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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RUTS D.C. CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
RUTS D.C. (aka The RUTS) have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, DOA, The STRANGLERS, POISON IDEA, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, The DWARVES, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS and SYSTEM OF HATE, just to mention a few of them all..
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE STRANGLERS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The STRANGLERS have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 1-4, 2019.
Confirmed since earlier are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, FEAR, UK SUBS, DOA, POISON IDEA, CONFLICT, The CASUALTIES, The DWARVES, PENETRATION, CJ Ramone, 999, SPECIAL DUTIES, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, The LURKERS, TOTAL CHAOS and SYSTEM OF HATE, just to mention a few of them all..
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEC. 17, 2018
KOLLER BROTHERS WORKING ON BOOK ABOUT SICK OF IT ALL
Work has commenced on a forthcoming autobiography from SICK OF IT ALL vocalist Lou Koller and guitarist Pete Koller, to be called "The Blood And The Sweat: The Story Of Sick Of It All's Koller Brothers". Former A&R man and author Howie Abrams ("Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains", "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists...") will be compiling the book along with the Kollers. Publishing is scheduled for fall 2019 by Post Hill Press.
sickofitall.com

DEC. 16, 2018
TROUBLEMAKERS WORKING ON LIVE DVD AND BIOGRAPHY
Christer Blomgren, Troublemakers
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.
facebook.com/punkrockgbg

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.
kissonline.com

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
Dregen
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
hellacopters.com

NEW ALBUM WITH BACKYARD BABIES IN MARCH
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
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
Millencolin
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.
millencolin.com

DEC. 13, 2018
NO MORE RAJOITUS FOR A WHILE
Jani, Rajoitus
Local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk veterans RAJOITUS have decided to take a long break again (hardly the first time).
facebook.com/Rajoitus-230104593705422

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
Marduk many years ago
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
marduk.nu

IGGY POP TO PRODUCE TV DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PUNK
Iggy Pop
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 with his doll
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
alicecooper.com

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)
prettymaids.dk

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.
stranglers.net

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
Michael Amott, Arch Enemy
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
Kerry King, Slayer
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
Bad Religion
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
Kerry King, Slayer
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.
swedenrock.com

DEC. 9, 2018
ASTA KASK AND VOICE OF A GENERATION CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
Asta Kask
ASTA KASK and VOICE OF A GENERATION have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on October 12, 2019.
facebook.com/obpunkfest

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
Bonafide
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
Hulkoff, Raubtier
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.
facebook.com/rovdjur

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.
buzzcocks.com

DEC. 6, 2018
KREATOR TO FILM LONDON SHOW
Mille, Kreator
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.
kreator-terrorzone.de

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
Leif Edling, Candlemass
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.
candlemass.se   napalmrecords.com

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.
facebook.com/events/781619125528228/permalink/790481284642012

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
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.
facebook.com/Muskelrock

BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES NORDIC TOUR DATES
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
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".
backyardbabies.com

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.
knotfestfrance.com

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
prophetsofrage.com

FOO FIGHTERS, THE HIVES AND THE HELLACOPTERS CONFIRMED FOR LOLLAPALOOZA STOCKHOLM
Nicke Andersson fr The Hellacopters w Imperial State Electric
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).
facebook.com/MorgothOfficial

WOLF RETURN TO UK
Wolf
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
facebook.com/officialwolf

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.
facebook.com/gzrmusic/videos/940789939452292

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.
youtu.be/VKynywZn3Zo
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.
slayer.net

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).
therattpack.com

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.
secondclasskids.com

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.
steelpantherrocks.com

RÖVSVETT'S "DEN FALSKE KAKAOINSPEKTÖREN" TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL
Rovsvett
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).
facebook.com/Rovsvett

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).
facebook.com/Muskelrock

NOV. 30, 2018
SPECIAL EP RELEASES WITH AT THE GATES IN JANUARY
At The Gates
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.
atthegates.se   centurymedia.com

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
Ghost
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.
facebook.com/zombiekrig

NEW ALBUM WITH CHILDREN OF BODOM IN MARCH
Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM will release a new album, "Hexed", on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.
cobhc.com   nuclearblast.de

NEW ALBUM WITH OVERKILL IN FEBRUARY
New Jersey thrash veterans OVERKILL will unleash their 19th studio record, "The Wings Of War", on February 22, 2019.
wreckingcrew.com   nuclearblast.de

MOTÖRHEAD RUM IN DECEMBER
Motorhead
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.
inflames.com

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.

PETER BALTES PARTS WAYS WITH ACCEPT
Accept
Peter Baltes, original bassist for German heavy metal legends ACCEPT, have decided to leave the band.
Read more on their Facebook page.
acceptworldwide.com

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.
manowar.com

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.
europetheband.com

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.
metallica.com   allwithinmyhands.org

THE HIVES TEAM UP WITH REFUSED FOR SHORT U.S. TOUR
Very old photo of The Hives
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
thehivesbroadcastingservice.com   officialrefused.com

CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN THE STATES
Old Cradle Of Filth photo
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
officialwednesday13.com   ravenblackband.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.
geflemetalfestival.se

RE-ISSUES OF 3 ALBUMS WITH THE CROWN
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.
thecrownofficial.com

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.
thequill.se   metalville.de

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.
rebellionfestivals.com

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
Dregen
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
hellacopters.com

NIGHTRAGE HAVE A NEW DRUM BOY
Young drummer Dino George Stamoglou (22 years old) have become a permanent member of melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE.
nightrage.com

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
Millencolin
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.
rebellionfestivals.com

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
planethelix.com

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.
geflemetalfestival.se

NOV. 21, 2018
RANCID, THE HIVES, REFUSED, THE STRANGLERS AND THE DAMNED CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING 2019
Really old photo of The Hives
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.
punkrockbowling.com

ONSLAUGHT ARE IN THE STUDIO
British thrash veterans ONSLAUGHT have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.
onslaughtuk.com

NEW ALBUM WITH MILLENCOLIN IN FEBRUARY
Millencolin
Swedish skate punk legends MILLENCOLIN will release a new album, "SOS", on February 15, 2019 via Epitaph Records.
millencolin.com   epitaph.com

NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER ON FRIDAY
Swedish hard rock n roll women THUNDERMOTHER will release their new single, "Revival", on Friday, November 23.
thundermother.com

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.
skogsrojet.se

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.
facebook.com/NebulaBand   heavypsychsounds.com

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.
bluespills.com

ZZ TOP AND CANDLEMASS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
Candlemass
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.
swedenrock.com

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.
ironmaiden.com

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.
the-exploited.net

NEW SINGLE WITH ARCH ENEMY IN DECEMBER
Old photo of Arch Enemy
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.
vinnievincentlive.com

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
frontiers.it

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
facebook.com/kottgrottorna

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).
lionsshare.org

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
Crippa
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.
attentat.nu

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.
the-exploited.net

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
tygersofpantang.com

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.
planethelix.com

NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL MONROE NEXT SPRING
Michael Monroe
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.
michaelmonroe.com/web

NOV. 12, 2018
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Electric Boys
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).
electricboys.com

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.
slipknot1.com

NOV. 11, 2018
AEROSMITH'S JOE PERRY RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
According to TMZ, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was rushed to the hospital Saturday night (November 10) after performing with Billy Joel in New York City.
Perry had just finished playing "Walk This Way" with Joel at Madison Square Garden and had gone back to his dressing room. A source connected with the concert told the tabloid site that Joe collapsed and "looked terrible".
Paramedics rushed to the scene and worked on the 68-year-old for around 40 minutes. A trachea was put down his throat to clear the air path and one eyewitness told the site "Joe did not look good". The ambulance personnel then put the guitarist on a stretcher, gave him oxygen and rushed him to a hospital.
Joe's condition remains unknown, and his reps did not immediately respond to a New York Daily News request for comment.
Perry is scheduled to kick off a solo tour on November 30 in support of his most recent solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto".

ROGGA JOHANSSON TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
The man with a hundred bands, Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, ECHELON etc etc), is going to release a solo album, titled "Entrance To The Otherwhere", early next year via Transcending Obscurity Records.
facebook.com/roggaofficial   tometal.com

NOV. 10, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH VENOM IN DECEMBER
Black metal pioneers VENOM will release their 15th full-length studio album, "Storm The Gates", on December 14 through Spinefarm Records. The album will be made available on CD and digital formats, with vinyl and cassette versions to arrive in early 2019.
venomslegions.com

NOV 9, 2018
IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
IRON MAIDEN will spend next summer in U.S.A., Canada and South America. "Legacy of the Beast Tour 2019" will kick off in Sunrise, FL, U.S.A. on July 18, and will last until October 15, when they play in Santiago, Chile.
Support act will be The RAVEN AGE. Tickets go on sale November 16.
Dates and other details can be found at: ironmaiden.com

JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Jake E Lee's RED DRAGON CARTEL are going on a North American tour from February 23 to April 2. More information at: reddragoncartel.com
Their new album, "Patina", is out now.

NOV. 8, 2018
TYGERS OF PAN TANG AND ELECTRIC BOYS CONFIRMED FOR NORDIC NOISE
Electric Boys
The first confirmed bands for the Nordic Noise festival have been announced. And among the artists are TYGERS OF PAN TANG, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, ELECTRIC BOYS, Mike Tramp and JUNKYARD DRIVE. More acts to be announced..
The festival will take place at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 10-11, 2019.
nordicnoise.dk

PENETRATION CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
PENETRATION have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which happens at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England on August 1-4, 2019.
Other acts that's been confirmed are COCK SPARRER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, DOA, The CASUALTIES, The SUBHUMANS, 999, CJ Ramone, JOHNNY MOPED, SPECIAL DUTIES, The LURKERS, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, SYSTEM OF HATE etc.
rebellionfestivals.com

CJ RAMONE TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS SINGLE
CJ Ramone has announced a Christmas themed 7", titled "Christmas Lullaby". It will feature 1 original song as well as a cover of "Father Christmas" by The KINKS.
The release is due out on December 7 via Fat Wreck Chords.

ZEPHYRA TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Zephyra a few years ago
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic death metallers ZEPHYRA are currently working on new material, and plan to enter the studio in February 2019 to record a new album.
facebook.com/zephyraofficial

KSMB ANNOUNCES TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Michael Alonzo
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB are going on a short tour in Sweden with their theatre show "En Slemmig Torsk" in March. It's said to be the story about the band, but there will be music too. The dates are:
15/3 - Örebro, Hjalmar Bergmanteatern
22/3 - Piteå, Black Box/Acusticum
23/3 - Luleå, Kulturens Hus
28/3 - Stockholm, Södra Teatern
29/3 - Uppsala, Katalin
More dates will be announced soon..
In conjunction with the tour, KSMB will also release the double album "En Slammig Torsk", which will include 11 new songs plus the entire show.
facebook.com/ksmbofficiella   skrikhult.se

NOV. 7, 2018
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT's performance at Frontiers Rock Festival 2018 marked the band's first-ever concert in Italy. This special event is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-ray. Titled "One Night In Milan", this once-in-a-lifetime performance will be released on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
quietriot.band   frontiers.it

SCORPIONS LAUNCH THEIR OWN WHISKY
SCORPIONS have teamed up with the Swedish top distillers MACKMYRA to release the ground-breaking whisky "Scorpions Rock'n Roll Star Single Malt Whisky Cherry Cask", adding a distinct and original German twist to the drink. This particular whisky gets to its perfect maturity in extraordinary German sweet cherry wine casks.
Read more about it at: brandsforfans.se
the-scorpions.com

CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET will do a show at O2 Academy Islington in London, England on April 5, 2019.
crashdiet.org

JUDAS PRIEST CANCEL CONCERT IN ICELAND
Due to circumstances totally beyond the band's control, the Iceland show with JUDAS PRIEST on January 24, 2019 has been cancelled by the promoters. JUDAS PRIEST hope to be able to perform in Iceland at a later date instead.
judaspriest.com

TESTAMENT TO PLAY IN SWEDEN
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT are coming to Sweden for 2 shows next summer. The dates are:
June 30 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall
July 2 - KB, Malmö
testamentlegions.com

LIVE ALBUM WITH AMEBIX
AMEBIX have released a live album, called "Slovenia 1986", via Easy Action Records. The set was previously released as a very limited CD press in 1997 as "Make Some Fucking Noise" (and as a bootleg cassette before that). The new version features restored audio and is out now.

NOV. 6, 2018
EX-ACCEPT GUITARIST HERMAN FRANK TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former ACCEPT guitarist Herman Frank will release a new solo album, "Fight The Fear", on February 8, 2019 via AFM.

STATUS QUO TO SUPPORT LYNYRD SKYNYRD IN THE UK
STATUS QUO will be special guests for LYNYRD SKYNYRD when they do 4 shows in the UK in June 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 9. The dates are:
June 26 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
June 27 - Manchester Arena, Manchester
June 29 - The SSE Arena/Wembley, London
June 30 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
statusquo.co.uk   lynyrdskynyrd.com

LIVE ALBUM WITH RAVEN IN JANUARY
British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN will release a new live album, "Screaming Murder Death From Above:Live In Aalborg", through SPV GmbH/Steamhammer on January 18, 2019.
For upcoming tour dates, check out: ravenlunatics.com

ALESTORM ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Drunk metal pirates ALESTORM are going to Australia and New Zealand in February. The dates are these:
Feb 6th - Perth, Capitol
Feb 7th - Adelaide, The Gov
Feb 8th - Sydney, The Metro
Feb 9th - Melbourne, The Croxton
Feb 11th – Brisbane, The Triffid
Feb 13th - Auckland, TBC
Tickets on sale on Thursday, November 8.
alestorm.net

NOV. 5, 2018
WATAIN TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Watain
Swedish black metallers WATAIN are going to Japan together with ANAAL NATHRAKH in March 2019. They will do the following 4 shows there:
March 1 - Shibuya duoExchange, Tokyo
March 2 - Osu Rad Hall, Nagoya
March 3 - Shinsaybashi Soma, Osaka
March 5 - Holiday Shinjuku, Tokyo
templeofwatain.com

NEW BAND WITH THE SINGER FROM BESEECH
There's a new band in town - Borås, Sweden - called SVARTA SANNINGAR, featuring BESEECH singer Klas Bohlin. They describe their music as a harder version of Swedish artist Thåström, late 70s and dark metal. The lyrics are in Swedish.
Their debut EP, "Kapitel 1", will be released on November 30. Check out a teaser: youtu.be/8GzrjUZ3SK0
svartasanningar.se

OZZY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH MEGADETH
Ozzy Osbourne has announced additional "No More Tours 2" North American tour dates for 2019, with MEGADETH as support act for the entire run. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, November 9.
A lot of dates (May 29 to July 29), but go to: ozzy.com

ACCEPT ANNOUNCES FIRST SHOWS WITH ORCHESTRA
Accept
As you may know already, ACCEPT will release a live set, "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", on November 23 via Nuclear Blast. And because what started as a premiere at Wacken caused a sensation and recognition worldwide, the "Symphonic Terror" will hit other cities live in April 2019. ACCEPT will debut its orchestra tour throughout Europe in 2019, and today, the band has revealed the first tour dates for Germany, which are:
Apr. 20 - Wuppertal - Stadthalle
Apr. 21 - Leipzig - Haus Auesee
Apr. 22 - Hamburg - Mehr!Theater
Apr. 23 - Fürth - Stadthalle
Apr. 25 - Saarbrücken-Congresshalle
Apr. 27 - München-Circus Krone
acceptworldwide.com

NOV. 3, 2018
TRANSPORT LEAGUE RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish groove metallers TRANSPORT LEAGUE have entered the studio with producer Roberto Laghi ( IN FLAMES, LOK, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, B-THONG, RAISED FIST, ENTOMBED A.D., DIA PSALMA, MUSTASCH etc) to record a new album, which will be called "A Million Volt Scream".
facebook.com/transportleague

NOV. 2, 2018
NEW BOX SETS WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN DECEMBER
Motorhead
On December 7, Motörhead Music (Silver Lining Music) will release 2 MOTÖRHEAD box sets.
The first is "Böx Of Magic", a special vinyl set featuring "The Wörld Is Yours" white vinyl, "Clean Your Clock" with special pop-up art sleeve, a silver picture disc of "Bad Magic" and "Aftershock", all in a deluxe package which will include a 64x64cm WarPig poster.
The second is the live recording-driven "End Of The Wörld", featuring "Clean Your Clock", "Aftershock" with a live performance from Download in 2013, and "The Wörld Is Ours Vol 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" plus "Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else".
"End Of The Wörld" comes in 2 formats. Version A is a German-only exclusive with a "Bad Magic" back patch, MOTÖRHEAD keychain with bottle opener limited to 700 copies. Version B is for the rest of the world, containing MOTÖRHEAD keychain with bottle opener, limited to 1300 copies.
Pre-order "Böx Of Magic": hyperurl.co/MHBoxOfMagic
Pre-order "End Of The Wörld": hyperurl.co/MHEndOfTheWorld
imotorhead.com

UNLEASHED AND ASPHYX CONFIRMED FOR GAMROCKEN
UNLEASHED, ASPHYX, BIRDFLESH, INTERMENT, FRANTIC AMBER, JUST BEFORE DAWN, NIGHT CROWNED, OF FIRE and FAYENNE have been confirmed for the Glamrocken festival in Grängesberg, Sweden on May 31 to June 1.
Confirmed since earlier are HYPOCRISY, VOMITORY, VALKYRJA, EVIL INVADERS, LIK, DEFIATORY etc.
gamrocken.se

NEW ALBUM WITH RIVAL SONS IN JANUARY
Rival Sons
RIVAL SONS will release their new album, "Feral Roots", on January 25, 2019 via Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb's major label imprint Low Country Sound/Atlantic.
rivalsons.com

ASTA KASK ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SPRING DATES
Asta Kask
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will do a few shows here in Sweden next spring. The dates are:
April 5 - Göteborg, Pustervik (w/ LASTKAJ 14)
April 6 - Malmö, Kulturbolaget (w/ LASTKAJ 14)
April 12 - Stockholm, Debaser Strand
May 23 - The Baltic Sea, Close-Up Båten 25
facebook.com/astakaskofficial

RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German industrial metal veterans RAMMSTEIN are going on a European stadium tour next summer, which will last from May 27 to August 22. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 8. More info at: eventim.com/rammstein
A new, yet untitled, album will be released in spring 2019. It will be their first new studio album in 9 years.
rammstein.de/en

NOV. 1, 2018
GRAND MAGUS RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2016 album "Sword Songs". The band have already ensconced themselves at Sweetspot Studio in Sweden to kick off the recordings with producer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS).
facebook.com/grandmagusofficial   nuclearblast.de

OCTOBER 31, 2018
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (formerly known as Hank Von Helvete) are going to America for a tour in January and February 2019. The adventure will start in Atlanta on January 15, and the last experience will take place in New Orleans on February 6.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

NEW ALBUM WITH HEXVESSEL IN FEBRUARY
Finland-based psychedelic forest folk rock band HEXVESSEL will release their 4th album, "All Tree", on February 15. The album will be made available via their own label Secret Trees, in exclusive partnership with Century Media Records.
hexvessel.com   centurymedia.com

NEW SONG WITH SLIPKNOT
SLIPKNOT have released a new song today, "All Out Life". You can listen/watch at: slipknot1.com

OCTOBER 30, 2018
UFO ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
Hard rock veterans UFO have announced some shows in Germany in July and August 2019. The dates are:
July 26 - Germany - Burg Herzberg - Festival
July 27 - Germany - Nuremberg - Pyraser Classic Rock Night
July 28 - Germany - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex
July 30 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
July 31 - Germany - Wacken - Open Air
Aug. 02 - Germany - Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
Aug. 03 - Germany - Leipzig - Parkbühne
ufo-music.info

GEHENNAH TO RE-RELEASE CHRISTMAS EP ON 12" PICTURE DISC
On November 16, Swedish cult metal band GEHENNAH's EP "No Fucking Christmas!" will be reissued, for the first time on 12" Picture Disc. This title has been out of print for over 20 years. It features 2 tracks: "Sathana Claus" and "Merry Shitmas!", and is strictly limited to only 666 copies world wide from Critical Mass Recordings.
Pre-order here: criticalmass.se
facebook.com/gehennah.metal

NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH MAGNUM IN JANUARY
British melodic (hard) rockers MAGNUM will release a new live album, "Live At The Symphony Hall", on January 18, 2019 through SPV/Steamhammer as a 2CD digipak, 3LP gatefold, download and stream.

FEAR TO PLAY IN TEXAS
Reunited American punk band FEAR have announced a tour of Texas with CH3 that is scheduled for December. The dates are:
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX - Studio at Warehouse Live
Dec. 14 - Dallas, TX - Cutain Club
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Dec. 16 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger

HIGH ON FIRE FORCED TO PULL OUT FROM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
HIGH ON FIRE and MUNICIPAL WASTE was supposed to co-headline the North American "The Speed of the Wizard" tour. But unfortunately, HIGH ON FIRE will not be joining the tour. Singer/guitarist Matt Pike had a medical emergency and had to get a partial toe amputation. Read more about that here: facebook.com/highonfire
The other bands will still do the tour, with MUNICIPAL WASTE as only headliner, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST and HAUNT as support acts. The tour kicks off at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX on Friday, November 2.

OCTOBER 29, 2018
KISS, RAINBOW AND DEF LEPPARD CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The first confirmed acts for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival have been announced. Among these artists are KISS, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, DEF LEPPARD, AMON AMARTH, DEMONS & WIZARDS, ARCH ENEMY, HAMMERFALL, KROKUS, SKID ROW, AT THE GATES, ANNIHILATOR, MAGNUM, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, DEATH ANGEL, DEMON and BEAST IN BLACK.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 5-8, 2019. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 1.
swedenrock.com

NEW ALBUM WITH QUEENSRŸCHE IN MARCH
Queensryche
QUEENSRŸCHE will release their new album, "The Verdict", on March 1, 2019 via Century Media Records.
To support "The Verdict", the band have also announced a spring U.S. headline tour with special guests FATES WARNING. The CRINGE will be joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2 in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3 in Seattle. Dates can be found at queensrycheofficial.com

KISS ANNOUNCES FIRST DATES OF FAREWELL TOUR
KISS have announced the first dates of their "End Of The Road" world tour.
The tour will start in North America from January 31 to April 13. Then they go to Europe between May 27 to July 16.
All dates and other information can be found at kissonline.com

ASTA KASK AND CHARTA 77 CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 25
Asta Kask
Swedish punk bands ASTA KASK, CHARTA 77, LASTKAJ 14, TRUBBEL, STILETT, SIXTEN REDLÖS, FREDAG DEN 13:E, VÄRLDEN BRINNER and BJÖRNARNA have been confirmed for Close-Up Båten 25, a 23-hour cruise that will leave Stockholm, Sweden on May 23 for Åbo, Finland, and will be back in Stockhom the next day.
Tickets: tallinksilja.se/close-up25
Event page: facebook.com/events/1747174495404439
closeupmagazine.net

BLOODBATH AND DARK TRANQUILLITY CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 24
Metal bands BLOODBATH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SCAR SYMMETRY, UNANIMATED, VOMITORY, LIK, DEMONICAL and DREADFUL FATE have been confirmed for Close-Up Båten 24, a 23-hour cruise that will leave Stockholm, Sweden on March 28 for Åbo, Finland, and will be back the next day.
Tickets: tallinksilja.se/close-up24
Event page: facebook.com/events/168197967452949
closeupmagazine.net

BON JOVI COMES TO EUROPE
BON JOVI have announced a European tour next summer that will kick off in Moscow, Russia on May 31, 2019, and will last until July 21 when they play in Bucharest, Romania.
For dates and ticket information, go to: bonjovi.com

OCTOBER 28, 2018
GUITARIST TODD YOUTH IS DEAD
Todd "Youth" Schofield (born 1971), the American guitarist best known for his work with WARZONE, MURPHY'S LAW and DANZIG, has died at the age of 47.
Youth has also played with BLOODCLOT, D GENERATION, FIREBURN and many more acts. Back in 2003, Youth had a brief stint as the fill-in guitarist for MOTÖRHEAD at several dates on the band's U.S. tour after regular guitarist Philip Campbell's mother passed away.

RONNIE JAMES DIO'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO FINALLY BE RELEASED
Dio
Wendy Dio, widow and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on the long-awaited autobiography of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer's death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.
ronniejamesdio.com

OCTOBER 27, 2018
AVATAR WANT TO CREATE A FILM TO THEIR LATEST ALBUM
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the creation of "Legend Of Avatar Country", a musical featurette to their latest album, "Avatar Country". The band has teamed up with Kerrang! magazine to bring this incredible film to light.
The Kickstarter campaign will launch this Monday, October 29.
youtu.be/q8LTYdDsffE

DRAGONFORCE RECORDING NEW ALBUM
DRAGONFORCE recently entered the studio with producer Damien Rainaud (FEAR FACTORY, ONCE HUMAN) to begin recording its 8th album, due out 2019.

MANOWAR COMMENTS OF KARL LOGAN'S ARREST
MANOWAR has released a short statement regarding the arrest of guitarist Karl Logan on charges of possessing child pornography:
"With regard to Karl Logan's arrest and the charges against him: Due to the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with MANOWAR. The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected."
Scroll down a little to read more about the arrest..
manowar.com

OCTOBER 26, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH KANE ROBERTS IN JANUARY
Former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts will release his new solo album, "The New Normal", on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

MANOWAR GUITARIST KARL LOGAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan has been charged with possessing child pornography.
Logan, 53, was arrested on August 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with 6 counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. Logan's bail was set at $35,000 and he has since bonded out.

ZAKK SABBATH, DEVILDRIVER AND WEDNESDAY 13 CONFIRMED FOR OZZFEST ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
ZAKK SABBATH - the all-star BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Ozzy Osbourne) - DEVILDRIVER and Wednesday 13 will perform on the second stage at the special one-night-only New Year's Eve Ozzfest, set for Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Headlining the event will be Ozzy Osbourne, with a lineup of some of the biggest names in rock (and Ozzfest alumni): Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of KORN), along with the Ozzfest debut of BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T. The evening will conclude with Osbourne onstage counting down to the new year.
ozzfest.com

NEW SINGLE WITH MÄRVEL IN NOVEMBER
Marvel
On November 2, Swedish rock band MÄRVEL will be releasing the first in a series of "guilty pleasure" cover songs, that will eventually lead up to a full length album release in the spring. Which song it is will be revealed the day before the release.
facebook.com/marveltheband

HAMMERFALL TO RELEASE 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM
Hammerfall
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their second album, "Legacy Of Kings", with a re-issue. This 2-CD/DVD box set will be released on December 7 via Nuclear Blast.
Trailer: youtu.be/TPmwLWd_ovk
Pre-order: nblast.de/HammerfallLOK20Years
hammerfall.net   nuclearblast.de

OCTOBER 25, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE HACKETT IN JANUARY
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album "At The Edge Of Light" on January 25, 2019.
More info and tour dates can be found at hackettsongs.com

CHANGES IN THE LINE UP FOR INGLORIOUS
UK classic rock act INGLORIOUS have today confirmed the departure of guitarists Drew Lowe and Andreas Eriksson and bassist Colin Parkinson.
19 year old guitarist Danny Dela Cruz is anounced to replace Andreas Eriksson in the band. Announcements on a further guitarist and new bass player to follow..
inglorious.com

LÄÄZ ROCKIT BASSIST WILLY LANGE IS DEAD
Willy "Lange" Langenhuizen, bass player of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band LÄÄZ ROCKIT and DUBLIN DEATH PATROL, passed away on October 23 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 57 years old.

SATANIC SURFERS ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR
Reunited Swedish skate punks SATANIC SURFERS have announced a short Canadian tour that is scheduled for April 2019 with BELVEDERE. LA ARMADA will be joining both bands on the eastern part of the tour, and the dates are:
11 April - Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre
12 April - Calgary, AB at Dickens
13 April - Edmonton, AB at The Starlite Room
14 April - Toronto, ON at Velvet Underground
16 April - London, ON at London Music Hall
17 April - Ottawa, ON at The 27 Club
18 April - Quebec City, QC at Salle Multi
20 April - Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques
SATANIC SURFERS are currently working on new material.

OCTOBER 24, 2018
PRIMORDIAL, DEMON AND STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER CONFIRMED FOR THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
The first confirmed bands for next year's The Abyss Festival have been announced. And among the artists are PRIMORDIAL, DEMON, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, QUARTZ, AURA NOIR etc.
The festival will take place at Gotheburg Film Stusios in Göteborg, Sweden on March 1-2, 2019.
facebook.com/theabyssgbg

GRAVEYARD ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
Graveyard
Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD are going on a North American co-headline tour with British rock band UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBETAS in March 2019.
Tickets and more info here: bit.ly/PATWtour
facebook.com/graveyardofficial   uncleacidband.com

DISCHARGE AND ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE CONFIRMED FOR LONDON PUNK FESTIVAL
Discharge
DISCHARGE, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, VICE SQUAD, CHRON GEN, ANTI-PASTI, MENACE, CRIMINAL MIND and KNOCK OFF will play at London Punk Festival, somewhere in London, UK on September 21, 2019.
Tickets at: seetickets.com

BUZZCOCKS TO RE-ISSUE 2 FIRST ALBUMS
For their 40th Anniversary, English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will re-release their 2 first albums - "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites" - on January 25, 2019 via Domino Recording Company. Both albums are available on LP and CD.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks40

OCTOBER 23, 2018
BOOK ABOUT LACUNA COIL
Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL will release their first-ever book, titled "Nothing Stands In Our Way", on November 28 via Rocket 88.
Published to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, "Nothing Stands In Our Way" contains rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal artefacts from the collections of founding members Cristina Scabbia, Andrea Ferro and Marco Coti Zelati. Among the wealth of photographs in the book are baby pics, 1990s skater poses, pre-LACUNA COIL performance shots, and tons of backstage scenes from the past 2 decades.
Andrea, Maki and Cristina tell the band's story in the first person, beginning with their early life, teen years, key musical influences, personal record collections and details of how they met. It goes on to describe how LACUNA COIL formed, found success and became the global phenomenon that they are today.
The book is only available at LacunaCoilBook.com

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
SLIPKNOT will embark on a month-long tour of Europe next summer. The band will perform at a number of festivals across the continent, including Download, Rock Am Ring, Graspop Metal Meeting and Resurrection.
SLIPKNOT will also perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand for the first time ever on August 10, 2019. Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2 via IowaStateFair.org
All upcoming tour dates can be found at slipknot1.com

DEF LEPPARD, SLIPKNOT AND TOOL CONFIRMED FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
DEF LEPPARD, SLIPKNOT, TOOL, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, WHITESNAKE, Rob Zombie, AMON AMARTH, CARCASS, OPETH, SKINDRED and TESLA are among the artists that have been confirmed for Download Festival at Donington Park in Donington, UK on June 14-16, 2018.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 25. More info at downloadfestival.co.uk

OCTOBER 22, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH INGLORIOUS IN JANUARY
British classic rock act INGLORIOUS are going to release their third studio album, "Ride To Nowhere", on January 25, 2019 through Frontiers Music Srl.
The first single fromt he album, "Where Are You Now?", was released on October 18. You can check it out here: youtu.be/oeb1As36m3k
inglorious.com   frontiers.it

BOX SET WITH JORN IN DECEMBER
Frontiers Music Srl will celebrate Norwegian singer Jorn Lande's 50th birthday with the release of the ultimate JORN box set, "50 Years On Earth - The Anniversary Box Set", on December 14.
A definitive overview, "50 Years On Earth" is comprised of 12 CDs, including all JORN albums from "Worldchanger" (2001) to "Life On Death Road" (2017). The CD artwork has been recreated in a stunningly visual vinyl replica format.
In addition to the studio albums, an exclusive collection of JORN's best live tracks taken from his albums "Live In The USA" and "Live In Black" and of his best cover songs are included. Finally, there is a disc which includes 16 rare and bonus tracks, which are going to whet the appetites of the JORN completists.
This attractive package also includes a beautiful booklet with handwritten notes from Jorn Lande himself.
frontiers.it

FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Flogging Molly
Celtic/folk punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY will return to Europe in January/February. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 26, and you can get them and see the dates at floggingmolly.com/tour

NEW YEAR'S EVE OZZFEST WITH OZZY, ROB ZOMBIE AND MARILYN MANSON
There will be a Ozzfest on New Year's Eve at The Forum in Los Angeles, USA. Confirmed artists so far are Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis and BODY COUNT. Second stage lineup and more info will be announced soon..
Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 26.
ozzfest.com

OCTOBER 20, 2018
THOR TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Hard rock/heavy metal legend Thor will release his very first holiday album, "Christmas In Valhalla", on October 26 via Deadline Music, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
The album features 9 original Christmas songs, and will be available on CD and digitally.
You can check out the first video from the album here: youtu.be/cgtl5X86xag
thorcentral.net   facebook.com/DeadlineMusicRecords   cleopatrarecords.com