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
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.
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.
NEW EP WITH 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.
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..
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
MÄRVEL TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM IN APRIL
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
FEB. 7, 2019
MARCO MENDOZA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
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
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.
FEB. 6, 2019
ABRAMIS BRAMA CONFIRMED FOR VICIOUS ROCK INDOORS
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.
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.
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.
FEB. 4, 2019
QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
SATYRICON TO PERFORM ENTIRE "REBEL EXTRAVAGANZA" ALBUM AT TONS OF ROCK
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..
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
JAN. 31, 2019
THE PROFESSIONALS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
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.
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.
MATS LEVÉN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM AS SKYBLOOD
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.
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.
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).
JAN. 30, 2019
CRADLE OF FILTH TO PERFORM ENTIRE "CRUELTY AND THE BEAST" ALBUM AT SELECT SHOWS
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.
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
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
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.
GIRLSCHOOL PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST ENID WILLIAMS
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.
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.
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.
GIRLSCHOOL TO PLAY IN SPAIN
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
ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCES ASIAN TOUR
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
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
LOK TO REUNITE
Swedish hardcore/metal band LOK are going to reunite for some festivals this summer.
JAN. 26, 2019
MOB 47 TO PLAY IN RUSSIA
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
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
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.
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.
VOJD ANNOUNCES GERMAN SPRING TOUR
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
ENTOMBED A.D. CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
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.
NEW ALBUM WITH DANKO JONES IN APRIL
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
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.
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
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
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
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.
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.
GIRLSCHOOL TEAM UP WITH VENOM INC AND RAVEN FOR 3 AUSTRALIAN DATES
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.
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.
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES 2 SWEDISH DATES
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
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.
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
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.
AT THE GATES AND OPETH CONFIRMED FOR BORGHOLM BRINNER
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.
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.
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.
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.
UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER HAS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE, BUT WILL CONTINUE TOURING
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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).
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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..
JAN. 16, 2019
ABRAMIS BRAMA, SIR REG AND TWIN PIGS NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
JAN. 14, 2019
THE DAMNED CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
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 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.
BONAFIDE ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
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
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.
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.
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.
HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCES 3 SPECIAL U.S. DATES
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
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.
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..
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
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
JAN. 8, 2019
AMON AMARTH COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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".
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.
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."
THE DISTILLERS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
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
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.
SABATON IS RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy metal band SABATON have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.
DEC. 30, 2018
WATAIN TO PLAY IN SINGAPORE AND BANGKOK
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.
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.
DEC. 24, 2018
LASTKAJ 14'S "STORMAR" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
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.
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.
U.D.O. CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
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.
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.
DEC. 21, 2018
DJURET IS BACK IN VRÄVARNA
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.
THE BABOON SHOW POSTPONE GERMAN DATES
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.
NEW ALBUM WITH EN SVENSK TIGER IN MAY
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
SAXON CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
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.
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.
BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH AUDREY HORNE AND THUNDERMOTHER
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
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.
EASY ACTION REUNITE TO PERFORM "THAT MAKES ONE" ALBUM AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
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
DEC. 17, 2018
KOLLER BROTHERS WORKING ON BOOK ABOUT SICK OF IT ALL
Work has commenced on a forthcoming autobiography from SICK OF IT ALL vocalist Lou Koller and guitarist Pete Koller, to be called "The Blood And The Sweat: The Story Of Sick Of It All's Koller Brothers". Former A&R man and author Howie Abrams ("Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains", "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists...") will be compiling the book along with the Kollers. Publishing is scheduled for fall 2019 by Post Hill Press.
DEC. 16, 2018
TROUBLEMAKERS WORKING ON LIVE DVD AND BIOGRAPHY
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS are currently working on a live DVD and a book about the band. They hope the DVD will be finished soon, and they plan to have the book finished next fall.
I guess we will get some more information when these things are ready for release.
YET ANOTHER BEST OF COLLECTION WITH KISS
"The Best Of KISS" will be released on CD and digitally January 25, 2019. The vinyl edition is out on March 29.
DEC. 15, 2018
ALBUM WITH MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER PHILTY ANIMAL'S LITTLE VILLAINS TO RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS RELEASE
LITTLE VILLAINS, who were formed in 2006 by MOTÖRHEAD's legendary drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor as well as James Childs (AVON, AIRBUS) and Owen Street of desert rockers WAXY and sludge unit VAILS, will release their upcoming album, "Philthy Lies", on March 29, 2019.
Despite personal circumstances preventing the band from ever breaking out, the group decided that the music deserves to be heard as a testament to the late founding member. So LITTLE VILLAINS signed to Heavy Psych Sounds and will be represented by James, Owen and the very capable AIRBUS drummer Chris Fielden to continue the group's legacy and grow.
"Philthy Lies" is half an hour of rock n roll for any fan of MOTÖRHEAD and heavy rock. All album tracks were recorded at Unit A Studios in Palm Springs, California in February 2007.
Listen to "What On Earth" here: soundcloud.com/user-224411652/little-villains-what-on-earth
DEC. 14, 2018
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCES GERMAN SHOWS
Swedish action rockers The HELLACOPTERS are going to do 3 shows in Germany in May 2019. The dates are these:
13.05.2019 Köln, Live Music Hall
14.05.2019 Hamburg, Markthalle-Hamburg
15.05.2019 Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus Berlin
NEW ALBUM WITH BACKYARD BABIES IN MARCH
Swedish hard rock veterans BACKYARD BABIES will release their new album, "Sliver & Gold", on March 1, 2019 via Century Media Records.
BACKYARD BABIES will celebrate their 30-year anniversary next year. They will spend the first half of 2019 on the European roads. For upcoming tour dates, try backyardbabies.com
NEW ALBUM WITH IN FLAMES IN MARCH
IN FLAMES will release their 13th studio album, titled "I, The Mask", on March 1, 2019 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America).
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going to Australia in March 2019, where they will tour with special guests GOLDFINGER. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 17, and the dates are:
Mar. 2 - Metropolis, Fremantle
Mar. 4 - HQ Complex, Adelaide
Mar. 6 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Mar. 8 - Roundhouse, Sydney
Mar. 9 - The Valley Drive In, Brisbane
Mar. 10 - Soundlounge, Gold Coast
A new album, titled "SOS", will be released on February 15, 2019 via Epitaph.
DEC. 13, 2018
NO MORE RAJOITUS FOR A WHILE
Local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk veterans RAJOITUS have decided to take a long break again (hardly the first time).
DEF LEPPARD TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced its 2019 inductees. Acts that made the cut this year are: DEF LEPPARD, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, RADIOHEAD, The CURE, ROXY MUSIC and The ZOMBIES. Bands that were nominated but did not make the cut are: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RUFUS (featuring Chaka Khan), MC5, LL Cool J, DEVO, KRAFTWERK and Todd Rundgren.
The induction ceremony will be on March 29, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
SATAN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH RAM AND SCREAMER
English NWOBHM veterans SATAN announces their "Cruel Winter" European tour with direct support from Swedish heavy metal band RAM. Opening each night will be Swedish heavy metal band SCREAMER. The dates are:
14.02.2019 DE - Essen, Turock
15.02.2019 NL - Tilburg, Little Devil
16.02.2019 BE - Beveren – Leie, 't Klokhuis
17.02.2019 DE - Trier, Mergener Hof
18.02.2019 DE - München, Backstage
19.02.2019 CH - Aarau, Kiff
20.02.2019 DE - Kassel, Goldgrube
21.02.2019 DE - Weiden, Salute Club
22.02.2019 FR - Colmar, Grillen
23.02.2019 IT - Parma, Fight for Metal Fest
satanmusic.com ram-metal.com facebook.com/wearescreamer
MARDUK GOES TO RUSSIA
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK are going to Russia for a short tour in March. The dates are these:
Mar 04 - Ekaterinburg, Svoboda
Mar 05 - Samara, Zvezda
Mar 06 - Moscow, Station Hall
Mar 07 - St-Petersburg, Opera
IGGY POP TO PRODUCE TV DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PUNK
Iggy Pop is the executive producer of a new TV documentary series about punk, simply called "Punk". The 4-part series will debut on US channel Epix on March 11, 2019, and will feature interviews with a bunch of "big" names from the original punk scene in the 70s - John Lydon (SEX PISTOLS), Marky Ramone (RAMONES), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS) and BLONDIE members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. There will also be interviews with Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES), Elektra Records boss Danny Fields, journalist Legs McNeil and filmmaker Penolope Spheeris.
Details of screenings in other countries have yet to be revealed..
ALICE COOPER COMES BACK TO EUROPE NEXT YEAR
Alice Cooper have announced a few tour dates in Europe next fall. So far the schedule looks like this:
Aug 31 ― Aarburg, Switzerland
Sep 07 ― Madrid, Spain
Sep 08 ― Barcelona, Spain
Sep 11 ― Mannheim, Germany
Sep 13 ― Berlin, Germany
Sep 18 ― Stuttgart, Germany
Sep 23 ― Hamburg, Germany
Sep 30 ― Leipzig, Germany
Oct 01 ― Munich, Germany
DEC. 12, 2018
12CD BOX SET AND VINYL REISSUES WITH PRETTY MAIDS
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release a 12CD box set, titled "A Blast From The Past", as well as select vinyl reissues on February 22, 2019.
For many years, there has been a growing demand for reissues of PRETTY MAIDS' albums from the 90s and onwards. A lot of these albums haven't been accessible for years on either CD, vinyl, or digitally. So now Italian label Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to roll out these catalog reissues for PRETTY MAIDS fans.
For North American fans, the only place you can get this limited edition box set in N.A. is at the Frontiers' PledgeMusic store, and it is limited to 50 copies. Vinyl reissues available there too.
The 12CD box set will include the following albums: "Scream", "Spooked", "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing", "Carpe Diem", "Planet Panic", "Wake Up to the Real World", "Pandemonium", "Motherland", "Louder Than Ever", "Kingmaker", "Screamin' Live", "Alive At Least".
The 8 titles that will be reissued on vinyl are: "Scream", "Wake Up to the Real World", "Motherland", "Pandemonium", "Planet Panic", "Carpe Diem", "Spooked", "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing".
Pre-order: frontiers.shop (EU) frontiersrecords.pmstores.co (North America)
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES GERMAN SHOWS
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are going to do 3 shows in Germany in December 2019. Further European dates are planned around that time too. Details to follow..
The German dates are these:
Dec. 6 - Fabrik in Hamburg
Dec. 7 - Music Hall in Worpswede
Dec. 8 - Huxleys in Berlin
Tickets are on sale now.
THE QUIREBOYS TEAM UP WITH FM FOR UK TOUR
The QUIREBOYS and FM are going on a co-headline tour in UK in April 2019, with support from BAD TOUCH and VEGA. The dates are:
April 1 - Nottingham, Rock City
April 2 - Cardiff, The Tramshed
April 4 - Wakefield, Warehouse23
April 6 - Sheffield, Corporation
April 7 - Manchester, O2 Ritz
April 8 - Glasgow, The Garage
April 9 - Wolverhampton, Steel Mill
quireboys.com fmofficial.com badtouchrocks.co.uk vegaofficial.co.uk
JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN TOUR
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, Yngwie Malmsteen) are coming to Russia and near countries in April 2019. More information can be found at joelynnturner.com or sound-agency.ru
DEC. 11, 2018
BLACK EARTH ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR
BLACK EARTH — the project featuring former and current members of ARCH ENEMY performing material from ARCH ENEMY's first 3 albums live on stage — will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Burning Bridges" LP with a Japanese tour in May 2019.
BLACK EARTH is: Michael Amott - guitar, Christopher Amott - guitar, Johan Liiva - vocals, Daniel Erlandsson - drums and Sharlee D'Angelo - bass.
Tour dates can be found here: facebook.com/blackearthofficial
DEAD KENNEDYS AND SICK OF IT ALL CONFIRMED FOR MUSINK
MUSINK returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 for its 12th year as a festival with music, tattoos and cars. And when it comes to the music, there will be performances from bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, SICK OF IT ALL, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, LIMP BIZKIT, FEAR, HATEBREED, T.S.O.L. and a few more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at musinkfest.com
DEC. 10, 2018
ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Japanese rock trio ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a European tour in February/March 2019. Dates can be found here: electriceelshock.com
SLAYER ANNOUNCES ANOTHER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
SLAYER has just announced another North American leg of its final world tour.
Leg 5 will kick off May 2, 2019 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix, Arizona and see the band performing 16 shows across the Southern states and then up the east coast, culminating at the Xfinity Center Amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts on May 25. LAMB OF GOD, AMON AMARTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE will support SLAYER on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14.
All upcoming tour dates can be found at slayer.net
RANCID AND BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED FOR CAMP ANARCHY
Camp Anarchy: 3 Day Punk Rock Campout — a new camping, craft beer and punk music festival — will take over Legend Valley, just outside Columbus, Ohio, USA this spring, on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Camp Anarchy will feature performances by The OFFSPRING, RANCID, NOFX, BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, X, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, LESS THAN JAKE, FEAR, SICK OF IT ALL, The DAMNED, OFF! and more, along with craft beer tastings (available for purchase), and a slew of attractions including a Dodgeball Arena, Fair Games, Flea's Market Vendor Village, and much more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at campanarchyfest.com
SLAYER, UFO AND DANKO JONES CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
SLAYER, DREAM THEATER, UFO, STYX, DANKO JONES, SEVENTH WONDER, HÄLLAS, WITCHFYNDE and A.C.T. are some of the latest addition to next summer's Sweden Rock Festival, which take place on June 5-8 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, ZZ TOP, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, SKID ROW, Axel Rudi Pell, AT THE GATES, CANDLEMASS, POWERWOLF, MAGNUM, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, DEMON, Blaze Bayley, FM, KRISIUN, THUNDERMOTHER, The QUILL etc. etc.
DEC. 9, 2018
ASTA KASK AND VOICE OF A GENERATION CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
ASTA KASK and VOICE OF A GENERATION have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on October 12, 2019.
TRIBUTE CONCERT TO COZY POWELL
A special concert celebrating the life and music of legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, MSG etc.) will be held on December 29 at Robin 2 in Bilston, West Midlands, England. All profits from the event — which will be held on what would have been Powell's 71st birthday — will be donated to Cozy's favorite charity, World Animal Protection.
Musicians scheduled to appear are: Neil Murray, Tony Martin, Doogie White, Chris Childs, Nathan James, Carl Sentence, Richard Bailey, Jim Kirkpatrick, Harry James, Mike Terrana, Russell Gilbrook, Bob Richards, Ian Wills, Peter Knight, Neil Taylor, Esta Rowley and Chris Buck.
Cozy's original drum kit will he used throughout the night.
Tickets are available only at cozypowell.bigcartel.com
DEC. 7, 2018
LIVE ALBUM WITH BONAFIDE IN MARCH
Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE will release their first live album, "Live At KB", on March 15, 2019. The album was recorded during one special night at the legendary club KB in Malmö, Sweden in February 2018.
Pre-order details at bonafiderocks.se
NEW ALBUM WITH DEVIL'S GUN IN APRIL
Swedish heavy metal band DEVIL'S GUN will release their second album, "Sing For The Chaos", on April 12, 2019 via Black Lodge Records.
You can check out the first single, "Lights Out", here: smarturl.it/lights-out-single
NEW ALBUM WITH RAUBTIER NEXT YEAR
Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER will soon enter the studio to record a new album, which will be released next year.
2019 is also the 10-year anniversary for their debut album, "Det Finns Bara Krig", which they will celebrate during the year. Concert dates and more details about the album will be announced as soon as it's confirmed.
BUZZCOCKS FRONTMAN PETE SHELLEY IS DEAD
BUZZCOCKS singer/guitarist Pete Shelley (real name Peter Campbell McNeish) is dead. He died after a suspected heart attack on Thursday (Dec. 6). Pete was 63 years old.
DEC. 6, 2018
KREATOR TO FILM LONDON SHOW
KREATOR's December 16 concert at the Roundhouse in London, England will be professionally filmed. According to the band, there is "something very special in the works" for the footage, which will presumably be released at a later date.
The London show will close out the German thrash metal group's European co-headlining tour with DIMMU BORGIR. Also appearing on the bill are HATEBREED and BLOODBATH.
KREATOR will take 2019 off from touring to focus on writing material for the follow-up to 2017's "Gods Of Violence" album.
NEW DVD/BLU-RAY WITH KING DIAMOND IN JANUARY
On January 25, KING DIAMOND will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, "Songs For The Dead Live", via Metal Blade Records.
Find out more and pre-order at metalblade.com/kingdiamond
NEW ALBUM WITH CANDLEMASS IN FEBRUARY
Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will release their 12th full length album, "The Door To Doom", on February 22, 2019 via Napalm Records.
The album features a guest appearance from no other than Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) on 1 of the songs.
MICHALE GRAVES CONFIRMED FOR PÖNKFEST I SÖNNSVALL
Former MISFITS singer Michale Graves have been confirmed for Pönkfest i Sönnsvall Vol. 1, a 1-night festival in Sundsvall, Sweden on March 9, 2019.
Other bands that will play are the Swedish punk bands DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, STREBERS, STILETT and HÅRDGNISSEL.
CONFLICT CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019
CONFLICT have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, D.O.A, POISON IDEA, HR FROM BAD BRAINS, The CASUALTIES, PENETRATION, The DWARVES, SPECIAL DUTIES, CJ Ramone, 999, The LURKERS, DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS, The RAMONAS, TOTAL CHAOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
American rock veterans BLUE ÖYSTER CULT will be touring in UK early next year, with support from The TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.
These dates and many more can be found at blueoystercult.com
DEC. 5, 2018
HYPNOS CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HYPNOS have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge/Alvesta, Sweden on May 30 to June 1, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are NEPTUNE, PAGAN ALTAR, ELECTRIC CITIZEN, SECOND SUN and MENACLE.
BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES NORDIC TOUR DATES
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES will do some touring in Sweden and Finland next spring. For dates, go to facebook.com/backyardbabies
BACKYARD BABIES will celebrate their 30-year anniversary in 2019, and are currently working on a new album, titled "Sliver & Gold".
DUFF MCKAGAN PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON NEW SOLO ALBUM
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a new solo album that's coming in 2019.
McKagan began recording the album back in March with producer Shooter Jennings. The 2 worked out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, California, writing and recording in-between McKagan's tour with GUNS N' ROSES and the release of Jennings's new album, "Shooter".
DEC. 4, 2018
KNOTFEST MEETS HELLFEST IN FRANCE
Knotfest Meets Hellfest will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Clisson, France. The SLIPKNOT-curated festival will be held one day before the kickoff of the main portion of Hellfest. Joining SLIPKNOT at Knotfest Meets Hellfest will be Rob Zombie, BEHEMOTH, SABATON, AMON AMARTH, PAPA ROACH, MINISTRY, SICK OF IT ALL, POWERWOLF and AMARANTHE.
Tickets go on sale on December 7.
PROPHETS OF RAGE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
PROPHETS OF RAGE - with members from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL - are coming to Europe in August 2019 for a few shows. The dates are:
Aug. 05 - E Werk, Cologne, Germany
Aug. 06 - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
Aug. 08 - Olympia, Paris, France
Aug. 12 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
Aug. 13 - Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
Aug. 15 - FM4 Frequency Festival, St. Polten, Austria
Aug. 19 - TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
FOO FIGHTERS, THE HIVES AND THE HELLACOPTERS CONFIRMED FOR LOLLAPALOOZA STOCKHOLM
FOO FIGHTERS, The HIVES, The HELLACOPTERS, BRING ME THE HORIZON, GRETA VAN FLEET, and HALESTORM are among the artists that's been confirmed for Lollapalooza Stockholm, which happens at Gärdet in Stockholm, Sweden on June 28-29, 2019.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Dec. 5) at lollastockholm.com/tickets
BAD NEWS TO RELEASE 32ND ANNIVERSARY BOX SET
BAD NEWS was a hard rock/heavy metal band with British actors from the sitcoms "The Young Ones" and "Bottom". They did a crazy documentary about their band in the 80s, but also succeeded to get a gig at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington with their heros MOTÖRHEAD among others. Even though they were not the most brilliant band, they actually got signed to EMI and made 2 albums with Brian May from QUEEN. They also made a second film about the band, "More Bad News".
Now most of the stuff they made as BAD NEWS will be re-released in a box set, featuring their self-titled studio album (with rare bonus tracks), 2 CDs with a previously unreleased show at Hammersmith Odeon and both films on DVD, plus various other items. The CDs, the DVD and other stuff can also be bought seperately.
More info here: pledgemusic.com/projects/bad-news-box-tour-and-more?referrer=site_search
REECE TO SUPPORT U.D.O. IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND
Former ACCEPT and BONFIRE vocalist David Reece will be support act for U.D.O. in Germany and Switzerland, with his band REECE, in February 2019. And as you might know already, U.D.O. also includes a former vocalist for ACCEPT, Udo Dirkschneider.
Tour dates can be found at udo-online.com
DEC. 3, 2018
ORIGINAL MORGOTH GUITARIST CARSTEN OTTERBACH IS DEAD
Founding MORGOTH member Carsten Otterbach has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old guitarist, who also headed up his own artist management company Direct Management, played on the band's first 2 EPs, "Resurrection Absurd" (1989) and "The Eternal Fall" (1990), as well as the first 3 full-length albums, "Cursed" (1991), "Odium" (1993) and "Feel Sorry For The Fanatic" (1996).
WOLF RETURN TO UK
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF will do a short tour in UK in the end of March 2019. The dates are these:
Mar. 23 - Hammerfest, Prestatyn, North Wales
Mar. 24 - Academy 3, Manchester
Mar. 26 - Audio, Glasgow
Mar. 27 - Corporation, Sheffield
Mar. 28 - Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Mar. 30 - Underworld, London
GEEZER BUTLER GOT A NEW BAND WITH MATT SORUM AND STEVE STEVENS
Bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA) have joined forces in a new supergroup called DEADLAND RITUAL.
DEADLAND RITUAL is scheduled to appear at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France next summer. The group will perform on the main stage on June 22, 2019 before such other acts as KISS, DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE.
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH URIAH HEEP
JUDAS PRIEST will spend next spring and summer on tour in North America, with URIAH HEEP as support. The tour will kick off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For dates and other details, check out judaspriest.com or uriah-heep.com
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT will return to North America next summer for a 23-date arena and stadium "Rhapsody" tour, that is set to run from mid-July through late August with an all new concert experience.
Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public starting December 7.
Dates can be found at queenonline.com
MÖTLEY CRÜE BIOPIC THE DIRT TO ARRIVE IN MARCH
The film adaptation of MÖTLEY CRÜE's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", will be released on March 22, according to Vince Neil.
GARY HOLT TO MISS REST OF SLAYER EUROPEAN TOUR, EX-MACHINE HEAD GUITARIST PHIL DEMMEL TO STEP IN
Guitarist Gary Holt will miss the rest of the current SLAYER European tour in order to return home and be with his dying father. He will be replaced for the remaining shows on the trek by former MACHINE HEAD and VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel. Demmel will make his live debut with SLAYER tonight (Dec. 3) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
DEC. 2, 2018
RATT WINS DISMISSAL OF COUNTERCLAIMS BY BOBBY BLOTZER IN TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CASE
According to the Northern California Record, a federal court has dismissed counterclaims from drummer Bobby Blotzer in a lawsuit related to the ownership and use of the RATT trademark.
A judgment was entered in favor of RATT's general partnership — which includes RATT's fellow original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Juan Croucier (bass) — in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the corporation WBS Inc. and Blotzer, who is a partnership founding member and former WBS president (WBS is short for Warren, Bobby and Stephen).
DEC. 1, 2018
3 NEW CD'S FROM SECOND CLASS KIDS RECORDS
Swedish trallpunk label Second Class Kids Records will release CDs with KKPA, PASTORATET and DEATH BY HORSE on December 18. These CDs will be avialable in a limited edition, and you can find more info (in Swedish) about these releases on their Facebook page.
STEEL PANTHER BASSIST ENTERS SEX REHAB
Lexxi Foxx, bassist for L.A. glam metal veterans STEEL PANTHER, has voluntarily checked himself in to an undisclosed "sex rehab". He will have to miss the current U.S. tour that recently kicked off in Chicago. The band's friend of over 30 years and backstage doorman Spyder will be filling in on bass for the upcoming tour dates.
RÖVSVETT'S "DEN FALSKE KAKAOINSPEKTÖREN" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
Swedish hardcore/punk legends RÖVSVETT will have their album "Den Falske Kakaoinspektören" re-released on LP in 2019 through German label Threat From The Past and Swedish label Birdnest Records (who released the album on CD in 1994).
NEPTUNE CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
Swedish 80s metal band NEPTUNE have reunited and are the first band to be confirmed for next summer's Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge/Alvesta, Sweden on May 30 to June 1, 2019. Tickets on sale today (Dec. 1).
NOV. 30, 2018
SPECIAL EP RELEASES WITH AT THE GATES IN JANUARY
To enhance the beginning of their massive European tour with BEHEMOTH and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, AT THE GATES will be releasing both a strictly limited 7" EP entitled "The Mirror Black" and a special Digital EP entitled "With The Pantheons Blind" on January 11, 2019.
The 7" EP features the 2 songs "The Mirror Black" and "Daggers Of Black Haze" from AT THE GATES latest album, "To Drink From The Night Itself", in the versions that come with guest vocals by Rob Miller (AMEBIX, TAU CROSS). You can pre-order it now from CM Distro
The Digital EP, "With The Pantheons Blind", contains all 6 bonus tracks from "To Drink From The Night Itself" recording sessions, now available digitally for the first time: "Daggers Of Black Haze" and "The Mirrow Black" featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (AMEBIX, TAU CROSS), "The Chasm" featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (GOD MACABRE), "A Labyrinth Of Tombs" featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (CRAFT), a demo version of "The Chasm" and a re-recorded version of the early AT THE GATES classic "Raped By The Light Of Christ", originally featured on the band's sophomore album "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" from 1993.
The pre-order for the digital release starts next week, on December 7.
HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
HIGH ON FIRE will kick off the new year with a North American tour, that will last from January 10 to February 1. Tickets are on sale now, and you can find the dates at highonfire.net
NOV. 29, 2018
FORMER GHOST MEMBERS REQUEST NEW TRIAL IN LAWSUIT AGAINST TOBIAS FORGE
Former members of GHOST have requested a new trial in their lawsuit against the band's leader, Tobias Forge. The 4 musicians believe the judge who ordered the dismissal of the lawsuit last month had a conflict of interest in overseeing the case since both he and Forge are members of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons (Swedish: Svenska Frimurare Orden).
NEW ALBUM WITH LAST IN LINE IN FEBRUARY
LAST IN LINE will release its sophomore album, "II", on February 22, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The current lineup of the band is Vinny Appice (ex-DIO etc. etc.), Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, ex-DIO), Andrew Freeman, Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and Erik Norlander (ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE, DUKES OF THE ORIENT).
youtu.be/SsY8jkQ9Wes lastinlineofficial.com frontiers.it
ROLLING STONES ADD 2 MORE SHOWS TO THEIR U.S. TOUR
Due to demand, The ROLLING STONES have added 2 more shows to their U.S. tour next summer. The new dates are:
June 17 - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
June 25 - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
The pre-sale for these new dates starts today (Nov. 29). Tickets for all shows will go on general sale on Friday, November 30. All dates and other details can be found at rollingstones.com
NOV. 28, 2018
ZOMBIEKRIG TO DO ANOTHER HOMETOWN SHOW
Swedish singing metal band ZOMBIEKRIG will do another hometown show on December 29 together with TAR at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden.
MOTÖRHEAD RUM IN DECEMBER
December 1 will see the release of Motörhead Rum. The rum has been aged for 8 years in ex-bourbon barrels, which in the world of rums puts it in the finest quality corner. The aging has been done with the Solera process, meaning that as the oldest rum is pulled from the cask, younger rum is added to mature in the same cask. The result is a smooth dark brown rum with a balanced sweetness and notes of arrack, vanilla and dried fruits.
For more information, visit brandsforfans.se
NEW SINGLE WITH IN FLAMES NEXT MONTH
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES will release a new single and video, "I Am Above", on December 14.
MINISTRY TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY will enter the studio in early 2019 to begin recording the follow-up to this year's "AmeriKKKant" album.
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES GREEK SHOW
MANOWAR will return to Greece for an open air show at Platei Nerou in Athens on June 14, 2019. This will be their first Greek show in 12 years, and the only show in the country. Tickets will go on sale November 30.
EUROPE TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Swedish hard rock legends EUROPE will play 3 shows at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan on April 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
NOV. 27, 2018
ACOUSTIC LIVE ALBUM WITH METALLICA
METALLICA, the All Within My Hands Foundation and its contributors commemorate Giving Tuesday with the launching of the pre-order for the limited-edition vinyl release of "Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic". The double album, mixed by Greg Fidelman and newly mastered for vinyl by Reuben Cohen at Bernie Grundman Mastering, documents the inaugural "Helping Hands" benefit concert held in San Francisco on November 3.
"Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic" features rare acoustic renditions of hits and deep cuts spanning the METALLICA catalog (as well as covers of DEEP PURPLE, NAZARETH, Bob Seger and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT classics), captured on 140-gram colored vinyl with proceeds donated to the band's All Within My Hands Foundation. "Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic" continues AWMH's mission to fight hunger and to assist in creating sustainable communities through workforce education.
The album will be available February 1, 2019 at independent and digital retail around the world, all streaming services that feature METALLICA's music.
THE HIVES TEAM UP WITH REFUSED FOR SHORT U.S. TOUR
Swedish rock band The HIVES will team up with Swedish hardcore legends REFUSED for a short tour in USA next spring. Pre-sale start on Thursday, November 29. General on sale start on Friday, November 30.
The "exclusive" dates are these:
May 18 Philadelphia, PA- Franklin Music Hall http://bit.ly/HivesPhilly May 20 Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
May 21 St Louis MO - The Pageant
May 22 Lawrence KS - Liberty Hall
May 24 Denver CO - Gothic Theatre
May 25 Salt Lake City UT - The Union Event Center
CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN THE STATES
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will return to USA in March/April 2019, with support from Wednesday 13 and RAVEN BLACK.
General tickets go on sale November 30. More info at cradleoffilth.com
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 19-20, 2019. The band will perform PANTERA classics, and this will be their only show in Scandinavia next summer.
Confirmed since earlier are DIMMU BORGIR, MINISTRY, DYING FETUS, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, PRIMORDIAL, SATYRICON etc.
RE-ISSUES OF 3 ALBUMS WITH THE CROWN
Swedish death metal veterans The CROWN will have 3 of their classic albums - "Crowned In Terror", "Crowned Unholy" and "Possessed 13" - re-released on LP on January 11.
THE QUILL CONTINUE TO RE-RELEASE OLD ALBUMS
After the re-issues of "Voodoo Caravan" and "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" (both released on Oct. 26) the next re-releases of 2 long out-of-print albums of Swedish hard rockers The QUILL will follow via Metalville next year.
"Silver Haze" (originally released 1999) will be released on January 25. On February 22 follows the self-titled debut "The Quill" from 1995. Both albums are remastered from the original tapes and contain previously unreleased bonus tracks.
As a special treat for the fans of The QUILL, these Swedish stoner classics are also available on vinyl for the first time.
NOV. 26, 2018
POISON IDEA CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
It seems like American punk legends POISON IDEA are going on a farewell tour, and 1 of the stops will be at the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK, which happens on August 1-4, 2019.
Other confirmed acts are The DWARVES, COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, PENETRATION, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
KISS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
After selling more than half a million tickets at its initial on-sale, KISS has announced the second leg of its final tour, appropriately named "End Of The Road". The original trek was first revealed at Halloween and featured a first set of shows, some of which sold out instantly. The band released today the dates for the second leg of the tour in North America starting this summer, as well as new international markets being announced simultaneously.
KISS meet-and-greet experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. local time through kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, November 28 at 9 a.m. local time. Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCES SPANISH GIGS
Swedish action rock legends The HELLACOPTERS are going to Spain for 2 shows in May 2019. The dates are:
May 10 - Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona
May 11 - Kristonfest, Madrid
NIGHTRAGE HAVE A NEW DRUM BOY
Young drummer Dino George Stamoglou (22 years old) have become a permanent member of melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE.
NOV. 23, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH RHAPSODY OF FIRE IN FEBRUARY
Italian symphonic power metal legends RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new album, "The Eighth Mountain", on February 22, 2019. The disc will be the band's first collection of brand new material to feature vocalist Giacomo Voli and drummer Manu Lotter, who joined RHAPSODY OF FIRE in 2016.
THE LURKERS ANNOUNCES 2019 GIGS
British punk rock veterans The LURKERS will do a lot of shows around the UK next year. The dates can be found at thelurkers.co.uk
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going on a European tour next spring. They will visit Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy.
Dates can be found here: millencolin.com
More dates will be announced later..
A new album, titled "SOS", will be released on February 15, 2019 via Epitaph.
NOV. 22, 2018
THE DWARVES CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The DWARVES have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, PENETRATION, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HELIX DRUMMER FRITZ
A benefit concert for HELIX drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz will be held on January 18, 2019 at Eastside Bar in London, Ontario, Canada. HELIX will perform at the event, as will KILLER DWARFS and SYRE.
According to HELIX singer Brian Vollmer, Fritz sustained his injuries after going out to the front of his home to fix some shingles on the roof. When his girlfriend's sister went out to check on him, he was laying on the front lawn, having fallen from the roof. He had a seizure on the front lawn and then another on the way to the hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They immediately put him in a drug-induced coma with breathing tubes down his throat.
This past Saturday, the doctors removed the breathing tubes and took Fritz out of the induced coma, although he has to use an oxygen mask to breathe.
A GoFundMe page has been launched by Vollmer to help relieve the stress of having to pay Fritz's bills. You can find it here: gofundme.com/help-greg-quotfritzquot-hinz-recovery
MINISTRY CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
MINISTRY have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which happens in Gävle, Sweden on July 19-20, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are DIMMU BORGIR, DYING FETUS, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SATYRICON, DARK TRANQUILLITY, PRIMORDIAL etc.
NOV. 21, 2018
RANCID, THE HIVES, REFUSED, THE STRANGLERS AND THE DAMNED CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING 2019
The American festival Punk Rock Bowling has announced its 2019 lineup. And in the long list of artists we can find RANCID, The HIVES, REFUSED, The STRANGLERS, The DAMNED, FEAR, The UNDERTONES, DEAD BOYS, PERKELE, FLAG, The SPECIALS, DESCENDENTS, The CASUALTIES, ADOLESCENTS, STREET DOGS and several more..
Punk Rock Bowling take place May 24 through 27 in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now.
ONSLAUGHT ARE IN THE STUDIO
British thrash veterans ONSLAUGHT have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER ON FRIDAY
Swedish hard rock n roll women THUNDERMOTHER will release their new single, "Revival", on Friday, November 23.
PRIMAL FEAR, HELIX AND AIRBOURNE CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
PRIMAL FEAR, HELIX and AIRBOURNE have been confirmed for the Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden on August 1-3, 2019.
SPINAL TAP TO REUNITE FOR 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
SPINAL TAP will reunite for a 35th anniversary screening of the film "This Is Spinal Tap" at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The band - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer - will also perform following the screening. They will be joined by "This is Spinal Tap" director, co-writer and star Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.
JOE PERRY CANCELS SOLO TOUR
Joe Perry has canceled his previously announced fall headlining shows as he continues to take some time off following his recent hospital visit. The AEROSMITH guitarist will now take the rest of the year off and looks forward to seeing his fans again in 2019.
Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Perry's solo dates were set to begin November 30 and run through December 16.
NOV. 20, 2018
NEBULA TO RELEASE COLLECTION WITH RARE TRACKS AND RE-RELEASE "CHARGED" ALBUM
Heavy Psych Sounds Records&Booking is proud to announce the release of desert rock legends NEBULA's "Demos & Outtakes 98-02", as well as a re-mastered version of the band's 2001 album "Charged".
Set for a release on January 25, 2019, "Demos & Outtakes 98-02" will include 5 tracks that have never seen the light of day before, alongside rare demos as well as cover songs such as a special live version of BLACK FLAG's "Nervous Breakdown". Beside these never published demos to date, the known tracks on this album are different to what NEBULA originally released on their previous records. Some tracks were written and recorded in these sessions, some never made it on any of them or were used for B-sides and singles.
Furthermore, Heavy Psych Sounds has just announced a reissue of NEBULA's legendary "Charged" album, originally released back in 2001 on Sub Pop Records. This new album version has been re-mastered by SNAIL's bassist and NEBULA's longtime sound engeneer Matt Lynch. "Charged" is the second full-length album by the band, and it's also the last album featuring former FU MANCHU bandmate Mark Abshire on bass, before the original lineup reunited in 2018. It will be released on February 8, 2019.
BLUES PILLS PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Sweden-based bluesy rock band BLUES PILLS have parted ways with their guitarist Dorian Sorriaux.
Despite this change, the band have been working hard on a third album in their own studio that they built over the last few years. Zack and Rickard are taking over the guitars on the new recordings. I guess we can expect a new album in 2019.
ZZ TOP AND CANDLEMASS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
20 more acts have been confirmed for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival. And among these artists are ZZ TOP, TENACIOUS D, DISTURBED, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, Axel Rudi Pell, CANDLEMASS, POWERWOLF, GORGOROTH, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, JAG PANZER, Blaze Bayley, FM, KRISIUN, THUNDERMOTHER, The QUILL etc.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 5-8, 2019. Confirmed since earlier are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, AT THE GATES, SKID ROW, MAGNUM, Uli Jon Roth, Joe Lynn Turner etc.
IRON MAIDEN ADD A SECOND SHOW IN MEXICO CITY
IRON MAIDEN have added a second show in Mexico City at Sports Palace on September 30, 2019. Pre-sale start on Thursday, November 22. General on sale start on Friday, November 23.
EX-THE EXPLOITED GUITARIST MATT REJOIN THE BAND
Former The EXPLOITED guitarist Matt has rejoined the band, and will take over after their shows in Russia in February 2019, which will be their current guitarist Robbie's last shows with The EXPLOITED.
NEW SINGLE WITH ARCH ENEMY IN DECEMBER
International metal band ARCH ENEMY will release a strictly limited, hand-numbered 7" single and a digital single for their song "Reason To Believe" on December 7 through Century Media Records. Both formats, physical and digital, feature the cover song "Shout" (TEARS FOR FEARS) as a b-side.
According to Blabbermouth, ARCH ENEMY will release a compilation, "Covered In Blood", of all cover songs the band has recorded throughout its career. It will be released on January 18, 2019.
archenemy.lnk.to/ReasonToBelieveFA archenemy.net centurymedia.com
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
The ROLLING STONES are going on a US tour during spring/summer 2019. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, November 30. More details at rollingstones.com
NOV. 17, 2018
JOE PERRY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
According to TMZ, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is back home, 6 days after he was hospitalized following an appearance with Billy Joel. Sources close to Joe tell the site that Perry was released from the hospital Thursday and is now resting.
VINNIE VINCENT SHOWS POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's previously announced shows in Memphis on December 7 and December 8 have been postponed until February 8 and February 9, 2019 in Nashville due to additional scheduling and logistical requirements by the promoter.
For the February shows, Vinnie will be joined by an all-star band that will include Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, BLUE MURDER) on drums, and Tony Franklin (David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, The FIRM) on bass.
Tickets for the December 7 show will be honored on the February 8 date, and tickets for the December 8 show will be honored on the February 9 date.
NOV. 16, 2018
JEFF SCOTT SOTO AND KEEL CONFIRMED FOR FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL VI
The artists for next year's Frontiers Rock Festival have been announced. And among these artists are Jeff Scott Soto, KEEL, TEN, HARDLINE, W.E.T., KING COMPANY, CREYE etc.
The festival take place at Live Club in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 27-28, 2019.
Tickets and more info at: frontiersrockfestival.com
NOV. 15, 2018
FRONTIERS MUSIC HAVE CREATED ANOTHER SUPERGROUP
Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, Yngwie Malmsteen), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH) and Mark Zonder (ex-FATES WARNING, WARLORD) was born and put together under the direction of renowned Los Angeles-based producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, HALFORD, TRIBE OF GYPSIES).
Called SPIRITS OF FIRE (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Check out the first single: youtu.be/Cg1gzFPAhcM
NEW EP WITH CHRIS HOLMES
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes is putting the finishing touches on a new EP, "Under The Influence", to be released in December. A new full-length album will follow a year later.
CKY RELEASES COVER OF GG ALLIN
CKY has released a cover of the GG Allin classic "Bite It You Scum". The song is taken from the band's vinyl-only EP "Too Precious To Kill", which will be released in stores on Black Friday, November 23.
Check it out: youtu.be/g39kfkRrcoQ
KÖTTGROTTORNA ANNOUNCES NEW GIGS
Swedish trallpunk veterans KÖTTGROTTORNA will do 3 shows here in Sweden in late January next year. The dates are:
24 Jan. - Riddar Jakob, Jakobsberg
25 Jan. - Pastabaren, Örebro
26 Jan. - Rock Bar, Karlstad
NOV. 14, 2018
LION'S SHARE'S COMPLETE CATALOG AVAILABLE DIGITALLY
Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE is making its first 5 albums available on streaming services and digital service providers today, November 14.
The albums "Lion's Share" (1995), "Two" (1997), "Fall From Grace" (1999), "Entrance" (2001) and "Emotional Coma" (2007) have all been remastered by Mike Lind, giving them a new life. These new releases join LION'S SHARE's catalog titles already online — "Dark Hours" (2009) and "EP" (2018). The cover artwork has been touched up, and in most cases completely redone, by Carl-André Beckston.
The LION'S SHARE catalog features appearances by current and former members of MEGADETH, KISS, KING DIAMOND, HAMMERFALL, SYMPHONY X, Yngwie Malmsteen and CANDLEMASS. Mixers include top engineers such as Jens Bogren (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, SYMPHONY X, AMON AMARTH), Niklas Flyckt (one-time Grammy Award winner and four-time nominee) and Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, EUROPE, Glenn Hughes).
CHRIS CORNELL TRIBUTE CONCERT IN L.A. WITH METALLICA AND FOO FIGHTERS
FOO FIGHTERS and METALLICA are among the all-star cast of musicians who will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 2019.
Billed as "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell", the event will also feature appearances by Cornell's former bandmates in SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, as well as Ryan Adams.
The event will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel and will feature other surprise guests. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).
Tickets for "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16.
CRIPPA PARTS WAYS WITH ATTENTAT
After 40 years as the bass player for Swedish punk rock band ATTENTAT, Cristian "Crippa" Odin has decided to leave the band to concentrate on other projects (Crippas Café, brew beer and other musical projects). His last shows with the band will be at Victoriateatern in Malmö, Sweden on February 1 and 2, 2019.
THE INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
L.A. punk/ska band The INTERRUPTERS are going on a North American tour early next year. "Fight The Good Fight" 2019 tour will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on February 27, and will last until April 6 when they play in Salt Lake City, UT.
For dates, go to: wearetheinterrupters.com
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES 2 SHOWS IN BIRMINGHAM
MANOWAR will do 2 shows at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The shows will happen on April 19 and 20, 2019.
These will be the only shows in the UK on this tour. Tickets are on sale now.
More tour dates at: manowar.com
NOV. 13, 2018
THE EXPLOITED LOOKING FOR A NEW GUITARIST
Guitarist Robbie will do his last shows with The EXPLOITED in Edingburgh, UK and Russia. The band is now looking for a new guitarist for next year's concerts.
LIVE ALBUM WITH CLASSIC LINEUP OF TYGERS OF PAN TANG
On December 21 legendary NWOBHM band TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release "Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981" featuring the classic line up of Jon Deverill - Vocals, Robb Weir - Guitars, John Sykes - Guitars, Rocky - Bass, and Brian Dick - Drums.
The show was originally recorded live by Chris Tsangarides at Nottingham Rock City in 1981, and has now been remixed and remastered by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) in October 2018 at the Medley Studios in Denmark.
The release is exclusively available for pre-order now at targetshop.dk/tygers-of-pan-tang
HELIX DRUMMER IN COMA
Greg "Fritz" Hinz, longtime drummer for Canadian hard rockers HELIX, has been placed in a medically induced coma after fracturing his skull in a fall from the roof of his house.
According to HELIX singer Brian Vollmer, Hinz's injuries "are not life-threatening" but doctors are "keeping him in a coma and on breathing tubes until they feel he's all right to come out of it".
As a result of his condition, Hinz — who joined HELIX in 1982 and stayed in the band until 1996, before returning to the group 13 years later — will be unable to play with HELIX at the band's 2 scheduled gigs in Ontario this weekend. Filling in for him will be Jamie Constance from SYRE.
NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL MONROE NEXT SPRING
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe will release his new solo album, "One Man Gang", in the spring. The follow-up to 2015's "Blackout States", which is currently being mastered, features guest appearances by ex-HANOI ROCKS guitarist Nasty Suicide and The DAMNED legend Captain Sensible.
NOV. 12, 2018
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Swedish hard rockers ELECTRIC BOYS are going on a UK tour in March 2019, with special guests LAST GREAT DREAMERS. The dates are:
Mar. 16 - HRH AOR, Hafan Y Mor
Mar. 17 - Waterloo, Blackpool
Mar. 18 - Bannermans, Edingburgh
Mar. 19 - Think Tank, Newcastle
Mar. 20 - The Underworld, London
Mar. 21 - The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Mar. 22 - The Tivoli, Buckley
The new album, "The Ghost Ward Diaries", will be released on November 23 via Mighty Music (go to reviews to read what I think about it).
10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF SLIPKNOT'S "ALL HOPE IS GONE"
SLIPKNOT's 2008 album, "All Hope Is Gone", will be reissued on December 7. The 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of the LP will feature re-imagined artwork and a bonus disc containing an audio recording of the band's 2009 headlining concert at Madison Square Garden.