JACK RUSSELL - NEW SOLO RECORD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER MAY 15, 2002:
The wait is over. From May 15 (tomorrow!), Jack Russell's new solo record entitled For You, will be on sale directly from the record label's website.
Priced at $13.99, the record will be available for pre-order.
It will be available in stores across the United States on August 6, and in Europe in the Fall, but if you want to secure your copy now, then the only place you can get it is: www.knightrecords.com or www.planetjr.com
Visit the store page and click the BUY NOW button, next to the Jack Russell CD and you will transferred automatically to a secure credit card purchase page.
The first 2000 CD's ordered will be autographed by Jack Russell prior to shipping.
Shipping date for all orders placed before June 15th is August 1st.
HURRY NOW AND GET ONE OF THE AUTOGRAPHED COPIES!
The US leg of the world tour commences in mid August, and anybody that brings an autographed copy of the CD to any of the shows, will get to meet Jack backstage after the show. For more information on tour dates as they are confirmed, visit Pollstar.com
RIOT SET TO CAUSE A STORM:
Riot's new album Through The Storm is due out in the USA via Metal Blade August 27. Europe gets the album August 26 and Japan September 11.
The track listing is: Turn The Tables . Lost Inside This World . Chains Revolving . Trough The Storm . Let It Show . Burn The Sun . To My Head . Essential Enemies . Only You Can Rock Me . Isle Of Shadows + Somebody (Japanese Bonus Track)
The line up for Through The Storm is: Mark Reale (Guitar), Mike Flyntz (Guitar), Mike Dimeo (Vocal), Pete Perez (Bass), Bobby Rondinelli (Drums). Check the band out at: riotsweb.com
DeMARTINI/BLOTZER WIN BATTLE WITH PEARCY OVER RATT NAME:
Drummer Bobby Blotzer and guitarist Warren DeMartini have won their court battle with former band vocalist Stephen Pearcy over the Ratt band name.
Here's the Press Release issue a short time ago:
RATT Wins Big in Court - February 7, 2002
Ratt lead guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer won the battle over ownership of the name "RATT" in a landslide court victory in the Los Angeles Superior Court on February 6, 2002.
Judge David Workman dismissed former lead singer Stephen Pearcy's claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition, defamation, misappropriation of corporate assets and breach of fiduciary duty, and held that Pearcy was in fact engaging in unfair competition against his former band mates by using the trademark in connection with his unauthorized RATT tour.
The Court ruled that Pearcy's claims were meritless because WBS, Inc., RATT's touring entity, is the sole and exclusive owner of the RATT trademarks. The Court further ruled that Pearcy has engaged in unfair competition by continuing to tour, without authorization, as "RATT featuring Stephen Pearcy" after he left the band. An injunction requiring Pearcy to cease and desist from using the RATT trademarks and an order requiring him to turn over the profits earned from his unauthorized RATT tour are forthcoming.
Ratt's attorney, Kyle P. Kelley from Beverly Hills, CA said "My clients are delighted with the Court's ruling. The Court determined that the allegations against DeMartini and Blotzer were meritless and unsupported by evidence, and in fact, Pearcy was guilty of unfair competition.
DeMartini and Blotzer will protect their trademark rights and will vigorously pursue anyone who books an unauthorized RATT concert."
The trial on RATT's cross-complaint against Pearcy is scheduled for March 11, 2002.
Ratt's current line-up consists of DeMartini and Blotzer, fronted by Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate), with guitarist John Corabi (Motley Crüe) and Robbie Crane on bass.
Ratt will resume touring on February 27, 2002 at the Key Club in Los Angeles, California. Future tour dates can be found at the band's official web site, www.therattpack.com.
MTM's RONDINELLI CD RELEASE DUE UP SOON:
The new album by Rondinelli, is not the result of four people deciding to make an album; it is an album, which needed to be made and four of the most respected musicians in rock music, were brought together to do so.
This work is the brainchild of drummer Bobby Rondinelli, who is joined by an array of equally talented musicians - Neil Murray (bass), Tony Martin (vocals) and Teddy Rondinelli (guitar). Through different bands their careers have criss-crossed and as a result, a respect for each other's talents has been formed. So when the concept was created for an aggressive hard rock album, with a rhythmic, bluesy and sometimes progressive feel, the choices for the band members were obvious.
Bobby Rondinelli, who is currently with Blue Oyster Cult, is one of the most noted drummers in the industry today. He is a drummer's drummer, whose resume includes, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, and Doro.
In addition to critically acclaimed solo projects, Bobby has recorded with the Scorpions on their multi-platinum Love at First Sting, and toured with Aerosmith, when their drummer was ill. More than just a drummer, Bobby is also an accomplished author on drumming techniques.
To compliment Bobby and to complete the rhythm section, who else on bass, but Neil Murray? Neil gained his notoriety with Whitesnake, followed by Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and Brian May. Neil is clearly recognized as one of the premier bass players in rock music, ever - and his playing on this album will not only satisfy his loyal fans, but will surely convert new ones.
A third veteran of Black Sabbath to join this line-up, is none other than lead singer Tony Martin. As Black Sabbath's lead singer for eight years, Tony's vocals lead some of their most heavy recordings including, Headless Cross, TYR and Cross Purposes to name a few. Tony was the obvious choice for this project.
But, the stirrer that mixes this hypnotic tonic is Teddy Rondinelli. Felix Pappalardi (ex-Mountain bass player, and producer of Mountain and Cream), chose Teddy as his lead guitar player for his new band, which was cut short by Felix's untimely death. Teddy was also featured on the first Rondinelli album (with Ray Gillian on vocals) and has continued to master his craft. Think of the adjectives - heavy, technical, bluesy, melodic..., they all apply and this album will prove to be his signature work.
This line-up alone, warrants any rock fan to give a listen. However, a word of caution, no matter how experienced a listener you are or what you've heard in the past, strap your seat belt on, because this will prove to be one wild ride.
Expect a preview of the album here early in the New Year.
RAINMAKER PREPARE NEW LINE UP FOR NEXT Z RECORDS ALBUM:
Rainmaker, headed by Swedish vocalist Geir Ronning look like locking in the line up for the next studio album, for Z Records. Tommy Denander isn't taking part in this record, so the line up looks like being:
Geir Ronning - Vocals; Doug Aldrich - Guitars; Rudy Sarzo - Bass; Carmine Appice - Drums & Ed Roth - Keys.
Quite a powerful line up that! Confirmation of the line up will be available once the Z Records office re-opens next week.