Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Music News & Notes


British rockers BLUR have returned to the recording studio and are planni ng to release a new album - just weeks after the band's label boss called for a new record. The Parklife hitmakers released their last album, Think Tank, in 2003, shortly after guitarist Graham Coxon walked away from the band during rec ording.

They successfully returned to the stage last year (09) for a series of gigs, and recently released a limited edition vinyl single as part of a c ampaign to save record stores.

Parlophone Records president Miles Leonard subsequently urged the group to get back in the studio and give fans what they want - a new album.

Now, frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed the band will release a collec tion of new tracks in the "undetermined" future.

He tells NME, "I'm definitely going to do a few more of those seven-inc hes (vinyl records) and at some point in the undetermined future there wi ll be a record at the end of it.

"I love the no pressure aspect. Just going in the studio and recording it in a day is something we haven't done since the B-sides in the early d ays.

"We can't do it all the time. So I don't want anyone to think there's a n album coming soon, it's not possible, but we've got songs!"


BONE GNAWER: 'Feast Of The Flesh' Vinyl Re-Release To Include Limited-Edition 7" EP

"Feast Of Flesh", the debut album from BONE GNAWER — the Swedish-American collaboration featuring MASSACRE/ex-DENIAL FIEND growler Kam Lee, Rogga Johansson from PAGANIZER/RIBSPREADER, Morgan Lie from NAGLFAR/HATE AMMO and Ronnie Bjornstrom of RIBSPREADER/HATE AMMO — will be re-released on vinyl, with the first 99 copies including a limited-edition seven-inch single, "Scissored", containing three brand new tracks — "Back To The Butchery", "Leave Her To The Cleaver" and "Scissored".

Due in June through Germany's Metal Inquisition Records, this EP will be the only way that fans will be able to get all these tracks at this time.


Thin Lizzy Renewed

Thin Lizzy are about to reform and do a 2011 tour (although no word that THEY will be doing a full album in their shows). The new lineup will include original members Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton along with Viv Campbell (Def Leppard), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent) and Ricky Warwick (Almighty's).

Also look for a series of reissues of classic Thin Lizzy albums from Universal.


The Steve Miller Band To Tour In Support of New Album 'Bingo!'

Legendary rock icon Steve Miller Band will kick off a highly anticipated North American tour May 21st in Las Vegas in a new show designed by acclaimed Broadway director Rob Roth. The tour will support his new album BINGO!, which lands in stores June 15th on Miller’s Space Cowboy Records in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. Having sold more than 30 million records, The Steve Miller Band's trademark sound is a mainstay of rock radio. His yearly summer tour extravaganza has become an anticipated annual event for millions of rock fans.

While the tour will feature his classic rock anthems “Fly Like an Eagle,” “The Joker,” “Rock ‘n Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Abracadabra,” among others, Miller will also perform selected tracks from BINGO! which echoes his early days on the Chicago scene.

BINGO! will be released in 2 formats: a 10-track digipack CD and a special edition with 4 bonus tracks and expanded artwork. The album’s artwork is a creation of legendary Storm Thorgerson whose album packages for Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd are the gold standard in artistic design. The album is a fully realized mature work of a master craftsman, in a sense, “BINGO!” is the album Steve Miller has been waiting all his life to make.


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Voting is under way on Gigwise to find the Greatest Rock Singer Ever. You can vote on some of the biggest frontmen and women in music, including Matt Bellamy, Mick Jagger, Courtney Love, Freddie Mercury and Morrissey. Other singers in our Rate or Slate feature include Brandon Flowers, Trent Reznor, Jannis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

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