July 5, 2001

COUNTRY LEGEND DIES

On June 30th country music lost the most influential guitar player in the field, Chet Atkins. Chet, whom many remember for adorning with his licks such classics as Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” and Hank Williams’ “You’re Cheatin’”, as well as a couple of albums recorded with Mark Knopfler, surrendered to cancer at the age of 77.

Under his own belt, Atkins had almost 80 albums plus a zillion of sessions originating from guitarist’s exclusive contract with the RCA Victor. During his long-time service, Chet won 14 Grammy awards, “Jam Man”, best country instrumental performance in 1997, being the latest.

“TUSCANY” HITS EUROPE

Annie Haslam informs that RENAISSANCE eventually bring their latest album, “Tuscany” to European market. At the moment the album from re-united British team is out only in Japan. Now, the band signed with IQ’s Martin Orford-lead Giant Electric Pea label for the album’s September release.

THEY FLY LIKE LUCY IN THE SKY

There are many places in Liverpool named after THE BEATLES, but next Spring John Lennon‘s name will be given to the town’s airport, when it opens the new terminal. John’s widow, Yoko Ono approved the decision and gave to the Liverpool airport a permission to use one of Lennon’s self-portrait drawings as an airport’s new logo.

GLOV’S TRIBUTE TO GOV’S

DEEP PURPLE’s Roger Glover, currently working on his solo CD, will contribute to an album dedicated to the GOV’S MULE late bass player Allen Woody. The song Rog will be recording is DP’s “Maybe I’m a Leo”. The album is to be released this September.

HOPE, WE’LL LIKE IT

Brian Johnson, the mouthdriver with AC/DC, will be reforming GEORDIE, fantastic band he fronted back in Seventies and scored with them an oustanding version of “House Of A Rising Sun”. No talks of recording as of yet, but of October’s pub and club tour around the Tyneside.

JAGGER’S SPIRIT WANDERING AGAIN

Mick Jagger is deep in work on his fourth solo album, a long-awaited successor to 1993’s brilliant “Wandering Spirit”, that will see the light of day this Autumn. Rumours abound of Mick’s enchant with Britney Spears and possible collaboration with her and Missy Elliott. Also Jagger got in touch with Marti Frederiksen, who produced and co-wrote AEROSMITH’s “Just Push Play”, plus Lenny Kravitz, Rob Thomas, the singer for Santana’s “Smooth”, and old buddy Pete Townshend.

NEW INSPIRATION FOR HENSLEY

Ken Hensley is back to England at the moment and recording vocals for his upcoming “Running Blind” album, scheduled for worldwide release in January 2002 (advance colector’s pressing will be mailed out this fall), but the news is that, obviously inspired by his new band, Ken will record four new songs. Given the fact that Hensley’s group new guitarist is Dave Kilminster, things look brighter now than ever before.

MACHINE BUILDER

SPV announced the tracklisting for forthcoming album from Glenn Hughes. It is titled "Building The Machine" and will be out in Europe on August 20th. The songs are:

1. Can’t Stop The Flood
2. Inside
3. Out On Me
4. I Just Want To Celebrate
5. Don’t Let It Slip Away
6. Feels Like Home
7. Highball Shooter
(obviously, a PURPLE song)
8. When You Fall
9. I Will Follow You
10. Beyond The Numb
11. Big Sky

July 5, 2001

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