Column from October 16th, 2000 issue

Bit of a round-up of bits and pieces of news this week....

Al Pitrelli and Tommy Farese of the Trans Siberian Orchestra have put out a "kind of solo album" called "Place Called Rage". More details are available at http://www.placecalledrage.com/. Check it out....

The first annual Thunder convention - "Thunderstruck 2001" is be held in the UK in July next year - plenty of advance warning there! The event will take place at Pontins Holiday Camp in Blackpool on June 1st and June 2nd next year. The line-up of bands which will appear at this tribute event is still being finalized, though it appears that Ten (yawn!) and Bob Catley (isn't he a pensioner?) will headline a night each. Other bands set to appear include The Promise, Razor Babies, Throat Oyster and Stilettos. More will be added closer to the time. Tickets are prices at 80 inclusive of concert tickets and full board accommodation. For further details visit http://www.captainthunder.badland.com.

Fusion keyboard maestro David Diggs has just finished a new album and is now shopping it to labels. The 12 song project features various members of the Yellowjackets, Doug Cameron, Brandon Fields and well-travelled drummer Vinnie Coliauta. One track from the new recordings is likely to be posted at http://www.mp3.com/daviddiggs and if no deal is secured, the whole CD will be made available direct from http://www.daviddgiggs.com.

Sass Jordan's new album comes in Canada on November 14th and is called "Hot Gossip". No word on the style or the other musicians involved, her last album "Present" was a little disappointing, so it's hard to call that one in advance....