CORPORATE AVENGER, who feature in their ranks former MIND FUNK vocalist Pat Dubar, have lined up a host of live shows in support of their upcoming Koch Records debut. The dates are as follows:
July 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sanctuary
July 17 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
July 18 - San Luis, Obispo CA @ Slo Brewing Company
July 19 - San Jose, CA @ the Cactus Club
July 20 – Pomona, CA @ the Glasshouse
July 22 – Tempe, AZ @ Boston's
July 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ the Launch Pad
July 31 – Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbocker's
Aug 02 – Lawrence, KS @ the Bottleneck
Aug 03 – Sauget, IL @ Pops Annex
Aug 05 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
DANZIG have completed recording three as-yet-untitled new songs for their forthcoming Danzig 7: Kiss The Skull CD, which is provisionally scheduled for release during September.
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell will be appearing (in audio and video) alongside his CLOCK bandmates on rocknrollstation.com tomorrow, June 26th between 3 and 4 PM PST. The band will be interviewed and will perform a couple of songs live. To submit your question for the band, e-mail the station at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put "CLOCK INTERVIEW" in the subject line. CLOCK will be playing show at Molly Malone's on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles on June 28th. In related news, DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott joined Ian Hunter onstage at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool on Thursday, June 14th to sing along with “All The Way From Memphis” and “All The Young Dudes”. According to Elliott, “It was the last night of Ian's tour, so having watched the previous two shows with 'as little interference as possible', I got up and did the two songs. What a trooper Hunter is! Eleven shows in twelve days! I know people half his age who couldn't do that (me included)!"
According to various Internet reports, the set list for DEEP PURPLE's current US tour, which sees the band limited to a 75-minute slot due to being second on the bill to LYNYRD SKYNYRD, consists of a variation of the following tracks (in no particular order):
01. Woman From Tokyo
02. Ted The Mechanic
04. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
06. Perfect Strangers
07. Hey Cisco
08. When A Blind Man Cries
09. Smoke On The Water
10. Highway Star
11. No One Came
12. Pictures Of Home
13. Knocking At Your Back Door
15. Speed King
GRAVITY KILLS will be performing the following two shows during August:
Aug. 01 - Jefferson City, MO @ Cole County Fairgrounds
Aug. 03 – Kansas City, MO @ The Hurricane
HELLION vocalist Ann Boleyn has completed work on her new solo CD, which, according to the singer, is “the best thing I have ever done!” Produced by veteran metal producer Mikey Davis, the as-yet-untitled CD features contributions from HELLION members Chet Thompson and Ray Schenck. In other news, Boleyn has re-established ties with former manager Wendy Dio (wife/manager of Ronnie James Dio), who is assisting the singer with the negotiations with an as-yet-undisclosed label for the release of the album.
Here's yet another update from the UK's PITCHSHIFTER on the songwriting progress for their forthcoming studio album: “As you know, PITCHSHIFTER are currently writing a new LP in their demo studio in Nottingham, England. The boys have been on a real creative roll and the tunes are coming thick and fast. They recently completed a demo to be played to prospective new labels and things are going well in label talks. The demo has grown and grown and nine tunes were mixed to demo level four days ago. Now they've finished another tune over the weekend. A quote from [vocalist] J.S. [Clayden]: 'We managed to mix down another tune at the weekend. We have quite a few tunes with no vocals on them right now because I just haven't had time to get to them at the pace we're writing the music. I managed to nail the vox on a tune over the weekend and it's a stormer. There are a few faster tunes on the demo and the new one we just finished is one of them. Running at 165bpm and only just over 3 minutes, it's gonna be a lot of fun to play this one live. Hopefully if we keep going at this rate we can finish up the remaining four tunes that need vocals and get writing some more!' "
ILL NINO will be shooting a video for the first single off their upcoming Revolution...Revolucion debut, “God Save Us”, in Los Angeles with director Darren Doane (i.e. SNAPCASE, BLINK 182, FAR, and the movie Godmoney). According to an official statement from the group, the video will feature some conceptual images as well as extensive footage of the band in performance. Revolution...Revolucion is set for a July 31st release through Roadrunner Records.
According to former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE vocalist JOE LYNN TURNER's official web site, the singer is due to begin recording the vocals to his forthcoming solo CD later this week. Quote from JLT: "The CD is coming out great!"
ELEGY vocalist Ian Parry has just signed two license deals in Japan and Korea for his new Consortium Project II CD, entitled Continuum in Extremis. According to the vocalist's official web site, Continuum in Extremis is a concept album, which includes 11 co-written progressive metal songs and features performances by:
Ian Parry - Vocals (ELEGY)
Jan Bijlsma - Bass guitar (ex-VENGEANCE)
Dirk Bruinenberg - Drums (ELEGY)
Günter Wernö - Keyboards (VANDEN PLAS)
Patrice Guers - Bass guitar (RONDAT)
Stephan Lill - Guitars (VANDEN PLAS)
Patrick Rondat - Guitars (ELEGY/JEAN MICHEL JARRE)
Thomas Youngblood - Guitars (KAMELOT)
Continuum in Extremis (complete with two bonus tracks) is due to be released in Japan on August 29th. European and American release dates will be announced shortly.
KING DIAMOND have completed all the rhythm guitar and drum tracks for their forthcoming album, Abigail Part II: The Revenge, which is currently being recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Dallas, Texas.
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE's wife has tragically passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, June 19th. Here is the official statement from the singer's web site:
“Michael Monroe's wife, life companion, best friend and collaborator as well as co-manager, backing singer and songwriter has passed away totally unexpectedly from natural causes in their home in the city of Turku, Finland on Tuesday 19th of June.
“This is a huge loss and the cause for immeasurable sorrow and grief.
“Jude Wilder was born on June 24th 1953 in Baltimore. She spent most of her life in New York City. She worked at CBS Records for about ten years in the 70's and the 80's as a product manager for artists like CYNDI LAUPER, SADE and MIAMI SOUND MACHINE as well as HANOI ROCKS in -84 amongst many others.
“After leaving CBS she devoted her life to Michael Monroe's career, helping him tremendously with countless things and getting Michael's solo career started. She was the only person that Michael could trust and rely on. According to Michael, it is very likely that he would not be here today if it wasn't for Jude Wilder. Together they wrote most of the best songs on Michael's solo albums.
“She was an exceptionally talented, wonderful and loving, angelic person whose irreplaceable absence leaves a huge gap in many people's lives. She was a very special and unique person, a Star in her own right.”
THE SINS OF THY BELOVED keyboardist Anders Thue has amicably left the band due to the mounting pressure of combining his studies and his contributions to the group. As a result of Anders' departure, THE SINS OF THY BELOVED have canceled all their scheduled festival appearances this summer and will instead concentrate 100% on writing the material for their next studio album. In other news, the band have reportedly found a new vocalist to replace the departed Hege-Marie but will hold off on revealing her identity until a six-month trial period has ended.
According to Beneath The Green, V.O.D. (VISION OF DISORDER) have will be performing shows with NOTHINGFACE and GOD FORBID from the 24th of July to August 9th, after which they will embark on a short headlining stint with PRIMER 55 from August 10th to the 19th. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
w/NOTHINGFACE and GOD FORBID
July 24 - Cincinatti, OH @ Bogart's
July 25 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
July 26 - Madison, WI @ Annex
July 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest
July 28 - Duluth, MN @ Taproom
July 31 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
Aug. 01 - Portland, OR @ Pine Street Balcony
Aug. 03 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
Aug. 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey
Aug. 08 - Pheonix, AZ @ Bash On Ash
Aug. 09 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
w/PRIMER 55 (V.O.D. headlining)
Aug. 10 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
Aug. 12 - Pittsburg, PA @ Foxtown
Aug. 14 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Aug. 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Aug. 16 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Village
Aug. 19 - Newark, NJ @ Riverfront Stadium (WSOU Radio Show)
Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist GLENN HUGHES appears on the track "Can You Get It Up" on the forthcoming CD, entitled Twister, by Italian guitarist Max Magagni. According to the singer's official web site, the track was for originally meant for a Fender guitar promo CD, but somewhere down the line, the plans had evidently changed. The release date for the aforementioned CD is said to be July 8th.
The forthcoming studio album from French black metallers SETH will be entitled Divine X, and it is tentatively due for release on November 12th through Osmose Productions. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the album are:
02. Satanik Generation
03. The Sounds Of Seth
In other news, SETH will reportedly be featured on the new Osmose World Domination sampler album, for which each of the band is supposed to record a new track. SETH's contribution will consist of an as-yet-unspecified METAL CHURCH cover.
WARRIOR SOUL frontman Kory Clarke has reportedly moved back to New York City after a several-year stint in Los Angeles.
UNLOCO will play a “free” show in Hollywood at the Troubadour on Monday, July 2nd. The show is FREE for everyone over 21, and a mere $3.00 for those under 21. Doors open at 7:30pm.