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Music > Live in Athens May 25, 2006

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DURAN DURAN > At the Lycabettus Open Theater, Athens, June 23. Ticket prices (VIP tickets) 295 euro. Check  www.duranduranmusic.com  

DIANA ROSS > At Athens Megaron Concert Hall, June 27.

The Cult, Crimson Glory, Celtic Frost, Moonspell > Rockwave Festival, Terra Vibe, Malakasa, July 12. Ticket price 39 euro.

Ricky Martin > At the Karaiskaki Stadium, May 31.

New Order > At the Hellinikon Olympic Sports Grounds, June 3.

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Music > RAM To Make Greek Live Debut In May May 25, 2006

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RAM, the traditional Gothenburg, Sweden-based heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson, ex-Frozen Eyes, NME Within and Morgan Pettersson, ex-B-Thong, have been confirmed for the Up the Hammers Festival, set to take place May 27 in Athens, Greece. Also scheduled to perform are Metal Inquisitor and Powervice.

As previously reported, RAM have uploaded the song “Shadowman” from their full-length debut, “Forced Entry”, at this location.

Released last November, “Forced Entry” was recorded at Black Path studios and was mixed at Gothenburg’s Brewhouse facility. Mastering duties were handled by Göran Finnberg.

Music > In Flames To Support Dio In Greece May 25, 2006

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Sweden’s In Flames have been confirmed as the support act for DIO on June 6 at the Rizoupoli stadium in Athens, Greece.

In Flames will be embarking on a second North American headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album, “Come Clarity”. The trek is slated to commence on May 5 and follows the band’s recent sold-out North American tour of the same name. Support on the In Flames tour will be provided by Throwdown, Nevermore and Evergrey. The North American trek will follow the band’s current 35-city European headlining tour, featuring support from Sepultura, which began March 12 in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, In Flames launched a U.S. commercial radio campaign, the first in the band’s storied history, in late April. The radio blitz will initially focus on the “Come Clarity” roll-out track, “Take This Life”, with a second single from the album to follow.
In Flames’ “Come Clarity” has sold more than 55,000 copies in the United States since its February 7 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

For a complete listing of In Flames’ upcoming dates, visit InFlames.com.

Music > Massive Attack plan trip to Athens May 25, 2006

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The Bristol-based band, which has played several gigs in Greece already, they released their new album on April 4, ‘Collected.’

Music fans are in for yet another treat this summer. Following the announcements that the Rolling Stones, Sting and Depeche Mode will perform in Greece, Massive Attack are also set to play in the Greek capital during the warm months. The Bristol-based band visits Greece quite regularly and has a dedicated local following, which always enjoys Massive Attack’s trip-hop sounds.

Landmark album > Massive Attack released the album «Blue Lines» in 1991; the album turned out to be a landmark for an entire generation. Over the same period they created the so-called «Bristol sound» along with former band members like Tricky and other musicians and groups, including Portishead and Nenneh Cherry, radically changing the evolution of pop music.

In 1994 they released «Protection» and a year later, «No Protection». «Mez-zanine» followed in ’98, which most consider the band’s most mature album. It contains heavy and rather dark compositions, lit by the wonderful voices of Elizabeth Fraser and Horace Andy. The release of «100th Window» in 2003 was marked by an unfortunate incident for band member Robert Del Naja, also known as 3D. He was accused of internet child pornography by the British authorities, but the charges were later dropped and 3D claimed that the accusations had stemmed by his participation in the British anti-war movement.

The band’s Athens concert will be part of a large tour. Massive Attack will be accompanied by various musicians and singers, probably including Horace Andy and Sara Jay, who had also joined them in their last concerts at Athens’ Lycabettus Theater.

New release > The program will feature songs from the band’s entire career. Massive Attack released a new album, «Collected» on April 4. «Collected» will contain songs from previous albums, many of them in new renditions, as well as a new single.

Music > Sting’s special place on local rock circuit May 25, 2006

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Sting has been booked for two mid-June shows in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Sting, the international music star who confirmed just days ago for two shows in Greece this coming summer, holds a special place on the local concert circuit. The musician’s now-defunct supergroup, the Police, an enormously popular act in the ’80s, has gone down in local music history as the first major foreign act to perform in Greece following the country’s seven-year military dictatorship (1967-1974).

The Police’s show here, in 1980, was the country’s first by a major visiting act since 1967, when the Rolling Stones visited to play a marred show just ahead of the country’s looming military takeover. Their show in Greece barely got off the ground. Police officers, expressing the conservative political establishment’s line of intolerance, ambushed the stage to cut short the notorious British group’s performance. Lasting about four songs, the tarnished show here reportedly came just several weeks after members of the British group were busted for drugs in the UK.

Legend has it that police, real police, not the group, stormed the stage when a young lady from the crowd handed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger a red rose. Restless authorities, just looking for a pretext, apparently interpreted the gesture as a pro-communist initiative.

And then, for rock music concertgoers in this country, there was musical silence that lasted well over a decade until the Police, the rock group, arrived to break the stillness in 1980, around the time the British trio had begun skyrocketing to worldwide fame, just two albums into their five-album career. They disbanded in a vague fashion in 1984, at the peak of their popularity. The frontman had already begun work on a solo album before the group spoke about “an indefinite hiatus.”

Sting recruited top-grade jazz musicians, among them Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim, for his debut solo album, 1985’s “The Dream of the Blue Turtles,” which helped sustain the frontman’s popularity. Its follow-up, “Nothing Like the Sun,” released two years later and featuring a big team of top-notch musicians, proved another hit album for Sting.

But later, Sting’s solo material, gentler, jazz-oriented work with only the singer’s trademark high-pitched voice for evidence of his previous connection with the Police, began polarizing fans. Some saw his newer material as pompous, others took it as work of increased maturity. Sting’s ensuing solo work in the early ’90s, which took a lighter, more pop-oriented direction, prompted many of the older Police-era fans to switch off. His album sales have since slipped, but Sting remains an enormously popular touring act.

For the current tour, playing as part of a guitar-bass-drums band, Sting has readopted a rock sound. Funnily enough, considering the aforementioned historical links in Greece between the Police and the Rolling Stones, Sting’s upcoming shows here, scheduled for June 16 at Terra Vibe, on the outskirts of Athens, and June 17 in Thessaloniki, at the Gis Theater, come just days ahead of a performance by the Rolling Stones at the Olympic Stadium on June 25.

Music > Simply Red adds its name to a growing concert list May 25, 2006

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Simple Red. The velvet voice and the fiery looks of Mick Hucknall will take over the Terravibe stage on September 3.

The cherry has now topped the cake. The cherry, a ruby red cherry, that is, is popular British band Simply Red and the cake is the long list of live concerts scheduled for the upcoming summer season. Talk about building up an appetite.

If you’re worried about how much time remains between now and September 3, the date the Simply Red concert is scheduled to take place at the Terravibe music festival in Malakasa, as announced by Didi Music Big Star Promotion last week, and for an opportunity to listen to Mick Hucknall sing “Stars” underneath the starry sky, just think of how many more stars, groups and bands will have visited Athens by then.

The good news is that if all goes as announced and planned, this coming summer will see an array of young and old, pop and rock, alternative as well as mainstream artists. Here’s a roundup.

They might be defined as the old guard in terms of age, yet they are all producing new material, often paving the way for the rest. First and foremost are the Rolling Stones, scheduled to appear in Athens at the Olympic Stadium on June 25.

Bob Dylan is up next, set to appear sometime in mid-July at a venue to be determined. Then comes Sting, who will go on stage at Terravibe in Malakasa on June 16, two days before Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Though considerably younger, the old guard also includes Depeche Mode, who return to Greece with a new album as part of their “Touring the Angel” world tour. The Depeche Mode concert will take place at Terravibe on August 1.

Popular Massive Attack also returns to Greece for a single concert at the Karaiskaki Stadium on June 9. The band’s new album, “Collected” is expected to hit the market in the following days and this work will form the basis of the concert.

For all you jazz lovers out there, early bookings will be needed for the two legends and one lady expected as part of this year’s Athens Festival. Soul king Solomon Bourke and the Blues Brothers will appear at the Herod Atticus Theater on July 11 and 12, B.B. King on July 22 and Canadian vocalist Diana Krall on July 13.

The world’s greatest Latin stars these days, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin that is, have also decided to honor Greece with their presence this summer. Both artists, Lopez on April 29 and Martin on May 31, will set camp at the Karaiskaki Stadium.

On an entirely different note, that of the so-called new folk scene, up-and-coming psych-folk singer Devendra Banhard will appear at Gagarin Venue in Athens on July 4.

Music > Rockwave Festival with Franz Ferdinand May 25, 2006

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Franz Ferdinand will hit Athens July 11.

Every day that goes by, summer looks even more promising regarding upcoming concerts.

The latest news is that top British band Franz Ferdinand will be in Athens on July 11, to open the 10th Rockwave Festival. Frontman Alex Kapranos and his popular band will meet up with the Dandy Warhols, Britain’s Editors, Spain’s Sunday Drivers and others, at the Terra Vibe stage in Malakassa.

The 10th Rockwave Festival is being hailed by its organizers as the greatest celebration of the summer.

Franz Ferdinand will come equipped with their latest and highly successful album, “You Could Have It So Much Better.” Band members Alex, Bob, Nick and Paul are hoping to get everyone dancing, at least that was their initial aim. They do not like repeating themselves, nor do they enjoy compromising. As for us, it will be difficult to wait to hear hits like “Walk Away,” “The Fallen,” “Outsiders” and “Fade Together” live.

So far, the Rockwave Festival looks like an exciting event; the Dandy Warhols have a reputation for turning their concerts into huge parties, the Editors have been described as “the successors” and we all know the Sunday Drivers through their hit “On my Mind.” What remains to be announced is the program of the festival’s second day, the “hard rock” day, on July 12.

Tickets, which cost 39 euros, will be available as of Saturday at Ticket House, 42 Panepistimiou Street, Athens, tel 210 3608366 and at www.ticketpro.gr.