Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon, Bob Catley (Magnum), John Coughlan (Status Quo) and Erik Martensson (W.E.T.), and is available now for streaming below:
In the first hour, John Coughlan of the legendary “Frantic Four” line up of Status Quo, talks about the band’s current tour, and the new deluxe edition reissue of their seminal “Piledriver” album, with classic songs and rare live tracks from the new package.
Also in part 1, former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon discusses the writing and recording of her debut solo release “Shine”, and chooses two songs from the album.
In part two, Bob Catley of enduring British Hard Rockers Magnum talks about their chart-busting new album “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, and related touring plans and festival appearances, with four songs from the new album.
And finally, Erik Martensson (Eclipse), guitarist with Melodic Rock supergroup W.E.T. (also featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Journey, Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen) talks about the band’s new 2CD/DVD live package “One Live-In Stockholm” and chooses two cuts from the album, including one of the 2 unreleased studio songs included.
You can also listen on Sunday 30th March 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 2nd April 22:00-00.00 GMT on http://www.totalrock.com
British rock legends MAGNUM have announced via their official Facebook page that they have released samples from upcoming album “Escape From The Shadow Garden.” Details below:
NEW ALBUM SAMPLES !!!
‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ will be released on Steamhammer / SPV on March 19th in Scandinavia, March 21st in Germany, March 24th in Europe and April 1st in the US/Canada. “Escape From The Shadow Garden” will be available as a limited digipak edition with bonus DVD, as a double gatefold blue marbeled vinyl LP set incl. bonus track, standard jewel case CD and download.
Check the samples on the link below:
MAGNUM will hold a launch party for the new album:
Tuesday, March 25th 2014
The Robin 2, Bilston/Wolverhampton
07.30 pm,, free admission, all band members will be there, check here for more details.
Tickets are available for MAGNUM‘s upcoming tour at this location.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Influential British melodic hard rockers MAGNUM will release their 19th studio album, “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, on March 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be made available as a limited digipak edition with bonus material, as a double colored vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download. The cover artwork was once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (ASIA, NAZARETH, ELOY).
MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow previously stated about “Escape From The Shadow Garden”: “It’s a killer album; you’re gonna love it. Very up-tempo, balls-to-the-wall guitars, lots of keyboards and Bob‘s [Catley] done some fantastic vocals. Tony [Clarkin, guitar] has surpassed himself once again with the songwriting. Harry [James, drums]… well, that goes without saying, he’s got us rocking our socks off.”
MAGNUM‘s last CD, “On The 13th Day”, came out in September 2012.
Three weeks after the release of “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, MAGNUM will kick off a huge European tour.
Long-running UK act MAGNUM and Canadian prog rockers SAGA have announced a 2014 co-headlining tour in Germany and Switzerland.
Tour dates include:
8 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW
9 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk
10 – Emden, Germany – Nordseehalle
12 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
13 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
15 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
17 – Offenbach, Germany – Capitol
19 – Obertraubling, Germany – Airport
20 – Nurnberg, Germany – Rockfabrik
22 – Munchen, Germany – Circus Krone
23 – Pratteln, Switzerland – 27
24 – Ravensburg, Germany – Club Oberschwabenhalle
Saga released Spin It Again – Live In Munich last week. More info can be found here. Magnum will release Escape From The Shadow Garden in early 2014. More info on that can be found at this location.
On March 30th Avantasia will release their new album “The Mystery Of Time”. Several journalists have already made comments that the new epic might mark the best Avantasia album ever, featuring ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (SAXON), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP) and more.
Now another vocalist can be confirmed for the album: Bob Catley, legendary frontman of British Epic Rock storytellers MAGNUM. And Bob will not only be featured on the album, besides Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville and Eric Martin, Bob has also been confirmed to join Avantasia on their forthcoming world tour. For their own April indoor shows (not festivals), Avantasia have been confirmed to play three-hour special shows, not only celebrating the release of their forthcoming album, but also embracing all eras of the bands history.
Avantasia’s complete routing is available at this location.
The cover artwork for The Mystery Of Time, hand-painted by world famous British fantasy painter Rodney Matthews, can be seen below:
The Mystery Of Time tracklist is as follows:
‘The Watchmakers’ Dream’
‘Where Clock Hands Freeze’
‘Savior In The Clockwork’
‘Invoke The Machine’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘Dweller In A Dream’
‘The Great Mystery’