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MAY 18, 2019
FIREWIND SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AFM RECORDS
Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND - the group led by guitar wizard and former Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G. - have signed a worldwide deal with the German metal label AFM Records.
The collaboration between FIREWIND and AFM already started with the band's last album, "Immortals", which AFM released in the North American territory. Subsequently, Gus signed with AFM for the release his solo albums.
FIREWIND plan to enter the studio after their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE that ends in August.
firewind.gr   afm-records.de

MAY 17, 2019
NEW SONG WITH THE HIVES
Pelle, The Hives many years ago
Swedish rock band The HIVES are back with a new song, "I'm Alive", via Third Man Records. The track will be featured on a limited-edition double A-side 7" in stores this summer.
"I'm Alive" is THE HIVES' first new music since the release of their 2015 standalone single "Blood Red Moon". The band's last full-length album, "Lex Hives", came out in 2012.
Listen to "I'm Alive" here: youtu.be/qlo04V9YP6k
Upcoming tour dates can be found here: thehivesbroadcastingservice.com

NEW ALBUM WITH BLACK STAR RIDERS IN SEPTEMBER
Black Star Riders
BLACK STAR RIDERS will release their 4th studio album, "Another State Of Grace", on September 6 via Nuclear Blast.
blackstarriders.com   nuclearblast.de

OZZY OSBOURNE ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED HOLLYWOOD BOWL CONCERT
Ozzy Osbourne has just announced that his postponed Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will now take place Monday, July 27, 2020.
ozzy.com

MAY 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH CRASHDÏET IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET has set "Rust" as the title of their new album, which will be released on September 13 through Frontiers Music Srl.
crashdiet.org   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH SLIPKNOT IN AUGUST
SLIPKNOT will release their new album, "We Are Not Your Kind", on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.
You can pre-order and watch the song "Unsainted" at slipknot1.com or roadrunnerrecords.com

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
As you might remember, ROLLING STONES had to postpone their North American tour, but they have now announced new tour dates. The tour will last from June 21 to August 31.
More info at rollingstones.com

BEAT BUTCHERS TO CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Gamla Pengar a few years ago
Swedish record label Beat Butchers will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a party at Kraken in Stockholm on September 21. Bands that will play are GAMLA PENGAR, 23 TILL, KÖTTGROTTORNA, Roger Karlsson, FABRIKEN, BRANDGUL, TUK TUK RALLY, ALARMROCK, HANS & GRETA, COCA CAROLA, KRYMPLINGS, SISTA SKRIKET, ÅKA BIL, VARNAGEL, The SOLAR LODGE, SLUTSTATION TJERNOBYL, OHLSON HAR SEMESTER PROD.
Some of these acts are doing an exclusive reunion gig. Each artist have 15 minutes to perform. Tickets go on sale May 27. More info here: facebook.com/events/625261877949266

MAY 15, 2019
THE QUIREBOYS CANCEL SCOTTISH DATES
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS have been forced to cancel the following 3 dates in Scotland:
Edinburgh 16/05
Inverness 17/05
Aberdeen 18/05
"These had to be cancelled at short notice but we were left with no choice as every item of the agreement was breached; no deposit, no fee, no communication, no promotion!!", the band says in a post on their Facebook page.
quireboys.com

GLENN HUGHES ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED U.K. DATES
Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH) has announced the rescheduled dates for his U.K. tour, which was postponed due to illness.
The new dates are as follows:
Nov. 17 - Salisbury, City Hall
Nov. 20 - Norwich, Waterfront (venue change from Norwich UEA)
Nov. 23 - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Nov. 29 - Birmingham, O2 Institute
glennhughes.com

BUTCHER BABIES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
American metal band BUTCHER BABIES are in the studio working on their fourth album.

RE-ISSUES WITH RAVEN IN JUNE
Wounded Bird Records is re-issuing all of the RAVEN albums originally released on Atlantic Records in a brand new 2-CD set. The albums are "Stay Hard", "The Pack Is Back", "Mad" (EP), and "Life's A Bitch".
These albums have long been out of print and are difficult to find on CD, but they will now be available again on June 7.
facebook.com/ravenbandofficial

MAY 14, 2019
MISFITS ANNOUNCE 2 NEW SHOWS IN DENVER AND SEATTLE
MISFITS, with original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, have announced 2 more U.S. shows. On September 7 they will play at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO. And on September 14 it's time for White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA.
Support acts on both shows will be The DISTILLERS, The DAMNED and CRO-MAGS.
Pre-sale begins tomorrow, May 15, at 10am local time. Tickets for the general public starting on Friday, May 17.
misfits.com

MORE VINYL RE-ISSUES FROM BIRDNEST RECORDS
Early Raserbajs photo
Swedish record label Birdnest Records will re-release 3 more of their 90s records on vinyl. This time it will be RÄSERBAJS: "Noppriga Tights Och Moonboots", BIG FISH: "Sånger Ur Sten" and Johan Johansson: "Flum" (double LP).
They plan to release these albums in September. Pre-order should start in a couple of weeks.
facebook.com/Birdnest-Records-316543958393680

BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES are going to Japan for 2 shows in the fall. Tickets go on sale June 15, and the dates are:
Sep. 30 - Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka
Oct. 01 - Shibuya duo Music Exchange, Tokyo
backyardbabies.com

KISS ANNOUNCES L.A. SHOW
KISS has announced a September 20 show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, which will serve as the finale of the second American leg of the band's ongoing "End Of The Road" world tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. PST, with various pre-sales taking place in the preceding days.
According to a press release, the Staples Center show - the band's last scheduled concert prior to setting sail on "Kiss Kruise IX" on October 30 - will mark "the biggest pyro event of the tour."
kissonline.com

AGAINST ME! BASSIST INGE JOHANSSON GOES SOLO
Inge Johansson - former bass player of AGAINST ME! and The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY - has launched a solo project called GATUPLAN. The project just released its debut single, "Punkhjärta". Check it out here: youtu.be/NBzJMc4HmVE

NEW ALBUM WITH ENTOMBED A.D. IN AUGUST
LG Petrov, Entombed ad
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. will release a new album, titled "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30 via Century Media Records.
entombedad.com   centurymedia.com

MAY 13, 2019
H.E.A.T. TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM
Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T. will release a new live album, "Live At Sweden Rock", on July 26 through earMUSIC. And as the title says, it was recorded at Sweden Rock Festival last summer.
"Live At Sweden Rock" will be available as CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
Get yourself a first taste here: youtu.be/dRTWuGDGrEM
heatsweden.com   ear-music.net

AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE SWEDEN TOUR WITH VANHELGD
Tompa, At The Gates
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES are going to do some Swedish tour dates in November together with VANHELGD. The dates are these:
Nov. 01 Liljan, Borlänge
Nov. 02 Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
Nov. 07 Katalin, Uppsala
Nov. 08 Frimis Salonger, Örebro
Nov. 09 The Tivoli, Helsingborg
Nov. 29 Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (No VANHELGD)
Nov. 30 The Crypt, Linköping
Tickets can be found here: tickster.com/sv/events/search?q=at+the+gates
atthegates.se   facebook.com/vanhelgd

NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH JORN IN JUNE
Hard rock/heavy metal band JORN will release "Live On Death Road" on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. It's a recording from their performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2018, and will be available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital (audio only).
jornlande.com   frontiers.it

MAY 12, 2019
ALICE COOPER IS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Alice Cooper with doll
Alice Cooper has confirmed to the Arizona Republic that he is working on a new full-length album. "There's about four or five songs already written", he said. "I worked with Bob Ezrin in Nashville the last couple of weeks on a couple things. We worked in Detroit on a few things. And I think that's going to be a very interesting album. It's gonna be very different, something I've never done before. I can't really let the cat out of the bag. But it's gonna be really good."
Read the whole interview (scroll down for the part about his next album) here: eu.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/05/10/alice-cooper-hollywood-vampires-album-driven-johnny-depp-frustration/1134307001
alicecooper.com

MAY 11, 2019
GLENN HUGHES FORCED TO POSTPONE UK TOUR
Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) is unable to perform his UK tour, which was due to start May 14 through May 24. He needs to be treated for an illness that, while not life threatening, must be dealt with immediately in order for it to not become a serious problem. He is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the road in June.
glennhughes.com

MEGADETH ARE IN THE STUDIO
MEGADETH has entered a studio in Franklin, Tennessee to begin laying down tracks for its follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album.
megadeth.com

MAY 10, 2019
RÅTTORNA REUNITE
Local (Borås, Sweden) punk rock legends RÅTTORNA have reunited (again), and they are even working on some new songs.

VIXEN IS WRITING NEW SONGS
VIXEN is working on material for a new full-length album, tentatively due next year.
vixenofficial.com

MAY 9, 2019
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
Bad Religion
BAD RELIGION have announced a North American summer tour with DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID and The LAWRENCE ARMS. Tickets available Friday, May 10 at 10am local time at badreligion.com, and that's where you can find all dates too.

MAY 8, 2019
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
A new documentary on LED ZEPPELIN is currently in post-production. The as-yet-untitled film is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon, the director of the Emmy-nominated music documentary series "American Epic", and will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group.
The documentary will launch in Cannes with CAA representing the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales. It is billed as the "definitive telling of the birth of the world's biggest-selling rock band" and will be told solely from the band's perspective, with never-before-seen archive film footage and photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band's music.
No official release date has been announced for the documentary.
An official LED ZEPPELIN book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", came out in October last year.
ledzeppelin.com

NO MORE ÅTERFALL
It looks like Swedish crust punks ÅTERFALL have split up. They have written the following short message on their Facebook page: "Återfall are dead 2008? - 2019".
facebook.com/%C3%85terfall-178048095560752

MAYHEM SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records. A new album, their 6th, will be released on October 25. And soon after that they will embark on a European headline tour with special guests GAAHLS WYRD and GOST.
thetruemayhem.com   centurymedia.com

MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Michael Monroe
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will release a new album, "One Man Gang", in October, which will be followed by a European tour in October/November. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 10 at 10am.
Dates can be found at facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial

DOKKEN DRUMMER MICK BROWN IS TAKING A BREAK
DOKKEN's longtime drummer "Wild" Mick Brown says that is "taking a break" from playing live shows.
Brown did not perform with his bandmates at their May 5 concert at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. He was temporarily replaced by BJ Zampa (HOUSE OF LORDS), who has filled in for Brown in the past. No explanation regarding Mick's absence from the gig was provided by the band.

REFUSED ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH THRICE
REFUSED are going on a co-headline tour with THRICE in UK and Europe this fall. GOUGE AWAY will be joining them on the UK leg of this run of dates. General sale for these dates will be on sale this Friday, May 10.
Dates can be found here: officialrefused.com or thrice.net

MAY 7, 2019
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH AVENGERS
Jake Burns, SLF
Punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of their debut album, "Inflammable Material", with a North American tour in October/November. As part of a longer set, they will play the record in its entirety (apart from "Closed Groove" which they don't like much). Special guests on all dates will be AVENGERS, and the exact dates can be found at slf.rocks

THE HEADLINES SIGNS WITH METALVILLE
Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES have found a new home at the German label Metalville Records.
Their first album on Metalville is in preparation. More info coming soon..
The HEADLINES released their debut album, "Plug n Play", in 2007. Their latest album, "In The End", was released in 2017.
facebook.com/TheHeadlinesSWE   metalville.de

SKID ROW SIGNS WITH GOLDEN ROBOT
Veteran hard rock group SKID ROW has inked a worldwide deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records. The the final chapter of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy will be released later this year.
skidrow.com   goldenrobotrecords.com

MAY 6, 2019
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES SUMMER/FALL U.S. TOUR
DEEP PURPLE will embark on the 2019 U.S. leg of their "The Long Goodbye" tour in late summer. The month-and-a-half-long trek will kick off on Septeber 3 in Riverside, California and wrap on October 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dates and other details can be found at deeppurple.com

NEW ALBUM WITH D-A-D LATER THIS MONTH
DAD live
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will release their first album in 8 years, "A Prayer For The Loud" on May 31 via AFM Records.
d-a-d.dk

MAY 5, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH RAINBOW THIS MONTH
RAINBOW will release a new digital single, "The Storm", on May 17 via Minstrel Hall Music. The song is said to be "a rocked-up remake" of an old BLACKMORE'S NIGHT track from the album "Fires At Midnight", which was issued back in 2001.
Last month, RAINBOW issued a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family".

MAY 4, 2019
RATT ANNOUNCES SPRING/SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Ameriacn hard rock veterans RATT has announced a batch of North American tour dates that will take place over the course of the next 5 months.
The band's first live appearance of 2019 is scheduled for May 4 at the Domination festival in Mexico. The group also has a number of shows lined up on the East Coast and in the South, including gigs in Texas, Mississippi, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
RATT's current lineup includes original singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
For tour dates, go to therattpack.com

MAY 3, 2019
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going on a short European tour in October, with The CRUEL INTENTIONS and HIGHRIDE as special guests. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 6.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/realcrashdiet

NEW ALBUM WITH TARJA TURUNEN IN AUGUST
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release her new studio album, "In The Raw", on August 30 via earMUSIC.

NEW ALBUM WITH HAMMERFALL IN AUGUST
Joacim Cans, HammerFall
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release their new album, "Dominion", on August 16 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/HF-Dominion
hammerfall.net   napalmrecords.com

MAY 2, 2019
ZZ TOP TO CELEBRATE 50 WITH 50-SONG COLLECTION
ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a new, Texas-sized compilation featuring 50 of their songs.
Single CD And digital versions are available on June 14. 3-CD and 5-LP sets will be available on August 16.
Pre-order here: Rhino.lnk.to/Goin50
zztop.com

IGGY POP TO RE-RELEASE "ZOMBIE BIRDHOUSE"
Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop is re-releasing his 1982 solo album "Zombie Birdhouse" on CD and vinyl. The CD version has a bonus track, the original version of "Pain and Suffering", which features Debbie Harry (BLONDIE) on backing vocals. The song was originally recorded for the film, "Rock and Rule" (Iggy provided the voice of the Monster From Another Dimension and Debbie Harry the voice for the character Angel), but that soundtrack was never released.
"Zombie Birdhouse" is out on June 28 via Caroline and is remastered.
Check out "Run Like A Villain" from the album: youtu.be/kYvhxhDGrfI
iggypop.com

MAY 1, 2019
SPIDERS TO SUPPORT HANK VON HELL IN NORTH AMERICA
Spiders
Swedish rock band SPIDERS will be support act for Hank Von Hell on his upcoming North American tour in August.
For dates, try 1 of these pages: facebook.com/wearespiders   facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

HELIX DRUMMER TO REJOIN THE BAND
HELIX drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz will rejoin his bandmates for their upcoming Canadian shows in early June. The concerts will mark his first appearances with the group since he sustained serious injuries in a November 2018 fall.
Fritz was injured after going out to the front of his home to fix some shingles on the roof. When his girlfriend's sister went out to check on him, he was laying on the front lawn, having fallen from the roof. He had a seizure on the front lawn and then another on the way to the hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
planethelix.com

GERMAN MAGAZINE VISIONS TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM WITH BAD RELIGION
Bad Religion
German music magazine Visions is going to release a live album with American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION. Issue #314 will include "Live At Rock Am Ring June 3rd, 2018" as a bonus CD.
The release is licensed from Live Nation, and not Epitaph (who use to release their records), so it appears that the band is not releasing the CD through Epitaph or directly. Rather, Live Nation appears to own the rights to these live recordings and has licensed them to the magazine. Which means that you have to get the magazine to get the CD.
badreligion.com

APRIL 30, 2019
UFO REJOINED BY GUITARIST/KEYBOARDIST NEIL CARTER
British hard rock legends UFO will be rejoined by Neil Carter as they continue their 50th-anniversary "Last Orders" tour following the recent passing of Paul Raymond.
Raymond died from a heart attack on April 13, just days after UFO completed the U.K. and Ireland leg of "Last Orders" tour with a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
The European leg of "Last Orders" kicks off on June 7 at Musik Zentrum in Hannover, Germany and includes shows in Sweden, Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
UFO will launch the North American leg of "Last Orders" on October 9 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
For tour dates and other information, try ufo-music.info

NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release his new solo album, "Ten", in September via Rat Pak Records. Guest musicians who appear on the disc include singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE), drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE), bassist John O'Boyle, and guitarists Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE), Marzi Montazeri (EXHORDER, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), Gus G. (FIREWIND, Ozzy Osbourne) and Andy James.

APRIL 29, 2019
TOTO ANNOUNCE FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
AOR legends TOTO will conclude the almost 2-year long "40 Trips Around The Sun Tour" with 20 final shows in North America. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on September 20 at The Wiltern. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, May 3 at 10AM local time.
For further details, go to totoofficial.com

SABATON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HAMMERFALL
Swedish war heavy metal band SABATON will make their return to North America this fall for "The Great Tour". The headline excursion will feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL, and will begin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 4 and will end in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 3. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. local time.
For dates, try sabaton.net
SABATON's new album, "The Great War", will be released on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record will be a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.
HAMMERFALL will release a new single, "(We Make) Sweden Rock", on Friday, May 3.

NEW ALBUM WITH LIV SIN IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy metal band LIV SIN will release their new album, "Burning Sermons", on September 6 via Despotz Records.
livsinofficial.com   despotz.se

OZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2020
Ozzy Osbourne has released details of his rescheduled UK and European shows with JUDAS PRIEST.
Ozzy's "No More Tours 2" gigs in the UK and Europe were due to happen earlier this year but had to be postponed due to illness. His subsequent North American run was then rescheduled due to an injury sustained at home. But now he is back in business and has revealed new dates for the UK/Euro leg of his arena dates, which will take place from January to March 2020.
JUDAS PRIEST will join Ozzy on all dates, which can be found on ozzy.com and judaspriest.com
Tickets for all rescheduled dates remain valid, except for the now-cancelled Barcelona and Frankfurt shows. Remaining tickets for the tour go on sale May 3 at 9am.

APRIL 28, 2019
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN GOT CANCER
Sylvain Sylvain of NEW YORK DOLLS have been battling cancer for about a year. He let us know that he "have an upcoming surgery with a great doctor that may do the trick."
Read his own statement here: facebook.com/sylvainsylvainm?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARBc6WWAkVaxFD8pLJRrWtZufIWlmkx5Na7a9WemqU6i3pgYoMsXcCV1QYYMRMPKkm6zp-ag1Dc9xr6i&hc_ref=ARSAf1iTkiPWyyvSURhynTkRmcSgUjs0C1gwK-CDRm054wqIqnpSDMSWS1IQWb6k1QQ&fref=nf

AIRBOURNE COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have completed work on their fifth album for a late 2019 release via Spinefarm.

APRIL 27, 2019
BLOODBATH PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Joakim Karlsson, guitarist for death metallers BLOODBATH, has decided to leave the band. He will now focus on his black metal band CRAFT instead.
Live guitar duties will proceed with Tomas from LIK.
facebook.com/bloodbathband

MOLLY HATCHET SINGER PHIL MCCORMACK IS DEAD
Phil McCormack, the frontman for rock band MOLLY HATCHET, has died, according to multiple sources. No official cause of death has yet been revealed, but the 102.7 WSNR radio station has reported that it "looks like a heart attack". He was 58 years old.

ANVIL TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Steve Lips Kudlow, Anvil
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL will enter Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany this fall to begin recording their new album for a 2020 release.

APRIL 26, 2019
SOLO ALBUM WITH ROGGA JOHANSSON IN JULY
Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING, The GROTESQUERY, NECROGOD and many more) will release his first solo album, "Entrance To Otherwhere", on July 19 through Transcending Obscurity Records.
roggadeathmetal.bandcamp.com   tometal.com

DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE PART TWO OF CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET SERIES
DEF LEPPARD will release a limited-edition box set, "Def Leppard - Volume Two", on June 21. This is the second of 4 volumes of the complete recorded output of DEF LEPPARD available as both a 10-LP, 180-gram vinyl box and a limited-edition 7-CD set featuring all the recordings from the band in the 1990s with their original packaging. The albums were remastered by Ronan McHugh at Joe's Garage and cut by Greg Moore.
"Def Leppard - Volume Two" features 1992's "Adrenalize", which topped the charts in 23 countries, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the U.K. chart, 1993's Top 10 release "Retro Active", the band's first compilation featuring B-sides and previously unreleased recording sessions from 1984 to 1993, DEF LEPPARD's 6th studio album "Slang", released in 1996 and the first full album to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, and, making its vinyl debut, 1999's "Euphoria", which also went Top 10 on the U.S. and U.K. charts and marked the band's return to their signature sound.
Also included are "Rarities Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", both specially compiled by Joe Elliott containing more rare B-sides and live recordings from the 90s, complete with newly commissioned artwork.
Housed in rigid boxes, "Def Leppard - Volume Two" also contains a 40-page hardbound book packed with rare photos by Ross Halfin and introductions written by the entire band.
defleppard.com

AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER HURT HIS SHOULDER IN MINOR ACCIDENT
Drummer Joey Kramer will not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates tonight (April 26) in Las Vegas. The announcement comes 2 days after Kramer missed the last concert at the Park Theater at Park MGM as part of the band's "Deuces Are Wild" residency.
Joey had a minor accident and is totally fine, but he hurt his shoulder in the process so he won't be able to play.

THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER FOR FESTIVAL SHOWS
THIN LIZZY have announced the bass player for the forthcoming run of European festival appearances to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the original band and 40 years since the release of the seminal "Black Rose" album.
Troy Sanders from MASTODON will be joining guitarist Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton on keyboards, Ricky Warwick on lead vocals, Damon Johnson on guitar and JUDAS PRIEST's Scott Travis on drums for the following dates:
Sunday July 28 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, S. Wales, UK (exclusive "Black Rose" album set)
Sunday August 4 – Rewind North Festival, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
Thursday August 8 - Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Alicante, Spain
Saturday August 10 - Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
thinlizzyband.com

APRIL 25, 2019
VAMPIRE IN THE STUDIO
Vampire in red light
Swedish death metallers VAMPIRE has entered the studio to start recording a new album.
facebook.com/vampiretheband

NEW ALBUM WITH DESTRUCTION IN AUGUST
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast.
destruction.de

APRIL 24, 2019
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER SKIPPED LAS VEGAS CONCERT
Drummer Joey Kramer did not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates last night (Tuesday, April 23) as part of their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. Filling in for him at the Park Theater at Park MGM was reportedly Kramer's assistant/drum tech, John Douglas.
AEROSMITH has not yet publicly addressed Kramer's absence from the concert, but a number of fans took to social media to express their hope that the drummer is in good health.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST SIGNS WITH eOne
Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust
Portland thrash band TOXIC HOLOCAUST has signed a worldwide record deal with Entertainment One (eOne). A new album will arrive later this year.
toxicholocaust.com

TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND FRANCE
British fun punk legends TOY DOLLS celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. They are currently working on a new album, which will be followed by a tour in the fall and winter. And the first confirmed tour dates are in Sweden and France.
They will do 3 shows in Sweden:
Nov. 14 - Kraken, Stockholm
Nov. 15 - The Crypt, Linköping (w/ TROUBLEMAKERS, ABROVINK)
Nov. 16 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ The HEADLINES, The MOCKINGBIRDS)
After that there will be a whole 12-date tour in France in November/December. Those dates can be found at thetoydolls.com
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26. More dates will be announced soon..

APRIL 23, 2019
TURBONEGRO TO REPLACE ARCHITECTS AT BORGHOLM BRINNER
Turbonegro
Due to "scheduling difficulties" ARCHITECTS will not be able to attend the Borgholm Brinner festival this year. TURBONEGRO will join the festival instead.
Borgholm Brinner take place August 2-3 at Borgholm Castle on the Swedish island Öland. Other bands that will play there are IN FLAMES, OPETH, AT THE GATES, WITCHCRAFT, OF MICE & MEN, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SKRAECKOEDLAN and BOMBUS.
borgholmbrinner.se

GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO HEADLINE EXIT 111
Exit 111 festival debuts October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.A. Headliners will be GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. Among the other acts are SLAYER, ZZ TOP, DEFTONES, GHOST, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, GOJIRA, CHEAP TRICK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MINISTRY, POWER TRIP, GRAVEYARD, NEW YEARS DAY etc. etc.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
More info at exit111festival.com

GUNS N' ROSES BASSIST DUFF MCKAGAN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan are coming to Europe for a tour in August/September. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26.
More info at duffonline.com

SANCTUARY TO CONTINUE
US metal band SANCTUARY have announced that they will continue. And they will start with a small US tour with GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in July/August, where SANCTUARY will perform the "Refuge Denied" album in its entirety, along with other popular songs.
For dates and tickets, visit sanctuaryofficial.com

APRIL 22, 2019
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH SOCIAL DISTORTION
Flogging Molly
American celtic punk veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are going on a North American co-headline tour with SOCIAL DISTORTION in August/September. Special guests will be The DEVIL MAKES THREE and LE BUTCHERETTES. Tickets on-sale this Friday, April 26.
For dates and tickets, go to floggingmolly.com or socialdistortion.com

SEPULTURA BANNED FROM PLAYING IN LEBANON
According to Albawaba, Lebanese authorities have banned SEPULTURA from performing in the country, accusing the Brazilian/American band of "insulting Christianity" and being "devil worshippers".
Concert promoters Skull Session announced on Friday (April 19) that authorities refused to process the bandmembers' visas, forcing them to cancel a planned SEPULTURA gig in Beirut's Hamra district on April 28.
Skull Session told The New Arab that they had not been allowed to see the group's "ban order" but had been given information by officers who had seen the document.
albawaba.com/node/lebanon-censors-heavy-metal-band-sepultura-devil-worship-1281479   alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/4/21/brazilian-metal-band-barred-from-lebanon-for-satanic-music

APRIL 21, 2019
EX-SODOM MEMBERS LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former SODOM members Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) have launched a new metal band called BONDED. Joining them in the group are Ingo Bajonczak (ASSASSIN) on vocals, Marc Hauschild (bass) and Chris Tsitsis (ex-SUICIDAL ANGELS) on guitar.
BONDED is in the process of recording 5 new songs for a late 2019 release.
The official music video for a demo version of the track "God Given" can be seen here: youtu.be/BkH7ziGNtM4

EXODUS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE RECORDING FROM 1984
American thrash veterans EXODUS celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of the single "No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)". You can listen to it here: youtu.be/DYLbWpL4OJ0

APRIL 19, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES IN JUNE
Alice Cooper solo
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - with AEROSMITH legend Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, and shock rock icon Alice Cooper - return with new music in the form of their second album, "Rise", which will be released on June 21 via earMUSIC.
hollywoodvampires.com

THUNDERMOTHER PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have parted ways with bassist Sara.
thundermother.com

APRIL 17, 2019
ACCEPT ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST AND VIOLINIST
Accept in action a few years ago
Heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced the addition of Martin Motnik on bass and Ava-Rebekah Rahman on violin as the band prepares to launch the "Symphonic Terror" tour on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany.
For upcoming tour dates, go to acceptworldwide.com/tour

THE DWARVES TO RE-RELEASE EARLY EP
American dirt punk veterans The DWARVES will re-release their early EP "Toolin' For A Warm Teabag". The release has been remastered and is out on 12" vinyl format later this summer via Riot Style Records.
thedwarves.com

THE BABOON SHOW TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST DEMO ON VINYL
The Baboon Show live
Swedish punk rock band The BABOON SHOW will have their first demo, "This Is It!" from 2004, released as a vinyl LP via Filferro Records. It will be remastered and with new artwork. There will be a limited edition of 500 copies.
The LP will include 3 old songs and 3 previously unreleased.
Pre-orders starts today, April 17, and shipping on May 20. Orders here only: filferrorecords@gmail.com
thebaboonshow.com

APRIL 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH VÅNNA INGET IN MAY
Vanna Inget
Swedish post punk band VÅNNA INGET will release a new album, titled "Utopi", on May 3. The 2 first songs will be released on Thursday, April 18.
facebook.com/vannainget

APRIL 15, 2019
MORE RE-ISSUES WITH BUZZCOCKS
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS have announced the re-issue of their third album, "A Different Kind of Tension", and the "Singles Going Steady" compilation on Friday 14th June.
Pre-order on deluxe edition coloured vinyl and CD: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks40
Restored from their original tapes for the first time, both titles feature newly curated booklets and unseen images, with Jon Savage contributing the liner notes for "A Different Kind of Tension" and Clinton Heylin for "Singles Going Steady".
buzzcocks.com

AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES AND GRAND MAGUS
Bad photo of Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are sailing to North America for a headline tour in September/October. Support acts will be no other than ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES and GRAND MAGUS.
Pre-sale and VIP Bundles are available starting tomorrow (April 16). General tickets on-sale Friday, April 19.
For dates and tickets, go to amonamarth.com
archenemy.net   atthegates.se   facebook.com/grandmagusofficial

APRIL 14, 2019
UFO'S PAUL RAYMOND IS DEAD
UFO guitarist/keyboard player Paul Raymond has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 73 years old.
ufo-music.info   paulraymondmusic.com

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO RELEASE NEW VERSION OF "BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY"
RAINBOW will release a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family" on April 26.
The original recording of "Black Sheep Of The Family" - a cover of a track by the band QUATERMASS from 1970 - was included on RAINBOW's debut album, 1975's "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow".

NIFELHEIM RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Nifelheim
Swedish black metallers NIFELHEIM are currently recording a new studio album. They also have a new guitarist, Blackosh (MASTER'S HAMMER, ex-ROOT).
facebook.com/Nifelheim.Official

APRIL 12, 2019
TURBONEGRO ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Turbonegro frontman
Legendary Norwegian/British death punk/dirt rock band TURBONEGRO are going to Latin America in September to play some shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
The exact dates are:
Sept. 11 - Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 13 - Blondie, Santiago, Chile
Sept. 14 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sept. 15 - Carioca Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept. 17 - Teatro Odisseia, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
facebook.com/TurbonegroHQ

LIVE ALBUM WITH BULLET IN JULY
Bullet frontman
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET will release a live album, simply titled "Bullet Live", on July 5 via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be available as 2CD, double LP and digital.
For upcoming tour dates, try facebook.com/bulletband

APRIL 10, 2019
NEW PROJECT WITH EX-QUEENSRŸCHE VOCALIST GEOFF TATE
Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION:MINDCRIME vocalist Geoff Tate have teamed up with some Italian musicians led by Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of prog metal band DGM. The project is called SWEET OBLIVION, and a album will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on June 14.
Get a first taste, "True Colors", here: youtu.be/HYsLG2VtTN0
Follow SWEET OBLIVION on Facebook: facebook.com/SweetOblivionGeoffTate

EXCITER CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
EXCITER have been confirmed for the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal festival Muskelrock at Tyrolen in Blädinge (outside Alvesta), which take place on May 30 to June 1.
Other acts that have been confirmed for the festival are VIGILANTE, SHAAM LAREIN, BÜTCHER, EMERALD, ADX, NEPTUNE, PAGAN ALTAR, HYPNOS, ELECTRIC CITIZEN, SECOND SUN and MANACLE.
EXCITER will also play at Geronimo FGT in Stockholm, Sweden on May 28 and at The Abyss in Göteborg, Sweden on June 29. Both shows are Muskelrock pre-partys. After Muskelrock EXCITER goes to Norway for a show at Oak Metal Club in Fosser on June 1.
facebook.com/Muskelrock   facebook.com/excitercanada

NEW ALBUM WITH THE RODS IN JUNE
80s US metal band The RODS will release their new album, "Brotherhood Of Metal", on June 7 via Steamhammer.
therods.com   spv.de

THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCES UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
British rock act The DARKNESS are going on a UK/European tour in late 2019 and early 2020. Tickets on general sale 10am Friday 12th April. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/thedarknessofficial.
The DARKNESS will release their new album, "Easter Is Cancelled", on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl.

APRIL 9, 2019
MONTH-LONG U.S. TOUR FOR THE RONNIE JAMES DIO HOLOGRAM
Dio many years ago
The new Ronnie James Dio hologram will embark on a month-long U.S. tour at the end of May.
The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The Dio hologram production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.
After the tour's initial 7-date run was completed in December 2017, Ronnie's hologram underwent "some changes" before the launch of the next leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour.
The new dates are:
May 31 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 01 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
June 02 - St. Petersburg, FL - Palladium Theatre
June 03 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
June 06 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
June 07 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
June 08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
June 09 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
June 11 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
June 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
June 14 - St. Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
June 15 - St. Paul, MN - Myth
June 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
June 19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
June 20 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
June 21 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
June 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
June 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Tickets for all confirmed tour dates go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time via all major ticketing outlets.
youtu.be/S94odyYYdKs   facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

THE CULT ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN NORTH AMERICA AND UK
In recognition of the forthcoming reissue of THE CULT's multi-platinum-selling "Sonic Temple" album on Beggars Banquet Records (exact release date to be announced), the British rock group that's led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy will embark on select dates in North America and the U.K. starting May 2 in Houston, Texas. Tickets are on sale now for the "A Sonic Temple" tour. Meanwhile, the band expects to announce another block of dates very soon for 2019/2020.
The setlist will draw from THE CULT's 10 studio albums with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from "Sonic Temple"; some of these songs have not been performed since the album (their 4th) was originally released in 1989.
To see the exact dates, try facebook.com/officialcult

NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN JUNE
MEMORIAM - the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums - will release its third studio album, "Requiem For Mankind", on June 21 via Nuclear Blast.
memoriam.uk.com   nuclearblast.de

ZZ TOP ANNOUNCES 50TH-ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th year with a massive North American tour this summer. Kicking off the 50th-anniversary tour August 16, the real Tres Hombres will play coast to coast and border to border. CHEAP TRICK and Southern rock stalwarts LYNYRD SKYNYRD will also join the tour as it snakes through the country into late October.
ZZ TOP are very unique, as they have been the exact same 3 guys - Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - all the time since 1969 until today.
Tickets for newly announced dates go on sale starting Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Dates and tickets can be found at zztop.com/events

MOB 47 TO TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
Mob 47
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to California in the end of this month for a short tour. The dates are as follows:
26 April, Hilltop Travern – Apple Valley
27 April, Manic Relapse Fest – Oakland
1 May, Maison Kabob – Fresno
2 May, Characters Bar – Pomona
3 May, Gigi's Bar – Ventura
4 May, Five Star Bar – Los Angeles
Keep an eye on facebook.com/mob47 for the latest updates.

APRIL 8, 2019
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT PLAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT founding member Eric Bloom has confirmed to MassLive.com that the band is planning to release its first new album since 2001's "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror".
"We're not exactly working on it yet, but the ink is going on the contract soon," he said. "We've all been working on songs over the years, but there's a lot of negotiation, because it's not just about the new product but also about the back catalog."
blueoystercult.com

SLAYER IS SUING ORGANIZERS OF ICELAND'S SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
Kerry King, Slayer
According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), SLAYER is suing the organizers of Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, claiming it hasn't been fully paid for appearing at last year's event.
The legendary thrash metal band, which is in the middle of its farewell world tour, says it is still owed around $134,000 (16 million Icelandic króna).
Local media has reported that a significant number of people and companies have not been paid for their work at Solstice Productions, which has handled Secret Solstice's operations.
slayer.net

NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH EX-VIXEN SINGER JANET GARDNER IN MAY
Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner will release a new solo album, "Your Place In The Sun", on May 31 via Pavement Entertainment. Like her 2017 debut self-titled solo album, the new disc is a collaboration with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.

FORMER TNT SINGER TONY MILLS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Former TNT vocalist Tony Mills has been diagnosed with cancer.
The British-born singer appeared on 3 studio albums from TNT - 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's "Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms" - before exiting and being replaced by a returning Tony Harnell.
You can read his own words about this on Tony's Facebook page: facebook.com/Tony.Mills.Official

APRIL 6, 2019
TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM WITH NEBULA
Desert rock veterans NEBULA will release their first studio album in 10 years, "Holy Shit" on June 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds.
facebook.com/NebulaBand

APRIL 5, 2019
ASTA KASK TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE SHOW AT TO THE DEATH FEST
Asta Kask
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will do an exclusive U.S. show at Portland's To The Death Fest.
The festival happens on June 28-30 at Dante's/Star Theater/Black Water. More artists and other information will be announced soon.

CRASS TO RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" ON LP AND CD
As reported here yesterday, British anarcho-punk legends CRASS has released a digital remaster of their "Best Before 1984" compilation. Today, details of a physical version surfaced. The new version is out via Crass Records, as distributed by One Little Indian Records. It appears that the re-release is not part of the "The Crassical Collection" releases (which slightly modified some of the original albums and added many bonus tracks), so it's unclear if the physical re-release will have a slightly altered tracklist like the digital re-release had.
The vinyl version of the remastered "Best Before 1984" is out today, and the CD version is out May 17. Meanwhile, "The Crassical Collection" itself went out of print almost immediately after its initial release, and Crass Records/One Little Indian has also repressed that series, as well.
crass.live

APRIL 4, 2019
THOR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Hard rock legend Thor will release his new album, "Hammer Of Justice", on April 26 through Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records).
The album release will be followed by a major North American tour, which will kick off in Portland, OR on April 12, and will last until June 16 when he comes to Quebec City, Quebec.
For tour dates and other info, go to thorcentral.net

OZZY POSTPONES ALL 2019 TOUR DATES
Ozzy Osbourne has announced the postponement of all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Osbourne will remain under doctor's care in Los Angeles as he recovers.
The shows will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020 and concert-goers are being asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Because some of the 2019 dates were festival appearances, not all will be rescheduled. The new North American dates can be found at facebook.com/ozzyosbourne. The Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will be rescheduled in July 2020 (exact date to be announced). The 2020 European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

GUNS N' ROSES CONFIRMED FOR LOUDER THAN LIFE
GUNS N' ROSES is the first act to be announced for the return of Louder Than Life. This year, the festival will be headed to its new home at the Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center on Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.
This will mark the debut of the GUNS N' ROSES lineup at the Louder Than Life festival and is the first appearance for the rock giants since performing in Hawaii in December 2018.
The full Louder Than Life lineup will be announced on Monday, April 8, the same day as tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. ET.
louderthanlifefestival.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
British rock band The DARKNESS will release a new studio album, "Easter Is Cancelled", on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl.
youtu.be/BfbzfGuQSJU   thedarknesslive.com

PICTURE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Dutch heavy metal veterans PICTURE have set "Wings" as the title of their new album. The release date for the album will be announced soon..
pictureband.nl   puresteel-records.com

APRIL 3, 2019
CRASS RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" DIGITALLY
Anarcho punk legends CRASS has remastered their compilation "Best Before 1984", which rounds up CRASS singles and a few other stray tracks. The release appears to be a continuation of "The Crassical Collection".
Right now, only a digital version is available, and for the time being, the band is giving it away for free. Check it out right here: crass.live

LIVE ALBUM WITH AMEBIX?
For the past few years, heavy crust core pioneers AMEBIX (who broke up in 2012), have teased a live album. Today, they confirmed it's upcoming releases. They stated, simply:
"well well,looky here.Postie dropped off some goodies. New pressing of Sonic Mass in grey vinyl,ltd 1000 copies,available now from Easyaction. I forgot how wonderful the cover art and layout were,embossed splathead etc,classy work from Andy Lefton and Fin MacAteer (before he lost his mind..) and...Test pressing for the Amebix live 2009 vinyl!"
The band also has hinted at a DVD for that live show as well. The band's final studio album was "Sonic Mass" in 2011. Since then, they've reissued their first 2 albums and have released some archive live material.

IN FLAMES GUITARIST NICLAS ENGELIN TO SIT OUT EUROPEAN TOUR
IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin will sit out the band's spring and summer European tour dates to focus on "personal matters". Filling in for him once again will be former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
Broderick previously stepped in for Engelin during IN FLAMES' North American shows in February and March.
inflames.com

NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL MOVIE "LORDS OF CHAOS" TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE IN MAY
Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group have set a May 28 release date for "Lords Of Chaos" on Blu-ray/DVD combo and DVD.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo contains the unrated version of the film (118 minutes) and bonus features (11 director's teasers and trailers). The single DVD includes the rated version (116 minutes) and no bonus features.
Get more information about the film here: facebook.com/LordsOfChaosMovie

THE CULT TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "SONIC TEMPLE" IN LA
Alternative rock veterans The CULT will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album "Sonic Temple" with a party at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on June 15. Other bands that will play are PRAYERS, ZOLA JESUS and VOWWS. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 5.
facebook.com/officialcult

NEW ALBUM WITH SABATON IN JULY
Swedish heavy metal band SABATON will release their 9th full-length album, "The Great War", on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
sabaton.net   nuclearblast.de

MISFITS ANNOUNCE STADIUM SHOW IN LA
MISFITS have announced a very special 2019 U.S. date that will take place Saturday, June 29 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The current lineup of the MISFITS features original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only. RISE AGAINST, The DISTILLERS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and CRO-MAGS will join the epic event as special guests.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 5.
misfits.com

APRIL 2, 2019
METALLICA AND SLIPKNOT ADD MORE SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
METALLICA has added 2 more shows to its previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand. The second Melbourne concert will take place on October 24 at Marvel Stadium and another Auckland gig is scheduled for November 2 at Mt. Smart Stadium. As with the rest of the tour, support at the shows will come from SLIPKNOT.
Fan-club presales for the newly added concerts begin Wednesday, April 3 from 1 p.m. with general tickets on sale Tuesday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
metallica.com   slipknot1.com

CHARTA 77 FRONTMAN PER GRANBERG HOSPITALIZED
Per Granberg with Charta 77
Per Granberg, frontman for Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77, was hospitalized last week after a cerebral haemorrhage (not a stroke as reported earlier). He underwent surgery on Thursday, and all he can do now is to wait an see. But the surgery went as it should, and there's a good chance that he will recover.
This is not the first time that Per have suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. He got 1 about 10 years ago.
CHARTA 77 was supposed to play in Fagersta and Gävle here in Sweden next weekend (May 5 and 6), but KSM3 (with former members of KSMB) will step in to do those shows instead of CHARTA 77.

APRIL 1, 2019
GRAVEYARD TO RELEASE LIVE EP
Graveyard
Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD will release a live EP on Record Store Day, April 13. It was recorded at Pustervik in their hometown Göteborg on December 14 and 15 last year. The title of the EP is "Live At Pustervik", and it will be availbale as a gatefold double 7" (from Reaktor) and a 12" (from Nuclear Blast).
facebook.com/graveyardofficial

GHOST RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE FALL
Papa Eremitus, Ghost
Swedish occult metal/rock band GHOST will return to North America once again in September/October. For dates and tickets, go to: ghost-official.com

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH URIAH HEEP
JUDAS PRIEST have announced a North American tour in May/June, with support from URIAH HEEP. Dates and tickets can be found at judaspriest.com

MARCH 30, 2019
ROLLING STONES FORCED TO POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The ROLLING STONES have announced the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates. Singer Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.
Those who have tickets should keep them, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly.
More info at facebook.com/therollingstones

MARCH 29, 2019
PER GRANBERG OF CHARTA 77 HAS GOT A STROKE
Per Granberg with Charta 77
It looks like Per Granberg of the Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 has got a stroke (again). I don't know much else right know..

SPLIT 12" WITH EXISTENZ AND THE NILZ IN APRIL
Reunited Swedish punk band EXISTENZ will release a split-12" with Irish punk rockers The NILZ on April 12 via HepTown Records and Deadlamb Records.
You can pre-order it now from: hepcat.se/music/existenzthe-nilz-they-cant-control-it-orange-vinyl-12?fbclid=IwAR2SA-ZAl4xNTvIYEIPBbPQjjJshfP4jGNK9ngBrnncpeGBnJ9d2DEHdwFg
facebook.com/existenzpunk   thenilz.bandcamp.com

LIVE CD/DVD WITH LOUDNESS IN MAY
Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS will release a new 2CD+DVD, "Live In Tokyo", on May 17 via earMUSIC.
loudnessjp.com   ear-music.net

NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST IN AUGUST
Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker's MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project will release its second studio album, "Revelation", on August 23 through Nuclear Blast.
michaelschenkerhimself.com   nuclearblast.de

MARCH 28, 2019
BACKYARD BABIES TO FILM TONIGHT'S SHOW IN GOTHENBURG FOR UPCOMING SINGLE/VIDEO
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES will be filming tonight's show at Pustervik in Göteborg (aka Gothenburg), Sweden for an upcoming single and video.
backyardbabies.com

NEW ALBUM WITH RAMMSTEIN IN MAY
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will release their new, self-titled album on May 17. A music video for the disc's first single, "Deutschland", will make its online debut today (Thursday, March 28) at 18:00 (Central European Time).
rammstein.com

FORMER MANOWAR GUITARIST DAVID SHANKLE HAS TUMOR IN HIS HEAD
Former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle is scheduled to undergo surgery next week after doctors found a tumor in his head during a recent brain scan.
Read his own words about it on his Facebook page.

DRUMMER GIL SHARONE QUITS MARILYN MANSON
Drummer Gil Sharone has announced his departure from MARILYN MANSON.
The Los Angeles native joined Manson's band in 2013 and was featured on the shock rocker's last 2 records, "The Pale Emperor" and "Heaven Upside Down".

MARCH 27, 2019
WANDA JACKSON RETIRES
Iconic rockabilly and country singer Wanda Jackson has announced that she will no longer be performing live. She has been performing since the 1950s, and has released hundreds of records. She's 81 years old this year, so her retirement is solely based on health and safety.

QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES NEW DATES IN EUROPE
Queensryche
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced a European tour with FIREWIND as special guests on most of the dates. The tour will take place in November/December, and will include countries like Greece, Germany, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
For dates and ticket links, go to bandsintown.com/Queensryche or queensrycheofficial.com

SINGLES BOX SET WITH SLADE IN MAY
On May 31, BMG will release SLADE's "Feel The Noize - The Singlez Box", a strictly limited-edition box set comprises of 10 rare internationally released 7" singles, including an extremely rare 7" promo copy in a lift off lid box.
"Feel The Noize - The Singlez Box" features 5 U.K. No. 1s, 3 No. 2s, plus the Top 3 single "Everyday". The set also includes 1981's "Night Starvation", not previously commercially released as a 7" single.
To purchase this strictly limited-edition "The Singlez Box", go to slade.lnk.to/FeelTheNoizePR
Also, for the first time, the full SLADE catalogue will receive a global digital release across all digital service providers on April 12.
slade.uk.com

MANOWAR RECRUITS EX-HAMMERFALL DRUMMER ANDERS JOHANSSON
MANOWAR has recruited Anders Johansson (ex-HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE etc etc) as the band's new drummer. The Swedish musician made his live debut with MANOWAR on March 25 in Brno, Czech Republic.
Johansson can be heard on MANOWAR's new EP, "The Final Battle I", which will be made available on Friday, March 29 in an exclusive pre-sale at the merchandise booth of the band's "The Final Battle World Tour 2019". The initial instalment in a trilogy of EPs will be released to retail and online stores on May 30 and digitally on Amazon and Google Play.
manowar.com

DANKO JONES GOING TO AUSTRALIA
Danko himself
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES are going to do their first Australian headline tour in 15 years. This will happen in May/June, and the dates are these:
May 30 - Stay Gold, Melbourne
May 31 - Crowbar, Brisbane
June 1 - Crowbar, Sydney
June 2 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Get your tickets from silverbacktouring.com
More tour dates at dankojones.com

DIA PSALMA TO RECORD STOCKHOLM SHOW FOR POSSIBLE LIVE RECORD
Swedish folk/pop punk veterans DIA PSALMA will record their performance at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden on April 6 for a possible live record.
Read more (in Swedish) here: facebook.com/diapsalmaofficial

SEX PISTOLS BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
Following the success of the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", it seems every big-name musician is looking to get some on-screen action. A MÖTLEY CRÜE biopic has just been released, an Elton John biopic is on the way, and now it has been revealed that a SEX PISTOLS film is also in the works.
NME reports that the new biopic has already been in the works for 18 months, and while filming is yet to commence, the casting process is set to begin in the near future.
Details surrounding the plot are still yet to be confirmed, though it's expected to centre largely around the band's manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

RANKING ROGER OF THE BEAT IS DEAD
Ranking Roger, who was singing for the British ska band The BEAT, died yesterday (March 26). He had been battling cancer for some time, but unfortunately he lost the fight. He was just 56 years old.
Roger was writing his biography, "I Just Can't Stop It, My Life With The BEAT", with co-writer Daniel Rachel. It was scheduled to be pubished in the spring or early summer through Omnibus Press.
The BEAT ft Ranking Roger released a new album, "Public Confidential", in late January.
thebeatofficial.com

MARY'S KIDS ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP AND NEW EP
Marianne, Marys Kids
Swedish punk/action rockers MARY'S KIDS let us know that the band is complete again, and the current lineup is Marianne on vocals/guitar, Elias on drums, Hella on bas and Jonas is filling in for Erik on guitar.
The band will enter the studio in 3 weeks to record a new EP.
facebook.com/MARYSKIDSTHEBAND

MARCH 26, 2019
NEW SONG WITH BAD RELIGION
Bad Religion
Melodic L.A. punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION has released a new track, "Do The Paranoid Style", from their upcoming album "Age Of Unreason". The new album will be released on May 3 on Epitaph Records.
Check out "Do The Paranoid Style" here: badreligion.ffm.to/ageofunreason
badreligion.com

BLACK FLAG ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
American punk legends BLACK FLAG will be touring in Latin America in June and July. The dates are:
June 27 - Guadalajara, México
June 28 - Ciudad de México, México
July 4 - Lima Perú
July 5 - Santiago, Chile
July 6 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 7 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
blackflagband.com

MARCH 25, 2019
THE PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
The Professionals
Punk rock band The PROFESSIONALS (with Paul Cook from SEX PISTOLS) have announced a German tour in October. Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 27. And the dates are these:
Oct. 14 - Luxor, Köln
Oct. 15 - Knust, Hamburg
Oct. 16 - Bi Nuu, Berlin
Oct. 17 - Strom, München
Oct. 19 - Cafe Central, Weinheim
jointheprofessionals.net

MARCH 22, 2019
NEW EP WITH MANOWAR NEXT WEEK
MANOWAR have confirmed the release of "The Final Battle I", an EP comprised of eagerly awaited brand new material. Fans will first get their chance to own this initial instalment in a trilogy of thunderous EPs in an exclusive pre-sale at the merchandise booth of the band's "The Final Battle World Tour 2019", starting with their show in Frankfurt, Germany on March 29. An exclusive digital pre-sale period will start on iTunes the same day.
For those who can't make it to a show and buy it there, the EP will also be available in stores and digitally from Amazon and Google on May 30.
"The Final Battle II" and "The Final Battle III" of the trilogy will arrive later on. After the release of 3 EPs, there will be 1 final album with MANOWAR.
manowar.com

REISSUE OF HEAVY LOAD'S "DEATH OR GLORY" TO BE RELEASED IN MAY
Reunited Swedish viking heavy metal band HEAVY LOAD will have their second album, "Death Or Glory", re-released on May 17 via No Remorse Records.
"Death Or Glory" was originally released in 1982. The new version will include some bonus tracks, and will be available in different formats on CD and LP.
heavyload-sweden.com   noremorse.gr

NEW ALBUM WITH SOTO IN MAY
SOTO - the modern heavy metal/hard rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, SONS OF APOLLO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA etc), recently announced signing a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.
Now they are pleased to reveal their new, third studio album, "Origami", which will be released May 24. And to celebrate they have launched the record's first single, "BeLie". Watch the lyric video: youtube.com/watch?v=httACwv8ioI&feature=youtu.be
You can pre-order "Origami" here: SOTO.lnk.to/Origami
sototheband.com   insideoutmusic.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DEATH ANGEL IN MAY
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans DEATH ANGEL will release their long-awaited 9th full-length album, "Humanicide", on May 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

L.A. GUNS PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER SHANE FITZGIBBON
L.A. GUNS has parted ways with drummer Shane Fitzgibbon and has replaced him with Scot Coogan (Lita Ford, Ace Frehley, LYNCH MOB, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION).
According to L.A. GUNS frontman Phil Lewis, Fitzgibbon quit the band "for an amazing studio gig building rooms for [producer] Rick Rubin."
laguns.net

MARCH 21, 2019
DEMONS & WIZARDS SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Century Media Records has announced the signing of DEMONS & WIZARDS to a worldwide deal.
Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) and Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH), DEMONS & WIZARDS released 2 highly acclaimed albums, 1999's "Demons & Wizards" and 2005's "Touched By The Crimson King". The band is currently recording its as-yet-untitled third studio LP, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.
facebook.com/WizardsDemons   centurymedia.com

MARCH 20, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH AMON AMARTH IN EARLY MAY
Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH will release their new album, "Berserker", on May 3 through Metal Blade Records.
You can now pre-order the album here: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_3_20_2019_10_8)&mc_cid=c889ce8682&mc_eid=e930736cf0
For upcoming tour dates, go to amonamarth.com
metalblade.de

NEW ALBUM WITH OF FIRE IN LATE MAY
Another Swedish death metal band that will release a new album, titled "Dräparen", is OF FIRE. Their album will be released by the end of May via Art Gates Records.
The lyrical theme on the album is old swedish stories and folk-lores. 3 of the 8 songs will be in Swedish.
offire.bandcamp.com

NEW ALBUM WITH FIRESPAWN IN JUNE
LG Petrov with Entombed AD
And yet another Swedish death gang, FIRESPAWN - with members from ENTOMBED A.D., UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC etc - will also release a new album, "Abominate", on June 7 through Century Media Records.
facebook.com/firespawnofficial   centurymedia.com

PRE-PARTY FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL WITH W.A.S.P., BULLET, WOLF AND MYSTIK
There will be a pre-party for Gefle Metal Festival on July 18 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. Tickets go on sale March 25.
The festival is at the same place, and happens between July 19-20.
More info at geflemetalfestival.se

THE STRANGLERS TO PLAY IN TOKYO
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS will do 3 shows in Tokyo in November. On November 2 and 4 they will play at Shibuya WWW, followed by a show at Tsutaya O-West on the 5th. General ticket sale from June 8 (pre-sale from April 6).
thestranglers.co.uk

TRIPLE LIVE ALBUM WITH DEAD KENNEDYS
On April 26, DEAD KENNEDYS will release a triple CD live album with material recorded in the early 80s with Jello Biafra on vocals (since the American punk legends reformed in the 2000s, Biafra has not been involved in their activities). The shows are from December 5, 1982, December 13, 1982, and May 25, 1985.
Some of this material has been previously released as bootleg material, but it appears these official releases improve the sound quality. They are out via Manifesto.
deadkennedys.com

REISSUES WITH PEACE LOVE AND PITBULLS
Thastrom solo
It's Swedish artist Joakim Thåström's birthday today (Mar. 20), and once upon a time he had an industrial rock band called PEACE LOVE AND PITBULLS. Now all 3 albums that they did - "Peace Love And Pitbulls" (1992), "Red Sonic Underwear" (1994) and "3" (1997) - will be re-released on double 180gr vinyl on Record Store Day, April 13. All albums have been remastered, and will also be available digitally. As bonus material on each album there will be b-sides.
thastrom.se

VENOM AND MUSTASCH CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
VENOM and MUSTASCH have been confirmed for the Swedish rock festival Skogsröjet, which will happen on August 2-3 in Rejmyre.
Confirmed since earlier are ACCEPT, AIRBOURNE, URIAH HEEP, BACKYARD BABIES, AMARANTHE, Glenn Hughes, GAMMA RAY, PRIMAL FEAR, DEMON and HELIX.
More info at skogsrojet.se

NEW ALBUM WITH DARKTHRONE IN MAY
Black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "Old Star", on May 31 via Peaceville Records.
facebook.com/Darkthrone-101075189934422   peaceville.com

MARCH 19, 2019
TED NUGENT ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR IN THE STATES
Ted Nugent has announced 13 new U.S. shows, which are set to take place between the middle of July and end of August. The trek will once again feature Greg Smith (Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW) on bass, Jason Hartless (Joe Lynn Turner, Mitch Ryder) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals.
Pre-sales for most new dates starts at 10 a.m. local time on March 22, and the dates are:
Jul. 19 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose
Jul. 20 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon
Jul. 21 - Santa Clarita, CA - The Canyon
Jul. 23 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Jul. 24 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Jul. 27 - Big Bear Lake, CA - The Cave Big Bear
Jul. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
Aug. 02 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Casino Hotel
Aug. 04 - Sylvania, OH - Centennial Terrace
Aug. 06 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Aug. 12 - North Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theatre
Aug. 14 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
Aug. 31 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
tednugent.com

MARCH 18, 2019
TROUBLEMAKERS PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Drummer boy Magnus "Sailor" Delbratt has decided to leave Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS to focus on family and his tattoo studio.
facebook.com/punkrockgbg

BERNIE TORMÉ IS DEAD
Bernie Tormé - former guitarist for GILLAN and Ozzy Osbourne - passed away on Sunday, March 17 at the age of 66.
Tormé was hospitalized last month with double pneumonia. It was reported at the time that that the Irish musician was "extremely ill" and that he had been placed on a ventilator.

SLIPKNOT PARTS WAYS WITH CHRIS FEHN
SLIPKNOT has officially parted ways with Chris Fehn. The masked metal band made the split official just days after it was reported that the percussionist had filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that he hasn't been properly compensated for his years of touring with the group.
Fehn, known for wearing a Pinocchio-style mask, has been performing with SLIPKNOT since 1998 and participated in all the band's albums.
slipknot1.com

SURF ROCK LEGEND DICK DALE IS DEAD
On Sunday (March 17), legendary guitarist Dick Dale passed away. He was 81. The cause of death was not known, but he had been battling poor health for some time and even mentioned in interviews that he needed to continuously tour just to cover medical expenses.
Dale was born Richard Monsour in Boston in 1937. In the late 1950s and early 60s he developed what is now known as surf rock, and went on to influence many, many musicians including East Bay Ray (DEAD KENNEDYS), Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN), Ry Cooder and The BEACH BOYS.

MARCH 17, 2019
SLAYER/ANTHRAX CONCERT IN CHRISTCHURCH CANCELED
Kerry King, Slayer
SLAYER's March 17 concert in Christchurch, New Zealand has been canceled following this past Friday's mosque shootings in the city which killed 50 people and left 50 others injured.
slayer.net

MARILYN MANSON PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON NEW ALBUM
Marilyn Manson is putting the finishing touches on his new studio album for a tentative late 2019 release.
marilynmanson.com

MARCH 15, 2019
NEW SONG WITH DANKO JONES
Danko Jones himself
With just 6 weeks left until the release of their highly-anticipated new album, "A Rock Supreme", the acclaimed Canadian hard rock group DANKO JONES has unveiled a 4th song from the record - its infectious opening track, "I'm In A Band".
dankojones.com

MARCH 14, 2019
BLACK FLAG ANNOUNCES ITALIAN TOUR WITH TOTAL CHAOS
American punk legends BLACK FLAG are going to Italy for a tour in October. Special guests will be punk veterans TOTAL CHAOS.
And the dates are:
Oct. 15 - Estragon, Bologna
Oct. 16 - Magazzini Generali, Milano
Oct. 17 - Teatro Della Concordia, Torino
Oct. 18 - Orion, Roma
Oct. 19 - Rivolta, Venezia
Oct. 20 - Casa Della Musica, Napoli
blackflagband.com

MIKKEY DEE TO OPEN ROCK BAR IN PARIS
Former MOTÖRHEAD and current SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee has announced the launch of his rock bar, Alabama, in central Paris, France. The bar will open to the public on April 12 at 8 p.m. and Mikkey will be there to celebrate with everyone in attendance.
facebook.com/mikkeydeeofficial

THANATOS SIGNS WITH LISTENABLE RECORDS
Dutch death/thrash metal veterans THANATOS have signed with Listenable Records. The band is currently writing new material for a brand new full length album, to be released in early 2020.
facebook.com/thanatos333   listenable.eu

YET ANOTHER GREATEST HITS COLLECTION WITH ROLLING STONES
The ROLLING STONES are going to release a new greatest hits album, called "Honk". It's being pressed as a single CD, a 3CD set which includes a third disc of unreleased live tracks, a 2LP set, and a 4LP set with the live tunes. It's out April 19 and coincides with their upcoming U.S.A summer tour.
rollingstones.com

MARCH 13, 2019
RAISED FIST TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish hardcore band RAISED FIST will start recording a new album in 2 weeks.

MANOWAR CANCEL SWEDISH CONCERT
The MANOWAR concert scheduled for July 18 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden have been cancelled. It looks like MANOWAR's massive production is too big, and that they are not allowed to play as loud as they want to.
manowar.com

CRASHDÏET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LATER THIS YEAR
Swedish sleaze outfit CRASHDÏET has re-signed with Frontiers Music Srl. The band's fifth album and follow-up to 2013's "The Savage Playground" will arrive before the end of the year.
crashdiet.org

MARCH 12, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH CJ RAMONE IN MAY
Former RAMONES bassist CJ Ramone is going to release a new album, "The Holy Spell", on May 10 via Fat Wreck Chords.

MARCH 11, 2019
DEAD BOYS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
American punk legends DEAD BOYS are coming to Europe for a tour in June. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/deadboysyoungloudandsnottyat40

MARCH 10, 2019
SKITARG SAY GOODBYE
Swedish dirty metal band SKITARG have announced that they have decided to call it a day. Because of this you can buy everything in their web shop for half the price.
skitarg.com

MARCH 9, 2019
TRACII GUNS AND MICHAEL SWEET JOIN FORCES IN NEW METAL PROJECT
L.A. GUNS' Tracii Guns and STRYPER's Michael Sweet are collaborating on a new metal project called SUNBOMB. The band, which apparently also features L.A. GUNS drummer Shane Fitzgibbon, is currently recording its debut album for a tentative late 2019 release via Frontiers Music Srl.
In related news.. L.A. GUNS will release a new album, "The Devil You Know", on March 29 via Frontiers Music Srl. And Michael Sweet is working on a new solo album, "Ten", due later in the year via Rat Pak Records.
instagram.com/sun_bomb

MARCH 8, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH LION'S SHARE
Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE have released a new single, "Chain Child", today on digital services.
The band is currently working on a new album, which they hope to release in 2020.
There's also a new lyric video for "Chain Child", which you can check out here: youtu.be/FzAYAS2SJyU
lionsshare.org

WARBRINGER AND ENFORCER TEAM UP FOR CO-HEADLINE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
L.A.-based thrash metal band WARBRINGER are going on an extensive North American co-headline tour with Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER this fall, where both bands will play 54 shows in 54 days.
And just if that wasn't crazy enough, WARBRINGER also expect to release a new album during the tour, their second for Napalm Records (they have released more than 2 albums though).
Presale tickets and dates are available at enterthevault.com
warbringermusic.com   facebook.com/enforcerofficial

NEW SINGLE WITH MUSTASCH NEXT FRIDAY
Ralf Gyllenhammar, Mustasch
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH will release a new single, "Blood In Blood Out", on Friday, March 15. This will be the first release on their own record label.
mustasch.net

JUDAS PRIEST'S ROB HALFORD IS WORKING ON HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has confirmed to New Zealand's Stuff that he is finally working on his autobiography.

LIVE ALBUM WITH AVATAR IN MAY
Swedish metal act AVATAR will release a live album, "The King Live In Paris", on May 17 via Century Media Records, and Entertainment One (eOne) in USA, Canada and Mexico.
The recording comes from Download Festival in Paris, France last year.
Pre-order here: avatarband.lnk.to/TheKingLiveInParis
avatarmetal.com   centurymedia.com

METALLICA AND SLIPKNOT TO TOUR AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND IN OCTOBER
METALLICA are going to Australia and New Zealand in October, with SLIPKNOT as special guest. Tickets go on sale March 18, and the dates are:
Oct. 17 - Optus Stadium, Perth
Oct. 20 - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Oct. 22 - Marvel Staium, Melbourne
Oct. 26 - ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Oct. 29 - QSAC, Brisbane
Oct. 31 - Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland
metallica.com   slipknot1.com

CANDLEMASS CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
Leif Edling, Mr Candlemass
CANDLEMASS are the last band to be confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden on August 14-17.
Confirmed since earlier are SABATON, U.D.O., ALESTORM, RIOT V, BLOODBOUND, LIV SIN, MANIMAL, BROTHERS OF METAL, SERENITY, NERVED, KARDINAL SIN, CRYSTAL VIPER, BILLION DOLLAR BABIES etc.
Full details at sabatonopenair.net

NEW ALBUM WITH NEBULA IN JUNE
Desert rock veterans NEBULA will release their first new studio album in 13 years via Heavy Psych Sounds Records in June. The band is currently working in the studio with producer Matt Lynch.
The current lineup is Eddie Glass (guitars/vocals), Tom Davies (bass/backing vocals) and Michael Amster (drums).
facebook.com/NebulaBand   heavypsychsounds.com

BOB MALMSTRÖM TO RELEASE CASSETTE EP
Finnish punk band BOB MALMSTRÖM (who sing in Swedish), will release their new EP, "Länge Leve Bob Malmström", on good old cassette. This will happen on April 5 through Elitbolaget. The cassette is limited to 200 copies.
You can pre-order the cassette here: recordshopx.com/artist/bob_malmstrom/lange_leve_bob_malmstrom/?fbclid=IwAR0qr3BgVGJnSG2o-c2y1kUKX6uHfSibDV8MOeFKhTi7aV8J_r2ArSxAHqg
The EP will also be available as a digital album, which you can pre-save from March 21 via distrokid.com/hyperfollow/bobmalmstrm/lnge-leve-bob-malmstrm?fbclid=IwAR3Yx_sTrel6uofG9K7Ts7ubQS8fLWt72YVA3ZqHBL_wCnAuA8hsOC3PWrE
For upcoming shows, try bobmalmstrom.com

MARCH 7, 2019
D.I. CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
Legendary California punks D.I. have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 1-4. This will be their first apperance in the UK since 1993.
Among the other confirmed acts are FEAR, FLIPPER, The CASUALTIES, POISON IDEA, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE, The STRANGLERS, DEAD BOYS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, RUTS D.C., The AVENGERS, UK SUBS, The SUBHUMANS, PENETRATION, DRAGSTER, COCK SPARRER, The EXPLOITED, COCKNEY REJECTS, WALTER LURE'S LAMF, The BUSINESS Event, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, 999, The DAMNED, The PROFESSIONALS, The DWARVES, DOA, CONFLICT, CJ Ramone, VICE SQUAD etc. etc.
Tickets and more details at rebellionfestivals.com

MEMBERS OF THE AMORETTES AND TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD JOIN FORCES TO CONTINUE WITH BOTH BANDS
Over the past few months hard rocking outfits The AMORETTES and TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD have both undergone line up changes, and have now come together to honour all up and coming tour dates. With both bands!
Here's the deal: 2 members has left The AMORETTES, but Gill Montgomery of The AMORETTES want to continue with the band. So as TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD also needed some new blood, Gill have teamed up with Josie O'Toole and Jacinta Jaye from TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD. Laurie Buchanan from AARON BUCHANAN AND THE CULT CLASSICS will also join the band on guitar/bass.
This lineup will do all upcoming shows with both The AMORETTES and TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD.
For upcoming dates and other information, try theamorettes.com or tequilamockingbyrdband.com

WATAIN AND SOILWORK BANNED IN SINGAPORE
Watain on fire
Satanic panic has gripped the conservative citizens of Singapore, and they're not afraid to summon forth the righteous wrath of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in an ancient ritual known as Signing Petitions.
As of writing, over 15,000 signatures have been gathered in an appeal to get the government to ban Swedish metal bands WATAIN and SOILWORK from putting on performances there - the former due to play tonight (March 7) at Ebenex Live Space, the latter in October at the same venue.
WATAIN will NOT play tonight.
Source: coconuts.co/singapore/news/satanic-panic-grips-singapores-conservatives-petition-ban-shows-swedish-metal-bands/?fbclid=IwAR1SvAQiMnwvp1sEUgig2Fs0Va0dPgiEjsPodkryqh5oMuHdx1VHr2qdKMw

MARCH 6, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH HANK SHERMANN
MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann has released a new solo single, "The Bloody Theme". The track, which was mixed by Tue Madsen, features guest appearances by vocalist Nicklas Sonne (DEFECTO) and drummer Bjarne T. Holm (MERCYFUL FATE).
A new full-length album from Shermann is tentatively due this fall.
You can check out "The Bloody Theme" here: youtu.be/kFySU_zn68g

40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE VINYL BOX SET WITH VENOM IN MAY
On May 31 a deluxe vinyl box set, "In Nomine Satanas", that celebrates VENOM's 40th anniversary and features the original Neat Records recordings from their 1981 debut "Welcome To Hell" to "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", and the live recording of their mythical appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985. All of the albums are remastered from the original tapes with embossed covers, posters and inserts like their original first editions. They're all now on color-configured vinyl too. The set also includes a 12" book detailing the history of the band featuring new interviews with all 3 members, written by respected journalist Dom Lawson.
Of particular interest to hardcore VENOM fans will be the "Sons Of Satan" double album included within the set that features a treasure trove of unreleased demos from the bands vaults, some of which are mythical among fans who have known about their existence, but have never heard them as the tracks alluded bootleggers. Among the tracks are the earliest known VENOM performances, captured where the band rehearsed in 1979 at Westgate Road Church Hall in Newcastle's West End and featuring original singer Clive "Jesus Christ" Archer on vocals. Also included are the £50 demos from 1980, captured at Impulse Studios, alongside further demos from 1980 and the "At War With Satan" 1983 Impulse Studio demos.
Also available as an introduction piece is the "In Nomine Satanas – The Neat Anthology" — a 22-track double-vinyl collection of VENOM's most evil songs, remastered and pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare photos and memorabilia from the band's personal collection, plus interviews with the band.
And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 43-track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook, that also includes 2 unreleased tracks.
You can pre-order the set at venomlegions.lnk.to/INSBoxPR

MARCH 4, 2019
BLACK FLAG ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
BLACK FLAG will be touring in the UK in October. It will be a short tour though, with just 6 dates. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 6 at eventbrite.co.uk/o/black-flag-19199014892?fbclid=IwAR2IOd28ba1zZDCryRRnmqUe9SfwjjhC1bk4Ybuz8ENjL-lFB-X_4R3bBHE.
The dates are:
Oct. 7 - Electric Ballroom, London
Oct. 8 - The Mill, Birmingham
Oct. 9 - Waterfront, Norwich
Oct. 11 - Engine Rooms, Southampton
Oct. 12 - Tramshed, Cradiff
Oct. 13 - Academy2, Manchester
blackflagband.com

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
SLIPKNOT had announced a live return, unveiling details of their massive "Knotfest Roadshow" headline tour set to traverse across North America this summer. VOLBEAT, GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH will join as special guests on all dates. The 29-city outing will kick off July 26 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8 where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. Tickets for the summer tour go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 8.
SLIPKNOT has also revealed that they will release its long-awaited new studio album on August 9. Each pair of tickets purchased online for SLIPKNOT's 2019 tour comes with a digital copy of the album. Further instructions will be available upon purchase with additional album details to be revealed in the coming weeks.
For dates and tickets, go to knotfestroadshow.com

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR
Alice Cooper
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp - have announced a few tour dates this spring. The band, which previously performed at Rock In Rio and the 2016 Grammy Awards in addition to U.S. and European tours last year, will play some shows on the American West Coast in May. The dates are these:
May 10 - The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
May 11 - The Greek, Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 14 - The Fillmore, Denver, CO
May 16 - Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM
May 17 - Talking Stick Casino, Scottsdale, AZ
May 18 - Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
Regular tickets go on sale on Friday, March 8. VIP packages and shit are also available. More info at hollywoodvampires.com
And in related news, Alice Cooper will spend the summer on a tour across North America. It will be a co-headline tour with HALESTORM, which will kick off July 17 in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the PPL Center and make stops in Detroit, Chicago, Houston, and more before wrapping August 16 in Camden, New Jersey at the BB&T Pavilion. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 8.
For dates and more information, visit alicecooper.com

MARCH 3, 2019
STEVE DIGGLE TO CARRY ON WITH BUZZCOCKS
The recent death of BUZZCOCKS frontman Pete Shelley was a huge shock to everyone. Most people thought the band was over, overlooking Steve Diggle's huge creative contribution to the band. Even the Albert Hall show in June was looking iffy, but that gig was confirmed a month ago as "a celebration of Pete", and now Steve Diggle has announced his intention to continue with BUZZCOCKS with himself as the frontman. He will also continue with his solo career.
facebook.com/STEVE-DIGGLE-singersongwriterguitarBuzzcocks-23630308115   buzzcocks.com

MARCH 2, 2019
CONCERT WITH NIRVANA FROM HALLOWEEN 1991 TO BE RELEASED ON DOUBLE LP
NIRVANA are going to release "Live At The Paramount", which was recorded at the Halloween '91 show at Seattle's historic Paramount Theater, for the first time ever on 2LP vinyl on April 12.
It will be available in both 180g black and limited edition 180g orange vinyl, the latter exclusively at NIRVANA.com.
Both versions include 12x24" poster and download card.
Pre-Order: Nirvana.lnk.to/LiveAtTheParamount
Listen: Nirvana.lnk.to/LiveAtTheParamountPlaylist

KITTIE TO RELEASE CONCERT FILM
KITTIE will release a new concert film titled "Kittie: Live At The London Music Hall" on March 26. It features footage of the Canadian metal band's October 27, 2017 20th-anniversary hometown show at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario. The event, which also served as a screening of the long-in-the-making documentary "Kittie: Origins/Evolutions", saw KITTIE mainstays Morgan Lander (guitar, vocals) and Mercedes Lander (drums) take the stage with a number of their former bandmates to perform songs from the group's entire repertoire.
In addition to Morgan and Mercedes, the musicans that took the stage that night included: Ivy Vujic (bass), Jennifer Arroyo (bass), Jeff Phillips (guitar/bass), Fallon Bowman (guitar/vocals), and Tanya Candler (bass).
The the final song, "Funeral For Yesterday", was played unplugged and dedicated former KITTIE bassist Trish Doan, who died earlier in 2017.
A short clip of the song "Charlotte" from "Kittie: Live At The London Music Hall" - featuring a reunion of KITTIE's original lineup - can be seen here.
instagram.com/officialkittie

NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM DOKKEN, MSG, WHITESNAKE AND MR. BIG
Bassist Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), vocalist Robin McAuley (MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP, SURVIVOR), guitarist Reb Beach (WINGER, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Matt Starr (MR. BIG, Ace Frehley) have joined forces in a new project whose debut album is expected later this year via Frontiers Music Srl.
The name of the group is unknown..
youtu.be/YARp4gSMUNs

MARCH 1, 2019
F.K.Ü. ANNOUNCES GERMAN DATES
fku
Swedish horror thrash metal band F.K.Ü. are going to Germany for 3 shows in October, with support from Berlin thrahsers SPACE CHASER and FIRST AID.
These are the dates:
Oct. 18 - Mau Club, Rostock
Oct. 19 - Bambi Galore, Hamburg
Oct. 20 - Bi Nuu, Berlin
facebook.com/moshoholics   facebook.com/SpaceChaserBand   facebook.com/FirstAidMetal

TWIN PIGS ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SPRING DATES
Canan with Tigerbell
Swedish hardcore/punk band TWIN PIGS are doing the following shows in Sweden during the spring:
March 16 - Klubb Motvals, Arvika
April 11 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
April 12 - BD-Riots, Borlänge
April 13 - Out Of Step, Umeå
April 26 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
facebook.com/twinpigspunk

THE QUILL CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Swedish hard rockers The QUILL's upcoming "Voodoo Over Europe" dates have been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Affected dates are March 16-28.
facebook.com/thequillsweden

BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK/IRELAND TOUR
Ricky Warwick, Black Star Riders
BLACK STAR RIDERS (with members from THIN LIZZY) will release their 4th studio album in September 2019. It has been entitled "Another State of Grace", and the album was produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, URIAH HEEP).
The band will support the record with a full UK and Ireland tour in October 2019, with additional dates in other territories to be announced in the near future.
For tour dates, go to their Facebook page.

ACCEPT TO RELEASE SPECIAL 7" SINGLE
Accept 8 years ago
ACCEPT is about to bring their "Symphonic Terror Tour" to select European stages, kicking off on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany. To celebrate, the band will release a special 7" vinyl single, featuring a brand new studio track titled "Life's A Bitch" as well as "Restless And Wild (Live at Wacken 2017)" on the B-side, on April 19. You can pre-order it now: nblast.de/AcceptLifesABitch
For tour dates, go to acceptworldwide.com

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SKRAECKOEDLAN AND BOMBUS CONFIRMED FOR BORGHOLM BRINNER
Jocke, Hardcore Superstar
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SKRAECKOEDLAN AND BOMBUS have been confirmed for the Borgholm Brinner festival at Borgholm Castle on the Swedish island Öland, which take place on August 2-3.
Other artists that will be there are IN FLAMES, OPETH, ARCHITECTS, AT THE GATES, WITCHCRAFT and OF MICE & MEN.
More info at borgholmbrinner.se

FEB. 28, 2019
DESTRUCTION RECRUITS SECOND GUITARIST
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION have recruited Damir Eskic as their second guitarist. Damir is a Swiss guitar player of Bosnian decent who works as a guitar teacher, himself being a former pupil of Tommy Vetterli (CORONER). He also plays in a heavy metal band called GOMORRA, and previously contributed 3 solos to DESTRUCTION's 2016 album "Under Attack".
destruction.de

FEB. 27, 2019
BAD BRAINS TO RE-RELEASE COLLECTION OF EARLY DEMOS
American punk band BAD BRAINS will be re-issuing the "Black Dot" album, which contains some of their earliest demo recordings, which was recorded at Inner Ear in 1979. The release is out March 29 via Caroline Records, and is more or less a straight reissue of the version released in the mid 1990s.

DIAMOND HEAD SIGNS WITH SILVER LINING MUSIC
NWOBHM pioneers DIAMOND HEAD have signed a worldwide record deal with international label Silver Lining Music. A new album, "The Coffin Train", will be released on May 24.
facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial

UFO ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Last year, Phil Mogg confirmed that this year's 50th-anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO was formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is its only ever-present member, performing on all of the group's 22 studio albums.
While European dates have already been announced, the band is now unveiling the initial North American dates for this final run. Confirmed dates are these:
Oct. 10 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove (w/ ARMORED SAINT)
Oct. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues (w/ ARMORED SAINT)
Oct. 24 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
Oct. 25 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
Oct. 26 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
Oct. 27 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel
Oct. 30 - New York, NY - Sony Hall
Oct. 31 - Staten Island, NY - St George Theater (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
Nov. 01 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
Nov. 02 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf's Den at Mohegan Sun
ufo-music.info

FEB. 26, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH BAD RELIGION IN MAY
Bad Religion
L.A. punk rock legends BAD RELIGION will release their new album, "Age Of Unreason", on May 3 via Epitaph Records.
Pre-order from badreligion.com

AEROSMITH TO BRING "DEUCES ARE WILD" RESIDENCY TO THE EAST COAST
AEROSMITH will bring their "Deuces Are Wild" residency to the American East Coast this summer. The shows will take place in August at 3 MGM Resorts properties — MGM National Harbor (August 6, August 10 and August 13), Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (August 16 and August 18), and MGM Springfield (August 21, August 24, August 26 and August 29).
Public on-sale begins March 1.
More dates at aerosmith.com

FEB. 25, 2019
GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE BANDS
NERVOSA, GRUESOME, WOLFHEART, VALKYRJA and SCARLET are the latest acts to be confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 19-20.
Confirmed since earlier are DIMMU BORGIR, MINISTRY, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SATYRICON, KATAKLYSM, DARK TRANQUILLITY, ENTOMBED A.D., EVERGREY etc.
Tickets and more info at geflemetalfestival.se

2 OF 3 MEMBERS HAS LEFT THE AMORETTES
Heather and Hannah McKay has parted ways with Gill of the Scottish hard rock band The AMORETTES. Gill have no plans to give up, but will continue with new members.
facebook.com/theamorettes

FEB. 23, 2019
ABORTED PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST MENDEL
After almost 7 years, guitarist Mendel Bij De Leij has decided to leave Belgian gore death metal veterans ABORTED. He will instead focus on his solo project MENDEL, his job as a mixing/mastering engineer and other musical endeavors.
Harrison Patuto (VALE OF PNATH, DISSONANCE IN DESIGN) will step in as guitarist on ABORTED's upcoming tour.
For tour dates, go to bnds.us/zpyi3y

DOUBLE COLLECTION WITH T.S.T TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
A collection, titled "Gimme Gimme The Shock Treatment", with Swedish punk band T.S.T will be released on a double LP in April. It will feature their first EP, "Våspunk", and their first 2 albums, "No Teenage Future" and "T.S.T". Limited edition of 300 copies.
You can pre-order it here: indiestry.se/sv/lp/563-gimme-gimme-the-shock-treatment-2-x-vinyl-forhandsbokning.html?fbclid=IwAR2aNn0jbO4cKvPIvN2NJSO35tZ0yy_pNq2M9wTP_g79vMFJA5Qcg28KJ_Y

FEB. 22, 2019
QUIET RIOT IS IN THE STUDIO
QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has confirmed to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" that the band is working on the follow-up to 2017's "Road Rage" album for a tentative late 2019 or early 2020 release.
quietriot.band

ENTOMBED TO RELEASE "LIVE CLANDESTINE" IN MAY
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED (with original members Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid) will release "Live Clandestine" on May 17 via Threeman Recordings. It will be available as 2LP, CD and download. You can pre-order it here: mailchi.mp/soundpollution/clandestine-live?mc_cid=46286e19fb&mc_eid=103e6eba65
"Live Clandestine" was recorded in Malmö, Sweden when ENTOMBED performed their whole second album "Clandestine" live for the first time ever for the album's 25th anniversary. In the first act, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Choir performs "Clandestine", arranged for orchestra by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt (WACHENFELDT), with original members from ENTOMBED sitting in as part of the ensemble. In the second act, the band performs the entire album live in their original versions.

FEB. 21, 2019
THE MONKEES BASIST PETER TORK IS DEAD
Peter Tork, who played bass for The MONKEES, has passed away. He was 77 years old.

RE-RELEASES WITH KING KOBRA
German record label Metalville will re-release the KING KOBRA albums "King Kobra" (fr. 2011) and "II" (fr. 2013). The somewhat misleading titles were created against the background that these are the first 2 releases of the band newly formed by drummer and founder Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, Rod Stewart) in 2010.
"King Kobra" will be released on March 15, and "II" on April 5.
Except for Carmine Appice, the band on these 2 albums consisted of Paul Shortino (QUIET RIOT), Dave Henzerling (LIZZY BORDEN), Johnny Rod (W.A.S.P.).
metalville.de

FEB. 20, 2019
PERKELE TO PLAY IN THE STATES
Swedish Oi! punk veterans PERKELE are going to do 3 gigs on the U.S. West Coast in May. Tickets are already on-sale, and the dates are these:
May 21 - The Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA
May 23 - Character's, Pomona, CA
May 25 - Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas, NV
facebook.com/Perkele1993

DUFF MCKAGAN TEASES NEW SOLO ALBUM AND ANNOUNCES 2 SHOWS
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan has released a short teaser for his upcoming solo album. The music can be heard in a video announcing his first solo tour dates of 2019, which will take place this spring.
Joining McKagan at the 2 shows — May 31 at the Theatre Of The Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and May 31 at City Winery in Washington D.C. — will be singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, who produced Duff's new disc.
You can check out the teaser here: instagram.com/officialduffmckagan

FEB. 19, 2019
TWIN PIGS GOES SEPERATE WAYS WITH BASSIST
Zynth bassist (yes, you read right, zynth bass) Klara has decided to leave Swedish hardcore band TWIN PIGS because of life, lack of time and other commitments.
facebook.com/twinpigspunk

VENOM INC. ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
VENOM INC. - the band featuring original VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan - will embark on a North American tour in April. In addition to performing tracks from VENOM INC.'s debut album, "Avé", the band will also perform several VENOM classics.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 24 - Colorado Springs, CO - Zodiac
Apr. 25 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Apr. 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Lee's Liqour Lounge
Apr. 27 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena (support act for MISFITS)
Apr. 28 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry
Apr. 29 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Apr. 30 - Toronto, ON - The Rockpile
May 01 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
May 02 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
May 03 - Hartford, CT - Webster Underground
May 04 - Brooklyn, NY - The Kingsland
facebook.com/VenomIncOfficial

OZZY CANCEL AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND JAPAN
Ozzy Osbourne today announced the cancellation of his Australian, New Zealand and Japanese tour dates next month. This follows the recent postponement of Ozzy's entire UK and European tour due to Doctors orders arising from Osbourne's recent illness.
Ticket holders for the Christchurch show at Horncastle Arena on Wednesday, March 13 are entitled to a full refund. JUDAS PRIEST, joined by special guests (soon to be announced) will still perform in Auckland at Spark Arena on Saturday, March 16. The show will now be ticketed as general admission standing and unreserved seating.
See the full press release at bit.ly/2tqxWuZ
ozzy.com   judaspriest.com

ALICE COOPER ADDS 7 NEW UK DATES WITH THE STRANGLERS AND MC50
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper have added 7 new dates in UK this fall, where the support acts will be The STRANGLERS and MC50.
Presale begins tomorrow (Feb. 20), and general tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.
Tour dates can be found at AliceCooper.com

FEB. 18, 2019
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM DOOM, ANTI CIMEX AND SORE THROAT
There's a new band called PI$$ER, with members from hardcore bands like DOOM, ANTI CIMEX, SORE THROAT, The DOMESTICS, The FILAMENTS etc. They describe their sound as "a furious, eardrum-shredding mashup of catchy hardcore and d-beat topped off with globs of saxophone abuse". A debut 7" EP will be released in early summer.
More info here: facebook.com/Pisser-Band-2173718409610186

GENERATION X'S DEBUT ALBUM TO BE REISSUED AS DELUXE EDITION
Chrysalis Records are proud to release the deluxe edition of GENRATION X's self-titled debut album. Releasing on 26th April, this expanded edition has been newly remastered from the original production tapes with additional tracks including non-album singles, b-sides and 11 unreleased outtakes, a single mix and a number of mixes.
This release will be available in 3 formats; a Limited Edition 3LP 180g heavyweight vinyl set housed in a rigid slipcase, a 2CD set presented as an 8-panel digipak with o-card and a 12 booklet and all digital platforms.
The package contains previously unseen photos and newly commissioned sleeve notes by journalist Adrian Thrills. Pre-orders are now being taken at the official GENERATION X store along with a limited-edition t-shirt and bundles: generationx.tmstor.es

FEB. 17, 2019
RÖVSVETT AND LASTKAJ 14 CONFIRMED FOR HALMSTA PUNKEN 2019
Rovsvett many years ago
Swedish punk festival Halmsta Punken have announced the first bands for this year's edition. And among these bands are RÖVSVETT, LASTKAJ 14, KKPA, HEADONS, CITY SAINTS, HOTET, SUICIDE SYNDICATE, EXECUTIONERS, PROJEKT MISTITS, STATUE OF GOAT and SCARED EARTH. More bands will be added..
The festival take place at Kajskjulet in Halmstad on July 26-27.
facebook.com/Halmsta-Punken-1591991377734221

BLACK EARTH HAS RECORDED 2 NEW SONGS
Michael Amott with Arch Enemy
BLACK EARTH — the project featuring former and current members of ARCH ENEMY performing material from the latter band's first 3 albums live on stage — has recorded 2 new songs that will be included on an upcoming collection of remastered tracks from those early LPs.

FEB. 16, 2019
TWIN PIGS, CRAFT AND DET JORDISKA WINS MANIFESTGALAN
Canan with Tigerbell
Manifestgalan is an award for Swedish independent artists, and the winners was announced last night. TWIN PIGS won the Punk category, while CRAFT won the Hardrock category, and DET JORDISKA won in the category Rock.
manifestgalan.se

FEB. 15, 2019
SECOND SET OF CD DIGIPAK ALBUMS WITH IRON MAIDEN TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH
BMG will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalog with the second set of digipak CD titles in "The Studio Collection - Remastered", to be released on March 22.
Following on from 2014/2017's black vinyl releases and 2015's "Mastered For iTunes" project, "The Studio Collection - Remastered" features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums supersede the previously available studio catalog and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.
As a bonus for collectors, 1 CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the March 22 batch, this will be "Somewhere In Time".
All 4 albums in this second batch are available for pre-order now from studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
The first 4 albums in this collection were released in November 2018.
IRON MAIDEN will continue its "Legacy Of The Beast" tour in 2019 across North, South and Central America, including a headlining show at Brazil's Rock In Rio in October. For upcoming tour dates, visit ironmaiden.com

MEMORIAM RECORDING NEW ALBUM
MEMORIAM - the Birmingham, UK-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums - has entered Parlour Studios in Kettering, U.K. to begin recording its third album with renowned producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS). A summer release via Nuclear Blast is expected.

DEICIDE PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST AND ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT
Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE have parted ways with guitarist Mark English and have replaced him with Chris Cannella.

NEW ALBUM WITH SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY IN APRIL
Swedish rock band SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY will release their fifth album, "A New Sensation", on April 19 via Despotz Records.
You can pre-order the album now from: despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/satan-takes-a-holiday
facebook.com/satantakesaholiday   facebook.com/DespotzRecords

SOCIAL DISTORTION WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
American punk rock veterans SOCIAL DISTORTION are recording a new album.
In a Billboard magazine report, frontman Mike Ness revealed that he has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Concord Music Publishing. As part of that deal, he will release a new album through Epitaph Records.
Ness' representative also stated that future archival releases and re-releases may come out sometime soon.

NEW SINGLE WITH ONSLAUGHT IN MARCH
British thrash legends ONSLAUGHT will release a new single/video, "A Perfect Day To Die", on March 8 through AFM Records.
onslaughtuk.com

FEB. 14, 2019
NEW DRUMMERS FOR MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
German guitar legend Michael Schenker's MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project has recruited drummers Simon Phillips and Bodo Schopf following the recent passing of Ted McKenna.
Simon, who played on the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP debut album, will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST LP. But due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming U.S. tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on the MSG albums "Perfect Timing" and "Save Yourself". With the sudden passing of McKenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the U.S. tour.
michaelschenkerfest.com

NEW EP WITH VADER
Not the best photo of Vader
Polish death metal veterans VADER will release a new EP, titled "Thy Messenger", in late spring or early summer. The effort will contain 4 of the 5 songs that were recorded over a week-long a period in January and February.
vader.pl

ASOCIAL WORKING ON NEW STUFF
Reunited Swedish hardcore/punk band ASOCIAL are currently working on some new stuff for their next release. 8 songs done so far, and more will come..
facebook.com/AsocialAttack

BERNIE TORMÉ IS VERY ILL
Former GILLAN and Ozzy Osbourne guitar legend Bernie Tormé has been hospitalized with double pneumonia.
The news of the Irish musician's health issues was broken via his Facebook page yesterday. The post reads: "Bernie Tormé is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers."
According to the University of Virginia Health System, double pneumonia (sometimes called bronchial pneumonia) simply refers to infections in 2 (of the 3) lobes of the lungs, and generally indicates a more severe infection that often requires hospitalization.

NEW ALBUM WITH WHITESNAKE IN MAY
WHITESNAKE will finally release their new album, "Flesh & Blood", on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The new single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me", can be seen and heard here: youtu.be/hKMwGzOmtsE
The album can be pre-ordered here: radi.al/FleshAndBlood
whitesnake.com

TRANSPORT LEAGUE SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Swedish metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE have signed a worldwide multiple record deal with Danish label Mighty Music. Their 8th album will be released in the second half of 2019.
facebook.com/transportleague   mightymusic.dk

FEB. 13, 2019
DEAD BOYS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
DEAD BOYS have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4.
Confirmed since earlier are The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, The DAMNED, The EXPLOITED, The BUSINESS Event, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., The PROFESSIONALS, DOA, POISON IDEA, The CASUALTIES, The DWARVES, CONFLICT, The AVENGERS, 999, VICE SQUAD, CJ Ramone, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc. etc.
rebellionfestivals.com

JUDAS PRIEST CANCEL SOUTH AFRICAN SHOWS
Due to circumstances totally beyond the band's control, JUDAS PRIEST are extremely sorry to have to announce that because of logistical and technical reasons their South African shows have been cancelled.
The heavy metal legends were due to play the Grand Arena in Cape Town on Wednesday, March 20 and Johannesburg Ticketpro Dome on Friday, March 22.
judaspriest.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE QUIREBOYS IN APRIL
British rock veterans The QUIREBOYS will release their new album, "Amazing Disgrace", on April 5 via Off Yer Rocka. The disc's first single and video will arrive on March 20.
The QUIREBOYS will also celebrate their 35th-anniversary at London's O2 Kentish Forum on September 14 with a 2-hour special, where they will play the iconic album "A Bit Of What You Fancy" in its entirety for the first time ever, as well as other songs from their back catalog.
quireboys.com

FEB. 12, 2019
AEROSMITH ADDS 17 DATES TO THEIR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
Due to extraordinary demand, AEROSMITH has announced 17 additional dates for their headlining Las Vegas residency at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. The American rock legends will launch "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild" on Saturday, April 6.
The newly added dates are: September 21, 23, 26 and 28; October 1, 3, 6 and 8; November 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26 and 29; and December 1 and 4. Tickets go on sale February 15.
A limited number of tickets are still available for previously announced shows in April, June and July.
More info at aerosmith.com

THE DAMNED TO PERFORM "MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE" IN THE STATES
Captain Sensible, The Damned
British punk rock legends The DAMNED are going on a short U.S.A. tour this summer, with stops at Punk Rock Bowling and Camp Anarchy. On that tour, they will be doing all of the "Machine Gun Etiquette" album.
The dates are these:
5/23/19 Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar (w/ Jello Biafra as DJ)
5/24/19 San Diego - House of Blues
5/25/19 Las Vegas - Punk Rock Bowling
5/29/19 St Louis - Delmar Hall
5/30/19 Chicago - House Of Blues
5/31/19 Detroit - St. Andrew's Hall
6/1/19 Thornville, Ohio - Camp Anarchy
officialdamned.com

FEB. 11, 2019
GÖTEBORG SOUND TO RELEASE FIRST ALBUM AFTER 40 YEARS
When it comes to the more unexpected news, Swedish punk rock band GÖTEBORG SOUND are going to release their first album in the spring through Bengans Records. The album will be a collection, and will be released on vinyl.
GÖTEBORG SOUND was 1 of the first punk bands from Göteborg, Sweden. And also 1 of the first Swedish bands to release a single. They existed between 1977-79, and released 3 and a half singles (the last single was just 1 side).
Read about it (in Swedish) here: goteborgdirekt.se/nyheter/legendariskt-punkband-fran-goteborg-gor-comeback/repsbk!khPxeQAQObrpkk24Knctsw/?fbclid=IwAR3UKP8EXQNzlNOzFs-TKz23bxhnLn1RoQP__oJGdzQylL2dlXfW4dJkAf4

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH HEART
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are heading out on a North American tour this summer with HEART and special guest Elle King. Presale starts tomorrow (Feb. 12). Public onsale start on Friday, February 15.
Dates and tickets can be found here: bit.ly/JJBH2019
joanjett.com   heart-music.com   elleking.com

NEW MÖTLEY CRÜE SONG TO RECEIVE PREMIERE ON JONESY'S JUKEBOX
A new MÖTLEY CRÜE song that will be included in the soundtrack to the film adaptation of the group's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", will receive its premiere on the February 21 edition of SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones's radio show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles.
The program will also see bassist Nikki Sixx sitting down for an interview with Jones on the KLOS Subaru Live Stage, which you can win a ticket to here: 955klos.com/2019/02/07/enter-to-win-klos-subaru-live-stage-with-nikki-sixx
The track, which is a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, is 1 of 4 new songs MÖTLEY CRÜE recorded for the soundtrack at the end of last year with longtime producer Bob Rock.
motley.com

FEB. 10, 2019
CLOVEN HOOF ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
NWOBHM band CLOVEN HOOF will return to North America in May/June. The tour will last for a month, from May 9 to June 9.
Dates can be found at facebook.com/clovenhoof1979

NEW EP WITH ELECTRIC BOYS ON RECORD STORE DAY
Electric Boys
Swedish hard rockers ELECTRIC BOYS will release the EP "Gone Gone Gone" on April 12, in connection with Record Store Day. The title will be available in a highly collectible transparent vinyl, limited to 500 copies.
"Gone Gone Gone" is a track of ELECTRIC BOYS latest studio album, "The Ghost Ward Diares", and the EP includes the following tracklist:
Side A: "Gone Gone Gone" radio edit, "Suffer", "Dishes".
Side B: "Gone Gone Gone", "Electrified" live, "All Hips N Lips" live.
electricboys.com

BLACK FLAG TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Greg Ginn's version of BLACK FLAG are going to play in Japan in November. The dates are:
Nov. 1 - Tokyo
Nov. 3 - Tokyo
Nov. 4 - Kobe
facebook.com/blackflagofficial

FEB. 9, 2019
TRIBULATION WINS GRAMMIS
Swedish band TRIBULATION was honored in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which was held Thursday night (February 7) at Annexet in Stockholm. The bands were nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2018.
facebook.com/Tribulationofficial   grammis.se

NEW ALBUM WITH GRAND MAGUS IN APRIL
Swedish heavy metal band GRAND MAGUS will release their new album, "Wolf God", on April 19 via Nuclear Blast.
grandmagus.com   nuclearblast.de

PODCAST ABOUT THE CLASH ON SPOTIFY
Spotify is releasing an 8-part podcast about The CLASH. It's called "Stay Free: The Story of The Clash", and will be narrated by Chuck D of PUBLIC ENEMY. It's out via Spotify on February 28.
Check out a trailer: youtu.be/K8q9-PWEoZk

FEB. 8, 2019
A NEW REVENGE (feat. ex-members of JUDAS PRIEST, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and SCORPIONS) TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN MARCH
A NEW REVENGE (formerly PROJECT ROCK and ROCKSTAR) - featuring former members of JUDAS PRIEST, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and SCORPIONS - will release its debut album, "Enemies & Lovers", on March 29 via Australia's independent record label Golden Robot Records.
A NEW REVENGE features vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, Yngwie Malmsteen, DIO DISCIPLES), guitarist Keri Kelli (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, RATT), legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT, DIO) and longtime SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak (also of KINGDOM COME).
Check out the official video for the first single from A NEW REVENGE, "The Way": youtu.be/JLP3US8M3DA

HYPNOS ANNOUNCES SHOWS IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND
Hypnos
Swedish hard rockers HYPNOS are going to Germany and Switzerland in May for a few shows. The dates are:
May 22 - Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
May 23 - Schaubude, Kiel, Germany
May 24 - MTS, Oldenburg, Germany
May 25 - Coq D'or, Olten, Switzerland
facebook.com/hypnosboogie

ARCHITECTS AND WITCHCRAFT CONFIRMED FOR BORGHOLM BRINNER
ARCITECTS and WITCHCRAFT have been confirmed for the Borgholm Brinner festival at Borgholm Castle (Öland), Sweden on August 2-3.
Confirmed since earlier are IN FLAMES, OPETH, AT THE GATES and OF MICE & MEN.
borgholmbrinner.se

MÄRVEL TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM IN APRIL
Marvel in action
Swedish power trio MÄRVEL will releases their new album, "Guilty Pleasures", on April 12 through The Sign Records. It will feature 10 "Märvelized" covers that are all guilty pleasures.
A guilty pleasure is something, such as a film, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard, or is seen as unusual or weird. For example, a person may secretly like a movie knowing that the movie is poorly made and generally seen as "not good". (Märvelpedia)
Pre-orders are now available through Freight Train: freighttrain.se/en/pre-order
facebook.com/marveltheband   facebook.com/thesignrecords

FEB. 7, 2019
MARCO MENDOZA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Marco Mendoza with Black Star Riders
Marco Mendoza, the acclaimed bassist of The DEAD DAISIES, THIN LIZZY and WHITESNAKE among others, will embark on a European spring tour in March and April.
The tour start in A Coruña, Spain on March 21, and will end in Budapest, Hungary on April 25.
Dates can be found at marcomendoza.com

THIN LIZZY TO PLAY AT 2 UK FESTIVALS
THIN LIZZY will be headlining this year's Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, UK on Sunday July 28, featuring a UK exclusive "Black Rose" set, where they will play the whole album in its entirety to commemorate 40 years of its release. And on Sunday August 4 THIN LIZZY will headline the Sunday night at the iconic Rewind North Festival in Cheshire, UK, where the band will be playing a greatest hits set, with all the classic songs everyone knows and loves.
The lineup for these 2 shows will be guitarist Scott Gorham, together with Darren Wharton on keyboards, Ricky Warwick on lead vocals and Damon Johnson on guitar. Joining them on drums once again is JUDAS PRIEST's Scott Travis. The bass player will be announced soon.
Tickets for Steelhouse festival are now available from the following link: steelhousefestival.com/tickets
Tickets for Rewind North Festival are available from the following link: north.rewindfestival.com/tickets
thinlizzyband.com

HANK VON HELL AND LOK CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The last 14 acts to be confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival have been announced. And among these artists are Hank Von Hell, LOK, BEHEMOTH, LILLASYSTER, LUCIFER, Rock På Svenska: En Hyllning Till Strängen, PETE WAY BAND, The BONES, DARKANE, OZ, DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY, BROTHERS OF METAL, BURNING WITCHES and DUST BOWL JOKIES.
Among the other acts that will play this summer are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, ZZ TOP, SLAYER, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, SAXON, KROKUS, EASY ACTION, UFO, SKID ROW, Axel Rudi Pell, AT THE GATES, CANDLEMASS, DANKO JONES, POWERWOLF, ANNIHILATOR, MAGNUM, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, ELECTRIC BOYS, DEMON, JAG PANZER, Blaze Bayley, FM, KRISIUN, THUNDERMOTHER, DYNAZTY, SIR REG, The QUILL, HÄLLAS etc.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 5-8.
Full lineup, tickets etc. at swedenrock.com

OZZY IS AT HOSPITAL
As some of you may have heard, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery.
ozzy.com

FEB. 6, 2019
ABRAMIS BRAMA CONFIRMED FOR VICIOUS ROCK INDOORS
Abramis Brama
ABRAMIS BRAMA and FREAK KITCHEN have been confirmed for the Vicious Rock Indoors festival in Trollhättan, Sweden on March 22-23.
Among the other bands that will play are CORRODED, BLACK INGVARS, THUNDERMOTHER etc.
viciousrock.se

AVATAR TO TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced their return to North America on the "Avatar Country World Tour 2019". Dates begin on May 16 in Buffalo, New York and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 15, exactly 30 days later. Direct support will come from legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend, who will perform a full acoustic set. Southern California's DANCE WITH THE DEAD and Atlanta mainstays '68 will open the shows. Dates include 3 prestigious North American rock festivals - Sonic Temple in Columbus, Ohio on May 17, Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 26, and Domination 2019 in Mexico City on May 3.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 8.
avatarmetal.com

FEB. 5, 2019
EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has signed a deal with Golden Robot Records. He will release his first solo album in 15 years, "The Gospel Truth", later this year.
gilbyclarke.com

FEB. 4, 2019
QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Queensryche
American heavy metal veterans QUEENSRŸCHE are coming to Europe in the summer, where they will be playing at festivals and clubs with support from FIREWIND and MIRRORPLAIN on most of the dates (not all).
Before that they will be touring in North America from March to April.
QUEENSRŸCHE's new album, "The Verdict", will be released on March 1 via Century Media Records.
More info at queensrycheofficial.com

BILLY IDOL AND STEVE STEVENS TO PERFORM AS DUO
Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens will hit the North American roads in March/April for their first tour ever as a duo.
Dates and tickets can be found at billyidol.net

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE have announced plans for their extensive North American tour in support of their debut album of original material, "Space Between", which will be released on May 10 through BMG.
The band - comprised of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson - will kick off its 23-city North American tour on April 19 in Reno, Nevada and end it on June 7 in Chicago, Illinois. Vince Neil and NIGHT RANGER will join the tour as special guests on select dates of the tour.
Ticket pre-sales will begin Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. local time. General on-sale tickets are on-sale beginning Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. local time.
Go to RedRocker.com for complete details.

RAUBTIER ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Hulkoff, Raubtier
Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER will soon release their 6th album (more details later). But it's also 10 years since their debut album, "Det Finns Bara Krig", was released. They will celebrate both with their first Swedish tour since 2016. This will happen in October, and tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 6. Support bands will be UTMARKEN and ALFAHANNE. And the dates are:
4/10 Göteborg, Trädgår'n
5/10 Malmö, KB
10/10 Stockholm, Södra Teatern
11/10 Örebro, Frimis Salonger
12/10 Norrköping, Arbis
24/10 Uppsala, Katalin
25/10 Borlänge, Liljan
26/10 Huskvarna, Folkets Park
facebook.com/rovdjur

EVERGREY CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
EVERGREY have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival on July 19-20 in Gävle, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are DARK TRANQUILLITY, DEATHSTARS, DIMMU BORGIR, ENTOMBED A.D., FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, KATAKLYSM, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MINISTRY, PHILIP H ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, PRIMORDIAL, SATYRICON etc.
geflemetalfestival.se

FEB. 3, 2019
SVARTANATT TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON VINYL
Swedish hard rockers SVARTANATT will have their self-titled debut album re-released on 180gr silver colored vinyl on March 8. The cover will have a grey/silverish cover instead of the original purple cover.
You can pre-order the album from freighttrain.se/en/pre-order
svartanatt.com

FEB. 2, 2019
BOB MALMSTRÖM WORKING ON NEW EP
BOB MALMSTRÖM - a Finnish hardcore/punk band singing in Swedish - are currently recording a 6-track EP, that will be co-released by the band and Elitbolaget in the spring.
facebook.com/BobMalmstrom

FEB. 1, 2019
ICED EARTH TO RE-RELEASE THEIR FIRST DEMO
On April 12, 1989 US metal institution ICED EARTH entered the worldwide metal scene by storm with the release of their first and only demo, "Enter the Realm". Now, on April 12, 2019, exactly 30 years after its original release, ICED EARTH reissues this release on CD, digitally and on vinyl for the very first time.
For more info and to pre-order, go to IcedE.lnk.to/EnterTheRealmFA
icedearth.com   centurymedia.com

SATYRICON TO PERFORM ENTIRE "REBEL EXTRAVAGANZA" ALBUM AT TONS OF ROCK
Really old photo of Satyricon
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will perform their landmark 1999 album, "Rebel Extravaganza", in its entirety at the Tons Of Rock festival in Oslo, Norway to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. The June 27 set will be an exclusive event and therefore, the only show where they will perform the record in full this year.
Meanwhile, SATYRICON is currently working on a major project that they expect to unveil in 2021. Details will follow in the spring..
satyricon.no

ENTRAILS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metallers ENTRAILS will soon enter the studio to record their 6th album, which will be released in late 2019 via Metal Blade Records.
ENTRAILS also announces the addition of 2 new band members. Both Freddy and Marcus decided to leave the band to have more time for their families. So Jimmy and Penki did some tryouts to find the right guys to bring back the old ENTRAILS spirit. They succeeded, and the new guys are Arvid Borg on drums, known from CARNEUS, and Markus Svensson on guitars, which some might know from the band NUCLEAR SALVATION.
Upcoming live dates are:
23/03/19 SE – Ryd – Bandstationen
11/04/19 AT – Graz – Club Q
12/04/19 AT – Wien – Escape Room
10/05/19 DE – Bochum Rockpalast (w/ LIFELESS and MORTALS PATH)
11/05/19 DE – Ahrensburg – Holsteiner Deathfest
12/10/19 SE – Stockholm – Scandinavia Deathfest
facebook.com/Entrails666   metalblade.de

JAN. 31, 2019
THE PROFESSIONALS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
The Professionals last summer
Reunited British punk rockers The PROFESSIONALS have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 1-4.
Confirmed since earlier are The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, The DAMNED, The EXPLOITED, The BUSINESS Event, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., POISON IDEA, The AVENGERS, CONFLICT, The DWARVES, 999, VICE SQUAD, CJ Ramone, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, DRAGSTER, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc. etc.
rebellionfestivals.com

NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN MARCH
Legendary guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will release a new album, "Blue Lightning", on March 29 via Mascot Label Group. On the disc, Yngwie pays homage to those from the blues world who have fuelled his artistic spirit for so long. You can expect to hear covers of Jimi Hendrix, DEEP PURPLE, ZZ TOP, The BEATLES and Eric Clapton.
yngwiemalmsteen.com

MATS LEVÉN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM AS SKYBLOOD
Mats Leven with Candlemass
After recording more than 50 albums, Swedish singer Mats Levén is one of today's most-sought-after vocalists in the hard rock and metal world. Now he has teamed up with Napalm Records to release his very first solo album under the name SKYBLOOD, which they plan to release in the fall of 2019. Among the guest musicians who are expected to appear on SKYBLOOD's debut album are Martin "Axe" Axenrot (BLOODBATH, OPETH, WITCHERY), Nalley Påhlsson (TREAT, THERION), Snowy Shaw (ex-KING DIAMOND) and Petter Karlsson (ex-THERION, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA).
From a first small tour with SWEDISH EROTICA in 1989 to TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's massive U.S. tour in 2018, Mats has been delivering the goods around the globe with acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, THERION, CANDLEMASS, Gus G., TREAT, ADAGIO, KRUX, FIREWIND, AT VANCE and many more.
2019 marks the 30th year for Mats as a recording artist.
matsleven.com

SCORPIONS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
German hard rock legends SCORPIONS are preparing to record a "historic" new album with a "famous" producer, guitarist Rudolf Schenker has revealed.
The upcoming disc will mark the band's first release since 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", which was an anthology of SCORPIONS' new and classic material.
SCORPIONS' last full-length collection of new recordings was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the 80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.
the-scorpions.com

SKID ROW TO ENTER THE STUDIO NEXT WEEK
Veteran hard rock group SKID ROW will enter a Nashville, Tennessee recording studio next week with producer Michael Wagener — who also helmed the group's 1989 self-titled debut and 1991's "Slave To The Grind" — to begin tracking the final chapter of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy.
The album will mark SKID ROW's 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).
skidrow.com

JAN. 30, 2019
CRADLE OF FILTH TO PERFORM ENTIRE "CRUELTY AND THE BEAST" ALBUM AT SELECT SHOWS
Cradle Of Filth, very old photo
British extreme metal veterans CRADLE OF FILTH will perform their third album, 1998's "Cruelty And The Beast", in its entirety at several shows this spring and summer. The exclusive dates are:
Apr. 24 - D - Karlsruhe - Substage
Apr. 25 - F - Paris - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Apr. 26 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
Apr. 27 - I - Parma - Campus Industry
Apr. 29 - PL - Warsaw - Progresja
Apr. 30 - SK - Bratislava - MMC
Jun. 28-29 - NL - Dokkum - Dokk'em Open Air
Aug. 14-17 - D - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
CRADLE OF FILTH will tentatively enter the studio in the fall to begin recording its new album. The follow-up to 2017's "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay" is expected to arrive sometime in 2020.
cradleoffilth.com

FOREIGNER TO RELEASE "LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '78" IN MARCH
FOREIGNER and Eagle Vision have announced the release of the concert film, "Foreigner Live At The Rainbow '78", which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video from March 15.
The concert was recorded at a sold-out show at London's Rainbow Theatre on April 27, 1978.
Check out a trailer: youtu.be/5KeH4cO4DLo
foreigneronline.com

BRIAN JOHNSON CONFIRMS NEW AC/DC ALBUM
Brian Johnson has reportedly confirmed that he will appear on AC/DC's upcoming studio album.
Rumors of the singer's involvement with a new AC/DC record have been circulating for several months, ever since he and drummer Phil Rudd, along with guitarists Angus Young and Stevie Young, were photographed outside Vancouver's Warehouse Studios. Based on the pictures, the assumption at the time was that AC/DC was in the midst of making — or at least planning — another album, with Rudd and Johnson both back in the lineup. Online reports have also indicated Angus Young will dedicate the new AC/DC album to his late brother.
While AC/DC has yet to reveal any details of a new studio recording, Brian apparently let the cat out of the bag earlier this week when he bumped into the American band TERRORIZER at an airport near his home in Sarasota, Florida.

OZZY POSTPONE BOTH UK AND EUROPE
Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to postpone the entire UK and European leg of his "No More Tours 2" tour on doctors' orders.
This follows Monday's (Jan. 28) announcement that Ozzy was postponing the first 4 dates of the tour because of the flu. After seeing his physician again, Osbourne has been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.
Concert-goers should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates (details of which will be announced in the coming months). Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tours 2" tour resumes on Sunday, March 9 in Australia. Shows will follow in New Zealand and Japan before a 2-month North American leg.
More details can be found at ozzy.com