Jeff Kollm​an: Chad Smith's bombastic meatbats tour announced

October 19, 2009 - L.A. all-stars CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, whose debut album 'Meet The Meatbats' was released on Warrior Records/Universal on September 15, are embarking on a one-week tour of Japan starting October 19. The line-up for these shows features guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, GLENN HUGHES), bassist Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, TED NUGENT), and keyboardist Ed Roth (GLENN HUGHES, RONNIE MONTROSE), along with special guest Kenny Aronoff (JOHN FOGERTY, IOMMI) on drums who is filling in for co-founder Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, CHICKENFOOT). The MEATBATS will unite with Smith for an exclusive Japanese show in early November as part of the Music Fair Japan 2009, Japan's version of the NAMM show, which runs November 5 through 8 at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama. Dates are as follows:

Oct. 19 - Hip Shot Japan, Koriyama
Oct. 20 - Junk Box, Sendai
Oct. 21 - The Bottom Line, Nagoya
Oct. 22 - Bigcat, Osaka
Oct. 23 - Club Quattro, Hiroshima
Oct. 24 - Gate's 7, Fukuoka
Oct. 26 - O-East, Shibuya
Nov. 07 - Music Fair Japan, Yokohama

Back on home soil, Kollman is set to invade the Baked Potato, 3787 W. Cahuenga Blvd., Universal City, CA on Friday, October 30 with his long-running trio COSMOSQUAD, featuring drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'z, GLENN HUGHES, MSG). Pete Griffin (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA) will be guesting on bass, with local guitarist Jeff Marshall also making an appearance.

Last but not least, Jeff Kollman's critically acclaimed 2002 collaboration with UFO vocalist Phil Mogg, $IGN OF 4 - 'Dancing with St. Peter', has been re-mastered and re-issued by Marmaduke Records. Re-christened MOGG & THE SIGN OF 4 - 'Dancing with St. Peter', the CD is available from CD Baby and can also be picked up at UFO shows. The title track, 'Dancing with St. Peter', was recorded by UFO for their current album, 'The Visitor.'