AUG. 2, 2021
CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
CRADLE OF FILTH will return to American shores this fall for the "Lustmord And Tourgasm" tour, featuring an epic full performance of the British extreme metaller's classic 1998 concept album "Cruelty and the Beast" for the first time ever, as well as an encore of other fan favorites.
Tickets on sale this Friday, August 6.
Dates here: facebook.com/cradleoffilth
LED ZEPPELIN DOCUMENTARY GOT A NAME
The previously announced official LED ZEPPELIN documentary will be called "Becoming Led Zeppelin".
A release date for the film has not yet been announced.
METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" HIT 1 BILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
METALLICA's music video for the song "Nothing Else Matters" has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. It is the first METALLICA track to reach the milestone.
AUG. 1, 2021
SLADE TO RE-RELEASE ALBUMS ON VINYL
British glam rock legends SLADE have announced a deluxe vinyl album reissue series which will get under way later this year. The band will kick things off on September 3 with their third album, "Slayed?", on limited edition yellow and black splatter vinyl, with further releases to be revealed in due course.
BOX FULL OF EARLY SEX PISTOLS RECORDINGS
"Sex Pistols 76-77" is a definitive collection of SEX PISTOLS recordings before the release of the "Never Mind The Bollocks" album. Featuring no less than 80 alternate versions of tracks recorded between May 1976 and September 1977, together with a bonus disc featurng the infamous "Spunk" bootleg.
"Sex Pistols 76-77" will be released as a 4CD set and digitally on September 24. It contains 8 previously unreleased versions and 30 tracks available for the first time digitally.
JULY 30, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH CRADLE OF FILTH
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH has released a new single, "Crawling King Chaos": youtu.be/Wks1aBh49sQ
The song is taken from their upcoming 13th album, "Existence Is Futile", which will be released on October 22.
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES has released another single, "Start The Show", from their upcoming album, "Power Trio", which will be released on August 27.
Lyric video for "Start The Show": youtube.com/watch?v=zej8uz1Wh_Q
FBG PUNKFEST WITH DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, MIMIKRY AND VENEREA
The first FBG Punkfest take place at Falkhallens Blackbox in Falkenberg, Sweden on November 27. It will be a punk party with the Swedish bands DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, MIMIKRY and VENEREA. Tickets go on sale August 27.
MIKE HOWE COMMITTED SUICIDE
According to TMZ, METAL CHURCH singer Mike Howe's official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging.
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO RELEASE DIGITAL REMASTER OF "Dr. Feelgood"
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the final single released from MÖTLEY CRÜE's legendary album "Dr. Feelgood". In celebration - both of that anniversary and the band's year-long recognition of their 40th anniversary in music - they announce the digital remaster of the album, to be released worldwide on September 3. It's available now for pre-order across digital platforms.
JULY 29, 2021
THUNDERMOTHER POSTPONE UK TOUR
Due to continued uncertainty surrounding international travel Swedish hard rocking women THUNDERMOTHER have rescheduled their forthcoming UK tour from this September/October to April 2022. But the good thing is that they have added an extra date in Glasgow at Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday, April 12.
You can find the new dates here: facebook.com/thundermother
30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF OZZY's "No More Tears"
More than 30 years after its release, Ozzy Osbourne's 6th solo album, "No More Tears", will be celebrated with an expanded digital audio album due out September 17 (Sony). 2 special editions - a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at towerrecords.com) - will be released simultaneously.
ZZ TOP BASSIST DUSTY HILL IS DEAD
It seems to be a very bad week for rockers..
First Mike Howe (METAL CHURCH), then Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT etc), and now ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill has passed away at the age of 72. He died in his sleep at his home in Houston.
The surviving members of ZZ TOP, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, will carry on, which will be the first lineup change in over 50 years.
JULY 28, 2021
JEFF SCOTT SOTO TO RELEASE DUETS COLLECTION
Acclaimed rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN etc etc) has announced the release of his next solo project, "The Duets Collection, Vol. 1", on October 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. For this album, Soto wanted to do a career retrospective and re-record some of his favorite songs from his storied career, but with the twist that he invited friends to join him on duets of said songs.
Today, fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of "Mysterious" (originally performed by Soto with TALISMAN), where he is joined by Eric Martin (MR BIG). Listen here: youtu.be/FS3JOYP3DYU
Pre-order/save "The Duets Collection, Vol. 1" here: orcd.co/jssduets
DELUXE EDITION OF WHITESNAKE's "Restless Heart"
In the wake of WHITESNAKE's massive global success, the band's founder and lead singer, David Coverdale, set out to record his third solo album in 1995. However, the plan was derailed when pressure from his record label forced him to change course and release "Restless Heart" under the DAVID COVERDALE & WHITESNAKE moniker. Despite the changes, the 1997 album was a Top 40 hit in the U.K. Surprisingly, the record was never released in the U.S. That will change this fall when Rhino introduces several versions of the album.
"Restless Heart: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on October 29 and is available for pre-order now. The 4CD/DVD collection features newly remastered and remixed versions of the original album, along with unreleased demos and studio outtakes. The DVD includes music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with new interviews from David Coverdale. The set comes with a hardbound book filled with rare and unseen photos from the era.
3 additional versions of "Restless Heart" will be available the same day. First is a 2-CD deluxe edition that includes the new remix plus the original album, newly remastered. Next is a double-LP deluxe edition pressed on 180-gram silver vinyl that features the newly remixed album. And finally, there is a single-disc version which again features the newly remixed album. In addition, all of the music will be available digitally through streaming services.
NEW EP WITH FAKE NAMES SOON
American/Swedish punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES - with members from MINOR THREAT, S.O.A., REFUSED etc. - have announced via Instagram that they will be releasing a new EP soon. More information should be revealed soon..
BUZZCOCKS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will go on a UK tour in March 2022.
EX-SLIPKNOT DRUMMER JOEY JORDISON IS DEAD
Former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison passed away on Monday (July 26) at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed.
Other bands that Joey played with through the years are MURDERDOLLS, MINISTRY, SINSAENUM, SCAR THE MARTYR, VIMIC etc.
JULY 27, 2021
METAL CHURCH AND HERETIC SINGER MIKE HOWE IS DEAD
Mike Howe, singer for METAL CHURCH and HERETIC, has passed away at the age of 55 at his home in Eureka, California. No cause of death has been revealed.
WHITESNAKE AND FOREIGNER RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH EUROPE
The UK/Ireland tour with WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER and special guests EUROPE, that was originally meant to take place in 2020, is now scheduled for May 2022.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 30.
Dates here: facebook.com/whitesnake.official facebook.com/foreigner facebook.com/europetheband
In related news.. WHITESNAKE has announced the addition of Croatian singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick to the group's ranks. Jelusick is a member of multi-platinum selling band TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and was previously part of DIRTY SHIRLEY (with George Lynch) and ANIMAL DRIVE. He has also recorded with many others.
THUNDERMOTHER IPA IN AUGUST
Swedish all female hard rocking band THUNDERMOTHER will release their own beer together with Wessinge Kalla Brygghus on August 2.
"Thundermother Whatever IPA" will only be available from Systembolaget in Sweden.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate has announced rescheduled dates for the next European leg of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Empire" and "Rage For Order" albums.
The tour will begin in Rome, Italy on March 29, and will end in Edinburgh, UK on May 21.
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING IS CANCER FREE
EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting is now cancer free, more than 2 weeks after he underwent a successful total gastrectomy in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
JULY 26, 2021
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST LOS ANGELES
Knotfest, the music and counterculture experience created by SLIPKNOT, has today announced the band's biggest Los Angeles headline performance yet, Knotfest Los Angeles, at Banc of California Stadium on Friday, November 5.
Knotfest Los Angeles will see SLIPKNOT performing at this stadium for the first time, with a lineup also including BRING ME THE HORIZON, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEVER 333, CODE ORANGE and VENDED, with a special guest appearance from CHERRY BOMBS.
Tickets for Knotfest Los Angeles will be available on pre-sale to OT9 and knotfest.com subscribers on July 27, with a general on-sale on July 30, over at knotfestlosangeles.com
In unfortunate news, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the previously announced Latin American Knotfest events (Brazil, Colombia and Chile) have all been bumped from 2021 to 2022. Further information is available on the respective festival web sites..
METALLICA TO PLAY INTIMATE CONCERT IN HOLLYWOOD
METALLICA will play an "intimate" concert on November 4 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Tickets for the 7,000-seat-theater show go on sale Friday, July 30, but members of METALLICA's fan club (also known as Fifth Members) can get theirs early with a special presale starting Wednesday, July 28.
JULY 25, 2021
BRUCE DICKINSON AND ROGER GLOVER TO PERFORM JON LORD's "Concerto For Group And Orchestra" IN HUNGARY
Drummer Bernhard Welz has just announced a new performance of Jon Lord's "Concerto For Group And Orchestra" in Györ, Hungary on November 5, 2021. Adding DEEP PURPLE tracks, the concert will be performed by the GYÖR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA together with: Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) - vocals, Roger Glover (DEEP PURPLE) - bass, Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey) - guitar and Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, DonAirey) - drums.
Also appearing at the event will be conductor Paul Mann, a close friend of Jon's.
Tickets will go on sale next week.
MORE BEER FROM HATEBREED
After the enormous success of their "Live For This Lager", Connecticut hardcore/metal act HATEBREED have once again teamed up with Witchdoctor Brewing Company and Half Time Beverage to unleash 2 refreshing new beers. "Perseverance Pale Ale" is one of them, while the other is a non-alcoholic version of "Live For This Lager".
More info here: halftimebeverage.com
BOOK ABOUT QUEENSRŸCHE DUE IN OCTOBER
NW Metalworx Music will release "Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche", this coming October. After 40 years, QUEENSRŸCHE's career-spanning story will finally be told, covering the band's earliest roots in suburban Seattle, the group's rise to arena-level success, downfall, and rebirth. Featured on the book's cover is a previously unseen photo of QUEENSRŸCHE's original lineup of Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate and Michael Wilton, taken by photographer Robert John at the height of the quintet's stardom.
Written by James R. Beach, with Brian L. Naron and Brian J. Heaton, the book will be issued in various formats - a limited-edition collector's hardcover, a standard paperback, and an electronic version that can be downloaded as a standalone PDF, or purchased for the Amazon Kindle. The hardcover edition will feature a CD of rare audio interviews with QUEENSRŸCHE and an exclusive poster. Pre-orders will start in August on nwmetalworxmusic.com, and later on Amazon and other online retail sites.
JULY 24, 2021
ZZ TOP PLAYED WITHOUT BASSIST DUSTY HILL LAST NIGHT
ZZ TOP played without bassist Dusty Hill last night (Friday, July 23) at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois after he was forced to return to Texas to address a hip issue. Filling in for him at the gig was longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis.
DAVE MUSTAIN CONFIRMS TITLE OF NEW MEGADETH ALBUM
Dave Mustaine has confirmed that the new MEGADETH album will be titled "The Sick, The Dying And The Dead".
RE-RELEASE OF KREATOR's "Endorama"
AFM Records will release KREATOR's "Endorama - Ultimate Edition" on December 17.
It's a re-release of their 1999 album "Endorama", which will also include some demo tracks as a bonus. It will be available as 3CD and 2LP.
JULY 23, 2021
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF D.S.-13 etc.
André and 138 of Swedish hardcore/punk band D.S.-13 have a new band, called EXIL, together with TB (LEPER, UX VILEHEADS, FUKUSHIMA) and Kristofer (LIVET SOM INSATS, AXIS OF DESPAIR). Their debut album, "Warning", is out now.
DEE SNIDER ANNOUNCES STREAMING CONCERT
TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider recently announced his fifth full-length solo album, "Leave A Scar", out July 30 via Napalm Records. To commemorate the LP's release, Snider has announced a streaming event for his fans on Thursday, July 29. The concert stream features a very special concert from Snider performing live at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York on June 11. All ticket buyers will gain access to the concert stream, as well as on-demand access to any and all content from the event for a 30-day period.
Tickets for the stream are available now at: metaldepartment.tv
DESCENDENTS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk rock veterans DESCENDENTS have announced a European tour next summer. Select dates will be with USELESS ID and select dates with MAKE WAR.
The band released their new album, "9th and Walnut", today.
Dates and order the album: descendents.tumblr.com
ALICE COOPER TO HEADLINE NEW FESTIVAL IN SWEDEN
Atlas Rock is a new festival that will take place at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on June 4, 2022. The first confirmed artist is Alice Cooper.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 26. More artists will be announced after the summer.
Tickets and more info: atlasrock.se
NEW STUFF WITH WARCOLLAPSE
Swedish heavy-weight crust punk veterans WARCOLLAPSE has released 4 new songs, under the title "Bound To Die". So far just digitally, but both vinyl and CD will be released in a couple of weeks.
JULY 22, 2021
MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH CROWBAR
American thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced a U.S. tour in November together with CROWBAR, SKELETAL REMAINS and DEAD HEAT. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, July 23 at: municipalwaste.net/tour
DEBUT ALBUM WITH KK'S PRIEST PUSHED BACK TO OCTOBER
KK'S PRIEST - the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE) - will release its debut album, "Sermons Of The Sinner", on October 1 (postponed from the previously announced August 20) via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
The ROLLING STONES have announced the make-up dates for their postponed 2020 tour. The 13-date trek will kick off on September 26 at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will conclude on November 20 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Also included are shows in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit, as well as 3 new dates, at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on October 13, in Los Angeles on October 17 at SoFi Stadium, and in Las Vegas on November 6 at Allegiant Stadium.
Previously scheduled dates for Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo could not be rescheduled.
Tickets for the new shows will go on sale July 30. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances.
More details here: rollingstones.com
NEW SONG WITH BOMBUS
Swedish band BOMBUS has released a new punk/metal anthem, "Abomination Rock'n'Roll".
Check it out: bombus.lnk.to/AbominationRocknRoll-Single
Another single will be released in late summer this year, which is a forerunner what to expect in the near future.
NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE has released a new single, "Bite The Bullet". The song is taken from their upcoming album, "Wired", which will be released on October 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Check out "Bite The Bullet": youtu.be/xjhFkyU-Afk
Pre-order/save the album: orcd.co/eclipsewired
JULY 21, 2021
RANCID's LARS FREDERICKSEN TO RELEASE SOLO EP
Lars Fredericksen of American punk rock band RANCID has announced that he's going to release a solo EP. It's expected out by the end of the year.
MACKEN FEST POSTPONED TO JANUARY
Macken Fest was supposed to happen in September, but have now been moved to January 14-16, 2022 instead. Already purchased tickets are valid for the new dates, and all confirmed bands except LUCIFER (who will be on tour) will be playing. The festival happens in Stockholm, Sweden.
Among the confirmed acts are DISMEMBER, TRIBULATION, DISFEAR, ENFORCER, NIFELHEIM, GENERAL SURGERY, BOMBS OF HADES, ANTICHRIST, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, The DAHMERS, VOJD, IRON LAMB etc.
More info here: mackenbryggeri.se
JULY 20, 2021
RIVAL SONS TO PLAY ENTIRE "Pressure And Time" ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American retro blues rockers RIVAL SONS have announced a North American tour where they will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Pressure And Time" album by performing the entire album. Special guests will be DOROTHY in most markets, REIGNWOLF and MYRON ELKINS in select cities.
The tour kick off in Fort Lauderdale on September 29, and will last until November 13 when they play in Anaheim.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 23.
More info here: rivalsons.com
YET ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT METALLICA?
"Metallica: The $24.95 Book" will be released on August 15 via Backbeat Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.
This book looks at METALLICA's cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, exploring the band's ideologies along the way.
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Punk legends CIRCLE JERKS have announced a late 2021/early 2022 North American tour, featuring support from MUNICIPAL WASTE, ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH on select dates.
I suggest that you go to circlejerks.net for further details (like dates etc).
NEW 7" WITH JELLO BIAFRA
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (with Jello Biafra from DEAD KENNEDYS) have released a new 7", "No More Selfies/The Ghost Of Vince Lombardi", which is out now via Alternative Tentacles.
Both tracks were on the CD version of the album "Tea Party Revenge Porn", but not on the vinyl version.
JULY 19, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH IRON MAIDEN IN SEPTEMBER
IRON MAIDEN have announced that their 17th studio album will be titled "Senjutsu", and it will be released on September 3. Pre-order will start on July 21.
TROUBLEMAKERS ADDS SECOND 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Swedish punk rockers TROUBLEMAKERS are going to celebrate their 40th anniversary at Musikens Hus in their hometown Göteborg in the fall. The first show, on October 30, sold out quickly, so they have now added a second show on October 29.
JULY 18, 2021
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS are coming to Europe next summer. They will visit Austria, Germany, Sweden and Denmark in August 2022.
AUTOPSY PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST JOE TREVISANO
U.S. death metal pioneers AUTOPSY has announced the departure of longtime bassist Joe Trevisano.
BASSIST LEXXI FOXX HAS LEFT STEEL PANTHER
Bassist Lexxi Foxx has left California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER.
40th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF HERMAN RAREBELL's SOLO DEBUT
Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell recorded his first solo album, "Nip In The Bud", 40 years ago. The album will now be re-released on August 27 via Aviator Management.
JULY 17, 2021
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE DISTILLERS
American punk rockers The DISTILLERS have released a live album, "Live In Lockdown", which is available now digitally, and with physical copies expected to ship in November via Rise Records.
The album features 9 tracks that were recorded live during their 2020 livestream.
The DISTILLERS will be touring Europe in 2022.
JULY 16, 2021
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR TO RELEASE VODKA
On August 2 Swedish hard rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will release their first ever Hardcore Superstar Vodka, made with deadly Carolina Reaper chillies.
Created in conjunction with Klocktornet Destilleri, the Hardcore Superstar Vodka will be available from Systembolaget here in Sweden, but they are working with a partner to make it available worldwide through mail order.
JOHNNY ROTTEN SUED BY 2 OTHER SEX PISTOLS MEMBERS
According to the Associated Press, 2 members of SEX PISTOLS are suing John Lydon over the right to use the band's songs in the upcoming biopic miniseries about the U.K. punk legends.
Earlier this year, Lydon, who is better known as Johnny Rotten, blasted the upcoming SEX PISTOLS limited series as "the most disrespectful shit I've ever had to endure", insisting that he wasn't approached to take part in the show's production.
"Pistol" is a 6-episode series about SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones. It is based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol" and it is being helmed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who serves as executive producer and director.
Edmund Cullen, the lawyer that represents Jones and drummer Paul Cook, told a judge at the High Court in London on Thursday that his clients have a "brittle and fractious" relationship with Lydon, but that the musicians had made an agreement in 1988 that song usage would be on a "majority rules basis" and that they also had the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious.
Lydon's lawyer, Mark Cunningham, said in written arguments that Jones's memoir portrayed him "in a hostile and unflattering light", referring to Lydon at one point as an "annoying little brat with the great bone structure who's always asking for more."
JULY 15, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS HAS ACQUIRED A NEW DRUMMER
American punk band CIRCLE JERKS has recruited a new drummer, Joey Castillo (The BRONX, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DANZIG, BL'AST!, WASTED YOUTH).
NEW SONG WITH IRON MAIDEN
IRON MAIDEN today revealed their brand-new track "The Writing On The Wall" with an eagerly anticipated global YouTube video premiere. This is their first new song in 6 years.
JUDAS PRIEST TO RELEASE 42-CD BOX SET
JUDAS PRIEST is set to release a mammoth limited-edition box set which will include every official live and studio album to date plus 13 unreleased discs. This is the most extensive release of previously unreleased music the band has made from its vast archives. This special release will be out on October 15 via Sony Music.
A "Reflections" edition of the box set will also be available to purchase in CD and 2LP formats.
NEW RELEASE DATE FOR SAMI YAFFA's SOLO ALBUM
Finnish bassist Sami Yaffa (HANOI ROCKS, Michael Monroe, NEW YORK DOLLS, Pelle Miljoona, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS) will release his solo album, "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind", on September 3 (and not 22 as previously announced) via Livewire/Cargo Records.
NEW SINGLE WITH U.D.O.
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. (led by Udo Dirkschneider from ACCEPT) has released a new single/video, "Metal Never Dies", which is taken from their upcoming album, "Game Over", that will be released on October 22 via AFM Records.
KISS KEYBOARDIST GARY CORBETT IS DEAD
Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett has died after battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain and hip. He passed away last night (Wednesday, July 14).
Corbett played offstage keyboards and handled background vocals on KISS tours in the late 80s and early 90s. Before that, his credits included co-writing Cyndi Lauper's Top 5 hit "She Bop" and working with the solo band of former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm, who recommended Corbett to KISS frontman Paul Stanley.
After KISS, Corbett played with CINDERELLA until 2011. He also got a couple of Grammys for his work with reggae legends Damian and Stephen Marley.
WARBRINGER TEAM UP WITH NERVOSA FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
American thrashers WARBRINGER will join NERVOSA for a co-headline European tour with support from WARFECT. The tour will take place from February to April 2022.
Dates etc. here: facebook.com/Warbringermusic facebook.com/nervosa facebook.com/Warfect
SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
British modern metal band SKARLETT RIOT are going on a short 5-date UK tour in November. Tickets will be available to purchase next Wednesday, July 21.
Dates here: facebook.com/skarlettriotuk
BUCKCHERRY CANCELS DUE TO COVID
Southern California hard rockers BUCKCHERRY has postponed the next couple of weeks' worth of tour dates after 2 members of the band tested positive for COVID-19.
Affected shows are those who was supposed to happen between July 16-25.
NEW AC/DC BEER
KnuckleBonz and Calicraft Brewing Company have announced their plans to launch a new music branded beverage line with 2 AC/DC officially licensed beers: AC/DC PWR UP Juicy IPA and AC/DC TNT Double IPA coming to select retail outlets throughout California and Arizona in late summer of 2021.
There will be a tap room release event in the San Francisco Bay Area the weekend of July 23-25 at the Calicraft headquarters/tap room.
More info here: calicraft.com/ACDC knucklebonz.com/acdc
MEGADETH TO RELEASE ACOUSTIC ALBUM
It was one of the most unique and sought-after concert experiences in MEGADETH fandom - an intimate, scaled-down performance featuring Dave Mustaine & Co. on acoustic guitars stripping down their heavy metal anthems to their primal elements. These special engagements became the stuff of legend over the years and recordings of these performances were made available exclusively through the MEGADETH fanclub.
But now, the band have partnered with Los Angeles-based indie label Cleopatra Records to make this experience open to all with the first-ever commercial release of "Unplugged In Boston", a spectacular acoustic concert recorded in 2001.
"Unplugged In Boston" will be available on digital as well as digipak CD and vinyl in an array of color options to choose from. Release date is August 20.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG GUITARIST GAV LEAVING THE BAND
After 10 years, TYGERS OF PAN TANG guitarist Gav Gray has decided to leave the band.
CINDERELLA GUITARIS JEFF LABAR IS DEAD
CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar has died at the age of 58. He was found dead by his wife, Debinique Salazar, on Wednesday (July 14) inside his apartment in Nashville. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
JULY 14, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Reunited American punks CIRCLE JERKS have announced a European tour next summer (2022).
Tickets and dates: circlejerks.net/tour
CANDLEMASS SHOWS IN STOCKHOLM POSTPONED AGAIN
Swedish doom metal pioneers CANDLEMASS has once again postponed their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The latest dates are November 13 and 14.
The band will perform the entire "Epicus, Doomicus, Metallicus" album on the first night, and the entire "Nightfall" album the next night.
METALLICA TO CELEBRATE 40 WITH FAN CLUB MEMBERS
METALLICA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with 2 special hometown shows at Chase Center in San Francisco, California on December 17 and December 19 for members of their fan club only.
More info: metallica.com
HATEBREED REPLACES IN FLAMES ON "The Metal Tour Of The Year"
Due to international visa issues, Swedish metal band IN FLAMES have pulled out of "The Metal Tour Of The Year", co-headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD and featuring special guests TRIVIUM. Replacing them on the bill will be HATEBREED.
JULY 13, 2021
EX-WHITESNAKE GUITARIST BERNIE MARSDEN TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM
Guitar legend Bernie Marsden (ex-WHITESNAKE) will release his brand-new album, "Kings", on July 23 via Conquest Music. All pre orders to Bernie's site will get a signed CD and a free limited-edition Bernie Marsden "Kings" plectrum. Only orders via Bernie's web site qualify for this, and offer ends on release day.
"Kings" is Bernie's first solo album in 7 years.
JETHRO TULL SIGNS WITH INSIDEOUTMUSIC
InsideOutMusic/Sony Music have announced the signing of progressive rock legends JETHRO TULL to the label. The band has already completed a new album, titled "The Zealot Gene", which can be expected in early 2022.
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AC/DC
Sony Music Publishing have announced a worldwide deal with Australian music company Alberts. The agreement is to administer the complete song catalogues of AC/DC and powerhouse songwriting and producing team Harry Vanda, George Young and Stevie Wright. The historic deal brings the band's publishing and recording rights together under the Sony banner for the first time.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ROADRUNNER RECORDS IN THE WORKS
Directed by "Temple Of Bleh" podcast host Jim Saxton, "The History Of Roadrunner Records" will tell the story of the Dutch-founded company, from its beginnings as a licensor of children's music in 1981, concluding with the label's 2012 shake-up following its acquisition by Warner Music Group.
Through a collection of new interviews with Roadrunner alumni (artist and employee alike), archival footage, and never-before-seen materials, the project will fill the knowledge gap left behind by metal's most disruptive independent label.
"The History Of Roadrunner Records" is currently slated for digital release in March 2023.
THE DOORS GUITARIST ROBBY KRIEGER TO RELEASE MEMOIR
After 50 years, The DOORS' notoriously quiet guitarist, Robby Krieger, is ready to set the record straight in his first-ever memoir, "Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar With The Doors", written with Jeff Alulis. Krieger finally opens up about the band's meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock n roll.
The book will be published in the following countries:
U.K. - October 12 - Orion/White Rabbit
Italy - November 16 - Rizzoli Lizard
Russia - Fall 2021 - AST
Finland - January 2022 - Like
Spain - Spring 2022 - Alianza
EYEHATEGOD ADDS MORE U.S. TOUR DATES
EYEHATEGOD announces additional live dates this September leading up to their massive North American tour supporting GWAR and NAPALM DEATH.
The band's journey begins with back-to-back record release shows September 10 and 11 at Poor Boys in their hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana with support provided by GOATWHORE, The OBSESSED, and more. As an added bonus, renowned adult film star, writer, director, and band friend Stormy Daniels will be selling merch at the September 11 show.
From there, the band will rampage their way through 10 more cities including a trio of performances with GWAR and MADBALL as well as a one-off show in Frederick, Maryland with SUFFOCVATION and MADBALL. On October 28, EYEHATEGOD will convene with GWAR and NAPALM DEATH in Norfolk, Virginia for a tour that will run through over 3 dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13 in Washington, DC.
See all confirmed dates here: facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
JULY 12, 2021
BLOODBOUND ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish power metal band BLOODBOUND are going on a European tour in March 2022. They will visit Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Belgium with not just 1 but 3 support acts: ARION, METALITE and VEONITY.
More details here: facebook.com/bloodboundmetal
facebook.com/OfficialArion metalite.se veonity.com
MARDUK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK are going on a European tour with VALKYRJA and DOODSWENS in October/November.
Dates etc. here: facebook.com/Mardukofficial
MANOWAR TO CELEBRATE 6 ALBUMS AT THE SAME TIME
In 2022, MANOWAR will embark on the "Crushing The Enemies Of Metal Anniversary Tour '22", which will be packed with fan favorites from the band's career and will pay special tribute to 6 signature MANOWAR albums and their anniversaries:
40th anniversary of "Battle Hymns"
35th anniversary of "Fighting The World"
30th anniversary of "The Triumph Of Steel"
20th anniversary of "Warriors Of The World"
15th anniversary of "Gods Of War"
10th anniversary of "The Lord Of Steel"
The tour kick off in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on April 12.
Full tour schedule and ticket links: manowar.com
JULY 10, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH GAMMA RAY
German power metal veterans GAMMA RAY will release a new live album, "30 Years Live Anniversary", on CD/DVD and vinyl on November 12, and the digital version on September 10.
Due to COVID-19, the band was not able to play shows, so they decided to do a livestream event and set up a big stage in the ISS Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. This event took place on August 27 and was streamed to fans all over the globe. This livestreamed show will now be released as a double live album on both audio and video via earMUSIC.
NEW ALBUM WITH SAXON IN FEBRUARY
British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their new album on February 4, 2022. No title of the album has been revealed yet..
The first single from the new album will likely arrive at the end of this year. Pre-order will begin on October 29.
Message from Biff Byford (vocals): youtu.be/NO_OREmZTCI
JULY 9, 2021
BLOODBOUND ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish power metal band BLOODBOUND will do 2 exclusive shows in Sweden in October. The dates are:
Oct. 29 - Valand, Göteborg
Oct. 30 - Nalen Klubb, Stockholm
Tickets: triffidanddanger.se or tickster.com
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE TO RELEASE LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, the band led by former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell, will release "Great Zeppelin II: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin" on August 13 via Deadline Music, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
The album is a sequel to the 1998 album that became one of GREAT WHITE's best-selling, most loved albums.
THE PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
UK punk rock veterans The PROFESSIONALS have announced a short UK tour in the end of August.
A new album, "SNAFU", will be released on September 24.
Dates and tickets: theprofessionalsband.com/shows
JULY 8, 2021
FIRST OFFICIAL BON SCOTT WEB SITE
Iconic AC/DC singer Ronald Belford "Bon' Scott would have turned 75 years old on July 9, 2021. To mark this occasion, Bon's family will launch the first-ever official Bon Scott web site which will serve as a destination for fans keen to discover more about the legendary singer, including tributes from renowned rockers. They will also be able to leave testimonials about seeing or meeting Bon and purchase newly available official merchandise.
BOX FULL OF 80s DEMOS WITH ENUFF Z'NUFF
From the vault of bassist Chip Z'Nuff and vocalist Donnie Vie comes this long-buried treasure of early 80s demos that chronicle the very birth of melodic glam rockers ENUFF Z'NUFF. "Never Enuff - Rarities & Demos", officially scheduled for release on August 27, features high-quality studio recordings consisting entirely of previously unreleased, original material written by Z'Nuff and Vie as they honed their songcraft in the years leading up to their 1989 Atlantic Records self-titled debut album.
JULY 7, 2021
HEART's Ann Wilson ANNOUNCE SHORT SOLO TOUR
HEART's Ann Wilson will embark on a short solo tour in August. The trek will kick off on August 14 in Alexandria, Virginia and will include dates in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire, before wrapping up with a 2-night stand at City Winery New York City.
Dates and tickets: annwilson.com/tour
NEW INTERVIEW WITH VELVET INSANE
There's a new interview with Swedish glam rockers VELVET INSANE here at Hard Rock Info. And guess what? It's available in English!
CHECK IT OUT!
NEW ALBUM WITH AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS IN SEPTEMBER
Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS will release a new album, "Comfort To Me", on September 10 via Rough Trade.
The first single, "Guided By Angels", is out today: youtu.be/Z--D1flPLnk
Pre-order the album: amylats.ffm.to/comforttome
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE U.S. DATES
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS are still alive, and have announced a few shows with MDC in the States in October.
Dates here: facebook.com/deadkennedys
JULY 6, 2021
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. DATES
Billy Idol have announced 4 new tour dates in the States, which will happen in September. VIP pre-sale begin tomorrow (July 7), and general public on sale begin on Friday, July 9.
Dates and tickets at: billyidol.net
VOIVOD LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR DOCUMENTARY
Canadian prog/sci-fi metal legends VOIVOD has joined forces with metal film director Felipe Belalcázar to make the band's official documentary, "We Are Connected". And they have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them finance the film.
VOIVOD's crowdfunding campaign will run from July 6 to August 15, with shipping expected to begin in the last week of August.
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING TO UNDERGO GASTRIC CANCER SURGERY
EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting will undergo a total gastrectomy next week, less than 5 months after he started treatment for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
EX-URIAH HEEP FRONTMAN JOHN LAWTON IS DEAD
Former URIAH HEEP frontman John Lawton has passed away at the age of 74. He died on June 29, and there was no illness involved.
John Lawton sang with the band between 1976-79. He was also a member of LUCIFER'S FRIEND.
NEW ALBUM WITH RUNNING WILD IN OCTOBER
Long running German heavy metal pirates RUNNING WILD have set "Blood On Blood" as the title of their new album, which will be released on October 29. Pre-sale will start on July 30, and the first single will drop on August 13.
JULY 3, 2021
HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND GOT A NEW DRUMMER
Swedish Americana rockers HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND has recruited a new drummer: Richard Klemmé (The TROUBLED THREE).
Their previous drummer, Patrik Jansson, left due to the classic "creative differencies". And the band says that in this case it's true.
HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND has 2 shows coming up in Sweden this summer:
July 30 in Bålsta (Private pool party)
Aug. 21 in Vinön
QUEENSRŸCHE GUITARIST PARKER LUNDGREN STEP DOWN
Parker Lundgren, guitarist for QUEENSRŸCHE, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years.
Read a statement here: facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE SPANISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell announce more tour dates. This time he is going to sunny Spain for a tour in January 2022.
Dates here: facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial
JULY 2, 2021
AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR
AT THE GATES release their new album, "The Nightmare Of Being", today, and announce a Swedish tour in December.
Tickets go on sale Monday, July 5 at: triffidanddanger.se
BULLET ANNOUNCE BULLFEST
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET invite us to Bullfest at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on August 28. BULLET themselves will headline, and the other bands that will play are LUCIFER, BIRDFLESH and METAL WARRIORS. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 3.
facebook.com/bulletband tyrolen.se tickster.com
SABATON ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish war metallers SABATON have announced "The Tour To End All Tours". The spring 2022 European trek will be visiting 26 cities in 17 countries, featuring support from the Mongolian rock band The HU and Finnish heavy metal veterans LORDI.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, July 7 on the band's web site: sabaton.net/tour
JULY 1, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH U.D.O. IN OCTOBER
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. will release a new album, "Game Over", on October 22 via AFM Records.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) has announced a European tour in May 2022.
Tickets and dates here: hankvonhell.com
BON JOVI's "It's My Life" SURPASSES 1 BILLION VIEWS ON YouTube
BON JOVI's music video for the song "It's My Life" has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. It is the first BON JOVI track to reach the milestone.
JUNE 30, 2021
FRANK MARINO ANNOUNCE IMMEDIATE RETIREMENT FROM TOURING
Frank Marino, the legendary Canadian guitarist and leader of the band MAHOGANY RUSH, has announced his retirement from touring after developing an "unexpected and debilitating" medical condition.
The 66-year-old musician has not revealed any specific details about the condition, but said that it has made it "impossible" for him to play shows.
A statement can be read here: facebook.com/OfficialFrankMarino
NEW ALBUM WITH WANDA JACKSON IN AUGUST
Rockabilly and country icon Wanda Jackson will release a new album produced by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna. It's called "Encore", and it will be out August 20 via Big Machine/Blackheart. Joan Jett is also on 3 of the tracks. Other guest spots include Elle King, Angaleena Presley (PISTOL ANNIES) and Candi Carpenter.
You can hear the lead single, "It Keeps Right on a Hurtin'", here: youtu.be/DilTt68v__o
PAUL SPECKMANN SIGNS WITH EMANZIPATION PRODUCTIONS
Emanzipation Productions have announced the signing of underground death metal legend Paul Speckmann. The iconic MASTER frontman, also a member of DEATH STRIKE, CADAVERIC POISON, and JOHANSSON SPECKMANN, will join the Danish label with his cult band SPECKMANN PROJECT. His only album so far under this banner was the self-titled record released in 1991 via Nuclear Blast, to a great amount of praise of the old-school death/thrash scene.
"Speckmann Project 2" will be released in 2022. More details to be announced in due time..
JUNE 29, 2021
INGLORIOUS TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
British hard rockers INGLORIOUS will release a covers album, titled "Heroine", on September 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The album sees the band tackling covers by a varied selection of female artists whom they respect and admire.
Today we get a first taste with the release of the single and video for their take on Miley Cyrus' "Midnight Sky": youtu.be/OOQ8B6eucak
SAMMY HAGAR ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
Sammy Hagar has announced a fall 2021 Las Vegas residency. The shows - dubbed "Sammy Hagar and Friends" - will take place at the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod (formerly known as the Stratosphere) and will feature The Red Rocker collaborating with a rotating circle of his legendary friends starting with shows on Friday, October 29, Saturday, October 30, Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting on Thursday, July 1 at this location: tickets.thestrat.com/SammyHagar
NEW SINGLE WITH PRESSURE IN JULY
Swedish hard rockers PRESSURE will release a new single, "Fem I Tre", on Friday, July 2.
D-A-D TO HEADLINE CANNONBALL
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will headline the new festival Cannonball, which will take place in Næstved, Denmark on September 4. Among the other artists that will play are BONAFIDE, VA ROCKS, GRUMPYNATORS, Soren Andersen, The COURETTES, LUCER, COLUMBIAN NECKTIES, JUNKYARD DRIVE, TIMECHILD, KELLERMENSCH and The SANDMEN.
H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE SCANDINAVIAN DATES
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T have announced a few tour dates in Norway, Sweden and Denmark early next year. Special guest will be NESTOR, and tickets go on sale June 30.
The 4 dates we talk about are:
Feb. 4 - Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
Feb. 5 - Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb. 18 - Amager Bio, København, Denmark
Feb. 19 - Trädgår'n, Göteborg, Sweden
THE HIVES AND THE HELLACOPTERS CONFIRMED FOR ROYAL ROCK FEST
Royal Rock Fest will happen at Avicii Arena (aka Globen)/Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden on December 17 and at Göransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden on December 18. The lineup will include Swedish rockers like The HIVES, The HELLACOPTERS, GRAVEYARD, ROYAL REPUBLIC, THUNDERMOTHER, BOMBUS, MAIDAVALE and HORNDAL.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 2 at: livenation.se
JUNE 28, 2021
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the US leg of "The Bay Strikes Back Tour", featuring thrash legends TESTAMENT, EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL. The 30-date trek will kick off on October 6 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA and will make stops in Austin, New York, and Detroit before concluding at The Fox in Oakland on November 27.
General admission tickets for the tour will go on sale on Thursday, July 1. Blabbermouth will have a ticket pre-sale starting Tuesday, June 29. Tickets for the rescheduled TESTAMENT shows will be honored.
More info: nuclearblast.com/store testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us blabbermouth.net
NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" SURPASSES 1 BILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
According to Chart Data, NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify, making it the band's first song to reach the milestone.
JUNE 27, 2021
SWEDISH BLUES AND REGGAE ARTIST PEPS PERSSON IS DEAD
Swedish blues and reggae legend Peps Persson passed away this morning. He became 74 years old.
EX-SKID ROW SINGER JOHNNY SOLINGER IS DEAD
Former SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger has died at the age of 55. His passing comes a little over a month after he announced he was suffering from liver failure.
VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER AND ARTILLERY ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for this year's "MTV Headbangers Ball" tour of Europe.
The trek is currently scheduled to kick off on November 24 in Amersfoort, Netherlands and conclude on December 6 in Göteborg, Sweden.
RATT RECRUITS NEW GUITARIST
RATT has recruited guitarist Frankie Lindia for its summer 2021 tour dates following last year's departure of Chris Sanders.
Lindia, a Los Angeles-based guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and music teacher who played with David Lee Roth on the VAN HALEN singer's 2020 tour, made his live debut with RATT this past Thursday (June 24) at the Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota.
ZZ TOP ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
ZZ TOP has announced that they are going back out on tour, with dates starting next month in Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
JUNE 24, 2021
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ALKALINE TRIO
BAD RELIGION will team up with ALKALINE TRIO for a North American tour in October/November, which will also feature WAR ON WOMEN as special guests. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 25.
Tickets and dates at: badreligion.com
EX-ACCEPT MEMBERS HERMAN FRANK AND DAVID REECE HAVE A NEW PROJECT
It seems like former ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reece are working together on a new project.
CANDLEMASS ANNOUNCE 3 DATES IN THE STATES
CANDLEMASS are going to America in April 2022 for 3 shows. Tickets for their headline dates go on sale this Friday, June 25.
April 20 - The Middle East, Boston, MA (w/ The SKULL, FRAYLE)
April 22 - Hell's Heroes Festival, Houston, TX (SOLD OUT!)
April 24 - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL (w/ The SKULL, FRAYLE)
JUNE 23, 2021
GEEZER BUTLER TO RELEASE BOX SET
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has announced a new career-spanning release, "Manipulations Of The Mind - The Complete Collection".
The 4-CD box set, which is due on July 30 via BMG, will include his 3 solo albums - "Plastic Planet", "Black Science" and "Ohmwork" - plus a bonus disc of "rare material", described as a treasure trove of unreleased demos, studio outtakes, single edits and 3 live tracks captured at the Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan in February 1996, alongside the song "Beach Skeleton", only previously heard on the Japanese edition of "Black Science".
An additional standalone collection, "The Very Best Of Geezer Butler", will be made available on the same day.
METALLICA PHOTO BOOK IN OCTOBER
Reel Art Press has announced the publication of "Metallica: The Black Album In Black & White", on October 19.
This official coffee table book is a collaboration with METALLICA and photographer Ross Halfin and is a celebration of one of the best-selling albums of all time, featuring classic and previously unpublished photographs. It includes introductions by Ross, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.
NEW INTERVIEW WITH TROUBLEMAKERS
It was a few months since my last interview, but now a new interview is up here at Hard Rock Info. It's with the Swedish punkrock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS, and it's once again only in Swedish.
Check it out!
JUNE 22, 2021
FLOGGING MOLLY TEAM UP WITH VIOLENT FEMMES FOR U.S. TOUR
Celtic punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY have announced a co-headline tour in the States with VIOLENT FEMMES, as well as special guests ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES and THICK. The tour will take place in September/October, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 25.
Tickets and dates here: floggingmolly.com/tour
facebook.com/officialviolentfemmes facebook.com/gimmegimmes facebook.com/Thickinbrooklyn
THE HIVES ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
The HIVES are going on a European tour in November/December, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 25. They will visit countries like Germany, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Tickets and dates here: thehives.com
GBH RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR AGAIN
British punk legends GBH have rescheduled their 4 dates in Sweden once again. They will now visit the country in February 2022, and the new dates are:
Feb. 16 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Feb. 17 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
Feb. 18 - Debaser, Stockholm
Feb. 19 - Plan B, Malmö
There will also be support acts on each date.
HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES IN RUSSIA, BELARUS AND UKRAINE
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will do some shows in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in March 2022. The dates are these:
March 09 - Yekaterinburg - TeleClub
March 11 - St. Petersburg -Morze
March 12 - Moscow - 1930
March 14 - Minsk - RE:Public
March 15 - Kiev - Atlas
A BOX FULL OF URIAH HEEP IN SEPTEMBER
On September 24, BMG will release URIAH HEEP's "Every Day Rocks" box set.
The ambitious and beautifully presented box set includes the first 7 albums on picture disc, plus 7 accompanying t-shirts (1 for every day of the week), corresponding art cards feature motivational lyrics and a calendar wall planner for planning the week's URIAH HEEP listening.
30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF METALLICA's BLACK ALBUM
METALLICA marks the 30th anniversary of its self-titled fifth album - also known as "The Black Album" - with 2 landmark releases, both out September 10 on the band's own Blackened Recordings.
"The Black Album" is receiving its definitive re-release. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the album will be available in multiple configurations, and some of them will contain some extra material.
There will also be a tribute album, called "The Metallica Blacklist", which will feature 12 songs and 53 artists. Among these artists are GHOST, WEEZER, OFF!, Corey Taylor, VOLBEAT, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, PG ROXETTE etc etc.
More info about both releases at: metallica.com
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DORO IN SEPTEMBER
In celebration of 35 years of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album, Doro Pesch will release "Triumph And Agony Live" in various formats, including CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD, Blu-ray, and a huge box set, on September 24 through Doro's own label, Rare Diamonds Productions.
The cover and track listing will be revealed shortly..
CONNY BLOOM ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom has announced some solo tour dates in Sweden during the summer.
More details here: facebook.com/ConnyBloomOfficial
JUNE 21, 2021
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ANETTE OLZON
Current The DARK ELEMENT and former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her new solo album, "Strong", via Frontiers Music Srl on September 10.
Today fans can get their first listen to new music with the release of the single and video for the track "Parasite": youtu.be/eEbQWMOPBO0
Pre-order/save the album here: orcd.co/anettestrong
MIMIKRY AND LASTKAJ 14 CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
NO FUN AT ALL, MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, VÅNNA INGET, The PRICKS, TRUBBEL, CITY SAINTS, BOMBFORS and THOSE WITHOUT have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on Oktober 1-2, 2021.
Tickets at: punkfesten.se
JUNE 20, 2021
TARJA TURUNEN TO TELL HER STORY IN NEW BOOK
Rocket 88 has announced the publication of "Singing In My Blood", the first book by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.
Written and compiled over the past year of lockdown, Tarja has searched through scores of photos and memories to create a big, deluxe book about her life in music. There are contributions from friends and colleagues who've played a part in her music on stage, in the studio and at home, alongside lots of previously unseen intimate photos from childhood to the present day.
For more details, go to: tarjabook.com
JUNE 19, 2021
RATT ANNOUNCE SUMMER DATES
According to Stephen Pearcy, RATT will only play a "handful" of shows this summer. So far, the following U.S. dates have been announced, as per the singer's official web site:
Jun. 24 - Brainerd, MN - Lakes Jam
Jul. 16 - Red River Valley Fair - West Fargo, ND
Jul. 23 - Waukesha County Fair - Pewaukee, WI
Aug. 21 - The Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
SATOR No. 1 IN SWEDEN
Swedish rock legends SATOR went to the top of the charts here in Sweden with the reissue of their album "Basement Noise", both on the physical chart and the vinyl chart.
JUNE 18, 2021
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCE 71-DATE U.S. TOUR
FOREIGNER will embark on a 71-date U.S. tour at the end of the month. The trek will kick off on June 24 in Ottumwa, Iowa and conclude on November 20 in Pensacola, Florida. Several of the of shows in the fall - including those in Saratoga, California; Los Angeles, California; Santa Barbara, California; Detroit, Michigan; Youngstown, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Michigan - will feature the band performing with a full orchestra.
For further details try: foreigneronline.com
FOGHAT CELEBRATE 50 WITH NEW LIVE ALBUM
FOGHAT celebrate 50 years of rock and roll with "8 Days On The Road", a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16 on their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits (which is part of the Sun Records family and is owned by Sam Philips's son and nephew).
It will also be available on vinyl LP and digital.
The recording took place on November 17, 2019 at Daryl's House Club in Pawling, New York.
The band is currently working on a new studio album, to be released in 2022.
Pre-order the live album: foghat.biz
ELECTRIC GUITARS ANNOUNCE DANISH TOUR
Danish high-energy guitar hard rockers ELECTRIC GUITARS are going on a tour in Denmark in November/December. But before that they will play at The Tivoli in Helsingborg, Sweden on November 4.
Tickets and dates: gig.to/eg2021
MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, MOB 47 AND GATUPLAN CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
Since earlier TOY DOLLS are confirmed to headline the Close-Up Båten punk cruise on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back), which will now happen on May 19-20, 2022. Now the rest of the lineup have been announced as well, which includes the following acts: MIMIKRY, TRUBBEL, CHARTA 77, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, KSM3, MOB 47, BESSERBITCH, GATUPLAN, VÄNSTERNÄVEN, DEATH BY HORSE, BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING, N:A HOSPITALET and SLAVERIET.
Tickets are on sale now: tallinksilja.se/close-uppunk
And if you think it's not enough for you, then there's also a after party at Nalen/Stora Salen on October 22 with LASTKAJ 14 and LAARHÖNE.
Tickets for the after party: secure.tickster.com/sv/456zp9f2xvd44aj/products
BLISTERHEAD ANNOUNCE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish punkrock band BLISTERHEAD have announced 2 late release shows in Sweden:
Oct. 1 - Fyrens Ölkafé in Göteborg
Oct. 2 - Sällskapet in Skövde
Very limited number of tickets to these gigs.
JUNE 17, 2021
350 ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT HELLFEST 2022
METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over 2 weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on 6 stages, with additional appearances by such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, VOLBEAT, DEEP PURPLE, Alice Cooper, NIGHTWISH, SABATON, SUICIDAL TENDENICES and BAD RELIGION.
Full lineup and other details: hellfest.fr
EX-KISS TOURING KEYBOARDIST GARY CORBETT IS BATTLING CANCER
Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett is battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain and hip. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help him and his wife as they are facing devastating medical bills while he goes through treatment.
AT THE GATES TO HEADLINE GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL WINTER EDITION
The people behind Gefle Metal Festival have announced Gefle Metal Festival Winter Edition, which will take place at Stora Gasklockan in Gävle, Sweden on December 11. Headliner will be AT THE GATES, and 4 more bands will be added.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 18) at: geflemetalfestival.se
JUNE 16, 2021
NIKKI SIXX ANNOUNCE NEW MEMOIR
Mary Ann Naples, VP and publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the forthcoming publication of "The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx" by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. Due on October 19, the book is edited by executive editor Brant Rumble, who acquired world rights in a deal with Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment, and will be available in hardcover, eBook and an audio edition by Hachette Audio.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG RECORDING NEW EP
TYGERS OF PAN TANG are currently recording a new 3-track EP, to be released in late October. This recording will introduce their new guitarist Francesco Marras.
METALLICA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
METALLICA has announced a number of summer 2022 European festival appearances.
The 7-date run will kick off on June 15, 2022 at Copenhagen, Denmark's Copenhell and conclude on July 8, 2022 at Lisbon, Portugal's NOS Alive.
Dates here: metallica.com
GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT MOTÖRHEAD IN SEPTEMBER
Simon & Schuster will release "Motörhead: The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World: The Authorized Graphic Novel", by David Calcano and Mark Irwin, in hardcover edition on September 7.
Spanning 144 pages packed with stunning illustrations, the book tells the legendary story of MOTÖRHEAD's frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the band's meteoric rise to becoming one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
GARY HOLT QUITS DRINKING
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has officially quit drinking alcohol.
Read more: instagram.com/garyholt_official
JUNE 15, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH EX DEO IN AUGUST
Symphonic death metallers EX DEO (with members of KATAKLYSM) will release a new album, "The Thirteen Years Of Nero", on August 27 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order: napalmrecords.com/deutsch/exdeo or exdeoband.com/shop
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES
Yngwie Malmsteen will be back on the North American roads in November/December. John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) will be support act.
Dates and tickets here: yngwiemalmsteen.com
BRANDS FOR FANS RELEASE "KISS Cold Gin"
Swedish company Brands For Fans will release "KISS Cold Gin" on Monday, June 21. Pre-order start today (June 15). This product will not be available at Systembolaget (the Swedish liquor store), so you have to order it from their web site. It will also be available in some other European countries.
More info: brandsforfans.com
RONNIE JAMES DIO DOCUMENTARY MAKERS WANT YOUR PHOTOS
The producers of the upcoming career-spanning documentary on the life and times of Ronnie James Dio looking for your personal photos with the legendary heavy metal singer to include in the film.
Upload your photos at diodocumentary.com
The documentary is the first about Dio to be fully authorized by the artist's estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film.
JUNE 14, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE HACKETT IN SEPTEMBER
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release a new studio album, "Surrender of Silence", on September 10 via Inside Out Music.
IGGY POP ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Iggy Pop have announced a European tour next summer.
You can find all confirmed dates here: facebook.com/iggypop
RANCID AND DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID will hit the road together for the first time since 2017 for the co-headlining "Boston To Berkeley II" tour with special guests The BRONX on most dates. The U.S. trek - which was originally scheduled for May of 2020 - runs from August 10 to October 16 and will also feature festival appearances by DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID at Riot Fest in Chicago on September 18 and Aftershock in Sacramento on October 8.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, June 18.
Try one of these for dates and tickets: rancidrancid.com or dropkickmurphys.com
KISS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for the next U.S. leg of the "End Of The Road" tour. The trek kicks off on August 18, 2021 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and concludes on October 9, 2021 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa date is one of several new shows added to the tour, alongside those in Toledo, Ohio; Irvine, California; Mountain View, California; Wheatland, California; Sparks, Nevada; Hidalgo, Texas; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets for the newly added dates go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 18. Tickets for all previously rescheduled dates are on sale now.
More info at: kissonline.com
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Veteran Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will embark on a U.S. tour this summer. The "Brace For Impact Summer Tour 2021" will kick off on August 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and conclude on August 28 in Mesa, Arizona.
More info: flotstildeath.com
VADER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Polish death metal veterans VADER have announced a European tour in July/August this year. Most dates will happen in Poland and Germany, but they will also visit Finland, Austria and Switzerland.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/vader
JUNE 13, 2021
SKID ROW WILL ALSO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "Slave To The Grind"
SKID ROW will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its classic second album, "Slave To The Grind", by performing it in its entirety on July 11 at The Amphitheater at Rolling Hills Casino And Resort in Corning, California.
FLESHCRAWL VOCALIST SVEN GROSS IS DEAD
Sven "Svenson" Gross, vocalist for German death metallers FLESHCRAWL, has lost his battle with cancer.
JUNE 12, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TROUBLEMAKERS IN OCTOBER
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Their 9th studio album, "En Sista Skål", will be released at Musikens Hus in their hometown Göteborg on October 30. They will hopefully have the book about the band available then too. More info about the event later..
SLIPKNOT's EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR MOVED BACK TO 2022
SLIPKNOT has postponed its previously announced summer 2021 European dates until 2022.
The new dates are:
Jul. 15 - Moscow, Russia - Park Live Festival
Jul. 17 - Kiev, Ukraine - UPark Festival
Jul. 20 - Bucharest, Romania - Romexpo
Jul. 21 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Hills Of Rock
Jul. 23 - Athens, Greece - Release Festival
Aug. 05 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
SEBASTIAN BACH TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind"
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's second album, "Slave To The Grind", on a U.S. tour this fall. He will perform the LP in its entirety at all shows on the trek, which will kick off in October, with exact dates to be announced soon.
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
American action hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA have once again been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to happen in August. "With different countries having different restrictions, it makes travel over there too difficult right now", says the band on Facebook.
The plan is to reschedule everything for May of 2022, and do an extended tour to make up all of the dates. They are currently booking dates in the States.
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE INTERRUPTERS NEXT FRIDAY
American ska rockers The INTERRUPTERS will release a live album, "Live In Tokyo!", on June 18.
JUNE 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND NEXT YEAR
Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend has announced his first new tour in support of the forthcoming album "Lightwork", due to be released in spring 2022. Devin has started recording with producer GGGarth Richardson at his The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Tickets for the "Lightwork Tour 2022" will go on sale Monday, June 14 at: hevydevy.com/tourdates
JUNE 10, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ABORTED IN SEPTEMBER
Belgian gore/death metal veterans ABORTED are going to release a new album, "ManiaCult", on September 10 via Century Media Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH THOR NEXT MONTH
American muscle hard rockers THOR will release a new album, "Alliance", on July 16 through Deadline Music. The album will feature guest apperances from people like Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P), John Gallagher (RAVEN), Björn Strid (SOILWORK), Danko Jones (DANKO JONES), Neil Turbin (ANTHRAX), Ross "The Boss" Friedman (MANOWAR, The DICTATORS) and many more..
Check out the first single, "The Ultimate Alliance" (featuring both Ross The Boss and Chris Holmes): youtu.be/eZASqUhTCcc
Pre-order the album: cleorecs.com/store/?s=thor+alliance&post_type=product ..or pre-save: orcd.co/thor_alliance_album
JUNE 9, 2021
THE QUILL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish heavy hard rockers The QUILL are going on a European tour in January.
The first confirmed dates can be found here: facebook.com/thequillsweden
HANK VON HELL RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell's little tour in Sweden in September has been postponed to March 2022.
The new dates are:
March 2 - Pustervik, Göteborg
March 3 - Katalin, Uppsala
March 4 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall
March 5 - Berns, Stockholm
JEFF LOOMIS JOINS GRAHAM BONNET'S ALCATRAZZ
Former NEVERMORE and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Jeff Loomis has joined Graham Bonnet's version of ALCATRAZZ.
JUNE 8, 2021
AVATAR ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a summer/fall 2021 U.S. tour. The 36-date trek, dubbed "Going Hunting", will kick off September 1 in Albany, New York and will make stops in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and more before wrapping October 18 in Seattle, Washington.
General on-sale begin this Friday, June 11.
LIVE ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST TO BE RE-RELEASED ON TAPE
The new French label Birth Ritual Records will re-release PARADISE LOST's live album "Draconian Times MMVI Live" on cassette. It's a live recording of their album "Draconian Times", recorded in 2011. The tape will be released on June 30.
NASHVILLE PUSSY RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
American hard rocking veterans NASHVILLE PUSSY have had to reschedule their Australian tour in September 2021, due to the risk and probability of international borders not being open in time. It will now go ahead in September 2022. All current tickets are simply transferable to the new dates.
New dates can be found here: facebook.com/NSPSY
AMON AMARTH CANCEL ALL SUMMER SHOWS
Swedish melodic death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are forced to officially cancel all Summer 2021 shows due to the ongoing festival cancellations and postponements across Europe. They hope to see you next year instead..
JUNE 7, 2021
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST will finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek will also feature SABATON as openers.
The tour will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania), October and early November (concluding on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario). Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale beginning this Friday, June 11.
More info and dates: judaspriest.com
NEW SINGLE WITH VELVET INSANE ON FRIDAY
Swedish glam rockers VELVET INSANE will release another single from their upcoming album on Friday, June 11. The song is "Sound Of Sirens", and you can pre-save it here: orcd.co/sound-of-sirens
The album, titled "Rock 'N' Roll Glitter Suit", will be released on July 16 through Wild Kingdom Records.
JUNE 4, 2021
NEW SINGLES WITH WITHERING SURFACE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, LUCIFER AND ALCATRAZZ
Danish melodic death metallers WITHERING SURFACE has released a new single, "Stick To Your Guns", today. Listen: backl.ink/143758750
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE has also released a new single, "Me The Cursed", today. Listen: backl.ink/144440315
Swedish occult rock band LUCIFER has released a cover of "Gone With The Wind Is My Love" by RITA & THE TIARAS. The song is a duet between LUCIFER singer Johanna and Elin Larsson of BLUES PILLS. Check it out: Lucifer.lnk.to/GoneWithTheWindIsMyLoveFC
The Doogie White fronted version of ALCATRAZZ has released a new single, "Turn Of The Wheel", via Silver Lining Music. The song is available now on all digital platforms. The video for the track can be viewed here: youtu.be/bdn8ppUCVBQ
DISMEMBER AND TANKARD CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL CRUISE
A new metal cruise on the Baltic Sea has arrived! Gefle Metal Cruise will sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland on February 10, 2022 and will be back in Stockholm next day. Confirmed bands are DISMEMBER, TANKARD, The HAUNTED, The LURKING FEAR, BURNING WITCHES, HORNDAL and KONVENT.
Event page: facebook.com/events/2970819173137574
WACKEN OPEN AIR ANNOUNCE FIRST CONFIRMED ACTS FOR 2022
JUDAS PRIEST, LIMP BIZKIT and ROSE TATTOO are among the first announced bands for next year's edition of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival.
As previously announced, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for next month will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
Among the other confirmed bands so far are IN EXTREMO, AS I LAY DYING, LACUNA COIL, GWAR, DEATH ANGEL, THUNDERMOTHER, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, CRYPTA etc.
More info and tickets at: wacken.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
UK glam rockers The DARKNESS have announced a new album, "Motorheart", set for release on October 15 via Cooking Vinyl.
The LP is available for pre-order from the band's official store on exclusive formats and signed bundles, including deluxe CD with bonus tracks, exclusive color LP and tape.
The album release will be followed by a full UK tour in November and December this year with support coming from BRITISH LION, the side project of legendary IRON MAIDEN founder and bassist Steve Harris.
More info: thedarknesslive.com
JUNE 2, 2021
SAMI YAFFA TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Bassist Sammi Yaffa - best known for working with artists like NEW YORK DOLLS, Michael Monroe and HANOI ROCKS - has announced the release of his first solo album, "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind", on September 22.
The first single, "The Last Time", will be released on June 11 via Livewire/Cargo Records.
Among his band mates on the album are people from acts like Michael Monroe, SMACK, STONE SOUR and Izzy Stradlin.
LIV SIN SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Swedish heavy metal band LIV SIN - led by ex-SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell - have signed with Danish label Mighty Music, and are currently working hard on their third album, which is expected to be released in 2022.
JUNE 1, 2021
QUEEN DRUMMER ROGER TAYLOR ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Roger Taylor made the surprise announcement today that he will play a U.K. solo tour this fall, introducing brand new material and revisiting some of his very own QUEEN classics.
With the pandemic putting QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT's European tour on pause until 2022, the drummer has decided to hit the road for a set of intimate shows. The upcoming concerts will showcase his distinctive percussive, vocal and songwriting talents that have been integral to QUEEN's live and recorded output since 1970.
Marking his first live performances outside QUEEN in over 2 decades, Taylor will tour the U.K. across October playing 14 shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album, "Outsider", on October 1.
Tickets, dates and pre-order of the album: rogertaylorofficial.com
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST ROADSHOW
SLIPKNOT has announced a return to the road for its 2021 incarnation of the "Knotfest Roadshow". Support will come from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEVER 333 and CODE ORANGE.
The 28-date U.S. tour will start at Tinley Park, Illinois on September 28, and will last until November 2.
Tickets will be available on pre-sale to Knotfest subscribers from 10 a.m. local time on June 2, with a general on-sale from 10 a.m. local on June 4, over at knotfestroadshow.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has announced the rescheduled dates for its U.S. tour. The trek will now kick off on July 31, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium and will run through early October with a 2-night run at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Wolfgang Van Halen's new band MAMMOTH WVH.
Tickets for the rescheduled dates are on sale now via GUNS N' ROSES' web site. Tickets for the new dates will be on sale beginning Friday, June 4.
WACKEN OPEN AIR POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
The promoters of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival, have announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for the end of July will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST
UK hard rockers PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS (with Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD) have announced that they will be parting ways with vocalist Neil Starr. They are planning to go ahead with this summer's scheduled shows, and are now looking for a new singer.
You can read more here: facebook.com/PhilCampbellATBS
MAY 31, 2021
NEW SONG WITH DAVID LEE ROTH
David Lee Roth has released a new song called "Giddy-Up!". The track, which also features original artwork by the VAN HALEN singer, can be heard here: youtu.be/lC_piFz7RVY
"Giddy-Up!" was one of 5 songs included in last fall's The Roth Project, an online comic narrated by Roth, with music from John 5 on guitar and bass, Greg Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion. The 17-chapter comic also included 4 other songs Roth co-wrote with John 5 and recorded several years ago at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
ARCH ENEMY CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE
In celebration of ARCH ENEMY's 25th anniversary, they're bringing you strictly limited merch bundles for every studio album they've ever released.
MAY 29, 2021
QUEEN's "Greatest Hits" TO BE RE-RELEASED
Already wearing the crown as the U.K.'s biggest-selling album of all time and achieving the third-longest chart run on the U.K. official chart, QUEEN's 1981 "Greatest Hits" collection is getting a limited-edition makeover to mark not only the band's historic 50th landmark but also the album's 40th anniversary.
First released in 1981, "Greatest Hits" stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the U.K. (6.75 million sales to date), with global sales in excess of 25 million. Added to that, in the U.K., the collection has now spent over 900 weeks on the album chart and has been certified a staggering 22 times platinum.
These historic landmarks are now to be marked and celebrated with a brand new collector's-edition "Greatest Hits" CD with exclusive slipcase cover and a limited-edition cassette format, both to be released globally July 2.
MAY 28, 2021
AMON AMARTH CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF "The Crusher" WITH RE-RECORDED SONG
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their third full-length album, "The Crusher", Swedish melodic death metal vikings AMON AMARTH have released a special, re-recorded version of the track "Masters Of War".
A visualizer for the song can be viewed here: youtu.be/6hNefnioPg4
To coincide with the release and further the festivities, the band has also announced the release of a special edition "Masters Of War" merch collection exclusively available from the band's store Victorious Merch.
NEW SINGLE WITH HULKOFF
RAUBTIER and BOURBON BOYS frontman Per Hulkoff release a new single, "Holmgång", with his solo band HULKOFF today: youtu.be/lfsTfJQ8d84
The song is taken from his third solo album, "Ragnarök", which will be released on September 24.
WISHING WELL ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER
Finnish heavy metal band WISHING WELL announce that they have parted ways with Chilean vocalist Rafael Castillo. New vocalist is Alex Alpua.
MAY 27, 2021
THE STRANGLERS TO HEADLINE REBELLION
British veterans The STRANGLERS are confirmed to headline the independent punk and alternative festival Rebellion Festival, which happens at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 4-7, 2022.
Tickets for next year's event go onsale from August 5 this year, although tickets for the cancelled 2020 and 2021 festivals are valid for next year's weekend.
Other acts that are confirmed for Rebellion 2022 are LEVELLERS, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, The UNDERTONES, The EXPLOITED, Steve Ignorant, COCKNEY REJECTS, GBH, RUTS D.C., UK SUBS, SUBHUMANS, DOA etc.
More info and tickets: rebellionfestivals.com
TRIBULATION POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR AGAIN
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION have once again been forced to reschedule the upcoming European tour with BØLZER and MOLASSESS, which will now take place in September/October 2022.
See the newly confirmed dates here: facebook.com/TribulationSweden
BATHORY INDUCTEED TO SWEDISH MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Swedish black metal legends BATHORY has beeen inducteed to Swedish Music Hall Of Fame.
MAY 26, 2021
ARREST WARRENT FOR MARILYN MANSON
The Gilford Police Department announce that they have an active arrest warrant for shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, for 2 counts of misdemeanor simple assault involving an alleged incident with a videographer at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 18, 2019.
If convicted on the charges, Manson could face a jail sentence of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,000.
RÖVSVETT TO RE-RELEASE "Sällan Studsar En Termos"
In 1988 a label called Punish Records (later Just 4 Fun Records) released a split LP with the hardcore/punk bands RÖVSVETT and PLAGUE. RÖVSVETT titled their side "Sällan Studsar En Termos" (Swedish for rarely does a thermos bounce), and that side will be re-released as a limited edition 10" or 12" vinyl in 2021/2022 sometime via Just 4 Fun Records.
While you wait for that you can visit this page: just4funrecords.bigcartel.com/category/rovsvett
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DESTRUCTION IN AUGUST
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION will release a new live album, "Live Attack", on August 13 via Napalm Records. It will be available as Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP and digital.
The show was recorded during a live stream on January 1, 2021.
Watch the video for "Mad Butcher": youtu.be/JNGIlrlalh0
MAY 25, 2021
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST IOWA
Knotfest Iowa 2021 will take place in Indianola, IA (14 Miles South of Des Moines) on September 25. Knotfest members will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting today, with general on-sale tickets available next Friday, June 4.
Confirmed bands are SLIPKNOT, FAITH NO MORE, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM etc.
More info at: knotfestiowa.com
THE BOYS TO RELEASE NEW COLLECTION WITH RARE RECORDINGS
British pop punk veterans The BOYS are going to release a new album, "Terminal Love", on limited edition vinyl. The LP comprises rare demos and alternate mixes alongside acoustic and live recordings from the period 1978-2015.
The album go on sale Saturday, May 29 at: madparade.biz
Watch the video for the opening track, "See Ya Later": youtu.be/3iL6LJumV48
NEW ALBUM WITH ECLIPSE IN OCTOBER
Swedish melodic hard rock band ECLIPSE has set "Wired" as the title of its 8th studio album, to be released in October via Frontiers Music Srl (and in Japan by Marquee/Avalon).
A music video for the LP's first single, "Saturday Night (Hallelujah)", can be seen here: youtu.be/llSQiz1I8IA
VINNIE VINCENT TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has revealed that he plan to finally release some of his previously unheard music that was recorded over the course of the last 3 decades. It looks like it will be released on vinyl within the next 12 to 18 months.
Check out a interview with "The Rock Experience with Mike Brunn": facebook.com/rockexperiencewithmike
RELEASE OF MIDNITE CITY's NEW ALBUM PUSHED BACK A FEW WEEKS
Due to problems and delays at the pressing plant, Roulette Media had to change the release date of the new album with hard rockers MIDNITE CITY from May 28 to June 11.
MEGADETH PARTS WAYS WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
David Ellefson is no longer a member of MEGADETH.
The split with Ellefson comes 2 weeks after the leak of the bassist's messages and videos featuring a woman who is not his wife.
Read a statement from frontman Dave Mustaine here: facebook.com/Megadeth
LITA FORD TO TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA
Hard rock queen Lita Ford (ex-The RUNAWAYS) will be touring in North America during June and July.
Dates and tickets here: litafordonline.com
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ADD MORE DATES TO EUROPEAN TOUR
QUEEN + Adam Lambert add Belfast and further European shows to their UK and Europe 2022 "Rhapsody Tour".
More info here: queenonline.com
MAY 24, 2021
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
RAMMSTEIN are announcing today that the band's first-ever full production stadium tour in North America will be moved to autumn 2022.
Due to overwhelming popular demand, the tour has added a second date at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday, September 24, and a third show at Foro Sol in Mexico City on Tuesday, October 4.
Tickets for the new shows will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 28. Tickets for the original shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.
To purchase tickets or for further information (like dates), go to: rammstein.com
MAY 23, 2021
DEEP PURPLE's "Live At Montreux 2011" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD+2CD
DEEP PURPLE performed on the closing night of Switzerland's prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival on July 16, 2011, re-imagining their classic catalogue with the help of a symphony orchestra. This special show is now available for DEEP PURPLE fans around the world, when Mercury Studios reissues "Deep Purple Live At Montreux 2011", which will be available for the first time on DVD+2CD set, on July 16, 2021.
The show has been preserved via high definition for the DVD release, with the CDs featuring superb DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo audio. Included on the DVD is a bonus in-depth band interview.
MAY 21, 2021
LACUNA COIL POSTPONE TOUR OF RUSSIA/BELARUS
Italian metal band LACUNA COIL have moved their shows in Russia and Belarus to May 2022.
The new dates and tickets can be found here: lacunacoil.com
AEROSMITH's 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
AEROSMITH's concert at Boston's famed Fenway Park, originally scheduled for last year but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now take place in September 2022.
NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming new studio album, which will be released this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. In the meantime, the band has released a brand new single, "Saturday Night (Hallelujah)", which you can check out here: orcd.co/eclipsesnh
MAY 20, 2021
NEW SUPERGROUP WITH NIKKI SIXX, ROB ZOMBIE, JOHN 5 AND TOMMY CLUFETOS
Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Rob Zombie, John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson) and Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH, Rob Zombie) have joined forces in a new project called L.A. RATS. The quartet came together expressly to record a cover of "I've Been Everywhere" for the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "The Ice Road".
"I've Been Everywhere" is a song written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. L.A. RATS' version of the song is expected to be released as a single this Friday, May 21.
And in releated news, Nikki Sixx is working on new music.
NO MORE THE LURKERS WITH ARTURO
Arturo Bassick have announced that he have decided to stop his version of British punk rock veterans The LURKERS as he is reaching 65. He will from now on only play (bass/vocals) with 999, who will cutting their gigs down.
Read a statement from Arturo: facebook.com/999Music
THE UNDERTONES ANNOUNCE SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Northern Irish pop punk legends The UNDERTONES are coming to Scandinavia in May 2022. Tickets go on sale May 27, 2021, and the dates are:
May 17 (to be announced), Malmö, Sweden
May 18 Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
May 20 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
May 21 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
Mat 22 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 19, 2021
THE QUIREBOYS TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF FIRST ALBUM
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS has re-recorded their debut album, "A Bit Of What You Fancy". It will be released as "A Bit Of What You Fancy Anniversary Edition" on July 2, initially on CD, and then blue vinyl 6 weeks after that.
The single "7 O'Clock" is set to be released on June 18.
KISS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED AND NEW EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
KISS have just announced rescheduled and new tour dates for Europe in 2022.
The tour will start in Dortmund, Germany on June 1, and will last until July 21 when they play in Amsterdam, Holland.
More info here: kissonline.com
THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY ANNOUNCE AMERICAN SOLO TOUR
Roger Daltrey has announced that he and members of THE WHO touring band will be on the road late summer 2021, performing some WHO classics, a few rarities and a few of his solo hits. So far, 3 dates have been announced, with several more to follow:
Aug. 21 - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys - Stateline, NV
Sep. 01 - Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Spokane, WA
Sep. 03 - Washington State Fair - Puyallup, WA
THOM GIMBEL LEAVE FOREIGNER
FOREIGNER multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel has officially announced his departure from the legendary rock act.
ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO TO RELEASE MEMOIR
Rare Bird has set an October 12 release date for "Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax" by ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and Joel McIver. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.
MEMBERS OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PENNYWISE AND RANCID JOIN FORCES IN THE CREW
Punk rock collective The CREW has released "One Voice", a rousing punk rock anthem about unity. The CREW features legendary punk rockers Fletcher Dragge and Byron McMackin of PENNYWISE, Mike Muir of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of RANCID.
"One Voice" is available on all streaming platforms via Epitaph Records. Stay Free Recordings will release the track on a 7" vinyl to benefit Musack, whose mission is to give kids and teens a voice through music by providing musical instruments and support for teachers.
Check out the song here: youtu.be/2IT3ir3iH2I
MAY 18, 2021
MISFITS CONFIRMED FOR RIOT FEST IN CHICAGO
MISFITS (with Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein) have been confirmed as headliner for Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois on September 17, 2022. They will play their classic album "Walk Amon Us" in its entirety for its 40th anniversary.
Riot Fest happens between September 16-18, 2022.
Tickets are available here: riotfest2022.eventbrite.com
MAY 17, 2021
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ACE FREHLEY
Alice Cooper is going on a North American tour in the fall, with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley as special guest. VIP Tickets and Fan Pre-sales available tomorrow (Tuesday, May 18). General tickets go on sale this Friday, May 21.
Dates and tickets: alicecooper.com/tour
SODOM ANNOUNCE GERMAN SHOWS
German thrash legends SODOM have announced 4 shows in Germany in late December. These dates are:
Dec. 26 - Andernach, JUZ
Dec. 27 - Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
Dec. 28 - Wolfsburg, Hallenbad
Dec. 29 - Bochum, Zeche
MAY 15, 2021
STADIUM TOUR WITH MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD POISON AND JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS POSTPONED TO 2022
The North American stadium tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD POISON and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS is getting moved to 2022.
New dates at: motley.com defleppard.com poisonofficial.com joanjett.com
SIN QUIRIN QUITS MINISTRY
Sinhue "Sin" Quirin has announced his departure from MINISTRY.
The guitarist, who had played with the industrial metal pioneers, on and off, since 2007, says that he want "to focus on my health, my personal life, as well as other projects and interests".
MAY 14, 2021
TOY DOLLS POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
British fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS have postponed their 2 Swedish shows, that was supposed to happen this month, to May 2022.
The new dates are these:
May 18 - Pustervik, Göteborg
May 19 - Close-Up Båten punk cruise, Stockholm to Åbo and back
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO RELEASE DIGITAL REMASTER OF "Girls, Girls, Girls" ALBUM
This year, MÖTLEY CRÜE is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special series of music re-releases and fan activations, revisiting its globally acclaimed catalogue. The first release will be a digital remastering of MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1987 album "Girls, Girls, Girls".
Fans can now pre-order this special remastered digital edition of "Girls, Girls, Girls" album ahead of its release on Friday, June 11. Further releases to be announced soon..
CRADLE OF FILTH GOT A NEW KEYBOARDIST
CRADLE OF FILTH has announced the addition of keyboardist Anabelle Iratni to the band's ranks. Iratni, who previously played alongside CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth in DEVILMENT, as well as her own group VEILE, made her live debut with CRADLE OF FILTH on Wednesday (May 12) during the band's livestreamed concert.
Anabelle joined CRADLE OF FILTH as the replacement for Lindsay Schoolcraft, who announced her departure from the group in February 2020 after a 7-year run.
CRADLE OF FILTH has set "Existence Is Futile" as the title of its 13th studio album, due later this year via Nuclear Blast Records.
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL DATES FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
RAMMSTEIN announce additional shows for their scheduled Europe Stadium Tour in 2022. The official ticket sale starts on Wednesday, May 19.
Dates and tickets: rammstein.com/tickets
ATTENTAT TO RECORD NEW SONGS
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT will enter the studio on Monday (May 17) to record a new 3-track single (according to me it's a EP if there's more than 2 tracks, but anyway).
WOLFBRIGADE TO PLAY IN RUSSIA
Swedish crust punks WOLFBRIGADE are going to Russia in May 2022 for 2 shows with WNEM as support act.
The dates are:
May 20 - MOD, St. Petersburg
May 21 - Gorod, Moscow
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT RESCHEDULE ALL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT have now rescheduled all their European tour dates, which will now take place in 2022 instead.
Further details here: facebook.com/blueoystercult
MAY 13, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE IN THE END OF THE MONTH
Greek/Swedish death metallers NIGHTRAGE will release a new single, "Falsifying Life", on May 28 through Despotz Records. The song is taken from their upcoming new album.
A NEW RECORD LABEL IS BORN
In a time where everyone is talking about single releases and quick fixes on Spotify, something as old-fashioned as a record label with a focus on the album format sees the light of day. From The Vaults is a traditional record company specializing in heavy metal rock. They love NWOBHM, power metal, speed metal, and good old straight heavy metal! From The Vaults is working with both heritage artists, new talents, and re-issues from the past.
The people behind From The Vaults are veterans in the scene: Michael Stützer (ARTILLERY), Tom Noble (manager for TYGERS OF PAN TANG and journalist) and Kim Vestergaard.
From The Vaults is distributed worldwide by SPV/Napalm (physical) and Believe (digital). Marketing, promotion, and back-office are handled by Target Group (Denmark). Promotion and marketing in Germany and Austria by MDD Records.
The launch of the label is to take place on July 2-3 at the venue High Voltage in Copenhagen, Denmark, where ALIEN FORCE and METAL CROSS will be playing live.
The first signed artists to the new label are: ALIEN FORCE, ANOXIA, ARTILLERY, CROM, ERUPTION, EVIL, GAUNTLET RULE, MERIDIAN, METAL CROSS, SCREAMING SHADOWS, SERPENT LORD and TYSONDOG.
MAY 12, 2021
PICTURE GOT A NEW SINGER
Holland's oldest heavy metal band PICTURE announce that they will pick up where they left before the Corona restrictions, but with new singer and old friend Peter Strykes (VANDENBERG, HORIZON, 1ST AVENUE).
THE MANGES ANNOUNCE UKRAINE/RUSSIAN GIGS
Italian punk rock veterans The MANGES are going to Ukraine and Russia next spring for 3 shows.
The exclusive dates are:
April 15 - Teplyi Lampoviy, Kyiv
April 16 - Zoccolo 2.0, St. Petersburg
April 17 - Gorod, Moscow
manges.it otistours.com playitloudbooking.com
FOO FIGHTERS AND TINA TURNER TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, BUT NOT IRON MAIDEN
FOO FIGHTERS, The GO-GO'S, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year. Additionally, LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads will receive the Musical Excellence Award. KRAFTWERK, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton will get the Early Influence Award, and Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30. It will be broadcast on HBO Max and streamed on HBO Max at a later date.
IRON MAIDEN, DEVO, NEW YORK DOLLS and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE were on the ballot for induction this year, but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2021.
KK'S PRIEST ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
KK'S PRIEST - the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE) - will release its debut album, "Sermons Of The Sinner", on August 20 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. Original KK'S PRIEST drummer Les Binks (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), unfortunately, sustained a wrist injury, but will make special guest live appearances when the band tours.
Pre-order the album: found.ee/KKsPriest
MAY 11, 2021
DARK FUNERAL WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish black metal veterans DARK FUNERAL have been working on new songs for their next album, and plan to enter the studio within a couple of months.
ALICE COOPER, QUEENSRŸCHE, SKID ROW AND L.A. GUNS CONFIRMED FOR 2022 MONSTER OF ROCK CRUISE
The annual Monsters Of Rock cruise is returning in 2022 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Departing out of Miami, Florida, promoter On The Blue announced the 5-day/5-night full-ship charter cruise will set sail February 9-14 aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, visit 2 ports in CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti, and features performances from rock icon Alice Cooper, along with performances from over 35 artists.
The public on-sale kicks off today (May 11), and among the other artists are: QUEENSRŸCHE, Tom Keifer, SKID ROW, L.A. GUNS, KIX, WINGER, Michael Monroe, GREAT WHITE, H.E.A.T, LOUDNESS, Y&T, ECLIPSE, VIXEN, ROSE TATTOO, FIREWIND, Chris Holmes, FASTER PUSSYCAT, ELECTRIC BOYS, John Corabi etc.
More info and booking at: monstersofrockcruise.com
NEW ALBUM WITH SLEATER-KINNEY IN JUNE
Female post-punk/rock duo SLEATER-KINNEY have announced that they will be releasing a new album, "Path Of Wellness", on June 11 via Mom+Pop.
Check out the first single, "Worry With You": youtu.be/34XX_fg-R_4
NEW SINGLE WITH BLISTERHEAD ON THURSDAY
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD will release a new single, "Working In The City", on Thursday, May 13. It's the third single from their upcoming new album.
MAY 10, 2021
KK'S PRIEST ANNOUNCE TITLE OF DEBUT ALBUM
KK'S PRIEST - the new band with former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) - has set "Sermons Of The Sinner" as the title of its debut album, due later in the year via via Explorer1 Music Group. Pre-orders for the LP will begin on Wednesday, May 12.
A snippet of the official music video for what is apparently the "Sermons Of The Sinner" title track is available here: twitter.com/KKsPriest
BLUES PILLS TO TOUR SWEDEN WITH SPIDERS
Sweden-based retro blues rockers BLUES PILLS are going on a short tour in Sweden with SPIDERS next spring. Tickets go on sale May 11 at: triffidanddanger.se
The dates are:
April 1 - Frimis Salonger, Örebro
April 2 - Katalin, Uppsala
April 8 - Babel, Malmö
April 9 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
MAY 9, 2021
THE UNDERTONES ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Northern Irish pop punk legends The UNDERTONES have announced some tour dates in the UK in October.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/OfficialTheUndertones
DEE SNIDER TO PLAY LIMITED CAPACITY CONCERT IN NEW YORK
TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider will perform at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York to a limited-capacity crowd on June 11. According to Dee, the capacity for the concert will be limited to 200 vaccinated or tested people due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, those unable to attend will get a chance to watch it in the near future, as the concert will be filmed for a future release.
Tickets for the show are available via Eventbrite. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Melissa's Wish, a not-for-profit organization founded with the purpose of providing short term, non-medical financial aid, in the form of a grant, to the caregivers assisting those afflicted with a serious illness, injury or end of life event.
Napalm Records has set a July 30 release date for Snider's upcoming solo album, "Leave A Scar".
MAY 8, 2021
ROLLING STONES TO RELEASE "Live On Copacabana Beach"
One of the biggest free concerts in history, The ROLLING STONES' legendary performance at the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on February 8, 2006 was a historic event. Now, ROLLING STONES and Mercury Studios will release for the first time this complete concert film remixed, re-edited, and remastered.
"A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach" will be available on July 9 on multiple formats, including DVD+2CD, SD BD+2CD, 2DVD+2CD Deluxe, 3LP (pressed on blue, yellow, and green vinyl), 3LP pressed on clear vinyl (exclusive to Sound Of Vinyl) and digital.
Additionally, Mercury Studios will release an early taste of this set with a 5-song digital EP - out May 28. All the songs are from the Copacabana Beach show, with the exception of "Rough Justice", which is from the 2005 Salt Lake City concert video available in the Deluxe Edition.
Finally, Mercury Studios will present The ROLLING STONES' "Rain Fall Down (Live On Copacabana Beach) / Rough Justice (Live In Salt Lake City)" - a limited-edition 10" picture disc to be released as part of the first Record Store Day Drops on June 12.
MISFITS REPLACE MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE AT AFTERSHOCK
MISFITS (Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only with Doyle, Dave Lombardo and Acey Slade) has replaced MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE on the billing of this year's Aftershock festival, set to take place October 7-10 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California.
Aftershock 2021 will be headlined by METALLICA (performing 2 unique sets, 1 on Friday and 1 on Sunday), with MISFITS headlining on Saturday, October 9. The diverse Aftershock 2021 lineup will also include: LIMP BIZKIT, RANCID, The OFFSPRING, SOCIAL DISTORTION, RISE AGAINST, VOLBEAT, MACHINE GUN KELLY, MASTODON, GOJIRA, SEETHER, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, and many more.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE canceled its appearance at Aftershock after announcing that it was postponing its reunion tour to 2022.
Full lineup, tickets etc.: aftershockfestival.com
MAY 7, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN JULY
Yngwie Malmsteen and Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group has set July 23 as the release date for Yngwie's new album, "Parabellum".
Check out "Wolves At The Door" from the album: youtu.be/F74Tw99qfRg
DEBUT ALBUM WITH STÖNER IN JUNE
STÖNER - the new band with Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Ryan Güt - will release their debut album, "Stoners Rule", on June 25 via Heavy Psych Sounds.
MAYHEM TO RELEASE EP WITH PUNK COVERS
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release a new EP, "Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando", on July 9 via Century Media Records.
The EP will include cover versions of bands like DISCHARGE, DEAD KENNEDYS, RUDIMENTARY PENI and RAMONES.
In addition to the named cover versions, a previously unreleased track called "Voces Ab Alta" is featured on the EP.
DEEP PURPLE RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Due to the ongoing difficulties of the COVID virus, DEEP PURPLE's UK tour with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT as special guests has been postponed and rescheduled to October 2022. All tickets, including the VIP experience, remain valid.
New dates here: facebook.com/officialdeeppurple facebook.com/blueoystercult
NEW ALBUM WITH THE PROFESSIONALS IN SEPTEMBER
Old London punk rockers The PROFESSIONALS (with Paul Cook from SEX PISTOLS) will release a new album, "SNAFU", on September 24.
The album will be followed by a UK tour in October.
Tour dates can be found here: theprofessionalsband.com/snafu
DOKKEN ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES IN USA
American melodic hard rock veterans DOKKEN has announced lots of tour dates in USA from June to December this year.
Find the dates here: dokken.net
MAY 6, 2021
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE FLYING V GUITAR
"Flying V" chronicles the origin of the most unique guitar on earth and its incredible influence on the history of rock n roll and heavy metal. Hear from the rock stars themselves as they describe how, when, and why the Flying V forever changed their careers and altered their entire approach to guitar playing. Journey inside the minds of the biggest icons of our era as they tell their riveting tales of discovery and passion for their beloved Flying V's. Exclusive interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, MERCYFUL FATE, SCORPIONS, ACCEPT, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and more.
Watch the trailer: youtu.be/etfbqpwCn9A
Purchase the DVD: alchemywerks.com/product/flying-v ..or stream it on Amazon: amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08GH5Z2PF/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
REBELLION POSTPONED TO 2022
British punk festival Rebellion has once again been forced to postpone the festival. The new dates are August 4-7, 2022.
The festival happens at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
You can read an extremely long statement here: facebook.com/RebellionPunkMuskFestival
KIX GUITARIST RONNIE YOUNKINS UNABLE TO PERFORM FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE
KIX has announced that guitarist Ronnie Younkins is unable to perform with the band for the foreseeable future. He will be temporarily replaced by Bob Paré, an accomplished musician who studied at the Music Institute in Los Angeles and taught music theory and guitar at several institutions, including Western Maryland College and Maryland Institute of Music. Bob was a session musician for several independent label releases, and has spent most of his long career performing live in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area with various bands, including FORCER, EVER RISE, PROJECT: EUPHORIA and, most recently, the RUSH tribute band SUN DOGS with KIX bassist Mark Schenker.
MAY 5, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH ELECTRIC GUITARS
Danish rock explosion ELECTRIC GUITARS will release a new single, "Dopamine", on May 14 via Mighty Music.
NEW ALBUM WITH RESURRECTION KINGS IN JULY
RESURRECTION KINGS - the project featuring Craig Goldy (guitar), Chas West (vocals) and Vinny Appice (drums) - will release its sophomore album, "Skygazer", on July 16 via Frontiers Music Srl.
MAY 4, 2021
MOST OF THE LINEUP FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL RE-CONFIRMED FOR 2022
The majority of the lineup for Sweden Rock Festival have been re-confirmed for next year. And returned tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 6.
Next year's festival take place on June 8-11.
More info at: swedenrock.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE STRANGLERS IN SEPTEMBER
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are going to release a new album, "Dark Matters", on September 21.
Pre-order here: stranglers.tmstor.es and get an exclusive bonus CD of unreleased live material, titled "Dave Greenfield - A Tribute".
SAXON's BIFF BYFORD TEAM UP WITH HIS SON
Silver Lining Music has set a July 23 release date for "Red Brick City", the debut album from HEAVY WATER, a new project featuring SAXON's Biff Byford and son Seb Byford of NAKED SIX.
A first taste, the "Red Brick City" single and video, will be released this Friday, May 7.
NEW EP WITH SODOM IN AUGUST
German thrash metal veterans SODOM will release a new EP, "Bombenhagel", on August 20 via Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be made available on CD, 12" vinyl and as a digital download. The pre-sale will start on May 21.
BLOODBATH ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
Swedish/British death metallers BLOODBATH have announced new tour dates for North America. The new dates will take place in May 2022, and tickets go on sale Friday, May 7.
The new dates are:
May 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
May 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 24 - Montreal, QC - L'Astral
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 27 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
MAY 3, 2021
CHUGGER IN THE STUDIO
Swedish groove/death metallers CHUGGER has entered the studio to record something new.
D-A-D FRONTMAN JESPER BINZER ANNOUNCE SWEDISH DATES
Jesper Binzer, frontman for Danish rock veterans D-A-D, are going on a short solo tour in Sweden in February 2022. Tickets go on sale May 5, and support act are HOT BREATH.
The dates are:
Feb. 17 - Babel, Malmö
Feb. 18 - Valand, Göteborg
Feb. 19 - Katalin, Uppsala
MAY 2, 2021
NIRVANA SUED FOR USING ILLUSTRATION FROM TRANSLATION OF DANTE'S INFERNO
NIRVANA has been sued by the heir of a British artist who drew a map of hell for a translation of Dante's "Inferno", alleging the iconic rock band ripped off the image and used it on its merchandise.
ZAKK WYLDE IS NOT INVOLVED IN NEW OZZY ALBUM
Zakk Wylde says that he has no involvement with Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming album.
Ozzy recently revealed that he was working on a new LP with producer Andrew Watt, who previously helmed the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer's 12th solo effort, last year's "Ordinary Man".
NEW SINGLE WITH SVARTA SANNINGAR ON FRIDAY
Swedish post/goth rockers SVARTA SANNINGAR will release a new single, "Kemisk Reinkarnation", on May 7. The song comes from their new EP, "Kapitel 2", which will be released on May 21.
Pre-save the single: smarturl.it/kemiskreinkarnation
APRIL 30, 2021
TOM MORELLO COLLABORATES WITH PUSSY RIOT
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has collaborated with the Russian feminist protest punk collective PUSSY RIOT on a new single, "Weather Strike": youtu.be/UAPjuDbyAYg
NEW SINGLE WITH AT THE GATES
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have released "Spectre Of Extinction", the first single from their upcoming studio album, "The Nightmare Of Being". The disc will arrive on July 2 via Century Media Records.
Check out the new single: youtu.be/EWE5JGpE_8g
EX-JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER JOHN HINCH IS DEAD
Drummer John Hinch, who played on JUDAS PRIEST's debut album, 1974's "Rocka Rolla", has died. He was 73 years old.
THE DISTILLERS RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk band The DISTILLERS have announced rescheduled dates for their European tour. The tour will now take place in June 2022 with all previously purchased tickets remaining valid for the new dates. THICK will be support act.
VOL. 2 OF SWEDISH PUNK COMPILATION "Ursäkta Röran" OUT NOW
Volume 2 of the Swedish punk compilation "Ursäkta Röran" is out now. This time it's available on CD as well as on Bandcamp. Among the 13 bands are: CITY SAINTS, COMMINOR, KRONOFOGDEN, PLANET TRASH, SKRÄP, URARTA, WHITE MONKEY etc.
Get the CD here: gronpeppar-records.myshopify.com
Stream or download here: gronpepparrecords.bandcamp.com
DEAD EXPRESS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish action rockers DEAD EXPRESS let us know that they are ready to record their 4th album, which they call "Game Changer".
APRIL 29, 2021
EX-ACCEPT MEMBERS REUNITE IN NEW PROJECT
DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG is a new project featuring former ACCEPT members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Peter Baltes (bass) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar). The band is rounded out by Udo's son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), Manuela Bibert (vocals) and Mathias Dieth (guitar).
DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG issued its debut single, "Where The Angels Fly", last September, and has just released a new single and video, "Face Of A Stranger". A third single, "Every Heart Is Burning", will arrive on May 28, to be followed by the August 27 release of all 3 songs as the "Arising" CD, a 12" vinyl and a download.
Check out "Face Of A Stranger": youtu.be/eA9k8xcN938
Check out "Where The Angels Fly": youtu.be/RmEt6FnFl54
ANTHRAX TO CELEBRATE 40th ANNIVERSARY
American thrash legends ANTHRAX celebrate their 40-year anniversary this year.
Starting on Monday, May 3 with "Fistful of Metal" week, they will be posting new episodes of this doc every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then there will be 1 album each week until the weekend of July 18, when they will play a massive show unlike anything that they have done before.
Join the celebrations at: anthrax.com or facebook.com/anthrax
GENESIS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
British progressive rock legends GENESIS has announced its highly anticipated return to North America for the first time in 14 years with "The Last Domino?" tour dates that will have Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, playing major cities across the U.S. and Canada in November and December 2021. Kicking off at Chicago's United Center on November 15, the group will be joined by Nic Collins on drums, and the band's longtime lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.
Pre-sale start on May 5, and general public on-sale on May 7.
Tickets, dates and other details: genesis-music.com
40-YEAR DELUXE EDITION OF MOTÖRHEAD's "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith"
Another thing that turn 40 this year is MOTÖRHEAD's classic live album "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith", which was released on June 27, 1981. And to celebrate this it is being presented in new deluxe editions.
There will be hardback book-packs in 2 CD and triple LP formats, featuring a new venue demolishing remaster of the original album, bonus tracks and the previously unreleased - in its entirety - concert from Newcastle City Hall, March 30, 1981, the story of the album and many previously unseen photos. Also, the album will be released as a 4-CD box set of all 3 concerts recorded for the album.
"No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith" was MOTÖRHEAD's first and only number one record in the U.K.
EX-IRON MAIDEN SINGERS PAUL DI'ANNO AND BLAZE BAYLEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO METAL HALL OF FAME
Former IRON MAIDEN members Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley, along with the creator of the band's mascot "Eddie", Derek Riggs, will be inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame.
Due to the current health advisory, the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held online at a date to be announced.
SPIDERS CONFIRMED FOR ROCK AT SEA
SPIDERS have been confirmed for Rock At Sea, a rock cruise on the Baltic Sea sailing from Stockholm, Sweden to Åland on November 19, and will be back in Stockholm next afternoon.
Among the 21 confirmed acts are also MUSTASCH, THUNDERMOTHER, PRINS SVART, TORCH etc.
More info and tickets (on sale May 3) here: julymorning.nu/hardrock-fredag-19-11
APRIL 28, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN JULY
L.A. GUNS, featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, have announced that they will release a new live album, "Cocked & Loaded Live", on July 9 through Frontiers Music Srl. As the title implies, the performance celebrates the band's treasured second album, "Cocked & Loaded" (1989).
Fans can get their first taste of the performance with the track "Malaria": youtu.be/AQaNUJcA_z8
A new studio album, titled "Checkered Past", will be released in the fall/autumn.
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN ANNOUNCE NEW DATE FOR THE PUNK CRUISE
Close-Up have announced the new date for their punk crusie of Close-Up Båten, which TOY DOLLS will headline. The new date is May 19-20, 2022.
Tickets go on sale June 18, and then the lineup will be announced as well. Those of you who already have a ticket can just sit back and relax.
More info: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine
EXODUS DELAYS NEW ALBUM UNTIL NOVEMBER
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the projected release of their recently completed new album, "Persona Non Grata", until November so that drummer Tom Hunting can fully recover from his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach and join his bandmates on the road in support of the effort.
NEW ALBUM WITH HAWKWIND IN AUGUST
British space rock pioneers HAWKWIND will release a new album, "Somnia", followed by some tour dates in the UK in September.
"Somnia" will be released to coincide with the return of their 3-day Hawkfest festival, which runs from August 27–29 in East Devon, the anniversary of HAWKWIND's first ever live gig.
More info about the new album and tour dates can be found here: facebook.com/HawkwindHQ
NEW ALBUM WITH DARKTHRONE IN JUNE
Norwegian black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release their 19th album, "Eternal Hails", on June 25 via Peaceville Records.
NEW KISS DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON A&E IN THE STATES
A&E has announced the new definitive documentary film telling the stories behind the phenomenon of KISS. Directed by D.J. Viola, "Biography: KISStory" chronicles the band's 5 decades in the business as founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflect on their historic career. The 4-hour, 2-night event airs Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 in North America.
APRIL 27, 2021
BON JOVI TO KICK OFF "Encore Drive-In Nights" CONCERT SERIES
BON JOVI will kick off the "Encore Drive-In Nights" 2021 concert series with an exclusive brand-new show premiering on May 22. The never-before-seen concert will be broadcast at venues around the world, including approximately 300 drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States, Canada and Ireland, and select indoor cinemas around the globe.
Tickets for the BON JOVI show go on sale April 29 at: bonjoviconcert.com
For more information and to see if a venue near you is presenting the show, visit: encorenights.com
APRIL 26, 2021
SABATON OPEN AIR POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Due to the uncertain Covid-19 situation around the world, Swedish festival Sabaton Open Air have decided to postpone this year's festival to August 3-6, 2022.
More info: sabatonopenair.net
TWISTED SISTER GUITARIST JAY JAY FRENCH TO RELEASE BOOK IN SEPTEMBER
RosettaBooks has set a September 21 release date for "Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock 'N' Roll", the new book from TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French.
"Twisted Business" is part business book, part memoir.
PRODUCER MICHAEL WAGENER RETIRE
Legendary German rock producer Michael Wagener celebrated his 72nd birthday on Sunday, April 25 by announcing his retirement from the music industry.
He has been in the music business for over 50 years. On his resume are DOKKEN, SKID ROW, Ozzy Osbourne and METALLICA, to name just a few.
APRIL 24, 2021
TRACII GUNS AND PHIL LEWIS REACH SETTLEMENT WITH STEVE RILEY OVER RIGHTS TO L.A. GUNS NAME
A settlement has been reached between various members of the classic L.A. GUNS lineup over the rights to the band's name.
In January 2020, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis filed a complaint in California District Court against their longtime former bandmate, drummer Steve Riley. Joining Riley as defendants in the case were the 3 musicians - including "classic-era" L.A. GUNS bassist Kelly Nickels - who perform in his recently launched rival version of L.A. GUNS; that group's manager, booking agent and merchandiser; and Australia's Golden Robot Records, which recently released the debut album from Riley's version of the group.
The complaint, which requested a trial by jury, alleged that Riley's version of L.A. GUNS (referred to in the case docket as "the infringing L.A. GUNS") was creating "unfair competition" through its unauthorized usage of the L.A. GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis were seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized usage of their likenesses.
On Friday (April 23), attorneys representing Guns, Lewis and Riley issued the following statement regarding the out-of-court resolution of the issue: "Plaintiffs Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis and defendants Stephen Riley, Kelly Nickels, Kurt Frolich, and Scott Griffin have agreed to settle the trademark litigation currently pending in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the parties have agreed to dismiss the pending lawsuit. Mr. Guns and Mr. Lewis will continue to operate under the 'L.A. GUNS' trademark, while Mr. Riley and his bandmates will now operate under the new name, 'RILEY'S L.A. GUNS' and a new logo. Both bands look forward to continuing to record and perform their new music, as well as continuing to include songs from the vintage L.A. GUNS catalog for their fans. Both groups' recordings will continue to appear together on Spotify and other digital music streaming services."
NEW 6-TRACK EP WITH JIMMY BLOM, "En cocktail med Pelle Chanslös", OUT NOW!
Punky rock with hits like "Working Class Zero", "Åt Helvete", "Krämpor", "Tyst!", "Bomb" and "Pelle Chanslös".
Check out the whole thing here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/en-cocktail-med-pelle-chansl-s
Also check out the video for "Bomb": youtu.be/PN_HfqZ-2xk
NAZARETH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Scottish hard rocking veterans NAZARETH have announced a European tour in the end of the year. Most dates take place in Germany though.
The tour will start on November 10 in Siegburg, Germany, and will end in Nuremberg, Germany on December 8. Between those 2 dates they will also visit countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands.
APRIL 23, 2021
KISS LAUNCHES NEW ARCHIVAL LIVE SERIES
On June 11, KISS will launch their new official live bootleg series "KISS - Off The Soundboard", with "Tokyo 2001", recorded by the band at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 13, 2001. This marks the first in a series of upcoming live releases through UMe and will be available as a 3-LP standard black vinyl set, a 2-CD set, digital downloads and available to stream.
"Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001" will also be available as an exclusive 3-LP set pressed on crystal clear vinyl with bone swirl via the official KISS online store. All configurations can be pre-ordered here: kiss.lnk.to/OTSTokyoPR
NEW BOX SET WITH DEF LEPPARD IN JUNE
On June 11, DEF LEPPARD will release "Def Leppard - Volume Three", a new limited-edition box set UMe/Virgin.
This set marks the third of 4 volumes of the band's complete recorded output in both 180gm vinyl and limited-edition CD box sets. They contain all the recordings from the band in the 2000s and features the original packaging on both formats.
"Def Leppard - Volume Three" features the albums "X" (2002), "Yeah!" (2006) and "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" (2008), as well as "B-Sides", "Yeah! Studio Covers" and "Yeah! Live".
DANKO JONES RE-SCHEDULE SCANDINAVIAN DATES AND ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES have to re-schedule their fall tour plans due to the pandemic. Except for the re-scheduled Nordic dates, they also announce a 2022 European tour. All these dates will happen between April to June 2022, and tickets are out now.
Unfortunately, the UK leg could not be re-scheduled at this time, but they are hoping to get there to meet the UK fans as soon as possible.
Tickets and dates can be found here: dankojones.com/tour
APRIL 22, 2021
BOOK ABOUT NAZARETH IN AUGUST
Wymer Publishing has set an August 6 release date for "Loud 'N' Proud: Fifty Years Of Nazareth".
For the first time ever, Scottish hard rock veterans NAZARETH's whole career is documented by esteemed rock writer Martin Popoff in this large format hardback publication. Popoff was assisted through the narrative by founder and only remaining original member Pete Agnew. Popoff also interviewed Agnew for the book in addition to previous interviews the author has conducted, not only with the bass player extraordinaire but with many other band members past and present, all neatly woven into a timeline, making this the essential go to NAZARETH book.
KISS BIOPIC IN THE WORKS
According to Deadline, Netflix is close to securing a deal for the upcoming KISS biopic "Shout It Out Loud". The film will be directed by Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian filmmaker whose credits include "Kon-Tiki", "Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales". The script is written by Ole Sanders.
"Shout It Out Loud", which will have close cooperation from bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be a co-production of Mark Canton's Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The film will be produced by Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment, Leigh Ann Burton through Opus 7, Courtney Solomon, David Blackman and Jody Gerson through Universal Music Group, KISS's longtime manager Doc McGhee through his McGee Entertainment, Rønning, and Simmons and Stanley. Atmosphere's Dorothy Canton and David Hopwood are the executive producers.
APRIL 21, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH BLISTERHEAD
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD has released the second single, "Bad Moon", from their upcoming album, "The Stormy Sea" (release date: May 27).
The single is available on digital platforms now: orcd.co/blisterhead-bad-moon
HELP EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING WITH MEDICAL COSTS
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting, who recently started treatment for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
APRIL 20, 2021
MASSACRE SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Floridian death metal veterans MASSACRE have signed with Nuclear Blast Records, with plans to release their 4th studio album, and first in 7 years, later this year.
STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK/IRELAND TOUR
STATUS QUO are going on a tour in UK and Ireland next spring. The tour start in Ireland in the end of February 2022, and continue to UK in March.
For more info, go to: statusquo.co.uk
DEICIDE ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH KATAKLYSM
Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on a U.S. tour at the end of the summer. Support on the 23-date trek will come from KATAKLYSM, INTERNAL BLEEDING and BEGAT THE NEPHILIM. The tour will kick off on August 5 in Tampa, Florida and make stops in Austin, Chicago, and New York before concluding on August 29 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
More info here: facebook.com/OfficialDeicide
NEW ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN NOVEMBER
L.A. GUNS, featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, has set "Checkered Past" as the title of its new studio album, due in November via Frontiers Music Srl.
APRIL 19, 2021
SKID ROW SIGNS WITH earMUSIC
earMUSIC has announced the signing of SKID ROW to a worldwide deal. The band is working with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON, RUSH) on its latest sessions after previously collaborating several times with Michael Wagener, who also helmed the group's 1989 self-titled debut and 1991's "Slave To The Grind".
Back in May 2019, it was announced that SKID ROW had inked a new worldwide deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records. It is not clear why that label is no longer involved in releasing the new disc.
SKID ROW's new LP will mark its first release with South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined the band in 2016 following the departure of Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER).
QUEENSRŸCHE WORKING ON DEMOS FOR NEXT ALBUM
Seattle-based progressive metal veterans QUEENSRŸCHE have regrouped for the first time in over a year at wrestling icon Hulk Hogan's former estate in Belleair, Florida to work on demos for their upcoming follow-up to 2019's "The Verdict" album.
APRIL 18, 2021
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LATE KISS DRUMMER ERIC CARR
An official Eric Carr documentary is in the works.
According to SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk, the documentary is backed by the late KISS drummer's family and is "totally legit".
Carr died on November 24, 1991 of a rare heart cancer. He was 41.
APRIL 17, 2021
RAJOITUS ARE IN THE STUDIO
Borås, Sweden based Finn-hardcore/punks RAJOITUS are in the studio this weekend to record 10 new songs and a cover.
APRIL 16, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER PLEADS GUILTY FOR HIS ROLE IN CAPITOL RIOT
ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government.
Although Schaffer was initially charged with 6 crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, he has agreed to plead guilty to only 2 charges: obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress; and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term.
According to CNN, prosecutors and Schaffer's attorneys agreed to recommend that he get between 3 and a half and 4 and a half years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.
FIRST EVER JOHN BONHAM BIOGRAPHY
Hachette Books has set a September 7 release date for "Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin", the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock drummer of all time. The 384-page book, which was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins, will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA).
WHITESNAKE IS WORKING ON CHRISTMAS MUSIC
WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale is working on Christmas songs, to be released in time for the holidays. It's not an album.
NETFLIX BIOPIC ABOUT JOEY RAMONE IN THE WORKS
Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce "I Slept With Joey Ramone", a biopic chronicling the life of the legendary RAMONES frontman.
Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) will portray Ramone in the film, which will be made with the cooperation and support of Joey Ramone's estate and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by his brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will serve as an executive producer.
LIVE ALBUM WITH LACUNA COIL IN JUNE
Italian metal/rock veterans LACUNA COIL just announced the release of a new live album, entitled "Live From The Apocalypse", to be released on June 25 via Century Media Records.
The album is a recording from a special live stream in September 2020, where they performed their latest studio album, "Black Anima", in its entirety.
"Live From The Apocalypse" will be released on vinyl and CD, as well as a digital album. The physical album formats come with a bonus DVD featuring the footage of the original live stream.
NEW EP WITH SVARTA SANNINGAR IN MAY
SVARTA SANNINGAR, from Borås, Sweden, will release a new EP, "Kapitel 2", on May 21. It's an independent continuation of their debut EP, "Kapitel 1", from 2018.
Their music can be described as occult post rock with elements of goth and metal. It's a dark concept with influences from KENT, DEPECHE MODE, GHOST and OPETH.
The band features members of BESEECH and DEPRESSIVE ART among others.
APRIL 15, 2021
GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL POSTPONED AGAIN
This year's edition of Gefle Metal Festival will be postponed to 2022. "Due to the pandemic it won't be possible to arrange such a big event", they say.
The new dates will be July 14-16, 2022. All tickets will be valid for 2022, and the first confirmed bands for 2022 will be announced soon.
PUNK ILLEGAL POSTPONED TO 2022
The Swedish hardcore/punk festival Punk Illegal was supposed to come back this summer at Tyrolen in Alvesta, Sweden. But all events at Tyrolen has been canceled, so they have to postpone the festival to next year. Most of the confirmed bands has already agreed to participate next year instead, and they have also added 3 new to the lineup: HIATUS, CONTORTURE and BEYOND PINK.
NEW ALBUM WITH TRANSPORT LEAGUE IN AUGUST
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE will release a new album, titled "Kaiserschnitt", on August 27 via Mighty Music.
YET ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
Penguin Press has set a November 9 release date for Bob Spitz's new book, "Led Zeppelin: The Biography".
APRIL 14, 2021
THE END A.D. TO RECORD NEW EP
Philadelphia hardcore/punk/metal band The END A.D. are going into the studio in June to record 5 new songs for a EP.
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH TOTO IN JUNE
TOTO and The Players Club/Mascot Label Group have announced the global release of "With A Little Help From My Friends" on June 25. The performance captures one special night on November 21, 2020 when Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams and David Paich appeared with the new lineup of TOTO for a global event originating from Los Angeles, California.
Joining Lukather, Williams and Paich for this next chapter in their indelible history are new band members bassist John Pierce (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS), drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (GHOST-NOTE, SNARKY PUPPY), and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora (ROBERT JON & THE WRECK). Keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince, GHOST-NOTE) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the 15th incarnation of the TOTO lineup in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
The pre-order goes live today. Alongside LP pressings of the audio only, both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package are available. In the DVD and Blu-ray releases, a documentary is featured alongside the performance, featuring thoughts from all members of the band that appeared that evening.
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Sabotage"
In 1975 BLACK SABBATH released their 6th album "Sabotage". Now BMG pays tribute to the album with a Super Deluxe edition of the album.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on June 11 as a 4-CD set and a 4-LP set that includes the same music on 180-gram vinyl plus a bonus 7" with the single edit for "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" and "Hole In The Sky" on the flipside, with artwork replicating the very rare Japanese release of the single. The newly remastered version of the original album will be available via digital download and streaming services on the same day.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" also introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet's U.S. tour for the album.
Also included in the package is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and "Sabotage" 1975 tour color poster, among other things.
H.E.A.T SINGER ERIK GRÖNWALL GOT LEUKEMIA
Erik Grönwall, former singer for Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T, is currently at hospital, where he gets treatment against acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) since 3 weeks. In medical terms this means that his bone marrow generates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. The disease is curable.
Read more here: facebook.com/heatsweden
DESTRUCTION SIGNS WITH NAPALM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION have signed with Napalm Records.
The band is currently working on a Blueray/CD release for this summer, and is also in the studio producing new demos for the upcoming album (release early 2022).
APRIL 13, 2021
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING DIAGNOSED WITH SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
Tom Hunting, drummer for thrash veterans EXODUS, have been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in his upper stomach in February. His treatment start today.
Read more here: facebook.com/exodusattack
IRON MAIDEN POSTPONE EURO SUMMER TOUR TO 2022
IRON MAIDEN have announced that their European tour in June and July have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The "Legacy Of The Beast European Tour" will now take place in the Summer of 2022. All tickets remain valid.
New dates can be found here: ironmaiden.com
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON IN JUNE
Frontiers Music Srl will release the 4th album from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18.
The new record features the following vocalists: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE, CYRHA), Marina La Torraca (PHANTOM ELITE, EXIT EDEN), Brittney Slayes (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS), Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, ETERNAL IDOL), Caterina Nix (CHAOS MAGIC) and YouTube vocal star Pellek.
The first single from the album, "Master Of Hell", featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), is out now: youtu.be/kz8qsWDNdD0
MICK JAGGER COLLABORATES WITH DAVE GROHL
Mick Jagger has collaborated with Dave Grohl on a new song called "Eazy Sleazy". Jagger wrote the track, with the ROLLING STONES frontman handling guitar and vocals, and the the FOO FIGHTERS leader playing drums, guitar and bass.
Listen here: youtu.be/MN9YLLQl7gE
APRIL 12, 2021
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
British pub rock veterans EDDIE & THE HOT RODS will be playing here and there around the UK from mid-August until the end of October. Some of the shows will be together with 9 BELOW ZERO.
Dates here: facebook.com/TheHotRods
TOTO MOVE ALL CONFIRMED SHOWS TO 2022
TOTO has announced the band will push all confirmed appearances to 2022.
New dates etc. can be found here: facebook.com/totoband
AC/DC SINGER BRIAN JOHNSON TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Brian Johnson, AC/DC's legendary frontman, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, "The Lives Of Brian", on October 26.
The book will be published in the U.K. by Penguin Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House, by publishing director Rowland White. It will be published simultaneously in the U.S. by Dey Street Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins,.
APRIL 11, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES NEXT FRIDAY
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES will release another single, "Flaunt It", from their upcoming new album, "Power Trio".
The single will be released on Friday, April 16. The album will be released on August 27.
U.D.O. POSTPONE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. have (for obvious reasons) announced new dates for South America. The tour will now happen in January instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
APRIL 10, 2021
CHEAP TRICK BASSIST TOM PETERSSON RECOVERING FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY
CHEAP TRICK bassist Tom Petersson has revealed that he is recovering from open-heart surgery.
More info: twitter.com/cheaptrick
APRIL 9, 2021
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE RESCHEDULE REUNION TOUR AGAIN
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has rescheduled its reunion tour for 2022.
The reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford - was originally set to kick off its run of shows in March 2020, and then postponed it until 2021. The "Public Service Announcement" tour will now launch March 31, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. RUN THE JEWELS will provide support on the trek. Tickets will be honored for the postponed shows.
The upcoming tour will mark the first time RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has hit the road together since 2011.
Dates and tickets: tour.ratm.com
ANOTHER SINGLE WITH THE DICTATORS ON MONDAY
New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS will release a new single, "Let's Get The Band Back Together", on Monday, April 12.
A TRIBUTE TO ROKY ERICKSON
Light In The Attic Records has announced the first-ever posthumous tribute to the psychedelic horror rock luminary and pioneer Roky Erickson with "May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson".
Available July 17 as an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release, and with the full support of the Roky Erickson estate, this tribute to the late singer was produced by Bill Bentley (executive producer of the 1990 Erickson tribute album "Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye" on Sire Records) with associate producers Matt Sullivan (co-founder/co-owner of Light In The Attic Records) and Wyatt Bentley, with mastering by the Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin and design by Darryl Norsen. The release is complemented by a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos, liner notes by Bentley, and a bonus RSD-only flexi disc featuring an unreleased track, titled "Love Hieroglyphics", performed by Erickson circa the early 70s.
The participants range the whole world of modern music, and each chose one of Erickson's originals to stamp their own imprint on. Artists featured on "May The Circle Remain Unbroken" include: Lucinda Williams, Billy F Gibbons, The BLACK ANGELS, Margo Price, MOSSHART SEXTON (Alison Mosshart and Charlie Sexton), Neko Case, Mark Lanegan and Lynn Castle, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr. and Eve Monsees, Ty Segal, Chelsea Wolfe and Brogan Bentley.
Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019.
H.E.A.T RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN AND UK TOUR
Due to the ongoing issues with international border closures, the Australian tour with Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T and CRAZY LIXX is postponed to September 2022. Existing tickets remain valid for the new dates.
The new dates are:
8 Sept - Sydney, Manning Bar
9 Sept - Melbourne, The Prince
10 Sept - Brisbane, The Zoo
11 Sept - Adelaide, The Gov
H.E.A.T have also rescheduled their UK tour with MASON HILL and COLLATERAL. That tour will now happen in October 2022, and tickets remain valid for the new dates.
..and the new dates for UK are:
Oct. 14 - Leeds, Warehouse
Oct. 15 - Wolverhampton, KK's Steel Mill
Oct. 16 - Swansea, Patti Pavilion
Oct. 17 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Oct. 18 - London, Electric Brixton
NAPALM DEATH REISSUES
UK grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have recently signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running co-operation between the parties once more.
Century Media Records are now making 2 of the group's albums from their ample catalogue available physically again in their standard versions: "Time Waits For No Slave" (2009) and "Utilitarian" (2012) will be released as LP on 180g vinyl and as Jewelcase CD on June 4.
APRIL 8, 2021
PHOTO BOOK COVERING DIO ERA OF BLACK SABBATH
Rufus Publications has announced the publication of "Sabbath: The Dio Years".
This new, coffee-table book from Rufus Publications creates a unique visual history of the Ronnie James Dio era of BLACK SABBATH, with rare and unseen photos from a range of photographers who worked closely with the band. The book has been created with the full co-operation of Wendy Dio and BLACK SABBATH band members. 3 different versions will be published, including signed editions.
The book should be out soon..
EX-KISS GUITARIST BRUCE KULICK ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM
Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick will host a livestream event later this month. Dubbed "Bruce Kulick Live In Las Vegas", the show will be filmed at the Marquee Club's Library inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will see Kulick joined by his wife Lisa, as well as his longtime collaborator Todd Kerns, who is best known as the bassist of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. They will perform music from KISS along with songs made famous by ROLLING STONES, The BEATLES, The WHO, Elvis Presley and more.
Virtual tickets are on sale now, and the premiere is on April 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The show will be available for purchase and to enjoy until the end of April.
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES FOR RECORD STORE DAY
A 40th-anniversary cassette box set containing cassettes of MÖTLEY CRÜE's first 5 albums is among this year's Record Store Day Drops, set for June 12 and July 17 at independent record stores.
AC/DC will release a limited collector's edition 12" picture disc with the songs "Through The Mists Of Time" and "Witch's Spell", from the band's global chart-topping album "Power Up", housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.
ANTHRAX has also joined up with Record Store Day to release a limited-edition, custom mini-turntable, as well as a vinyl disc bundle consisting of 4 3" singles (sold separately). For the vinyl discs, the band reached way back into its rich catalogue for 4 favorites: "Madhouse", "I Am The Law", "Got The Time" and "Discharge".
There will also be releases with RAMONES, The CLASH, Joe Strummer, BEASTIE BOYS, BLACK SABBATH, MOTÖRHEAD, L7, Iggy Pop, HAWKWIND etc. And everything will be released on June 12.
For further details, visit: recordstoreday.com
APRIL 7, 2021
LASTKAJ 14 TO RELEASE SPLIT ALBUM WITH FRUKTANSVÄRLD
Swedish trallpunk veterans LASTKAJ 14 are going to release a split album with FRUKTANSVÄRLD. The album will be released through Second Class Kids Records both digitally and on vinyl.
The songs with LASTKAJ 14 will be released digitally in May, while the songs with FRUKTANSVÄRLD will be released in the fall/autumn, when the vinyl is released.
lastkaj14.com secondclasskids.com facebook.com/Fruktansvarld
NOICE TO RE-RELEASE "Tonårsdrömmar"
It's 40 years since the Swedish rock band NOICE got its breakthrough with the album "Tonårsdrömmar". Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution will celebrate this with a very limited edition of the album on both CD and black vinyl, which will also include a English version of their hit song "En Kväll I Tunnelbanan" (previously just released in Western Germany).
Release date is June 11, and you can pre-order it here: soundpollution.se/sv/shop/f1/p/KING098CD
JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe, all European JUDAS PRIEST dates have been rescheduled to 2022. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates, which you can find here: judaspriest.com
However, the band's UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August, where they look forward to celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST and 20 years of Bloodstock.
THE DAMNED RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP
Punk rock legends The DAMNED have rescheduled the Original Line-Up UK tour to February 2022 and announced support acts The SKIDS, The WILDHEARTS, PENETRATION, TV Smith & The BORED TEENAGERS and SMALLTOWN TIGERS.
Dates and tickets: aegp.uk/Damned2021Tix
APRIL 6, 2021
THE DICTATORS GUITARIST SCOTT KEMPNER DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA
Scott Kempner, guitarist for New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS, will be leaving the band due to health reasons. Scott has been diagnosed with early stage dementia.
MAYHEM TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCKHEIM HALL OF FAME
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will be inducted into Rockheim Hall Of Fame. The band will be the only one who will receive a permanent place in the main exhibition in Trondheim. Therefore, they recreated the former rehearsal room that features instruments, posters, microphone stands and some interior that once belonged to the band.
The ceremony will take place in Trondheim in September this year.
GUNS N' ROSES RESCHEDULE EURO TOUR TO 2022
The European Summer dates with GUNS N' ROSES are now rescheduled to 2022. New dates added and new special guest: Gary Clark Jr. Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled dates.
More info: gunsnroses.com
ACCEPT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
ACCEPT are going on a European tour in the beginning of 2022 with special guests PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM.
The tour will start in Oberhausen, Germany on January 15, and will last until February 23.
For dates and more info, try 1 of these pages: acceptworldwide.com philcampbell.net flotstildeath.com
NEW ALBUM WITH LEE AARON IN JUNE
Canadian rock vocalist Lee Aaron will release her new album, "Rock On!", via Metalville Records on June 18.
APRIL 3, 2021
MUSKELROCK POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to obvious reasons the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden has been canceled this year too. New date is June 3-5, 2022.
APRIL 1, 2021
SEX PISTOLS MEMBERS SUE EACH OTHER OVER ROYALTIES
SEX PISTOLS are in a new royalty dispute. Steve Jones (guitar) and Paul Cook (drums) have filed a suit against John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten, vocals) and Glen Matlock (bass). The Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants have breached a contract concerning royalties and have wrongfully withheld earnings.
The same reports states that while there was some talk of a reunion recently, those talks have now ended.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH SUPERGROUP CROWNE IN JUNE
CROWNE is a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album, "Kings In The North", will be released on June 18 through Frontiers Music Srl.
The band features vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), and drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). All guitar solos are played by Love Magnusson (DUNAZTY).
The second single, "Shoreline", is out today: youtu.be/GuvKbyt0bGw
BAD JOKES FOUND ON APRIL FIRST
NIGHTRAGE announce that they have split up (seems to be a tradition to announce that on April 1 according to 1 of many comments).
Swedish punk legends EBBA GRÖN is going to play live in Rågsved (Stockholm suburb) on Sunday, April 4 at 21:00. Only 8 people allowed and entrance is 800 Swedish kronor. Pretty obviously a joke.
Swedish heavy progressive metal band VOKONIS are going to do covers of Swedish schlager artist Carola Häggkvist's debut album, "Främling". Cover art will be drawn by no other than John Travolta, hahaha.
Death metal band SENTIENT HORROR has replaced the entire lineup with a cat.
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY says that their new album will be a rap album.
NEW ALBUM WITH AT THE GATES IN JULY
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES has set "The Nightmare Of Being" as the title of their new album, and the release date is July 2 via Century Media Records.
Pre-order will start on April 30.
MARCH 31, 2021
URIAH HEEP POSTPONE UK TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK and around the world, the URIAH HEEP UK tour due to take place in September/October 2021 will now take place in 2022. All tickets purchased for the original dates remain valid.
The dates have been rescheduled as follows..
Fri 30 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Mon 03 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wed 05 London, The Palladium
Thu 06 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sat 08 Gateshead, Sage
Mon 10 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tue 11 Cardiff, St David's Hall
NEW ALBUM WITH POWERWOLF IN JULY
German heavy metal band POWERWOLF have set "Call Of The Wild" as the title of their new album, which will be released on July 9 via Napalm Records.
The band also plan to go on a European tour in October, which will start in Stuttgart on October 1, and will last until October 23 when they visit Hamburg.
OPETH RSSCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have been forced to push back their "Evolution XXX: By Request" European headline tour, originally planned for this October, to November 2022.
EX-MISFITS SINGER MICHALE GRAVES IN TROUBLE AGAIN
According to Reuters, former MISFITS singer Michale Graves could end up as a defense witness in the trial of 4 leaders of the Proud Boys, the pro-Donald Trump extremist group that participated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
Graves, who became a member of the Proud Boys last year, told Reuters he was asked by another member of the group to play some songs for a private concert planned for the afternoon of January 6. Although the concert never happened, lawyers representing Ethan "Rufio" Nordean, one of the defendants charged with conspiracy, said in a court filing that planning for such an event scheduled for a time when the riot actually was still taking place contradicted the notion that the group had a plan to "topple the government" that day.
Last year, Graves came under fire after announcing his vocal support of both the Proud Boys and then-President Donald Trump. And in a 2018 interview with Ammoland, Graves described himself as a "patriot".
MARCH 30, 2021
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO 2022
Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden has decided to cancel this summer and try again on June 8-11, 2022.
More info at: swedenrock.com
MARCH 29, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI's AVALON IN JUNE
Timo Tolkki's AVALON will release a new album, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single will be released on April 13.
MARCH 28, 2021
HYPOCRISY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY has completed work on their new album. More details soon..
MARCH 27, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT ALICE COOPER IN MAY
Sonicbond Publishing has set a May 28 release date for "Alice Cooper In The 1970s" by Chris Sutton.
In the book, Sutton explores the story of ALICE COOPER the band and the solo performer from the early years through to the decadent end of the decade. It is the first book to offer a fully rounded approach to the Cooper phenomenon and give full credit to the musicians.
The book features interview material from key figures, including Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith from the original band, plus their session guitarist Mick Mashbir. From the solo Alice years in the 1970s, there is new material from Prakash John, John Tropea and Allan Schwartzberg. There are observations too from Ernie Cefalu, whose company Pacific Eye And Ear designed the album covers. Several other musicians, concert promoters and even the band's first roadie have also contributed their thoughts.
All of the albums and singles from "Don't Blow Your Mind" until "From The Inside" are examined in detail, along with related archive releases and songs that didn't make the cut.
MARCH 26, 2021
SIDE PROJECT WITH MEMBERS OF TOY DOLLS, CRASHED OUT AND THE PANIC REPORT
Olga (TOY DOLLS) have teamed up with Lee (CRASHED OUT) and Martin (The PANIC REPORT) for the side project MONKEY MIND. They have signed with Canadian label People of Punk Rock Records for the release of a new album.
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ZZ TOP's BILLY GIBBONS IN JUNE
"Hardware", the third solo album from ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4 by Concord Records.
The album's release is preceded by the release of the single "West Coast Junkie", which you can ckeck out here: youtu.be/thJrQIKWghQ
MARCH 25, 2021
QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody" REACHES DIAMOND STATUS IN USA
More than 4 decades after its release, QUEEN's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody" continues to reach new milestones. The iconic song has been officially certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States.
QUEEN is the first British band in music history to earn the diamond song award.
THE DAMNED POSTPONE JULY TOUR DATES TO FEBRUARY
With things as they are, British punk rock veterans The DAMNED have decided to move their tour dates in July to February 2022 instead. All tickets bought will be valid for these new dates, which will be announced on April 7.
BLITZKRIEG TO RE-RELEASE "Theatre Of The Damned"
NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG will have their 2007 album, "Theatre Of The Damned", re-released via Mighty Music on June 11.
The album will be available on 180gr vinyl (for the first time) in 3 different colors, CD (with 2 bonus tracks and i-Pod versions of "Escape From The Village" and "I'm Not Insane").
MARCH 24, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT URIAH HEEP EXAMINES THEIR MOST INFLUENTIAL DECADE
Sonicbond Publishing will release "Uriah Heep In The 1970s" from Steve Pilkington on March 25.
URIAH HEEP has now been active for a full 50 years. However, few would argue that their most influential period was from 1970 to 1980.
CANDLEMASS RELEASE SHOT
From today you can order the CANDLEMASS "Shot Of Doom" Solitude Violet Liquorice and Gallows Salty Liquorice at Systembolaget in Sweden. This is a test, only 1000 bottles of each.
Order here: systembolaget.se
RAMMSTEIN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to the expected ongoing event-bans and restrictions related to COVID-19, RAMMSTEIN are unfortunately forced to postpone the planned European Stadium Tour again.
The concerts are rescheduled to 2022. Unfortunately, some minor changes had to be made and the show in Belfast will be cancelled entirely. Tickets for Belfast will be refunded, all other tickets remain valid.
The band is using the time off to continue working on new songs.
Find more information at: ramm.st/europetour2022
MARCH 23, 2021
ROCK N ROLL SOCKS AND PILLOWS
Alcohol and chili sauce from rock bands are nothing unusual nowadays. But socks? And even pillows?
Both CHILDREN OF BODOM and The DAMNED are selling socks now. And WHITESNAKE have pillows for sale.
MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
MONSTER MAGNET's next album, "A Better Dystopia", will be a collection of 60s and 70s proto-metal and late-era psych obscurities covered by the heavy New Jersey rock veterans. The release date is May 21 via Napalm Records.
MARCH 22, 2021
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES CANCEL UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - the rock band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) and movie star Johnny Depp - have announced that they must cancel their rescheduled UK/European tour this Summer due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Full refunds will be honored through your original point of purchase.
HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED CANCEL UK TOUR
All HeWhoCannotBeNamed (The DWARVES) plans to tour the UK this summer have been cancelled.
MARCH 21, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ARTILLERY IN MAY
On May 7, Danish thrash veterans ARTILLERY will release its 10th full-length, "X", via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, the new single, "In Thrash We Trust", can be heard here: youtu.be/PAprfMOy3iY
HOMO MILITIA SINGER IS DEAD
Wojtek/Wojti, singer for Polish punk band HOMO MILITIA, has passed away.
I don't know much else..
MARCH 19, 2021
HAMMERFALL TO TOUR EUROPE WITH HELLOWEEN
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release a new album in 2022, which will be followed by a huge European tour together with HELLOWEEN from March to May.
For dates and other info, visit one of these: hammerfall.net helloween.org
ANOTHER BEER WITH WOLF
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF will release another beer, Wolf Pale Moon Pilsner, which will be available through Systembolaget (that's where we get the strong stuff here in Sweden) on June 1.
The beer is brewed by Heavy Metale.
heavymetale.se facebook.com/officialwolf systembolaget.se
BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS AND THUNDERMOTHER CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK LATE SHOW
The people behind Sweden Rock Festival have announced Sweden Rock Late Show, a live stream from Sölvesborg, Sweden with live performances, interviews and other stuff.
Sweden Rock Late Show take place on March 26, and start at 20:00 CET. The bands that will play are Swedish hard rockers BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS and THUNDERMOTHER. Each band will play for 20 minutes each, and tickets cost 249 Swedish kronor.
More info and tickets: swedenrock.com
MARCH 18, 2021
NEW INTERVIEW WITH N:A HOSPITALET
New interview here at Hard Rock Info. This time with the Swedish punk rock band N:A HOSPITALET. Once again in Swedish (but you can always try Google Translate, the result will probably not be perfect though).
Click here to read it
MARCH 17, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN MAY
Legendary progressive rock band KANSAS will release their new live album, "Point of Know Return Live & Beyond", on May 28 via InsideOutMusic. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, triple 180-gram vinyl + 2 CD box-set, and digitally.
Pre-order starts on March 26, and you can ckeck out a teaser here: youtu.be/6s0kt7BfadM
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE IN APRIL
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke will release his new solo album, "The Gospel Truth", on April 23 via Golden Robot Records.
MARCH 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN JULY
Yngwie Malmsteen has announced that he will release a new studio album called "Parabellum" in July.
ASOCIAL PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Swedish hardcore/punk veterans ASOCIAL has parted ways with their drummer Johan.
MARCH 15, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH PRINS SVART ON FRIDAY
Swedish retro hard rockers PRINS SVART will release another single, "De Odödliga", from their new album, "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23.
The single will be released on Friday, March 19, and you pre-save it here: presave.io/t/theimmortals
NEW ALBUM WITH SKARLETT RIOT IN MAY
British modern metal band SKARLETT RIOT will release their new album, "Invicta", on May 7 via Despotz Records.
MARCH 14, 2021
BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD IS WORKING ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has confirmed that he is working on an autobiography.
The 72-year-old rocker revealed his plan to tell his life story in book form during a March 12 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk".
MARCH 13, 2021
NEW EP WITH CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
Philadelphia's New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has released a new 4-track EP, titled "Blood And Steel: Volume One". And it's available here: smarturl.it/7sbflp
MARCH 12, 2021
EX-SABATON GUITARIST THOBBE ENGLUND JOIN CIVIL WAR
Former SABATON and RAUBTIER guitarist, and solo artist since a few years, Thobbe Englund has joined Swedish heavy metal band CIVIL WAR. The band is currently working on a new album.
Thobbe replace Rikard, who left the band in February.
THE EXPLOITED DRUMMER WULLIE BUCHAN HAD A HEART ATTACK
Wullie Buchan, drummer for Scottich punk legends The EXPLOITED (and brother of frontman Wattie), had a heart attack last night. He is now at hospital.
MARCH 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH HELLOWEEN IN JUNE
The new album with German power metal legends HELLOWEEN will be self titled, and the release date is June 18 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order begin on March 26.
NEW SINGLE WITH 23 TILL IN APRIL
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans 23 TILL will release the new single "Ännu Ekar Ropen" on digital platforms on April 9.
GBH ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR SWEDEN
British punk legends GBH has rescheduled their 4 tour dates in Sweden. The new dates are these:
Dec. 8 - Hus 7, Stockholm (w/ VÄRLDEN BRINNER and SLAGGPRODUKT)
Dec. 9 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg (w/ FREDAG DEN 13:E and UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE)
Dec. 10 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (w/ AVSKUM and BOMBFORS)
Dec. 11 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ HÅRDA TIDER and TRENCH)
NEW SONG WITH EASY ACTION
The "That Makes One" lineup of Swedish melodic hard rock band EASY ACTION has released their first new song, "Dazed", in 35 years.
Check it out: youtu.be/XVh7PQ0Ubx0
The lineup includes former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello and famous Swedish pop singer Tommy Nilsson among others.
OZZY/BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER TOMMY CLUFETOS GOT A NEW BAND
TOMMY'S ROCKTRIP is drummer Tommy Clufetos's (Ozzy Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH) new hard rock outfit, where he offers his take on the rock n roll influences that made him one of the most sought-after drummers in the current hard rock scene. The debut album, "Beat Up By Rock 'N' Roll", will arrive on May 7 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Eric Dover, known for singing and playing guitar with JELLYFISH, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT and Alice Cooper, handles lead vocals on the LP (though Tommy grabs the mic for 3 tracks). Eliot Lorengo (bass), Hank Schneekluth (guitar) and Nao Nakashima (guitar) round out the supporting cast.
The official music video for the disc's first single, "Got To Play Some Rock N Roll", is available now: youtu.be/-TrRiViGaA8
MARCH 10, 2021
SCORPIONS RESCHEDULE SIN CITY NIGHTS
The SCORPIONS Sin City Nights Vegas Residency dates May 8-30, 2021 at Zappos Theater in Las Vegas have been rescheduled to March 26 to April 16, 2022.
Special guest on these dates will be QUEENSRŸCHE.
More info: facebook.com/Scorpions or facebook.com/ZapposTheater or facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
NEW ALBUM WITH DANKO JONES IN AUGUST
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has set "Power Trio" as the title of their new album, which will be released on August 27.
NEW VIDEO WITH JIMMY BLOM (your editor) - "BOMB"
Check it out here: youtu.be/PN_HfqZ-2xk
MARCH 9, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE IN A FEW WEEKS
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal veterans NIGHTRAGE will release a new single, "Abyss Rising", on March 26 via Despotz Records.
The song is the first single from their upcoming album.
You can pre-save the single here: despotz.ffm.to/abyssrising
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH ALCATRAZZ
Long-running British hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL has announced a UK tour with ALACTRAZZ in the end of the year.
More info here: facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial or facebook.com/alcatrazzband
MARCH 8, 2021
SOLO ALBUM WITH 220 VOLT DRUMMER PETER HERMANSSON
Peter Hermansson, drummer for Swedish hard rock veterans 220 VOLT, will release a solo album, "Second Glance", on April 16 through GMR Records. The first single will be out soon..
RANDY RHOADS PHOTO BOOK BY ROSS HALFIN
Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has teamed up with Rufus Publications for the publication of "Randy Rhoads By Ross Halfin", a celebration of one of the most influential hard rock/heavy metal guitarists of all time. This extensive photo book features many classic and unseen shots of the former Ozzy Osbourne and QUIET RIOT guitarist chosen by Ross from his personal archive.
ENTOMBED SINGER L-G PETROV IS DEAD
Swedish death metal singer L-G Petrov (Lars-Göran Petrov) has died after a period of illness due to cancer. He died on Sunday night (March 7), and was just 49 years old.
L-G was the singer in ENTOMBED/ENTOMBED A.D., NIHILIST and FIRESPAWN among others.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF NIFELHEIM, NECROPHOBIC AND CRYPTOSIS
IN APHELION is a new band with Sebastian Ramstedt (vocals/guitar), Johan Bergebäck (guitar) - both with a background in NECROPHOBIC and NIFELHEIM - and Marco Prij (drums) from CRYPTOSIS.
The band's debut album will be released in the end of 2021 on Edged Circle Productions. The music is black metal with elements of heavy and thrash metal.
Check out "Let The Beast Run Wild" for a first taste: youtu.be/1B1YxfXdZ2U
MARCH 7, 2021
RÖVSVETT TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish hardcore/punk legends RÖVSVETT are rehearsing on new material, and will enter the studio in the fall/winter to record their 6th LP, with the working title "Småland".
EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO ARRIVE IN SEPTEMBER
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum's long-awaited autobiography, "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver", will now arrive on September 7, 2021 via Rare Bird Books after being delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MARCH 6, 2021
HELLOWEEN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2021
In the best interest of everyone's health and safety, HELLOWEEN have to postpone their European tour again. As we all know, touring is currently not possible. So in order to guarantee a proper execution of the tour, they decided to postpone until spring 2022.
The band is working on the rescheduled dates and will announce them shortly.
It seems like they are close to announcing some other big news soon..
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-ACCEPT GUITARIST HERMAN FRANK
Former ACCEPT and VICTORY guitarist Herman Frank will release a new solo album, "Two For A Lie", on May 21 via AFM Records.
The first single, "Eye Of The Storm", is out now.
You can pre-order the album here: shop.afm-records.de/herman-frank
MARCH 5, 2021
ROCK IN RIO POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rock In Rio has been forced to cancel the 2021 editions of its festivals in both Lisbon, Portugal in June and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in late September. Both have been rescheduled for 2022, with the dates for Brazil being September 2-4 and September 8-11, 2022, and for Portugal June 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2022.
This marks Rock In Rio's second postponement in a row as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
ALEXI LAIHO's CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
Alexi Laiho's cause of death has been revealed. According to his former SINERGY bandmate Kimberly Goss, to whom he was still legally married at the time of his passing, the former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman died of "alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue." Furthermore, Laiho had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
Alexi passed away on December 29, 2020 in his home in Helsinki, Finland. The 41-year-old had reportedly suffered from long-term health issues leading up to his death.
CANDLEMASS TO RELEASE "Green Valley Live"
Following a year where most live activity has not been possible, "Green Valley Live" features CANDLEMASS' "lockdown" session (their only 2020 show, and first ever live streamed event), with the line-up of Johan Längqvist (vocals), Mats Björkman (guitar), Lars Johansson (guitar), Leif Edling (bass) and Jan Lindh (drums). The release contains numerous classics and others from the band's legendary first 4 albums, as well as "Astorolus" from the band's latest opus.
"Green Valley Live" will be released as CD/DVD and double gatefold vinyl on May 7.
More info and pre-order links here: facebook.com/candlemass
G.B.H. ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk veterans G.B.H. have announced a European tour in November and December this year.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/GBH.official
TOY DOLLS POSTPONE UK DATES TO 2022
English fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS were supposed to go on a 4-date tour in UK in September. These shows have now been postponed to September 2022.
More info here: facebook.com/TheToyDollsOfficial
PUNK ILLEGAL ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Swedish festival Punk Illegal have announced 4 more bands: IDIOT IKON, SVÄRTA, SWORDWIELDER and VIDRO.
Confirmed since earlier are: MEANWHILE, AXE RASH, ŚMIERĆ, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS, VICIOUS IRENE, WARCOLLAPSE etc.
The festival will (hopefully) take place at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
MARCH 4, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will release a new single, "I Want Out", on March 12.
Scroll down for more news from the band..
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER NEXT WEEK
Swedish hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will release a new single, "The Road Is Ours", on March 11. Pre-save the single here: backl.ink/144776042
But that's not all.. In May they will release "Heat Wave Deluxe Edition" - A double album on both CD and vinyl with their latest album, "Heat Wave", as well as an extra disc with 10 previously unreleased tracks. Pre-order the album here: afm.fanlink.to/HeatWaveDeluxeEdition
NEW YORK CONCERT VENUES ALLOWED TO REOPEN IN APRIL
Starting on April 2, concerts in New York state will be allowed to resume at 33% capacity, with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, and a requirement that all attendees wear masks and be socially distanced. According to The New York Times, those limits would be increased - to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors - if all attendees test negative before entering.
Because of the state's order that venues require social distancing and mask-wearing, some promoters and venue operators say that reopening simply isn't economically feasible.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR FINLAND AND RUSSIAN DATES
The Finnish tour dates with Hank Von Hell, that was supposed to happen in April, will now take place in October instead.
The new dates are:
Oct. 15 - Zrock Festival, Hempele
Oct. 16 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
Oct. 17 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
Before the Finnish shows, Hank will go to Russia on the following dates:
Oct. 12 - 16 Tonns, Moscow
Oct. 13 - Mod, St. Petersburg
MARCH 3, 2021
NEW SWEDISH ALL-STAR BAND WITH MEMBERS OF EUROPE, H.E.A.T, THE POODLES AND ART NATION
CROWNE is the name of a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album will be released this summer through Frontiers Music Srl. The band is comprised of vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). The album also features Love Magnusson (DYNAZTY) providing guitar solos.
The first single, "Mad World", is out now: orcd.co/crownemadworld
A FIRST LOOK AT SEX PISTOLS LIMITED SERIES
The first look at "Pistol", a 6-episode limited series about the legendary SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones, is available at Rolling Stone.
Based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol", the series from Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who also serves as executive producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as executive producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and Wiip. The series is produced by FX Productions.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM FROM LAS VEGAS
On March 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will take part in a one-night only exclusive livestream event - complete with full, live band - from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets can be purchased at yngwie.veeps.com
BOTH STUDIO AND LIVE ALBUM FROM KEE MARCELLO's NEW BAND OUT OF THIS WORLD
The new band OUT OF THIS WORLD - with Kee Marcello (EUROPE), Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING), Ken Sandin and Darby Todd - will release both a studio album and a live album. Both albums is expected to ship in May. Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.) play keyboards on 4 of the songs.
You can pre-order and get more info here.
TEXAS AND MISSISSIPPI TO ALLOW CONCERT VENUES TO REOPEN AT FULL CAPACITY
Texas and Mississippi are both lifting their mask mandates and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the states to 100%. This means that social gatherings, including at sports stadiums, concert halls and other large venues, will be allowed in Texas and Mississippi without any restrictions.
Effective March 10, all businesses in Texas will be allowed to open at full capacity for the first time in nearly a year, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
Iowa and Montana recently lifted statewide mask mandates, while Massachusetts is completely lifting capacity limits on indoor dining, and allowing concert venues to open at 50% capacity.
MARCH 2, 2021
TAPES WITH EYEHATEGOD AND PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS
There's a new French label called Birth Ritual Records, created on the ashes of respected and revered Deadlight record label, who was active from 2008 to 2020 and released almost 80 albums.
The first release on the new label is a cassette version of the new EYEHATEGOD album, "A History Of Nomadic Behavior", under licence from Century Media Records. This tape will be released on April 9.
The second release will be a cassette with PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, "Walk Through Exits Only". Release date will be announced soon.
You can pre-order EYEHATEGOD and get more details at: birthritual.fr
SPIDERS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
Swedish retro rockers SPIDERS have announced a few tour dates in Germany, which will take place in March 2022.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/wearespiders
MARCH 1, 2021
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE STREAM
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will celebrate their 25th anniversary with 2 live stream shows - March 12 (North American live stream) and March 13 (European live stream). You will be able to tune in to both shows from anywhere in the world. Tickets and information is available at: eventrbrite.ca and dankojones.com
NO DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER
UK's Download Festival will not take place this year. New date is June 10-12, 2022. Headliners will be KISS, IRON MAIDEN and BIFFY CLYRO.
More info: downloadfestival.co.uk
DORO AND MICHAEL MONROE CONFIRMED FOR STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT
Stockholm Rock Out return after a 11-year hiatus. The festival will take place on December 18 at Fållan in Stockholm, Sweden.
Confirmed artists are: DORO, Michael Monroe, CRASHDÏET, CRAZY LIXX, Chez Kane and DONNA CANNONE.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 3.