Archive for July 5, 2006

I’ve heard some internet rumblings that a sequel to the successful Christine Sixteen: A High-School Tribute To KISS is in progress and that a release will happen in April of 2007.

I have been a big supporter of the project and I am going to help project coordinator Patrice Beaudette any way I can. Look for future press releases and updates on this site.

The initial project only pressed 500 copies and I have heard that the new CD will be the same. The first pressing sold out quick so I will keep everyone up to date. Please visit the Christine Sixteen website (up above) and check out my review of the first CD here.

From SITN mailing list:

UFO 2006 band photo

UFO will release their brand new studio album The Monkey Puzzle via
SPV on September 25.

London, Paris, Tokyo, New York there are few international
metropolises where the British rock legends, UFO, haven’t filled
major venues. There can be no doubt that this band enjoy performing
their music, combining the present with their legendary past night
after night and proving that they are likely to add a few more
chapters to the chronicles of rock history. The most recent stage of
their long-standing career has been the release of their Showtime
DVD and double live CD, recorded during their shows in Germany, the
Netherlands and Switzerland last year. The original members, Phil
Mogg (vocals), Pete Way (bass), Paul Raymond (guitar, keyboards) and recently returned drummer Andy Parker, are scheduled to start their
extensive world tour in October 2006. Parker was part of the UFO
line-up that performed the group’s debut show in the late Sixties
and has returned to replace Jason Bonham, who left to join
Foreigner. Also on board is their accomplished guitarist Vinnie
Moore, who has been part of the permanent line-up since the studio
album, You Are Here (2004).

UFO’s world tour is due to start mid October 2006 and will be the
first since spring 2004, when the group travelled Europe and went on
to make a brief detour to the States. New songs from their latest
studio album The Monkey Puzzle, due to be recorded in March and
April at Tommy Newton’s Area 51 Studios, will also be part of the
set list this autumn. Newton already produced You Are Here and also
recorded the concerts for Showtime. The press praised both releases
enthusiastically, were impressed by the fresh and dynamic
compositions on You Are Here and stressed the musicians’
enthusiastic performance that is omnipresent on Showtime.
Since the beginning of the Seventies, UFO have been among the most
important international rock acts. Successful albums such as
Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976)
featuring the hits Doctor, Doctor, Rock Bottom or Lights Out brought
their worldwide breakthrough. Their 1979 live album, Strangers In
The Night, was one of the best live recordings of all time. Their
2004 studio album, You Are Here, was voted among the ten best albums of all time by the British Classic Rock magazine, and Showtime was praised as a worthy successor to Strangers In The Night.

UFO live:
22.07. D – Burg Herzberg Festival
26.07. UK-Falmouth – Princess Pavillions
27.07. UK-Frome – Cheese & Grain
28.07. UK – Derbyshire – Rock & Blues Festival
29.07. D – Seebronn – Rock Of Ages Festival
30.07. B-Nidrum – Roots Rock Festival
05.08. South Korea-Busan – Culture Tourism Rock Festival
06.08. South Korea-Seoul – Club Catch-Light

Extensive tour throughout Europe beginning mid October 2006 – end
beginning of December 2006, confirmed dates will be announced
shortly. USA / Canada-Tour will start beginning of 2007.

From Maidenfans.com (via the Iron Maiden official website):

Following the announcement of the forthcoming early September release of their new studio album A Matter of Life and Death, Iron Maiden reveal their front cover artwork! The picture can be found here…..

Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death

Also announced is the news that The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg will be released as a very special single on 14th August.

Says Steve Harris, “This is a very intense album in many ways and we really wanted to go with a lead track that demonstrated that in the best way, rather than going for a shorter track on the album just to please the chart rules. Benjamin Breeg is a great example of the feel of the album in it’s really heavy riff and lyrically it’s a very dark, atmospheric and powerful song which really epitomizes what the album is all about for us. So it made a natural choice for us.”

In true Maiden style, the single will be released in two special Limited Edition formats, which by content will not be eligible for the UK singles chart. Manager Rod Smallwood explained, “There are various chart rules compliant to number of tracks, the maximum running time, price structure and all the rest of it. As for the new Maiden single – its simple – we’re putting out a two track CD – THE REINCARNATION OF BENJAMIN BREEG and HALLOWED BE THY NAME (Legends Session) and if it’s too long to qualify for the charts, then so be it. We have no problem with it being non-chart eligible.

EMI will also release a special 7” picture disc with collectable sticker of the ‘Crossed Guns’ Logo. B sides to both formats are from last years amazing ‘Radio 1 legends session recorded especially for the Zane Lowe show.

Limited Edition 2 track CD
The reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
Hallowed be thy Name (Radio 1 ‘Legends’ Session)

Limited Edition 7” picture disc
(To include ‘Crossed Gun Logo’ sticker)
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
c/w Run To The Hills (Radio 1 ‘Legends’ Session)
The Trooper (Radio 1 ‘Legends’ Session)

THE REINCARNATION OF BENJAMIN BREEG is taken from the forthcoming album, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH full track listing as below.

1. Different World – Smith/Harris – 4.17
2. These Colours Don’t Run – Smith/Harris/Dickinson – 6.52
3. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns – Smith/Harris/Dickinson – 8.44
4. The Pilgrim – Gers/Harris – 5.07
5. The Longest Day – Smith/Harris/Dickinson – 7.48
6. Out Of the Shadows – Dickinson/Harris 5.36
7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg – Murray/Harris – 7.21
8. For The Greater Good of God – Harris – 9.24
9. Lord Of Light – Smith/Harris/Dickinson – 7.23
10. The Legacy – Gers/Harris – 9.20

Iron Maiden undertake a massive Winter European Tour that opens in Denmark on 9th November, culminating in eight UK arena dates at the end of December (including two nights at Earls Court Arena). They will play to nearly 100,000 people in the UK alone! The majority of these shows are already sold out. Please check for details on www.ironmaiden.com for the latest information on ticket availability and for details of tickets just released from Production holds.