Satriani Announces New Live Dates; To Release New Album This Spring

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Joe Satriani is opening the new year with a bang.

The virtuoso guitarist was inducted Wednesday into the Metal Hall of Fame. He announced the same day, he will release his new album Shapeshifting this spring, and will launch a tour in support of the album on April 15.

Shapeshifting will be Satriani’s 18th full-length solo album.  The album’s release date will be announced soon.

The Shapeshifting tour is scheduled to launch April 15 in Mainz, Germany and to run through June 11 in Barcelona, Spain.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Paris, France; Vienna, Austria and Glasgow, UK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

 

JOE SATRIANI – “THE SHAPESHIFTING TOUR 2020”

DATE                                       CITY, COUNTRY                                  VENUE
4/15/20                       Mainz, Germany                     Halle 45
4/16/20                       Zurich, Switzerland                 Volkshaus Zurich
4/18/20                       Karlsruhe, Germany                Tollhaus
4/19/20                       Berlin, Germany                      Huxleys
4/20/20                       Oberhausen, Germany           Turbinenhalle
4/21/20                       Amsterdam, Netherlands        Melkweg the Max
4/23/20                       Borgerhout, Antwerp               De Roma
4/24/20                       Enschede, Netherlands          Muziekcentrum Enschede
4/25/20                       Winterbach, Germany            Salierhalle
4/27/20                       Aarhus, Denmark                    Train
4/28/20                       Odense, Denmark                   Posten
4/29/20                       Copenhagen, Denmark           Amager Bio
4/30/20                       Stockholm, Sweden                Fryshuset Arenan
5/2/20                         Oslo, Norway                          Rockefeller Music Hall
5/5/20                         Warsaw, Poland                      Stodola Club
5/6/20                         Prague, Czech                         Prague Congress Centre
5/7/20                         Vienna, Austria                       Vienner Stadthalle F
5/8/20                         Budapest, Hungary                 Barba Negra Track
5/10/20                       Bologna, Italy                          Teatro Europauditorium
5/12/20                       Firenze, Italy                           Teatro Verdi
5/14/20                       Napoli, Italy                             Teatro Augusteo
5/15/20                       Lecce, Italy                              Teatro Politeama Greco
5/16/20                       Roma, Italy                              Auditorium Conciliazione
5/18/20                       Milano, Italy                            Teatro Dal Verme
5/19/20                       Nurnberg, Germany                Löwensaal
5/20/20                       Heerlen, Netherlands              RABOzaal Heerlen
5/22/20                       Bexhill, UK                               Bexhill De La Warr
5/23/20                       Glasgow, UK                           O2 Academy Glasgow
5/24/20                       Gateshead, UK                       Gateshead Sage 1
5/25/20                       Manchester, UK                      Bridgewater Hall
5/26/20                       London, UK                             Palladium
5/28/20                       Birmingham, UK                     Birmingham Symphony Hall
5/30/20                       Gerardmer, France                 Gerardmer Motordays Festival
5/31/20                       Strasbourg, France                 La Laiterie
6/2/20                         Paris, France                           L’Olympia
6/4/20                         Nantes, France                        Cite des Congres
6/5/20                         Saint-Malo, France                  La Nouvelle Vague
6/6/20                         Clermont-Ferrand, France       La Cooperative de Mai
6/7/20                         Lyon, France                            Le Transbordeur
6/9/20                         Valencia, Spain                        Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot
6/10/20                       Madrid, Spain                          Sala La Riviera
6/11/20                       Barcelona, Spain                     Sala Barts

More dates TBA shortly…

 

In other news, Joe Satriani’s landmark album Surfing With The Alien recently received the reissue treatment.  The reissue was part of Record Store Day in November, and featured a second disc that itself featured the iconic album without any of its guitar solos (I.E. edited takes of each song).

Also recently released to streaming is the collection Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.  The 16-song compilation features alternate takes of four songs from his album Engines of Creation as well as 12 other rarities.

More information on Joe Satriani’s forthcoming album and tour is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.satriani.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joesatriani

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chickenfootjoe

 

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Dragonforce Announces New Live U.S., European Dates

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Dragonforce announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The band announced on Monday, the dates for the upcoming North American leg of its tour.  The tour is in support of its most recent album Extreme Power Metal (2019).

The two week run is scheduled to launch March 5 in Phoenix, AZ and to run through March 21 in Brooklyn, NY, and will feature in performances in other cities, such as St. Louis, MO; Detroit, MI and Salt Lake City, UT.  Unleash the Archers and Visions of Atlantis will join Dragonforce for the tour.

Also joining the band for the run will be bassist Alicia Vigil (Vigil of War). Vigil’s addition to the band is just the latest following the departure of bassist Frederic Leclercq from the band in August. Damien Rainaud, who produced Extreme Power Metal handled bass duties for the band at its most recent shows, following the parting of ways between Leclercq and the band.

Vigil said in a recent interview, she was looking forward to joining Dragonforce for its upcoming run.

“So beyond stoked that Dragonforce chose me to be a part of this!,” she said.  “I can’t wait to travel the world and play these new cities with them, and be a part of their legacy!”

Following its upcoming North American run, Dragonforce will head back overseas for another European run starting March 24 in Odense, Denmark.  The tour is scheduled to run through July 18 in Balingen, Germany. Hammerfall is scheduled to join Dragonforce for select dates on the tour.

Vigil will also join Dragonforce for its European run.  Dragonforce founding member and guitarist Herman Li talked recently about her addition to the band for its upcoming run.

“Alicia was recommended to me by a number of musician friends in L.A.,” he said.  “She impressed me with her playing, her professionalism and her ability to learn the Dragonforce songs really quickly!  I’m excited to have her playing on this tour, and I think the fans will really like what she brings to the show.”

Dragonforce will stream its world tour live through Li’s official Twitch channel.  The band’s upcoming North American and European dates are noted below.

DragonForce USA Tour – Mission 2
w/ Unleash The Archers, Visions Of Atlantis
Tickets – https://dragonforce.com/shows
VIP – http://dragonforce.soundrink.com/

Mar. 5 – Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 6 – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 8 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 10 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 11 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
Mar. 13 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN **
Mar. 14 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO **
Mar. 15 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Mar. 17 – The Agora – Cleveland, OH
Mar. 18 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Mar. 19 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Mar. 20 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Mar. 21 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
** = no Visions of Atlantis

DragonForce tour dates
Mar. 24 – Posten – Odense, Denmark +
Mar. 25 -Train – Arhus, Denmark +
Mar. 26 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark +
Mar. 27 – Partille Arena – Partille, Sweden +
Mar. 28 – Annexet – Stockholm, Sweden +
May 16 – Pulp Summer Slam – Manila, Philippines
Jun. 26-27 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Dischingen, Germany
Jul. 2-4 – Rock Fest – Barcelona, Spain
Jul. 16-18 – Bang Your Head!!! – Balingen, Germany
+ = with Hammerfall

More information on the band’s upcoming live dates are available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.dragonforce.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/dragonforce

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Dragonforce

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All Hail The Yeti Joining Life Of Agony, Doyle For “Beast Coast Monsters 2020 Tour”

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All Hail The Yeti announced a new tour schedule this week.

The band will join Life of Agony and Doyle for the upcoming Beast Coast Monsters Tour 2020.  The tour is scheduled to launch March 13 in Philadelphia, PA and to run through April 5 in Brooklyn, NY.  The nearly month-long run also features performances in cities, such as Athens, GA; Grand Rapids, MI and Cleveland, OH.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

ALL HAIL THE YETI Beast Coast Monsters Tour with Life of Agony, Doyle:
3/13- Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
3/15 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
3/17 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
3/18 – Miami, FL – Churchills
3/19 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
3/21 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
3/22 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
3/24 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall
3/25 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
3/27 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
3/28 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache/Intersection
3/29 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/31 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester
4/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse
4/3 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
4/4 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
4/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

All Hail The Yeti front man Connor Garritty said in a recent interview, he was looking forward to getting out on the road with LOA and Doyle.

“We are beyond excited to join the Beast Coast Monsters Tour,” he said.  “To be included with two absolute legends in the heavy metal music world is an honor beyond measure.  Life of Agony and Doyle — What an amazing tour!  Both bands have had a huge influence on who we are as musicians.  We can’t wait to spread our gospel across the United States.  We hope to see all the familiar faces, and are very stoked to make some new friends along the way!  HAIL!!”

All Hail The Yeti’s new tour announcement is just its latest news.  The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Felo De Se’ last month via Alternative Press.  The song is featured in the band’s most recent album, Highway Crosses (2018).

Along with debuting its new video, the band also announced the addition of a new member — guitarist Dave Vanderline — to its lineup.  Garritty spoke highly of Vanderline during another interview at the time.

“Dave has an unbelievable talent,” Garritty said.  “The writing process has been painless and some of the most fun we’ve had in a long time.  His guitar playing is exactly what AHTY needed.  Add that to his personality and hunger for success, and you have the perfect combination.  The Oracle’s Dez Fafara and I have been friends for a very long time.  He is probably the most responsible for my music career starting in California so many years ago.  Circle back two decades and now the team is right where it needs to be.  He is driven, smart, no bullshit, and that’s exactly what this band needs to be.”

Along with a new tour schedule, song, video and band member, AHTY is also opening the new year with a new management company.  The band has signed with management company, The Oracle, which is the agency that Garritty mentioned in his comments about Vanderlinde joining the band.

More information on All Hail The Yeti’s new song, management company, lineup and more is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.allhailtheyeti.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialallhailtheyeti

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/allhailtheyeti

 

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NBA TV To Feature Western Conference Double-Header Broadcast Schedule Tuesday

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NBA TV’s Center Court will feature a Western Conference double-header schedule Tuesday night.

The Rockets and Grizzlies open the evening’s coverage at 8 p.m. ET.  Houston (26-12) sit in fourth in the West while Memphis (18-22) sits eighth in the West. Tuesday night’s opening game is rounding out to be an interesting game.  The statistics in the game favor the visiting Rockets, despite Memphis being on a five-game winning streak.

Houston is 15-8 in conference play and 12-8 on the road.  Memphis meanwhile, is 10-12 at home. By comparison, the Grizzlies have struggled just as much on the road this season, going 8-10 so far while Houston has gone 14-4 on the road.  Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games, so this matchup could go either way in the bigger picture.

The second of the evening’s games will pit the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors against one another starting at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The last-place Warriors (9-32) will play host to the Mavs (24-15), who sit sixth in the conference.

Golden State is 6-13 at home so far this season while the Mavericks are 12-5 on the road versus their 12-10 home record.  The Warriors come into Tuesday night’s in the midst of an eight-game losing skid, while the Mavs are on a hgih after winning their most recent game.

Dallas is 5-5 in its last 10 games.  Golden State, by comparison, is 2-8 in its last 10 games.

Brian Anderson will have the call on the Houston/Memphis game.  He will be joined by analyst Greg Anthony for additional commentary.  Reporter Dennis Scott will be in Memphis for even more headlines.

Casey Stern will anchor NBA TV’s studio coverage of both games throughout the evening.  Stern will be joined by Isiah Thomas, Candace Parker and Grant Hill for additional commentary.

More information on Tuesday’s broadcast schedule is available along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.nba.com/tv

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nbatv

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

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Koo Koo Kangaroo Debuts New Single, ‘My Jam’

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Family music entertainers Koo Koo Kangaroo debuted their latest single this week.

The duo debuted its new song ‘My Jam‘ Friday.  The upbeat dance tune, produced by Neil Zumwalde is getting national attention thanks to the Harlem Globetrotters, who have been playing the song lately at its games.

Globetrotters player Hammer Harrison offered praise for the song in a recent interview.

“We’re big fans of the work Koo Koo Kangaroo does to help kids be active,” he said.  “We hope that when kids and families hear the song, and watch the video, they are inspired to get up and get moving.”

The video of which Harrison spoke is in the works and will debut later this month.

Along with getting played at the Harlem Globetrotters’ games, ‘My Jam’ has also been getting spins at WXPN Kids’ Corner Radio in Philadelphia, PA.  WXPN will host its annual Kindiecomm family music conference in April.  Koo Koo Kangaroo is scheduled to take part in the conference.

‘My Jam’ is just the latest single to be released by Koo Koo Kangaroo.  The duo also recently debuted the singles ‘Hot Sauce‘ and ‘Glitter.’  ‘Hot Sauce’ is lyrically, a song about…well…hot sauce, the food.  The song’s musical arrangement throws back to the old school r&b sounds of Michael Jackson.

‘Glitter’ is just about glitter that is used in decorating.  Its musical arrangement presents a more straight forward club/electronic sound.

All three songs are streaming now through Koo koo Kangaroo’s official Spotify channel.

More information on Koo Koo Kangaroo’s music, concerts and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.kookookangaroo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KooKooKangaRoo

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KooKooKangaRoo

 

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Justin Roberts Debuts Lead Single From Forthcoming LP

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Justin Roberts will release his new album Wild Life next month, and in anticipation, he debuted the album’s lead single this week.

Roberts debuted the song ‘Heart Like A Door‘ Friday.  The song, which clocks in at two minutes, 45 seconds, is featured in Roberts’ 15th full-length studio recording Wild Life.  The album is scheduled for release Feb. 28 through Carpet Square.

‘Heart Like A Door’ features a simple arrangement including Roberts on vocals and accompanied by a mandolin, violin and gentle tap of a drumstick on the rim of a snare drum.  The song’s chorus steps things up slightly, but not too much.  What sounds like a cello comes into play in the chorus to add to the arrangement’s impact.

Lyrically, the song is one of many about Roberts taking on parenthood with his newborn son.

Roberts is joined on his forthcoming 15th full-length studio recording by Baroque cellist Anna Steinhoff, pianist Lisa Kaplan, percussionist Gerald Dowd and vocalist Nora O’Connor.

More information on Wild Life is available along with all of Roberts’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://justinrobertsmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justinrobertsmusic4kids

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MusicianJustin

 

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Quensryche Debuts More New Music From ‘The Verdict’; Announces New Live Dates

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Queensryche debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single for ‘Inner Unrest‘ Thursday.  The song is featured in the band’s 2019 album The Verdict.  The song’s musical arrangement is classic Queensryche throughout.  Its lyrical content tackles a very heavy topic, as front man Todd LaTorre explained in a recent interview.

“‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD; the inner and external battles one must fight daily,” he said.

‘Inner Unrest’ is the seventh single spawned from The Verdict.  The album has also produced the singles ‘Blood of the Levant,’ ‘Light Years,’ ‘Man The Machine,’ ‘Dark Reverie,’ ‘Bent‘ and ‘Propaganda Fashion.’

 

Queensryche will launch the next leg of its ongoing tour in support of The Verdict Jan. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27 in Orlando, FL and to feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Austin, TX and Anaheim, CA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
January 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
January 18 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
January 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
January 22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
January 23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
January 24 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
January 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
January 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
January 29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
January 30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
January 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
February 1 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
February 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 5 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
February 7 – Denver, CO – Ogden
February 8 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads*
February 9 – St Louis, MO – Delmar*
February 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
February 13 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall*
February 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
February 15 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
February 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night
February 19 – Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre
February 20 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage*
February 21 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

John 5 and Eve To Adam will serve as support for the band’s upcoming dates.

More information on Queensryche’s upcoming tour, new single, album and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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