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SEPT. 16, 2019
DRAGONFORCE BASSIST JOIN KREATOR
Kreator leader Mille
German thrash metal giants KREATOR are excited to welcome Frederic Leclercq as their new bass player.
Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with UK based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE, for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until recently.
kreator-terrorzone.de   facebook.com/Frederic.Leclercq.Official

DEICIDE CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
American death metal legends DEICIDE have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which take place in Gävle, Sweden on July 9-11, 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, TRIBULATION, MYRKUR, JINJER, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, SKINDRED, ANAAL NATHRAKH, ICE AGE etc.
geflemetalfestival.se

STATUS QUO ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN/UK TOUR IN 2020
STATUS QUO are going on a European and UK tour in November/December 2020.
The tour will kick off in Hamburg, Germany on November 5, and will end in Bournemouth, UK on December 6.
For dates and ticket information, go to: statusquo.co.uk

TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES UK DATES
English punk veterans TOY DOLLS will do a few shows in UK in April 2020. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20. The dates are:
April 16 - South Shields, Hedworth Hall (w/ CRASHED OUT)
April 17 - Manchester, Club Academy (w/ VOMIT)
April 18 - London, Kentish Town Forum (w/ ANGELIC UPSTARTS)
For European tour dates, take a look at: thetoydolls.com

SEPT. 15, 2019
RATT WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has told The Morning Call in a new interview that the band has been writing new music. He said he is collaborating for the first time in years with bassist Juan Croucier, and even with new guitarist Jordan Ziff.
The vocalist describes the new material as something between the band's 1983 self-titled debut EP and the triple-platinum "Out Of The Cellar".
mcall.com/entertainment/lehigh-valley-music/mc-ent-ratt-interview-onecentre-square-easton-20190911-nmhb47th7fhm3jsypehjvjfwom-story.html   therattpack.com

SEPT. 14, 2019
UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER TO PERFORM ACCEPT'S "METAL HEART" ALBUM AT NEXT YEAR'S WACKEN OPEN AIR
Udo Dirkschneider
Former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band's "Metal Heart" album by performing it in its entirety at next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 30 to August 1, 2020 in Wacken, Germany. He also promises a big surprise for the show.
In addition, Udo and his U.D.O. band will once again perform with the music corps of the German Armed Forces.
Also, a joint album with exclusively new songs will be released in mid-2020.
udo-online.com   wacken.com

GENE SIMMONS TO UNDERGO MEDICAL PROCEDURE
KISS has been forced to postpone tonight's (Sept. 14) concert at USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City. Bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons tweeted yesterday (American time): "Apologies to the fans in Salt Lake City. We will come back and do the show at a later date. The truth is, I have to fly to LA to do a medical procedure. Nothing serious. But it must be taken care of now. Thank you for your good wishes. All is well."
Earlier in the month, KISS postponed its shows in Oakland and Los Angeles. The date at Oakland Arena, originally set for September 16, is now listed on the venue web site as March 6. The date at Staples Center in Los Angeles, originally set for September 20, now takes place March 4. The only reason given for moving the Oakland and Los Angeles performances was "unforeseen scheduling issues."

SEPT. 13, 2019
SLAYER TO RELEASE "THE REPENTLESS KILLOGY" MOTION PICTURE AND LP/CD
Kerry King, Slayer
SLAYER in conjunction with Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions, announces "Slayer: The Repentless Killogy" motion picture and companion LP/CD, "The Repentless Killogy, Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA".
Coming November 8, the narrative short film paired with SLAYER's entire performance of its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a 2-disc vinyl and 2-CD packages. In addition to the standard black vinyl, 8 limited-edition colored vinyl configurations will be available.
Trailer: youtu.be/ECfB-XhyJhE
slayer.net

DEE SNIDER IS TAKING A BREAK
Dee Snider with band
Dee Snider says that he is "taking a break" from performing live - and he isn't sure if and when he will return.
The TWISTED SISTER frontman has spent much of the past year playing sporadic shows in support of his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal", which came out in July 2018.
deesnider.com ..and in related news: TWISTED SISTER will reunite for 2 days and nights this fall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band's classic album "Stay Hungry". Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda and Mark "The Animal" Mendoza will be together again at the Spooky Empire horror-themed convention in Tampa, Florida for a very exclusive, one-time-only gathering. All 4 members will be available for autographs on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. And there will also be a question-and-answer sessions and photo ops.
A limited-edition TWISTED SISTER commemorative "Stay Hungry" 35th-anniversary coin will be available at the show. Tickets are available now at spookyempire.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE WHO IN NOVEMBER
THE WHO is back with its first new album in 13 years, titled "Who", due for release on November 22. A new single, "Ball And Chain", is now available on all streaming services.
thewho.com

THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN DATES
Nicke Andersson
Swedish rock band The HELLACOPTERS are going to South America for 3 shows in March 2020. The dates are:
March 12 Chile, Santiago - Blondie
March 13 Argentina, Buenos Aires - Teatro Flores
March 14 Brazil, Sao Paulo - Fabrique Club
hellacopters.com   solidmusice.com

SEPT. 12, 2019
SKITSYSTEM AND MARTYRDÖD TO PLAY IN BELGIUM AND THE NETHERLANDS
Swedish crust punk bands SKITSYSTEM and MARTYRDÖD will be playing in Belgium and the Netherlands in January 2020. The dates are these:
Jan 17 - Magasin4, Brussels, BE
Jan 18 - Iduna: Drachten Deathfest, Drachten, NL
Jan 19 - Baroeg: Black Denim Fest, Rotterdam, NL
facebook.com/Skitsystem   martyrdod.se

H.E.A.T AND CRASHDÏET TEAM UP FOR 2 SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T and sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET will do 2 shows together in Sweden in February 2020. Swedish hard rockers REACH will be opening act, and the exclusive dates are:
Feb 28 Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
Feb 29 Göteborg, Trädgår'n
Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 13 at: triffidanddanger.se
heatsweden.com   crashdiet.org   facebook.com/reachofficialsweden

SEPT. 11, 2019
LYKANTROPI SIGNS WITH DESPOTZ RECORDS
Swedish rock band LYKANTROPI has signed with the Swedish label Despotz Records.
Their 2 albums - "Lykantropi" and "Spirituosa" - will be re-released digitally, but also as limited edition CD and LP with bonus material.
A new album will arrive next year.
facebook.com/lykantropiband   despotz.se

BACKYARD BABIES ANNOUNCES GERMAN AND UK TOUR DATES
Dregen solo
Swedish hard rock punks BACKYARD BABIES will return to Germany for 4 shows in January together with The BONES and The WILDHEARTS. General tickets on-sale on Friday, September 13. The dates are:
Jan 23 - Tante Ju, Dresden
Jan 24 - Im Wizemann, Stuttgart
Jan 25 - Live Music Hall, Köln
Jan 26 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt
After that BACKYARD BABIES will tour in the UK and Ireland with The WILDHEARTS and support act CKY. Tickets for that go on sale on Friday, September 13, and the dates are these:
Jan 28 - O2 Academy, Newcastle
Jan 29 - Limelight, Belfast
Jan 30 - QMU, Glasgow
Jan 31 - O2 Ritz, Manchester
Feb 1 - O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Feb 3 - Tramshed, Cardiff
Feb 4 - O2 Institute, Birmingham
backyardbabies.com   facebook.com/thebonesswe   facebook.com/TheWildhearts   cky.bigcartel.com

NEW ALBUM WITH GREEN DAY IN FEBRUARY
GREEN DAY is going to release a new album, "Father Of All Motherfuckers", on February 7, 2020.
greenday.com

NEW ALBUM WITH RAISED FIST IN NOVEMBER
Swedish hardcore veterans RAISED FIST will release their 7th album, "Anthems", on November 15 through Epitaph Records.
Listen to the first single, "Anthem": youtu.be/DYdBQC63ZdU
facebook.com/RaisedFistOfficial

SEPT. 10, 2019
LIVE ALBUM/DVD WITH TRIBULATION
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION will release a live album including a DVD, called "Alive & Dead At Södra Teatern", on November 15 via Century Media Records in Europe and Metal Blade Records in North America.
The pre-order for "Alive & Dead At Södra Teatern" will start on Friday, September 27. More details about the release formats will be unveiled soon..
facebook.com/Tribulationofficial   centurymedia.com

ANGELUS APATRIDA ANNOUNCES BRAZILIAN TOUR
Spanish thrash metal band ANGELUS APATRIDA are going to Brazil in December for 6 dates. Support act will be HATEFULMURDER from Rio De Janeiro, and the dates are:
10.12 Porto Alegre, RS - Pier Pub
11.12 Florianopolis, SC - Celula Showcase
12.12 Curitiba, PR - Hangar Bar
13.12 Santos, SP - Boteco Valongo
14.12 Bueno Brandão, MG - Estancia Pé da serra do Pidico
15.12 São Paulo, SP - Fabrique Club
Tickets: xaninhodiscos.com.br
shop.angelusapatrida.com   hatefulmurder.com

BONDED SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
German thrash metallers BONDED have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
Formed by scene veterans Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) in 2018 after their exit as longtime members of SODOM, musical partners Marc Hauschild (bass) and DESTROY THEM/ex-SUICIDAL ANGELS member Chris Tsitsis (guitar) were quickly added to the ranks in order to continue working on new own material as well as to develop the concept for a new entity, which was finally completed with the addition of ASSASSIN frontman Ingo Bajonczak (vocals) and consequently named BONDED.
centurymedia.com

DAVID LEE ROTH TO ROCK IN LAS VEGAS
David Lee Roth - frontman and voice of VAN HALEN - is coming to Las Vegas with his show "David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegas", which will take place at the House Of Blues Las Vegas with a residency beginning in January at Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 14, with presales beginning Tuesday, September 10.
"Rocks Vegas 2020" performance dates are:
January 8, 10-11
March 18, 20-21, 25, 27-28
davidleeroth.com

SEPT. 9, 2019
JIZZY PEARL IS BACK IN QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT has parted ways with singer James Durbin and has replaced him with Jizzy Pearl. Pearl previously fronted QUIET RIOT from 2013 until October 2016, when he was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only 5 shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist Durbin.
According to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon", Durbin left QUIET RIOT "to concentrate his time and efforts on his solo career"‬.
QUIET RIOT will release a new album, "Hollywood Cowboys", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
quietriot.band

SEPT. 8, 2019
DIAMOND HEAD WILL PLAY "LIGHTNING TO THE NATIONS" 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS IN 2020
Guitarist Brian Tatler of British metal legends DIAMOND HEAD says the band will commemorate the 40th anniversary of their seminal "Lightning To The Nations" debut in 2020 with shows where they will perform the album in full.
diamondheadofficial.com

SEPT. 7, 2019
CHARTA 77 RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Per Granberg, Charta 77
Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 has entered the studio to record a new album.
facebook.com/charta77band

SEPT. 6, 2019
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET will do 3 club shows in Sweden in November:
Nov. 2 - Palatset, Linköping
Nov. 15 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Nov. 16 - Denim And Leather, Jönköping
They will also do a show at Vulkan in Oslo, Norway on November 23.
Tickets and more dates at: crashdiet.org

KISS POSTPONES STAPLES CENTER CONCERT IN LA
Due to "unforeseen scheduling issues", the KISS tour concert scheduled for September 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles has been postponed. The new date for this event will be March 4, 2020.
Tickets for the original show will be valid for the new date.
kissonline.com

ROB HALFORD TO RELEASE NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM
In time for this holiday season, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will be releasing an all-new album, titled "Celestial", on October 18 via Legacy Recordings. A day later, he will be signing CD or LP purchases of the album at FYE Arizona Mills at 2:00 p.m in Tempe, Arizona.
Credited to ROB HALFORD WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS, the album mixes holiday classics with all-new compositions.
Pre-order here: robhalford.shop.musictoday.com/store

AEROSMITH ADDS MORE DATES TO LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
AEROSMITH has extended its Las Vegas residency with 15 more dates in early 2020 due to "extraordinary demand".
According to Live Nation, the band's "Deuces Are Wild" residency at Park Theater at Park MGM will return for more shows in January, February, May and June next year, with tickets going on sale Friday, September 13.
The new dates going on sale are:
January 2020: 29, 31
February 2020: 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15
May 2020: 20, 23, 25, 28, 30
June 2020: 2, 4
aerosmith.com

SEPT. 5, 2019
NEW LIVE RELEASE FROM TOTO
TOTO has been touring the globe over the course of 2018-2019 in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. Along the way, they performed in front of well over a million fans across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and even Indonesia.
On September 13, Eagle Rock will release TOTO's "40 Tours Around The Sun" via digital audio and digital video. On September 20, the title will be available as a 2-CD and 3-LP set. On November 15, the DVD and Blu-Ray will be available.
This live performance was recorded in front of a sold-out crowd exceeding 18,000 fans on March 17, 2018 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
For upcoming tour dates, check out: totoofficial.com

THE PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCES UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
The Professionals
Reunited punk rockers The PROFESSIONALS (with Paul Cook from SEX PISTOLS) have announced a tour in October. The tour kick off in UK, where they will do 7 dates, and then continue to Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
For the exact dates etc., try: jointheprofessionals.net

JOSEPH THOLL TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Joseph Tholl with Black Trip
Swedish musician Joseph Tholl (VOJD/BLACK TRIP, ROBERT PEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER, ex-ENFORCER) is going to release a solo album, entitled "Devil's Drum", on October 18 via High Roller Records.
On the album he get help from Swedish musicians like Robert Eriksson (The HELLACOPTERS), Jakob Ljungberg (SECOND SUN, ex-TRIBULATION), Stipen Karlsson (DIA PSALMA, MERCILESS), Tobias Lindkvist (ENFORCER), Pontus Tahir (DIA PSALMA) and Malin Stensson.
facebook.com/josephthollmusic   hrrecords.de

SOLO BOX SET WITH FREDDIE MERCURY DUE IN OCTOBER
Set for release by Hollywood Records in North America and Mercury Records in the rest of the world on October 11, the "Never Boring" box set brings together for the first time a specially-curated selection of QUEEN singer Freddie Mercury's music, visuals and written and spoken words. It is a collection to jog the memory of fans, old and new, as to why Freddie remains such a beloved figure, nearly 30 years after his death. The set reminds us that Freddie was an exceptional singer, songwriter, performer and human being whose special kind of magic is captured in this exceptional collection of his solo work.
Taken from the very best original source material available, the full "Never Boring" collection contains 3 CDs with 32 tracks; a Blu-ray and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and interview; a 120-page 10"x10" hardback book full photos, many of them rare and unpublished, as well as thoughts and choice quotes from Freddie himself, and an introduction from Rami Malek, who earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie in the film "Bohemian Rhapsody". Specially created insert packaging includes a double-sided poster containing an image of Freddie and an original work from synesthetic artist Jack Coulter inspired by the song "Mr. Bad Guy".
The 3 CDs include a new 12-track compilation of many of Freddie's greatest solo performances; a newly mixed 11-track special edition of "Mr. Bad Guy"; and the 9-track 2012 special edition of "Barcelona" featuring full orchestra.
The Blu-ray and DVD of Freddie's promos and his stage performances with Montserrat Caballé include 8 that have been painstakingly reassembled from the original 35mm film rushes to give them the best-ever visual and sound quality.
It will also be possible to buy and listen to the albums individually on CD, vinyl and on digital and streaming services.

THE CLASH TO REISSUE "LONDON CALLING" WITH SCRAPBOOK
The CLASH are going to release a new edition of their classic album "London Calling", called "The London Calling Scrapbook".
The new edition presents the album on a single CD along with a 120-page book, which includes previously unseen archive material, lyric notes, and other exclusive memorabilia.
"The London Calling Scrapbook" is out on November 15 via Columbia Records, and it's limited to 3,000 copies.

SEPT. 4, 2019
30TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF MÖTLEY CRÜE'S "DR. FEELGOOD"
MÖTLEY CRÜE will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Dr. Feelgood" by reissuing the album on November 29.
The anniversary edition will feature the original album along with studio demos. The deluxe edition will include the album on "coke bottle green" vinyl, CD, 3 7" picture discs, a doctor's bag, a prescription notepad, a deck of playing cards, a pair of drumstick pens, pin badges and guitar picks.
motley.com

DEAD KENNEDYS TO RE-RELEASE EARLY DEMOS
A few Record Store Days ago, American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS released "Iguana Studios Rehearsal Tape". That was a recording from 1978 of the band from before their first album, that included several unreleased songs and drastically different renditions of released songs.
On September 27, the band will re-release the set on a wider scale, in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Manifesto.
deadkennedys.com   manifesto.com

NEW EP WITH SODOM IN NOVEMBER
German thrash veterans SODOM will release a new 5-track EP, "Out of the Frontline Trench", on November 22 via SPV/Steamhammer.
The EP features 1 song from their upcoming album (due in 2020), 2 exclusive tracks just for this EP, 1 re-recording and 1 live track.
sodomized.info   spv.de

NEW ALBUM WITH BOMBUS IN NOVEMBER
Bombus in action
Swedish metal band BOMBUS will release their 4th album, "Vulture Culture", on November 15 via Century Media Records.
facebook.com/bombusmusic   centurymedia.com

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST MEXICO AND KNOTFEST COLOMBIA
Knotfest, the music and lifestyle phenomenon created by multi-platinum, genre-defining metal band SLIPKNOT, has announced the full lineups for its events in Mexico on November 30 and Colombia on December 6. SLIPKNOT will be headlining both events.
Knotfest Mexico will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceania and will mark SLIPKNOT's first ever performance in Mexico City. Another first for Knotfest Mexico this year is their new partnership with Forcefest as the 2 festival brands combine to create an epic weekend of heavy music at Knotfest x Forcefest. Joining headliners SLIPKNOT for Knotfest Mexico on Saturday, November 30 include EVANESCENCE, GODSMACK, BEHEMOTH, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PAPA ROACH, 311, CARCASS, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, STRATOVARIUS, NOTHING MORE and OF MICE & MEN. Forcefest, taking place on Sunday, December 1, will be headlined by Rob Zombie who will be joined by W.A.S.P., IN FLAMES, SAXON, ACCEPT, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, GHOSTEMANE and more..
Knotfest Colombia happens at Hipódromo De Los Andes in Bogotá on December 6. SLIPKNOT will headline the event for the first time and will be joined by a stellar line-up including BEHEMOTH, TESTAMENT, SAXON, ACCEPT, W.A.S.P., UNLEASHED, STRATOVARIUS, A.N.I.M.A.L. and more..
knotfestmx.com   forcemetalfest.com   knotfestcolombia.com

SEPT. 3, 2019
KREATOR ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE EURO TOUR WITH LAMB OF GOD
Mille, Kreator
German thrash legends KREATOR are going on a co-headline European tour with American metal band LAMB OF GOD in Spring 2020. Special guests will be POWER TRIP, and tickets go on sale this Friday, September 6.
For dates, visit 1 of these sites: kreator-terrorzone.de   lamb-of-god.com   linktr.ee/powertriptx   stateofunresttour.com

WATTIE OF THE EXPLOITED TO UNDERGO ANOTHER OPERATION
Due to singer Wattie having another operation, Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED are canceling all their gigs up to October 24.
The band hope to be back gigging from there, depending on Wattie's state of health and recovery.
the-exploited.net

SEPT. 2, 2019
THE QUIREBOYS TO PLAY IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS will hit Australia for the very first time, with special guests PALACE OF THE KING, for 4 exclusive shows in the end of February 2020.
The dates are these:
February 20 The Gov, Adelaide
February 21 Factory Theatre, Sydney
February 22 Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
February 23 The Triffid, Brisbane
The boys has also announced a German tour in April. And those dates are:
April 13 Logo, Hamburg
April 14 Rockpalast, Bochum
April 15 Das Bett, Frankfurt
April 21 Backstage Club, München
April 22 Lux, Hannover
quireboys.com

NEW ALBUM WITH WOLFBRIGADE IN NOVEMBER
Swedish crust punks WOLFBRIGADE will release a new album, "The Enemy: Reality", in November via Southern Lord Records.
No exact date has been announced yet, but there will be a release party in Stockholm, Sweden on November 16 together with ASOCIAL.
facebook.com/lycanthropunks

SEPT. 1, 2019
SABATON INVOLVED IN CAR CRASH
2 days ago (Friday, Aug. 30) Swedish metal band SABATON were involved in a serious traffic incident upon their return from a video shoot in the Sahara desert in Tunisia. They are all broken, badly beaten, bleeding and stitched up, but happy to be alive and confident that they will be fully recovered over time.
Because of this they have to cancel their show in Poland today (Sept. 1). SABATON will be back with full force in October for the North American tour, and will return to Gdansk as soon as possible.
sabaton.net

AUG. 31, 2019
SEBASTIAN BACH TO REUNITE WITH ORIGINAL SKID ROW DRUMMER ROB AFFUSO
Sebastian Bach, who just kicked off a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's self-titled debut album, says that drummer Rob Affuso will join him for a few shows on the trek.
Read more here: popculture.com/celebrity/2019/08/30/sebastian-bach-gilmore-girls-reveals-how-he-got-show-would-return
sebastianbach.com

AUG. 30, 2019
NEW EP WITH MUNICIPAL WASTE IN OCTOBER
Virginia speed metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE will release a new EP, "The Last Rager", on October 11 via Nuclear Blast.
municipalwaste.net   nuclearblast.de

DISMEMBER'S PERFORMANCE AT SCANDINAVIA DEATHFEST TO BE PROFESSIONALLY FILMED AND RECORDED
Dismember
DISMEMBER's upcoming appearance at the Scandinavia Deathfest 2019 festival, set to take place October 11-13 at the Kraken Sthlm and Slaktkyrkan venues in Stockholm, Sweden, will be professionally filmed and recorded, presumably for future release.
DISMEMBER's lineup for the show will be as follows:
Matti Kärki - Vocals
David Blomqvist - Lead Guitar
Robert Sennebäck - Rhythm Guitar
Richard Cabeza - Bass
Fred Estby – Drums
Also scheduled to appear are BENEDICTION, CENTINEX, DEMILICH, DEMONICAL, ENTRAILS, GENERAL SURGERY, ROTTEN SOUND, UNANIMATED and many others.
dismember.se   facebook.com/scandinaviadeathfest

AUG. 29, 2019
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DISCHARGE
Discharge
Last Data Productions are releasing a new documentary of British hardcore/punk legends DISCHARGE. The film features exclusive live footage and interviews, and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2019.
lostdataproductions.uk/discharge-documentary-release-coming-soon

AUG. 28, 2019
AT THE GATES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH NIFELHEIM AND DESERTED FEAR
Tompa, At The Gates
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES are going on a European tour with NIFELHEIM and DESERTED FEAR in December. The tour kicks off in Hamburg, Germany on December 8 and will last until December 21, when they will play in Antwerpen, Belgium. Other countries they will visit is Croatia, Italy, France, UK and the Netherlands.
Before the European tour AT THE GATES will be touring in Sweden in November, with VANHELGD on most of the dates.
For dates, try 1 of these for example: atthegates.se   facebook.com/Nifelheim.Official   desertedfear.de   bandsintown.com/a/1366085

BON JOVI REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
According to Variety, BON JOVI's next studio album will be titled "Bon Jovi: 2020". Jon Bon Jovi revealed the title of the follow-up to 2016's "This House Is Not For Sale" Tuesday night on board the "Runaway To Paradise" cruise.
bonjovi.com

PUTERAEON SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Jonas Lindblood, Puteraeon
Swedish death metallers PUTERAEON has signed with Danish record label Mighty Music.
Singer/guitarist Jonas Lindblood has the following to say about the deal: "Our next album, on Mighty Music, will be released in 2020. The album will be a concept album based on the novel 'The call of Cthuluhu' by H.P. Lovecraft."
The band has since 2008 released 3 demos, 3 EPs and 3 albums. Jonas Lindblood has previously played with TAETRE.
puteraeon.com

AUG. 27, 2019
SOCIAL DISTORTION ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
American punk rock n roll veterans SOCIAL DISTORTION have announced a show celebrating their 40th anniversary. The show happens on October 26 at FivePoint Ampitheatre in Irvine, CA. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Frank Turner, The DISTILLERS, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL and more have been announced to perform. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 29.
socialdistortion.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ENTRAILS IN OCTOBER
Swedish death metallers ENTRAILS will release a new album, "Rise of the Reaper", on October 11 via Metal Blade Records.
Hear the first single, "Crawl In Your Guts", at: metalblade.com/entrails
Upcoming tour dates:
Aug. 31 – Malmö Massacre, Plan B, Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 11-13 – Scandinavia Deathfest at Kraken/Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 17 – 2 Years Under the Sign of the Black Serpent at Matrix, Bochum, Germany
Jan. 18 – Drachten Deathfest at Drachten Poppodium, Iduna, Netherlands
Jan. 19 – Bambi Galore/Königsaal, Hamburg, Germany
facebook.com/Entrails666   metalblade.com

AUG. 26, 2019
MORBID ANGEL TO TEAM UP WITH WATAIN AND INCANTATION FOR U.S. TOUR
American death metal legends MORBID ANGEL will be touring in the States in November/December together with Swedish black metallers WATAIN and American death metal veterans INCANTATION.
"The 2019 USA Sickness Tour" begins November 21 in Houston, Texas and runs through December 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 29.
For dates, try 1 of these: morbidangel.com   templeofwatain.com   incantation.com

AUG. 24, 2019
ORANGE GODLIN DRUMMER DENIED ENTRY TO UNITED STATES
British stoner metal band ORANGE GOBLIN will play their previously announced U.S. dates without longtime drummer Chris Turner, who has been denied entry to America due to visa issues.
Ben, Martyn and Joe will still be travelling, and have fortunately found a substitute drummer, Mr. Chad Walls, who is learning the set in a few days and will spend all day Monday in a Manhattan rehearsal studio going over the songs ahead of the first show in NYC on Tuesday.
The tour dates are these:
Aug. 27 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Aug. 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Aug. 30 - Cookeville, TN - Muddy Roots
Aug. 31 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Sep. 01 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
Sep. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
orangegoblinofficial.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ALFAHANNE IN OCTOBER
Swedish dark metal rockers ALFAHANNE will release a new album, "Atomvinter" on October 4 via Indie Recordings.
Pre-order here: shop.indierecordings.no/search?q=alfahanne
facebook.com/alfahanneofficial   facebook.com/indierecordings

AUG. 23, 2019
OZZY OSBOURNE VINYL BOX SET TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
Ozzy Osbourne will be celebrated with the first-ever definitive vinyl collection of all his original solo material.
Due out Friday, November 29 on Sony Legacy, "See You On The Other Side" includes: 173 songs total on 16 albums, each of which is 150-gram, hand-pressed multi-colored splatter vinyl, making each pressing unique. Many of the albums are previously unavailable or are currently out of print on vinyl. The collection also includes "Flippin' The B Side", a new collection of non-album tracks, which has never been pressed to vinyl before. In addition, "Black Rain", "Down To Earth" and "Scream" have never been pressed in the U.S., while "No More Tears" was remastered from the original flat analog album masters and is offered as a 2-LP set which will allow the album's songs to be uncompressed for the very first time ever on vinyl.
ozzy.com

NEW ALBUM WITH AIRBOURNE IN OCTOBER
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE will release their fifth studio album, "Boneshaker", on October 25 via Spinefarm Records.
airbournerock.com

AUG. 22, 2019
LEMMY'S LONG-LOST DUET WITH LYNDA KAY TO SEE LIGHT OF DAY
Lemmy with Motorhead
Singer-songwriter Lynda Kay has a new song coming out August 23 featuring the late great Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD. The duet, titled "The Mask", is far from Kilmister's well-regarded metal fare. This poignant Willie Nelson-style ballad, paired with Kay's harmonious, yearning voice, reveals a glimpse of his melancholy side, reminiscent of Rick Rubin American Recordings with Johnny Cash. The song was believed to have been lost, but was recently recovered.
Kilmister had begun writing "The Mask" in 1979 and finished it with Kay in 2009. The track will be released as the first single from Kay's upcoming double album, "Black & Gold".

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH BEHEMOTH
SLIPKNOT has announced the full details of its early 2020 European tour.
The 28-date trek will kick off in Dublin on January 14, and will include 8 dates in the U.K. before playing 19 shows across continental Europe, with the final show taking place in Helsinki on February 24.
Support on the tour will come from Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 30.
For further details, try 1 of these: slipknot1.com   behemoth.pl

THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCES SWEDISH DATES
Filippa, Thundermother
Swedish hard rocking women THUNDERMOTHER have announced 3 dates in Sweden with special guests FRONTBACK. The few dates are these:
Nov. 28 Motala - Bomber Bar
Nov. 29 Malmö - Live Concert Hall
Nov. 30 Helsingborg - The Tivoli
facebook.com/thundermother

THE STRANGLERS RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND
English rock veterans The STRANGLERS will make a return visit to New Zealand in mid-February next year, playing a trio of shows.
The tour kicks off in Christchurch at the Town Hall on Thursday, February 13, next is Wellington Opera House on Friday the 14th and finishing up at the Town Hall in Auckland on Saturday 15th.
Special guests at the gigs are New Zealand new wave band Mi-SEX. Tickets go onsale from 9am on Tuesday, August 27 here: www.plus1.co.nz/stranglers
thestranglers.co.uk

AUG. 21, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH M:40 IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish crust punks M:40 will release a new album, "Arvsynd", on September 28.
Check out 1 of the songs, "In i Labyrinten", here: metalinjection.net/video/m40-rips-through-riffs-on-new-song-in-i-labyrinten?fbclid=IwAR3yKNjy1O40JviRgH_oWnEEaXE-K62kJ11lqgCjqFRDE_SLkYvo-dnfH4s
facebook.com/m40band

GLENN HUGHES CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Due to the South American promoter failing to fulfill the required contractual obligations, birthday child Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH etc) will not be touring South America this September/October.
Glenn's management has been unsuccessful in reaching any solution with the promoter, and has reluctantly decided that the tour will have to be rescheduled into 2021 with a new South American partner.
The management are confident of securing a new tour period and will have news of this soon.
glennhughes.com

NEW VINYL COLLECTION WITH MIMIKRY
Mimikry at a dark club
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans MIMIKRY will release a new collection, "The Birdnest Years", on October 25. It will be available on vinyl LP, and will feature songs from the albums they released on Birdnest Records between 2000 and 2005: "Automatiskt", "Visar Vägen", "Kryptonit" and "Uppsamlingsheatet".
You can pre-order the album here: sound-pollution.myshopify.com/products/mimikry-birdnest-years-lp?fbclid=IwAR0kd4NNxD78n8suVcSO8CNt5eZu8Da5bQV3o7lMQWFnpr424BIYDxYqDTE
facebook.com/mimikrysverige

AUG. 20, 2019
NEKROMATIX TO CELEBRATE 30 WITH NEW LIVE RELEASE
Danish/American psychobilly trio NEKROMANTIX celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new live release, entitled "3 Decades of Darkle". It will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital on October 11 via Cleopatra Entertainment.
The show was filmed and recorded earlier this year at the Observatory Theater in Santa Ana, California. For more info and to pre-order: mvdshop.com/products/nekromantix-3-decades-of-darkle
nekromantix.net

TRIBULATION ARE GOING TO RUSSIA
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION are going to Russia for 2 shows in January next year. These are the dates:
Jan. 17 - Glastonberry, Moscow
Jan. 18 - Mod, St. Petersburg
facebook.com/Tribulationofficial

VENOM INC. FRONTMAN UNDERGOES HIP SURGERY
Former VENOM and current VENOM INC. singer and bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan underwent hip surgery last week (Thursday, August 15) at a hospital in London. The frontman had postponed the procedure for the last 3 years due to the ongoing obligation with VENOM INC., causing him to be in constant pain, on and off stage. Dolan reports to Lords Of Metal that he is doing well and he had his first careful walk on crutches on the next morning. In the meantime, he is back home recovering.
facebook.com/lordsofmetal/posts/2341035722598700

CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 26 CANCELLED
FKU
The metal cruise Close-Up Båten 26, which was supposed to sail on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back) between October 24-25, has been cancelled. Only 110 tickets has been sold so far, and headliner EYEHATEGOD has been forced to cancel all European dates after October 20.
Bands that was supposed to play include EYEHATEGOD, TRIBULATION, MONOLORD, F.K.Ü., VOKONIS etc.
You can read a full statement (in Swedish) here: facebook.com/events/408578036393923/permalink/455928338325559/
Next boat will be a punk cruise with ASTA KASK, NO FUN AT ALL, MIMIKRY, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, GAMLA PENGAR, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS etc. That will happen on May 28-29, 2020.
facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine

AUG. 19, 2019
SONS OF APOLLO ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American supergroup SONS OF APOLLO - featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, JOURNEY, TALISMAN, W.E.T.), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (David Lee Rith, Mr. BIG, Steve Vai), keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, DREAM THEATER, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) - are going on a North American tour in January/February 2020 with special guest Tony MacAlpine. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 21 (except NJ, which is out now).
For dates, try: sonsofapollo.com
In related news, SONS OF APOLLO will release "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" as a triple album/DVD and Blu-ray on August 30 via InsideOut Music.
insideoutmusic.com

NO MORE KAI MARTIN & STICK!
Kai Martin Och Stick
Swedish post punk band KAI MARTIN & STICK! have decided to quit. The concert with DOGSMILE at Bellmans Salonger in their hometown Göteborg is cancelled.
KAI MARTIN & STICK! started in the late 70s, and did their last show in 1985. In 2013 they reunited, and now it's over again.

KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
KING DIAMOND is going to release the first new studio album in 12 years. The title will be "The Institute", and it will be released in 2020. The first single will arrive this fall.
In support of the new album, KING DIAMOND will embark on a North American tour with UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS and IDLE HANDS in November/December. The dates can be found here: kingdiamondcoven.com

AUG. 17, 2019
RAJOITUS REVEAL NEW DRUMMER
Jani, Rajoitus
Jörgen Petterson (MÖGEL) is no longer the drummer in local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk band RAJOITUS. Their former drummer Topi is back again (he played on the "Maailman Hautajainen" LP and the split 12" EP with UTANFÖRSKAPET).
RAJOITUS has been playing now and then since 1992, and even though they are from Sweden they sing in Finnish. The band have had several lineup changes through the years, and must have split up and come back something like 3-4 times (at least).
facebook.com/Rajoitus-230104593705422

AUG. 16, 2019
THE ADICTS POSTPONE AMERICAN DATES
Due to circumstances beyond their control, punk legends The ADICTS have been forced to rescedule their August shows in U.S.A. The shows will now take place in January/February 2020 instead. All tickets purchased for the 2019 August dates will be accepted for the rescheduled shows.
The new dates are:
Jan-27 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Jan-28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
Jan-29 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Feb-1 St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Feb-3 Atlanta, GA - Buckethead
Feb-4 Charlotte, NC - Underground
facebook.com/theadicts

30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF WHITESNAKE'S "SLIP OF THE TONGUE"
WHITESNAKE scored the band's third consecutive platinum record with its 8th studio album, "Slip Of The Tongue". The album was originally released in November 1989, which means that it turns 30 this year. And Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including a colossal 7-disc boxed set.
"Slip Of The Tongue: 30th Anniversary Edition" will be available on October 4. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band's performance at the 1990 Monsters Of Rock festival, and a new interview with WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.
Other versions of "Slip Of The Tongue" will also be available the same day, including a double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks, and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks. Also a single-disc version that includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. And the music will be available digitally as well.
rhino.com   whitesnake.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DOWN 'N' OUTZ IN OCTOBER
DOWN 'N' OUTZ, the project headed up by DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, is set to release its third studio album, "This Is How We Roll", on October 11 via UMC.
The band, featuring THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Share Ross (bass, VIXEN) and Phil Martini (drums, WAYWARD SONS), takes a different approach on the new album. This new album only features 1 cover version - The TUBES' "White Punks On Dope" - alongside 11 original Elliott-penned tracks.
downnout.net

AUG. 15, 2019
ASTA KASK ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Asta Kask live
This is where Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will play in Sweden during this fall/winter:
Aug. 16 Uppsala - Uppsala Rumble/Katalin (w/ VÄRLDEN BRINNER and VÄSTERBRON)
‪Sept. 7 Borås - Pumphuset‬ (w/ MÖGEL and SLAVERIET)
‪Oct. 11 Gävle - Dirty Harry Rockbar‬
‪Oct. 12 Örebro - Örebro Punkfest‬ (w/ MOB 47, TROUBLEMAKERS etc)
‪Oct. 25 Skövde - Skövde In Rock Fest (w/ SKRAECKOEDLAN, LÅNGFINGER, ELECTRIC HYDRA etc)
‪Oct. 26 Borlänge - Mimikry 25 år/‬Liljan (w/ MIMIKRY)
‪Nov. 1 Eskilstuna - Halloween Meltdown (w/ AT THE GATES, DIA PSALMA, EXISTENZ and CALM)‬
Nov. 2 Östersund - Stuck On Live
Nov. 8 Halmstad - Halmstad Live
Nov. 9 Linköping - Palatset
facebook.com/astakaskofficial

GUS G. TO RELEASE DIGITAL LIVE EP
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) will release a new digital-only EP on September 20. "Live In Budapest - Part 1" consists of 4 tracks, recorded on the guitarist's headline European tour in support of his latest acclaimed album release, "Fearless".
You can pre-order the EP here: afmrec.de/LiveInBudapestPtI
gusgofficial.com

ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE SINGER ATTACKED
Last night (Aug. 14), British punk band ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE stated that vocalist Animal was recently attacked and injured. Apparently, someone smashed a pint glass, or something similar, across his face. The injury required a hospital stay and Animal is now recovering. However, the band is canceling their appearance at the BCN Beach Beer Chaos event this weekend.
facebook.com/antinowhereleague

AUG. 14, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH SCREAMER IN OCTOBER
Swedish heavy metal band SCREAMER will release their 4th studio album, "Highway Of Heroes", on October 11 through The Sign Records.
The first single, "Caught In Lies", will be released on August 23.
The album release will be followed by a European tour in November.
facebook.com/wearescreamer   facebook.com/thesignrecords

SPLIT SINGLE WITH SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE AND THE DRIPPERS
Swedish action rockers SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE and The DRIPPERS will release a split single on Friday, August 16. It will be available on 7" vinyl and digital.
You can pre-order it here: lux-noise.bandcamp.com/album/scumbag-millionaire-the-drippers-split?fbclid=IwAR0JRQVJHjC_c5FBs9n7i2fUmOm6-NmWZUDsCL-yI6MYkpotEpixJW6ufL8
facebook.com/ScumbagMillionaire   thedrippers.com

NAZARETH RETURN TO SWEDEN IN APRIL
Scottish rock veterans NAZARETH will come back to Sweden in April 2020 for 3 shows on the following dates:
April 16 - Kulturhuset, Örebro
April 17 - Brux, Örnsköldsvik
April 18 - OSD, Östersund
More tour dates at: nazarethdirect.co.uk

METALLICA ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
METALLICA are going to South America for 6 shows in April 2020 with special guests GRETA VAN FLEET.
More details at: metallica.com

DRAGONFORCE PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
DRAGONFORCE has parted ways with longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq. He will play his last show with the band this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany.
Filling in on bass for the U.S. leg of DRAGONFORCE's upcoming world tour will be musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry).
DRAGONFORCE will release its 8th full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal", on September 27.
dragonforce.com

AUG. 13, 2019
ASTA KASK, MOB 47 AND TROUBLEMAKERS CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST 2019
Asta Kask
Örebro Punkfest 2019 take place at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on October 12. Confirmed acts are: ASTA KASK, MOB 47, TROUBLEMAKERS, VOICE OF A GENERATION and KATTHEM.
Pre-party with VÄNSTERNÄVEN, TRUBBEL and VÄRLDEN BRINNER at Watt in the same city on October 11.
facebook.com/events/331619764287882

NEW ALBUM WITH TOXIC HOLOCAUST IN OCTOBER
Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust
American thrash metal act TOXIC HOLOCAUST will release its long-awaited new album, "Primal Future: 2019", on October 4 via new Entertainment One (eOne).
toxicholocaust.com   entertainmentone.com/artists

MEGAFORCE RECORDS CO-FOUNDER JONNNY Z TO RELEASE MEMOIR
Jonathan Zazula, known the world over as Jonny Z, tells all about his incredible life in a brand new book, titled "Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived by Jon Zazula", scheduled for release on Tuesday, October 29.
This book is the detailed, never-before-told story of how Jonny Z founded legendary New Jersey-based label Megaforce Records with his wife, Marsha, and built a dynasty unmatched by others - forever changing the scope of heavy metal.
Pre-orders for standard and signed hardcover and paperback copies of "Heavy Tales" are now available via jonzazula.com, as well as digital retailers such as Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble and Ingram Content Group.
The ebook version will be available for pre-order soon, and will be released on Black Friday, November 29.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BASSIST FLEA TO RELEASE MEMOIR IN NOVEMBER
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea's memoir, "Acid For The Children", will be released on November 5 via Grand Central Publishing.
The book is 400 pages and features a foreword by Patti Smith.
facebook.com/flea

NEW ALBUM WITH BOTTLECAP NEXT MONTH
Bottlecap in action
Swedish energetic punk rock trio BOTTLECAP will release a new album, "Off Pressure", on September 13 via Zorch Productions.
They will celebrate the album with a release party at a secret location in their hometown Göteborg on September 14.
facebook.com/bottlecapband

AUG. 12, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH MAYHEM IN OCTOBER
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release their 6th studio album, entitled "Daemon", on October 25 via Century Media Records.
The pre-order for all formats will start on August 30 (detailed info on all different formats will be made available soon).
thetruemayhem.com   centurymedia.com

NEW SINGLE WITH RAUBTIER LATER THIS MONTH
Hulkoff, Raubtier
Swedish metal band RAUBTIER will release a new single, "Bunkern", on August 23. The song will be available on most streaming platforms.
You can pre-save it here: raubtier.ffm.to/bunkern
facebook.com/rovdjur

QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES SECOND EUROPEAN TOUR
Queensryche
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced the second leg of their European tour, taking place between November 15 to December 8, with special guests FIREWIND and DARK SKY CHOIR.
For further details, go to: queensrycheofficial.com/tour-dates

AUG. 11, 2019
RAJOITUS ARE BACK AGAIN
Jani, Rajoitus
It looks like local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk veterans RAJOITUS break up didn't last for too long this time either. They let us know, via Facebook, that they are back again with a new drummer (they forgot to tell us the name though).
facebook.com/Rajoitus-230104593705422

AUG. 10, 2019
BACKYARD BABIES FRONTMAN NICKE BORG ANNOUNCES SOLO TOUR IN SWEDEN
Nicke with Backyard Babies
Nicke Borg, frontman for Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES, are going on an acoustic solo tour around Sweden in November, where he will perform songs from BACKYARD BABIES, NICKE BORG HOMELAND and some covers. There will also be a Q&A.
For dates, check out: facebook.com/nickeborghomeland
Nicke also plan to enter the studio later this year to record some new material with NICKE BORG HOMELAND.

NEW MINI-ALBUM WITH THE WILDHEARTS IN OCTOBER
The WILDHEARTS will release the "Diagnosis" mini-album on October 4 through Graphite Records.
The 6-track record will be released on 10" vinyl and CD.
thewildhearts.com

STRYPER'S MICHAEL SWEET TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet returns with his 10th solo LP, simply titled "Ten". The new album is scheduled for release on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
"Ten" features an all-star guest lineup that includes Jeff Loomis of ARCH ENEMY, Todd La Torre of QUEENSRŸCHE, Andy James, Tracii Guns of L.A. GUNS, Rich Ward of FOZZY, Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE, Gus G. of FIREWIND, Howie Simon, Ethan Brosh, Marzi Montazeri of EXHORDER, Will Hunt of EVANESCENCE , John O'Boyle, Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa of FIRSTBOURNE and more.
ratpakrecords.com   frontiers.it

AUG. 9, 2019
BLOODBATH AND SKITSYSTEM CONFIRMED FOR MARYLAND DEATHFEST 2020
Maryland Deathfest XVIII have announced the final bands for next year's edition. They are BLOODBATH, EXHORDER, SKITSYSTEM, NEGATIVE APPROACH, COFFINS and ZOMBIE ASSAULT.
Among the other acts that will appear are: ANTICHRIST, AT WAR, BIRDFLESH, CADAVER, CANCER, CEREBRAL ROT, DEATH STRIKE, DISMEMBER, FISTULA, GENERAL SURGERY, GRAVEYARD (Spain), IMPALED, MASSACRE, NIFELHEIM, ONSLAUGHT, SPITE, SUFFOCATION, VIO-LENCE etc. etc.
Maryland Deathfest happens in Baltimore, MD, USA on May 21-24, 2020. More info at: deathfests.com

AUG. 8, 2019
THE BOYS ARE COMING TO SCANDINAVIA NEXT MONTH
The Boys
British pop punk legends The BOYS are doing a few shows in Sweden and Norway in September. The dates are these:
Sept. 12 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg, Sweden (w/ The PAST, CITY SAINTS)
Sept. 13 - ?, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Sept. 14 - Rockfickan, Hova, Sweden
Sept. 20 - ?, Oslo, Norway
Sept. 21 - ?, Trondheim, Norway
theboys.co.uk

AUG. 7, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH TYGERS OF PAN TANG NEXT MONTH
On September 27 NWoBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release a new single, "White Lines", via Mighty Music. It's the first single from the upcoming album, "Ritual", which will be released in November.
"White Lines" will be released digital as well as in a limited edition 12" vinyl edition (limited to 500 copies), with an exclusive B-side being a new recording of the classic TYGERS OF PAN TANG song "Don't Touch Me There", which celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year. This new version features guitar solos from band member Robb Weir, Micky Crystal, former member and producer Fred Purser, as well as producer Soren Andersen.
tygersofpantang.com   mightymusic.dk

BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN DATES
Billy Idol will do 3 shows in Australia in January/February. The dates are:
Jan. 29 - Australian Open's 2020 AO Live Stage, Melbourne
Jan. 31 - Riverstage, Brisbane
Feb. 1 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Pre-sale for Brisbane and Sydney start on August 13. Public on-sale start August 16. Ticket info for Melbourne to be announced in October.
billyidol.net

DIMMU BORGIR CANCEL BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR DUE TO ILLNESS
DIMMU BORGIR has been forced to cancel its appearance at this weekend's Bloodstock Open Air festival due to an illness within the band.
Read more here: facebook.com/dimmuborgir

AUG. 6, 2019
SUNSET STRIP LEGEND LIZZIE GREY HAS DIED
Sunset Strip music legend and long-time SPIDERS & SNAKES front man Lizzie Grey - probably best known for penning the MÖTLEY CRÜE song "Public Enemy #1" - passed away in his sleep yesterday (Aug. 5) at a Las Vegas hospital. Lizzie (aka Stephen Perry) had long been suffering from a rare brain disorder known as Lewy Body Disease and had been undergoing treatment for years.
Lizzie Grey first hit the Hollywood spotlight in the late 70s with the band LONDON, that he formed with Nikki Sixx - a band that Sixx would soon depart to form his own band MÖTLEY CRÜE. Grey remained on and off with LONDON for the next decade, recording several albums before leaving the very band that he founded in 1988 to start another band called ULTRA POP. ULTRA POP recorded 2 critically-acclaimed albums back to back in 1988 and 1989, before changing the name of the band to SPIDERS & SNAKES in 1990. From 1990 to 2017, SPIDERS & SNAKES recorded 9 studio albums, a cover song compilation album, as well as a live album. In 2018, with Lizzie's progressing complications from Lewy Body Disease, the band collectively decided to call it quits rather than moving on without Lizzie.
SPIDERS & SNAKES surviving band members Phil St Vincent (bass and vocals), Chris Sheridan (guitar and vocals) and Yasui (drums and vocals) will reunite for 1 night this fall/winter at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood to raise money and awareness for Lewy Body Disease. An announcement on the date and its specifics will be posted on: facebook.com/Spiders-and-Snakes-208670952570091
For more information on how to donate money towards finding a cure for Lewy Body Disease, please visit lbda.org

MUSTASCH ANNOUNCES NEW EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Big mouth Ralf, Mustasch
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH have announced a new European tour in November, with support from MOTORJESUS and DYNAMITE. Mainly dates in Germany, but also some dates in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
For more details, try: mustasch.net

AUG. 5, 2019
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS TEAM UP WITH RIVAL SONS FOR U.S. TOUR
Rival Sons a few years ago
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will team up with RIVAL SONS for a tour in the States in September/October. For dates and other details, visit: stonetemplepilots.com or rivalsons.com

AUG. 4, 2019
JUDAS PRIEST, AMON AMARTH AND MERCYFUL FATE CONFIRMED FOR WACKEN OPEN AIR 2020
Old shit photo of Amon Amarth
The first confirmed bands for next year's edition of Wacken Open Air have been announced. And among these artists are JUDAS PRIEST, AMON AMARTH, MERCYFUL FATE, SODOM, AT THE GATES, HYPOCRISY, DEATH ANGEL, VENOM, SICK OF IT ALL, BEAST IN BLACK and NERVOSA.
The festival take place on July 30 to August 1, 2020 in Wacken, Germany. Pre-sale begins tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 5).
wacken.com

SHAM 69 AND G.B.H. CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2020
British punk festival Rebellion have announced the first acts for next summer. They are SHAM 69, G.B.H., DICKIES, TOXIC REASONS, COLERA, The CRAVATS, FIRE EXIT, A HEADS, DEDO PODRE and BILLYCLUB.
The festival will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England on August 6-9, 2020.
rebellionfestivals.com

AUG. 3, 2019
SPIDERS GUITARIST JOHN HOYLES TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Swedish guitarist John Hoyles, currently in SPIDERS and former member of WITCHCRAFT, will release a solo album, "Night Flight", on September 27 via Bad Omen Records.
This album is actually a re-release. The first edition was just released in a limited editon of 500 copies, which sold out in less than a week. And the record label, Crusher Records, was closed down before any new copies could be made.
The new edition of the album will include a brand new song, "Highwire".
johnhoyles.bandcamp.com   bad-omen-records.com

OLD JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER TO PERFORM "UNLEASHED IN THE EAST" ALBUM FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY
LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD, the band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST's classic live album "Unleashed In The East" by performing the LP live at select shows in the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
Put together specifically to play the material from Les's era with JUDAS PRIEST, LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD also features guitarists Simon J. Pinto and Gus Mark, bassist Paul Smith and vocalist Matt Young.
Binks played drums on the JUDAS PRIEST albums "Stained Class", "Killing Machine" (aka "Hell Bent For Leather" in some countries) and "Unleashed In The East".

AUG. 2, 2019
MERCYFUL FATE BASSIST TIMI HANSEN IS BATTLING CANCER
MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen has revealed that he is battling cancer.
Hansen went public with his diagnosis after it was announced that he wouldn't participate in MERCYFUL FATE's 2020 reunion. Filling in for him will be ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera.

NEW 7" SINGLE WITH GHOST IN SEPTEMBER?
Ghost a few years ago
According to HMV and FYE, GHOST will release a 2-song 7" single, "Kiss The Go-Goat / Mary On A Cross", on September 13. Also apparently scheduled on the same day is the arrival of the deluxe version of the band's latest album, 2018's "Prequelle", possibly including the same 2 tracks.
GHOST has not yet confirmed the release of any new material, but frontman Tobias Forge said in a November 2018 interview that fans could be hearing fresh music from the band before the end of this year.
ghost-official.com

THE DISTILLERS CANCEL TOUR DATES DUE TO HAND INJURY
Brody Dalle, The Distillers, solo
American punk band The DISTILLERS' continued run of shows following last year's reunion has hit a snag, which has forced them to cancel their entire run of August dates. Per a post via their Instagram, drummer Andy Granelli suffered an accident which severaly lacerated his right hand, requiring a significant amount of stitches and associated recovery.
facebook.com/ABandCalledTheDistillers

AUG. 1, 2019
ANVIL TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Lips, Anvil
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL are going to Japan in November for 2 shows. The dates are:
Nov. 7 - Club Seata, Kichijoji
Nov. 8 - Shinjuku Zirco, Tokyo
anvilbook.co.uk

FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
FOREIGNER will headline a 10-show residency beginning in January next year at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, August 9. Shows will be at 8 p.m., and the dates are:
January 2020: 24, 25, 29, 31
February 2020: 1
April 2020: 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
foreigneronline.com

IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH TO PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Several online book retailers, including Google, Adlibris, Lehmanns and various Amazon sites, are advertising an upcoming autobiography from IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith. Titled "Monsters Of River And Rock: My Life As Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler", the 288-page book will be released in May 2020 via Ebury, the non-fiction specialists of Penguin Random House.

WOODSTOCK 50 IS OFFICIALLY CANCELED
Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled. Michael Lang, a co-founder of the original 3-day concert, called off the event after attempting to move it to Maryland.
Earlier this month, organizers attempted to relocate the festival to Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion after 4 failed attempts to stage the concert at Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York.
Woodstock 50 was originally slated to take place in Watkins Glen, New York, but the show ran into financial trouble in late April when its main investor pulled out. Following that, Woodstock 50 was hit with more defeats, including the loss of the Watkins Glen location, 3 different producers quitting, and contractual breaches.
Among the artists that were originally scheduled to perform at Woodstock 50 were The RACONTEURS, Robert Plant, GRETA VAN FLEET, RIVAL SONS etc.

MERCYFUL FATE TO REUNITE FOR COPENHELL 2020
The legendary Danish heavy metal band MERCYFUL FATE will make a spectacular return at next year's Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. And there will be more festival apperances during next summer.
The band will perform with the "9" lineup, featuring Hank Shermann (guitar), King Diamond (vocals), Bjarne T. Holm (drums), Mike Wead (guitar) and Joey Vera (bass). Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) was asked to fill in for Timi Hansen, who is currently away.
The set list will only consist of songs from the very first mini LP, the "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath" albums, plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style.
The festival happens on June 17-20, 2020.
copenhell.dk

NEW ALBUM WITH HAWKWIND IN OCTOBER
HAWKWIND are going to release a new album, "All Aboard The Skylark", on October 25 through Cherry Red Records.
hawkwind.com   cherryred.co.uk

JULY 31, 2019
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN SHOW
American rock band ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT have announced a local Halloween show this October. CEREMONY, EL VEZ, LA WITCH, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS, ALVINO AND THE DWELLS, and SLAUGHTER BOYS will be opening the party.
The evening will be held on October 25 at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California. Tickets are on sale this Friday, August 2.
rftc.com

JULY 30, 2019
NEBULA CANCEL REMAINING EUROPEAN SHOWS
Due to personal reasons American stoner rock legends NEBULA have been forced to go back home earlier than expected. Because of this, the shows in Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin, as well as all Scandinavian shows are canceled.
The band promise that they will come back in 2020 instead.
facebook.com/NebulaBand

NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL MONROE IN OCTOBER
Michael Monroe
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe will release his new album, "One Man Gang", on October 18 via Silver Lining Music.
michaelmonroe.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DRAGONFORCE IN SEPTEMBER
DRAGONFORCE will unleash its 8th full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal", on September 27.
For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single "Highway To Oblivion" is available here: youtu.be/Rn5CsAs798I
dragonforce.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DEAD EXPRESS IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish action rockers DEAD EXPRESS will release a new album, "Brain Damage", on September 27.
facebook.com/Dead-Express-968779579807865

JULY 29, 2019
TESTAMENT, EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL TO TEAM UP FOR EURO TOUR IN 2020
Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL will team up for a European tour, called "The Bay Strikes Back", in February/March 2020. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, July 31.
Both TESTAMENT and EXODUS are currently working on new albums, while DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their most recent effort, "Humanicide" (2019).
For dates, try 1 of these: nuclearblast.de   testamentlegions.com   exodusattack.com   deathangel.us

DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
Danko Jones himself
Hard rocking Canadian trio DANKO JONES have added 6 shows in Germany this November. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 31. The new dates are these:
Nov. 2 - E-Werk, Erlangen
Nov. 6 - Substage, Karlsruhe
Nov. 13 - Alter Schlachthof, Lingen
Nov. 20 - Modernes, Bremen
Nov. 21 - Tante Ju, Dresden
Nov. 22 - Max, Kiel
More tour dates at: dankojones.com

JOURNEY ADDS 4 DECEMBER SHOWS TO LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
American melodic rock veterans JOURNEY have added 4 shows in December to their limited engagement inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to the 9 dates announced for October, JOURNEY will now play at the venue on December 27, December 28, December 30 and December 31.
The 9 JOURNEY shows taking place this fall are scheduled for October 9, October 11, October 12, October 16, October 18, October 19, October 23, October 25 and October 26.
journeymusic.com

JULY 28, 2019
TROUBLEMAKERS SINGER GOT HEART ATTACK DURING CONCERT
Blomman, Troublemakers
Christer "Blomman" Blomgren, singer for Swedish punk rock legends TROUBLEMAKERS, got a heart attack on stage during the band's show in Halmstad, Sweden last night (July 27). He let us know that he is newly operated, and is feeling a little better.
facebook.com/punkrockgbg

JULY 27, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH KOBRA AND THE LOTUS IN SEPTEMBER
Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will release its new studio album, "Evolution", on September 20 via Napalm Records.
kobraandthelotus.com   napalmrecords.com

HIGH ON FIRE PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
California heavy rockers HIGH ON FIRE have parted ways with founding drummer Des Kensel.
facebook.com/highonfire

NEW ALBUM WITH TOY DOLLS IN SEPTEMBER
British fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS will release a new album, "Episode XIII", on September 13 via Secret Records.
You can pre-order it here: secretrecordslimited.com/store/p666/Toy_Dolls_-_Episode_XIII_-_CD.html?fbclid=IwAR1gF2TIp5Q1rn3rq1iuL5qnbocFZ0cjhLJ4bZCty3kjiN3QvcckCd3mT8A#
thetoydolls.com

JULY 25, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER IN OCTOBER
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult 80s British heavy metal act GRIM REAPER, will release its new album, "At The Gates", on October 11.
The group will embark on a U.S. tour in August. There will also be a special one-off U.K. album-launch show on October 12 at London's Boston Music Rooms. For the U.S. dates, take a look at: facebook.com/grimreaperofficial

ZZ TOP DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE NEXT MONTH
On August 13, "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas" will make its worldwide premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, followed by event screenings nationwide timed to the band's "50th Anniversary Tour". On August 23, the film will be premiering at Cineplex Cinemas across Canada, and on September 1, throughout Australia's Event Cinemas national circuit.
Abramorama and Eagle Rock Entertainment present a Banger Films documentary feature film that tells the story of how 3 oddball teenage bluesmen - Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers a half century after the band's inception. All 3 band members will be in attendance at the premiere, as they prepare to embark on their "50th Anniversary Tour".
For more information and global screening information and ticketing, visit: zztopfilm.com

RAMONES TO RE-ISSUE "IT'S ALIVE" WITH 3 BONUS CONCERTS
Following in the wake of the reissue of their first 4 albums, RAMONES will re-issue the landmark live album "It's Alive". The new edition will include the orignal album on vinyl and CD, and 3 bonus CDs of 3 unreleased live shows from the same tour as the original album. The set also comes with a book and new liner notes by Steve Albini and original album producer-engineer Ed Stasium. Release date is September 20 via Rhino.
rhino.com   ramones.com

JULY 24, 2019
NIFELHEIM CONFIRMED FOR MARYLAND DEATHFEST
Nifelheim
NIFELHEIM, GENERAL SURGERY, BIRDFLESH, SKELETAL REMAINS, ANTICHRIST and WARFUCK are some of the latest acts that has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: ACxDC, AT WAR, BLOOD FEAST, CADAVER, CANCER, CEREBRAL ROT, DEATH STRIKE, DISMEMBER, GRAVEYARD (Spain), IMPALED, MASSACRE, MONTROSITY, NOCTURNUS AD, NUNSLAUGHTER, ONSLAUGHT, SPITE, SUFFOCATION, VIO-LENCE etc. etc.
The festival take place in Baltimore, MD, USA on May 21-24, 2020.
deathfests.com

MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE COLLECTORS BOX SET IN OCTOBER
Lemmy, Motorhead
This year it's 40 years since the classic MOTÖRHEAD albums "Overkill" and "Bomber" was released. To celebrate this they are proud to announce the ultimate MOTÖRHEAD "1979" collectors box set, plus deluxe 40th anniversary editions of "Overkill" and "Bomber", all of which will be released via BMG on October 25.
The box set will feature new masters of the albums from original tapes, previously unheard concerts from 1979 and a horde of never before seen photos, memorabilia plus interviews with crew, accomplices and guilty parties.
Pre-orders with exclusive, new merchandise bundles are live here: motorhead.lnk.to/1979FA
imotorhead.com

VADER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Really old shit photo of Vader
Polish death metal veterans VADER are going on a European tour in September. The tour kick off in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 5, and will last until September 22 when they play in Cottbus, Germany.
For tour dates, visit: facebook.com/vader

JULY 23, 2019
GEOFF TATE TO PERFORM QUEENSRŸCHE'S ENTIRE "RAGE FOR ORDER" AND "EMPIRE" ALBUMS IN 2020
Geoff Tate will perform the QUEENSRŸCHE albums "Rage For Order" (1986) and "Empire" (1990) in their entirety on the "Empire 30th Anniversary Tour" in 2020.
Confirmed so far are the following dates in U.S.A:
Feb. 21 - Jergels - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Feb. 22 - Mount Ponoco - Mount Poncho, Pennsylvania
Feb. 23 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, New York
Feb. 26 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb. 27 - The Warehouse FTC - Fairfield, Connecticut
Feb. 28 - Stereo Garden LI - Patchogue, New York
Mar. 01 - Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, New Hampshire
Mar. 04 - The Haunt - Ithaca, New York
Mar. 05 - The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, Ohio
Mar. 06 - The Token Lounge - Westland, Michigan
Mar. 07 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, Illinois
geofftate.com

JULY 22, 2019
AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY AND HYPOCRISY
Old, bad photo of Amon Amarth
About a month ago it was announced that AMON AMARTH would go on a European tour, and ARCH ENEMY and HYPOCRISY would be special guests on the UK dates. It has now been confirmed that those 2 bands will be support act on the rest of the European dates too.
The tour happens in November/December. For dates and tickets, visit 1 of these: amonamarth.com   archenemy.net   hypocrisy.cc

HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American heavy-weight metal trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced a North American fall/winter tour with POWERTRIP. Dates kick off on November 7 at Levitation Festival, a 3-day music festival held in Austin, Texas. The trek will stretch from coast to coast, hitting major markets in North America and Canada before wrapping up in southern California in early December. Support on the tour will come from DEVIL MASTER and CREEPING DEATH.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 26, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/highonfire

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