Norwegian rocker talks about band’s history, current release
Glam, the lead singer for the Norwegian rock band Wig Wam, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights March 5-11. The singer will share details about the formation of the band several years ago, recording a cover version of former Spice Girls member Mel C.’s “I Turn To You,” and the band’s current release, “Non Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The new record, released on Frontiers Records, is the group’s first in the United States.
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AOL RADIO HAS THE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD FROM UPCOMING RELEASE “OMEGA”
ASIA and AOL join forces to bring you an exclusive track off the bands new release OMEGA on Frontiers Records. FINGER ON THE TRIGGER is the first single and can be yours free at:
ASIA, rock’s first important super-group of the 80s – featuring members from Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and The Buggles – will release Omega, its highly anticipated new album of original material. The record is due in the spring of 2010 on Frontiers Records.
Geoffrey Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, the four original ASIA members, reunited in 2006, twenty-three years after all four had last played together. The much publicised reunion resulted in highly successful world tours, a double live LP and DVD (entitled Fantasia: Live In Tokyo) and an acclaimed studio album Phoenix in 2008 which debuted at number 73 in the Billboard charts in the USA and entered the top 100 in several European countries.
OMEGA will be released in the first pressing in digipak with one exclusive bonus track:
Finger on the Trigger; Through My Veins; Holy War; Ever Yours: Listen Children; End of the World; Light The Way; Emily (*); Still The Same; There Was a Time; I Believe; Don’t Wanna Lose You Now.
(*) Bonus track first pressing in digipak.
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IRON MAIDEN are pleased to announce that their forthcoming new studio album will be called ‘THE FINAL FRONTIER‘, and is expected be released late summer of this year.
The announcement comes with news of a North American Tour with Very Special Guests Dream Theater to open in Dallas, Texas, on 9th June and finish in Washington D.C. on 20th July, making it Maiden’s most extensive North American tour in many years.
Following these shows in USA and Canada The Final Frontier World Tour will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011 (full currently confirmed dates below).
The full Live Nation North America press release for the North American Tour is posted here.
An exclusive pre-sale allowing members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club first access to tickets to the North American Maiden Shows will be made available two days prior to them being available to the public.
Tickets for the Canadian shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 13th March at 10am PST (10am EST for Toronto and 12 noon EST Montreal).
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 10th March at 10am PST through to Thursday 11th March at 6pm PST (EST for Toronto).
Regretfully due to technical reasons an exclusive Pre-Sale in Montreal is not possible.
Tickets for the US Shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 20th March at 10am EST.
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 17th March at 10am EST through to Thursday 18th March at 6pm EST
As IRON MAIDEN are actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have access to the best possible tickets at the fairest possible price, without being subject to scalping for good seats, so many North American shows will operate, at least in part, a paperless ticket policy: More information on Ticketmaster Paperless Ticketing can be found here
To give IRON MAIDEN fan club members a privileged insight to their touring world, IMTV will return to http://www.ironmaiden.com to cover THE FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR. This exclusive footage includes regular video from the live shows, touring, band interviews, insights into our crew and what they do and much much more. The website will also feature exclusive tour diaries, exclusive photographs and anything else that helps the fans get a real insight into the dynamics of a big tour.
|**THE FINAL FRONTIER 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR**
With Very Special Guests Dream Theater
|Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre
Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Vancouver, BC – GM Place
Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Center
Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center +
+Dream Theater will not be performing in Winnipeg
|Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Holmdel, NJ – PNC
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion
Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Washington D.C. – Jiffy Lube Live
|**THE FINAL FRONTIER 2010 EUROPEAN TOUR**
|July 30 -Aug 1
|UK – Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Germany – Wacken Festival
Y&T are excited to announce their new album release event at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday, May 22. The band is especially happy to have their buddy Don Dokken open the show. This is an “All Ages” show, so bring the kids. Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 7. Y&T’s annual Fillmore show always sells out so be sure to get your tickets early.
A huge thanks to all the fans who gave their support and helped get Y&T to Reno. See tour dates for outcome! Look for many more tour dates to come this year.
NEW Y&T ALBUM
The band is locked in the recording studio long hours, day and night, working on the new album. Drop by the web site forum and see the latest info that Dave Meniketti has posted about the progress of the new Y&T album. We’ll keep you updated as news develops, but check out the forum for the most up-to-date info on this new Y&T project. Forum fans hear the news first.
Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.
Stay tuned…many more 2010 shows to come!
May 1 ~ Chicago (Elgin), IL – MelodicRock Fest
May 13 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club (all ages show–under 18 must be with a paying adult)
May 14 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
May 15 ~ Redondo Beach, CA – Brixton
May 22 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages show) + special guest Don Dokken
July 16 ~ Portland, OR – Peter’s Room @ Roseland Theater
July 17 ~ Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
July 24 ~ Wichita, KS – Midwest Rock Fest (all ages)
August 5 ~ Allentown, PA – Sterling Rock Room (all ages show)
August 6 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre (16 & over)
August 7 ~ New York, NY – BB King Blues Club (all ages show)
August 14 ~ San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
August 15 ~ El Paso, TX – The Vault
August 20 ~ Reno, NV – New Oasis (all ages show)
August 21 ~ Sacramento, CA – The Crest Theater (all ages show)
August 26 ~ Hollywood, CA – Key Club
August 27 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
August 28 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Feelgoods
June 10 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 16 ~ Zwolle, Netherlands – Hedon Podium
June 17 ~ Dordrecht, Netherlands – Bibelot
June 19 ~ Clisson, France – Hellfest
It seems to me that this year, as well as in years past, Europe has been kicking the United States ass when it comes to major music festivals. I decided to breakdown some of major festivals this year and see which ones provided the most bang for your buck.
The Download Festival is quite possibly the biggest music festival anywhere. The promoters for this festival understand that if you want to draw a lot of people, you have to have a major headliner. This year, the Download festival has more than one with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Megadeth on the same bill. Add Motorhead, Rage Against The Machine, and Stone Temple Pilots to the bill, and you have the makings of one incredible rock show. The lineup for this festival is already stout, and they will be adding more bands soon. Will Aerosmith implode before then? Who knows? I imagine the paycheck must be pretty fat for big rock shows. Maybe money has healed all wounds with them. I know that if I lived in Europe, there is no question where I would be that weekend. This festival drew 120,000 in 2009, and will probably exceed that in 2010.
The six festivals I chose are Download, The Stockholm Rockout, The Sweden Rock Festival, Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and M3. There are many more that I didn’t consider in this including Sonisphere and Hard Rock Hell. Any way you look at it, Europe has the U.S. beat on major rocks festivals.
Why is the United States getting the major shaft on major festivals? What can be done to turn this around? What are your thoughts about this? This rock fan is fed up!
HRH Grade: A
Download Festival June 11 – 13
Donnington Park, Derby, United Kingdom
(196.35 – 244 prices include camping)
Rage Against The Machine
Them Crooked Vultures
Stone Temple Pilots
Bullet For My Valentine
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Lamb of God
Five Finger Death Punch
Stockholm Rock Out is a newer festival that is comparable to M3 in Columbia, Maryland. This festival has a solid lineup, although there are no real headliners. There are twenty bands performing over the two days of this festival, many of which you will not see perform in the United States. Is it worth $166 dollars? Probably not.
HRH: Grade C+
Stockholm Rock Out (April 30th – May 1st)
2 Day ticket $166.07
Dizzy Reed of Guns n Roses
Pretty Boy Floyd
Vains of Jenna
Killer Clan of F.U.N.
The Sweden Rock Festival has been around since ’98, and seems to get bigger and better every year. This multi-day festival has a good mix of hard rock and heavy metal. It would be this metalhead’s dream to see some of the band’s on this bill play live. With 4 days at $295.00, the price is pretty steep for the average rocker. I am guessing most folks will buy a single day ticket, and catch some of their favorite bands and live with it.
HRH: Grade A-
Sweden Rock Festival (June 9th – 12th)
4 Days $295.00
1 Day avg $165.38
Guns N’ Roses
Bachman & Turner
The M3 Rock Festival is a hair metal festival in Columbia, Maryland that is celebrating its second year. This is the only music festival that I attended last year, and will probably be the only one in 2010 as well. If you are really low on dough, you can cough up $35.00 for a lawn seat (an pray it doesn’t rain). The average price in the pavilion is $75.00. For 14 bands this isn’t a bad deal at all, although I admit there are a couple of bands on the bill that I could skip. Seeing the Scorpions on their farewell tour is a must! I am looking forward to this one!
HRH Grade: B+
M3 (1 Day $35 – $175.00) Saturday June 19th
Dizzy Reed of G&R
Rock on the Range has become the premiere modern rock festival in the U.S. This is the festival’s fourth year, and the festival promoters always manage collect a large amount of radio friendly bands. This year, I believe the festival lineup is a lot weaker than the 2009 bill which had Motley Crue, Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry but it is still a solid bill nonetheless. No single day tickets are available for this show, which is a complete disappointment to me. Is Godsmack or Rob Zombie a true festival headliner? I don’t think so. This festival typically draws about 60,000 over the two day event. My guess is, this year it will be less.
HRH Grade: C+
Rock on the Range (May 22nd & 23rd)
US $99.50 – US $119.50 (for 2 day ticket)
Three Days Grace
Theory of a Deadman
Bullet For My Valentine
Coheed & Cambria
Puddle of Mudd
Escape the Fate
Year Long Disaster
Like A Storm
Wow, I understand that the folks at Rocklahoma nearly lost their shirts last year, but this new direction is not a good one. Something had to change, as the attendance was absolutely abysmal in 2009. AEG has taken this hard rockin’ hair metal festival and turned it into Rock on the Range part 2. In years past, Rocklahoma was a destination music festival. Now it is a regional one at best. They still haven’t figured out that you need a headliner to draw folks to a show. While I like ZZ Top & Godsmack, they really are not headliners. While I love Tesla and Cinderella, having them on the bill isn’t enough for me to travel to a multi-day festival. They at least got it right by moving the date to Memorial weekend, when it isn’t 105 degrees in Oklahoma. I am betting that they have alienated the majority of the folks who attended (or played) in this festival in the past. M3 will continue to grow as a result of this. Will the attendance be better than last year? Yes. Will it exceed 25,000 for the three days? Highly doubtful.
HRH Grade: C-
Rocklahoma ( May 28th – 30th)
(95 – 749)
Theory of a Deadman
Like A Storm
Year Long Disaster
The Glitter Boys
What did you miss on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show? How about new music from The Scorpions, Tunnel, Broken Teeth, Jetboy, Blackberry Smoke, Last Autumn’s Dream, & Black Robot. It was one killer show last night!!
Here is the track listing:
Divide the Day – Let It Roll
Faster Pussycat – Jack The Bastard
Danko Jones – Baby Hates Me
L.A. Guns – Ain’t The Same ’92
The Last Vegas – High Class Trash
Underride – Lights Off Baby
Scorpions – Raised on Rock
Roadfever – Can’t Feel Your Soul
Sin City – Devil In Me
Shanghai – Life Aint Easy
Chris Laney – Make You Cry
Babylon Bombs – Hometown Hero
Shotgun Messiah – Heartbreak Blvd.
Black Robot – Girls Kissing Girls (Pick of the Week)
Tunnel – American Metal
Ace Frehley – New York Groove
Backlit Revolver – Stick It in Sideways
Jetboy – Going Down (Above the Clouds)
Broken Teeth – Twister
Cockpit – Gun For Hire
Asphalt Valentine – Dirty Little Secret
Crank County Daredevils – Life Under The Blade
Lipstixx ‘N Bullets – Bang Your Head
Mama Kin – Higher & Higher
Crashdiet – Falling Rain
Crazy Lixx – 21 ‘Til I Die
Blackfish – I Don’t Care
Swedish Erotica – Rough Enough
Black Robot – Cocaine
Blackberry Smoke – Up In Smoke
Gotthard – Top of the World
Faith Circus – Back On Love
H.E.A.T. – Stay
Last Autumn’s Dream – Heartbreaker
Alien – Dark Eyes
Fury – No For An Answer
Reece – Before I Die
Red Circuit – Canonize Your Sins
Shake the Faith – Weight of the World
Def Leppard – Move With Me Slowly
Black Robot – Baddass (Radio Edit) (Pick of the Week)
Daisy’s Dead – She Goes Down
The Spittin’ Cobras – Long Live Rock ‘N Roll
You can listen to Hard Rock Hideout Radio every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. CST ( 10 P.M. – 1 A.M. EST) online at www.kacvfm.org, and on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas.