The reunited LYNCH MOB, featuring ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, have lined up a few more US dates during early May. The shows are as follows:
May 02 - Nashville, TN @ Outerlimits
May 03 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 04 - Orlando, FL @ Fairbanks Inn
May 05 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
May 06 - St. Petersburg, FL @ TBA
May 07 - Jacksonville, FL @ TBA
May 08 - Rome, GA @ TBA
Guitar hero Chris Impellitteri has posted the following update on the status of IMPELLITTERI's upcoming studio album, the first since the return of vocalist Graham Bonnet (i.e. RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) to the group's ranks:
'As you can imagine, the boys of IMPELLITTERI have been very busy recording the new music. We have just completed the drum tracks at Track Record in Hollywood. Glen Sobel played on all the tracks. We are now doing bass and guitars. We usually spend about 2 or 3 months doing the guitars, especially the solos. This album is very heavy, with some very exciting guitar and drum work. Our goal is to make a very honest record, with music we will truly enjoy playing live. Our fans do expect a certain sound or style of music from us, which we do intend do deliver in a big way. Graham Bonnet is patiently waiting to start his vocal tracks. Graham has written some very heavy vocal melodies for this record. It should be very intense. Graham may play some shows in Europe with some old friends, which should get him in great shape for the IMPELLITTERI record. IMPELLITTERI have agreed to do a full major tour in support of the new record. There has been such major interest in this new record that it is likely IMPELLITTERI will do a worldwide release. We do look forward to touring continually behind the new record. We should have a very exciting show for the fans. For the fans that remember the IMPELLITTERI line-up with Bonnet as the frontman, you should remember the endless wall of Marshall speaker cabinets and huge lighting show. We do intend to outdo ourselves. We hope to see all the fans soon, Chris Impellitteri'
Former EUROPE vocalist Joey Tempest has commented on the status of his long-awaited third solo CD, which he has been working on for much of the past two years.
'I know it has taken some time but I just want to get things as good as I can.' Tempest stated. 'In the middle of everything, I have been talking to a new management and new people at Universal [Records] in London. All of this and the paperwork with contracts etc. has taken a little bit more time than I expected. I hope the people that are waiting for my new CD will have a bit more patience and I am sorry that it is taking a lot of time. The record company has already heard some music and they like it very much. In May, I will present some more music to them. My aim is to record the album this year and release it in January/February next year. All the best, Joey.'
Japan's VOLCANO, featuring guitar shredder She-Ja, have signed with Holland's Mascot Records. According to Mascot's web site, VOLCANO are one of Japan's most successful heavy metal bands, having reached the top of the indie charts with their debut album Violent. VOLCANO's music will reportedly please fans of JUDAS PRIEST, ANNIHILATOR, TESTAMENT, and CARCASS, among others.
According to melodicrock.com, CINDERELLA are now officially without a record label after Portrait Records released the band from their contract last week. The group's deal with Portrait Records lasted three years without a single note for their next album being released. Band leader Tom Keifer reportedly greeted the news with enthusiasm, as the band are now free to seek a new deal and finally begin recording their long-planned and long-delayed new studio album.
In related news, it appears that Portrait Records, the rock division of Sony Music that was set up by American hard rock guru John Kalodner, is to be dissolved. It seems the parent company has run out of patience with the label, after moderate initial success, but little impact since.
THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger has paid tribute to the late Joey Ramone by posting the following message on his official web site:
'So I got home late Easter Monday from a weekend away having shite-loads of drunken fun in the country. Tired, and more than a little bilious, I nabbed a quick look at the weekend's mail before catching up on some much needed kip. I saw something about Joey Ramone dying on Easter Sunday and drifted off into a peaceful sleep, interrupted only by dreams of being a kid and getting into a love affair with my first band. Yeah, I loved KISS when I was a child-sized-kiddy (in the way a kid loves Superman, though I personally couldn't stand the fucker myself),and I later loved MOTORHEAD for the simple reason that they played louder than anyone I'd ever seen before, and they were also British, therefore guaranteeing me a ticket to see 'em live at least a few times a year… but RAMONES?
Well, it was vastly different. For a start, I already looked like one of them. Secondly, they played 'pop' which I always thought was much more 'punk' than pissed-off-sounding. And they had long hair (which I also saw as being 'punk as fuck', y'know? I mean my mother wanted me to have short hair!). They also shared something with KISS in that they didn't have a dodgy-looking member in the group. They all looked like RAMONES. They were also the only band that sounded exactly like I imagined them sounding, purely by looking at the cover picture.
'I can't count the amount of times I physically stood up for RAMONES in those 'whose band are the coolest' situations. No one I knew liked them, which kinda made them even more of a find. I used to get the piss endlessly taken for, supposedly, 'looking a little like Joey Ramone,' until irony struck and I got one of South Shields' first known (to me anyway) blow jobs from a cute lil' RAMONES fanatic because I 'looked a little like Joey Ramone.'
My first concert in London was RAMONES. I sneaked into the venue via the girls' toilets. My first band played RAMONES covers. You could sound good playing that shit because they played at roughly the same standard as you. As years moved on, my love for RAMONES grew as large as the holes in my jeans. (Dunno how, but my jeans also always went at the knees first - stop yer sniggering at the back).
I kinda lost them after Subterranean Jungle, and consider Pleasant Dreams to be their last truly great album (hey, I'm older than you, remember?). But classic videos for 'I Wanna Be Sedated' (new version) and 'Psychotherapy' kept me hanging on like the fan I always was, waiting for them to get their sense of humour back. Sadly, they turned into a Heavy Rock band and I stopped buying their albums - there were too many po-faced bloody rock bands filling up the 80's, y'know? Still, after all these years I could look at photos and still get a rush (like that recent Mojo magazine spread with the 'ripped jeans' cover),and I never missed a concert if I could help it as RAMONES were the greatest live band of all time. Their crowd were the most fucked up looking bunch of misfits ever to peacefully share an evening together. And Joey just got more and more bizarre, continually reinventing the English language until 'Blitzkrieg Bop' became 'Blleeeeeeeeeeee-bup'.
I was lucky enough to actually meet Joey Ramone at a BACKYARD BABIES show in New York when THE YO-YO's were supporting. He had enough time to talk to every fan that had anything to say to him. I thanked him for being such a huge inspiration both visually and musically, and Danny shouted / sprayed into the side of his head how 'none of us would be here now if it wasn't for this fucker - no one is fit to lick his shit.' He stood patiently, showing not the slightest concern, or fear, about this pissed-up, tattooed Geordie yelling into his ear in a language that must have resembled dogs barking mixed with live Joey Ramone-isms.
Joey was a very rare thing in this business. A smart, talented and unique music fanatic, living out a dream until his last day alive.
Death is only the beginning. Play the records and have a drink for him when you come see The Wildhearts in June. You wouldn't be there, we wouldn't be there, had he not been there before us.
For everything. Joey Ramone, you will never be forgotten.'
FOO FIGHTERS have been confirmed for this year's V2001 Festival, taking place over the weekend of August 18-19 on two different sites at Weston Park, Staffordshire and Hylands Park, Chelmsford in the UK.
The full track listing for THE CULT's upcoming Beyond Good and Evil CD, due out on June 5th, will reportedly be as follows:
01. War (The Process)
02. The Saint
04. Take The Power
05. Breathe (You Bastard)
07. American Gothic
08. Ashes And Ghosts
09. Shape The Sky
10. Who Plays The Devil
11. A True Believer
12. My Bridges Burn
The album's first single, 'Rise', will reportedly be shipped to radio on May 1st.
In other THE CULT news, the group's upcoming US tour is beginning to take shape, with most of the May shows having already been tentatively confirmed. Here are some of the initial dates:
May 04 - Memphis, Tennessee @ Beale Street Music Fest.
May 05 - Atlanta, Georgia @ Music Midtown Festival
May 06 - Nashville, Tennessee @ Downtown Riverfront Park
May 08 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana @ The Varsity
May 09 - New Orleans, Louisiana @ House Of Blues
May 11 - Little Rock, Arkansas @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
May 12 - Dallas, Texas @ Smirnoff Music Centre
May 13 - Tulsa, Oklahoma @ Will Rogers Downs
May 15 - Wichita, Kansas @ Rita's Little Uptown
May 16 - Columbia, Missouri @ Blue Note
May 18 - Omaha, Nebraska @ Ranch Bowl
May 19 - Peoria, Illinois @ Madison Theatre
May 21 - Indianapolis, Indiana @ Murat Egyptian Room
May 22 - Grand Rapids, Michigan @ Orbit Room
May 23 - Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
May 25 - Saratoga Sprgs, NY @ Saratoga Perf. Arts Centre May 26 - Boston, Massachusetts @ Foxboro Stadium
May 27 - Washington, DC @ RFK Stadium
May 29 - Providence, Rhode Island @ Lupos
Aug. 03 - Los Angeles, California @ Universal Amphitheatre
Aug. 07 or 10 - Dallas, Texas @ TBA
Sweden's RUNEMAGICK have reportedly parted ways with Century Media Records after having released two full-length CDs through the label. 'We have already some interested labels but we have not decided anything yet,' the group stated on their official web site in a posting dated more than two months ago.
According to the trio, RUNEMAGICK have already completed work on the bulk of the music for their forthcoming CD, tentatively titled Revelation of Darkness. Song titles set to appear on the album include the following:
01. Fathomless Genius Loci
02. The Infinity in Trinity
03. Ways Of Death Aggression
04. Pure Metallic Tribalance
05. One Road to Megiddo
06. Solstice of the Succubus
07. Non Divine Dirty Dead Blood
08. The Devil's Demimonde
09. Corpse Nexus Hightime
RUNEMAGICK will also be recording their version of the BATHORY classic 'The Return of Darkness and Evil', to be released on the upcoming In Conspiracy With Satan II compilation. A limited-edition LP of unreleased and live material will also be coming out through Bloodstone Entertainment.