L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, COSMOSQUAD, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled Live at the Baked Potato, due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (ERIC GALES, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled COSMOSQUAD debut and 2002's highly acclaimed Squadrophenia, as well as Kollman's latest solo outing, Shedding Skin. With both drummer Shane Gaalaas and bassist Barry Sparks home from their summer touring commitments with Japanese superstars THE B'Z and DOKKEN, respectively, a handful of L.A. area live appearances are planned for November/December.
October 7 will see the UK release of Dancing With St. Peter, Kollman and Gaalaas' collaboration with UFO vocalist Phil Mogg under the $IGN OF 4 banner. Recorded and produced by Kollman at his Crumb Studios, the album combines classic guitar based rock and soulful blues and features a total of 11 tunes. The track listing reads as follows:
03. Dancing With St Peter
04. Song Keep's A Comin'
05. Clap Hands (TOM WAITS cover)
06. Beautiful Friend
07. Bad On Bad
10. Los Meadows
11. Seems To Me
Select European dates are in the works starting in mid-November.
Also on the Kollman front, SHAPE 68, the guitarist's new pop-oriented venture with the legendary "Voice Of Rock", ex-DEEP PURPLE/TRAPEZE vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Robin DiMaggio have scheduled a special showcase at Platinum Live in Studio City, CA on Wednesday, October 16. The trio will be debuting several of the tunes they've been working on over the past few months at Crumb Studios. Doors open at 7PM, cover is $10.00. In addition, Hughes is preparing for another solo album featuring contributions from Kollman, among others.
Finally, Jeff Kollman will be making a guest appearance on Edge Of The World, the forthcoming solo album by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist, MARK BOALS, due out October 23 on Pony Canyon in Japan and November 11 via Frontiers Records in Europe. Jeff can be heard on "Trouble In Paradise" and "Hold On (To Our Love)". The album also features contributions from fellow guitarists Tony MacAlpine, Chris Brooks, Neil Citron, keyboardist Erik Norlander, and drummers Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and Virgil Donati (RING OF FIRE, PLANET X).