Photo: BBC
Broadcaster Alan 'Fluff' Freeman has died aged 79. Freeman presented the BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show in the 1970s before moving to Saturday afternoons.
On the flagship programme 'Pick Of The Pops' he championed progressive and heavy metal music in the early 1970s.

Such has been the demand for tickets, that INXS has succumbed to public fervour and announced a 9-date tour across the UK taking in some cities they haven't played in almost a decade. Tickets for the recently added London show go on sale Friday 10 November at 9am.
With sold-out UK shows under their belts this autumn, INXS are undoubtedly re-stamping their authority as one of the tightest live draws on the planet as they garner the best live reviews the band has ever received in Britain.
INXS's Switched On world tour has already clocked half a million ticket sales across Australasia, Canada, Asia and the USA with new lead singer J.D. Fortune at the helm.
Bringing their live show straight to their fans, this extensive tour will take in cities the length and breadth of Britain in support of the Guy Chambers-produced Switch - the band's much-acclaimed 11th studio album.
Released in the UK and Ireland through MX3/Universal Music and having already accrued sales of over 800k around the globe, the unique UK edition of Switch is repackaged with new artwork, exclusive live tracks and remixes.
24 hr Ticket Hotline - 0870 735 5000 /
Tuesday 5th June - Bristol, Colston Hall
Wednesday 6th June - Nottingham, Royal Centre
Tuesday 12th June - Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
Thursday 14th June - Manchester, Apollo
Friday 15th June - Newcastle, City Hall
Sunday 17th June - Brighton, Dome
Monday 18th June - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Thu 21 London Hammersmith Apollo - New date
Monday 25th June - Sheffield, City Hall
Tuesday 26th June - Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Due to popular demand, legendary rock band, JOURNEY, have added two extra dates to their March 2007 UK Tour, with second shows at Manchester Apollo (Wednesday 7th March) and Newcastle City Hall (Thursday 15th March) .
The tour includes the following 11 dates:
Sheffield City Hall (1), Newcastle City Hall (2), Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (3), Nottingham Royal Centre (5), Manchester Apollo (6-7), Cardiff International Arena (9), Bournemouth International Centre (10), Birmingham NIA Arena (13), London Hammersmith Apollo (14), Newcastle City Hall (15).
With a career spanning over 30 years and album sales in excess of 75 million worldwide, Journey is the twenty-ninth best selling music group of all time! Journey is just finishing up a six month tour of North America with Def Leppard. The tour was hugely successful. The band is now poised to take the UK by storm. The 2007 tour sees founding members, Neal Schon (Guitar) and Ross Valory (Bass) performing with long time member Jonathan Cain (Keyboards), Deen Castronovo (Drums) and Jeff Scott Soto (lead vocals).
The 2007 Tour will include the band's signature hits as well as tracks from Journey's latest studio release, Generations.
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TOTO, who shaped the sound of eighties rock with the classics 'Hold The Line', 'Rosanna' and 'Africa', have announced three rare UK concerts in March 2007:
Bristol Colston Hall - March 12
Newcastle City Hall - March 13
Manchester Carling Apollo - March 14
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Ian Anderson brings the first Acoustic Jethro Tull Tour to the UK for 11 dates in March 2007.
The band will include long time Tull guitarist Martin Barre as well as special integrated guest violinist Anna Phoebe.
Ian Anderson says. 'My role in life was always to be an acoustic musician but for the last 38 years, I have had some very noisy friends! This will be the first time we've actually done a really Acoustic Jethro Tull Tour. Over a third of our catalogue of recorded material is acoustic or contains sections of acoustic music and the shows will feature a number of these tracks including Fat Man, Dun Ringill and Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day.
We have also re-arranged some of our more rock-oriented songs like Aqualung, Locomotive Breath and My God. So the concerts will contain a varied selection of old and new music.'
Violinist Anna Phoebe will join the band for many classic Tull tracks as well as some Ian Anderson/Tull material not previously performed in the UK. She will not be the opening act but will play some tracks from her new album "Gypsy" with Jethro Tull. The acoustic tour first goes to The Netherlands and Scandinavia at the end of November.
EMI Records plan to release a Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull album in early March 2007. Some bonus tracks of new or unrecorded music will also feature on this CD.
Jethro Tull will play a special early evening, Christmas Acoustic Concert on 19th December at St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London. This will be in aid of charities for the homeless. The Church only holds around 350 people and ticket details will be announced shortly on both and This show and all remaining concerts for 2006 will feature the talents of violinist Ann Marie Calhoun.
Full details are:
March 2007
Fri 23th High Wycombe The Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £25.50/£28.50
Sat 24th Cardiff St David's Hall 029 2087 8444 £25.50/£28.50
Mon 26th Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 0870 607 7533 £25.50/£28.50
Tue 27th Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 £23.50/£26.50
Wed 28th Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060 £25.50/£28.50
Fri 30th London *Shepherd's Bush Empire 0870 771 2000 £26.50/£29.50
Sat 31st London *Shepherd's Bush Empire 0870 771 2000 £26.50/£29.50
* * with orchestra
April 2007
Sun 1st Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434 £25.50/£28.50
Mon 2nd Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800 £23.50/£26.50
Tue 3rd York Grand Opera House 0870 606 3595 £25.50/£28.50
Wed 4th Middlesbrough Town Hall 01642 729 729 £23.50/£26.50
Tickets are available from venue box offices or online from venue websites - credit card bookings are subject to booking fee. All shows start at 7.30pm and there is no support.

On Nov.28, Columbia Records will be re-releasing On An Island, the solo album released earlier this year from David Gilmour, the guitar and voice of the legendary Pink Floyd.
With a DVD of Gilmour's exclusive AOL Sessions performance, this is a must have for die hard Floyd fans.
On An Island is a collection of songs and instruments that had its genus in the critically acclaimed 2002 London Festival Hall concerts. Gilmour has stepped out of his super-group to discover he's still at his peak - and he's rightly pleased.
'Its my best and most personal work,' he says. 'Making it with my musician friends has been a positive experience on so many levels.' And touring it this spring can only take him to a new high.
The DVD content includes the live AOL Sessions and the tracks On An Island, This Heaven, Smile, Take A Breath, High Hopes, Comfortably Numb and Astronomy Domine. A bonus version of Take A Breath is taken from Gilmour's Royal Albert Hall performance.

The work of the legendary jazz, rock, funk Hammond B3 organ player, Brian Auger, is to be celebrated by Castle Music in a massive digitally remastered album reissue campaign over October and November 2006.
Auger will also be undertaking a European tour to support the releases and will be performing three UK concerts in November.
Dates include The Civic Hall in Stratford upon Avon (Nov 27), London Pigalle Club (Nov 28) and the Brighton Concorde2 (Nov 29).
All eight albums will include new liner notes, rare photographs, original packaging, while selected albums will include rare bonus tracks.
Brian is touring with a new version of Oblivion Express featuring his son Karma Auger on drums and daughter Savannah on vocals. The jazz rock virtuoso who gave us "This Wheel's On Fire", and hailed as the undisputed "Godfather of Acid Jazz", has not only toured with bands like Led Zeppelin and the Doors, but has collaborated with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon and the Yardbirds.
He flipped the lid on the British jazz rock scene, gave it new meaning, and pioneered the bands - Steampacket (featuring a young Rod Stewart), The Trinity (featuring Julie Driscoll) and the Oblivion Express.
His diverse and distinctive fusion of jazz, rock and funk has been a massive influence on a lot of today's new bands. 

Glenn Hughes with (left to right) Anders Olinder, Mark Mondesir and Jeff Kollman. (Photo: Keith Thompson)
To coincide with the release of his new album Music for the Divine, Glenn Hughes the golden-voiced former vocalist and bass player for rock legends Deep Purple, will be undertaking European tour, beginning with two shows in the U.K. and more dates scheduled for spring 2007..
Close friend Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays drums throughout and was actively involved in all aspects of the recording and production of Music for the Divine, as he was with the previous commercially successful album Soul Mover. Chad's enthusiasm and contribution have been pivotal in making this Glenn's most commercially successful period of his career since his days in Deep Purple.
Rather than simply trading on past glories, Glenn Hughes is currently one of the most prolific artists of his generation who is still able to attract the musical involvement of the calibre of the Smith and John Frusciante from the Chili Peppers, Dave Navarro and Jerry Cantrell.
"I am so much looking forward to returning to the UK. I still have lots of friends and fans here so it's all about presenting some new stuff and maybe turning the clock back to some old numbers too," said Glenn Hughes
UK dates
JB's, 15 Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands Tel: 01384 253597 Saturday 28th October 7.30 Tickets £15
The Shepherds Bush Empire gig has been postponed until March 25 2007.
Roadmender, 1 Ladys Lane, Northampton Tel. 01604 604222 Tuesday 31st October 2006 7.30 Tickets £15

European Dates
Nov 02 Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium - Nov 03 Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands - Nov 04 De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands - Nov 05 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany - Nov 07 Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia - Nov 09 Ice Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia - Nov 10 Virgin Oil Company, Helsinki, Finland - Nov 11 Big Sports Arena, Moscow, Russia - Nov 13 Smuget, Oslo, Norway - Nov 14 Kino, Karlskrona, Sweden - Nov 15 Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark - Nov 17 Retro Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic - Nov 18 A38, Budapest, Hungary - Nov 19 Divadlo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia - Nov 21 Venue TBC, Zagreb, Croatia - Nov 22 Media Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia - Nov 24 Black Horse, Cermenate (Como), Italy - Nov 25 Sonar, Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena), Italy - Nov 26 Rohstofflager, Zurich, Switzerland - Nov 27 Metropolis, Munich, Germany - Nov 29 Stollwerk, Koln, Germany - Nov 30 Zeche, Bochum, Germany

Original Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett who left the band after Wind and Wuthering to pursue a successful solo career, has said of the forthcoming Genesis reunion:
"First of all I would like to congratulate Tony, Mike and Phil for flying the flag once again. Good luck to them and I really hope they have a very successful tour.
I was originally approached to discuss the possibility of a five piece which would have included Peter Gabriel and yours truly but since Peter's schedule precludes this, it makes sense for the other three to celebrate the band in their 'own special way' as it were ...."
Steve recently released a new record, 'Wild Orchids', which has been described as his best album for years. He starts a Japanese tour later this month and is planning a series of UK shows early in 2007.

'Platinum Weird', the band allegedly formed by Eurythmic Dave Stewart in 1973-4 gets a 'reissue' of its eponymous album in October.
Says Stewart, "Platinum Weird formed end of 1973 and only lasted till end of 1974. I was still meant to be in the band Longdancer - signed to Rocket Records - but I met Erin (Grace, Stewart's companion) and decided to form a band with her.
I played Elton John 'Platinum Weird' songs secretly on a cassette, and he agreed that it would be a good idea for me to hook up with Erin instead of Longdancer, and eventually signed Platinum Weird."
You can judge the album for yourself when it is released October 30.
Dave Stewart and Kara DioGuardi of Platinum Weird will be in London week commencing Monday 13th November to present Bon Jovi an award at this year's UK Music Hall of Fame Awards, held at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday November 14th (aired on Channel 4 on 16th November).
Other inductees include James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Sir George Martin.

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'Endless Wire' is the Who's first new studio album since 1982. It's a collection of both acoustic and rock numbers, with a 10 song mini-opera as the second half.
The Special Edition features a bonus 'Live at Lyon' recorded in July 2006.

The first album from GMT, "Bitter & Twisted", is due for release on 16th October.
Bernie Torme is the Irish Guitar legend and frontman, known for saving the day for Ozzy Osbourne when guitarist Randy Rhoads tragically died, hits and tours with Gillan, Desperado with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
John Mccoy is the larger than life lead bass player, a man mountain with a huger sound. John's CV includes Gillan, Mammoth, Samson, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), UK Subs, Atomic Rooster.
Robin Guy has drummed with Bruce Dickinson, Faith No More and many others.
GMT play the following dates in October:
27/10/06 Queens Hall Nuneaton Warwickshire
28/10/06 Picture Drome Holm Firth Huddersfield Yorkshire
4/11/06 Axe & Cleaver Boston Lincolnshire

'10cc - Greatest Hits And More' - a 2CD greatest hits compilation album - is to be released in the UK on 6 November 2006 (by UMTV).
This is the first 'best of' album for almost ten years and represents a complete history of 10cc and the projects the four members were involved with before and after, including unreleased material from Graham Gouldman (performing the songs he wrote for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits).
The combined song writing, instrumental and production talents of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley made some of the most influential and memorable pop-rock songs of the late 70's and early 80's, from the pop parody of 'Donna' to the catchy rock of 'Wall Street Shuffle' to the Beatles-esque pop of 'The Things We Do For Love'.
With eleven top 10 hits, including the number 1s 'Rubber Bullets', 'Dreadlock Holiday' and the iconic 'I'm Not In Love', 10cc were hugely popular, but the story didn't end when the band split. Hits from Godley & Creme and Wax show the former members still had the knack of writing a great song. 

In the summer of 2006, EUROPE began recording Secret Society with Lennart Östlund, long time engineer at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm.
Lennart has worked with countless international artists over the years, including Led Zeppelin and The Scorpions, just to name a few. When Stefan Glaumann, (Rammstein, Clawfinger, Paradise Lost, Within Temptation), agreed to work with them and mix Secret Society, the band was overjoyed - all of the pieces were beginning to fall into place.
The band enlisted the legendary Storm Thorgerson to design the artwork. As a member of the design studio Hipgnosis, Storm worked on all the classic album covers by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Peter Gabriel.
Guitarist John Norum reminisces: "Growing up, my favourite covers were done by this guy. The cover of UFO's Obsession and the Michael Schenker Group's first album cover really blew me away." Storm has recently created the CD art work for bands like Mars Volta and Muse.
'Secret Society' is Europe's seventh album. This CD is modern and contemporary, without losing sight of traditional rock influences.
As drummer Ian Haugland explains: "When Joey and John get together to write, the sparks just fly. And when the rest of us join in, it's like setting off a stick of dynamite. Tunes like Love Is Not the Enemy, The Getaway Plan and Human After All are going to be great to play live."
On this new album, keyboard player Mic Michaeli has been more actively involved in the writing process, colouring the music with his synthesizers and keyboards. In collaboration with Joey, he's created songs that have truly broadened the musical scope of the band.
'Secret Society' is released on October 30. 

Image ©2006 EMAS, Inc./RHML U.K./MGE LLC
This November will see a flurry of release from one of heavy metal's all-time great voices, Judas Priest's Rob Halford.
On November 21, 2006 Halford will debut its first new track in more than four years: 'Forgotten Generation' exclusively @ - keyword: Halford.
One week later - on November 28, 2006 - three (3) full-length Halford albums: 'Resurrection' with bonus material (2000/2006), 'Live Insurrection' (2001/2006), and 'Crucible' with bonus material (2002/2006) will re-release after being re-acquired earlier this year. 'Resurrection' signaled Halford's glorious metallic return, and featured a duet with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, 'The One You Love To Hate.'
The ensuing tour was faithfully documented on 'Live Insurrection,' which combined new Halford and Fight tracks with such Priest classics as 'Stained Class,' 'Genocide,' and 'Breaking the Law.' Halford's sophomore studio set, 'Crucible,' showed the group continuing to gel as one of metal's fiercest outfits, before the singer returned to front the classic Judas Priest line-up once more.
The new 'Halford: Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' (2006) release features fifteen (15) outstanding tracks from Rob's early solo days right up to the inclusion of two new Halford tracks from the current 'Halford IV' writing sessions: 'Forgotten Generation' and 'Drop Out.'
The first Halford Expanded Singles EP: 'Silent Screams' (2006) is the fifth Halford title to release on November 28, 2006. Rob Halford's original 1999 demonstration recording of 'Silent Screams;' is bundled with three additional Halford versions. Bonus 'Silent Screams' film footage previewing next year's 'Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III (2001/2007) film release is included with every full-EP digital download purchase.
MGE's sixth release is a very rare, full-length 'Fight' demonstration recording: 'K5 The War Of Words Demos' (1992/2006). K5 features The Metal God's first written material and recorded performances as a solo artist (1992); PLUS, five (5) previously unreleased Rob Halford songs; reflecting Rob's original vision of his first solo effort.
Each Halford and Fight K5 iTunes full album and EP digital pack features: mastered audio, new and enhanced art, expanded liner notes and exclusive media @ with every iTunes order number, plus exclusive, bonus film footage of Halford and band is packaged with every full-album and EP iTunes digital download purchase.
Full press release at

On October 31st Meat Loaf is releasing Bat Out of Hell III - the final piece of the Bat Out of Hell trilogy, on on Virgin Records in North America, and Universal Records outside of North America.
'Meat Loaf holds such a unique place in pop culture,' Virgin Records Chairman/CEO Jason Flom commented. 'His name, voice and artwork have come to symbolize great American pop/rock music. We are excited to be involved with Meat Loaf and Bat Out of Hell III because good things always come in threes -- and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell is Bat Out of Hell II, and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell II is Bat Out of Hell III!'
The album was produced by hit-maker Desmond Child (Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher) with additional vocal arrangements by Todd Rundgren (producer of the first Bat out of Hell). 'Bat Out of Hell albums are really renegade records; when they come out they are never like anything else,' observed album producer Child. '(In this project), Meat Loaf saw a door open to a new style that is the future of Bat Out of Hell. He wears all of his emotions on the outside.
Meat Loaf agreed: 'I took all the songs a little more personal; I became more internal on this record, (and) there were less character studies.'

The Waterboys have signed a deal with W14 Music - the new Universal Music Group imprint headed by MD John Williams. This follows the recent signings of Level 42 and Siouxsie Sioux to W14 Music, and sees Williams reunited with Mike Scott twenty years after they first worked together.
An extraordinary songwriter and lyricist, Mike Scott formed The Waterboys in 1982 and has been the driving force and artistic heart of the outfit throughout its various incarnations, relentlessly exploring a variety of musical styles.
Scott's songs rank as some of the most imaginative and distinctive of the past quarter century. In 1991 he was the deserved winner of an Ivor Novello (songwriting) Award for arguably his best-known song to date, 'The Whole of the Moon'.

The long awaited live show of Jeff Wayne's multi-Platinum award winning Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is being released on DVD by Universal Pictures on 6 November 2006. 
After nearly three years of composition and production, Jeff Wayne released in June 1978 his musical version of the HG Wells Sci-Fi classic The War of the Worlds. Since then it has gone on to become one of the most popular musical works of all time, selling a staggering 14 million copies around the world to date, including sales in excess of 10 times Platinum in both the UK, and Australia and 13 times Platinum in New Zealand.
The album has gone Top 10 in 22 countries world-wide and hit Number 1 in 11 of them, including 2 international hit singles, 'The Eve of The War' and 'Forever Autumn' and countless club re-mixes.
One of the highlights of the show, thanks to the amazing use of digital technology, is the 'live' performance of Richard Burton. Brought back to life in the form of a ten foot high, 3D sculpted head that hovers over the stage, Richard is seen and heard re-creating his original role as George Herbert, The Journalist.
Filmed live at the new Wembley Arena, London, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Live on Stage! DVD features bonus interviews, commentary, and exclusive behind the scenes footage, including an inside look into 'Making a Martian Fighting Machine'.
The DVD is available as both a standard release and in a Special Edition which is sure to become a cherished collector's item.

U2 Zoo TV Live from Sydney will be released on DVD for the very first time by Island Records on September 18th.As well as the legendary live show, the new release comes with a bonus DVD, featuring live tracks, mini-documentaries and the famous Zoo TV "Interference". Directed by David Mallet and filmed at the Sydney Football Stadium, Australia in November 1993, Zoo TV Live From Sydney has previously only been available on VHS.

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from Dave White 

It looks like it's going to be hard to get health insurance if you list "member of Mötley Crüe" as your occupation. The latest Crüe show stopper occurred October 12 in Casper, Wyoming when drummer Tommy Lee was injured by some errant fireworks. He was treated for minor burns, and all that was lost was the encore. It has been less than a month since lead singer Vince Neil tore a leg muscle during a show in Atlanta.

Eric Clapton will soon join the ranks of Classic Rockers who are published authors. The not-yet-titled memoirs will be published in 2007, coinciding with a much anticipated boxed set and a U.S. tour. According to publisher Random House, the book will address "everything that is known about his life as well as much that is not."

Poems written by Bob Dylan will be among the items to be sold at a November 21 Pop Rock Memorabilia Sale being conducted by Christie's auction house. Other items include some lyrics handwritten by Jim Morrison, and a gold medallion worn by Jimi Hendrix.

Billboard magazine's highest honor for creative achievement, will be presented to Tom Petty on December 6 in Las Vegas. Petty and the Heartbreakers have just completed a successful North American tour. Petty's third solo album is due to be released in early 2006.
Thursday October 13, 2005

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Sanctuary Records have announced the worldwide signing of Simple Minds. The band will release their first album on the Sanctuary Records label in the UK and rest of Europe on Monday September 12 (US release date - September 13)

Entitled "Black & White 050505", the album is being hailed as a return to form to their classic atmospheric albums - 1982's "New Gold Dream" and 1984's "Sparkle In The Rain". Recorded in Italy and Holland, the album and was mixed in Los Angeles by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Roxy Music, Rolling Stones, INXS).

Simple Minds

The first single taken from the album, "Home", is released September 5th. To mark the release of the album, the band are planning a series of intimate concerts around the UK during September (dates will be announced in the coming weeks). The 2005 line-up includes original founding members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar), with longtime drummer Mel Gaynor, and bass guitarist Eddy Duffy.

NEW SINGLE "Home" will be released across two CD singles on 5 September. CD #1 includes a radio edit of "Home" backed with the non-album track "Bird On A Wire." CD #2 includes the album version of "Home," a rendition of Grant Lee Buffalo's "Mighty Joe Moon", the Trixton Portendo Dance Mix of "Home," plus an enhanced video of "Home."

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The world’s first course on the literature of rock music will be starting on 19 September 2005.

Held at Kensington and Chelsea College, London, the course is designed for men and women of all ages who have an interest in rock music or who want to learn how to write books on music or for the music press.

Taught by an expert in the field, the course features classic texts, plenty of classic tracks and will also be featuring guest speakers from the music press, and a surprise guest from the world of rock!

For further details on the course e-mail Fistful of Dollars email or call 0207 226 5232.

For enrolment details and a brief description of the course, go to the Kensington and Chelsea College website and search for Literature of Rock Music.

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The first Summer's End Festival is to be held at the Guildhall, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK on the 17th September, 2005.

Described as "a celebration of contemporary progressive rock", the event's organisers have confirmed the following lineup: Also Eden, Steve Thorne, Tr3nity, Galahad, The Pineapple Thief and headliners Magenta.

A day ticket for the event is #18 in advance and #20 on the door, but as the venue has a capacity of around 300, early booking is recommended.

Full details can be found at the website


The second FIREFEST festival takes place at Nottingham Rock City on Saturday November 26th.

The line up comprises both old and new faces alike , some of whom will be familiar to fans of melodic hard rock, others which may be new to many fans out there, but all in all it is a line up that proudly represents a healthy blend of old and new.

The festival also moves ‘home’ with FIREFEST 2 moving to a more central location in Nottingham , one of the premier rock venues in England, Nottingham Rock City is a 1900 capacity venue that has played host to Whitesnake, Motorhead, Y&T, Skid Row and many more besides.

In fact if you care to trawl through the annals of rock, it’s evident that more melodic and hard rock bands have played this venue more than any other venue in England. The move should make FIREFEST 2 more accessible to the vast amount of people travelling and bearing that fact in mind it’s also possible one of the best venues to attend a live show.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the promoters via paypal using the e mail address.


And, for the first time on a UK stage since 1988 and following a long period of inactivity, HOUSE OF LORDS have agreed to a one off European performance of their classic material.

Twisted X


Twisted X and Outl4w's single 'Summer Of Rock & Roll' (backed by Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' 'Cheer Up It's Summertime') is out on Monday August 1 on ProTV / Universal Records.


The Cribs continue their musical blitzkrieg with the release of a new single in August.

The brothers Jarman, who have two Top 30 singles to their name so far this year follow that success with their third, entitled 'Martell'. Lifted from their recent album 'The New Fellas', the single epitomises the vastly underrated trio's knack of knocking out killer tunes.

Arguably one of the highlights of the album, 'Martell' cements the band's position as one of the year's success stories - oft mentioned in dispatches; their contemporaries love 'em! Real life goes on but how those in know wish they could be The Cribs, sometimes confrontational otherwise purely contrary, they live their life onstage as they do off it no matter what. On their day one of the most incendiary live propositions you'll witness, forty five minutes maximum of explosive three minute outbursts...

'Martell' is released on 22nd August thru Wichita Recordings and available on two seven inches and a Cd single.

Meanwhile, the band fire the aural volleys in the States for a handful of shows after which they return to the UK for a short run of shows before the single is released and their appearances at this year's Carling Festivals.


16th Brighton Concorde 17th Birmingham Academy 2 18th Edinburgh Liquid Room (T In The Fringe) 19th Manchester Blow Out @ The Bierkeller 24th Stoke Sugarmill 25th Coventry Groovy Garden @ The Colosseum 27th Reading Carling Festival 28th Leeds Carling Festival

October - NME Rock'n'Roll Riot Tour (w/ Kaiser Chiefs and Maximo Park)

15th Manchester Apollo 18th Leeds Town Hall 22nd Birmingham Academy 25th London Brixton Academy 29th Glasgow Academy


Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald's first career spanning retrospective: The Ultimate Collection is in stores August 9th

From his work with the Doobie Brothers to his recent albums of Motown covers, singer Michael McDonald has put his distinctive blue-eyed soul stamp on song after song. Featuring 19 tracks, The Ultimate Collection tracks McDonald's career as an expert musical craftsman whose trademark combination of brawny baritone and smooth mix of pop and soul earned him a string of hits on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.

Artist website




Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. in association with Universal Music DVD Video announce the release of Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock [The Deluxe Edition] on September 12, 2005.

This special two-disc DVD presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock stands as the definitive record of one of Jimi's most celebrated performances.

This all-new deluxe set features all of the existing film footage from Jimi's unforgettable August 1969 Woodstock concert newly re-edited and presented uninterrupted and in its original performance sequence.

Live At Woodstock includes never-before-seen versions of Foxey Lady, Message To Love, Hey Joe, Spanish Castle Magic, and Lover Man, and an all-new 5.1 and 2.0 stereo soundtrack mixed by Eddie Kramer, Jimi's original studio engineer.


? Authentic Hendrix LLC

In addition to the full-length feature Live At Woodstock, this deluxe two DVD collection features a multitude of special bonus features including -

* The Road To Woodstock documentary * Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock - A Second Look * Jimi Hendrix Press Conference * Nashville Roots * Recording Artefacts & Memorabilia



Universal Music have announced the September 5th 2005 DVD premiere of 'The Police Synchronicity Concert' the stunning live in concert live extravaganza filmed at their final concert on their Synchronicity World Tour (and their last ever Police concert) in Melbourne, Australia 1984.

For the very first time, the audio has been remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, and includes three different audio soundtracks including dts, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo.

Songs performed during the concert include their hit singles - So Lonely, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle and De Do Do Do De Da Da Da plus several songs from the Synchronicity album including Every Breath You Take, Synchronicity II and Wrapped Around Your Finger.

The DVD also includes exclusive live performances filmed in multi-angle for the very first time. In addition to the Synchronicity Concert Multi-Angle Tracks, the DVD also features never-before-seen concert footage taken from the Synchronicity concert in Montreal, Canada, (in 1983) a rare interview with The Police and the original theatrical trailer.


To coincide with their 30th anniversary tour in the USA this summer the band have teamed with to offer enhanced VIP tickets.

Each VIP Ticket package includes premium seating and features not available anywhere else! The 5-Star package includes tickets within the first 10 rows, the brand new Journey CD (Autographed), an exclusive Journey T-shirt (only given to VIP ticket holders), a discount coupon for the Journey store, and a new photo of the band members!

Those purchasing the 5-Star package will have their own private VIP room to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks prior to the Journey concert.

More information

Album review





Tony Iommi, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, will release his new album Fused on July 11, via Sanctuary Records. This will be Iommi's third solo album.

Joining Iommi on Fused is former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote Fused later this year after Black Sabbath finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.

Iommi has worked with both Hughes and Aronoff in the past. Hughes is a longtime friend who sang on the 1986 Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi album Seventh Star. In 2004, previously unreleased songs they had collaborated on eight years earlier were completed and released by Sanctuary as The 1996 DEP Sessions. Aronoff played drums on the song "Black Oblivion" on Iommi's self-titled 2000 solo album, which was loaded with all-star guest appearances. Fused was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for 'Iommi.'

"I put some ideas for four or five tracks down about three years ago, but I hadn't written them specifically with Glenn in mind," Iommi says. "After The 1996 DEP Sessions was finished last year, I said to my manager that I should try Glenn on my solo album. Glenn came over to England and we did a trial run writing more material and it was unbelievable. His enthusiasm is amazing. He is so full of energy and great song ideas.”

Iommi was eager to work with Kenny Aronoff again and had him in mind from the beginning. The highly respected skins-basher was thrilled about the invitation, especially when Iommi said he wanted to tour to promote Fused.

Iommi's cannot wait to tour with Hughes and Aronoff. "In addition to playing material from this album, we'll probably do a couple of tracks from The 1996 DEP Sessions and a few Sabbath songs too," he says.

Album review




The Eagles

Shot in Hi Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, a new DVD captures the Eagles' sold out November 2004 Melbourne, Australia, concerts from their historic Farewell I tour and features the Eagles performing almost three hours of classic hits in addition to the debut of two new tracks.

The DVD also includes rare, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and sound check performances.

Tracks: Disc 1:

1. The Long Run 2. New Kid In Town 3. Wasted Time 4. Peaceful Easy Feeling 5. I Can't Tell You Why 6. One Of These Nights 7. One Day At A Time 8. Lyin' Eyes 9. The Boys Of Summer 10. In The City 11. Already Gone 12. Silent Spring (Intro) 13. Tequila Sunrise 14. Love Will Keep Us Alive 15. No More Cloudy Days 16. Hole In The World 17. Take It To The Limit 18. You Belong To The City 19. Walk Away 20. Sunset Grill

Disc 2: 1. Life's Been Good 2. Dirty Laundry 3. Funk #49 4. Heartache Tonight 5. Life In The Fast Lane 6. Hotel California 7. Rocky Mountain Way 8. All She Wants To Do Is Dance 9. Take It Easy 10. Desperado plus Bonus Features and Eagles Interviews

Eagles E-Card


Following on from their highly successful European Tour in January 2005, Thin Lizzy return with their long awaited and highly anticipated "Greatest Hits" DVD, released by Mercury Records on July 4, 2005.

DVD review

Thin Lizzy DVD

Featuring all the classics, including the original pop promo videos for The Boys Are Back In Town, Waiting For An Alibi, Chinatown, Bad Reputation and many more, this milestone DVD collection brings alive the music and legacy of all things distinctly Lizzy! The DVD also boasts rare live footage including Whiskey In The Jar recorded on BBC Top Of The Pops in 1973.

Mixed for the first very time in stunning Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, this essential DVD package is an outstanding document from one of the greatest rock 'n'roll bands.

Posted by hsjukebox at 7:29 PM BST

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Jon Anderson

On July 11 there is the simultaneous Solo DVD and CD Single release featuring the unique songwriting and vocal talents of the legendary “YES” lead singer, JON ANDERSON.

Year after year, Anderson’s legacy as one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of our time continues and his creative output and extensive touring across the globe shows no sign of slowing down.

'STATE OF INDEPENDENCE' CD Single, written by Jon Anderson & Vangelis, went on to become a worldwide hit for Donna Summer)

The “TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE” DVD (USA Release Date: 6th September 2005)is the debut solo DVD from Jon Anderson – a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with YES and collaborations with VANGELIS.

Recorded live at XM Radio Studios in the USA, Jon’s inimitable ‘One Man Show’ performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD.

The inclusion of 10 previously un-released songs “Harmony”, “Father Sky”, Bring On The Day”, “Standing Still, “This Is”, “White Buffalo”, “Harping”, “You Lift Me Up”, “Set Sail” and “Who Could Imagine?” – illustrate that Jon has created some very powerful new material crossing many musical genres and his approach to songwriting has no boundaries.

Classic YES songs such as “Yours Is No Disgrace”, “Long Distance Runaround”, “Your Move”, “Nous Sommes Du Soleil”, “The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)”, “And You And I” are performed by Jon with his own unique style and arrangements. A more recently recognised stage favourite from the fruitful YES catalogue “Show Me” is also featured, augmented by the beautiful additional Piano recorded by Rick Wakeman and a 50 piece Children’s choir.

Amongst several Solo and Vangelis collaborations, Jon also performs the very emotive and aptly named “First Song” confirming that writing original material and a flair for harmony was a path naturally set out for Anderson from a very young age.

The “Tour of the Universe” (DVD) is presented with Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS and Stereo sound options and bonus material….

Special features include 'The Golden Mean' The Golden Mean is a source of fascination for Jon Anderson; Dr. Ron Knott reveals its mysteries and explains how its imprint can be found all around us.

Golden Music: An interview with concert pianist Roy Howat of Cambridge University explains how the Golden Mean has influenced the works of the great classical composers B?la Bart?k and Claude Debussy.

Jon Anderson's European Tour kicks off on 1 September in Israel. UK dates confirmed start 7 October in Birmingham (Symphony Hall).





Steve Howe

Released on by Classic Pictures,Steve Howe's Remedy Live DVD features a feature-length concert filmed during his 2004 European tour.

Special features on the DVD include 'Steve Howe Acoustic' featuring many of his classic signature solo acoustic pieces and 'Tour Story' which goes behind the scenes and tells the story of Steve Howe's first solo band tour.

Featured musicians inclue GRTR! contributor Ray Fenwick and Howe's sons Dylan and Virgil.

DVD review



Recent releases from Classic Pictures include DVDs by Magnum and M3 (featuring Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody)

Magnum DVD review
M3 DVD review


David Cross

David Cross, ex-King Crimson violinist, has released a new rock album – ‘Closer Than Skin’.

Containing ten tracks written by Cross, bassist Mick Paul and ex-King Crimson lyricist, Richard Palmer-James, ‘Closer Than Skin’ is David Cross’ 5th album and is an astonishingly powerful statement.

David has combined the musical elements of his old band, King Crimson and his other solo material with a more metal-edged sound. With ‘Closer Than Skin’ David Cross has succeeded in creating arguably the best post-Crimson album of his career.

Recorded in 2005 it’s the sound of a world-class musician at the top of his game, brimming with energy, intensity and confidence.

For two years between 1972 and 1974, David Cross lived and breathed King Crimson along with Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford and John Wetton. Together they created an influential sound that continues to be popular and well-respected more than thirty years later.

Though the influence of Cross’ old band is undeniable, ‘Closer Than Skin’ is no exercise in mere nostalgia. There are many bands who have tried to emulate Crimson’s clout and control though few come as close.

Album review



Steve Walsh

'Shadowman' is first new solo recording from lead singer of classic rock band Kansas in over five years.

With the collaboration of such musicians as Joe Franco (Twisted Sister, Magellan) on drums, Joel Kosche (Collective Soul) on guitars and bass and with former Kansas David Ragsdale on violin on the song “After” and Symphony X’s mastermind Michael Romeo caring for the orchestration on "After", "Shadowman" and "Hell is Full of Heroes", Steve Walsh reaches a new height in his artistic expression focusing on a great songwriting and superb production (courtesy of Shawn Grove also of Collective Soul fame).

The keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter/producer is best known for his visionary work with US progressive rock masters KANSAS. He sings lead on Kansas' biggest and best-known hits -- "Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust In The Wind" and "Point Of Know Return".



After years of speculation, the first duly authorised and certified Frank Zappa respective and perspective concert tour "Zappa Plays Zappa - Tour De Frank" will take in a massive 17-date European live tour, kicking off in Barcelona on October 25th, ending in Budapest on November 22nd. The UK highlight will include when the concert rolls into the London Royal Albert Hall on November 2nd.

U.K Concert Dates

31 October Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1 November Brighton Centre 2 November London Royal Albert Hall 4 November Manchester Apollo 5 November Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

National ticket hotline 0870 400 0688 24 hours (UK) or book online at


photo by Ian Pollard

The annual BLOODSTOCK05 Metalfest takes place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.

"Bloodstock is a European metal festival," said Vince Brotheridge, who along with renowned artist Paul Raymond Gregory, make up AMUST4MUSIC, the organizers of Bloodstock. "It has taken five years to get to this stage, and I think you will see from the combined line-up of the two shows this year, about 40 bands, that we have a world-class festival for the U.K. to now shout out about! And we continue to bring to the U.K. the big European bands playing to big U.K. audiences. We were the first to bring to the U.K. NIGHTWISH, PRIMAL FEAR, BLIND GUARDIAN, MASTERPLAN and SONATA ARCTICA, and with HAMMERFALL and WITHIN TEMPTATION making their second ever U.K. appearances this year, Bloodstock is getting bigger and better!"

The BLOODSTOCK UK METALFEST in September will play host to 25 bands in 2005, many of them making their debut UK appearance. HAMMERFALL, STORMWARRIOR, BOB CATLEY, CONQUEST OF STEEL and WARCHILD will head up a night of Battle Metal on the Friday, with WITHIN TEMPTATION, AFTER FOREVER, IRON SAVIOR, CATHEDRAL, RISE TO ADDICTION, and SEASON’S END scheduled for the Saturday, with more surprise bands being announced soon.

Full details of the two events can be found at the website Tickets are now on sale for both shows.


Dio, photo by Ian Pollard

Ex Rainbow, Black Sabbath and multi, multi, million selling solo star in his own right, Ronnie James Dio, one of the most instantly identifiable voices in rock music, has confirmed a VERY SPECIAL October UK tour.

Tickets, priced ?18.50 in London and ?16.50 elsewhere, go on sale Friday 25th February from all usual outlets and via 24 hour hotline telephone number 0870 000 688.

There will be no support acts on the 'An Evening With Dio' tour, which will feature two live sets from Dio, including not only a host of classic songs from across his HUGE back catalogue, but also ALL of his classic, debut solo, multi-platinum, 'Holy Diver' album from 1983.

Dates are:-

October 9th - Sheffield Foundry
October 10th - Nottingham Rock City
October 11th - Norwich UEA
October 13th - Newcastle University
October 14th - Glasgow Academy
October 15th - Manchester Academy
October 17th - Exeter University
October 18th - Bristol Academy
October 20th - Southampton Guildhall
October 21st - Birmingham Carling Academy
October 22nd - London Astoria


Alice Cooper

Mr. Shock Rock, Alice Cooper returns to the UK in November for a 10 date lengthy Arena tour, his first full UK tour since 2002.

Special guests will be Twisted Sister who bring their full show to Great Britain for the first time in many years. Additional support to be announced.

Alice will be performing an extravaganza, as might be expected, and will feature his legendary hits, among them Schools Out, Poison, and No More Mr Nice Guy, as well as material from the The Eyes of Alice Cooper album and an as-yet unnamed forthcoming album, due prior to the tour.

The band features on guitars Ryan Roxie and Damon Johnson (replacing Eric Dover, who departed to record and release his own album), Chuck Garric on bass and drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Full Tour Details are:

November 2005

Sat 5th Brighton Centre 0870 900 9100 Sun 6th London Wembley Pavilion 0870 060 0870 Mon 7th Cardiff International Arena 029 2022 4488 Wed 9th Birmingham NEC 0870 909 4133 Thu 10th Manchester MEN Arena 0870 190 8000 Sat 12th Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 0870 040 4000 Sun 13th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 0870 707 8000 Tue 15th Sheffield Hallam FM Arena 0114 256 5656 Wed 16th Nottingham Arena 0870 121 0123 Thu 17th Bournemouth BIC 0870 111 3000

All tickets are ?29.50 except for London which are ?30 (in advance all subject to booking fee). Credit Cards Tel: 0870 400 0688 (24HRS) Check out for Exclusive Ticket Packages Presented in association with The Agency Plus Very Special Guests.

Cooper is currently working on material for his new album which will be released prior to the tour.

Posted by hsjukebox at 7:28 PM BST
Sunday, 24 October 2004
Rock Mix
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Releases

Multi-million selling rock legend Meat Loaf releases `Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra' CD on October 18.

It may seem strange that it's taken Meat Loaf this long to record a collaboration with an orchestra. After all, it's difficult to think of an artist whose music would be more ideally suited to such a treatment. Meat Loaf's music has all the ingredients for such a marriage - the grandiosity, the sweeping emotions, the change in moods, the courage to defy convention.

The singer admits as much himself.

'The songs are crying out for this, really,' believes the singer, 'they're very long, very dramatic and melodramatic - even operatic. So of course they're perfectly suited to being played with an opera.'

The live CD was recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of arranger/orchestrator/conductor Keith Levenson. The performance was filmed over two nights at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena - normally home to the Australian Open tennis tournament - on the 20th and 22nd of February 2004.

A companion DVD from the same concerts, titled 'Bat Out of Hell Live with the Melbourne Symphony', will be simultaneously released in the UK on Warner Music Vision.



The boys are back in town..... After the great reception the song got every time it was played in the summer and to get everyone warmed up for their upcoming album - due in spring 2005 - Thunder return with a new single - ?I Love You More Than Rock n Roll. The single is released on 8th November through their own STC Recordings Label.

I Love You More Than Rock n Roll comes out to coincide with the band?s appearances on the UK Deep Purple Tour, which begins on 6th November. Tour dates are:

Sat 6th November Manchester Evening News Arena, Mon 8th Glasgow SECC, Tue 9th Sheffield Arena, Wed 10th Newcastle Arena, Fri 12th Birmingham NEC, Sat 13th London Wembley Arena, Sun 14th Cardiff Arena, Tue 16th Brighton Centre and Wed 17th Plymouth Pavillion.

The single will be released in 3 different formats. CD1, CD2 and a numbered limited edition 7" vinyl. Each version will have completely separate artwork and tracks, and with the exception of the title track and one other, all songs will be exclusive and will not appear on the forthcoming album.

Formats and tracklistings are as follows:-


I Love You More Than Rock n Roll (radio edit)
Closer To The Fire


I Love You More Than Rock n Roll (radio edit)
Love's An Easy Word To Say
Loser (Acoustic Version)

Numbered Limited Edition 7" Vinyl

A: I Love You More Than Rock n Roll (radio edit)
B: The Pride (LP track)



The Global Battle of the Bands, the world?s biggest live talent competition for pop and rock bands kicks off this autumn, 2004.

Encompassing all musical genres, The Global Battle of the Bands will strive to bring the best un-manufactured new talent in the world to a wider audience.

There are just two rules ? no cover versions and no pre-recorded music.

Every year, Local Qualifying Heats and National Finals will be organised in countries around the world, with the eventual winners of these going forward to The Global Battle of the Bands World Final, which will be held in a different major city every year.

The very first World Final will take place at the London Astoria on November 30, 2004 with the winning band taking away the $100,000 first prize.


29/09/04 Bristol Fleece & Firkin 07/10/2004 Middlesborough Jumpin? Jacks 10/10/2004 Manchester Bier Keller 12/10/2004 Sheffield Fez 13/10/2004 Leicester Charlotte 19/10/2004 Liverpool Academy 20/10/2004 Newcastle Archer 21/10/2004 Southampton Joiners 24/10/2004 Birmingham Academy 25/10/2004 Cambridge Junction 01/11/2004 Brighton Zap Club 02/11/2004 London Scala 03/11/2004 London Scala 04/11/2004 London Scala 07/11/2004 Exeter Phoenix 14/11/2004 London Mean Fiddler ENGLISH FINAL


04/10/2004 Glasgow Barfly 05/10/2004 Aberdeen Lemon Tree 06/10/2004 Edinburgh Bongo Club 17/10/2004 Glasgow Barfly SCOTTISH FINAL


28/09/04 Cardiff Toucan Club WELSH FINAL

30/11/2004 London Astoria WORLD FINAL

Featuring bands from: Denmark, England, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Wales with more to come.



Marillion are known for the relationship that they maintain with their fans through their website ( Continuing this love affair with the internet, a live version of `The Damage', recorded at The Astoria on July 12, will be available from from Oct 11th.

With the download chart now being recognised by the music industry this looks likely to give Marillion their 3rd chart hit of 2004. The single will be available for just 99 pence.

Filmed on 11th and 12th July at the Astoria in London, the `Marbles On The Road' DVD captures the band in fine form at the end of the first leg of their Marbles World Tour. As well as the majority of their latest album Marbles ("Marbles is a wonderful thing" - Classic Rock), fans are treated to stunning versions of former favourites including Cover My Eyes and, perhaps more surprisingly, The Uninvited Guest.

The extras include behind the scenes footage of the Marbles EPK and promo videos for Marbles' 2 hit singles `You're Gone and `Don't Hurt Yourself'.

This is the first new Marillion film-piece to be released commercially since 1990. Specifically recorded for a DVD release the concert sound is mixed by Michael Hunter in both 5.1 surround sound and 2-channel stereo. The DVD Extras and additional material is provided as stereo-only. The DVD is presented in 16:9 format, is available in both PAL and NTSC formats, and is multi-region.


The Very Best Of MTV UNPLUGGED, Vol. 3 released in September

The Very Best Of MTV Unplugged 3 is the latest installment in this hugely successful series, offering you yet more classics from the biggest names in rock music. It brings together a fantastic lineup of global superstars, including Eric Clapton, Sting, Paul Simon, The Cure, R.E.M. & Elton John, all of whom have helped to make the MTV show so popular amongst the public and performers alike, and proves beyond doubt the popularity of the live acoustic set.

Fans are also treated to a bonus DVD, featuring every track from the audio disc, ten of which have never before been released!


Paul Carrack releases live DVD

'Paul Carrack Live at the Opera House' DVD was recorded at the Buxton Opera House in January this year on the second leg of Paul's `It's Ain't Over Tour'. Released on September 27th the DVD will be a delight for fans with twenty timeless songs - including `How Long' and `Over My Shoulder' - as well as a fifteen minute interview with Paul, footage of the soundcheck and interviews with the fans.

With a career spanning more than 3 decades he has been part of dozens of hit records as band member, musician or song-writer. Classics such as Ace's `How Long (Has This Been Going On)', Mike & The Mechanic's `Living Years' & "Over My Shoulder" and Squeeze's `Tempted' are all songs that have his voice on lead vocals. In addition to the songs on which he sings, Carrack has also written numerous hits for other artists including The Eagles, Tom Jones and Diana Ross, and played keyboards with Roxy Music, Smiths, Pretenders, Eric Clapton, BB King, Simply Red, Van Morrison and Elton John ....

More recently the spotlight has turned towards Paul as a front man in his own right. He set up his own label, Carrack-UK, in the late 90s through which he now releases his solo records, the most recent being the acclaimed album `It Ain't Over".

Paul is taking to the road once again this Autumn and his 26 date tour starts in Liverpool on October 15th, visiting Northampton, Southend, Stoke on Trent, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Salford, Nottingham, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Llandudno, Basingstoke, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Preston, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Harrogate, London, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Croydon, ending in Lowestoft on December 8th.


Fri 15 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789 ?20.00 Sat 16 Northampton Derngate 01604 624 811 ?20.00 Sun 17 Southend Cliffs Pavilion 020 7960 4242 ?20.00 Wed 20 Stoke Victoria Hall 0870 060 6649 ?20.00 Fri 22 Newcastle City Hall 0191 261 2606 ?20.00 Sun 24 Salford Lowry 0870 100 0000 ?20.00 Tue 26 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 ?20.00 Fri 29 Bournemouth Pavilion 01202 456 456 ?20.00


Tue 2 Birmingham Alexandra 0870 607 7533 ?20.00 Wed 3 Llandudno North Wales Theatre 01492 872 000 ?20.00 Fri 5 Basingstoke Anvil 01256 844244 ?20.00 Sun 7 Cheltenham Town Hall 01242 227979 ?20.00 Mon 8 Cardiff St. David?s Hall 02920 878444 ?20.00 Thu 11 Glasgow Pavilion 0141 332 1846 ?20.00 Fri 12 Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 641122 ?20.00 Tue 16 Preston Guildhall 01772 258858 ?20.00 Thu 18 Chesterfield Winding Wheel 01246 345334 ?20.00 * Fri 19 Doncaster Dome 01302 370888 ?18.50 * Sun 21 Harrogate International Centre 01423 537230 ?20.00 Mon 22 London Queen Elizabeth Hall 08703 800400 ?22.50 Thu 25 Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3683 ?20.00 Tue 30 Milton Keynes Stables 01908 280800 ?29.50


Wed 1 Milton Keynes Stables 01908 280800 ?29.50 Sat 4 Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 457555 ?20.00 Tue 7 Croydon Fairfield Hall 0208 688 9291 ?20.00 Wed 8 Lowestoft Marina Theatre 01502 533200 ?20.00

Tickets can be purchased online via (except * only available through box office)

Paul will also be playing at the star-studded Fender Stratocaster 50th year anniversary celebration the "Miller Strat Pack" concert at Wembley Arena on September 24th. (Fender Guitars is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest icons, the Stratocaster guitar by staging a very special anniversary concert. Sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft, the charity concert will feature many of the world's greatest living guitar legends in aid of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy)



Released October 28 is the debut album from singer-songwriter Anna Nalick.

Anna's original plan was to go to college and then follow her dream of a career in music. As she began college, she continued writing and documented her songs on a Rainbow Brite cassette tape recorder. She soon met a photographer (who taught a class at a local high school) who mentioned to Anna that one of her students had parents in the music business. Anna passed along a six song lo-fi home demo and the next thing she knew, that student's mother, a manager of producers and other talent, introduced Anna to Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith, the founding members of Blind Melon now turned production team, and Eric Rosse, best known for his production work with Tori Amos.

Putting her college plans on hold, Anna went into the studio with Thorn, Smith and Rosse as producers, together with mix-engineer Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw) and an all-star group of musicians that included Smith on bass, Thorn on guitar, Rosse and Zak Rae (Alanis Morissette, Macy Gray, Sinead O Connor) on keyboards, Lyle Workman (Frank Black, Sheryl Crowe, They Might Be Giants) and Stuart Mathis (Jewel) on guitar, Joey Waronker (Beck, Johnny Cash, Nelly Furtado) and Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, John Mayer) on drums.

The result is Wreck of the Day, a collection of 11 songs showcasing the burgeoning and complex talent of Anna Nalick.



For over 30 years, Roger Daltrey has pursued a solo career alongside his primary role as lead singer for The Who. To commemorate three decades of his solo work, Sanctuary Records announce the U.K. nationwide release of the Roger Daltrey anthology 'Just A Boy' on 4th October 2004.

The 2-disc album highlights the varied musical paths Roger has chosen, compiling all his hits and near misses. From ballads 'Giving It All Away' to Brecht's 'Mack the Knife' and with the added bonus of unreleased tracks, "Just A Boy" amply illustrates Daltrey's willingness to adapt to different styles of music.

Considered to be one of the most powerful vocalists in rock 'n' roll, Roger Daltrey's solo album 'Just A Boy' documents the solo career he forged away from The Who in 1973, with the tracks 'One Man Band', 'The Way Of The World', and 'Giving It All Away' taken from his debut album 'Daltrey', through to recent recordings of Who classics 'Pinball Wizard' and 'Baba O'Riley'.

Released 13 September, on Warner Music Vision, is a new Who DVD 'Live In Boston'.

This two-and-a-half hour plus DVD captures the band's concert in Boston on 24 September 2002 following the sudden death of bassist John Entwistle.

The DVD features interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey as well as an Art Gallery feature of Entwistle's drawings.



October 4, 2004 is a red letter day for Boz Scaggs fans, with the simulatenous release of "Boz Scaggs - Greatest Hits Live" on DVD and CD. The 1-disc DVD is released by Coming Home Studios, whilst the 2-Disc CD is released by Mailboat Records.

The DVD and CD releases are a captivating live document of the Grammy Award winning artist Boz Scaggs and his 8-piece band, as they performed a rare live concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on August 27, 2003.

Originally dubbed as "The Essential Tour," Scaggs performed the best known songs of his career, including the 'Silk Degrees' album hits 'Lowdown' and 'Lido Shuffle', plus 'Slow Dancer', 'Look What You've Done To Me', 'Miss Sun', 'Jo Jo', and 'Heart Of Mine'.

With seventeen songs, spanning several landmark albums, this is essential Boz Scaggs live on DVD and CD. The DVD includes a 14 minute plus behind-the-scenes documentary, photo gallery and a bonus jazz performance track of 'Harbour Lights'.


Tom Waits first date in 17 years in November!

Tom Waits plays at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday 23rd November 2004 - the singer's first UK concert since his appearances at the same theatre in November 1987

His 15-track album Real Gone unveils Waits' new musical hybrid, crafted from primal blues, Jamaican rock-steady grooves, African and Latin rhythms and melodies and what Waits calls "cubist funk". The album is released on Anti Records 4th October.


5.1 mix by Todd Rundgren for DVD-Audio release of 'Liars' in October

Silverline release a 5.1 surround sound Dolby mix of the acclaimed album 'Liars' on 4 October.

The disc, which features on-screen lyrics and weblinks, has been remixed by Todd Rundgren himself.



The Tubes have just announced the December 2004 UK Tour Dates for their forthcoming concerts; "The Tubes Wild West Tour".

Lead vocalist and front man, Fee Waybill says, "The Wild West concept of the show is full of unexpected surprises and fun, and UK audiences will be in for a treat."

Dec 5 - Rock Caf? 2000, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Dec 6 - Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Dec 7 - The Carling Academy, Liverpool
Dec 8 - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Dec 9 - The Carling Academy, Birmingham
Dec 10 - The Carling Academy, Bristol
Dec 11 - The Academy 3, Manchester University


Posted by hsjukebox at 12:31 PM BST
Wednesday, 21 July 2004
New Queen Compilation Coming
Mood:  flirty
Queen Prepares To 'Rock' Again

Hollywood Records has set an Aug. 17 release date for a new version of Queen's "Greatest Hits," first issued by EMI in 1981 in the U.K. The upcoming disc boasts live versions of "Under Pressure" and "Tie Your Mother Down" plus an unreleased version of "I'm in Love With My Car," currently being featured in a Jaguar ad campaign.

The surviving members of the U.K. rock act, once led by the late Freddie Mercury, have contributed new liner notes to the package, which will also include previously unseen photos by Mick Rock. Among the other favorites featured on the set are "Another One Bites the Dust," "Bicycle Race," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."

The release is tied into the Aug. 16 North American premiere of the Queen musical "We Will Rock You," which will open at the Paris in Las Vegas after a smash run on London's West End. Fans who purchase the CD will be able to take advantage of an exclusive offer for a discounted Las Vegas hotel and show package.

"Greatest Hits" peaked at No. 1 in the U.K. upon its original release. Its U.S. counterpart, also titled "Greatest Hits" and released in 1981, reached No. 14 on The Billboard 200. However, the U.S. version had a different track list.

Another album, also titled "Greatest Hits," (with yet another different track list) was issued in 1992 when the band moved to Hollywood Records in North America. That release has gone on to sell 5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Posted by hsjukebox at 1:12 PM BST
Sunday, 23 May 2004
Eric Clapton Updates Program For Crossroads Festival
Eric Clapton has finalised the program for his Crossroads Guitar Festival and Clinic for Dallas June 4-6.

Artists hosting guitar clinics include Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter (Doobie Brothers), Laurence Juber (Wings), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Sonny Curtis (Buddy Holly's Crickets) and James Burton (Elvis Presley).

As well as Eric Clapton, some of the acts scheduled to appear include ZZ Top, JJ Cale, BB King, Joe Walsh, Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Carlos Santana.

The full line-up for the weekend is:


Friday, June 4, the Guitar Center Village, located on the grounds of Fair Park, will open to the public at 4:00pm. Guitar clinics and concert performances are as follows:
4:30pm - 5:30pm Paul Reed Smith clinic at the Sirius stage
5:45pm - 6:45pm OHM clinic at the Sirius stage
6:00pm - 6:30pm Luther Tatum and Guitar clinic
7:00pm - 8:00pm Acoustic clinic featuring Doyle Dykes,Pete Huttlinger and Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings) at the Ernie Ball stage
7:30pm - 9:00pm Metal Shop clinic featuring Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society) and George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob) at the Esplanade
8:00pm - 9:00pm Blues clinic with Honey Boy Edwards and guests at the Sirius stage

Saturday, June 5, the Guitar Center Village will open to the public at 10:00am. The day's events include guitar clinics and live performances on the fairgrounds:
11:00am - 12:00pm Rock Club Jam with Tommy Shaw and James Young (Styx)and very special guests at the Esplanade
12:00pm - 1:30pm Shredders clinic featuring Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Tony Franklin (The Firm) and other special guests at the Esplanade
2:00pm - 3:00pm Memento clinic at the Sirius stage
2:30pm - 4:00pm Guitarmageddon 2004 Grand Finals!
3:00pm - 4:30pm Guitar Pull clinic with Buck Page (Riders of the Purple Sage), Slim Bryant (Jimmie Rogers) and Sonny Curtis (Buddy Holly's Crickets) at the Ernie Ball stage
4:00pm - 4:30pm Jonny Lang live performance
4:30pm - 5:30pm Fender presents Roscoe Beck, Greg Koch and John Calarco featuring Mike Cross
5:30pm - 6:30pm Jeff "Skunk" Baxter clinic at the Sirius Stage

Live Performances by:Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Dan Tyminski, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Special Guest performance TBA, All Star Blues Jam

Sunday, June 6, the Guitar Center Village will open to the public at 10:00am and remain open through the remainder of the day, followed that afternoon by the spectacular culmination of the festival with an 11-hour concert at the Cotton Bowl:
11:00am - 12:00pm Johnny A clinic
12:30pm - 2:00pm Picker's Corner clinic with Marty Stuart,James Burton (Elvis Presley), Doyle Dykes and guests at the Sirius stage
(in order of appearance)
Neal Schon, Steve Vai, Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan Band with Hubert Sumlin and David Johansen, Booker T & the MG's, Bo Diddley/David Hidalgo/Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, James Taylor (with Joe Walsh), BB King with Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy with Jimmie Vaughan, Carlos Santana
Eric Clapton (with Jeff Beck), ZZ Top (with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck)

By Paul Cashmere

Posted by hsjukebox at 11:22 PM BST
Friday, 23 April 2004
Stones Sue Label
Apparently, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones have filed a lawsuit against their record label over royalties of their last album. The British High Court must decide whether Decca Records owes the veteran rockers money for their greatest hits album Forty Licks. The three original members of the band claims that Decca has refused their auditors access to examine records. Their hope is that the label will hand over the necessary documents. The last thing the Stones need is to be slammed by the government on their taxes.

Posted by hsjukebox at 12:32 PM BST
Friday, 9 April 2004
Rock Mix
Metalli-movie monster
Documentary reveals the band's dark underbelly.

METALLICA ARE THE SUBJECTS OF a new fly-on-the-wall documentary shot during the creation of their current 'St Anger' album. Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster follows the San Francisco quartet going through addiction, fatherhood and what one critic called "near-total disintegration" while recording their first original studio album in six years. It was recently previewed at the Sundance Film Festival, is due to hit cinemas in July and will be available on DVD early next year.

Darkness eclipse Beyonce
UK rockers slag Oasis after Brits triumph.

THE DARKNESS, VOTED BY READERS OF Clasic Rock as having recorded the best album of 2003 and also as last year's biggest hype, have added to their list of honours with a night of triumph at the recent Brit Awards. They won Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album for 'Permission To Land'.
While in America recently The Darkness took a pot-shot at Oasis, claiming that Liam Gallagher and company had expected to have US success presented to them on a plate.

Clapton: Johnson is God
Eric records tribute to the late blues legend.

ERIC CLAPTON RELEASES 'ME And Mr Johnson', a new album of Robert Johnson covers on March 23, and will play some shows in the UK later this year.

Traffic honoured
Winwood and co play Hall of Fame ceremony.

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, BRITISH 60s/70s stars Traffic will have taken part in an emotional reunion when they were among this year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.

Organ player/guitarist/vocalist Steve Winwood (who also recently completed a solo tour of the UK) will be joined at the event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel by co-founding Traffic members Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi.

Ozzy hits the road
Recovering singer braces himself to join US Ozzfest.

OZZY OSBOURNE IS TO MAKE A DRAMATIC RETURN TO the stage this summer, headlining the Ozzfest tour in America. The recovery of the one-time Black Sabbath singer - who is still wearing a surgical collar following his quad bike accident in December - has been remarkable. Indeed he is going ahead with the tour against doctors' orders, and will be taking a sizeable medical team with him on the road.


Posted by hsjukebox at 1:13 PM BST
Updated: Friday, 9 April 2004 1:24 PM BST

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