July 24, 2002


Going to Liverpool, you can have a chat with THE BEATLES’ first manager Allan Williams – if you buy him something strong to drink. His stories, immortalised in a couple of books, will have a stage debut any day soon, as Irish actor Ronan Wilmot is writing a musical based on William’s life. The musical titled “Allan Williams – The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away,” will premiere in Dublin in October. As of bringing in to the Merseyside, plans are none currently.


Whatever weird it may seem, there can be the GRATEFUL DEAD reunion after Jerry Garcia’s death. Not that his former bandmates are going to cash in on the name, for the band bassist Phil Lesh, guitarist Bob Weir and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have formed will be titled THE OTHER ONES. Back in 1998, they already played after this moniker, and now will re-appear to perform four sets over two nights on August 3rd and 4th in East Troy, Wisconsin.


Renown for their dabbling with classic rock, N-M-C Music enter the metal scene with some releases which include performances by EXCITER, SKYCLAD and here are details on the other two acts.

The first is VENOM that simultaneously have two CDs out. “Welcome To Hell” features previously unreleased live material recorded in November 1990 during the “Prime Evil” European tour:
Welcome To Hell, Insane, Blackened Are The Priests, Harder Than Ever, Prime Evil, Burstin’ Out, Countess Bathory, Carniverous, Hell Bent For Metal, Witching Hour.

And then there’s “Lay Down Your Soul” with a tracks culled from the rehearsals for the “Prime Evil” and “Temples Of Ice” tours of 1991 and 1993 that see band experimenting with their old songs. An added historical value comes from the fact that Al Barnes left shortly after rehearsals began.
Teacher’s Pet / Skool Daze, 1.000 Days In Sodom, Black Metal / Insane, Blackened Are The Priests, Bloodlust, Carniverous, Countess Bathory, Diehard, Harder Than Ever, Into The Fire, Skeletal Dance, Welcome To Hell.

Less heavy yet no less glorious are Paul Di’Anno’s KILLERS, whose “best of” compilation called “Screaming Blue Murder” contains both live and studio material including IRON MAIDEN classics:
Marshall Lockjaw, Die By The Gun, Wrathchild, Three Words, Murders In The Rue Morgue, Sanctuary,Phantom Of The Opera, Menace To Society, Remember Tomorrow, Think Brutal, A Song For You.


If there’s one band whose fans are dying for something new to see, it’s THIN LIZZY. With not much video material from the classic period released at all, the concert DVD “The Boys Are Back In Town” is more than welcome. Recorded in October 1978 at Australia’s Sydney Opera House with Gary Moore in the line-up, it features remastered surround sound, a discography and an article on the band’s history.

1. Jailbreak
2. Bad Reputation
3. Cowboy Song
4. The Boys Are Back In Town
5. Waiting For An Alibi
6. Are You Ready?
7. Me And The Boys
8. Baby Drives Me Crazy


It’s been 30 years since Mickey Moody and Paul Williams played scorching blues in JUICY LUCY. After the band’s break-up, Williams fronted John Hiseman’s TEMPEST while Moody found his fame with WHITESNAKE. Never to steer far from blues, now the two joined their forces one more time and came up with“Smokestacks, Broom Dusters & Hoochie Coochie Men”, an album of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James perennials. Looks a treat!

1. Look On Yonders Wall
2. Down In The Bottom
3. Who’s Been Talkin’
4. I’m Ready
5. Honey Bee
6. Dust My Broom
7. Down On Maxwell Street
8. Built For Comfort
9. It Hurts Me Too
10. Baby Please Don’t Go
11. Little Red Rooster
12. Shake Your Moneymaker
13. I Can’t Be Satisfied
14. Mississippi Lightning
15. Done Somebody Wrong
16. Shake For Me


It was reported befor that YES box set is due to be out shortly but there’s an unexpected obstacle got in the way to, possibly, prevent its – and an upcoming DVD – release: a filesuit from Tony Kaye. The original keyboard player states that he was not consulted about the releases and claims 25% ownership of the band name as well as Warners-owned publising entitlements for certain songs. Strangely, he showed no bitter feelings at the time of 1991 reunion so, whether he wins or loses, the moral damage is done anyway.


Not only it comes from rumours but biggest on-line shops are already taking pre-orders for “Past Lives”, a live album from BLACK SABBATH to be out on August 20th. Originally pencilled in as “Live In 1975”, now the title is changed to correspond with the album’s content, as the first CD of the package comprises the previously released “Live At Last” album, recorded in 1973 and released in 1980, while the second disc has tracks from 1970-1978.

There will be two versions of “Past Lives”, a standard one and a limited edition digipak which is to include a poster and a guitar pick.

1. Tomorrow’s Dream
2. Sweet Leaf
3. Killing Yourself To Live
4. Cornucopia
5. Snowblind
6. Children Of The Grave
7. War Pigs
8. Wicked World
9. Paranoid
10. Hand Of Doom
11. Hole In The Sky
12. Symptom Of The Universe
13. Megalomania
14. Iron Man
15. Black Sabbath
16. N.I.B.
17. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
18. Fairies Wear Boots


Classic Rock Productions make a step forward to please the fans. What before was only on DVD, will now be re-issued in special sets featuring the DVD along with a CD soundtrack from the film. Called “Sound & Visions”, the first titles to undergo re-packaging are live recordings from ASIA and CARAVAN.

As of CARAVAN, Classic Rock have a new release out: “Cool Water”, the infamous “lost” album. Featuring the short-lived 1977 line-up on the first seven songs, and the last four recorded with members of Gordon Giltrap’s band, the album got shelved until 1994 when it was issued in re-mixed form. Now Pye Hastings decided to give it a go with original sound, saved from the cassette.

1. Cool Water
2. Just The Way You Are
3. Tuesday Is Rock And Roll Nite
4. The Crack Of The Willow
5. Ansaphone
6. Cold Fright
7. Side By Side
8. You Won’t Get Me Up In One Of Those
9. To The Land Of My Fathers
10. Poor Molly
11. Send Reinforcements

The other new titles of interest come from Rick Wakeman. The first, “Two Sides of Yes 2”, a follow-up to wake “Two Sides of Yes 2”, sees the keyboard wiz playing the band’s evergreens, instrumental-way, one more time.

1. Awaken
2. Siberian Khatru
3. Madrigal
4. Starship Trooper
5. Heart Of The Sunrise
6. Going For The One

The second has a title of “The Yes Piano Variations”, and is culled from the tracks originally released by Classic Rock as a part of “Two Sides Of Yes”. Interspersed with rock arrangements, pure piano pieces lost some of their magic, which was the reason enough to put them out on separate CD:

1. Awaken
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
3. The Meeting
4. Your Move
5. Close To The Edge
6. Long Distance Runaround


The long-awaited live release from RING OF FIRE is out on August 20th. Or are out – because “Burning Live In Tokyo 2002” will see the light of day as both CD and DVD. Recorded earlier this year, the set represents material from both singer Mark Boals‘ album "Ring Of Fire" and his band’s "The Oracle". The line-up is Mark Boals on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tony MacAlpine on guitar, Vitalij Kuprij on keyboards, Philip Bynoe on bass and Virgil Donati on drums.

1. Introduction – Prelude For The Oracle
2. Circle Of Time
3. City Of The Dead
4. Vengeance For Blood
5. Atlantis
6. Interlude – Prelude No.2 BWV 847
7. Death Row
8. Samurai
9. Dreams Of Empire
10. Guitar Solo
11. Keeper Of The Flame
12. Bass Solo
13. Drums Solo
14. The Oracle
15. Keyboard Solo incl. Moonlight Sonata
16. Vocal Solo – E Lucevan Le Stelle
17. Bringer Of Pain
18. Face The Fire
19. Fairytales Won’t Die
20. Ring Of Fire
Bonus tracks:
21. Mark Boals Message
22. Leviathan

July 24, 2002

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