Thursday 11 August 2011

ASIA Featuring John Payne Welcomes Grammy®-Winning Guitarist Bruce Bouillet on Summer Live Dates

Los Angeles, CA – Classic and progressive rock band ASIA Featuring John Payne announce a series of summer live dates with a new member, incredible virtuoso guitarist Bruce Bouillet:

August 12, 2011 Coconut Creek, Florida: Seminole Casino

August 13, 2011 Hollister, CA: Peppertree Ranch/Guerra Family Cellars

August 26, 2011 Lewiston Idaho: Hot August Nights at Pioneer Park

August 27, 2011 Moses Lake, WA: Moses Lake Centennial Amphitheater (FREE SHOW)

September 2, 2011 Denver, CO: A Taste of Colorado (FREE SHOW)

September 3, 2011 Dubuque, IA: Diamond Jo Casino, Mississippi Moon Bar

Bouillet made his name playing explosive, yet precise melodic guitar with Racer X and The Scream. Later he formed Epidemic, touring with acts including Nickelback and Seether. In 2005, Bouillet won a Grammy® award for his production work with Motorhead. He also works with Paul Gilbert, with whom he recently toured as part of G3, along with with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. He has just finished his third solo instrumental album.

Bruce is now working with the band in the studio on their upcoming album “Americana”. “The band and myself are excited to welcome our good friend Bruce and look forward to a new chapter for us all,” remarked John Payne.

The ASIA Featuring John Payne lineup is:

John Payne (lead vocals, bass)

Bruce Bouillet (guitars, backing vocals)

Erik Norlander (keyboards, backing vocals)

Jay Schellen (drums, backing vocals)

John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums, several live albums, a live DVD and toured the world extensively for 14 years.

In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”.

ASIA Featuring John Payne have been touring in North America since 2008, with noted keyboardist Erik Norlander and progressive rock drummer Jay Schellen. In 2009 the band released an EP entitled “Military Man”. A new studio album entitled “Americana” is planned for release in 2011.

More information:

For additional details on above mentioned shows:

August 12, 2011 Coconut Creek, Florida: Seminole Casino


August 13, 2011 Hollister, CA: Peppertree Ranch/Guerra Family Cellars

Info phone: 831-902-5354,

August 26, 2011 Lewiston Idaho: Hot August Nights at Pioneer Park


August 27, 2011 Moses Lake, WA: Moses Lake Centennial Amphitheater (FREE SHOW)


September 2, 2011 Denver, CO: A Taste of Colorado (FREE SHOW)


September 3, 2011 Dubuque, IA: The Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo’s Casino


The Military Man EP is available to order directly from Gonzo Here:

Saturday 6 August 2011

Gonzo Secures Wally Albums For Distribution: New DVD, Live Album and New Studio Album On The Way

Gonzo have secured distribution rights to new reeases from 70's band Wally. Wally were signed to Atlantic in the 70's and the first self titled album was produced by Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman. A second album Valley Gardens was produced solely by Bob Harris.
The band performed many many high profile concerts including a guest slot on the 1974Rick Wakeman Garden Party Concert at Crystal palace.The band also appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

Whilst the band split in the mid seventies they did reform in 2009 and were filmed at a concert in Harrogate which was played as a tribute to former members Pete Cosker and Paul Gerrett who had passed away. The concert was introduced by Bob Harris. The following year the band reformed again and the result was a double Live album entitled To The Urban Man

Since then there has also been a studio album entitled Montpelier which contains some songs that would have gone on to make the proposed third album in the 70's

The deal with Gonzo covers the Live DVD entitled That Was then
The double Live CD To The Urban Man
The Studio album Montpelier

Roy Webber and Will Jackson also have a side project away from Wally, Jackson<>Webber and have recorded an album entitled What It Is

This also will be distributed via Gonzo

Roy Webber founder member of Wally is seen here with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling

You can find out more about Wally and see photos of the band and a full biography of all the members at the Wall website here:

Friday 5 August 2011

Fish Live In Dalkeith

Fish has been enjoying more acoustic dates playing in both the UK and Europe with Foss Paterson on keyboards and Frank Usher on guitar.
last night (4th August) it was a home town gig for Fish as he played in Dalkeith
Gonzo MD Rob Ayling was there and took the photo at the top of this entry.

Rob said
"It is always a pleasure seeing Fish perform and last night was no different. The acoustic set up really sounds great and Fish is singing better than ever in my opinion. The highlight for me was Torch Song and A Gentleman's Excuse Me although it was great to hear Jumpsuit City from the Suits album which was quite evocative for me as Suits was the first Fish album I worked on with Fish and I personally think that Suits is one of Fish's most underrated albums."

For more details about Fish and forthcoming concerts check out his website here

You can also buy Fish CDs and DVDs Directly from the Gonzo website here.

Thursday 4 August 2011

"Electric Man" Scottish Independent Film Starring Fish

The trailer for Electric Man, the Edinburgh-set comedy about two comic book store workers who discover the first issue of rare comic in their shop, has been released.

Filmed over four weeks around the city, Electric Man stars former Marillion front man, Fish, alongside a cast of newcomers. Although set in the world of comics, co-writer Scott Mackay was keen to point out that it isn’t targeted at any one demographic:

“Because it’s about comics, initially you might think that it would only have a male audience. But because it’s not about superheroes, and there are relationships and the characters change over the course of the film, with story arcs for each of the characters, we hope it might reach a wider audience.”

You can find more details about the film here

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling and Son Hunter attend Electric Man Preview

Last night Gonzo MD Rob Ayling and his son Hunter went to the exclusive cast and crew screening of Electric Man.

Electric Man is a new scottish independent film which featured the acting talents of Fish. In the film Fish plays the bad guy "Uncle Jimmy". Rob asked Fish what he thought of the finished film he said "its a fun wee film"

Rob Ayling confirms this to be true. Hunter enjoyed it too. . . .

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Essra Mohawk Tour News. Gig Cancellation

Just a quick Heads up on the forthcoming Essra Mohawk European dates. Unfortunately the London gig at the Bridge House2 on the 3rd of September has had to be cancelled. The show has been re scheduled for early 2012 and we will keep you posted. The other advertised concerts however are still good to go.Essra will be filmed and recorded during the dates for a forthcoming DVD release in the New Year!

The Festivals begin in a couple weeks! The London show as we have said has been postponed (sorry)-: until spring 2012 to celebrate the upcoming UK release of Essra's first DVD!

For those of you who can't come, Zappanale will be streamed live! Get details at:

Essra Mohawk has sung (performed or recorded) with Frank Zappa, Jerry
Garcia, Schoolhouse Rock, John Mellencamp, Carole King, Kool & the Gang, Steve Cropper and Bonnie Bramlett. She co-wrote songs with Al Jarreau, Bob Weir, Keb Mo and many more. Essra has released about a dozen albums over the course of her long and steady career, producing consistently quality music. Her songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Marty Balin, Lorrie Morgan and many other notable performers.

Now the legendary singer/songwriter's multi-genre songs, soulful voice, and
magnificent band with amazing guitarist Sandro Oliva, will be presented to European audiences for the first time at the following concerts!

Friday Aug. 19th--Sunday August 21st
Zappanale 2011 Bad Doberan, Germany

August 25 thru August 27
Festival Rochefort-en-Accords, France!

Note from Essra:

"I'm very excited about finally getting to play live for my friends and fans in Europe!
I've been promising forever to come play for you and now I can finally fulfill that promise!"

You can check out more about Essra and forthcoming releases and tour dates by going to her website here

Panic Room Autumn Tour!

PANIC ROOM will be hitting the road this September & October with a Major UK tour.
Their biggest set of dates yet, the autumn tour will span 6 weeks, 3 countries, and over 20 cities. For more details please visit the bands website here:

Tickets are on sale now for most venues; book early to avoid disappointment.
Sept 2nd GLASGOW Cathouse Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Sept 4th NEWCASTLE Cluny Support: David R Black THE CLUNY
Sept 8th BRISTOL Tunnels Support: Martin Morris (of The Hoopers) THE TUNNELS
Sept 9th YORK Fibbers Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Sept 10th ROTHERHAM Wesley Theatre (CRS) Support: David R Black CRS
Sept 11th MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge Tickets available soon from venue...
Support: David R Black RUBY LOUNGE
Sept 15th POOLE Mr Kyps Support: David R Black MR KYPS
Sept 16th SWINDON 12 Bar Support: The Blue Trees 12 BAR
Sept 17th BISHOPS STORTFORD Half Moon 31 North Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. CM23 2LD Support: David R Black
Limited tickets only - move fast! TICKETWEB
Sept 18th LONDON Borderline Support: David R Black BORDERLINE
Sept 22nd CARDIFF The Globe Support: David R Black THE GLOBE
Sept 23rd MILTON KEYNES The Stables 2-set show, no support THE STABLES
Sept 30th ST HELENS The Citadel Support: David R Black CITADEL
Oct 1st WORKINGTON The Carnegie Support: David R Black coming soon...
Oct 2nd EDINBURGH The Caves Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Oct 7th LEICESTER The Musician Support: David R Black WeGotTickets
Oct 8th BIRMINGHAM The Asylum Support: David R Black eTICKETS
Oct 9th SHEFFIELD Corporation Support: David R Black CORPORATION

Panic Room currently have two albums available to buy.
The debut album Visionary Position and the more recent second album Satellite.
Both are available to purchase directly from the Gonzo website here:
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