Column from April 17th, 2000 edition

Haven't got a lot to say this week as I've been busy running up and down Scotland this week....

Just been checking out some of the albums coming out in Japan this month. Looks like all the Michael Schenker albums are getting re-released: looks like they're all remastered and all feature bonus tracks as well. Symphony X's back catalogue it also getting re-released as well.... Don Henley's new album - "Inside Job" should be out in the Far East in a matter of days, not sure of what the release date is for the rest of the world, but the Japanese version will not feature any exclusive tracks.... The somewhat over-rated, and barely AOR, Joseph Arthur also has a new one coming out on April 26th called "Come to Where I'm From".

Lana Lane also has a new album due out in Japan on April 19th. Looks like that might be an interesting one as a rather different set of musicians has been used this time around. Most of the album has been recorded in Europe and the guy behind Ayreon has contributed a lot of guitar work. Also brought in is Velocity's David Victor (who actually had a band with Lana many years ago). The Japanese version will have an exclusive bonus track, while the European version (on Limb Music) will have a different bonus track - one that's only been available in Japan before.....