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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SKID ROW TO ENTER THE STUDIO NEXT WEEK
Veteran hard rock group SKID ROW will enter a Nashville, Tennessee recording studio next week with producer Michael Wagener — who also helmed the group's 1989 self-titled debut and 1991's "Slave To The Grind" — to begin tracking the final chapter of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy.
The album will mark SKID ROW's first release with South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined the band in 2016 following the departure of Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER).
skidrow.com

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

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

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

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

JAN. 29, 2019
PENTAGRAM IS BACK AGAIN
Doom metal legends PENTAGRAM will take the stage in 10 American cities this March.
Remorseful and rehabilitated, legendary PENTAGRAM frontman and co-founder Bobby Liebling returns for a string of live performances. Greg Turley, longtime bass player and "Ram Family" member by blood, will appear alongside Liebling, drummer "Minnesota Pete" Campbell and the reemergence of Philadelphia's electric axeman Matthew Goldsborough (PENTAGRAM, ex-THE SKULL).
Support acts will be BROTHER DEGE and DIRTY STREETS. The dates are:
March 14 - Cincinnati, OH
March 15 - Chattanooga, TN
March 16 - Nashville, TN
March 17 - Atlanta, GA
March 19 - Dallas, TX
March 20 - Austin, TX
March 21 - Houston, TX
March 22 - Little Rock, AR
March 23 - New Orleans, LA
March 24 - Memphis, TN
youtu.be/r91X_ju8_wE

BLACK FLAG TO PLAY FIRST SHOW IN 4 YEARS
BLACK FLAG, with Gregg Ginn as the only original member, has announced what appears to be their first show in over 4 years. The band will play Sabroso Fest on April 7 at Dana Point, California. The lineup will include Ginn, singer Mike Vallely, and 2 more musicians that have not been announced yet.
Other artists that will play at Sabroso Fest, which take place April 6-7, are FLOGGING MOLLY, BAD RELIGION, The OFFSPRING, GOOD CHARLOTTE, LAGWAGON etc.
sabrosotacofest.com

GIRLSCHOOL PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST ENID WILLIAMS
Kim McAuliffe, Girlschool
GIRLSCHOOL have (once again) parted ways with bassist Enid Williams. Tracey Lamb (ex-ROCK GODDESS), who played with GIRLSCOOL 1987-1991 and 1993-2000, will jump in to help the band on their upcoming shows until they have found a permanent replacement.
girlschool.co.uk

VINNIE VINCENT CANCELS COMEBACK CONCERTS
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has canceled his previously announced comeback shows.
Derek Christopher, the promoter of the event, says that Vincent "has sent a notification letter that he will not be performing the concerts scheduled for February 8th and 9th, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee."
Christopher adds: "While we cannot discuss the terms of the contract due to a confidentiality clause within the contract, we are shocked at this development, and it is, unfortunately, beyond our control. The matter has been turned over to our attorney. As they say, it's 'now in the hands of the lawyers'. In the meantime, every ticket and meet-and-greet order will be automatically refunded in full.

JAN. 28, 2019
DEBUT ALBUM WITH SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLES IN MAY
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLES will release its first album of all-original material, "Space Between", on May 10 via BMG. The band features Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.
The first single, "Trust Fund Baby", is out now: SammyHagar.lnk.to/TrustFundBaby
The band will mount a large-scale tour of North America, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019.
redrocker.com

SOLO SINGLE WITH MERCYFUL FATE GUITARIST HANK SHERMANN
MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann will release a solo single, "The Bloody Theme", on February 8. The track, which was mixed by Tue Madsen, features guest appearances by vocalist Nicklas Sonne (DEFECTO) and drummer Bjarne T. Holm (MERCYFUL FATE).
A 1-minute teaser for "The Bloody Theme" is available here: youtu.be/C_QGAEO5Vt4

ZZ TOP TO CELEBRATE 50
ZZ TOP are celebrating with their "50th Anniversary Texas Bash" in 3 "Texas towns" this May.
The band's 50th-anniversary celebration is set to commence May 17 in Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion, followed by a performance on May 18 in Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. On May 19, the Austin360 Amphitheater hosts the ongoing festivities. The shows will also feature performances with friends and fellow rock legends BAD COMPANY and CHEAP TRICK. Tickets on sale this Friday, February 1.
The "Texas Bash" concerts launch ZZ TOP's anniversary tour that has them rocking across North America and on to their European shows throughout 2019.
More tour dates can be found at zztop.com

GUITARIST HAS LEFT TOPPLOCK
Lead guitarist Alexander Lucera has decided to leave Swedish hard rock band TOPPLOCK. The band will not book any new shows, and all upcoming dates has been cancelled.
Hopefully they will find a new guitarist soon. Meanwhile there will be no activity from TOPPLOCK.
facebook.com/Topplock

GIRLSCHOOL TO PLAY IN SPAIN
Girlschool
GIRLSCHOOL are going to Spain in April for 3 shows. It will happen on the following dates:
April 4 - We Rock, Madrid
April 5 - Sala Even, Sevilla
April 6 - C.C. Valdefierro, Zaragoza
girlschool.co.uk

ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCES ASIAN TOUR
Michael Amott, Arch Enemy
ARCH ENEMY are going on a short Asian tour in March, where they will visit Japan, China and Thailand. The dates are these:
March 21 - Download Festival, Tokyo, Japan
March 23 - Mao Live House, Shanghai, China
March 24 - Omni Space, Beijing, China
March 26 - Caper Land, Jinan, China
March 28 - A8, Shenzhen, China
March 30 - Hollywood Hall Rachada, Bangkok, Thailand
archenemy.net

OZZY FORCED TO POSTPONE FIRST 4 SHOWS ON UK TOUR
The first 4 U.K. shows on the Ozzy Osbourne/JUDAS PRIEST tour have been postponed due to Ozzy having a very bad case of flu. Therefore Dublin (January 30), Nottingham (February 1), Manchester (February 3) and Newcastle (February 5) will be rescheduled at a later date. Details will follow once they have been finalized. The trek will now kick off on February 7 in Glasgow.
ozzy.com &nsbp; judaspriest.com

JAN. 27, 2019
DARK FUNERAL TO PLAY IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA
Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are going to Ukraine and Russia in April for a few shows. The dates are these:
April 14 - Atlas, Kiev, Ukraine
April 15 - Opera, St. Petersburg, Russia
April 16 - Station Hall, Moscow, Russia
April 18 - Svoboda, Yekaterinburg, Russia
April 19 - Zvezda Club, Samara, Russia
darkfuneral.se

LOK TO REUNITE
Swedish hardcore/metal band LOK are going to reunite for some festivals this summer.
facebook.com/lokpest

JAN. 26, 2019
MOB 47 TO PLAY IN RUSSIA
Mob 47
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to Russia for 2 shows in March. The dates are:
March 1 - St. Petersburg
March 2 - Moscow
facebook.com/mob47

SINGER BRUCE CORBITT IS DEAD
RIGOR MORTIS and WARBEAST vocalist Bruce Corbitt died yesterday (Friday, January 25) after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 56 years old.

JAN. 25, 2019
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RONNIE JAMES DIO IN THE WORKS
Ronnie James Dio with Dio
Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are plans to produce a documentary that will cover Dio's career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL.
Wendy is currently interviewing people about producing the documentary, which will be distributed via BMG.
youtu.be/F9ByfgwDmPw

VIKKEN ÄRA TOMPA EKEN SOLD OUT IN A FEW SECONDS, ANOTHER DAY ADDED
When the tickets for the 1-day punk festival "Vikken Ära Tompa Eken!" (and not "Tack Tompa Eken!" as I wrote yesterday), for Stockholm legend Tompa Eken (Kafé 44, Ultra), was released on Friday, January 25, they sold out in something like 15 seconds. So lots of people didn't get a ticket. But I just read that they have added another day - Sunday, March 17. The lineup might be a little different at the second show, where some artists will be replaced with other interesting artists.
Tickets for the Sunday show go on sale Monday, January 28.
facebook.com/events/479445965793007

VOJD ANNOUNCES GERMAN SPRING TOUR
Black Trip, now VOJD
Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band VOJD (formerly known as BLACK TRIP) are going to Germany this spring for a short tour. The dates are these:
April 23 - Berlin, Cassiopeia
April 24 - Frankfurt, Dreikönigskeller
April 25 - Hamburg, Stellwerk
April 26 - Oldenburg, MTS
April 27 - Hagen, Kultopia
facebook.com/vojdofficial

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

NEW ALBUM WITH DANKO JONES IN APRIL
Danko Jones himself
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will release their new album, called "A Rock Supreme" on April 26 via AFM Records.
A new single, "Dance Dance Dance", is out now: smarturl.it/DDD_Single
dankojones.com

JAN. 24, 2019
RE-RELEASE OF WHITESNAKE'S "SLIDE IT IN"
WHITESNAKE scored its first platinum-selling album in 1984 with "Slide It In", a release that has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide thanks to hard-rocking songs like "Love Ain't No Stranger", "Slow An' Easy" and the title track. The classic album turns 35 this year and Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including an enormous 7-disc box set.
"Slide It In: The Ultimate Special Edition" will be available on March 22. The 6CD/DVD collection includes newly remastered versions of both the U.K. and U.S. mixes of the album, plus unreleased live and studio recordings, music videos, concert footage, and a new interview with WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer, David Coverdale. The music comes with a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare photos and memorabilia from the era.
3 other versions of "Slide It In" will also be available the same day. A double-CD "Deluxe Edition" includes the newly remastered U.K. and U.S. mixes expanded with a selection of bonus tracks. The double-LP "Deluxe Edition" features the newly remastered U.K. and U.S. mixes. And finally, a single-disc version includes the newly remastered U.S. mix. The music will be available digitally as well.
"Slide It In: The Ultimate Special Edition" features unreleased versions of every album track, including 35th-anniversary remixes made this year, as well as monitor mixes recorded in 1983. The set boasts more than a dozen unreleased live recordings from 1984 that feature an entire concert from Glasgow, Scotland, plus several songs from Jon Lord's final show with WHITESNAKE in Sweden. The collection's final disc unearths 30 tracks that cover original demos and early mixes for album tracks, as well as unfinished song ideas.
whitesnake.com

NEW ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN MARCH
L.A. GUNS will release their new album, "The Devil You Know", on March 29 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Listen to the new single, "Stay Away", here: youtu.be/0Xzq8Wwd3fM
Pre-order here: radi.al/TheDevilYouKnow
lagunsmusic.com   frontiers.it

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Alice with his doll
Alice Cooper have announced some more European tour dates.
The tour will start on August 31 in Aarburg, Switzerland, and will last until October 2 when he will play in Tilburg, Netherlands.
You can find all upcoming tour dates at alicecooper.com

REFUSED, ASTA KASK, SATOR AND DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA CONFIRMED FOR VIKKEN ÄRA TOMPA EKEN
Asta Kask
As a tribute to the legendary Tompa Eken - from Stockholm venues like Ultra and Kafé 44 in Stockholm, Sweden - there will be a 1-day festival for him and Kafé 44. All money will go to Tompa and Kafé 44.
The festival is called "Vikken Ära Tompa Eken!", and happens at Kägelbanan/Södra Teatern in Stockholm on March 16. Artists that will play live are REFUSED, ASTA KASK, SATOR, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, The NOMADS, TROUBLEMAKERS, The BABOON SHOW, TEDDYBEARS (playing a hardcore set), STRINDBERGS, NO FUN AT ALL, KSM3, PSYKBRYT, Adam Nilsson, WEEPING WILLOWS and MONEYBROTHER. There will also be exlusive one time reunions with COCA CAROLA, MONSTER and 1 more band that will be announced later.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 25.
facebook.com/events/479445965793007

JAN. 23, 2019
RE-RELEASE OF BRANT BJORK'S "KEEP YOUR COOL"
Desert rock legend Brant Bjork (ex-KYUSS, FU MANCHU) will have his third solo album, "Keep Your Cool", re-released via Heavy Psych Sounds Records on April 12. The album was originally released in 2003 on Duna Records.
And as I wrote here a few days ago, a album titled "Jacoozzi", which was recorded in 2010 but never released, will finally be released on April 5. Also through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
brantbjork.com   heavypsychsounds.com

GIRLSCHOOL TEAM UP WITH VENOM INC AND RAVEN FOR 3 AUSTRALIAN DATES
Girlschool
GIRLSCHOOL will do a short Australian tour with VENOM INC. and RAVEN in June. The 3 exclusive dates are:
June 27 - Brisbane, The Zoo
June 28 - Sydney, Manning
June 29 - Melbourne, Croxton
Tickets and more info at hardlinemedia.net
girlschool.co.uk  : facebook.com/ravenbandofficial

ANGELIC UPSTARTS AND GBH CONFIRMED FOR STOCKHOLM PUNK ROCK WEEKEND
Stockholm Punk Rock Weekend have announced this year's lineup. And among the bands are ANGELIC UPSTARTS, GBH, PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, SHITKIDS, PASTORATET, SKRAMMEL, CR&Uuuml;CIFIX, SKANDALITES, The PISTONES and POWER FACE.
The festival take place at Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden on September 13-14. Tickets are on sale now.
facebook.com/events/492292611252759

MARTYRDÖD RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish metal/crust punks MARTYRDÖD are currently in the studio to record their upcoming 7th studio album, "Hexhammaren". This album marks the band's first release on Century Media Records, and is planned for May 2019.
facebook.com/martyrdod   centurymedia.com

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES 2 SWEDISH DATES
Alice Cooper and his doll
Alice Cooper will come to Sweden in September for 2 concerts in Stockholm and Göteborg. The dates are:
Sept 27 - Behåll Hovet, Stockholm
Sept 28 - Partille Arena, Göteborg
Tickets: livenation.se/artist/alice-cooper-tickets
alicecooper.com

METAL CHURCH AND DORO TEAM UP FOR U.S. TOUR
American metal veterans METAL CHURCH will join forces with German metal queen Doro Pesch for a U.S. tour in April and May.
The tour starts on April 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada and ends on May 11 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
For tour dates and other details, try metalchurchofficial.com or doro.de

JAN. 22, 2019
VIXEN RECRUITS SINGER FROM FEMME FATALE
VIXEN has recruited FEMME FATALE's Lorraine Lewis as its new lead singer following the recent departure of Janet Gardner. Lewis has already performed with VIXEN, having fronted the group in March 2018 in Durant, Oklahoma while Gardner was recovering from surgery.
vixenofficial.com

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PHIL LYNOTT IN THE WORKS
According to ScreenDaily.com, a documentary on the life and career of THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott is now in the works from award-winning Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds.
"Phil Lynott: Songs For While I'm Away" will include interviews with THIN LIZZY's Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton, U2's Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis and METALLICA's James Hetfield.
No release date has been set for "Songs For While I'm Away".

BIRDNEST RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE THEIR WHOLE CATALOGUE ON VINYL
Per Granberg, Charta 77 and Birdnest
Swedish record label Birdnest Records was 1 of the bigger labels when it comes to Swedish punk rock in the 90s, and especially what we call trallpunk. Bands like DIA PSALMA and DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA had huge succees among the kids, and sold thousands of records.
Now the label wants to re-release their whole catalogue, including under labels, on vinyl. They start with the following albums: DIA PSALMA: Gryningstid, CHARTA 77: Grisfesten, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA: Tomat.
You can pre-order these albums at their Kickstarter page, where you also can read more (in both Swedish and English) about the project.
facebook.com/Birdnest-Records-316543958393680

AT THE GATES AND OPETH CONFIRMED FOR BORGHOLM BRINNER
Tompa, At The Gates
The first 3 acts for the Borgholm Brinner festival at Borgholms Slottsruin at Öland, Sweden have been announced. And they are AT THE GATES, OPETH and OF MICE & MEN. IN FLAMES, who arrange the festival with Live Nation, will headline both days. The festival happens on August 2-3.
borgholmbrinner.se

JAN. 21, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH BRANT BJORK IN APRIL
Desert rock legend Brant Bjork will release a new album, "Jacoozzi", on April 5 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
The tracks on "Jacoozzi" was recorded at a jam session back in 2010, but has so far never been used on any of Brant's records.
brantbjork.com   heavypsychsounds.com

THE BUSINESS & FRIENDS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The BUSINESS & FRIENDS have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 1-4. The lineup will feature original members of The BUSINESS (Steve Kent, Steve Whale and Mick Fairbairn). Singers will be Al Barr (DROPKICK MURPHYS), Roi Pearce (LAST RESORT) and a selection of very special guests who are also appearing at Rebellion over the weekend.
Other bands that have been confirmed for Rebellion this year are The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, The DAMNED, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., DOA, The DWARVES, CONFLICT, POISON IDEA, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, VICE SQUAD, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, DRAGSTER, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc. etc.
Full lineup etc. at rebellionfestivals.com

AGENT STEEL ARE HERE AGAIN
American 80s speed metal band AGENT STEEL, featuring original vocalist John Cyriis, has resurrected again, and will perform at the Metalheadz Open Air 2019 festival on June 1 in Oberndorf am Lech, Germany. There will also be a new album, titled "8 Lights Protocol", tentatively scheduled for a September 2019 release on a soon-to-be-announced record label.
AGENT STEEL comes from L.A. and existed between 1984-1988. They later reformed in 1999 without Cyriis. Cyriis returned to the group in 2010.
youtu.be/es26Ci0KrVc   facebook.com/AgentSteelOfficial

JAN. 20, 2019
BUZZCOCKS TO PLAY AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Punk rock legends BUZZCOCKS will play live at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK with The SKIDS and PENETRATION on June 21.
Following the tragic death of BUZZCOCKS frontman Pete Shelley in December, they have decided the concert should become a celebration of Pete's life and musical genius. The band will be accompanied by guest vocalists at this show.
royalalberthall.com   buzzcocks.com

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER HAS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE, BUT WILL CONTINUE TOURING
Udo Dirkschneider
U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider have had a serious health problem since early January. He has pain in his left knee and couldn't walk at all for a longer period. He has been to different specialists in Russia, Ibiza and Germany and now he is on a good way to recover. But he is still handicaped and can't move that much without having pain.
Against all advises of the doctors he has decided to play the tour, and not postpone it, since he hate to let his fans down. But this means that he is a bit handicapped on stage and can't move that much.
udo-online.de

JAN. 19, 2019
DRUMMER TED MCKENNA IS DEAD
Scottish drummer Edward "Ted" McKenna - who has played with The SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND, Rory Gallagher, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and Ian Gillan - passed away this morning (Jan. 19). He was 68 years old.
facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

EX-BLACK STAR RIDERS GUITARIST DAMON JOHNSON TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson will release his new solo album, "Memoirs Of An Uprising", on March 8 via Double Dragon Records.
damonjohnson.com

VIXEN TO CARRY ON WITH NEW SINGER
VIXEN members Roxy Petrucci (drums), Share Ross (bass) and Brittany Denaro (guitar) have vowed to carry on with the band following the recent departure of singer Janet Gardner.
vixenofficial.com

30TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF SKID ROW'S DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW
SKID ROW's self-titled debut album was released in January 1989. The album included hits like "Youth Gone Wild", "I Remember You" and Billboard Top 5 single "18 And Life".
Rhino celebrates the 30th anniversary of the group's multi-platinum debut with a digital deluxe edition that includes the original album remastered for the first time, expanded with the bonus track "Forever". The deluxe edition also features a previously unreleased live performance from 1989, marking the first ever release of a full live show from the band. "Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" is available now on all digital download and streaming services. Links can be found here: rhino.lnk.to/SkidRow30
skidrow.com

HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES RE-SCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN DATES
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) have announced the re-scheduled tour dates for the North American "Pretty Decent Tour 2019". All tickets previously purchased are still valid for these new dates, which you can find at facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

JAN. 18, 2019
SAXON ANNOUNCES 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS AND NEW LIVE ALBUM
Saxon
SAXON will celebrate their 40-year anniversary with 3 shows in the UK.
For the first time since the 1980's SAXON return to headlining London's legendary Hammersmith "Odeon" and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow's Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of SAXON shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig.
In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic "The Eagle Has Landed Live" series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2 via Silver Lining Music.
Renamed "The Eagle Has Landed 40" to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.
The exclusive dates are as follows:
Friday, October 18 – Glasgow, Braehead Arena (w/ BLACK STAR RIDERS, GIRLSCHOOL)
Saturday, October 19 – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith (w/ KROKUS, GIRLSCHOOL, DIAMOND HEAD)
Sunday, October 20 – Manchester, o2 Apollo (w/ KROKUS, GIRLSCHOOL, DIAMOND HEAD)
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 25.
In related news, SAXON frontman Biff Byford has begun recording his debut solo album. The disc, which is tentatively due later in the year, will feature guest appearances by drummer Nicholas Barker (DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson (OPETH, ARCH ENEMY).
saxon747.com

THE WILDHEARTS TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 10 YEARS
British rockers The WILDHEARTS will release "Renaissance Men" on May 3, their first full-length studio album in 10 years.
To coincide with the release of "Renaissance Men", The WILDHEARTS' classic lineup of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny will play an 8-date U.K. tour. This intimate trek will start in Manchester at the Academy 2 on Friday, May 3 and conclude at the Riverside in Newcastle on Sunday, May 12. Here's the dates:
May 03 - Manchester, Academy 2
May 04 - Edinburgh, Liquid Room
May 06 - Cardiff, Tramshed
May 07 - Bristol, SWX
May 09 - London, Brixton Electric
May 10 - Norwich, Waterfront
May 11 - Leeds, Stylus
May 12 - Newcastle, Riverside
omerch.eu/shop/thewildhearts

VINNIE VINCENT REVEALS SINGER FOR COMEBACK SHOWS
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has recruited Jim Crean to handle lead vocals during his 2 comeback concerts on February 8 and 9 at the Rocketown Entertainment Complex in Nashville, Tennessee. Also appearing with Vincent will be drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, BLUE MURDER) and bassist Tony Franklin (David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, The FIRM).
vinnievincentlive.com

JAN. 17, 2019
SORCERY TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metal band SORCERY is finalizing the process of composing their 4th album, which is scheduled to be recorded between April and May, for its release in July through Xtreem Music.
The band also have a new lineup for the album, which looks like this:
Ola Malmström - Vocals, Paul Johansson - Guitar, Johan Vikholm - Guitar, Tommy Holmer - Drums, John Falk - Bass.
facebook.com/sorcerydeathmetal

THE AVENGERS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The AVENGERS have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4.
Other bands that will play are The EXPLOITED, The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., DOA, The DWARVES, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, POISON IDEA, The DAMNED, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, VICE SQUAD, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
Full lineup and other details at rebellionfestivals.com

KISS TO PERFORM EXCLUSIVE CONCERT AT WHISKY A GO GO
SiriusXM announced today that KISS will perform an intimate invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs on Monday, February 11 at Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS's exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.
The performance will air on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET on KISS Army Radio, channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The concert will air on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
kissonline.com

JANET GARDNER LEAVE VIXEN
American singer Janet Gardner has announced her departure from VIXEN.

LORNA DOOM OF THE GERMS IS DEAD
According to Punk Rock Graveyard and Punknews.org, Lorna Doom, bassist for American punk band The GERMS, passed away yesterday (Jan. 16). The cause of death is not known at this time.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
NWOBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG are going on a short European tour in May. The dates are:
11.05.19 DK, Copenhagen, Nordic Noise Festival
12.05.19 DE, (to be announced)
13.05.19 DE, Dresden, Chemiefabrik
14.05.19 DE, Bremen, Meisenfrei
16.05.19 DE, Hamburg, Bambi Galore
17.05.19 NL, Drachten, Iduna
18.05.19 BE, Lens, Titans Club
As reported a few days ago, TYGERS OF PAN TANG will enter the studio in April to record a new album, which is expected to be released in November via Mighty Music.
tygersofpantang.com

THE QUILL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Swedish hard rock band The QUILL are going on a European tour in March. Confirmed shows so far are:
16.3. NL, Landgraaf, Oefenbunker
19.3. DE, Cologne, Helios
20.3. DE, Frankfurt, Cave
26.3. DE, Munich, Backstage Club
27.3. DE, Berlin, Auster Club
28.3. DE, Hamburg, Logo
More shows to be announced..
facebook.com/thequillsweden

JAN. 16, 2019
ABRAMIS BRAMA, SIR REG AND TWIN PIGS NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
Abramis Brama
Manifestgalan - a price for Swedish independent artists - have announced the nominees for 2019.
When it comes to the hard rock category we can find ABRAMIS BRAMA, BITCH HAWK, Louise Lemón (not so hard rock if you ask me) and CRAFT.
In the punk category are OLDFASHIONED IDEAS, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS and ŚMIERĆ.
And last but not least, in the rock category I can see RIOT GRRRL SESSIONS, LES BIG BYRD, DET JORDISKA and CO SONN.
Manifestgalan take place at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden on February 15.
manifestgalan.se

D.R.I. TO PLAY IN MEXICO NEXT MONTH
Crossover legends D.R.I. are going to play 3 dates in Mexico in February. These date are:
February 15 - Monterrey, Cafe Iguana
February 16 - Mexico City, Circo Volador
February 17 - Mérida, Yucatán, Casa Nohoch
dirtyrottenimbeciles.com

JAN. 15, 2019
THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
The EXPLOITED have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4.
Other bands that will play are The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., DOA, The DWARVES, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, POISON IDEA, The DAMNED, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, VICE SQUAD, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
Full lineup and other details at rebellionfestivals.com

TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
NWOBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG will enter the studio in April with producer Fred Purser (previously a TYGERS OF PAN TANG member himself) to record their new album. Søren Andersen of Denmark's Medley Studio (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) will once again handle the mixing duties.
The follow-up to TYGERS OF PAN TANG's 2016 self-titled comeback album is expected to be released in November via Mighty Music. A first single wil tentatively arrive in late summer.
tygersofpantang.com

LIVE RELEASE WITH TNT IN MARCH
A new live CD, DVD and Blu-ray with Norwegian melodic hard rock veterans TNT, titled "Encore - Live In Milano", will be released on March 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. The set was professionally filmed and recorded in April 2017 at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy and features Tony Harnell on lead vocals.
tnttheband.com   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH MURDRYCK
Swedish black metallers MURDRYCK will release a new album, entitled "Födelsen", around May (no exact date yet). It will be their first official release with the new singer Galar.
Cassette and CD verison will be released through Leviaphonic Records. There will also be a LP version, but on what label is not confirmed yet.
murdryck.info

THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES FRENCH TOUR DATES
In addition to the previously announced Paris Olympia date late in November, British rock veterans The STRANGLERS have now confirmed that there will be a total of 6 French gigs in November this year. These tour dates are:
Nov. 22 - Le Mans, Oasis
Nov. 23 - Penmarc'h (near Quimper), Cap Caval
Nov. 24 - Herouville Saint Clair, Big Band Cafe
Nov. 26 - Lille, Aeronef
Nov. 27 - Paris, Olympia
Nov. 28 - Strasbourg, Laiterie
Tickets for the 5 new gigs go on sale tomorrow, January 16.
Further Euro dates are planned for the gap between the 6 French and 3 German dates in early December. So keep an eye on stranglers.net

BLITZKRIEG GOT A NEW BASSIST
NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG have announced that Liam Ferguson is taking over bass duties in the band. At the same time they thank Huw Holding for his hard work during his time period with the band.
blitzkriegmusic.com

JAN. 14, 2019
THE DAMNED CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
Captain Sensible, The Damned
The DAMNED are the latest band to be confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4.
Other bands that will play are The STRANGLERS, COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, RUTS D.C., DOA, The DWARVES, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, POISON IDEA, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, VICE SQUAD, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
Full lineup and other details at rebellionfestivals.com

METALLICA BEER
METALLICA is going to release a beer. It's called "Enter Night" and is described as "a hoppy pilsner played through a distortion pedal".
The beer was available in limited quantities during their 2018 tour, but will now have distribution in North America, Europe, Australia, China, and other regions. The product is brewed and bottled in San Diego through Arrogant Consortia, an imprint of Stone Brewing.
metallica.com

BONAFIDE ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
Bonafide
Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE will release their first live album, "Live At KB", on March 15. And this is something that they want to celebrate with a little tour here in Sweden, which will kick off where the live album was recorded, at KB in Malmö on the release day.
The tour dates are:
March 15 – KB, Malmö
March 16 – Rockbåten, Helsingborg
March 22 – Harry B James, Stockholm
March 23 – Bomber Bar, Motala
March 29 – Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg
March 30 – Farozon, Hässleholm
April 6 – Club Rockers, Västerås
You can pre-order the album from bonafiderocks.se. The album will also be available at the concerts.

THE WHO ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
THE WHO's North American "Moving On!" tour will bring the legendary rock band to 29 cities beginning in May. The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour June 1 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, Minnesota and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18.
THE WHO will also release its first album of new songs in 13 years later in 2019. On stage, the lineup will be rounded out by familiar THE WHO players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
You can find a lot more information and all tour dates at thewho.com

DISMEMBER TO REUNITE FOR SCANDINAVIA DEATHFEST
Dismember in Boras many years ago
The original lineup of DISMEMBER are going to reunite for Scandinavia Deathfest. This will be the first performance by the band since 2008. Among the other confirmed acts for this death metal party are BENEDICTION, CENTINEX, BIRDFLESH, ENTRAILS, DEMONICAL, MASSGRAV, GENERAL SURGERY, MARTYRDÖD, IRON LAMB, INTERMENT, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ROTTEN SOUND, PURTENANCE, SORCERY, UNANIMATED, UNDERGANG, WOMBBATH etc.
The festival take place at Kraken and Slaktkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden on October 11-12. More info at facebook.com/events/2250844838529893/permalink/2270922709855439

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL PUTS DOWN PAPER MAGAZINE
The end of the American punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll as a monthly print fanzine is here. There will be 3 more issues of the fanzine in its current format though. After that they will begin publishing record reviews online alongside their weekly radio show.
Read more about it here: maximumrocknroll.com

JAN. 13, 2019
MANOWAR'S "INTO GLORY RIDE" AND "HAIL TO ENGLAND" ALBUMS TO BE RE-ISSUED
MANOWAR are going to re-release their early albums "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England" in spring 2019. The albums have been remixed and remastered.
manowar.com

JAN. 12, 2019
ULI JON ROTH TO BE JOINED BY RUDOLF SCHENKER AT 2 JAPANESE SHOWS
SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker will be Uli Jon Roth's very special guest at 2 Japanese shows (Tokyo on January 21 and Nagoya on January 22) during Uli's 50th-anniversary tour.
Roth - who was in the SCORPIONS for 5 years before leaving the group in 1978, following the release of the live double album "Tokyo Tapes" - and Schenker will be joined on select songs by drummer Rudy Lenners, who played on SCORPIONS' "In Trance" and "Virgin Killer" LPs.
facebook.com/ulijonrothofficial

LIVE ALBUM/DVD WITH BLAZE BAYLEY IN MARCH
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release the "Live In France" live album and DVD on March 1. The set will contain a recording of Blaze's May 25, 2018 and May 26, 2018 concerts at Chez Paulette, near Nancy, France.
You can pre-order it from blazebayley.co.uk

GREATEST-HITS ALBUM WITH MEGADETH IN MARCH
MEGADETH will release a greatest-hits album, "Warheads On Foreheads", on March 22. The disc will feature 35 remastered tracks hand-selected by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine.
youtu.be/XVBQPq9Yvb8   megadeth.com

HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCES 3 SPECIAL U.S. DATES
Joacim Cans, HammerFall
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release their 11th studio album, "Dominion", on August 16. This will be followed by 3 very special release parties in 3 American cities in September. The exclusive dates are:
Sept. 7 - Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 8 - Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
Sept. 10 - Brooklyn Baazar, Brooklyn, NY
hammerfall.net

NEW ALBUM WITH THE WHO, AND TOUR WITH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
It looks like THE WHO will release a new album later this year.
According to Rolling Stone, LiveNation offered guitarist Pete Townsend an extended 2019 tour, but Townsend did not want to tour without new material. So, last year, he recorded 15 demos. Townsend stated that he hopes to record the album this year with Roger Daltrey on vocals.
Meanwhile, the band will go on a 31-date U.S. tour, but have not announced the details yet. However, the tour will feature a full symphony orchestra backing them.
thewho.com

JAN. 11, 2019
HANK VON HELL POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) has been forced to postpone (not cancel) his upcoming North American tour until later this year (probably the summer). This is due to an issue/fine that occurred back in the 90s, which has previously not been a problem to solve (Hank received a working visa in both 2003 and 2015).
To make up for this little problem, Hank Von Hell will enter the studio at once to record a new EP, that will be released exclusively in the U.S. first in late May. There will also be more dates added to the summer tour.
New dates will be announced soon..
facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

THE VIBRATORS GO ON TOUR IN SWEDEN WITH DEAD POLLYS
Old punk legends The VIBRATORS are going on a tour in Sweden with Swedish punk band DEAD POLLYS next summer. 6 dates have been confirmed so far, and they are:
June 27 - Estelle, Stockholm (w/ TOPPER)
June 29 - Rack'n'Roll, Gävle (w/ RISK)
June 30 - Royal K100, Eskilstuna
July 4 - The Abyss, Göteborg
July 5 - Bomber Bar, Motala
July 6 - L'Orient, Linköping
More dates will be added, so keep an eye on thevibrators.com or deadpollys.com

NEW ALBUM WITH CITY SAINTS IN MARCH
City Saints
Swedish punk rockers CITY SAINTS will release their new album, "På Svenska", on March 22. All songs are in Swedish (they usually sing in English), and the album was produced by Chips Kiesby (SATOR, The HELLACOPTERS, GRAVEYARD, SAHARA HOTNIGHTS etc etc).
But you have the chance to hear the album already on March 2 at Crippas Café in their hometown Göteborg, where they also will perform a few of the songs acoustic. Free entrance!
facebook.com/citysaintsgbg   facebook.com/events/340569919867080

VÄRLDEN BRINNER RECORDING NEW EP
Swedish punk rockers VÄRLDEN BRINNER are currently in the studio to record a new EP, which will be released in March.
facebook.com/varldenbrinner

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST RECORDING SECOND ALBUM
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - with Michael Schenker (guitar), Gary Barden (vocals), Graham Bonnet (vocals), Robin McAuley (vocals), Doogie White (vocals), Chris Glen (bass) Ted McKenna (drums) and Steve Mann (keys/guitar) - are currently in the studio to record their second album.
The album is scheduled to be out on Nuclear Blast Records in August.
michaelschenkerfest.com

STAND IN BASSIST FOR GBH FOUND DEAD
Birmingham punk legends GBH let us know that their regular stand in bass player, and lifelong friend, Mickey Coyle was found dead yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 10). This means that they have to cancel their dates at the 100 Club in London tonight (Jan. 11), and at The Arches in Coventry on Saturday (Jan. 12).
gbhuk.com

JAN. 10, 2019
THE THREE TREMORS ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
The THREE TREMORS - with heavy metal vocalists Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES), Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (JAG PANZER, SATAN'S HOST, TITAN FORCE) and Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck (CAGE, DENNER/SHERMANN, DEATH DEALER) - are going on their first-ever U.S. tour, which will kick off on February 14 at El Corazon in Seattle, and wrapping up on March 11 at The Crafthouse Stage & Grill in Pittsburgh.
Dates can be found at thethreetremors.com

MURDER JUNKIES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
American punk veterans MURDER JUNKIES are going on a U.S. tour in May and June. You can find the dates here: facebook.com/ggallinofficial

JAN 9, 2019
MISSBRUKARNA TO PLAY IN UPPSALA
It looks like old Swedish punk band MISSBRUKARNA are going to play at Femman in Uppsala on February 15. Other bands that will play are DISSEKERAD, KRONOFOGDEN and SPRAUT.
MISSBRUKARNA existed in the 80s, but have during the last years done a show now and then.
facebook.com/uppsalahardcore

DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR WITH TESLA
DEF LEPPARD have announced a Canadian summer tour with melodic hard rockers TESLA. The trek will kick off in Halifax on July 12 and end in Calgary on July 31. Exact dates are:
July 12 - Halifax Scotiabank Centre - Halifax, NS
July 13 - Avenir Centre - Moncton, NB
July 15 - Centre Vidéotron - Quebec City, QC
July 17 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
July 19 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
July 20 - FirstOntario Centre - Hamilton, ON
July 22 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
July 25 - Bell MTS Place - Winnipeg, MB
July 27 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
July 29 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
July 31 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB

NATIONALTEATERN ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN SWEDEN
Ulf Dageby, Nationalteatern
Swedish rock legends NATIONALTEATERN (aka NATIONALTEATERNS ROCKORKESTER) refuse to give up, and are going on yet another tour here in Sweden in April. This time they will visit the northern part of the country, and the dates are these:
10 april Sundsvall, Tonhallen
11 april Gävle, Konserthus
12 april Östersund, OSD
13 april Umeå, Idun/Folkets Hus
14 april Luleå, Kulturens Hus
facebook.com/Nationalteaternsrockorkester

JAN. 8, 2019
AMON AMARTH COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Bad old photo of Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH have completed work on their new album at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP and STONE SOUR. The as-yet-untitled disc is tentatively due this spring via Metal Blade Records.
amonamarth.com

THE DILS TO PLAY FIRST SHOW IN 40 YEARS
American punk band The DILS will reunite to play their first show since 1979.
The concert is the 17th in a series of fundraising concerts organized to pay for the underfunded music education program at Castelar Elementary School. Other bands playing include ALLEY CATS, RHINO 39 and NEKO NEKO.
The show will happen on January 27 at the Grand Star Jazz Club in L.A.

JAN. 7, 2019
CHELSEA WORKING ON NEW SONGS
Old British punk band CHELSEA are currently writing songs for a new album.
facebook.com/ChelseaPunkbandOfficial

THE DWARVES TO RELEASE RARITIES COLLECTION IN JUNE
American dirt punk veterans The DWARVES will release a rarities collection in June called "The Dwarves are Hard AF". It will include b-sides, alternate recordings, and unreleased tracks. It will be released via Riot Style.
thedwarves.com

HIGH ON FIRE FORCED TO CANCEL ANOTHER TOUR
HIGH ON FIRE has been forced to cancel its previously announced U.S. tour with TOKE and YEAR OF THE COBRA due to another medical emergency suffered by the band's frontman, Matt Pike. The trek was scheduled to kick off on January 10 in Atlanta, Georgia and wrap on February 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This marks the second tour HIGH ON FIRE has scrapped in less than 3 months. Last fall, the Oakland, California-based outfit pulled out of a trek with MUNICIPAL WASTE.
You can read a statement from Matt on the band's Facebook page.

JAN. 6, 2019
ZEPHYRA ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Zephyra a few years ago
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic death metallers ZEPHYRA will do some shows here in Sweden, as well as in Norway and UK this spring. The dates are these: April 19 - Backstage, Varberg, Sweden
April 26 - The Rock Bar, Karlstad, Sweden
April 27 - Eidskog Rockeklubb, Magnor, Norway
May 4 - V.I.P Releasefest, Borås, Sweden
May 11 - RFSL, Borås, Sweden
May 24 - Bar 42, Worthing, UK
May 25 - Route 44, Birmingham, UK
May 26 - The Brickhouse, Norwich, UK
More dates will be announced soon..
ZEPHYRA are currently working on a new album.
facebook.com/zephyraofficial

JAN. 4, 2019
SODOM CONFIRMED FOR THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
SODOM have been confirmed for The Abyss Festival at Gotheburg Film Studios in Göteborg, Sweden on March 1-2.
Among the other bands are ANTICHRIST, DEMON, GRIM REAPER, PRIMORDIAL, AURA NOIR, QUARTZ, SATAN etc.
theabyss.se/festival

"BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY AS WELL AS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
QUEEN's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", is coming to digital platforms later this month, with the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray/DVD release set for February.
According to 20th Century Fox, "Bohemian Rhapsody" will be available on digital HD on January 22, with the physical release scheduled for February 12. All of the releases will feature the full Live Aid performance, featuring Rami Malek (as singer Freddie Mercury), Ben Hardy (as drummer Roger Taylor), Gwilym Lee (as guitarist Brian May), and Joseph Mazzello (as bassist John Deacon) recreating the original 22-minute 1985 Wembley Stadium show. The home video release will include 2 never-before-seen songs, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Will Rock You", as part of the Live Aid re-enactment. The 4K and Blu-ray releases will also feature several featurettes, including "Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie", "The Look And Sound Of Queen" and "Recreating Live Aid".
foxmovies.com/movies/bohemian-rhapsody

NEW EP WITH DORO IN MARCH
German metal queen Doro Pesch will release a 4-song vinyl EP, "Backstage To Heaven", on March 8 to coincide with the start of the second leg of her world tour. The EP will feature 2 previously released album tracks as well as 2 new live recordings.
doromusic.de

RAINBOW SINGER RONNIE ROMERO QUITS LORDS OF BLACK
RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero has exited Spanish melodic progressive metal band LORDS OF BLACK.

JAN. 3, 2019
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH JOHN SYKES
Legendary English guitarist John Sykes (TYGERS OF PAN TANG, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, SYKES) will release his first album in 19 years later this year via Golden Robot Records.
Album sampler: youtu.be/U0Wo7u8EN3A

BLACK METAL MOVIE "LORDS OF CHAOS" TO BE RELEASED IN FEBRUARY
The English-language film "Lords Of Chaos", based on true events in the Norwegian black metal music scene in the early 1990s, will open in theaters on February 8 and on demand on February 22.
Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund (METALLICA, RAMMSTEIN) directed the film, which is being released by Gunpowder and Sky, and is co-produced by VICE Studios, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Insurgent Media.
"Lords Of Chaos" is described as "the terrifying story based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control." The movie follows the life of Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, the founding member of MAYHEM who was murdered in 1993 by Kristian "Varg" Vikernes (BURZUM). In the movie, Euronymous "becomes fixated on creating true 'Norwegian black metal' music with his band MAYHEM, and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band's name on the map. But as the lines between publicity and reality start to blur, acts of arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation."
Trailer: youtu.be/jX0z2HIxxF4

THE DISTILLERS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Brody Dalle
Reunited American punk band The DISTILLERS' lead vocalist Brody Dalle mentioned in a recent Instagram post that the band will begin working on a new album in April. This will be the band's first new album in 16 years.

JAN. 2, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH DEMONS & WIZARDS IN 2020
DEMONS & WIZARDS, the side project of ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch, is tentatively planning to release its long-awaited third album in January 2020.

MANOWAR ANNOUNCES NEW GUITARIST FOR THEIR UPCOMING TOUR
E.V. Martel will be the guitarist on MANOWAR's upcoming Final Battle World Tour 2019.
As you might remember, MANOWAR announced in October that its longtime guitarist Karl Logan will not be touring with the group after being arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.
The tour will kick off on February 25 in Tel Aviv, Israel and will span over 28 cities; from Siberian Russia to Germany, Scandinavia and Birmingham, England to the far west of France.
Dates and other details can be found at manowar.com

JAN. 1, 2019
CRADLE OF FILTH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM IN THE FALL
Very old photo of Cradle Of Filth
British extreme metal veterans CRADLE OF FILTH will tentatively enter the studio in the fall of 2019 to begin recording a new album. The follow-up to 2017's "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay" is expected to arrive sometime in 2020.
cradleoffilth.com

SABATON IS RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy metal band SABATON have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.
sabaton.net

DEC. 30, 2018
WATAIN TO PLAY IN SINGAPORE AND BANGKOK
Erik, Watain
After Japan, Swedish black metallers WATAIN will play in Singapore and Bangkok on the following dates:
March 7 - Singapore, Ebenex Live Space
March 9 - Bangkok, Hollywood
More tour dates at templeofwatain.com

TONY IOMMI HAS BEGUN REMIXING BLACK SABBATH'S "FORBIDDEN" ALBUM
Tony Iommi says that he has begun remixing BLACK SABBATH's 1995 album "Forbidden", which features singer Tony Martin, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Neil Murray, and is often regarded as the band's worst LP. It will be released sometime in 2019.
iommi.com

DEC. 29, 2018
NIRVANA SUES MARC JACOBS
According to TMZ, NIRVANA has filed a lawsuit against Marc Jacobs over a design featured in the brand's "Redux Grunge" collection. The collection celebrates the cultural significance of the clothing that went on to become a badge of cool in a cultural era presided over by Kurt Cobain. Included in the collection are socks, shirts and sweaters.
NIRVANA's lawsuit centers on a design featuring a squiggly yellow smiley face, which is very similar to the trademark owned by the band since 1992.
TMZ's article: tmz.com/2018/12/28/nirvana-sues-marc-jacobs-stealing-grunge-smiley-face-design

DEC. 28, 2018
ACE FREHLEY IS CONSIDERING PUTTING OUT UNRELEASED SONGS
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has told Michael Cavacini in a recent interview that he is "considering" putting out some of the previously unreleased songs and demos that he has accumulated over the years, including from his time with his former band.
Ace says that he "have over 100 reels of two-inch tape" and "over 100 cassettes of demos", as well as early photographs and videos of KISS.
Read the interview here: michaelcavacini.com/2018/08/17/a-conversation-with-ace-frehley

MICHAEL ANTHONY SHOOTS DOWN VAN HALEN REUNION RUMORS
Former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has shot down rumors that he will rejoin the band for a reunion tour next summer.
A new rumor has suggested that the original VAN HALEN lineup — including Anthony, who has not played with the band since 2004 — will reunite in 2019 for a stadium tour. This would be the first time that the 4 founding members of the band, including singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, perform together since 1984.
Premiere Radio Networks, a division of iHeartRadio, reached out to Anthony on Wednesday (December 26) as the rumors gained more steam. "The only comment I have is that I haven't spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004", Anthony told Premiere.
He added that while he did speak to Alex Van Halen on the phone "a few years back", the two didn't get into anything more than small talk.

TOY DOLLS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM IN 2019
British fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS will enter a studio in London on January 28 to start recording a new album, which they plan to have finished about 2 months later.
thetoydolls.com

DEC. 24, 2018
LASTKAJ 14'S "STORMAR" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
Lastkaj 14
Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 will have their album "Stormar" re-released as LP through Second Class Kids Records. Not sure when though, but probably during next year as the label announced it today. This version will also be remixed and remastered, and it will also be released digitally.
facebook.com/secondclasskids

DEATHSTARS CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
DEATHSTARS have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which happens on July 19-20, 2019 at Glasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. It will be their first show in Sweden in 5 years.
Other confirmed acts are DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MINISTRY, PHILIP H ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, PRIMORDIAL, STAYRICON etc.
geflemetalfestival.se

U.D.O. CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
Udo Dirkschneider
U.D.O. have been confirmed for next summer's Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden on August 14-17, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are APOCALYPTICA, ALESTORM, BLOODBOUND, BORKNAGAR, MANIMAL, SERENITY, SABATON etc.
sabatonopenair.net

DEC. 22, 2018
FORMER FREHLEY'S COMET MEMBERS REJOIN AS RETURN OF THE COMET
Former FREHLEY'S COMET members John Regan (bass), Tod Howarth (guitar/lead vocals) and Richie Scarlet (guitar/lead vocals) have joined forces with former Ace Frehley drummer Steve Werner in RETURN OF THE COMET.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Regan and world-renowned drummer Anton Fig formed FREHLEY'S COMET in 1984. The band went on to sell well over 1.5 million albums and had multiple MTV music videos in heavy rotation from 1987 to 1990.
Now for the first time ever, FREHLEY'S COMET alumni Regan, Howarth and Scarlet, along with Werner, will celebrate their writing, recording, touring and co-production contributions to the FREHLEY'S COMET legacy by performing the hits and classics from the FREHLEY'S COMET catalog and more under the name RETURN OF THE COMET.
returnofthecometband.com

DEC. 21, 2018
DJURET IS BACK IN VRÄVARNA
Djuret with Vravarna
Djuret is back again in local (Borås, Sweden) dirt punk veterans VRÄVARNA (not the first time he has left and come back after a few years). Mattias, who played drums before, is now playing guitar instead.
facebook.com/vravarna

THE BABOON SHOW POSTPONE GERMAN DATES
The Baboon Show
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW have been forced to postpone their German shows, which was scheduled for March 2019, due to delivery of new babies. But they have already announced new dates in September instead, and they are:
11.09.19 Hamburg, Markthalle
12.09.19 Bochum, Bahnhof Langendreer
13.09.19 Köln, Kantine
14.09.19 Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
15.09.19 Berlin, SO36
If you already have tickets, just keep them. They will still be valid for the new dates.
Unfortunately they have to cancel the festivals in Spain in May.
thebaboonshow.com

NEW ALBUM WITH EN SVENSK TIGER IN MAY
En Svensk Tiger
Swedish melodic punk rockers EN SVENSK TIGER will release a new album, "GBG Noir", on May 10, 2019. The first single, "Skuggor I Blåljus", will be released on January 25, and will feature Swedish pop singer Idde Schultz.
facebook.com/ensvensktigerband

RUTS D.C. CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
RUTS D.C. (aka The RUTS) 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, FEAR, UK SUBS, DOA, The STRANGLERS, POISON IDEA, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, The DWARVES, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS and SYSTEM OF HATE, just to mention a few of them all..
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

NO MORE THE POODLES
Swedish poodle rockers The POODLES have decided to go seperate ways.

DEC. 20, 2018
PER WIBERG TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Per Wiberg, the Swedish multi-instrumentalist who has played with such bands as OPETH, CANDLEMASS, KAMCHATKA and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, will release his debut solo album, "Head Without Eye", on April 19, 2019 via Despotz Records.

TWISTED SISTER'S MARK "THE ANIMAL" MENDOZA GOT A NEW BAND
Mark "The Animal" Mendoza, famed bassist from TWISTED SISTER, BLACKFOOT and The DICTATORS, has released "Deck The Halls", a holiday cheer music video, with his new band, ANIMAL TACTIX.
ANIMAL TACTIX is Mendoza on bass, Jared Cannata on lead guitar and Jordan Cannata on drums. An impressive list of singers will contribute their vocals to upcoming tracks consisting of original hard rock music.
youtu.be/_TujwEOQbds

SICK OF IT ALL AND TOY DOLLS CONFIRMED FOR XTREME FEST
The first wave of bands have been announced for Xtreme Fest 2019. The list includes SICK OF IT ALL, TOY DOLLS, MADBALL, PRPAGANDHI, NEGATIVE APPROACH, The CASUALTIES LIONHEART, IGNITE, NOT ON TOUR, CANCER BATS and BIRDS IN ROW.
The festival will take pace on August 1-4, 2019 at Cap'Découverte in Albi Carmaux, France.
xtremefest.fr

NO BEST OF 2018 LIST
I have decided that there will not be any "Best of 2018" list this year at Hard Rock Info. There's simply too many good records to choose from, which is a luxury problem of course. But it also takes too much time, and I already feel stressed almost all the time. So no.
I think that I will also cut down on the reviews. Over 800 reviews in 1 year by just 1 person is fucking insane. This is after all just a hobby project.
Heavy Christmas and a headbanging new year, your editor Jimmy Blom.

DEC. 19, 2018
MARY'S KIDS HAVE FOUND NEW MEMBERS
Mary herself, Marys Kids
Swedish rock n roll punks MARY'S KIDS have found a new drummer and bassist, Elias and Hella. They plan to start rehearsing again next year, and finish their new album.
facebook.com/MARYSKIDSTHEBAND

THE STRANGLERS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The STRANGLERS 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, FEAR, UK SUBS, DOA, POISON IDEA, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, The DWARVES, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS and SYSTEM OF HATE, just to mention a few of them all..
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

MAIDAVALE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
MaidaVale
Swedish retro rockers MAIDAVALE are going on a European spring tour from February 28 to March 28. For tour dates, go to facebook.com/maidavaleswe

HAWKWIND ANNOUNCES 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Space rock legends HAWKWIND celebrate their 50-year anniversary in 2019 with a big concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, England on November 26. Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.
hawkwind.com

SAXON CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
Saxon live in Gothenburg
Sweden Rock Festival have confirmed some new acts for next summer&339;s festival: SAXON, DEADLAND RITUAL - with Geezer Butler (ex-BLACK SABBATH), Matt Sorum (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA) - ELECTRIC BOYS, BLUE COUPE (with members from BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and Alice Cooper), DYNAZTY, SIR REG etc.
Confirmed since earlier are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, ZZ TOP, SLAYER, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, EASY ACTION, UFO, SKID ROW, Axel Rudi Pell, AT THE GATES, CANDLEMASS, DANKO JONES, POWERWOLF, Joe Lynn Turner, The QUILL, HÄLLAS, THUNDERMOTHER, KRISIUN, FM, Blaze Bayley etc. etc. etc.
Full lineup (so far) and other details at swedenrock.com

2 ALBUMS WITH MEGADETH TO BE REISSUED IN FEBRUARY
On February 15, 2019, MEGADETH will reissue 2 of its records, 2001's "The World Needs A Hero" and 2004's "The System Has Failed", through BMG.
megadeth.com

DEC. 18, 2018
SOTO SIGN WITH INSIDEOUTMUSIC
SOTO - the hard rock band featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN, JOURNEY etc) - have signed a worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.
The band are currently working on material for a new album.
sototheband.com   insideoutmusic.com

BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH AUDREY HORNE AND THUNDERMOTHER
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES are going on a European tour with AUDREY HORNE and THUNDERMOTHER in April/May 2019. SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY will also be with them on the 6 first dates. And the dates are as follows:
19.04.2019 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
20.04.2019 AT – Vienna, Flex (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
21.04.2019 CZ – Prague, Klub Nová Chmelnice (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
23.04.2019 CH – Winterthur, Gaswerk (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
24.04.2019 IT – Milano, Live Music Club (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
25.04.2019 FR – Toulouse, Le Metronum (with SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY)
26.04.2019 - Full Metal Cruise
30.04.2019 ES – Madrid, But
01.05.2019 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
02.05.2019 FR – Lyon, Ninkasi Gerland
03.05.2019 FR – Paris, La Maroquinerie (without AUDREY HORNE)
04.05.2019 NL – Utrecht, De Helling (without AUDREY HORNE)
backyardbabies.com   audreyhornemusic.com   thundermother.com   facebook.com/satantakesaholiday

NEW ALBUM WITH HAMMERFALL IN AUGUST
Joacim Cans, HammerFall
Swedish heavy metal veterans HAMMERFALL will enter the studio on January 7, 2019 to begin recording their new album. Titled "Dominion", the disc will be released on August 16, 2019 via Napalm Records.
hammerfall.net

EASY ACTION REUNITE TO PERFORM "THAT MAKES ONE" ALBUM AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
Kee Marcello unplugged
Swedish hard rock band EASY ACTION are going to reunite, with Tommy Nilsson on vocals, to perform the entire album "That Makes One" (from 1986) at Sweden Rock Festival next summer.
The lineup will be Tommy Nilsson (vocals), Kee Marcello (guitar), Chris Lind (guitar), Nalle Påhlsson (bass) and Jörgen Ingeström on keyboard. Who is going to be the drummer is unknown.
EASY ACTION have previously reunited with original singer Zinny Zan, who was replaced by Tommy Nilsson in the mid-80s. This will be the first time in 33 years that Tommy return to the hard rock scene. He has been a famous solo artist here in Sweden since the 80s, singing love ballads and pop songs (Sweden's own Michael Bolton you could say).
Sweden Rock Festival happens on June 5-8, 2019 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. More info at swedenrock.com
facebook.com/keemarcello

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.
sickofitall.com