Nov. 30, 2021
THE HIVES POSTPONES EUROPEAN DATES
Due to more stringent Covid-19 restrictions in mainland Europe, all shows with The HIVES from December 4-11 are being cancelled/postponed to 2022.
URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
URIAH HEEP have announced a European tour in 2022 that will last from September to December. There will be 61 dates across 28 countries, and tickets go on sale Friday, December 3.
Confirmed dates and ticket links: uriah-heep.com
Nov. 29, 2021
BAD RELIGION, CIRCLE JERKS, FLOGGING MOLLY AND MILLENCOLIN CONFIRMED FOR BAYFEST
Italian punk festival Bayfest has announced the first wave of bands for 2022. Among these acts are BAD RELIGION, CIRCLE JERKS, FLOGGING MOLLY, MILLENCOLIN, SATANIC SURFERS, RAW POWER etc.
The festival will take place August 11-14 at Bellaria Igea Marina in Rimini, Italy.
Full line-up and more info at: bayfest.it
EX-HARDCORE SUPERSTAR GUITARIST THOMAS SILVER ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC SHOWS IN SWEDEN
Former HARDCORE SUPERSTAR guitarist Thomas Silver are going to do 2 acoustic shows in Sweden in December. The exclusive dates are these:
Dec. 17 - The Fox And Anchor, Karlskrona
Dec. 18 - Bomber Bar, Motala
LUCIFER'S FRIEND GUITARIST PETER HASSLEIN RELEASES NEW SOLO ALBUM
LUCIFER'S FRIEND original founding guitarist Peter Hesslein is pleased to announce the release of his second solo album, "Night Drive 2", following the success of his first "Night Drive" solo album.
"Night Drive 2" is out now through the band's own record label, Lucifer's Records, via Cherry Red.
TOTO ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
TOTO will return to the road in early 2022. The band will begin the "Dogz Of Oz" world tour in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 25.
In April and May 2022, TOTO will perform an additional 18 shows in U.S. arenas with JOURNEY. In July and August, the band will be touring in Europe headlining festivals, alongside performing in arenas and large theaters which include an already sold-out appearance at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome.
More info might be available here: totoofficial.com
ABORTED CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR, D.R.I. POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
With the rising cases of Covid and the constantly shifting restrictions in all the different EU countries, Belgian gore death metal veterans ABORTED are forced to cancel their "Hell Over Europe 4" tour with BENIGHTED , The ACACIA STRAIN, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, and FLEDDY MELCULY. goremageddon.be
American crossover legends D.R.I. are sorry to announce the continued postponement of their Australian tour with HIRAX, due to the current Covid restrictions. dirtyrottenimbeciles.com
Nov. 28, 2021
NEW EP WITH ZOMBIEKRIG NEXT MONTH
Swedish thrashers ZOMBIEKRIG are alive again, and will release a new digital EP, "Dödstecken", on December 10. The EP will be avilable for free, and features 2 new songs and 3 live tracks from "Levande Efter Döden".
Pre-save the EP here: outnow.io/t/zombiekrig
There will also be a new full-length album in the future.
Nov. 27, 2021
MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP continue their 50th anniversary tour with a 14-date European leg. The journey begins in Helsinki, Finland, on April 27, 2022, and closes in Rome, Italy, on May 15.
Dates and ticket links: facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks
HARDCORE/PUNK FESTIVAL IN GOTHENBURG
Fragile Mountain is a hardcore/punk festival in Göteborg, Sweden, that will happen on June 30 to July 2, 2022. Among the first confirmed acts are ASOCIAL, SLÖA KNIVAR, ANATOMI-71, The BRISTLES, BÖSET, M:40, DENY etc.
More info on Monday (Nov. 29) at: fragilemountain.rocks
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS have announced a UK tour in August/September 2022.
Dates and tickets should be available here: electricboys.com
Nov. 25, 2021
NEW SONG WITH TONY IOMMI
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has released "Scent Of Dark", his first musical composition since writing a classical piece for the Birmingham Cathedral in 2017 and his first rock song since BLACK SABBATH's "13" album in 2013.
To coincide with the new song's arrival, Iommi has announced that he will also release a fragrance, designed in collaboration with luxury Italian perfume house Xerjoff and Sergio Momo.
Written by Iommi, "Scent Of Dark" features Tony alongside Momo on guitar, Jimmy Crutchley on bass, Ash Sheehan on drums, Rebecca Rose on cello and Julianne Bourne on the violin.
QUEENSRŸCHE TO SUPPORT JUDAS PRIEST IN NORTH AMERICA
QUEENSRŸCHE will support JUDAS PRIEST on the rescheduled "50 Heavy Metal Years" North American tour dates in March-April 2022.
The tour will kick off on March 7 in West Valley City, Utah and conclude on April 11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
A complete list of dates can be found on Ticketmaster.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR AND THE HALO EFFECT CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, The HALO EFFECT, NESTOR, ORBIT CULTURE and HORNDAL have been confirmed for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival. BELPHEGOR have been re-confirmed.
The festival take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 8-11, 2022. Already confirmed are GUNS N' ROSES, IN FLAMES, MERCYFUL FATE, MEGADETH, SOCIAL DISTORTION, DROPKICK MURPHYS, The HELLACOPTERS, ACCEPT, D-A-D, RAUBTIER, SODOM, Michael Monroe, WITCHCRAFT, Lee Aaron, KINGDOM COME, TROUBLE, Ross The Boss, BOMBUS, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, GRAVE, VICTORY, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, ELEINE, NARNIA, DEATH BY HORSE, BROWSING COLLECTION, HONEYBURST etc.
Full line-up and tickets: www.swedenrock.com
Nov. 24, 2021
OZZY AND JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR AGAIN
The forthcoming European tour with Ozzy Osbourne and JUDAS PRIEST have been postponed to 2023.
Ozzy says: "Due to the ongoing uncertainty with full capacity events and travel logistics in much of Europe, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone my 2022 tour to 2023. Original tickets remain valid for the new dates. I want to thank all of you and JUDAS PRIEST for your continued patience and support."
New dates here: ozzy.com judaspriest.com
Nov. 23, 2021
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST
WHITESNAKE has announced the addition of bassist Tanya O'Callaghan to the group's ranks.
Tanya joins the David Coverdale-fronted outfit as the replacement for longtime bassist Michael Devin whose departure was revealed over the weekend.
GHOST ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
GHOST will embark on a massive European headlining tour in April/May 2022.
"Imperatour" will kick off on April 9 in Manchester, UK and conclude on May 18 in Budapest, Hungary. Support on all shows will come from UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS and TWINTEMPLE. Tickets on sale Friday, November 26.
Dates and tickets: ghost-official.com
KNOTFEST JAPAN POSTPONED FOR THE THIRD TIME
SLIPKNOT has announced the postponement of the 2022 edition of Knotfest Japan.
In March 2020, SLIPKNOT was forced to cancel its Asian tour, including the band's appearance at the 2020 edition of Knotfest Japan, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The festival was eventally moved to January 10-11, 2021, and then, a few months later, to April 9-10, 2022.
Knotfest Japan will now take place on April 1-2, 2023.
HANK VON HELL DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE
The manager of former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell has shot down speculation that the singer took his own life.
The Norwegian musician, whose real name was Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, was just 49 years old when he was found dead in Slottsparken, a public park in the center of Oslo, on Friday, November 19.
Boye Nythun, who was also Husby's best friend, told Norway's Se Og Hør: "It was no secret that Hans-Erik has lived a hard life at times. He has also been open about this before. The last few months have been extra hard for him, and unfortunately the sum of a hard-lived life became too much for him. Hans-Erik's body could no longer stand it. He was found in Slottsparken. His body had simply said 'stop'. It is tragic, and now we ask for peace."
PUNK IN DRUBLIC ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN DATES
Punk in Drublic Music and Beer Festival has announced European dates and bands for 2022. NOFX, PENNYWISE, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, TALCO, FACE TO FACE, The BOMBPOPS, DAYZ N DAZE and ANAL THUNDER are the bands announced so far. There are 12 dates total and all previously purchased tickets remain valid.
More info: punkindrublicfesteurope.com
MOB 47 CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
The last 4 acts to be confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival next summer are MOB 47, DISAFFECT, GENÖME and POLIKARPA Y SUS VICIOSAS.
The festival happens on July 8-9, 2022 at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: HIATUS, MEANWHILE, WARCOLLAPSE, SVÄRTA, BEYOND PINK, ŚMIERĆ, VICIOUS IRENE, KONTROVERS, IDIOT IKON, VIDRO etc.
More info here: facebook.com/Punkillegalfestival
HAMMERFALL RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL has entered the studio to record a new album, which will be released next year.
NEW SINGLE WITH VÄRLDEN BRINNER ON FRIDAY
Swedish catchy punk rockers VÄRLDEN BRINNER will release a new single, "Insanity", on November 26. Pre-save
..and on Saturday, November 27 they play in Borås, Sweden with GATANS LAG and BASTARDES (CITY SAINTS had to cancel because the drummer has hurt his shoulder). It's already sold out as they can only let in 200 people (find a bigger place!).
ANGELIC UPSTARTS SINGER MENSI IS AT HOSPITAL
Tom "Mensi" Mensforth, frontman of British punk rock veterans ANGELIC UPSTARTS, has been hospitalized due to serious complications as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
Nov. 22, 2021
KADAVAR AND ELDER HAVE MADE AN ALBUM TOGETHER
Berlin heavy rockers KADAVAR teamed up with their American friends ELDER in Spring 2021 to write and record music together. After lots of work we will now get the fruits of the collaboration, an album called "ELDOVAR, A Story Of Darkness & Light", which will be release on December 3 via ROBOTOR Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH MEGADETH NEXT SPRING
MEGADETH's new album, "The Sick, The Dying And The Dead", is tentatively due in the spring of 2022.
WHITESNAKE PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
WHITESNAKE have parted ways with bassist Michael Devin, who has been a member of the band for a decade. WHITESNAKE have already secured a new bass player, who will be announced very soon.
Nov. 21, 2021
TURBONEGRO PLANNED TO REUNITE WITH HANK VON HELL
TURBONEGRO guitarist Happy Tom (real name Thomas Seltzer) has revealed that the Norwegian rock band planned a reunion with Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete, real name Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby) in 2023 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic album "Apocalypse Dudes". But as you might know Hank died on November 19 at the age of 49, so that won't happen.
Nov. 20, 2021
STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET TO UNDERGO EMERGENCY EYE SURGERY
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will undergo emergency surgery on his right eye for a detached retina.
A retinal detachment happens when the retina separates from the back of the eye, causing peripheral vision loss. Without immediate treatment, a retinal detachment can lead to total vision loss, according to Healthline.
THE DWARVES GUITARIST HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED TO RECORD NEW SOLO ALBUM
HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, guitarist for American punk rock veterans The DWARVES, has a new solo album written, and are currently in pre-production mode. He and his band hope to enter the studio in early 2022 to record the album.
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
American hard rocking band NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced some tour dates in Sweden and Norway in June 2022. It will be both festivals and club dates, most of them with STRÖM as special guests.
Dates here: facebook.com/NSPSY
EX-TURBONEGRO SINGER HANK VON HELL IS DEAD
Norwegian singer Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete in TURBONEGRO, real name Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby) has died at the age of 49.
Nov. 19, 2021
SKID ROW REPLACES QUEENSRŸCHE AS SUPPORT FOR SCORPIONS IN LAS VEGAS
SKID ROW has replaced QUEENSRŸCHE as the support act on the rescheduled dates for SCORPIONS' "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency. The run of shows, which was originally slated to take place in July 2020 and was later pushed back to May 2021, will now happen in March-April, 2022 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
WOLF RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF are almost done with their new album, which they are currently recording and mixing. It will be released in early 2022.
Unfortunately the tour as special guests for GRAND MAGUS, which was scheduled for March/April 2022, has been cancelled by GRAND MAGUS.
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CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET have announced a European tour in May/June 2022.
Nov. 18, 2021
MORE RE-ISSUES WITH TROUBLE NEXT YEAR
Hammerheart Records will continue to re-release old records with TROUBLE in 2022. Next up is the "One For The Road" EP, which will be released on February 11. This version will also include the "Unplugged" album.
More info and pre-order: hammerheartstore.com/search?q=one+for+the+road
After that "Plastic Green Head" will be re-released later in 2022.
STICKY FINGERS IS BACK
The rock club Sticky Fingers, in Göteborg, Sweden is back again after being closed for a while during the pandemic. They will open again on November 25, and MAGNUS ROSÉN WITH FRIENDS will play live.
The metal club Belsepub will be in the basement every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
New web site: stickyfingersgbg.se
MÄHÄLIUM TO RELEASE CASSETTE
Swedish punk rock band MÄHÄLIUM will release a new cassette, "Avd. C4", on November 28 via C33 Tapes.
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE ON FRIDAY
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal veterans NIGHTRAGE will release a third single, "Nauseating Oblivion", from their upcoming album tomorrow, November 19. Pre-save: ingrv.es/nauseating-oblivion-19m-f
Their new album, "Abyss Rising", will be released on February 18 via Despotz Records. Pre-order: despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/nightrage
NEW ALBUM WITH WOLFMOTHER OUT NOW
The rock band WOLFMOTHER have a new album, "Rock Out", out now on all digital platforms. Stream or download here: distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wolfmother/rock-out-2
AEROSMITH TO RELEASE REHEARSAL RECORDING FROM 1971
On November 26, the 4-time Grammy-winning and diamond-certified rock legends AEROSMITH will release "Aerosmith - 1971: The Road Starts Hear" (UMe), a rare and previously unheard rehearsal from 1971 as part of Record Store Day 2021.
Recently discovered in the AEROSMITH vaults, the original tape had not been touched in decades. This historic recording features 7 extraordinary tracks showcasing the early, unbridled talent of the future Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame members including a nascent version of "Dream On", which they would later record and release on their 1973 eponymous major label debut. AEROSMITH is one of the few bands to chart with the same song 5 decades later; the song was a hit in 1973, reaching No. 59 on Billboard's Hot 100, and re-entered the charts in 2020 at No. 4 on the Hard Rock Streaming Songs chart.
"The Road Starts Hear" was produced by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Steve Berkowitz, and will be available on both vinyl and as a limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day. It features previously unseen archived photos, images of the original tape box, and liner notes written by Rolling Stone's David Fricke with new interviews and comments from the band about this long-forgotten recording.
As an early treat for fans, the raw adrenaline of the 1971 rehearsal recording of "Movin' Out" is available on AEROSMITH's official YouTube channel: youtu.be/PTd33eMdexk
Nov. 17, 2021
ACCEPT ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR EUROPE
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced new dates for their European tour, which has been postponed to early 2023. Already purchased tickets remain valid. The support acts will be announced next year.
For dates, go to: acceptworldwide.com
NEW SINGLES WITH CHILDREN OF THE SÜN AND BLUES PILLS ON FRIDAY
Swedish classic folk/blues rockers CHILDREN OF THE SÜN will release a new single, "Gaslighting", on Friday (Nov. 19). Pre-save: orcd.co/gaslighting
Swedish blues rockers BLUES PILLS will release an acoustic version of "Wild Horses" by The ROLLING STONES on Friday (Nov. 19). Pre-save: linktr.ee/OfficialBluesPills
Nov. 16, 2021
OPETH PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
OPETH has parted ways with longtime drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot due to a conflict of interests. His replacement for the North American tour with MASTODON and ZEAL & ARDOR will be Sami Karppinen (THERION).
JO STEEL AND DAVE ROTTEN JOIN FORCES IN WEAPONRY
Canadian musician Jo Steel (ICE WAR, APHRODITE, EXPUNGED) and Spanish vocalist Dave Rotten (AVULSED, HOLYCIDE, CHRIST DENIED, FAMISHGOD) have joined forces in a new band called WEAPONRY, whose intention is "to create the dirtiest, most intense and relentless death/crust on both sides of the Atlantic ocean". Lyrics was written by Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, MASSACRE, PUTREVORE etc etc), and the upcoming album was mastered by Dan Swanö.
The album, "Everwinding Slaughter", will be released through Dave's label Xtreem Music on January 11, 2022.
MORE DATES FOR TOUR WITH TESTAMENT, EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL
5 new dates have been added to the rescheduled North American leg of "The Bay Strikes Back Tour" featuring TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL. Newly confirmed shows will take place in Orlando, Florida (April 25); Chattanooga, Tennessee (April 28); Seattle, Washington (May 22); Portland, Oregon (May 23); and Sacramento, California (May 25). Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 19.
Further details here: testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us
NEW SINGLE WITH OXIDIZE
Swedish heavy metal band OXIDIZE has released a new single, "Visions Of Sorrow", on YouTube: youtu.be/bzj0DnhqphM. The song is a ZONATA cover, and will soon be available on all digital platforms.
Nov. 15, 2021
JOURNEY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BILLY IDOL AND TOTO
Legendary rockers JOURNEY have announced a 2022 North American tour with Billy Idol and TOTO.
The 40-date "Freedom Tour 2022" will kick off on February 22 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and wrap on May 11 in Hartford, Connecticut. Billy Idol will open the first leg of the tour, with TOTO taking over as the support act starting on April 7 in San Diego, California.
Dates, tickets etc: facebook.com/journey billyidol.net totoofficial.com
MAYHEM TEAM UP WITH WATAIN FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
MAYHEM will join forces with WATAIN for a North American tour next spring, which will also include MIDNIGHT as special guests.
The black metal massacre will start in San Francisco on March 7, and will end in Joliet on April 3.
For dates, try: facebook.com/mayhemofficial facebook.com/watainofficial facebook.com/midnightviolators
KISS DEBUTS SPIRITS PORTFOLIO IN THE STATES
KISS have debuted their award-winning spirits portfolio Drink It Up by KISS in the U.S. After selling over 100,000 bottles across Europe, Japan and Australia, the master-blended portfolio of premium gin and rum is now available across 25 states.
Nov. 14, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH JIMI HENDRIX
Dagger Records will release "Paris 67" with JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE on Record Store Day's Black Friday, which is on November 26. It will be released on 150-gram red-and-blue colored vinyl LP, and features the original JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE line-up.
"Paris 67" consist of a live recording from Olympia Theater in Paris on October 9, 1967.
More info: daggerrecords.com/releases/paris67
VOLUME 3 OF URSÄSKTA RÖRAN COMPILATION OUT IN A FEW WEEKS
Grönpeppar Records will release volume 3 of their Swedish punk compilation Ursäskta Röran, titled "Men Vem Fan Bryr Sig?!", in late November/early December. There will be 13 bands, which will be announced on Facebook, 1 each day starting tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 15).
Keep an eye on: facebook.com/GronPepparSas
NEW SINGLE WITH DAYGLO ABORTIONS
Canadian punk veterans DAYGLO ANORTIONS have just released the 4th single, "Smart Food", from their upcoming album, "Hate Speech". No release date for the album has been announced yet, but it should be out soon.
Check out the single here: newnoisemagazine.com/track-premiere-dayglo-abortions-smart-food
Nov. 13, 2021
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS RELEASES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF "Bad Reputation"
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have released their first-ever acoustic track, "Bad Reputation (Acoustic)", which was recorded to honor the 40th anniversary of seminal albums "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'N' Roll", both released in 1981.
Listen to the single here: blackheart.com/badreputation
GUNS N' ROSES AND KISS AMONG HEADLINERS FOR WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE
GUNS N' ROSES, FOO FIGHTERS, KISS and KORN will headline next year's edition of the Welcome To Rockville festival, set to take place May 19-22, 2022 at world-renowned Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
More details here: welcometorockvillefestival.com
Nov. 12, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH BITCH BOYS IN THE END OF THE MONTH
Swedish punk rock band BITCH BOYS are back with a new single, "Afghanistan", which will be released on November 26.
A release party for the single will take place at Bröderna Olssons Källare in Stockholm, Sweden on November 25.
Event page: facebook.com/events/547240513166253?ref=newsfeed
Nov. 10, 2021
DANKO JONES TO CELEBRATE 25 WITH HOMETOWN SHOW
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will celebrate their 25-year anniversary with a hometown show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on December 11. The ANTI-QUEENS will also join the party.
Tickets and more tour dates here: dankojones.com/tour
VISUAL UFO BIOGRAPHY DUE IN FEBRUARY
Wymer Publishing has announced the launch of "UFO: A Visual Biography", due for release on February 25.
This A4 224-page hardback coffee table book by esteemed author Martin Popoff is crammed full of memorabilia, including backstage passes, gig posters, media adverts and much more from the band's whole career.
INGE JOHANSSON IS RECODING DEMOS FOR NEW GATUPLAN ALBUM
Inge Johansson (The INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, AGAINST ME, KNUGEN FALLER, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER etc) is working on new demos for the second album with GATUPLAN.
Nov. 9, 2021
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Australian punk band AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are going on a North American tour in April/May 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 12.
More info here: facebook.com/amylandthesniffers
AEROSMITH's "Toys In The Attic" CERTIFIED 9 TIMES PLATINUM
AEROSMITH's 1975 album "Toys In The Attic" has been certified 9 times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 9 million copies in the States.
In addition, 5 of the band's singles have also been officially certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA.
ZZ TOP ADDS MORE DATES TO CANADIAN TOUR
ZZ TOP have announced additional dates to their "Celebration with ZZ Top" Canadian tour. Support act will be no less than CHEAP TRICK.
Tickets and dates: zztop.com
NEW CHRISTMAS SONG WITH FINNEGAN'S HELL
Celtic punk rockers FINNEGAN'S HELL will release a follow up to their song "Drunken Christmas" from 2013. This new Christmas song is called "Happy Christmas", and will be released on November 19.
Nov. 8, 2021
DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have announced a North American tour in 2022 with KATAKLYSM and NAILED TO OBSCURITY.
The tour start in Asbury Park, NJ on January 28. The last date is in New York, NY on March 12. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 12.
Dates etc. here: facebook.com/dtofficial
MINISTRY ADDS 13 NEW DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Due to overwhelming demand, MINISTRY has added 13 new dates to its Spring 2022 North American tour that will kick off March 2 and run through April 18. The newly added cities include Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, New Haven, CT, Portland, ME, Raleigh, Asheville, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Oklahoma City, and are in addition to the tour markets already announced.
Tickets are on sale now in each city. The MELVINS and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will share the stage nightly as the tour's special guests. Each night will celebrate 30 years of MINISTRY's landmark album "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste", as well as debut songs from the band's brand-new 15th studio album, "Moral Hygiene", which is out now through Nuclear Blast Records.
Dates and tickets: ministryband.com/tour
Nov. 7, 2021
NEW INTERVIEW WITH LASTKAJ 14
There's a brand new interview with Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 available now. Only in Swedish though. READ IT!
Nov. 6, 2021
SPIDERS CANCEL GERMANY TO FOCUS ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish retro rockers SPIDERS have to cancel their German dates in March 2022. The reason is that the band have to prioritize the recording of their new album. SPIDERS promise to do the shows when they have a new record out.
Nov. 5, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH JETHRO TULL IN JANUARY
British progressive rock veterans JETHRO TULL are going to release a new album, "The Zealot Gene", on January 28 via InsideOut Music. It will be the group's first studio album of new material in over 18 years.
The first single, "Shoshana Sleeping", is out now: youtu.be/uPTeqsBd1Ik
Pre-order the album: jethrotullband.lnk.to/TheZealotGene
NEW SINGLE WITH KKPA IN THE END OF THE MONTH
Swedish trallpunk band KKPA are back again, and will release a new album next spring. But before that we will get a few singles, and the first single, "Njurslag", will be released on November 26. Then there will be 3 more singles before the album release.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH THE STRANGLERS
2 years ago The STRANGLERS played what would become Dave's last show in Japan. A new live double album, "THEMENINBLACKINTOKYO", recorded at the British band's sold-out gig at Tsutaya-O-West in Toyko, is also the last official live recording to feature Dave.
The album is available to pre-order now exclusively from The STRANGLERS Official Store on 2CD (out Dec. 3) or 2LP (out Jan. 28): stranglers.tmstor.es
CIRCLE JERKS CONFIRMED FOR GBG ACTION FEST 2022
CIRCLE JERKS, IRON LAMB and The DAHMERS have been confirmed for GBG Action Fest 2022, which take place at Ringön, Gothenburg, Sweden on July 23, 2022. More bands to be announced..
Tickets go on sale Monday, November 8 at tickster.com
MARDUK AND VADER ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK will join forces with Polish death metal veterans VADER for a UK/Ireland tour in January.
Dates here: facebook.com/Mardukofficial facebook.com/vader
ACCEPT POSTPONES EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2023
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT have been forced to postpone their previously announced European "Too Mean To Die" tour, which was originally scheduled for January/February 2022, to January/February 2023 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.
The good news is that ACCEPT has secured the venues for 2023 and will shortly announce the new dates.
More info here: facebook.com/accepttheband
Nov. 4, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH SLIPKNOT TOMORROW
SLIPKNOT will release a new single, "The Chapeltown Rag", on Friday, November 5.
THE QUILL TO RELEASE ALBUM FULL OF FORGOTTEN TREASURES
Swedish hard rockers The QUILL have spent time digging through the archives. The result became "Live, New, Borrowed, Blue", an album that contains tracks from the sessions for their latest album, "Earthrise", as well as some cover songs that The QUILL recorded in the late 90s for various tribute albums that are now long out of print. There's also 2 live tracks from the band's Sweden Rock Festival 2019 performance. The album will be released on January 28, 2022 via Metalville Records.
The QUILL are also going on a European tour in January. They will visit countries like Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Tour dates and more info: facebook.com/thequillsweden metalville.de
EX-H.E.A.T MEMBERS TEAM UP IN NEW POWER METAL BAND
Vocalist Erik Grönwall and songwriter/producer/multi-multi-instrumentalist Jona Tee, former bandmates in H.E.A.T, have announced that they are continuing their musical partnership by unleashing NEW HORIZON, a new power metal band.
The duo have signed with Frontiers Music Srl, and are currently wrapping up work on their debut album. More details will be released at a later date, including the first taste of music.
QUIET RIOT BASSIST CHUCK WRIGHT SIGNS WITH CLEOPATRA RECORDS FOR SOLO DEBUT
QUIET RIOT's longtime bassist Chuck Wright has signed with Cleopatra Records for his debut solo album, "Chuck Wright's Sheltering Sky", to be released in early 2022.
Wright has worked alongside such rock music luminaries as Alice Cooper, Greg Allman and various members of GUNS N' ROSES and KISS to name a few, and now embarks on his first-ever solo excursion. Wright's first single is a hard-rocking, intense interpretation of Björk's 1995 hit "Army Of Me": youtu.be/jvWEVBPLT0c
NEW FESTIVAL IN DENMARK: HEAVY METAL ROCK MEETING 2022
Denmark and Sweden unite in the new 2-day festival Heavy Metal Rock Meeting 2022, which happens on March 18-19 at Karosserifabrikken in Helsingør, Denmark. Confirmed bands are: AMBUSH, SCREAMER, EVIL, ALIEN FORCE, DEMONGRINDER, PECTORA, WYSDOM GIVEN, STREET FIGHTER and STEW.
The venue: karosserifabrikken.dk
SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
SCORPIONS will release their new album, "Rock Believer", on February 25 (not Feb. 11 as previously announced).
More news at: the-scorpions.com or Facebook
Nov. 3, 2021
OBITUARY AND MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Decibel magazine's now decade-long "Decibel Magazine Tour" returns this January with a bloodthirsty co-headlining bill starring Tampa death metal legends OBITUARY and Richmond thrash metal heroes MUNICIPAL WASTE in a killer double feature. Tour support comes from Arizona desert death-crushers GATECREEPER and Virginia crossover death/thrash battalion ENFORCED. Special guest hardcore-infused death-dealers SPIRITWORLD will perform on select dates.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 5, and can be found here.
"Judas Priest: A Visual Biography" DUE IN FEBRUARY
Wymer Publishing has set a February 25, 2022 release date for "Judas Priest: A Visual Biography".
This A4 224-page hardback coffee table book by esteemed author Martin Popoff is crammed full of memorabilia including backstage passes, gig posters, media adverts and much more.
Pre-order your copy here.
NEW ALBUM WITH DARK FUNERAL IN MARCH
Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have set "We Are The Apocalypse" as the title of their new album, which will be released on March 18, 2022 through Century Media Records.
There will be a release party on March 19 with DARK FUNERAL (of course), SAMAEL and ELEINE. That will happen at Fållan in Stockholm, Sweden.
THE HEADLINES POSTPONE UKRAINE TOUR
Due to the covid situation in Ukraine with extremely rapid spread of the virus in the last couple of weeks, Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES have no choice but to postpone the tour to April 6-9, 2022, as the country has entered a new lockdown.
Read more and find new dates here: facebook.com/TheHeadlinesSWE
MEGADETH TO RELEASE CONCERT FROM 2005
Hot on the heels of the first-ever commercial release earlier this year of a rare acoustic set from 2001, "Unplugged In Boston", metal giants MEGADETH have another treat in store for fans: a monster, fully electrified and electrifying concert extravaganza filmed in Argentina 2005 to a stadium full of 25,000 adoring fans. Due on November 26, "A Night In Buenos Aires" is being released on all kinds of formats - 2CD, 3LP, Blu-ray, DVD and digital.
Nov. 2, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH SAXON IN FEBRUARY
SAXON will release their new album, "Carpe Diem", on February 4, 2022 via Silver Lining Music..
Check out the first single, "Carpe Diem (Sieze The Day)": youtu.be/pjcgHPsvFVY
Pre-order the album: smarturl.it/SAXONCARPEDIEM
NEW ALBUM WITH THE DRIPPERS IN DECEMBER
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS will release their new album, "Scandinavian Thunder", on December 10 via The Sign Records.
MUSIC JOURNALIST MALCOLM DOME IS DEAD
Longtime British music journalist Malcolm Dome died over the weekend at the age of 66.
Dome has written about rock and heavy metal since 1979. In addition to publishing several books on such artists as AC/DC, METALLICA and LED ZEPPELIN he had contributed to a number of magazines, including Record Mirror, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and Classic Rock. He is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the ANTHRAX song "Metal Thrashing Mad" in February 1984. And in 1980, Malcolm co-wrote the book "Encyclopedia Metallica", which some believe served as the inspiration for the METALLICA band name.
Nov. 1, 2021
NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
NAPALM DEATH are going on a European tour in February/March together with DOOM, SIBERIAN MEATGRINDER and SHOW ME THE BODY.
The tour will begin on February 3 in Magdeburg, Germany and will last until March 6.
Further details here: facebook.com/officialnapalmdeath
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Alice Cooper have announced new winter tour dates in North America, which will take place in late January/early February. VIP/Pre-Sale available tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2. General on sale Friday, November 5.
Dates and tickets: alicecooper.com
THE HALO EFFECT SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
The HALO EFFECT, the new project featuring 5 former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMES - Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) - has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast. The HALO EFFECT's debut single, "Shadowminds", will arrive on November 9.
HIATUS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Belgian crust punk veterans HIATUS will enter the studio in January to record a new album.
THE STRANGLERS ADDS IRISH DATES
Long-running pub rockers The STRANGLERS have added 3 Irish shows in 2022 to their schedule. These are:
Sept. 22 - Big Top, Limerick
Sept. 23 - 3Olympia, Dublin
Sept. 24 - Limelight 1, Belfast
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 5.
LUCIFER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish occult doom rockers LUCIFER have just released their new studio effort, "Lucifer IV". This will be followed by a European tour which kick of in the end of next week. The first leg of the tour will be together with DEAD LORD. The second part will begin in February.
Further details here: facebook.com/luciferofficial centurymedia.com
AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MACHINE HEAD
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH will team up with MACHINE HEAD for a co-headline UK/European tour in September/October 2022, which will also include The HALO EFFECT (feat. ex-IN FLAMES members) as special guest.
Artist and venue pre-sale tickets are available on Wednesday, November 3. General tickets go on sale Friday, November 5.
Dates and tickets: amonamarth.com machinehead.com
Oct. 31, 2021
CHARTA 77 PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Teijo Granberg, drummer for Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77, have decided to leave the band. He has simply got tired of it.
Temporary replacement on the band's upcoming gigs will be Erik Ullvin.
..and the upcoming gigs are (all in Sweden):
Nov. 19 - Musikhuset, Gävle (w/ CRASH NOMADA and ITÄKESKUS)
Nov. 20 - Hus7, Stockholm (w/ CRASH NOMADA and ITÄKESKUS)
Dec. 3 - Biljardkompaniet, Kristianstad
Dec. 4 - Medley, Malmö
VICTORY ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
German hard rockers VICTORY will release their first new album, "Gods Of Tomorrow" in a decade on November 26 via AFM Records. The album will be followed by a tour in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland in January/February. Support act will be INNER AXIS.
More details here: victory-band.com afm-records.de
KISS CANCEL LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
KISS's second Las Vegas residency has been canceled. Tickets for the engagement at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, which was scheduled to launch at the end of December, have been taken down from the Caesars Entertainment/Ticketmaster link and fans who already purchased tickets via Ticketmaster have been notified that the shows are no longer taking place.
According to Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes, "soft ticket sales" are reportedly the reason the run has been called off.
Oct. 30, 2021
PUBLIC FUNERAL SERVICE FOR QUIET RIOT DRUMMER FRANKIE BANALI
A public funeral service for QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali will be on Monday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.
NEW PROJECT WITH FORMER MEMBERS OF IN FLAMES
5 former members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMES - Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) - have launched a new project called The HALO EFFECT. So far, only a promotional photo of the new outfit has been released, with the promise of more information to follow soon.
20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF KREATOR's "Violent Revolution"
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will re-release their 2001 album "Violent Revolution" for its 20th anniversary. Due on January 21, 2022 through Nuclear Blast Records, it will include a huge selection of assorted live bootleg recordings, grouped together under the name "Bootleg Revolution".
Oct. 29, 2021
AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" SURPASSES 1 BILLION VIEWS ON YouTube
AC/DC's music video for the song "Thunderstruck" has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube.
KROKUS FRONTMAN MARC STORACE TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
KROKUS frontman Marc Storace will release his first-ever solo album, "Live And Let Live", next month. To coincide with the LP's arrival, Marc and his solo band, dubbed simply STORACE, will embark on a 3-date tour of his home country of Switzerland, where he will perform songs from the album as well as classic tracks spanning his entire career.
Oct. 28, 2021
OLD INTERVIEW WITH MÖGEL
I have added an old interview (in Swedish) with Swedish punk band MÖGEL (the Borås band) to the interviews section. This is the uncut original recording of the interview, which last for as long as 32 minutes.
CHECK IT OUT!
STÖNER ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
STÖNER - the new stoner rock band with Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Ryan Güt - will be touring in UK and Ireland with PATRÓN and SLOMOSA in April/May 2022.
MUNICIPAL WASTE RE-SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
American thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE and Nuclear Blast have re-signed a worldwide deal. The band's 7th full-length is scheduled to be unleashed in 2022.
Oct. 27, 2021
KREATOR ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES WITH LAMB OF GOD
German thrash legends KREATOR have just announced new dates for their postponed co-headline "State of Unrest" tour with LAMB OF GOD, and special guests THY ART IS MURDER and GATECREEPER. The European tour will now take place in November/December 2022.
Dates and tickets: stateofunresttour.com
DIGITAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF OZZY's "Diary Of A Madman"
Ozzy Osbourne will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his 1981 album "Diary Of A Madman" with an updated digital release that includes a new track: a live version of his Mainstream Rock Top 5 hit "Flying High Again".
At the same time comes news of a collaboration with Dogtown, available this Friday. The Ozzy x Dogtown collection comes as an homage to Ozzy's music being the soundtrack to skateboarding for more than 40 years. The collaboration features skateboard decks and clothing.
More info here: ozzy.com
Oct. 26, 2021
W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCES 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN EUROPE
June 26, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of W.A.S.P. This will be celebrated with "40 Years Live World Tour 2022", which kicks off in Milan, Italy on March 18. This first leg of dates will see the band hit Italy, Spain, Ireland, North Ireland, United Kingdom, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria. More dates and a U.S. tour will be announced soon.
Further details here: waspnation.com/tour
Oct. 25, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH NIGHTRAGE IN FEBRUARY
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal veterans NIGHTRAGE will release their new album, "Abyss Rising", on February 18 via Despotz Records.
U.D.O. ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR EUROPE
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. have announced new tour dates for Europe. The tour will start in Paris on March 7, and will last until May 10 when they play in Pratteln.
METALLICA ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED DATES FOR SOUTH AMERICA
METALLICA have announced new tour dates for South America. The tour will happen in April/May, and there will be 6 shows with stops in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
Dates etc.: talli.ca/south-america-2022
SKID ROW BOX SET
SKID ROW's most beloved, iconic, and previously hard-to-find releases from the late 80s and early 90s are being released in a brand new box set. "The Atlantic Years 1989-1996" LP and CD box set arrives on December 3, and includes the following records: "Skid Row", "Slave To The Grind", "B-Side Ourselves", "Subhuman Race" and "Subhuman Beings On Tour!!".
SAHARA HOTNIGHTS ARE BACK
Swedish all-female rock band SAHARA HOTNIGHTS will be back with a new single, "Reverie", on January 14. If it will rock is a good question though, as they became more of a pop band after a few albums.
GBH ANNOUNCES FRENCH TOUR
British punk legends GBH are going to France in January 2022 for a little tour.
Oct. 23, 2021
DEICIDE TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "Legion" WITH TOUR
In 2022, Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on a special tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their second album, "Legion". The Glen Benton-fronted outfit will perform the LP in its entirety, along with other tracks from the band's catalog.
Oct. 22, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH SCORPIONS NEXT MONTH
SCORPIONS' new single, "Peacemaker", which was originally scheduled for release yesterday (October 21), will now arrive on November 4.
"Peacemaker" is the first single from SCORPIONS' 19th studio album, "Rock Believer", which will be issued on February 11, 2022.
Pre-save the single here: presave.umusic.com/scorpions-peacemaker
FILM ABOUT OZZY AND SHARON OSBOURNE IN THE WORKS
Sony Pictures and Polygram Entertainment are developing a biopic chronicling the extraordinary life of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, and the love story between him and his wife, Sharon. The film will be written by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (Billy Elliot).
Featuring music from BLACK SABBATH as well as Osbourne's solo career, the film is being produced by Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne (Osbourne Media) and Aimée Osbourne along with Michele Anthony and David Blackman on behalf of Polygram Entertainment.
THE HELLACOPTERS SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Swedish action rock heros The HELLACOPTERS have signed with Nuclear Blast Records, who will release the band's first album with original material since 2005s "Rock And Roll Is Dead". They plan to release the album in the first half of 2022.
And their classic third album, "Grande Rock", has been released on digital platforms today. There will be a physical re-release later on.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN POSTPONE LA SHOWS AFTER SERJ TANKIAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
SYSTEM OF A DOWN has been forced to postpone this coming weekend's Los Angeles concerts to next February after singer Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19.
Read more: facebook.com/SerjTankian
Oct. 21, 2021
THE QUIREBOYS COMES TO SWEDEN
British rock veterans The QUIREBOYS are coming to Sweden in December for 3 shows. The dates are:
Dec. 16 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
Dec. 17 - Palatset, Linköping
Dec. 18 - KB, Malmö
MANOWAR UNABLE TO PERFORM IN BULGARIA
MANOWAR will not be able to perform the previously scheduled open air performance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on July 4, 2022 due to the promoters' failure to fulfill their contractual obligations.
MANOWAR's new studio release will feature a song dedicated to the Bulgarian Manowarriors called "The Sword Of Spartacus", named after the famed gladiator and national hero.
For all tour details and ticket links go to: manowar.com/tour
NEW SONG WITH ASTRAL DOORS
Swedish heavy rockers ASTRAL DOORS will release a new single, "Welcome To The Astral Kingdom", tomorrow (Oct. 22). But you can already now check out the video: youtube.com/watch?v=3jZIcIIP3iQ
NEW DATE FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
The Punk Illegal festival will now take place on July 8-9, 2022 at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden. Most bands booked for 2021 have been re-confirmed for 2022. Full lineup to be announced later..
NEW SINGLE WITH ARCH ENEMY
A new single with the melodic death metal band ARCH ENEMY, "Deceiver, Deceiver", is out today.
Check it out: archenemy.lnk.to/DeceiverDeceiver-Single
A video for the song will premiere at 6pm CET on YouTube.
Oct. 20, 2021
UK SUBS KICK OUT DRUMMER
Long running British punk rockers UK SUBS have fired drummer Jamie Oliver.
On Friday, Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed in a surpirse ambush attack, which is being treated by authorities as a terroristic act. After the attack, Oliver posted a statement on social media making light of the situation, which has since been removed. After this post was made, UK SUBS made the decision to remove the drummer from the band.
NEW SINGLE WITH BOTTLECAP NEXT MONTH
Swedish high energy punk rockers BOTTLECAP will release a new single, "No Cuts", on November 5.
Oct. 19, 2021
IN FLAMES TO RE-RELEASE ALL ALBUMS FROM 1994 TO 2008
Swedish metal legends IN FLAMES will reissue all their albums from 1998-2004 on November 26. These albums will be available on CD.
You can pre-order here: inflames.com/reissues
Oct. 18, 2021
MAIDAVALE GOING TO FRANCE
Swedish retro blues rockers MAIDAVALE are going to France for a short 5-date tour next month. You should check them out.
Dates here: facebook.com/maidavaleswe
THE DAMNED RECORDING NEW ALBUM
British punk rock legends The DAMNED are currently recording a new album for release next year. It will be the first album with their new drummer, which they have not revealed yet. The album will be followed by a tour in 2022.
The band is also working on a new CD/DVD, "The Palladium", which will also be released in 2022.
The 4 original members of The DAMNED will reunite for 5 shows in the UK in February.
MICHAEL MONROE TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe will enter the studio in the beginning of November to record a new album with his band. It will be released next spring.
UGLY KID JOE CONFIRMED FOR ATLAS ROCK
American rock band UGLY KID JOE have been confirmed for Atlas Rock, which happens in Gävle, Sweden on June 4, 2022.
Confirmed since earlier are Alice Cooper, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and POWERWOLF. More acts will be announced soon..
Oct. 16, 2021
THE HEADLINES GOING TO UKRAINE
Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES will do a short 4-date tour in Ukraine in November.
Dates here: facebook.com/TheHeadlinesSWE
THE DAHMERS TO SUPPORT THE HIVES ON EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish horror garage rockers The DAHMERS will be support act for The HIVES on their European tour in November/December.
The DAHMERS will also do a Halloween special at Plan B in Malmö, Sweden on October 30.
Dates: facebook.com/Dahmers thehives.com
NEW ALBUM WITH VÄNSTERNÄVEN IN NOVEMBER
Swedish punk rockers VÄNSTERNÄVEN will finally release a new album, "Sånt Är Livet", on November 5.
You can pre-save it now on Spotify: share.amuse.io/qDq7crwWW7Qe
VINCE NEIL BREAKS RIBS IN STAGE FALL
MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil suffered a serious injury when he fell off the stage during his solo band's performance last night (Friday, October 15) at the Monsters On The Mountain festival at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Neil was taken away in an ambulance, while the band reportedly finished its Monsters On The Mountain set, with guitarist Jeff Blando taking over lead vocal duties.
QUEENSRŸCHE DRUMMER SUES GUITARIST AND BASSIST
Founding QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield has filed a lawsuit against the band's fellow original members Michael Wilton (guitar) and Eddie Jackson (bass), alleging, among other things, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful discharge.
In the complaint Rockenfield claims that he took paternal leave of absence from QUEENSRŸCHE in February 2017 after his fiancée experienced complications during the birth of their son and had to have an emergency Cesarean delivery. According to the drummer, his leave of absence was approved by the members of QUEENSRŸCHE and he was to retain an equal one-third interest in all QUEENSRŸCHE companies (QR Companies), including Tri-Ryche Corporation, Melodisc LTD., Queensryche Merchandising, Inc., EMS Music, LLC and Queensryche Holdings, LLC.
Oct. 15, 2021
EX-TROUBLE SINGER ERIC WAGNER's SOLO ALBUM TO RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS RELEASE
Cruz Del Sur Music will release legendary former TROUBLE singer Eric Wagner's posthumous solo album, "In The Lonely Light Of Mourning", in March 2022.
Recorded at Alpha Sound Services and Aardvark Recording, "In The Lonely Light Of Mourning" was completed and delivered to Cruz Del Sur Music a month before Eric's untimely passing. Initially scheduled for a November 2021 release, Cruz Del Sur Music - in cooperation with Eric's manager, Mike Smith - agreed to move the release date to March 2022 to give it the attention it deserves.
OFFICIAL OBITUARY BIOGRAPHY DUE IN JANUARY
Decibel Books has announced the publication of "Turned Inside Out: The Official Story Of Obituary", the fully authorized biography of Tampa, Florida death metal institution OBITUARY.
David E. Gehlke - author of "Damn The Machine: The Story Of Noise Records" and "No Celebration: The Official Story Of Paradise Lost" - provides an unprecedented look at the death metal legends through all-new, in-depth interviews with band members past and present, recording engineers, scene contemporaries and music industry veterans who've worked directly with the band throughout OBITUARY's nearly 4-decade career.
Packed with hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos, as well as a foreword from Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), the 328-page hardcover book is exclusively available for pre-order now via decibelmagazine.com. Copies are expected to ship in early January.
NAZARETH ANNOUNCES DANISH SHOWS NEXT MONTH
Scottish hard rock legends NAZARETH are going to play 3 shows in Denmark next month. The dates are:
Nov. 4 - Portalen, Creve
Nov. 5 - Fuglsøcentret, Knebel
Nov. 6 - Gazzværket, Aabenrå
MÄRVEL RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
Swedish high energy rockers MÄRVEL has re-released their 2005 debut album, "Five Smell City", via The Sign Records. CD and digital version is out now, LP will arrive in December.
Oct. 14, 2021
RATT SINGER STEPHEN PEARCY ANNOUNCES SHORT U.S. TOUR
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and his solo band will embark on a short East Coast tour in early December. So far, the following dates have been announced:
Dec. 01 - Jergels Rhythm & Grille - Warrendale, PA
Dec. 03 - Showplace Theater - Buffalo, NY
Dec. 04 - Keg's Canalside - Jordan, NY
Dec. 05 - Vault Music Hall - New Bedford, MA
LARS FREDERICKSEN DETAILS NEW SOLO EP
Lars Fredericksen of American punk rockers RANCID has detailed his solo EP. It has 6 tracks, including some "reworked" previously released songs and some covers. It's called "To victory", and it's out November 19 via Pirates Press.
CANDLEMASS AND ROTTING CHRIST TO HEADLINE NÆSTVED METALFEST
CANDLEMASS and ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed as headliners at Næstved Metalfest, which will be held at Grønnegade Kulturcenter in Næstved, Denmark on August 19-20, 2022.
Among the other confirmed acts are DAGOBA, GRAVE, RAUNCHY, WITHERING SURFACE, TIMECHILD, DETEST etc.
More info and tickets: naestvedmetalfest.dk
ENTOMBED CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
ENTOMBED are going to do a unique performance at Gefle Metal Festival next summer, where they will headline on July 14. The band will consist of former members and guests.
The festival take place at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on July 14-16, 2022. Confirmed since earlier are EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, MAYHEM, DEICIDE, EXODUS, MARDUK, UNLEASHED, TRIBULATION, LOK, THYRFING, ANGELUS APATRIDA, SISTER SIN, ICE AGE etc.
More info and tickets: geflemetalfestival.se
Oct. 13, 2021
THE ADICTS CANCEL ALL UPCOMING SHOWS
British punk rock veterans The ADICTS have to cancel all forthcoming concerts due to injuries incurred to guitarist Pete Dee in a vehicle collision.
Pete has been undergoing months of treatment for multiple injuries and has been making slow, but good progress. At this moment in time his shoulder injuries make it impossible for him to perform.
The band is working on releasing a remastered "Songs of Praise" album on digital and vinyl, and also working on an epic full length live album that Pete is remastering.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM PULLS OUT OF EURO TOUR WITH ACCEPT
Arizona thrash veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have pulled out of their previously announced European tour as the support act for ACCEPT due to circumstances beyond their control.
The trek was scheduled to kick off on January 15 in Oberhausen, Germany and conclude on Febraury 28 in Kiev, Ukraine.
AVATAR POSTPONES SHOWS AFTER SINGER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Swedish metal band AVATAR have postponed the last 5 shows on their "Going Hunting" U.S. tour after the band's lead singer Johannes Eckerström tested positive for COVID-19.
Affected shows are October 12-18, 2021.
Oct. 12, 2021
I have not found any interesting news since Friday (Oct. 8). Strange..
There's over 800 reviews just from 2021 that you can read though.
Oct. 8, 2021
VANDENBERG RECRUITS EX-CANDLEMASS SINGER MATS LEVÉN
Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, LORDS OF BLACK, SUNSTORM) is no longer a member of Dutch melodic hard rockers VANDENBERG. New singer is Mats Levén (PRINS SVART, ex-CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, THERION, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
VANDENBERG are currently working on their fifth album.
RUTS DC ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
British punk rock veterans RUTS DC (aka The RUTS) will be touring in Germany in October 2022.
Oct. 7, 2021
HOT BREATH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SPIDERS
Gothenburg rockers HOT BREATH and SPIDERS will team up for a European tour next summer. Most shows will be in Germany, but they will also visit Belgium and the Netherlands.
JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST RICHIE FAULKNER DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL
Richie Faulkner is now resting at home in Nashville following emergency heart surgery at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
On September 26, the JUDAS PRIEST guitarist suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during a performance at the Louder Than Life festival, just a short distance from the hospital.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE THREE TREMORS NEXT MONTH
The THREE TREMORS - the project featuring acclaimed heavy metal singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, Yngwie Malmsteen), Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (JAG PANZER) and Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck (CAGE, DEATH DEALER, DENNER/SHERMANN) - will release its second album, "Guardians Of The Void", on November 5 via Steel Cartel Records.
The video for the single "Bone Breaker" can be seen here: youtu.be/SUWflX6uJqk
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS RECRUITS NEW SINGER FOR UK TOUR
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS welcome BOOTYARD BANDITS vocalist Joel Peters to the fold for their upcoming UK tour.
The tour kick off in Buckley on November 4, and will last until November 20 when they visit Swansea.
Dates and tickets: philcampbell.net
Oct. 6, 2021
COVERS ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE IN NOVEMBER
It has now been officially confirmed that DEEP PURPLE will release a covers album, titled "Turning To Crime". It will be released via earMUSIC on November 26, and will include covers of artists like Bob Dylan, FLEETWOOD MAC, CREAM, The YARDBIRDS and BOB SEGER SYSTEM, among others.
The first single, "7 And 7 Is" (originally by LOVE), is out today.
SPIDERS, HENRIK PALM, NIGHT AND HOT BREATH CONFIRMED FOR ALLAHELGONS MUSKELROCK
The people behind the Muskelrock festival will arrange Allahelgons Muskelrock at Folkets Hus in Alvesta, Sweden on November 6. Bands that will play are SPIDERS, Henrik Palm, NIGHT and HOT BREATH. There will be other funny stuff too.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCES UK SHOWS
Yngwie Malmsteen are going to the UK for the first time in over 5 years. 2 shows have been announced:
March 11, 2022 - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
March 13, 2022 - O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
MOTÖRHEAD's COVER OF DAVID BOWIE's "Heroes" SURPASSES 50 MILLION VIEWS ON YouTube
MOTÖRHEAD's cover of the David Bowie song "Heroes" has surpassed 50 million views on the band's YouTube channel.
BULLET GUITARIST ALEX LEAVE THE BAND
Alexander Lyrbo, guitarist for Swedish heavy metal band BULLET, has decided to leave the band after 8 years.
Oct. 5, 2021
IRON LAMB GOT A NEW GUITARIST
Swedish rock and/or roll (as they call their music) band IRON LAMB have parted ways with guitarist Jens, who decided to step down after 10 years with the band. New guitarist is Victor Larsson.
D-A-D ANNOUCES SWEDISH TOUR WITH SATOR
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will team up with Swedish rock veterans SATOR for a tour in Sweden in September 2022. They will visit 5 places, and tickets go on sale this Friday, October 8.
The schedule looks like this:
Sept. 9 - Annexet, Stockholm
Sept. 10 - Dalhalla, Rättvik
Sept. 16 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Sept. 17 - Partille Arene, Göteborg
Sept. 23 - KB, Malmö
Oct. 4, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS ADDS MORE DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American punk legends CIRCLE JERKS have announced their first and only North American tour in over 15 years, which is set to take place spring 2022. The dates span both coasts and (mostly) everywhere in between with support from NEGATIVE APPROACH and 7SECONDS who will be reuniting for the first time in over 5 years. Tickets for the new shows go on sale this Friday, October 8.
CIRCLE JERKS' landmark record "Group Sex" turned 40 last fall. The band will be on tour this fall with ADOLESCENTS, NEGATIVE APPROACH and MUNICIPAL WASTE in celebration of its anniversary and the commemorative reissue.
The current live lineup is vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson (BAD RELIGION, REDD KROSS), bassist Zander Schloss (The WEIRDOS, Joe Strummer) and drummer Joey Castillo (The BRONX, QOTSA, DANZIG, BL'AST!, WASTED YOUTH).
Dates and tickets: circlejerks.net
DIGITAL REMASTER OF MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Shout At The Devil"
MÖTLEY CRÜE continues its 40th anniversary celebration with the release of the digital remaster of its iconic album "Shout At The Devil".
The new remaster join the recently released digital remasters of "Dr. Feelgood", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Theatre Of Pain", which kicked off the band's 40th-anniversary celebrations earlier this year.
The celebrations will culminate with the digital remaster of their album "Too Fast For Love", arriving exactly 40 years to the original release date of November 10, 1981.
NEW ALBUM WITH SABATON IN MARCH
Swedish metal band SABATON will release their new album, "The War To End All Wars", on March 4, 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records.
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Billy Idol have announced a European tour in June/July 2022.
More info here: billyidol.net/tour
Oct. 3, 2021
LIVE ALBUM WITH VADER LATER THIS MONTH
Polish death metal legends VADER have announced the release of a live album, called "Blitzkrieg in Texas: Live 2005", coming out on October 21.
Upcoming tour dates: vader.pl
Oct. 2, 2021
SAVATAGE SINGER JON OLIVA ARRESTED FOR DUI AND COCAINE POSSESSION
According to the web site of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, legendary SAVATAGE singer John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva was arrested earlier this week on the west central coast of Florida for driving under the influence as well as possession of a controlled substance.
The Pasco County Jail web site shows the 62-year-old musician was arrested at 3:43 a.m. on Thursday (September 30) and was released on bail less than 24 hours later - at 12:34 a.m. on Friday (October 1).
Police charged Oliva with possession of cocaine, which is a felony, and DUI, which is a misdemeanor.
TESTAMENT, EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The North American leg of the "Bay Strikes Back" tour featuring TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL has been postponed until 2022. But the trio of bands will perform as scheduled at Sacramento's Aftershock festival on Thursday, October 7, as well as the hometown show scheduled for November 27 at Fox Oakland. All other dates have been rebooked beginning in April, and will include additional cities not originally scheduled for the tour.
Further details here: testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us
DAVID LEE ROTH TO RETIRE AFTER VEGAS SHOWS
VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth says that he will retire after the last concert of his Las Vegas residency in January.
Oct. 1, 2021
4-WAY SPLIT WITH KARDBORREBANDET, LEFT HAND BLACK, MÄHÄLIUM AND THE RECKLESS STATE
Grönpeppar Records will release 4 EPs on 1 album with Swedish punk bands KARDBORREBANDET, LEFT HAND BLACK, MÄHÄLIUM and The RECKLESS STATE. The album will go under the name "Tolv Tum Punk Vol. 1", and will be released on vinyl. No release date has been announced yet..
DISCHARGE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
According to Punknews.org, British d-beat hardcore/punk legends DISCHARGE have announced a UK tour in April/May 2022. The tour will celebrate 40 years of their 1982 album "Hear Nothing, See Nothing Say Nothing".
I still haven's found those dates on their Facebook page. But there's a UK tour now in October though.
BOOK BY NAPALM DEATH's SHANE EMBURY
NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has been a major figure in grindcore for more than 4 decades, and his story is closely tied to the history of that scene. Tentatively due in 2022 via Rocket 88, a new book called "Life? ... & Napalm Death" will take the reader on a front seat, white-knuckle ride through the sights, sounds, places and people who have been central to the music and the life. Told in his own, inimitable style, this is not just the life story of Shane, but also a history of NAPALM DEATH and the development of death metal and grindcore from their beginnings to the present.
For more information, visit: shanenapalmdeathbook.com
NARNIA TO CELEBRATE 25 WITH COMPILATION ALBUM
Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA celebrate their 25-year anniversary with a 30-track compilation, "Soli Deo Gloria", which will be released on November 5.
The band is also working on their 9th studio album, scheduled for release in 2022.
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED DATES FOR EUROPE
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS have announced new dates for their European tour, which will now take place in September/October 2022.
Full tour schedule and other details at: thestranglers.co.uk
SEPT. 30, 2021
MARDUK GOING TO RUSSIA
Swedish black metal legends MARDUK are going to Russia for 2 shows in March 2022. The dates are:
March 17 - Aurora, St. Petersburg
March 18 - Urban, Moscow
NEW SONG WITH GHOST
GHOST have released a new song called "Hunter's Moon". The track, which was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace, is featured in the latest blockbuster installment of the legendary film franchise "Halloween Kills".
The "Halloween Kills" soundtrack is set to arrive October 15 via Sacred Bones, with the film hitting theaters (and Peacock) the same day as well.
CHELSEA TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF "Evacuate"
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA are going to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the "Evacuate" album by playing the whole album live. This will happen at Camden Underworld in London, England on April 9, 2022.
SEPT. 29, 2021
JOHNNY RAMONE'S GUITAR SELLS FOR NEARLY A MILLION
Johnny Ramone's "Number One" Mosrite guitar sold for $937,500 at a September 25 auction from Boston-based RR Auction.
The 1965 Mosrite Ventures II electric guitar was personally owned and used by Johnny Ramone (real name: John Cummings) for nearly 2 decades as the guitarist for punk rock legends RAMONES.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE PAST
Swedish punk rock veterans The PAST will release a new vinyl LP. Title and artwork seems to be too much to publish, but pre-sale will start in the end of October. It will be available in a limited edition via Grönpeppar Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH SCORPIONS IN FEBRUARY
Long-running German hard rockers SCORPIONS will release a new album, "Rock Believer", on February 11, 2022. The first single, "Peacemaker", will be available on October 21, 2021.
The album will be followed by a world tour in 2022, which will start with 9 shows in Las Vegas in March. After that they will be touring in Europe.
More information at: the-scorpions.com or the-scorpionscommunity.com
EX-UK SUBS GUITARIST DARRELL BATH IS DEAD
Former UK SUBS guitarist Darrell Bath has passed away in his sleep.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CONFIRMED FOR ATLAS ROCK
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have been confirmed for Atlas Rock, which happens at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on June 4, 2022.
Confirmed since earlier are Alice Cooper and POWERWOLF. More acts will be announced soon..
SEPT. 28, 2021
NEW EP WITH M:40 IN OCTOBER
Swedish crust punks M:40 are still around, and will release a new EP, "Dödens Bleka Häst", digitally on October 28. It will also be released on 10" vinyl later via Halvfabrikat Records and Phobia Records.
facebook.com/m40band halvfabrikat.net phobiarecords.net
DAVID LEE ROTH GOES BACK TO LAS VEGAS
VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth will return to Mandalay Bay's House Of Blues in Las Vegas for a new series of shows that will kick off with a New Year's Eve performance, followed by four concerts in January 2022.
The dates are: December 31, 2021 and January 1, 5, 7-8, 2022.
JUDAS PRIEST FORCED TO POSTPONE U.S. TOUR, RICHIE FAULKNER HOSPITALIZED
JUDAS PRIEST have to postpone the rest of their U.S. tour. Guitarist Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues, which have landed him in hospital where he is being treated.
As soon as the band have any updates from Richie's doctors on when they can reschedule the dates they will announce them.
SEPT. 27, 2021
THE STRANGLERS POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES TO 2022
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are disappointed to announce that, due to ongoing local Covid concerns and travel restrictions across the continent, they have to greatly alter their scheduled European tour later this year.
In discussions with the various local promoters, it was decided that the band have no choice but to reschedule the majority of the tour until mid to late 2022, and details of the new shows will be announced later this week.
However, it was felt that, with only 1 border crossing to undertake, fewer entry and exit requirements and having multiple shows in the same country, The STRANGLERS would be able to proceed with the French run as planned. So the details for these 7 shows remain unaffected.
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Billy Idol will take his "The Roadside Tour" to the UK in June 2022. Special guests will be The GO GO'S.
Dates and ticket info: billyidol.net
NEW ALBUM WITH DIAMOND DOGS IN JANUARY
Swedish rock n roll veterans DIAMOND DOGS will release their 14th album, "Slap Bang Blue Rendezvous", on January 21, 2022 via Wild Kingdom Records. It's a double album with as much as 24 songs.
RITCHIE BLACKMORE PHOTO BOOK COMING IN DECEMBER
Rufus Publications and Ross Halfin have announced a new, limited-edition book, "Ritchie Blackmore By Ross Halfin", featuring hundreds of unseen images from Ross's extensive library.
This new book is an intimate portrait of Blackmore both on and off stage and captures the brilliance and madness of RAINBOW during those years. Ross had unparalleled access for several years and the images in this book often show Ritchie as you've never seen him before. It finishes with shots of early BLACKMORE'S NIGHT in action.
The book will go on pre-sale on Wednesday, September 29 and will ship in mid-December.
SEPT. 26, 2021
NEW EP WITH GUNS N' ROSES IN FEBRUARY
GUNS N' ROSES will release a new 4-song EP, "Hard Skool", on February 25, 2022. The effort, which is exclusive to the GUNS N' ROSES official store, will contain 2 new songs, the title track and "Absurd", as well as live versions of "Don't Cry" and "You're Crazy".
EX-STATUS QUO BASSIST ALAN LANCASTER IS DEAD
Former STATUS QUO bassist Alan Lancaster has passed away at the age of 72.
Alan suffered for many years with Multiple Sclerosis, but in spite of his illness was able to play a series of concerts with the original "Frantic Four" in 2013/2014.
SEPT. 25, 2021
MEGADETH AND LAMB OF GOD POSTPONE CANADA
The last 3 shows of "The Metal Tour Of The Year", featuring MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD, have been postponed to spring 2022 due to restrictions in the Quebec province and international logistical issues.
DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM?
According to a since-deleted product page on the web site of the French retail chain FNAC, DEEP PURPLE's next studio effort will be an album of covers titled "Turning To Crime". Due on November 26 via earMUSIC, the LP will contain DEEP PURPLE's versions of great rock classics and musical jewels - including songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, FLEETWOOD MAC, Bob Seger, CREAM and The YARDBIRDS - carefully chosen by each member of the band.
The official "Turning To Crime" announcement is expected on October 6 at turningtocrime.com
SEPT. 24, 2021
MINISTRY POSTPONE U.S. TOUR TO NEXT YEAR
Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band, fans and venue staff, MINISTRY's upcoming tour - scheduled to kick off in October - has been moved to March and April 2022. MELVINS and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will now appear on all show dates as the tour's special guests.
Each show date will celebrate 30 years of MINISTRY's landmark album "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" as well as debut new songs from the forthcoming 15th studio album, "Moral Hygiene", out October 1 via Nuclear Blast Records.
New dates, tickets and other details: ministryband.com/tour
MESHUGGAH CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
MESHUGGAH have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which happens at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on July 14-16, 2022.
Among the other acts are EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, EXODUS, DEICIDE, MARDUK, UNLEASHED, TRIBULATION, LOK, ANGELUS APATRIDA, SISTER SIN, ICE AGE etc.
Tickets and more info: geflemetalfestival.se
NEW ALBUM WITH THÅSTRÖM IN NOVEMBER
Swedish rock icon Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET etc) release a new single today, "Papperstunna Väggar". The song is a duet with Swedish pop artist Tityo, and is taken from his new album, "Dom Som Skiner", which will be released on November 11.
SEPT. 23, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH 23 TILL
Swedish punk rock/power pop veterans 23 TILL will release a new single, "Nån Annan", on Friday, September 24.
BOMBUS AND LOK CONFIRMED FOR DOWNTOWN RIOT
The new festival Downtown Riot have announced the first 3 bands: BOMBUS, LOK and VA ROCKS. More bands will be announced soon..
Downtown Riot will happen at Fållan/Slakthusområdet in Stockholm, Sweden on May 6-7, 2022.
NEW SINGLE WITH GUNS N' ROSES
According to Spotify, a new GUNS N' ROSES song called "Hard Skool" will be released on Friday, September 24. The track, which had the working title "Jackie Chan", was originally recorded during GN'R's "Chinese Democracy" era but was eventually omitted from that album.
30th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS OF NIRVANA's "Nevermind"
Beginning November 12, Geffen/UMe commemorates the 30th anniversary of the NIRVANA classic "Nevermind" with several multi-format reissues. A total of 94 audio and video tracks - 70 previously unreleased - will be made available across configurations ranging from super deluxe editions to standard digital/CD and single disc vinyl with bonus 7". In all formats, "Nevermind" is newly remastered from the original half-inch stereo analog tapes to high-resolution 192kHz 24-bit.
Among the previously unreleased material exclusive to various versions of the 30th-anniversary editions are 4 complete live shows that document NIRVANA's historic ascension on the concert stage: "Live In Amsterdam, Netherlands", "Live In Del Mar, California", "Live in Melbourne, Australia For Triple J" and "Live In Tokyo, Japan".
For pre-orders, full track listings and release dates for all configurations, go to: nirvana.lnk.to/Nevermind30thPR
NEW SINGLE WITH TROUBLEMAKERS
Swedish punk rock legends TROUBLEMAKERS will release a new song, "Drömmarnas Bar", on Friday, September 24. The song is taken from their upcoming album, "En Sista Skål".
CRASHDÏET SIGNS WITH A CRUSADER AND A GOLDEN ROBOT
Swedish sleaze/hard rockers CRASHDÏET have signed a worldwide deal with Crusader Records/Golden Robot Records. A new studio album will be released in early 2022.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RATT SINGER STEPHEN PEARCY
"Nothing To Lose - A Stephen Pearcy Rockumentary" is available now on ASY TV on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick or at ASYTV.com
SEPT. 22, 2021
KISS BIOPIC WILL FOCUS ON FIRST 4 YEARS
KISS's longtime manager Doc McGhee spoke to Talking Metal about the band's upcoming biopic "Shout It Out Loud". The film, which recently landed at Netflix, will be directed by Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian filmmaker whose credits include "Kon-Tiki", "Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales". The script is written by Ole Sanders.
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS POSTPONE SHOWS DUE TO DELTA VIRUS
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS have announced that all of their 2021 shows after September 28 will be postponed due to the Delta variant of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates are not yet available..
RUSH's GEDDY LEE TO RELEASE MEMOIR NEXT YEAR
RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee will release a memoir in the fall of 2022. The book will be edited by Noah Eaker and made available via HarperCollins.
SEPT. 21, 2021
KREATOR RECORDING NEW ALBUM
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have entered Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany to begin recording their new album for a tentative early 2022 release. Helming the sessions is Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, CODE ORANGE, POWER TRIP and SOULFLY, among others.
NEW INTERVIEW WITH AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
Yes! After something like 1 and a half week they finally answered. So now a new interview with Australian punk band AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS is available.
Check it out!
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST FINLAND
There will be a Knotfest in Turku, Finland on August 12-13, 2022. Confirmed bands so far are: SLIPKNOT, NIGHTWISH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, ARCH ENEMY, STAMINA and BLIND CHANNEL. More to be announced..
SEPT. 20, 2021
NEW SONG WITH THE DRIPPERS ON FRIDAY
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS release a new song, "Time For Some Action", on Friday, Septemeber 24.
COCKNEY REJECTS ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
British Oi! punk legends COCKNEY REJECTS are coming to Sweden for a short 4-date tour in March 2022. The dates are:
March 10 - Plan B, Malmö
March 11 - Ringön, Göteborg
March 12 - The Crypt, Linköping
March 13 - Debaser, Stockholm
BLACK STAR RIDERS SIGNS WITH EARACHE
Hard rock group BLACK STAR RIDERS (with members from THIN LIZZY) have signed a multi-album worldwide recording deal with Earache Records.
BLACK STAR RIDERS are due to enter the studio in LA on October 14 with long-term producer Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP, ANTHRAX) to begin recording the follow-up to 2019s "Another State of Grace". The album will be released in early 2023.
The new album will feature a different lineup from the band's previous releases, due to founder and lead guitarist Scott Gorham's (THIN LIZZY) decision to step down from all recording and touring commitments with the band.
LEE AARON TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Canadian vocalist Lee Aaron are going to release a Christmas album, "Almost Christmas", on November 26 via Metalville Records. The album features covers of various Christmas songs, but not just the usual songs. There's also 2 new songs from Lee.
VÄRLDEN BRINNER IN ENGLISH
Swedish punk rockers VÄRLDEN BRINNER are going to release 3 songs in English (they usually sing in Swedish). The first single, "Die Or Live", will be released on Friday, September 24.
Pre-save the single: distrokid.com/hyperfollow/vrldenbrinner/die-or-live
ELECTRIC WIZARD, KADAVAR, WITCHCRAFT AND ORANGE GOBLIN CONFIRMED FOR DESERTFEST BERLIN
After losing 2 festival years due to Covid-19, Desertfest Berlin is going to strike back, and has added a massive first list of bands to their eclectic line-up and 10th anniversary edition in 2022. The festival has also been extended from 3 to 4 days.
Among the first 25 confirmed acts are ELECTRIC WIZARD, KADAVAR, WITCHCRAFT, ORANGE GOBLIN, YOB, TRUCKFIGHTERS, ELDER, STÖNER, MAIDAVALE, 24/7 DIVA HEAVEN etc.
More info: desertfest.de
GHOST ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH VOLBEAT
GHOST will be hitting the road in the U.S. with VOLBEAT starting Jan 25, 2022 in Reno, NV and finishing in Anaheim, CA on March 3.
Tickets on sale Friday, September 24 at: found.ee/Ghost_Tour
SEPT. 19, 2021
EX-ACCEPT MEMBERS HERMAN FRANK AND DAVID REECE UNITED IN NEW BAND
Former ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reece have joined forces in a new band called IRON ALLIES. Also involved with the project are bassist Donnie Van Stavern (RIOT) and drummer Francesco Jovino (U.D.O., PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE, JORN).
DISCOGRAPHY CD WITH BESK IN OCTOBER
Swedish record label Halvfabrikat Records will release their 100th release, which will be a discography CD with Swedish anarcho punks BESK. It's titled "What went wrong 1996-2000", and will be released on October 1.
This is BESK's complete discography - 1 demo, 2 EPs and 1 album, plus 2 previously unreleased songs - A total of 29 tracks.
Read more and pre-order: halvfabrikat.net
2 ALBUMS WITH ADRESTIA NEXT YEAR
Swedish crust punk/death metal band ADRESTIA will not release just 1 but 2 new albums in 2022 - "III: The Betrayal" and "IV: The Mark Of Cain". They were both recorded at the same time, and will be released on vinyl by Alerta Antifascista in Europe and Ar Stailc in North America.
The albums also features collaborations with guest musicians such as Tomas Jonsson (ANTI CIMEX, WOLFPACK), Mattias Frödén (GRÄNSLANDET, MALEO, NATTRAMN, MYTERI) and Inga Radzivilovica.
SEPT. 18, 2021
U.D.O. POSTPONE RUSSIAN TOUR AGAIN
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. (with ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider) has once again been forced to postpone their planned tour of Russia. All shows are now postponed to February 2022.
New dates here: facebook.com/udoonline
SEPT. 17, 2021
HORISONT SAYS GOODBYE
After 15 years, 2 EPs and 6 LPs, Swedish hard rockers HORISONT has decided to do their 2 last shows. The first gig will be at Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden on October 30. And their very last performance will be at the Muskelrock festival in the summer of 2022.
Read more: facebook.com/horisontmusic
KISS TO RELEASE 45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF "Destroyer"
Celebrating its 45 anniversary, "Destroyer" was originally released in 1976 and is considered to be one of the quintessential KISS albums. It's the band's first album to sell 1 million copies in its first year and holds the title of being their all-time best-selling studio album.
On November 19 UMe will release "KISS - Destroyer 45th" in the form of a Super Deluxe 4-CD + Blu-ray audio box set as well as on standard double black vinyl and limited edition yellow and red double colored vinyl, 2-CD set and digital.
CD 1 includes the original album newly remastered at Abbey Road Mastering, while CD 2 features 15 demos from Paul Stanley's and Gene Simmons's personal archives - 9 of which were previously unreleased. CD 3 is packed with studio outtakes, alternate versions/mixes and single edits, and CD 4 contains an electrifying performance from the band's visit to Paris France at the L'Olympia on May 22, 1976. For the Blu-ray audio disc, Steven Wilson was brought in to create a first-ever Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original studio album plus 2 bonus tracks, "Beth (Acoustic Mix)" and "Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)".
NEW ALBUM WITH THE LURKING FEAR IN NOVEMBER
Swedish death metallers The LURKING FEAR - with members from AT THE GATES, DISFEAR, GOD MACABRE, SKITSYSTEM, TORMENTED and The HAUNTED - will return with their sophomore album, "Death, Madness, Horror, Decay", to be released worldwide on November 19 via Century Media Records.
The first single, "Cosmic Macabre", is available now: youtu.be/yp5FlevsnWU
Pre-order the album: the-lurkingfear.lnk.to/DeathMadnessHorrorDecay
NEW ALBUM WITH CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT OUT TODAY
Swedish rock band CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT release their new album, "This Will Leave A Mark", today on LP, CD, Cassette and digital via Ghost Highway Recordings/Transubstans Records.
Order here: chuckgear.com
KÖTTGROTTORNA TO RECORD NEW SONGS
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans KÖTTGROTTORNA let us know that they are still alive, and that they will enter the studio soon.
GUNS N' ROSES POSTPONES MEXICAN DATES
Due to government shut down of large gatherings and Covid restrictions, the GUNS N' ROSES October 2021 dates in Mexico will need to be rescheduled to next year.
New dates will be announced soon..
SEPT. 16, 2021
KORN REPLACES FAITH NO MORE ON WEST COAST SHOWS WITH SYSTEM OF A DOWN
KORN has replaced FAITH NO MORE as the support act for SYSTEM OF A DOWN on a short run of West Coast dates in the States this fall.
On Tuesday (Sept. 14), FAITH NO MORE canceled a number of shows that were originally scheduled for September and October, saying frontman Mike Patton is unable to perform as hoped due to mental health issues, partially exacerbated by the pandemic.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will now play together on October 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada; October 16 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California; October 18 at Oakland Arena in Oakland, California; and on October 22 and October 23 at Banc Of California stadium in Los Angeles, California. HELMET will join the bill for the 2 Los Angeles dates.
OZZY TO UNDERGO MAJOR SURGERY
Ozzy is scheduled for a major surgery soon to help correct neck and spine issues following a 2019 fall. Those injuries have kept the legendary singer from performing live, which he miss a lot.
More happy news is that Ozzy Osbourne's latest album, last year's "Ordinary Man", was officially certified gold on September 9 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of half a million copies.
SEPT. 15, 2021
DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ENSIFERUM
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY and Finland's ENSIFERUM are teaming up for a long-awaited tour with new music to be presented live to fans across Europe. The tour kicks off April 1 in Sweden's capital Stockholm, and continues through 23 countries across Europe, ending back in Göteborg on May 27 after 53 shows.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 17. Special guests for each show will be announced shortly.
Dates here: facebook.com/dtofficial facebook.com/Ensiferum
RAVEN ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has announced the "Metal City" U.S. tour for later this fall. The trek will begin on October 20 in Louisville, Kentucky and run through November 18 in Brooklyn, New York.
Dates here: facebook.com/ravenbandofficial
THE UNDERTONES POSTPONE UK TOUR AGAIN
Pop punk legends The UNDERTONES has once again been forced to reschedule their UK tour in October, except Skegness on October 2. The tour will now happen in October 2022 instead, and the new dates are these:
29/09/22 - Birmingham, Academy
01/10/22 - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
06/10/22 - Southampton, 1865
07/10/22 Oxford, Academy
20/10/22- Norwich, Waterfront
21/10/22 - Bury, St Eds Apex
22/10/22- Bexhill, DLP
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST
Sweden-based hard rock women THUNDERMOTHER seems to have news almost every day. They have now announced that their new bassist is Mona The Demon Demona.
SEPT. 14, 2021
ENUFF Z'NUFF TO RELEASE COVERS OF THE BEATLES
That American glam rock veterans ENUFF Z'NUFF like The BEATLES is hardly a secret. So now they have decided to go all in on that fandom and have announced the release of "Enuff Z'Nuff's Hardrock Nite", a covers album of some of their favorite The BEATLES songs as well as songs from the members post-BEATLES bands.
The album will be released on November 12 (due to worldwide delays with the manufacturing of vinyl, the LP version will be released on December 10). The first single, "Cold Turkey" (PLASTIC ONO BAND cover), is available to stream wherever you listen to music online.
Pre-order/save the album here: orcd.co/hardrock
NEW ALBUM WITH UNLEASHED IN NOVEMBER
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED will release a new studio album, "No Sign Of Life", on November 12 via Napalm Records.
Check out the single "The King Lost His Crown" for a taste: youtu.be/W3fxCVGVU5U
..and if you like what you hear, pre-order here: smarturl.it/NoSignOfLife
WATCH THE DOORS LIVE IN 68 AT MOVIE THEATERS
On July 5, 1968, The DOORS lit up the storied stage of the Hollywood Bowl with a legendary performance that is widely considered to be the band's finest captured on film.
Now Trafalgar Releasing has announced that on November 4, in celebration of 50 years of The DOORS' legendary album "L.A. Woman", "The Doors: Live At The Bowl '68 Special Edition" will transform movie theaters worldwide into concert venues giving fans the closest experience to being there live alongside Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek. In addition to viewing the full concert film, this special event includes extras filmed exclusively for the big screen: a brand-new musical performance of Densmore and Krieger with special guests, plus a conversation with Densmore, Krieger and the band's manager, Jeff Jampol.
The event will be screened in cinemas around the world for 1 night only on November 4. Public tickets are on sale beginning on September 21 at thedoorsfilm.com
Rhino will also celebrate The DOORS this fall with the release of "L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)" on December 3. The 3-CD/1-LP set expands the band's legendary 6th and last studio album with more than 2 hours of newly remixed audio, taken from the original multitrack session tapes, by "L.A. Woman" album producer and engineer Bruce Botnick.
NEW INTERVIEW WITH HOOTENANNY FREAKS
I have interviewed Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band HOOTENANNY FREAKS, and this interview is in English, so everybody can read it »
Hopefully I will get the answers for another interview soon (begins to doubt it though). If not I might publish another old interview instead.
ALICE COOPER AND THE CULT ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Alice Cooper will team up with rock icons The CULT for a U.K. tour in May-June 2022.
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17, and the dates are as follows:
May 23 - Arena, Swansea
May 25 - The O2, London
May 27 - AO Arena, Manchester
May 28 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
May 30 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Jun. 01 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
VÄRLDEN BRINNER AND BJÖRNARNA REPLACE ALLVARET AND GAMLA PENGAR ON CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
ALLVARET and GAMLA PENGAR can not play at Close-Båten's punk cruise on October 21-22. VÄRLDEN BRINNER and BJÖRNARNA will play instead.
The ship will leave Stockholm, Sweden on October 21, and sail to Åbo, Finland, and will be back in Stockholm next day (Oct. 22). Among the other bands that will play are ASTA KASK, MIMIKRY, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, NO FUN AT ALL, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS etc.
There will also be a after party at Nalen in Stockholm on October 22 with LASTKAJ 14, ANTI-LAM FRONT, FRUKTANSVÄRLD, BJÖRNARNA and ETT DÖDENS MASKINERI.
NEW SINGLE WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR NEXT MONTH
Swedish street metal band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will release another single, "Dreams In Red", on October 1.
SEPT. 13, 2021
THUNDERMOTHER SINGER GUERNICA STEP ASIDE
Due to very personal health circumstances THUNDERMOTHER singer Guernica is unable to perform these following shows:
19.09. Salzburg, Wildstyle & Tattoo Messe
26.09. Wien, Wildstyle & Tattoo Messe
08.10. Freiberg, Rock, um zu helfen Festival
09.10. Västerås, Västerås Rockfest
GAMLA PENGAR TAKE A BREAK
Swedish punk rockers GAMLA PENGAR takes a rest indefinitely. It's not impossible that they will wake up sooner or later though.
SEPT. 12, 2021
SAMMY HAGAR TO PLAY ROOFTOP CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sammy Hagar will play a rooftop concert on September 22 above the Strip at Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. and run about 30 minutes. 200 invited guests and contest winners will be in attendance on the Beer Park deck. The show will also play to the pedestrian traffic across the Strip.
For the Beer Park show, Hagar will be joined by his The CIRCLE bandmates, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham (son of the late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham).
SEPT. 11, 2021
AGNOSTIC FRONT SINGER ROGER MIRET NEED SOME CASH FOR CANCER TREATMENT
Earlier this year, AGNOSTIC FRONT vocalist Roger Miret was diagnosed with cancer. A long road of tests and diagnoses led to a complex surgery and lengthy hospital stay. Even though the surgery was complicated, the results were extremely positive. The cancer was successfully removed and Roger is now in complete remission and all signs of cancer have disappeared.
But with the joy of knowing that Roger is now cancer free also comes the bitter reality of months of treatment, and Roger and his family are dealing with the financial backlash of a cancer diagnosis. Therfor a GoFundMe page has been launched where fans can donate to help Roger pay medical care costs.
SEPT. 10, 2021
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCES SPANISH TOUR DATES
Sweden-based hard rocking females THUNDERMOTHER are going to sunny Spain in March 2022. The dates are:
March 2, 2022 - Barcelona, Sala Boveda
March 3, 2022 - Valencia, Loco Club
March 4, 2022 - Madrid, Gruta77
March 5, 2022 - Bilbao, Sala Azkena Bilbao
NEW ALBUM WITH HYPOCRISY IN NOVEMBER
Swedish death metal veterans HYPOCRISY will release a new album, "Worship", on November 26 via Nuclear Blast.
The new single, "Chemical Whore", is out now on digital platforms.
Pre-order the album: hypocrisyband.com/worship
NEW ALBUM WITH BONDED IN NOVEMBER
German thrashers BONDED - with former members of SODOM - will release their sophomore album, "Into Blackness", on November 12 through Century Media Records.
To get a taste you can now listen to "Into The Blackness Of A Wartime Night" from the album: youtu.be/zN3MERohx1s
Pre-order the album: bonded.lnk.to/IntoBlacknessPR
SEPT. 9, 2021
NEW EP WITH THE AGONIST IN OCTOBER
Canadian melodic death metallers The AGONIST will release a new EP, "Days Before The World Wept", on October 15 via Napalm Records.
BOOK ABOUT EDDIE VAN HALEN IN OCTOBER
Hachette Books has set an October 5 release date for the new 336-page hardcover book "Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen" by music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill.
NEW VINYL EP WITH THE BABOON SHOW IN JANUARY
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW will release a new 2-track 7" EP, "Oddball", on January 28, 2022. The vinyl EP will include the new song "Oddball" and a cover of "Have A Party With Me" by Swedish rock legend Eddie Meduza (rip).
Pre-order starts tomorrow, September 10, and the single and video for the title track will also be available tomorrow. Pre-save: bit.ly/TheBaboonShow-Oddball
LIVE ALBUM WITH HELMET IN DECEMBER
HELMET's first official live album, "Live And Rare", will be released on November 26 via earMUSIC.
THE UNDERTONES HAVE A NEW COMPILATION IN THE WORKS
Pop punk legends The UNDERTONES are working on a new compilation, that will be called "Dig What You Need", and it's expected out later this year or early 2022.
The album is a compilation/remix of songs the band recorded and released since 1999.
SEPT. 8, 2021
MARDUK, WORMWOOD, GRÁ AND ALFAHANNE CONFIRMED FOR DECEMBER DARKNESS
December Darkness is a 2-day metal festival at Dynamo in Norrköping, Sweden, which will happen on December 17-18. Confirmed bands (so far) are MARDUK (both days), WORMWOOD, DJEVEL, GRÁ, ALFAHANNE and GODHEAD MACHINERY.
THE BABOON SHOW ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW have announced European tour dates in 2022. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 10.
For dates, try: thebaboonshow.com
There also seems to be a new EP, titled "Oddball", coming out soon..
KISS BACK ON THE ROAD
Following a 10-day quarantine, doctors have advised the KISS tour is safely set to resume this Thursday, September 9 at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
Rescheduled tour dates can now be found at: kissonline.com
EX- MÖTLEY CRÜE SINGER JOHN CORABI TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGARPHY
Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi recently completed work on his autobiography. Titled "Horseshoes And Hand Grenades", it was written with the help of MÖTLEY CRÜE historian/author Paul Miles, and is due on April 12, 2022 via Rare Bird Books.
SEPT. 7, 2021
ROB MILLER RETURN TO CHELSEA
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA welcome Rob Miller back to the band. Rob was the second guitarist on their "The Alternative" tour and on the "Traitors Gate" album.
Rob will play his first gig with CHELSEA in 26 years at Hope & Anchor on September 24.
NEW SINGLE WITH E-FORCE NEXT WEEK
Thrash metal band E-FORCE (with Eric Forrest from VOIVOD) will release a new single, "Traumatized", on September 17. The song is taken from their upcoming album, "Mindbender", which will be released via Mighty Music on November 19.
Pre-save "Traumatized": bfan.link/traumatized
Pre-order the album: targetshop.dk/e-force
SEPT. 6, 2021
EXODUS CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
Legendary thrash icons EXODUS have been confirmed for next summer's Gefle Metal Festival, which happens at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on July 14-16, 2022.
Among the other confirmed artists are EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, DEICIDE, MARDUK, UNLEASHED, TRIBULATION, LOK, ANGELUS APATRIDA, SISTER SIN, ICE AGE, FRANTIC AMBER etc.
DESTRUCTION POSTPONE RUSSIAN SHOWS
Because of the current uncertainty about the rules of concerts in the near future, German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION's Russian shows with ENFORCER and XENTRIX got postponed to next year by the local concert agency.
New dates are:
Dec. 2, 2022 - Aurora, St. Petersburg
Dec. 3, 2022 - Glavclub, Moscow
facebook.com/destruction facebook.com/enforcerofficial facebook.com/xentrixmetal
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH EUROPE
WHITESNAKE have announced the first dates for the European leg of their 2022 farewell tour. Very special guests on all dates are EUROPE.
Dates etc. at: whitesnake.com europetheband.com
SEPT. 5, 2021
THUNDERMOTHER PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
Swedish all-female hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER has decided to go seperate ways with bassist Majsan.
SEPT. 4, 2021
PUNK FEST IN GOTHENBURG WITH AVSKUM, SEX DWARF AND VICTIMS
The Wounded Healer Punk Fest will take place at Musikens Hus in Göteborg, Sweden on November 27. Confirmed bands are AVSKUM, BURNING KITCHEN, SEX DWARF, SMIERC, VICTIMS, SWORDWIELDER and SOCIALSTYRELSEN.
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-BLACK SABBATH SINGER TONY MARTIN NEXT YEAR
Former BLACK SABBATH vocalist Tony Martin will release a new solo album, entitled "Thorns", on January 14, 2022.
UFO TO PLAY LAST SHOW IN OCTOBER 2022
Following a number of tours around the globe and countless spectacular shows, British hard rock legend UFO will embark on its final tour featuring a series of exclusive concerts in summer 2022 to bid farewell to its fans in style. At the grand finale of an unprecedented success story, which began in 1969 and has spanned more than 5 decades, the band has announced a number of real highlights..
The first one is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 20, 2022 at the Beatbox in Hannover, where UFO are planning a public rehearsal, with a strictly limited number of only 80 tickets available.
One day later, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the band will perform a private open-air concert in front of an audience of 300, presenting the full set-list of the subsequent tour, and coming into exceptionally close contact with their fans. Tickets for both concerts will be available exclusively from Eventim from October 1, 2021.
UFO will then play the very last concert of their long career on October 29, 2022 in Athens, Greece, where the band performed its first show featuring current guitarist Vinnie Moore in February 2004.
SEPT. 3, 2021
NEW SONG WITH NIGHTRAGE
Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE has released a new song, "Swallow Me", today.
Check it out: youtube.com/watch?v=0B7jzMCeZWI
ANOTHER VAN HALEN BOOK
Backbeat Books has announced the October 1 release of "Van Halen: The Eruption And The Aftershock" by Michael Christopher. The book is available now for pre-order in multiple formats (my source didn't include a link though, so search for it).
NEW ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE NEXT MONTH?
A new DEEP PURPLE album, possibly titled "Turning To Crime", has just been hinted at for October 2021.
H.E.A.T POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR AGAIN
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T have postponed their European tour with REACH and TEMPLE BALLS once again. The tour will now happen in May 2022, and the new dates can be found here: facebook.com/heatsweden
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN's METAL CRUISE POSTPONED AGAIN
Close-Up Båten - a metal cruise on The Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back - have once again been postponed. The new date is March 17-18, 2022.
Confirmed bands are RAUBTIER, PAIN, SUNGEN, ELEINE, F.K.Ü., MISERY LOVES CO., KNOGJÄRN and MASS WORSHIP.
More info: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine
NEW SONG/VIDEO WITH JIMMY BLOM!
"Kaos" - A punk rock song that is so catchy that even your kids will love it!
Check out: youtu.be/dme-eed28OY
SEPT. 2, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH BOMBUS
Swedish metal band BOMBUS has released a new single, "So Dumb", today.
Check it out: bombus.lnk.to/SoDumb-Single
The guys are currently working on a new album.
MARILYN MANSON PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES OF ASSAULT
According to the Associated Press, an attorney for Marilyn Manson has entered a not guilty plea on the singer's behalf in a district court in New Hampshire. Manson is accused of approaching a videographer at his 2019 concert at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford and spitting and blowing his nose on her. Manson's attorney filed the not guilty plea in Laconia District Court. A case status hearing has been scheduled for December 27.
Manson was charged with 2 misdemeanour counts of simple assault. If convicted on the charges, Manson could face a jail sentence of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,000.
THE DWARVES, MDC AND DILLINGER FOUR CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING
Covid and travel restrictions have prevented a few bands from playing this year's Punk Rock Bowling on September 24-26 in Las Vegas. Roy Ellis, The LAWRENCE ARMS and BISHOPS GREEN will not be able to make the Festival. So, 3 bands have been added to main stage: The DWARVES, MDC and DILLINGER FOUR.
Among the other confirmed acts are DESCENDENTS, CIRCLE JERKS, DEVO, ANTI-FLAG, The QUEERS, YOUTH OF TODAY, ALL, MUNICIPAL WASTE etc.
More info here: twitter.com/PunkRockBowling
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR IN 2023
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN have announced a South American tour in March 2023. They will visit Colombia, Chile and Brazil.
Dates here: facebook.com/Millencolin
SEPT. 1, 2021
THE EXPLOITED ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH TOTAL CHAOS
Scottish punk veterans The EXPLOITED are going on a European tour in January/February 2022, with American punk veterans TOTAL CHAOS as special guest. The bands will visit Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
More info here: facebook.com/totalchaospunx
SLAYER TO REISSUE THEIR METAL BLADE CATALOG
On October 22, thrash metal icons SLAYER will release CD, cassette and vinyl reissues of their classic records "Show No Mercy" (1983), "Haunting The Chapel" (1984), "Live Undead" (1984) and "Hell Awaits" (1985) via Metal Blade Records.
Pre-order your copies here: metalblade.com/slayer
GENE SIMMONS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
While KISS star Paul Stanley has recovered from COVID-19, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Because of this the next 4 shows (Sept. 1-2 and 4-5) have been postponed. The tour should be able to resume on September 9 at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.
VADER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Polish death metal veterans VADER have announced the second part of their European tour. This time they will visit countries like Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkey. And it will happen in December this year.
All details can be found here: facebook.com/vader
AUG. 31, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH NASHVILLE PUSSY IN NOVEMBER
Atlanta hard rocking veterans NASHVILLE PUSSY will release a new live album, "Eaten Alive", on November 5 through their own label Slinging Pig Records.
SOUNDTRACK TO VELVET UNDERGROUND DOCUMENTARY
"The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack", a 2CD and digital soundtrack that features both well-known and rare VELVET UNDERGROUND tracks, will be released on October 15 via Republic Records/UMe. Curated by the documentary's director, Todd Haynes, and music supervisor Randall Poster, the album is the official soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Apple original documentary "The Velvet Underground", which will be released in theaters and premiere globally Friday, October 15 on Apple TV+.
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES NEXT MONTH
Former W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Chris Holmes will release his new studio album, "Unbearable Influence", on September 26.
A pre-order for the LP is available here: chrisholmes1.bandcamp.com/merch
NEW EP WITH THE END A.D. IN OCTOBER
Philadelphia hardcore/punk/metal band The END A.D. will release a new EP, "It's All In Your Head", as CD and cassette via Fastball Music on October 22.
AUSTRALIAN KISS TOUR RESCHEDULED
Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live advise that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings and interstate travel, the KISS "End of the Road" Australia tour in November/December 2021 will be rescheduled to March/April 2022.
Tickets and VIP packages purchased for the November/December 2021 concerts remain valid for the rescheduled dates without need for exchange. Ticket holders will be emailed with their new dates and will not need to take any further action.
More info: kissonline.com
In related news, Paul Stanley's battle with COVID-19 is over.
AUG. 30, 2021
THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
California garage rockers The LORDS OF ALTAMONT have announced a European tour next spring (2022). They start the adventure in Paris on March 4, and then they continue to several countries, like Italy and Spain etc, before the last stop at the Roots And Roses festival in Lessines on May 1.
Tour dates here: facebook.com/LordsOfAltamont
IRON BUTTERFLY DRUMMER RON BUSHY IS DEAD
Longtime IRON BUTTERFLY drummer Ron Bushy has died at the age of 79. He passed away on Sunday morning (Aug. 29) at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Ron is the only member of the American psychedelic rock band to appear on all 6 of IRON BUTTERFLY's albums.
NEW SONGS WITH ANTI-LAM FRONT
Norwegian skate punk rockers ANTI-LAM FRONT has recorded 8 new songs. 4 of them will be released as singles every second week, starting on September 10. All 8 songs will be released by Second Class Kids Records as a 12" vinyl EP later on.
AUG. 29, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH CIRCUS PRÜTZ NEXT YEAR
Swedish blues rockers CIRCUS PRÜTZ have set "Bluesrevolution" as the title of their new album, which will be released in early 2022.
AUG. 28, 2021
EX-CRASS SINGER STEVE IGNORANT ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED EUROPEAN TOUR
Former CRASS singer Steve Ignorant has announced rescheduled European tour dates for 2022. The tour will feature a full CRASS set and HEADSTICKS will be playing support on all dates. Tickets bought in 2020 and 2021 remain valid and refunds are also available.
Find the dates here: facebook.com/steveignorantofficial
AUG. 27, 2021
DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH POWERWOLF AND WARKINGS
DRAGONFORCE has announced a European tour with POWERWOLF and WARKINGS, set to take place in late 2022.
DRAGONFORCE has also launched a new video for "Troopers Of The Stars", a song from 2019's "Extreme Power Metal" album, which you can check out here: youtu.be/eLed4rps7wI
Tour dates here: dragonforce.com
ROLLING STONES WILL NOT CANCEL U.S. TOUR
The ROLLING STONES will go ahead with their previously announced U.S. tour next month despite the recent passing of drummer Charlie Watts.
PAUL STANLEY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has tested positive for COVID-19. Information about upcoming show dates will be made available ASAP.
Paul is fully vaccinated and feeling fine despite testing positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
AUG. 26, 2021
EVERGREY SIGNS WITH NAPALM
Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band is currently working on new music.
ANTHRAX CELEBRATE 40 WITH WHISKEY
ANTHRAX has been celebrating its 40th anniversary since the festivities kicked off in late April. Now the band announces the release of its 40th-anniversary high-end whiskey, "Anthrax XL" (Roman numerals for 40), a smooth Solera-aged, single-barrel bourbon finished for 40 days in a 20-year old Oloroso Sherry cask, providing the spirits with balanced flavors and layers of complexity. Only 1 barrel of "Anthrax XL" has been produced, yielding 400 hand-numbered bottles at a cask strength of 115 proof.
For further details, visit one of these: anthrax.com 120west58wine.com
THE CULT CANCEL ALL SHOWS
Rock veterans The CULT has scrapped all of its previously announced 2021 shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW BOX SET WITH OVERKILL IN OCTOBER
New Jersey's own thrash legends OVERKILL will release a 6-album box set, called "The Atlantic Years 1986-1994", on October 29 via BMG.
The box will be available both on vinyl and CD, and features the albums "Taking Over", "Under The Influence", "The Years Of Decay", "Horroscope", "I Hear Black" and "W.F.O.".
AUG. 25, 2021
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
Swedish street metal band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are going on a tour here in Sweden in November/December. But before that they will play at Swiss Rock Cruise on October 9.
Confirmed dates here: facebook.com/OfficialHardcoreSuperstar
METALAPOLIS START SUB LABEL FOR EXTREME METAL
Hard rock/heavy metal record label Metalapolis Records has announced their new sub label, called Darkstorm Records. Darkstorm will be responsible for the harder side of their releases, like death metal, black metal, melo death etc.
They also introduce Oli Holzhauser (Break Your Neck Festival) as the A&R for Darkstorm Records.
BABY ON NIRVANA's "Nevermind" COVER SUES THE BAND
The surviving members of NIRVANA as well as the estate of Kurt Cobain have been sued by Spencer Elden, the man who claims he was the baby featured on the cover of the band's "Nevermind" album. Elden alleges the image of the baby reaching for a dollar in a swimming pool violated federal child pornography statutes and argues child sexual exploitation.
Elden claims that his parents never signed a release authorizing the use of the photos, which were taken in a Pasadena aquatic center in 1990. He alleges that the band promised to cover his genitals with a sticker, which was never incorporated into the album art. Elden's parents were reportedly paid only $200 for the photos, and the shoot lasted around 15 seconds.
Elden is seeking damages of either $150,000 from each of the 17 defendants or unspecified damages to be determined at trial, attorney fees, an injunction to prohibit all parties from continuing to engage in the unlawful acts and practices described herein, and a trial by jury.
MERCYFUL FATE, MAYHEM, SATYRICON AND WATAIN CONFIRMED FOR PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2022
Psycho Las Vegas has announced the first wave of bands for the 2022 version of the festival, which will take place August 19-21, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Among these bands are: MERCYFUL FATE, MAYHEM, SATYRICON, WATAIN, EMPEROR, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, MGLA, CIRITH UNGOL etc.
NATIONALTEATERNS ROCKORKESTER ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR
Swedish rock legends NATIONALTEATERNS ROCKORKESTER are going on another tour around Sweden next spring. And once again it's said to be the last time.
Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them here.
AUG. 24, 2021
ROLLING STONES DRUMMER CHARLIE WATTS IS DEAD
Charlie Watts, legendary drummer for The ROLLING STONES, has died at the age of 80. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today.
NEW BEST OF COLLECTION WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN OCTOBER
BMG has set an October 29 release date for a new career-spanning MOTÖRHEAD set, titled "Everything Louder Forever - The Very Best Of". The definitive collection will be available on 2CD, 2LP and 4LP. The 2CD digipak and 4LP fold out sets will feature 42 tracks. The 2LP set will include 22 tracks in a gatefold package.
AUG. 23, 2021
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES TOUR IN ONTARIO
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES have announced a short tour around Ontario, Canada in December, with support from The ANTI-QUEENS. Tickets on sale this Thursday, August 26.
Dates and tickets here: dankojones.com
There will also be 2 live streams on August 28 - 1 for Europe and 1 for North America.
A new album, "Power Trio", will be out on Friday, August 27.
NEW ALBUM WITH E-FORCE IN NOVEMBER
Thrash metallers E-FORCE - formed by vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest from VOIVOD - will release their new album, "Mindbender", on November 19 via Mighty Music.
EX-TROUBLE SINGER ERIC WAGNER DEAD AFTER BATTLE WITH COVID PNEUMONIA
Eric Wagner, the original singer of doom metal legends TROUBLE, has died after a battle with COVID pneumonia. He was 62 years old.
JOHN LYDON LOSES LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST SEX PISTOLS
SEX PISTOLS frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has lost a legal battle over the right to use the band's songs in the upcoming biopic miniseries about the U.K. punk legends.
"Pistol" is a 6-episode series about SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones. It is based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol" and it is being helmed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who serves as executive producer and director.
2 NEW RECORDS WITH LASTKAJ 14
Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 will release 2 new records in the fall. One of them is a split vinyl with FRUKTANSVÄRLD, titled "Pengarna Eller Livet". The other one is a mini album with 6 songs, titled "Plan B".
Unfortunately the split is delayed, so no release date yet (the LASTKAJ 14 songs are available digitally since a few moths though). Pre-sale for the mini album will begin on Friday, August 27 at 18:00 (local Swedish time). Orders will be sent on October 3.
"Plan B" will also be released digital on October 22. And FRUKTANSVÄRLD's songs from the split will be available digital on September 24.
More details here: facebook.com/secondclasskids
AUG. 22, 2021
LORDI TO RELEASE 7 NEW ALBUMS
Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI will release no less than 7 new studio albums in the fall.
The "Lordiversity" box shall be available on November 26 as 7-CD box set and as 7-LP box set in 3 different color editions. Each album has a different genre approach: hard rock, disco, progressive rock, heavy metal, AOR, thrash/speed metal and industrial metal.
KISS POSTPONE SUNDAY CONCERT
The KISS concert at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut originally scheduled for Sunday, August 22, and then postponed to Monday, August 23 due to Hurricane Henri, has been postponed once again. A new date should be announced soon..
AUG. 21, 2021
NEW EP WITH RONNIE ATKINS IN OCTOBER
On the heels of his well received solo album "One Shot", Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS) has announced the upcoming release of a new EP, "4 More Shots (The Acoustics)" on October 1. The EP consists of 1 previously unreleased studio track, "Carry Me Over", and 3 acoustic songs. All 3 acoustic tracks - "When Dreams Are Not Enough", "Picture Yourself" and "Real" - have original studio versions that appear on "One Shot". Additionally, the EP contains a special bonus track, "One Shot" (Orchestra Version) that was originally available as a bonus track in Japan with the album.
AUG. 20, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH EXODUS IN NOVEMBER
The new album with thrash veterans EXODUS, titled "Persona Non Grata", have a new release date: November 19 via Nuclear Blast.
To get a taste of what to come, watch the music video for "The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)": nblast.de/Exodus-TBWC-YT
TYGERS OF PAN TANG HAVE A NEW BASSIST
NWOBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG has recruited a new bassist: Huw Holding (HOLOSADE, BLITZKRIEG).
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
SLIPKNOT will embark on a European tour in July and August 2022.
The 13-date trek, which will kick off on July 15, 2022 in Moscow, Russia, includes the previously announced 6 rescheduled European shows which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More details here: slipknot1.com
NEW ALBUM AND TOUR WITH THÅSTRÖM
Swedish rock legend Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET) will release a new single on September 24. A new album will be released in November.
The album will be followed by a tour in Sweden, Norway and Denmark next spring. Tickets go on sale August 25.
More info here: facebook.com/thastromofficial
NEW FESTIVAL IN STOCKHOLM NEXT SPRING
Downtown Riot is the name of a new festival for rock, hard rock and metal, which will happen at Fållan/Slakthusområdet in Stockholm, Sweden on May 6-7, 2022.
The first bands will be announced soon..
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY AND BEHEMOTH POSTPONED TO 2022
The European co-headline tour with ARCH ENEMY and BEHEMOTH has been postponed to fall/autumn 2022 due to you should know what by now. ARCH ENEMY will on the other hand have a new album out by that time.
The new dates will also include CARCASS and UNTO OTHERS, and these dates can (hopefully) be found on one of these sites: archenemy.net behemoth.pl
AUG. 19, 2021
PRIMAL FEAR CANCEL ALL UPCOMING SHOWS
German-based heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR just announced that due to a serious illness issue the band has to cancel all shows booked for 2021 and 2022.
NEW SONG WITH IRON MAIDEN
IRON MAIDEN has just released another new song, "Stratego": ironmaiden.lnk.to/Stratego
Their 17th studio album, "Senjutsu", will be released on September 3 via BMG.
NEW ALBUM WITH CRAZY LIXX IN NOVEMBER
Swedish hard rockers CRAZY LIXX will release a new album, "Street Lethal", on November 5 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Today the band has released the first single and music video from the album, "Anthem For America" - Watch the video: youtu.be/RC8d37bACUE
THE HIVES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Swedish rock band The HIVES have announced a U.S. tour in the fall.
The tour will start in St. Petersburg, FL on October 18, and end on November 2 in Houston, TX.
Dates and tickets: thehives.com
ENTRAILS SIGNS WITH A HAMMERHEART
Swedish old school death metallers ENTRAILS have signed with Hammerheart Records. Their 7th album is expected to be released in April 2022.
ROLLING STONES TO RELEASE 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS OF "Tattoo You"
ROLLING STONES have announced the release of 40th-anniversary, expanded deluxe editions of their chart-topping, multi-platinum 1981 album "Tattoo You" via Universal Music.
The newly remastered set, out on October 22, will be accompanied by no fewer than 9 previously unreleased tracks from the era. The first of these, the irresistible rocker "Living In The Heart Of Love", is available now on all digital services, and "Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition)" is available to pre-order in multiple formats here.
DESTRUCTION PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST MIKE SIFRINGER
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION have officially parted ways with founding guitarist Michael "Mike" Sifringer and have replaced him with Martin Furia. The Argentinian-born, Belgian-based Furia is best known for his work as sound engineer and producer for such bands as NERVOSA and EVIL INVADERS.
AUG. 18, 2021
NEW BEER FROM ELECTRIC BOYS
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS will release a new beer, "Electric Brew", together with Östersundsbryggerier on August 31.
The beer is a Helles Bock at 6.6%.
IRON MAIDEN PARTNERS WITH ASDA SUPERMARKETS
In a U.K. first, IRON MAIDEN are celebrating the launch of the 17th studio album, "Senjutsu", with 2 other unique products for their fans. 226 of the Asda stores will carry a display unit with an exclusive album edition of Trooper's Sun & Steel Japanese lager and their very own album t-shirt.
BMG will release "Senjutsu", IRON MAIDEN's first album in 6 years, on September 3.
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR KNOTFEST CHILE AND KNOTFEST BRASIL
Knotfest, the global festival brand from metal icons SLIPKNOT, has revealed its scheduled return to South America with the announcement of Knotfest Chile, taking place on December 11, 2022 at Estadio Monumental, Santiago and the announcement of the first-ever Knotfest Brasil, set to take place on December 18, 2022 at Sambódromo Do Anhembi, São Paulo. Tickets and VIP packages for both events go on sale on August 19, 2021 from knotfestchile.com and knotfestbrasil.com, respectively.
Both events will feature headline performances from SLIPKNOT with the lineup for Knotfest Chile also including MR. BUNGLE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, TRIVIUM, SEPULTURA and VENDED, and the lineup for Knotfest Brasil also boasting BRING ME THE HORIZON, MR. BUNGLE, TRIVIUM, SEPULTURA, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, VENDED, PROJECT46 and ARMORED DAWN, with more acts to be announced for both.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE MUSLIMS NEXT MONTH
All-queer, black and brown Muslim punk band The MUSLIMS have announced that they will be releasing a new album, called "Fuck These Fuckin Fascists", and will be out September 24 via Epitaph Records.
The band have also released a video for their new song "Unity": youtu.be/lD_koara0Yo
AUG. 17, 2021
EX-TROUBLE SINGER ERIC WAGNER HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID PNEUMONIA
Eric Wagner, the original singer of doom metal legends TROUBLE, has been hospitalized with COVID pneumonia.
The news of Wagner's battle with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus was shared on the Facebook page of his current band The SKULL.
Less than a week ago, The SKULL dropped off its tour with The OBSESSED, citing "the ongoing and growing COVID situation sweeping the nation again, particularly in the South". The band said that it would "reschedule as much as we can and tour again properly when things calm down".
NEW SINGLE WITH ELECTRIC GUITARS NEXT WEEK
Danish dynamite rockers ELECTRIC GUITARS will deliver a new single, "Nervous Breakdown", on August 27.
ANTHRAX ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH MUNICIPAL WASTE
ANTHRAX are going on a European tour with special guests MUNICIPAL WASTE from late September to early November 2022. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 20.
The tour kicks off in UK, and will then pass through several countries along the way - A total of 28 dates and 16 countries.
For dates, visit 1 of these: anthrax.com facebook.com/Municipalwaste
AUG. 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN NOVEMBER
L.A. GUNS (with Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis) have set November 12 as the release date of their new studio album, "Checkered Past". It will be released through Frontiers Music Srl.
Get your first taste of the album with the release of the single "Knock Me Down": youtu.be/ZH8RSCh8Z-U
They have also announced a few live shows in the States in November and December.
TRANSPORT LEAGUE CANCEL EUROPEAN SHOWS
The European shows with Swedish heavyweight metal act TRANSPORT LEAGUE, that was supposed to happen in October, has been cancelled.
KISS ANNOUNCES DATES FOR SECOND LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
The dates for KISS Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been announced. The first part take place between December 29 to January 1, 2022. The second part happens between January 19 to February 5.
More info and tickets: kissonline.com
EXODUS RECRUITS DRUMMER JOHN TEMPESTA FOR UPCOMING SHOWS
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have tapped John Tempesta to play drums for the band at 2 upcoming festivals - Psycho Las Vegas on August 22 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and at Full Terror Assault on September 8-11 at Hogrock Campground in Cave In Rock, Illinois - while Tom Hunting is recovering from surgery.
Tempesta was a member of EXODUS from 1989 until 1993.
AUG. 15, 2021
SPIDERS ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Swedish retro rockers SPIDERS will be doing some shows here in Sweden in November and December.
Dates here: facebook.com/wearespiders
AUG. 14, 2021
RAJOITUS RECORDING NEW MATERIAL
Local (Borås, Sweden) Finn hardcore/punks RAJOITUS has recorded 10 new songs, which will be mixed by Mathias Lodmalm (CEMETERY, SUNDOWN etc). There will hopefully be a new record in the fall/winter.
OLD INTERVIEW WITH SATIRNINE
Hard Rock Info is 20 years old now, so why not dig in the archives? And what did I find then? Old cassettes with interviews I did in the mid-2000s!
I start with the female rock band SATIRNINE, which I interviewed at the legendary Hultsfredsfestivalen in June 2003. As it was a Swedish band, the interview was done in Swedish.
You can now listen to this interview HERE.
LAMB OF GOD AND MERCYFUL FATE TO HEADLINE BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR IN 2022
With Bloodstock Open Air 2021 well under way, the festival is already be looking ahead and announcing a swathe of bands for the 2022 event, which is set to take place on August 11-14, 2022 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
2 of the 3 headliners will be LAMB OF GOD and MERCYFUL FATE. The remaining main stage headliner is yet to be revealed.
Among the other confirmed acts so far are: PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS (playing a PANTERA set), DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, The BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GWAR (U.K. festival exclusive), BUTCHER BABIES, VIO-LENCE, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, STATIC X, HEATHEN etc.
More info: bloodstock.uk.com
AUG. 13, 2021
DARK TRANQUILLITY PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER AND BASSIST
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY have announced that Anders Jivarp (drums) and Anders Iwers (bass) have decided to move on to other things and not be a part of the band anymore.
Filling in for Jivarp and Iwers respectively on upcoming shows are Joakim Strandberg Nilsson and Christian Jansson.
Read more: facebook.com/dtofficial
NEW SONG/VIDEO WITH JIMMY BLOM!
"Det Stinker Människa" - Raw blues rock with punk attitude or something..
AUG. 12, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH THE DARKNESS
British rockers The DARKNESS have unleashed the first taste and title track of their forthcoming opus "Motorheart", out November 19 via Cooking Vinyl.
Check out the title track here: youtu.be/L4ThI3Wm57Q
NEKROMANTIX ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Psychobilly legends NEKROMANTIX have announced a U.S. tour with The DELTA BOMBERS and VOLK. The tour will happen in November/December.
More info: facebook.com/Nekromantix
AUG. 11, 2021
NEW EP WITH BILLY IDOL NEXT MONTH
Billy Idol will release a new 4-track EP, "The Roadside", on September 17 through Dark Horse Records.
His first new song in 7 years, "Bitter Taste", is available here: youtu.be/AFj0qmBMBa4
MEGADETH REVEALS NEW BASSIST
MEGADETH has recruited former WHITE LION bassist James Lomenzo as their new touring bassist.
James has been a member of MEGADETH earlier, and has also played with Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde.
ANOTHER BOX SET FROM URIAH HEEP?
URIAH HEEP will release a new box set, "Choices", on September 24. This 6-CD boxset, features a personal selection of 77 URIAH HEEP songs from across the band's 50-year and 24-album career.
AUG. 10, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT IN OCTOBER
All-female Portland heavy/psych rockers BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT will release a new album, titled "Silence/Motion", on October 22 via RidingEasy Records.
Pre-sale has started now at the following sites: ridingeasyrecs.com blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com evilgreed.net
NEW MOTÖRHEAD PATCHES AND PINS
MOTÖRHEAD have partnered with Pull The Plug Patches to bring you a series of exclusive woven patches, backpatches, and enamel pins arriving this summer.
Patches for "Orgasmatron" and "Bomber" as well as enamel pins for "Bastards" will land this August, with additional new patch designs becoming available throughout the year. "Ace Of Spades" backpatches are scheduled for a late winter release.
"Sweet Child O' Mine" SURPASSES 1 BILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
GUNS N' ROSES' classic power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine" has surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify.
The achievement comes less than 2 years after the song became the first music video from the 1980s to rock its way into YouTube's Billion Views Club. A year earlier, the 1992 video for "November Rain", broke records as the first video from the 1990s to reach 1 billion views.
AUG. 9, 2021
SYSTEM OF A DOWN ANNOUNCES U.S. WEST COAST SHOWS
SYSTEM OF A DOWN have added a few more West Coast shows in the States this October with FAITH NO MORE and RUSSIAN CIRCLES supporting.
Pre-sale starts on Wednesday, August 11. General on sale is Friday, August 13.
Oct 15 – Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
Oct 16 – Fresno, CA - Savemart Center
Oct 18 – Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
ANVIL TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Canadian metal legends ANVIL will enter a studio in Germany tomorrow (Aug. 10) to begin the recordings of their 19th studio album.
AUG. 7, 2021
SECOND KISS LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY BEGIN IN DECEMBER
KISS will kick off its long-rumored second Las Vegas residency at the end of the year. This will happen at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas starting December 27.
The news of KISS's return to Las Vegas was broken by the band's bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons during an interview at Animazing Gallery at The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, previewing his "ArtWorks" collection of paintings and sketches.
NEW EP WITH FAKE NAMES OUT NOW
American/Swedish punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES - with members from MINOR THREAT, S.O.A., REFUSED etc. - have surprise released a new EP, called "Fake Names EP". The EP features 3 new songs, and is availbale digitally now.
AUG. 5, 2021
MISFITS COVERS WITH THE UNDEAD
The UNDEAD, the band that includes former MISFITS guitarist Bobby Steele, will release a MISFITS covers album on August 13 via Germany's No Balls Records. The album is a track-by-track of the unreleased MISFITS album "12 Hits From Hell", called "12 hits - uncovered".
Steele handles all instruments and vocals except drums, which are handled by Joel Gausten (ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, PIGFACE).
WATAIN SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Swedish black metallers WATAIN have signed with Nuclear Blast Records.
The band has entered Necromorbus Studios, located inside of a church north of their hometown Uppsala, to record a new album, which is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2022.
ROLLING STONES DRUMMER CHARLIE WATTS TO SIT OUT U.S. TOUR
ROLLING STONES drummer Charlie Watts won't be able to join his bandmates on their fall USA tour.
The 80-year-old musician was planning to take part in the "No Filter" trek, which is scheduled to kick off on September 26 in St. Louis. Filling in for him will be his great friend Steve Jordan.
"Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful", a spokesperson the group said in a statement, "but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation. With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it's very disappointing to say the least, but it's also fair to say no one saw this coming."
AUG. 4, 2021
TROUBLE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Chicago's doom metal legends TROUBLE are going to the UK for a tour in June 2022. Before UK they will also visit Roskilde, Denmark on June 10 and Essen, Germany on June 11.
More info here: facebook.com/TroubleMetal
DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Technical Ecstacy" IN OCTOBER
BLACK SABBATH released their 7th album, "Technical Ecstacy", in 1976. BMG honors the album with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson, plus more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks. "Technical Ecstasy: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on October 1 as a 4-CD set and 5-LP set on 180-gram black vinyl.The remastered studio album will be available the same day on digital download and streaming services.
PUNK IN DRUBLIC EUROPE POSTPONED TO 2022
Punk rock festival Punk In Drublic has postponed most of the dates in Europe to 2022. The tour will now take place from May 20 to June 11.
The 2 dates in UK - Leeds and Hatfield - in September 2021 has not been postponed yet.
Among the confirmed bands are The ADOLESCENTS, ALL, The BABOON SHOW, The BOMBPOPS, DAG NASTY, DESCENDENTS, GOOD RIDDANCE, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, LAGWAGON, LESS THAN JAKE, MAD CADDIES, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, NO FUN AT ALL, NOFX, PENNYWISE, PROPAGANDHI, SNAPCASE, STRUNG OUT etc.
Check punkindrublicfesteurope.com for further details..
ALBUM REISSUES WITH THE RODS
High Roller Records will re-release albums with American heavy metal veterans The RODS. The first part includes "Rock Hard" on August 20, followed by "The Rods" and "Wild Dogs" on September 24.
These albums will be available on both CD and LP.
AUG. 3, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH SWALLOW THE SUN IN NOVEMBER
Finnish melancholy doom metal band SWALLOW THE SUN will release a new studio album, "Moonflowers", on November 19 via Century Media Records.
BASSIST RUDY SARZO TO RETURN TO QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT is set to welcome Rudy Sarzo back into the band after an 18-year absence.
Rudy was one of the original founding members of the legendary "Metal Health" lineup. He played bass on the "Metal Health" album, and on the follow-up record "Condition Critical". He appeared in the most notable music videos in the MTV age and toured with the band until 1985, and again from 1997 to 2003.
During his years out of the band, Rudy Sarzo was a member of Ozzy Osbourne, WHITESNAKE, DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, QUEENSRŸCHE, and The GUESS WHO.
Rudy will start recording and touring with QUIET RIOT in 2022.
Longtime QUIET RIOT bassist Chuck Wright is graciously stepping aside to continue his recent solo efforts.
KISS RESCHEDULE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
KISS has announced new dates for South America. The new dates will take place in April/May 2022. All purchased tickets will be honored at the new show dates.
You can find the dates here: kissonline.com
NEW SINGLE WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR LATER THIS MONTH
Swedish street metal band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will release a new single, "Catch Me If You Can", on all digital platforms on August 20 via Golden Robot Records.
EX-ICED EARTH SINGER STU BLOCK IS BACK IN INTO ETERNITY
Vocalist Stu Block has announced his permanent return to his pre-ICED EARTH band INTO ETERNITY.
Read more: instagram.com/stu.block_official
AUG. 2, 2021
CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
CRADLE OF FILTH will return to American shores this fall for the "Lustmord And Tourgasm" tour, featuring an epic full performance of the British extreme metaller's classic 1998 concept album "Cruelty and the Beast" for the first time ever, as well as an encore of other fan favorites.
Tickets on sale this Friday, August 6.
Dates here: facebook.com/cradleoffilth
LED ZEPPELIN DOCUMENTARY GOT A NAME
The previously announced official LED ZEPPELIN documentary will be called "Becoming Led Zeppelin".
A release date for the film has not yet been announced.
METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" HIT 1 BILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
METALLICA's music video for the song "Nothing Else Matters" has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. It is the first METALLICA track to reach the milestone.
AUG. 1, 2021
SLADE TO RE-RELEASE ALBUMS ON VINYL
British glam rock legends SLADE have announced a deluxe vinyl album reissue series which will get under way later this year. The band will kick things off on September 3 with their third album, "Slayed?", on limited edition yellow and black splatter vinyl, with further releases to be revealed in due course.
BOX FULL OF EARLY SEX PISTOLS RECORDINGS
"Sex Pistols 76-77" is a definitive collection of SEX PISTOLS recordings before the release of the "Never Mind The Bollocks" album. Featuring no less than 80 alternate versions of tracks recorded between May 1976 and September 1977, together with a bonus disc featurng the infamous "Spunk" bootleg.
"Sex Pistols 76-77" will be released as a 4CD set and digitally on September 24. It contains 8 previously unreleased versions and 30 tracks available for the first time digitally.
JULY 30, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH CRADLE OF FILTH
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH has released a new single, "Crawling King Chaos": youtu.be/Wks1aBh49sQ
The song is taken from their upcoming 13th album, "Existence Is Futile", which will be released on October 22.
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES has released another single, "Start The Show", from their upcoming album, "Power Trio", which will be released on August 27.
Lyric video for "Start The Show": youtube.com/watch?v=zej8uz1Wh_Q
FBG PUNKFEST WITH DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, MIMIKRY AND VENEREA
The first FBG Punkfest take place at Falkhallens Blackbox in Falkenberg, Sweden on November 27. It will be a punk party with the Swedish bands DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, MIMIKRY and VENEREA. Tickets go on sale August 27.
MIKE HOWE COMMITTED SUICIDE
According to TMZ, METAL CHURCH singer Mike Howe's official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging.
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO RELEASE DIGITAL REMASTER OF "Dr. Feelgood"
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the final single released from MÖTLEY CRÜE's legendary album "Dr. Feelgood". In celebration - both of that anniversary and the band's year-long recognition of their 40th anniversary in music - they announce the digital remaster of the album, to be released worldwide on September 3. It's available now for pre-order across digital platforms.
JULY 29, 2021
THUNDERMOTHER POSTPONE UK TOUR
Due to continued uncertainty surrounding international travel Swedish hard rocking women THUNDERMOTHER have rescheduled their forthcoming UK tour from this September/October to April 2022. But the good thing is that they have added an extra date in Glasgow at Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday, April 12.
You can find the new dates here: facebook.com/thundermother
30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF OZZY's "No More Tears"
More than 30 years after its release, Ozzy Osbourne's 6th solo album, "No More Tears", will be celebrated with an expanded digital audio album due out September 17 (Sony). 2 special editions - a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at towerrecords.com) - will be released simultaneously.
ZZ TOP BASSIST DUSTY HILL IS DEAD
It seems to be a very bad week for rockers..
First Mike Howe (METAL CHURCH), then Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT etc), and now ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill has passed away at the age of 72. He died in his sleep at his home in Houston.
The surviving members of ZZ TOP, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, will carry on, which will be the first lineup change in over 50 years.
JULY 28, 2021
JEFF SCOTT SOTO TO RELEASE DUETS COLLECTION
Acclaimed rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN etc etc) has announced the release of his next solo project, "The Duets Collection, Vol. 1", on October 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. For this album, Soto wanted to do a career retrospective and re-record some of his favorite songs from his storied career, but with the twist that he invited friends to join him on duets of said songs.
Today, fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of "Mysterious" (originally performed by Soto with TALISMAN), where he is joined by Eric Martin (MR BIG). Listen here: youtu.be/FS3JOYP3DYU
Pre-order/save "The Duets Collection, Vol. 1" here: orcd.co/jssduets
DELUXE EDITION OF WHITESNAKE's "Restless Heart"
In the wake of WHITESNAKE's massive global success, the band's founder and lead singer, David Coverdale, set out to record his third solo album in 1995. However, the plan was derailed when pressure from his record label forced him to change course and release "Restless Heart" under the DAVID COVERDALE & WHITESNAKE moniker. Despite the changes, the 1997 album was a Top 40 hit in the U.K. Surprisingly, the record was never released in the U.S. That will change this fall when Rhino introduces several versions of the album.
"Restless Heart: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on October 29 and is available for pre-order now. The 4CD/DVD collection features newly remastered and remixed versions of the original album, along with unreleased demos and studio outtakes. The DVD includes music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with new interviews from David Coverdale. The set comes with a hardbound book filled with rare and unseen photos from the era.
3 additional versions of "Restless Heart" will be available the same day. First is a 2-CD deluxe edition that includes the new remix plus the original album, newly remastered. Next is a double-LP deluxe edition pressed on 180-gram silver vinyl that features the newly remixed album. And finally, there is a single-disc version which again features the newly remixed album. In addition, all of the music will be available digitally through streaming services.
NEW EP WITH FAKE NAMES SOON
American/Swedish punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES - with members from MINOR THREAT, S.O.A., REFUSED etc. - have announced via Instagram that they will be releasing a new EP soon. More information should be revealed soon..
BUZZCOCKS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will go on a UK tour in March 2022.
EX-SLIPKNOT DRUMMER JOEY JORDISON IS DEAD
Former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison passed away on Monday (July 26) at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed.
Other bands that Joey played with through the years are MURDERDOLLS, MINISTRY, SINSAENUM, SCAR THE MARTYR, VIMIC etc.
JULY 27, 2021
METAL CHURCH AND HERETIC SINGER MIKE HOWE IS DEAD
Mike Howe, singer for METAL CHURCH and HERETIC, has passed away at the age of 55 at his home in Eureka, California. No cause of death has been revealed.
WHITESNAKE AND FOREIGNER RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH EUROPE
The UK/Ireland tour with WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER and special guests EUROPE, that was originally meant to take place in 2020, is now scheduled for May 2022.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 30.
Dates here: facebook.com/whitesnake.official facebook.com/foreigner facebook.com/europetheband
In related news.. WHITESNAKE has announced the addition of Croatian singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick to the group's ranks. Jelusick is a member of multi-platinum selling band TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and was previously part of DIRTY SHIRLEY (with George Lynch) and ANIMAL DRIVE. He has also recorded with many others.
THUNDERMOTHER IPA IN AUGUST
Swedish all female hard rocking band THUNDERMOTHER will release their own beer together with Wessinge Kalla Brygghus on August 2.
"Thundermother Whatever IPA" will only be available from Systembolaget in Sweden.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate has announced rescheduled dates for the next European leg of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Empire" and "Rage For Order" albums.
The tour will begin in Rome, Italy on March 29, and will end in Edinburgh, UK on May 21.
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING IS CANCER FREE
EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting is now cancer free, more than 2 weeks after he underwent a successful total gastrectomy in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
JULY 26, 2021
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST LOS ANGELES
Knotfest, the music and counterculture experience created by SLIPKNOT, has today announced the band's biggest Los Angeles headline performance yet, Knotfest Los Angeles, at Banc of California Stadium on Friday, November 5.
Knotfest Los Angeles will see SLIPKNOT performing at this stadium for the first time, with a lineup also including BRING ME THE HORIZON, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEVER 333, CODE ORANGE and VENDED, with a special guest appearance from CHERRY BOMBS.
Tickets for Knotfest Los Angeles will be available on pre-sale to OT9 and knotfest.com subscribers on July 27, with a general on-sale on July 30, over at knotfestlosangeles.com
In unfortunate news, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the previously announced Latin American Knotfest events (Brazil, Colombia and Chile) have all been bumped from 2021 to 2022. Further information is available on the respective festival web sites..
METALLICA TO PLAY INTIMATE CONCERT IN HOLLYWOOD
METALLICA will play an "intimate" concert on November 4 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Tickets for the 7,000-seat-theater show go on sale Friday, July 30, but members of METALLICA's fan club (also known as Fifth Members) can get theirs early with a special presale starting Wednesday, July 28.
JULY 25, 2021
BRUCE DICKINSON AND ROGER GLOVER TO PERFORM JON LORD's "Concerto For Group And Orchestra" IN HUNGARY
Drummer Bernhard Welz has just announced a new performance of Jon Lord's "Concerto For Group And Orchestra" in Györ, Hungary on November 5, 2021. Adding DEEP PURPLE tracks, the concert will be performed by the GYÖR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA together with: Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) - vocals, Roger Glover (DEEP PURPLE) - bass, Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey) - guitar and Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, DonAirey) - drums.
Also appearing at the event will be conductor Paul Mann, a close friend of Jon's.
Tickets will go on sale next week.
MORE BEER FROM HATEBREED
After the enormous success of their "Live For This Lager", Connecticut hardcore/metal act HATEBREED have once again teamed up with Witchdoctor Brewing Company and Half Time Beverage to unleash 2 refreshing new beers. "Perseverance Pale Ale" is one of them, while the other is a non-alcoholic version of "Live For This Lager".
More info here: halftimebeverage.com
BOOK ABOUT QUEENSRŸCHE DUE IN OCTOBER
NW Metalworx Music will release "Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche", this coming October. After 40 years, QUEENSRŸCHE's career-spanning story will finally be told, covering the band's earliest roots in suburban Seattle, the group's rise to arena-level success, downfall, and rebirth. Featured on the book's cover is a previously unseen photo of QUEENSRŸCHE's original lineup of Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate and Michael Wilton, taken by photographer Robert John at the height of the quintet's stardom.
Written by James R. Beach, with Brian L. Naron and Brian J. Heaton, the book will be issued in various formats - a limited-edition collector's hardcover, a standard paperback, and an electronic version that can be downloaded as a standalone PDF, or purchased for the Amazon Kindle. The hardcover edition will feature a CD of rare audio interviews with QUEENSRŸCHE and an exclusive poster. Pre-orders will start in August on nwmetalworxmusic.com, and later on Amazon and other online retail sites.
JULY 24, 2021
ZZ TOP PLAYED WITHOUT BASSIST DUSTY HILL LAST NIGHT
ZZ TOP played without bassist Dusty Hill last night (Friday, July 23) at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois after he was forced to return to Texas to address a hip issue. Filling in for him at the gig was longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis.
DAVE MUSTAIN CONFIRMS TITLE OF NEW MEGADETH ALBUM
Dave Mustaine has confirmed that the new MEGADETH album will be titled "The Sick, The Dying And The Dead".
RE-RELEASE OF KREATOR's "Endorama"
AFM Records will release KREATOR's "Endorama - Ultimate Edition" on December 17.
It's a re-release of their 1999 album "Endorama", which will also include some demo tracks as a bonus. It will be available as 3CD and 2LP.
JULY 23, 2021
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF D.S.-13 etc.
André and 138 of Swedish hardcore/punk band D.S.-13 have a new band, called EXIL, together with TB (LEPER, UX VILEHEADS, FUKUSHIMA) and Kristofer (LIVET SOM INSATS, AXIS OF DESPAIR). Their debut album, "Warning", is out now.
DEE SNIDER ANNOUNCES STREAMING CONCERT
TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider recently announced his fifth full-length solo album, "Leave A Scar", out July 30 via Napalm Records. To commemorate the LP's release, Snider has announced a streaming event for his fans on Thursday, July 29. The concert stream features a very special concert from Snider performing live at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York on June 11. All ticket buyers will gain access to the concert stream, as well as on-demand access to any and all content from the event for a 30-day period.
Tickets for the stream are available now at: metaldepartment.tv
DESCENDENTS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk rock veterans DESCENDENTS have announced a European tour next summer. Select dates will be with USELESS ID and select dates with MAKE WAR.
The band released their new album, "9th and Walnut", today.
Dates and order the album: descendents.tumblr.com
ALICE COOPER TO HEADLINE NEW FESTIVAL IN SWEDEN
Atlas Rock is a new festival that will take place at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on June 4, 2022. The first confirmed artist is Alice Cooper.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 26. More artists will be announced after the summer.
Tickets and more info: atlasrock.se
NEW STUFF WITH WARCOLLAPSE
Swedish heavy-weight crust punk veterans WARCOLLAPSE has released 4 new songs, under the title "Bound To Die". So far just digitally, but both vinyl and CD will be released in a couple of weeks.
JULY 22, 2021
MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH CROWBAR
American thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced a U.S. tour in November together with CROWBAR, SKELETAL REMAINS and DEAD HEAT. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, July 23 at: municipalwaste.net/tour
DEBUT ALBUM WITH KK'S PRIEST PUSHED BACK TO OCTOBER
KK'S PRIEST - the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE) - will release its debut album, "Sermons Of The Sinner", on October 1 (postponed from the previously announced August 20) via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
The ROLLING STONES have announced the make-up dates for their postponed 2020 tour. The 13-date trek will kick off on September 26 at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will conclude on November 20 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Also included are shows in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit, as well as 3 new dates, at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on October 13, in Los Angeles on October 17 at SoFi Stadium, and in Las Vegas on November 6 at Allegiant Stadium.
Previously scheduled dates for Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo could not be rescheduled.
Tickets for the new shows will go on sale July 30. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances.
More details here: rollingstones.com
NEW SONG WITH BOMBUS
Swedish band BOMBUS has released a new punk/metal anthem, "Abomination Rock'n'Roll".
Check it out: bombus.lnk.to/AbominationRocknRoll-Single
Another single will be released in late summer this year, which is a forerunner what to expect in the near future.
NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE has released a new single, "Bite The Bullet". The song is taken from their upcoming album, "Wired", which will be released on October 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Check out "Bite The Bullet": youtu.be/xjhFkyU-Afk
Pre-order/save the album: orcd.co/eclipsewired
JULY 21, 2021
RANCID's LARS FREDERICKSEN TO RELEASE SOLO EP
Lars Fredericksen of American punk rock band RANCID has announced that he's going to release a solo EP. It's expected out by the end of the year.
MACKEN FEST POSTPONED TO JANUARY
Macken Fest was supposed to happen in September, but have now been moved to January 14-16, 2022 instead. Already purchased tickets are valid for the new dates, and all confirmed bands except LUCIFER (who will be on tour) will be playing. The festival happens in Stockholm, Sweden.
Among the confirmed acts are DISMEMBER, TRIBULATION, DISFEAR, ENFORCER, NIFELHEIM, GENERAL SURGERY, BOMBS OF HADES, ANTICHRIST, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, The DAHMERS, VOJD, IRON LAMB etc.
More info here: mackenbryggeri.se
JULY 20, 2021
RIVAL SONS TO PLAY ENTIRE "Pressure And Time" ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American retro blues rockers RIVAL SONS have announced a North American tour where they will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Pressure And Time" album by performing the entire album. Special guests will be DOROTHY in most markets, REIGNWOLF and MYRON ELKINS in select cities.
The tour kick off in Fort Lauderdale on September 29, and will last until November 13 when they play in Anaheim.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 23.
More info here: rivalsons.com
YET ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT METALLICA?
"Metallica: The $24.95 Book" will be released on August 15 via Backbeat Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.
This book looks at METALLICA's cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, exploring the band's ideologies along the way.
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Punk legends CIRCLE JERKS have announced a late 2021/early 2022 North American tour, featuring support from MUNICIPAL WASTE, ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH on select dates.
I suggest that you go to circlejerks.net for further details (like dates etc).
NEW 7" WITH JELLO BIAFRA
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (with Jello Biafra from DEAD KENNEDYS) have released a new 7", "No More Selfies/The Ghost Of Vince Lombardi", which is out now via Alternative Tentacles.
Both tracks were on the CD version of the album "Tea Party Revenge Porn", but not on the vinyl version.
JULY 19, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH IRON MAIDEN IN SEPTEMBER
IRON MAIDEN have announced that their 17th studio album will be titled "Senjutsu", and it will be released on September 3. Pre-order will start on July 21.
TROUBLEMAKERS ADDS SECOND 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Swedish punk rockers TROUBLEMAKERS are going to celebrate their 40th anniversary at Musikens Hus in their hometown Göteborg in the fall. The first show, on October 30, sold out quickly, so they have now added a second show on October 29.
JULY 18, 2021
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS are coming to Europe next summer. They will visit Austria, Germany, Sweden and Denmark in August 2022.
AUTOPSY PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST JOE TREVISANO
U.S. death metal pioneers AUTOPSY has announced the departure of longtime bassist Joe Trevisano.
BASSIST LEXXI FOXX HAS LEFT STEEL PANTHER
Bassist Lexxi Foxx has left California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER.
40th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF HERMAN RAREBELL's SOLO DEBUT
Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell recorded his first solo album, "Nip In The Bud", 40 years ago. The album will now be re-released on August 27 via Aviator Management.
JULY 17, 2021
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE DISTILLERS
American punk rockers The DISTILLERS have released a live album, "Live In Lockdown", which is available now digitally, and with physical copies expected to ship in November via Rise Records.
The album features 9 tracks that were recorded live during their 2020 livestream.
The DISTILLERS will be touring Europe in 2022.
JULY 16, 2021
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR TO RELEASE VODKA
On August 2 Swedish hard rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will release their first ever Hardcore Superstar Vodka, made with deadly Carolina Reaper chillies.
Created in conjunction with Klocktornet Destilleri, the Hardcore Superstar Vodka will be available from Systembolaget here in Sweden, but they are working with a partner to make it available worldwide through mail order.
JOHNNY ROTTEN SUED BY 2 OTHER SEX PISTOLS MEMBERS
According to the Associated Press, 2 members of SEX PISTOLS are suing John Lydon over the right to use the band's songs in the upcoming biopic miniseries about the U.K. punk legends.
Earlier this year, Lydon, who is better known as Johnny Rotten, blasted the upcoming SEX PISTOLS limited series as "the most disrespectful shit I've ever had to endure", insisting that he wasn't approached to take part in the show's production.
"Pistol" is a 6-episode series about SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones. It is based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol" and it is being helmed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who serves as executive producer and director.
Edmund Cullen, the lawyer that represents Jones and drummer Paul Cook, told a judge at the High Court in London on Thursday that his clients have a "brittle and fractious" relationship with Lydon, but that the musicians had made an agreement in 1988 that song usage would be on a "majority rules basis" and that they also had the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious.
Lydon's lawyer, Mark Cunningham, said in written arguments that Jones's memoir portrayed him "in a hostile and unflattering light", referring to Lydon at one point as an "annoying little brat with the great bone structure who's always asking for more."
JULY 15, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS HAS ACQUIRED A NEW DRUMMER
American punk band CIRCLE JERKS has recruited a new drummer, Joey Castillo (The BRONX, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DANZIG, BL'AST!, WASTED YOUTH).
NEW SONG WITH IRON MAIDEN
IRON MAIDEN today revealed their brand-new track "The Writing On The Wall" with an eagerly anticipated global YouTube video premiere. This is their first new song in 6 years.
JUDAS PRIEST TO RELEASE 42-CD BOX SET
JUDAS PRIEST is set to release a mammoth limited-edition box set which will include every official live and studio album to date plus 13 unreleased discs. This is the most extensive release of previously unreleased music the band has made from its vast archives. This special release will be out on October 15 via Sony Music.
A "Reflections" edition of the box set will also be available to purchase in CD and 2LP formats.
NEW RELEASE DATE FOR SAMI YAFFA's SOLO ALBUM
Finnish bassist Sami Yaffa (HANOI ROCKS, Michael Monroe, NEW YORK DOLLS, Pelle Miljoona, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS) will release his solo album, "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind", on September 3 (and not 22 as previously announced) via Livewire/Cargo Records.
NEW SINGLE WITH U.D.O.
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. (led by Udo Dirkschneider from ACCEPT) has released a new single/video, "Metal Never Dies", which is taken from their upcoming album, "Game Over", that will be released on October 22 via AFM Records.
KISS KEYBOARDIST GARY CORBETT IS DEAD
Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett has died after battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain and hip. He passed away last night (Wednesday, July 14).
Corbett played offstage keyboards and handled background vocals on KISS tours in the late 80s and early 90s. Before that, his credits included co-writing Cyndi Lauper's Top 5 hit "She Bop" and working with the solo band of former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm, who recommended Corbett to KISS frontman Paul Stanley.
After KISS, Corbett played with CINDERELLA until 2011. He also got a couple of Grammys for his work with reggae legends Damian and Stephen Marley.
WARBRINGER TEAM UP WITH NERVOSA FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
American thrashers WARBRINGER will join NERVOSA for a co-headline European tour with support from WARFECT. The tour will take place from February to April 2022.
Dates etc. here: facebook.com/Warbringermusic facebook.com/nervosa facebook.com/Warfect
SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
British modern metal band SKARLETT RIOT are going on a short 5-date UK tour in November. Tickets will be available to purchase next Wednesday, July 21.
Dates here: facebook.com/skarlettriotuk
BUCKCHERRY CANCELS DUE TO COVID
Southern California hard rockers BUCKCHERRY has postponed the next couple of weeks' worth of tour dates after 2 members of the band tested positive for COVID-19.
Affected shows are those who was supposed to happen between July 16-25.
NEW AC/DC BEER
KnuckleBonz and Calicraft Brewing Company have announced their plans to launch a new music branded beverage line with 2 AC/DC officially licensed beers: AC/DC PWR UP Juicy IPA and AC/DC TNT Double IPA coming to select retail outlets throughout California and Arizona in late summer of 2021.
There will be a tap room release event in the San Francisco Bay Area the weekend of July 23-25 at the Calicraft headquarters/tap room.
More info here: calicraft.com/ACDC knucklebonz.com/acdc
MEGADETH TO RELEASE ACOUSTIC ALBUM
It was one of the most unique and sought-after concert experiences in MEGADETH fandom - an intimate, scaled-down performance featuring Dave Mustaine & Co. on acoustic guitars stripping down their heavy metal anthems to their primal elements. These special engagements became the stuff of legend over the years and recordings of these performances were made available exclusively through the MEGADETH fanclub.
But now, the band have partnered with Los Angeles-based indie label Cleopatra Records to make this experience open to all with the first-ever commercial release of "Unplugged In Boston", a spectacular acoustic concert recorded in 2001.
"Unplugged In Boston" will be available on digital as well as digipak CD and vinyl in an array of color options to choose from. Release date is August 20.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG GUITARIST GAV LEAVING THE BAND
After 10 years, TYGERS OF PAN TANG guitarist Gav Gray has decided to leave the band.
CINDERELLA GUITARIS JEFF LABAR IS DEAD
CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar has died at the age of 58. He was found dead by his wife, Debinique Salazar, on Wednesday (July 14) inside his apartment in Nashville. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
JULY 14, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Reunited American punks CIRCLE JERKS have announced a European tour next summer (2022).
Tickets and dates: circlejerks.net/tour
CANDLEMASS SHOWS IN STOCKHOLM POSTPONED AGAIN
Swedish doom metal pioneers CANDLEMASS has once again postponed their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The latest dates are November 13 and 14.
The band will perform the entire "Epicus, Doomicus, Metallicus" album on the first night, and the entire "Nightfall" album the next night.
METALLICA TO CELEBRATE 40 WITH FAN CLUB MEMBERS
METALLICA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with 2 special hometown shows at Chase Center in San Francisco, California on December 17 and December 19 for members of their fan club only.
More info: metallica.com
HATEBREED REPLACES IN FLAMES ON "The Metal Tour Of The Year"
Due to international visa issues, Swedish metal band IN FLAMES have pulled out of "The Metal Tour Of The Year", co-headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD and featuring special guests TRIVIUM. Replacing them on the bill will be HATEBREED.
JULY 13, 2021
EX-WHITESNAKE GUITARIST BERNIE MARSDEN TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM
Guitar legend Bernie Marsden (ex-WHITESNAKE) will release his brand-new album, "Kings", on July 23 via Conquest Music. All pre orders to Bernie's site will get a signed CD and a free limited-edition Bernie Marsden "Kings" plectrum. Only orders via Bernie's web site qualify for this, and offer ends on release day.
"Kings" is Bernie's first solo album in 7 years.
JETHRO TULL SIGNS WITH INSIDEOUTMUSIC
InsideOutMusic/Sony Music have announced the signing of progressive rock legends JETHRO TULL to the label. The band has already completed a new album, titled "The Zealot Gene", which can be expected in early 2022.
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AC/DC
Sony Music Publishing have announced a worldwide deal with Australian music company Alberts. The agreement is to administer the complete song catalogues of AC/DC and powerhouse songwriting and producing team Harry Vanda, George Young and Stevie Wright. The historic deal brings the band's publishing and recording rights together under the Sony banner for the first time.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ROADRUNNER RECORDS IN THE WORKS
Directed by "Temple Of Bleh" podcast host Jim Saxton, "The History Of Roadrunner Records" will tell the story of the Dutch-founded company, from its beginnings as a licensor of children's music in 1981, concluding with the label's 2012 shake-up following its acquisition by Warner Music Group.
Through a collection of new interviews with Roadrunner alumni (artist and employee alike), archival footage, and never-before-seen materials, the project will fill the knowledge gap left behind by metal's most disruptive independent label.
"The History Of Roadrunner Records" is currently slated for digital release in March 2023.
THE DOORS GUITARIST ROBBY KRIEGER TO RELEASE MEMOIR
After 50 years, The DOORS' notoriously quiet guitarist, Robby Krieger, is ready to set the record straight in his first-ever memoir, "Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar With The Doors", written with Jeff Alulis. Krieger finally opens up about the band's meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock n roll.
The book will be published in the following countries:
U.K. - October 12 - Orion/White Rabbit
Italy - November 16 - Rizzoli Lizard
Russia - Fall 2021 - AST
Finland - January 2022 - Like
Spain - Spring 2022 - Alianza
EYEHATEGOD ADDS MORE U.S. TOUR DATES
EYEHATEGOD announces additional live dates this September leading up to their massive North American tour supporting GWAR and NAPALM DEATH.
The band's journey begins with back-to-back record release shows September 10 and 11 at Poor Boys in their hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana with support provided by GOATWHORE, The OBSESSED, and more. As an added bonus, renowned adult film star, writer, director, and band friend Stormy Daniels will be selling merch at the September 11 show.
From there, the band will rampage their way through 10 more cities including a trio of performances with GWAR and MADBALL as well as a one-off show in Frederick, Maryland with SUFFOCVATION and MADBALL. On October 28, EYEHATEGOD will convene with GWAR and NAPALM DEATH in Norfolk, Virginia for a tour that will run through over 3 dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13 in Washington, DC.
See all confirmed dates here: facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
JULY 12, 2021
BLOODBOUND ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish power metal band BLOODBOUND are going on a European tour in March 2022. They will visit Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Belgium with not just 1 but 3 support acts: ARION, METALITE and VEONITY.
More details here: facebook.com/bloodboundmetal
facebook.com/OfficialArion metalite.se veonity.com
MARDUK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK are going on a European tour with VALKYRJA and DOODSWENS in October/November.
Dates etc. here: facebook.com/Mardukofficial
MANOWAR TO CELEBRATE 6 ALBUMS AT THE SAME TIME
In 2022, MANOWAR will embark on the "Crushing The Enemies Of Metal Anniversary Tour '22", which will be packed with fan favorites from the band's career and will pay special tribute to 6 signature MANOWAR albums and their anniversaries:
40th anniversary of "Battle Hymns"
35th anniversary of "Fighting The World"
30th anniversary of "The Triumph Of Steel"
20th anniversary of "Warriors Of The World"
15th anniversary of "Gods Of War"
10th anniversary of "The Lord Of Steel"
The tour kick off in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on April 12.
Full tour schedule and ticket links: manowar.com
JULY 10, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH GAMMA RAY
German power metal veterans GAMMA RAY will release a new live album, "30 Years Live Anniversary", on CD/DVD and vinyl on November 12, and the digital version on September 10.
Due to COVID-19, the band was not able to play shows, so they decided to do a livestream event and set up a big stage in the ISS Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. This event took place on August 27 and was streamed to fans all over the globe. This livestreamed show will now be released as a double live album on both audio and video via earMUSIC.
NEW ALBUM WITH SAXON IN FEBRUARY
British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their new album on February 4, 2022. No title of the album has been revealed yet..
The first single from the new album will likely arrive at the end of this year. Pre-order will begin on October 29.
Message from Biff Byford (vocals): youtu.be/NO_OREmZTCI
JULY 9, 2021
BLOODBOUND ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish power metal band BLOODBOUND will do 2 exclusive shows in Sweden in October. The dates are:
Oct. 29 - Valand, Göteborg
Oct. 30 - Nalen Klubb, Stockholm
Tickets: triffidanddanger.se or tickster.com
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE TO RELEASE LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, the band led by former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell, will release "Great Zeppelin II: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin" on August 13 via Deadline Music, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
The album is a sequel to the 1998 album that became one of GREAT WHITE's best-selling, most loved albums.
THE PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
UK punk rock veterans The PROFESSIONALS have announced a short UK tour in the end of August.
A new album, "SNAFU", will be released on September 24.
Dates and tickets: theprofessionalsband.com/shows
JULY 8, 2021
FIRST OFFICIAL BON SCOTT WEB SITE
Iconic AC/DC singer Ronald Belford "Bon' Scott would have turned 75 years old on July 9, 2021. To mark this occasion, Bon's family will launch the first-ever official Bon Scott web site which will serve as a destination for fans keen to discover more about the legendary singer, including tributes from renowned rockers. They will also be able to leave testimonials about seeing or meeting Bon and purchase newly available official merchandise.
BOX FULL OF 80s DEMOS WITH ENUFF Z'NUFF
From the vault of bassist Chip Z'Nuff and vocalist Donnie Vie comes this long-buried treasure of early 80s demos that chronicle the very birth of melodic glam rockers ENUFF Z'NUFF. "Never Enuff - Rarities & Demos", officially scheduled for release on August 27, features high-quality studio recordings consisting entirely of previously unreleased, original material written by Z'Nuff and Vie as they honed their songcraft in the years leading up to their 1989 Atlantic Records self-titled debut album.
JULY 7, 2021
HEART's Ann Wilson ANNOUNCE SHORT SOLO TOUR
HEART's Ann Wilson will embark on a short solo tour in August. The trek will kick off on August 14 in Alexandria, Virginia and will include dates in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire, before wrapping up with a 2-night stand at City Winery New York City.
Dates and tickets: annwilson.com/tour
NEW INTERVIEW WITH VELVET INSANE
There's a new interview with Swedish glam rockers VELVET INSANE here at Hard Rock Info. And guess what? It's available in English!
CHECK IT OUT!
NEW ALBUM WITH AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS IN SEPTEMBER
Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS will release a new album, "Comfort To Me", on September 10 via Rough Trade.
The first single, "Guided By Angels", is out today: youtu.be/Z--D1flPLnk
Pre-order the album: amylats.ffm.to/comforttome
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE U.S. DATES
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS are still alive, and have announced a few shows with MDC in the States in October.
Dates here: facebook.com/deadkennedys
JULY 6, 2021
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. DATES
Billy Idol have announced 4 new tour dates in the States, which will happen in September. VIP pre-sale begin tomorrow (July 7), and general public on sale begin on Friday, July 9.
Dates and tickets at: billyidol.net
VOIVOD LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR DOCUMENTARY
Canadian prog/sci-fi metal legends VOIVOD has joined forces with metal film director Felipe Belalcázar to make the band's official documentary, "We Are Connected". And they have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them finance the film.
VOIVOD's crowdfunding campaign will run from July 6 to August 15, with shipping expected to begin in the last week of August.
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING TO UNDERGO GASTRIC CANCER SURGERY
EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting will undergo a total gastrectomy next week, less than 5 months after he started treatment for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
EX-URIAH HEEP FRONTMAN JOHN LAWTON IS DEAD
Former URIAH HEEP frontman John Lawton has passed away at the age of 74. He died on June 29, and there was no illness involved.
John Lawton sang with the band between 1976-79. He was also a member of LUCIFER'S FRIEND.
NEW ALBUM WITH RUNNING WILD IN OCTOBER
Long running German heavy metal pirates RUNNING WILD have set "Blood On Blood" as the title of their new album, which will be released on October 29. Pre-sale will start on July 30, and the first single will drop on August 13.
JULY 3, 2021
HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND GOT A NEW DRUMMER
Swedish Americana rockers HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND has recruited a new drummer: Richard Klemmé (The TROUBLED THREE).
Their previous drummer, Patrik Jansson, left due to the classic "creative differencies". And the band says that in this case it's true.
HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND has 2 shows coming up in Sweden this summer:
July 30 in Bålsta (Private pool party)
Aug. 21 in Vinön
QUEENSRŸCHE GUITARIST PARKER LUNDGREN STEP DOWN
Parker Lundgren, guitarist for QUEENSRŸCHE, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years.
Read a statement here: facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE SPANISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell announce more tour dates. This time he is going to sunny Spain for a tour in January 2022.
Dates here: facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial
JULY 2, 2021
AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR
AT THE GATES release their new album, "The Nightmare Of Being", today, and announce a Swedish tour in December.
Tickets go on sale Monday, July 5 at: triffidanddanger.se
BULLET ANNOUNCE BULLFEST
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET invite us to Bullfest at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on August 28. BULLET themselves will headline, and the other bands that will play are LUCIFER, BIRDFLESH and METAL WARRIORS. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 3.
facebook.com/bulletband tyrolen.se tickster.com
SABATON ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish war metallers SABATON have announced "The Tour To End All Tours". The spring 2022 European trek will be visiting 26 cities in 17 countries, featuring support from the Mongolian rock band The HU and Finnish heavy metal veterans LORDI.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, July 7 on the band's web site: sabaton.net/tour
JULY 1, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH U.D.O. IN OCTOBER
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. will release a new album, "Game Over", on October 22 via AFM Records.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) has announced a European tour in May 2022.
Tickets and dates here: hankvonhell.com
BON JOVI's "It's My Life" SURPASSES 1 BILLION VIEWS ON YouTube
BON JOVI's music video for the song "It's My Life" has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. It is the first BON JOVI track to reach the milestone.
JUNE 30, 2021
FRANK MARINO ANNOUNCE IMMEDIATE RETIREMENT FROM TOURING
Frank Marino, the legendary Canadian guitarist and leader of the band MAHOGANY RUSH, has announced his retirement from touring after developing an "unexpected and debilitating" medical condition.
The 66-year-old musician has not revealed any specific details about the condition, but said that it has made it "impossible" for him to play shows.
A statement can be read here: facebook.com/OfficialFrankMarino
NEW ALBUM WITH WANDA JACKSON IN AUGUST
Rockabilly and country icon Wanda Jackson will release a new album produced by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna. It's called "Encore", and it will be out August 20 via Big Machine/Blackheart. Joan Jett is also on 3 of the tracks. Other guest spots include Elle King, Angaleena Presley (PISTOL ANNIES) and Candi Carpenter.
You can hear the lead single, "It Keeps Right on a Hurtin'", here: youtu.be/DilTt68v__o
PAUL SPECKMANN SIGNS WITH EMANZIPATION PRODUCTIONS
Emanzipation Productions have announced the signing of underground death metal legend Paul Speckmann. The iconic MASTER frontman, also a member of DEATH STRIKE, CADAVERIC POISON, and JOHANSSON SPECKMANN, will join the Danish label with his cult band SPECKMANN PROJECT. His only album so far under this banner was the self-titled record released in 1991 via Nuclear Blast, to a great amount of praise of the old-school death/thrash scene.
"Speckmann Project 2" will be released in 2022. More details to be announced in due time..
JUNE 29, 2021
INGLORIOUS TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
British hard rockers INGLORIOUS will release a covers album, titled "Heroine", on September 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The album sees the band tackling covers by a varied selection of female artists whom they respect and admire.
Today we get a first taste with the release of the single and video for their take on Miley Cyrus' "Midnight Sky": youtu.be/OOQ8B6eucak
SAMMY HAGAR ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
Sammy Hagar has announced a fall 2021 Las Vegas residency. The shows - dubbed "Sammy Hagar and Friends" - will take place at the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod (formerly known as the Stratosphere) and will feature The Red Rocker collaborating with a rotating circle of his legendary friends starting with shows on Friday, October 29, Saturday, October 30, Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting on Thursday, July 1 at this location: tickets.thestrat.com/SammyHagar
NEW SINGLE WITH PRESSURE IN JULY
Swedish hard rockers PRESSURE will release a new single, "Fem I Tre", on Friday, July 2.
D-A-D TO HEADLINE CANNONBALL
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will headline the new festival Cannonball, which will take place in Næstved, Denmark on September 4. Among the other artists that will play are BONAFIDE, VA ROCKS, GRUMPYNATORS, Soren Andersen, The COURETTES, LUCER, COLUMBIAN NECKTIES, JUNKYARD DRIVE, TIMECHILD, KELLERMENSCH and The SANDMEN.
H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE SCANDINAVIAN DATES
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T have announced a few tour dates in Norway, Sweden and Denmark early next year. Special guest will be NESTOR, and tickets go on sale June 30.
The 4 dates we talk about are:
Feb. 4 - Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
Feb. 5 - Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb. 18 - Amager Bio, København, Denmark
Feb. 19 - Trädgår'n, Göteborg, Sweden
THE HIVES AND THE HELLACOPTERS CONFIRMED FOR ROYAL ROCK FEST
Royal Rock Fest will happen at Avicii Arena (aka Globen)/Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden on December 17 and at Göransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden on December 18. The lineup will include Swedish rockers like The HIVES, The HELLACOPTERS, GRAVEYARD, ROYAL REPUBLIC, THUNDERMOTHER, BOMBUS, MAIDAVALE and HORNDAL.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 2 at: livenation.se
JUNE 28, 2021
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the US leg of "The Bay Strikes Back Tour", featuring thrash legends TESTAMENT, EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL. The 30-date trek will kick off on October 6 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA and will make stops in Austin, New York, and Detroit before concluding at The Fox in Oakland on November 27.
General admission tickets for the tour will go on sale on Thursday, July 1. Blabbermouth will have a ticket pre-sale starting Tuesday, June 29. Tickets for the rescheduled TESTAMENT shows will be honored.
More info: nuclearblast.com/store testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us blabbermouth.net
NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" SURPASSES 1 BILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
According to Chart Data, NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify, making it the band's first song to reach the milestone.
JUNE 27, 2021
SWEDISH BLUES AND REGGAE ARTIST PEPS PERSSON IS DEAD
Swedish blues and reggae legend Peps Persson passed away this morning. He became 74 years old.
EX-SKID ROW SINGER JOHNNY SOLINGER IS DEAD
Former SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger has died at the age of 55. His passing comes a little over a month after he announced he was suffering from liver failure.
VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER AND ARTILLERY ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for this year's "MTV Headbangers Ball" tour of Europe.
The trek is currently scheduled to kick off on November 24 in Amersfoort, Netherlands and conclude on December 6 in Göteborg, Sweden.
RATT RECRUITS NEW GUITARIST
RATT has recruited guitarist Frankie Lindia for its summer 2021 tour dates following last year's departure of Chris Sanders.
Lindia, a Los Angeles-based guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and music teacher who played with David Lee Roth on the VAN HALEN singer's 2020 tour, made his live debut with RATT this past Thursday (June 24) at the Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota.
ZZ TOP ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
ZZ TOP has announced that they are going back out on tour, with dates starting next month in Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
JUNE 24, 2021
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ALKALINE TRIO
BAD RELIGION will team up with ALKALINE TRIO for a North American tour in October/November, which will also feature WAR ON WOMEN as special guests. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 25.
Tickets and dates at: badreligion.com
EX-ACCEPT MEMBERS HERMAN FRANK AND DAVID REECE HAVE A NEW PROJECT
It seems like former ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reece are working together on a new project.
CANDLEMASS ANNOUNCE 3 DATES IN THE STATES
CANDLEMASS are going to America in April 2022 for 3 shows. Tickets for their headline dates go on sale this Friday, June 25.
April 20 - The Middle East, Boston, MA (w/ The SKULL, FRAYLE)
April 22 - Hell's Heroes Festival, Houston, TX (SOLD OUT!)
April 24 - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL (w/ The SKULL, FRAYLE)
JUNE 23, 2021
GEEZER BUTLER TO RELEASE BOX SET
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has announced a new career-spanning release, "Manipulations Of The Mind - The Complete Collection".
The 4-CD box set, which is due on July 30 via BMG, will include his 3 solo albums - "Plastic Planet", "Black Science" and "Ohmwork" - plus a bonus disc of "rare material", described as a treasure trove of unreleased demos, studio outtakes, single edits and 3 live tracks captured at the Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan in February 1996, alongside the song "Beach Skeleton", only previously heard on the Japanese edition of "Black Science".
An additional standalone collection, "The Very Best Of Geezer Butler", will be made available on the same day.
METALLICA PHOTO BOOK IN OCTOBER
Reel Art Press has announced the publication of "Metallica: The Black Album In Black & White", on October 19.
This official coffee table book is a collaboration with METALLICA and photographer Ross Halfin and is a celebration of one of the best-selling albums of all time, featuring classic and previously unpublished photographs. It includes introductions by Ross, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.
NEW INTERVIEW WITH TROUBLEMAKERS
It was a few months since my last interview, but now a new interview is up here at Hard Rock Info. It's with the Swedish punkrock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS, and it's once again only in Swedish.
Check it out!
JUNE 22, 2021
FLOGGING MOLLY TEAM UP WITH VIOLENT FEMMES FOR U.S. TOUR
Celtic punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY have announced a co-headline tour in the States with VIOLENT FEMMES, as well as special guests ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES and THICK. The tour will take place in September/October, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 25.
Tickets and dates here: floggingmolly.com/tour
facebook.com/officialviolentfemmes facebook.com/gimmegimmes facebook.com/Thickinbrooklyn
THE HIVES ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
The HIVES are going on a European tour in November/December, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 25. They will visit countries like Germany, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Tickets and dates here: thehives.com
GBH RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR AGAIN
British punk legends GBH have rescheduled their 4 dates in Sweden once again. They will now visit the country in February 2022, and the new dates are:
Feb. 16 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Feb. 17 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
Feb. 18 - Debaser, Stockholm
Feb. 19 - Plan B, Malmö
There will also be support acts on each date.
HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES IN RUSSIA, BELARUS AND UKRAINE
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will do some shows in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in March 2022. The dates are these:
March 09 - Yekaterinburg - TeleClub
March 11 - St. Petersburg -Morze
March 12 - Moscow - 1930
March 14 - Minsk - RE:Public
March 15 - Kiev - Atlas
A BOX FULL OF URIAH HEEP IN SEPTEMBER
On September 24, BMG will release URIAH HEEP's "Every Day Rocks" box set.
The ambitious and beautifully presented box set includes the first 7 albums on picture disc, plus 7 accompanying t-shirts (1 for every day of the week), corresponding art cards feature motivational lyrics and a calendar wall planner for planning the week's URIAH HEEP listening.
30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF METALLICA's BLACK ALBUM
METALLICA marks the 30th anniversary of its self-titled fifth album - also known as "The Black Album" - with 2 landmark releases, both out September 10 on the band's own Blackened Recordings.
"The Black Album" is receiving its definitive re-release. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the album will be available in multiple configurations, and some of them will contain some extra material.
There will also be a tribute album, called "The Metallica Blacklist", which will feature 12 songs and 53 artists. Among these artists are GHOST, WEEZER, OFF!, Corey Taylor, VOLBEAT, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, PG ROXETTE etc etc.
More info about both releases at: metallica.com
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DORO IN SEPTEMBER
In celebration of 35 years of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album, Doro Pesch will release "Triumph And Agony Live" in various formats, including CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD, Blu-ray, and a huge box set, on September 24 through Doro's own label, Rare Diamonds Productions.
The cover and track listing will be revealed shortly..
CONNY BLOOM ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom has announced some solo tour dates in Sweden during the summer.
More details here: facebook.com/ConnyBloomOfficial
JUNE 21, 2021
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ANETTE OLZON
Current The DARK ELEMENT and former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her new solo album, "Strong", via Frontiers Music Srl on September 10.
Today fans can get their first listen to new music with the release of the single and video for the track "Parasite": youtu.be/eEbQWMOPBO0
Pre-order/save the album here: orcd.co/anettestrong
MIMIKRY AND LASTKAJ 14 CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
NO FUN AT ALL, MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, VÅNNA INGET, The PRICKS, TRUBBEL, CITY SAINTS, BOMBFORS and THOSE WITHOUT have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on Oktober 1-2, 2021.
Tickets at: punkfesten.se
JUNE 20, 2021
TARJA TURUNEN TO TELL HER STORY IN NEW BOOK
Rocket 88 has announced the publication of "Singing In My Blood", the first book by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.
Written and compiled over the past year of lockdown, Tarja has searched through scores of photos and memories to create a big, deluxe book about her life in music. There are contributions from friends and colleagues who've played a part in her music on stage, in the studio and at home, alongside lots of previously unseen intimate photos from childhood to the present day.
For more details, go to: tarjabook.com
JUNE 19, 2021
RATT ANNOUNCE SUMMER DATES
According to Stephen Pearcy, RATT will only play a "handful" of shows this summer. So far, the following U.S. dates have been announced, as per the singer's official web site:
Jun. 24 - Brainerd, MN - Lakes Jam
Jul. 16 - Red River Valley Fair - West Fargo, ND
Jul. 23 - Waukesha County Fair - Pewaukee, WI
Aug. 21 - The Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
SATOR No. 1 IN SWEDEN
Swedish rock legends SATOR went to the top of the charts here in Sweden with the reissue of their album "Basement Noise", both on the physical chart and the vinyl chart.
JUNE 18, 2021
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCE 71-DATE U.S. TOUR
FOREIGNER will embark on a 71-date U.S. tour at the end of the month. The trek will kick off on June 24 in Ottumwa, Iowa and conclude on November 20 in Pensacola, Florida. Several of the of shows in the fall - including those in Saratoga, California; Los Angeles, California; Santa Barbara, California; Detroit, Michigan; Youngstown, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Michigan - will feature the band performing with a full orchestra.
For further details try: foreigneronline.com
FOGHAT CELEBRATE 50 WITH NEW LIVE ALBUM
FOGHAT celebrate 50 years of rock and roll with "8 Days On The Road", a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16 on their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits (which is part of the Sun Records family and is owned by Sam Philips's son and nephew).
It will also be available on vinyl LP and digital.
The recording took place on November 17, 2019 at Daryl's House Club in Pawling, New York.
The band is currently working on a new studio album, to be released in 2022.
Pre-order the live album: foghat.biz
ELECTRIC GUITARS ANNOUNCE DANISH TOUR
Danish high-energy guitar hard rockers ELECTRIC GUITARS are going on a tour in Denmark in November/December. But before that they will play at The Tivoli in Helsingborg, Sweden on November 4.
Tickets and dates: gig.to/eg2021
MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, MOB 47 AND GATUPLAN CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
Since earlier TOY DOLLS are confirmed to headline the Close-Up Båten punk cruise on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back), which will now happen on May 19-20, 2022. Now the rest of the lineup have been announced as well, which includes the following acts: MIMIKRY, TRUBBEL, CHARTA 77, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, KSM3, MOB 47, BESSERBITCH, GATUPLAN, VÄNSTERNÄVEN, DEATH BY HORSE, BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING, N:A HOSPITALET and SLAVERIET.
Tickets are on sale now: tallinksilja.se/close-uppunk
And if you think it's not enough for you, then there's also a after party at Nalen/Stora Salen on October 22 with LASTKAJ 14 and LAARHÖNE.
Tickets for the after party: secure.tickster.com/sv/456zp9f2xvd44aj/products
BLISTERHEAD ANNOUNCE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish punkrock band BLISTERHEAD have announced 2 late release shows in Sweden:
Oct. 1 - Fyrens Ölkafé in Göteborg
Oct. 2 - Sällskapet in Skövde
Very limited number of tickets to these gigs.
JUNE 17, 2021
350 ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT HELLFEST 2022
METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over 2 weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on 6 stages, with additional appearances by such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, VOLBEAT, DEEP PURPLE, Alice Cooper, NIGHTWISH, SABATON, SUICIDAL TENDENICES and BAD RELIGION.
Full lineup and other details: hellfest.fr
EX-KISS TOURING KEYBOARDIST GARY CORBETT IS BATTLING CANCER
Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett is battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain and hip. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help him and his wife as they are facing devastating medical bills while he goes through treatment.
AT THE GATES TO HEADLINE GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL WINTER EDITION
The people behind Gefle Metal Festival have announced Gefle Metal Festival Winter Edition, which will take place at Stora Gasklockan in Gävle, Sweden on December 11. Headliner will be AT THE GATES, and 4 more bands will be added.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 18) at: geflemetalfestival.se
JUNE 16, 2021
NIKKI SIXX ANNOUNCE NEW MEMOIR
Mary Ann Naples, VP and publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the forthcoming publication of "The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx" by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. Due on October 19, the book is edited by executive editor Brant Rumble, who acquired world rights in a deal with Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment, and will be available in hardcover, eBook and an audio edition by Hachette Audio.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG RECORDING NEW EP
TYGERS OF PAN TANG are currently recording a new 3-track EP, to be released in late October. This recording will introduce their new guitarist Francesco Marras.
METALLICA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
METALLICA has announced a number of summer 2022 European festival appearances.
The 7-date run will kick off on June 15, 2022 at Copenhagen, Denmark's Copenhell and conclude on July 8, 2022 at Lisbon, Portugal's NOS Alive.
Dates here: metallica.com
GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT MOTÖRHEAD IN SEPTEMBER
Simon & Schuster will release "Motörhead: The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World: The Authorized Graphic Novel", by David Calcano and Mark Irwin, in hardcover edition on September 7.
Spanning 144 pages packed with stunning illustrations, the book tells the legendary story of MOTÖRHEAD's frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the band's meteoric rise to becoming one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
GARY HOLT QUITS DRINKING
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has officially quit drinking alcohol.
Read more: instagram.com/garyholt_official
JUNE 15, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH EX DEO IN AUGUST
Symphonic death metallers EX DEO (with members of KATAKLYSM) will release a new album, "The Thirteen Years Of Nero", on August 27 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order: napalmrecords.com/deutsch/exdeo or exdeoband.com/shop
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES
Yngwie Malmsteen will be back on the North American roads in November/December. John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) will be support act.
Dates and tickets here: yngwiemalmsteen.com
BRANDS FOR FANS RELEASE "KISS Cold Gin"
Swedish company Brands For Fans will release "KISS Cold Gin" on Monday, June 21. Pre-order start today (June 15). This product will not be available at Systembolaget (the Swedish liquor store), so you have to order it from their web site. It will also be available in some other European countries.
More info: brandsforfans.com
RONNIE JAMES DIO DOCUMENTARY MAKERS WANT YOUR PHOTOS
The producers of the upcoming career-spanning documentary on the life and times of Ronnie James Dio looking for your personal photos with the legendary heavy metal singer to include in the film.
Upload your photos at diodocumentary.com
The documentary is the first about Dio to be fully authorized by the artist's estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film.
JUNE 14, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE HACKETT IN SEPTEMBER
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release a new studio album, "Surrender of Silence", on September 10 via Inside Out Music.
IGGY POP ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Iggy Pop have announced a European tour next summer.
You can find all confirmed dates here: facebook.com/iggypop
RANCID AND DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
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 guests The BRONX on most dates. The U.S. trek - which was originally scheduled for May of 2020 - runs from August 10 to October 16 and will also feature festival appearances by DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID at Riot Fest in Chicago on September 18 and Aftershock in Sacramento on October 8.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, June 18.
Try one of these for dates and tickets: rancidrancid.com or dropkickmurphys.com
KISS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for the next U.S. leg of the "End Of The Road" tour. The trek kicks off on August 18, 2021 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and concludes on October 9, 2021 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa date is one of several new shows added to the tour, alongside those in Toledo, Ohio; Irvine, California; Mountain View, California; Wheatland, California; Sparks, Nevada; Hidalgo, Texas; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets for the newly added dates go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 18. Tickets for all previously rescheduled dates are on sale now.
More info at: kissonline.com
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Veteran Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will embark on a U.S. tour this summer. The "Brace For Impact Summer Tour 2021" will kick off on August 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and conclude on August 28 in Mesa, Arizona.
More info: flotstildeath.com
VADER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Polish death metal veterans VADER have announced a European tour in July/August this year. Most dates will happen in Poland and Germany, but they will also visit Finland, Austria and Switzerland.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/vader
JUNE 13, 2021
SKID ROW WILL ALSO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "Slave To The Grind"
SKID ROW will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its classic second album, "Slave To The Grind", by performing it in its entirety on July 11 at The Amphitheater at Rolling Hills Casino And Resort in Corning, California.
FLESHCRAWL VOCALIST SVEN GROSS IS DEAD
Sven "Svenson" Gross, vocalist for German death metallers FLESHCRAWL, has lost his battle with cancer.
JUNE 12, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TROUBLEMAKERS IN OCTOBER
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Their 9th studio album, "En Sista Skål", will be released at Musikens Hus in their hometown Göteborg on October 30. They will hopefully have the book about the band available then too. More info about the event later..
SLIPKNOT's EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR MOVED BACK TO 2022
SLIPKNOT has postponed its previously announced summer 2021 European dates until 2022.
The new dates are:
Jul. 15 - Moscow, Russia - Park Live Festival
Jul. 17 - Kiev, Ukraine - UPark Festival
Jul. 20 - Bucharest, Romania - Romexpo
Jul. 21 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Hills Of Rock
Jul. 23 - Athens, Greece - Release Festival
Aug. 05 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
SEBASTIAN BACH TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind"
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's second album, "Slave To The Grind", on a U.S. tour this fall. He will perform the LP in its entirety at all shows on the trek, which will kick off in October, with exact dates to be announced soon.
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
American action hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA have once again been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to happen in August. "With different countries having different restrictions, it makes travel over there too difficult right now", says the band on Facebook.
The plan is to reschedule everything for May of 2022, and do an extended tour to make up all of the dates. They are currently booking dates in the States.
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE INTERRUPTERS NEXT FRIDAY
American ska rockers The INTERRUPTERS will release a live album, "Live In Tokyo!", on June 18.
JUNE 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND NEXT YEAR
Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend has announced his first new tour in support of the forthcoming album "Lightwork", due to be released in spring 2022. Devin has started recording with producer GGGarth Richardson at his The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Tickets for the "Lightwork Tour 2022" will go on sale Monday, June 14 at: hevydevy.com/tourdates
JUNE 10, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ABORTED IN SEPTEMBER
Belgian gore/death metal veterans ABORTED are going to release a new album, "ManiaCult", on September 10 via Century Media Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH THOR NEXT MONTH
American muscle hard rockers THOR will release a new album, "Alliance", on July 16 through Deadline Music. The album will feature guest apperances from people like Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P), John Gallagher (RAVEN), Björn Strid (SOILWORK), Danko Jones (DANKO JONES), Neil Turbin (ANTHRAX), Ross "The Boss" Friedman (MANOWAR, The DICTATORS) and many more..
Check out the first single, "The Ultimate Alliance" (featuring both Ross The Boss and Chris Holmes): youtu.be/eZASqUhTCcc
Pre-order the album: cleorecs.com/store/?s=thor+alliance&post_type=product ..or pre-save: orcd.co/thor_alliance_album
JUNE 9, 2021
THE QUILL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish heavy hard rockers The QUILL are going on a European tour in January.
The first confirmed dates can be found here: facebook.com/thequillsweden
HANK VON HELL RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell's little tour in Sweden in September has been postponed to March 2022.
The new dates are:
March 2 - Pustervik, Göteborg
March 3 - Katalin, Uppsala
March 4 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall
March 5 - Berns, Stockholm
JEFF LOOMIS JOINS GRAHAM BONNET'S ALCATRAZZ
Former NEVERMORE and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Jeff Loomis has joined Graham Bonnet's version of ALCATRAZZ.
JUNE 8, 2021
AVATAR ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a summer/fall 2021 U.S. tour. The 36-date trek, dubbed "Going Hunting", will kick off September 1 in Albany, New York and will make stops in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and more before wrapping October 18 in Seattle, Washington.
General on-sale begin this Friday, June 11.
LIVE ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST TO BE RE-RELEASED ON TAPE
The new French label Birth Ritual Records will re-release PARADISE LOST's live album "Draconian Times MMVI Live" on cassette. It's a live recording of their album "Draconian Times", recorded in 2011. The tape will be released on June 30.
NASHVILLE PUSSY RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
American hard rocking veterans NASHVILLE PUSSY have had to reschedule their Australian tour in September 2021, due to the risk and probability of international borders not being open in time. It will now go ahead in September 2022. All current tickets are simply transferable to the new dates.
New dates can be found here: facebook.com/NSPSY
AMON AMARTH CANCEL ALL SUMMER SHOWS
Swedish melodic death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are forced to officially cancel all Summer 2021 shows due to the ongoing festival cancellations and postponements across Europe. They hope to see you next year instead..
JUNE 7, 2021
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST will finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek will also feature SABATON as openers.
The tour will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania), October and early November (concluding on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario). Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale beginning this Friday, June 11.
More info and dates: judaspriest.com
NEW SINGLE WITH VELVET INSANE ON FRIDAY
Swedish glam rockers VELVET INSANE will release another single from their upcoming album on Friday, June 11. The song is "Sound Of Sirens", and you can pre-save it here: orcd.co/sound-of-sirens
The album, titled "Rock 'N' Roll Glitter Suit", will be released on July 16 through Wild Kingdom Records.
JUNE 4, 2021
NEW SINGLES WITH WITHERING SURFACE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, LUCIFER AND ALCATRAZZ
Danish melodic death metallers WITHERING SURFACE has released a new single, "Stick To Your Guns", today. Listen: backl.ink/143758750
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE has also released a new single, "Me The Cursed", today. Listen: backl.ink/144440315
Swedish occult rock band LUCIFER has released a cover of "Gone With The Wind Is My Love" by RITA & THE TIARAS. The song is a duet between LUCIFER singer Johanna and Elin Larsson of BLUES PILLS. Check it out: Lucifer.lnk.to/GoneWithTheWindIsMyLoveFC
The Doogie White fronted version of ALCATRAZZ has released a new single, "Turn Of The Wheel", via Silver Lining Music. The song is available now on all digital platforms. The video for the track can be viewed here: youtu.be/bdn8ppUCVBQ
DISMEMBER AND TANKARD CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL CRUISE
A new metal cruise on the Baltic Sea has arrived! Gefle Metal Cruise will sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland on February 10, 2022 and will be back in Stockholm next day. Confirmed bands are DISMEMBER, TANKARD, The HAUNTED, The LURKING FEAR, BURNING WITCHES, HORNDAL and KONVENT.
Event page: facebook.com/events/2970819173137574
WACKEN OPEN AIR ANNOUNCE FIRST CONFIRMED ACTS FOR 2022
JUDAS PRIEST, LIMP BIZKIT and ROSE TATTOO are among the first announced bands for next year's edition of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival.
As previously announced, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for next month will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
Among the other confirmed bands so far are IN EXTREMO, AS I LAY DYING, LACUNA COIL, GWAR, DEATH ANGEL, THUNDERMOTHER, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, CRYPTA etc.
More info and tickets at: wacken.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
UK glam rockers The DARKNESS have announced a new album, "Motorheart", set for release on October 15 via Cooking Vinyl.
The LP is available for pre-order from the band's official store on exclusive formats and signed bundles, including deluxe CD with bonus tracks, exclusive color LP and tape.
The album release will be followed by a full UK tour in November and December this year with support coming from BRITISH LION, the side project of legendary IRON MAIDEN founder and bassist Steve Harris.
More info: thedarknesslive.com
JUNE 2, 2021
SAMI YAFFA TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Bassist Sammi Yaffa - best known for working with artists like NEW YORK DOLLS, Michael Monroe and HANOI ROCKS - has announced the release of his first solo album, "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind", on September 22.
The first single, "The Last Time", will be released on June 11 via Livewire/Cargo Records.
Among his band mates on the album are people from acts like Michael Monroe, SMACK, STONE SOUR and Izzy Stradlin.
LIV SIN SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Swedish heavy metal band LIV SIN - led by ex-SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell - have signed with Danish label Mighty Music, and are currently working hard on their third album, which is expected to be released in 2022.
JUNE 1, 2021
QUEEN DRUMMER ROGER TAYLOR ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Roger Taylor made the surprise announcement today that he will play a U.K. solo tour this fall, introducing brand new material and revisiting some of his very own QUEEN classics.
With the pandemic putting QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT's European tour on pause until 2022, the drummer has decided to hit the road for a set of intimate shows. The upcoming concerts will showcase his distinctive percussive, vocal and songwriting talents that have been integral to QUEEN's live and recorded output since 1970.
Marking his first live performances outside QUEEN in over 2 decades, Taylor will tour the U.K. across October playing 14 shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album, "Outsider", on October 1.
Tickets, dates and pre-order of the album: rogertaylorofficial.com
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST ROADSHOW
SLIPKNOT has announced a return to the road for its 2021 incarnation of the "Knotfest Roadshow". Support will come from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEVER 333 and CODE ORANGE.
The 28-date U.S. tour will start at Tinley Park, Illinois on September 28, and will last until November 2.
Tickets will be available on pre-sale to Knotfest subscribers from 10 a.m. local time on June 2, with a general on-sale from 10 a.m. local on June 4, over at knotfestroadshow.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has announced the rescheduled dates for its U.S. tour. The trek will now kick off on July 31, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium and will run through early October with a 2-night run at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Wolfgang Van Halen's new band MAMMOTH WVH.
Tickets for the rescheduled dates are on sale now via GUNS N' ROSES' web site. Tickets for the new dates will be on sale beginning Friday, June 4.
WACKEN OPEN AIR POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
The promoters of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival, have announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for the end of July will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST
UK hard rockers PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS (with Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD) have announced that they will be parting ways with vocalist Neil Starr. They are planning to go ahead with this summer's scheduled shows, and are now looking for a new singer.
You can read more here: facebook.com/PhilCampbellATBS