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AUGUST 22, 2017
AMON AMARTH TO BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are preparing to begin writing material for their 11th studio album. The follow-up to 2016's "Jomsviking" will mark the band's first release with drummer Jocke Wallgren, who officially joined the group last September.
amonamarth.com

Napalm Death 1 MORE MISFITS REUNION WITH GLENN DANZIG, JERRY ONLY AND DOYLE
American punk legends MISFITS are going to do 1 exclusive show in L.A. with the lineup of Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. This will be their only show in 2017, and it will happen at The Forum on December 30.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, August 25.
Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will also do some solo dates as support act for GWAR, and after that he will do the following headline dates in the States:
Nov. 6 - The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
Nov. 7 - Big's Bar, Sioux Falls, SD
Nov. 8 - Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 9 - Every Buddy's bar, Chippewa Falls, WI
Nov. 10 - The Forge, Joliet, IL
Nov. 11 - The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
misfits.com   officialdoyle.com

NAPALM DEATH RECORDING NEW ALBUM
British grind legends NAPALM DEATH are currently in the studio with longtime producer Russ Russel to record a new album.
napalmdeath.org
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AUGUST 21, 2017
RED DRAGON CARTEL RECORDING NEW ALBUM
RED DRAGON CARTEL - the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee - recently entered Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania to begin recording its sophomore album, titled "Patina", for a tentative early 2018 release.
reddragoncartel.com
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AUGUST 19, 2017
THIN LIZZY DRUMMER BRIAN DOWNEY TO CELEBRATE 4OTH ANNIVERSARY OF "LIVE AND DANGEROUS"
Brian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of THIN LIZZY, will play a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday, November 24 with his new band BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS - which also features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for The COMMITMENTS' Andrew Strong), and former LOW RIDER members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).
The band will perform THIN LIZZY's classic live album "Live And Dangerous", which was recorded in 1977, but released in 1978. Tickets are on sale now.

DEBUT ALBUM WITH THE RAMONAS IN SEPTEMBER
After playing for years as an all-female RAMONES tribute band, The RAMONAS are going to release their debut album, "First World Problems", as CD and digitally on September 10. Vinyl LP will come in November, and the album will contain all original material influenced by RAMONES and other punk and alternative music.
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AUGUST 18, 2017
Phil Campbell with Motorhead NEW ALBUM WITH ROBERT PLANT IN OCTOBER
Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant will release his 11th solo album, "Carry Fire", on October 13 via Nonesuch/Warner.

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS HAS ENTERED THE STUDIO
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS - the band featuring MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr - has entered the studio to record its debut full-length album with producer Romesh Dodangoda. An early 2018 release via Nuclear Blast is expected.
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AUGUST 17, 2017
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH THE WHO IN OCTOBER
On October 13 Eagle Rock Entertainment will release "Tommy - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" by the legendary rock band THE WHO on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP, Digital Video and Digital Audio. This concert film captures the first ever live performance by THE WHO of "Tommy" in its entirety, and boasts over 2 hours and 20 minutes of content.
"Tommy - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" was recorded at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK in April 2017.
thewho.com

L7 DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER
The "L7: Pretend We're Dead" documentary, produced by Blue Hats Creative, will be released worldwide October 13 on VOD and Blu-ray / DVD. A multi-city theatrical screening tour of the film will kick off on September 1 in North America.
Upcoming live dates with L7 are:
Sep. 26 - Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
Sep. 27 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Sep. 30 - The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

G.B.H. ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH THE CASUALTIES
British punk veterans G.B.H. are going to the States later this month. The CASUALTIES will be support act on all dates but the 2 last shows, where D.I. will be support act instead.
Dates and other info at facebook.com/GBH.official

NEW ALBUM WITH CHELSEA IN OCTOBER
Old UK punk rockers CHELSEA are going to release their 11th studio album, "Mission Impossible", on October 20 via Westworld Recordings.
chelseapunkband.com   westworldrecordings.co.uk

NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS
Punk veterans SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS will release a live album, "Tokyo Dogs", on August 25 via Cleopatra Records.
slaughterandthedogsuk.bandcamp.com   cleopatrarecords.com
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AUGUST 16, 2017
Sparzanza VINNIE VINCENT ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUEST AT ATLANTA KISS EXPO
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has been announced as a special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.
According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
This will be Vinnie's first public appearance in almost 20 years.

NEW SINGLE WITH SPARZANZA, NEW ALBUM IN OCTOBER
A new digital single with Swedish hard rock/metal band SPARZANZA, titled "Vindication", is out today. A new album, "Announcing The End", will be released in October via Despotz Records.
Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Oct. 25 - Trädgårn, Göteborg, Sweden - w/ H.E.A.T.
Oct. 26 - Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Sweden - w/ H.E.A.T.
Oct. 27 - Hell Yeah Rock Club, Linköping, Sweden
Oct. 28 - Harry B James, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 15 - Henry's Pub, Kuopio, Finland
Nov. 16 - Gong, Turku, Finland
Nov. 17 - Elmun Baari, Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 18 - Olympia, Tampere, Finland
despotz.se
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AUGUST 15, 2017
MORE THAN FEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED
More Than Fest, which was supposed to take place August 17-20 in Slovakia, has been cancelled. It seems to be unclear why.
Bands that was supposed to play include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, EDGUY, PAIN, FIREWIND, CIVIL WAR, OVERKILL, POWERWOLF etc. etc.
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AUGUST 14, 2017
Old Arch Enemy photo ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCES UK AND MORE EUROPEAN DATES
Metal band ARCH ENEMY are adding more dates to their headlining international "Will To Power Tour" this fall in support of their highly anticipated new release, "Will To Power", out September 8 via Century Media Records.
The first leg of the tour will trek across Eastern Europe from September 15 until October 11 with support act JINJER. The band have now announced the final dates of the second round for the "Will to Power Tour", which will take place from January 12 until February 14, 2018 across Western Europe, UK and Scandinavia, and feature support from WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER.
For dates and tickets, go to archenemy.net
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AUGUST 11, 2017
SODOM AND THE LURKING FEAR CONFIRMED FOR BLACK CHRISTMASS
SODOM, TIAMAT, The LURKING FEAR and ORDER have been confirmed for the Black Christmass festival in Norrköping, Sweden on December 15-16.
Confirmed since earlier are ABBATH, ONSLAUGHT, MERCILESS etc.
More info at skrikhult.se
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AUGUST 10, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH DR. LIVING DEAD! IN OCTOBER
Swedish thrashers DR. LIVING DEAD! will release their new album, "Cosmic Conqueror", on October 27 via Century Media Records.
facebook.com/drlivingdeadofficial   centurymedia.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE UNGUIDED IN NOVEMBER
Swedish metal band The UNGUIDED are going to release a new album, "And The Battle Royale", on November 10 via Napalm Records.
The Digipak version of the album will also include a live DVD that captures former singer Roland Johansson's farewell show.
theunguided.com   napalmrecords.com

STATUE OF CHRIS CORNELL
According to The Seattle Times, Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, has hired the artist and sculptor Wayne Toth to create a statue of the SOUNDGARDEN frontman to be placed somewhere in Seattle, where the singer was born and nurtured his music career.

DEF LEPPARD TO PERFORM ENTIRE "HYSTERIA" ALBUM NEXT YEAR
DEF LEPPARD is planning to embark on a special tour in 2018 during which they will perform their classic "Hysteria" album in its entirety.
defleppard.com
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AUGUST 9, 2017
METALLICA TO RE-RELEASE "MASTER OF PUPPETS"
METALLICA is planning to reissue its 3rd album, 1986's "Master Of Puppets", before the end of 2017 or early next year.
metallica.com

TRIPTYKON PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Swizz avant-garde metal band TRIPTYKON (with Tom G. Warrior of CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER) will do their last shows with drummer Norman Lonhard this month. This will happen at Leyendas Del Rock Festival in Spain on August 10 and at Party.San Open Air in Germany on August 12.
TRIPTYKON is now looking for a new drummer, before they continue to work on their 3rd album and return to the stages.
triptykon.net

NEW ALBUM WITH GWAR IN OCTOBER
On October 20, GWAR will release a new studio album, titled "The Blood Of Gods", via Metal Blade Records.
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AUGUST 8, 2017
HammerFall HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCES SWEDISH CLUB TOUR
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL are going on a small club tour in Sweden in November. Dates confirmed so far (more will be announced soon) are:
4/11: Hotell Lappland, Lycksele
9/11: Arbis, Norrköping
10/11: Folkets Park, Huskvarna
11/11: KB, Malmö
hammerfall.net

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ANNOUNCES FINAL SHOW
Progressive metal legends The DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has announced that they will do their final show on December 29 at Terminal 5 in New York City. Supporting the band at this show will be CODE ORANGE and DAUGHTERS.

THE ADICTS SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST/ARISING EMPIRE
British punk rock veterans The ADICTS have signed with Nuclear Blast Records/Arising Empire Records. A new single will be released soon..
facebook.com/theadicts
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AUGUST 7, 2017
At The Gates KVELERTAK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN HEADLINE SHOWS
Norwegian metal band KVELERTAK will do the following headline shows in Europe in September:
Sept. 5 - Metropool, Hegelo, NL
Sept. 7 - De Kreun, Kortrijk, BE
Sept. 9 - Rex, Toulouse, FR
Sept. 13 - Musikbunker, Aachen, DE
Sept. 15 - Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL
Support act on these dates will be TIMEWORN. More headline shows in October will be announced soon..
KVELERTAK will soon be joing METALLICA on their "WorldWired Tour".
kvelertak.com

AT THE GATES AND GRAVE CONFIRMED FOR NETHERLANDS DEATHFEST 2018
AT THE GATES and GRAVE have been confirmed for Netherlands Deathfest, which take place at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands on March 2-4, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are 1349, ANGEL WITCH, AURA NOIR, BROKEN HOPE, CARCASS, ROTTEN SOUND, SUFFOCATION, VALLENFYRE, VICTIMS, WITCHERY etc.
More info at deathfests.com
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AUGUST 6, 2017
Old Slayer photo SLAYER FILMED LA SHOW FOR UPCOMING DVD
SLAYER's concert last night (Saturday, August 5) at the Forum in Inglewood, California was reportedly filmed for a forthcoming DVD.
slayer.net

ARCH ENEMY AND DIRKSCHNEIDER CONFIRMED FOR WACKEN OPEN AIR 2018
The first acts for next year's Wacken Open Air has just been announced. And among the artists are ARCH ENEMY, DIRKSCHNEIDER, DORO, RUNNING WILD, NIGHTWISH, SEPULTURA, FIREWIND, WATAIN etc.
The festival take place August 2-4, 2018 in Wacken, Germany.
More info at: wacken.com

FORMER AC/DC BASSIST MARK EVANS HAS JOINED ROSE TATTOO
Mark Evans, who played bass for AC/DC from 1975 until 1977, has joined fellow legendary Australian hard rockers ROSE TATTOO.
News of the 61-year-old musician's addition to ROSE TATTOO's lineup was broken in a Facebook post by another new member, former ANGELS guitarist Bob Spencer. Joining Evans and Spencer in ROSE TATTOO's current incarnation are former AUSTRALIAN CRAWL drummer John Watson, Dai Pritchard — the band's guitarist for the past decade — and frontman Angry Anderson.
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AUGUST 4, 2017
CLAWFINGER IS BACK
4 years after announcing it was calling it quits, long-running Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER is back with a new single, "Save Our Souls". It's available now on digital platforms.
CLAWFINGER has 3 gigs scheduled in August and 1 more in December.

NEW ALBUM WITH SAMAEL IN OCTOBER
Swiss black metal pioneers SAMAEL will release their 10th album, "Hegemony", on October 13 via Napalm Records.

ONSLAUGHT ANNOUCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ARTILLERY
British thrash veterans ONSLAUGHT will team up with ARTILLERY for a European tour in September/October. EXARSIS and CRONOSPHERE will also play. Dates can be found at facebook.com/OnslaughtTour

D.S.-13 ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR
Reunited Swedish hardcore/punk band D.S.-13 are going to Japan together with CRUCIAL SECTION in October/November. The dates are:
10/26 - Tokyo at PitBar
10/27 - Yamagata at Nandaya Studio
10/28 - Niigata at Woody
10/29 - Tokyo at Antiknock
11/1 - Osaka at Hokage
11/2 - Kochi at Chaotic Noise
11/3 - Okayama at Crazy Mama1
11/4 - Nagoya at Red Dragon
11/5 - Tokyo at PitBar
facebook.com/ds13hardcore   facebook.com/Crucial-Section-114266695345817
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AUGUST 3, 2017
PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES VOCALIST KICKED OUT OF U.S.A.
According to BBC, Peter Bywaters of the British punk veterans PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES was deported from the U.S.A for mocking and dressing as Donald Trump during a previous show.
Bywaters says he flew in for Punk Invasion 2k17 in California to perform. However, when he arrived he was interrogated for 6 hours. Bywaters said: "I had only been there 30 seconds when the border control guard swung his screen round and said, 'Is this you?'. There in full view was a video from last year's German tour with me dressed as Donald Trump smoking a fake joint. From there it all went downhill. Six hours later I was forcibly escorted to my seat on the plane."
Bywaters also claims that he had his phone and passport confiscated, had a DNA swab taken, was photographed and had to make an official statement. Customs Border Patrol disputes Bywaters' account. CBP spokesman Jaime Ruiz sated: "The claim that he was refused entry to the United States because he mocked the president of the United States, that is absolutely not true. That is false. The reason he was denied entry was because he came with the wrong visa."
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AUGUST 2, 2017
TRIVIUM AND ARCH ENEMY TO JOIN FORCES FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
TRIVIUM and ARCH ENEMY have announced plans for a co-headlining tour across North America this fall. Featuring support from English metalcore outfit WHILE SHE SLEEPS and New Jersey deathcore act FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, the trek will kick off on October 27 in Orlando, Florida and make its way across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on December 6 in Houston, Texas. The general on-sale is Friday, August 4, and the dates can be found at trivium.org or archenemy.net

Watain NEW ALBUM WITH WATAIN IN JANUARY
Swedish black metallers WATAIN are going to release a new album on January 5 through Century Media Records. No title or other information has been revealed yet, but they will do the following release shows in Europe in January 2018:
Jan. 5 - Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 10 - Berlin, Germany
Jan. 11 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Jan. 12 - London, UK
Jan. 13 - Paris, France
Tickets go on sale August 4.
templeofwatain.com

CONCERT WITH BOTH DIA PSALMA AND STREBERS IN STOCKHOLM
Swedish punk bands DIA PSALMA and STREBERS (who has the same lineup nowadays) are going to do an exclusive "double" show (or something like that) at Fryshuset/Klubben/Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden on November 25.
More info here: facebook.com/events/1032686476835149

CHUGGER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish melodic groove/death metallers CHUGGER are going on a European tour in November. The dates are:
Nov 04 - Belgium, Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
Nov 07 - Hungary, Budapest - U8 Underground Club
Nov 08 - Slovakia, Dolny Kubin - Acko
Nov 09 - Slovakia, Poprad - Tortuga
Nov 10 - Slovakia, Roznava - Rakwa Music Club
Nov 11 - Slovakia, Kosice - U Legionarov
Nov 12 - Slovakia, Moldava nad Bodvou - Heaven and Hell
Nov 13 - Czech Republic, Ostrava - Chliv
Nov 14 - Czech Republic, Brno - RC Brooklyn
Nov 15 - Poland, Poznan - Klub y Bazyla
Nov 17 - Germany, Wuppertal - Underground
Nov 18 - The Netherlands, Nijmegen - Backstage Rockcafé
Before that they will warm up with a gig at Palatset in Linköping, Sweden on October 20.
facebook.com/chuggerband
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AUGUST 1, 2017
Michael Monroe NEW SUPERGROUP WITH MEMBERS FROM DREAM THEATER, GUNS N' ROSES, THE WINERY DOGS AND JOURNEY
DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian have joined forces with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (The WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE). Their debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", will be released October 20 on InsideOut Music.

NEW ALBUM WITH PÄNZER IN OCTOBER
PÄNZER - the heavy metal "supergroup" featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier alongside Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums - will release its second album, "Fatal Command", on October 6 via Nuclear Blast.

MICHAEL MONROE GOING TO JAPAN
Finnish rock legend Michael Monroe (ex-HANOI ROCKS) are going to Japan for 3 shows in December. And the dates are these:
Dec. 5 - Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka
Dec. 6 - Ebisu Liquid Room, Tokyo
Dec. 8 - Nagoya ReNY Limited, Aichi
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and general ticket sales begin September 2.
michaelmonroe.com
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JULY 31, 2017
Old Arch Enemy photo SICK OF IT ALL HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER
Yesterday (July 30) American hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL's tour van was hit by a drunk driver while they were en route to their next Warped Tour show in Texas. They let us know that they're all o.k. and will be playing tonight (July 31).

NEW ALBUM WITH BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION IN SEPTEMBER
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa - will release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, "BCCIV", via Mascot Records on Friday, September 22. This is the band's first studio album since 2013's "Afterglow".
bccommunion.com

ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCES SWEDISH CLUB SHOWS
For the first time in almost an eternity, extreme metal veterans ARCH ENEMY are going to do some club shows in Sweden. There will be as much as 3 support acts (why?), and they are WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER. The dates are:
Jan. 31 - KB, Malmö
Feb. 2 - Fryshuset, Stockholm
Feb. 3 - Trädgår'n, Göteborg
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 2.
More European tour dates for 2017/2018 can be found at archenemy.net
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JULY 30, 2017
Image SEX PISTOLS TO RE-RELEASE INTERVIEW LP AS 3-CD SET
SEX PISTOLS' album "Some Product", a compilation of interviews from 1979, has been expanded to a 3-CD set, and re-titled to "More Product". It will include some previously unreleased interviews, and will be released on August 25.
More info at facebook.com/sexpistolsofficial
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JULY 29, 2017
DEVIL'S GUN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Swedish hard rockers DEVIL'S GUN are going on a European tour (mainly in Spain) in September. The dates are these:
1/9 Hall Of Fame, Wetzikon (CH)
2/9 Blue Rose Saloon, Milano (IT)
5/9 Rocksound, Barcelona (ES)
6/9 Café Teatro La Nube, Bilbao (ES)
7/9 Sala Impacto, Plasencia (ES)
8/9 Forum Celticum, A Coruña (ES)
9/9 Club Clavicémbalo, Lugo (ES)
10/9 El Zagal, Aldeamayor de San Martin (ES)
16/9 Grimm Metal Fest, Gent (BE)
facebook.com/DEVILSGUNSWE

GUNS N' ROSES ADDS MORE TOUR DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
GUNS N' ROSES have added some more dates to their North American tour. And those dates are as follows:
Oct. 12 - Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Oct. 16 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Oct. 19 - Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 23 - XL Center, Hartford, CT
Oct. 30 - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Nov. 03 - KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Nov. 07 - Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 13 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Nov. 18 - Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Nov. 28 - Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
More tour dates and information at gunsnroses.com
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JULY 28, 2017
Black Star Riders YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen will embark on a second 2017 leg of his "World On Fire" U.S. headling tour in the fall. The dates are:
Oct. 20 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Oct. 21 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
Oct. 22 - Hazard, KY - Forum Theatre
Oct. 25 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Oct. 26 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Oct. 27 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
Oct. 29 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Nov. 02 - Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
Nov. 03 - Chicago, IL - Portage Theatre
Nov. 04 - Ringle, WI - Q&Z Expo Center
Nov. 06 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage Theater
Nov. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov. 08 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theatre
Nov. 09 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Nov. 12 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
yngwiemalmsteen.com

BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS are going on a UK tour with special guests BLUES PILLS, TAX THE HEAT and DIRTY THRILLS in November. Tickets go on sale August 2, and the dates are:
8th Nov Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
9th Nov Queens Hall, Edinburgh
10th Nov Parr Hall, Warrington
12th Nov University Of Hull, Hull
14th Nov Empire, Middlesbrough
15th Nov o2 Academy, Sheffield
16th Nov o2 Academy, Leicester
18th Nov Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
19th Nov Pyramids, Portsmouth
blackstarriders.com   bluespills.com   facebook.com/taxtheheat   dirty-thrills.com
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JULY 27, 2017
Accept BRUCE DICKINSON MEMOIR DUE IN OCTOBER
This fall, HarperNonFiction will publish "What Does This Button Do?", the hugely anticipated memoir from IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson.
The global publication on October 19 will be accompanied with a commensurate international book tour.

NEW UFO ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
Hard rock veterans UFO will release a new album, "The Salentino Cuts", on September 29 via Cleopatra Records.
It's a covers album with songs by artists like The DOORS, The YARDBIRDS, STEPPENWOLF, ZZ TOP, The ANIMALS, Tom Petty, MOUNTAIN etc.
ufo-music.info

ACCEPT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will be touring in Europe in January and February 2018. Check out the dates at acceptworldwide.com

NEW ALBUM WITH EUROPE IN OCTOBER
EUROPE will release their new album, "Walk The Earth" on October 20 via their own label Hell & Back (through Silver Lining Music).
EUROPE will support DEEP PURPLE in UK in November. The dates are these:
Nov 17 - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Nov 18 - Manchester Arena, Manchester
Nov 20 - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Nov 22 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Nov 23 - The o2 Arena, London
European tour dates for November/December will be announced soon..
europetheband.com

Dio DEAD BOYS CELEBRATE 40 WITH ALBUM AND TOUR
American punk rock pioneers DEAD BOYS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their landmark first album, "Young Loud And Snotty", with a worldwide tour and a special re-recording of the classic record. "Still Snotty: Young Loud And Snotty At 40" will be released on Nashville-based Plowboy Records, and is hitting the streets on September 8 with a major U.S. tour kicking off in Dallas, Texas on September 7.

WORLD TOUR WITH RONNIE JAMES DIO HOLOGRAM
Live music's premier hologram production company Eyellusion has revealed initial dates for "Dio Returns: The World Tour", featuring a hologram of Ronnie James Dio reunited with the late rock star's former bandmates from the DIO band. The tour will make more than 80 stops around the globe, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland on November 30. The tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Venezuela and other countries, with dates to be announced. The tour is expected to come to the United States in spring 2018 and play festivals globally during the summer.
The first European tour dates are:
Nov. 30 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
Dec. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
Dec. 04 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
Dec. 06 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
Dec. 13 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
Dec. 15 - Santander, Spain - Escenario Santander
Dec. 17 - Bucharest, Romania - Arelene Romane
Dec. 20 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Dec. 21 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
ronniejamesdio.com
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JULY 26, 2017
Dead Lord DEAD LORD ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH NIGHT
Swedish hard rockers DEAD LORD are going on a short European tour with special guests NIGHT in late August/early September. More info at facebook.com/deadlordswe or facebook.com/nightbandofficial
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JULY 25, 2017
Really old Bad Religion photo NOFX, BAD RELIGION AND FLOGGING MOLLY CONFIRMED FOR PUNK IN DRUBLIC CRAFT BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Fat Mike's Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival has announced its line up and dates. The bands playing it include NOFX, BAD RELIGION, FLOGGING MOLLY, GOLDFINGER, LESS THAN JAKE, BAD COP/BAD COP and more..
The festival will be making stops along the U.S. west coast in mid-September and mid-October.
More info at punkindrublicfest.com
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JULY 22, 2017
LINKIN PARK CANCEL U.S. TOUR
I guess that it doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but LINKIN PARK has canceled its previously announced U.S. headlining tour. The trek was called off just a day after the passing of the band's singer, Chester Bennington.

YET ANOTHER DEEP PURPLE COLLECTION
Rhino will celebrate DEEP PURPLE's history with 3 definitive collections.
"A Fire In The Sky" will be available as a single CD and a 3-CD set on September 8 in North America, with an international release following later in the year. A 3-LP version will also be available on November 3. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that DEEP PURPLE recorded between 1968 and 2013.
The single-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The 3-disc version dives even deeper into their past with 40 songs, and includes at least 1 track from every studio album through "Now What?!". "A Fire In The Sky" will also be available as a 3-LP set that includes 27 songs.
deep-purple.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
English rock band The DARKNESS will release their 5th studio album, "Pinewood Smile", on October 6 through Cooking Vinyl.
thedarknesslive.com
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JULY 21, 2017
Lemmy NEW COVERS ALBUM WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN SEPTEMBER
What a surprise! MOTÖRHEAD are going to release a album of covers that they have recorded through the years. "Under Cöver" will be released sometime in September (no date has been announced yet), and will include a previously unreleased version of David Bowie's "Heroes", which was 1 of the last songs the band recorded. There will also be songs by SEX PISTOLS, Ted Nugent, RAMONES, METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST etc.
More info at imotorhead.com/motorhead-to-release-under-cover

TANT STRUL MEMBER KÄRSTI STIEGE IS DEAD
It seems like Kärsti Stiege, a member of Swedish 80s (punk) rock band TANT STRUL, has died. I have no further details about it..

VIXEN SINGER ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES
Janet Gardner, best known as the lead vocalist of the all-female rock band VIXEN, will release her debut solo album on August 18 via Pavement Entertainment in conjunction with Pavement's cohorts Eternal Sound Records for Europe. All songs were written, performed and produced by Gardner and her husband of 1 year, Justin James, a guitarist, songwriter and producer who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
Janet and Justin will hit the road in September. They will perform songs from Janet's debut solo album and hits from VIXEN.
The tour dates are:
Sep. 01 - Battle Creek, MI - The Music Factory
Sep. 02 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge
Sep. 08 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Sep. 09 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater 1894
Sep. 12 - New York, NY - Iridium
Sep. 14 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Sep. 15 - Baltimore, MD - Fish Head Cantina

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY ANNOUNCES TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, has set "Psychosis" as the title of its recently completed 4th album, tentatively due in October via Napalm Records.

LINKIN PARK SINGER CHESTER BENNINGTON IS DEAD
Chester Bennington, singer for the American nu metal band LINKIN PARK, was found dead in his home in LA on Thursday (July 20). He had committed suicide by hanging himself. He was just 41 years old.
Reports are saying that Chester have had problems with alcohol and drugs for a while.
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JULY 20, 2017
NEW NIGHT ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy metal band NIGHT will release their 3rd full length, "Raft Of The World", on September 1 through The Sign Records.
heavymetalinthenight.com   thesignrecords.com

BLAZE BAYLEY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Former IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley has extended his "Endure and Survive" world tour to include 24 shows in USA and Canada during August and September. The trek lasts 4 and a half weeks and includes a date at Hollywood's legendary Whisky A Go Go on September 4.
Blaze will be joined by his regular touring and recording band, picked from British heavy metallers ABSOLVA: Chris Appleton (guitar, backing vocals), Martin McNee (drums) and Karl Schramm (bass, backing vocals).
For dates, go to blazebayley.net

LIMITED ANNIVERSARY VERSION OF ASPHYX'S DEBUT ALBUM
Dutch death metallers ASPHYX celebrate their 30-year anniversary this year, and a special and limited anniversary version of "The Rack", their classic debut album, will be made available on November 17 as a double album, containing both the original LP as well as a special bonus version of the entire record covered by friends and peers of the group. More details and formats of this project will be unveiled soon.
Also, in addition to the already announced and sold-out anniversary show at the Turock venue in Essen, Germany on Saturday, November 18, ASPHYX will play a second (matinee) show the day after in the same location. These 2 concerts will feature long ASPHYX sets, special merchandise as well as meet-and-greet opportunities, including former band members like Eric Daniels, Bob Bagchus, Wannes Gubbels, Ronnie Van Der Wey, Roel Sanders and Sander Van Hoof.
asphyx.nl

NEW EP WITH VENOM THIS YEAR, AND NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
It looks like British black metal pioneers VENOM plan to release a new EP later this year, as well as a new full length album during 2018.
venomslegions.com

Old Nashville Pussy photo THE QUIREBOYS TO RELEASE ALBUM WITH BLUES COVERS
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS are going to release a album with blues covers. The title will be "White Trash Blues", and the release date is September 1 via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.
Before the album they will also release a 3-track EP, "Leaving Trunk EP", digitally on August 1, with 2 tracks that are not included on the album.
quireboys.com   offyerrocka.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THOR IN AUGUST
Old hard rock viking Thor will release a new album, "Beyond The Pain Barrier", on August 4.
Thor will be hitting the road in support of the release, kicking off at Porispere Festival in Finland in August, followed by a 30-date tour of North America.
And in case that wasn't enough news for you, a new documentary film called "Return Of The Thunderhawk" (a sequel to the well-received "I Am Thor" film) is scheduled for release later this year.
thorcentral.com

NASHVILLE PUSSY RECORDING NEW ALBUM
American dirty hard rock n roll band NASHVILLE PUSSY are currently in the studio to record a new album. The band will return to Europe for a lot of shows in October/November. For dates, check out nashvillepussy.com
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JULY 19, 2017
NEW BOOK ABOUT BON SCOTT
A new biography of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, titled "Bon - The Last Highway: The Untold Story Of Bon Scott And AC/DC's Back In Black", is scheduled for publication in November in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The book will be published in 2018 in France and Japan.
The author, Jesse Fink, previously wrote the 2015 book "The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC".

Old Satyricon photo SATYRICON ADD LATIN AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have added some tour dates in Latin America this fall. The dates are as follows:
31.10.17 MX - Guadalajara, C3 Stage
01.11.17 MX - Mexico City, Circo Volador
02.11.17 CR - San Jose, Pepper's Club
06.11.17 CL - Santiago, Blondie
08.11.17 AR - Buenos Aires, Uniclub
10.11.17 BR - Belo Horizonte, Stonehenge
11.11.17 BR - São Paulo, Clash Club
12.11.17 BR - Rio De Janeiro, Teatro Oddiseia
Their new studio album, "Deep calleth upon Deep", will be released on September 22.
satyricon.no

NEW ALBUM WITH MARTINA EDOFF IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish melodic hard rock singer Martina Edoff will release her new album, "We Will Align", on September 22 via AOR Heaven.
facebook.com/martinaedoff   aorheaven.com
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JULY 18, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES IN SEPTEMBER
Old British punk rockers PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES are going to release their first new album since 2004. The title is "That Shallot", and it will be released on September 15 via Arising Empire (a division of Nuclear Blast). A single is due for release in the summer, prior to the album's release.
testtubebabies.co.uk   arising-empire.com

MORBID ANGEL FORCED TO CANCEL EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES
Due to unfortunate and last minute, unforeseen problems with a passport for one of the members of American death metal legends MORBID ANGEL, all their Summer festival dates slated for late July and August will have to be cancelled.
MORBID ANGEL are looking forward to coming back to Europe and playing for all of their fans in November.
morbidangel.com
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JULY 17, 2017
MINISTRY ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH DEATH GRIPS
Industrial metal legends MINISTRY are going on a U.S. tour with DEATH GRIPS in October/November. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21. Dates can be found at ministryband.com

GREENDAY MEMBER FORMS NEW BAND WITH RANCID MEMBER
GREEN DAY singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with RANCID frontman Tim Armstrong — no relation — to launch a new punk supergroup called ARMSTRONGS. Billie Joe's son Joey Armstrong, who played in the punk band SWMRS, and Tim's nephew Rey Armstrong round out the quartet, which has released its first song, called "If There Was Ever A Time".
ARMSTRONGS recorded the track for the documentary "Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk", which the members of GREEN DAY helped produce. The film focuses on Berkeley, California's legendary all-ages, non-profit punk venue 924 Gilman, where acts like GREEN DAY and RANCID got their start.
"If There Was Ever A Time" will be released on flexi-disc through Pirates Press, limited to 1,000 copies, with all proceeds from the sale of the single benefiting 924 Gilman. The song will also available on streaming services and digital music stores.

Marvel PHOTO BOOK WITH DEAD BOYS
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the seminal punk album "Young Loud And Snotty", early photographs of the DEAD BOYS will be released in a book titled "Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs Of Dave Treat". Edited and designed by Ron Kretsch (Dangerous Minds), with introductions by both Kretsch and curator Brittany M. Hudak, the book hits streets on September 29 to coincide with DEAD BOYS guitarist Cheetah Chrome's national fall tour.
Photos contained in this book were taken in the mid-70s in Cleveland, before they played at CBGB, and before "Young Loud And Snotty" was released.
Photo exhibitions are planned for Cleveland, New York and Los Angeles in the fall, with more cities and details to be revealed in coming weeks.

NEW MÄRVEL ALBUM IN OCTOBER
Swedish rockers MÄRVEL are going to release a new album, "Märvel at the Sunshine Factory", on October 6 through The Sign Records.
marveltheband.com   facebook.com/thesignrecords

NEW ALBUM WITH HONEYMOON DISEASE IN OCTOBER
Swedish rock band HONEYMOON DISEASE will release a new album, "Part Human, Mostly Beast", on October 27 via The Sign Records.
facebook.com/HoneymoonDisease   facebook.com/thesignrecords
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JULY 15, 2017
SODOM FORCED TO CANCEL GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL, GRAVE STEP IN
German thrash legends SODOM has been forced to cancel today's show at Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden because frontman Tom Angelripper hurt his leg in a accident yesterday, and therefor can't travel to Sweden. Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE will replace them.
Also, the first confirmed acts for next year's festival has just been revealed. And they are VENOM, CORONER, LACUNA COIL, ONCE HUMAN, The LURKING FEAR and IXXI. Tickets go on sale September 1.
facebook.com/geflemetalfestival

ADRENALINE MOB INVOLVED IN CAR CRASH, BASSIST DEAD
ADRENALINE MOB — the hard rock/metal band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — was involved in a fatal crash Friday afternoon (July 14) in Florida. ADRENALINE MOB bassist David Zablidowsky died and 6 others were injured when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 near Micanopy and struck the group's RV that had pulled off the highway with a flat tire. Zablidowsky was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m.
Out of the 9 people who were in the vehicles, 6 were taken to area hospitals, and 2 declined medical treatment, according to Gainesville.com. Of the 6 injured, 3 were listed in critical condition and the other 3 in stable condition.
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Old photo NEW ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN OCTOBER
80s sleaze/hard rockers L.A. GUNS will release a new album, titled "The Missing Peace", on October 13 via Frontiers Music Srl.
laguns.net   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH SATYRICON IN SEPTEMBER
Nearly 3 years in the making, Norwegian black metal veterans SATYRICON have announced that "Deep calleth upon Deep", their highly anticipated 9th studio album, is set for release on September 22 via Napalm Records.
satyricon.no   napalmrecords.com

DOKKEN TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
DOKKEN is planning to begin writing a new studio album this fall for a tentative 2018 release. The disc will mark the band's first collection of all-new material since 2012's "Broken Bones" effort.

CHILDREN OF BODOM GOING TO AMERICA
Finnish melodic death metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM are returning to North America this fall for a celebration of 20 years since the debut of "Something Wild".
The tour will kick off in Dallas, Texas on October 31, and will last until December 1 when they hit Montreal, QC. Special guests will be CARACH ANGREN, LOST SOCIETY and UNCURED. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 14, and the dates can be found at cobhc.com

VICE SQUAD CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
VICE SQUAD have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 3-6. They have stepped in to replace LEFT ALONE (who have cancelled for the 3rd year running).
Among the other artists are The PROFESSIONALS, 999, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, RATTUS, ARGY BARGY, Richie Ramone, BAD RELIGION, RUTS DC, INFA RIOT, SHAM 69, The CASUALTIES, CHAOS UK, The LIPTONES, STEVE IGNORANT WITH PARANOID VISIONS, CITY SAINTS, The LURKERS, SUBHUMANS, MDC, CRUDE SS, TOTAL CHAOS, UK SUBS, DOA, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, PENNYWISE etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com
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JULY 11, 2017
Alice Cooper ALICE COOPER TO RELEASE "WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE SPECIAL EDITION" DVD
Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition" DVD will be released on September 8 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare", now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film.
alicecooper.com

ACE FREHLEY TO RELEASE EXPANDED DELUXE EDITION OF "ANOMALY"
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will release a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, "Anomaly", on September 8 via eOne Music.
Among the new tracks are 2 previously unreleased demos: "Hard For Me", which was later reworked into the album's "Foxy & Free", and an early take of "Pain In The Neck", different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only "Anomaly" bonus track "The Return Of Space Bear".
acefrehley.com

OZZY, MARILYN MANSON, PROPHETS OF RAGE AND ROB ZOMBIE CONFIRMED FOR OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST
Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a combination of the 2 hard rock and metal events that first took place last September in San Bernardino, California, will return to Glen Helen Amphitheater And Festival Grounds on November 4-5. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at ozzfest.com and knotfest.com
Among the confirmed artists are Ozzy Osbourne, PROPHETS OF RAGE, DEFTONES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KREATOR, HIGH ON FIRE, HAVOK, POSSESSED, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, WARBRINGER etc.

MARILYN MANSON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Marilyn Manson has announced a fall North American tour. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 14. Dates can be found at marilynmanson.com
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JULY 6, 2017
The Haunted THE HAUNTED ANNOUNCES TOUR IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Swedish thrashers The HAUNTED are going to Spain and Portugal for a few shows in February. Support acts will be NORUNDA and The DESCENT. The dates are:
Feb. 14 - Vigo, Sala Master
Feb. 15 - Bilbao, Stage Live
Feb. 16 - Zaragoza, Sala Löpes
Feb. 17 - Madrid, Sala Nazca
Feb. 18 - Lisboa, RCA Club
the-haunted.com

DICTATORS NYC CHANGE NAME TO MANITOBA
American punk rock band DICTATORS NYC - the current incarnation of The DICTATORS which includes Ross the Boss, Handsome Dick Manitoba, LP Patterson, Dean Rispler and Daniel Rey - are changing their name to MANITOBA. The band cites "legal issues regarding old bandmates" as the reason for the name change.
For the past few years, founding member and principal songwriter Andy Shernoof has been sparring with Manitoba over the use of the name. A few years ago, DICTATORS NYC were barred from performing any Shernoff penned tunes.

DARK TRANQUILLITY AND SEPULTURA CONFIRMED FOR 70000TONS OF METAL CRUISE 2018
70000tons Of Metal has announced the first 16 confirmed acts for next year's cruise. And among these artists are DARK TRANQUILLITY, SEPULTURA, SONATA SARCTICA, MESHUGGAH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, ENSLAVED, INSOMNIUM, RHAPSODY, KORPIKLAANI etc.
The 70000tons Of Metal cruise sails from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back on February 1-5, 2018.
For more info, visit 70000tons.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ORPHANED LAND IN 2018
Oriental metal pioneers ORPHANED LAND just announced they will release a new studio album on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records. Most parts of the album, which will be entitled "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs", have already been recorded, and Jens Bogren will once again take over mixing and mastering duties.
orphaned-land.com   centurymedia.com

Anvil GLENN HUGHES TO PERFORM DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
For the first time in 40 years, Glenn Hughes is set to perform a full concerts of classic DEEP PURPLE material. Shows are scheduled this September and October in Australia and New Zealand. The dates are these:
Sep. 20 - State Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sep. 24 - Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Australia
Sep. 26 - Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep. 27 - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand
Sep. 29 - Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 01 - Qpac Concert Hall, Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 03 - ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
For more information and pre-sale tickets, visit classicdeeppurplelive.com

DYNAZTY SINGER JOINS AMARANTHE
DYNAZTY's Nils Molin has joined Swedish metal/rock band AMARANTHE as the replacement for the recently departed singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg.

NEW ALBUM WITH ANVIL IN 2018
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL will enter a studio in Germany this August to record a new album, which has been entitled "Pounding The Pavement". The album will be released early next year, but you can already now pre-order it from their PledgeMusic page.

BRUTUS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR
Swedish/Norwegian 70s heavy rockers BRUTUS are going to Germany in August for a tour. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/Brutusband
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JULY 5, 2017
BOB MALMSTRÖM ANNOUNCES BRAZILIAN TOUR
Finnish (but singing in Swedish) punk band BOB MALMSTRÖM are going to Brazil for a tour in August. The dates are as follows:
10.8 Zapata - Sao Paolo
11.8 Guarulhos - Sao Paolo
12.8 Club 92 - Curitiba
13.8 Martize Rock bar - Colombo
17.8 Red Rock Saloon - Samambaia
18.8 Goiania Noise Festival - Goiania
19.8 Centro Cultural Joan D'Arc - Anapolis
20.8 40 Anos De Punk. Teatro Galpaozinho - Gama
facebook.com/BobMalmstrom

EXODUS TO BE REJOINED BY SINGER ROB DUKES AT SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
Thrash metal legends EXODUS will be rejoined by their former singer Rob Dukes on stage during their July 8 concert in San Francisco, California. Dukes will sing several songs with the band during the second of EXODUS's 2-night stint at The Chapel in what will mark the group's first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013. Also appearing with the band at Saturday's gig will be former EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt as well as possibly ex-EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph (now in SLAYER).
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JULY 4, 2017
SKID ROW ANNOUNCES UK TOUR WITH TOSELAND
SKID ROW will embark on an extensive U.K. tour in March 2018. The trek will consist of a total of 15 shows and will include a very special co-headline concert at London Shepherds Bush Empire on March 11 with NIGHT RANGER. Support on all the SKID ROW-headlined dates will come from TOSELAND.
For dates, go to skidrow.com

Massgrav YET ANOTHER IRON MAIDEN BEER
IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers Robinsons have revealed a brand new Belgian-style beer: Hallowed. This new ale follows on from the success of the original Trooper, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and previous limited-edition beers Trooper 666 and Red 'N' Black.
Hallowed will be available from October 2017 for a limited period of 4 months.
More info at ironmaidenbeer.com or robinsonsbrewery.com

NEW ALBUM WITH MASSGRAV IN THE FALL
Swedish hardcore/punk band MASSGRAV are going to release a new album this fall. They didn't give us any title, but it should be out in late September/early October on Selfmadegod Records.
You can listen to a new track, called " Pinnen I Röven", atfacebook.com/massgrav
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JULY 3, 2017
The Damned DIRKSCHNEIDER COMES TO SWEDEN
DIRKSCHNEIDER (Udo Dirkschneider singing ACCEPT songs for the last time) has announced the following 5 shows in Sweden in November:
Nov. 17 - Ronneby, Klubb Ron
Nov. 18 – Gasklockorna, Gävle
Nov. 19 – Fryshuset, Stockholm
Nov. 21 – Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
Nov. 22 – Trädgårn, Göteborg
udo-online.de

THE DAMNED ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British punk rock legends The DAMNED are going on a 16-date tour around the UK in January/February 2018. Tickets on general sale July 7. For dates, check out officialdamned.com

DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES are coming back to Sweden for a 15-date tour in November/December. For dates, go to dankojones.com
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JULY 2, 2017
Udo Dirkschneider DIRKSCHNEIDER ANNOUNCES FINNISH DATES
DIRKSCHNEIDER (Udo Dirkschneider singing ACCEPT songs for the last time) has announced the following 3 shows in Finland in November:
Nov. 11 - Aminne Folkpark, Malax
Nov. 12 - The Circus, Helsinki
Nov. 13 - Pakkahuone, Tampere
More dates at udo-online.de

JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES NORWEGIAN DATES
American singer Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, Yngwie Malmsteen, DEEP PURPLE) will do 2 shows in Norway in September. The dates are:
Sept. 1 - Bakgarden pa Kaffka, Gjovik
Sept. 2 - Gregers Live, Hamar
More Scandinavian shows will be announced soon..
joelynnturner.com

AGNOSTIC FRONT FRONTMAN TO RELEASE MEMOIR IN AUGUST
Lesser Gods has announced the official release of "My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory" — a memoir written by AGNOSTIC FRONT vocalist Roger Miret with Jon Wiederhorn (also known for his book titled "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal"). Due on August 29, the book chronicles Miret's life surrounding his career as the vocalist of AGNOSTIC FRONT, a leader in the New York hardcore scene.
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JUNE 30, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH M.D.C. IN AUGUST
Punk veterans M.D.C. will release a new album, "Mein Trumph", on August 16.

THE BATTLE OF THE HAWKWIND NAME IS OVER
After a number of contentious years, the battle for rights to the HAWKWIND trademark in USA between founding HAWKWIND members Dave Brock and Nik Turner has come to a close. The Trademark Trial and Appeals board has ruled in favor of Brock, who frequently tours the UK as HAWKWIND, and releases material with his current band under that name. The TTAB found that in the USA, Brock is the sole owner of the HAWKWIND mark, and that Nik Turner does not have rights to the name.

STILLBORN ARE BACK
Swedish goth/doom metal pioneers STILLBORN are back after almost 3 decades. A new album, "Nocturnals", will be released in the fall on Black Lodge/Sound Pollution. The first single, "Lorelei", is available now on digital platforms.
facebook.com/stillbornsweden

Mustasch VALLENFYRE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
British death metallers VALLENFYRE are going on a European tour in September. The dates are:
10.09 - London, Boston Music Room, UK
11.09 - Manchester, Rebellion, UK
12.09 - Antwerp, Het Bos, BE
13.09 - Paris, Boule Noire, FR
14.09 - Leiden, Gebr. De Nobel, NL
15.09 - Drachton, Iduna, NL
16.09 - Helmond, De Cacaofabriek, NL
19.09 - Hamburg, Hafenklang, DE
20.09 - Copenhagen, Pumpehuset, DK
22.09 - Dark Days of Helsinki, FI
vallenfyre.co.uk

MUSTASCH ARE GOING TO NORWAY
Swedish heavy hard rockers MUSTASCH are travelling to Norway in November for 3 shows. Here's the dates, mate:
Nov 21: Oslo, Rockefeller/John DEE/Sentrum Scene
Nov 22: Bergen, Garage Bergen
Nov 23: Stavanger, Folken
mustasch.net
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JUNE 29, 2017
NO CONCERTS WITH THE EXPLOITED UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED let us know that they will not be doing any gigs until 2018. The following gigs in UK have now been cancelled:
North East Calling on Sept. 30
Great British Alt Festval in Skegness on Oct. 8
Midland Calling on Nov. 4
the-exploited.net

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Hard rock/metal band KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are going to UK for a tour with special guests BRUTAI in November/December. Find the dates at kobraandthelotus.com

HAVOK GOES TO RUSSIA
American thrash metal band HAVOK are going to Russia for 3 shows in August. And the dates are these:
Aug. 29 - Tapper, Tallinn
Aug. 30 - A2, St. Petersburg (w/ AMON AMARTH)
Aug. 31 - Moskva, Moscow
havokband.com

SUSPERIA SIGNS WITH AGONIA RECORDS
Norway's melodic extreme metallers SUSPERIA, comprising former members of DIMMU BORGIR and SATYRICON, have inked a record deal with Agonia Records. The band's long-awaited new album, "The Lyricist", is tentatively due later in the year.

SAXON TO RELEASE A FAT BOX SET IN AUGUST
Saxon in Sweden
SAXON will release "The Solid Book Of Rock" on August 4. The set comprises 14 discs in total — not only all 9 of SAXON's studio albums from 1991 to 2009 but 8 bonus tracks and 2 bonus CDs — "Classics Re-Recorded", originally issued with the initial pressings of "Killing Ground", and "Lionheart - Rough Studio Mix", originally issued on the 2006 limited edition. This metal-tastic book set also contains 3 bonus DVDs — the limited-edition DVDs originally released with "Lionheart", "The Inner Sanctum" and "Into The Labyrinth".
A new album, "Thunderbolt", is tentatively due in January 2018.
saxon747.com

MEGADETH PLAN TO ENTER THE STUDIO
MEGADETH is planning on returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album.
The band is currently touring North America with MESHUGGAH, and will play arenas later in the year as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS.
megadeth.com
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JUNE 28, 2017
ROSS THE BOSS TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY
Wacken Open Air, one of the world's largest heavy metal music festivals, and the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, have joined forces to induct legendary guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman (ex-MANOWAR) into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History. A special ceremony inducting Friedman as "Global Metal Ambassador", will take place onstage at Wacken Open Air festival on August 3 in front of 75,000 metal fans in Wacken, Germany. Joining Ross on stage for the induction ceremony will be various Wacken Open Air officials, AFM Records representatives, and executives from the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

LATEST VALLENFYRE ALBUM COULD BE THEIR LAST
Gregor Mackintosh has revealed that "Fear Those Who Fear Him", the third album from his VALLENFYRE death metal project, will likely be the band's final release. The PARADISE LOST songwriter and guitarist broke the news during an interview with Metal Covenant.

EX-TESTAMENT BASSIST GREG CHRISTIAN JOINS TRAUMA
Former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian has joined TRAUMA, best known as the band that Cliff Burton played with prior to hooking up with METALLICA.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST have signed a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast. The band have just started the recording process for a brand new studio album with producer Michael Voss. Its release is set for spring 2018.
For upcoming tour dates and more information about the band, go to michaelschenkerfest.com

Imperial State Electric IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH DEAD LORD
Swedish rock band IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC (with members from The HELLACOPTERS and The DATSUNS etc.) and Swedish retro hard rockers DEAD LORD will be touring in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland in November. The dates are these:
Nov. 17 - Berlin (Germany) - Lido
Nov. 18 - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Heldorado Festival
Nov. 19 - Salzburg (Austria) - Rockhouse
Nov. 20 - München (Germany) - Backstage
Nov. 21 - Nürnberg (Germany) - Der Cult
Nov. 22 - Winterthur (Switzerland) - Gaswerk
Nov. 23 - Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
Nov. 24 - Weinheim (Germany) - Café Central
Nov. 25 - Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
Nov. 26 - Hamburg (Germany) - Hafenklang
imperialstateelectric.se   facebook.com/deadlordswe   rtn-touring.com
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JUNE 27, 2017
GRAHAM BONNET BAND JOINED BY JAG PANZER GUITARIST
The GRAHAM BONNET BAND has announced the addion of Joey Tafolla (JAG PANZER) as the group's new guitarist. Effective immediately, Joey will be joining the band for all upcoming tour dates and the recording of a new GRAHAM BONNET BAND album, the follow-up to last year's acclaimed "The Book" release.

COMEBACK ALBUM WITH NOCTURNAL RITES TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish metal band NOCTURNAL RITES will release their long-awaited comeback album, "Phoenix", on September 29 via AFM.

NEW ALBUM WITH THE DWARVES IN FEBRUARY
American punk rock veterans The DWARVES have announced that they will be releasing a new album in February 2018. The album will be called "The Dwarves Take Back the Night", and it will be out via Burger Records and Greedy Records.
Before that, the band will release the "Julio" EP in Fall 2017. According to the band, the release was orignally scheduled as a Fat Wreck Chords release, but was canceled for "objectionable content". The EP will now be out via Riot Style Records.
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JUNE 23, 2017
Phil Campbell with Motorhead PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell and his sons, have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. In celebration of the announcement, the band has put together the exclusive digital only live EP "Live At Solothurn", which is available via all download and streaming platforms as of today (June 23).
philcampbell.net   nuclearblast.de
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JUNE 22, 2017
Old patch VINYL BOX SET WITH BLACK SABBATH IN SEPTEMBER
BLACK SABBATH has announced "The Ten Year War" — a limited edition vinyl box set, which will be released on September 29 via BMG, that brings together their 8 Ozzy-fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.
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JUNE 21, 2017
SATOR TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS
Swedish rock veterans SATOR will celebrate their 30-year anniversary at Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden on October 28.

HEADCAT TO RELEASE TRIBUTE TO LEMMY
In 1999, Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Slim Jim Phantom (The STRAY CATS) and rockabilly guitar-slinger Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS) teamed up to create a high-energy, take-no-prisoners combo to remind the world how rock n roll was supposed to sound. Since Lemmy's untimely passing in 2015, Slim Jim and Danny B. have put HEADCAT on hold out of respect for their fallen bandmate.
But now the band is back. And along with new HEADCAT bassist and vocalist — former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent — HEADCAT have recently recorded a heartfelt and rockin' tribute to their late friend Lemmy Kilmister, appropriately titled "Born To Lose, Live To Win".
The song will be released digitally worldwide on June 23 and will be available on a very limited-edition 7" single (only 300 copies pressed). The 7" vinyl singles will be available at the band's European shows this August, including at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — where the band will be performing 2 sets throughout the weekend.

ABORTED FORCED TO CANCEL UPCOMING SHOWS
Due to unforeseen personal events, Belgian death metal veterans ABORTED has been forced to cancel their shows from June 25-29. This is a situation beyond the band's control, and they promise to make it up as soon as possible to all parties involved. None of the remaining dates of the Summer run are affected.
goremageddon.be
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JUNE 20, 2017
THE CULT ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock veterans The CULT are going to South America in September/October. They will visit Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Dates can be found at bandsintown.com/TheCult
thecult.us

NEW ALBUM WITH FOO FIGHTERS IN SEPTEMBER
FOO FIGHTERS are going to release their new album, "Concrete And Gold", on September 15 via Roswell Records/RCA Records.

DREAM EVIL ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish heavy metal band DREAM EVIL will do 2 shows in Sweden with ASTRAL DOORS as very special guests. The dates are:
Dec. 15 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Dec. 16 - Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm
Tickets go on sale June 22 at tickster.com/sv/p/triffid-and-danger
dreamevil.se   astraldoors.com
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JUNE 19, 2017
Entombed A.D. ENTOMBED A.D. ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish death metal veterans ENTOMBED A.D. are going on a Latin American tour in August/September, and the first dates can be found at facebook.com/EntombedAD

ULI JON ROTH COMES BACK TO SWEDEN
German guitar hero Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) are coming back to Sweden and Norway in October for 5 shows. You can expect a lot of old SCORPIONS from the 70s. The dates are these:
Oct. 18 - Geronimo's FTG, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 19 - Intiman, Västerås, Sweden
Oct. 20 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
Oct. 21 - Rocktober Festival, Gjerdrum, Norway
Oct. 22 - Backstage Bar, Trollhättan, Sweden
For more dates and further details, visit ulijonroth.com
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JUNE 18, 2017
TONY MARTIN WORKING ON NEW SOLO ALBUM
Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has officially commenced work on his long-awaited third solo album. Teamed with drummer Danny "Danté" Needham of TONY MARTIN'S HEADLESS CROSS and VENOM, and American guitarist Scott McClellan, Tony's new collection of songs currently has the working title of "Thornz". It was previously going to be released as "Book Of Shadows", but that title was dropped because of other works under the same name.
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JUNE 16, 2017
Really old photo NEW ALBUM WITH CRADLE OF FILTH IN SEPTEMBER
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will release their twelfth full-length album, "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay", on September 22 via Nuclear Blast.

EX-JUDAS PRIEST SINGER JOIN FORCES WITH SAVATAGE GUITARIST
Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens is collaborating with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery on a new project. The duo is currently writing material with producer Roy "Z" Ramirez (Bruce Dickinson, HALFORD) for an album that will be released through Frontiers Music Srl.
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JUNE 15, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE IN AUGUST
American rockers QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will release their seventh album, "Villains", on August 25 through Matador Records. You can pre-order it now at smarturl.it/Villains

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NEW SAXON ALBUM IN JANUARY
British heavy metal legends SAXON have set "Thunderbolt" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2018.
saxon747.com

Alice Cooper ALICE COOPER TO REUNITE WITH ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS FOR UK TOUR
Alice Cooper will once again reunite with original ALICE COOPER band members Dennis Dunaway (bass), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Neal Smith (drums) for a short UK tour in November. The dates are these:
Nov. 11 - Leeds, First Direct Arena
Nov. 12 - Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 14 - Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Nov. 15 - Manchester, Manchester Arena
Nov. 16 - London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
alicecooper.com
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JUNE 14, 2017
SLF in GBG STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ARE GOING TO AMERICA
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have announced a US tour with DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA that is scheduled for September. The dates can be found at slf.rocks
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JUNE 13, 2017
NEW EP WITH ABORTED
Belgian gore death metal veterans ABORTED will release a new 2-track EP, "Bathos", as a 7" vinyl and digitally. The 7" will be released on July 7 and streaming/download will be available on June 30. You can pre-order the 7" here: cmdistro.de/Search?q=bathos
For upcoming live dates, check out goremageddon.be

NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DIRKSCHNEIDER IN AUGUST
DIRKSCHNEIDER will release "LIVE – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in USA as DVD/2CD, BluRay/2CD and Gatefold Triple Vinyl in 2 different colors.
The concert was recorded in December 2016 in Brno, Czech Republic. Besides many classics from Udo Dirkscheider's ACCEPT era, there's a cover version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as bonus track on the CD and Vinyl.
You can pre order it now from shop.afm-records.de/dirkschneider
From October 2017 on, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour with an almost completely new setlist. Of course, it will still contain only ACCEPT hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.
udo-online.com

IN FLAMES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES are going on a European tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in November/December. Special guests (on most of the dates) will be OF MICE & MEN, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16.
Dates and ticket info can be found at inflames.com

BUZZCOCKS AND GBH CONFIRMED FOR NEXT YEAR'S SCOTLAND CALLING
BUZZCOCKS, GBH, COCKNEY REJECTS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, RUTS DC, UK SUBS and SUBHUMANS are some of the acts that have been confirmed for next year's Scotland Calling in Glasgow on April 28.
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JUNE 11, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH PÄNZER IN SEPTEMBER
PÄNZER - the heavy metal "supergroup" featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier alongside Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums - will release its second album, "Fatal Command", in early September via Nuclear Blast.
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JUNE 10, 2017
TESTAMENT TO TOUR EUROPE WITH ANNIHILATOR AND DEATH ANGEL
San Francisco Bay area thrash legends TESTAMENT will embark on a European tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from ANNIHILATOR and DEATH ANGEL. Tickets will be available from Tuesday, June 13. For dates, check out testamentlegions.com
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JUNE 9, 2017
Dirkschneider DIRKSCHNEIDER TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA IN 2018
DIRKSCHNEIDER - the band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider - will return to North America in early 2018. For dates, check out udo-online.com

DEBUT ALBUM WITH VENOM INC. IN AUGUST
VENOM INC. - the new band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan - will release its debut album, titled "Avé", on August 11 via Nuclear Blast.

LIVE CD AND DVD WITH UNISONIC IN JULY
earMUSIC will release UNISONIC's 2016 Wacken Open Air show on July 21 on CD and DVD.
The band includes HELLOWEEN members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Kai Hansen (guitar), as well as Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) on guitar, Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) on bass and Kosta Zafiriou (PINK CREAM 69) on drums.

Hardcore Superstar HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH FOZZY
Swedish party hard rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are going on a European co-headline tour with FOZZY this fall. Special guests will be The LAST BAND and MADAME MAYHEM.
The dates can be found at hardcoresuperstar.com
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JUNE 7, 2017
MATRIARKATET PLAN TO GO SEPERATE WAYS
Swedish all-female punk rock band MATRIARKATET has decided to go seperate ways after 4 years as a band. But before that happens they will release 1 last record, a 7" single on Lazy Octopus Records. A first taste of that will be available digitally on June 14. There's also a couple of shows to do before they end the whole thing with a farewell show (more about that later).
facebook.com/matriarkatet

30TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF DEF LEPPARD'S "HYSTERIA"
DEF LEPPARD will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album "Hysteria", one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of "Hysteria (Remastered 2017)". Set to debut on August 4, the remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Ume — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, and limited-edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.
defleppard.com
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JUNE 6, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST IN SEPTEMBER
British gothic metal veterans PARADISE LOST will release their new album, "Medusa", on September 1 via Nuclear Blast.
paradiselost.co.uk   nuclearblast.de

MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Heavy rockers MONSTER MAGNET are going to release a new album before the end of the year or in early 2018 via Napalm Records.
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JUNE 5, 2017
Ghost DOES GHOST HAVE A NEW DRUMMER?
GHOST is rumored to have enlisted a new drummer for its current U.S. tour as the support act for IRON MAIDEN. The trek kicked off Saturday night (June 3) at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and hardcore GHOST fans who watched video footage of the opening concert have noted the "slight difference in drum set, different style of playing and slightly larger build" of the musician presently sitting behind the kit for the group, which underwent a complete overhaul earlier this year.
The current GHOST drummer is apparently not the same one that toured Europe with the band in March and April.

CHELSEA RECORDING NEW ALBUM
London punk rockers CHELSEA are currently in the studio to record a new album.
chelseapunkband.com

THE HELLACOPTERS TO DO TRIBUTE SHOW FOR ROBERT "STRÄNGEN" DAHLQVIST
The Hellacopters
Reunited Swedish rock band The HELLACOPTERS are going to do a tribute concert for their former guitarist Robert "Strängen" Dahlqvist, who died suddenly in February due to what is explained as a "disease-related accident event". The concert will be at Debaser Strand in their hometown Stockholm on June 22. All money will go to Robert's daughter. Tickets are on sale today.
hellacopters.com
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JUNE 3, 2017
GERMAN FESTIVAL EVACUATED OVER TERRORIST THREAT
On June 2 German police called for an evacuation of the popular Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburg over a "terrorist threat". More than 80,000 fans are attending the 3-day event, which was scheduled to run until Sunday.
The latest news is that the festival is open again.
Get the latest information at rock-am-ring.com

SAXON ROBBED WHILE ON STAGE
Saxon in action
British heavy metal legends SAXON had their phones, passports and wallets stolen from their dressing room on Thursday, June 1 while they were performing on stage at the U Rock festival at Campus Arena in Umeå, Sweden. The band members have been able to travel following the theft, but some of their crew have not.
The band recently spent time in the studio working on a new studio album for an early 2018 release.
saxon747.com
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JUNE 2, 2017
THE QUIREBOYS COMES BACK TO SWEDEN
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS are coming back to Sweden for 3 shows in November. Special guests will be the Swedish rock band CLOSE QUARTERS. ..and the dates are:
Nov. 09 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Nov. 10 - Palatset, Linköping
Nov. 11 - Frimis Salonger, Örebro
quireboys.com

CJ RAMONE TO REPLACE THE EXPLOITED AT EKSJÖ STADSFEST
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED have been forced to cancel their show at Eksjö Stadsfest in Eksjö, Sweden on August 25-26. CJ Ramone (RAMONES) step in to replace them.
Among the other acts are AMARANTHE, TORSSON, Magnus Uggla, CORRODED, DOCENTERNA, The BABOON SHOW, SMASH INTO PIECES etc.
eksjostadsfest.se
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JUNE 1, 2017
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER LATER THIS MONTH
Swedish all-female hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will release a new single, "We Fight For Rock N Roll", on June 12 via Despotz Records.
thundermother.com   despotz.se

NEW QUIET RIOT ALBUM IN AUGUST
The new album with American hard rock veterans QUIET RIOT, called "Road Rage", will now be released on 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
officialquietriot.com   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH THÅSTRÖM IN SEPTEMBER
Thastrom
Swedish rock legend Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET) has set "Centralmassivet" as the title of his new album, which will be released on September 29.
thastrom.se
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