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Richard Marx on tour in Europe this autumn


This is quite an event for european Westcoastmusic / AOR fans. Richard Marx will be on tour this autumn in Europe: 7 concert dates across the continent including Denmark, Germany, Great Britain and France... We have never seen Richard Marx for a so long tour since quite a few years. Here are the concerts dates of Richard Marx european tour 2010:
  • 07/11 Velje - Denmark ;
  • 09/11 Cologne - Germany ;
  • 12/11 Munich - Germany ;
  • 16/11 Hambourg - Germany ; 
  • 17/11 Paris - France,
  • 18/11 Londres - Great Britain ;
  • 19/11 Berlin - Germany.

What a great piece of news !

Terry Brock "Diamond Blue"

Frontiers Records will release on August 27th in Europe and September 14th in the USA “Diamond Blue”, the anticipated second solo album from the gifted singer Terry Brock. Best known as current vocalist in the Melodic Rock titans Giant, Terry has also recently announced to rejoin Strangeways, the legendary British AOR band that launched his name in the spotlight in the late 80’s, for the recording of a brand new album. 

Still, in between these two very important milestone albums in the melodic rock year, Terry managed to complete “Diamond Blue” in collaboration with renowned guitarist / producer / songwriter Mike Slamer. The two of them have already worked together in Seventh Key and on the Slamer album “Nowhere Land” and have already showed the world the magic that the combination of their talent can achieve. In “Diamond Blue” the two of them explore a more classic Melodic Rock sonic landscape which showcases Terry’s vocal abilities in its most natural environment. Still, when Mike Slamer’s around you can’t help but having some roaring guitars and riveting guitar solos. All this, combined with a brilliant songwriting, builds up a fabulous release which is already very much talked and anticipated by the legions of Melodic Rock fans around the world. “Diamond Blue” also includes a song “Jessie’s Gone” written by Terry with Strangeways’ guitar player Ian Stewart. 

Terry Brock’s musical career started as a background vocalist on Kansas album "Drastic Measures" in 1983. On that session he met Neil Kernon (the producer of the record) who subsequently turned out to be very important in Terry’s career. Before joining the legendary british Melodic Rock outfit Strangeways, Terry toured extensively with the Steve Morse Band, playing guitar and singing. Strangeways, of course, were Terry's best known experience in the music business. With them he recorded two albums on BMG / RCA: "Native Sons" and "Walk In the Fire". After he left Strangeways he moved to New York working mainly with famed producer Neil Kernon, who hired him to sing background vocals on albums by bands such as Aviator, Heaven's Edge, Valentine, Britny Fox and Michael Bolton. After a few years spent in Nashville, he came back on the scene taking part in the Melodic Rock supergroup The Sign and later with Seventh Key (both featuring Kansas bassist/singer Billy Greer) and Slamer. He recently joined Giant as replacement for Dann Huff on vocals on the acclaimed “Promise Land” album and he is currently working on the recording of the anticipated Strangeways reunion cd scheduled for a fall release on Frontiers.

Tom Hemby "In The Moment"

Tom Hemby has lived and worked in Nashville as an active musician since 1978. Tom’s recording credits include artists: Michael English, Kenny Loggins, former Doobie Brother – Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Vince Gill, Peter Cetera, Barry Manilow, Faith Hill, Wynonna Judd, Brian McKinight, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Steve Winwood, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Michael W. Smith, Collin Raye, Bob Carlisle, Ricky Scaggs, The Imperials, Garth Brooks, Paul Overstreet, Steven Curtis Chapman and many, many more.

Tom’s songwriting credits include songs recorded by artists: Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Dionne Warwick, Hank Williams Jr., Bruce Carroll, BeBe & CeCe Winans. Gaither Vocal band, Michael English, and others. 

After his excellent “Chasing The wind”, Tom released his third instrumental project "In The Moment" with the official release in March 2010 features a who's who list of famous guest artists and musicians .. Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Michael Omartian, and vocalists Bill Champlin, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Christopher Cross, American Idol's Mandisa and Melinda Doolittle, and others...

More info here! 

Steve Miller Band "BINGO!"

Recorded at film producer George Lucas' infamous studios at Skywalker Ranch, 'BINGO!' is The Steve Miller Band's first studio album in 17 years. 'BINGO!' is the album Steve Miller has waited his entire life to make. Reaching back to his apprenticeship as a young man on the Chicago blues scene, Miller and co-producer Andy Johns brought classic rhythm and blues numbers that have been at the foundation of his music throughout his career into the 21st century. 

A true return to Miller's roots, 'BINGO!' echoes his early years in the Chicago music scene and features carefully chosen and crafted blues tracks performed in distinctive Steve Miller Band fashion. 'BINGO!' was co-produced by Andy Johns (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen), with artwork designed by the legendary Storm Thorgerson. These recordings feature longtime Steve Miller Band member Norton Buffalo, who sadly passed away in 2009.

Jeff Beck "Emotion & Commotion"

For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Rhino unleashes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer s restless genius with EMOTION & COMMOTION. 

Beck recorded EMOTION & COMMOTION late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album's diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May ('Lilac Wine'), Olivia Safe ('Elegy For Dunkirk'), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone ('I Put A Spell On You' and 'There s No Other Me'). 

To complement the innovative tones he coaxes from his guitar, Beck recorded with a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini s immortal aria 'Nessun Dorma' and Elegy For Dunkirk from the film Atonement to 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley's interpretation of 'Corpus Christi Carol.

Before launching a world tour to support EMOTION & COMMOTION, Beck will unite with Eric Clapton in February for a series of exclusive shows in London, New York City, Toronto, and Montreal.

California Groove 2 (4CD Box-Set) to be released in July in France


"California Groove 2" a 4 CD Box-Set of great Westcoast Music/AOR featuring 69 songs (released by Rhino - Warner France) will be available on July 5, 2010 in France exclusively at first at Virgin stores, Starter record stores and Cultura stores, so at first for the french domestic market and later this year available outside France.

Here is the cover of this 4 CD Box-Set. More promotion and publicity for this release will be developed in September. Since last january, Westcoast Rendez-Vous staff has been very active in suggesting Classic tunes as rare and never released before versions of amazing songs. For example, we can reveal that "California Groove 2" will include very rare versions of "The Good Life" (Bill LaBounty), "Moonlight Over Paris" (PM) and a exclusive version of "All For A Reason" (Alessi Brothers) among others.

Stay tuned on Westcoast Rendez-Vous blog and Facebook fanpage for more details about this great project coordinated by David D. at Warner France.

Here is the official tracklisting of "California Groove 2":

CD 1  
1. Robert Lamm - Love Song (Hip Hop shuffle instrumental)
2. Michael Franks - Jealousy
3. Bill LaBounty - The Good Life
4. Nielsen Pearson - Don't Let Me Go
5. Sanford & Townsend - Moolah Moo Mazuma (Sin City Wahh-Hoo)
6. Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love
7. Rickie Lee Jones - Young Blood
8. Marc Jordan - Marina Del Rey
9. Larsen Feiten - Further Notice
10. Ben Sidran - Hi-Fly
11. Michael McDonald - I Gotta Try
12. Lauren Wood - Nothin' But A Heartache
13. Robbie Dupree - Steal Away
14. Twennynine & Lenny White - Best of Friends
15. Lee Ritenour - Is It You
16. John Klemmer - Magnificent Madness
17. Peter Cetera - On The Line

CD 2   
1. Boz Scaggs - Lowdown
2. David Sanborn - Let's Just say Goodbye
3. Debra Laws - Long As We're Together
4. Chicago - Streetplayer
5. John O' Banion - If You Love Me
6. Doobie Brothers - South Bay Strut
7. Ambrosia - Dancin' By Myself
8. Player - Baby Come Back
9. David Roberts - Wrong Side Of The Track
10. Greg Guidry - Over The Line
11. Jerry Corbetta - Between A Rock And A Hard Place
12. Narada Michael Walden - I'm Ready
13. Yellowjackets - Matinee Idol
14. Steve Kipner - Knock The Walls Down
15. Stephen Bishop - City Girl
16. Pages - Listen For The Love
17. Alessi Brothers - All For A Reason

CD 3   
1. Doobie Brothers - Takin' It To The Streets
2. Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy
3. Robert Lamm - A Lifetime We
4. Little River Band - Reminiscing
5. Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis
6. Sergio Mendes - Davy
7. Jonathan Edwards - Carolina Caroline
8. Michael Johnson - Rosalee
9. Turley Richards - You Might Need Somebody
10. Fifth Avenue Band - One Way Or Another
11. Leblanc & Carr - How Does It Feel (To Be In Love)
12. Jimmy Webb - Mixed Up Guy
13. The Marc Tanner Band - Elena
14. Danny Kortchmar - Lost In The Shuffle
15. The James Gang - Alexi
16. Ides Of Marc - Vehicle
17. The Dukes - Hearts In Trouble
18. Patrick Simmons - So Wrong
19. Fiona - Talk To Me

CD 4   
1. Christopher Cross - Sailing
2. Pieces Of A Dream - Warm Weather
3. Mr Mister - Broken Wings
4. PM - Moonlight Over Paris
5. King Of Hearts - King Of Hearts
6. Sven Larsson - This Is Not The Right Time
7. Jack Wagner - Island Fever
8. The Jeremy Spencer Band - Cool Breeze
9. State Cows - Lost In A Mind Game
10. Smooth Reunion - Video Band
11. Jay Gruska - Which One Of Us Is Me
12. Tom Scott - Sure Enough
13. Nightshift - Right Before The Dawn
14. Deodato - Just This One Night
15. Brenda Russell - New York Bars
16. Michael Franks - Monkey See Monkey Do (Live 1980) with Crossfire

The Dukes: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs unite for Nationwide Tour

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are uniting this summer and fall to tour as "The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue."  The three hit-making artists have assembled a stellar band for the occasion, and will bring the best of their mix of blue-eyed soul, rock, jazz and R&B to the stage in a series of collaborative concerts.  "The Dukes of September" will launch their nationwide "Rhythm Revue" on August 19th at the Charles Ives Center in Danbury, CT, and will continue across the country throughout the fall, before wrapping on October 2nd at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV.

Interview with Tamara & Bill Champlin

Tamara and Bill Champlin were performing at Fashing Club in Stockholm with Peter Friestedt and his band on June 1st and 2nd. Tamara, Bill and Peter kindly accepted our interviews we're now pleased to offer you. Enjoy!

Interview with Tamara and Bill Champlin - Part 1

Interview with Tamara and Bill Champlin - Part 2

Interview with Tamara and Bill Champlin - Part 3


Bill Champlin's new album "No Place Left To Fall" and Peter Friestedt's L.A. Projects 1 & 2 are availables at ZinkMusic!

The return of Bachman and Turner...

  After two decades apart, Bachman & Turner are back together and ready to take care of business once again. The veteran rock heavyweights have been in a studio in their home town Winnipeg, recording new songs from both songwriters for an album due to be released September, 2010. Bachman & Turner's first single Rollin' Along will be heard across North American radio in June, but you can listen to the streaming version now! 

Bachman–Turner Overdrive (frequently known as BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in Canada in that decade and an estimated 20 million albums worldwide. Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", and "Takin' Care of Business", still receive play on FM classic rock stations.