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April 27, 2007

Well what’s a farewell tour without a little drama? If it wasn’t getting the timing on when all of us in the band we’re available for this upcoming run, there was the task of convincing promoters we wouldn’t pull the plug a 3rd time on them if we rebooked…well, it was close to happening again but I refused to let it.

Last week, our longtime guitarist Fredrik Akesson informed us he would not be able to participate with us because of his obligations with the band he has been involved with. Understandable but a bit unprofessional of him to pull out 6 weeks before the tour begins. Our next option was to get our old pal & other former guitarist, Pontus Norgren, but he too is knee deep in commitment with his current band The Poodles & was unable to join us. I thought this would be a bit silly in continuing forward without either one of them but I realised there are fans buying tickets, hotels & even flights to come see these shows, they are the ones who are the most put out so I came up with a solution I am very happy to announce into the fold.

My good friend from many a musical moment, guitarist Brian Young, will join us for the tour. Brian was part of the 1st band I started after my stint with Yngwie back in 1985 called L’Amour & we have done much together since. He played a solo on the 1st Human Clay album Marcel & I did back in 1996 as well played on a few solos for my Prism album. For the last 6 years, Brian has been & still is currently playing for David Lee Roth but I am proud to be borrowing him & introducing him to you on this tour…only he can learn all these songs in 3 weeks & blow you all away, trust me, you’ll be impressed!!

See you all out there, Jamie, Marcel, I & now Brian look forward to a slamming farewell…until we meet again!!

Official Talisman 2007 tour dates:
Saturday 19 May – Holland, Hellendoorn – Festivalplein with Deep Purple and Y&T
Sunday 20 May – UK, Sheffield – Corporation (support ‘Crimes of Passion’)
Monday 21 May – UK, Dudley – JB’s (support ‘Crimes of Passion’)
Thursday 24 May – Greece, Thessaloniki – Ksilourgio Milou
Friday 25 May – Greece, Athens – Gagarin 205
Sunday 27 May – Belgium, Vosselar – Biebob (support ‘Mennen’)
Tuesday 29 May – Germany, Hamburg – Headbanger’s Ballroom (support ‘Mennen’)
Thursday 31 May – Spain, Barcelona – Apolo
Friday 1 June – Spain, Madrid – Sala Heineken
Saturday 2 June – Spain, Bilbao – Santana 27
Monday 4 June – Gran Canaria, Telde – Teatro Juan Ramon Jiminez
Wednesday 6 June – Holland, Zoetermeer – De Boerderij (support’ DUST’)
Friday 8 June – Sweden, Solvesborg – Sweden Rock, headline band, Zeppelin stage

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