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Tony Franklin

I got an e-mail from Tony Franklin, updating me on the progress of his new album.
Tony says the album is now completed. He says: "It's a heavy, groovy, melodic outing. I'm very excited about it. I've been working a vocalist called Scott Kail...he's a very special talent and we have a great chemistry. There's a few 'special' guests, but I need to hold back on announcing them for right now. This is not like the music I've played in the past. It's more of a groove thing, song-oriented, but it's still heavy. The choice of notes is more important than the amount of notes!"
Stay tuned for further updates.

John Farham

Good news! It appears the new John Farnham single is a cover of the Rolling Stones' Last Time - which will be the name of the tour being announced soon. The tour is being touted as John's farewell national tour and is set to run 7 months. First reports suggest his new studio album is a return to the smooth AOR of Romeo's Heart. The Stones tune is also apparently the only cover included in the track listing.

Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley's Spirit Of St. Louis album is due for re-release on CD in Japan on March 20. The album was produced by Jo Strummer & Mick Jones, with 6 of the 12 tracks written by the duo.

Tim Feehan

One of AOR's cult figures was the brilliant singer/songwriter Tim Feehan. His name pops up from time to time on there where are they now lists. For those that are not aware, Tim most recently co-wrote, produced, mixed and played on the rock comeback album for 80's pop princess Tiffany. For the record, that album - The Color Of Silence - is a fine slice of mature melodic pop rock.
But Tim's previous occupation was solo artist and his last two albums were great examples of pure AOR/Westcoast at it's best. For a sample, check this months Playoff, in the Soundbytes page.
Previous to that, Tim actually had two other solo albums, neither of which I have personally heard. But Georg @ AOR Heaven has unearthed news that both those albums; Carmelita and Sneak Preview will be officially re-released in Japan January 10th. Great news for classic AOR fans and you can expect both re-issues to be featured here in the new year.

Fair Warning

The legacy of Fair Warning will be celebrated with the release in Japan of a double Best Of album titled, A Decade Of Fair Warning. The release, due December 19, will contain a second bonus CD for the first pressing only, with 3 'alternative versions' of classic tracks - Eyes Of Love, Find My Way & For The Young.