HardNews Page 5
from Tim Henderson
of BW&BK Magazine
Edited by HardRadio

3/7/18 Page 5

Legendary rock band THE SWEET has announced the first leg of their 50th Anniversary World Tour. One of the most influential British rock bands of all times, The Sweet rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as the premier glam rock act. The band achieved a rocket ride to success with numerous hits including: "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox On The Run," "Love Is Like Oxygen," "Little Willy," "Action," "Teenage Rampage," "ACDC," Blockbuster" and "Hell Raiser," to name just a few. Around the world the group has sold over 55 million records. Sweet's lineup is founding member Steve Priest on bass and vocals, drummer Richie Onori, Stevie Stewart on keyboards and vocals, guitar virtuoso Mitch Perry and lead singer Paulie Z. Tour dates: March 30 - The Token Lounge - Westland, MI. 31 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, IL (Chicago). April 26 - Gramercy Theatre - New York City, NY. 27 - Havana - New Hope, PA. 28 - Riviera Theatre - North Tonawanda, NY. 29 - F.M. Kirby Center - Wilkes-Barre, PA (with Quiet Riot & House Of Lourdes). 30 - Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall - Wantagh, NY (with Quiet Riot & House Of Lourdes). July 20 - Moondance Jam - Walker, MN. August 11 - Rock the River - Kelowna, BC. 17 - Rock the Beach - Vancouver, BC. 18 - Rock the River - Saskatoon, SK. 31 - Fairmont Opera House - Fairmont, MN. September 1 - A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota, Litchfield, MN.

It is hard to find a name band over the last 30 years have left their mark in the history of rock that has not utilized the keyboard skills of DON AIREY at some point. Among them Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band of which Don Airey has been a full time member for over 15 years. His new release One Of A Kind features the following talented musicians: Carl Sentance (from legends Nazareth) is a singer that all fans of metal voices like those of Rob Halford and Graham Bonnet will love; Bassist Laurence Cottle, who has played with everyone from Black Sabbath, to Gary Moore, to Chick Corea, forges a great rhythm section with the thunderous talent of Jon Finnigan, apparently as loud on stage as he is at the after show parties. Last but definitely not least, there is the incredible talent of Simon McBride, who has no fear of being compared to the many incredible guitar players Don has worked with before.' It will be released on May 25th via earMUSIC.

Iconic rock band Steppenwolf and frontman John Kay will release the definitive career retrospective STEPPENWOLF AT 50 - a 3CD collection featuring 41-tracks, to celebrate the band's half-century of music. Set for release Friday, March 16th via Los Angeles-based Rainman Records, the collection includes five rare or never-heard-before tracks. Steppenwolf At 50 covers the band's storied career, from their 1968 debut through 13 studio albums, as well as their Top 10 hits "Born To Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Rock Me." The group's 16 Greatest Hits album is certified platinum and they have earned nine Gold records. The band's music struck a true counter-culture note in the 1960s, and two songs "The Pusher" and "Born To Be Wild" were featured prominently in the 1969 Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda film "Easy Rider." Steppenwolf At 50 was personally overseen by Kay and longtime manager Ron Rainey.

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