August 29, 2001


A host of celebrities including Lou Reed, Beck and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS join their voices in a TV tribute to John Lennon. A TV special “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon”, to be broadcast on TNT on October 9th, the day of John’s 61st birthday, will be recorded on September 20th at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Among the performers also are Moby, Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morissette, Marc Anthony, Seal, Shelby Lynne and there should be a different combinations of singers arranged to sing Lennon’s classics with the house band led by EURHYTHMICS Dave Stewart.

Between the live show some fragments of John’s interviews footage will be shown courtesy of the show’s co-producer Yoko Ono. A part of the proceeds will go to the Violence Policy Center.


This line of Lennon’s “Imagine” had possibly inspired George Michael, the avid BEATLES fan, to return the white Steinway piano John write his anthem on to Liverpool’s Beatles Story museum. Michael bought the instrument last year for \\$2 million from the previous owner who used to lend the item to the museum but had withdrawn it from the exhibition to sell through an auction.

George reportedly used the piano to record a song for his new album, but, understanding the value of his buy for the millions of fans, had done the only right move.


“Sounds Like Christmas” is the title of the new project masterminded by Robert Berry for Magna Carta. It’s a collection of Christmas carols, performed in classic rock bands’ arrangements by classic rock artists. Who they are? Look and see…

1. Carol Of The Bells
– as if performed by YES, lead vocals by Robert Berry
2. We Three Kings
– as if performed by Sting, lead vocals by Steve Walsh
3. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
– as if performed by QUEEN, lead vocals by Robert Berry
4. Silent Night
– as if performed by PINK FLOYD, lead vocals by John Wetton
5. What Child Is This?
– as if performed by GENESIS, lead vocals by Trent Gardner
6. Little Drummer Boy
– as if performed by ELP, lead vocals by Robert Berry
7. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
– as if performed by LED ZEPPELIN, lead vocals by Mike Baker
8. Up On The Housetop/Deck The Halls
– as if performed by KANSAS, lead vocals by Jake Livgren
9. Angels We Have Heard On High/Christmas Lullaby
– as if performed by Peter Gabrie, lead vocals by Steve Walsh
10. The First Noel
– as if performed by KING CRIMSON, lead vocals by John Wetton
11. The Light
– performed by KANSAS, written by Steve Walsh
12. Happy X-Mas/War Is Over
– as if performed by THE BEATLES, lead vocals by Trent Gardner, Lisa Bouchelle, Mike Baker, Robert Berry and Gary Wehrkamp
13. A Christmas Poem #1
– Robert Berry


“The Oracle”, debut album from Mark Boals‘ band RING OF FIRE, available at the moment only as Japanese import, is to be released worldwide in October/November. That leads to a bit of delay with touring but gives Mark a precious possibility to start working on the singer’s next solo album, a follow-up to 2000’s "Ring Of Fire", which gave the band a title. The new work should surface next spring.


The tour’s over and Mark Boals and the rest of the band’s free, Yngwie Malmsteen assembled for the South American gigs a new ensemble, arguably the best one he’s ever had. It’s a supergroup featuring singer Doogie White, formerly with RAINBOW, keys wiz Derek Sherinian, who found his fame in DREAM THEATER, ex-BLACKMORE’S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino and on drums STORMWIND’s Patrik Johansson, brother of Malmsteen’s old cohort Jens Johansson. If this band works – and you can never say with Yngwie – they will play on the guitarist’s new album.


Ken Hensley‘s upcoming CD “Running Blind” seems to be already mastered, that means advanced copies in special artwork will be made and mailed out soon to those who ordered the album, while the others will get a hold on it only in January. Then, in March or April, Ken embarks on a tour. And here’s the tentative tracklisting:
Overture: La Tristeza Secreta de un Corazon Gitano Part 1, Prelude: A Minor Life, Out Of My Control, You’ve Got It (The American Dream), The Final Solution, I Close My Eyes, Finney’s Tale, (Because Of) Who I Know, A Little Piece Of Me (Julia’s Song), Prelude: La Tristeza Secreta de un Corazon Gitano Part 2, Jesus (Again and Again), I Won’t Change, Let Me Be Me, Tell Me, and some secret track.
Looks quite appetizing, ain’t it?


A video of the “Salisbury Live” show that took place in Germany on May 12th will be out on September 15th. It includes:
– the performance from EASY LIVIN’, band covering the classic URIAH HEEP songs;
– “Salisbury” and “Circle Of Hands” played by THE HENSLEY-LAWTON BAND backed by EASY LIVIN’ and orchestra;

THE HENSLEY-LAWTON BAND played Easy Livin’, The Dance, Hanging Tree, I’m Alive, The Return, July Morning, Wise Man, Gypsy, Lady In Black, the latter with orchestra.

The first edition of 500 copies will also contain a bonus CD with some tracks not featured on the video: So Tired, Tonight, The Wizard, Rain, a booklet full of pictures, concert program and a special badge.


After a seven-years break THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND are going to come up with a new album. Some of the tracks will be familiar to the ensemble’s fans as they were written during the making of 1994’s “Where It All Begins” and later recorded by sister project GOV’T MULE. There are two problems – finding a new label to put the album out and dealing with the absense of guitarist Dickey Betts, who’s left the ranks to join the MULE camp.


Voiceprint Records bring out a bunch of tribute albums to classic bands with the songs performed by an impressive array of artists.

The first CD, Slade Remade” is, sure enough, dedicated to SLADE and has the followinh songs:
Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Take Me Back ‘ome, Look Wot You Dun, How Does It Feel, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, We’ll Bring The House Down, The Bangin’ Man, Cum On Feel The Noize, Run Runaway, Lock Up Your Daughters, Radio Wall Of Sound, Gudbuy T’Jane and My Oh My
done by following musicians:
Chris Farlowe, Doogie White (RAINBOW), Rick Wakeman, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann‘S EARTH BAND), Terry Brock (STRANGEWAYS), Bob Skeat (WISHBONE ASH), Bill Sharpe (SHAKATAK), Steve Overland (F.M.), Bart Foley (Randy Bachman Band), Mick White (SAMSON), Pete Jupp (F.M.), Nigel Spennewyn (Elkie Brook’s Band), Snake Davis (M. PEOPLE) and Adam Wakeman.

“The Boys Are Back In Town” album must please the THIN LIZZY fans with
Jailbreak, Killer On The Loose, Sarah, Don’t Believe A Word, Cowboy Song, Out In the Fields, Dancing In The Moonlight, Whiskey In A Jar, Rosalie, Chinatown, Waiting For An Alibi and Emerald
played by
Phil Campbell (MOTORHEAD), Paul DiAnno, Neil MurrayBernie Torme (GILLAN), Andy Barnett (F.M.), Rick Wills (FOREIGNER), Bill Liesegang (John Wetton Band), Merv Goldsworthy (DIAMOND HEAD), Bernie Shaw (URIAH HEEP), Doogie White (RAINBOW), Pete Jupp (F.M.), Bob Skeat (WISHBONE ASH), Steve Grimmett (LIONSHEART), Nicky Moore (SAMSON), Jem Davis (U.F.O.), Ray Callcut (LEND US A QUID), Lea Hart (FASTWAY), Steve Overland (F.M.), Peter Frierson (Alice Cooper), Gary Barden (MSG), Mick White (SAMSON), Ian Nash (SEVEN) and Mick Paice (Jools Holland).

Then, “Revealing Songs Of YES” with
Revealing Science Of God, Long Distance Runaround, America, Roundabout, Going For The One, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, And You And I, Wondrous Stories, Awaken
featuring mighty
Rick Wakeman, Eddie Hardin, Judy Tzudke, Damian Wilson, Doogie White, Chrissy Hammond and Adam Wakeman.

Also on the way are tributes to ZZ TOP (“Gimme All Your Top”), NAZARETH (“Another Hair Of The Dog”) and two for IRON MAIDEN (“The Maiden’s Story” and “666 The Number One Beast”) featuring many of the aforementioned artists.

August 29, 2001

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