The Backyard Babies have checked in with a big news update including the announcement that the band will be supporting Danko Jones – who, ironically, opened for the band on their own UK tour some seven years ago.
The band said “We are now happy to announce that the Backyard Babies will be supporting Danko Jones on their tour in central Europe which starts on March 20. Check below for Tour Dates!
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers Loudness passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old.
Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
In an October 18, 2008 statement released via the band’s official web site, Munetaka wrote about his condition (translated from Japanese), “It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. [Even after undergoing the] big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I’ll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support.”
Rest In Peace Munetaka, you will be missed!
German hard rockers KINGDOM COME have completed work on their new album. According to an online posting by KINGDOM COME‘s webmaster Marko Wolf (brother of KINGDOM COME mainman Lenny Wolf), “It looks like that all label and distribution issues are sorted out soon, so that the release time can be set to February 2009. Didn’t think I would live long enough to see it happening, but Lenny actually sung a duet with a woman! Even I don’t know who that is. All I know is that he’s still single.”
KINGDOM COME‘s latest studio album, “Ain’t Crying for the Moon”, was released in Europe on October 20, 2006 via Frontiers Records.
The full 60 minute film has only been shown once on Japanese television in 1978 and has never been released on DVD.
But just in case you don’t get the chance to check it out at the cinema, there is still good news! The album will be reissued on DVD with three CDs as well as a 180gsm vinyl pressing.
The four disc set includes, aside from the original full length concert film, a CD that replicates the audio of the DVD, produced by Jack Douglas and Jay Messina and the original double disc Live LP on the remaining two discs that have been newly remastered.
On December 4, you can see the movie at the following cinemas:
THUR, DEC 4th:
Ultrastar Surprise Pointe Cinema, Phoenix, AZ
Oceanside Ultrastar Mission Marketplace, San Diego, CA
Apple Valley Ultrastar, San Diego, CA
Ultrastar Hazard at Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Chula Vista on Broadway, Chula Vista, CA
The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Niles ShowPlace, Chicago, IL
Skokie Kerasotes Village Crossing, Chicago, IL
Naperville ShowPlace, Chicago, IL
Chicago City North, Chicago, IL
Evansville Stadium, Chicago, IL
Succasunna, NJ (no more information available)
Santa Fe Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Clearview Cinema, New York, NY
Anthony Wayne Cinema, Philadelphia, PA
Roxy Cinema, Burlington, VT
Big Picture Theater, Redmond, WA
“Monster Philosophy”, the 10th studio album from Danish rockers D-A-D, will be released on vinyl on December 1, featuring a double gatefold cover with heavyweight vinyl. The LP will be available in all good vinyl shops in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
D-A-D recently inked a deal with 3R Entertainment for the release of“Monster Philosophy”, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Released on November 21, the 3R version of the CD contains one exclusive bonus track,“House Of Fun”.
“Monster Philosophy” was produced by Jon “Joshua” Schumann, who has previously worked with MEW, KENT, KASHMIR and CARPARK NORTH, among others. The basic tracks were laid down in April in Long Branch, New Jersey and work continued at Mansion Studiet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
D-A-D were the featured musical guests on October 31, 2008 on the“Nyhetsmorgon” program on Sweden’s TV4. Watch footage of their two-song performance by following the links below:
“True Believer”, the documentary about D-A-D filmed and directed over a 25-year-period by Torleif Hoppe — the band’s so-called fifth member — was released on DVD on November 25. The film, which opened in Danish theaters on October 10, contains English subtitles.
George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG,POISON) and Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) are tentatively scheduled to join forces for a tour dubbed “Guitar Generation”. The two-month trek is expected to launch around February 25 in Los Angeles. No further details are currently available.
LYNCH MOB is currently working on a new album, tentatively entitled“Smoke And Mirrors”, for an early summer release.
Kotzen will release his first-ever live DVD, “Bootlegged In Brazil”, inEurope on December 5 via Frontiers Records. A perfect complement to the recent CD-only release “Live In Sao Paulo”, “Bootlegged In Brazil”is the first official live performance to be made available by the acclaimed guitarist/vocalist.
Gilbert recently released a new studio album in collaboration with Freddie Nelson. The CD, entitled “United States”, contains ten tracks of high-energy hard rock, described as a cross between QUEEN and MR. BIG.
Occasionally, rarely, things do not work out as planned. This is one of those times. Feeling we were completely set with a well known A-List guest for our next show, communication suddenly stopped and the long holiday weekend was upon us. With no assurances of the outcome, we have decided to present one of the all-time great, most requested Rocklines. We are pleased to offer an incredible show we feel you will enjoy immensely. Here is more detail:
Monday July 19, 1999 was a very special evening on ROCKLINE as we presented an evening with Alice In Chains featuring guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney and at the time a very special unanticipated guest. Jerry and Mike were in our ROCKLINE Los Angeles studio, while Sean was “somewhere in upstate New York”. We can’t remember why there was secrecy as to where Sean was located, but there was. We think he was in Buffalo, but ultimately it really doesn’t matter. We were honored to have three members of AIC join us to discuss the June 29, 1999 album” Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box”, the single CD release which was the precursor to the mammoth 3 CD set “Music Bank”, which dropped on October 26, 1999. We were told there was absolutely no way that legendary AIC vocalist Layne Staley would take part in the show. That was fine with us as the prospect of three members of Alice In Chains joining us to take your calls was enticing, to say the least.
Introductions were made and the show began. Before long, we received a call from someone claiming to be Layne Staley listening in Seattle. The call was not on some special “in house” line; in fact it was our toll free number provided for public use. So whoever it was waded through the incredibly heavy volume of calls to get in touch with us. After much hand wringing and off the air, “can you answer this question about Alice In Chains”, moments we realized it truly was Layne. As you might imagine we had a little help from Jerry, Mike and Sean who served up some questions that only Layne could possibly answer. We now had all four members of the band on the show to discuss their entire career, as this was essentially a Greatest Hits package. What resulted was a magical evening to say the least. When we lost Layne in April of 2002 we were informed this was his final radio appearance with all three of his band mates. We received numerous requests from newspapers, magazines and other media for a copy of the show. With the exception of The Seattle Times with whom the band had a solid relationship, we declined. Now, just shy of a decade later it is our distinct pleasure to present a truly Special Encore ROCKLINE with all four members of one of Rock’s most influential bands, Alice In Chains. No calls for this one, obviously. We think you’ll agree this is a really special treat to hear Layne’s voice again and his interaction with his friends and co-creators of some truly spectacular and innovative music. It’s an incredible evening with all four members of Alice In Chains on the next ROCKLINE!