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JULY 21, 2019
MANOWAR HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST HELLFEST
Joey DeMaio says that MANOWAR has filed a lawsuit against the Hellfest organizers over the cancelation of the band's concert at this year's edition of the French festival.
It was reported on June 21 that MANOWAR's performance at the annual event in Clisson was called off just hours before the group was supposed to take the stage. The Hellfest organizers later issued a statement saying that the MANOWAR members "decided to leave the site" and insisting that the cancelation was caused by "reasons beyond our will".
MANOWAR later disputed Hellfest's version of the circumstances that led to the band's non-appearance at the event, claiming that the Hellfest organizers canceled the show after they "chose not to honor their contractual obligations".
manowar.com   hellfest.fr

JULY 20, 2019
ANOTHER LIVE ALBUM WITH NIRVANA
On August 30 "Live And Loud" by NIRVANA will be released both digitally and on vinyl for the first time. The recording consist of a concert they did on December 13, 1993.
Pre-order: nirvana.lnk.to/LiveAndLoud
nirvana.com

AT THE GATES, MAYHEM AND TRIBULATION CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL 2020
Tompa, At The Gates
This year's edition of Gefle Metal Festival is not over yet, but they have already confirmed the first 13 acts for next year's festival. And these artists are: AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, MYRKUR, TRIBULATION, JINJER, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, SKINDRED, ANAAL NATHRAKH, VENOM PRISON, ICE AGE, KONVENT, (0) and SKINFLINT.
Next year's edition will be the fifth year, and for the first time it will last for 3 days instead of 2. The festival will take place July 9-11, 2020 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. Tickets are on sale now.
geflemetalfestival.se

JULY 19, 2019
SLIPKNOT TO RETURN TO EUROPE AND UK IN 2020
SLIPKNOT will be returning to select cities across Europe and the UK in 2020. Exact dates and venues will be announced later, but cities and countries thay will visit is available at: facebook.com/slipknot

NEW ALBUM WITH IMPLORE IN SEPTEMBER
International death metal/crust punk/grindcore band IMPLORE will release their new album, "Alienated Despair", on September 27 through Century Media Records.
Pre-order: ImploreBand.lnk.to/AlienatedDespairfa
implore.bandcamp.com   centurymedia.com

ANOTHER BOX SET WITH BLACK SABBATH, BUT WITH BONUS RARITIES
Rhino will release a box set, "Black Sabbath: The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978", on September 6.
The collection spans the first 8 years of BLACK SABBATH, and includes 180-gram vinyl pressings of the band's 8 studio albums from the era, along with a new mono singles collection. The set also comes with a 7" single featuring "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" and "Wicked World", a single that wasn't originally released in North America. Also included in the set are reproductions of the original tour books from this era.
"The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978" also comes with "Monomania", a new compilation of mono versions for several key songs from the BLACK SABBATH catalog, including edited versions of "Iron Man", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and a previously unreleased edit of "Into The Void". In addition to mono versions of studio tracks, "Monomania" also features a radio ad released in 1970 to promote "Black Sabbath".
The set will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 3,000 copies. Pre-order is available here.
blacksabbath.com   rhino.com

NEW EP WITH ALICE COOPER IN SEPTEMBER
Alice with his doll
A new Alice Cooper EP, "The Breadcrumbs", coming September 13. The EP is a tribute to the garage rock heroes from his hometown of Detroit.
"The Breadcrumbs" features 6 brand new recordings, and is available on digital and as limited/numbered 10" vinyl - with only 20.000 copies worldwide.
Pre-order: alicecooper.lnk.to/Breadcrumbs
alicecooper.com

JULY 18, 2019
VA ROCKS SIGNS WITH METALVILLE
Swedish female trio VA ROCKS have signed with German label Metalville Records.
The band's music is described as "straightforward, uncompromising Rock n Roll with a good dash of Punk Rock".
Metalville plan to release their new album in October.
varocksofficial.com   metalville.de

NEW ALBUM WITH IGGY POP IN SEPTEMBER
Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop will release his new album, "Free", on September 6 via Loma Vista. It is the first new Iggy Pop LP since 2016's "Post Pop Depression".
While it follows the highest-charting album of Iggy's career, "Free" has virtually nothing in common sonically with its predecessor — or with any other Iggy Pop album.
The title track has been released as a single, and you can check it out here: youtu.be/IcJx_oLbWqo
iggypop.com

FULL LENGTH ALBUM WITH KRIG I HUDIK
Swedish punk band KRIG I HUDIK - with members from MISSBRUKARNA, BRAINBOMBS and TOTALITÄR - will release a full length album, "Krig I Hudik 3", on July 26 via Skrammel Records.
KRIG I HUDIK have previously released 2 EPs a few years ago. The 12 tracks on the album were never released on vinyl or were in need of "bad craftsmanship restoration".
"Krig I Hudik 3" will be available on vinyl LP, and can be pre-ordered from: skrammelrecords.8merch.com

JULY 17, 2019
EXISTENZ SIGNS WITH HEPTOWN RECORDS
Reunited Swedish punk band EXISTENZ have signed with HepTown Records for a brand new album.
The album will be recorded in October/November, and released in March/April 2020.
facebook.com/existenzpunk   facebook.com/HepTownRecords

NEW ALBUM WITH PRETTY MAIDS AND QUIET RIOT IN NOVEMBER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release a new album, "Undress Your Madness", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Another band that will release a new album is the American hard rock band QUIET RIOT. Their album will be tiled "Hollywood Cowboys", and will also be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
prettymaids.dk   quietriot.band   frontiers.it

EX-ACCEPT FRONTMAN DAVID REECE SIGNS WITH EL PUERTO RECORDS
Former ACCEPT frontman David Reece has inked a deal with El Puerto Records for the release of his next solo album.
The singer had previously worked with El Puerto on the 2 albums from his SAINTED SINNERS project.
facebook.com/David-Reece-Official-712460068855429

ACE FREHLEY TO REUNITE WITH HIS FORMER FREHLEY'S COMET BANDMATES AT THIS YEAR'S KRUISE FEST
This October, sailing out of Miami, Florida, the 9th annual "Kiss Kruise" will take to the high seas with over 3,000 KISS fans aboard. Each year, in true Kiss Army style, various fan-organized pre-kruise parties and reunions are held in the city of departure. This year, 9-time kruisers Joe D'Angelo and Jay Jadofsky are teaming up with fellow kruisers Neil Davis and Bill Alward to present "Kruise Fest", a 2-day music festival and rock and roll expo at the DoubleTree Hilton Convention Center in Miami, Florida.
The event takes place on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29. Opening the Monday show are fan favorites JADED PAST and "Kiss Kruise" alumni The NO. 13'S. They are followed by a performance by the KRUISE FEST ALL-STAR BAND. Anchored by Ace Frehley's touring musicians, the group will be joined by Grammy winners John Regan and Bob Kulick, and artists including Richie Scarlet and Tod Howarth, with more to be announced. Closing out the night will be Sebastian Bach, performing a full set consisting of the first SKID ROW album in its entirety.
Tuesday will feature a non-make-up acoustic set by KISSTERIOUS, a tribute band from The Netherlands, followed by frontman John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, The DEAD DAISIES) performing poolside. The evening set begins with KISS AMERICA (Florida's ultimate KISS tribute band), followed by international recording act THUNDERMOTHER from Sweden, and RETURN OF THE COMET (featuring members of FREHLEY'S COMET). Tuesday's headliner will be none other than the Spaceman himself, Ace Frehley. Ace will be performing a full set with his band AND will jam 2 songs with RETURN OF THE COMET for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those in attendance.
For tickets and hotel and event details, go to: kruisefest.com

JULY 16, 2019
SLAYER ADDS EXTRA SHOW IN L.A.
Kerry Burger King, Slayer
Tickets for SLAYER's November 30 show at the Los Angeles Forum went on sale last Friday, and by the end of the day had sold out. Due to the quick sell out, today SLAYER announces a second Forum show on Friday, November 29 for fans who may have missed out on getting tickets. This show is the last addition to SLAYER's "Final World Tour". Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at slayer.net

BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Bad Religion
American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in September. The trek will kick off on September 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wrap on October 8-9 with a 2-night stand in Santa Ana, California. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 19, and the dates are available here: badreligion.com

CRADLE OF FILTH'S LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist and vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft, is preparing to release her debut solo album, "Martyr", on October 7.
The album was co-written by former EVANESCENCE drummer Rocky Gray, and offers 11 tracks of entrancing gothic rock, influenced by Schoolcraft's background in classical music.
lindsayschoolcraft.com

CHELSEA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA are going on a European tour in September, but they need some help with September 20, 21 and 22.
Dates and more info at: facebook.com/ChelseaPunkbandOfficial

STEVE IGNORANT TO PLAY FULL CRASS SET ON TOUR NEXT YEAR
Former CRASS vocalist Steve Ignorant is touring in 2020. For the tour, he will be backed by a full, electric band (in contrast to his acoustic band, SLICE OF LIFE) and they will be doing an all CRASS set. So far there's just a few UK dates in April that has been announced:
April 3 - Brudenell, Social Club, Leeds
April 4 - New Castle University, New Castle
April 17 - 100 Club, London
April 18 - Concorde 2, Brighton
April 24 - Manchester Club Academy, Manchester
April 25 - Scotland Calling Festival, Glasgow
One Little Indian Records is currently in the middle of a massive re-issue of the full CRASS discography, releasing the albums in both their original format and in the "Crassical Collection" reissue format.

JULY 15, 2019
FRENCH TRIBUTE TO CATHEDRAL
An army of French bands have teamed up for a tribute to British doom legends CATHEDRAL. A compilation called "Doomed Or Be Doomed : A French Tribute To CATHEDRAL" will be released on August 13 via Sleeping Church Records. Among the bands are: PILLARS, GOAT RIVER, LUX INCERTA, MISANTHROPE, PRESUMPTION, ATARAXIE, BARABBAS, MONOLITHE, CONVICTION, NOTHWINDS, FATHER MERRIN and DIONYSIAQUE.
You can pre-order the album from sleepingchurchrds.com

ADRESTIA TEAM UP WITH EX-ANTI CIMEX/WOLFPACK FRONTMAN TOMAS JONSSON
Swedish crust punk/death metal band ADRESTIA - with members from SHADES OF GREY, FUTURE RUINS and SNAKE TONGUE - have teamed up with former ANTI CIMEX and WOLFPACK singer Tomas Jonsson on the song "The Message".
The song is taken from their upcoming album, "The Wrath Of Euphrates", which will be released on July 26 through WormHoleDeath (CD, digital) and Loner Cult Records/Dark Elk Vinyl/Phobia Records/Deviance (LP).
You can check out "The Message" here: youtu.be/zs9S3l5k7ZE
More info about ADRESTIA: facebook.com/Adrestiaofficial

JULY 14, 2019
LIV SIN ANNOUNCES SPANISH TOUR
Swedish heavy metal act LIV SIN (fronted by Liv Jagrell from SISTER SIN) are going to Spain in October for a little tour. The dates are:
Oct. 4 - Sala Nana, Ciudad Real
Oct. 5 - Who's Tommy, Albacete
Oct. 6 - Nave Búnker, Salamanca
Oct. 8 - Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid
Oct. 9 - Monasterio, Barcelona
Oct. 10 - Utopía, Zaragoza
Oct. 11 - Urban Rock Concept, Vitoria
Oct. 12 - Transylvanian Metal Club, Vigo
LIV SIN will release their new album, "Burning Sermons", on September 6 via Despotz Records.
livsinofficial.com   despotz.se

JULY 12, 2019
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES SECOND SWEDISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) have just announced some new tour dates in Sweden, that will take place in October/November. Tickets on sale now. ..and these are the dates:
Oct. 26 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm
Nov. 1 - Kulturhuset, Trollhättan
Nov. 2 - The Crypt, Linköping
Nov. 15 - Liljan, Borlänge
Nov. 16 - The Tivoli, Helsingborg
facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

MISFITS TO PLAY IN NYC
MISFITS have announced a New York City show date. They will be playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 19 with RANCID and The DAMNED as support. Tickets will be on sale July 19.
misfits.com

WHITESNAKE RESCHEDULE JAPANESE TOUR
Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, WHITESNAKE have been forced to reschedule the planned Japanese tour dates in October 2019. The band will be back in Japan in 2020 instead.
whitesnake.com

UGLY KID JOE'S WHITFIELD CRANE TO EMBARK ON FIRST-EVER SOLO TOUR
This September, UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane will embark on his first-ever solo tour. This unique show, dubbed "Playing All The Songs", will allow Whit to play tracks from his extensive back catalog for the very first time, including songs from ANOTHER ANIMAL, MEDICATION, LIFE OF AGONY, YELLOWCAKE, RICHARDS/CRANE and, of course, UGLY KID JOE.
His band will be Matt Reynolds (HAGGARD CAT) on guitar, Tom Marsh (HAGGARD CAT) on drums, and Toshi (SLAVES TO GRAVITY) on bass.
All dates happens in the UK:
Sep. 04 - Nottingham Rock City - Nottingham
Sep. 05 - The Boiler Room - Guildford
Sep. 06 - The Sugarmill - Stoke-On-Trent
Sep. 07 - Phase One - Liverpool
Sep. 09 - O2 Academy - Sheffield
Sep. 10 - Cathouse Rock Club - Glasgow
Sep. 11 - Think Tank - Newcastle
Sep. 13 - The Parish - Huddersfield
Sep. 14 - The Garage - London
Sep. 15 - O2 Academy - Birmingham
Sep. 16 - Rebellion - Manchester
Sep. 17 - Thekla - Bristol
Sep. 18 - The Joiners - Southampton
whitfieldcrane.com

JULY 11, 2019
SICK OF IT ALL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH COMEBACK KID AND CANCER BATS
NYC hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL are coming back to Europe in November, with support from COMEBACK KID and CANCER BATS.
For dates, go to sickofitall.com
comeback-kid.com   cancerbats.com

METALLICA TO RELEASE ABC BOOK
"The ABCs Of Metallica", an alphabetical history of METALLICA, will be released on November 26 via Permuted Press.
Featuring hard-rocking rhymes and bold illustrations, "The ABCs Of Metallica" looks back at the remarkable history of the group. Each letter of the alphabet highlights a significant moment along METALLICA's journey, from their humble garage days, to their numerous classic albums, to biographical information on the band members themselves.
The book is co-authored by Howie Abrams ("The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists"), with illustrations by Michael "Kaves" McLeer, who participated in METALLICA's "Obey Your Master" exhibit in 2012.
To pre-order the book, visit metallica.com

JULY 10, 2019
DEAD BOYS CANCEL UK TOUR
American punk band DEAD BOYS have been forced to cancel their UK tour in August. This is what they have to say on Facebook: "We regret to announce the UK tour has been cancelled. The show in Oakland last Saturday was too much too early for Cheetah and he was hospitalized again yesterday. Until he is fully recovered there won't be anymore tour dates or personal appearances at special events. All of you that purchased advance tickets for shows on the tour please contact venue or ticket service for refunds."

RAMMSTEIN ADD EXTRA CONCERT IN GÖTEBORG
RAMMSTEIN have added a extra concert date at Ullevi in Göteborg, Sweden on August 1, 2020. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12.
facebook.com/events/2880506045356529

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
American classic rock veterans BLUE ÖYSTER CULT have signed with Italian label Frontiers Music Srl. A new studio album is expected to be released from the band in 2020. But fans can also expect to see remastered reissues (some with updated artwork) of 4 BLUE ÖYSTER CULT releases, including:
"Cult Classic" (originally released in 1994)
"Heaven Forbid" (originally released in 1998, not available for North/South America)
"Curse of the Hidden Mirror" (originally released in 2001, not available for North/South America)
"A Long Day's Night" (Live CD/DVD and Blu-ray, originally released in 2002 - Blu-ray version to be released for the first time)
Additionally, in 2020 the band will present 5 new live releases, which include:
"Live show from the iHeart Radio Theater 2012" (40th Anniversary)
"Live show from Hard Rock Casino Cleveland 2014"
"Live show from Rock of Ages Festival in Germany 2016"
"40th Anniversary of 'Agents of Fortune' shot in L.A. in April 2017" ("Agents of Fortune" album played front to back)
"BÖC 45th Anniversary show Live in London June 17th 2017" (includes BÖC first album played in its entirety back to back)
blueoystercult.com   frontiers.it

JULY 9, 2019
SLAYER ANNOUNCES FINAL LEG OF THEIR FAREWELL TOUR
Kerry Burger King, Slayer
On Saturday, November 2, SLAYER - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums - will set off on "The Final Campaign", the 7th and final leg of its farewell world tour.
This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying SLAYER for this last ride are PRIMUS, MINISTRY and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12.
For dates and tickets, visit: slayer.net

DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
International extreme power metal band DRAGONFORCE have announced new live dates in the United States, Canada and Europe, starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing through early 2020. Go to dragonforce.com to see all upcoming dates.
DRAGONFORCE's 8th LP is tentatively due out before the end of the year via Metal Blade Records in the USA.

NEW ALBUM WITH STEEL PANTHER IN SEPTEMBER
California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will release their fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27.
steelpantherrocks.com

JULY 8, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH LACUNA COIL IN OCTOBER
Italian rock/metal veterans LACUNA COIL will release a new album, "Black Anima", on October 11 via Century Media Records.
lacunacoil.com   centurymedia.com

THE SIGN RECORDS GO ON TOUR IN SWEDEN
Marvel in action
Swedish label The Sign Records are going on a short tour in Sweden in the fall. 8 bands will play each night, and confirmed so far are MÄRVEL, HYPNOS, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, The DRIPPERS and HOT BREATH (more acts will be announced soon).
The dates are these:
Oct. 18 - Skylten, Linköping
Oct. 19 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
Nov. 8 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
Nov. 9 - Plan B, Malmö
thesignrecords.com

NEW ALBUM WITH JD MILLER IN OCTOBER
JD Miller live
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic hard rock band JD MILLER will release their new album, "Afterglow", on October 19 through Mighty Music.
facebook.com/jdmillerband   mightymusic.dk

GHOST ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ALL THEM WITCHES AND TRIBULATION
Ghost a few years ago
GHOST are going on a European tour in November/December together with ALL THEM WITCHES and TRIBULATION. Tickets go on sale July 12.
For dates, try 1 of these: ghost-official.com   allthemwitches.org   facebook.com/Tribulationofficial

JULY 7, 2019
PRETTY MAIDS HAVE FOUND A TEMPORARY DRUMMER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS have found a temporary replacement for drummer Allan Sørensen, who left the band a few days ago. Their old friend Allan Tschicaja will step in for the festival season.
prettymaids.dk

EX-JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING TO PERFORM WITH ROSS THE BOSS AT BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing will join ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman on stage at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
facebook.com/RossTheBoss   bloodstock.uk.com

JULY 6, 2019
ASTA KASK, SKRAECKOEDLAN AND LÅNGFINGER CONFIRMED FOR SKÖVDE IN ROCK FESTIVAL
Asta Kask
The first confirmed acts for Skövde In Rock Festival 2019 have been announced. And these bands are ASTA KASK, SKRAECKOEDLAN, LÅNGFINGER, SECOND SUN, SPIDERGAWD, WOE GOTHENBURG, ELECTRIC HYDRA, WUCAN, SWEEPING DEATH and VENGHA.
The festival will happen at Skövde Kulturhus in Skövde, Sweden on October 25-26.
facebook.com/events/2409003529119439/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1562357494746337

JULY 5, 2019
LEATHER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
American heavy metal band LEATHER (with frontwoman Leather Leone from CHASTAIN) are coming to Europe for a short tour in September. Confirmed dates so far (there will be more) are:
Sept. 5 - Backstage, Varberg, Sweden
Sept. 6 - Klubb Dissonans, Jönköping, Sweden
Sept. 7 - Bruket/S.H.M.A. Rockclub, Sandviken, Sweden
Sept. 13 - Little Devil, Tilburg, Netherlands
Sept. 14 - Moonlight Music Hall, Diest, Belgium
Sept. 15 - Titans Club, Lens, Belgium
leatherleoneband.com

NEW ALBUM WITH HELVETETS PORT IN AUGUST
Helvetets Port
Swedish heavy metal band HELVETETS PORT will release a new album, "From Life To Death", on August 23 via High Roller Records.
hrrshop.de

PHIL CAMPBELL TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell is currently laying down finishing touches to his first-ever solo record, titled "Old Lions Still Roar", which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records later this year.
The album will include performances by rock heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Rob Halford among others.
More details to be released soon..
Phil will continue to tour with his band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. For upcoming tour dates, try: philcampbell.net

CJ RAMONE IS DOING HIS LAST TOUR
Former RAMONES member CJ Ramone is on a fairly extensive tour this summer. However, it looks like it's going to be his last. In a recent statement, CJ said that while he will continue to record, his touring days are over. He will continue to play shows once in a while though.
cjramone.com

JULY 4, 2019
PRETTY MAIDS PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS have parted ways with drummer Allan Sørensen. This will however have no effect on the band's touring commitments this summer, and a new drummer or temporary replacement will be announced soon.
prettymaids.dk

LEE AARON TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD
Canadian rock singer Lee Aaron will release the first official live album, "Power, Soul, Rock N' Roll", on September 20 via Metalville Records.
"Power, Soul, Rock N' Roll" was recorded in Balingen and Nuremberg during her German tour in 2017, and will be released as a CD/DVD set in Digipak.
leeaaron.com   metalville.de

KREATOR REPLACES MEGADETH AT SANTIAGO GETS LOUDER
Mille, Kreator in 2011
KREATOR has replaced MEGADETH on the billing of the Santiago Gets Louder festival, which is scheduled to take place on October 6 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida in Santiago, Chile. Joining them at the event will be headliners SLAYER, along with ANTHRAX and Chilean extreme metal pioneers PENTAGRAM.
Most of MEGADETH's previously announced 2019 tour dates have been canceled as guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine undergoes treatment for his recently diagnosed throat cancer.
kreator-terrorzone.de   santiagogetslouder.cl

STEVEN ADLER SAYS HE IS ALIVE AND WELL
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler let the world know that he is alive and well, less than a week after he was hospitalized for a self-inflicted stab wound.
facebook.com/stevenadlersite2

JOE LYNN TURNER IS COLLABORATING WITH PETER TÄGTGREN ON NEW ALBUM
Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, Yngwie Malmsteen) has confirmed that he is collaborating with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren on a new album, to be released in early 2020.
youtu.be/fs_95-KkdSo

RAMMSTEIN ADD MORE SHOWS IN GERMANY
Due to the high demand in the official fanclub pre-sale, RAMMSTEIN are now announcing additional shows for Germany – prior to the general pre-sale starting July 5.
The new dates are:
May 30, 2020: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
June 3, 2020: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
June 28, 2020: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf
July 2, 2020: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
July 5, 2020: Olympiastadion, Berlin
rammstein.de/tickets

JULY 3, 2019
NO MORE BILLION DOLLAR BABIES
Seems like Swedish hard rockers BILLION DOLLARS BABIES have split up. All they say on Facebook is: "BILLION DOLLAR BABIES is no more", and "Thank you for everything".

ACCEPT'S LONGTIME MANAGER GABY HOFFMANN IS RETIRING
Accept in 2011
ACCEPT's longtime manager, designer and lyricist Gaby Hoffmann is officially retiring. Her decision to stop overseeing the band's activities was announced yesterday in a letter posted to ACCEPT's official web site.

JULY 2, 2019
HELLOWEEN TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM/DVD/BLU-RAY
HELLOWEEN will release "United Alive" on October 4 via Nuclear Blast.
The CD and vinyl will consist of a recording from Madrid, plus 4 bonus tracks from shows in Prague, São Paulo, Wacken and Santiago de Chile.
The DVD and Blu-ray will include a concert at Wacken Open Air and the Madrid show, and as a bonus you will also get a concert from São Paulo.
helloween.org   nuclearblast.de

30TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF THE CULT'S "SONIC TEMPLE"
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of THE CULT's seminal album "Sonic Temple". To celebrate the anniversary, Beggars Arkive will release "The Cult: Sonic Temple 30" on September 13. It will be released as a deluxe box set and a 5-CD set, plus the label will reissue "Sonic Temple" on double LP, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks.
Preorders are available here: thecultsonictemple.com

LAST IN LINE TO BEGIN WRITING NEW MATERIAL NEXT MONTH
LAST IN LINE - which features former DIO members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Vinny Appice (drums), alongside ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan and singer Andrew Freeman - will begin writing material for its third album next month.
lastinlineofficial.com

NEW SINGLE WITH STEEL PANTHER NEXT WEEK
The official music video for STEEL PANTHER's new single, "All I Wanna Do Is Fuck (Myself Tonight)", will make its online debut on Monday, July 8. The song is expected to appear on STEEL PANTHER's upcoming album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year.
steelpantherrocks.com

JUNE 29, 2019
MEMBERS OF THE POGUES, DROPKICK MURPHYS AND FLOGGING MOLLY FORM THE WALKER ROADERS
James Fearnley, co-founder and long-time accordion player in The POGUES, have teamed up with FLOGGING MOLLY co-founder and Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt and DROPKICK MURPHYS' multi-instrumentalist Marc Orrell, to form The WALKER ROADERS whose music splices anthems of Celtic-Punk with the exalted poetry of The POGUES.
Their self-titled debut full length will be released on August 23 via Ginger Man/Beverly Martel label group. Additional musicians on the album includes bassist Brad Wood, fiddle-player Kieran Mulroney, and drummer Bryan Head.
U.S. Tour dates to be announced soon..

STEVEN ADLER'S STAB WOUND WAS AN ACCIDENT
A representative for former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steve Adler has denied that the musician tried to kill himself.
Adler was hospitalized on Thursday after local authorities responded to a call shortly after 6:30 p.m. for a possible suicide attempt at a Studio City, California, home. A spokesperson at the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that they were called to the address for a possible stabbing and transported 1 patient to the local hospital via ambulance.
Later Adler's representative told TMZ that the stabbing was not a suicide attempt and was simply an accident. The rep would not specify what caused the accident except to describe it as a "very minor, superficial wound".
Adler - who, the rep says, has been sober for several years - is still planning to perform on July 12 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

JUNE 28, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH BABYMETAL IN OCTOBER
Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL will release its third album, "Metal Galaxy", on October 11 via earMUSIC/Edel.

SABATON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish metal warriors SABATON will embark on "The Great Tour" in January 2020. The European trek, which will feature support from APOCALYPTICA and AMARANTHE, will kick off on January 17 in Zürich, Switzerland and will run through February 17 in Oslo, Norway. Tickets will be available from July 3 (in U.K. July 5) for all shows.
For dates and other details, visit sabaton.net
SABATON's 9th full-length album, "The Great War", is due on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record is a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.

EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER STEVEN ADLER HOSPITALIZED AFTER STABBING HIMSELF
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was rushed to the hospital after stabbing himself at his home.
Law enforcement sources tell that a 911 call was placed from Adler's Los Angeles residence shortly after 6:30 Thursday night (June 27) to report that someone had sustained a self-inflicted stab wound. When cops and paramedics arrived, they discovered it was Adler who had suffered a stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
No one else is suspected to have been involved in the incident.

EX-KISS GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT PLANNING BIRTHDAY BASH
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is apparently planning to celebrate his 67th birthday at a private event for select fans in August in Nashville, Tennessee.
A poster announcing the birthday bash was posted on Vinnie's official web site, along with the following caption: "Vinnie Vincent's Birthday Bash August 10th, 2019 – Nashville, TN. Stay tuned for news and event details!"
The official announcement of Vinnie's birthday party comes just a month after the cancelation of his performance at the "Speedballjamm", which was scheduled to take place on June 7 at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville. And earlier in the year, Vinnie called off his original comeback concerts, which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

JUNE 27, 2019
NEW SESSION DRUMMER FOR LIV SIN
Swedish heavy metal act LIV SIN (fronted by Liv Jagrell from SISTER SIN) have recruited Thomas Ohlsson (APOSTASY, ex-The PROJECT HATE, BLOODBOUND, AXENSTAR) as their new session drummer.
Albin Bennich, who filled in on the band's gigs in April and May, wasn't available for the summer shows.
livsinofficial.com

KVELERTAK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Norwegian band KVELERTAK have announced a European tour in early 2020. More details here: kvelertak.com

NEW ALBUM WITH KADAVAR IN SEPTEMBER
German heavy rockers KADAVAR will release a new album, "For The Dead Travel Fast", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast.
Watch a teaser from the studio here: youtu.be/msmHmvos8yI
kadavar.com   nuclearblast.de

MONSTER MAGNET FRONTMAN TO UNDERGO TONSIL SURGERY, EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELED
MONSTER MAGNET has been forced to cancel its previously announced summer 2019 tour of Europe. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf have to undergo surgery on his tonsils right away or risk chronic sickness. Dave hope that the band will return to the road in early 2020.
monstermagnet.net

DOYLE TO PLAY WITH MISFITS AGAIN
Since the reunion of the "Original The MISFITS" shows, the band has been somewhat vague about whether guitarist Doyle would play any particular reunion show, leaving his name off most billings and not mentioning his presence in press releases. Even Doyle himself has been somewhat mum on the issue from time to time.
Today (June 27) Doyle made it clear that he's playing all upcoming MISFITS shows on calendar for 2019. Former SLAYER member Dave Lombardo is expected to be on the drums, and Acey Slade will likely be on second guitar.
The band has a few west coast shows planned for fall 2019 and nothing seemingly planned for after that.
misfits.com

NEW BEST OF COMPILATION WITH THE DAMNED
Captain Sensible, The Damned
British punk rock legends The DAMNED will release a new greatest hits compilation, called "Black is the Night (the Definitive Anthology)", which will cover the band's whole career. It includes album tracks as well as a few single or EP only songs. It also includes a new track, "Black is the Night".
Release date is October 25, and it will be released from the band directly.
officialdamned.com

JUNE 26, 2019
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN STADIUM TOUR
RAMMSTEIN will embark on a European stadium tour in 2020. The trek will kick off next May and include shows in Germany, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Northern Ireland.
All dates can be found here: rammstein.de/en

NEW SINGLE WITH ATTENTAT, NEW ALBUM IN AUGUST
Mats, Attentat
Swedish punk rock legends ATTENTAT are back with a new single, "Gogo Fighter", today (June 26). It's the first taste of their upcoming album, "Punkhjärta", which will be released through Busy Bee on August 23.
attentat.nu   instagram.com/busybprod

SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
Wayne Barrett McGrath of the punk veternas SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS have decided to temporarily suspend the band due to Mick Rossi's lack of interest.
You can read the full announcement here: facebook.com/slaughterandthedogsuk

BAD RELIGION AND THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR '77 MONTREAL SONIC REDUCER
Bad Religion
BAD RELIGION, The EXPLOITED, PENNYWISE and STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO will headline the '77 Montreal Sonic Reducer 1-day festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 26.
Among the other artists are OFF!, CRO-MAGS, AVENGERS, The DIRTY NIL, The MENZINGERS etc.
Full details at: 77montreal.com/en

JUNE 25, 2019
ORKAN ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR AND 1 DATE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Orkan
Swedish retro rockers ORKAN are going to Germany for a tour in July. They will also do their first show ever in The Netherlands on this tour.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/Bandetorkan

NEW SINGLE WITH THE HIVES ON FRIDAY
Really old photo of The Hives
A new single with The HIVES is coming this Friday, June 28. The song is called "Good Samaritan", and you can pre-save it here: TheHives.lnk.to/GoodSamaritanPreSave
Also coming on Friday is the Third Man Records 7" of "Good Samaritan" and "I'm Alive".
thehives.com   thirdmanrecords.com

THE INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR WITH BUSTER SHUFFLE
American ska punk band The INTERRUPTERS is heading to the UK in early 2020 to play a few shows with BUSTER SHUFFLE. The dates can be found here: facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters

MISANTROPIC RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish crust punks MISANTROPIC are currently recording a new LP, titled "Catharsis", which will be released later this year by Scream Records, Halvfabrikat Records and Insane Society Records.
facebook.com/Misantropic-238779679561139   facebook.com/ScreamRecords   facebook.com/halvfabrikatrecords   facebook.com/Insane-Society-records-164422290235200

BLACK FLAG POSTPONE LATIN AMERICAN SHOWS
Due to circumstances beyond their control, BLACK FLAG are forced to postpone their upcoming Latin America Tour to March 2020. The new dates are:
March 5th Bogota, Colombia
March 6th Santiago, Chile
March 7th Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 8th Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 11th Montevideo, Uruguay
The band is still doing the booked shows in Mexico for this week at:
June 26th Monterrey - Cafe Iguana
June 27th Guadalajara - Foro Independencia
June 28th Mexico City - 360e Venue
facebook.com/BlackFlagBand

JUNE 24, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH PROPHETS OF RAGE
PROPHETS OF RAGE - the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL - has released a new single called "Made With Hate".
Check it out here: youtu.be/OpN8iI85AiQ

JUNE 23, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH ECLIPSE IN OCTOBER
Swedish melodic hard rock quartet ECLIPSE will release its 7th album, "Paradigm", on October 11 via Frontiers Music Srl.
eclipsemania.com   frontiers.it

PRIMAL FEAR PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
German heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have parted ways with drummer Francesco Jovino and have replaced him with Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY). Michael will join PRIMAL FEAR on the group's summer festival tour and will record the new PRIMAL FEAR album later this year.
primalfear.de

FORMER NAZARETH SINGER DAN McCAFFERTY TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former NAZARETH singer Dan McCafferty is going to release a solo album, "Last Testament", on October 18 via earMUSIC.

JUNE 19, 2019
DIAMOND DOGS ARE BACK
Swedish rock n roll band DIAMOND DOGS have reunited, and a new album, "Recall Rock N Roll & The Magic Soul", will be released on September 27 on Wild Kingdom Records.

JUNE 18, 2019
MÖTLEY CRÜE BIOGRAPHY "THE DIRT" TO BE RELEASED AS AUDIOBOOK NEXT WEEK
MÖTLEY CRÜE's official biography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", will be available next week (June 25) in audiobook format from HarperAudio and Dey Street Books.
You can pre-order it here: motley.com/news/the-dirt-audiobook

BAD BRAINS FRONTMAN HR TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
BAD BRAINS frontman Paul "HR" Hudson will release his new solo album, "Give Thanks", on October 18 via Hardline Entertainment.

SLIPKNOT WHISKEY
SLIPKNOT has unveiled details of its very own craft spirit, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, which will be available August 10 at select retailers in all 50 American states and at the band's headline "Knotfest Roadshow" North American tour. No. 9 Iowa Whiskey can also be obtained at select markets on the North American tour ahead of the August 10 official launch.
No. 9 Iowa Whiskey is a collaboration with the Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery.
For availability and more information, visit slipknotwhiskey.com

MISFITS TO PLAY IN OAKLAND
MISFITS (featuring original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only) have announced a show in Oakland, California on September 11 at the Oracle Arena. RANCID, The DAMNED and HARLEY FLANAGAN'S CRO-MAGS will open the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday June 21.
misfits.com

JUNE 17, 2019
NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH STATUS QUO IN SEPTEMBER
On September 6 STATUS QUO will release their new album, "Backbone", through earMUSIC/Edel. It will be the band's 33rd studio album.
STATUS QUO are also confirmed to perform at the huge BBC Radio 2 "Festival In A Day" show in Hyde Park, London, UK on Sunday September 15.
statusquo.co.uk

DAVE MUSTAIN DIAGNOSED WITH THROAT CANCER
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustain have been diagnosed with throat cancer. Dave is working closely with his doctors, and they have mapped out a treatment plan which the doctor's feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.
Unfortunately, this requires that MEGADETH cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com
Meanwhile, the band are in the studio to record a new album.

NEW ALBUM WITH RAM IN SEPTEMBER
Really old photo of Ram
Swedish heavy metal band RAM will release a new album, "The Throne Within", on September 13 via Metal Blade Records.
The album will be supported by a European tour with VULTURE, which will kick off on September 12 in Hamburg, Germany.
facebook.com/RAMheavymetal   metalblade.de

GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE MORE US DATES
GUNS N' ROSES has announced 8 new dates across the United States, kicking off September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18. General sale begins on June 21.
These 8 shows join a previously revealed run of major festivals that will bring the band to cities across the USA, along with 2 colossal stadium dates in Mexico.
For further details, go to gunsnroses.com

BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY IN AUSTRALIA
Nicke, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rock veterans BACKYARD BABIES are going to Australia in October for the first time in over a decade. They will do the following 3 shows:
Oct. 4 - Sydney, Manning Bar
Oct. 5 - Melbourne, Max Watt's House of Music
Oct. 6 - Brisbane, Woolly Mammoth
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 19 via silverbacktouring.com/backyard-babies2019
backyardbabies.com

AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES UK DATES WITH ARCH ENEMY AND HYPOCRISY
Really bad photo of Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH will be touring in Europe in November/December. The 3 shows in UK will be together with ARCH ENEMY and HYPOCRISY.
Tickets and VIP packages on sale June 18 at amonamarth.com

BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Ricky Warwick, Black Star Riders
In addition to the Scandinavian tour dates that was announced last week, BLACK STAR RIDERS are also coming to Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic in November. DIAMOND HEAD will be special guests on all but 1 date, and WAYWARD SONS will play on most of the dates.
For the exact details, visit blackstarriders.com

JUNE 13, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH PICTURE IN AUGUST
Dutch heavy metal veterans PICTURE will release a new album, "Wings", on August 16 through Pure Steel Records. Pre-order start on August 2.
pictureband.nl   puresteel-records.com

ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE ANNOUNCE US DATES
English punk legends ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE are going to the States for 4 shows later this month. The exclusive dates are:
June 26 - Lazy Harrys, Bullhead City, AZ
June 27 - Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV
June 29 - Banc Of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA (w/ MISFITS etc)
July 1 - The Kingsland, Brooklyn, NY
facebook.com/antinowhereleague

THE GLORIA STORY TO REUNITE ORIGINAL LINEUP
The Gloria Story many years ago
Swedish rock band The GLORIA STORY are going to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a reunion of its original lineup for the local festival Matfestivalen in Skövde on August 30.
The last time the original lineup played together was at Sweden Rock Festival in 2012. The band have continued to play with other members since then.
facebook.com/thegloriastory

JUNE 12, 2019
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR
Really old photo of Nashville Pussy
American hard rocking band NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced that they are going to Canada for a tour in September/October.
For upcoming tour dates, check out nashvillepussy.com

BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Ricky Warwick, Black Star Riders
Hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS have announced that they will do a short tour in Denmark, Sweden and Norway in the fall. Support act on most of the dates will be NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 13 from 10am, except Denmark which are on sale now. The dates are:
Oct. 30 - Gimle, Roskilde, Denmark
Oct. 31 - KB, Malmö, Sweden
Nov. 1 - Frushuset Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 2 - Trädgår'n, Göteborg, Sweden
Nov. 3 - Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 8 - Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden (without DIAMOND HEAD)
Nov. 9 - Tobakken, Esbjerg, Denmark (without DIAMOND HEAD)
More tour dates will be announced on Monday, June 17.
blackstarriders.com

TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCE DATES IN SPAIN AND POLAND
British fun punk legends TOY DOLLS are going to do some shows in Spain and Poland in the beginning of next year. Tickets are already on sale, and the dates are these:
Jan. 16 - Sala But, Madrid, Spain
Jan. 17 - Sala Santana, Bilbao, Basque
Jan. 18 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Jan. 31 - Stary Klasztor, Wrocklaw, Poland
Feb. 1 - Klub Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
Plenty more countries to be announced soon..
thetoydolls.com

JUNE 11, 2019
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM HAMMERFALL AND FIREWIND
The SIGN is a new multinational rock band formed by Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL, BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB) and Sri Lankan-born veteran vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-AVALON, FIREWIND), with the lineup completed by Rosén's fellow countryman, session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall.
Influenced by 70s classic rock bands such as BAD COMPANY, DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP, and hard rock/metal acts from the 80s like SCORPIONS, WHITESNAKE and DIO, Chity and Magnus have taken this sound with The SIGN and put their own individual, modern stamp on it.
The SIGN is planning to release a single in the near future, called "The Land Gone Dark", a track from the band's upcoming debut album.

CHEETAH CHROME HOSPITALIZED, DEAD BOYS EURO TOUR CANCELLED
Reunited American punks DEAD BOYS have been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to take place June 14-29 due to health reasons.
Guitarist Cheetah Chrome was hospitalized on Monday morning (June 10) for ongoing complications from injuries he sustained during a show on May 24 in Santa Ana, CA. Cheetah's injuries included facial lacerations and hand, hip and leg injuries. The injuries left Cheetah in acute pain, and the pain has continued to worsen, leaving Cheetah with no other choice then to be hospitalized to better deal with the injuries.
Contact advance ticket outlets if you have purchased an advance ticket for any of the European shows for refund.
facebook.com/deadboysyoungloudandsnottyat40

JUNE 10, 2019
GEOFF TATE TO PERFORM QUEENSRŸCHE'S ENTIRE "EMPIRE" ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has confirmed that he will celebrate the 30th-anniversary of the band's landmark "Empire" album on a special tour next year.
Released in 1990, the set included the hit ballad "Silent Lucidity", which reached No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart, helped propel "Empire" to No. 7 on the album chart and earned 2 Grammy Award nominations.
geofftate.com

JUNE 9, 2019
EX-ANGRA SINGER ANDRÉ MATOS IS DEAD
André Matos, former lead singer of the Brazilian metal bands ANGRA and VIPER, has died at the age of 47.
UPDATE on June 10: The official Facebook page of André Matos has confirmed that the musician died of a heart attack on Saturday (June 8).

JUNE 8, 2019
BRUTUS FRONTMAN JOKKE IS DEAD
Jokke with Brutus
Joakim "Jokke" Segerfelt Stenby, frontman for the Norwegian/Swedish rock band BRUTUS, has died. "Cursed with a heart failure, he went to sleep and never woke up again", the band says on their Facebook page.

JUNE 7, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND IN AUGUST
Swedish rock band HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND will release their fifth album, "A Hundred Years Is Nothing", on August 30.
The first single, "Carnival Beyond The Hills", will be released on August 9 on 7" vinyl, with the previously unreleased track "Flare Up The Night" on the B-side. "Carnival Beyond The Hills" will also be available on digital platforms.
facebook.com/hellsinglandunderground

NEW ALBUM WITH THE AGONIST IN SEPTEMBER
Canadian extreme metal band The AGONIST will release its new album, "Orphans", on September 20 via Rodeostar Records.
theagonistband.com

KROKUS ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
KROKUS will extend its last-ever tour to include dates in USA, Canada and Mexico.
krokusonline.com

TYGERS OF PAN TANG AND BLITZKRIEG CONFIRMED FOR NORDIC NOISE UK
Danish hard rock festival Nordic Noise are coming to the UK in November. Among the confirmed bands so far are TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG, STATEMENT, PECTORA, LUCER etc.
Nordic Fest UK take plavce at Think Tank in Newcastle Upon Tyne on November 22-23.
nordicnoise.dk

KADAVAR ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German heavy rockers KADAVAR are currently in the studio to record a new album, which will be titled "For The Dead Travel Fast". Release date will be announced later, but a European tour will take place in November, together with special guests HÄLLAS and PABST. For tour dates, try kadavar.com or nuclearblast.de

NEW ALBUM WITH PYRAMIDO IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy rockers PYRAMIDO will release their new album, "Fem", on September 27 on The Sign Records.
Listen to the first single, "Utvägen", here: orcd.co/pyramido
facebook.com/Pyramidodoom   facebook.com/thesignrecords

JUNE 5, 2019
MUNICIPAL WASTE AND NAPALM DEATH TEAM UP FOR U.S. CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH SICK OF IT ALL AS SUPPORT
Napalm Death
Richmond, Virginia thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE will team up with British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH for a co-headlining U.S. tour. The 17-date trek will kick off in Dallas on October 3 and visit New York, Chicago and Denver before ending on October 23 in Los Angeles. Opening the night are New York hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL and hardcore punk/thrash metal band TAKE OFFENSE.
For more information (like dates etc), try 1 of these: municipalwaste.net   napalmdeath.org   sickofitall.com

JUDAS PRIEST FORCED TO CANCEL COLORADO SPRINGS CONCERT
Tonight's (Wednesday, June 5) JUDAS PRIEST concert at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been canceled. Singer Rob Halford has been fighting bronchitis for over a week and now doctors have told him he needs full rest so his voice can recover.
judaspriest.com

SEBASTIAN BACH TO PERFORM SKID ROW'S ENTIRE DEBUT ALBUM
Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's acclaimed, self-titled, breakout debut album with a U.S. tour where he will perform the record in its entirety plus other songs from his celebrated catalog. The tour will kick off in Nashville, Tennessee on August 30 and will end in Pinellas Park, Florida on November 2. Tickets and VIP meet-and-greet upgrades go on sale Friday, June 7 at sebastianbach.com

JUNE 4, 2019
DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE OLD LIVE RECORDINGS
earMUSIC and DEEP PURPLE have worked on a Limited Edition Series, making a selection of rare live recordings from the band's archive, spanning over the last 2 decades of concerts around the world. earMUSIC will make the show available in 20.000 numbered Limited Edition CDs and 2.000 numbered LPs. These limited editions will be available until sold out. The series will start with an explosive show in Newcastle, Australia, recorded in 2001.
Some of the shows have been previously available as very rare fan club editions, others will be released for the very first time. All recordings are being remastered for the best audio quality possible.
deeppurple-infinite.com   ear-music.net

JUNE 3, 2019
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper has just announced his fall 2019 tour plans. He will embark on a bunch of "An Evening With" headline tour dates in the States this November, beginning November 3 in Florida. Additional dates will be announced shortly.
Confirmed dates so far are:
Nov. 03 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
Nov. 05 - Melbourne, FL - King Center
Nov. 06 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Nov. 07 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov. 09 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage
Nov. 10 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
Nov. 12 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
Nov. 14 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 - Greenville, SC - Peace Concert Hall
Nov. 16 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Performing Arts Center
Nov. 21 - Glen Falls, NY - Cool Insuring Arena
Nov. 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Nov. 27 - Evansville, IN - Old National Events Plaza
Nov. 29 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
alicecooper.com

JUNE 1, 2019
ROKY ERICKSON IS DEAD
American rock artist Roky Erickson (ex-13th FLOOR ELEVATORS) died on Friday, May 31 in Austin, Texas. He was 71 years old. Cause of death is unknown.

MAY 31, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH NARNIA IN AUGUST
Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA will release a new album, "From Darkness To Light", on August 2.
The first single, "A Crack In The Sky", is available here: smarturl.it/a-crack-in-the-sky
The album release will be followed by a tour in 2019/2020, starting in South America together with STRYPER and TOURNIQUET.
narniatheband.com

IRON MAIDEN'S BRUCE DICKINSON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SPOKEN-WORD TOUR
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will embark on the "What Does This Button Do? An Evening With Bruce Dickinson" European spoken-word tour in the fall.
Confirmed dates are:
Oct. 26 - Lisinski, Zagreb, Croatia
Oct. 27 - Vienna Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 02 - Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 04 - Pallas Theatre, Athens, Greece
Nov. 13 - Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland
Nov. 29 - Cartuja Centre, Seville, Spain
Dec. 01 - Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 07 - Teatro Principal, Alicante, Spain
Dec. 08 - Alua Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
Dec. 13 - National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Tickets can be purchased at irnmdn.co/eveningwithbruce

BOOK ABOUT TOM MORELLO COMING LATER THIS YEAR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, AUDIOSLAVE and PROPHETS OF RAGE guitarist Tom Morello will publish a book about his career titled "Whatever It Takes" later this year through Genesis Publications. The signed limited-edition book will explore Morello's entire career from his first bands through to his most recent solo album, "The Atlas Underground". The exact publication date will be announced soon.

SAXON TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED 40 (LIVE)"
Saxon
On August 2, SAXON will salute their 40th anniversary by releasing "The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)" via Militia Guard/Silver Lining Music, where they will celebrate 4 decades of heavy metal with 40 songs from their entire career.
"The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)" will be available as a triple-CD combo, as well as a boxset with 5 vinyl LPs. There will also be a deluxe edition in a limited edition of 747 copies.
saxon747.com

MAY 30, 2019
NEBULA ANNOUNCES ITALIAN TOUR DATES
Desert rock legends NEBULA are going to do 3 shows in Italy in October. These are the dates:
Oct. 2 - Evol Live, Roma
Oct. 3 - The Cage, Livorno
Oct. 4 - Bloom, Mezzago
NEBULA will release a new album, titled "Holy Shit", on June 7 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
facebook.com/NebulaBand

SLAYER, MEGADETH AND ANTHRAX CONFIRMED FOR SANTIAGO GETS LOUDER
Kerry Burger King, Slayer
SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will share the stage once again when they perform at the Santiago Gets Louder festival on October 6 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida in Santiago, Chile. The 3 "Big 4" bands will be joined at the event by Chilean extreme metal pioneers PENTAGRAM. Tickets for Santiago Gets Louder go on sale on June 5.
santiagogetslouder.cl

ACE FREHLEY COMPLETES WORK ON "ORIGINS VOL. 2"
Ace Frehley has confirmed that he has completed work on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist. The album is tentatively due later this year via Entertainment One (eOne).
acefrehley.com

ATTENTAT REVEAL NEW BASSIST
Attentat
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have found a new bassist, the 29-year old Linus "Siken" Sikström. He is also a member of JERRYS FARSA (vocals/guitar) and GIFTIGT AVFALL (drums), and have been guitarist for CIVIL OLYDNAD.
You can read more about Linus here: attentat.nu

SABER TIGER ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN THE BALTICS
Japanese heavy metal veterans SABER TIGER are going to the Baltics in the end of June for 3 exclusive shows in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The dates are these:
June 27 - MCB, Jelgava, Latvia
June 28 - Klubas Lemmy, Kaunas, Lithuania
June 29 - Hard Rock Laager Festival, Raplamaa, Estonia
After that the group jet off back to Japan for gigs in July and August, with plans to film concert footage for an upcoming live DVD.
sabertiger.net

MAY 29, 2019
MINISTRY RECRUITS EX-TOOL BASSIST PAUL D'AMOUR
Industrial metal legends MINISTRY have recruited former TOOL member Paul D'Amour as their new bassist.
ministryband.com

DEMONS & WIZARDS REVEAL TOURING LINEUP
DEMONS & WIZARDS, the side project of ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch, will be joined by other members of ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN when it kicks off its first tour in nearly 2 decades on May 31 in Saarbrücken, Germany.
The DEMONS & WIZARDS touring lineup will be as follows:
Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Lead Vocals
Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH) - Guitar
Jake Dreyer (WITHERFALL, ICED EARTH) - Lead Guitar
Marcus Siepen (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Bass
Fredrik Ehmke (BLIND GUARDIAN, SINBREED) - Drums
Joost Van Den Broek (AFTER FOREVER, AYREON) - Keyboards
DEMONS & WIZARDS recently released remastered versions of its first 2 albums on all digital platforms. "Demons & Wizards" (2000) and "Touched By The Crimson King" (2005) will also be released as expanded deluxe editions on June 7.
DEMONS & WIZARDS is currently working on material for its as-yet-untitled third studio LP, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.
facebook.com/WizardsDemons

MAY 27, 2019
UNLEASHED TO REPLACE ANNIHILATOR AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
ANNIHILATOR have been forced to cancel their apperance at Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band have a new deadline for their next album, and have to concentrate on finishing the album.
Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED, who have not played at the festival for 10 years, will replace ANNIHILATOR.
Sweden Rock Festival happens on June 5-8. More info at swedenrock.com

TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
Fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS are going on a German tour in October. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 29. The dates are:
Oct. 6 - München, Backstage
Oct. 7 - Nünberg, Hirsch
Oct. 8 - Stuttgart, Longhorn
Oct. 9 - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Oct. 11 - Saarbrücken, Grage
Oct. 12 - Köln, Stollwerck
Oct. 13 - Berlin, Astra
Oct. 14 - Hamburg, Markthalle
For more dates, visit thetoydolls.com

MAY 25, 2019
NEW MUSIC FROM RATT NEXT YEAR
American hard rock band RATT let us know that the band is planning to release new music in 2020.
therattpack.com

MAY 24, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH THE 69 EYES IN SEPTEMBER
Veteran Finnish rockers The 69 EYES will release their new album, "West End", on September 13 via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's 12th full-length record, and features guest vocalists such as CRADLE OF FILTH's Dani Filth, Wednesday 13 and BEASTÖ BLANCÖ's Calico Cooper.

MAY 23, 2019
SLAYER GETS LIMITED-EDITION BOTTLE FROM JÄGERMEISTER
Kerry Burger King, Slayer
According to Metal Hammer, Jägermeister has launched a limited-edition bottle as a tribute to the legendary thrash metal band SLAYER.
The 1.75-liter bottle features custom-made SLAYER artwork and is presented in an engraved box and is limited to just 500 bottles, which are available through Jägermeister's online store.

MAY 22, 2019
DANKO JONES POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN DATES TO SEPTEMBER
Danko Jones himself
Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES have been forced to postpone their Australian shows that were due to take place in May/June to new dates in September.
Existing tickets will be honoured at all rescheduled dates. And the new dates are:
September 5 – Melbourne, Stay Gold
September 6 – Brisbane, The Zoo (new venue)
September 7 – Sydney, Crowbar
dankojones.com

NEW ALBUM WITH SUICIDAL ANGELS IN AUGUST
Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS will release their new album, "Years Of Aggression", on August 9 via NoiseArt Records.

NEW SINGLE WITH SANTA CRUZ
Finnish hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release its 4th album, "Katharsis", this fall.
The second single from the disc, "Tell Me Why", can be streamed here: youtu.be/y2OgT__XunQ
santacruzbandofficial.com

NEW ALBUM WITH OPETH IN THE FALL
Swedish progressive heavy rockers OPETH have set "In Cauda Venenum" as the title of their 13th album, due out in the fall via Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
opeth.com

MAY 21, 2019
GHOST ADDS DATES TO FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Hardly the latest photo of Ghost
7 new dates for the "Ultimate Tour Named Death", GHOST's 6-week North American headline arena tour are announced, adding shows in Edmonton, Toledo, Moline, Youngstown, Huntington, Hamilton, and Ottawa. A series of ticket pre-sales begins today, and the public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. local this Friday, May 24.
The newly added dates are these:
Sep. 23 - Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
Oct. 08 - TaxSlayer Centre, Moline, IL
Oct. 10 - Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
Oct. 11 - Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV
Oct. 15 - Huntington Center, Toledo, OH
Oct. 17 - FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
Oct. 18 - Richcraft Tire Center, Ottawa, ON
More tour dates and other details at ghost-official.com

POISON IDEA ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
American hardcore/punk legends POISON IDEA has changed its lineup. The band, which will tour Europe soon, have announced that its new lineup is: Jerry A, Chris Carey, Jeff Walter, Chris Cuthbert, and new guitarist Andrew Stromstad.
You can read more about it here: facebook.com/aedinosiopofficial

BRANT BJORK TO RE-RELEASE "JALAMANTA" ALBUM
It's now 20 years since desert rock legend Brant Bjork (KYUSS, FU MANCHU) released his first solo album, "Jalamanta". And to celebrate the 20-year anniversary, the album will be re-released on September 13 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
Pre-order start on May 23.
brantbjork.com   heavypsychsounds.com

MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES NORDIC FALL TOUR
Millencolin
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going on a Nordic tour this fall. Dates for Norway and Sweden have been confirmed so far, and they are as follows:
Oct 16 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Oct 17 - USF Verfet, Bergen, Norway
Oct 18 - Terminalen, Ålesund, Norway
Nov 8 - To be announced
Nov 9 - To be announced
Nov 22 - Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden
Nov 23 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall, Sweden
Dec 6 - Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dec 7 - Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden
Dec 13 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
millencolin.com

PRIMAL FEAR WORKING ON NEW SONGS
Heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR is currently writing new material for their next album, which will be their first album for Nuclear Blast.
primalfear.de   nuclearblast.de

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS TO PLAY IN SWEDEN
Stiff Little Fingers
Northern Irish punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are coming back to Sweden for 3 shows in August. The dates are:
1 augusti: Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
2 augusti: Malmö, KB
4 augusti: Göteborg, Pustervik
Tickets go on sale May 22 at triffidanddanger.se
www.slf.rocks

MAY 20, 2019
SLIPKNOT PERCUSSIONIST M. SHAWN CRAHAN'S 22-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IS DEAD
Gabrielle, the 22-year-old daughter of SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown), died on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 22. No cause of death has been revealed.
slipknot1.com

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ABORTED, ENTOMBED A.D. AND BAEST
LG Petrov, Entombed AD
ABORTED will team up with ENTOMBED A.D. and BAEST for a European tour in October/November.
The "Hell Over Europe III" tour kicks off October 18 in London and wraps up November 17 in Hamburg. Tickets are on sale now.
For dates, try 1 of these: facebook.com/Abortedofficial   entombedad.com   baestband.com   centurymedia.com
ENTOMBED A.D. will be releasing a new record, entitled "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30, and BAEST follow up with their second offering, "Venenum", on September 13.

MAY 18, 2019
FIREWIND SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AFM RECORDS
Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND - the group led by guitar wizard and former Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G. - have signed a worldwide deal with the German metal label AFM Records.
The collaboration between FIREWIND and AFM already started with the band's last album, "Immortals", which AFM released in the North American territory. Subsequently, Gus signed with AFM for the release his solo albums.
FIREWIND plan to enter the studio after their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE that ends in August.
firewind.gr   afm-records.de

MAY 17, 2019
NEW SONG WITH THE HIVES
Pelle, The Hives many years ago
Swedish rock band The HIVES are back with a new song, "I'm Alive", via Third Man Records. The track will be featured on a limited-edition double A-side 7" in stores this summer.
"I'm Alive" is THE HIVES' first new music since the release of their 2015 standalone single "Blood Red Moon". The band's last full-length album, "Lex Hives", came out in 2012.
Listen to "I'm Alive" here: youtu.be/qlo04V9YP6k
Upcoming tour dates can be found here: thehivesbroadcastingservice.com

NEW ALBUM WITH BLACK STAR RIDERS IN SEPTEMBER
Black Star Riders
BLACK STAR RIDERS will release their 4th studio album, "Another State Of Grace", on September 6 via Nuclear Blast.
blackstarriders.com   nuclearblast.de

OZZY OSBOURNE ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED HOLLYWOOD BOWL CONCERT
Ozzy Osbourne has just announced that his postponed Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will now take place Monday, July 27, 2020.
ozzy.com

MAY 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH CRASHDÏET IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET has set "Rust" as the title of their new album, which will be released on September 13 through Frontiers Music Srl.
crashdiet.org   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH SLIPKNOT IN AUGUST
SLIPKNOT will release their new album, "We Are Not Your Kind", on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.
You can pre-order and watch the song "Unsainted" at slipknot1.com or roadrunnerrecords.com

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
As you might remember, ROLLING STONES had to postpone their North American tour, but they have now announced new tour dates. The tour will last from June 21 to August 31.
More info at rollingstones.com

BEAT BUTCHERS TO CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Gamla Pengar a few years ago
Swedish record label Beat Butchers will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a party at Kraken in Stockholm on September 21. Bands that will play are GAMLA PENGAR, 23 TILL, KÖTTGROTTORNA, Roger Karlsson, FABRIKEN, BRANDGUL, TUK TUK RALLY, ALARMROCK, HANS & GRETA, COCA CAROLA, KRYMPLINGS, SISTA SKRIKET, ÅKA BIL, VARNAGEL, The SOLAR LODGE, SLUTSTATION TJERNOBYL, OHLSON HAR SEMESTER PROD.
Some of these acts are doing an exclusive reunion gig. Each artist have 15 minutes to perform. Tickets go on sale May 27. More info here: facebook.com/events/625261877949266

MAY 15, 2019
THE QUIREBOYS CANCEL SCOTTISH DATES
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS have been forced to cancel the following 3 dates in Scotland:
Edinburgh 16/05
Inverness 17/05
Aberdeen 18/05
"These had to be cancelled at short notice but we were left with no choice as every item of the agreement was breached; no deposit, no fee, no communication, no promotion!!", the band says in a post on their Facebook page.
quireboys.com

GLENN HUGHES ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED U.K. DATES
Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH) has announced the rescheduled dates for his U.K. tour, which was postponed due to illness.
The new dates are as follows:
Nov. 17 - Salisbury, City Hall
Nov. 20 - Norwich, Waterfront (venue change from Norwich UEA)
Nov. 23 - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Nov. 29 - Birmingham, O2 Institute
glennhughes.com

BUTCHER BABIES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
American metal band BUTCHER BABIES are in the studio working on their fourth album.

RE-ISSUES WITH RAVEN IN JUNE
Wounded Bird Records is re-issuing all of the RAVEN albums originally released on Atlantic Records in a brand new 2-CD set. The albums are "Stay Hard", "The Pack Is Back", "Mad" (EP), and "Life's A Bitch".
These albums have long been out of print and are difficult to find on CD, but they will now be available again on June 7.
facebook.com/ravenbandofficial

MAY 14, 2019
MISFITS ANNOUNCE 2 NEW SHOWS IN DENVER AND SEATTLE
MISFITS, with original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, have announced 2 more U.S. shows. On September 7 they will play at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO. And on September 14 it's time for White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA.
Support acts on both shows will be The DISTILLERS, The DAMNED and CRO-MAGS.
Pre-sale begins tomorrow, May 15, at 10am local time. Tickets for the general public starting on Friday, May 17.
misfits.com

MORE VINYL RE-ISSUES FROM BIRDNEST RECORDS
Early Raserbajs photo
Swedish record label Birdnest Records will re-release 3 more of their 90s records on vinyl. This time it will be RÄSERBAJS: "Noppriga Tights Och Moonboots", BIG FISH: "Sånger Ur Sten" and Johan Johansson: "Flum" (double LP).
They plan to release these albums in September. Pre-order should start in a couple of weeks.
facebook.com/Birdnest-Records-316543958393680

BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES are going to Japan for 2 shows in the fall. Tickets go on sale June 15, and the dates are:
Sep. 30 - Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka
Oct. 01 - Shibuya duo Music Exchange, Tokyo
backyardbabies.com

KISS ANNOUNCES L.A. SHOW
KISS has announced a September 20 show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, which will serve as the finale of the second American leg of the band's ongoing "End Of The Road" world tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. PST, with various pre-sales taking place in the preceding days.
According to a press release, the Staples Center show - the band's last scheduled concert prior to setting sail on "Kiss Kruise IX" on October 30 - will mark "the biggest pyro event of the tour."
kissonline.com

AGAINST ME! BASSIST INGE JOHANSSON GOES SOLO
Inge Johansson - former bass player of AGAINST ME! and The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY - has launched a solo project called GATUPLAN. The project just released its debut single, "Punkhjärta". Check it out here: youtu.be/NBzJMc4HmVE

NEW ALBUM WITH ENTOMBED A.D. IN AUGUST
LG Petrov, Entombed ad
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. will release a new album, titled "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30 via Century Media Records.
entombedad.com   centurymedia.com

MAY 13, 2019
H.E.A.T. TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM
Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T. will release a new live album, "Live At Sweden Rock", on July 26 through earMUSIC. And as the title says, it was recorded at Sweden Rock Festival last summer.
"Live At Sweden Rock" will be available as CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
Get yourself a first taste here: youtu.be/dRTWuGDGrEM
heatsweden.com   ear-music.net

AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE SWEDEN TOUR WITH VANHELGD
Tompa, At The Gates
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES are going to do some Swedish tour dates in November together with VANHELGD. The dates are these:
Nov. 01 Liljan, Borlänge
Nov. 02 Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
Nov. 07 Katalin, Uppsala
Nov. 08 Frimis Salonger, Örebro
Nov. 09 The Tivoli, Helsingborg
Nov. 29 Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (No VANHELGD)
Nov. 30 The Crypt, Linköping
Tickets can be found here: tickster.com/sv/events/search?q=at+the+gates
atthegates.se   facebook.com/vanhelgd

NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH JORN IN JUNE
Hard rock/heavy metal band JORN will release "Live On Death Road" on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. It's a recording from their performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2018, and will be available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital (audio only).
jornlande.com   frontiers.it

MAY 12, 2019
ALICE COOPER IS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Alice Cooper with doll
Alice Cooper has confirmed to the Arizona Republic that he is working on a new full-length album. "There's about four or five songs already written", he said. "I worked with Bob Ezrin in Nashville the last couple of weeks on a couple things. We worked in Detroit on a few things. And I think that's going to be a very interesting album. It's gonna be very different, something I've never done before. I can't really let the cat out of the bag. But it's gonna be really good."
Read the whole interview (scroll down for the part about his next album) here: eu.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/05/10/alice-cooper-hollywood-vampires-album-driven-johnny-depp-frustration/1134307001
alicecooper.com

MAY 11, 2019
GLENN HUGHES FORCED TO POSTPONE UK TOUR
Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) is unable to perform his UK tour, which was due to start May 14 through May 24. He needs to be treated for an illness that, while not life threatening, must be dealt with immediately in order for it to not become a serious problem. He is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the road in June.
glennhughes.com

MEGADETH ARE IN THE STUDIO
MEGADETH has entered a studio in Franklin, Tennessee to begin laying down tracks for its follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album.
megadeth.com

MAY 10, 2019
RÅTTORNA REUNITE
Local (Borås, Sweden) punk rock legends RÅTTORNA have reunited (again), and they are even working on some new songs.

VIXEN IS WRITING NEW SONGS
VIXEN is working on material for a new full-length album, tentatively due next year.
vixenofficial.com

MAY 9, 2019
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
Bad Religion
BAD RELIGION have announced a North American summer tour with DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID and The LAWRENCE ARMS. Tickets available Friday, May 10 at 10am local time at badreligion.com, and that's where you can find all dates too.

MAY 8, 2019
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
A new documentary on LED ZEPPELIN is currently in post-production. The as-yet-untitled film is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon, the director of the Emmy-nominated music documentary series "American Epic", and will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group.
The documentary will launch in Cannes with CAA representing the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales. It is billed as the "definitive telling of the birth of the world's biggest-selling rock band" and will be told solely from the band's perspective, with never-before-seen archive film footage and photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band's music.
No official release date has been announced for the documentary.
An official LED ZEPPELIN book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", came out in October last year.
ledzeppelin.com

NO MORE ÅTERFALL
It looks like Swedish crust punks ÅTERFALL have split up. They have written the following short message on their Facebook page: "Återfall are dead 2008? - 2019".
facebook.com/%C3%85terfall-178048095560752

MAYHEM SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records. A new album, their 6th, will be released on October 25. And soon after that they will embark on a European headline tour with special guests GAAHLS WYRD and GOST.
thetruemayhem.com   centurymedia.com

MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Michael Monroe
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will release a new album, "One Man Gang", in October, which will be followed by a European tour in October/November. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 10 at 10am.
Dates can be found at facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial

DOKKEN DRUMMER MICK BROWN IS TAKING A BREAK
DOKKEN's longtime drummer "Wild" Mick Brown says that is "taking a break" from playing live shows.
Brown did not perform with his bandmates at their May 5 concert at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. He was temporarily replaced by BJ Zampa (HOUSE OF LORDS), who has filled in for Brown in the past. No explanation regarding Mick's absence from the gig was provided by the band.

REFUSED ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH THRICE
REFUSED are going on a co-headline tour with THRICE in UK and Europe this fall. GOUGE AWAY will be joining them on the UK leg of this run of dates. General sale for these dates will be on sale this Friday, May 10.
Dates can be found here: officialrefused.com or thrice.net

MAY 7, 2019
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH AVENGERS
Jake Burns, SLF
Punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of their debut album, "Inflammable Material", with a North American tour in October/November. As part of a longer set, they will play the record in its entirety (apart from "Closed Groove" which they don't like much). Special guests on all dates will be AVENGERS, and the exact dates can be found at slf.rocks

THE HEADLINES SIGNS WITH METALVILLE
Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES have found a new home at the German label Metalville Records.
Their first album on Metalville is in preparation. More info coming soon..
The HEADLINES released their debut album, "Plug n Play", in 2007. Their latest album, "In The End", was released in 2017.
facebook.com/TheHeadlinesSWE   metalville.de

SKID ROW SIGNS WITH GOLDEN ROBOT
Veteran hard rock group SKID ROW has inked a worldwide deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records. The the final chapter of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy will be released later this year.
skidrow.com   goldenrobotrecords.com

MAY 6, 2019
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES SUMMER/FALL U.S. TOUR
DEEP PURPLE will embark on the 2019 U.S. leg of their "The Long Goodbye" tour in late summer. The month-and-a-half-long trek will kick off on Septeber 3 in Riverside, California and wrap on October 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dates and other details can be found at deeppurple.com

NEW ALBUM WITH D-A-D LATER THIS MONTH
DAD live
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will release their first album in 8 years, "A Prayer For The Loud" on May 31 via AFM Records.
d-a-d.dk

MAY 5, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH RAINBOW THIS MONTH
RAINBOW will release a new digital single, "The Storm", on May 17 via Minstrel Hall Music. The song is said to be "a rocked-up remake" of an old BLACKMORE'S NIGHT track from the album "Fires At Midnight", which was issued back in 2001.
Last month, RAINBOW issued a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family".

MAY 4, 2019
RATT ANNOUNCES SPRING/SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Ameriacn hard rock veterans RATT has announced a batch of North American tour dates that will take place over the course of the next 5 months.
The band's first live appearance of 2019 is scheduled for May 4 at the Domination festival in Mexico. The group also has a number of shows lined up on the East Coast and in the South, including gigs in Texas, Mississippi, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
RATT's current lineup includes original singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
For tour dates, go to therattpack.com

MAY 3, 2019
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going on a short European tour in October, with The CRUEL INTENTIONS and HIGHRIDE as special guests. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 6.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/realcrashdiet

NEW ALBUM WITH TARJA TURUNEN IN AUGUST
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release her new studio album, "In The Raw", on August 30 via earMUSIC.

NEW ALBUM WITH HAMMERFALL IN AUGUST
Joacim Cans, HammerFall
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release their new album, "Dominion", on August 16 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/HF-Dominion
hammerfall.net   napalmrecords.com

MAY 2, 2019
ZZ TOP TO CELEBRATE 50 WITH 50-SONG COLLECTION
ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a new, Texas-sized compilation featuring 50 of their songs.
Single CD And digital versions are available on June 14. 3-CD and 5-LP sets will be available on August 16.
Pre-order here: Rhino.lnk.to/Goin50
zztop.com

IGGY POP TO RE-RELEASE "ZOMBIE BIRDHOUSE"
Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop is re-releasing his 1982 solo album "Zombie Birdhouse" on CD and vinyl. The CD version has a bonus track, the original version of "Pain and Suffering", which features Debbie Harry (BLONDIE) on backing vocals. The song was originally recorded for the film, "Rock and Rule" (Iggy provided the voice of the Monster From Another Dimension and Debbie Harry the voice for the character Angel), but that soundtrack was never released.
"Zombie Birdhouse" is out on June 28 via Caroline and is remastered.
Check out "Run Like A Villain" from the album: youtu.be/kYvhxhDGrfI
iggypop.com

MAY 1, 2019
SPIDERS TO SUPPORT HANK VON HELL IN NORTH AMERICA
Spiders
Swedish rock band SPIDERS will be support act for Hank Von Hell on his upcoming North American tour in August.
For dates, try 1 of these pages: facebook.com/wearespiders   facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial

HELIX DRUMMER TO REJOIN THE BAND
HELIX drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz will rejoin his bandmates for their upcoming Canadian shows in early June. The concerts will mark his first appearances with the group since he sustained serious injuries in a November 2018 fall.
Fritz was injured after going out to the front of his home to fix some shingles on the roof. When his girlfriend's sister went out to check on him, he was laying on the front lawn, having fallen from the roof. He had a seizure on the front lawn and then another on the way to the hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
planethelix.com

GERMAN MAGAZINE VISIONS TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM WITH BAD RELIGION
Bad Religion
German music magazine Visions is going to release a live album with American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION. Issue #314 will include "Live At Rock Am Ring June 3rd, 2018" as a bonus CD.
The release is licensed from Live Nation, and not Epitaph (who use to release their records), so it appears that the band is not releasing the CD through Epitaph or directly. Rather, Live Nation appears to own the rights to these live recordings and has licensed them to the magazine. Which means that you have to get the magazine to get the CD.
badreligion.com

APRIL 30, 2019
UFO REJOINED BY GUITARIST/KEYBOARDIST NEIL CARTER
British hard rock legends UFO will be rejoined by Neil Carter as they continue their 50th-anniversary "Last Orders" tour following the recent passing of Paul Raymond.
Raymond died from a heart attack on April 13, just days after UFO completed the U.K. and Ireland leg of "Last Orders" tour with a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
The European leg of "Last Orders" kicks off on June 7 at Musik Zentrum in Hannover, Germany and includes shows in Sweden, Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
UFO will launch the North American leg of "Last Orders" on October 9 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
For tour dates and other information, try ufo-music.info

NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release his new solo album, "Ten", in September via Rat Pak Records. Guest musicians who appear on the disc include singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE), drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE), bassist John O'Boyle, and guitarists Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE), Marzi Montazeri (EXHORDER, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), Gus G. (FIREWIND, Ozzy Osbourne) and Andy James.

APRIL 29, 2019
TOTO ANNOUNCE FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
AOR legends TOTO will conclude the almost 2-year long "40 Trips Around The Sun Tour" with 20 final shows in North America. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on September 20 at The Wiltern. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, May 3 at 10AM local time.
For further details, go to totoofficial.com

SABATON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HAMMERFALL
Swedish war heavy metal band SABATON will make their return to North America this fall for "The Great Tour". The headline excursion will feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL, and will begin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 4 and will end in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 3. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. local time.
For dates, try sabaton.net
SABATON's new album, "The Great War", will be released on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record will be a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.
HAMMERFALL will release a new single, "(We Make) Sweden Rock", on Friday, May 3.

NEW ALBUM WITH LIV SIN IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy metal band LIV SIN will release their new album, "Burning Sermons", on September 6 via Despotz Records.
livsinofficial.com   despotz.se

OZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2020
Ozzy Osbourne has released details of his rescheduled UK and European shows with JUDAS PRIEST.
Ozzy's "No More Tours 2" gigs in the UK and Europe were due to happen earlier this year but had to be postponed due to illness. His subsequent North American run was then rescheduled due to an injury sustained at home. But now he is back in business and has revealed new dates for the UK/Euro leg of his arena dates, which will take place from January to March 2020.
JUDAS PRIEST will join Ozzy on all dates, which can be found on ozzy.com and judaspriest.com
Tickets for all rescheduled dates remain valid, except for the now-cancelled Barcelona and Frankfurt shows. Remaining tickets for the tour go on sale May 3 at 9am.

APRIL 28, 2019
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN GOT CANCER
Sylvain Sylvain of NEW YORK DOLLS have been battling cancer for about a year. He let us know that he "have an upcoming surgery with a great doctor that may do the trick."
Read his own statement here: facebook.com/sylvainsylvainm?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARBc6WWAkVaxFD8pLJRrWtZufIWlmkx5Na7a9WemqU6i3pgYoMsXcCV1QYYMRMPKkm6zp-ag1Dc9xr6i&hc_ref=ARSAf1iTkiPWyyvSURhynTkRmcSgUjs0C1gwK-CDRm054wqIqnpSDMSWS1IQWb6k1QQ&fref=nf

AIRBOURNE COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have completed work on their fifth album for a late 2019 release via Spinefarm.

APRIL 27, 2019
BLOODBATH PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Joakim Karlsson, guitarist for death metallers BLOODBATH, has decided to leave the band. He will now focus on his black metal band CRAFT instead.
Live guitar duties will proceed with Tomas from LIK.
facebook.com/bloodbathband

MOLLY HATCHET SINGER PHIL MCCORMACK IS DEAD
Phil McCormack, the frontman for rock band MOLLY HATCHET, has died, according to multiple sources. No official cause of death has yet been revealed, but the 102.7 WSNR radio station has reported that it "looks like a heart attack". He was 58 years old.

ANVIL TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Steve Lips Kudlow, Anvil
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL will enter Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany this fall to begin recording their new album for a 2020 release.

APRIL 26, 2019
SOLO ALBUM WITH ROGGA JOHANSSON IN JULY
Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING, The GROTESQUERY, NECROGOD and many more) will release his first solo album, "Entrance To Otherwhere", on July 19 through Transcending Obscurity Records.
roggadeathmetal.bandcamp.com   tometal.com

DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE PART TWO OF CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET SERIES
DEF LEPPARD will release a limited-edition box set, "Def Leppard - Volume Two", on June 21. This is the second of 4 volumes of the complete recorded output of DEF LEPPARD available as both a 10-LP, 180-gram vinyl box and a limited-edition 7-CD set featuring all the recordings from the band in the 1990s with their original packaging. The albums were remastered by Ronan McHugh at Joe's Garage and cut by Greg Moore.
"Def Leppard - Volume Two" features 1992's "Adrenalize", which topped the charts in 23 countries, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the U.K. chart, 1993's Top 10 release "Retro Active", the band's first compilation featuring B-sides and previously unreleased recording sessions from 1984 to 1993, DEF LEPPARD's 6th studio album "Slang", released in 1996 and the first full album to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, and, making its vinyl debut, 1999's "Euphoria", which also went Top 10 on the U.S. and U.K. charts and marked the band's return to their signature sound.
Also included are "Rarities Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", both specially compiled by Joe Elliott containing more rare B-sides and live recordings from the 90s, complete with newly commissioned artwork.
Housed in rigid boxes, "Def Leppard - Volume Two" also contains a 40-page hardbound book packed with rare photos by Ross Halfin and introductions written by the entire band.
defleppard.com

AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER HURT HIS SHOULDER IN MINOR ACCIDENT
Drummer Joey Kramer will not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates tonight (April 26) in Las Vegas. The announcement comes 2 days after Kramer missed the last concert at the Park Theater at Park MGM as part of the band's "Deuces Are Wild" residency.
Joey had a minor accident and is totally fine, but he hurt his shoulder in the process so he won't be able to play.

THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER FOR FESTIVAL SHOWS
THIN LIZZY have announced the bass player for the forthcoming run of European festival appearances to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the original band and 40 years since the release of the seminal "Black Rose" album.
Troy Sanders from MASTODON will be joining guitarist Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton on keyboards, Ricky Warwick on lead vocals, Damon Johnson on guitar and JUDAS PRIEST's Scott Travis on drums for the following dates:
Sunday July 28 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, S. Wales, UK (exclusive "Black Rose" album set)
Sunday August 4 – Rewind North Festival, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
Thursday August 8 - Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Alicante, Spain
Saturday August 10 - Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
thinlizzyband.com

APRIL 25, 2019
VAMPIRE IN THE STUDIO
Vampire in red light
Swedish death metallers VAMPIRE has entered the studio to start recording a new album.
facebook.com/vampiretheband

NEW ALBUM WITH DESTRUCTION IN AUGUST
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast.
destruction.de

APRIL 24, 2019
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER SKIPPED LAS VEGAS CONCERT
Drummer Joey Kramer did not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates last night (Tuesday, April 23) as part of their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. Filling in for him at the Park Theater at Park MGM was reportedly Kramer's assistant/drum tech, John Douglas.
AEROSMITH has not yet publicly addressed Kramer's absence from the concert, but a number of fans took to social media to express their hope that the drummer is in good health.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST SIGNS WITH eOne
Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust
Portland thrash band TOXIC HOLOCAUST has signed a worldwide record deal with Entertainment One (eOne). A new album will arrive later this year.
toxicholocaust.com

TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND FRANCE
British fun punk legends TOY DOLLS celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. They are currently working on a new album, which will be followed by a tour in the fall and winter. And the first confirmed tour dates are in Sweden and France.
They will do 3 shows in Sweden:
Nov. 14 - Kraken, Stockholm
Nov. 15 - The Crypt, Linköping (w/ TROUBLEMAKERS, ABROVINK)
Nov. 16 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ The HEADLINES, The MOCKINGBIRDS)
After that there will be a whole 12-date tour in France in November/December. Those dates can be found at thetoydolls.com
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26. More dates will be announced soon..

APRIL 23, 2019
TURBONEGRO TO REPLACE ARCHITECTS AT BORGHOLM BRINNER
Turbonegro
Due to "scheduling difficulties" ARCHITECTS will not be able to attend the Borgholm Brinner festival this year. TURBONEGRO will join the festival instead.
Borgholm Brinner take place August 2-3 at Borgholm Castle on the Swedish island Öland. Other bands that will play there are IN FLAMES, OPETH, AT THE GATES, WITCHCRAFT, OF MICE & MEN, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SKRAECKOEDLAN and BOMBUS.
borgholmbrinner.se

GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO HEADLINE EXIT 111
Exit 111 festival debuts October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.A. Headliners will be GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. Among the other acts are SLAYER, ZZ TOP, DEFTONES, GHOST, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, GOJIRA, CHEAP TRICK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MINISTRY, POWER TRIP, GRAVEYARD, NEW YEARS DAY etc. etc.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
More info at exit111festival.com

GUNS N' ROSES BASSIST DUFF MCKAGAN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan are coming to Europe for a tour in August/September. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26.
More info at duffonline.com

SANCTUARY TO CONTINUE
US metal band SANCTUARY have announced that they will continue. And they will start with a small US tour with GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in July/August, where SANCTUARY will perform the "Refuge Denied" album in its entirety, along with other popular songs.
For dates and tickets, visit sanctuaryofficial.com

APRIL 22, 2019
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH SOCIAL DISTORTION
Flogging Molly
American celtic punk veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are going on a North American co-headline tour with SOCIAL DISTORTION in August/September. Special guests will be The DEVIL MAKES THREE and LE BUTCHERETTES. Tickets on-sale this Friday, April 26.
For dates and tickets, go to floggingmolly.com or socialdistortion.com

SEPULTURA BANNED FROM PLAYING IN LEBANON
According to Albawaba, Lebanese authorities have banned SEPULTURA from performing in the country, accusing the Brazilian/American band of "insulting Christianity" and being "devil worshippers".
Concert promoters Skull Session announced on Friday (April 19) that authorities refused to process the bandmembers' visas, forcing them to cancel a planned SEPULTURA gig in Beirut's Hamra district on April 28.
Skull Session told The New Arab that they had not been allowed to see the group's "ban order" but had been given information by officers who had seen the document.
albawaba.com/node/lebanon-censors-heavy-metal-band-sepultura-devil-worship-1281479   alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/4/21/brazilian-metal-band-barred-from-lebanon-for-satanic-music

APRIL 21, 2019
EX-SODOM MEMBERS LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former SODOM members Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) have launched a new metal band called BONDED. Joining them in the group are Ingo Bajonczak (ASSASSIN) on vocals, Marc Hauschild (bass) and Chris Tsitsis (ex-SUICIDAL ANGELS) on guitar.
BONDED is in the process of recording 5 new songs for a late 2019 release.
The official music video for a demo version of the track "God Given" can be seen here: youtu.be/BkH7ziGNtM4

EXODUS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE RECORDING FROM 1984
American thrash veterans EXODUS celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of the single "No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)". You can listen to it here: youtu.be/DYLbWpL4OJ0

APRIL 19, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES IN JUNE
Alice Cooper solo
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - with AEROSMITH legend Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, and shock rock icon Alice Cooper - return with new music in the form of their second album, "Rise", which will be released on June 21 via earMUSIC.
hollywoodvampires.com

THUNDERMOTHER PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have parted ways with bassist Sara.
thundermother.com

APRIL 17, 2019
ACCEPT ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST AND VIOLINIST
Accept in action a few years ago
Heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced the addition of Martin Motnik on bass and Ava-Rebekah Rahman on violin as the band prepares to launch the "Symphonic Terror" tour on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany.
For upcoming tour dates, go to acceptworldwide.com/tour

THE DWARVES TO RE-RELEASE EARLY EP
American dirt punk veterans The DWARVES will re-release their early EP "Toolin' For A Warm Teabag". The release has been remastered and is out on 12" vinyl format later this summer via Riot Style Records.
thedwarves.com

THE BABOON SHOW TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST DEMO ON VINYL
The Baboon Show live
Swedish punk rock band The BABOON SHOW will have their first demo, "This Is It!" from 2004, released as a vinyl LP via Filferro Records. It will be remastered and with new artwork. There will be a limited edition of 500 copies.
The LP will include 3 old songs and 3 previously unreleased.
Pre-orders starts today, April 17, and shipping on May 20. Orders here only: filferrorecords@gmail.com
thebaboonshow.com

APRIL 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH VÅNNA INGET IN MAY
Vanna Inget
Swedish post punk band VÅNNA INGET will release a new album, titled "Utopi", on May 3. The 2 first songs will be released on Thursday, April 18.
facebook.com/vannainget

APRIL 15, 2019
MORE RE-ISSUES WITH BUZZCOCKS
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS have announced the re-issue of their third album, "A Different Kind of Tension", and the "Singles Going Steady" compilation on Friday 14th June.
Pre-order on deluxe edition coloured vinyl and CD: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks40
Restored from their original tapes for the first time, both titles feature newly curated booklets and unseen images, with Jon Savage contributing the liner notes for "A Different Kind of Tension" and Clinton Heylin for "Singles Going Steady".
buzzcocks.com

AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES AND GRAND MAGUS
Bad photo of Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are sailing to North America for a headline tour in September/October. Support acts will be no other than ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES and GRAND MAGUS.
Pre-sale and VIP Bundles are available starting tomorrow (April 16). General tickets on-sale Friday, April 19.
For dates and tickets, go to amonamarth.com
archenemy.net   atthegates.se   facebook.com/grandmagusofficial

APRIL 14, 2019
UFO'S PAUL RAYMOND IS DEAD
UFO guitarist/keyboard player Paul Raymond has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 73 years old.
ufo-music.info   paulraymondmusic.com

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO RELEASE NEW VERSION OF "BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY"
RAINBOW will release a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family" on April 26.
The original recording of "Black Sheep Of The Family" - a cover of a track by the band QUATERMASS from 1970 - was included on RAINBOW's debut album, 1975's "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow".

NIFELHEIM RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Nifelheim
Swedish black metallers NIFELHEIM are currently recording a new studio album. They also have a new guitarist, Blackosh (MASTER'S HAMMER, ex-ROOT).
facebook.com/Nifelheim.Official

APRIL 12, 2019
TURBONEGRO ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Turbonegro frontman
Legendary Norwegian/British death punk/dirt rock band TURBONEGRO are going to Latin America in September to play some shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
The exact dates are:
Sept. 11 - Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 13 - Blondie, Santiago, Chile
Sept. 14 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sept. 15 - Carioca Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept. 17 - Teatro Odisseia, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
facebook.com/TurbonegroHQ

LIVE ALBUM WITH BULLET IN JULY
Bullet frontman
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET will release a live album, simply titled "Bullet Live", on July 5 via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be available as 2CD, double LP and digital.
For upcoming tour dates, try facebook.com/bulletband

APRIL 10, 2019
NEW PROJECT WITH EX-QUEENSRŸCHE VOCALIST GEOFF TATE
Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION:MINDCRIME vocalist Geoff Tate have teamed up with some Italian musicians led by Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of prog metal band DGM. The project is called SWEET OBLIVION, and a album will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on June 14.
Get a first taste, "True Colors", here: youtu.be/HYsLG2VtTN0
Follow SWEET OBLIVION on Facebook: facebook.com/SweetOblivionGeoffTate

EXCITER CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
EXCITER have been confirmed for the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal festival Muskelrock at Tyrolen in Blädinge (outside Alvesta), which take place on May 30 to June 1.
Other acts that have been confirmed for the festival are VIGILANTE, SHAAM LAREIN, BÜTCHER, EMERALD, ADX, NEPTUNE, PAGAN ALTAR, HYPNOS, ELECTRIC CITIZEN, SECOND SUN and MANACLE.
EXCITER will also play at Geronimo FGT in Stockholm, Sweden on May 28 and at The Abyss in Göteborg, Sweden on June 29. Both shows are Muskelrock pre-partys. After Muskelrock EXCITER goes to Norway for a show at Oak Metal Club in Fosser on June 1.
facebook.com/Muskelrock   facebook.com/excitercanada

NEW ALBUM WITH THE RODS IN JUNE
80s US metal band The RODS will release their new album, "Brotherhood Of Metal", on June 7 via Steamhammer.
therods.com   spv.de

THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCES UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
British rock act The DARKNESS are going on a UK/European tour in late 2019 and early 2020. Tickets on general sale 10am Friday 12th April. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/thedarknessofficial.
The DARKNESS will release their new album, "Easter Is Cancelled", on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl.

APRIL 9, 2019
MONTH-LONG U.S. TOUR FOR THE RONNIE JAMES DIO HOLOGRAM
Dio many years ago
The new Ronnie James Dio hologram will embark on a month-long U.S. tour at the end of May.
The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The Dio hologram production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.
After the tour's initial 7-date run was completed in December 2017, Ronnie's hologram underwent "some changes" before the launch of the next leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour.
The new dates are:
May 31 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 01 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
June 02 - St. Petersburg, FL - Palladium Theatre
June 03 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
June 06 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
June 07 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
June 08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
June 09 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
June 11 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
June 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
June 14 - St. Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
June 15 - St. Paul, MN - Myth
June 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
June 19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
June 20 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
June 21 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
June 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
June 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Tickets for all confirmed tour dates go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time via all major ticketing outlets.
youtu.be/S94odyYYdKs   facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

THE CULT ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN NORTH AMERICA AND UK
In recognition of the forthcoming reissue of THE CULT's multi-platinum-selling "Sonic Temple" album on Beggars Banquet Records (exact release date to be announced), the British rock group that's led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy will embark on select dates in North America and the U.K. starting May 2 in Houston, Texas. Tickets are on sale now for the "A Sonic Temple" tour. Meanwhile, the band expects to announce another block of dates very soon for 2019/2020.
The setlist will draw from THE CULT's 10 studio albums with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from "Sonic Temple"; some of these songs have not been performed since the album (their 4th) was originally released in 1989.
To see the exact dates, try facebook.com/officialcult

NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN JUNE
MEMORIAM - the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums - will release its third studio album, "Requiem For Mankind", on June 21 via Nuclear Blast.
memoriam.uk.com   nuclearblast.de

ZZ TOP ANNOUNCES 50TH-ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th year with a massive North American tour this summer. Kicking off the 50th-anniversary tour August 16, the real Tres Hombres will play coast to coast and border to border. CHEAP TRICK and Southern rock stalwarts LYNYRD SKYNYRD will also join the tour as it snakes through the country into late October.
ZZ TOP are very unique, as they have been the exact same 3 guys - Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - all the time since 1969 until today.
Tickets for newly announced dates go on sale starting Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Dates and tickets can be found at zztop.com/events

MOB 47 TO TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
Mob 47
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to California in the end of this month for a short tour. The dates are as follows:
26 April, Hilltop Travern – Apple Valley
27 April, Manic Relapse Fest – Oakland
1 May, Maison Kabob – Fresno
2 May, Characters Bar – Pomona
3 May, Gigi's Bar – Ventura
4 May, Five Star Bar – Los Angeles
Keep an eye on facebook.com/mob47 for the latest updates.

APRIL 8, 2019
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT PLAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT founding member Eric Bloom has confirmed to MassLive.com that the band is planning to release its first new album since 2001's "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror".
"We're not exactly working on it yet, but the ink is going on the contract soon," he said. "We've all been working on songs over the years, but there's a lot of negotiation, because it's not just about the new product but also about the back catalog."
blueoystercult.com

SLAYER IS SUING ORGANIZERS OF ICELAND'S SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
Kerry King, Slayer
According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), SLAYER is suing the organizers of Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, claiming it hasn't been fully paid for appearing at last year's event.
The legendary thrash metal band, which is in the middle of its farewell world tour, says it is still owed around $134,000 (16 million Icelandic króna).
Local media has reported that a significant number of people and companies have not been paid for their work at Solstice Productions, which has handled Secret Solstice's operations.
slayer.net

NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH EX-VIXEN SINGER JANET GARDNER IN MAY
Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner will release a new solo album, "Your Place In The Sun", on May 31 via Pavement Entertainment. Like her 2017 debut self-titled solo album, the new disc is a collaboration with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.

FORMER TNT SINGER TONY MILLS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Former TNT vocalist Tony Mills has been diagnosed with cancer.
The British-born singer appeared on 3 studio albums from TNT - 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's "Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms" - before exiting and being replaced by a returning Tony Harnell.
You can read his own words about this on Tony's Facebook page: facebook.com/Tony.Mills.Official

APRIL 6, 2019
TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM WITH NEBULA
Desert rock veterans NEBULA will release their first studio album in 10 years, "Holy Shit" on June 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds.
facebook.com/NebulaBand

APRIL 5, 2019
ASTA KASK TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE SHOW AT TO THE DEATH FEST
Asta Kask
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will do an exclusive U.S. show at Portland's To The Death Fest.
The festival happens on June 28-30 at Dante's/Star Theater/Black Water. More artists and other information will be announced soon.

CRASS TO RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" ON LP AND CD
As reported here yesterday, British anarcho-punk legends CRASS has released a digital remaster of their "Best Before 1984" compilation. Today, details of a physical version surfaced. The new version is out via Crass Records, as distributed by One Little Indian Records. It appears that the re-release is not part of the "The Crassical Collection" releases (which slightly modified some of the original albums and added many bonus tracks), so it's unclear if the physical re-release will have a slightly altered tracklist like the digital re-release had.
The vinyl version of the remastered "Best Before 1984" is out today, and the CD version is out May 17. Meanwhile, "The Crassical Collection" itself went out of print almost immediately after its initial release, and Crass Records/One Little Indian has also repressed that series, as well.
crass.live

APRIL 4, 2019
THOR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Hard rock legend Thor will release his new album, "Hammer Of Justice", on April 26 through Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records).
The album release will be followed by a major North American tour, which will kick off in Portland, OR on April 12, and will last until June 16 when he comes to Quebec City, Quebec.
For tour dates and other info, go to thorcentral.net

OZZY POSTPONES ALL 2019 TOUR DATES
Ozzy Osbourne has announced the postponement of all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Osbourne will remain under doctor's care in Los Angeles as he recovers.
The shows will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020 and concert-goers are being asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Because some of the 2019 dates were festival appearances, not all will be rescheduled. The new North American dates can be found at facebook.com/ozzyosbourne. The Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will be rescheduled in July 2020 (exact date to be announced). The 2020 European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

GUNS N' ROSES CONFIRMED FOR LOUDER THAN LIFE
GUNS N' ROSES is the first act to be announced for the return of Louder Than Life. This year, the festival will be headed to its new home at the Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center on Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.
This will mark the debut of the GUNS N' ROSES lineup at the Louder Than Life festival and is the first appearance for the rock giants since performing in Hawaii in December 2018.
The full Louder Than Life lineup will be announced on Monday, April 8, the same day as tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. ET.
louderthanlifefestival.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
British rock band The DARKNESS will release a new studio album, "Easter Is Cancelled", on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl.
youtu.be/BfbzfGuQSJU   thedarknesslive.com

PICTURE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Dutch heavy metal veterans PICTURE have set "Wings" as the title of their new album. The release date for the album will be announced soon..
pictureband.nl   puresteel-records.com

APRIL 3, 2019
CRASS RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" DIGITALLY
Anarcho punk legends CRASS has remastered their compilation "Best Before 1984", which rounds up CRASS singles and a few other stray tracks. The release appears to be a continuation of "The Crassical Collection".
Right now, only a digital version is available, and for the time being, the band is giving it away for free. Check it out right here: crass.live

LIVE ALBUM WITH AMEBIX?
For the past few years, heavy crust core pioneers AMEBIX (who broke up in 2012), have teased a live album. Today, they confirmed it's upcoming releases. They stated, simply:
"well well,looky here.Postie dropped off some goodies. New pressing of Sonic Mass in grey vinyl,ltd 1000 copies,available now from Easyaction. I forgot how wonderful the cover art and layout were,embossed splathead etc,classy work from Andy Lefton and Fin MacAteer (before he lost his mind..) and...Test pressing for the Amebix live 2009 vinyl!"
The band also has hinted at a DVD for that live show as well. The band's final studio album was "Sonic Mass" in 2011. Since then, they've reissued their first 2 albums and have released some archive live material.

IN FLAMES GUITARIST NICLAS ENGELIN TO SIT OUT EUROPEAN TOUR
IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin will sit out the band's spring and summer European tour dates to focus on "personal matters". Filling in for him once again will be former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
Broderick previously stepped in for Engelin during IN FLAMES' North American shows in February and March.
inflames.com

NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL MOVIE "LORDS OF CHAOS" TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE IN MAY
Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group have set a May 28 release date for "Lords Of Chaos" on Blu-ray/DVD combo and DVD.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo contains the unrated version of the film (118 minutes) and bonus features (11 director's teasers and trailers). The single DVD includes the rated version (116 minutes) and no bonus features.
Get more information about the film here: facebook.com/LordsOfChaosMovie

THE CULT TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "SONIC TEMPLE" IN LA
Alternative rock veterans The CULT will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album "Sonic Temple" with a party at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on June 15. Other bands that will play are PRAYERS, ZOLA JESUS and VOWWS. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 5.
facebook.com/officialcult

NEW ALBUM WITH SABATON IN JULY
Swedish heavy metal band SABATON will release their 9th full-length album, "The Great War", on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
sabaton.net   nuclearblast.de

MISFITS ANNOUNCE STADIUM SHOW IN LA
MISFITS have announced a very special 2019 U.S. date that will take place Saturday, June 29 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The current lineup of the MISFITS features original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only. RISE AGAINST, The DISTILLERS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and CRO-MAGS will join the epic event as special guests.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 5.
misfits.com

APRIL 2, 2019
METALLICA AND SLIPKNOT ADD MORE SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
METALLICA has added 2 more shows to its previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand. The second Melbourne concert will take place on October 24 at Marvel Stadium and another Auckland gig is scheduled for November 2 at Mt. Smart Stadium. As with the rest of the tour, support at the shows will come from SLIPKNOT.
Fan-club presales for the newly added concerts begin Wednesday, April 3 from 1 p.m. with general tickets on sale Tuesday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
metallica.com   slipknot1.com

CHARTA 77 FRONTMAN PER GRANBERG HOSPITALIZED
Per Granberg with Charta 77
Per Granberg, frontman for Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77, was hospitalized last week after a cerebral haemorrhage (not a stroke as reported earlier). He underwent surgery on Thursday, and all he can do now is to wait an see. But the surgery went as it should, and there's a good chance that he will recover.
This is not the first time that Per have suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. He got 1 about 10 years ago.
CHARTA 77 was supposed to play in Fagersta and Gävle here in Sweden next weekend (May 5 and 6), but KSM3 (with former members of KSMB) will step in to do those shows instead of CHARTA 77.

APRIL 1, 2019
GRAVEYARD TO RELEASE LIVE EP
Graveyard
Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD will release a live EP on Record Store Day, April 13. It was recorded at Pustervik in their hometown Göteborg on December 14 and 15 last year. The title of the EP is "Live At Pustervik", and it will be availbale as a gatefold double 7" (from Reaktor) and a 12" (from Nuclear Blast).
facebook.com/graveyardofficial

GHOST RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE FALL
Papa Eremitus, Ghost
Swedish occult metal/rock band GHOST will return to North America once again in September/October. For dates and tickets, go to: ghost-official.com

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH URIAH HEEP
JUDAS PRIEST have announced a North American tour in May/June, with support from URIAH HEEP. Dates and tickets can be found at judaspriest.com

MARCH 30, 2019
ROLLING STONES FORCED TO POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The ROLLING STONES have announced the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates. Singer Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.
Those who have tickets should keep them, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly.
More info at facebook.com/therollingstones

MARCH 29, 2019
PER GRANBERG OF CHARTA 77 HAS GOT A STROKE
Per Granberg with Charta 77
It looks like Per Granberg of the Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 has got a stroke (again). I don't know much else right know..

SPLIT 12" WITH EXISTENZ AND THE NILZ IN APRIL
Reunited Swedish punk band EXISTENZ will release a split-12" with Irish punk rockers The NILZ on April 12 via HepTown Records and Deadlamb Records.
You can pre-order it now from: hepcat.se/music/existenzthe-nilz-they-cant-control-it-orange-vinyl-12?fbclid=IwAR2SA-ZAl4xNTvIYEIPBbPQjjJshfP4jGNK9ngBrnncpeGBnJ9d2DEHdwFg
facebook.com/existenzpunk   thenilz.bandcamp.com

LIVE CD/DVD WITH LOUDNESS IN MAY
Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS will release a new 2CD+DVD, "Live In Tokyo", on May 17 via earMUSIC.
loudnessjp.com   ear-music.net

NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST IN AUGUST
Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker's MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project will release its second studio album, "Revelation", on August 23 through Nuclear Blast.
michaelschenkerhimself.com   nuclearblast.de

MARCH 28, 2019
BACKYARD BABIES TO FILM TONIGHT'S SHOW IN GOTHENBURG FOR UPCOMING SINGLE/VIDEO
Nicke Borg, Backyard Babies
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES will be filming tonight's show at Pustervik in Göteborg (aka Gothenburg), Sweden for an upcoming single and video.
backyardbabies.com

NEW ALBUM WITH RAMMSTEIN IN MAY
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will release their new, self-titled album on May 17. A music video for the disc's first single, "Deutschland", will make its online debut today (Thursday, March 28) at 18:00 (Central European Time).
rammstein.com

FORMER MANOWAR GUITARIST DAVID SHANKLE HAS TUMOR IN HIS HEAD
Former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle is scheduled to undergo surgery next week after doctors found a tumor in his head during a recent brain scan.
Read his own words about it on his Facebook page.

DRUMMER GIL SHARONE QUITS MARILYN MANSON
Drummer Gil Sharone has announced his departure from MARILYN MANSON.
The Los Angeles native joined Manson's band in 2013 and was featured on the shock rocker's last 2 records, "The Pale Emperor" and "Heaven Upside Down".

MARCH 27, 2019
WANDA JACKSON RETIRES
Iconic rockabilly and country singer Wanda Jackson has announced that she will no longer be performing live. She has been performing since the 1950s, and has released hundreds of records. She's 81 years old this year, so her retirement is solely based on health and safety.

QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES NEW DATES IN EUROPE
Queensryche
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced a European tour with FIREWIND as special guests on most of the dates. The tour will take place in November/December, and will include countries like Greece, Germany, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
For dates and ticket links, go to bandsintown.com/Queensryche or queensrycheofficial.com

SINGLES BOX SET WITH SLADE IN MAY
On May 31, BMG will release SLADE's "Feel The Noize - The Singlez Box", a strictly limited-edition box set comprises of 10 rare internationally released 7" singles, including an extremely rare 7" promo copy in a lift off lid box.
"Feel The Noize - The Singlez Box" features 5 U.K. No. 1s, 3 No. 2s, plus the Top 3 single "Everyday". The set also includes 1981's "Night Starvation", not previously commercially released as a 7" single.
To purchase this strictly limited-edition "The Singlez Box", go to slade.lnk.to/FeelTheNoizePR
Also, for the first time, the full SLADE catalogue will receive a global digital release across all digital service providers on April 12.
slade.uk.com

MANOWAR RECRUITS EX-HAMMERFALL DRUMMER ANDERS JOHANSSON
MANOWAR has recruited Anders Johansson (ex-HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE etc etc) as the band's new drummer. The Swedish musician made his live debut with MANOWAR on March 25 in Brno, Czech Republic.
Johansson can be heard on MANOWAR's new EP, "The Final Battle I", which will be made available on Friday, March 29 in an exclusive pre-sale at the merchandise booth of the band's "The Final Battle World Tour 2019". The initial instalment in a trilogy of EPs will be released to retail and online stores on May 30 and digitally on Amazon and Google Play.
manowar.com

DANKO JONES GOING TO AUSTRALIA
Danko himself
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES are going to do their first Australian headline tour in 15 years. This will happen in May/June, and the dates are these:
May 30 - Stay Gold, Melbourne
May 31 - Crowbar, Brisbane
June 1 - Crowbar, Sydney
June 2 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Get your tickets from silverbacktouring.com
More tour dates at dankojones.com

DIA PSALMA TO RECORD STOCKHOLM SHOW FOR POSSIBLE LIVE RECORD
Swedish folk/pop punk veterans DIA PSALMA will record their performance at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden on April 6 for a possible live record.
Read more (in Swedish) here: facebook.com/diapsalmaofficial

SEX PISTOLS BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
Following the success of the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", it seems every big-name musician is looking to get some on-screen action. A MÖTLEY CRÜE biopic has just been released, an Elton John biopic is on the way, and now it has been revealed that a SEX PISTOLS film is also in the works.
NME reports that the new biopic has already been in the works for 18 months, and while filming is yet to commence, the casting process is set to begin in the near future.
Details surrounding the plot are still yet to be confirmed, though it's expected to centre largely around the band's manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

RANKING ROGER OF THE BEAT IS DEAD
Ranking Roger, who was singing for the British ska band The BEAT, died yesterday (March 26). He had been battling cancer for some time, but unfortunately he lost the fight. He was just 56 years old.
Roger was writing his biography, "I Just Can't Stop It, My Life With The BEAT", with co-writer Daniel Rachel. It was scheduled to be pubished in the spring or early summer through Omnibus Press.
The BEAT ft Ranking Roger released a new album, "Public Confidential", in late January.
thebeatofficial.com

MARY'S KIDS ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP AND NEW EP
Marianne, Marys Kids
Swedish punk/action rockers MARY'S KIDS let us know that the band is complete again, and the current lineup is Marianne on vocals/guitar, Elias on drums, Hella on bas and Jonas is filling in for Erik on guitar.
The band will enter the studio in 3 weeks to record a new EP.
facebook.com/MARYSKIDSTHEBAND

MARCH 26, 2019
NEW SONG WITH BAD RELIGION
Bad Religion
Melodic L.A. punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION has released a new track, "Do The Paranoid Style", from their upcoming album "Age Of Unreason". The new album will be released on May 3 on Epitaph Records.
Check out "Do The Paranoid Style" here: badreligion.ffm.to/ageofunreason
badreligion.com

BLACK FLAG ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
American punk legends BLACK FLAG will be touring in Latin America in June and July. The dates are:
June 27 - Guadalajara, México
June 28 - Ciudad de México, México
July 4 - Lima Perú
July 5 - Santiago, Chile
July 6 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 7 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
blackflagband.com

MARCH 25, 2019
THE PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
The Professionals
Punk rock band The PROFESSIONALS (with Paul Cook from SEX PISTOLS) have announced a German tour in October. Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 27. And the dates are these:
Oct. 14 - Luxor, Köln
Oct. 15 - Knust, Hamburg
Oct. 16 - Bi Nuu, Berlin
Oct. 17 - Strom, München
Oct. 19 - Cafe Central, Weinheim
jointheprofessionals.net

MARCH 22, 2019
NEW EP WITH MANOWAR NEXT WEEK
MANOWAR have confirmed the release of "The Final Battle I", an EP comprised of eagerly awaited brand new material. Fans will first get their chance to own this initial instalment in a trilogy of thunderous EPs in an exclusive pre-sale at the merchandise booth of the band's "The Final Battle World Tour 2019", starting with their show in Frankfurt, Germany on March 29. An exclusive digital pre-sale period will start on iTunes the same day.
For those who can't make it to a show and buy it there, the EP will also be available in stores and digitally from Amazon and Google on May 30.
"The Final Battle II" and "The Final Battle III" of the trilogy will arrive later on. After the release of 3 EPs, there will be 1 final album with MANOWAR.
manowar.com

REISSUE OF HEAVY LOAD'S "DEATH OR GLORY" TO BE RELEASED IN MAY
Reunited Swedish viking heavy metal band HEAVY LOAD will have their second album, "Death Or Glory", re-released on May 17 via No Remorse Records.
"Death Or Glory" was originally released in 1982. The new version will include some bonus tracks, and will be available in different formats on CD and LP.
heavyload-sweden.com   noremorse.gr

NEW ALBUM WITH SOTO IN MAY
SOTO - the modern heavy metal/hard rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, SONS OF APOLLO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA etc), recently announced signing a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.
Now they are pleased to reveal their new, third studio album, "Origami", which will be released May 24. And to celebrate they have launched the record's first single, "BeLie". Watch the lyric video: youtube.com/watch?v=httACwv8ioI&feature=youtu.be
You can pre-order "Origami" here: SOTO.lnk.to/Origami
sototheband.com   insideoutmusic.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DEATH ANGEL IN MAY
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans DEATH ANGEL will release their long-awaited 9th full-length album, "Humanicide", on May 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

L.A. GUNS PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER SHANE FITZGIBBON
L.A. GUNS has parted ways with drummer Shane Fitzgibbon and has replaced him with Scot Coogan (Lita Ford, Ace Frehley, LYNCH MOB, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION).
According to L.A. GUNS frontman Phil Lewis, Fitzgibbon quit the band "for an amazing studio gig building rooms for [producer] Rick Rubin."
laguns.net

MARCH 21, 2019
DEMONS & WIZARDS SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Century Media Records has announced the signing of DEMONS & WIZARDS to a worldwide deal.
Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) and Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH), DEMONS & WIZARDS released 2 highly acclaimed albums, 1999's "Demons & Wizards" and 2005's "Touched By The Crimson King". The band is currently recording its as-yet-untitled third studio LP, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.
facebook.com/WizardsDemons   centurymedia.com

MARCH 20, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH AMON AMARTH IN EARLY MAY
Amon Amarth
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH will release their new album, "Berserker", on May 3 through Metal Blade Records.
You can now pre-order the album here: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_3_20_2019_10_8)&mc_cid=c889ce8682&mc_eid=e930736cf0
For upcoming tour dates, go to amonamarth.com
metalblade.de

NEW ALBUM WITH OF FIRE IN LATE MAY
Another Swedish death metal band that will release a new album, titled "Dräparen", is OF FIRE. Their album will be released by the end of May via Art Gates Records.
The lyrical theme on the album is old swedish stories and folk-lores. 3 of the 8 songs will be in Swedish.
offire.bandcamp.com

NEW ALBUM WITH FIRESPAWN IN JUNE
LG Petrov with Entombed AD
And yet another Swedish death gang, FIRESPAWN - with members from ENTOMBED A.D., UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC etc - will also release a new album, "Abominate", on June 7 through Century Media Records.
facebook.com/firespawnofficial   centurymedia.com

PRE-PARTY FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL WITH W.A.S.P., BULLET, WOLF AND MYSTIK
There will be a pre-party for Gefle Metal Festival on July 18 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. Tickets go on sale March 25.
The festival is at the same place, and happens between July 19-20.
More info at geflemetalfestival.se

THE STRANGLERS TO PLAY IN TOKYO
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS will do 3 shows in Tokyo in November. On November 2 and 4 they will play at Shibuya WWW, followed by a show at Tsutaya O-West on the 5th. General ticket sale from June 8 (pre-sale from April 6).
thestranglers.co.uk

TRIPLE LIVE ALBUM WITH DEAD KENNEDYS
On April 26, DEAD KENNEDYS will release a triple CD live album with material recorded in the early 80s with Jello Biafra on vocals (since the American punk legends reformed in the 2000s, Biafra has not been involved in their activities). The shows are from December 5, 1982, December 13, 1982, and May 25, 1985.
Some of this material has been previously released as bootleg material, but it appears these official releases improve the sound quality. They are out via Manifesto.
deadkennedys.com

REISSUES WITH PEACE LOVE AND PITBULLS
Thastrom solo
It's Swedish artist Joakim Thåström's birthday today (Mar. 20), and once upon a time he had an industrial rock band called PEACE LOVE AND PITBULLS. Now all 3 albums that they did - "Peace Love And Pitbulls" (1992), "Red Sonic Underwear" (1994) and "3" (1997) - will be re-released on double 180gr vinyl on Record Store Day, April 13. All albums have been remastered, and will also be available digitally. As bonus material on each album there will be b-sides.
thastrom.se

VENOM AND MUSTASCH CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
VENOM and MUSTASCH have been confirmed for the Swedish rock festival Skogsröjet, which will happen on August 2-3 in Rejmyre.
Confirmed since earlier are ACCEPT, AIRBOURNE, URIAH HEEP, BACKYARD BABIES, AMARANTHE, Glenn Hughes, GAMMA RAY, PRIMAL FEAR, DEMON and HELIX.
More info at skogsrojet.se

NEW ALBUM WITH DARKTHRONE IN MAY
Black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "Old Star", on May 31 via Peaceville Records.
facebook.com/Darkthrone-101075189934422   peaceville.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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