Newsbites: ‘A Lady Gaga show rocks’
World roundup: Darkness all set for support tour plus the latest from Dio, Polyphonic Spree, Warrant, TNT, Marillion, Spectrum Road and Nashville Pussy
Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has no doubt his band will be the perfect fit when they support Lady Gaga on her upcoming European tour. He says: “It’s definitely a different type of music, but it’s a huge opportunity – going back to huge stadiums is good. A Lady Gaga show rocks: she has two guitar players and a whole live show. We’ll fit right in.” [Primo]
Dio‘s last studio album, Master of the Moon, will be released as a picture disc on June 5. It first appeared in 2004 and features guitarist Craig Goldie, bassist Jeff Pilson, keyboardist Scott Warren and drummer Simon Wright.
The Polyphonic Spree will play songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show at a Halloween performance at London’s HMV Forum on October 31. The event starts at 11pm and those arriving in costume will receive drinks vouchers.
Warrant tracks are set to appear in a wide range of film and TV features after the band signed to specialist company Winogradsy/Sobel. The firm has placed more than 200 tracks from a number of artists in recent productions.
Singer Tony Harnell has hinted he may be rejoining TNT for their 30th anniversary concert on June 2 in Trondheim, Norway. Answering rumours online he posted: “You never know” with a happy smiley. He left the band in 2006.
Marillion will hold three fan conventions next year: CenterParcs Port Zelande in Holland on March 8-10; Theatre l’Olympia in Montreal, Canada on March 22-24; and the Civic, Wolverhampton, UK on April 12-14.
Supergroup Spectrum Road stars Jack Bruce of Cream, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana, and they’ll release their self-title ten-track debut album on June 5.
Nashville Pussy are offering a reward for the return of their vintage 1964 Fender Bassman guitar head, which went missing in Ottawa, Ontario, on Sunday night. Contact the band via Facebook if you can help.