On the way home, I stopped in the local Rock shop, and picked up Def Leppard X, Masterplan Aeronautics, and Rob Rock, Holy Hell for the grand tune of 7.99, TOTAL!
Then I came home and got the following announcement in email:
Poison at Riverbend Music Center on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Poison with Ratt and White Lion
Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Riverbend Music Center
On Sale Friday, Apr 27 at 10:00 am!
This rock fan could not be happier! Ratt and Poison have not released all of their dates yet, but I am guessing by this email the announcement will be happening any day now!
Ratt released this press release this evening:
After much speculation and anticipation following the airing of their Behind The Music episode on VH1 last spring, multiplatinum hard rock act RATT with vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer will grace the stage together for the first time since 1999. Plans for not only a U.S. summer tour but a full-fledged comeback are being mapped out now as the band prepares to hit the road with POISON. The band’s own tour dates will extend into the fall and may also include shows in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Australia. Joining the band onstage will be bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi.
A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and Ratt will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13th at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through the end of August.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
The band has recently aligned with Carl Stubner, CEO of Sanctuary Artist Management (ZZ Top, Mick Fleetwood/co-manager of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee/Supernova, Paulina Rubio, Jack’s Mannequin) and is booked by Jay Frey at Paradise Artists.
RATT made their mark in the early ’80s going ‘Round And Round’ with a string of hit songs, videos and four consecutive multiplatinum albums (over 16 million albums sold worldwide). Their arena-filling live shows set the standard for all bands to follow. Creating anthems for the youth of that era, their music and performances maintain a timeless quality to this day.
A new Ratt best of CD and DVD are due this summer from Rhino Records.
GUNS N’ ROSES havee announced that their 2007 World Tour will begin on June 2 in Monterrey Mexico. The tour had been delayed due to an injury to bassist Tommy Stinson‘s left wrist. Fortunately, the sprain is healing nicely and soon the band will be ready to rock like only they can.
June will see GN’R perform three concerts in Mexico before heading to Australia and New Zealand. It’s been fifteen years since GN’R last performed in Mexico, Australia, or New Zealand and the anticipation is beyond belief. July has GN’R traveling to Japan for a series of rescheduled concerts. Fans attending can expect to hear GN’R classics like “Welcome To the Jungle”, “November Rain”, “Patience” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” along with blistering new songs from the band’s forthcoming “Chinese Democracy” album like “Madagascar”, “IRS” and “Better”.
GUNS N’ ROSES tour dates:
June 02 – Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
June 03 – Guadalajara Mexico VFG Arena
June 05 – Mexico City Mexico City Sports Palace
June 10 – Perth Australia Burswood
June 13 – Adelaide Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre
June 15 – Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
June 20 – Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
June 23 – Sydney Australia Acer Arena
June 29 – Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
July 14 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 15 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 17 – Tokyo Japan Budokan Hall
July 18 – Nagoya Japan Rainbow Hall
July 21 – Osaka Japan Osaka Jo-Hall
More dates will be announced.
2006 saw GUNS N’ ROSES perform over 70 concerts all over the world to rave reviews. With the release of the highly anticipated and long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” album imminent, 2007 promises to be the time that GUNS N’ ROSES reclaim their throne as the world’s most dangerous band. Lead vocalist W. Axl Rose, guitarists Robin Finck, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, and drummer Frank Ferrer are a rock n’ roll spectacular that have to be experienced to be believed.
In other news, Robin Finck has posted an open letter on his official web site regarding the band’s cancelled shows and its postponed tour:
“I’m writing now in the wake of the recently postponed and cancelled GNR commitments in Japan and in South Africa,” he wrote. “I guess I’m writing because I too am disappointed, have a conscience, a website, and I am not on the Bullet Train to Osaka this evening.
“I purely want to share with those whom were avid for seeing GNR at these concerts that I too was looking forward to seeing you all. The band was primed and pumped, production packed and shipped. Then, much to our distress, unforeseen circumstance walked in, dropped its surly case and announced with certainty, ‘I’m here!’ What can we do.
“I have received innumerable emails from real people who where hooking up with friends or family, flying to faraway cities, booking hotels or friends’ couches, docking the USS Kitty Hawk, and otherwise scheduling their time and enthusiasm around these events. In short, these peeps wuz straight stung adrenalized and lettin’ me square have it! I too was psyched about the shows, planning to meet friends and family, watch the cherry blossom blossom etc. It is my wish that your bounce forward from here be one of a willful arc and opportunity. Believe me, I’m swallowing that very pill by your side.”