DEC. 17, 2018
KOLLER BROTHERS WORKING ON BOOK ABOUT SICK OF IT ALL
Work has commenced on a forthcoming autobiography from SICK OF IT ALL vocalist Lou Koller and guitarist Pete Koller, to be called "The Blood And The Sweat: The Story Of Sick Of It All's Koller Brothers". Former A&R man and author Howie Abrams ("Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains", "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists...") will be compiling the book along with the Kollers. Publishing is scheduled for fall 2019 by Post Hill Press.
DEC. 16, 2018
TROUBLEMAKERS WORKING ON LIVE DVD AND BIOGRAPHY
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS are currently working on a live DVD and a book about the band. They hope the DVD will be finished soon, and they plan to have the book finished next fall.
I guess we will get some more information when these things are ready for release.
YET ANOTHER BEST OF COLLECTION WITH KISS
"The Best Of KISS" will be released on CD and digitally January 25, 2019. The vinyl edition is out on March 29.
DEC. 15, 2018
ALBUM WITH MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER PHILTY ANIMAL'S LITTLE VILLAINS TO RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS RELEASE
LITTLE VILLAINS, who were formed in 2006 by MOTÖRHEAD's legendary drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor as well as James Childs (AVON, AIRBUS) and Owen Street of desert rockers WAXY and sludge unit VAILS, will release their upcoming album, "Philthy Lies", on March 29, 2019.
Despite personal circumstances preventing the band from ever breaking out, the group decided that the music deserves to be heard as a testament to the late founding member. So LITTLE VILLAINS signed to Heavy Psych Sounds and will be represented by James, Owen and the very capable AIRBUS drummer Chris Fielden to continue the group's legacy and grow.
"Philthy Lies" is half an hour of rock n roll for any fan of MOTÖRHEAD and heavy rock. All album tracks were recorded at Unit A Studios in Palm Springs, California in February 2007.
Listen to "What On Earth" here: soundcloud.com/user-224411652/little-villains-what-on-earth
DEC. 14, 2018
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCES GERMAN SHOWS
Swedish action rockers The HELLACOPTERS are going to do 3 shows in Germany in May 2019. The dates are these:
13.05.2019 Köln, Live Music Hall
14.05.2019 Hamburg, Markthalle-Hamburg
15.05.2019 Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus Berlin
NEW ALBUM WITH BACKYARD BABIES IN MARCH
Swedish hard rock veterans BACKYARD BABIES will release their new album, "Sliver & Gold", on March 1, 2019 via Century Media Records.
BACKYARD BABIES will celebrate their 30-year anniversary next year. They will spend the first half of 2019 on the European roads. For upcoming tour dates, try backyardbabies.com
NEW ALBUM WITH IN FLAMES IN MARCH
IN FLAMES will release their 13th studio album, titled "I, The Mask", on March 1, 2019 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America).
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going to Australia in March 2019, where they will tour with special guests GOLDFINGER. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 17, and the dates are:
Mar. 2 - Metropolis, Fremantle
Mar. 4 - HQ Complex, Adelaide
Mar. 6 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Mar. 8 - Roundhouse, Sydney
Mar. 9 - The Valley Drive In, Brisbane
Mar. 10 - Soundlounge, Gold Coast
A new album, titled "SOS", will be released on February 15, 2019 via Epitaph.
DEC. 13, 2018
NO MORE RAJOITUS FOR A WHILE
Local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk veterans RAJOITUS have decided to take a long break again (hardly the first time).
DEF LEPPARD TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced its 2019 inductees. Acts that made the cut this year are: DEF LEPPARD, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, RADIOHEAD, The CURE, ROXY MUSIC and The ZOMBIES. Bands that were nominated but did not make the cut are: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RUFUS (featuring Chaka Khan), MC5, LL Cool J, DEVO, KRAFTWERK and Todd Rundgren.
The induction ceremony will be on March 29, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
SATAN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH RAM AND SCREAMER
English NWOBHM veterans SATAN announces their "Cruel Winter" European tour with direct support from Swedish heavy metal band RAM. Opening each night will be Swedish heavy metal band SCREAMER. The dates are:
14.02.2019 DE - Essen, Turock
15.02.2019 NL - Tilburg, Little Devil
16.02.2019 BE - Beveren – Leie, 't Klokhuis
17.02.2019 DE - Trier, Mergener Hof
18.02.2019 DE - München, Backstage
19.02.2019 CH - Aarau, Kiff
20.02.2019 DE - Kassel, Goldgrube
21.02.2019 DE - Weiden, Salute Club
22.02.2019 FR - Colmar, Grillen
23.02.2019 IT - Parma, Fight for Metal Fest
satanmusic.com ram-metal.com facebook.com/wearescreamer
MARDUK GOES TO RUSSIA
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK are going to Russia for a short tour in March. The dates are these:
Mar 04 - Ekaterinburg, Svoboda
Mar 05 - Samara, Zvezda
Mar 06 - Moscow, Station Hall
Mar 07 - St-Petersburg, Opera
IGGY POP TO PRODUCE TV DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PUNK
Iggy Pop is the executive producer of a new TV documentary series about punk, simply called "Punk". The 4-part series will debut on US channel Epix on March 11, 2019, and will feature interviews with a bunch of "big" names from the original punk scene in the 70s - John Lydon (SEX PISTOLS), Marky Ramone (RAMONES), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS) and BLONDIE members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. There will also be interviews with Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES), Elektra Records boss Danny Fields, journalist Legs McNeil and filmmaker Penolope Spheeris.
Details of screenings in other countries have yet to be revealed..
ALICE COOPER COMES BACK TO EUROPE NEXT YEAR
Alice Cooper have announced a few tour dates in Europe next fall. So far the schedule looks like this:
Aug 31 ― Aarburg, Switzerland
Sep 07 ― Madrid, Spain
Sep 08 ― Barcelona, Spain
Sep 11 ― Mannheim, Germany
Sep 13 ― Berlin, Germany
Sep 18 ― Stuttgart, Germany
Sep 23 ― Hamburg, Germany
Sep 30 ― Leipzig, Germany
Oct 01 ― Munich, Germany
DEC. 12, 2018
12CD BOX SET AND VINYL REISSUES WITH PRETTY MAIDS
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release a 12CD box set, titled "A Blast From The Past", as well as select vinyl reissues on February 22, 2019.
For many years, there has been a growing demand for reissues of PRETTY MAIDS' albums from the 90s and onwards. A lot of these albums haven't been accessible for years on either CD, vinyl, or digitally. So now Italian label Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to roll out these catalog reissues for PRETTY MAIDS fans.
For North American fans, the only place you can get this limited edition box set in N.A. is at the Frontiers' PledgeMusic store, and it is limited to 50 copies. Vinyl reissues available there too.
The 12CD box set will include the following albums: "Scream", "Spooked", "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing", "Carpe Diem", "Planet Panic", "Wake Up to the Real World", "Pandemonium", "Motherland", "Louder Than Ever", "Kingmaker", "Screamin' Live", "Alive At Least".
The 8 titles that will be reissued on vinyl are: "Scream", "Wake Up to the Real World", "Motherland", "Pandemonium", "Planet Panic", "Carpe Diem", "Spooked", "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing".
Pre-order: frontiers.shop (EU) frontiersrecords.pmstores.co (North America)
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES GERMAN SHOWS
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are going to do 3 shows in Germany in December 2019. Further European dates are planned around that time too. Details to follow..
The German dates are these:
Dec. 6 - Fabrik in Hamburg
Dec. 7 - Music Hall in Worpswede
Dec. 8 - Huxleys in Berlin
Tickets are on sale now.
THE QUIREBOYS TEAM UP WITH FM FOR UK TOUR
The QUIREBOYS and FM are going on a co-headline tour in UK in April 2019, with support from BAD TOUCH and VEGA. The dates are:
April 1 - Nottingham, Rock City
April 2 - Cardiff, The Tramshed
April 4 - Wakefield, Warehouse23
April 6 - Sheffield, Corporation
April 7 - Manchester, O2 Ritz
April 8 - Glasgow, The Garage
April 9 - Wolverhampton, Steel Mill
quireboys.com fmofficial.com badtouchrocks.co.uk vegaofficial.co.uk
JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN TOUR
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, Yngwie Malmsteen) are coming to Russia and near countries in April 2019. More information can be found at joelynnturner.com or sound-agency.ru
DEC. 11, 2018
BLACK EARTH ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR
BLACK EARTH — the project featuring former and current members of ARCH ENEMY performing material from ARCH ENEMY's first 3 albums live on stage — will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Burning Bridges" LP with a Japanese tour in May 2019.
BLACK EARTH is: Michael Amott - guitar, Christopher Amott - guitar, Johan Liiva - vocals, Daniel Erlandsson - drums and Sharlee D'Angelo - bass.
Tour dates can be found here: facebook.com/blackearthofficial
DEAD KENNEDYS AND SICK OF IT ALL CONFIRMED FOR MUSINK
MUSINK returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 for its 12th year as a festival with music, tattoos and cars. And when it comes to the music, there will be performances from bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, SICK OF IT ALL, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, LIMP BIZKIT, FEAR, HATEBREED, T.S.O.L. and a few more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at musinkfest.com
DEC. 10, 2018
ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Japanese rock trio ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a European tour in February/March 2019. Dates can be found here: electriceelshock.com
SLAYER ANNOUNCES ANOTHER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
SLAYER has just announced another North American leg of its final world tour.
Leg 5 will kick off May 2, 2019 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix, Arizona and see the band performing 16 shows across the Southern states and then up the east coast, culminating at the Xfinity Center Amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts on May 25. LAMB OF GOD, AMON AMARTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE will support SLAYER on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14.
All upcoming tour dates can be found at slayer.net
RANCID AND BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED FOR CAMP ANARCHY
Camp Anarchy: 3 Day Punk Rock Campout — a new camping, craft beer and punk music festival — will take over Legend Valley, just outside Columbus, Ohio, USA this spring, on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Camp Anarchy will feature performances by The OFFSPRING, RANCID, NOFX, BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, X, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, LESS THAN JAKE, FEAR, SICK OF IT ALL, The DAMNED, OFF! and more, along with craft beer tastings (available for purchase), and a slew of attractions including a Dodgeball Arena, Fair Games, Flea's Market Vendor Village, and much more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at campanarchyfest.com
SLAYER, UFO AND DANKO JONES CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
SLAYER, DREAM THEATER, UFO, STYX, DANKO JONES, SEVENTH WONDER, HÄLLAS, WITCHFYNDE and A.C.T. are some of the latest addition to next summer's Sweden Rock Festival, which take place on June 5-8 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, ZZ TOP, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, SKID ROW, Axel Rudi Pell, AT THE GATES, CANDLEMASS, POWERWOLF, MAGNUM, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, DEMON, Blaze Bayley, FM, KRISIUN, THUNDERMOTHER, The QUILL etc. etc.
DEC. 9, 2018
ASTA KASK AND VOICE OF A GENERATION CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
ASTA KASK and VOICE OF A GENERATION have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on October 12, 2019.
TRIBUTE CONCERT TO COZY POWELL
A special concert celebrating the life and music of legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, MSG etc.) will be held on December 29 at Robin 2 in Bilston, West Midlands, England. All profits from the event — which will be held on what would have been Powell's 71st birthday — will be donated to Cozy's favorite charity, World Animal Protection.
Musicians scheduled to appear are: Neil Murray, Tony Martin, Doogie White, Chris Childs, Nathan James, Carl Sentence, Richard Bailey, Jim Kirkpatrick, Harry James, Mike Terrana, Russell Gilbrook, Bob Richards, Ian Wills, Peter Knight, Neil Taylor, Esta Rowley and Chris Buck.
Cozy's original drum kit will he used throughout the night.
Tickets are available only at cozypowell.bigcartel.com
DEC. 7, 2018
LIVE ALBUM WITH BONAFIDE IN MARCH
Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE will release their first live album, "Live At KB", on March 15, 2019. The album was recorded during one special night at the legendary club KB in Malmö, Sweden in February 2018.
Pre-order details at bonafiderocks.se
NEW ALBUM WITH DEVIL'S GUN IN APRIL
Swedish heavy metal band DEVIL'S GUN will release their second album, "Sing For The Chaos", on April 12, 2019 via Black Lodge Records.
You can check out the first single, "Lights Out", here: smarturl.it/lights-out-single
NEW ALBUM WITH RAUBTIER NEXT YEAR
Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER will soon enter the studio to record a new album, which will be released next year.
2019 is also the 10-year anniversary for their debut album, "Det Finns Bara Krig", which they will celebrate during the year. Concert dates and more details about the album will be announced as soon as it's confirmed.
BUZZCOCKS FRONTMAN PETE SHELLEY IS DEAD
BUZZCOCKS singer/guitarist Pete Shelley (real name Peter Campbell McNeish) is dead. He died after a suspected heart attack on Thursday (Dec. 6). Pete was 63 years old.
DEC. 6, 2018
KREATOR TO FILM LONDON SHOW
KREATOR's December 16 concert at the Roundhouse in London, England will be professionally filmed. According to the band, there is "something very special in the works" for the footage, which will presumably be released at a later date.
The London show will close out the German thrash metal group's European co-headlining tour with DIMMU BORGIR. Also appearing on the bill are HATEBREED and BLOODBATH.
KREATOR will take 2019 off from touring to focus on writing material for the follow-up to 2017's "Gods Of Violence" album.
NEW DVD/BLU-RAY WITH KING DIAMOND IN JANUARY
On January 25, KING DIAMOND will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, "Songs For The Dead Live", via Metal Blade Records.
Find out more and pre-order at metalblade.com/kingdiamond
NEW ALBUM WITH CANDLEMASS IN FEBRUARY
Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will release their 12th full length album, "The Door To Doom", on February 22, 2019 via Napalm Records.
The album features a guest appearance from no other than Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) on 1 of the songs.
MICHALE GRAVES CONFIRMED FOR PÖNKFEST I SÖNNSVALL
Former MISFITS singer Michale Graves have been confirmed for Pönkfest i Sönnsvall Vol. 1, a 1-night festival in Sundsvall, Sweden on March 9, 2019.
Other bands that will play are the Swedish punk bands DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, STREBERS, STILETT and HÅRDGNISSEL.
CONFLICT CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
CONFLICT have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, D.O.A, POISON IDEA, HR FROM BAD BRAINS, The CASUALTIES, PENETRATION, The DWARVES, SPECIAL DUTIES, CJ Ramone, 999, The LURKERS, DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS, The RAMONAS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
American rock veterans BLUE ÖYSTER CULT will be touring in UK early next year, with support from The TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.
These dates and many more can be found at blueoystercult.com
DEC. 5, 2018
HYPNOS CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HYPNOS have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge/Alvesta, Sweden on May 30 to June 1, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are NEPTUNE, PAGAN ALTAR, ELECTRIC CITIZEN, SECOND SUN and MENACLE.
BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES NORDIC TOUR DATES
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES will do some touring in Sweden and Finland next spring. For dates, go to facebook.com/backyardbabies
BACKYARD BABIES will celebrate their 30-year anniversary in 2019, and are currently working on a new album, titled "Sliver & Gold".
DUFF MCKAGAN PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON NEW SOLO ALBUM
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a new solo album that's coming in 2019.
McKagan began recording the album back in March with producer Shooter Jennings. The 2 worked out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, California, writing and recording in-between McKagan's tour with GUNS N' ROSES and the release of Jennings's new album, "Shooter".
DEC. 4, 2018
KNOTFEST MEETS HELLFEST IN FRANCE
Knotfest Meets Hellfest will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Clisson, France. The SLIPKNOT-curated festival will be held one day before the kickoff of the main portion of Hellfest. Joining SLIPKNOT at Knotfest Meets Hellfest will be Rob Zombie, BEHEMOTH, SABATON, AMON AMARTH, PAPA ROACH, MINISTRY, SICK OF IT ALL, POWERWOLF and AMARANTHE.
Tickets go on sale on December 7.
PROPHETS OF RAGE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
PROPHETS OF RAGE - with members from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL - are coming to Europe in August 2019 for a few shows. The dates are:
Aug. 05 - E Werk, Cologne, Germany
Aug. 06 - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
Aug. 08 - Olympia, Paris, France
Aug. 12 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
Aug. 13 - Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
Aug. 15 - FM4 Frequency Festival, St. Polten, Austria
Aug. 19 - TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
FOO FIGHTERS, THE HIVES AND THE HELLACOPTERS CONFIRMED FOR LOLLAPALOOZA STOCKHOLM
FOO FIGHTERS, The HIVES, The HELLACOPTERS, BRING ME THE HORIZON, GRETA VAN FLEET, and HALESTORM are among the artists that's been confirmed for Lollapalooza Stockholm, which happens at Gärdet in Stockholm, Sweden on June 28-29, 2019.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Dec. 5) at lollastockholm.com/tickets
BAD NEWS TO RELEASE 32ND ANNIVERSARY BOX SET
BAD NEWS was a hard rock/heavy metal band with British actors from the sitcoms "The Young Ones" and "Bottom". They did a crazy documentary about their band in the 80s, but also succeeded to get a gig at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington with their heros MOTÖRHEAD among others. Even though they were not the most brilliant band, they actually got signed to EMI and made 2 albums with Brian May from QUEEN. They also made a second film about the band, "More Bad News".
Now most of the stuff they made as BAD NEWS will be re-released in a box set, featuring their self-titled studio album (with rare bonus tracks), 2 CDs with a previously unreleased show at Hammersmith Odeon and both films on DVD, plus various other items. The CDs, the DVD and other stuff can also be bought seperately.
More info here: pledgemusic.com/projects/bad-news-box-tour-and-more?referrer=site_search
REECE TO SUPPORT U.D.O. IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND
Former ACCEPT and BONFIRE vocalist David Reece will be support act for U.D.O. in Germany and Switzerland, with his band REECE, in February 2019. And as you might know already, U.D.O. also includes a former vocalist for ACCEPT, Udo Dirkschneider.
Tour dates can be found at udo-online.com
DEC. 3, 2018
ORIGINAL MORGOTH GUITARIST CARSTEN OTTERBACH IS DEAD
Founding MORGOTH member Carsten Otterbach has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old guitarist, who also headed up his own artist management company Direct Management, played on the band's first 2 EPs, "Resurrection Absurd" (1989) and "The Eternal Fall" (1990), as well as the first 3 full-length albums, "Cursed" (1991), "Odium" (1993) and "Feel Sorry For The Fanatic" (1996).
WOLF RETURN TO UK
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF will do a short tour in UK in the end of March 2019. The dates are these:
Mar. 23 - Hammerfest, Prestatyn, North Wales
Mar. 24 - Academy 3, Manchester
Mar. 26 - Audio, Glasgow
Mar. 27 - Corporation, Sheffield
Mar. 28 - Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Mar. 30 - Underworld, London
GEEZER BUTLER GOT A NEW BAND WITH MATT SORUM AND STEVE STEVENS
Bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA) have joined forces in a new supergroup called DEADLAND RITUAL.
DEADLAND RITUAL is scheduled to appear at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France next summer. The group will perform on the main stage on June 22, 2019 before such other acts as KISS, DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE.
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH URIAH HEEP
JUDAS PRIEST will spend next spring and summer on tour in North America, with URIAH HEEP as support. The tour will kick off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For dates and other details, check out judaspriest.com or uriah-heep.com
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT will return to North America next summer for a 23-date arena and stadium "Rhapsody" tour, that is set to run from mid-July through late August with an all new concert experience.
Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public starting December 7.
Dates can be found at queenonline.com
MÖTLEY CRÜE BIOPIC THE DIRT TO ARRIVE IN MARCH
The film adaptation of MÖTLEY CRÜE's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", will be released on March 22, according to Vince Neil.
GARY HOLT TO MISS REST OF SLAYER EUROPEAN TOUR, EX-MACHINE HEAD GUITARIST PHIL DEMMEL TO STEP IN
Guitarist Gary Holt will miss the rest of the current SLAYER European tour in order to return home and be with his dying father. He will be replaced for the remaining shows on the trek by former MACHINE HEAD and VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel. Demmel will make his live debut with SLAYER tonight (Dec. 3) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
DEC. 2, 2018
RATT WINS DISMISSAL OF COUNTERCLAIMS BY BOBBY BLOTZER IN TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CASE
According to the Northern California Record, a federal court has dismissed counterclaims from drummer Bobby Blotzer in a lawsuit related to the ownership and use of the RATT trademark.
A judgment was entered in favor of RATT's general partnership — which includes RATT's fellow original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Juan Croucier (bass) — in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the corporation WBS Inc. and Blotzer, who is a partnership founding member and former WBS president (WBS is short for Warren, Bobby and Stephen).
DEC. 1, 2018
3 NEW CD'S FROM SECOND CLASS KIDS RECORDS
Swedish trallpunk label Second Class Kids Records will release CDs with KKPA, PASTORATET and DEATH BY HORSE on December 18. These CDs will be avialable in a limited edition, and you can find more info (in Swedish) about these releases on their Facebook page.
STEEL PANTHER BASSIST ENTERS SEX REHAB
Lexxi Foxx, bassist for L.A. glam metal veterans STEEL PANTHER, has voluntarily checked himself in to an undisclosed "sex rehab". He will have to miss the current U.S. tour that recently kicked off in Chicago. The band's friend of over 30 years and backstage doorman Spyder will be filling in on bass for the upcoming tour dates.
RÖVSVETT'S "DEN FALSKE KAKAOINSPEKTÖREN" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
Swedish hardcore/punk legends RÖVSVETT will have their album "Den Falske Kakaoinspektören" re-released on LP in 2019 through German label Threat From The Past and Swedish label Birdnest Records (who released the album on CD in 1994).
NEPTUNE CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
Swedish 80s metal band NEPTUNE have reunited and are the first band to be confirmed for next summer's Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge/Alvesta, Sweden on May 30 to June 1, 2019. Tickets on sale today (Dec. 1).
NOV. 30, 2018
SPECIAL EP RELEASES WITH AT THE GATES IN JANUARY
To enhance the beginning of their massive European tour with BEHEMOTH and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, AT THE GATES will be releasing both a strictly limited 7" EP entitled "The Mirror Black" and a special Digital EP entitled "With The Pantheons Blind" on January 11, 2019.
The 7" EP features the 2 songs "The Mirror Black" and "Daggers Of Black Haze" from AT THE GATES latest album, "To Drink From The Night Itself", in the versions that come with guest vocals by Rob Miller (AMEBIX, TAU CROSS). You can pre-order it now from CM Distro
The Digital EP, "With The Pantheons Blind", contains all 6 bonus tracks from "To Drink From The Night Itself" recording sessions, now available digitally for the first time: "Daggers Of Black Haze" and "The Mirrow Black" featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (AMEBIX, TAU CROSS), "The Chasm" featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (GOD MACABRE), "A Labyrinth Of Tombs" featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (CRAFT), a demo version of "The Chasm" and a re-recorded version of the early AT THE GATES classic "Raped By The Light Of Christ", originally featured on the band's sophomore album "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" from 1993.
The pre-order for the digital release starts next week, on December 7.
HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
HIGH ON FIRE will kick off the new year with a North American tour, that will last from January 10 to February 1. Tickets are on sale now, and you can find the dates at highonfire.net
NOV. 29, 2018
FORMER GHOST MEMBERS REQUEST NEW TRIAL IN LAWSUIT AGAINST TOBIAS FORGE
Former members of GHOST have requested a new trial in their lawsuit against the band's leader, Tobias Forge. The 4 musicians believe the judge who ordered the dismissal of the lawsuit last month had a conflict of interest in overseeing the case since both he and Forge are members of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons (Swedish: Svenska Frimurare Orden).
NEW ALBUM WITH LAST IN LINE IN FEBRUARY
LAST IN LINE will release its sophomore album, "II", on February 22, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The current lineup of the band is Vinny Appice (ex-DIO etc. etc.), Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, ex-DIO), Andrew Freeman, Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and Erik Norlander (ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE, DUKES OF THE ORIENT).
youtu.be/SsY8jkQ9Wes lastinlineofficial.com frontiers.it
ROLLING STONES ADD 2 MORE SHOWS TO THEIR U.S. TOUR
Due to demand, The ROLLING STONES have added 2 more shows to their U.S. tour next summer. The new dates are:
June 17 - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
June 25 - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
The pre-sale for these new dates starts today (Nov. 29). Tickets for all shows will go on general sale on Friday, November 30. All dates and other details can be found at rollingstones.com
NOV. 28, 2018
ZOMBIEKRIG TO DO ANOTHER HOMETOWN SHOW
Swedish singing metal band ZOMBIEKRIG will do another hometown show on December 29 together with TAR at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden.
MOTÖRHEAD RUM IN DECEMBER
December 1 will see the release of Motörhead Rum. The rum has been aged for 8 years in ex-bourbon barrels, which in the world of rums puts it in the finest quality corner. The aging has been done with the Solera process, meaning that as the oldest rum is pulled from the cask, younger rum is added to mature in the same cask. The result is a smooth dark brown rum with a balanced sweetness and notes of arrack, vanilla and dried fruits.
For more information, visit brandsforfans.se
NEW SINGLE WITH IN FLAMES NEXT MONTH
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES will release a new single and video, "I Am Above", on December 14.
MINISTRY TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY will enter the studio in early 2019 to begin recording the follow-up to this year's "AmeriKKKant" album.
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES GREEK SHOW
MANOWAR will return to Greece for an open air show at Platei Nerou in Athens on June 14, 2019. This will be their first Greek show in 12 years, and the only show in the country. Tickets will go on sale November 30.
EUROPE TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Swedish hard rock legends EUROPE will play 3 shows at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan on April 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
NOV. 27, 2018
ACOUSTIC LIVE ALBUM WITH METALLICA
METALLICA, the All Within My Hands Foundation and its contributors commemorate Giving Tuesday with the launching of the pre-order for the limited-edition vinyl release of "Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic". The double album, mixed by Greg Fidelman and newly mastered for vinyl by Reuben Cohen at Bernie Grundman Mastering, documents the inaugural "Helping Hands" benefit concert held in San Francisco on November 3.
"Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic" features rare acoustic renditions of hits and deep cuts spanning the METALLICA catalog (as well as covers of DEEP PURPLE, NAZARETH, Bob Seger and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT classics), captured on 140-gram colored vinyl with proceeds donated to the band's All Within My Hands Foundation. "Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic" continues AWMH's mission to fight hunger and to assist in creating sustainable communities through workforce education.
The album will be available February 1, 2019 at independent and digital retail around the world, all streaming services that feature METALLICA's music.
THE HIVES TEAM UP WITH REFUSED FOR SHORT U.S. TOUR
Swedish rock band The HIVES will team up with Swedish hardcore legends REFUSED for a short tour in USA next spring. Pre-sale start on Thursday, November 29. General on sale start on Friday, November 30.
The "exclusive" dates are these:
May 18 Philadelphia, PA- Franklin Music Hall http://bit.ly/HivesPhilly May 20 Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
May 21 St Louis MO - The Pageant
May 22 Lawrence KS - Liberty Hall
May 24 Denver CO - Gothic Theatre
May 25 Salt Lake City UT - The Union Event Center
CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN THE STATES
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will return to USA in March/April 2019, with support from Wednesday 13 and RAVEN BLACK.
General tickets go on sale November 30. More info at cradleoffilth.com
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 19-20, 2019. The band will perform PANTERA classics, and this will be their only show in Scandinavia next summer.
Confirmed since earlier are DIMMU BORGIR, MINISTRY, DYING FETUS, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, PRIMORDIAL, SATYRICON etc.
RE-ISSUES OF 3 ALBUMS WITH THE CROWN
Swedish death metal veterans The CROWN will have 3 of their classic albums - "Crowned In Terror", "Crowned Unholy" and "Possessed 13" - re-released on LP on January 11.
THE QUILL CONTINUE TO RE-RELEASE OLD ALBUMS
After the re-issues of "Voodoo Caravan" and "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" (both released on Oct. 26) the next re-releases of 2 long out-of-print albums of Swedish hard rockers The QUILL will follow via Metalville next year.
"Silver Haze" (originally released 1999) will be released on January 25. On February 22 follows the self-titled debut "The Quill" from 1995. Both albums are remastered from the original tapes and contain previously unreleased bonus tracks.
As a special treat for the fans of The QUILL, these Swedish stoner classics are also available on vinyl for the first time.
NOV. 26, 2018
POISON IDEA CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
It seems like American punk legends POISON IDEA are going on a farewell tour, and 1 of the stops will be at the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK, which happens on August 1-4, 2019.
Other confirmed acts are The DWARVES, COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, PENETRATION, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
KISS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
After selling more than half a million tickets at its initial on-sale, KISS has announced the second leg of its final tour, appropriately named "End Of The Road". The original trek was first revealed at Halloween and featured a first set of shows, some of which sold out instantly. The band released today the dates for the second leg of the tour in North America starting this summer, as well as new international markets being announced simultaneously.
KISS meet-and-greet experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. local time through kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, November 28 at 9 a.m. local time. Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCES SPANISH GIGS
Swedish action rock legends The HELLACOPTERS are going to Spain for 2 shows in May 2019. The dates are:
May 10 - Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona
May 11 - Kristonfest, Madrid
NIGHTRAGE HAVE A NEW DRUM BOY
Young drummer Dino George Stamoglou (22 years old) have become a permanent member of melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE.
NOV. 23, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH RHAPSODY OF FIRE IN FEBRUARY
Italian symphonic power metal legends RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new album, "The Eighth Mountain", on February 22, 2019. The disc will be the band's first collection of brand new material to feature vocalist Giacomo Voli and drummer Manu Lotter, who joined RHAPSODY OF FIRE in 2016.
THE LURKERS ANNOUNCES 2019 GIGS
British punk rock veterans The LURKERS will do a lot of shows around the UK next year. The dates can be found at thelurkers.co.uk
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going on a European tour next spring. They will visit Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy.
Dates can be found here: millencolin.com
More dates will be announced later..
A new album, titled "SOS", will be released on February 15, 2019 via Epitaph.
NOV. 22, 2018
THE DWARVES CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The DWARVES have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, PENETRATION, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HELIX DRUMMER FRITZ
A benefit concert for HELIX drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz will be held on January 18, 2019 at Eastside Bar in London, Ontario, Canada. HELIX will perform at the event, as will KILLER DWARFS and SYRE.
According to HELIX singer Brian Vollmer, Fritz sustained his injuries 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. They immediately put him in a drug-induced coma with breathing tubes down his throat.
This past Saturday, the doctors removed the breathing tubes and took Fritz out of the induced coma, although he has to use an oxygen mask to breathe.
A GoFundMe page has been launched by Vollmer to help relieve the stress of having to pay Fritz's bills. You can find it here: gofundme.com/help-greg-quotfritzquot-hinz-recovery
MINISTRY CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
MINISTRY have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which happens in Gävle, Sweden on July 19-20, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SATYRICON, DARK TRANQUILLITY, PRIMORDIAL etc.
NOV. 21, 2018
RANCID, THE HIVES, REFUSED, THE STRANGLERS AND THE DAMNED CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING 2019
The American festival Punk Rock Bowling has announced its 2019 lineup. And in the long list of artists we can find RANCID, The HIVES, REFUSED, The STRANGLERS, The DAMNED, FEAR, The UNDERTONES, DEAD BOYS, PERKELE, FLAG, The SPECIALS, DESCENDENTS, The CASUALTIES, ADOLESCENTS, STREET DOGS and several more..
Punk Rock Bowling take place May 24 through 27 in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now.
ONSLAUGHT ARE IN THE STUDIO
British thrash veterans ONSLAUGHT have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER ON FRIDAY
Swedish hard rock n roll women THUNDERMOTHER will release their new single, "Revival", on Friday, November 23.
PRIMAL FEAR, HELIX AND AIRBOURNE CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
PRIMAL FEAR, HELIX and AIRBOURNE have been confirmed for the Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden on August 1-3, 2019.
SPINAL TAP TO REUNITE FOR 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
SPINAL TAP will reunite for a 35th anniversary screening of the film "This Is Spinal Tap" at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The band - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer - will also perform following the screening. They will be joined by "This is Spinal Tap" director, co-writer and star Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.
JOE PERRY CANCELS SOLO TOUR
Joe Perry has canceled his previously announced fall headlining shows as he continues to take some time off following his recent hospital visit. The AEROSMITH guitarist will now take the rest of the year off and looks forward to seeing his fans again in 2019.
Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Perry's solo dates were set to begin November 30 and run through December 16.
NOV. 20, 2018
NEBULA TO RELEASE COLLECTION WITH RARE TRACKS AND RE-RELEASE "CHARGED" ALBUM
Heavy Psych Sounds Records&Booking is proud to announce the release of desert rock legends NEBULA's "Demos & Outtakes 98-02", as well as a re-mastered version of the band's 2001 album "Charged".
Set for a release on January 25, 2019, "Demos & Outtakes 98-02" will include 5 tracks that have never seen the light of day before, alongside rare demos as well as cover songs such as a special live version of BLACK FLAG's "Nervous Breakdown". Beside these never published demos to date, the known tracks on this album are different to what NEBULA originally released on their previous records. Some tracks were written and recorded in these sessions, some never made it on any of them or were used for B-sides and singles.
Furthermore, Heavy Psych Sounds has just announced a reissue of NEBULA's legendary "Charged" album, originally released back in 2001 on Sub Pop Records. This new album version has been re-mastered by SNAIL's bassist and NEBULA's longtime sound engeneer Matt Lynch. "Charged" is the second full-length album by the band, and it's also the last album featuring former FU MANCHU bandmate Mark Abshire on bass, before the original lineup reunited in 2018. It will be released on February 8, 2019.
BLUES PILLS PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Sweden-based bluesy rock band BLUES PILLS have parted ways with their guitarist Dorian Sorriaux.
Despite this change, the band have been working hard on a third album in their own studio that they built over the last few years. Zack and Rickard are taking over the guitars on the new recordings. I guess we can expect a new album in 2019.
ZZ TOP AND CANDLEMASS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
20 more acts have been confirmed for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival. And among these artists are ZZ TOP, TENACIOUS D, DISTURBED, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, Axel Rudi Pell, CANDLEMASS, POWERWOLF, GORGOROTH, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, JAG PANZER, Blaze Bayley, FM, KRISIUN, THUNDERMOTHER, The QUILL etc.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 5-8, 2019. Confirmed since earlier are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, AT THE GATES, SKID ROW, MAGNUM, Uli Jon Roth, Joe Lynn Turner etc.
IRON MAIDEN ADD A SECOND SHOW IN MEXICO CITY
IRON MAIDEN have added a second show in Mexico City at Sports Palace on September 30, 2019. Pre-sale start on Thursday, November 22. General on sale start on Friday, November 23.
EX-THE EXPLOITED GUITARIST MATT REJOIN THE BAND
Former The EXPLOITED guitarist Matt has rejoined the band, and will take over after their shows in Russia in February 2019, which will be their current guitarist Robbie's last shows with The EXPLOITED.
NEW SINGLE WITH ARCH ENEMY IN DECEMBER
International metal band ARCH ENEMY will release a strictly limited, hand-numbered 7" single and a digital single for their song "Reason To Believe" on December 7 through Century Media Records. Both formats, physical and digital, feature the cover song "Shout" (TEARS FOR FEARS) as a b-side.
According to Blabbermouth, ARCH ENEMY will release a compilation, "Covered In Blood", of all cover songs the band has recorded throughout its career. It will be released on January 18, 2019.
archenemy.lnk.to/ReasonToBelieveFA archenemy.net centurymedia.com
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
The ROLLING STONES are going on a US tour during spring/summer 2019. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, November 30. More details at rollingstones.com
NOV. 17, 2018
JOE PERRY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
According to TMZ, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is back home, 6 days after he was hospitalized following an appearance with Billy Joel. Sources close to Joe tell the site that Perry was released from the hospital Thursday and is now resting.
VINNIE VINCENT SHOWS POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's previously announced shows in Memphis on December 7 and December 8 have been postponed until February 8 and February 9, 2019 in Nashville due to additional scheduling and logistical requirements by the promoter.
For the February shows, Vinnie will be joined by an all-star band that will include Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, BLUE MURDER) on drums, and Tony Franklin (David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, The FIRM) on bass.
Tickets for the December 7 show will be honored on the February 8 date, and tickets for the December 8 show will be honored on the February 9 date.
NOV. 16, 2018
JEFF SCOTT SOTO AND KEEL CONFIRMED FOR FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL VI
The artists for next year's Frontiers Rock Festival have been announced. And among these artists are Jeff Scott Soto, KEEL, TEN, HARDLINE, W.E.T., KING COMPANY, CREYE etc.
The festival take place at Live Club in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 27-28, 2019.
Tickets and more info at: frontiersrockfestival.com
NOV. 15, 2018
FRONTIERS MUSIC HAVE CREATED ANOTHER SUPERGROUP
Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, Yngwie Malmsteen), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH) and Mark Zonder (ex-FATES WARNING, WARLORD) was born and put together under the direction of renowned Los Angeles-based producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, HALFORD, TRIBE OF GYPSIES).
Called SPIRITS OF FIRE (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Check out the first single: youtu.be/Cg1gzFPAhcM
NEW EP WITH CHRIS HOLMES
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes is putting the finishing touches on a new EP, "Under The Influence", to be released in December. A new full-length album will follow a year later.
CKY RELEASES COVER OF GG ALLIN
CKY has released a cover of the GG Allin classic "Bite It You Scum". The song is taken from the band's vinyl-only EP "Too Precious To Kill", which will be released in stores on Black Friday, November 23.
Check it out: youtu.be/g39kfkRrcoQ
KÖTTGROTTORNA ANNOUNCES NEW GIGS
Swedish trallpunk veterans KÖTTGROTTORNA will do 3 shows here in Sweden in late January next year. The dates are:
24 Jan. - Riddar Jakob, Jakobsberg
25 Jan. - Pastabaren, Örebro
26 Jan. - Rock Bar, Karlstad
NOV. 14, 2018
LION'S SHARE'S COMPLETE CATALOG AVAILABLE DIGITALLY
Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE is making its first 5 albums available on streaming services and digital service providers today, November 14.
The albums "Lion's Share" (1995), "Two" (1997), "Fall From Grace" (1999), "Entrance" (2001) and "Emotional Coma" (2007) have all been remastered by Mike Lind, giving them a new life. These new releases join LION'S SHARE's catalog titles already online — "Dark Hours" (2009) and "EP" (2018). The cover artwork has been touched up, and in most cases completely redone, by Carl-André Beckston.
The LION'S SHARE catalog features appearances by current and former members of MEGADETH, KISS, KING DIAMOND, HAMMERFALL, SYMPHONY X, Yngwie Malmsteen and CANDLEMASS. Mixers include top engineers such as Jens Bogren (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, SYMPHONY X, AMON AMARTH), Niklas Flyckt (one-time Grammy Award winner and four-time nominee) and Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, EUROPE, Glenn Hughes).
CHRIS CORNELL TRIBUTE CONCERT IN L.A. WITH METALLICA AND FOO FIGHTERS
FOO FIGHTERS and METALLICA are among the all-star cast of musicians who will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 2019.
Billed as "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell", the event will also feature appearances by Cornell's former bandmates in SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, as well as Ryan Adams.
The event will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel and will feature other surprise guests. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).
Tickets for "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16.
CRIPPA PARTS WAYS WITH ATTENTAT
After 40 years as the bass player for Swedish punk rock band ATTENTAT, Cristian "Crippa" Odin has decided to leave the band to concentrate on other projects (Crippas Café, brew beer and other musical projects). His last shows with the band will be at Victoriateatern in Malmö, Sweden on February 1 and 2, 2019.
THE INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
L.A. punk/ska band The INTERRUPTERS are going on a North American tour early next year. "Fight The Good Fight" 2019 tour will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on February 27, and will last until April 6 when they play in Salt Lake City, UT.
For dates, go to: wearetheinterrupters.com
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES 2 SHOWS IN BIRMINGHAM
MANOWAR will do 2 shows at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The shows will happen on April 19 and 20, 2019.
These will be the only shows in the UK on this tour. Tickets are on sale now.
More tour dates at: manowar.com
NOV. 13, 2018
THE EXPLOITED LOOKING FOR A NEW GUITARIST
Guitarist Robbie will do his last shows with The EXPLOITED in Edingburgh, UK and Russia. The band is now looking for a new guitarist for next year's concerts.
LIVE ALBUM WITH CLASSIC LINEUP OF TYGERS OF PAN TANG
On December 21 legendary NWOBHM band TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release "Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981" featuring the classic line up of Jon Deverill - Vocals, Robb Weir - Guitars, John Sykes - Guitars, Rocky - Bass, and Brian Dick - Drums.
The show was originally recorded live by Chris Tsangarides at Nottingham Rock City in 1981, and has now been remixed and remastered by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) in October 2018 at the Medley Studios in Denmark.
The release is exclusively available for pre-order now at targetshop.dk/tygers-of-pan-tang
HELIX DRUMMER IN COMA
Greg "Fritz" Hinz, longtime drummer for Canadian hard rockers HELIX, has been placed in a medically induced coma after fracturing his skull in a fall from the roof of his house.
According to HELIX singer Brian Vollmer, Hinz's injuries "are not life-threatening" but doctors are "keeping him in a coma and on breathing tubes until they feel he's all right to come out of it".
As a result of his condition, Hinz — who joined HELIX in 1982 and stayed in the band until 1996, before returning to the group 13 years later — will be unable to play with HELIX at the band's 2 scheduled gigs in Ontario this weekend. Filling in for him will be Jamie Constance from SYRE.
NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL MONROE NEXT SPRING
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe will release his new solo album, "One Man Gang", in the spring. The follow-up to 2015's "Blackout States", which is currently being mastered, features guest appearances by ex-HANOI ROCKS guitarist Nasty Suicide and The DAMNED legend Captain Sensible.
NOV. 12, 2018
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Swedish hard rockers ELECTRIC BOYS are going on a UK tour in March 2019, with special guests LAST GREAT DREAMERS. The dates are:
Mar. 16 - HRH AOR, Hafan Y Mor
Mar. 17 - Waterloo, Blackpool
Mar. 18 - Bannermans, Edingburgh
Mar. 19 - Think Tank, Newcastle
Mar. 20 - The Underworld, London
Mar. 21 - The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Mar. 22 - The Tivoli, Buckley
The new album, "The Ghost Ward Diaries", will be released on November 23 via Mighty Music (go to reviews to read what I think about it).
10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF SLIPKNOT'S "ALL HOPE IS GONE"
SLIPKNOT's 2008 album, "All Hope Is Gone", will be reissued on December 7. The 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of the LP will feature re-imagined artwork and a bonus disc containing an audio recording of the band's 2009 headlining concert at Madison Square Garden.
NOV. 11, 2018
AEROSMITH'S JOE PERRY RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
According to TMZ, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was rushed to the hospital Saturday night (November 10) after performing with Billy Joel in New York City.
Perry had just finished playing "Walk This Way" with Joel at Madison Square Garden and had gone back to his dressing room. A source connected with the concert told the tabloid site that Joe collapsed and "looked terrible".
Paramedics rushed to the scene and worked on the 68-year-old for around 40 minutes. A trachea was put down his throat to clear the air path and one eyewitness told the site "Joe did not look good". The ambulance personnel then put the guitarist on a stretcher, gave him oxygen and rushed him to a hospital.
Joe's condition remains unknown, and his reps did not immediately respond to a New York Daily News request for comment.
Perry is scheduled to kick off a solo tour on November 30 in support of his most recent solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto".
ROGGA JOHANSSON TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
The man with a hundred bands, Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, ECHELON etc etc), is going to release a solo album, titled "Entrance To The Otherwhere", early next year via Transcending Obscurity Records.
NOV. 10, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH VENOM IN DECEMBER
Black metal pioneers VENOM will release their 15th full-length studio album, "Storm The Gates", on December 14 through Spinefarm Records. The album will be made available on CD and digital formats, with vinyl and cassette versions to arrive in early 2019.
NOV 9, 2018
IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
IRON MAIDEN will spend next summer in U.S.A., Canada and South America. "Legacy of the Beast Tour 2019" will kick off in Sunrise, FL, U.S.A. on July 18, and will last until October 15, when they play in Santiago, Chile.
Support act will be The RAVEN AGE. Tickets go on sale November 16.
Dates and other details can be found at: ironmaiden.com
JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Jake E Lee's RED DRAGON CARTEL are going on a North American tour from February 23 to April 2. More information at: reddragoncartel.com
Their new album, "Patina", is out now.
NOV. 8, 2018
TYGERS OF PAN TANG AND ELECTRIC BOYS CONFIRMED FOR NORDIC NOISE
The first confirmed bands for the Nordic Noise festival have been announced. And among the artists are TYGERS OF PAN TANG, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, ELECTRIC BOYS, Mike Tramp and JUNKYARD DRIVE. More acts to be announced..
The festival will take place at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 10-11, 2019.
PENETRATION CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
PENETRATION have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England on August 1-4, 2019.
Other acts that's been confirmed are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
CJ RAMONE TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS SINGLE
CJ Ramone has announced a Christmas themed 7", titled "Christmas Lullaby". It will feature 1 original song as well as a cover of "Father Christmas" by The KINKS.
The release is due out on December 7 via Fat Wreck Chords.
ZEPHYRA TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic death metallers ZEPHYRA are currently working on new material, and plan to enter the studio in February 2019 to record a new album.
KSMB ANNOUNCES TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB are going on a short tour in Sweden with their theatre show "En Slemmig Torsk" in March. It's said to be the story about the band, but there will be music too. The dates are:
15/3 - Örebro, Hjalmar Bergmanteatern
22/3 - Piteå, Black Box/Acusticum
23/3 - Luleå, Kulturens Hus
28/3 - Stockholm, Södra Teatern
29/3 - Uppsala, Katalin
More dates will be announced soon..
In conjunction with the tour, KSMB will also release the double album "En Slammig Torsk", which will include 11 new songs plus the entire show.
NOV. 7, 2018
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT's performance at Frontiers Rock Festival 2018 marked the band's first-ever concert in Italy. This special event is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-ray. Titled "One Night In Milan", this once-in-a-lifetime performance will be released on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
SCORPIONS LAUNCH THEIR OWN WHISKY
SCORPIONS have teamed up with the Swedish top distillers MACKMYRA to release the ground-breaking whisky "Scorpions Rock'n Roll Star Single Malt Whisky Cherry Cask", adding a distinct and original German twist to the drink. This particular whisky gets to its perfect maturity in extraordinary German sweet cherry wine casks.
Read more about it at: brandsforfans.se
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET will do a show at O2 Academy Islington in London, England on April 5, 2019.
JUDAS PRIEST CANCEL CONCERT IN ICELAND
Due to circumstances totally beyond the band's control, the Iceland show with JUDAS PRIEST on January 24, 2019 has been cancelled by the promoters. JUDAS PRIEST hope to be able to perform in Iceland at a later date instead.
TESTAMENT TO PLAY IN SWEDEN
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT are coming to Sweden for 2 shows next summer. The dates are:
June 30 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall
July 2 - KB, Malmö
LIVE ALBUM WITH AMEBIX
AMEBIX have released a live album, called "Slovenia 1986", via Easy Action Records. The set was previously released as a very limited CD press in 1997 as "Make Some Fucking Noise" (and as a bootleg cassette before that). The new version features restored audio and is out now.
NOV. 6, 2018
EX-ACCEPT GUITARIST HERMAN FRANK TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former ACCEPT guitarist Herman Frank will release a new solo album, "Fight The Fear", on February 8, 2019 via AFM.
STATUS QUO TO SUPPORT LYNYRD SKYNYRD IN THE UK
STATUS QUO will be special guests for LYNYRD SKYNYRD when they do 4 shows in the UK in June 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 9. The dates are:
June 26 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
June 27 - Manchester Arena, Manchester
June 29 - The SSE Arena/Wembley, London
June 30 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
LIVE ALBUM WITH RAVEN IN JANUARY
British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN will release a new live album, "Screaming Murder Death From Above:Live In Aalborg", through SPV GmbH/Steamhammer on January 18, 2019.
For upcoming tour dates, check out: ravenlunatics.com
ALESTORM ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Drunk metal pirates ALESTORM are going to Australia and New Zealand in February. The dates are these:
Feb 6th - Perth, Capitol
Feb 7th - Adelaide, The Gov
Feb 8th - Sydney, The Metro
Feb 9th - Melbourne, The Croxton
Feb 11th – Brisbane, The Triffid
Feb 13th - Auckland, TBC
Tickets on sale on Thursday, November 8.
NOV. 5, 2018
WATAIN TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Swedish black metallers WATAIN are going to Japan together with ANAAL NATHRAKH in March 2019. They will do the following 4 shows there:
March 1 - Shibuya duoExchange, Tokyo
March 2 - Osu Rad Hall, Nagoya
March 3 - Shinsaybashi Soma, Osaka
March 5 - Holiday Shinjuku, Tokyo
NEW BAND WITH THE SINGER FROM BESEECH
There's a new band in town - Borås, Sweden - called SVARTA SANNINGAR, featuring BESEECH singer Klas Bohlin. They describe their music as a harder version of Swedish artist Thåström, late 70s and dark metal. The lyrics are in Swedish.
Their debut EP, "Kapitel 1", will be released on November 30. Check out a teaser: youtu.be/8GzrjUZ3SK0
OZZY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH MEGADETH
Ozzy Osbourne has announced additional "No More Tours 2" North American tour dates for 2019, with MEGADETH as support act for the entire run. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, November 9.
A lot of dates (May 29 to July 29), but go to: ozzy.com
ACCEPT ANNOUNCES FIRST SHOWS WITH ORCHESTRA
As you may know already, ACCEPT will release a live set, "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", on November 23 via Nuclear Blast. And because what started as a premiere at Wacken caused a sensation and recognition worldwide, the "Symphonic Terror" will hit other cities live in April 2019. ACCEPT will debut its orchestra tour throughout Europe in 2019, and today, the band has revealed the first tour dates for Germany, which are:
Apr. 20 - Wuppertal - Stadthalle
Apr. 21 - Leipzig - Haus Auesee
Apr. 22 - Hamburg - Mehr!Theater
Apr. 23 - Fürth - Stadthalle
Apr. 25 - Saarbrücken-Congresshalle
Apr. 27 - München-Circus Krone
NOV. 3, 2018
TRANSPORT LEAGUE RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish groove metallers TRANSPORT LEAGUE have entered the studio with producer Roberto Laghi ( IN FLAMES, LOK, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, B-THONG, RAISED FIST, ENTOMBED A.D., DIA PSALMA, MUSTASCH etc) to record a new album, which will be called "A Million Volt Scream".
NOV. 2, 2018
NEW BOX SETS WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN DECEMBER
On December 7, Motörhead Music (Silver Lining Music) will release 2 MOTÖRHEAD box sets.
The first is "Böx Of Magic", a special vinyl set featuring "The Wörld Is Yours" white vinyl, "Clean Your Clock" with special pop-up art sleeve, a silver picture disc of "Bad Magic" and "Aftershock", all in a deluxe package which will include a 64x64cm WarPig poster.
The second is the live recording-driven "End Of The Wörld", featuring "Clean Your Clock", "Aftershock" with a live performance from Download in 2013, and "The Wörld Is Ours Vol 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" plus "Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else".
"End Of The Wörld" comes in 2 formats. Version A is a German-only exclusive with a "Bad Magic" back patch, MOTÖRHEAD keychain with bottle opener limited to 700 copies. Version B is for the rest of the world, containing MOTÖRHEAD keychain with bottle opener, limited to 1300 copies.
Pre-order "Böx Of Magic": hyperurl.co/MHBoxOfMagic
Pre-order "End Of The Wörld": hyperurl.co/MHEndOfTheWorld
UNLEASHED AND ASPHYX CONFIRMED FOR GAMROCKEN
UNLEASHED, ASPHYX, BIRDFLESH, INTERMENT, FRANTIC AMBER, JUST BEFORE DAWN, NIGHT CROWNED, OF FIRE and FAYENNE have been confirmed for the Glamrocken festival in Grängesberg, Sweden on May 31 to June 1.
Confirmed since earlier are HYPOCRISY, VOMITORY, VALKYRJA, EVIL INVADERS, LIK, DEFIATORY etc.
NEW ALBUM WITH RIVAL SONS IN JANUARY
RIVAL SONS will release their new album, "Feral Roots", on January 25, 2019 via Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb's major label imprint Low Country Sound/Atlantic.
ASTA KASK ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SPRING DATES
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will do a few shows here in Sweden next spring. The dates are:
April 5 - Göteborg, Pustervik (w/ LASTKAJ 14)
April 6 - Malmö, Kulturbolaget (w/ LASTKAJ 14)
April 12 - Stockholm, Debaser Strand
May 23 - The Baltic Sea, Close-Up Båten 25
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German industrial metal veterans RAMMSTEIN are going on a European stadium tour next summer, which will last from May 27 to August 22. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 8. More info at: eventim.com/rammstein
A new, yet untitled, album will be released in spring 2019. It will be their first new studio album in 9 years.
NOV. 1, 2018
GRAND MAGUS RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2016 album "Sword Songs". The band have already ensconced themselves at Sweetspot Studio in Sweden to kick off the recordings with producer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS).
OCTOBER 31, 2018
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (formerly known as Hank Von Helvete) are going to America for a tour in January and February 2019. The adventure will start in Atlanta on January 15, and the last experience will take place in New Orleans on February 6.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial
NEW ALBUM WITH HEXVESSEL IN FEBRUARY
Finland-based psychedelic forest folk rock band HEXVESSEL will release their 4th album, "All Tree", on February 15. The album will be made available via their own label Secret Trees, in exclusive partnership with Century Media Records.
NEW SONG WITH SLIPKNOT
SLIPKNOT have released a new song today, "All Out Life". You can listen/watch at: slipknot1.com
OCTOBER 30, 2018
UFO ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
Hard rock veterans UFO have announced some shows in Germany in July and August 2019. The dates are:
July 26 - Germany - Burg Herzberg - Festival
July 27 - Germany - Nuremberg - Pyraser Classic Rock Night
July 28 - Germany - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex
July 30 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
July 31 - Germany - Wacken - Open Air
Aug. 02 - Germany - Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
Aug. 03 - Germany - Leipzig - Parkbühne
GEHENNAH TO RE-RELEASE CHRISTMAS EP ON 12" PICTURE DISC
On November 16, Swedish cult metal band GEHENNAH's EP "No Fucking Christmas!" will be reissued, for the first time on 12" Picture Disc. This title has been out of print for over 20 years. It features 2 tracks: "Sathana Claus" and "Merry Shitmas!", and is strictly limited to only 666 copies world wide from Critical Mass Recordings.
Pre-order here: criticalmass.se
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH MAGNUM IN JANUARY
British melodic (hard) rockers MAGNUM will release a new live album, "Live At The Symphony Hall", on January 18, 2019 through SPV/Steamhammer as a 2CD digipak, 3LP gatefold, download and stream.
FEAR TO PLAY IN TEXAS
Reunited American punk band FEAR have announced a tour of Texas with CH3 that is scheduled for December. The dates are:
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX - Studio at Warehouse Live
Dec. 14 - Dallas, TX - Cutain Club
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Dec. 16 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
HIGH ON FIRE FORCED TO PULL OUT FROM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
HIGH ON FIRE and MUNICIPAL WASTE was supposed to co-headline the North American "The Speed of the Wizard" tour. But unfortunately, HIGH ON FIRE will not be joining the tour. Singer/guitarist Matt Pike had a medical emergency and had to get a partial toe amputation. Read more about that here: facebook.com/highonfire
The other bands will still do the tour, with MUNICIPAL WASTE as only headliner, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST and HAUNT as support acts. The tour kicks off at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX on Friday, November 2.
OCTOBER 29, 2018
KISS, RAINBOW AND DEF LEPPARD CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The first confirmed acts for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival have been announced. Among these artists are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, AMON AMARTH, DEMONS & WIZARDS, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, SKID ROW, AT THE GATES, ANNIHILATOR, MAGNUM, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, DEATH ANGEL, DEMON and BEAST IN BLACK.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 5-8, 2019. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 1.
NEW ALBUM WITH QUEENSRŸCHE IN MARCH
QUEENSRŸCHE will release their new album, "The Verdict", on March 1, 2019 via Century Media Records.
To support "The Verdict", the band have also announced a spring U.S. headline tour with special guests FATES WARNING. The CRINGE will be joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2 in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3 in Seattle. Dates can be found at queensrycheofficial.com
KISS ANNOUNCES FIRST DATES OF FAREWELL TOUR
KISS have announced the first dates of their "End Of The Road" world tour.
The tour will start in North America from January 31 to April 13. Then they go to Europe between May 27 to July 16.
All dates and other information can be found at kissonline.com
ASTA KASK AND CHARTA 77 CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 25
Swedish punk bands ASTA KASK, CHARTA 77, LASTKAJ 14, TRUBBEL, STILETT, SIXTEN REDLÖS, FREDAG DEN 13:E, VÄRLDEN BRINNER and BJÖRNARNA have been confirmed for Close-Up Båten 25, a 23-hour cruise that will leave Stockholm, Sweden on May 23 for Åbo, Finland, and will be back in Stockhom the next day.
Event page: facebook.com/events/1747174495404439
BLOODBATH AND DARK TRANQUILLITY CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 24
Metal bands BLOODBATH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SCAR SYMMETRY, UNANIMATED, VOMITORY, LIK, DEMONICAL and DREADFUL FATE have been confirmed for Close-Up Båten 24, a 23-hour cruise that will leave Stockholm, Sweden on March 28 for Åbo, Finland, and will be back the next day.
Event page: facebook.com/events/168197967452949
BON JOVI COMES TO EUROPE
BON JOVI have announced a European tour next summer that will kick off in Moscow, Russia on May 31, 2019, and will last until July 21 when they play in Bucharest, Romania.
For dates and ticket information, go to: bonjovi.com
OCTOBER 28, 2018
GUITARIST TODD YOUTH IS DEAD
Todd "Youth" Schofield (born 1971), the American guitarist best known for his work with WARZONE, MURPHY'S LAW and DANZIG, has died at the age of 47.
Youth has also played with BLOODCLOT, D GENERATION, FIREBURN and many more acts. Back in 2003, Youth had a brief stint as the fill-in guitarist for MOTÖRHEAD at several dates on the band's U.S. tour after regular guitarist Philip Campbell's mother passed away.
RONNIE JAMES DIO'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO FINALLY BE RELEASED
Wendy Dio, widow and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on the long-awaited autobiography of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer's death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.
OCTOBER 27, 2018
AVATAR WANT TO CREATE A FILM TO THEIR LATEST ALBUM
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the creation of "Legend Of Avatar Country", a musical featurette to their latest album, "Avatar Country". The band has teamed up with Kerrang! magazine to bring this incredible film to light.
The Kickstarter campaign will launch this Monday, October 29.
DRAGONFORCE RECORDING NEW ALBUM
DRAGONFORCE recently entered the studio with producer Damien Rainaud (FEAR FACTORY, ONCE HUMAN) to begin recording its 8th album, due out 2019.
MANOWAR COMMENTS OF KARL LOGAN'S ARREST
MANOWAR has released a short statement regarding the arrest of guitarist Karl Logan on charges of possessing child pornography:
"With regard to Karl Logan's arrest and the charges against him: Due to the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with MANOWAR. The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected."
Scroll down a little to read more about the arrest..
OCTOBER 26, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH KANE ROBERTS IN JANUARY
Former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts will release his new solo album, "The New Normal", on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
MANOWAR GUITARIST KARL LOGAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan has been charged with possessing child pornography.
Logan, 53, was arrested on August 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with 6 counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. Logan's bail was set at $35,000 and he has since bonded out.
ZAKK SABBATH, DEVILDRIVER AND WEDNESDAY 13 CONFIRMED FOR OZZFEST ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
ZAKK SABBATH - the all-star BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Ozzy Osbourne) - DEVILDRIVER and Wednesday 13 will perform on the second stage at the special one-night-only New Year's Eve Ozzfest, set for Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Headlining the event will be Ozzy Osbourne, with a lineup of some of the biggest names in rock (and Ozzfest alumni): Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of KORN), along with the Ozzfest debut of BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T. The evening will conclude with Osbourne onstage counting down to the new year.
NEW SINGLE WITH MÄRVEL IN NOVEMBER
On November 2, Swedish rock band MÄRVEL will be releasing the first in a series of "guilty pleasure" cover songs, that will eventually lead up to a full length album release in the spring. Which song it is will be revealed the day before the release.
HAMMERFALL TO RELEASE 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their second album, "Legacy Of Kings", with a re-issue. This 2-CD/DVD box set will be released on December 7 via Nuclear Blast.
OCTOBER 25, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE HACKETT IN JANUARY
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album "At The Edge Of Light" on January 25, 2019.
More info and tour dates can be found at hackettsongs.com
CHANGES IN THE LINE UP FOR INGLORIOUS
UK classic rock act INGLORIOUS have today confirmed the departure of guitarists Drew Lowe and Andreas Eriksson and bassist Colin Parkinson.
19 year old guitarist Danny Dela Cruz is anounced to replace Andreas Eriksson in the band. Announcements on a further guitarist and new bass player to follow..
LÄÄZ ROCKIT BASSIST WILLY LANGE IS DEAD
Willy "Lange" Langenhuizen, bass player of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band LÄÄZ ROCKIT and DUBLIN DEATH PATROL, passed away on October 23 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 57 years old.
SATANIC SURFERS ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR
Reunited Swedish skate punks SATANIC SURFERS have announced a short Canadian tour that is scheduled for April 2019 with BELVEDERE. LA ARMADA will be joining both bands on the eastern part of the tour, and the dates are:
11 April - Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre
12 April - Calgary, AB at Dickens
13 April - Edmonton, AB at The Starlite Room
14 April - Toronto, ON at Velvet Underground
16 April - London, ON at London Music Hall
17 April - Ottawa, ON at The 27 Club
18 April - Quebec City, QC at Salle Multi
20 April - Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques
SATANIC SURFERS are currently working on new material.
OCTOBER 24, 2018
PRIMORDIAL, DEMON AND STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER CONFIRMED FOR THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
The first confirmed bands for next year's The Abyss Festival have been announced. And among the artists are PRIMORDIAL, DEMON, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, QUARTZ, AURA NOIR etc.
The festival will take place at Gotheburg Film Stusios in Göteborg, Sweden on March 1-2, 2019.
GRAVEYARD ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD are going on a North American co-headline tour with British rock band UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBETAS in March 2019.
Tickets and more info here: bit.ly/PATWtour
DISCHARGE AND ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE CONFIRMED FOR LONDON PUNK FESTIVAL
DISCHARGE, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, VICE SQUAD, CHRON GEN, ANTI-PASTI, MENACE, CRIMINAL MIND and KNOCK OFF will play at London Punk Festival, somewhere in London, UK on September 21, 2019.
Tickets at: seetickets.com
BUZZCOCKS TO RE-ISSUE 2 FIRST ALBUMS
For their 40th Anniversary, English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will re-release their 2 first albums - "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites" - on January 25, 2019 via Domino Recording Company. Both albums are available on LP and CD.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks40
OCTOBER 23, 2018
BOOK ABOUT LACUNA COIL
Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL will release their first-ever book, titled "Nothing Stands In Our Way", on November 28 via Rocket 88.
Published to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, "Nothing Stands In Our Way" contains rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal artefacts from the collections of founding members Cristina Scabbia, Andrea Ferro and Marco Coti Zelati. Among the wealth of photographs in the book are baby pics, 1990s skater poses, pre-LACUNA COIL performance shots, and tons of backstage scenes from the past 2 decades.
Andrea, Maki and Cristina tell the band's story in the first person, beginning with their early life, teen years, key musical influences, personal record collections and details of how they met. It goes on to describe how LACUNA COIL formed, found success and became the global phenomenon that they are today.
The book is only available at LacunaCoilBook.com
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
SLIPKNOT will embark on a month-long tour of Europe next summer. The band will perform at a number of festivals across the continent, including Download, Rock Am Ring, Graspop Metal Meeting and Resurrection.
SLIPKNOT will also perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand for the first time ever on August 10, 2019. Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2 via IowaStateFair.org
All upcoming tour dates can be found at slipknot1.com
DEF LEPPARD, SLIPKNOT AND TOOL CONFIRMED FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
DEF LEPPARD, SLIPKNOT, TOOL, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, WHITESNAKE, Rob Zombie, AMON AMARTH, CARCASS, OPETH, SKINDRED and TESLA are among the artists that have been confirmed for Download Festival at Donington Park in Donington, UK on June 14-16, 2018.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 25. More info at downloadfestival.co.uk
OCTOBER 22, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH INGLORIOUS IN JANUARY
British classic rock act INGLORIOUS are going to release their third studio album, "Ride To Nowhere", on January 25, 2019 through Frontiers Music Srl.
The first single fromt he album, "Where Are You Now?", was released on October 18. You can check it out here: youtu.be/oeb1As36m3k
BOX SET WITH JORN IN DECEMBER
Frontiers Music Srl will celebrate Norwegian singer Jorn Lande's 50th birthday with the release of the ultimate JORN box set, "50 Years On Earth - The Anniversary Box Set", on December 14.
A definitive overview, "50 Years On Earth" is comprised of 12 CDs, including all JORN albums from "Worldchanger" (2001) to "Life On Death Road" (2017). The CD artwork has been recreated in a stunningly visual vinyl replica format.
In addition to the studio albums, an exclusive collection of JORN's best live tracks taken from his albums "Live In The USA" and "Live In Black" and of his best cover songs are included. Finally, there is a disc which includes 16 rare and bonus tracks, which are going to whet the appetites of the JORN completists.
This attractive package also includes a beautiful booklet with handwritten notes from Jorn Lande himself.
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Celtic/folk punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY will return to Europe in January/February. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 26, and you can get them and see the dates at floggingmolly.com/tour
NEW YEAR'S EVE OZZFEST WITH OZZY, ROB ZOMBIE AND MARILYN MANSON
There will be a Ozzfest on New Year's Eve at The Forum in Los Angeles, USA. Confirmed artists so far are Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis and BODY COUNT. Second stage lineup and more info will be announced soon..
Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 26.
OCTOBER 20, 2018
THOR TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Hard rock/heavy metal legend Thor will release his very first holiday album, "Christmas In Valhalla", on October 26 via Deadline Music, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
The album features 9 original Christmas songs, and will be available on CD and digitally.
You can check out the first video from the album here: youtu.be/cgtl5X86xag
thorcentral.net facebook.com/DeadlineMusicRecords cleopatrarecords.com
OCTOBER 19, 2018
FORMER GHOST MEMBERS PLAN TO APPEAL DISMISSAL OF LAWSUIT
Former members of GHOST have vowed to appeal the dismissal of their lawsuit against the band's leader, Tobias Forge. Forge, who founded the group 8 years ago, was sued by the 4 ex-members in April 2017. They accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band's album releases and world tours.
The musicians — Simon Söderberg (Alpha; member of GHOST from 2010 until 2016), Mauro Rubino (Air; member of GHOST from 2011 until 2016), Henrik Palm (Eather; member of GHOST from 2015 until 2016) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth; member of GHOST from 2014 until 2016) — have 3 weeks to appeal the ruling, and their attorney, Michael Berg, told SVT earlier today that they intend to seek a reversal.
ACE FREHLEY TO PERFORM 1978 SOLO ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his acclaimed solo debut by performing the album for the first time in its entirety on the final day of the New Jersey Kiss Expo 2018, which will take place December 7-9 at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Other guests scheduled to appear at the event include Lita Ford, Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON), Lydia Criss and artist Ken Kelly ("Destroyer", "Love Gun").
Tickets are on sale now at NJKissExpo.com
ALLVARET ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Swedish punk rock band ALLVARET are going to the States in November. The dates are:
8 - Long Beach, CA at Alex's Bar
9 - San Francisco, CA at Knockout
9 - San Francisco, CA at Thrillhouse
10 - Portland, OR at Blackwater
11 - Seattle, WA at Highline
12 - Olympia, WA at Le Voyeur
13 - Corvallis, OR at Interzone
14 - Oroville, CA at Spirit Venue
15 - Sacramento, CA at (to be announced)
16 - Oakland, CA at Elbo Room Jack London
17 - Sat. - Ventura, CA at Garage
UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS TO DO 3 MORE SHOWS IN SWEDEN
Swedish rock legends UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS will do 3 shows here in Sweden in November. The dates are:
Nov. 7 - KB, Malmö
Nov. 8 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm
Nov. 9 - Stora Teatern, Göteborg
OCTOBER 18, 2018
SCORPIONS TO PLAY IN CHINA
SCORPIONS are going to do 2 shows in China in November. The dates are:
Nov. 17 - Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Beijing
Nov. 21 - Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai
More info and concert dates at: the-scorpions.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE QUIREBOYS IN FEBRUARY
English rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS will release a new album, "Amazing Disgrace", on February 8, 2019. You can now pre-order a signed copy on their PledgeMusic campaign page.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM MORBID ANGEL, MAYHEM AND CRYPTOPSY
Season Of Mist has announced the signing of VLTIMAS, which is a new 3-piece extreme metal formation consisting of David Vincent (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen (ex-MAYHEM, AURA NOIR) and Flo Monier (CRYPTOPSY). They have just completed the work on its debut album for an early 2019 release.
OZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Ozzy Osbourne has announced the new dates for the 4 shows on his North American "No More Tours 2" that he was recently forced to cancel. The 69-year-old rock legend was hospitalized earlier in the month for a peculiar hand injury that left both his thumb and middle finger severely swollen.
The new dates are:
July 20 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 23 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 27 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Ticketholders for the 4 shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
OCTOBER 17, 2018
WATAIN ANNOUNCES TOUR IN AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
Swedish black metallers WATAIN will invade Australia and New Zealand in February 2019. Tickets on sale Monday, October 22. The dates are these:
February 22 – OZ, Melbourne, Max Watt's
February 23 – OZ, Brisbane, Crowbar
February 24 – OZ, Sydney, The Factory
February 26 – NZ, Wellington, Valhalla
February 27 – NZ, Auckland, Galatos
ALL THAT REMAINS GUITARIST OLI HERBERT IS DEAD
Oli Herbert, guitarist of the American metal band ALL THAT REMAINS, has died. He was reportedly only 44 years old. No further details are available at this time.
FORMER GHOST MEMBERS' LAWSUIT AGAINST TOBIAS FORGE DISMISSED
A lawsuit filed by 4 former members of GHOST against the band's leader has been dismissed by a Swedish court.
Tobias Forge, who founded the group 8 years ago, was sued by 4 ex-members in April 2017 who accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band's album releases and world tours.
The lawsuit claimed that a partnership agreement existed between Forge and the 4 former members, all of whom performed anonymously in the band as Nameless Ghouls.
Forge responded that "no legal partnership" ever existed between him and the other members, that they were paid a fixed salary to perform as his backing band, and that they were essentially session musicians.
The trial in Linköping District Court lasted for 6 days and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (October 17), a 108-page decision was released dismissing the case. The 4 former GHOST members were also ordered to pay Forge's legal fees.
Forge claimed more than 2 million kronor (approximately $225,000) in legal costs, but the district court was of the opinion that 1.3 million kronor ($146,000) was more reasonable.
The original lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, where GHOST was originally based, claimed that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The 4 musicians furthermore stated that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties.
DEAD KENNEDYS TO CELEBRATE 40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN CALIFORNIA
To celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band, DEAD KENNEDYS (with Ron "Skip" Greer on lead vocals) will be playing a couple of Northern California shows with TSOL, The DWARVES, MDC, and more in December. The dates are:
Dec. 8 - Sacramento, CA at Ace Of Spades (w/ TSOL, The DWARVES, MDC, The MOANS, TWITCH ANGRY)
Dec. 9 - Berkeley, CA at UC Theatre (w/ TSOL, The DWARVES, MDC, SCREAMING BLOODY MARYS)
NEW BAND WITH EX-MEMBERS OF DOKKEN WILL BE CALLED THE END MACHINE
The new band featuring 3 members of the classic DOKKEN lineup along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason has officially been christened THE END MACHINE.
Although guitarist George Lynch said in a recent interview that his new collaboration with his onetime DOKKEN bandmates Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) would be called THE END, Pilson clarified during a chat with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" that the actual name will be THE END MACHINE, with "The End" written "in capitals and 'Machine' in small letters."
OCTOBER 16, 2018
THE BOOK OF JETHRO TULL
JETHRO TULL, the pioneering British prog rock group, has announced the launch of the band's first-ever official illustrated history.
"The Ballad Of Jethro Tull" will be a beautifully packaged, fully illustrated hardback book, printed in 2 editions: a "Classic" version; and a limited-run "Signature Edition", signed by Ian Anderson and featuring additional content.
The project is being overseen by JETHRO TULL founder and frontman Ian Anderson who, together with members and former members of the band, will contribute memories, personal photos, memorabilia, classic and previously unseen live photography, behind-the-scenes snaps, original press cuttings and album art.
More information here: https://youtu.be/qWnyuhMUvSI and/or jethrotullbook.com
EXCITER ANNOUNCES NEW GUITARIST
Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have announced the addition of guitarist Daniel Dekay (DIEMONDS, Banger TV) to the group's ranks.
The band is already working on new tunes, with plans for a full-length studio record.
OCTOBER 15, 2018
CANDLEMASS TO SUPPORT GHOST ON EUROPEAN TOUR
CANDLEMASS will be special guests for GHOST on their European tour, called "A Pale Tour Named Death Europe 2019".
Dates can be found here: ghost-official.com
NEW ALBUM WITH PERKELE IN JANUARY
Swedish Oi! punks PERKELE will release a new album, titled "Leaders Of Tomorrow", on January 18, 2019.
THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCES SPANISH SHOWS
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS are going to Spain for 4 shows in April 2019. Special guests will be PÖLISONG. The dates are:
April 11 - Sala Upload, Barcelona
April 12 - Auditorio Municipal, Burlada (no PÖLISONG)
April 13 - Pozal De Gallinas, Galia Fest
April 14 - Sala Even, Sevilla
OCTOBER 12, 2018
URIAH HEEP'S "DEMONS AND WIZARDS" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
BMG will re-release URIAH HEEP's classic album "Demons And Wizards" from 1970. It will be availbale as a 180g vinyl LP on November 23.
More info: musicglue.com/uriahheep
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) are going on a European tour in November/December. The schedule now looks like this:
3 Nov - Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
8 Nov - Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers (SOLD OUT)
9 Nov - Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
10 Nov - Malmoe, Babel
10 Dec – Munich, Backstage
11 Dec – Vienna, Flex
12 Dec – Prauge, Nova Chmelnice
13 Dec – Berlin, SO36
15 Dec – London, Garage
16 Dec – Amsterdam, Melkweg
17 Dec – Hamburg, Markthalle
18 Dec – Hannover, Faust
19 Dec – Dresden, Scheune
20 Dec – Essen, Turock
28 Dec – Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken
29 Dec – Sundsvall, Club Destroyer
Hank Von Hell's first solo album, "Egomania", will be released on November 2 via Century Media Records. You can pre-order it here: hank-von-hell.lnk.to/Egomania
NEW BEST OF COLLECTION WITH DEF LEPPARD IN NOVEMBER
DEF LEPPARD will release a brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", arriving in stores and online November 30. It will be available in multiple configurations. All versions will feature 3 new songs, including the official recording of the band's recent fan favorite DEPECHE MODE cover "Personal Jesus", "Rock On (Remix)" and the original holiday song "We All Need Christmas". As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of "The Story So Far" feature an exclusive 7" single of "Personal Jesus" and "We All Need Christmas".
OCTOBER 11, 2018
BULLET TO SUPPORT MANOWAR IN SWEDEN
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET will be support act for MANOWAR at their only show in Sweden this summer. Gasklockorna in Gävle is the place, and July 18 is the date. More support bands will be announced later..
DEBUT ALBUM WITH ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE IN JANUARY
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, will release its debut album, "Get It Out", on January 18, 2019 via Megaforce.
ACE FREHLEY CHANGE MUSICIANS IN HIS BAND
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has decided to part ways with the solo band that has backed him on his most recent tours: Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan. His new band members are the same as KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was using in Australia: Philip Shouse on guitar/vocals, Ryan Cook on guitar/vocals, Jeremy Asbrock on guitar/vocals, and Christopher Williams on drums. After the Aussie dates, Shouse, Cook, Asbrock and Williams accompanied Frehley on the Japan trek. Shouse switched from guitar to bass for Frehley's show.
Ace Frehley's new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19.
OCTOBER 10, 2018
RAINBOW ANNOUNCE GERMAN SHOW
RAINBOW will return to rock Europe in June 2019. The first show to be announced (with more to follow) is at Olympiahalle in München, Germany on June 12.
ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DORO AND DANKO JONES CONFIRMED FOR MEGADETH'S MEGACRUISE
MEGADETH's first-ever Megacruise will take place on The Norwegian Jewel, which will set sail on October 13, 2019 from Los Angeles, California and hit ports of San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019. Among the confirmed acts so far are MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, DEVILDRIVER, METAL CHURCH, DORO, John 5, ARMORED SAINT, DANKO JONES, BEASTÖ BLANCÖ and METALACHI.
For more information, visit: megacruise.com
AT THE GATES TEAM UP WITH THE HAUNTED AND WITCHERY FOR AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES will take their Swedish friends in The HAUNTED and WITCHERY on a very short Australian tour in late April 2019. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 15. The exclusive dates are:
April 25 - Triffid, Brisbane
April 26 - Manning Bar, Sydney
April 27 - Max Watt's, Melbourne
atthegates.se the-haunted.com facebook.com/officialwitchery
DEAD KENNEDYS TO RELEASE EARLY DEMO WITH PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS
As part of Record Store Day Black Friday (an American figment that take place on Nov. 23), California punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS will release "Iguana Studios Rehearsal Sessions". These recordings are from 1978, before the recording of their debut album, "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables", and include the original band of Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Floride, Ted and 6025. Notably, there are several unreleased songs and drastically different renditions of released songs, including "Dreadlocks of the Suburbs", "Cold Fish", "Kidnap" and "Mutations of Today".
This material has been available for some time as a bootleg, but this is the first official release. It's out via Manifesto.
THE EXPLOITED FRONTMAN WATTIE TO UNDERGO MINOR HEART SURGERY
As you may know already Wattie Buchan, frontman for Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED, have had health problems during the last years. The band report that he will now go for a minor heart surgery on October 16. And after that The EXPLOITED plan to do a hometown show in December in Edinburgh. Then they will be back touring next year.
OCTOBER 9, 2018
TROUBLEMAKERS ANNOUNCES NEW SHOWS IN SWEDEN
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS will do some shows here in Sweden in November and December. The dates are:
Nov. 2 - The Rockbar, Karlstad (w/ DUST RATS)
Nov. 3 - Daltons, Kalmar (w/ KURT OLVARS REBELLER)
Dec. 7 - Backstage Rockbar, Trollhättan
Dec. 8 - Lilla Jerusalem, Jönköping (w/ HYRDA KNEKTAR, PROJEKT 9)
Dec. 14 - Rockbåten, Helsingborg (w EXISTENZ, NimbWits)
Dec. 15 - Folk & Rock, Malmö (w/ HEADLINES, SHUVIT)
DEF LEPPARD, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE AND MC5 AMONG NOMINEES FOR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
DEF LEPPARD, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and MC5 are among the nominees for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year. Also nominated are RADIOHEAD, Stevie Nicks, The CURE, DEVO, Janet Jackson, KRAFTWERK, LL Cool J, ROXY MUSIC, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and The ZOMBIES.
The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted March 29, 2019 at a ceremony at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast the event later next year.
NEW ALBUM WITH DOKKEN NEXT YEAR
DOKKEN is planning to enter the studio in December to begin writing a new studio album for a tentative spring 2019 release. The disc will mark the band's first collection of all-new material since 2012's "Broken Bones" effort.
OCTOBER 8, 2018
CJ RAMONE CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
Former RAMONES bassist CJ Ramone have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER.
THE BABOON SHOW ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW have announced some new tour dates in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the beginning of 2019. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 10, and the dates can be found at: thebaboonshow.com
ACID BLOOD WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish punk band ACID BLOOD are currently working on songs for a new album, that they plan to release early next year through Janml Records/Maja von Lobeck.
OCTOBER 6, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH TED NUGENT IN NOVEMBER
Ted Nugent will release a new studio album, "The Music Made Me Do It", on November 9.
MARDUK BANNED IN LATIN AMERICA
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK have been touring in Latin America since September 20, but the concerts have been met with protests from both Christians and agencies, who have tried to stop their shows, and as far as I can understand also succeeded in some cases. Some countries don't even want to let them in.
Those of you who know Swedish can read more here: varldenidag.se/nyheter/svenskt-black-metal-band-stoppas-i-latinamerika/reprjb!JczvxvRzb57Vt1EFGXfpA/
SAXON ANNOUNCES ANOTHER U.S. TOUR
SAXON are going back to USA for a short headline tour in February next year. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 10, and the dates are:
Wed 13th Feb – Tulsa, OK – ID Ballroom
Thur 14th Feb – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Fri 15th Feb – San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
Sat 16th Feb – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sun 17th Feb – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Wed 20th Feb – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Thur 21st Feb – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
Sat 23rd Feb – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
Sun 24th–Thur 28th Feb – Monsters of Rock Cruise
More tour dates at: saxon747.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCES SHOW IN HAWAII
GUNS N' ROSES will do their first show ever in Hawaii on December 8 at Aloha Stadium. Tickets go on sale next Friday, October 12.
OCTOBER 5, 2018
5CD BOX SET WITH ROSE TATTOO
Australian hard rock n roll band ROSE TATTOO formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976, and quickly became (together with AC/DC) one of the country's most celebrated acts. The group gained international fame when GUNS N' ROSES covered the band's "Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock 'N' Roll)".
Now a special box set with 5 CDs, titled "Scarred For Live", is released via Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records (if I got it right). It features live recordings from 1980 to 1982. Something that I would like to have as a birthday or Christmas present this year.
You can order the box here: cleorecs.com/store/shop/rose-tattoo-scarred-for-live-1980-1982-5-cd
For upcoming tour dates, take a look at: rosetattoo.com.au
NEW ALBUM WITH METAL CHURCH IN DECEMBER
American metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release their 12th full-length studio album, "Damned If You Do", on December 7 via Rat Pak Records in North America. The effort will also be available in Europe via Nuclear Blast and Japan via King Records.
Album teaser: youtu.be/v6-BZp6UUec
metalchurchofficial.com ratpakrecordsamerica.com nuclearblast.de/en/ kingrecords.net
ANTICHRIST MAGAZINE TO RELEASE BURZUM TRIBUTE
Antichrist magazine have set November 1 as the international release date for "A Tribute to Burzum". The tribute album will be released via Antichrist Magazine's official Youtube channel exclusively, and will feature 22 bands from all over the world.
BACKYARD BABIES TEAM UP WITH THE BONES AND AUDREY HORNE FOR GERMAN TOUR
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES are going on a tour in Germany together with The BONES and AUDREY HORNE in March 2019. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 8. The dates are:
01.03.2019 – München, Backstage München
02.03.2019 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof Wiesbaden
03.03.2019 – Karlsruhe, Substage
04.03.2019 – Saarbrücken, Garage Saarbrücken
05.03.2019 – Nürnberg, Der Hirsch
06.03.2019 – Hannover, Capitol Hannover
07.03.2019 – Berlin, SO36
08.03.2019 – Leipzig, Conne Island
09.03.2019 – Düsseldorf, zakk Düsseldorf
10.03.2019 – Hamburg, Gruenspan
backyardbabies.com facebook.com/thebonesswe audreyhornemusic.com
U.D.O. ANNOUNCES 2 NEW MEMBERS
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. have 2 new members: Dee Dammers on guitar and Tilen Hudrap on bass.
MIMIKRY ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN
Swedish trallpunk band MIMIKRY will do the following shows in Sweden during the fall/winter 2018:
12/10 - Uppsala, Katalin
23/11 - Trollhättan, Backstage Bar
24/11 - Örebro, Klubb Wah-Wah at Olearys
6/12 - Stockholm, Nalen Klubb
7/12 - Skövde, Freja at Kulturhuset
8/12 - (to be announced)
OCTOBER 4, 2018
HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED ON SOLO ADVENTURE IN EUROPE
It looks like The DWARVES guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed will release a solo album pretty soon, which will be followed by a European tour (mainly Germany and UK) with The HIP PRIESTS in November.
I found the dates here: facebook.com/punkrecords.se
DOCUMETARY ABOUT ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE TO HAVE ITS PREMIERE IN LONDON
"We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?)" is the name of the official documentary about the English punk band ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE. The documentary will have its world premiere at Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, London on November 2 at 9pm. The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with frontman Animal and the director.
Tickets are extremely limited, but you can always try to get 1 here: genesiscinema.co.uk/GenesisCinema.dll/Booking?Booking=TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_0.TcsWebTab_0.TcsPerformance_13955661.TcsSection_4496269
Watch the trailer: vimeo.com/289284872
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR DATE
MANOWAR are coming to Sweden on their "The Final Battle World Tour 2019". There will be 1 exclusive show at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on July 18. Tickets go on sale October 5.
More tour dates at: manowar.com
G.B.H. GO TO TURKEY
British punk legends G.B.H. have announced their first date in 2019, which will be a show in Izmir, Turkey on January 26.
OCTOBER 3, 2018
Y&T ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN/UK TOUR NEXT FALL
American hard rock veterans Y&T are going on a European/UK tour from September to November 2019.
All upcoming tour dates can be found at: yandtrocks.com
FORMER MEMBERS OF TYGERS OF PAN TANG FORM NEW BAND
Former TYGERS OF PAN TANG members Fred Purser and Jon Deverill get together in new project, simply called PURSER DEVERILL. They have signed to Mighty Music, and will release their debut album, "Square One", on December 14.
Here's a little teaser: youtu.be/4PkI-iA-m6c
RAVEN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
In between finishing a new studio album and a European tour opening for SAXON, veteran British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has announced a 27-date North American tour with EXTINCTION A.D. and MOBILE DEATHCAMP. The trek begins on November 1 in Houston, Texas and runs through December 1st in Jonesboro, Georgia.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH SKUNK ANANSIE
SKUNK ANANSIE has announced the release of a new live album, "25LIVE@25", showcasing their incomparable live presence over a career-spanning collection, to be released on January 25, 2019 via Republic Of Music.
Pre-order here: skunkanansie.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=39835
Check out 1 of the songs: youtu.be/P1PmPk91Jbo
OCTOBER 2, 2018
BOTH NEW STUDIO ALBUM AND LIVE ALBUM WITH RAVEN
Veteran British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN is putting the finishing touches on its new album for a tentative early 2019 release.
There are plans for RAVEN to release a live album as well.
AVSKUM ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES
Swedish hardcore/punk legends AVSKUM will do 3 European shows in January 2019. The exclusive dates are:
Jan. 25: Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan. 26: Köpi, Berlin, Germany
Jan. 27: Black Denim Fest, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The band also announce that their drummer Pyri has left the band after 30 years. New drummer is Johnny Lebisch (INSANE, GRÄNSLANDET HC, VEGEANCE OF KARMA etc).
A NIGHT FOR STRÄNGEN
There will be a tribute night for late Swedish guitarist Robert "Strängen" Dahlqvist (The HELLACOPTERS, DUNDERTÅGET, THUNDER EXPRESS etc.), who died on February 1, 2017. Strängen's solo band will play live with Swedish artists Chips Kiesby (SATOR) and Stefan Sundström at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden on October 18, where they will perform his latest album, "Rock På Svenska", for the first and last time. Free entrance.
OCTOBER 1, 2018
THE BUSINESS CONFIRMED FOR PUNK & DISORDERLY
The BUSINESS will make a special apperance at the Punk & Disorderly festival in Berlin, Germany, which will take place April 12-14, 2019. The lineup will feature original members Mick Fairbairn (drums), Steve Whale (guitar) and Steve Kent (guitar), as well as guest vocals from Al Barr (DROPKICK MURPHYS), Roi Pearce (The LAST RESORT) and Jeff Turner (COCKNEY REJECTS).
Other bands that are confirmed to play includes DISCHARGE, COCKNEY REJECTS, BOOZE & GLORY etc.
HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA TO START A SOLO BAND
The DICTATORS frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba announce that he will no longer perform as MANITOBA NYC (his latest incarnation of The DICTATORS). He will start a solo band instead, and plan to record some new material.
NEW BAND WITH EX-MEMBERS OF QUIET RIOT AND ROUGH CUTT
Former members of QUIET RIOT and ROUGH CUTT have joined forces in a "supergroup" called ROUGH RIOT. The new band consists of lead vocalist Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT), guitarists Chris Hager (MICKEY RATT, ROUGH CUTT, Stephen Pearcy) and Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT), bassist Sean McNabb (QUIET RIOT, LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN, ROUGH CUTT) and drummer Dave Alford (ROUGH CUTT).
ROUGH RIOT is scheduled to perform on November 2 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The hard rock band MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be touring in North America in April/May 2019. You can find all dates at: michaelschenkerhimself.com
ROSS THE BOSS AND AT THE GATES CONFIRMED FOR HOUSE OF METAL
ROSS THE BOSS, AT THE GATES, TIAMAT, The HAUNTED, NECROPHOBIC, TAAKE and MALAKHIM have been confirmed for the House Of Metal festival in Umeå, Sweden on March 1-2, 2019.
More info at: houseofmetal.se
SEPT. 30, 2018
KIM LARSEN IS DEAD
Danish rock legend Kim Larsen (GASOLIN) passed away this morning after a long period of illness. He became 72 years old.
PHENOMENA TO RE-RELEASE 3 FIRST ALBUMS
The 3 first albums with the melodic hard rock project PHENOMENA will be re-released on November 9 via Cherry Red Records.
More information at: cherryred.co.uk/heres-a-look-ahead-to-our-november-release-schedule-at-cherry-red-records
SEPT. 29, 2018
NEW SINGLE WITH SCENIC BELLY IN NOVEMBER
Swedish punk rockers SCENIC BELLY will release their new single "Here Comes The Weekend" digitally on November 2 via AMTY. The single will include the 2 songs "Here Comes The Weekend" and "Parlament".
MARTY BALIN OF JEFFERSON AIRPLANE IS DEAD
Marty Balin, guitarist/vocalist for psychedelic rock legends JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, passed away on Thursday, September 27 at the age of 76. Cause of death is currently unknown.
SOLO ALBUM WITH ALICE COOPER GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS IN NOVEMBER
Nita Strauss, a guitarist who has rocked out on stage with Alice Cooper, FEMME FATALE, Jermaine Jackson, The IRON MAIDENS and more, will release her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos", on November 16 via Sumerian Records.
SEPT. 27, 2018
ACCEPT, DARK FUNERAL AND ONSLAUGHT CONFIRMED FOR 70000TONS OF METAL CRUISE
70000tons Of Metal, the world's biggest metal cruise, has announced the Public Sales date and the first 28 of 60 bands for their 9th voyage, sailing January 31 to February 4, 2019, from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to beautiful Labadee and back.
Public Sales will begin on Wednesday, October 3 at 12:00 PM EDT. And among the confirmed artists are ACCEPT, CORONER, DARK FUNERAL, DELAIN, GOD DETHRONED, GRIM REAPER, IN VAIN, NILE OBITUARY, ONSLAUGHT, PESTILENCE, SOULFLY (Max and Iggor Cavalera returning to their roots), The BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TIAMAT (performing the "Wildhoney" album), VOMITORY, WARBRINGER etc.
More information at: 70000tons.com
LIVE ALBUM WITH DEE SNIDER NEXT WEEK
Former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will release a new live album, "Sick Mutha F**kers - Live In The USA", on October 5 via earMUSIC.
The album is a recording from the 1995 "SMF" tour, and includes the musical milestones of his legendary band TWISTED SISTER. It offers 16 songs packed with sheer power and energy, everything that Dee Snider stands for.
CJ RAMONE TO PLAY IN ARGENTINA
Former RAMONES bassist CJ Ramone has announced a couple of shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina that are scheduled for November. The 2 dates are:
Nov. 8 - Auditorio Sur
Nov. 9 - El Teatrito
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS TO SUPPORT STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
Old English pub rockers EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS have been confirmed as support act for Belfast punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS on their UK tour in March 2019. It will be the last tour with EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS. After that they will do 1 final gig on April 13 at O2 Academy in Islington, UK.
Full dates and ticket links are on: eddieandthehotrods.com
SEPT. 26, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH SICK OF IT ALL IN NOVEMBER
Hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL have released details about their upcoming album. It's called "Wake the Sleeping Dragon", and is produced by Jerry Farley. Although the album was initially announced as a Century Media release, it now appears the album will be a Century Media/Fat Wreck Chords co-release. The release date is November 2.
JUDAS PRIEST TO PLAY IN SOUTH AFRICA
JUDAS PRIEST are going to South Africa for 2 shows in March 2019. The dates are:
20th March Grand Arena, CPT
22nd March Ticketpro Dome, JHB
More tour dates at: judaspriest.com
STAR-STUDDED KISS TRIBUTE TO BE RE-RELEASED NEXT MONTH
An incredible line-up of world-class musicians and vocalists gathered together, under the helm of Grammy award-winning producers Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet, to recreate 11 classics from the catalog of one of music's greatest shock rockers, the mighty KISS.
Originally released as "Spin The Bottle" in 2004, the resulting album has received a complete makeover this year, and will be reissued on October 19 with all new artwork. Now titled "Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute", the album features unique combinations of A-list performers including former KISS member Bruce Kulick plus some of the bands biggest friends and fans including Tommy Shaw (STYX), Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Steve Lukather (TOTO), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Buzz Osbourne (The MELVINS), Dug Pinnick (KING'S X), C.C. DeVille (POISON) and many more.
This special multi-media edition also comes with a bonus making-of DVD that features interviews and stories from the artists.
Pre-order the CD here: amazon.com/Pure-Fire-Ultimate-Tribute-Various/dp/B07G228VJT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537890497&sr=8-1&keywords=Pure+fire+CD
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are going on a UK tour in March 2019. Tickets for all shows will go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 28. Support band will be announced soon. More information at: slf.rocks
SEPT. 25, 2018
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN TOUR
MANOWAR are bringing their "Final Battle World Tour 2019" to Russia in March 2019. It will be their biggest ever Russian tour.
Tickets on sale now, and the confirmed dates are:
Friday, Mar 1, 2019 – Expo Center – Novosibirsk
Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 – Fetisov Arena – Vladivostok
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 – Erofey Arena – Khabarovsk
Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 – Expo Center – Yekaterinburg
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 – MTL Arena – Samara
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 – VTB Dynamo Arena – Moscow
Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 – KSK Express – Rostov-on-Don
Monday, Mar 18, 2019 – DS Olymp – Krasnodar
After that they are going to Ukraine and Belarus:
Thu, Mar 21, 2019 – Sports Palace – Kiev, Ukraine
Sat, Mar 23, 2019 – Sports Palace – Minsk, Belarus
More tour dates at: manowar.com
U.D.O. ANNOUNCES NORWEGIAN TOUR
Udo Dirkschneider's U.D.O. are going to Norway for 4 shows in March:
March 7 - Gregers, Hamar
March 8 - Byscenen, haugesund
March 9 - Folken, Stavanger
March 10 - Union Scene, Drammen
More tour dates at: udo-online.com
LAST IN LINE ANNOUNCES AMERICAN TOUR DATES
LAST IN LINE, with former members of DIO, have announced a few tour dates in USA early next year. These dates are:
January 17 – San Jose, CA (The Ritz)
January 18 – Fresno, CA (Tower Theater)
January 19 – Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)
February 18 – Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
March 29 – St Charles, IL (Arcada Theater)
March 30 – Westland, MI (Token Lounge)
April 26 – Las Vegas, NV (Golden Nugget)
More dates will be announced soon..
SEPT. 24, 2018
PESTILENCE PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST AND ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT
Dutch death metal veterans PESTILENCE have parted ways with bassist Tilen Hudrap due to "scheduling differences" and have replaced him with Edward Negrea (NECROVILE).
METALLICA ANNOUNCES EURO TOUR WITH GHOST
METALLICA will spend next summer on the European roads (or are they flying nowadays?). Special guests will be GHOST and BOKASSA. Tickets on sale Friday, September 28 at 10 AM local time with Fan Club presales beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25.
More details at: metallica.com
SEPT. 22, 2018
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH NASHVILLE PUSSY AND PRIMA DONNA
Canadian rock trio DANKO JONES are going on tour in western USA in February together with American rockers NASHVILLE PUSSY and PRIMA DONNA. Tickets on sale September 25, and the dates are:
Feb. 6 Las Vegas, NV – Club172
Feb. 7 Mesa (Phoenix), AZ – The Nile
Feb. 8 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
Feb. 9 Tustin, CA – Marty's On Newport
Feb. 10 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
Feb. 13 Long Beach, CA – Alex's Bar
Feb. 14 Ventura, CA – Discovery Ventura
Feb. 15 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
Feb. 16 San Francisco, CA – Slim's
Feb. 17 Sacramento, CA – Harlow's
Feb. 19 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music
Feb. 20 Portland, OR – Dante's
Feb. 21 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
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SEPT. 21, 2018
NEW ALBUM AND BOX SET WITH CHRIS CORNELL
On November 16, fans can celebrate the recorded legacy of musical icon and singer/songwriter Chris Cornell with the 17-track self-titled album, "Chris Cornell", and a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set. The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be made available by Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Chris Cornell estate through UMe.
The breadth of all 17 selections on "Chris Cornell" display the full span of his artistic achievements, from the full-on kick of SOUNDGARDEN's seminal "Black Hole Sun" to the mournful yearning of TEMPLE OF THE DOG"s "Hunger Strike" to the sensitive depth of AUDIOSLAVE's "Like A Stone" to his spot-on solo theme to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, "You Know My Name". This collection also contains a pair of previously unreleased recordings: a touching cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" that was cut live at SiriusXM, and "When Bad Does Good". You can listen to the last song here: youtu.be/WuUZy5B205E
The November 16 release will also include a limited-edition 4CD deluxe box set of the same name, consisting of 64 tracks (11 of them previously unreleased).
Additionally, a limited-edition super deluxe 4CD, 1DVD, and 180-gram 7LP box set is set for release on November 16. The super deluxe edition holds 88 tracks — 64 songs plus 24 videos, with 13 entries (11 audio + 2 video) previously unreleased overall. Also included in the super deluxe box are a 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with a red foil signature cover, 3 artist lithos, 3 photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell's lyrical fascination about the sun (images are brought to life by holding under direct sunlight), a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36x48-inch wall poster.
You can see the full track listing at: chriscornellmerchandise.com/collections/box-set-collections/products/chris-cornell-super-deluxe-box-set-1
ALL ALBUMS WITH RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
It has been announced that the entire RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE discography will be reissued on vinyl. This includes remastered versions of 1992's "Rage Against the Machine", 1996's "Evil Empire", 1999's "The Battle of Los Angeles", 2000's "Renegades", and 2003's "Live At the Grand Auditorium". The release date for the records is September 28.
SEPT. 20, 2018
VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS TO RELEASE "RUGGED AND UNPLUGGED" IN NOVEMBER
VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS and Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group will release "Rugged and Unplugged" globally on November 23. The album is a stripped back acoustic album which features songs from across Adrian Vandenberg's career (Adrian has been a member of VANDENBERG and WHITESNAKE for example).
A pre-order is now live here: smarturl.it/VDBMK-DSP
U.D.O. ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
German heavy metal band U.D.O. (with ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider) are coming to Sweden for a short tour in March 2019. The dates are these:
Mar. 13: Malmö, KB
Mar. 14: Göteborg, Trädgårn
Mar. 15: Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken
Mar. 16: Huskvarna, Folkets Park
Mar. 17: Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
Get your tickets at: tickster.com
In related news, bassist Fitty Wienhold, who joined U.D.O. in 1996, has announced his departure from the band. Wienhold's final performance will take place next month in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
U.D.O.'s new album, "Steelfactory", was released on August 31 via AFM.
More tour dates at: udo-online.com
THE ADICTS ANNOUNCES SHORT CALIFORNIA TOUR
Punk rock veternas The ADICTS have announced a very short tour of California that is scheduled for late October. The DROOGETTES will be opening for the band on all of the dates.
..and the 4 dates are:
Oct 28 - House of Blues, Anaheim, CA (w/ GALMSKANKS)
Oct 29 - The Novo, Los Angeles, CA (w/ GALMSKANKS)
Oct 30 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA (w/ LOWER CLASS BRATS)
Oct 31 - Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside, CA (w/ NARCOLEPTIC YOUTH)
Before that they are going on a European tour that will kick off next week. Check out theadicts.net for all dates.
NEW ALBUM WITH LEGION OF THE DAMNED IN JANUARY
Dutch death/thrash outfit LEGION OF THE DAMNED returns after a hiatus of 5 years. Their new album, "Slaves Of The Shadow Realm", will be released on January 4 via Napalm Records.
KISS ANNOUNCES FINAL TOUR (AGAIN)
KISS announced exclusively on NBC's "America's Got Talent" on September 19 that they are hanging up their 9" tall touring boots. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of "Detroit Rock City".
KISS will play their final shows as part of the multi-year "End Of The Road World Tour". Dates have yet to be announced, but kissonline.com will have all the updates in the weeks to come.
SEPT. 19, 2018
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES ON FRIDAY
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will release a new single, "We're Crazy", on all digital platforms this Friday, September 21.
EXCITER PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST JOHN RICCI AGAIN
Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have once again parted ways with guitarist John Ricci. Dan Beehler (drums, vocals) and bassist Allan Johnson are going to forge on with their songwriting and recording. However, live shows will be postponed until such a time that they can find a suitable guitarist.
RONNIE JAMES DIO PHOTO BOOK DUE IN DECEMBER
"A Life In Vision" is a photographic journey of one of the most admired and respected rock vocalists of all time — Ronnie James Dio.
Due on December 7, this collection of photos was taken by New Jersey photographer Frank White. They capture Dio from his first-ever U.S. show with RAINBOW in 1975 through to 2009, just a few months before he lost his fight with cancer in May 2010. This collection also covers Dio's career with BLACK SABBATH, his own band DIO and HEAVEN & HELL.
This unique item is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Order by October 30 and have your name printed in the book on a dedicated page. Order here: wymeruk.co.uk/webshop/collector-s-items/ronnie-james-dio-a-life-in-vision-1975-2009-by-frank-white
KISS SOLO ALBUMS COME TOGETHER IN LIMITED-EDITION VINYL BOX SET
40 years ago (on Sept. 18) the 4 founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, 4 decades later, all 4 of these pioneering albums are celebrated in "The Solo Albums - 40th Anniversary Collection", a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that will be released on October 19.
Preorders for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets are now available exclusively through KISS's artist webstore and The Sound Of Vinyl. Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; "Gene Simmons" appears in red vinyl, "Paul Stanley" sports purple vinyl, "Ace Frehley" contains blue vinyl, and "Peter Criss" is in green vinyl. All 4 albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the 4 artists' faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.
Also included in this set are 4 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all 4 of artist Eraldo Carugati's iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.
OZZY, SLAYER AND JUDAS PRIEST CONFIRMED FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
Download Festival are going "down under" in March 2019. The festival will take place in Sydney on March 9 and Melbourne on March 11. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 26. Among the confirmed artists are Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE IN CHAINS, ANTHRAX, GHOST, HALESTORM, BEHEMOTH etc.
More details at: downloadfestival.com.au
SEPT. 18, 2018
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS SHOWS
Rock legend Billy Idol have announced a 10-show run at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The first 5 shows begins on January 18, 19, 23, 25 and 26, and continue on October 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12. Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, September 19, and general tickets go on sale Friday, September 21.
KISS TO PERFORM ON AMERICA'S GOT TALENT SEASON FINALE
KISS will perform at the "America's Got Talent" season 13 finale on Wednesday. The band will open the 2-hour program, which will air in the States at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
NEW DVD/BLU-RAY WITH AMON AMARTH IN NOVEMBER
Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH will release a new DVD and Blu-Ray, "The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm", in November. The set will include a documentary as well as footage of the band's 2017 performance at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
AMON AMARTH is working on material for its next album, tentatively due in early 2019.
SEPT. 17, 2018
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS have announced a tour of the UK and Ireland in March 2019. Under the title "Back On The Tracks", the tour features a total of 19 gigs covering Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England. Special guests for all dates are DR FEELGOOD.
Exact dates and ticket information can be found at: stranglers.net
BLACK STAR RIDERS PARTS WAYS WITH DAMON JOHNSON AND ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
Hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS announce that their new lead guitar player from January 1, 2019 will be Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR).
Christian will replace founding BLACK STAR RIDERS member Damon Johnson, who has decided to part company with the band at the end of the year to concentrate on a solo career and session work.
BLACK STAR RIDERS will head down for the first time to South America in November, joining JUDAS PRIEST (with ALICE IN CHAINS on some dates) for shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Damon will not be with the band for this run, but his temporary replacement is long time friend of the band, THUNDER guitarist Luke Morley.
They will finish off the year with some dates in the United Kingdom, which will be Damon's last shows with the band.
The band will then enter the studio in early 2019 to record their 4th studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
SEPT. 16, 2018
MISFITS TO PLAY IN CHICAGO
MISFITS (with Glenn Danzig on vocals) will play at Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, USA on April 27. Special guests will be FEAR, VENOM INC. and POWER TRIP. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21.
SEPT. 14, 2018
MÖTLEY CRÜE RECORDING NEW SONGS
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has confirmed that the band is recording 4 new songs for the film adaptation of the group's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band". The movie, which is being helmed by "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" director Jeff Tremaine, was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount.
50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE BOX SET OF JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE'S "ELECTRIC LADYLAND"
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE masterpiece "Electric Ladyland", Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing the deluxe edition box set on November 9. Available as either a 3CD/1 Blu-ray set or a 6LP/1 Blu-ray set, both packages include the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. For the LP set, Grundman prepared an all-analog direct-to-disc vinyl transfer of the album, preserving the authenticity. Also included is "Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes", which presents demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix's career, plus a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix's original engineer Eddie Kramer. This marks the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio album, and gives listeners the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96 kz high-resolution audio.
"Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix's Dagger Records official bootleg series, is another exclusive component. The never before released recording captures the band and the mounting excitement that took place just weeks before the release of "Electric Ladyland". The Blu-ray also includes the acclaimed, feature length documentary "At Last... The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland".
Lastly, "Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition" includes a full-color, 48-page book containing Jimi's handwritten lyrics, poem and instructions to his record label, as well as never before published photos from the recording sessions that were shot by Eddie Kramer himself.
The new cover art — a Linda (McCartney) Eastman photograph of the band and children at the statue of Alice In Wonderland in New York's Central Park — was Hendrix's own choice of imagery for the album's cover image. The shot was relegated to the inside of the U.S. version on Reprise Records, printed in black and white. The U.K. version of the album released by Track Records didn't include the photo at all, and instead featured a gatefold photo of 19 naked women, which Hendrix famously abhorred. For the first time ever, the Linda Eastman photo, in full color, will grace the cover of "Electric Ladyland", true to Jimi Hendrix's original vision.
Learn more about this new release at: bit.ly/2NJJXHs and/or youtu.be/RkOdjMXMc40
LIVE ALBUM WITH KADAVAR IN OCTOBER
Berlin-based heavy/psych rockers KADAVAR have announced the release of a brand new live album, called "Live in Copenhagen", featuring their infamous show at Pumpehuset in Denmark"s capitol in November 2017 during the band's tour in support of the most recent album, "Rough Times". The live album will be released on October 12 via Nuclear Blast, and you can pre-order it here: nblast.de/KadavarCopenhagen
SEPT. 13, 2018
DEADHEADS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
Swedish high-energy rockers DEADHEADS are going to Germany in February for a few shows. The dates are these:
Feb. 5 - Stellwerk, Hamburg
Feb. 6 - Toast Hawaii, Berlin
Feb. 7 - Black Label, Leipzig
Feb. 8 - Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels
Feb. 9 - MTS, Oldenburg
COCK SPARRER CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
COCK SPARRER have been confirmed for the English punk festival Rebellion, which will take place in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
RE-ISSUES WITH THE QUILL IN OCTOBER
On October 26 the first 2 of a total of 4 re-releases from Swedish hard rockers The QUILL will be released by Metalville.
The first ones are "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" and "Voodoo Caravan". Both albums have been remastered from the original tapes, and contain extended liner notes as well as previously unreleased bonus tracks.
HEART SISTERS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE BAND
Ann Wilson says that she is planning to reconnect with her sister Nancy to discuss a possible HEART comeback in 2019.
Ann and Nancy had a falling out during HEART's 2016 tour, when Ann's husband Dean Welter was arrested for assaulting Nancy's then-16-year-old twin sons in a backstage altercation at a gig near their hometown of Seattle. He pleaded guilty to 2 lesser assault charges to avoid jail time, but the damage to HEART had been done.
Ann has just completed a tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers where she sang mostly covers, including a few from her forthcoming album "Immortal", a collection of songs by deceased friends and heroes like Tom Petty and Chris Cornell.
After completing HEART's last tour, Nancy formed a new band called ROADCASE ROYALE and released an album, "First Things First".
UK SUBS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Old British punk legends UK SUBS are going on a European tour in January/February 2019. Before that they will do some shows in Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland) and Herentals (Belgium) this month.
The European tour kicks off in Paris, France on January 16, and will end in Aalst, Belgium on February 16.
All dates can be found here: facebook.com/UKSubs
SEPT. 12, 2018
LIVE CD/DVD WITH STEELHEART IN DECEMBER
On December 7, Frontiers Music Srl will release "Rock'n Milan", a live album and long-form video of STEELHEART's 2017 performance at Milan, Italy's Frontiers Rock Festival IV. The show is a fitting tribute to the loving memory of STEELHEART guitarist Kenny Kanowski, who passed away just a couple of months after this last concert with the band.
A performance video of the song "My Dirty Girl", taken from "Rock'n Milan", can be seen here: youtu.be/7ZJQeI33j7E
You can pre-order the CD/DVD here: radi.al/RocknMilan
NEW BOOK ABOUT BON SCOTT ERA AC/DC
"AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years", a richly illustrated guide to the glory years of Australia's finest musical export, will be published on November 14 by Jawbone Press.
NEW MUSIC WITH THE DISTILLERS
Reunited American punk band The DISTILLERS have released their first new music in 15 years. The band has released a digital single with the tracks "Man vs. Magnet" and "Blood in the Gutters". Those tracks are available now via digital platforms.
"Blood in the Gutters" was orignal released as a solo track by vocalist Brody Dalle.
ANOTHER SWEDISH TOUR WITH THE QUIREBOYS AND THE GLORIA STORY
British rock veterans The QUIREBOYS are once again going on a short unplugged tour in Sweden with support from Swedish rockers The GLORIA STORY. The dates are just 4, and take place in the end of January.
January 24th Vinyl Bar, Halmstad
January 25th Backstage Rockbar, Trollhättan
January 26th Saga Salongen, Torshälla
January 27th Brooklyn Bar, Stockholm
SEPT. 11, 2018
SAXON TO RE-RELEASE "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED" IN OCTOBER
"The Eagle Has Landed" was SAXON's first live album. It was recorded on the European leg of their "Denim And Leather" tour during 1981, and it was originally released in May 1982. This classic live album will now be re-issued on October 19, and will also feature bonus tracks recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon in 1981-1982.
You can pre-order "The Eagle Has Landed" here: saxonband.lnk.to/TheEagleHasLanded
For live dates and other info, go to: saxon747.com
NEW SINGLE WITH JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
"Fresh Start" is a brand new song from Joan Jett. The track is included in the Jett documentary "Bad Reputation", which will be released in theaters and on demand on September 28. Listen here: youtu.be/8fQFSBJlhLc
LIVE RELEASE WITH ALCATRAZZ IN DECEMBER
As part of the GRAHAM BONNET BAND's 2017 "The Book" tour in Japan, a 3-night special engagement and reunion of ALCATRAZZ was presented, much to the delight of the Japanese hard rock faithful.
On December 7, Frontiers Music Srl will release "Parole Denied - Tokyo 2017", a special documentation of these special shows, on 2CD/DVD and digital formats.
Additionally, the GRAHAM BONNET BAND has announced a U.S. tour where it will perform the first ALCATRAZZ album, "No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll", from front to back along with the other hits from the band's and Graham's catalog.
NEW EP WITH SODOM IN NOVEMBER
German thrash metal veterans SODOM will release a new EP, "Partisan", on November 23 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be made available as a CD digipak, 10" clear vinyl, download and stream.
Live dates at: sodomized.info
SEPT. 10, 2018
KROKUS ANNOUNCES FAREWELL TOUR
Then the time has come for Swizz hard rock veterans KROKUS to say goodbye. They are going on the "Adios Amigo Tour" in 2019, and promise that they will keep their word and pull the plug at the end of 2019.
More info at: facebook.com/KROKUSonline
MICHAEL SCHENKER AND PETE WAY WILL NOT TAKE PART IN UFO'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Guitarist Michael Schenker and bassist Pete Way have confirmed that they will not take part in UFO's 50th-anniversary celebration in 2019.
Schenker, who first joined UFO in 1973 and last played with the band in 2003, told Classic Rock that "bands like UFO and the SCORPIONS are trying to fool the audience, and I'm not a part of that world. It's becoming a trend to make a big deal about playing last shows, and those bands do it because they can't get anywhere in a normal way. For me, UFO only exists with the original five members, plus producer Ron Nevison. [Singer] Phil Mogg calls his current band UFO, but it isn't UFO."
Way, who co-founded UFO in 1969, left for the first time n 1982, returned to the band in 1988 and remained with the group through 2008, wrote on Facebook: "After the publicity which is currently surrounding Michael Schenker's announcement that he most definitely will not be joining in with UFO's advertised outing, I would like to make sure that nobody is under the illusion that I will be appearing. It is not made clear in the advertising. I will be touring with my new band — Paul Chapman [former UFO guitarist who replaced Schenker] will not be on guitar, sadly, but it was a pleasure to see him again. I wish UFO all the luck in the world and I am sure fans would like to see the original lineup but for me, I can only say RIP UFO."
Back in May, Mogg announced his plans to retire from UFO. The singer, who turned 70 in April, released a statement confirming that he will leave the band after UFO completes a farewell 50th-anniversary tour in 2019.
NEW SINGLE WITH THE HEARD, DEBUT ALBUM IN NOVEMBER
THE HEARD, the new Swedish rock band featuring former CRUCIFIED BARBARA guitarist Klara "Force" Rönnqvist Fors, bassist Ida "Evileye" Stenbacka and drummer Nikki Wicked (a.k.a. Jannicke Lindström) alongside DEATHSTARS bassist Jonas "Skinny Disco" Kangur (on lead guitar) and burlesque performer, model and singer Pepper Potemkin, has released a new single, "Tower Of Silence". The song is taken from the band's upcoming debut album, "The Island", which is due on November 2 via Despotz Records.
Listen to the single here: youtu.be/0BfFzg2H9ek
GHOST ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
GHOST has announced the European leg of its "A Pale Tour Named Death" world tour, the band's first set of 2019 concert dates, that will start on February 3 in Lyon, France. Ticket presales begin this Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. CET, and the general on sale will start Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m. CET.
And the dates are these:
Feb. 03 - FRA, Lyon, Tony Garnier
Feb. 05 - HOL, Amsterdam, AFAS Live
Feb. 06 - BEL, Antwerp, Lotto
Feb. 07 - FRA, Paris, Zenith
Feb. 14 - GER, Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
Feb. 15 - GER, Bochum, Ruhrkongress
Feb. 17 - GER, Hannover, Swiss Life Hall
Feb. 18 - GER, Hamburg, Sporthalle
Feb. 20 - SWE, Gothenburg, Scandinavium
Feb. 21 - NOR, Oslo, Spektrum
Feb. 23 - SWE, Stockholm, Ericsson Globe
SEPT. 9, 2018
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EVERGREY ANNOUNCES TITLE OF NEXT ALBUM
Swedish dark metal band EVERGREY have confirmed "The Atlantic" as the title of their 11th studio album. The follow-up to 2016's "The Storm Within" is tentatively due in January via AFM.
MATS LEVÉN IS WORKING ON SOLO SONGS
Former CANDLEMASS singer Mats Levén has shared a short audio snippet of some of the new solo music he is working on. The song in question, which can be heard here: facebook.com/MatsLeven/videos/735914933414771, features Martin "Axe" Axenrot (BLOODBATH, OPETH, WITCHERY) on drums and Nalley Påhlsson (TREAT, THERION) on bass.
According to Levén, he didn't want to work on his solo material while he was in CANDLEMASS because he "didn't wanna kind of interfere".
SEPT. 8, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH TOPPER
Swedish punk rockers TOPPER will have their new album, "Are We All Damned?", released through AMTY. A exact release date will be announced later..
EARACHE TO REISSUE MISFITS' "WALK AMONG US"
Earache Records will be doing a vinyl reissue of The MISFITS classic album "Walk Among Us" in November. As of today, it appears that the reissue will be a straight re-press, with no bonus material.
All previous USA vinyl releases of this album were on Ruby Records, which is a sub-label of Slash Records or under Rhino Records, as licensed by Ruby. London and Warner Records also each released a CD version.
NEAL MORSE SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC FOR ROCK OPERA PROJECT
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of a monumental project titled "Jesus Christ - The Exorcist", a progressive rock opera written and produced by legendary musician and singer Neal Morse with performances by Neal and an all-star cast of singers and musicians.
With recordings set to commence imminently, the record will be released in 2019 on a double album set featuring about 2 hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. In the meantime, you can hear an audio sample of demos of the musical here: youtu.be/o2h1s-nrjNo
SEPT. 7, 2018
JOAN JETT CATALOG PART OF SONY MUSIC/LEGACY'S NEW AGREEMENT WITH BLACKHEART RECORDS
Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, a division of SME, have entered into an historic new agreement with Blackheart Records, the groundbreaking American music label founded in 1980 by rock icon Joan Jett, legendary songwriter/producer Kenny Laguna and Meryl Laguna. The new SME/Legacy/Blackheart pact covers the worldwide rights to Joan Jett's recorded music catalog.
Legacy Recordings is making a variety of Joan Jett titles available for the first time on streaming services and digital service providers today, September 7.
Under the terms of this new agreement, the entire Joan Jett catalog — singles, albums, music videos, concert films, etc. — will be available under the SME/Legacy umbrella and released in digital and physical formats. And as part of this unique partnership with Blackheart Records, The Thread Shop, Sony Music Entertainment's in-house merchandising company, will administer Joan Jett's exclusive merchandising rights, retail licensing and e-commerce on a worldwide basis.
joanjett.com sonymusic.com legacyrecordings.com
Y&T FORCED TO DROP OUT OF EURO TOUR WITH SAXON
San Francisco hard rockers Y&T will not be joining SAXON on their upcoming European tour this fall. Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti has a serious back injury that has meant he cannot travel to Europe for the shows.
SAXON have added UK rock band FM to the bill as Y&T's replacement for all the shows. Dates and other details at: saxon747.com
PRIMAL FEAR SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Geramn heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have signed a multi album contract with Nuclear Blast.
To celebrate the signing they will release a 7" vinyl single – limited to just 1.000 copies – on September 28 featuring a new, as yet unpublished track, titled "Crucify Me", plus a live version of the classic "Nuclear Fire".
SEPT. 6, 2018
DISCHARGE, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE AND SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS CONFIRMED FOR NORTH WEST CALLING
DISCHARGE, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS, UK SUBS, SUBHUMANS, CONFLICT and PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES are some of the acts that have been confirmed for North West Calling at O2 Ritz in Manchester, England on June 1, 2019.
Tickets at: seetickets.com/event/north-west-calling/o2-ritz/1256598
DELUXE EDITION OF METALLICA'S "...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
METALLICA commemorates the 30th anniversary of the release of its 4th album "...And Justice For All" with the announcement of its definitive reissue to be released on November 2 via the band's own Blackened Recordings.
The re-release of "...And Justice For All" has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality overseen by Greg Fidelman, and will be available in multiple digital and physical configurations. Pre-orders begin today (Sept. 6) at metallica.com where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
NASTY SAVAGE BASSIST RICHARD BATEMAN IS DEAD
Richard Bateman, bassist for Florida metal legends NASTY SAVAGE, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, September 5.
DARKTHRONE IS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE are working on the follow-up to their 2016 album, "Arctic Thunder".
SEPT. 5, 2018
NASUM GUITARIST JESPER LIVERÖD NEW MEMBER IN MASSGRAV
Swedish crust/grind punks MASSGRAV has recruited a second guitarist, Jesper Liveröd from NASUM, BURST etc.
NICKE AND DREGEN FROM BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY ACOUSTIC
Nicke Borg and Dregen from Swedish hard rock band BACKYARD BABIES will do some acoustic shows in November/December here in Sweden. The dates are:
23 Nov - Saga Salongen, Torshälla
24 Nov - Saga Salongen, Torshälla
30 Nov - The Rock Bar, Karlstad
1 Dec - Klubb Wah-Wah, Örebro
7 Dec - Palatset/Liveklubben, Linköping
8 Dec - Pop Corner, Alvesta
13 Dec - Wilmas, Arvika
14 Dec - Mastis, Kristinehamn
ALBUM WITH LEADER OF DOWN, FEATURING LAST RECORDINGS FROM MOTÖRHEAD GUITARIST WÜRZEL
In 2008 former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Würzel and bass player Tim Atkinson started to write material for a album with their new band LEADER OF DOWN. They also recruited Steve Clarke (ex-FASTWAY) on drums, and continued to work. The name LEADER OF DOWN came from Würzel mishearing the lyrics to the STATUS QUO track "Down, Down". Würzel found this extremely funny as he had been singing the wrong words "Down Down, Leader of Down" for over 30 years.
The band started recording the initial tracks for the album, which included a reworking of Würzel's solo release from the 80s, "People Say I'm Crazy". These initial sessions also included a track that was always intended for Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD) to sing on. This track eventually became "Paradise Turned Into Dust", with Lemmy finishing his recording at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles in 2015 shortly before his own passing.
Although there are several guest vocalists on the album, the line up of LEADER OF DOWN is completed by vocalist Matt Baker and guitarist Alex Ward.
After Würzel's tragic death in 2011, the band continued to finish the album and enlisted the help of some friends to honour the great man. There's guest appearances from Lemmy, Phil Campbell (who joined MOTÖRHEAD on the same day as Würzel in 1984), Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-MOTÖRHEAD, who has also sadly passed away beginning of 2018), Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE), Lee Richards (ex-GODSMACK), Bruce Foxton (The JAM), and Cliff Evans (TANK).
LEADER OF DOWN have now signed a worldwide deal with Los Angeles-based label Cleopatra Records, and will finally release the album, "Cascade Into Chaos", on September 28. You can pre-order the CD here: cleorecs.com/store/shop/leader-of-down-cascade-into-chaos-cd and the LP here: cleorecs.com/store/shop/leader-of-down-cascade-into-chaos-lp
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM DOKKEN AND WARRANT, ALBUM IN APRIL
A new band called THE END, featuring 3 members of the classic DOKKEN lineup (Jeff Pilson, George Lynch and Mick Brown), along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason will tentatively release its debut album in April 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
QUEEN TO RELEASE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ORIGINAL FILM SOUNDTRACK IN OCTOBER
For the first time ever, audio tracks from QUEEN's legendary performance at Live Aid are being released as part of the soundtrack album to "Bohemian Rhapsody", 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises' forthcoming feature film celebrating the band, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Recorded at the historic Wembley concert in July 1985, these Live Aid songs are among the rare gems and unheard versions from the band's rich catalogue.
Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer To Fall" and "We Are The Champions", the album features other rare live tracks spanning QUEEN's entire career, new versions of old favorites, and a choice selection of the band's finest studio recordings. Among them are some of QUEEN's biggest hits, including 11 all-time greatest anthems that reached No. 1 around the world. The track listing was announced today, September 5, 2018, which would have been Freddie's 72nd birthday.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" will have its world premiere in the U.K. on October 23 before opening across the globe in early November. It stars Rami Malek as Freddie, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, and Lucy Boynton as Freddie's lifelong companion Mary Austin. The soundtrack, featuring all-original QUEEN recordings and vocals, will be released on CD and digital formats on October 19.
The 22 songs on the soundtrack were produced by Brian May and Roger Taylor, with engineering and co-production by longtime QUEEN studio collaborators Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae, and mastering by Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig.
BOOK ABOUT EARLY YEARS OF BLACK FLAG
Before the American punk band BLACK FLAG settled on a name, they called themselves PANIC!. On September 17, Ryan Richardson will release a book covering these early years, titled PANIC!.
The book stretches from the band's formation through their failed deal with Bomp! Records to the release of the "Nervous Breakdown" EP.
The book is hardcover and includes previously unpublished photographs.
SEPT. 4, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH MASTER IN NOVEMBER
Death metal veterans MASTER will release their new full-length album, "Vindictive Miscreant", on November 28 via Transcending Obscurity Records. The disc's title track can be streamed here: youtu.be/2vZbt7yDLPo
TRANSPORT LEAGUE TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish groove metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE will enter the studio with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, LOK, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, RAISED FIST, GRAND MAGUS, DIA PASALMA, SONIC SYNDIACATE etc) in the beginning of November to record a new album, with the working title "A Million Volt Scream".
SINGER JOHAN LÄNGQUIST IS BACK IN CANDLEMASS
In the middle of recording a new album, Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS announce that their old singer from the classic "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album, Johan Längquist is back in the band after 32 years. He's replacing Mats Levén, who's been with the band since 2012.
"We wanted to find our way back to the roots of CANDLEMASS, back to the soul and essence of the band", they say in a post on Facebook.
The new album will be released during 2019 through Napalm Records.
SEPT. 2, 2018
GHOST RETURN TO MILWAUKEE
GHOST will return to Milwaukee on Halloween to honor its fan who passed away this past spring after attending one of the band's shows.
The Swedish metal act's sold-out concert at the Riverside Theater on May 31 came to an abrupt and tragic end when fan Jeff Fortune collapsed at the venue, and died that evening.
For the October 31 show, a special shirt, featuring an illustration of GHOST frontman Cardinal Copia and Fortune wearing Michael Myers costumes from "Halloween", will be sold at the Riverside Theater, with all proceeds being donated to Fortune's family.
This performance is for attendees of the May 31 show only. If you would like to attend, you will receive the same ticket location you had for the earlier GHOST performance at no charge. To save your spot, the original ticket buyer must RSVP to the Riverside. The deadline to RSVP is September 30.
MORE RUMORS ABOUT A NEW ALBUM WITH AC/DC
Texas-based publication JAM Magazine has cited a "reliable source inside the AC/DC camp" as letting them know that Angus Young is working on a new AC/DC album that will be dedicated to his brother, the late Malcolm Young (who died in November 2017 at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years). According to the site, the new recordings will include "Malcolm playing rhythm guitar on all tracks!".
A posting on the JAM Magazine Facebook page reads: "Turns out, five years prior to the 'Black Ice' LP, AC/DC's 15th studio release, Angus and Malcolm Young lived together where they literally wrote hundreds of songs, many were recorded and have been stashed away until now. Angus has decided to selected the best tracks from those recordings that Malcolm played on and is now back in the studio recording and mixing them with fellow bandmates Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams and, yes, Brian Johnson on vocals."
REMASTERED DELUXE EDITION OF METALLICA'S "...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL"
METALLICA is teasing a deluxe remastered version of its "...And Justice For All" (1988) album. A short video clip of the reissue being manufactured has been posted to the band's official Twitter account along with the hashtag #comingsoon.
In addition to the original album and other rarities, the deluxe edition will apparently include a 1989 METALLICA concert in Seattle, recorded during the "...And Justice For All" tour.
NEW SINGLE WITH ENTOMBED A.D.
Swedish death metallers ENTOMBED A.D. have returned with a new single, "Fit For A King". The song is taken from the band's forthcoming third album, which is currently in the works.
Check it out: youtu.be/iu2je8QTNDc
30TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OF ANTHRAX'S "STATE OF EUPHORIA"
On October 5, Island Records/Ume/Universal Music will release the 30th-anniversary, 2CD deluxe edition of ANTHRAX's 4th studio album, "State Of Euphoria". The package will consist of 2 discs: Disc 1 is the fully remastered album, all of the B-sides originally released in conjunction with the album, and "Antisocial" recorded live in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in March, 1989. Disc 2, "Charlie's Archives", is a real treasure trove for ANTHRAX fans as it puts you right in the room with the band as the album's songs evolved. The package also includes a 20-page booklet that will take you right back to the time of the album's release.
"State Of Euphoria" will also be issued as a 2-LP set on standard black vinyl and limited edition red and yellow colored vinyl. Both versions are available for pre-order here: ume.lnk.to/AnthraxState30
SEPT. 1, 2018
HYPNOS ARE GOING ON EUROPEAN TOUR WITH LIZZIES
Swedish hard rockers HYPNOS will team up with Spanish hard rockers LIZZIES for a European tour in October. Find the dates at: facebook.com/hypnosboogie
SKID ROW ANNOUNCES UK TOUR WITH BACKYARD BABIES
American hard rock veterans SKID ROW have announced 4 shows in UK in January 2019 with very special guests BACKYARD BABIES, H.E.A.T., and VEGA. The dates are:
Jan. 22 - Manchester, O2 Ritz
Jan. 23 - Sheffield, O2 Academy
Jan. 25 - Bristol, O2 Academy
Jan. 26 - London, O2 Forum Kentish Town (w/ KilliT)
Tickets go on sale Monday, September 3.
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