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Doro

DORO'S FIGHT UPDATE:
SPV have announced details of Doro's new album Fight.
The new album is due September 24th. It was previously listed as due in August.
The track listing is: Fight . Always Live To Win . Descent (feat. Pete Steele) . Salvaje . Undying . Legends Never Die (written by Gene Simmons) . Rock Before You Bleed . Sister Darkness . Wild Heart . Fight By Your Side . Chained . Hoffnung, Bonus Track for the Digi-Pack pressing: Song For Me (acoustic version)
Further Press:
Her band, which consists mainly of American musicians (guitarist Joe Taylor, bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee plus guitarist Oliver Palotai, who joined the fold during the group's most recent tour), is family and inspiration at once for Doro.
Together with these guys she recorded the songs for her new album practically in a live atmosphere at the Soundmine Recording Studios in Pennsylvania. "As powerful as possible, as natural as necessary," was the motto which had the production team consisting of Doro, Chris Lietz and Dan Malsch from New York in full control of the situation at all times. Fight was mixed by Malsch and Lietz, and Doro mastered the album at the Skyline Studios in Duesseldorf.
The result speaks for itself "Compared to previous recordings, Fight sounds even rawer, earthy, totally rooted to the soil," she says. "Nothing was polished smooth, there are no loops, hardly any effects, but a lot of pure energy and passion."
Descent features Pete Steele of Type O`Negative and the CD also features other songs written by Russ Ballard and Jean Beauvoir. Cover artwork by Gillespie (Triumph & Agony and Angels Never Die)
In yesterday's news, you can read bassist Nick Douglas' own comments.


Robert A Duda

EX-TAKARA DRUMMER PLAYING THE TRIBUTES:
Ex-Takara drummer, Robert A. Duda has been the busy one lately. He is currently performing in 2 tribute bands in Los Angeles, Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi) and Pyromania (Def Leppard). He joined Slippery Wet Wet in 1998 and have been playing out in Los Angeles for the past year. One memorable show was in January of this year, Richie Sambora joined the band onstage for Wanted, Dead or Alive. "It was definitely one highlight of my life" commented Duda.
Pyromania has gone through some personal changes and are currently looking for a "Steve Clark" to complete the new line-up. After this is complete they plan to play "Everywhere!" You can check out each bands web sites: www.bonjovitribute.net and www.defleppardtribute.com


Departure

DEPARTURE ALSO GET CORPORATE:
Escape Music are pleased to announce that Departure have finished recording their third album Corporate Wheel. The album was produced by Mike Walsh and mixed by Pete Coleman. The release date is scheduled for Europe mid January 2003.
The Band is Timothy Lewis; Lead Vocals, Mike Walsh; Guitar, Keyboards & backing vocals, John O'Connell; Keyboards, Duey Ribestello; Drums, Mike Beres; Bass
The album track listing is: Listen To What I Say . Corporate Wheel . Sacrifice . Time . Down On My Knees . Every Man . Giving Me A Reason . Comin' My Way . Fallin' From The Sky . Hollowed Ground . Look In Your Eyes


Drive, She Said

Frontiers are pleased to announce that Drive, She Said have finally completed the recording of the new album Real Life.
The songs titles recorded are:
Real Life . What's It Gonna Take? . When Will It Be Love? . How Can I Be Sure? . Find Your Place As A Man . Overdrive . Silver White . Hold Me . All Your Heart . Stronger . Al's Song . We Live For Love . Always and Forever . We All Need.
On a related note, keyboard wizard and Drive, She Said member Mark Mangold will appear as special guest star at Lokerse Feesten in August 2002 during the Vaughn concert. He will perform songs from his latest solo record and Flesh & Blood, the band in which Mangold and Danny Vaughn worked together.


Dio

The track listing for Dio's upcoming album Killing The Dragon is as follows:
Killing The Dragon . Along Came A Spider . Scream . Better In The Dark . Rock And Roll . Push . Guilty . Throwaway Children . Before The Fall . Cold Feet
The Spitfire Records released album is due in May and features Doug Aldrich on guitar.


Damn Yankees

The Rhino Records Damn Yankees Essential Collection contains the following tracks:
High Enough . Coming Of Age . Where You Goin' Now . Don't Tread On Me . Come Again . Fifteen Minutes Of Fame . Mister Please . Bad Reputation . Piledriver . Damn Yankees . Runaway . Silence Is Broken.
Yes, no sign of any unreleased tracks, not even their very cool contribution to the Nothing But Trouble soundtrack; Bonecrusher! (It was also the Japanese bonus track to the Don't Tread album).

Damn Yankees:
No it isn't a new album!! But rather, Rhino Records have a bizarre Best Of compilation planned for the band!
Originally due in April, The Essentials - The Damn Yankees Collection set is now likely to be released in May or June and will feature 12 tracks, compiled from the band's two studio albums for Warner Bros.
A phone call to Rhino proved a track listing was still unavailable, but a spokesperson for the label said that it was unlikely to feature any unreleased tracks.


Duran Duran

DURAN DURAN HOT AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM DEAL:
Duran Duran's new business manager is David Ravden. He also manages Garbage.
David has been a busy man, as it seems the Duran boys are pretty hot in UK right now, with a bidding war breaking out for their services. That would tent to indicate that the comeback material is pretty good!
The new studio album will be out early in 2003.
Here's a UK press story on the search for a label:
Duran must diet for 10m deal - From: This Is London
After recording their first album with the original lineup for 15 years, the band have triggered a bidding war between labels keen to release it. Universal, EMI, Sony and BMG are among those offering a massive advance for rights to a three to five album deal.
The tracks recorded by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and John Taylor are said to be some of their best. But there remains one stumbling block.
"There has been some concern that they won't match up to what pop band members look like today - but they're pretty fit now," said a friend of the band. "They are all now in great form, physically. The music is some of their best and they really look the part. It's incredible to think that they are in their forties."
The 10 million contract is one of the largest offered to a band who have reformed with an original line-up after such a sustained absence.

DURAN DURAN ON TRACK FOR FORTH QUARTER COMEBACK:
From Billboard.com comes fresh news of the new Duran Duran album:
Duran Duran Deep Into Reunion Album
Duran Duran has recorded 15 songs for its reunion album, which will feature the band going back to its modern rock-meets-dance music roots, Billboard.com has learned. Speaking from a London studio where the band is recording the still-untitled set, producer/Chic founder Nile Rodgers says the song Taste of Summer appears to be a frontrunner for the first single.
Rodgers says the album sounds like "the Clash meets Blondie meets the Ramones with smooth songwriter stuff thrown in, but it's still very much Duran Duran. There's a sophisticated smoothness, which is at the essence of their songs."
Rodgers previously collaborated with Duran Duran on the 1984 hit singles The Reflex (the band's first No. 1 song in the U.S.) and Wild Boys, as well as the platinum-selling 1986 album Notorious. He says, "It's not like I've had a bad track record with Duran Duran. Every single record I've produced with them has been a hit."
He observes that the songwriting dynamic of the band "hasn't changed all that much. It's like going back to the way it was, just picking up where we left off before. Andy [Taylor] is still the bad boy," he laughs.
Rodgers says that Duran Duran is "very close" to announcing a new label home, on which the reunion album is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. A tour in support of the set is also in the works.
"There are two big dreams of mine - one is to produce a Van Halen record with David Lee Roth on vocals, and the other dream was to produce an album with the original Duran Duran lineup," Rodgers says. "One of those dreams has come true. The guys in Duran Duran look and sound amazing. Doing this album has been a phenomenal experience for me."
At the height of its popularity, Duran Duran splintered off into side groups -- John and Andy Taylor with the funky hard rock band Power Station; LeBon, Rhodes, and Roger Taylor with the avant-garde pop outfit Arcadia. Rodgers says those musical differences have been resolved with the new album, and he hints that the new music is more open to the guitar-oriented, funky side of the group.
"The Power Station was a direct release for John and Andy," he says. "I can say this knowing where the band is at and the direction that Duran's music has taken, there's no reason for John and Andy to leave the band now."

DURAN DURAN ON SCHEDULE FOR NEW RELEASE:
Things are going well in the Duran Duran camp, for their re-union album due in the first half of 2002.
News from their site says the band - John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes - will reconvene in the second week of January to finish the album.


Departure

Departure are in the studio finishing laying down tracks on their new album. The group features Mike Walsh (Guitars) and Timothy Lewis (Lead vocals).
Tracks for the new album include: Ground Zero . Looking In Your Eyes . Everyman . Sacrifice For You . Save Me . Time . Coming My Way . On My Knees . Fallen From The Sky


Damned Nation

DAMNED NATION AND Z RECORDS MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT:
Over the past two months major changes have been made within the Damned Nation ranks. As previously reported Thomas Thorsen recently became a Father, shortly after Thomas decided that he no longer wanted to continue as frontman for the successful Swedish rockers.
The members of Damned Nation understood Thomas's reasons and supported his decision. It was decided that the news would be kept secret to avoid any gossip developing re the bands future whist all concerned searched for the bands new frontman.
November 24th the band finally find their new singer, both Damned Nation and Z Records are proud to announce that Matti Alfonzetti [Jagged Edge, Bam Bam Boys, Alfonzetti] will handle all vocal duties on the bands forthcoming 4th album [3rd with Z Records].
Robert, Roger and Magnus stated "Matti has the perfect voice for our material and we are very happy that he has agreed to work with us".
The band will enter the studio's on February 1st to start work on their new album.