Touchstone reveal plans for two live shows in December

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Touchstone have revealed plans for two December UK shows.

The progressive rock band will play London’s Borderline on the 17th of December and The Robin in Bilston on the 18th. The news comes following the departure of vocalist Kim Seviour last year.

Say the band in statement: “The newly formed lineup are currently re-working some of the older tracks and writing new ones for firstly, a double A-side single and video to be released later this year – and then on to the full album early 2017.

“A major Hollywood actor is already onboard for the album.”

Ticket details will be confirmed in due course, with Touchstone also set to play a warm-up show on the 16th of December at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Kim Seviour departed from Touchstone’s ranks at the end of 2015, citing her ME and saying that it meant she couldn’t commit to the band in “…the way that it truly deserves.” She has since been working on solo material with John Mitchell and Chris Hillman and their new White Star Records label.

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Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Black Star Riders team up for UK tour

Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Black Star Riders have confirmed that they will team up for a UK tour later this year.

The three bands will play 10 arena dates in the UK and Ireland in December.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale on the 1st of April via Live Nation.

Def Leppard are likely to have released their new self-titled album by then, with frontman Joe Elliot saying recently of the new material: “It sounds like Def Leppard, but it sounds like Def Leppard stretching their wings a little bit.”

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale recently confirmed details of their new album. Titled The Purple Album, it features covers of songs that Coverdale performed during his time fronting Deep Purple and is scheduled for release on the 18th of May.

Black Star Riders released their second album, The Killer Instinct, last month, an album that Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot was set to produce but had to pull out of owing to increasing commitments with his own band.

The three bands will play:

Dec 06th: Dublin 3 Arena
Dec 07th: Belfast Odyssey Arena
Dec 09th: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Dec 10th: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Dec 12th: Birmingham Genting Arena
Dec 13th: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Dec 15th: Manchester Arena
Dec 16th: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Dec 18th: Wembley SSE Arena
Dec 19th: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

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Yes reveal details of new live album


Premier prog-rockers Yes have revealed details of their forthcoming live LP.

Like It Is – Yes At The Bristol Hippodrome will be released on the 5th of December in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. The concert was recorded this year on the band’s world tour. Yes’ two classic albums, The Yes Album and Going For The One, were performed in their entirety using the original arrangements.

Says guitarist Steve Howe: “Playing complete albums is a great way to hear the development of Yes music and relive the familiar transitions from one track to another.”

The full tracklist for Like It Is is as follows:

'Like_It_Is_-_Yes_at_the_Bristol_Hippdrome'_Album_cover01. “Going For The One”
02. “Turn Of The Century”
03. “Parallels”
04. “Wonderous Stories”
05. “Awaken”
06. “Yours Is No Disgrace”
07. “Clap”
08. “Starship Trooper”
09. “I’ve Seen All Good People”
10. “A Venture”
11. “Perpetual Change”

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Genesis reunite! (For BBC2 film…)

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It’s official! The members of Peter Gabriel era Genesis are to reunite!

Unfortunately for those hoping for an all conquering world tour, the ex-bandmates are only getting together to record a documentary feature for BBC2.

Being made under the working title of Genesis: Together and Apart, the BBC claims that it is the first time that this era of Genesis have been back together since 1975.

The film has been commissioned as part of a new strand of music programming across the BBC, timed to coincide with the inaugural BBC Music Awards, the first ceremony of which will take place in December.

Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall said: “Today’s the start of something very special for everyone who loves music. BBC Music is a celebration of the brilliant music talent across our country. We’ll be joining up music on television, radio, iPlayer and online like never before. there’ll be new shows; new partnerships; and whole new ways to support music on the BBC.”

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Slash to tour UK arenas in November and December

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Slash has announced that he is to play four UK arena dates this coming November and December.

The legendary guitarist will play Manchester Phones4U Arena on the 29th of November, followed by Leeds First Direct Arena the next day. On the 1st of December the tour visits Birmingham LG Arena, before concluding at London Wembley Arena on the 2nd of December. Support for the shows will come in the form of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, plus other special guests.

Slash’s bassist, Todd Kerns, revealed earlier this year that work has begun on the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s third solo album. He described the new material as “sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. Exactly where I feel most comfortable. We are all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”

O2 Priority tickets for Slash’s UK shows go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am (28th May.)

Slash will play the following confirmed dates:

28th of Nov: Manchester, Phones 4U Arena
29th of Nov: Leeds, First Direct Arena
1st of Dec: Birmingham, LG Arena
2nd of Dec: London, Wembley Arena

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