Column from March 13th, 2000 issue

The Outfield are still recording their new (full length studio) album here in the UK but are now reported to be two thirds of the way through it. An exact release date has still to be confirmed but will be later this year. People that have heard some it already think it's one of the best set of songs that they've ever committed to tape! We shall see....

Lively fusion guitarist Toshi Iseda has now added Dixie Dregs' keyboard player T. Lavitz to the list of guest players for his new album "Rama". Mixing of the album is due to start this month at Steve Vai's Mothership studio. A release date is to be confirmed and work on a further solo album is also now getting underway. Other guests on the Rama CD include: Rod Morgenstein, Jonathan Mover, Mike Portnoy, Jens Johanssen, and Derek Sherinian. Get more details on all Toshi's projects at http://www.overthetop.com/.

Scottish melodic rocks The Promise say they are now working on songs for their third full album. The band are confident they get have a more speedy recording and release schedule for the third release, compared with their recent "Human Fire" album, and are looking to get it out later this year. The band are also going to play at the Dave Tedder organized at the Ultrasound 2000 ( http://www.egotripent.com/ultrasond/) showcase in Las Vegas. That event runs over two days, but it looks likely that The Promise will be playing on the second day, Sunday May 28th. The catch is that they're financing the US trip themselves, but to fund it some of the way, the band will be playing some gigs around their home town of Aberdeen over the next three months. Check out their website at http://www.the-promise.co.uk/ for full details of the dates.

Elsewhere, Kansas now have an official web site at http://www.kansasband.com/ where you can get details on the up-and-coming 25th anniversary CD which will see the return of Kerry Livgren and is supposed to be very progressive. Kerry's own Numavox Records is now released a release under the title "Collector's Sedition" which is a load of songs Livgren had left sitting on the shelf over a number of years, but has now dusted down and finished off. That one should be out this month.

If you fancy seeing Journey in the studio in New York working on their forthcoming new album surf into http://www.journeytheband.com/. Initial indications are that this could be quite an exciting release and much more in line with their capabilities compared with "Trial by Fire" which I found a little cold and disappointing....