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JUNE 1, 2020
THE QUIREBOYS TO PLAY "A Bit Of What You Fancy" IN ITS ENTIRETY
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, "A Bit Of What You Fancy", with a UK tour that will last from December to February.
A 48-hour Planet Rock Ticket Pre-Sale will start on Wednesday, June 3 at 10am from planetrocktickets.co.uk. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday June 5 at 10am from thegigcartel.com
Australian rockers MASSIVE will be support act.
Tour dates can be found here: quireboys.com

CIRCLE JERKS RESCHEDULE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
For the safety of their fans during COVID-19, American punk veterans CIRCLE JERKS "40th Anniversary Tour" has moved to 2021. All tickets sold will be honored at the rescheduled dates, and special guests will still be ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH.
New dates here: circlejerks.net/tour

HELLOWEEN POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
German power metal legends HELLOWEEN are forced to postpone their "United Alive Part 2" European Tour 2020. Initially scheduled to take place from the end of September until mid of November 2020, they now rescheduled the tour from April to June 2021. Tickets will remain valid.
They also decided to shift the release of their yet untitled new album to early next year.
More info at: helloween.org

MAY 31, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING TOUR WITH MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD AND POISON EXPECTED ON MONDAY
MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS are expected to issue an official statement regarding the status of their previously announced "The Stadium Tour" on Monday, June 1.
motley.com   defleppard.com   poisonofficial.com   joanjett.com

MAY 30, 2020
SESSION GUITARIST AND PRODUCER BOB KULICK IS DEAD
Legendary guitarist and record producer Bob Kulick died on Thursday, May 28 at the age of 70. His passing was confirmed by his brother, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Throughout his 40-plus-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD; from KISS to Michael Bolton; W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross; as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo LP and tour.
facebook.com/officialbrucekulick

MAY 29, 2020
MANOWAR TO EMBARK ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN 2021
MANOWAR will embark on its 40th-anniversary tour in 2021. The trek will kick off in April in Germany and will include shows in The Netherlands for the first time in many years. The tour will be bigger than ever, featuring orchestra and choir, Viking reenactors, stunning visuals and a powerful set list full of immortal classics.
Tickets will go on exclusive pre-sale on Tuesday, June 2 on Eventim Germany and Eventim Netherlands. General ticket sale will start on other ticket outlets on Friday, June 5.
Dates? Try manowar.com

BLACK STAR RIDERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE
BSR in GBG a few years ago
BLACK STAR RIDERS have released a new single, "Candidate For Heartbreak", via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The official lyric video for the track can be seen here: youtu.be/ti8M-Fd-bjM

DOKKEN TEASES "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981" COLLECTION
DOKKEN has released a video teaser for an album called "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981". The effort, which is expected later this year, will feature material that was written by Don Dokken during the band's formative years but that has never before been made available. More information will be made available soon..
Watch the teaser: youtu.be/N_fs6I45W_M

NEW ALBUM WITH DISRUPTED
Swedish death metallers DISRUPTED have set "Pure Death" as the title of their new album, which will be released on vinyl through De:Nihil Records in August, and on CD through Memento Mori in late October.
facebook.com/disruptedofficial   facebook.com/denihilrecords   facebook.com/memento.mori.label

MAY 28, 2020
JUDAS PRIEST FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will release his autobiography, "Confess", on September 29 via Hachette Books.
Pre-orders are now available at Amazon.

RAMMSTEIN RESCHEDULE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
RAMMSTEIN have postponed their 2020 North American stadium tour. The trek was due to kick off on August 20 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and conclude on September 27 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Earlier today, RAMMSTEIN released the following statement: "Sadly, but in the best interests of everyone's health and safety, we have to postpone our North America Tour. We are now working on rescheduling the tour in 2021."
rammstein.de

MAY 27, 2020
IAN ANDERSON POSTPONE UK TOUR
JETHRO TULL frontman Ian Anderson has re-scheduled the "Jethro Tull - The Prog Years" UK tour to September 2021. Due to the current uncertainty of putting on large events in the UK, they feel that the responsible and safest option for their fans, band and crew is to reschedule all 11 of these shows to a much later date when they hope it should be without serious health risk for everyone to enjoy the concerts.
All tickets will remain valid for the new dates, which you can find here: jethrotull.com
Many other concerts around Europe has also been postponed or cancelled.

LED ZEPPELIN's "Celebration Day" TO STREAM ON YOUTUBE
LED ZEPPELIN has partnered with YouTube for a special streaming event of "Celebration Day".
Recorded live at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, the film captures a 2-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock n roll that instantly became part of the legend of LED ZEPPELIN. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog.
"Celebration Day" will be streamed in its entirely for 3 days only on the official LED ZEPPELIN YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30.
ledzeppelin.com

TOM G. WARRIOR GOT A NEW PROJECT
Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior; CELTIC FROST, TRIPTYKON, HELLHAMMER) has announced the formation of a new "dark music" project. The new band, whose name has not yet been revealed, is tentatively planning to release its debut album later this year.
youtu.be/kS76Jip6XBo

MAY 26, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH CARL CANEDY FROM THE RODS
The RODS drummer Carl Canedy has just released a new album, titled "Warrior", with his solo band CANEDY. It's so far available for download and streaming, but will also be released on CD and LP on August 7 via Sleaszy Rider Records.
canedyband.com

DORO PESCH TO PERFORM DRIVE-IN CONCERT IN GERMANY
Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) will perform at a drive-in cinema in Germany on June 13.
Fans will have a rare opportunity to attend a live performance by the German metal queen at the CARantena Arena in Worms as part of the "Regenbogen 2 Rock Summer" while complying with the country's social distancing regulations. Each car will be allowed to hold a maximum of 2 adults and children who live in the same household.
As the band plays live on stage, the performance will be broadcast on a big screen and the sound will be transmitted to the cars wirelessly.
For more information, visit: carantena-arena.de

MAY 25, 2020
QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY RECOVERING AFTER SMALL HEART ATTACK
QUEEN guitarist Brian May has revealed that he recently suffered a "small heart attack". The episode left him "very near death", but says he's now feeling remarkably well after being fitted with 3 stents - tiny tubes that can hold open blocked arteries.
Earlier in the month, the 72-year-old musician injured his buttocks and assumed assumed the injury was the cause of the pain he was feeling. Still in "agony", May had an MRI of his spine done, revealing a compressed sciatic nerve. At the hospital, May found out he had 3 blocked arteries, and was treated by medics as an "emergency case".
instagram.com/brianmayforreal

BURNING WITCHES PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Swiss heavy metal band BURNING WITCHES has parted ways with guitarist Sonia "Anubis" Nusselder.
The announcement comes just days after it was revealed that Nusselder had joined forces with former NERVOSA members Fernanda Lira (bass, vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums), along with ex-HAGBARD guitarist Tainá Bergamaschi, in a new old-school death metal band called CRYPTA.
facebook.com/burningwitches666   facebook.com/soniaanubis

JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE RECORDING NEW ALBUM
In a recent video posted by Punk Rock Bowling, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE announced that they are recording a new album. It appears to be called "Tea Party Revenge Porn", and will be out via Alternative Tentacles.
Watch the announcement here: youtu.be/klAUAPOh3Co
facebook.com/JBGSM   alternativetentacles.com

MAY 24, 2020
PUTERAEON SIGNS WITH EMANZIPATION PRODUCTIONS
Puteraeon at Sticky Fingers in GBG
Swedish death metallers PUTERAEON has signed a record deal with Emanzipation Productions. New album, "The Cthulhian Pulse: Call From The Dead City", out soon.
facebook.com/PUTERAEON   facebook.com/EMZproductions

JOURNEY ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST AND DRUMMER
JOURNEY has announced the addition of bassist Randy Jackson and drummer Narada Michael Walden to the group's ranks.
Jackson is no stranger to JOURNEY, having previously played with the band from 1985 to 1987 and appeared on 1986's "Raised On Radio" album. Walden is a Grammy-winning musician and producer who has previously worked with the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, The TEMPTATIONS, Regina Belle, Lionel Richie and Elton John, among many others.
journeymusic.com

MAY 23, 2020
L.A. CONCERTS WITH SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN AND FAITH NO MORE RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 2021
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and FAITH NO MORE's 2 concerts at Banc Of California stadium in Los Angeles, California, which were originally set to to take place on May 22 and May 23, 2020, have been rescheduled for May 21 and May 22, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored for the new dates. HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also appear on the bill.
systemofadown.com   kornofficial.com   fnm.com

NEW MATERIAL WITH AVSKUM
Swedish hardcore/punk legends AVSKUM has been to Stockholm to record 9 new songs.
That's all I know right now..
facebook.com/AVSKUM-251921811500128

MAY 22, 2020
SKUNK ANANSIE's SKIN TO RELEASE MEMOIR
SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman Skin will release her memoir, "It Takes Blood And Guts", on September 24 via Simon & Schuster.

NEW EP WITH VOIVOD IN JULY
Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD reawaken and return with a 3-track 12" vinyl and digital EP titled "The End Of Dormancy", to be released on July 10 worldwide via Century Media Records.
centurymedia.com

EX-POISON IDEA DRUMMER "Thee Slayer Hippy" IS DEAD
Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Handford, former drummer for American hardcore/punk band POISON IDEA, has passed away.
Handford played in POISON IDEA from about 1987 through 1993.

MAY 21, 2020
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Due to you know what, DEEP PURPLE are not able to peform their tour dates in Europe this summer. These shows will happen in 2021 instead.
The new dates are:
23.06.21 Hamburg, Stadtpark Open Air
01.07.21 Bonn, Kunstrasen Bonn Gronau
03.07.21 Halle/Saale, Freilichtbühne Peißnitzinsel
08.07.21 Rosenheim, Rosenheim Sommerfestival
17.07.21: e Spalt-Enderndorf, Lieder Am See
20.07.21 Mainz, Volkspark Mainz
deeppurple.com

GUNS N' ROSES RESCHEDULE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The North American tour with GUNS N' ROSES is being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. The band will share the updated schedule as soon as the dates are finalized, and all tickets will be honored accordingly.
gunsnroses.com

ANVIL TO PLAY VIRTUAL CONCERT
Lips with Anvil in Gothenburg
Canadian heavy metal veterans ANVIL will play what is being billed as "the first live stream metal show in Canada" on July 4 at L'Anti Bar in Quebec City.
facebook.com/anvilmetal

FORMER MEMBERS OF NERVOSA LAUNCH NEW BAND
Former NERVOSA bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto have teamed up with BURNING WITCHES guitarist Sonia "Anubis" Nusselder and ex-HAGBARD guitarist Tainá Bergamaschi in a new old-school death metal band called CRYPTA. The quartet, which was founded in June 2019, is currently working on material for its debut release.

SCORPIONS' LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY OFFICIALLY POSTPONED
SCORPIONS' "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency, which was scheduled to kick off on July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has officially been postponed. The new dates will be announced soon.
the-scorpions.com

MAY 20, 2020
MEGADETH AND LAMB OF GOD POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The first leg of MEGADETH's previously announced North American tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES is being rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 55-date trek was slated to be split into 2 legs. The first leg of the tour was supposed to kick off June 12 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and wrap August 1 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run was due to launch October 2 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and run through November 13 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
megadeth.com   lamb-of-god.com   trivium.org   inflames.com

TURBONEGRO RELEASE TURBOPILS
The Duke of Nothing, Turbonegro in GBG
Norwegian dirt hard/punk rockers TURBONEGRO has just released their own beer, "Turbopils". So far it's just available in Norway, but more info about International availabilty will follow soon.
facebook.com/TurbonegroHQ

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE CANCEL SUMMER TOUR
The SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE Summer 2020 tour in USA, with NIGHTRANGER, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
redrocker.com

TOY DOLLS RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN SHOWS
Due to the Corona virus pandemic the 3 Eastern European shows with British punk rock veterans TOY DOLLS in September 2020, Hungary/Austria/Czech Republic, have been postponed till September 2021.
thetoydolls.com

MAY 19, 2020
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
RAMMSTEIN are delighted to announce the new, rescheduled dates for this year's European tour, which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
All shows have now been rescheduled to 2021, and already-purchased tickets will remain valid for the new dates.
New dates can be found here: rammstein.com

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH FOREIGNER, KANSAS AND EUROPE IS CANCELLED
FOREIGNER is disappointed to share the inevitable news that their North American "Juke Box Heroes 2020" tour, together with KANSAS and EUROPE, will no longer be taking place.
foreigneronline.com   kansasband.com   facebook.com/europetheband

LIVE ALBUM WITH DEE SNIDER TO BE RELEASED IN JULY
Dee Snider with band at Liseberg
Former TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider will release "For The Love Of Metal Live!" on July 31 via Napalm Records. The DVD/Blu-ray and accompanying live album (available in various formats) features audio captured from several festival performances worldwide - from the United States to Europe, Australia and beyond.
In addition to tracks from Snider's solo catalog and TWISTED SISTER favorites, the audio portion of "For The Love Of Metal Live!" also features a brand new original studio track, "Prove Me Wrong".
Check out the new single, "Prove Me Wrong": youtu.be/Mx9Fr4-PmYs
deesnider.com

NEW AC/DC DOCUMENTARY FEATURES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH EARLY MEMBERS
Tom Compagnoni of The Sydney Morning Herald recently produced and published a short documentary on the Sydney origins of AC/DC, interviewing several members from their very early lineups, several of whom have never told their story on camera before now.
All the video's participants reflect on the role that Sydney played in the development of the band and the fact, that, in contrast to other Australian cities, no statues, plaques or laneways dedicated to the band exist in their original hometown.
The documentary features interviews with Noel Taylor (AC/DC drummer 1974), Rob Bailey (AC/DC bass player 1974), Tony Currenti (AC/DC session drummer, 1974) and Mark Evans (AC/DC bass player 1975-77).
The entire video can be viewed here: youtu.be/ia5j0IJvyS4

NEW BOOK ABOUT RAINBOW IN SEPTEMBER
Wymer Publishing has set a September 4 release date for "In The Shadow Of The Wizard: Rainbow 1975-1976". A full-color, 224-page A4 hardback coffee-table-style book, it comprehensively documents RAINBOW's first formative period, including the recording of the first album, while Ritchie Blackmore was still a member of DEEP PURPLE; the first North American tour; the making of the seminal "Rising" and the lengthy world tour that followed.
Customers who pre-order by June 30 can have their name printed in the book on a dedicated fan page. The first 50 ordered will include a memorabilia pack comprising of facsimiles of original "Rising" and "On Stage" press packs as well as a replica "Rising" Australian tour program.
Pre-order here: wymeruk.co.uk/webshop/books/rock/rainbow/in-the-shadow-of-the-wizard-rainbow-1975-to-1976

MAY 16, 2020
MICHALE GRAVES RETURN TO EUROPE/UK TO PLAY MISFITS
Former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves will return to Europe and the UK in March/April 2021. The "American Monster" tour will feature and celebrate the music of the MISFITS albums "American Psycho" and "Famous Monsters". Both albums will be performed live in their entirety, and the setlist will be rounded out with material from Graves' solo catalog.
For a complete list of tour dates, try one of these: theflamingarts.eu   officialmichalegraves.com

DEATH BY HORSE, THE SENSITIVES AND THE BLOODSTRINGS TEAM UP FOR GERMAN DATES
Swedish punk rockers DEATH BY HORSE and The SENSITIVES will team up with German punkabilly band The BLOODSTRINGS for 3 dates in Germany in September.
These dates are:
Sept. 17 Braunschweig
Sept. 18 Potsdam
Sept. 19 Dortmund at Bunt Statt Braun Festival
facebook.com/deathbyhorse   thesensitives.net   thebloodstrings.bigcartel.com

MAY 15, 2020
THE DARKNESS CANCEL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Despite huge efforts from their team in North America, British rock band The DARKNESS have been unable to confirm a rescheduled "Easter is Cancelled" tour.
The band had hoped to reschedule the shows into January and February of 2021, but there is currently little confidence that all of the venues they would normally play will be operational for regular gigs by then. And U.S. visa applications (which take many months to complete) are not currently being processed at all, and that processing may well not be reinstated in time to complete formalities for a January arrival.
The band hope that a new album will emerge in Spring, and that the situation will have normalised sufficiently for their team to schedule a tour to support that release in early Fall 2021.
thedarknesslive.com

NEW SINGLE WITH DEE SNIDER NEXT WEEK
Dee Snider at Liseberg
A teaser for Dee Snider's new single, "Prove Me Wrong", is available.
The song will be released on Tuesday, May 19, and is expected to appear on the TWISTED SISTER frontman's new solo CD/DVD set, "For The Love Of Metal Live!", which will arrive this summer via Napalm Records.
youtu.be/HlKsES9PkPo   deesnider.com   napalmrecords.com

NEW ALBUM WITH LIONHEART IN JULY
Metalville Records has set a July 31 release date for the new album from British hard rock veterans LIONHEART. The album will be called "The Reality Of Miracles".
LIONHEART was founded in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Steve Mann (MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST) and Rocky Newton (ex-McAULEY SCHENKER GROUP) with Clive Edwards (ex-UFO, WILD HORSES, Uli Jon Roth) completing the lineup a little later. The group disbanded in 1985, and reunited in 2016 with Lee Small (SHY, PHENOMENA) on vocals.
metalville.de

NEW SINGLE WITH ALICE COOPER
Alice Cooper with his doll
A new single, "Don't Give Up", with Alice Cooper is out today.
Check it out: youtu.be/__YxWnRACxI
alicecooper.com

MARDUK ANNOUNCES POLISH TOUR WITH VADER
Marduk at Metaltown many years ago
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK will team up with Polish death metal legends VADER and another band (with an illegible logo) for a tour in Poland in September.
For dates and tickets, try one of these: lefthandsounds.org/blitz-mmxx   marduk.nu   vader-store.com

JUDAS PRIEST RESCHEDULES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
JUDAS PRIEST has rescheduled many of their European tour dates to 2021.
You can find the new dates here: judaspriest.com/tour

MAY 14, 2020
KISS POSTPONES "KISS Kruise X"
"Kiss Kruise X", which was scheduled to take place October 30 to November 4, 2020 aboard Norwegian Pearl, has been officially postponed to October 2021.
thekisskruise.com

MAY 13, 2020
SLIPKNOT CANCEL ALL SUMMER SHOWS
Unfortunately SLIPKNOT's summer 2020 touring, including the North American Knotfest Roadshow, Knotfest UK and Knotfest at Sea, will not be happening.
Information on Knotfest at Sea will be coming soon. The band looks forward to performing for its fans again, and will do so when everyone's safety can be assured. All ticket holders will be emailed directly by their point of purchase, Knotfest At Sea purchasers will be contacted with postponement information.
slipknot1.com

PHOTO BOOK WITH MARILYN MANSON
"21 Years In Hell", a collection of classic and previously unpublished images of Marilyn Manson by his foremost portraitist, will be made available in June.
British photographer Perou has been photographing Manson for 21 years. This collaboration began in 1998 with a magazine cover shoot and has seen him become Manson's principal photographer.
reelartpress.com   marilynmanson.com

MAY 12, 2020
READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS HAVE BEEN CANCELED
This year's Reading and Leeds festivals have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other festivals in the United Kingdom, such as Glastonbury, Bloodstock Open Air and Download, have also been called off.
Statement: twitter.com/OfficialRandL

GUNS N' ROSES CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
The upcoming European tour with GUNS N' ROSES will not be happening.
The band says that they are working hard with their promoters, venues and cities/countries on next steps, and will make further announcements as soon as they can.
gunsnroses.com

JETHRO TULL's IAN ANDERSON SUFFERING FROM AN INCURABLE LUNG DISEASE
JETHRO TULL legend Ian Anderson has revealed that he is suffering from "an incurable lung disease" called COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

NEW ALBUM WITH ONSLAUGHT IN AUGUST
UK thrash veterans ONSLAUGHT have set "Generation Antichrist" as the title of their new album. It will be released through AFM Records on August 7.
Pre-order here: shop.afm-records.de/onslaught
onslaughtuk.com   afm-records.de

MAY 11, 2020
ORPHANED LAND ANNOUNCES 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Progressive/Oriental metal band ORPHANED LAND will celebrate their 30-year anniversary with a European tour in November/December.
Check out the Facebook event for more info: facebook.com/events/1429780857229466

SINGER RONNIE ROMERO REJOINS LORDS OF BLACK
RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero has rejoined LORDS OF BLACK. The band is putting the finishing touches on its next album, "Alchemy Of Souls - Part I", due later in the year via Frontiers Music Srl.
Romero announced his departure from the Spanish melodic progressive metal act in January 2019 and was subsequently replaced by Diego Valdez (HELKER, DREAM CHILD).
In addition to RAINBOW and LORDS OF BLACK, Romero is also a member of The FERRYMEN and VANDENBERG.
facebook.com/lordsofblack

REBELLION 2020 IS CANCELLED
Stiff Little Fingers
British punk festival Rebellion has been cancelled this year due to you should know what by now. But keep your tickets as they will get you in to Rebellion 2021.
All day tickets will be refunded.
rebellionfestivals.com

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS POSTPONE TOUR DATES
English pub rock veterans EDDIE & THE HOT RODS have postponed all of their June shows until March 2021.
facebook.com/TheHotRods

MAY 10, 2020
LONG ISLAND MUSICIANS COVER HEAR 'N AID's "Stars"
More than 30 hard rock and heavy metal musicians from Long Island, New York have recorded a cover version of "Stars", the 1985 charity single for famine relief released under the HEAR 'N AID banner.
"We're Stars" is a tribute to Long Island's COVID-19 front-line workers.
Watch/listen: youtu.be/BN6Lqix4mro

KISS IS WORKING ON CAREER SPANNING BOOK OF CONCERT POSTERS
KISS is working on a coffee-table book of concert posters spanning the band's entire 5-decade existence.
youtu.be/4eGHKo3XDoo

MAY 9, 2020
DEAD LORD FURNISHES THE SETTING IN THE BAND
Dead Lord somewhere in Goteborg
Swedish hard rockers DEAD LORD have parted ways with guitarist Olle Hedenström, so bassist Martin take over the guitar instead, and in comes the Australian dude Ryan to play bass.
deadlord.com

LITTLE RICHARD IS DEAD
American rock n roll legend Little Richard (Richard Penniman) passed away on Saturday (May 9) at the age of 87. His former agent Dick Alen told CNN Little Richard died in Nashville with his brother and son by his side, and that the cause of death is related to bone cancer.
Little Richard received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, 1 year after releasing his final studio album. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.

MAY 8, 2020
RAMMSTEIN CANCEL ALL UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Due to local event restrictions related to Covid-19, which now affect almost all planned dates, RAMMSTEIN's 2020 stadium tour can unfortunately not take place.
They are currently checking whether it is possible to reschedule the dates, and will communicate any updates as soon as possible. All tickets will remain valid until then.
rammstein.com

MAY 7, 2020
TOURING UPDATE FROM IRON MAIDEN
Due to the continuing health issues worldwide around Covid-19, IRON MAIDEN will not be playing any concerts until June 2021.
They have managed to reschedule all their European own-shows on the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour for June/July 2021 with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich, which they unfortunately have been unable to re-arrange in this period. But to consolidate the tour routing they have added 2 further shows in Arnhem and Antwerp.
Re-arranging the headline festival dates has unfortunately not been possible.
In respect of what should have been the opening leg of the 2020 tour starting on May 1 in Perth, Australia and visiting New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Israel, IRON MAIDEN are currently working on a possible return to as many of these countries as they can, in some guise, in the first half of 2022. More news on that will follow at the appropriate time.
More info and all new dates etc. can be found at: ironmaiden.com

EX-BAD COMPANY SINGER BRIAN HOWE IS DEAD
Former BAD COMPANY singer Brian Howe has died at the age of 66.
Howe passed away Wednesday (May 6) at his home in Florida after suffering cardiac arrest. He had a history of heart issues, having previously had a heart attack in 2017.
The singer was reportedly involved in a road traffic accident in Florida at the end of April, in which he suffered broken ribs.
Howe fronted BAD COMPANY between 1986 and 1994. He was also the singer on Ted Nugent's album "Penetrator".
badcompany.com

THE CULT SIGNS WITH BLACK HILL RECORDS
Rock veterans The CULT have signed with Black Hill Records.
thecult.us

ROSS THE BOSS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Ross The Boss (ex-MANOWAR, The DICTATORS) have announced new tour dates to promote the new album, "Born Of Fire", which was released on March 6 via AFM Records. These European dates will take place between November 17 to December 7, and will also feature special guests BURNING WITCHES and TRAUMA.
For dates and tickets, try one of these: ross-the-boss.com   afm-records.de   facebook.com/burningwitches666   traumametal.com

ACCEPT IS WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
Accept in Sweden a few years ago
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT are writing and recording material for a new studio album.
acceptworldwide.com

MAY 6, 2020
NERVOSA ANNOUNCE NEW LINEUP
Brazilian thrash metal band NERVOSA have announced their new band line-up. Prika Amaral - creator, founding member and guitarist of the band - is thrilled to announce that vocalist Diva Satanica (BLOODHUNTER), bassist Mia Wallace (ABBATH, TRIUMPH OF DEATH), and drummer Eleni Nota (MASK OF PROSPERO, CROQUE MADAME) have all joined the band.
The band is also pleased to state that they have begun working on new music.
nervosaofficial.com

HAMMERFALL CANCELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Joacim Cans, HammerFall at Liseberg
Swedish heavy metal veterans HAMMERFALL have been forced to cancel their previously announced summer/fall 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek, with support from BEAST IN BLACK and EDGE OF PARADISE, was scheduled to launch September 14 in West Palm Beach, Florida and conclude on October 19 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
hammerfall.net

NEW ALBUM WITH AVATAR IN AUGUST
Swedish metal band AVATAR have set "Hunter Gatherer" as the title of their new album, due on August 7 via eOne.
youtu.be/VE9Ogc4MgS8

BUZZCOCKS TO RELEASE 8-CD BOX SET
Punk rock legends BUZZCOCKS will release an 8-CD box set covering their later career. It's called "Sell You Everything (1991-2014) Albums, Singles Rarities, Unreleased", and it's out May 29 via Cherry Red Records.
As the title says, it includes everything the band released from the 1991 to 2014. Included in that set are all their albums from the period and a good amount of bonus tracks, including 29 never before released tracks. It also includes the rare 1991 Demo Album.
buzzcocks.com

METALTOWN 2020 CANCELED
Bombus were supposed to play
Metaltown festival in Göteborg, Sweden was supposed to come back again this summer after a hiatus, but then came a virus and a pandemic, so the festival is unfortunately canceled this year.
All tickets to this year's festival will be reimbursed via the ticket vendor Ticketmaster.
facebook.com/metaltown

THE SPOTNICKS FRONTMAN BOB LANDER IS DEAD
Bob Lander (real name Bo Starander), frontman for Swedish cult band The SPOTNICKS has passed away at the age of 78. He was the last original member of the band.
The SPOTNICKS came from Göteborg and formed in 1961. They were trendsetters within instrumental rock music, and released more than 40 studio albums and toured all over the world.

MAY 5, 2020
NEW APP FOR FANS OF METAL
DARK TRANQUILLITY keyboardist Martin Brändström has launched Bandbond, a new smartphone app that is being billed as a "revolution for the metal community".
The idea of Bandbond started out of frustration some years ago when Brändström was in charge of the band's online social media. It quickly became clear to him that the communication with the fans that the band had earned over the years by touring the world and recording albums now had a gatekeeper in the shape of drastically increased price tags set by the social media giants.
Together with music studio colleague and longtime metalhead Joacim Starander and Swedish metal journalist Mattias Lindeblad, Martin started to outline the idea of a new home for all things metal where the bands and the fans who share the love for metal can have their relationship uninterrupted and free.
Check it out: bandbond.com

JOURNEY CANCEL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
JOURNEY has canceled its previously announced 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 60-date trek with The PRETENDERS was supposed to kick off May 15 in Ridgefield, Washington.
journeymusic.com

MERCYFUL FATE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Last year it was confirmed that MERCYFUL FATE would return and introduce a couple of new songs at a few festivals. Now guitarist Hank Shermann have confirmed that the band is currently working on a new album.

DISCHORD RECORDS PUTS ENTIRE CATALOG ONLINE FOR FREE
Legendary American punk label Dischord Records has made their entire 40-year catalog of music available on Bandcamp for free. The catalog is free to listen to online, but if you want to download the records, you still have to pay.
Bands on Dischord Records includes FUGAZI, MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, GOVERNMENT ISSUE, YOUTH BRIGADE etc. etc.
dischord.bandcamp.com

THE STRANGLERS KEYBOARD PLAYER DAVE GREENFIELD IS DEAD
The STRANGLERS legendary keyboard player Dave Greenfield passed away on Sunday evening (May 3). Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last Sunday, but he sadly lost the battle.
Dave had been playing with British rock veternas The STRANGLERS since late 1975.
thestranglers.co.uk

MAY 4, 2020
ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCES NEW VOCALIST
U.K. thrashers ONSLAUGHT have announced the addition of vocalist Dave Garnett to the group's ranks.
Garnett has already performed with ONSLAUGHT, having filled in for previous singer Sy Keeler at the House Of Metal festival in Umeå, Sweden in late February.
powerfromhell.com

THE HELLACOPTERS ARE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Nicke Andersson with Imperial State Electric
Swedish action rockers The HELLACOPTERS are working on their first album in more than a decade.
The news of the group's recording activity was broken by guitarist/vocalist Nicke Andersson during an appearance on the latest episode of "Dr Gong's Drumcast".
facebook.com/thehellacopters

GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO 2021
Tompa, At The Gates at Liseberg
Gefle Metal Festival has been postponed to next year due to that virus. The new date is July 15-17, 2021 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. Most of the artists that was booked for this year will play next year.
More info: geflemetalfestival.se

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR POSTPONED TO 2021
Saxon at Scandinavium, Goteborg
Another festival that has been postponed to 2021 is England's Bloodstock Open Air. The new date is August 11-15, 2021, which means that they have added a extra day.
Lineup and other details: bloodstock.uk.com

TYGERS OF PAN TANG NEED A NEW GUITARIST
British hard rock/heavy metal legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG are in search of a new guitarist.
More info here: facebook.com/tygersofpantangofficial

MAY 2, 2020
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE RESCEDULES REUNION TOUR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has rescheduled its previously announced reunion tour to 2021. The reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commferford - was forced to postpone all of its 2020 shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The upcoming tour will mark the first time RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has hit the road together since 2011. Dates will hopefully be announced at ratm.com soon (too many to post here).

5-CD BOX SET WITH WHITE LION IN JUNE
Cherry Red Records has set a June 26 release date for the 5-CD box set "White Lion: All You Need Is Rock 'N' Roll - The Complete Albums 1985-1991".
WHITE LION was mainly active in the 1980s and early 90s, and played melodic hard rock. Their Danish frontman, Mike Tramp, has remained active, recording and touring as a solo artist and with the bands FREAK OF NATURE, The ROCK 'N' ROLL CIRCUZ and, more recently, BAND OF BROTHERS.
Pre-order the box here: cherryred.co.uk/product/white-lion-all-you-need-is-rock-n-roll-the-complete-albums-1985-1991-5cd-boxset

MAY 1, 2020
ROLLING STONES LAUNCH WEEKLY SERIES ON YOUTUBE
As part of YouTube's #StayHome campaign, The ROLLING STONES will launch a weekly series titled "Extra Licks" on the band's official YouTube channel starting this Sunday, May 3. Each featurette - available digitally for the first time - will appear as a YouTube Premiere, streaming bonus features of 6 concert films from throughout The ROLLING STONES' career, including performances from the 1994 "Voodoo Lounge" tour and the 2016 Latin America "Ole!" tour. This series is in partnership with The ROLLING STONES and Eagle Rock Entertainment, and will stream exclusively on YouTube.
Just last week, The ROLLING STONES released a new single, titled "Living In A Ghost Town", that was created and recorded in Los Angeles, London and in isolation. The track was released in tandem with a brand new music video that premiered exclusively on YouTube and has almost 4 million views to date.
youtube.com/therollingstones

IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES REMASTERED LIVE COLLECTION
Parlophone Records will continue its reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalog with a fifth set of digipak CD titles in "The Live Collection - Remastered", to be released on June 19. The albums included in this release are the seminal live recordings "Live After Death" and "Rock In Rio".
parlophone.co.uk   ironmaiden.com

FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH ALCATRAZZ IN OVER 30 YEARS
Hard rock band ALCATRAZZ will once again give us a new album on July 31 with "Born Innocent", its first studio venture since 1986's "Dangerous Games".
alcatrazzofficial.com

APRIL 30, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH PRIMAL FEAR IN MAY
"Along Came The Devil", the new single from German heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR, will be released on May 15. The song is taken from the band's upcoming 13th studio album, "Metal Commando", due on July 17 via Nuclear Blast.
primalfear.de   nuclearblast.de

KROKUS POSTPONES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have postponed their last-ever concerts in USA and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 13-date trek was originally scheduled to kick off at Canton Hall in Dallas, Texas on September 18 and conclude at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October 10.
krokusonline.com

GUNS N' ROSES WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
According to rumors GUNS N' ROSES have been working on new music for a new album, which would be their first studio album since "Chinese Democracy" from 2008.
facebook.com/TheAFDShow

BAD RELIGION CANCEL ALL 2020 SHOWS
Bad Religion at Liseberg
BAD RELIGION is the latest band to announce that due to the global heath crisis all of their shows for 2020 have been cancelled.
Read a statement here: instagram.com/badreligionband

APRIL 29, 2020
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY OFFER FREE COVID DIGI DOWNLOAD PACK
American heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has released a free digi download pack, titled "Quarantined Lockdown". The digital download includes the band's brand new COVID-19 track, "We Won't Back Down (Do or Die)", along with demo versions of the songs "Victoria" and "Only One". The download also features an interview with the band conducted by DJ Hellwyck from "The Autopsy Report Rock and Metal Show" while the band was performing in the UK this past March. The download also includes a special Lockdown Shout Out message from the band. Artwork for the download has also been included.
Download for free here: www.cornersofsanctuary.com/musicatalog.html
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has also announced their participation in the upcoming artist collaboration project Hear 'n Now. The band, along with a number of other artists including Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford), Chris Natalini (BLOOD FEAST), Danny Gomez (GOTHIC SLAM) and LA producer Bill Metoyer among others, have donated their time and talent on a new song, titled "No Road to Ruin". Presented by Keep it Metal Promotions, the single will be released by Heaven and Hell Records and available as a free download, hopefully in mid-May.

NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH THÅSTRÖM NEXT MONTH
Thastrom at Liseberg a few years ago
Swedish rock icon Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET) will release a new live album, entitled "Klockan Två På Natten, Öppet Fönster", on May 15.
The album was recorded at Way Out West in Göteborg, Cirkus in Stockholm and Malmö Arena in Malmö during the tour for his latest album, "Centralmassivet", in 2017-2018. It will be his third live album.
Pre-order here: lnk.to/klockan2panattenoppetfonster
thastrom.se

VOCALIST SY KEELER EXITS ONSLAUGHT
Vocalist Sy Keeler has announced his departure from the British thrash metal veterans ONSLAUGHT.
ONSLAUGHT is currently finalizing work on their as-yet-untitled new album. More information will be made available soon..
powerfromhell.com

RECORD STORE DAY CHANGED TO 3-DAY EVENT
As you might know, Record Store Day 2020 was postponed due to Coronoavirus. Now the Record Store Day organization has changed this year's event again.
The June 20 date no longer stands. Instead, RSD 2020 will occur on 3 Saturdays in 3 consecutive months: August 29, September 26, and October 24. Each day will have a different bundle of exclusive releases, presumably drawn from the previously announced RSD list.
recordstoreday.com

APRIL 28, 2020
POWERWOLF WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
German heavy metal band POWERWOLF has started the songwriting for their 8th studio album. They plan to enter the studio by the end of the year, and will release the album in 2021.
But while we wait for that, they will release "Best Of The Blessed" on July 3 via Napalm Records. It's a best of album featuring 16 songs, and many of them will be new versions. There will also be 14 live tracks, and the Earbook and LP Box Edition will have even more live material.
Pre-order "Best Of The Blessed" here: smarturl.it/BestOfTheBlessed-NPR
powerwolf.net   napalmrecords.com

ACE FREHLEY WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
During an appearance on yesterday's (Monday, April 27) episode of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley revealed that he has been using the coronavirus downtime to work on "new material for a studio record". He explained: "Because of this virus, everything has been pushed back", he said. "The release of my 'Origins Vol. 2' [the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired him] has been pushed back to the fall. I don't wanna be too idle, so I decided to start recording my next studio record. What the hell?"
According to Ace, "Origins Vol. 2" was "done months ago" but there is no concrete release date yet for the effort.
eddietrunk.com/live-and-on-the-air/siriusxm

MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY WILL ARRIVE IN LATE SUMMER OR EARLY FALL
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum's autobiography, "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver", which was previously due in April and was subsequently pushed back to early July, will now arrive in late summer or early fall.
Interview: youtu.be/MMa_6S-n94I

MUSKELROCK POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Bullet at Getaway Rock 2011
Swedish hard rock and heavy metal festival Muskelrock have for obvious reasons been cancelled this year. Most of the bands will play next year instead, and the new date is June 3-5, 2021.
More info (in both Swedish and English): facebook.com/Muskelrock/posts/2856658431055905?__tn__=K-R

APRIL 27, 2020
JEFF SCOTT SOTO RELEASES SUPRISE LIVE ALBUM
Jeff Scott Soto (SOTO, SONS OF APOLLO, W.E.T., TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-TALISMAN, JOURNEY, Yngwie Malmsteen) has released a surprise live album, "Live At Frontiers Rock Festival 2019", on all digital platforms. Today marks the first anniversary of the concert captured in Milan, Italy at the Frontiers Rock Festival. The performance will be released later this year in physical format as a bonus disc on Jeff's upcoming solo album, "Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)", which he has co-written and co-produced with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio.
jeffscottsoto.com

NERVOSA BASSIST/VOCALIST AND DRUMMER QUIT
Bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto have left the Brazilian thrash metal band NERVOSA. The duo announced their departures in separate statements this weekend: facebook.com/fefemetal/posts/2855216304527647   facebook.com/wardrvnn/posts/3716774431697265:0
NERVOSA's sole remaining member, guitarist Prika Amaral, has stated in a social media post that she will carry on with the band, to be joined by soon-to-be-announced new musicians: facebook.com/femalethrash/posts/2845770042138088:0

NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF CHAOS UK AND DISORDER
There's a new band called F.O.T.K. (FEAR OF THE KNOWN) with members from punk bands like CHAOS UK and DISORDER among others.
The international lineup features: Steve Allen (DISORDER, CROSSBREAD), Kaos "Lice" (CHAOS UK), Andy Lefton (WAR/PLAGUE, PROVOKED), Tom Radio (FRUSTRATION), Yuji (ROSE ROSE, HELL FIRE, ANOTHER DIMENSION, NECRONOMIDOL).
F.O.T.K. will soon release a their debut 7".
Teaser: youtu.be/WluCdCBgazw

APRIL 24, 2020
EX-VIXEN SINGER JANET GARDNER COMPLETES WORK ON THIRD SOLO ALBUM
Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner has completed work on her third solo album. The LP is once again a collaboration with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
facebook.com/JanetGardnerofficial

NEW ALBUM WITH CHUGGER OUT NOW
Chugger before the warpaint era
Swedish groove/death metallers CHUGGER's new album, "Of Man And Machine", is out today on on all major digital stores and streaming services.
Physical release date to be announced..
For links where to buy it, go to: orcd.co/l2wrx2y
chugger.se

APRIL 23, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH U.D.O. THIS SUMMER
Udo Dirschneider in GBG
This upcoming summer will hold a musical surprise as German heavy metal band U.D.O. will publish an album in collaboration with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr). The album is entitled "We Are One", and will be released on July 17 through AFM Records.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/WeAreOne
udo-online.de   afm-records.de

JUDAS PRIEST IS WORKING TO RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST is reportedly working to reschedule the summer 2020 European leg of its "50 Heavy Metal Years" tour.
The tour was scheduled to kick off on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on July 28 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The band is also slated to headline the U.K's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 9 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
The U.S. leg of the "50 Heavy Metal Years" tour is due to launch September 9 in Oxon Hill, Maryland and wrap up on October 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
judaspriest.com

NEW ALBUM WITH BON JOVI PUSHED BACK TO THE FALL
BON JOVI's new album, "Bon Jovi: 2020", which was originally set for a May 15 release, has now been delayed until the fall.
bonjovi.com

CLOSE-UP BÅTEN POSTPONED TO OCTOBER
Asta Kask in GBG
Close-Up Båten's punk cruise on the Baltic Sea have been postponed to October 22-23. The lineup will be the same, except for NO FUN AT ALL (who had something else to do).
Among the bands that will play on the ship are: ASTA KASK, MIMIKRY, The BABOON SHOW, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, GAMLA PENGAR, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS, HYRDA KNEKTAR, ALLVARET, SJU SVÅRA ÅR etc.
Next punk cruise will happen on May 27-28, 2021, and NO FUN AT ALL will play there instead.
More details and links here: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine

TYGERS OF PAN TANG PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST MICKY CRYSTAL
Micky Crystal, guitarist for British hard rock/heavy metal veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG, has decided to leave the band after 7 years.
tygersofpantang.com

APRIL 21, 2020
BON JOVI CANCEL SUMMER TOUR
BON JOVI has canceled its summer 2020 tour due to the COVID-19 crisis.
More Info: bonjovi.com

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2020 IS CANCELED
Accept in Sweden many years ago
Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden has been canceled. They aim at a new festival in 2021 instead.
Read more: swedenrock.com

NEW ALBUM WITH NIGHT IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish hard rock band NIGHT will release their 4th album, "High Tides - Distant Skies", on September 11 via The Sign Records.
The first single, "Under The Moonlight Sky", will be released on Friday, April 24.
nightband.bandcamp.com &nsbp; thesignrecords.com

NEW ALBUM WITH RÅTTORNA ON SATURDAY
Rattorna at Klubb Undergrunden
Local (Borås, Sweden) punk rock band RÅTTORNA will after something like 40 years finally release their first album, "Utan Titel". They plan to have it released on digital platforms on Saturday, April 25. It will also be released on vinyl LP, but due to Corona it might take a few weeks.
hemifran.com/artist/Råttorna   facebook.com/15minuter

APRIL 20, 2020
BLUES PILLS POSTPONE NEW ALBUM INDEFINITELY
Unfortunately, the upcoming BLUES PILLS album, "Holy Moly!", will not be released as planned on June 19. Together, the band, its management and label have decided to postpone the album indefinitely.
bluespills.com   nuclearblast.de

RATT SINGER STEPHEN PEARCY TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM NEXT YEAR
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy will release his 6th solo album in 2021 via his own label Top Fuel Records. The LP is currently being written and recorded by Pearcy and his longtime guitarist and collaborator, Erik Ferentinos.
facebook.com/SEPearcy/posts/3310611058968598

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES 2021 EDITION OF KNOTFEST JAPAN
SLIPKNOT has announced the 2021 edition of Knotfest Japan.
Last month, SLIPKNOT was forced to postpone its Asian tour, including the band's appearance at Knotfest Japan, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Next year's Knotfest Japan will be held on January 10-11, 2021. The lineup for the original "Roadshow" show date remains the same as the scrapped 2020 edition, but TRIVIUM will no longer perform at the event due to scheduling matters. The Day 1 "Roadshow" date and Day 2 "Festival" date have also been swapped.
Tickets for the 2020 festival will be honored for the new dates. Refunds will be available between April 21 and May 20.
Tickets and more info at: knotfestjapan.com

APRIL 19, 2020
LIVE DVD/CD WITH DEE SNIDER TO ARRIVE THIS SUMMER
Dee Snider at Liseberg
Dee Snider has confirmed that his new live DVD and CD will arrive this summer. The set, which may end up being called "For The Love Of Metal Live", was recorded during the touring cycle for his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal".
deesnider.com

NEW 7" WITH TOTALITÄR
Swedish hardcore/punk legends TOTALITÄR are to release a 7" on Fight For Your Mind, with 5 old songs with the record going to press in May.
Yes, these 5 tracks will not consist of any unreleased material. There will only be re-recordings and alternate mixes.
This will not be the only TOTALITÄR vinyl released this year, as Prank Records are due to release a re-issue of the LP "Sin Egen Motståndare" and the split with DROPDEAD.

APRIL 18, 2020
OZZY DONATES TOUR MERCHANDISE PROCEEDS TO KEEP MEMORY ALIVE
It's April, and we are halfway through Parkinson's Awareness Month, an effort designed to focus on education about the disease.
Ozzy Osbourne, who revealed his own Parkinson's diagnosis in January, is donating a portion of proceeds from his tour merchandise all month to Keep Memory Alive to support enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, including Parkinson's disease.
Fans can help from home by going to this location to show their support.

MORBID ANGEL TO RE-RELEASE "Altars Of Madness"
On May 29, Earache Records will release "Altars Of Madness: Ultimate Edition" from Florida death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL. This essential reissue features not only the original classic album, but a second disc of "Juvenilia", recorded live at Rock City November 1989 during the "Grindcrusher" tour with NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS and BOLT THROWER. "Altars Of Madness" has been recreated using full dynamic range mastering, pressed from the original master tapes giving the listener a more aggressive and dynamic audio experience.
This "Ultimate Edition" digipak includes new 2020 artwork, as well as the fan-favourite CD bonus track "Lord of All Fevers & Plague" in full dynamic range for the very first time. The release also marks the very first time that the blistering live set has ever been available on CD.
Pre-order: webstore.earache.com/morbid-angel
morbidangel.com

APRIL 17, 2020
999 TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 13 YEARS
UK punk vets 999 have been going strong since 1977 with just a few short hiatuses in between, and they have still got 3/4 of the original lineup intact (and their other member, bassist Arturo Bassick, has now been in the band for 27 years).
They are now set to release a new album - their first in 13 years - "Bish! Bash! Bosh!" on April 24 via Cleopatra Records.
You can now check out the track "Crazy Tuesday World": brooklynvegan.com/uk-punk-vets-999-releasing-first-album-in-13-years-stream-a-track/?fbclid=IwAR2Ao_vzmkRrn8WQnpwMttm8GzEZ7XwWUhpl8h3MVqZjuLXcDsVFQjwJuM4
Pre-order the album: cleorecs.com/store/?s=999+bish%21+bash%21+bosh%21&post_type=product

NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER
Filippa Thundermother in GBG
Swedish hard rock n roll women THUNDERMOTHER release a new single, "Driving In Style", today. The song is taken from their upcoming album "Heat Wave", which will be released on July 31 via AFM Records.
Also, the band's show at Pumphuset in Borås, Sweden, that was supposed to take place on May 2, will now happen on August 22 instead.
Check out the single: youtu.be/gyL8pHR2UPk
For upcoming tour dates, try 1 of these: thundermother.com   afm-records.de

DESTRUCTION TO RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION will release a new live album, "Born To Thrash - Live In Germany", digitally on May 8. CD and vinyl will be released on July 17 via Nuclear Blast.
The show was recorded at the Party.San Metal Open Air festival last year.
destruction.de   nuclearblast.de

NEW COLLECTION WITH WHITESNAKE IN JUNE
WHITESNAKE will bring together some of its hardest-hitting songs of its multi-platinum career on "The Rock Album", a new collection that features revisited, remixed and remastered versions of the group's best rock songs. The album is the first release in the band's "Red, White And Blue" trilogy, a series of fresh, new collections organized by musical themes that will include: "Love Songs" (red), "The Rock Album" (white) and "The Blues Album" (blue).
"The Rock Album" will be available on June 19 on CD and as a double-LP set pressed on 180-gram, white vinyl and is available for pre-order now. The music also will be available through digital and streaming services. The collection features the debut of "Always The Same", a previously unreleased song that was recorded during the 2019 sessions for "Flesh & Blood". The band also released the song on its YouTube channel.
whitesnake.com

THE RODS SIGNS WITH RUBICON RECORDS IN JAPAN
American heavy metal band The RODS have signed to Rubicon Records in Japan for the release of their latest album, "Brotherhood of Metal".
You can order the album here: rubicon-music.com/archives/4769
The group have also released a new video for the track "1982", which is taken from the new album.
Check out the video here: youtu.be/h7eZ6_hmUrw
therods.com

APRIL 16, 2020
NO WACKEN OPEN AIR, ROCK AM RING, ROCK IM PARK AND BANG YOUR HEAD THIS SUMMER
Yesterday (April 15) the German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August 31. This means that there will be no Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park or Bang Your Head festivals this year.
wacken.com   rock-am-ring.com   rock-im-park.com   bang-your-head.de

TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED ITALIAN DATES
British hard rock/heavy metal veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced new dates for their shows in Italy. And these dates are:
Oct. 15 - Roma, Traffic Club
Oct. 16 - Paderno Dugnano, Slaughter Club
Oct. 17 - Bologna, Alchemica Club
tygersofpantang.com

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL BECOME VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
U.K.'s Download festival - which was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic - will be transformed into a "virtual festival".
The 2020 edition of Download was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
Saying they "didn't want to miss out on the biggest weekend in rock", the festival organizers will now stream music, interviews and previously unseen performances on those dates instead.
They explained in a statement: "We'll have three daily shows with a mix of music, special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage, interactive content and loads more. The shows will be broadcast across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday - recreating the best weekend of the summer in the safety and comfort of your own home".
"The full line up is still to be announced, but we'll be showcasing some of the incredible acts that were due to play Download 2020".
downloadfestival.co.uk

DROPKICK MURPHYS AND RANCID POSTPONE U.S. TOUR
DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID have announced the postponement -due to the current health crisis - of their co-headlining "Boston to Berkeley 2" tour run that was set to begin in May.
The bands have released statements in which they say they have been working to reschedule the tour and to hold on to purchased tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.
Check out each band's statement: instagram.com/dropkickmurphys   instagram.com/rancid

APRIL 15, 2020
AEROSMITH POSTPONES LAS VEGAS CONCERTS
AEROSMITH's "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency performances scheduled for May 20 through June 4 at the Park Theater are being rescheduled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Guests are advised to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates, and those details will be sent out as soon as possible.
aerosmith.com

APRIL 14, 2020
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE TO RELEASE "Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes"
Former GREAT WHITE and current JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell will release a very special acoustic album revisiting GREAT WHITE's 1987 album "Once Bitten". Aided by the likes of guitarist Robby Lochner (who also produced and mixed the album), longtime GREAT WHITE bassist Tony Montana (now on guitar), bassist Dan McNay and drummer Dicki Fliszer, these songs have been stripped to their emotional core, spotlighting the intensely passionate story at the heart of each song.
"Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes" will be available everywhere starting May 1 on digital as well as CD and a limited-edition blue vinyl LP from Deadline Music, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
officialgreatwhite.com   cleorecs.com/store/product-category/record-label/deadline

APRIL 13, 2020
RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM WITH THE HEADLINES POSTPONED
Due to the corona lock down in most countries, Metalville have decided to postpone the release of the new album, "Warpaint", with Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES. The new date is May 22.
You can pre-order the album here: flying-dolphin-administration.lnk.to/warpaint
facebook.com/TheHeadlinesSWE

APRIL 10, 2020
IGGY POP TO RELEASE 7-CD BOX SET
Iggy Pop at Liseberg
A 7-CD box set "The Bowie Years" exploring Iggy Pop's Berlin-era albums is today announced for release on May 29 via UMe. The box set features remastered versions of "The Idiot", "Lust For Life", the live album "TV Eye" and rare outtakes, alternate mixes and a 40-page book. "Lust For Life" and "The Idiot" will also be released as standalone 2-CD deluxe editions with bonus live CDs on the same date.
There are also 3 discs of live recordings from March 1977 officially released for the first time - "Live At The Rainbow Theatre, London", "Live At The Agora, Cleveland" and "Live At Mantra Studio, Chicago".
umgcatalog.com   iggypop.com

DIFEAR TO RE-RELEASE "Soul Scars" ON VINYL
Swedish d-beat hardcore/punks DISFEAR's classic album "Soul Scars" turn 25 this year, and they will celebrate this with a repress of the album on vinyl, which will be released on May 8 via La Familia Releases, Havoc Records and Punkdistro.de. Relapse Records will also release the album digitally.
facebook.com/Disfear   facebook.com/LaFamiliaReleases   havocrecords.com   punkdistro.de   relapse.com

APRIL 9, 2020
STEVE RILEY's L.A. GUNS REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS has set "Renegades" as the title of its debut album, due later in the year via Golden Robot Records. The disc's first single, "Crawl", will arrive on April 20.

APRIL 8, 2020
CHERIE CURRIE RETURNS WITH STAR-STUDDED SOLO ALBUM
Former The RUNAWAYS singer Cherie Currie has set an April 28 digital release date for "Blvds Of Splendor", her latest solo project, via Blackheart Records. The album features guest collaborations with Billy Corgan of SMASHING PUMPKINS, Slash and Duff McKagan from GUNS N' ROSES, as well as Juliette Lewis (actor and JULIETTE AND THE LICKS), Brody Dalle (The DISTILLERS), The VERONICAS and ex-GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum, who also produced the set.
"Blvds Of Splendor" was released on 180-gram translucent red vinyl for Record Store Day in 2019 with a limited run of 3000 copies. This will be the first time the album is available worldwide digitally for the fans. The digital release features 3 bonus tracks (including a remake of The RUNAWAYS classic "Queens Of Noise" featuring Brody Dalle, The VERONICAS, Juliette Lewis and Matt Sorum paying homage to late RUNAWAYS drummer Sandy West) that were not included on the Record Store Day vinyl release.
Pre-save here: presave.io/t/cheriecurrie

"Rolling Stone Life And Death Of Brian Jones" TO RECEIVE DVD RELEASE
Dudeski/Chip Baker Films will release "Rolling Stone Life And Death Of Brian Jones", on June 12 on DVD by MVD Music Video Distribution. The Danny Garcia film will be available through the following streaming services: Amazon, Dish Network, Films Media Group, Google Play, Night Flight, Sling, Xbox and Vimeo.
"Rolling Stone Life And Death Of Brian Jones" is the first documentary about the founder and original leader of ROLLING STONES.
The DVD package will include a film poster with many extras including 57 minutes of deleted scenes, exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus footage, a Scott Jones extra featurette and the films official trailer (which you can see here: youtu.be/E96ZOaesGoQ)
More info: mvdshop.com/products/rolling-stone-life-and-death-of-brian-jones-dvd

HENRY ROLLINS LAUNCHES ONLINE RADIO SHOW
Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has launched "The Cool Quarantine", an online radio show for KCRW. The first episode, which went live Tuesday morning, includes "live bootlegs of The CRAMPS recorded by Ian MacKaye, a story about the time Henry and Ian saw LED ZEPPELIN in 1977 (plus a bootleg recording from that performance), audio from original JOY DIVISION album pressings, stories about the early days of BLACK FLAG and Dischord Records", and more, according to KCRW's press announcement.
kcrw.com/music/shows/music-special/henry-rollins-radio-longform-joy-division-ian-mackaye

APRIL 7, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH DEAD LORD NEXT MONTH
Dead Lord live in GBG
Swedish hard rockers DEAD LORD will release a new 7" vinyl singel, "Distance Over Time", on May 15 via Century Media Records. On the b-side you will find a live version of "They!". The single will also be available on digital platforms.
"Distance Over Time" is the first track from their upcoming 4th studio album, which will be released in August. More details about the new album, as well as tour dates, will be revealed soon..
Pre-order the single here: deadlordofficial.lnk.to/DistanceOverTime
deadlord.com   centurymedia.com

ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED
This year's edition of the Rocklahoma festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The event, which was scheduled to take place May 22-24, is expected to return next year.
More info: rocklahoma.com

THE DAMNED LAUNCH THE DAMNED SHOW
The Damned in Gothenburg a few years ago
British punk rock legends The DAMNED are going to produce a limited run Internet show during the Covid-19 quarantine, called "The Damned Show". The band says it will include interviews, live video, music videos, editorial bits, and other random video. They will issue an episode every week while the quarantine is in effect, and it debuts on Wednesday (April 8) via The DAMNED's social media channels.
Watch a trailer: twitter.com/damnedtwits/status/1247525800003244032
officialdamned.com

CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TEXAS DATES
All shows in Texas with American punks CIRCLE JERKS (originally scheduled for June) have been rescheduled for January 2021. All tickets will be honored for the new dates, which are:
Jan. 27 - Mohawk, Austin
Jan. 29 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston
Jan. 30 - Paper Tiger, San Antonio
Jan. 31 - Granada Theater, Dallas
Support acts at these shows will be ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH.
The U.S. shows on June 23-28 will also be rescheduled.
facebook.com/circlejerksband

APRIL 6, 2020
IRON MAIDEN CANCEL JAPANESE TOUR
IRON MAIDEN has been forced to cancel its previously announced Japanese tour due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
ironmaiden.com

THE QUIREBOYS RE-RECORDING DEBUT ALBUM
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their first album, "A Bit Of What You Fancy", by re-recording the whole album.
The CD will be released on July 1, and will also feature 2 live tracks. The LP will for some reason not be released until September 1.
You can pre-order both here: offyerrocka.com/product-category/artists/the-quireboys/?fbclid=IwAR113OCeJlWtRac3_X-4dqi_iljsMxcWWD9hGMQCiWapFBczO0AoPsB0fAY
quireboys.com

PUNK ROCK BOWLING POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Punk Rock Bowling have announced that they are postponing the festival until May 2021 as a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19. The new dates are May 28-31, 2021. Any tickets and passes will still be valid for the new dates. Refunds will also be available.
More info: punkrockbowling.com

APRIL 5, 2020
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM DOOM AND ANTI CIMEX
VENGEANCE BY PROXY is a new band from Sweden, featuring members from DOOM, ANTI CIMEX, SUICIDE SYNDICATE and AGGRENATION. They describe their music as "Scandi D-beat hardcore mixed with over the top rock and roll", and "the bastard child of THIN LIZZY and DISCHARGE".
Their self titled debut LP will be released this summer through Profane Existance.
More info here: profaneexistence.bandcamp.com/album/vengeance-by-proxy-self-titled-lp?fbclid=IwAR0Gn0Z4DSHdxgbfvSJx-gW-H2cGQQWV3p6TQnV1bX8pGHR8ilDo6cML2h8

BIOGRAPHY OF THE WHO BASSIST JOHN ENTWISTLE
On April 7, Hachette Books will release British writer Paul Rees's new book, "The Ox: The Authorized Biography Of John Entwistle". The book is described by the publisher as "the definitive, no-holds-barred biography of John Entwistle, THE WHO's legendary bass guitarist."
You can read a book excerpt at: hachettebooks.com/titles/paul-rees/the-ox/9780306922879/#module-whats-inside

APRIL 4, 2020
HORISONT CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Horisont at Sticky Fingers
Swedish hard rockers HORISONT have, for obvious reasons, been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to take place in May.
horisontmusic.com

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Phil Campbell with Motorhead
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS - with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell - will do some shows in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany in September and October. Tickets are on sale now, and the dates are as follows:
Sept 22 - Olympia Korteli, Tampere, Finland
Sept 23 - On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
Sept 25 - The Crypt, Linköping, Sweden
Sept 26 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 27 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Sept 29 - Valand, Gothenburg, Sweden
Sept 30 - Godset, Kolding, Denmark
Oct 01 - Kubana, Siegburg, Germany
Oct 02 - Monster Festival, Geiselwind, Germany
philcampbell.net

KERRANG TO SUSPEND PUBLICATION FOR 3 MONTHS
Due to the dismal state of the print industry, and due to the worsening of that by the COVID-19 virus, Kerrang! magazine will suspend publication for 3 months in order to recoup financially. They expect to resume in July.
kerrang.com

APRIL 3, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH PRIMAL FEAR IN JULY
German heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have set "Metal Commando" as the title of their 13th studio album, which will be released on July 17 via Nuclear Blast.
primalfear.de   nuclearblast.de

NEW ALBUM WITH VAMPIRE IN JUNE
Vampire in Gothenburg a few years ago
Swedish death metallers VAMPIRE will release a new album, called "Rex", on June 19 through Century Media Records.
facebook.com/vampiretheband   centurymedia.com

NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE has released a new single, "Driving One Of Your Cars", which is a cover by Swedish singer/songwriter Lisa Miskovsky, who had a hit here in Sweden with the song in 2001.
Listen or download here: orcd.co/drivingcars
Check out the video here: youtu.be/KWD4m6AFEsg
eclipsemania.com

DEEP PURPLE's NEW ALBUM PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST
The release date of the new DEEP PURPLE album, "Whoosh!", has been pushed back to August from the previously announced June 12 (via earMUSIC).
The decision to delay the LP's release was announced by singer Ian Gillan in a social media post, which you can read here: facebook.com/officialdeeppurple/posts/1641267352689077

TESTAMENT BASSIST STEVE DiGIORGIO HAVE CORONA
TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio has tested positive for COVID-19.

APRIL 2, 2020
CRYSTAL EYES RELEASE DEMO COLLECTION
Crystal Eyes at Dalsjofors Folkets Park
Swedish heavy metal band CRYSTAL EYES has released "Gallery Of Demos" for streaming and download through Spotify, Google Play, iTunes etc.
"Gallery Of Demos" is a collection of their 4 official demo tapes from 1994-1998. This collection was previously released in 1998 as a self made CD sold exclusively by the band, but has been out of print for many years. At this time there are no plans of reprinting the CD or the cassettes, so it will only be available in digital form.
crystaleyes.net

MARCH 31, 2020
EXODUS/SLAYER GUITARIST GARY HOLT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONA
Gary Holt with Slayer in Gothenburg
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Holt said he received his results today (Tuesday, March 31), 11 days after he was tested.

NEW ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN JUNE
American progressive rock legends KANSAS will release their new studio album, "The Absence Of Presence", on June 26 via InsideOut Music.
kansasband.com   insideoutmusic.com

DARK TRANQUILLITY WELCOMES CHRIS AMOTT AND JOHAN REINHOLDZ AS NEW GUITARISTS
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have announced the addition of guitarists Chris Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA) to the group's ranks.
The 2 musicians, who have been members of DARK TRANQUILLITY's touring lineup since 2017, will make their recording debut with the band on their upcoming follow-up to 2016's "Atoma" album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
darktranquillity.com

THE STOOGES TO RELEASE "John Cale" MIX OF FIRST ALBUM
Iggy Pop with The Stooges at Liseberg
The STOOGES will release a new version of their self titled debut album. The new version features the original mixes made by John Cale (The VELVET UNDERGROUND) which were rejected by Elektra records.
Before the original 1969 release, the recordings were remixed by Iggy Pop and Elektra president Jac Holzman. Most of the John Cale mixes were previously released on the 2005 Deluxe CD reissue of the album.
The new vinyl version reorders the tracks into the album sequence, and it's out in April via Elektra/Vinyl Me Please.
Order a copy here: vinylmeplease.com/products/the-stooges-the-stooges-john-cale-mix?view=rotm&utm_source=thestooges&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=rotms
iggyandthestoogesmusic.com

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT POSTPONE UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
QUEEN + Adam Lambert regretfully announce that their upcoming 27-date UK and European "The Rhapsody Tour" is being postponed due to the on-going global coronavirus outbreak.
Full details and rescheduled dates here: queenonline.com

MARCH 30, 2020
NO MORE WOLFHOUR
Göteborg, Sweden-based hardcore/punk band WOLFHOUR have split up after 7 years.
The band featured members from ANTI CIMEX and SLAKTATTACK among others.
facebook.com/wolfhourband

M3 ROCK FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
The 2020 M3 Rock Festival, originally scheduled for May 1-3 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, is being rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. All tickets will be honored on the new dates. Unfortunately, RATT and TYKETTO will no longer be able to perform, but the organizers are thrilled to announce the addition of WINGER to the lineup.
For more information, visit: m3rockfest.com

KISS ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for its South American tour.
The trek, which was originally slated to take place in April and May, was postponed due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The KISS run of shows in South America will now kick off on November 10 in Brasilia, Brazil and will conclude on December 8 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
For exact dates, try: kissonline.com

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NEW EP WITH JIMMY BLOM, "Vansinnig", OUT NOW ON BANDCAMP!
6 tracks of punky rock. Stream or download for free: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/vansinnig
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NEW ALBUM WITH E.A.T.E.R.
Swedish hardcore/punk band ERNST AND THE EDSHOLM REBELS (aka E.A.T.E.R.) has just released their first full length album, "A Momentary Relapse For No Reason", via their own label Ernst Records.
The CD will be sold through eater.bandcamp.com, but is also available on all major digital music services.
E.A.T.E.R. originally formed in 1982, and released 1 EP, "Doomsday Troops", in 1984. The band reformed in 2010, and has since then released 2 more EPs.

THE MAN BEHIND "I Love Rock 'N Roll" IS DEAD
Alan Merrill, the singer and co-writer of the original version of "I Love Rock 'N Roll", has died at the age of 69. According to his daughter Laura, he passed away of complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
In 1975, Merrill recorded "I Love Rock 'N Roll" with his band the ARROWS. 7 years later, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS' version of the track became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and remained at the top of the chart for 7 weeks.

NEW ALBUM WITH PUNK SUPERGROUP PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN THIS SUMMER
Rat Scabies (former drummer for The DAMNED, Alfie Agnew (ADOLESCENTS, D.I.), Sean Elliot(D.I.), and Paul Gray (current bassist for The DAMNED) have a band called PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. They will release their fifth album, called "Seance", this summer via Fullertone Records.
The album will come with a fold-out paper insert which expands into a gameboard.

MARCH 29, 2020
RIOT GUITARIST LOU "L.A." KOUVARIS IS DEAD
Original RIOT guitarist Lou "L.A." Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but RIOT's manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago.

MINISTRY IS IN THE STUDIO
Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2018's "AmeriKKKant" album.
ministryband.com

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Jimmy Blom: Livstid (An acoustic blues about a workaholic)
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MARCH 28, 2020
D.R.I. AND HIRAX RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN TOUR TO NEXT YEAR
Due to the current global situation with COVID-19, D.R.I. and HIRAX have rescheduled their Australian tour for February 2021. These new dates are as follows:
16 FEB - Canberra, The Basement
17 FEB - Sydney, Crowbar
18 FEB - Brisbane, The Zoo
19 FEB - Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
20 FEB - Adelaide, Lion Arts
21 FEB - Perth, Amplifier
dirtyrottenimbeciles.com   hirax.org

THE WHO POSTPONES U.S. TOUR
The April and May U.S. stops on THE WHO's "Moving On!" tour are proactively being rescheduled to the fall/autumn out of an abundance of caution.
New dates will be announced soon..
thewho.com

RAMMSTEIN's TILL LINDEMANN HAS NOT CORONA
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have shot down a report that singer Till Lindemann has tested positive for COVID-19.
Why he was in intensive care is still unknown..
rammstein.de

MARCH 27, 2020
RAMMSTEIN SINGER TILL LINDEMANN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19
RAMMSTEIN singer Till Lindemann is in intensive care in a Berlin hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
On March 15, Till and his LINDEMANN band performed a concert in Moscow. Upon his return to his home country of Germany, he was hospitalized with an extremely high fever and he later tested positive for coronavirus. He was immediately sent to intensive care and placed under quarantine.
The 57-year-old Till, who was originally in critical condition, is now said to be feeling better and his life is no longer in danger.

THE RODS UNVEIL NEW LINEUP
American old school heavy metal band The RODS have 2 new members: lead singer Michael San Ciro (TOTALLY LOST CAUSE, CANEDY) and Freddy Vilano (QUIET RIOT, Dee Snider's WIDOWMAKER) on bass guitar.
The band - which also features original members David "Rock" Feinstein (guitar) and Carl Canedy (drums) - has been writing songs for their new album, "Shockwave", which they plan to release in 2021.
therods.com

THE DRIPPERS POSTPONE SPANISH TOUR
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS have (for obvious reasons) been forced to postpone their Spanish tour in April. New dates will be announced in the future.
When it comes to their shows in Germany and the Netherlands, they don't know yet.
thedrippers.com

NEW DATE FOR THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
Nifelheim in action
The Abyss Festival have announced a new date: November 13-14.
This metal festival happens at Gothenburg Film Studios in Göteborg, Sweden. There will also be a pre-party on November 12 at The Abyss bar in the same city.
facebook.com/theabyssfestival

RELEASE OF DEF LEPPARD's "London To Vegas" PUSHED BACK TO MAY
Eagle Rock Entertainment has pushed back the release date of DEF LEPPARD's "London To Vegas" to May 29 from the previously announced April 24.
The "London To Vegas" limited-edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD, DVD/Blu-ray+2CD and digital format release features 2 spectacular concert films: "Hysteria At The O2" and "Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood".
defleppard.com

NEW SINGLE WITH KREATOR
Mille, Kreator at Getaway Rock 2011
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have surprise-released a new single, "666 - World Divided". The official music video for the track can be seen here: youtu.be/DZpt8YXFwso
A limited-edition 7" single featuring "666 - World Divided" and the LAMB OF GOD song "Checkmate" will be made available on April 10 via the KREATOR webstore and Nuclear Blast mailorder.
kreator-terrorzone.de

MARCH 26, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH LITTLE VILLAINS NEXT WEEK
LITTLE VILLAINS was the last band former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor was playing with before he passed away in 2015. They made several studio recordings, and an album, "Philthy Lies", was released in 2019.
Now the rest of these recordings will be released as "Taylor Made" on April 3 through Cleopatra Records.
This is something that you don't want to miss, so pre-order right now: orcd.co/littlevillains

NEW ALBUM WITH VANDENBERG IN THE END OF MAY
A few months ago it was announced that the melodic hard rock band VANDENBERG was back with a new lineup. And now we get the news that a new album, "2020", will be released on May 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
More info here: vandenbergband.com   mascotlabelgroup.com

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL IS CANCELED
The 2020 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
facebook.com/downloadfest

CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS have announced rescheduled tour dates for their 40th anniversary shows in USA, that were originally scheduled for May. The tour will now go ahead in September and November with all previously bought tickets being honoured.
The new dates are these:
Sep 19 - Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
Nov 11 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Nov 12 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
Nov 14 - Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA (new venue)
circlejerks.net

MARCH 25, 2020
ENTOMBED A.D. POSTPONE GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS
LG Petrov, Entombed AD
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. are forced to postpone their upcoming tour in Germany and The Netherlands, which was supposed to happen in April. The new dates will be in November instead, and they are:
Nov. 27 - Bochum, Matrix
Nov. 28 - Eindhoven, Grindhoven
Nov. 29 - Munich, Backstage Halle
Nov. 30 - Berlin, Lido
entombedad.com

METALLICA ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been rescheduled for December. Support on the trek will come from GRETA VAN FLEET.
The new dates are:
Dec. 04 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hipódromo de San Isidro
Dec. 07 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Nacional
Dec. 14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Estacionamento da Fiergs
Dec. 16 - Curitiba, Brazil - Estádio Couto Pereira
Dec. 18 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Estádio Do Morumbi
Dec. 20 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Estádio Mineirão
metallica.com

NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM BAD RELIGION AND REFUSED
Punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES - which includes Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE, ONE LAST WISH), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) - will release its self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph.
Today, FAKE NAMES share their energetic single "Brick", a classic punk anthem complete with chant-along chorus and revolution-minded lyrics. Check it out: youtu.be/PYTH06w87Ng

HATEBREED's NEW ALBUM IS POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
HATEBREED's new album, which was expected later this year, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
Singer Jamey Jasta broke the news of the postponement in a Twitter exchange with a fan earlier today: twitter.com/jameyjasta
HATEBREED's previously announced European tour with PARKWAY DRIVE will now take place in November/December.
hatebreed.com

DRUMMER BILL RIEFLIN IS DEAD
Acclaimed drummer Bill Rieflin - who has performed with MINISTRY, R.E.M. and KING CRIMSON - has died after a battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.

MARCH 24, 2020
"A Night With Janis Joplin" COMING TO NEW ORLEANS
"A Night With Janis Joplin" is coming to Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré in New Orleans, LA. The show will run June 5 through June 21.
Grab your tickets now: found.ee/ANWJJNOLA
janisjoplin.com

METALLICA TO STREAM COMPLETE LIVE SHOW EVERY MONDAY
METALLICA launched a new concert series, "#MetallicaMondays", yesterday, where the band will stream the complete video of a METALLICA live show for fans on the group's YouTube channel and on Facebook every week.
In related news, METALLICA's South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been postponed until December.
metallica.com

SONIC TEMPLE, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE and EPICENTER FESTIVALS ARE CANCELED
The Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville and Epicenter festivals, all of which were scheduled to take place in May, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

MARCH 23, 2020
GBH CANCEL US TOUR WITH MDC
British punk legends GBH have been forced to cancel their upcoming US tour with MDC. They are currently looking at options for rescheduling.
facebook.com/GBH.official

SEBASTIAN BACH ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has announced the newly rescheduled dates for the second leg of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. The trek, which was originally set to start later this month, will now take place this fall, starting on October 28 and running through December 15, with special guests STITCHED UP HEART.
More info at: sebastianbach.com

TESTAMENT SINGER CHUCK BILLY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21).
According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back 2020" European tour with EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL. The 57-year-old Billy says he has been quarantined since arriving home.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt revealed earlier in the week that he was exhibiting all the symptoms of COVID-19. He said that he and his wife underwent coronavirus testing on Friday (March 20) but added that they will have to wait "seven to 10 days" for results.
DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been in an intensive care unit at a Northern California hospital since Wednesday (March 18) after being taken "very ill" following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back 2020" trek.
testamentlegions.com   exodusattack.com   deathangel.us

NIKLAS SUNDIN QUITS DARK TRANQUILLITY
Founding DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin has announced his departure from the band.
Sundin made his exit official nearly 4 years after he stopped touring with DARK TRANQUILLITY in order to focus on his family life. In recent years, he was replaced on the road by Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA) and Christopher Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY).
facebook.com/dtofficial

PANTERA TO RELEASE 20TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF "Reinveting The Steel"
PANTERA will release a 20th-anniversary edition of its final album, "Reinventing The Steel", later this year. More information will be made available soon..
facebook.com/Pantera

WHITESNAKE FORCED TO CANCEL ALL UPCOMING TOUR DATES
All WHITESNAKE tours - Europe, UK and US - are being cancelled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring frontman David Coverdale to have surgery.
whitesnake.com

MARCH 20, 2020
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO RELEASE SCHEDULE
Italian record label Frontiers Music srl have been forced to announce some changes to their upcoming release schedule. This means that records that was supposed to be released on April 10 will now be released on May 22 instead. And records that was supposed to be released on May 8 will be released on June 12.
You can read a full statement with further details here: facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl

PURE STEEL RECORDS OFFERS 15% DISCOUNT
German record label Pure Steel Records offers a 15% discount in their Pure Steel Shop for an unlimited period.
Check it out: puresteel-shop.com

MOB 47 POSTPONE JAPANESE TOUR
Mob 47 in Gothenburg a few years ago
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 have been forced to postpone their tour of Japan together with FEROCIOUS X, which was supposed to start on April 25.
facebook.com/mob47

IRON MAIDEN POSTPONES TOUR OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
IRON MAIDEN's Australia and New Zealand dates in May have been postponed until further notice. This is due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and recent government instruction.
The band&339;s Australian tour with special guests KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was scheduled to kick off on May 1 in Perth and conclude on May 11 in Melbourne.
Tour promoters TEG Dainty advise ticket holders to hold on to their original tickets and await further information. If you find you're unable to attend the new dates when they are announced, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
ironmaiden.com

MARCH 19, 2020
LIVE STREAMINGS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST
Bottlecap in action in Boras
When the artists can't play live because of the virus, some of them will live stream instead. Here's some of these live streamings:
March 21: KADAVAR - More info/Streaming
March 22: SIENA ROOT - More info/Streaming
March 23: ARRE! ARRE! - More info/Streaming
March 15: BOTTLECAP - More info/Streaming
March 28: YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS - More info/Streaming / CHARTA 77 - More info/Streaming

ATTENTAT ANNOUNCES NEW DATES
Attentat at Liseberg
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have now rescheduled the shows in Sweden that they had to postpone due to Covid-19. The new dates are:
Sept. 4 - Nässjö
Sept. 5 - Alingsås
attentat.nu

NEW ALBUM WITH BLUES PILLS IN JUNE
Sweden-based bluesy retro rockers BLUES PILLS will release their third album, "Holy Moly!", on June 19 via Nuclear Blast.
The first single, "Proud Woman", is out now - Watch or Listen/Download
bluespills.com   nuclearblast.de

TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
TYGERS OF PAN TANG are 1 of many bands who have had to postpone their tour dates. The NWoBHM veterans have now rescheduled the European dates to November.
The new dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - NL, Hengelo, Metropool
Nov. 23 - DE, Bochum, Matrix
Nov. 26 - DE, Nürnberg, Golden Nugget
Nov. 27 - AT, Dornbirn, Schlachthaus
Nov. 28 - CH, Aarburg, Musigburg
Nov. 29 - FR, Paris, Glazart
tygersofpantang.com

CANDLEMASS RESCHEDULE STOCKHOLM SHOWS
Mr Candlemass, Leif Edling
CANDLEMASS has rescheduled their 2 sold out shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The new dates are August 15 and 16.
On the first night they will play "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in its entirety. On the second night they perform "Nightfall" in its entirety.
candlemass.se

DEBUT SINGLE WITH STEVE RILEY's VERSION OF L.A. GUNS IN APRIL
Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS will release its first single, "Crawl", on April 20 via Golden Robot Records. The song is expected to appear on the band's debut album, which will be made available later in the year.

LASTKAJ 14 POSTPONE RELEASE PARTY IN STOCKHOLM
Lastkaj 14 in Goteborg
Swedish trallpunks LASTKAJ 14 was supposed to have a release party at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden on March 28. That gig has been postponed for obvious reasons.
I guess that the rest of their upcoming tour dates in April and May will be postponed too.
lastkaj14.com

ABRAMIS BRAMA POSTPONE UPCOMING SHOWS
Abramis Brama on fire
Swedish heavy hard rockers ABARMIS BRAMA have like so many others also been forced to postpone their shows in Stockholm and Linköping next weekend. New dates will be announced sooner or later..
abramisbrama.com

MARCH 18, 2020
THE GERMS TO REISSUE ANTHOLOGY ON VINYL
80s L.A. punk band The GERMS will reissue their discography release, "(MIA) The Complete Anthology" (originally released in 1993), on May 29 via Porterhouse Records. The new version is the first vinyl release of the compilation and is split across 2 records. The new version retains the CD release's liner notes.

MORE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED SHOWS IN SWEDEN
The Haunted at Lisebergshallen
The release party for Swedish punk band EXISTENZ at Plan B in Malmö on March 27 is cancelled.
The HAUNTED's sold out show at Pumphuset in Borås on April 12 have been postponed to September 11.
The show in Fagersta with Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 is cancelled, while the show in Stockholm is postponed. They want to do a live streaming on Saturday, March 28 at 20:00 (local Swedish time) though, but they need 1.000 subscribers for their label Birdnest's YouTube channel first. So check out: youtube.com/channel/UCIANCze7XJLIIWX56HReoGw
Swedish punk rock band VÄRLDEN BRINNER have postponed the following shows: BD Riots in Borlänge on March 28, Kafé 44 in Stockholm on April 4, Västerås on April 10 and Hofors on April 11. These shows will be reschudeled for the fall.
Sticky Fingers in Göteborg (aka Gothenburg) is closed until further notice.
Påskpunk in Hofors on April 11 has been cancelled. They hope that they can arrange the festival in the fall/winter instead.
If you are rich enough, don't forget to support your favorite artists by buying their records and/or merchandise. It's in many cases their only way to get some money right now.

THE WHO ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES
Legendary rockers THE WHO have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.K. and Ireland tour.
The band postponed the trek, which was scheduled to start on March 16 in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and conclude on April 8 at Wembley SSE Arena, due to the developing coronavirus situation.
The new dates are:
March 05 - 3 Arena, Dublin
March 08 - M&S Bank, Liverpool
March 10 - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
March 12 - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
March 15 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
March 17 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
March 22 - SSE Arena, Wembley
March 24 - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
March 27 - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
March 29 - Manchester Arena, Manchester
All tickets for the original dates remain valid.
Unfortunately, THE WHO will be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28 as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intends to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.
thewho.com

TERVEET KÄDET CANCEL REMAINING DATES ON BRAZIL TOUR
Finnish hardcore/punk legends TERVEET KÄDET announce that the rest of their Brazil tour is cancelled due to the situation we all know now happening everywhere.
They succeeded to play 3 shows, but will now go back home to Finland.
The band plan to return when everything is settled back to normal.
facebook.com/Lapinhelvettiofficial

MONSTER MAGNET ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
MONSTER MAGNET has postponed its "A Celebration Of Powertrip" tour of North America to 2021, with new dates beginning January 21 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Tickets for all postponed dates will be honored for the newly scheduled shows. Find a complete list of dates here (scroll down): facebook.com/pg/monstermagnet/events

MURDER JUNKIES POSTPONE SOUTH AMERICA
American punk veterans MURDER JUNKIES has postponed their South American tour, which was supposed to happen in May.
facebook.com/ggallinofficial

MARCH 17, 2020
SWEDISH INDEPENDENT LABELS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH LIVE STREAMING PLATFORM
Conny Bloom with Electric Boys
Swedish labels MTA Production, Bring It Home and Sonika Studio team up to offer live streaming of artists from Sonika Studio in Stockhom, Sweden.
Their first work was ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom, which has reached over 21.000 streams in just 3 days.
The idea is that artists who have had to cancel due to the coronavirus, now have a chance to give their fans a other live experience than the usual through a digital service. They encourages everybody who live stream to Swish money or deposit money into a bank account, and 50% will go to the artist, while the rest goes to the people behind the streaming.
facebook.com/bringithome2020   sonika.studio   se.mtaprod.se/aktuellt

ATTENTAT POSTPONE WEEKEND SHOWS
Attentat at Liseberg
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have been forced to cancel their shows in Nässjö and Alingsås, Sweden next weekend due to the virus. New dates will be announced later this week.
facebook.com/AttentatGBG

KSMB ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
ksmb in gothenburg a few weeks ago
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB have now rescheduled the 2 Swedish dates that they had to postpone. The new dates are:
Oct. 31 - Malmö
Nov. 14 - Uppsala
facebook.com/ksmbofficiella

ACID BLOOD TO LIVE STREAM A SHOW
Due to new restrictions no gigs infront of any live audience is possible. Instead, Swedish punk band ACID BLOOD will live stream a gig from Hemliga Stället in their hometown Umeå through their Facebook page on Saturday March 28.
facebook.com/acidbloodumea

NETHERLANDS DEATHFEST POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Netherlands Deathfest have been postponed to next year, and will now take place April 30 to May 2, 2021. 31 of the 37 originally scheduled bands have already committed to play on the new dates.
Among the confirmed acts are: BENEDICTION, CARNAL DECAY, SACRAMENTUM, UNANIMATED, DISMEMBER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, PURTENANCE, UNDERGANG, AUTOPSY etc.
Read a full statement here: facebook.com/NetherlandsDeathfest

NEW ALBUM WITH ATKINS MAY PROJECT IN APRIL
ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, will release a new album, "The Final Cut", in April.
Audio snippets from the album are available here: facebook.com/ALATKINSOFFICIAL

EX-SACRED REICH GUITARIST JASON RAINEY IS DEAD
Former SACRED REICH guitarist Jason Rainey died Monday night (March 16) of an apparent heart attack.
facebook.com/sacredreichofficial

SAXON POSTPONE UK SHOWS
Saxon in Gothenburg a few years ago
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and public reaction to the spread of Coronavirus, SAXON have had to postpone the 3 UK shows planned this month in Glasgow (March 27), London (March 28) and Manchester (March 29).
The shows have been postponed to the following dates:
August 8 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
September 5 – London, Eventim Apollo
September 6 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
saxon747.com

MARCH 16, 2020
TYGERS OF PAN TANG POSTPONES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
All of the forthcoming European shows with NWoBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have been cancelled and are being rescheduled by their agent and promoters to later dates.
tygersofpantang.com

REISSUES WITH UNLEASHED AND GRAVE
Under the exclusive license of Century Media, MDD Records will bring the albums "Shadows In The Deep" and "Victory" by UNLEASHED, as well as the legendary "You'll Never See" by GRAVE back to the shelves of retailers worldwide at affordable prices. The 2 UNLEASHED albums will also include 6 live bonus tracks each: "Live in Katowice 1995" and "Live in Vienna 1993".
The records will be released on March 27, and can be pre-ordered from: mdd-records.de

TRANSPORT LEAGUE CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
..and the bad news continues. Swedish heavy groove metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE have cancelled their European tour, which was supposed to take place in April/May.
They hope that most of the shows will be re-scheduled for a tour in the fall.
facebook.com/transportleague

NITA STRAUSS AND TODD LA TORRE WILL USE CORONAVIRUS DOWNTIME TO FINNISH SOLO ALBUMS
Todd La Torre with Queensryche
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, says that she will use the coronavirus downtime to complete work on her sophomore solo album.
And QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre says that he will use the coronavirus downtime to complete the songwriting process for his long-in-the-works solo album.

MANOWAR SHOW IN MEXICO FILMED FOR DVD/BLU-RAY
According to Summa Inferno, MANOWAR's concert this past Saturday night (March 14) at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico City was professionally recorded and filmed for a future DVD and Blu-ray release.
manowar.com

AMARANTHE ARE IN THE STUDIO
Swedish/Danish melodic metal band AMARANTHE have entered a studio in Denmark to begin recording their 6th album, which will be released later this year via Nuclear Blast.

EX-CHILDREN OF BODOM FRONTMAN LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho has launched a new band called BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. Joining him in the group are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa.
Upcoming shows:
June 27 - Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
July 18 - John Smith Rock Festival, Laukaa, Finland
Aug. 15 - Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
facebook.com/bodomaftermidnightofficial

DAVID LEE ROTH POSTPONES LAST 6 DATES OF LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
The final 6 shows of VAN HALEN vocalist David Lee Roth's Las Vegas residency have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.
All 6 concerts that were scheduled to take place this month - March 18, 20-21, 25, 27-28 - at the House Of Blues were called off on Sunday (March 15), 3 days after the Nevada governor issued a declaration of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
twitter.com/DavidLeeRoth

MARCH 15, 2020
STATUS QUO FRONTMAN FRANCIS ROSSI POSTPONE SPOKEN WORD TOUR
STATUS QUO frontman Francis Rossi's spoken word tour, "I Talk Too Much", has been postponed with immediate effect. The shows will be rescheduled with venues to a later date, once the risk of infection has passed.
statusquo.co.uk

THE DARKNESS CANCEL REMAINING AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND SHOWS
British rock band The DARKNESS have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their Australian/New Zealand tour. The Australian government has banned gatherings over 500 capacity, starting Monday, March 16, and the NZ government has introduced a 14-day quarantine period for all new arrivals.
The final show will be in Adelaide, tonight, March 15.
thedarknesslive.com

AMON AMARTH CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN SHOWS
Not the best photo of Amon Amarth
Due to the Corona shit Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH have been forced to cancel their shows in El Salvador, Bogota and Colombia.
amonamarth.com

DESTRUCTION POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
"Thrash Alliance Tour Part 2" - with DESTRUCTION, SUICIDAL ANGELS, CRISIX and DOMINATION - is postponed to later this year.
They are trying to re-book the tour.
destruction.de

MARCH 14, 2020
ROSS THE BOSS POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to the current conditions ROSS THE BOSS, BURNING WITCHES and ASOMVEL are postponing their forthcoming April tour in Europe.
The bands plan to reschedule all the shows.
ross-the-boss.com   facebook.com/burningwitches666   asomvel.com

NO AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND FOR IN FLAMES
Due to the recent announcement by the Australian and New Zealand goverments, IN FLAMES have been forced to cancel their tour in Australia and New Zealand.
inflames.com

THE END A.D. ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST
Steve Rodgers will do his last show as bassist for Philadelphia's metal/hardcore/punk band The END A.D. on April 17. Their new bassist will be Jim Weiss.
The band is currently working on material for a new EP.
facebook.com/The-End-AD-1523510874587806

KSMB POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
KSMB in Gothenburg a few weeks ago
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB has decided to postpone their upcoming 40th anniversary shows in Uppsala (Feb. 25) and Malmö (May 1) because of that fucking virus. They are now looking at dates in the fall instead.
facebook.com/ksmbofficiella

THE DWARVES CANCEL EVERYTHING
American punk rock veterans The DWARVES let us know that all their and frontman Blag Dhalia's shows for Texas, Oklahoma and Spain are officially cancelled.
thedwarves.com

LAST IN LINE, Y&T, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ETC. POSTPONE TOO
LAST IN LINE's U.S. shows on March 20 Hopewell, VA, 21 Glen Burnie, MD and 22 Jim Thorpe, PA have been postponed until June.
lastinlineOfficial.com
The Y&T show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on March 21 has been postponed until June 6.
yandtrocks.com
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has postponed the remainder of its winter/spring 2020 "North American Crusade" tour with OBITUARY and LORD DYING.
blacklabelsociety.net
Sebastian Bach has postponed his spring 2020 North American tour celebrating the 31st anniversary of SKID ROW's debut album.
sebastianbach.com
There's lots of more bands, like SEPULTURA and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, who have postponed or cancelled shows, but this is getting extemely boring now. Can that virus just please fuck off?!

GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR SOUTH AMERICA
GUNS N' ROSES have announced new dates for South America. And these dates are:
Nov 27: Santiago, Chile
Nov 29: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec 4: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dec 6: Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
gunsnroses.com

VENOM INC. ARE IN THE STUDIO
VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, has entered the studio to record its new album.

MARCH 13, 2020
MORE OLD MATERIAL WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
As BLUE ÖYSTER CULT continues work on their upcoming new studio album, Frontiers Music Srl present the next 2 albums in the ongoing series of live albums and reissues: "iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012" (CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and Vinyl) and "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" (CD and LP).
Both will be released on May 8.
blueoystercult.com   frontiers.it

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS POSTPONE SCOTTISH DATES
Jake Burns, SLF
In light of the Scottish Parliament's decision to cancel all concerts with a capacity of over 500 persons due to the coronavirus pandemic, the STIFF LITTLE FINGERS sold out shows at Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom on March 17 and Troon Concert Hall on March 19 have been postponed until the summer.
The new dates are as follows:
Troon Concert Hall – Thursday, July 30
Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom – Saturday, August 1
Special guests on these 2 shows will be The PROFESSIONALS. Anyone unable to attend the new dates can get a refund from point of purchase.
Also, due to the university closing, they have had to move the Norwich gig. The new date is March 30 at the Waterfront.
All other shows on the UK tour will as of this time be going ahead as planned. Check back with slf.rocks for updates.

NEW ALBUM WITH WITCHCRAFT IN MAY
WITCHCRAFT will release their first new album in 4 years on May 1 via Nuclear Blast. The title is "Black Metal", and it will be an entirely acoustic affair.
Check out the first track, "Elegantly Expressed Depression": facebook.com/nuclearblasteurope/videos/204203124186771/?t=0 facebook.com/witchcraft   nuclearblast.de

BLUES PILLS POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish blues-based retro rockers BLUES PILLS was supposed to play in Uppsala and Norrköping, Swedebn this weekend. But due to the current situation with the COVID-19 these shows are postponed to October.
The new dates are:
Oct. 2 - Norrköping
Oct. 3 - Uppsala
Special guest on both shows will be Bror Gunnar Jansson.
bluespills.com

ALICE COOPER POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN SPRING TOUR
Alice with his doll
Alice Cooper postpone his Spring 2020 headline North American tour from March 31 through April 22. The tour is being rescheduled for Fall 2020 and the new schedule will be announced as soon as possible.
alicecooper.com

NEW ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST IN MAY
British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will release their 16th studio album, "Obsidian", on May 15 via Nuclear Blast.
paradiselost.co.uk   nuclearblast.de

RECORD STORE DAY MOVED TO JUNE
Record Store Day 2020, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The new date is Saturday, June 20.
recordstoreday.com

WOLF POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH GRAND MAGUS
Wolf in Gothenburg
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF have been forced to postpone the European leg of their tour with GRAND MAGUS. This is getting really boring now, but yes due to the on-going Corvid-19 situation.
Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. All tickets will remain valid.
The WOLF shows in UK this weekend will still happen.
facebook.com/officialwolf

NEW ALBUM WITH GRAVE DIGGER IN MAY
German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with a new album, "Fields Of Blood", which will be released on May 29 via Napalm Records.
Check out the first single, "All For The Kingdom", here: youtu.be/hGPpsU8T8kc
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/FieldsOfBlood-NPR
grave-digger-clan.com   napalmrecords.com

BOTTLECAP ANNOUNCE FINNISH DATES
Bottlecap in action
Swedish hardcore rockers BOTTLECAP are going to Finland in May for 3 shows at the following places:
May 14 - 45 Special, Oulu
May 15 - Telakka, Tampere
May 16 - Lepakkomies, Helsinki
facebook.com/bottlecapband

EURO TOUR WITH KREATOR, LAMB OF GOD AND POWER TRIP POSTPONED
Mille, Kreator at Getaway Rock 2011
Due to the coronavirus and imposed bans on public events across Europe, the "State Of Unrest" tour with KREATOR, LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP is postponed.
They are working on getting the tour rescheduled for as soon as possible. So hold on to your tickets, because new dates will be announced soon.
kreator-terrorzone.de

DEAD KENNEDYS POSTPONE SHOWS IN BOSTON AND BROOKLYN
Due to the coronavirus and health official's recommendations, the clubs have cancelled the DEAD KENNEDYS shows at Big Night Live, in Boston, on March 14, and at Brooklyn Bowl, in Brooklyn, on March 15. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.
facebook.com/deadkennedys

MARCH 12, 2020
KISS POSTPONES LAST 3 SHOWS OF SPRING U.S. TOUR
The final 3 shows of the spring leg of KISS's "End Of The Road" tour are being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Tulsa, Oklahoma concert (originally scheduled for March 12) will now be Sunday, October 4 at BOK Center; Biloxi, Mississippi (originally scheduled for March 15) will now be Tuesday, October 6 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum; and Lafayette, Louisiana (originally scheduled for March 14) will now be Wednesday, October 7 at Cajundome. Tickets will be honored on the new dates. The fall leg of KISS's tour remains unchanged.
kissonline.com

KING DIAMOND UNDERGOES SURGERY, PULLS OUT OF HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST
KING DIAMOND has been forced to cancel its scheduled appearance at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest on March 15 in Mexico City.
The band's namesake frontman announced the cancelation in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "I was recently advised by my doctor to have surgery done for an issue, which, if not done right away, would have prevented me from flying. We did not expect to have any complications after the surgery, but my healing is slower than anticipated, and I've been advised to 'forego air travel until his healing stabilizes and additional risks are minimized.' Unfortunately and regretfully, this means that we cannot make it this weekend to play at the Hell & Heaven. We love playing in Mexico and can't wait to get a chance to make this up to you. Til then, stay heavy."
facebook.com/kingdiamond

NEW ALBUM WITH MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL IN MAY
MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL will release a new album, "We Are The Night", on May 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single, "Hold Your Fire", featuring TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and ANIMAL DRIVE vocalist Dino Jelusick, can be streamed here: youtu.be/QefYPG6Zf1M
Aside from Dino, other guest vocalists on the album include Frontiers' newest vocal sensation Renan Zonta of ELECTRIC MOB, Noora Louhimo of BATTLE BEAST, Ronnie Romero of RAINBOW, Mike Andersson of CLOUDSCAPE, and former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin.
frontiers.it

THE WHO POSTPONES TOUR OF UK/IRELAND
Legendary rock band THE WHO have postponed their U.K. and Ireland tour, which was scheduled to start next Monday, March 16 in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and conclude at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8. The fans' safety is paramount, and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that it had no option but to call off the shows. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Unfortunately, THE WHO will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28 as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intends to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.
facebook.com/thewho

EX-GREAT WHITE BASSIST TONY MONTANA REISSUES SOLO ALBUM
Former bass player for legendary hard rockers GREAT WHITE, Tony Montana, will have his sole solo album, "Tombstone Shuffle", reissued on March 13 through Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records). This 20th anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and includes the bonus tracks from both the French and Japanese releases.
"Tombstone Shuffle" was originally released in 2000.
You can order the album here: orcd.co/tonymontana

MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Due to city-wide bans on gatherings in excess of 250 people in Seattle and 1000 people in San Francisco, the "Decibel Magazine Tour" dates in those cities have been canceled. The Washington state and San Francisco are banning large gatherings to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The tour features MAYHEM and ABBATH.
Progressive rock legends YES has canceled a handful of shows in the U.S., in addition to an appearance on this year's Cruise To The Edge, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MACHINE HEAD has postponed the second European leg of its 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes", due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus.
PAPA ROACH has been forced to cancel the last 5 concerts on its current European tour due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Italian orchestral-death metal group FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have been forced to postpone their North American tour due to travel restrictions implemented in response to the spread of new coronavirus (COVID-19).

MISFITS SUE BOOK PUBLISHER OVER SIGNATURE SKULL DESIGN
Legendary punk band MISFITS has filed a lawsuit against Abrams, claiming the publisher "willfully infringed" MISFITS' famous "Fiend Skull design" trademark and unlawfully copied and used MISFITS' copyrighted artwork in connection with the advertising and sale of a photobook titled "Scream With Me - The Enduring Legacy Of The Misfits".
worldipreview.com/news/the-misfits-sue-art-publisher-over-signature-skull-design-19427   abramsbooks.com/product/scream-with-me_9781419736438

MARCH 11, 2020
CIRCLE JERKS TO PLAY IN MEXICO
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS are going to do 2 shows in Mexico in July. These are the dates:
July 16 - Foro Independencia, Guadalajara
July 17 - Escena, Monterrey
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13.
facebook.com/circlejerksband

VIO-LENCE SIGNS WITH METAL BLADE RECORDS
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months.
facebook.com/vioofficialpage   metalblade.com

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE has canceled its previously announced South American shows, which were scheduled to take place later this month, "due to the escalation" of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
instagram.com/sammyhagar

LIVE EP WITH AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are going to release a live 7" EP, called "Live at The Croxton". It's out via ATO records on May 1.
amylandthesniffers.com

SAXON FRONTMAN BIFF BYFORD CANCELS SOLO TOUR DUE TO LOW TICKET SALES
Biff with Saxon in Gothenburg
SAXON frontman Biff Byford announce the cancellation of his solo tour previously scheduled for April and May. The cancellation is mainly due to low ticket sales, which may or may not have been affected by the current Worldwide Covid-19 Virus pandemic.
Ticket refunds are available from point of purchase.
facebook.com/biffsaxon747

MARCH 10, 2020
IN FLAMES ENTERS WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band, Sweden's influential and long revered metal giants IN FLAMES have entered a worldwide partnership with Nuclear Blast for the band's celebrated back catalog, which includes 13 groundbreaking fan-favorite records like "Colony" (1999), "Whoracle" (1997) and "Clayman" (2000). Having released the previous 2 albums "Battles" and "I, The Mask" with Nuclear Blast in Europe only, this marks the first time IN FLAMES has worked with Nuclear Blast worldwide since the release of "Soundtrack To Your Escape" (2004).
The partnership news comes ahead of IN FLAMES' heavily anticipated, upcoming European tour dates in spring. The trek is part of the band's massive global run of shows that will see them performing in over 20 countries around the world in celebration of their anniversary and in support of their latest record, "I, The Mask".
inflames.com   nuclearblast.de

EX-SAMSON/IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER THUNDERSTICK TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM
British drummer Barry Graham Purkis, better known as Thunderstick, who played with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the 70s and then moved on to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), will release the first official live album from his eponymously named band on March 20 via Roulette Records.
The title of the album is "Something Wicked This Way Came", and it was recorded in France in November 2019.

GUNS N' ROSES CANCEL COSTA RICA CONCERT
GUNS N' ROSES' March 18 concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica is among the "massive events and activities" that have been canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
On Monday (March 9), Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado said at a press conference that mass gathering events in the country are being suspended for at least 2 weeks and until further notice. These include concerts, topes (horse parades) and regional festivals.
diarioextra.com/Noticia/detalle/412980/cancelan-guns-n-roses

KISS CANCELS MEET-AND-GREETS
KISS has scrapped its previously announced meet-and-greet events on the "End Of The Road" tour due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
kissonline.com
In related news, POISON frontman Brett Michaels has canceled his appearance aboard The 80s Cruise over coronavirus concerns. There's also reports saying that the Coachella festival will be postponed to October for the same reason. And PEARL JAM has postponed its previously announced spring U.S. tour due to concerns over the coronavirus.

MARCH 9, 2020
FIREWIND ANNOUNCE NEW LINEUP
FIREWIND - with ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. - have parted ways with keyboardist/guitarist Bob Katsionis and vocalist Henning Basse.
There's no bad blood. Bob is stepping down from the ongoing touring lifestyle to focus on his work as a producer/studio engineer, as well as his own projects. Henning has left due to personal reasons.
New singer in the band is Herbie Langhans (AVANTASIA, ex-SINBREED).
FIREWIND will release their 9th studio album later this year.
firewind.gr

NEW EP WITH CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
As the American heavy metal band prepares to embark on its first UK tour later this month, CORNERS OF SANCTUARY is releasing a new EP, "For COS and Country", to mark the occasion. The EP is digitally set to release on March 13 through Exquisite Noise Records US and in association with the Vagabond Entertainment Group. Physical CD copies of the EP will also be available to fans while they are in the UK.
The first single, "The Raid (For God and Country)", is now available for free as an MP3 download at the band's official website: cornersofsanctuary.com

SICK OF IT ALL FRONTMAN'S FLU FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have postponed their previously announced tour of Mexico and South America. The 10-date trek was scheduled to kick off on March 10 at Circo Volador in Mexico City and include additional shows in Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.
twitter.com/SOIANYC

ALICE COOPER ADDS U.S. TOUR DATES
Alice with his doll
Alice Cooper has announced 3 new dates in July as part of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour. Support at the shows will come from Cory Marks, and the dates are:
July 13 - Altria Theater, Richmond, VA
July 14 - Mountain Health Arena, Huntington, WV
July 15 - Express Live!, Columbus, OH
Presale begins tomorrow, March 10. General onsale starts on Friday, March 13.
More tour dates at: alicecooper.com

RATT, TOM KEIFER, SKID ROW AND SLAUGHTER JOIN FORCES FOR THE BIG ROCK SUMMER TOUR
"The Big Rock Summer Tour" features RATT, CINDERELLA's Tom Keifer, SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER, and will hit more than 2 dozen North American cities this summer. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13.
For more information, visit: bigrocksummertour.com

MARCH 8, 2020
BULLET AND LYKANTROPI CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
Bullet at Getaway Rock 2011
BULLET, LYKANTROPI and BESVÄRJELSEN are the last 3 to be confirmed for the Muskelrock festival in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, SABBAT, OMEN, MINDLESS SINNER, HOT BREATH, AMBUSH, SIENA ROOT, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, HÄLLAS etc.
facebook.com/Muskelrock

EXCITER IS WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM
Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER are currently working on a new album.
facebook.com/excitercanada

DANZIG ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Glenn Danzig farting at Getaway Rock 2011
DANZIG has announced several European live dates for this summer. The 8-date trek will kick off at the Fezen festival in Hungary and will include an appearance at Germany's M'era Luna festival. There will also be headlining shows in Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.
The dates are:
Jul. 31 - Szekesfehervar, Hungary - Fezen
Aug. 01 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
Aug. 02 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
Aug. 04 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
Aug. 05 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
Aug. 07 - Köln, Germany - E-Werk
Aug. 08 - Hildesheim, Germany - M'era Luna
Aug. 09 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schachthof
danzig-verotik.com

IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES 2 NEW BEERS
IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery have announced 2 new beers in the award-winning Trooper range; Fear Of The Dark, a 4.5% ABV English Stout, and Trooper IPA, a 4.3% ABV India Pale Ale. Both beers will be available to pre-order directly through the Robinsons Brewery web site, with Amazon orders opening shortly after. Further details on availability will follow.
ironmaidenbeer.com

MARCH 6, 2020
12" EPs WITH ELECTRIC BOYS AND CONNY BLOOM ON RECORD STORE DAY
Electric Boys at Holmens Rock
Record Store Day is on April 18 this year, and there will be 2 special 12" vinyl EPs from both ELECTRIC BOYS and their frontman Conny Bloom on this date.
ELECTRIC BOYS will release "The Lion's Roar", which is a cover of FIRST AID KIT. And on the b-side we will find another cover, "Life's Been Good", by Joe Walsh.
Pre-order ELECTRIC BOYS: targetshop.dk/vare/electric-boys-the-lions-roar-12-vinyl?lang=en
ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom will also release a solo EP, titled "Med Charlie I Venedig", where we will find the exclusive songs "Charlie I Venedig" and "Dags Att Vinna Wimbledon".
Pre-order Conny Bloom: targetshop.dk/vare/conny-bloom-med-charlie-i-venedig-12-vinyl?lang=en
Each EP will be released in a limited edition of 300 copies.
facebook.com/electricboys
For more exclusive Record Store Day releases, go to: recordstoreday.com

NEW ALBUM WITH VADER IN MAY
Really old photo of Vader in Gothenburg
Polish death metal veterans VADER are going to release a new album, "Solitude In Madness", on May 1 through Nuclear Blast.
vader.pl   nuclearblast.de

MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY PUSHED BACK TO JULY
Chicago Review Press has pushed back the release date for the "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver" book from Matt Sorum to July 7 from the previously announced April 7.
chicagoreviewpress.com/double-talkin--jive-products-9781641601559.php

MARCH 5, 2020
BUZZCOCKS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
BUZZCOCKS have been confirmed for Rebellion Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 6-9. They will play on Sunday night.
Confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, CIRCLE JERKS, ANTI FLAG, SUBHUMANS, The ADOLESCENTS, STRUNG OUT, SVETLANAS, SICK ON THE BUS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, Peter Hook & The LIGHT, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, The BOYS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, The LAST RESORT, NO FUN AT ALL, VICE SQUAD, MAU MAUS, SHAM 69, The UNDERTONES, The DICKIES, The RUTS DC, GBH, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, CONFLICT, 999, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS, The ADICTS, UK SUBS, D.I., M.D.C., CHELSEA, The BARSTOOL PREACHERS, The VIBRATORS, MOB 47 etc. etc.
Full lineup and tickets at: rebellionfestivals.com

TRIVIUM, WHITESNAKE AND SLIPKNOT POSTPONES DATES IN ASIA
TRIVIUM has postponed its previously announced dates in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia amid the spread of coronavirus.
trivium.org
WHITESNAKE has postponed its previously announced Japanese tour "due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus."
whitesnake.com
SLIPKNOT has postponed its previously announced tour of Asia, including the band's 2-day Knotfest Japan festival, because of "global health concerns" amid the spread of coronavirus.
slipknot1.com

SONS OF APOLLO POSTPONE REMAINING SHOWS IN EUROPE
Progressive supergroup SONS OF APOLLO have postponed the remaining dates on their current European tour due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus.
sonsofapollo.com

MARCH 4, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH HENRY KANE IN MAY
Death metal/crust/grind band HENRY KANE - with Jonny Pettersson (WOMBBATH, HEADS FOR THE DEAD, NATTRAVNEN, PALE KING) on everything - is going to release a new album, "Age Of The Idiot", on May 22 via Trancending Obscurity Records.
henrykanecrust.bandcamp.com   tometal.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ALESTORM IN MAY
Pirate metal drunks ALESTORM will release a new album, "Curse Of The Crystal Coconut", on May 29 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/COTCC-NPR
alestorm.net   napalmrecords.com

EX-ALICE COOPER GUITARIST MICHAEL BRUCE LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former ALICE COOPER guitarist Michael Bruce has unveiled his new band, The MICHAEL BRUCE GROUP.
The band is:
Michael Bruce - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Lynette Bruce - Bass
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Steve Potts - Guitar
Matt Indes - Drums
Formed with the intention to create new music in the style of those classic ALICE COOPER records of the early 1970s, The MICHAEL BRUCE GROUP is currently working on a full length album for an early 2021 release. The band will also be booking shows for later this year and into 2021.
youtube.com/watch?v=cJWy_XIKF2U

GENESIS REUNION
Legendary progressive rock band GENESIS will reunite this fall for a UK tour.
Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford will play 8 shows between November 23 and December 11. The concerts will take place in Liverpool, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, England, and Glasgow, Scotland.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6.
Founding lead singer Peter Gabriel is not involved in this reunion. Collins's 18-year-old son Nicholas will play drums on the tour while Daryl Stuermer will handle guitar and bass (probably not at the same time?).
GENESIS last performed together in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of their formation at Charterhouse School in Surrey.
More info here: facebook.com/genesis/videos/1599029480251236

JOURNEY FIRES DRUMMER AND BASSIST
Legendary soft rockers JOURNEY have fired drummer Steven Smith and bassist Ross Valory.
According to a lawsuit, Smith and Valory had attempted a "corporate coup d'état" to gain control of one of the band's business entities, Nightmare Productions.
Press release: businesswire.com/news/home/20200303006138/en/

EX-SEX PISTOLS BASSIST GLEN MATLOCK ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Glen Matlock, former bassist of SEX PISTOLS, is going on a short North American tour later this month. He will be playing an acoustic set, and the dates are:
March 13 - Everett, MA - Encore Boston Harbor (supporting DROPKICK MURPHYS)
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Turbo Haus
March 16 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
March 18 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
March 19 - New Haven, CT - Café Nine
March 20 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge/Chameleon Club
March 22 - New York, NY - The Bowery Electric
Meanwhile, Matlock is recording a new LP that is expected to be released in the fall.

MARCH 3, 2020
KREATOR TEAM UP WITH LAMB OF GOD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
Mille, Mr Kreator, at Getaway Rock
KREATOR will team up with LAMB OF GOD for a spring tour in Europe, which will also feature Dallas thrashers POWER TRIP.
The "State Of Unrest" tour is set to kick off on March 27 in Stockholm, Sweden at Fryshuset Arenan, and will run until April 25 where it will wrap up in London at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Tickets and dates: stateofunresttour.com
kreator-terrorzone.de   lamb-of-god.com   linktr.ee/powertriptx

NEW ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN JUNE
American progressive rock legends KANSAS will release a new studio album, "The Absence of Presence" on June 26 via Inside Out Music.
In October/November they will be touring in Europe. Tickets will go on sale this week.
More info at: kansasband.com   insideoutmusic.com

OZZY's "Ordinary Man" IS No. 1 ROCK ALBUM IN THE WORLD
Ozzy Osbourne's first new solo album in 10 years, the critically acclaimed "Ordinary Man" (Epic Records), is the No. 1 rock album in the world, topping multiple charts in its triumphant first week of release.
Worldwide, "Ordinary Man" has entered the charts in the Top 10 in 7 countries, making it the highest-charting album of Ozzy's career. It debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. chart, breaking Ozzy's previous peak on the charts 40 years ago for "Blizzard Of Ozz" (which peaked at No. 7). Ozzy also demolished his highest chart position in Australia, debuting at No. 4 and cracking the Top 10 there for the first time in his career. Ozzy secured his solo career's highest marks in Germany as well, coming in at No. 2. Elsewhere, the album earned Top 10 positions in Sweden at No. 1, the U.S. No. 3, Italy No. 6 and Ireland No. 6.
ozzy.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THUNDERMOTHER IN JULY
Filippa Thundermother
Swedish hard rock band THUNDERMOTHER have set "Heat Wave" as the title of their new album, which will be released on July 31 via AFM Records.
The album will be followed by a European headline tour in September/October, and the dates for that can be found here: facebook.com/thundermother

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THE GUILT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Southern Swedish lazer punk duo The GUILT will release thir second album, "New Knives", on March 13 via HepTown Records. That will be followed by a European tour that will start in Lübeck, Germany on March 27. And if you book concerts, there's still a few dates available.
For more details, go to: facebook.com/theguiltsweden

MARCH 2, 2020
LACUNA COIL CANCEL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Italian metal band LACUNA COIL have canceled their previously scheduled shows in Australia and Southeast Asia due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus.
Read more here: facebook.com/lacunacoil/posts/10156945065967344

MARCH 1, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BROWSING COLLECTION
Swedish all-female rock band BROWSING COLLECTION will release a new album, "Cyber Space Buffet", on March 27.
There will be a release party at Harry B James in Stockholm, Sweden on March 27. And a week later, on April 4, they will play at Husaren Pub in Skövde, Sweden together with RED TAIL and The HAWKINS.
facebook.com/BrowsingCollection

STILLBORN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish heavy rockers STILLBORN are currently working on new songs for an upcoming album.
facebook.com/stillbornsweden

HÄLLAS CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HÄLLAS, PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT and MAGGOT HEART have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, SABBAT, OMEN, MINDLESS SINNER, HOT BREATH, AMBUSH, SIENA ROOT, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN etc.
facebook.com/Muskelrock