News Segment


September 3, 2004


We are very happy to announce the official return of original bassist, Brian Gordon, to the fold after a four-year hiatus. Brian left in 2000 to pursue other musical interests and although he was no longer a member of the band, we have remained good friends and he was always considered an extended member of the IV family. In fact, Brian ended up laying the bass tracks down for the last album, Reigning Memories, and periodically filled in for gigs this past year.

“I am extremely pleased to be jamming with my friends in Ion Vein again”, stated Brian,” it feels like coming home after being away awhile! Im glad to see that the energy and passion behind Ion Veins vision has not faded, even after dealing with line-up changes. The new material were working on kicks ass! Playing with Chuck on drums is great and Chris and Russ are reaching further and digging deeper for fresh sounds and its great to be a part of it. Im very excited about the new music this band is creating, I`ll see you at the shows!”

Now and Then Records will be releasing Reigning Memories throughout Europe and Asia in late September/early October whilst writing for the follow up continues. Catch Ion Vein with Twelfth Gate and Rival at Penny Road Pub in South Barrington, IL on September 25th. Visit the bands website at for details.


This weekend sees the first ever X-Fest to promote quality up and coming acts within the AOR/Melodic/Progressive Rock genres. This is LOST WEEKEND’s only show for the remainder of 2004 – so don`t miss the chance to see the ever improving Yorkshire act before they begin work on their fourth studio album. A “Best Of” CD is also in the pipeline and will feature some very cool bonus material.

Festival details ::
Venue :: The Railmens Club, (bottom of) Wind Street, Swansea. OVER 18s ONLY…
Date & Time :: Saturday 4th September 2004. 6pm to 12pm
Line-up :: Lost Weekend + Sacred Heart with Quecia and Sheer Shock Revival (four bands in total)
Ticket Prices :: 10 adv. 12 door – on sale now! email for details or phone MUSIQUARIUM on 01792-465256 (no booking fee)…
Drinks Prices :: You can recoup the ticket price as all the drinks at the venue are extremely cheap. Pint of lager 1.35, etc

For all the latest on this show and future PUNCHLINE PROMOTIONS events log onto!!!

Also, check out the “Information” site at for hotel / B&B details…”


RPM, in association with Shields International, are proud to announce the September 2004 European Acoustic Tour of Mitch Malloy.

This is a chance to catch one of the finest voices in rock on an acoustic tour and is one that should not be missed! Indeed, according to Eddie Van Halen, “Mitch is a shining light in a very dark world! He is an amazing singer, a great songwriter and a fine guitar player.”

Mitch released his self titled debut album through BMG in 1992 and it featured a track co-written with Desmond Child. The album generated Mitch two top 20 singles in the US. It shot him to stardom in the US and he appeared on shows such as Jay Leno, and supported artists such as Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, and many many more. His 2nd release entitled Ceilings and Walls came out in 1994 also on the BMG label and features a duet with Paul Carrack. Also in the 90s Mitch ws asked to front Van Halen which he did for a short time! Since then he has released two solo albums with Now And Then, and toured the UK in 2001, culminating in a storming performance at The Gods. This is another great chance to see one of the world’s most underrated artists live in the UK… if you enjoy the likes of Bon Jovi you will love Mitch Malloy!!!

This intimate tour with special guests commences in Crewe on Wednesday 8 September 2004 and tickets, priced at only 8 including booking fee, are available direct from the venue or on the door (subject to availability). Doors for all venues open at 7.30pm. The full tour dates are listed below.

8th Limelight Club, CREWE
9th Bourbon St, GLASGOW
12th The Boardwalk, SHEFFIELD
13th Stripes Club, BRENTFORD (Only London Show)
15th Sussex Arts Centre, BRIGHTON
16th Clwb Ifor Bach, CARDIFF
17th Rock Cafe 2000, STOURBRIDGE
19th Z Rock 2004, LIVERPOOL
22nd Brickmakers, NORWICH
24th Paradise Garage, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
25th Ritmoy Compas, Madrid, SPAIN

For further information on the tour please contact Mark Owen on 01484 643392 or 07766 886972 or by email

Courtesy of Now And Then