July 2, 2003

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto has been locked away editing a two-and-a-half-hour all-QUEEN set filmed and recorded at this year's Queen Convention for a potential DVD, tentatively due in early September. The disc will be mixed by Jeff and longtime friend/engineer John Ellis, and the video footage will be authored once again by Gary Schutt, who is better known as Jeff's bassist on all his solo endeavors. The DVD will be made available in limited quantity via Jeff's official web site.

In other news, Soto's current band TALISMAN, in which he is joined by longtime writing partner Marcel Jacob (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN),are set to hit the road again in August with a few dates in Sweden and the annual Lokerse Festival in Belgium Aug. 7. Talks are being solidified for all shows to be documented and all collective footage from past to present will be archived for a TALISMAN DVD. There is much to collect and view, especially from the past, so this one may not see the light of day until spring next year, but a high priority is being made on getting this little gem organized.

Also on the Soto front, plans are being arranged for Jeff's official solo European tour to begin Sept. 6. There are talks with the Queen Fan Club for Jeff & Co. to do an encore performance of the Queen Convention show for an exclusive Fan Club-organized party celebrating Freddie Mercury's birthday as the first stop in England. From there, the band are touted to continue throughout the U.K., this time adding Ireland and Scotland to their dates. Afterwards, they will head to central Europe, making stops through Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and possibly France, among others. More details as they come in.

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