$IGN OF 4 TOUR
They played 5 or 6 tracks off Dancing including the title track, beautiful friend, driven and overload.. two tracks off Choccy Box (Jerusalem and Muddy's Gold), Lights Out, Too Hot To Handle and two encores of Mystery Train and Shoot Shoot. I'm sure I've missed some, but this is off memory (tried to grab a set list off the stage but got on there too late). The whole band were tight, and was a very enjoyable gig..
Oh, promised I'd also mention that Chris Maloney (bass) has a new CD out, or about to be released. Sounds cool.. very mellow rock sort of album with a few Beatles influences thrown in. Support band, Candyheads, deserve a mention... very enjoyable.. new single out now.
I'm trying to find time to put together a page for the tour and a proper review but going slowly because of work, in the meantime however, the dudley 'work in progress' page is at ufo.dave-wood.org/dancing/dudley/dudley.html which has loads of photos from the gig.
Basically, if you live in the UK and haven't bought a ticket for a $ign of 4 gig near you yet.. DO IT!
Michael Schenker has had to withdraw from the Legends Of Rock Tour due to a dislocated shoulder.
In addition the London venue has changed to Shepherd's Bush Empire, tickets for the Academy will still be valid.
Also don't forget that the Rock And Blues CD and DVD are on sale in a few days, which includes 4 UFO tracks.. Let It Roll, Rock Bottom, Midnight Train and Doctor Doctor. I will try to write a review of it in time for the release.
$ign Of 4 have added more dates to their imminent UK tour, see tour dates page.
Zoom Club have released a 4 cd 'box set' of previously unreleased live MSG material from the 80's, "Reactivate", available through all good record stores (Amazon.co.uk certainly stock it, Amazon.com will import it). I don't want to clog up the Latest News with too many details so will set up a separate page for it in the next couple of days. Although these are essentially bootlegs the sound quality is excellent.
Had an email from Joe Kleon regarding the recent Pete Way tour:
"The live recording of the 10/4/02 Cleveland show is mixed and mastered. I am hoping Pete will be able to release it sometime soon. I recorded and mastered the show, and it was mixed at 609 Recording, in Bedford, Ohio, a few weeks ago. The live CD was mixed and produced by Pete Way, Don Depew (609), and myself. I think it absolutely sounds great and captures the energy and excitement of the show and the material.
hear excerpts of a radio interview I did with Pete here: This includes an acoustic version of "Hole1" that he did during the interview!
From Detritus: "Perris Records is proud to announce the signing of Mad Margritt. Their new 9 track CD will be titled 'New Sensation' and will feature legendary vocalist Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent, Michael Schenker) on one track. Release date November 12th."
More $ign Of 4 UK dates have been added, see Tour Dates page or the Target Records site for details.
From last years Rock and Blues festival..... The Legends Of Rock Live at Castle Donington 2001 DVD can now be pre-ordered at http://www.skyartsinternational.com/
Due out 11th November in PAL format Region Code 0 Tracklisting:
Trail In The Wind, Sky Overture, Concerto d'Aranjuez, The King Returns, Let It Roll, Rock Bottom, Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room, All Along The Watchtower, Little Wing, Doctor Doctor, Fireworks Jam.
Bonus Tracks on the NTSC Version, due out soon after the PAL release, are Midnight Train Spoonful and a Special Feature with Live Photo material.
Also available is a double live CD:
1. Sky Overture 7:36
2. Concerto d'Aranjuez 3:00
3. Let It Roll 4:45
4. Rock Bottom 11:58
5. Sunshine Of Your Love 7:18
6. White Room 5:08
7. All Along The Watchtower 5:13
8. Little Wing 4:33
1. Trail In The Wind 1:43
2. Midnight Train 5:12
3. The King Returns 2:25
4. Spoonful 10:15
5. Doctor Doctor 7:06
6. Fireworks Jam 10:24
Finally, more news from Jeff Kollman
Order Direct from Marmaduke records at www.jeffkollman.com/merchandise.html You can pay through the mail listed below or by paypal at www.paypal.com Ordering Info Send check or money order payable to:
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Check out the above link for all of Jeff's back catalogue including Edwin Dare and Cosmosquad CDs.
As part of the Legends Of Rock UK tour in November (see http://www.legends-of-rock.com) Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Hall will host the performance on 14th November. Uli Jon Roth is taking part in a radio interview talking about the creation of the 'Legends Of Rock' concept and its development into a full-scale tour featuring Jack Bruce, Michael Schenker and Glenn Hughes, performing classics from Cream, Deep Purple, UFO, MSG and the Scorpions. The interview will be broadcast tonight (11th October) at around 11.20pm UK time on 107FM in the Wolverhampton area, or it can be heard online at http://www.virginradio107.co.uk
September 28 - L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, Cosmosquad, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled 'Live at the Baked Potato', due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (Eric Gales, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled Cosmosquad debut and 2002's highly acclaimed 'Squadrophenia', as well as Kollman's latest solo outing, 'Shedding Skin.' With both drummer Shane Gaalaas and bassist Barry Sparks home from their summer touring commitments with Japanese superstars The B'z and Dokken, respectively, a handful of L.A. area live appearances are planned for November/ December.
October 7 will see the UK release of 'Dancing With St. Peter', Kollman and Gaalaas' collaboration with UFO vocalist Phil Mogg under the $ign Of 4 banner. Recorded and produced by Kollman at his Crumb Studios, the album combines classic guitar based rock and soulful blues and features a total of 11 tunes. The track listing reads as follows: Overload * Driven * Dancing With St Peter * Song Keep's A Comin' * Clap Hands (Tom Waits cover) * Beautiful Friend * Bad On Bad * Afterglow * Down * Los Meadows * Seems To Me. Select European dates are in the works starting in mid-November.
Also on the Kollman front, Shape 68, the guitarist's new pop-oriented venture with the legendary 'Voice Of Rock', ex-Deep Purple/Trapeze vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Robin DiMaggio have scheduled a special showcase at Platinum Live in Studio City, CA on Wednesday, October 16. The trio will be debuting several of the tunes they've been working on over the past few months at Crumb Studios. Doors open at 7PM, cover is $10.00. In addition, Hughes is preparing for another solo album featuring contributions from Kollman among others.
Finally, Jeff Kollman will be making a guest appearance on 'Edge Of The World', the forthcoming solo album by former Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist, Mark Boals, due out October 23 on Pony Canyon in Japan and November 11 via Frontiers Records in Europe, respectively. Jeff can be heard on 'Trouble In Paradise' and 'Hold On (To Our Love)'; the album also features contributions from fellow guitarists Tony MacAlpine, Chris Brooks, Neil Citron, keyboardist Erik Norlander, and drummers Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and Virgil Donati (Ring Of Fire, Planet X).
For more info visit http://www.jeffkollman.com
"Pete Way will be performing this Friday, October 4th in Cleveland Ohio.
Pete Way performed on Saturday, 9/28 in Coshocton OH.
His band: Walt James on guitar & backing vocals Scott Phillips on drums (the same musicians on the Amphetamine CD).
The set list: American Kid, Hangin Out, Thats Tuff, Fooled Again, Might as well go drinkin, U & Me, Hole 1, Hole 2, Born Again, I need her bad, Something Else, Crazy, Too Hot to Handle, Lights Out, Hand to Hold, Doctor Doctor.
He'll be performing his last show of this small tour on Friday October 4th in Cleveland (Parma area) at a club called The Re volution Concert Club. (phone: 216-749-5130) Here's what to expect: -low cost admission -small club atmosphere -total abandon rock n roll -passionate performance (for his FRIENDS!) -Pete will be available to talk to after the show. "American Dog" is opening up. DO NO MISS THEM, they do great original music that is killer. (and they're huge Pete Way fans)."
Having just survived the great UK earthquake last night (!) thought I should catch up on my mailbox, and had the following emails with news in:
EMAIL 1: This came from an email address I did not recognise, but would appear to be authentic
DEAR LOYAL MICHAEL SCHENKER FANS ,
WE HAVE DECIDED TO AUCTION OFF MICHEAL,S BLACK GIBSON FLYIN VEE # 4 . THIS IS NOT LEON LAWSON,S WHITE # 4 MICHAEL USED IN 95' . THIS ONE MICHAEL TRAVELS WITH AND IS THE VEE USED TO WRITE AND RECORD THE NEW UfO SHARKS ALBUM .
WE WILL NOT POST THIS ON E BAY .
WE ARE SELLING THIS AS WE ARE STRANDED IN BORA BORA ( LIMBO LAND ) DUE TO LATE PAYMENTS FROM SEVERAL UN NAMED RECORD COMPANIES .
SO THIS WILL BE A FAST SELL !! SEND YOUR BIDS ASAP AS THE HIGH BIDDER WILL BE SELECTED ON SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2002 AT 5 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME .
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON THE COMING TOUR.
BELLA PIPER SCHENKER
WATCH FOR THE COMING SCHENKER FAMILY ON LINE WEB MALL IN 2003.
"I had the recent pleasure of interviewing Pete Way and will be broadcasting a two hour Pete Way/UFO radio special on October 4, 2002 from 9-11am, the same day he performs in NE Ohio. The radio station is WRUW 91.1 FM and can be streamed at www.wruw.org
More info can be found at the "news" section of my website.
Joe Kleon Host of 'Metalmorphosis' Heard on the air in Cleveland for almost 20 years"
"From the forthcoming 'Reactivate - Live' 4 CD set comes this unique version of the UFO classic. Recorded totally live from the mixing desk during rehearsals in the UK in the late summer of 1980 - just prior to the band's first live dates - the line-up featured is Gary Barden on vocals, Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, Chris Glen on bass, Cozy Powell on drums and, of course, the man himself on guitar. This one track CD single is housed in DVD style packaging and limited to 1000 only!! Be warned, the limited edition Grand Slam single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' sold out completely in just four days, so if you want this guaranteed collectors item - be fast!!
The show will also include an exclusive, world premier playback of tracks from the forthcoming 'LEGENDS OF ROCK' live CD, recorded at last years Castle Donington festival which featured Uli performing with legendary Cream bass/vocalist JACK BRUCE and rock giants UFO. The CD includes amazing live versions of Uli's own compositions, some stunning Hendrix material, and incredible renditions of CREAM and UFO classic tracks. Selected highlights from the CD will be played during the show, which runs until 21:00.
TOTAL ROCK is broadcast on SKY CHANNEL 885; NTL CHANNEL 874 and also on www.totalrock.com
WARNING! The band advertised on Pollstar as playing some US dates is our old friend 'UFO!' not 'UFO' (the '!' makes ALL the difference....).
Two more reviews at Rockezine and ontherocks.de (thanks Peter).
New Sharks review in Revelationz magazine.
News on release of Impellitteri on 21st September at the Official Graham Bonnet site.
and very special guests to be announced
As well as performing music from his highly acclaimed 'TRANSCENDENTAL SKY GUITAR' album, Uli will be playing guitar in 'SPIRIT OF CREAM' - a celebration of the music from the original '60's supergroup - alongside legendary CREAM bass/vocalist and founder member JACK BRUCE and renowned ex-JETHRO TULL drummer CLIVE BUNKER. 'SPIRIT OF CREAM' features astonishing renditions of classic Cream songs and will be the closest, most authentic representation of the true Cream spirit since 1969. An unmissable event for all fans of the golden age of classic rock.
MICHAEL SCHENKER will be displaying the impeccable technique and characteristic tone that made him a true guitar legend with SCORPIONS, UFO and MSG. Hugely influential and highly respected, Michael will also be joined by Uli Jon Roth for some stunning twin-lead guitar renditions of classic Schenker/ UFO/ Scorpions material.
GLENN HUGHES, the former DEEP PURPLE legend, is known simply as ''THE VOICE OF ROCK". A huge talent - and the possessor of one of the most incredible voices in rock history - Glenn will be joined by Uli for some amazing versions of Deep Purple material.
LEGENDS OF ROCK tour November 2002:
13th ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE, 14th WOLVERHAMPTON WULFRUN HALL, 15th BRADFORD ST GEORGES HALL, 17th LONDON BRIXTON ACADEMY, 18th MANCHESTER APOLLO, 19th PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL, 20th SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILLION, 21st STOKE-ON-TRENT VICTORIA HALLS, 22nd NEWCASTLE CITY HALL, 23rd EDINBURGH USHER HALL, 24th NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL, 25th CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE, 26th CARDIFF ST. DAVIDS HALL.
Pete Way will be on a solo tour later this year around small clubs in the US. Dates and details can be found at his official site petewaytoohottohandle.com. Word is that he will be accompanied on guitar by Walt James (guitarist off Pete's solo album Amphetamine). First date August 30th.
Meanwhile Battttty has been busy (and has been blackmailing me to put these links up) so check out her interview with Keith Slack and her Force It page. These guys are a brilliant UFO cover band who are currently promoting their new album 'Jack Of Diamonds'.
Eight days until release of 'Sharks'....
Jeff Kollman is currently busy writing and recording songs with 'The Voice of Rock', former Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Trapeze vocalist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Robin DiMaggio for a new as-of-yet unnamed project.
In further Kollman news, the guitarist will issue 'Live at the Baked Potato' with Cosmosquad, his all-instrumental fusion/prog metal trio with bassist Barry Sparks (Dokken, Uli Roth) and drummer Shane Gaalaas, in October via his own Marmaduke label. The disc will contain 14 songs culled from both Cosmosquad studio releases and Jeff Kollman's 1999 solo effort, 'Shedding Skin.' The track listing reads as follows: Sheer Drama * Fat, Mean & Nasty * El Perro Vaila * I.N.S. Conspiracy * Road to Tanzania/Tribal Trance * Chinese Eyes * My Guitar Gently Screams * Creepy Spider Pt. II * Jam For Jason * In Loving Memory * Journey Through Life * Creepy Spider * Funk N' Eh * Red Eye Romp.
The band are currently in talks with various promoters about a string of European shows and clinics in conjunction with the release of 'Live at the Baked Potato'. Dates and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.
Closer to home, the current Cosmosquad live incarnation with Kollman, drummer Charlie Waymire (Speak No Evil), and bassist Chris Maloney (Hardline, Z, Virgil Donati) will be doing 2 shows in Ohio and California. Dates are: Sunday, August 11 - The Hard Hat - Toledo, OH (early show at 7pm); Wednesday, August 21 - Baked Potato, North Hollywood (9pm & 10.30pm sets).
For more info visit http://www.jeffkollman.com or e-mail email@example.com
Silver, featuring vocalist Gary Barden (MSG), guitarist Bernie Torme (Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan, Desperado), bassist Michael Voss (Casanova, Demon Drive), keyboardist Don Airey (Ozzy, MSG, Ten), drummer and Marco Minnemann (H-Blockx), will release DREAMMACHINES on Point Music in September.
Thanks to Alan for passing on the following:
To promote the new SILVER album, Gary Barden & Michael Voss will be playing a acoustic set on Tuesday 30 July at:
The 12 Bar Club
22-23 Denmark Street
Michael's #1 Flying V was sold for $18,000! His #3 '79 Flying V is now up for auction at ebay:
I have been asked to pass on details of guitars of Michael Schenker that are now for sale through Andy Brauer, who is acting as his authorized sales agent for guitar equipment. Items are Michael's two main flying Vs and and a couple of basses. His number one Flying V is already on ebay:
While I'm updating, from Detritus, Riot's THROUGH THE STORM due out August 27 on Metal Blade, with Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath/Rainbow/Blue Oyster Cult) taking over on drums for the departed Bobby Jarzombek (Halford) will include a cover of UFO's 'Only You Can Rock Me'.
Release of new UFO album, 'Sharks', has been confirmed as 2nd September (see On The Rocks, credit to Peter for spotting it!).
Just a quick entry to say there hasn't been any updates for a while because there hasn't been any news! I now think it's very doubtful that the new UFO will appear in the shops in June....
I'd heard a rumour of a June release for the new UFO, "Sharks", but quite frankly thought it was too soon. But no! A June release has been set and a track listing can be found at the MGAB site.
European leg of the Dokken tour (Barry Sparks) kicks off in Liverpool tomorrow.
I've had various variations on this, but this one is from Detritus:
"L.A. fusion metalisti, Cosmosquad, have been invited to participate in 'Guitar Day', a 1-day guitar extravaganza that will take place June 13 at Club Alpheus in Rome, Italy. 'Guitar Day' will mark the first ever overseas live appearance for the band whose new album, 'Squadrophenia', is out now in Europe and North America and will see a Japanese release via Big M.F./Zain on May 25.
Closer to home, Cosmosquad will be at the Baked Potato, 3787 W. Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City on Monday, May 13 for a double header; Chris Maloney will be filling in for bassist Barry Sparks who has prior commitments with Dokken, starting May 16 in Liverpool, England. Similarly, drummer Shane Gaalaas will be off to Japan in June with superstars The B'z, also featuring bassist Billy Sheehan, whose national summer tour includes a co-headline appearance with Aerosmith in celebration of the upcoming Soccer World Championships, the world's biggest sporting event.
In related news, Cosmosquad guitarist Jeff Kollman has just finished recording and producing an album with L.A. singer/songwriter, Rick Monroe. The Monroe band, featuring Kollman, Chris Maloney, and Speak No Evil's Charlie Waymire on drums, will be doing a free show at Musicians Institute, 1655 McCadden Pl., Hollywood on Wednesday, May 15. Showtime is 8:30pm. The set will include 4 songs each from Monroe, the Kollman catalog, and Maloney's just released 'Control' solo album.
For more info visit http://www.jeffkollman.com and http://www.cosmosquad.cjb.net/ or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry about sloppy spelling in yesterdays piece, due to being in a hurry. No Magnus, I wasn't drunk!
Site has been down today due to server problems...
Pete Way's official site is now back at a new URL, www.petewaytoohottohandle.com! Includes news of the long-awaited 'Acoustic Animal', check it out!
Also, while talking of official sites, Gary Barden's site has been done up and can be found at www.garybarden.com (sorry for the delay Alan) and also Paul Gray now has an official site at www.paulgraybass.co.uk.
For those emailing, I know that the MSR site is no longer MSR.. it has been taken over by a company that specialises in picking up domain names that people have forgotten to renew. No news on a replacement.
Lief Sundin is set to appear on a new album due out in September from Now and Then. With the title 'United - We All Come Together' it is dedicated to both victims of September 11th and the innocent people of Afghanistan. Artists set to donate tracks to the albums include Tesla, Night Ranger, Ken Tamplin, Stan Bush, Legs Diamond, Lizzy Borden, Haven, Doro, Bonnie Tyler, John Norum and a host of others. Lief is due to appear on a 'Swedish All Stars' track (SFK).
The new Dokken album (featuring Barry Sparks on bass), "Long Way Home" has now been released.
More news very soon including an interesting forthcoming DVD release.. watch this space!
OK, some of this is old news to these pages but Squadrophenia is such a cool album it's worth mentioning again:
"Cosmosquad's SQUADROPHENIA has been licensed to Mascot Records for a European release on April 25, and Big M.F./Zain for a Japanese release on May 25; it will be out in North America on guitarist Jeff Kollman's own label Marmaduke Records, which also recently reissued Kollman's debut solo disc SCHIZOID. SQUADROPHENIA features guest performances from guitarists Chris Poland and Vinnie Moore. In related news, the album Kollman and drummer Shane Gaalaas recorded with UFO vocalist Phil Mogg, under the name Stonetowne, is due out "by early summer." Gaalaas has also "signed on" with The B'z and will tour this summer along with Billy Sheehan. And not to be outdone, bassist Barry Sparks will tour Europe with Dokken starting May 16 in Liverpool, England. See http://www.jeffkollman.com or contact email@example.com for more." (from Detritus)
Also.. "Keyboardist Jon Lord has left Deep Purple, and Don Airey will step in." (Detritus)
Got several items to get through today that have been piling up:
The rescheduled MSG date at the Roadhouse, Sarcramento has been cancelled (thanks Peter).
I have had an unconfirmed report that Thank You 2 is already in the shops, it was due to be released in Europe March 18th, and Japan March 21st.
New Impellitteri news at the official Graham Bonnet site.
Borislav Mitic is now in preproduction for a new album that will feature Chris Logan (MSG) on vocals. For more go to: http://www.borislavmitic.com. (from BRAVE RADIO).
NEIL TURBIN (ex-ANTHRAX) is finishing up vocals on a newly recorded track from his previous band, WRECKING CREW, for his upcoming album, Threatcon Delta, due out later this year through Metal Mayhem. Mitch Perry (MSG, TALAS, 7% SOLUTION) will be cutting lead guitars soon... (also from BRAVE RADIO).
Had an email from Danny Peyronel, he has just finished new CD called "Make The Monkey Dance". There's also a brand new site for the CD and other news such as the forthcoming new Heavy Metal Kids CD at www.dannypeyronel.com.
"Vocalist/guitarist KELLY KEELING (BLUE MURDER, MSG) has inked a deal with Mascot, and will record a new album for the label this spring with a release expected in late summer."
Graham Bonnet Official Website (Bonnet Rocks) is still down due to a server move, but news is that the new Impellitteri CD wil be finally released on March 21 in Japan. Other release dates to follow. The album is called "System X" and has the following track listing: United We Stand, Perfect Crime, End Of The World, She's A Nighttime Lover, Slow Kill, Why Do They Do That, Rock'n'Roll Heroes, Gotta Get Home, What Kind Of Sanity, Falling In Love With A Stranger.
Zoom Club Records has undergone a "major overhaul" and can now be found at www.zoomclub.com. "New" from Zoom Club includes
UFO 'Regenerator - Live 1982' and Paul Chapman 'Ghost' with a promise of a Michael Schenker Group release soon.