APRIL 5, 2020
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM DOOM AND ANTI CIMEX
VENGEANCE BY PROXY is a new band from Sweden, featuring members from DOOM, ANTI CIMEX, SUICIDE SYNDICATE and AGGRENATION. They describe their music as "Scandi D-beat hardcore mixed with over the top rock and roll", and "the bastard child of THIN LIZZY and DISCHARGE".
Their self titled debut LP will be released this summer through Profane Existance.
More info here: profaneexistence.bandcamp.com/album/vengeance-by-proxy-self-titled-lp?fbclid=IwAR0Gn0Z4DSHdxgbfvSJx-gW-H2cGQQWV3p6TQnV1bX8pGHR8ilDo6cML2h8
BIOGRAPHY OF THE WHO BASSIST JOHN ENTWISTLE
On April 7, Hachette Books will release British writer Paul Rees's new book, "The Ox: The Authorized Biography Of John Entwistle". The book is described by the publisher as "the definitive, no-holds-barred biography of John Entwistle, THE WHO's legendary bass guitarist."
You can read a book excerpt at: hachettebooks.com/titles/paul-rees/the-ox/9780306922879/#module-whats-inside
APRIL 4, 2020
HORISONT CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish hard rockers HORISONT have, for obvious reasons, been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to take place in May.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS - with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell - will do some shows in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany in September and October. Tickets are on sale now, and the dates are as follows:
Sept 22 - Olympia Korteli, Tampere, Finland
Sept 23 - On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
Sept 25 - The Crypt, Linköping, Sweden
Sept 26 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 27 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Sept 29 - Valand, Gothenburg, Sweden
Sept 30 - Godset, Kolding, Denmark
Oct 01 - Kubana, Siegburg, Germany
Oct 02 - Monster Festival, Geiselwind, Germany
KERRANG TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION FOR 3 MONTHS
Due to the dismal state of the print industry, and due to the worsening of that by the COVID-19 virus, Kerrang! magazine will suspend publication for 3 months in order to recoup financially. They expect to resume in July.
APRIL 3, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH PRIMAL FEAR IN JULY
German heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have set "Metal Commando" as the title of their 13th studio album, which will be released on July 17 via Nuclear Blast.
NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE has released a new single, "Driving One Of Your Cars", which is a cover by Swedish singer/songwriter Lisa Miskovsky, who had a hit here in Sweden with the song in 2001.
Listen or download here: orcd.co/drivingcars
Check out the video here: youtu.be/KWD4m6AFEsg
DEEP PURPLE's NEW ALBUM PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST
The release date of the new DEEP PURPLE album, "Whoosh!", has been pushed back to August from the previously announced June 12 (via earMUSIC).
The decision to delay the LP's release was announced by singer Ian Gillan in a social media post, which you can read here: facebook.com/officialdeeppurple/posts/1641267352689077
TESTAMENT BASSIST STEVE DiGIORGIO HAVE CORONA
TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio has tested positive for COVID-19.
APRIL 2, 2020
CRYSTAL EYES RELEASE DEMO COLLECTION
Swedish heavy metal band CRYSTAL EYES has released "Gallery Of Demos" for streaming and download through Spotify, Google Play, iTunes etc.
"Gallery Of Demos" is a collection of their 4 official demo tapes from 1994-1998. This collection was previously released in 1998 as a self made CD sold exclusively by the band, but has been out of print for many years. At this time there are no plans of reprinting the CD or the cassettes, so it will only be available in digital form.
MARCH 31, 2020
EXODUS/SLAYER GUITARIST GARY HOLT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONA
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Holt said he received his results today (Tuesday, March 31), 11 days after he was tested.
NEW ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN JUNE
American progressive rock legends KANSAS will release their new studio album, "The Absence Of Presence", on June 26 via InsideOut Music.
DARK TRANQUILLITY WELCOMES CHRIS AMOTT AND JOHAN REINHOLDZ AS NEW GUITARISTS
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have announced the addition of guitarists Chris Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA) to the group's ranks.
The 2 musicians, who have been members of DARK TRANQUILLITY's touring lineup since 2017, will make their recording debut with the band on their upcoming follow-up to 2016's "Atoma" album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
THE STOOGES TO RELEASE "John Cale" MIX OF FIRST ALBUM
The STOOGES will release a new version of their self titled debut album. The new version features the original mixes made by John Cale (The VELVET UNDERGROUND) which were rejected by Elektra records.
Before the original 1969 release, the recordings were remixed by Iggy Pop and Elektra president Jac Holzman. Most of the John Cale mixes were previously released on the 2005 Deluxe CD reissue of the album.
The new vinyl version reorders the tracks into the album sequence, and it's out in April via Elektra/Vinyl Me Please.
Order a copy here: vinylmeplease.com/products/the-stooges-the-stooges-john-cale-mix?view=rotm&utm_source=thestooges&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=rotms
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT POSTPONE UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
QUEEN + Adam Lambert regretfully announce that their upcoming 27-date UK and European "The Rhapsody Tour" is being postponed due to the on-going global coronavirus outbreak.
Full details and rescheduled dates here: queenonline.com
MARCH 30, 2020
NO MORE WOLFHOUR
Göteborg, Sweden-based hardcore/punk band WOLFHOUR have split up after 7 years.
The band featured members from ANTI CIMEX and SLAKTATTACK among others.
M3 ROCK FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
The 2020 M3 Rock Festival, originally scheduled for May 1-3 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, is being rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. All tickets will be honored on the new dates. Unfortunately, RATT and TYKETTO will no longer be able to perform, but the organizers are thrilled to announce the addition of WINGER to the lineup.
For more information, visit: m3rockfest.com
KISS ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for its South American tour.
The trek, which was originally slated to take place in April and May, was postponed due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The KISS run of shows in South America will now kick off on November 10 in Brasilia, Brazil and will conclude on December 8 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
For exact dates, try: kissonline.com
NEW EP WITH JIMMY BLOM, "Vansinnig", OUT NOW ON BANDCAMP!
6 tracks of punky rock. Stream or download for free: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/vansinnig
NEW ALBUM WITH E.A.T.E.R.
Swedish hardcore/punk band ERNST AND THE EDSHOLM REBELS (aka E.A.T.E.R.) has just released their first full length album, "A Momentary Relapse For No Reason", via their own label Ernst Records.
The CD will be sold through eater.bandcamp.com, but is also available on all major digital music services.
E.A.T.E.R. originally formed in 1982, and released 1 EP, "Doomsday Troops", in 1984. The band reformed in 2010, and has since then released 2 more EPs.
THE MAN BEHIND "I Love Rock 'N Roll" IS DEAD
Alan Merrill, the singer and co-writer of the original version of "I Love Rock 'N Roll", has died at the age of 69. According to his daughter Laura, he passed away of complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
In 1975, Merrill recorded "I Love Rock 'N Roll" with his band the ARROWS. 7 years later, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS' version of the track became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and remained at the top of the chart for 7 weeks.
NEW ALBUM WITH PUNK SUPERGROUP PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN THIS SUMMER
Rat Scabies (former drummer for The DAMNED, Alfie Agnew (ADOLESCENTS, D.I.), Sean Elliot(D.I.), and Paul Gray (current bassist for The DAMNED) have a band called PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. They will release their fifth album, called "Seance", this summer via Fullertone Records.
The album will come with a fold-out paper insert which expands into a gameboard.
MARCH 29, 2020
RIOT GUITARIST LOU "L.A." KOUVARIS IS DEAD
Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago.
MINISTRY IS IN THE STUDIO
Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2018's "AmeriKKKant" album.
Jimmy Blom: Livstid (An acoustic blues about a workaholic)
MARCH 28, 2020
D.R.I. AND HIRAX RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN TOUR TO NEXT YEAR
Due to the current global situation with COVID-19, D.R.I. and HIRAX have rescheduled their Australian tour for February 2021. These new dates are as follows:
16 FEB - Canberra, The Basement
17 FEB - Sydney, Crowbar
18 FEB - Brisbane, The Zoo
19 FEB - Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
20 FEB - Adelaide, Lion Arts
21 FEB - Perth, Amplifier
THE WHO POSTPONES U.S. TOUR
The April and May U.S. stops on THE WHO's "Moving On!" tour are proactively being rescheduled to the fall/autumn out of an abundance of caution.
New dates will be announced soon..
RAMMSTEIN's TILL LINDEMANN HAS NOT CORONA
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have shot down a report that singer Till Lindemann has tested positive for COVID-19.
Why he was in intensive care is still unknown..
MARCH 27, 2020
RAMMSTEIN SINGER TILL LINDEMANN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19
RAMMSTEIN singer Till Lindemann is in intensive care in a Berlin hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
On March 15, Till and his LINDEMANN band performed a concert in Moscow. Upon his return to his home country of Germany, he was hospitalized with an extremely high fever and he later tested positive for coronavirus. He was immediately sent to intensive care and placed under quarantine.
The 57-year-old Till, who was originally in critical condition, is now said to be feeling better and his life is no longer in danger.
THE RODS UNVEIL NEW LINEUP
American old school heavy metal band The RODS have 2 new members: lead singer Michael San Ciro (TOTALLY LOST CAUSE, CANEDY) and Freddy Vilano (QUIET RIOT, Dee Snider's WIDOWMAKER) on bass guitar.
The band - which also features original members David "Rock" Feinstein (guitar) and Carl Canedy (drums) - has been writing songs for their new album, "Shockwave", which they plan to release in 2021.
THE DRIPPERS POSTPONE SPANISH TOUR
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS have (for obvious reasons) been forced to postpone their Spanish tour in April. New dates will be announced in the future.
When it comes to their shows in Germany and the Netherlands, they don't know yet.
NEW DATE FOR THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
The Abyss Festival have announced a new date: November 13-14.
This metal festival happens at Gothenburg Film Studios in Göteborg, Sweden. There will also be a pre-party on November 12 at The Abyss bar in the same city.
RELEASE OF DEF LEPPARD's "London To Vegas" PUSHED BACK TO MAY
Eagle Rock Entertainment has pushed back the release date of DEF LEPPARD's "London To Vegas" to May 29 from the previously announced April 24.
The "London To Vegas" limited-edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD, DVD/Blu-ray+2CD and digital format release features 2 spectacular concert films: "Hysteria At The O2" and "Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood".
NEW SINGLE WITH KREATOR
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have surprise-released a new single, "666 - World Divided". The official music video for the track can be seen here: youtu.be/DZpt8YXFwso
A limited-edition 7" single featuring "666 - World Divided" and the LAMB OF GOD song "Checkmate" will be made available on April 10 via the KREATOR webstore and Nuclear Blast mailorder.
MARCH 26, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH LITTLE VILLAINS NEXT WEEK
LITTLE VILLAINS was the last band former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor was playing with before he passed away in 2015. They made several studio recordings, and an album, "Philthy Lies", was released in 2019.
Now the rest of these recordings will be released as "Taylor Made" on April 3 through Cleopatra Records.
This is something that you don't want to miss, so pre-order right now: orcd.co/littlevillains
NEW ALBUM WITH VANDENBERG IN THE END OF MAY
A few months ago it was announced that the melodic hard rock band VANDENBERG was back with a new lineup. And now we get the news that a new album, "2020", will be released on May 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
More info here: vandenbergband.com mascotlabelgroup.com
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL IS CANCELED
The 2020 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS have announced rescheduled tour dates for their 40th anniversary shows in USA, that were originally scheduled for May. The tour will now go ahead in September and November with all previously bought tickets being honoured.
The new dates are these:
Sep 19 - Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
Nov 11 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Nov 12 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
Nov 14 - Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA (new venue)
MARCH 25, 2020
ENTOMBED A.D. POSTPONE GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. are forced to postpone their upcoming tour in Germany and The Netherlands, which was supposed to happen in April. The new dates will be in November instead, and they are:
Nov. 27 - Bochum, Matrix
Nov. 28 - Eindhoven, Grindhoven
Nov. 29 - Munich, Backstage Halle
Nov. 30 - Berlin, Lido
METALLICA ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been rescheduled for December. Support on the trek will come from GRETA VAN FLEET.
The new dates are:
Dec. 04 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hipódromo de San Isidro
Dec. 07 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Nacional
Dec. 14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Estacionamento da Fiergs
Dec. 16 - Curitiba, Brazil - Estádio Couto Pereira
Dec. 18 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Estádio Do Morumbi
Dec. 20 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Estádio Mineirão
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM BAD RELIGION AND REFUSED
Punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES - which includes Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE, ONE LAST WISH), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) - will release its self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph.
Today, FAKE NAMES share their energetic single "Brick", a classic punk anthem complete with chant-along chorus and revolution-minded lyrics. Check it out: youtu.be/PYTH06w87Ng
HATEBREED's NEW ALBUM IS POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
HATEBREED's new album, which was expected later this year, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
Singer Jamey Jasta broke the news of the postponement in a Twitter exchange with a fan earlier today: twitter.com/jameyjasta
HATEBREED's previously announced European tour with PARKWAY DRIVE will now take place in November/December.
DRUMMER BILL RIEFLIN IS DEAD
Acclaimed drummer Bill Rieflin - who has performed with MINISTRY, R.E.M. and KING CRIMSON - has died after a battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.
MARCH 24, 2020
"A Night With Janis Joplin" COMING TO NEW ORLEANS
"A Night With Janis Joplin" is coming to Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré in New Orleans, LA. The show will run June 5 through June 21.
Grab your tickets now: found.ee/ANWJJNOLA
METALLICA TO STREAM COMPLETE LIVE SHOW EVERY MONDAY
METALLICA launched a new concert series, "#MetallicaMondays", yesterday, where the band will stream the complete video of a METALLICA live show for fans on the group's YouTube channel and on Facebook every week.
In related news, METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been postponed until December.
SONIC TEMPLE, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE and EPICENTER FESTIVALS ARE CANCELED
The Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville and Epicenter festivals, all of which were scheduled to take place in May, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
MARCH 23, 2020
GBH CANCEL US TOUR WITH MDC
British punk legends GBH have been forced to cancel their upcoming US tour with MDC. They are currently looking at options for rescheduling.
SEBASTIAN BACH ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has announced the newly rescheduled dates for the second leg of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. The trek, which was originally set to start later this month, will now take place this fall, starting on October 28 and running through December 15, with special guests STITCHED UP HEART.
More info at: sebastianbach.com
TESTAMENT SINGER CHUCK BILLY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21).
According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back 2020" European tour with EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL. The 57-year-old Billy says he has been quarantined since arriving home.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt revealed earlier in the week that he was exhibiting all the symptoms of COVID-19. He said that he and his wife underwent coronavirus testing on Friday (March 20) but added that they will have to wait "seven to 10 days" for results.
DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been in an intensive care unit at a Northern California hospital since Wednesday (March 18) after being taken "very ill" following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back 2020" trek.
testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us
NIKLAS SUNDIN QUITS DARK TRANQUILLITY
Founding DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin has announced his departure from the band.
Sundin made his exit official nearly 4 years after he stopped touring with DARK TRANQUILLITY in order to focus on his family life. In recent years, he was replaced on the road by Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA) and Christopher Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY).
PANTERA TO RELEASE 20TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF "Reinveting The Steel"
PANTERA will release a 20th-anniversary edition of its final album, "Reinventing The Steel", later this year. More information will be made available soon..
WHITESNAKE FORCED TO CANCEL ALL UPCOMING TOUR DATES
All WHITESNAKE tours - Europe, UK and US - are being cancelled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring frontman David Coverdale to have surgery.
MARCH 20, 2020
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO RELEASE SCHEDULE
Italian record label Frontiers Music srl have been forced to announce some changes to their upcoming release schedule. This means that records that was supposed to be released on April 10 will now be released on May 22 instead. And records that was supposed to be released on May 8 will be released on June 12.
You can read a full statement with further details here: facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl
PURE STEEL RECORDS OFFERS 15% DISCOUNT
German record label Pure Steel Records offers a 15% discount in their Pure Steel Shop for an unlimited period.
Check it out: puresteel-shop.com
MOB 47 POSTPONE JAPANESE TOUR
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 have been forced to postpone their tour of Japan together with FEROCIOUS X, which was supposed to start on April 25.
IRON MAIDEN POSTPONES TOUR OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
IRON MAIDEN's Australia and New Zealand dates in May have been postponed until further notice. This is due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and recent government instruction.
The band&339;s Australian tour with special guests KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was scheduled to kick off on May 1 in Perth and conclude on May 11 in Melbourne.
Tour promoters TEG Dainty advise ticket holders to hold on to their original tickets and await further information. If you find you're unable to attend the new dates when they are announced, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
MARCH 19, 2020
LIVE STREAMINGS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST
When the artists can't play live because of the virus, some of them will live stream instead. Here's some of these live streamings:
March 21: KADAVAR - More info/Streaming
March 22: SIENA ROOT - More info/Streaming
March 23: ARRE! ARRE! - More info/Streaming
March 15: BOTTLECAP - More info/Streaming
March 28: YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS - More info/Streaming / CHARTA 77 - More info/Streaming
ATTENTAT ANNOUNCES NEW DATES
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have now rescheduled the shows in Sweden that they had to postpone due to Covid-19. The new dates are:
Sept. 4 - Nässjö
Sept. 5 - Alingsås
NEW ALBUM WITH BLUES PILLS IN JUNE
Sweden-based bluesy retro rockers BLUES PILLS will release their third album, "Holy Moly!", on June 19 via Nuclear Blast.
The first single, "Proud Woman", is out now - Watch or Listen/Download
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
TYGERS OF PAN TANG are 1 of many bands who have had to postpone their tour dates. The NWoBHM veterans have now rescheduled the European dates to November.
The new dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - NL, Hengelo, Metropool
Nov. 23 - DE, Bochum, Matrix
Nov. 26 - DE, Nürnberg, Golden Nugget
Nov. 27 - AT, Dornbirn, Schlachthaus
Nov. 28 - CH, Aarburg, Musigburg
Nov. 29 - FR, Paris, Glazart
CANDLEMASS RESCHEDULE STOCKHOLM SHOWS
CANDLEMASS has rescheduled their 2 sold out shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The new dates are August 15 and 16.
On the first night they will play "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in its entirety. On the second night they perform "Nightfall" in its entirety.
DEBUT SINGLE WITH STEVE RILEY's VERSION OF L.A. GUNS IN APRIL
Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS will release its first single, "Crawl", on April 20 via Golden Robot Records. The song is expected to appear on the band's debut album, which will be made available later in the year.
LASTKAJ 14 POSTPONE RELEASE PARTY IN STOCKHOLM
Swedish trallpunks LASTKAJ 14 was supposed to have a release party at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden on March 28. That gig has been postponed for obvious reasons.
I guess that the rest of their upcoming tour dates in April and May will be postponed too.
ABRAMIS BRAMA POSTPONE UPCOMING SHOWS
Swedish heavy hard rockers ABARMIS BRAMA have like so many others also been forced to postpone their shows in Stockholm and Linköping next weekend. New dates will be announced sooner or later..
MARCH 18, 2020
THE GERMS TO REISSUE ANTHOLOGY ON VINYL
80s L.A. punk band The GERMS will reissue their discography release, "(MIA) The Complete Anthology" (originally released in 1993), on May 29 via Porterhouse Records. The new version is the first vinyl release of the compilation and is split across 2 records. The new version retains the CD release's liner notes.
MORE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED SHOWS IN SWEDEN
The release party for Swedish punk band EXISTENZ at Plan B in Malmö on March 27 is cancelled.
The HAUNTED's sold out show at Pumphuset in Borås on April 12 have been postponed to September 11.
The show in Fagersta with Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 is cancelled, while the show in Stockholm is postponed. They want to do a live streaming on Saturday, March 28 at 20:00 (local Swedish time) though, but they need 1.000 subscribers for their label Birdnest's YouTube channel first. So check out: youtube.com/channel/UCIANCze7XJLIIWX56HReoGw
Swedish punk rock band VÄRLDEN BRINNER have postponed the following shows: BD Riots in Borlänge on March 28, Kafé 44 in Stockholm on April 4, Västerås on April 10 and Hofors on April 11. These shows will be reschudeled for the fall.
Sticky Fingers in Göteborg (aka Gothenburg) is closed until further notice.
Påskpunk in Hofors on April 11 has been cancelled. They hope that they can arrange the festival in the fall/winter instead.
If you are rich enough, don't forget to support your favorite artists by buying their records and/or merchandise. It's in many cases their only way to get some money right now.
THE WHO ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES
Legendary rockers THE WHO have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.K. and Ireland tour.
The band postponed the trek, which was scheduled to start on March 16 in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and conclude on April 8 at Wembley SSE Arena, due to the developing coronavirus situation.
The new dates are:
March 05 - 3 Arena, Dublin
March 08 - M&S Bank, Liverpool
March 10 - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
March 12 - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
March 15 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
March 17 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
March 22 - SSE Arena, Wembley
March 24 - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
March 27 - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
March 29 - Manchester Arena, Manchester
All tickets for the original dates remain valid.
Unfortunately, THE WHO will be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28 as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intends to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.
TERVEET KÄDET CANCEL REMAINING DATES ON BRAZIL TOUR
Finnish hardcore/punk legends TERVEET KÄDET announce that the rest of their Brazil tour is cancelled due to the situation we all know now happening everywhere.
They succeeded to play 3 shows, but will now go back home to Finland.
The band plan to return when everything is settled back to normal.
MONSTER MAGNET ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
MONSTER MAGNET has postponed its "A Celebration Of Powertrip" tour of North America to 2021, with new dates beginning January 21 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Tickets for all postponed dates will be honored for the newly scheduled shows. Find a complete list of dates here (scroll down): facebook.com/pg/monstermagnet/events
MURDER JUNKIES POSTPONE SOUTH AMERICA
American punk veterans MURDER JUNKIES has postponed their South American tour, which was supposed to happen in May.
MARCH 17, 2020
SWEDISH INDEPENDENT LABELS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH LIVE STREAMING PLATFORM
Swedish labels MTA Production, Bring It Home and Sonika Studio team up to offer live streaming of artists from Sonika Studio in Stockhom, Sweden.
Their first work was ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom, which has reached over 21.000 streams in just 3 days.
The idea is that artists who have had to cancel due to the coronavirus, now have a chance to give their fans a other live experience than the usual through a digital service. They encourages everybody who live stream to Swish money or deposit money into a bank account, and 50% will go to the artist, while the rest goes to the people behind the streaming.
facebook.com/bringithome2020 sonika.studio se.mtaprod.se/aktuellt
ATTENTAT POSTPONE WEEKEND SHOWS
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have been forced to cancel their shows in Nässjö and Alingsås, Sweden next weekend due to the virus. New dates will be announced later this week.
KSMB ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB have now rescheduled the 2 Swedish dates that they had to postpone. The new dates are:
Oct. 31 - Malmö
Nov. 14 - Uppsala
ACID BLOOD TO LIVE STREAM A SHOW
Due to new restrictions no gigs infront of any live audience is possible. Instead, Swedish punk band ACID BLOOD will live stream a gig from Hemliga Stället in their hometown Umeå through their Facebook page on Saturday March 28.
NETHERLANDS DEATHFEST POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Netherlands Deathfest have been postponed to next year, and will now take place April 30 to May 2, 2021. 31 of the 37 originally scheduled bands have already committed to play on the new dates.
Among the confirmed acts are: BENEDICTION, CARNAL DECAY, SACRAMENTUM, UNANIMATED, DISMEMBER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, PURTENANCE, UNDERGANG, AUTOPSY etc.
Read a full statement here: facebook.com/NetherlandsDeathfest
NEW ALBUM WITH ATKINS MAY PROJECT IN APRIL
ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, will release a new album, "The Final Cut", in April.
Audio snippets from the album are available here: facebook.com/ALATKINSOFFICIAL
EX-SACRED REICH GUITARIST JASON RAINEY IS DEAD
Former SACRED REICH guitarist Jason Rainey died Monday night (March 16) of an apparent heart attack.
SAXON POSTPONE UK SHOWS
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and public reaction to the spread of Coronavirus, SAXON have had to postpone the 3 UK shows planned this month in Glasgow (March 27), London (March 28) and Manchester (March 29).
The shows have been postponed to the following dates:
August 8 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
September 5 – London, Eventim Apollo
September 6 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
MARCH 16, 2020
TYGERS OF PAN TANG POSTPONES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
All of the forthcoming European shows with NWoBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have been cancelled and are being rescheduled by their agent and promoters to later dates.
REISSUES WITH UNLEASHED AND GRAVE
Under the exclusive license of Century Media, MDD Records will bring the albums "Shadows In The Deep" and "Victory" by UNLEASHED, as well as the legendary "You'll Never See" by GRAVE back to the shelves of retailers worldwide at affordable prices. The 2 UNLEASHED albums will also include 6 live bonus tracks each: "Live in Katowice 1995" and "Live in Vienna 1993".
The records will be released on March 27, and can be pre-ordered from: mdd-records.de
TRANSPORT LEAGUE CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
..and the bad news continues. Swedish heavy groove metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE have cancelled their European tour, which was supposed to take place in April/May.
They hope that most of the shows will be re-scheduled for a tour in the fall.
NITA STRAUSS AND TODD LA TORRE WILL USE CORONAVIRUS DOWNTIME TO FINNISH SOLO ALBUMS
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, says that she will use the coronavirus downtime to complete work on her sophomore solo album.
And QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre says that he will use the coronavirus downtime to complete the songwriting process for his long-in-the-works solo album.
MANOWAR SHOW IN MEXICO FILMED FOR DVD/BLU-RAY
According to Summa Inferno, MANOWAR's concert this past Saturday night (March 14) at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico City was professionally recorded and filmed for a future DVD and Blu-ray release.
AMARANTHE ARE IN THE STUDIO
Swedish/Danish melodic metal band AMARANTHE have entered a studio in Denmark to begin recording their 6th album, which will be released later this year via Nuclear Blast.
EX-CHILDREN OF BODOM FRONTMAN LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho has launched a new band called BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Joining him in the group are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa.
June 27 - Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
July 18 - John Smith Rock Festival, Laukaa, Finland
Aug. 15 - Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
DAVID LEE ROTH POSTPONES LAST 6 DATES OF LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
The final 6 shows of VAN HALEN vocalist David Lee Roth's Las Vegas residency have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
All 6 concerts that were scheduled to take place this month - March 18, 20-21, 25, 27-28 - at the House Of Blues were called off on Sunday (March 15), 3 days after the Nevada governor issued a declaration of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MARCH 15, 2020
STATUS QUO FRONTMAN FRANCIS ROSSI POSTPONE SPOKEN WORD TOUR
STATUS QUO frontman Francis Rossi's spoken word tour, "I Talk Too Much", has been postponed with immediate effect. The shows will be rescheduled with venues to a later date, once the risk of infection has passed.
THE DARKNESS CANCEL REMAINING AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND SHOWS
British rock band The DARKNESS have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their Australian/New Zealand tour. The Australian government has banned gatherings over 500 capacity, starting Monday, March 16, and the NZ government has introduced a 14-day quarantine period for all new arrivals.
The final show will be in Adelaide, tonight, March 15.
AMON AMARTH CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN SHOWS
Due to the Corona shit Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH have been forced to cancel their shows in El Salvador, Bogota and Colombia.
DESTRUCTION POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
"Thrash Alliance Tour Part 2" - with DESTRUCTION, SUICIDAL ANGELS, CRISIX and DOMINATION - is postponed to later this year.
They are trying to re-book the tour.
MARCH 14, 2020
ROSS THE BOSS POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to the current conditions ROSS THE BOSS, BURNING WITCHES and ASOMVEL are postponing their forthcoming April tour in Europe.
The bands plan to reschedule all the shows.
ross-the-boss.com facebook.com/burningwitches666 asomvel.com
NO AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND FOR IN FLAMES
Due to the recent announcement by the Australian and New Zealand goverments, IN FLAMES have been forced to cancel their tour in Australia and New Zealand.
THE END A.D. ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST
Steve Rodgers will do his last show as bassist for Philadelphia's metal/hardcore/punk band The END A.D. on April 17. Their new bassist will be Jim Weiss.
The band is currently working on material for a new EP.
KSMB POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB has decided to postpone their upcoming 40th anniversary shows in Uppsala (Feb. 25) and Malmö (May 1) because of that fucking virus. They are now looking at dates in the fall instead.
THE DWARVES CANCEL EVERYTHING
American punk rock veterans The DWARVES let us know that all their and frontman Blag Dhalia's shows for Texas, Oklahoma and Spain are officially cancelled.
LAST IN LINE, Y&T, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ETC. POSTPONE TOO
LAST IN LINE's U.S. shows on March 20 Hopewell, VA, 21 Glen Burnie, MD and 22 Jim Thorpe, PA have been postponed until June.
The Y&T show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on March 21 has been postponed until June 6.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has postponed the remainder of its winter/spring 2020 "North American Crusade" tour with OBITUARY and LORD DYING.
Sebastian Bach has postponed his spring 2020 North American tour celebrating the 31st anniversary of SKID ROW's debut album.
There's lots of more bands, like SEPULTURA and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, who have postponed or cancelled shows, but this is getting extemely boring now. Can that virus just please fuck off?!
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR SOUTH AMERICA
GUNS N' ROSES have announced new dates for South America. And these dates are:
Nov 27: Santiago, Chile
Nov 29: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec 4: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dec 6: Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
VENOM INC. ARE IN THE STUDIO
VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, has entered the studio to record its new album.
MARCH 13, 2020
MORE OLD MATERIAL WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
As BLUE ÖYSTER CULT continues work on their upcoming new studio album, Frontiers Music Srl present the next 2 albums in the ongoing series of live albums and reissues: "iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012" (CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and Vinyl) and "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" (CD and LP).
Both will be released on May 8.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS POSTPONE SCOTTISH DATES
In light of the Scottish Parliament's decision to cancel all concerts with a capacity of over 500 persons due to the coronavirus pandemic, the STIFF LITTLE FINGERS sold out shows at Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom on March 17 and Troon Concert Hall on March 19 have been postponed until the summer.
The new dates are as follows:
Troon Concert Hall – Thursday, July 30
Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom – Saturday, August 1
Special guests on these 2 shows will be The PROFESSIONALS. Anyone unable to attend the new dates can get a refund from point of purchase.
Also, due to the university closing, they have had to move the Norwich gig. The new date is March 30 at the Waterfront.
All other shows on the UK tour will as of this time be going ahead as planned. Check back with slf.rocks for updates.
NEW ALBUM WITH WITCHCRAFT IN MAY
WITCHCRAFT will release their first new album in 4 years on May 1 via Nuclear Blast. The title is "Black Metal", and it will be an entirely acoustic affair.
Check out the first track, "Elegantly Expressed Depression": facebook.com/nuclearblasteurope/videos/204203124186771/?t=0 facebook.com/witchcraft nuclearblast.de
BLUES PILLS POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish blues-based retro rockers BLUES PILLS was supposed to play in Uppsala and Norrköping, Swedebn this weekend. But due to the current situation with the COVID-19 these shows are postponed to October.
The new dates are:
Oct. 2 - Norrköping
Oct. 3 - Uppsala
Special guest on both shows will be Bror Gunnar Jansson.
ALICE COOPER POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN SPRING TOUR
Alice Cooper postpone his Spring 2020 headline North American tour from March 31 through April 22. The tour is being rescheduled for Fall 2020 and the new schedule will be announced as soon as possible.
RECORD STORE DAY MOVED TO JUNE
Record Store Day 2020, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The new date is Saturday, June 20.
WOLF POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH GRAND MAGUS
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF have been forced to postpone the European leg of their tour with GRAND MAGUS. This is getting really boring now, but yes due to the on-going Corvid-19 situation.
Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. All tickets will remain valid.
The WOLF shows in UK this weekend will still happen.
NEW ALBUM WITH GRAVE DIGGER IN MAY
German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with a new album, "Fields Of Blood", which will be released on May 29 via Napalm Records.
Check out the first single, "All For The Kingdom", here: youtu.be/hGPpsU8T8kc
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/FieldsOfBlood-NPR
BOTTLECAP ANNOUNCE FINNISH DATES
Swedish hardcore rockers BOTTLECAP are going to Finland in May for 3 shows at the following places:
May 14 - 45 Special, Oulu
May 15 - Telakka, Tampere
May 16 - Lepakkomies, Helsinki
EURO TOUR WITH KREATOR, LAMB OF GOD AND POWER TRIP POSTPONED
Due to the coronavirus and imposed bans on public events across Europe, the "State Of Unrest" tour with KREATOR, LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP is postponed.
They are working on getting the tour rescheduled for as soon as possible. So hold on to your tickets, because new dates will be announced soon.
DEAD KENNEDYS POSTPONE SHOWS IN BOSTON AND BROOKLYN
Due to the coronavirus and health official's recommendations, the clubs have cancelled the DEAD KENNEDYS shows at Big Night Live, in Boston, on March 14, and at Brooklyn Bowl, in Brooklyn, on March 15. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.
MARCH 12, 2020
KISS POSTPONES LAST 3 SHOWS OF SPRING U.S. TOUR
The final 3 shows of the spring leg of KISS's "End Of The Road" tour are being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Tulsa, Oklahoma concert (originally scheduled for March 12) will now be Sunday, October 4 at BOK Center; Biloxi, Mississippi (originally scheduled for March 15) will now be Tuesday, October 6 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum; and Lafayette, Louisiana (originally scheduled for March 14) will now be Wednesday, October 7 at Cajundome. Tickets will be honored on the new dates. The fall leg of KISS's tour remains unchanged.
KING DIAMOND UNDERGOES SURGERY, PULLS OUT OF HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST
KING DIAMOND has been forced to cancel its scheduled appearance at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest on March 15 in Mexico City.
The band's namesake frontman announced the cancelation in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "I was recently advised by my doctor to have surgery done for an issue, which, if not done right away, would have prevented me from flying. We did not expect to have any complications after the surgery, but my healing is slower than anticipated, and I've been advised to 'forego air travel until his healing stabilizes and additional risks are minimized.' Unfortunately and regretfully, this means that we cannot make it this weekend to play at the Hell & Heaven. We love playing in Mexico and can't wait to get a chance to make this up to you. Til then, stay heavy."
NEW ALBUM WITH MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL IN MAY
MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL will release a new album, "We Are The Night", on May 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single, "Hold Your Fire", featuring TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and ANIMAL DRIVE vocalist Dino Jelusick, can be streamed here: youtu.be/QefYPG6Zf1M
Aside from Dino, other guest vocalists on the album include Frontiers' newest vocal sensation Renan Zonta of ELECTRIC MOB, Noora Louhimo of BATTLE BEAST, Ronnie Romero of RAINBOW, Mike Andersson of CLOUDSCAPE, and former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin.
THE WHO POSTPONES TOUR OF UK/IRELAND
Legendary rock band THE WHO have postponed their U.K. and Ireland tour, which was scheduled to start next Monday, March 16 in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and conclude at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8. The fans' safety is paramount, and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that it had no option but to call off the shows. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Unfortunately, THE WHO will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28 as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intends to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.
EX-GREAT WHITE BASSIST TONY MONTANA REISSUES SOLO ALBUM
Former bass player for legendary hard rockers GREAT WHITE, Tony Montana, will have his sole solo album, "Tombstone Shuffle", reissued on March 13 through Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records). This 20th anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and includes the bonus tracks from both the French and Japanese releases.
"Tombstone Shuffle" was originally released in 2000.
You can order the album here: orcd.co/tonymontana
MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Due to city-wide bans on gatherings in excess of 250 people in Seattle and 1000 people in San Francisco, the "Decibel Magazine Tour" dates in those cities have been canceled. The Washington state and San Francisco are banning large gatherings to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The tour features MAYHEM and ABBATH.
Progressive rock legends YES has canceled a handful of shows in the U.S., in addition to an appearance on this year's Cruise To The Edge, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MACHINE HEAD has postponed the second European leg of its 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes", due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus.
PAPA ROACH has been forced to cancel the last 5 concerts on its current European tour due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Italian orchestral-death metal group FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have been forced to postpone their North American tour due to travel restrictions implemented in response to the spread of new coronavirus (COVID-19).
MISFITS SUE BOOK PUBLISHER OVER SIGNATURE SKULL DESIGN
Legendary punk band MISFITS has filed a lawsuit against Abrams, claiming the publisher "willfully infringed" MISFITS' famous "Fiend Skull design" trademark and unlawfully copied and used MISFITS' copyrighted artwork in connection with the advertising and sale of a photobook titled "Scream With Me - The Enduring Legacy Of The Misfits".
MARCH 11, 2020
CIRCLE JERKS TO PLAY IN MEXICO
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS are going to do 2 shows in Mexico in July. These are the dates:
July 16 - Foro Independencia, Guadalajara
July 17 - Escena, Monterrey
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13.
VIO-LENCE SIGNS WITH METAL BLADE RECORDS
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months.
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE has canceled its previously announced South American shows, which were scheduled to take place later this month, "due to the escalation" of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
LIVE EP WITH AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are going to release a live 7" EP, called "Live at The Croxton". It's out via ATO records on May 1.
SAXON FRONTMAN BIFF BYFORD CANCELS SOLO TOUR DUE TO LOW TICKET SALES
SAXON frontman Biff Byford announce the cancellation of his solo tour previously scheduled for April and May. The cancellation is mainly due to low ticket sales, which may or may not have been affected by the current Worldwide Covid-19 Virus pandemic.
Ticket refunds are available from point of purchase.
MARCH 10, 2020
IN FLAMES ENTERS WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band, Sweden's influential and long revered metal giants IN FLAMES have entered a worldwide partnership with Nuclear Blast for the band's celebrated back catalog, which includes 13 groundbreaking fan-favorite records like "Colony" (1999), "Whoracle" (1997) and "Clayman" (2000). Having released the previous 2 albums "Battles" and "I, The Mask" with Nuclear Blast in Europe only, this marks the first time IN FLAMES has worked with Nuclear Blast worldwide since the release of "Soundtrack To Your Escape" (2004).
The partnership news comes ahead of IN FLAMES' heavily anticipated, upcoming European tour dates in spring. The trek is part of the band's massive global run of shows that will see them performing in over 20 countries around the world in celebration of their anniversary and in support of their latest record, "I, The Mask".
EX-SAMSON/IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER THUNDERSTICK TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM
British drummer Barry Graham Purkis, better known as Thunderstick, who played with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the 70s and then moved on to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), will release the first official live album from his eponymously named band on March 20 via Roulette Records.
The title of the album is "Something Wicked This Way Came", and it was recorded in France in November 2019.
GUNS N' ROSES CANCEL COSTA RICA CONCERT
GUNS N' ROSES' March 18 concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica is among the "massive events and activities" that have been canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
On Monday (March 9), Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado said at a press conference that mass gathering events in the country are being suspended for at least 2 weeks and until further notice. These include concerts, topes (horse parades) and regional festivals.
KISS CANCELS MEET-AND-GREETS
KISS has scrapped its previously announced meet-and-greet events on the "End Of The Road" tour due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
In related news, POISON frontman Brett Michaels has canceled his appearance aboard The 80s Cruise over coronavirus concerns. There's also reports saying that the Coachella festival will be postponed to October for the same reason. And PEARL JAM has postponed its previously announced spring U.S. tour due to concerns over the coronavirus.
MARCH 9, 2020
FIREWIND ANNOUNCE NEW LINEUP
FIREWIND - with ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. - have parted ways with keyboardist/guitarist Bob Katsionis and vocalist Henning Basse.
There's no bad blood. Bob is stepping down from the ongoing touring lifestyle to focus on his work as a producer/studio engineer, as well as his own projects. Henning has left due to personal reasons.
New singer in the band is Herbie Langhans (AVANTASIA, ex-SINBREED).
FIREWIND will release their 9th studio album later this year.
NEW EP WITH CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
As the American heavy metal band prepares to embark on its first UK tour later this month, CORNERS OF SANCTUARY is releasing a new EP, "For COS and Country", to mark the occasion. The EP is digitally set to release on March 13 through Exquisite Noise Records US and in association with the Vagabond Entertainment Group. Physical CD copies of the EP will also be available to fans while they are in the UK.
The first single, "The Raid (For God and Country)", is now available for free as an MP3 download at the band's official website: cornersofsanctuary.com
SICK OF IT ALL FRONTMAN'S FLU FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have postponed their previously announced tour of Mexico and South America. The 10-date trek was scheduled to kick off on March 10 at Circo Volador in Mexico City and include additional shows in Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.
ALICE COOPER ADDS U.S. TOUR DATES
Alice Cooper has announced 3 new dates in July as part of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour. Support at the shows will come from Cory Marks, and the dates are:
July 13 - Altria Theater, Richmond, VA
July 14 - Mountain Health Arena, Huntington, WV
July 15 - Express Live!, Columbus, OH
Presale begins tomorrow, March 10. General onsale starts on Friday, March 13.
More tour dates at: alicecooper.com
RATT, TOM KEIFER, SKID ROW AND SLAUGHTER JOIN FORCES FOR THE BIG ROCK SUMMER TOUR
"The Big Rock Summer Tour" features RATT, CINDERELLA's Tom Keifer, SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER, and will hit more than 2 dozen North American cities this summer. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13.
For more information, visit: bigrocksummertour.com
MARCH 8, 2020
BULLET AND LYKANTROPI CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
BULLET, LYKANTROPI and BESVÄRJELSEN are the last 3 to be confirmed for the Muskelrock festival in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, SABBAT, OMEN, MINDLESS SINNER, HOT BREATH, AMBUSH, SIENA ROOT, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, HÄLLAS etc.
EXCITER IS WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM
Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER are currently working on a new album.
DANZIG ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
DANZIG has announced several European live dates for this summer. The 8-date trek will kick off at the Fezen festival in Hungary and will include an appearance at Germany's M'era Luna festival. There will also be headlining shows in Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.
The dates are:
Jul. 31 - Szekesfehervar, Hungary - Fezen
Aug. 01 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
Aug. 02 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
Aug. 04 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
Aug. 05 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
Aug. 07 - Köln, Germany - E-Werk
Aug. 08 - Hildesheim, Germany - M'era Luna
Aug. 09 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schachthof
IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES 2 NEW BEERS
IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery have announced 2 new beers in the award-winning Trooper range; Fear Of The Dark, a 4.5% ABV English Stout, and Trooper IPA, a 4.3% ABV India Pale Ale. Both beers will be available to pre-order directly through the Robinsons Brewery web site, with Amazon orders opening shortly after. Further details on availability will follow.
MARCH 6, 2020
12" EPs WITH ELECTRIC BOYS AND CONNY BLOOM ON RECORD STORE DAY
Record Store Day is on April 18 this year, and there will be 2 special 12" vinyl EPs from both ELECTRIC BOYS and their frontman Conny Bloom on this date.
ELECTRIC BOYS will release "The Lion's Roar", which is a cover of FIRST AID KIT. And on the b-side we will find another cover, "Life's Been Good", by Joe Walsh.
Pre-order ELECTRIC BOYS: targetshop.dk/vare/electric-boys-the-lions-roar-12-vinyl?lang=en
ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom will also release a solo EP, titled "Med Charlie I Venedig", where we will find the exclusive songs "Charlie I Venedig" and "Dags Att Vinna Wimbledon".
Pre-order Conny Bloom: targetshop.dk/vare/conny-bloom-med-charlie-i-venedig-12-vinyl?lang=en
Each EP will be released in a limited edition of 300 copies.
For more exclusive Record Store Day releases, go to: recordstoreday.com
MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY PUSHED BACK TO JULY
Chicago Review Press has pushed back the release date for the "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver" book from Matt Sorum to July 7 from the previously announced April 7.
MARCH 5, 2020
BUZZCOCKS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
BUZZCOCKS have been confirmed for Rebellion Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 6-9. They will play on Sunday night.
Confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, CIRCLE JERKS, ANTI FLAG, SUBHUMANS, The ADOLESCENTS, STRUNG OUT, SVETLANAS, SICK ON THE BUS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, Peter Hook & The LIGHT, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, The BOYS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, The LAST RESORT, NO FUN AT ALL, VICE SQUAD, MAU MAUS, SHAM 69, The UNDERTONES, The DICKIES, The RUTS DC, GBH, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, CONFLICT, 999, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, The ADICTS, UK SUBS, D.I., M.D.C., CHELSEA, The BARSTOOL PREACHERS, The VIBRATORS, MOB 47 etc. etc.
Full lineup and tickets at: rebellionfestivals.com
TRIVIUM, WHITESNAKE AND SLIPKNOT POSTPONES DATES IN ASIA
TRIVIUM has postponed its previously announced dates in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia amid the spread of coronavirus.
WHITESNAKE has postponed its previously announced Japanese tour "due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus."
SLIPKNOT has postponed its previously announced tour of Asia, including the band's 2-day Knotfest Japan festival, because of "global health concerns" amid the spread of coronavirus.
SONS OF APOLLO POSTPONE REMAINING SHOWS IN EUROPE
Progressive supergroup SONS OF APOLLO have postponed the remaining dates on their current European tour due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus.
MARCH 4, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH HENRY KANE IN MAY
Death metal/crust/grind band HENRY KANE - with Jonny Pettersson (WOMBBATH, HEADS FOR THE DEAD, NATTRAVNEN, PALE KING) on everything - is going to release a new album, "Age Of The Idiot", on May 22 via Trancending Obscurity Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH ALESTORM IN MAY
Pirate metal drunks ALESTORM will release a new album, "Curse Of The Crystal Coconut", on May 29 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/COTCC-NPR
EX-ALICE COOPER GUITARIST MICHAEL BRUCE LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former ALICE COOPER guitarist Michael Bruce has unveiled his new band, The MICHAEL BRUCE GROUP.
The band is:
Michael Bruce - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Lynette Bruce - Bass
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Steve Potts - Guitar
Matt Indes - Drums
Formed with the intention to create new music in the style of those classic ALICE COOPER records of the early 1970s, The MICHAEL BRUCE GROUP is currently working on a full length album for an early 2021 release. The band will also be booking shows for later this year and into 2021.
Legendary progressive rock band GENESIS will reunite this fall for a UK tour.
Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford will play 8 shows between November 23 and December 11. The concerts will take place in Liverpool, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, England, and Glasgow, Scotland.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6.
Founding lead singer Peter Gabriel is not involved in this reunion. Collins's 18-year-old son Nicholas will play drums on the tour while Daryl Stuermer will handle guitar and bass (probably not at the same time?).
GENESIS last performed together in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of their formation at Charterhouse School in Surrey.
More info here: facebook.com/genesis/videos/1599029480251236
JOURNEY FIRES DRUMMER AND BASSIST
Legendary soft rockers JOURNEY have fired drummer Steven Smith and bassist Ross Valory.
According to a lawsuit, Smith and Valory had attempted a "corporate coup d'état" to gain control of one of the band's business entities, Nightmare Productions.
Press release: businesswire.com/news/home/20200303006138/en/
EX-SEX PISTOLS BASSIST GLEN MATLOCK ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Glen Matlock, former bassist of SEX PISTOLS, is going on a short North American tour later this month. He will be playing an acoustic set, and the dates are:
March 13 - Everett, MA - Encore Boston Harbor (supporting DROPKICK MURPHYS)
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Turbo Haus
March 16 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
March 18 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
March 19 - New Haven, CT - Café Nine
March 20 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge/Chameleon Club
March 22 - New York, NY - The Bowery Electric
Meanwhile, Matlock is recording a new LP that is expected to be released in the fall.
MARCH 3, 2020
KREATOR TEAM UP WITH LAMB OF GOD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
KREATOR will team up with LAMB OF GOD for a spring tour in Europe, which will also feature Dallas thrashers POWER TRIP.
The "State Of Unrest" tour is set to kick off on March 27 in Stockholm, Sweden at Fryshuset Arenan, and will run until April 25 where it will wrap up in London at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Tickets and dates: stateofunresttour.com
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NEW ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN JUNE
American progressive rock legends KANSAS will release a new studio album, "The Absence of Presence" on June 26 via Inside Out Music.
In October/November they will be touring in Europe. Tickets will go on sale this week.
More info at: kansasband.com insideoutmusic.com
OZZY's "Ordinary Man" IS No. 1 ROCK ALBUM IN THE WORLD
Ozzy Osbourne's first new solo album in 10 years, the critically acclaimed "Ordinary Man" (Epic Records), is the No. 1 rock album in the world, topping multiple charts in its triumphant first week of release.
Worldwide, "Ordinary Man" has entered the charts in the Top 10 in 7 countries, making it the highest-charting album of Ozzy's career. It debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. chart, breaking Ozzy's previous peak on the charts 40 years ago for "Blizzard Of Ozz" (which peaked at No. 7). Ozzy also demolished his highest chart position in Australia, debuting at No. 4 and cracking the Top 10 there for the first time in his career. Ozzy secured his solo career's highest marks in Germany as well, coming in at No. 2. Elsewhere, the album earned Top 10 positions in Sweden at No. 1, the U.S. No. 3, Italy No. 6 and Ireland No. 6.
NEW ALBUM WITH THUNDERMOTHER IN JULY
Swedish hard rock band THUNDERMOTHER have set "Heat Wave" as the title of their new album, which will be released on July 31 via AFM Records.
The album will be followed by a European headline tour in September/October, and the dates for that can be found here: facebook.com/thundermother
THE GUILT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Southern Swedish lazer punk duo The GUILT will release thir second album, "New Knives", on March 13 via HepTown Records. That will be followed by a European tour that will start in Lübeck, Germany on March 27. And if you book concerts, there's still a few dates available.
For more details, go to: facebook.com/theguiltsweden
MARCH 2, 2020
LACUNA COIL CANCEL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Italian metal band LACUNA COIL have canceled their previously scheduled shows in Australia and Southeast Asia due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus.
Read more here: facebook.com/lacunacoil/posts/10156945065967344
MARCH 1, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BROWSING COLLECTION
Swedish all-female rock band BROWSING COLLECTION will release a new album, "Cyber Space Buffet", on March 27.
There will be a release party at Harry B James in Stockholm, Sweden on March 27. And a week later, on April 4, they will play at Husaren Pub in Skövde, Sweden together with RED TAIL and The HAWKINS.
STILLBORN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish heavy rockers STILLBORN are currently working on new songs for an upcoming album.
HÄLLAS CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HÄLLAS, PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT and MAGGOT HEART have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, SABBAT, OMEN, MINDLESS SINNER, HOT BREATH, AMBUSH, SIENA ROOT, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN etc.
FEB. 29, 2020
MAIDAVALE ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES
Swedish retro rockers MAIDAVALE will take a break from songwriting to do some European shows this spring.
For tickets and dates, visit: maidavaleband.com
CIRCLE JERKS TO PLAY IN JAPAN WITH CRO-MAGS
American punk band CIRCLE JERKS have expanded their reunion tour, and will now play Japan with CRO-MAGS. On November 20 they play Tokyo at Club Seata, and on November 22 they play Kobe at Harbor studio.
GREEN DAY POSTPONE ASIA TOUR DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
GREEN DAY has postponed their tour of Asia due to Coronavirus concerns.
The band was scheduled to play Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taipei, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan this Spring.
NEW ALBUM WITH WARBRINGER IN APRIL
American thrash metal band WARBRINGER will release a new album, "Weapons Of Tomorrow", on April 24 via Napalm Records.
Pre-Order here: smarturl.it/WeaponsOfTomorrow
FEB. 27, 2020
ABORTED GOT A NEW GUITARIST
Belgian grindcore/death metal veterans ABORTED welcome Harrison Patuto as their new guitarist.
THE BUSINESS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
British Oi!/punk legends The BUSINESS have announced a U.S. tour in May/June, with special guests The BAR STOOL PREACHERS. Tickets on sale tomorrow, Feruary 28.
Original members Steve Whale, Stephen Kent, and Micky Fairbairn will be joined by Mike Brands (ARCH RIVALS) on vocals and JJ Pearce (The LAST RESORT) on bass.
Dates and tickets can be found here: thebusinessoi.com
DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE "London To Vegas" IN APRIL
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release DEF LEPPARD's "London To Vegas" on April 24. This limited edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD, DVD/Blu-ray+2CD and digital format release features 2 spectacular concert films: "Hysteria At The O2" and "Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood".
GLENN DANZIG'S COLLECTION OF ELVIS PRESLEY COVERS GETS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE
Glenn Danzig's long-awaited collection of Elvis Presley covers, simply titled "Danzig Sings Elvis", is scheduled for an April 17 release via his own Evilive label.
NEW ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE IN JUNE
DEEP PURPLE will release a new album, titled "Whoosh!", on June 12 via earMUSIC/Playground Music.
It will be their 21 studio album, and they have once again worked with the legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS, PINK FLOYD etc).
deeppurple-whoosh.com ear-music.net playgroundmusic.com
FEB. 26, 2020
DIRKSCHNEIDER TO SUPPORT HELLOWEEN ON EURO TOUR
DIRKSCHNEIDER (Udo Dirkschneider playing ACCEPT classics) have been confirmed as special guest for HELLOWEEN on their upcoming European tour.
For more info, try 1 of these: helloween.org udo-online.com
ELECTRIC BOYS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish hard rock band ELECTRIC BOYS are currently writing new songs and recording demos for a new album, which they plan to record in June.
HATEBREED CONFIRMED FOR METALTOWN
HATEBREED have been confirmed for the Metaltown festival in Göteborg, Sweden on August 5. They are the last addition to the festival.
Other artists that will play are: SLIPKNOT, RAISED FIST, AVATAR, Max & Iggor Cavalera, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BOMBUS and NERVED.
Tickets are on sale now: mtl.town/2020
'77 PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Spanish hard rockers '77 has parted ways with drummer Andy Cobo.
FEB. 25, 2020
THE HELLACOPTERS, BLACK STAR RIDERS AND LEE AARON CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The HELLACOPTERS, 10CC, BLACK STAR RIDERS, ELUVEITIE, Lee Aaron, BARONESS, The WILDHEARTS and GRAVE are among the latest acts to be confirmed for this summer's Sweden Rock Festival, which happens in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
Confirmed since earlier are: GUNS N' ROSES, IN FLAMES, MERCYFUL FATE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, STRYPER, TURBONEGRO, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, KVELERTAK, Michael Monroe, WITCHCRAFT, SONATA ARCTICA, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, BOMBUS, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, RAGE, ORPHANED LAND, MÅNEGARM, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, PRAYING MANTIS, NARNIA, HORISONT, VA ROCKS, DEATH BY HORSE, BROWSING COLLECTION, HONEYBURST etc. etc.
50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OF THE STOOGES' "Fun House"
The STOOGES are going to release a massive box set for the 50th Anniversary of their second album, "Fun House" (1970). The set includes the original album mastered at 45rpm across 2 slabs of vinyl, the "Complete Funhouse Sessions" (which are the remaining recordings from the album sessions), "Live at Unganos" (which was the record release party for the album), 2 7" singles, a 28-page book, and other novelties. There will be a total of 15 vinyl LPs in this box set.
There are 1970 copies being made, and it will be released on July 17 via Rhino.
More info and pre-order here: Rhino.lnk.to/FunHouse
URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
Legendary progressive hard rock band URIAH HEEP will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a fall tour of the U.K.
The dates are these:
Nov. 01 - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Nov. 02 - Gateshead, Sage
Nov. 03 - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Nov. 04 - London, The Palladium
Nov. 06 - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Nov. 07 - Cardiff, St. David's Hall
Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 28.
ALICE COOPER, SAXON AND SKID ROW CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE
Alice Cooper will headline the 2021 edition of the Monsters Of Rock cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Monday, February 8 for 5 days and nights, with 2 breathtaking ports of call: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.
Other confirmed acts include: CRAZY LIXX, ECLIPSE, KIX, L.A. GUNS, LIT, LOUDNESS, Michael Monroe, Pat Travers, PINK CREAM 69, ROSE TATTOO, SAXON, SKID ROW, Tom Keifer and XYZ.
More info at: monstersofrockcruise.com
FEB. 24, 2020
METALLICA PULLS OUT OF SONIC TEMPLE AND LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVALS
METALLICA has pulled out of this year's Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals in USA. Replacing them on the bill at Sonic Temple will be TOOL and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has released a statement here: facebook.com/Metallica
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW DATES IN USA
WHITESNAKE have announced some new dates in USA. These dates are:
Aug. 24 - Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 28 - Tulsa, OK
Aug. 29 - Norman, OK
Aug. 31 - San Antonio, TX
More info at: whitesnake.com
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SABATON
JUDAS PRIEST celebrate their 50-year anniversary this year with a world tour, which will come to the States in the fall. This tour will also feature SABATON as openers.
The tour begin at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD on September 9, and will end in Las Vegas, NV on October 17.
For dates and other details, go to: judaspriest.com
FLOGGING MOLLY AND BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED FOR SALTY DOG CRUISE
Celtic/folk punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY have announced the first round of bands for their 6th Annual Salty Dog Cruise. And among these artists are: FLOGGING MOLLY (of course), DESCENDENTS, BAD RELIGION, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES etc.
The Cruise will take place November 5-9, and will set sail from Tampa, Florida. There will be stops in Key West, Florida and CocoCay, Bahamas.
More info here: floggingmollycruise.com
DESTRUCTION AND TESTAMENT FORCED TO CANCEL ITALIAN SHOWS DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Following the order signed by the President of the Lombardy Region, Good Music and Erocks are forced to cancel the concert with DESTRUCTION, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SUICIDAL ANGELS and FINAL BREATH scheduled for Sunday, March 1 at the Legend Club in Milan, Italy.
DESTRUCTION will try their best to rebook the show as a part of the second leg of the "Thrash Alliance" European tour.
All the events scheduled at the Trezzo Live Club in Milano has also been canceled for the same reason as above, which means that the concert with TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL on February 25 won't happen either.
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SCORPIONS AND WHITESNAKE RESCHEDULE SYDNEY CONCERT, BUT CANCEL AUCKLAND
The SCORPIONS and WHITESNAKE show which was meant to go ahead at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, February 22 has now been rescheduled to take place this Wednesday, February 26. All existing tickets remain valid without the need for exchange.
Unfortunately, due to insurmountable logistical issues, the SCORPIONS and WHITESNAKE show scheduled to take place at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday, February 27 has been canceled.
THE EXPLOITED ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED have a new guitarist: Stevie Campbell.
His first shows with the band will be in New Zealand and Australia next month.
METALTOWN IS BACK
The Metaltown festival will be back this summer where it all began, at Bananpiren in Göteborg, Sweden on August 5. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 26.
Confirmed acts are no other than: SLIPKNOT, Max & Iggor Cavalera, RAISED FIST, AVATAR, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BOMBUS and NERVED.
Jimmy Blom: Laglöst Land (Crust/Punk) - youtu.be/x2PaKAAkCBA
FEB. 22, 2020
TERVEET KÄDET TO TOUR IN BRAZIL
Finnish hardcore/punk veterans TERVEET KÄDET are going to Brazil in March. The tour start on March 13 in Sto André, and will last until March 28.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/Lapinhelvettiofficial
SCORPIONS FRONTMAN KLAUS MEINE HOSPITALIZED IN MELBOURNE
Klaus Meine, vocalist for German hard rock legends SCORPIONS, are currently at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he had a kidney stone surgery. He will probably not be back on his feet until early next week, so the SCORPIONS show in Sydney tonight (Feb. 22) will have to be postponed until next week.
UPDATE! The concert in Brisbane on Monday (Feb. 24) has been canceled.
NEW ALBUM WITH METAL CHURCH IN APRIL
American metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release "From The Vault" on April 10 via Rat Pak Records.
This latest release is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased songs from the Mike Howe era, including 4 newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band's fan favorite classic "Conductor". The remaining tracks are compiled from various recordings in the band's history and include 5 tracks from 2018's "Damned If You Do" recording sessions, 3 cover songs and 2 live tracks - "Agent Green" and "Anthem To The Estranged" - which was recorded at the famous Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on the "Damned If You Do" world tour.
"From The Vault" is available for pre-order in numerous configurations here: ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church
3 NEW SINGLES WITH MÄBE
Swedish rock artist MÄBE will release 3 new singles during the spring, which are said to be different from what he and the band have done before. There will be 1 single each month, with 1 new song and 1 old song in a piano version.
March 20: "Änglamakaren" / "Norrskensskimmer Och Solnedgång"
April 23: "Skimrande, Glittrande" / "Det Dom Kallar Frid"
May 21: "Djävulsmusiken" / "Pannkakskungen"
FEB. 21, 2020
DROPKICK MURPHYS AND RANCID ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
This May, DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining "Boston To Berkeley II" tour with special guest Jesse Ahern supporting. As was the case on the original "From Boston To Berkeley" run in 2017, the final band of the night will vary by date, with either DROPKICK MURPHYS or RANCID as the closing act.
For more info, try 1 of these: dropkickmurphys.com rancidrancid.com
THE BUSINESS CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING
Although founding member and singer Micky Fitz passed away from cancer in 2016, British street punks The BUSINESS has done the occasional tribute with guest singers. And it looks like that tradition will continue at Punk Rock Bowling 2020. Mike Braids of ARCH RIVALS will handle vocals at the group's May 23 show at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.
Punk Rock Bowling runs May 21-25. More details here: punkrockbowling.com
FEB. 20, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH NAGLFAR IN MAY
It's already 8 yeras since Swedish black metallers NAGLFAR released their latest album. But now they have re-signed with Century Media Records, who will release their new album, "Cerecloth", worldwide on May 8.
SLIPKNOT REVEAL LINEUP FOR KNOTFEST AT SEA
The lineup for Knotfest At Sea has been revealed featuring 2 headline sets by SLIPKNOT, plus multiple performances by ANTHRAX, BEHEMOTH, DEVILDRIVER, SEVENDUST, SKINDRED, Ho99o9, HIGHER POWER, SLEEP TOKEN and more..
The cruise will sail August 10-14 from Barcelona, Spain to Naples, Italy and include over 40 different shows and intimate onboard experiences across 5 stages.
More info at: knotfestatsea.com
NEW ALBUM WITH BON JOVI IN MAY
A new song with BON JOVI, "Limitless", was released today.
The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "2020", which will be released on May 15.
FORMER ANTHRAX SINGER DAN NELSON PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACKING 2 OLDER MEN
Former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has pleaded guilty to beating 2 elderly men inside a Queens, New York hotel last summer.
The 43-year-old musician was accused of punching the older men on August 30, 2019 at the Aloft New York LaGuardia Airport hotel in East Elmhurst.
Nelson appeared in court on January 17 and pleaded guilty to charges of one count of second degree assault for injuring a victim aged 65 or older and one count of assault of recklessly causing physical injury. Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.
The alleged attack happened after one of the victims asked Nelson a question that apparently set the singer off.
MATS LEVÉN JOINS DENNER'S INFERNO
Swedish singer Mats Levén (ex-CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, KRUX, TREAT etc) is the new singer in the Danish hard rock band DENNER'S INFERNO, which is led by guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND).
The first show with Mats will be at the Nordic Noise festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, which happens at Ameger Bio on May 8-9.
More info about the festival here: nordicnoise.dk
Check out DENNER'S INFERNO here: facebook.com/DennersInferno
FEB. 19, 2020
MICHAEL SWEET AND TONY HARNELL TO TEAM UP FOR "Tour 1987"
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet and former TNT singer Tony Harnell will join forces for the "Tour 1987" in May.
The dates are:
May 14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos'
May 15 - Hopewell, VA - The Beacon Theater
May 16 - Rocky Mount, VA - The Harvester
May 20 - Niagara Falls, NY - Evening Star Concert Hall
May 22 - Teaneck, NJ - Debonair Music Hall
May 23 - New Bedford, MA - The Greasy Luck
May 24 - Ottawa, ON - The Brass Monkey
May 26 - Toronto, ON - The Rockpile
May 28 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
May 29 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge
May 30 - Versailes, OH - BMI Speedway
FU MANCHU CELEBRATE 30 WITH GLOBAL TOUR
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of desert rockers FU MANCHU, and the band is celebrating with the announcement of a massive global tour that will run from spring to fall and ultimately culminate with hometown shows in November.
For confirmed dates, try: fu-manchu.com
Additional anniversary-related announcements and more tour dates will follow in the coming months.
NEW ALBUM WITH RÅTTORNA THIS SPRING
Reunited Swedish punk rock band RÅTTORNA will release a vinyl LP this spring. I have no title or release date yet..
FEB. 18, 2020
RONNIE JAMES DIO DOCUMENTARY COMING FROM BMG
According to Variety, BMG will finance and executive produce the first-ever career-spanning documentary on legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF). The film will be helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton ("Framing John DeLorean", "Believer", "Last Days Here"), produced by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce for 9.14 Pictures, and executive produced by Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.
The as-yet-untitled documentary will include rare archival footage and photos from Ronnie's personal archives, including clips featuring Dio's closest peers, friends and family.
NEW EP WITH ABORTED IN APRIL
Belgian gore/death metal veterans ABORTED are going to release a new 3-track EP, "La Grande Mascarade", on April 17 via Century Media Records.
ABORTED have also added a string of headline dates to their upcoming U.S. tour.
For more info, try 1 of these: facebook.com/Abortedofficial centurymedia.com
K.K. DOWNING JOINS FORCES WITH TIM "RIPPER" OWENS AND LES BANKS
Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums) have joined forces in a new band called KK'S PRIEST. The group, which will pay homage to Downing's past, is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX).
KK'S PRIEST is working on its debut album, to be released via Explorer1 Music Group. They will also play select shows later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST and Downing's career as a founding member. KK'S PRIEST's setlist will consist of JUDAS PRIEST classics and new songs.
OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT SUFFERING FROM ACUTE LARYNGITIS
Swedish progressive metal band OPETH have been forced to cancel 3 shows on their ongoing North American tour due to acute laryngitis suffered by the band's frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Affected dates are:
Feb. 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Feb. 18 - Montreal, QC - Mtelus
Feb. 19 - Toronto, ON – Rebel
OPETH is scheduled to resume its North American tour on February 21 in New York City.
THE DWARVES TO RELEASE SPLIT 7" WITH POTBELLY
The DWARVES and POTBELLY will release a split 7" in March, called "Life Lessons From the Deranged", and appears to have 1 track from each band.
OZZY OSBOURNE CANCELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Ozzy Osbourne's 2020 North American "No More Tours 2" has, unfortunately, been canceled to allow the legendary heavy metal singer to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year. This decision was made to accommodate fans who have been holding tickets for rescheduled shows and have been asked to change plans multiple times. Following promotional obligations for his new "Ordinary Man" album (out February 21), Osbourne will head to Europe for additional treatments.
Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. All refunds, including fees, will be returned directly to the credit card used. Additionally, ticketholders who purchased "No More Tours 2" tickets will have first access to tickets when the next tour is announced.
VINYL REISSUE OF DEBUT ALBUM WITH TROUBLEMAKERS
Swedish 90s label Kamel Records (a under label to Birdnest) seems to be alive again. And they will re-release Swedish punk rock legends TROUBLEMAKERS' debut album, "Mental Kristid" (originally released on CD in 1995), on vinyl LP for the first time. The album will be available in April, and there will be a limited edition of 300 copies.
Pre-order here: kamelrecords.se
THE DAMNED ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS
British punk rock legends The DAMNED have announced 4 UK shows in May. Tickets are on sale Friday, February 21, and the exclusive dates are:
May 17 - Leeds, Stylus
May 18 - Aylesbury, Friars
May 20 - Glasgow, The Garage
May 21 - Sheffield, The Leadmill
FEB. 16, 2020
HELVETETS PORT CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
Sunday means that the Muskelrock festival announce some new acts. HELVETETS PORT and FURIES have been confirmed so far.
The festival take place on May 28-30 in Blädinge, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, OMEN, HORISONT, SIENA ROOT, AMBUSH, HOT BREATH, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, HEDDA HATAR etc.
FEB. 13, 2020
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST will kick off their "50 Heavy Metal Years" European tour in Helsinki, Finland on May 30. After that they will play in several countries during the summer. The last European show will be at the Bloodstock festival in Burton-On-Trent, UK on August 9.
Dates and other details here: judaspriest.com/tour
DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH ZZ TOP
DEF LEPPARD have announced select "20/20 Vision" North American tour dates in the fall with very special guests ZZ TOP.
The tour will kick off on September 21 at Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 21 (presale for Citi cardmembers available from Feb. 18-20).
More info here: defleppard.com zztop.com
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER
Philly heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY have announced that singer Stacey Lee will be accompanying the band on their upcoming UK tour this March.
His live debut with the band will be during a weekend of shows in the States at the end of February.
Upcoming dates and other info at: cornersofsanctuary.com
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
BAD RELIGION will spend the summer in Europe. The first part of the tour will take place from May 22 to June 21. Then they come back again in August for some more shows.
All upcoming dates can be found here: badreligion.com
RAUBTIER CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
RAUBTIER have been confirmed for Sabaton Open Air, which take place in Falun, Sweden on August 5-8.
Confirmed since earlier are: SABATON, LOUDNESS, DEATHSTARS, TIAMAT, CYHRA, SIRENIA, NANOWAR OF STEEL, BURNING WITCHES, ETERNAL OF SWEDEN etc.
More info here: sabatonopenair.net
RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE U.S.TOUR
American retro rockers RIVAL SONS has announced a North American headline tour, set to get underway this spring. The coast-to-coast trek will see RIVAL SONS joined by special guests REIGNWOLF, The WAR AND TREATY and JJ Wilde on select dates.
The tour is set to kick off April 17 at the 1,900-capacity House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, and will include stops at the legendary Ryman Theater in Nashville, Tennessee (May 2), Huntington, New York's Paramount (May 13), Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theater (May 14), and more. Presale tickets for the tour are available today (Feb. 12), with public on sales starting Friday, February 14.
In addition to the spring dates, RIVAL SONS will also perform at Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida (March 17), as well as at Panama City Beach, Florida's Sandjam (April 24). Following the U.S. dates, RIVAL SONS will embark on a 6-week European arena/stadium tour with AEROSMITH.
For dates and other details, visit: rivalsons.com
FEB. 11, 2020
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ANNOUNCES 40-DATE WORLD TOUR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has announced a 40-date world tour. The 7-month run, which kicks off on March 26 in El Paso, Texas and goes through Saturday, September 12 in Vienna, Austria, marks the first time the reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commferford - has toured together since 2011.
All dates can be found at: ratm.com
GBH ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH MDC
Birmingham punk legends GBH are going on a U.S. tour with American punk legends MDC as special guests.
The tour start on April 30 in Allston, MA, and end in Denver, CO on June 5. Tickets on sale now.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/GBH.official
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH UK SUBS
L.A. punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION have announced a UK tour with British punk veterans UK SUBS as special guests. Tickets on sale Friday, February 14.
Dates here: facebook.com/badreligion
HONEYBURST, BROWSING COLLECTION AND DEATH BY HORSE CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
8 smaller bands have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival this summer: HONEYBURST, ELDEN, BROWSING COLLECTION, MASS WORSHIP, HEXED, DEATH BY HORSE, AGONIZE THE SERPENT and METALITE.
The festival takes place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
More info at: swedenrock.com
FEB. 10, 2020
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going to Australia for 5 dates in May:
14 May - Crowbar, Brisbane
15 May - Melbourne, Max Watts
16 May - Sydney, Crowbar
18 May - Adelaide, Jive
More tour dates at: crashdiet.org
CRADLE OF FILTH PARTS WAYS WITH KEYBOARDIST LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT
It is with a very heavy leaden heart that British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH must announce the mutual departure of keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft from amidst the band's ranks.
Lindsay has been with the band for the last 7 years. She will continue to be a full-time musician through her other 2 musical projects (ANTIQVA, BELZEBUBS).
Lindsay released her debut solo album, "Martyr", last year.
CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth says that "Lindsay's successor has already been unearthed and is contributing to the new record like a demented unearthed thing. The new album commences recording in a little over a fortnight's time and a release date is set for later in the year."
MEGADETH AND LAMB OF GOD ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH TRIVIUM AND IN FLAMES
MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD have announced a massive 55-date co-headline tour across North America with special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES.
Tickets and VIP Packages go on-sale Friday, February 14 at metaltouroftheyear.com, where you also can find the dates.
megadeth.com lamb-of-god.com trivium.org inflames.com
EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has released a brand-new single, "Rock N Roll Is Getting Louder", via Golden Robot Records.
UNLEASHED CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
UNLEASHED have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 9-11.
16 smaller bands for the "Gas Stage" have also been confirmed. Among these acts are: MEADOWS END, CARRY THE TORCH, MOLOKEN, GAUPA, WALKING CORPSE, ULFVEN etc.
More info at: geflemetalfestival.se
FEB. 9, 2020
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
NWoBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG are going on a European tour in March/April.
Dates can be found here: tygersofpantang.com
AMBUSH AND CHILDREN OF THE SÜN CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
AMBUSH, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, FREEWAYS and The NIGHT ETERNAL have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are acts like: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, OMEN, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, ASOMVEL, HOT BREATH, SIENA ROOT, HEDDA HATAR etc.
FEB. 8, 2020
JOEY KRAMER COULD BE BACK ON STAGE WITH AEROSMITH SOON
According to TMZ, Joey Kramer has been working with his AEROSMITH bandmates Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford the past several days to help him return to his spot on the drums.
Kramer sued the rest of AEROSMITH last month in a bid to perform with this bandmates at 2 Grammy-related events. But a Massachusetts judge eventually ruled against him and the group played without Kramer.
AEROSMITH has 4 residency shows in Vegas scheduled for this month beginning with the February 8 concert at Park Theater at Park MGM.
FEB. 7, 2020
ROSE TATTOO TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF THEIR FIRST ALBUM
Australian rock veterans ROSE TATTOO will release "Outlaws" on March 6 via Cleopatra Records. This is a re-recording of their first iconic album "Rock n Roll Outlaw" (1978). They have also included 3 bonus tracks from their early days, songs that were demoed and never made the final cut.
Get the album here: orcd.co/rosetattoooutlaws
For upcoming tour dates, check out: rosetattoo.com.au
LIZZIES ON HIATUS
Spanish heavy metal band LIZZIES has decided to put the band on hold indefinitely.
Lately the members have had to deal with more demanding jobs/studies, and have not been able to focus on the band as much as they would like to.
NEW 10" WITH SCENIC BELLY IN MAY
Swedish punk rock band SCENIC BELLY will release a new 10" vinyl, "Då Som Nu", on May 15.
"Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story" TO RECEIVE PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL RELEASE
"Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story" has today announced a physical and digital release date of April 24 via MVD on DVD, Deluxe DVD, 4K and HD.
Pre-order "Murder In The Front Row" here: mvdshop.com/products/murder-in-the-front-row-the-san-francisco-bay-area-thrash-metal-story
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN AND FAITH NO MORE ADD SECOND L.A. CONCERT
Due to overwhelming demand, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and FAITH NO MORE have added a second show at Banc Of California stadium in Los Angeles, California. The bands will now also perform at the venue on Saturday, May 23 - one day after the previously announced Banc Of California concert. HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also appear on the bill.
FEB. 6, 2020
HELLHAMMER's "Apocalyptic Raids" TO BE REISSUED IN MARCH
Noise Records/BMG will reissue "Apocalyptic Raids" by extreme metal forefathers HELLHAMMER on deluxe, gatefold LP and mediabook CD on March 27. With concept and art direction by founding member Tom Gabriel Warrior, this 2020 version has been remastered by V.Santura of TRIPTYKON and features an expanded booklet, rare photos and new liner notes.
"Apocalyptic Raids" was HELLHAMMER's only commercial release before Warrior and his longtime collaborator, bassist Martin Eric Ain (dead in Oct. 2017), ended the band and formed CELTIC FROST.
NEW SINGLE WITH THOR, NEW ALBUM LATER THIS MONTH
Hard rock legend Thor will release an all new studio album, "Rising", on February 28 via Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.).
A new single, "The Party Never Ends", is being debuted today on Jimmy Kay's "The Metal Voice" website: themetalvoice.com/single-post/2020/02/04/Thor-New-Song-The-Party-Never-Ends-Lyric-Video-Watch-Here?fbclid=IwAR2eQbeqqzDaG9ZJcRm4gWvVT0joFC-zlGR0tQX0aUU
Pre-order/Pre-save the new album here: orcd.co/thorrising
BLITZKRIEG RECRUITS NEW GUITARIST
NWoBHM legends BLITZKRIEG have a new guitarist: Nick Jennison.
The band has also started to work on a new album.
PICTURE PARTS WAYS WITH SINGER
Singer Ronald van Prooijen has decided to leave Dutch hard rock/heavy metal veterans PICTURE. Due to personal circumstances he will no longer be able to put enough time and effort in the band.
PICTURE have already found a new lead singer: the Italian heavy metal vocalist Phoenix Reborn.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
ROLLING STONES will be touring in USA and Canada in May, June and July.
There will be a special fan presale starting on Wednesday, February 12 through to Thursday, February 13. Sign up here to get access: the-rolling-stones.lnk.to/USACAPRESALESo
Tickets go on general sale Friday, February 14.
For dates, visit: rollingstones.com
FEB. 5, 2020
GENESIS GUITARIST STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will have his autobiography, "A Genesis In My Bed", published through WymerUK on July 24.
PATTI SMITH GROUP GUITARIST IVAN KRAL IS DEAD
Former member of the PATTI SMITH GROUP and talented guitarist and song-writer, Ivan Kral has passed away at age 71.
Ivan Kral also worked with Iggy Pop, BLONDIE, and John Waite while also releasing solo work.
CHELSEA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO RECORD FINAL ALBUM
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA have launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their 12th and final album. To raise funds to record the album they are offering some exclusive rewards, which you can read more about here: kickstarter.com/projects/chelsea-punk/chelsea-punk-band-the-final-album?fbclid=IwAR0WaNCydmqw4z3ybGjE8pP1XBv9g8NB6Aeq5i28riGhJi5Pq_wM-cb5pgg
FEB. 4, 2020
BUZZCOCKS ANNOUNCE SHORT U.S. TOUR
English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS have announce some headlining shows on the West Coast, USA, in conjunction with their Punk Rock Bowling appearance in Las Vegas.
All tickets go on sale Friday, February 7, and the dates are these:
May 18 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
May 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Punk Rock Bowling
May 24 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
May 26 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 27 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
BUZZCOCKS will probably be back for more U.S. shows later in the year (e.g. September/October).
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE CALIFORNIA SHOWS
Belfast punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will be playing 3 shows in California with their friends in AGENT ORANGE. These dates along with Punk Rock Bowling will be their only U.S. shows this year.
Tickets on sale Friday, February 7, and the exclusive dates are:
May 21 - Solana Beach, Belly Up
May 22 - Pomona, Glass House
May 23 - San Francisco, Slims
May 25 - Las Vegas, Punk Rock Bowling
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST ROADSHOW
SLIPKNOT has announced that they will once again be hitting the road this summer to headline the Knotfest Roadshow 2020 North American tour. Joining them and rounding out the lineup will be special guests A DAY TO REMEMBER, UNDEROATH and CODE ORANGE.
Tickets for Knotfest Roadshow 2020 go on sale on Friday, February 7 from knotfestroadshow.com
JUDAS PRIEST WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner have commenced the official songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to the "Firepower" album (released in March 2018).
FEB. 3, 2020
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, MUNICIPAL WASTE AND MESHIAAK
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT are going on a North American tour with The BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, MUNICIPAL WASTE and MESHIAAK in April/May. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7.
For dates, go to 1 of these: testamentlegions.com tbdmofficial.com municipalwaste.net facebook.com/meshiaak
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN AND FAITH NO MORE ANNOUNCE L.A. CONCERT
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and FAITH NO MORE will perform at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California on May 22. HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also appear on the bill.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7.
systemofadown.com kornofficial.com fnm.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN STADIUM TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has announced North American dates as part of its epic 2020 worldwide stadium tour this summer.
In U.S.A. Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 4 until Thursday, February 6 through Citi Entertainment. In Canada, American Express Card Members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 4 until Thursday, February 6.
Tickets go on sale to the general public for North American dates starting Friday, February 7.
GUNS N' ROSES will also be touring in Latin America, South America and Europe. All tour dates can be found at: gunsnroses.com
THE SONICS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American garage rock legends The SONICS comes to Europe for a tour in April/May.
All dates can be found here: facebook.com/The.Original.Sonics
HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American metal band HIGH ON FIRE are coming to Europe this summer. They will play some festivals and headline shows in June and July. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/highonfire
FEB. 2, 2020
FORMER ACCEPT MEMBERS TO REUNITE ON STAGE THIS SUMMER?
It appears that 3 former members of ACCEPT will reunite on stage this summer.
Founding ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider and bassist Peter Baltes were photographed with longtime drummer Stefan Kaufmann late last month while they were apparently preparing for Dirkschneider's upcoming concerts at the 2020 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival.
Udo is scheduled to play 2 shows at this year's Wacken: the first will see his band DIRKSCHNEIDER perform ACCEPT's classic 1985 album "Metal Heart" in its entirety to celebrate the LP's 35th anniversary, while the second will pair Udo's main band U.D.O. with Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, the military band of the German federal armed forces. U.D.O. and the 100-plus musicians of Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr previously teamed up for the 2015 edition of Wacken and then for another concert in Elspe in 2018.
See the photos here: twitter.com/UFonrobert
GANG OF FOUR GUITARIST ANDY GILL IS DEAD
Andy Gill, guitarist of legendary post-punk band GANG OF FOUR, died yesterday (Feb. 1) at the age of 64. He passed away in a central London hospital after a short respiratory illness.
HORISONT CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HORISONT are among the latest bands to be confirmed for the Muskelrock festival in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, OMEN, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, ASOMVEL, SIENA ROOT, HOT BREATH etc.
JAN. 31, 2020
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
American heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY have announced show dates for the band's first-ever tour of the UK this March.
But before heading across the pond, the band has a couple of U.S. dates in February.
See full list of dates at: cornersofsanctuary.com
NEW EP WITH CANDLEMASS IN MARCH
Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS will release a new 6-track EP, "The Pendulum", on March 27 through Napalm Records.
The EP will consist of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the "The Door To Doom" recording sessions.
ZZ TOP TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
ZZ TOP is preparing to enter the studio to begin work on its 16th studio album.
JAN. 30, 2020
VANDENBERG ARE BACK
Dutch melodic hard rock band VANDENBERG are back again after more than 3 decades, but with some new members. This lineup features original member Adrian Vandenberg (WHITESNAKE etc.) on guitar, together with new members Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW etc.) on vocals, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, WHITESNAKE) on bass and Brian Tichy (Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, FOREIGNER) on drums.
The band plan to hit the road soon, and then Koen Herfst will play drums and Randy van der Elsen (TANK) will play bass.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album, that will be in stores later this year. A first taste of what is to come can be heard online as of today; "Burning Heart", which you can check out here: youtu.be/k1zvwRMPvd0
K.K. DOWNING SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH E1
Explorer1 Music Group (E1) has announce a global partnership with legendary guitarist K.K. Downing, founding member of JUDAS PRIEST, with veteran rock manager Andy Gould joining E1 as principal manager for Downing.
After what was meant to be a one-off live performance in November, K.K. Downing has been in the studio, working on the next chapter of his career. After receiving offers from multiple labels and management companies, Downing met with Paul Woolnough, CEO of Explorer1 Music Group and the creator of its innovative business model, and they agreed to partner and work together in all aspects of K.K.'s career.
JAN. 29, 2020
THIN LIZZY TO RE-RELEASE 3 CLASSIC ALBUMS
THIN LIZZY are reissuing 3 more albums on February 21. This time it's the classic albums "Johnny The Fox", "Bad Reputation", and "Live And Dangerous" that will be pressed on 180gr vinyl, with a download code and replica artwork.
Pre-order here: thinlizzy.lnk.to/Reissues2019
THUNDERMOTHER SIGNS WITH AFM RECORDS
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have signed a worldwide deal with AFM Records.
The women are currently in the studio to record a new album.
DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE "The Early Years 79-81" BOX SET
DEF LEPPARD will release a new box set, "The Early Years 79-81", on March 20 via UMC/Virgin.
The box set represents the band's first 2 albums, "On Through The Night" (1980) and "High 'N' Dry" (1981), and has been prepared in conjunction with singer Joe Elliott who has acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering has been done by the band's long serving sound engineer Ronan McHugh.
This deluxe set comes with 5 CDs consisting of the original album remastered, B-sides, rarities and re-mix versions, Radio One sessions, "Live From Reading" and the first-ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980.
The album also features an instant-grat track, the much sought-after Nick Tauber-produced version of "Rock Brigade", which was originally pencilled as a single for the U.K. but was never released at the time.
Both "On Through The Night" and "High 'N' Dry" have been remastered and will also be available on 1CD version, black vinyl, and limited-edition colored vinyl.
For more details, including the complete track listing, visit: defleppard.com
RATT TO RELEASE "The Atlantic Years 1984-1990" BOX SET
A CD box set containing the 5 albums RATT recorded for Atlantic Records will be released on March 27 via Cherry Red Records' HNE Recordings. The collection, titled "Ratt: The Atlantic Years 1984-1990", is housed in a clamshell and includes several single edits as bonus tracks.
The box will include the following albums: "Out Of The Cellar" (1984), "Invasion Of Your Privacy" (1985), "Dancing Undercover" (1986), "Reach For The Sky" (1988), and "Detonator" (1990).
THE DISTILLERS COMES TO EUROPE
Reunited American punk rock band The DISTILLERS have announced a handful of European dates for June. These dates are:
Jun 08 - Huxleys, Berlin, DE
Jun 10 - Nova Rock, Nickelsdorf, AT
Jun 12 - Download Festival, Donnington, UK
Jun 13 - Sunstroke Festival, Punchestown, IE
Jun 15 - Trix, Antwerp, BE
Jun 16 - Melkweg Oz, Amsterdam, NL
Jun 18 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU
CHUGGER SIGNS WITH WORMHOLEDEATH
Swedish groove/death metal band CHUGGER have signed with WORMHOLEDEATH for the release of their upcoming full lenght album, "Of Man and Machine" (release date to be announced soon).
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH PRETTY MAIDS IN APRIL
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release "Maid In Japan - Future World Live 30th Anniversary" on April 10 (CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, Digital) via Frontiers Music srl.
And as you can figure out from the title, it's a recording from Japan where they played the entire "Future World" album. The DVD and Blu-ray will also have some other stuff.
JAN. 28, 2020
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCE U.S. SHOWS
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN will play 4 shows on the U.S. East Coast before they go to Canada for Pouzza Fest. Support acts on the U.S. dates will be WILHELM SCREAM and DUNE RATS. Tickets on sale Friday, January 31.
The dates are:
May 13 - Black Cat, Washington, DC, USA
May 14 - Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ, USA
May 15 - Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY, USA
May 16 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA, USA
May 17 - Pouzza Fest, Montreal, QC, Canada
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY DRUMMER REED MULLIN IS DEAD
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has died. He was 53 years old.
DOKKEN ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR FEATURING GEORGE LYNCH
DOKKEN has announced a number of live appearances this year which will include what is being billed as a "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch. So far, the following dates have been confirmed:
Mar. 06 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live *
Mar. 07 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center *
Mar. 08 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center *
Mar. 28 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre *
Apr. 25 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheater *
May 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Street *
Jun. 06 - Sunbury, PA - "Live United Live" Spyglass Ridge Winery *
Jun. 07 - St, Louis, MO - Hollywood, Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 21-22 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go *
Sep. 19 - San Antonio, TX - Rock Fest (Sunken Garden Theater)
* with "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch.
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH WHITESNAKE AND NIGHT RANGER
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE will embark on a summer U.S. tour with WHITESNAKE and NIGHT RANGER. The tour will kick off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and make stops in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix and more, before wrapping September 20 in Chula Vista, California at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Ticket pre-sales with the code "THECIRCLE" begin today (Jan. 28). Public on-sales begin Friday, January 31.
Tour dates are here: redrocker.com/circle
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES SWEDISH AND FINNISH DATES WITH EUROPE
WHITESNAKE have announced 1 Finnish date and 2 Swedish dates with very special guests EUROPE. These shows happens on the following dates:
May 6 - Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland
May 8 - Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
May 12 - Partille Arena, Göteborg, Sweden
Tickets go on sale Friday this week, January 31.
STRYPER, TURBONEGRO AND MICHAEL MONROE CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
STRYPER, TURBONEGRO, Michael Monroe, Rosalie Cunningham and WORMWOOD have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
Confirmed since earlier are: GUNS N' ROSES, IN FLAMES, MERCYFUL FATE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, KVELERTAK, WITCHCRAFT, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, BOMBUS, ORPHANED LAND, MÅNEGARM, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, NARNIA, HORISONT, VA ROCKS etc. etc.
JAN. 27, 2020
THE SIGN FEST COMES TO GERMANY
Swedish label The Sign Records will take their traveling party The Sign Fest to Germany for 3 dates in May:
May 21 - Berlin, Cassiopeia
May 22 - Frankfurt, Das Bett
May 23 - Dortmund, Junkyard
Bands that will play are: NIGHT, MÄRVEL, HYPNOS, HOT BREATH and LUCIFER STAR MACHINE.
Tickets are out now at: eventim.de/eventseries/the-sign-fest-2020-2686359
Event page on facebook: facebook.com/tours/196518051476232
DELUXE EDITION OF LYKANTROPI'S SECOND ALBUM
Swedish vintage rockers LYKANTROPI will have their second album, "Spirituosa", re-released as a Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks on March 27 via Despotz Records. This will be the first time that their latest album is released outside of Sweden.
Their self titled debut album will be re-released on January 31.
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS have announced that they intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK, and have released the details of a "Final Full UK Tour" which will consist of a mammoth 21-date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.
Special guests for the complete tour are fan favourites RUTS DC. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday, January 29, and on general sale on Friday, January 31.
Dates can be found here: thestranglers.co.uk
AEROSMITH TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH HOMETOWN SHOW
AEROSMITH will celebrate their 50-year anniversary with a concert at Fenway Park, in their hometown Boston, MA on September 18. Special guests are EXTREME.
Presales are available from several places between January 28-30. Public on sale start on Friday, January 31.
HÄLLAS SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
Swedish adventure rockers HÄLLAS have signed a worldwide (excluding Scandinavia) contract with Napalm Records.
The band's new album, "Conundrum", will be released in Scandinavia on January 31. Napalm Records plan to release the album in the spring.
HÄLLAS are going on a European headline tour starting in March.
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ADOLESCENTS AND NEGATIVE APPROACH
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS are going on a North American tour with ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH in May/June. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/circlejerksband
NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
NAPALM DEATH will embark on a North American tour this spring. The trek will kick off with a few West Coast dates featuring support from The LOCUST, while the rest of the tour will feature ABORTED and WVRM. Select shows will also include TOMBS.
The tour starts on April 3 in Philadelphia, PA, and will last until May 16 when they play in Santa Ana, CA.
Dates can be found here: napalmdeath.org
JAN. 26, 2020
RATT IS IN THE STUDIO
Long-running California hard rockers RATT appear to be working on their first new music since 2010's "Infestation" album.
EX-DEATH AND CYNIC DRUMMER SEAN REINERT IS DEAD
Sean Reinert, longtime drummer for progressive/technical metal pioneers CYNIC, has died. He was found unresponsive at his California home Friday night (Jan. 24). No cause of death has yet been revealed. He was only 48 years old.
Reinert was a founding member of CYNIC, along with guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, and he remained in the group until September 2015. In 1991, Reinert and Masvidal joined the legendary Florida band DEATH to record the "Human" album. After touring with DEATH, they returned to CYNIC.
MARILYN MANSON AND THE MARS VOLTA BASSIST JUAN ALDERETE IN A COMA
MARILYN MANSON and The MARS VOLTA bassist Juan Alderete is in a coma after suffering a serious injury in a bicycle accident. According to his wife, Anne, the 56-year-old musician sustained serious head trauma in the form of a traumatic brain injury.
DEE SNIDER IS WORKING ON NEW LIVE DVD/CD
Former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has confirmed that he is working on a live DVD and CD recorded during the touring cycle for his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal", which was released in July 2018. The new set, which may end up being called "For The Love Of Metal Live", is expected to arrive later this year via Napalm Records.
JAN. 25, 2020
EX-NILE AND DIVINE HERESY BASSIST JOSEPH PAYNE IS DEAD
Former NILE and DIVINE HERESY bassist Joseph Payne has died. He was 35 years old. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
JAN. 24, 2020
PUNK IN DRUBLIC COMES TO SWEDEN
The American music and beer festival Punk In Drublic comes to Malmö, Sweden on June 7. The lineup will be: NOFX, PENNYWISE, FACE TO FACE and CIRCLE JERKS, plus special guest.
For more European dates, go to: punkindrublicfest.com
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS FORCED TO CANCEL ACOUSTIC TOUR
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have canceled their previously announced "Perdida" acoustic tour due to a severely herniated disc of lead vocalist Jeff Gutt. Doctors have advised immediate surgery, along with several weeks of recovery time and physical therapy. Gutt is expected to make a full recovery, and the band hopes to reschedule the acoustic tour later this year.
HORISONT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR EUROPE IN MAY
Swedish hard rockers HORISONT have been working on a new album, titled "Sudden Death", which will be released via Century Media Records sometime in May.
They are also going on a European tour the same month. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/horisontmusic centurymedia.com
MICHAEL MONROE TO SING WITH LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH will do an exclusive one off show at the 2020 Vive Le Rock Awards at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, UK on April 1. Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will be singing at this show.
facebook.com/events/640548693421192 facebook.com/Lords-of-the-New-Church-55761881991 michaelmonroe.com
DIRKSCHNEIDER TO HEADLINE SKOGSRÖJET
DIRKSCHNEIDER have been confirmed as the headliner at the Swedish rock festival Skogsröjet, which happens in Rejmyre on July 31 to August 1. Udo Dirkschneider and the boys will play the entire ACCEPT album "Metal Heart", as well as other classics with ACCEPT.
Confirmed since earlier are: RATT, Tom Keifer, GOTTHARD, BATTLEBEAST, Michael Monroe and ECLIPSE.
JAN. 23, 2020
SODOM RECRUITS NEW DRUMMER
German thrash metal veterans SODOM have recruited Toni Merkel as their new drummer. He joins the band as the replacement for Stefan "Husky" Hüskens, who announced his departure from SODOM earlier in the month.
LAST IN LINE ARE IN THE STUDIO
American hard rockers LAST IN LINE - with some former members from DIO among others - has entered Steakhous studio in North Hollywood, California to begin recording its third album. The follow-up to last year's "II" is tentatively due before the end of the year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
JAN. 22, 2020
VINYL REISSUES WITH DIA PSALMA, JOHAN JOHANSSON AND HYMANS
The next vinyl reissues from Swedish label Birdnest Records will be:
DIA PSALMA: Efter Allt
Johan Johansson: ...och hans svarta lilla värld
These 3 should be out in April.
More info here: kickstarter.com/projects/1784912700/birdnest-hjarta-vinyl-part-iv-0?ref=project_build&fbclid=IwAR2O8A4fXdZqut1fDzafb9QdlfXoS1K6o6Q0JJAJLfxcykWeyWdl8loncko
IN FLAMES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES will embark on a European headlining tour this spring.
Tour dates can be found here: inflames.com
ALICE COOPER ADDS MORE TOUR DATES WITH LITA FORD
Alice Cooper has added a number of shows to its previously announced tour with Lita Ford. Most of the newly announced dates will also feature TESLA, with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT joining the bill in Minnesota. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 24.
For upcoming tour dates, try: alicecooper.com
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
RAMMSTEIN have announced 10 open-air dates in North America, beginning August 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal and setting 8 U.S. stadiums ablaze before a final bonfire at Foro Sol in Mexico City on September 27.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 24.
Dates are available at: rammstein.de
BOOK ABOUT BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Wymer Publishing has set a May 29 publication date for "Blue Öyster Cult: A Visual Biography" by Martin Popoff.
OZZY OSBOURNE HAS PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.
The 71-year old BLACK SABBATH legend told U.S. TV show "Good Morning America" he has a "mild form" and found out about it after suffering a fall last February.
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER SUES THE BAND
AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against the rest of the band, claiming they've unfairly excluded him from rejoining the group ahead of their upcoming Grammys performance and the continuation of their Las Vegas residency.
According to the suit, Kramer suffered a few minor injuries last spring that sidelined him just as the band was set to launch their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. By the fall, Kramer claims, he was ready to rejoin the group, but the suit alleges he was rebuffed in ways that were inconsistent with the terms laid out in AEROSMITH's band contract.
According to Kramer, after he informed the band that he was ready to drum again last fall, they essentially made him re-audition for the group - not by having him sit in with the band for a rehearsal, but by recording himself solo as he played along to a click track.
In an attempt to "defuse the situation", the suit says, Kramer eventually relented and let his replacement, John Douglas, play the rest of the "Deuces Are Wild" shows for 2019 (Kramer was responsible for paying Douglas; per the band's contract, all members are entitled to their full share of live performance income even if they're sidelined, although the replacement's pay comes out of the absent member's cut.)
Earlier this month, Kramer finally acquiesced and auditioned with the click track. While other band members reportedly told him he sounded "great", Kramer claims that on January 15, AEROSMITH held an unprecedented vote on his future and ultimately decided against him rejoining the band.
JAN. 21, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH DYNAZTY IN APRIL
Swedish melodic metal band DYNAZTY will release their new album, "The Dark Delight", on April 3 via AFM Records.
The first single, "Presence Of Mind", will be released on January 30.
NEW ALBUM WITH BRANT BJORK IN APRIL
American desert rock legend Brant Bjork will release a new album, which will be self titled, on April 10 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
Brant Bjork will also have his albums "Punk Rock Guilt" and "Gods & Goddesses" re-released. The first one on April 17, and the other one on April 24.
You can pre-order the new album here: heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS129
MONSTER MAGNET ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH NEBULA
MONSTER MAGNET are returning to the road in North America this Spring and will be celebrating their historic release "Powertrip". Their live set will feature select cuts from the album as well as other favorites.
Support on the tour will come from NEBULA and SILVERTOMB.
The tour beginning March 20 in Brooklyn, NY and runs through April 18 in Sayreville, NJ.
A complete list of dates can be found here: facebook.com/pg/monstermagnet/events ..or here: facebook.com/NebulaBand
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Hard rocking Americans NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced some tour dates in Sweden and Norway this summer. The dates can be found here: nashvillepussy.com
More tour dates will be announced soon..
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
American punk lehgends DEAD KENNEDYS are coming to Europe this summer. Most of the dates happens in Germany, but they will also visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria.
The dates can be found on: facebook.com/deadkennedys
ALCATRAZZ TO RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 34 YEARS
A new studio album with reunited hard rockers ALCATRAZZ is nearly complete and will be released mid-2020.
ALCATRAZZ will tour extensively in 2020/2021 and beyond.
JAN. 20, 2020
DORO ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
German "metal queen" Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) has announced her first U.S. tour dates of 2020. Following her performances on this year's Monsters Of Rock cruise, set for February 8-13, Doro will take to the stage in the following cities:
Apr. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Apr. 17 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Apr. 19 - West Hollywood, CA - Rainbow Bar & Grill
May 02 - Columbia, MD - M3 Festival
May 03 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
May 04 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
May 06 - Cleveland, OH - The Winchester
May 07 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
STRYPER RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Openly Christian hard rockers STRYPER have entered SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts to begin recording their new album for a tentative summer release.
AC/DC RUMORED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
AC/DC is rumored to be close to announcing a world stadium tour. The trek will apparently include singer Brian Johnson, who was forced to leave the band mid-tour nearly 4 years ago due to a dangerous level of hearing loss. He was eventually replaced on the road by GUNS N' ROSES vocalist Axl Rose.
According to this rumor a new album will be released in February/March, and they will be touring Australia in October/November.
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS ANNOUNCE TOUR IN MEMORY OF LATE FRONTMAN
Surviving members of British pub rockers EDDIE & THE HOT RODS will be out on the road in 2020 in memory of their legendary lead singer, Barrie Masters, who passed away in October 2019. The shows will see bassist Ian "Dispter" Dean take on the duty of lead vocals, and the band will call themselves The HOT RODS.
Special guests on most of these UK shows will be DEPARTMENT S.
A special London show 1 year on from Barrie's passing will take place on Saturday, October 3.
More info and ticket links on: eddieandthehotrods.com
JAN, 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH TESTAMENT IN APRIL
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT will release the long-awaited follow-up to their 2016 album "Brotherhood Of The Snake" on April 3.
JAN. 18, 2020
SARCASM SIGNS WITH HAMMERHEART RECORDS
Swedish death metallers SARCASM have signed with Hammerheart Records. The band plan to release a new album in the end of 2020 or early 2021.
GARY SHEA GO BACK TO ALCATRAZZ
Original ALCATRAZZ bassist Gary Shea will be rejoining the band permanently for all recording and touring in 2020/2021 and beyond.
JAN. 17, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ROSS THE BOSS IN MARCH
Former MANOWAR guitarist Ross The Boss will release a new album, "Born Of Fire", on March 6 through AFM Records.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/BornOfFire
NEW EP WITH NAPALM DEATH NEXT MONTH
Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are going to release a new 7"/Digital EP, "Logic Ravaged By Brute Force", on February 7 via Century Media Records. The EP will include the title track, which is a brand new song, as well as a cover of "White Kross" by SONIC YOUTH.
NAPALM DEATH are currently working on a new album, and this EP is a first taste of what to come. The album is expected to be released later this year.
You can pre-order the EP here: napalmdeath.lnk.to/LogicRavagedByButeForce
JAN. 16, 2020
SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY WITH QUEENSRŸCHE
As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, SCORPIONS have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, SCORPIONS "Sin City Nights" kicks off Saturday, July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. SCORPIONS will be joined by special guests QUEENSRŸCHE.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 24. Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members will have exclusive, first access to tickets starting Friday, January 17. Citi is the official presale credit card for "Sin City Nights", and Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, January 20 until Thursday, January 23 through Citi Entertainment.
The 9 performances going on sale are: July 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25.
FORMER IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS UNITE IN IDEAS OF MARCH FOR PAUL DI'ANNO'S LAST SHOW EVER
IDES OF MARCH, fronted by Paul Di'Anno and including 4 former IRON MAIDEN members, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of IRON MAIDEN's debut album in a headline Beermageddon festival performance in Bromsgrove, England on Sunday, August 30.
IDES OF MARCH has been specially formed for this totally unique occasion and this will be a one-off and never-to-be-repeated performance. The band lineup is:
Paul Di'Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Vocals
Terry Wapram (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Guitar
Terry Rance (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Guitar
Doug Sampson (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Drums
Speed Harris (HI-ON MAIDEN) - Bass
This is being billed in a press release as Di'Anno's "final ever" live performance. After experiencing serious health difficulties in recent months, Paul has now apparently taken the advice of his doctors and will retire from the live stage in 2020 after the IDES OF MARCH performance at Beermageddon. It is going to take one mighty effort for Paul to pull off this performance but he is determined to go out in style and give his fans 1 memorable final thank you and goodbye.
Beermageddon tickets are available at: beermageddon.co.uk
A forthcoming biographical documentary movie on Paul's life is currently in the making and the producers will be filming the Beermageddon performance. The movie is being created and directed by Wes Orshoski, the creator of "Lemmy - The Movie", and more details about the movie will be released during 2020.
NEW OZZY DOCUMENTARY
The new documentary "Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne" will premiere at this spring's South By Southwest festival. The film, which A&E produced as part of its "Biography" series, will celebrate the life of Ozzy Osbourne and features interviews with Sharon Osbourne, Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Post Malone.
DRAGONFORCE RECRUITS BASSIST ALICIA VIGIL
This past September, DRAGONFORCE unleashed its 8th full-length, "Extreme Power Metal" (review), worldwide. In support of this release, the band will head out on the road next month in Europe, before touring the USA with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Both of these treks will see Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) handling bass and backing vocals for DRAGONFORCE.
DRAGONFORCE will be streaming its world tour live on twitch.tv/hermanli. Livestreams will include performances, backstage and special guest appearances.
JAN. 15, 2020
G.B.H. COMES TO SWEDEN
English punk legends G.B.H. celebrate their 40-year anniversary, and are coming to Sweden for 4 dates in September with special guests URBAN WASTE. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 17.
The dates are:
Sept. 9 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg (w/ UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE)
Sept. 10 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm (w/ OBNOXIOUS YOUTH)
Sept. 11 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Sept. 12 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ HÅRDA TIDER, TRENCH and The MOCKINGBIRDS)
BRANT BJORK RETURN TO EUROPE
Desert rocker Brant Bjork (ex-KYUSS) will return to Europe for a tour in April/May. Special guests will be Swedish retro rockers MAIDAVALE.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/BrantBjorkOfficial
BON JOVI ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BRYAN ADAMS
BON JOVI has announced a North American tour with Bryan Adams. The tour will kick off on June 10 in Tahoma, WA, and will end on July 28 in New York, NY.
Backstage with JBJ Fan Club and American Express Card Members pre-sale begins Tuesday, January 21. Public on-sale begins Friday, January 24.
Check out bonjovi.com for more details.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S INDUCTEES
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced this year's inductees: The DOOBIE BROTHERS, DEPECHE MODE, NINE INCH NAILS, The Notorious B.I.G., T. REX and Whitney Houston will all join the class of 2020. They will be inducted on May 2 at a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.
Good bands like JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, SOUNDGARDEN, THIN LIZZY and MC5 were all on the ballot this year, but failed to receive enough votes. What a joke!
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES U.S. EAST COAST DATES
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS will play 5 U.S. East Coast dates in March. And the dates are:
Mar 10 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Mar 11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Mar 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 14 - Boston, MA - Big Night Live
Mar 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Knockdown Center
Today's lineup features East Bay Ray, Klaus Floride, DH Peligro, and Skip McSkipster.
RAGATA BANNED BY FACEBOOK
Facebook think that the album cover of Swedish punk rock band RAGATA's new album, "Rebell", is too sexual, and has therefor stopped every image of the album cover.
The album will be released on February 21, and it's their debut album.
You can read my review of their single, "Nu å Jag", here.
NEW SINGLE WITH SNAKEYES
Spanish/Romanian heavy metal band SNAKEYES has just released the official promo video for "The Evil Dead", the first single from its upcoming third full length studio album. You can watch the video here: youtube.com/watch?v=YaSuNkbipBo
The new album will be released on March 28 during a launch party in Madrid, Spain. The event will take place at the Honky Tonk club and will feature a live performance from the band, as well as a press conference. Event page on Facebook: facebook.com/events/609947089822888
NEW ALBUM WITH FINNEGAN'S HELL IN MARCH
Swedish Celtic punk rock band FINNEGAN'S HELL will release a new album, "Work Is the Curse of the Drinking Class", on March 6 through Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution.
JAN. 14, 2020
THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The DARKNESS has just announced that they are going to North America for a tour in April/May. The tour will start in Edmonton, AB on April 13, and the last stop will be in Chicago on May 23. General sale concert tickets available from Friday, January 17.
More info at: thedarknesslive.com
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
American rock veterans GRAND FUNK RAILROAD are going to do some tour dates around the States in 2020. And these dates can be found at: grandfunkrailroad.com
The band has been around for 51 years, and today's lineup includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are singer Max Carl (ex-38 SPECIAL), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) and keyboardist Tim Cashion (ex-BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND).
BIFF BYFORD ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
SAXON frontman Biff Byford has announce his European solo tour dates for May 2020.
Dates and further details can be found here: facebook.com/saxon
RAMMSTEIN MIGHT GO TO AMERICA
RAMMSTEIN is teasing what appears to be a short tour of North America. Earlier today, the German industrial metallers shared a map of the continent with several highlighted states and provinces, including California, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, sa well as Quebec (Canada) and Mexico City (Mexico).
NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH BLAZE BAYLEY IN 2021
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, will release a new studio album in March 2021. Blaze and guitarist Chris Appleton have already putting together some new material.
In April, Blaze will release "Live In Czech", a live album and DVD recorded last fall at the Melodka venue in Brno, Czech Republic.
NEW ALBUM WITH PEARL JAM IN MARCH
PEARL JAM will release its much-anticipated 11th studio album, "Gigaton", on March 27 via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records in the U.S. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group.
In support of the album, PEARL JAM will embark on their first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks off on March 18 in Toronto, hits the "Fabulous" Forum on April 15 and April 16, and wraps with a 2-date stint in Oakland April 18 and April 19.
You can pre-order the album and find the tour dates at: pearljam.com
JAN. 13, 2020
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH KANSAS AND EUROPE
FOREIGNER are going on a 40-date North American tour this summer with special guests KANSAS and EUROPE. Tickets go on sale January 17, and the dates can be found here: foreigneronline.com
THE EXPLOITED LEGEND WATTIE GOING BACK TO HOSPITAL, ALL SPANISH SHOWS CANCELED
All The EXPLOITED's Spanish gigs in February have been canceled due to singer Wattie going back into hospital for a minor operation. The Scottish punk legends are trying to reschedule these gigs for later in the year..
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT AND ALICE COOPER TO PERFORM AT FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT and Alice Cooper are among the artists who will perform at the "Fire Fight Australia" bushfire relief concert next month.
The February 16 event at ANZ Stadium in Sydney will raise money for communities across Australia reeling from the devastating bushfires in recent months. All concert ticket profits will go towards rural and regional fire services, the Red Cross and the RSPCA.
Tickets are on sale now.
SODOM DRUMMER HUSKY EXITS BAND
Drummer Stefan "Husky" Hüskens has announced his departure from German thrash metal veterans SODOM.
TRACII GUNS AND PHIL LEWIS SUE STEVE RILEY OVER USAGE OF L.A. GUNS MONIKER
On January 9, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis filed a complaint in California District Court against their longtime former bandmate, drummer Steve Riley. Joining Riley as defendants in the case are the 3 musicians - including "classic-era" L.A. GUNS bassist Kelly Nickels - who perform in his recently launched rival version of L.A. GUNS; that group's manager, booking agent and merchandiser; and Australia's Golden Robot Records, which recently announced the signing of Riley's version of the group.
The complaint, which requests a trial by jury, alleges that Riley's version of L.A. GUNS (referred to in the case docket as "the infringing L.A. GUNS") is creating "unfair competition" through its unauthorized usage of the L.A. GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis are seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized usage of their likenesses.
At its core, the complaint calls into question Riley's claim of partial ownership of the L.A. GUNS name and logo and alleges that his usage of both has been unauthorized. In addition, Guns and Lewis claim - as Guns has done publicly in the past - that Riley has embezzled much of the group's publishing proceeds over the past 2 decades.
Tracii Guns "is the owner of common law trademark righs" for the L.A. GUNS name and logo, the complaint claims.
QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT AND FOZZY CONFIRMED FOR KISS KRUISE X
QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT and FOZZY have been confirmed for Kiss Kruise X, sailing October 30 to November 4 from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras aboard Norwegian Pearl. KISS themselves will also play of course.
XENOKORP LAUNCHES CONTEST TO BE FEATURED ON UPCOMING LABEL SAMPLER
Record label XENOKORP has just launched a contest for a band to be featured on their new label sampler, "Multiverse War Kult II", to be released in the first half of this year, along with bands like MASTER, MERCYLESS, PUTRID OFFAL, OTARGOS and many others. It's, of course, absolutely free.
The sampler will be released on both CD (a few thousands) and digital. It will be given away with orders placed at XENOKORP.com and through their European distributor, SEASON OF MIST. Winner will receive a hundred CD copies + free XENOKORP T-shirts.
Rules are simple:
- The band must not be or have been signed to a label (new blood only, we support the scene!)
- The band must play Death Metal or one of its subgenres exclusively: Thrash/Death, Doom/Death, Death/Grind, Goregrind... (no Deathcore!)
- The band must submit a 5 minutes max. song by email at email@example.com in WAV file format
- The song must not be available on streaming platforms (Spotify etc.) but it can be on YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud...
- Deadline: January 31, 2020
XENOKORP will contact the bands they have selected by the first week of February and let them know of future steps in order to elect our chosen one.
JAN. 12, 2020
TOP 5 IN ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FAN VOTE
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND won the fan vote for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class, clinching the top spot with just over 1 million votes. Rounding out what encompasses the "fan vote" are Pat Benatar, The DOOBIE BROTHERS, SOUNDGARDEN and JUDAS PRIEST.
THIN LIZZY placed 8, MOTÖRHEAD came in 9th and NINE INCH NAILS was in the 11th spot.
The top Rock Hall vote-getters will be announced on Wednesday, January 15 and inducted on May 2 at Cleveland's Public Hall.
JAN. 11, 2020
RUSH DRUMMER NEIL PEART IS DEAD
Neil Peart, the virtuoso drummer and lyricist for RUSH, died Tuesday, January 7, in Santa Monica, California, at age 67. The cause was brain cancer, which Peart had been quietly battling for 3-and-a-half years.
You can read more here: rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221
JAN. 10, 2020
ROSE TATTOO ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH THUNDERMOTHER
Australian rock legends ROSE TATTOO are coming to Europe in March, and special guest will be Swedish hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER.
The tour kick off on March 3 in Köln, Germany, and will last until March 29.
ROSE TATTOO will also do a tour in USA in May, special guest on that run will be The HOTS.
All dates can be found at: rosetattoo.com.au
MOB 47 ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to Japan in April/May. FEROCIOUS X will join them for the May dates.
The tour is called "Final Attack". Not sure if that means that they are going to split up..
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/mob47
JAN. 9, 2020
OZZY'S NEW ALBUM TO ARRIVE IN FEBRUARY
Ozzy Osbourne's new album, "Ordinary Man", will be released on February 21 via Epic Records.
Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John have collaborated on the title song of the album.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST SINGER ROBIN McAULEY DIAGNOSED WITH SEPSIS
Vocalist Robin McAuley will be unable to perform with MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST on this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise after being diagnosed with sepsis.
Sepsis occurs when the body launches an uncontrolled immune response to an infection, triggering widespread inflammation that can lead to organ failure, septic shock and even death.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will still be performing on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise with Gary Barden and Doogie White on vocals.
VOKONIS AND JÖNZZONLIGAN NOMINATED FOR MANIFEST AWARD
The Swedish independent artists that's been nominated for the Manifestgalan award has been announced.
In the punk category we can find: POWER FACE, ARRE! ARRE!, JÖNZZONLIGAN and VIDRO.
In the metal category we have: NOVARUPTA, ULTRA SILVAM, VOKONIS and SKRAECKOEDLAN.
..and when it comes to rock: WESTKUST, LEVANDE DÖD, VÅNNA INGET and TRUE MOON.
The winners will be announced on February 14 at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden.
PÅSKPUNK IN HOFORS WITH VÄRLDEN BRINNER, N:A HOSPITALET, SLAVERIET, PASTORATET ETC.
There will be a little 1-day punk festival, called Påskpunk, in Hofors, Sweden this Easter, April 11. Bands that will play are: VÄRLDEN BRINNER, N:A HOSPITALET, SKRAMMEL, PASTORATET, SLAVERIET, GASPILLER, BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING, BJÖRNARNA, GUBBJÄVLAR, SARDO NUMSPA, KARDBORREBANDET and DRÖMSEMESTERN.
Event page on Facebook: facebook.com/events/417959542461946/permalink/482828085975091
DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY TO REPLACE URIAH HEEP'S PHIL LANZON FOR 2 SHOWS
URIAH HEEP keybordist Phil Lanzon lost his eldest son Matthew to cancer just before Christmas. As a result, Phil will not be able to perform as part of URIAH HEEP for the following shows:
Jan 14 – Wurzberg, Germany
Jan 15 – Frankfurt, Germany
DEEP PURPLE's Don Airey has agreed to step up and cover for his old friend Phil for these 2 shows. Phil will be back on January 17, when URIAH HEEP play in Neumarkt.
JAN. 8, 2020
LOUDNESS CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
LOUDNESS have been confirmed for Sabataon Open Air, which happens in Falun, Sweden on August 5-8.
Confirmed since earlier are: TIAMAT, DEATHSTARS, CYHRA, AMARANTHE, BURNING WITCHES, FREEDOM CALL, MYRATH, SABATON etc.
BOOK ABOUT BAD RELIGION
"Do What You Want: The Story Of Bad Religion" is an autobiographical book about the American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION. It's been written with the band's friend Jim Ruland, and will be published on August 18 via Hachette Books.
You can pre-order it here: badreligion.com/dowhatyouwant
LASTKAJ 14 ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
Swedish trallpunk veterans LASTKAJ 14 are getting ready to release a new album (no release date yet) during this year, and therfor they will do some tour dates here in Sweden in the spring.
You can find the dates here: facebook.com/Lastkaj14
FOREIGNER ADDS MORE EUROPEAN DATES
As recently announced, FOREIGNER and WHITESNAKE will be hitting arenas across the U.K. in 2020 alongside very special guests EUROPE starting May 31 in London at the O2 Arena. Once the U.K. trek concludes on June 8, FOREIGNER will continue on their headlining tour of Europe, which will include stops in Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now, and the dates can be found here: foreigneronline.com
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCE U.S. WESTCOAST AND EUROPEAN TOURS
Celtic punk veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are touring select dates on the U.S. West Coast this spring before hitting the European festival circuit this summer. Joining them on the U.S. dates are MAD CADDIES and STREET DOGS.
All upcoming dates can be found at: floggingmolly.com
ALESTORM IN THE STUDIO
Metal pirates ALESTORM have entered Karabi Road Studios in Thailand to record their 6th album, which will be called "Curse Of The Crystal Coconaut". They plan to release the album in the early summer through Napalm Records.
JAN. 7, 2020
FORMER HAWKWIND DRUMMER MARTIN GRIFFIN IS DEAD
Legendary HAWKWIND drummer Martin Griffin has passed away peacefully on January 6 following a short illness.
Martin joined the band for 2 stints between the years of 1978 and 1982, and played on albums such as "Sonic Attack" and "Church of Hawkwind".
CHEAP TRICK ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ROD STEWART
CHEAP TRICK will team up with Rod Stewart for a North American tour this summer. The 21-date trek - which features Stewart as the headliner and CHEAP TRICK as the "special guest" - will launch on July 21 in Cleveland, Ohio and end on September 5 in Chicago, Illinois.
Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday, January 10 via Live Nation. The CHEAP TRICK fan club sale will begin on Wednesday, January 8 via the band's web site. A Citi card pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 7 and run through Thursday, January 9.
More info here: rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rod-stewart-cheap-trick-tour-934290
OZZY OSBOURNE AND ELTON JOHN ARE COLLABORATING ON A SONG
Ozzy Osbourne is working on a new song with Elton John. The news of the surprise collaboration was broken yesterday (Monday, Jan. 6) by Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon on her daytime TV talk show "The Talk".
EX-ACCEPT SINGER TEAMS UP WITH EX-U.D.O./SINNER GUITARIST
Former ACCEPT singer David Reece has teamed up with ex-U.D.O./SINNER guitarist Andy Susemihl to record a full-length album, "Cacophony Of Souls". Joining them on the effort, which is due on March 13 via El Puerto Records, are bassist Malte Frederik Burkert (EXOTOXIS) and drummer Andrea Gianangeli (DRAGONHAMMER, SOULS UNCHAINED).
JAN. 6, 2020
KINGDOM COME ANNOUNCES NEW SHOWS
Reunited American hard rockers KINGDOM COME will play 3 West Coast shows at the end of the month. It will happen on the following dates:
Jan. 29 - The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
Jan. 30 - Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
Jan. 31 - Count's Vamp'd – Vegas
Singer Lenny Wolf is not involved with KINGDOM COME's current reunion tour. The lineup features drummer James Kottak alongside guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank and vocalist Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB).
KINGDOM COME will also perform at this year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 3-6 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
SLIPKNOT'S LATEST CERTIFIED SILVER IN UK
SLIPKNOT's latest album, "We Are Not Your Kind", has been certfitied silver in the United Kingdom for equivalent sales of 60,000 units.
JAN. 5, 2020
BLACK STAR RIDERS/THIN LIZZY FRONTMAN RICKY WARWICK DIAGNOSED WITH PLEURISY
BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY frontman Ricky Warwick has been diagnosed with pleurisy, a condition in which the linings of the lungs become inflamed (a form of pneumonia).
Ricky is currently at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in West Hollywood, California.
JAN. 3, 2020
GUNS N' ROSES SUPERFAN THREATENED WITH LAWSUIT OVER LEAKED RECORDINGS
According to TMZ, a GUNS N' ROSES superfan has been threatened with a lawsuit by the band's record label over an alleged leak of nearly a hundred previously unreleased songs.
Rick Dunsford is accused by Universal Music Group (UMG) of leaking 97 tracks over the Internet after obtaining the recordings from a storage unit auction.
The label sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dunsford claiming he violated an earlier settlement agreement in which UMG paid him $15,000 to return the recordings.
The roots of the dispute can be traced back to last year when Rick came across a storage shed belonging to former GUNS N' ROSES A&R rep Tom Zutaut. Zutaut is the former Geffen Records executive who signed GUNS N' ROSES in 1986.
Rick and few other fans banded together and came up with the $15,000 asking price. He later insisted that he wasn't responsible for the song leaks. "I know the seller that I bought them from was continuing to sell to other individuals", he said, "and there was a massive leak. So pretty much, I've been blamed for this."
SURVIVING NIRVANA MEMBERS TO REUNITE AT THE ART OF ELYSIUM'S HEAVEN GALA
The surviving members of NIRVANA will reunite at The Art of Elysium charity's annual "Heaven" gala on Saturday January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Dave Grohl will perform with Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Also scheduled to appear at the event are Beck, St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson, L7, CHEAP TRICK and Grohl's daughter Violet.
JAN. 2, 2020
SATYRICON BASSIST ANDERS ODDEN DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER
Norwegian heavy metal musician Anders Odden is preparing to undergo surgery for colon cancer. The procedure, which is scheduled for next Monday (Jan. 6), is expected to remove the malignant tumors and any nearby lymph nodes.
Odden, the co-founder and guitarist of the death metal band CADAVER and the bass player for the legendary black metal band SATYRICON, revealed his cancer diagnosis in a December 29 Instagram post.