AOR and Melodic Rock News on 22/05/2014

NIGHT RANGER BONUS TRACK PREVIEW:
Night Ranger release their anticipated High Road album June 6, and there’s a few bonus tracks on offer. Those are:
L.A. No Name (Instrumental) & The Mountain Song on the Deluxe Edition of CD (Worldwide + DVD)
L.A. No Name, Don’t Even Know Your Name & The Mountain Song (Best Buy USA, Deluxe CD +DVD)
Lay It On Me (Live) (Japan release).

For your purchasing decisions, here is 90 second samples of the bonus tracks – Don’t Even Know Your Name / The Mountain Song / Lay It On Me (Live).
LA No Name was the Japanese Bonus Track for Somewhere In California.


R.I.P. BASS GREAT RANDY COVEN:
Rock bassist Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Coven was introduced to music at a young age. His parents fostered his love of music by taking him to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium when he was just five years old, and from there his dream was to make music. He started on drums but switched to bass after feeling restricted behind the drum set. According to his biography on the Phil Brodie Band website, Jeff Berlin lived around the corner and overheard him working on a Stanley Clarke song.
More at: www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/05/21/in-memoriam-randy-coven/

And from last week (forgive the late notice): Tweet from Lou Gramm “It is with a heavy heart that I post Foreigner’s original Bassist, Ed Gagliardi past away Saturday. Rest in Peace Ed.”

R.I.P. to two more another musical greats.

I’d also like to take a moment to mention the passing of a long time MR.com reader from Canada – Paul Enns. Paul was a huge supporter of this site and he attended both the first two MelodicRock Fest events, he was sadly too sick to attend last year and recent passed away from cancer. It’s never easy to hear news like this and we wish his family all the very best. R.I.P. Paul.

INTHESTUDIO WITH REDBEARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROCK AND ROLL HEROES:
Dallas, TX – May 20, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands remembers Rock and Roll’s departed musical heroes with a special star-studded tribute.
Echoes: Classic Rockers Remembered is a two-part, two week broadcast radio special featuring tributes to John Lennon, Ray Charles, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Ronnie Van Zant, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Montrose, Alvin Lee, Brad Delp, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, remembered by artists Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Waters, Joe Cocker, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Although this is not a complete list of departed classic rockers who have appeared with Redbeard In the Studio, it does cover a significant portion of Rock and Roll music makers who shaped the sound of the second half of the 20th century. Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, for example, shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his thoughts about the vital importance of Pink Floyd co-founder, the late Syd Barrett.
“Being a Syd Barrett fan seems to be, to me, a perfectly legitimate and reasonable way of spending your spare time… He was a very interesting man… He was the key that unlocked the door to Rock’n’Roll for me.”
Echoes In The Studio: Classic Rockers Remembered interview part one is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/echoes-studio-classic-rockers-remembered-pt-1/

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER LAUNCH TRIBUTE TRACK:
The Wizards of Winter commemorate Memorial Day by releasing “March of the Metal Soldiers”, honoring the US Military and aiding Wounded Warriors.
Prog-Metal band The Wizards of Winter have officially released their first song from their forthcoming new album that they have been working on with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Tommy Farese. The song is called “March of the Metal Soldiers”. They are releasing this now in honor of Memorial Day and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this track to the Wounded Warrior Project as their way of thanking all that have served . They have put together a short slide show so that you can preview the music here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=krBewQRb4yU. To purchase a copy, visit their website thewizardsofwinter.com
“March of the Metal Soldiers” is a reworking of the classic standard “March of the Toys”, reimagined by band leader Scott Kelly with screaming guitars, lush keyboards and a heavy new arrangement that shows off the band’s versatility.  Of special note is the song’s vocal interlude. The lyrics are the slogans of the four branches of the US Military slogans converted to and sung in Latin.
The full album is due for release in the Fall of 2014, with album artwork designed by legendary album cover artist Ioannis. A winter tour will follow with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding members Tommy Farese and Tony Gaynor as their special guests.

MELODICROCK 2014 – READY TO GO (ALMOST)!:
The brand new MelodicRock.com website is finally complete and almost ready to roll. Those that originally donated towards the costs of getting the new site built will receive an email to invite them to beta-test the site in the next day or so!
I thank everyone for their patience in getting this thing ready to roll and really feel that the new site will be a much better asset to music fans in the way they can share information, engage in social media connections and also the way the site archives all information and artists for easy reference.
In light of the work needed to go into prepping the new site for launch, news updates here will be pretty brief for the next week or so and there will be a day or two of downtime before the official launch date – to be announced next week!

 

Asia add new UK date

Asia Gravitas

The legendary British band ASIA will be performing in the UK to promote the new album Gravitas. The latest date to be announced the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd November.

Touring and playing live has always been of huge importance to ASIA throughout their career and 2014 sees them hitting the road for further dates throughout he UK later in the year.

For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As drummer Carl Palmer says:“Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA.”

The new album, Gravitas is produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. The album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the studio and live line-up.

ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awoken with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” Wetton continues. “As with any new ASIA album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” adds Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer – drums

Geoff Downes – keyboards

Sam Coulson – guitars

 

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show:

Tickets are £25 – £30

O2 Priority pre-sale – Wednesday midday

General On sale – Friday 23rd May at midday

Hard Rock and Heavy Metal News on 01/05/2014

Queensryche Ownership Battle Finally Comes To A Conclusion

Scorpions Drummer Sent Jailed In Dubai For Insulting IslamNearly two years after Queensryche fired Geoff Tate, the lawsuit between the singer and his former bandmates has come to an end. According to terms of the settlement Queensrcyhe will continue with singer Todd LaRorre, while Tate will be unable to continue under the Queensryche banner. 

“We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name,” said the participants in the lawsuit through a joint statement. “According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material. Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform ‘Operation: Mindcrime I’ and ‘II’ in their entirety as a unique performance. Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come.” 

“I think it’s great. I’m very happy that it’s over and done and we can all move on with our lives,” Tate told Billboard regarding the lawsuit’s conclusion. “It’s been a long, bitter two years, I’ll tell you. I’m glad it’s over.” 

“We’ve been trying to work something out for months and months and months, and it’s like any kind of lawsuit, it’s just slow going,” Tate continued. “But finally I think the realization that going to court over the whole thing was going to be a huge nightmare and huge financial mess for everybody that [we] really started to look at it more seriously and realistically. It’s pretty similar to the Pink Floyd settlement where one group got the name and Roger Waters got “The Wall.” It’s very similar to that. I retain “Operation: Mindcrime” and everything revolving around that, and they got the name, so it’s a win-win for everybody.” 

Immediately after the settlement Tate announced he would be performing his farewell tour as ‘Queensryche’ beginning in late July. For the forthcoming tour, Tate’s version of Queensryche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years. Although the name will change, the line-up of stellar musicians performing with tate after this ‘farewell’ tour is expected to remain the same. 

Tate explained that he is allowed to tour under the Queensryche banner one last time. “We’re both allowed to do all of our pre-contracted dates as they were advertised, so once those dates are over then it all changes. I think my last date as Queensryche is September 1, August 31, something like that.” 

“I’m just really happy to be done with it all, and I think the other side is probably happy as well so we can turn the tide in this episode in our lives and move on to nicer things,” concluded Tate. “The whole experience was such a betrayal and so negative that I’m really ready to get past it, not think about it anymore, and it doesn’t really bear looking back on in my mind right now. That’s the last thing I want to do is think about it some more. I think just, I’m ready to move on and do something different. And this is a great launching point to do that from, and I’m really looking forward to it.” 

 

Helix Stream New Song From Upcoming Album ‘Bastard Of the Blues’

Helix’s new studio album ‘Bastard Of The Blues’ will be released on May 4th through Perris Records, and the Canadian rockers are streaming the title track online. The CD is a digi-pack with a 16 page insert containing individual band member shots and lyrics, and is available for pre-order directly from the band at www.planethelix.com

“The new CD ‘Bastard Of The Blues’ is officially being released next Sunday with a kick off release party here at Planet Helix,” said Helix frontman Brian Vollmer. “These are usually intimate affairs with close friends that include a barbecue out back and a general co-mingling of the masses. We’re hoping to have the CD and t-shirts for sale that day. I always look at what we sell at the release party as “seeding” — in other words getting the CD out into the marketplace and from there word of mouth about the quality of the tunes doing the rest. I’ll also be releasing the first single “Bastard of the Blues” to Canadian radio through DMDS, the digital service that sends the song to select radio stations across Canada. The song arrives by email to each station’s music/program director, and from there they can decide to listen to it, download it, or add it to their playlist. The song itself is long, running over 5 minutes, which will probably prevent it from getting airplay in some markets. However, it’s my favorite song from the disc, so I’m going with my heart and gut on this one. The two obvious singles after that are Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved in His Home Town) and Winning Is The Best Revenge. I’m undecided as to what to release as the second song. By the time I get around to making a decision the CD will have been out for over a month, so I’ll be listening to fan feedback and then making a move. Brent Doerner, who now does all my videos, is ready to eventually do videos for both, so eventually they’ll both come out anyway.” 

‘Bastard Of The Blues’, the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Vegabond Bones’ and the band’s 13th full-length studio album, features guest appearance by former Slik Toxik frontman Nick Walsh and guitarist Sean Kelly. The current version of Helix consists of Vollmer, guitarists Kaleb Duck and Chris Julke, and long time band members Daryl Gray (bass) and Greg Fritz Hinz (drums). 

 

Scorpions Drummer Jailed In Dubai For Insulting Islam

Scorpions Drummer Jailed In Dubai For Insulting IslamJames Kottak of the Scorpions was sentenced to a month in jail for insulting Islam and lifting his middle finger at Muslims at an airport, reports The National

Kottak, 51, the American drummer for the German band whose hits include “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, said he drank five glasses of wine on a flight from Moscow to Dubai. He was in transit to Bahrain to perform at the country’s Formula One grand prix on April 3. However due to his arrest, Kottak did not perform that show with the Scorpions and was replaced by Mark Cross. 

He said he and a friend had taken a wrong turn and entered the transit hall. Kottak was arrested for being drunk and became angry, witnesses said. They said he started swearing and talking about “non-educated Muslims”, then flashed his middle finger at Pakistani passengers. Police said he also exposed his behind. 

Kottak, who pleaded not guilty to insulting Islam and raising his middle finger, was also fined Dh2,000 for drinking without a licence, to which he pleaded guilty. He has been held since April 3, and will be released soon because of the time served.

A policeman said he heard Kottak say, “What is this disgusting smell?” before he insulted Islam. “I didn’t see anything else but I heard him. I then informed my supervisor, who came and took the defendant away.” A?customer service employee at the airport said, “When he saw the Pakistani and Afghan passengers, he covered his nose and said that there was no way he will travel with them.” He added that the drummer then started swearing repeatedly at the arrivals area of Terminal 2. “He wasn’t talking to a person specifically but was talking in general. He was very nervous at the time and talking loudly.” 

A Jordanian passenger services agent said Kottak came over to her and was talking loudly. She said, “He was shouting ‘non-educated Muslims’ then he went to the office of the head and flashed his middle finger at the passengers.” 

Police said in records that when he lowered his trousers he was asking people to touch his behind. “I don’t remember saying these words and I did not flash my middle finger,” Kottak said to prosecutors. When asked about taking down his trousers he said, “this is not true — I just lifted my shirt up to show the tattoo on my back” as a “spontaneous act”. “There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not,” he told police. “I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them.” 

At Dubai Court of Misdemeanours yesterday, his lawyer said his client was innocent and the witnesses must have been misunderstood. “Their testimonies are contradictory, your honour,” said Hamid Al Khazraji. 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 01/05/2014

SPV/STEAMHAMMER IS PROUD TO RELEASE THE NEW ACE FREHLEY ALBUM IN EUROPE:
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via SPV/Steamhammer in Europe on July 07. The album will include nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.”
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding his new studio album: “Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band Kiss, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,”ќ from any of the legendary Kiss solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show “Entourage”ќ and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,”ќ “Beth”ќ and “Calling Dr. Love”ќ even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which received a welcoming response among critics. “‘Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list “Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.

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GARY CHERONE’S HURTSMILE TO RELEASE NEW RECORD ‘RETROGRENADE’:
Boston (April 30, 2014) Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is back with Hurtsmile and, teaming up with pledgemusic.com to release ‘Retrogrenade‘ on June 2 with a public release to follow. Available now at Pledgemusic.com, is a free download of the single “Rock & Roll Clichй.”
Following up their 2011 self-titled debut, the band’s second release ‘Retrogrenade’ pays homage to almost every genre Cherone has presented in the past and still finds room to give you something new. Inspired by their classic rock roots, “it is the collective effort of the Band flexing their musical muscle” says Gary. Diverse tracks include the Aero/DC inspired ‘Rock & Roll Clichй,’ the hook laden ‘Hello I Must Be Going’, the epic blues of ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, to the sweet acoustic broken-hearted harmonies of ‘Goodbye.’ Hurtsmile rebels against traditional cohesiveness and does not attempt to capture a specific mood. It rather bombards you with a multitude of emotions and challenges you to go along for the ride.

Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone on vocals, Mark Cherone (Flesh) on guitar, Joe Pessia (Tantric/Dramagods) on bass and Dana Spellman on drums. To download “Rock & Roll Clichй” please go to: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hurtsmile/updates/35280.
Track Listing: Rock & Roll Clichй, Hello I Must Be Going, Big Government, I Still Do, Sing A Song (My Mia), Anymore (Don’t Want My Love),Where Do We Go From Here, A Melody For You, Wonder What, Walk Away, Good Bye, Pump it Up.
WebLinks: www.hurtsmile.com / www.facebook.com/Hurtsmile / www.twitter.com/hurtsmile.

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VAN HALEN SOPHOMORE EFFORT DANCES ONTO RADIO 35 YEARS AGO:
Dallas, TX – April 29, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Van Halen II with a look back at four formative Van Halen albums.
The quintessential American hard rock band Van Halen’s 1978 debut all but guaranteed their election to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame on the first ballot, quickly becoming a benchmark for every hard rock band ever since. Six years later they even topped that with 1984, one of the most popular and influential albums ever. Every one of the four Van Halen albums in between, II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down would all sell millions and each would top its predecessor on the album sales chart.
These early years, although undeniably successful, came with a price, and by 1982 Van Halen had become a series of contradictions: even though selling a million each on Van Halen II and its successors, as well as hundreds of thousands of concert tickets, their record label was concerned over a lack of mainstream hits and a shallow well of songs. Creative frustration along with personal conflicts within the band would eventually lead to a post-David Lee Roth Van Halen.

Alex Van Halen describes to InTheStudio host Redbeard how visceral and primal their creative process was on those formative albums. “When we’re in the studio and the amps are cranked to eleven on the dial and you’re having a great time playing it, I think that’s the one thing you shouldn’t forget. We’ve been looking at songs, how do we write them, how do we come up with the ideas, but once we start playing, it’s a perpetual thing.” 
Van Halen II /InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/van-halen-2-35th-anniversary/

GEOFF TATE TO EMBARK ON FAREWELL QUEENSRYCHE TOUR BEGINNING IN JULY:
More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, singer Geoff Tate — one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits — will be performing his farewell tour as “Queensryche” beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary).
The announcement of the tour, Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.
With Geoff at the helm of Queensryche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

“One thing that’s really important for fans to know is that this never went to court,” comments Geoff Tate, who will be continuing as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche once the summer farewell tour is complete.
As part of the agreement between the original members, Geoff will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.

For the past several months, Geoff and his version of Queensryche (comprised of bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Robert Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Randy Gane) have been performing the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour (with special guest Sass Jordan as “Sister Mary”) in front of sold out audiences everywhere.
“It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall,” comments Geoff. “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that… The others will be touring as Queensryche and I’ll be continuing on as me.”

The popularity of the theatrical back-to-back presentation of the Operation: Mindcrime saga (I & II) was exemplified when the performance was captured for the 2007 double DVD/CD set, Mindcrime at the Moore, that hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached gold status.
For the forthcoming tour, Geoff’s version of Queensryche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years.
Although the name will change, the line-up of stellar musicians performing with Geoff after this “farewell” tour is expected to remain the same.
Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday, May 2nd and this Saturday, May 3rd.
Please visit www.queensryche.comwww.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial and www.twitter.com/GeoffTate.

Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate / 2014 Farewell Tour Dates
Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois

In a related article, Geoff talks to Billboardwww.billboard.com/articles/news/6070287/geoff-tate-puts-queensryche-lawsuit-behind-him-the-whole-experience-was-such-a.

Michael Wilton of Queensryche will be the very special guest on this week’s episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) The in-depth interview brings us up to speed on all things Queensryche plus Michael goes back in time with stories on growing up, touring with Ozzy and more! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.

JAMES KOTTAK ON THE WRONG SIDE OF UAE AUTHORITIES:
From: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6070318/james-kottak-arrested-scorpions-drummer-jailed-in-dubai.
Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.
The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. The reports allege Kottak was heard ranting about “non-educated Muslims” and that he covered his nose when he saw Pakistani and Afghan passengers nearby. He also reportedly pulled his pants down.
The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5 concert. The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.
“There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not,” he reportedly told police. “I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them.”
The Scorpions’ manager didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached. Kottak joined the Scorpions in 1996.

SIGNUM REGIS: NEW VOCALIST ANNOUNCED:
The melodic metal band Signum Regis are proud to announce their new vocalist: Mayo Petranin. Ronnie Konig of Signum Regis comments: “Mayo Petranin has been with us as a guest singer since the last autumn. We played several gigs together, did a lot of rehearsing and spent a quite a bit of time together. During those months, we were able to tune in to the same vibe musically; we got to know each other and became friends. Being so happy with Mayo’s work and his interpretation of our songs, we are now naturally moving forward to the next step: Mayo is now officially the singer and frontman of Signum Regis.”
Signum Regis line-up 2014: Mayo Petranin – Vocals; Filip Koluљ – Guitars; Ronnie Konig – Bass; JaЎn Tupa – Keyboards, backing vocals; Jaro Jancula – Drums.

Up-coming Signum Regis shows:
May 2nd: Blast of Eternity Club Show [with Sleeping Romance] – Neckarsulm, Germany
May 3rd: Rock for Eternity – Amersfoort, Netherlands

The latest Signum Regis album “Exodus” was released late 2013 through Ulterium Records. The album feat. guest vocals from Michael Vescera [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Lance King [ex. Balance of Power], Goran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen] and more. Signum Regis are currently working on new material, and will hit the studio later this year to record the follow-up to “Exodus”.


ACE FREHLEY, NIGHT RANGER & GEORGE LYNCH FOR CARNEGIE MUSIC FUND:
Legendary San Francisco Rock ‘n Roll DJ and personality Nikki Blakk will add major rock ‘n roll power to the Carnegie ROCKS @ VIP Premiere Event! Her passion and enthusiasm for rock only proves that this event isn’t your ordinary art exhibit or concert. It’s a unique, never been done before, rockin’ bash. Nikki Blakk is an on-air personality at San Francisco’s 107.7 The Bone (KSAN) Monday through Friday from 7PM to Midnight. She is also a host for The Metal Zone, which is featured every Friday night from 10PM to 1AM.

The Carnegie Arts Center is proud to announce a commitment to music in the community through the newly created Carnegie Music Fund. The fund will support music education in all forms and will continue to make an impact long after the “Rocks” exhibit closes in late August. The Music Fund will help to capture the national and international enthusiasm for Carnegie ROCKS! To contribute and help us accomplish our $20K Goal, please visit: bit.ly/PLM9Ms.

The historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, and is now one of only a handful of art centers in the region. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more. At least 25% of all programming is dedicated to children and teens. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Website: carnegieartsturlock.org.
To purchase Carnegie Rocks @ VIP premiere tickets: Carnegie Rocks @ VIP Premiere Event! is a fund(d)raiser and will be held on Saturday, May 24. Limited tickets are still available. www.carnegierocks.eventbrite.com.