JUNE 21, 2021
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ANETTE OLZON
Current The DARK ELEMENT and former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her new solo album, "Strong", via Frontiers Music Srl on September 10.
Today fans can get their first listen to new music with the release of the single and video for the track "Parasite": youtu.be/eEbQWMOPBO0
Pre-order/save the album here: orcd.co/anettestrong
MIMIKRY AND LASTKAJ 14 CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST
NO FUN AT ALL, MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, VÅNNA INGET, The PRICKS, TRUBBEL, CITY SAINTS, BOMBFORS and THOSE WITHOUT have been confirmed for Örebro Punkfest at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on Oktober 1-2, 2021.
Tickets at: punkfesten.se
JUNE 20, 2021
TARJA TURUNEN TO TELL HER STORY IN NEW BOOK
Rocket 88 has announced the publication of "Singing In My Blood", the first book by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.
Written and compiled over the past year of lockdown, Tarja has searched through scores of photos and memories to create a big, deluxe book about her life in music. There are contributions from friends and colleagues who've played a part in her music on stage, in the studio and at home, alongside lots of previously unseen intimate photos from childhood to the present day.
For more details, go to: tarjabook.com
JUNE 19, 2021
RATT ANNOUNCE SUMMER DATES
According to Stephen Pearcy, RATT will only play a "handful" of shows this summer. So far, the following U.S. dates have been announced, as per the singer's official web site:
Jun. 24 - Brainerd, MN - Lakes Jam
Jul. 16 - Red River Valley Fair - West Fargo, ND
Jul. 23 - Waukesha County Fair - Pewaukee, WI
Aug. 21 - The Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
SATOR No. 1 IN SWEDEN
Swedish rock legends SATOR went to the top of the charts here in Sweden with the reissue of their album "Basement Noise", both on the physical chart and the vinyl chart.
JUNE 18, 2021
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCE 71-DATE U.S. TOUR
FOREIGNER will embark on a 71-date U.S. tour at the end of the month. The trek will kick off on June 24 in Ottumwa, Iowa and conclude on November 20 in Pensacola, Florida. Several of the of shows in the fall - including those in Saratoga, California; Los Angeles, California; Santa Barbara, California; Detroit, Michigan; Youngstown, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Michigan - will feature the band performing with a full orchestra.
For further details try: foreigneronline.com
FOGHAT CELEBRATE 50 WITH NEW LIVE ALBUM
FOGHAT celebrate 50 years of rock and roll with "8 Days On The Road", a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16 on their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits (which is part of the Sun Records family and is owned by Sam Philips's son and nephew).
It will also be available on vinyl LP and digital.
The recording took place on November 17, 2019 at Daryl's House Club in Pawling, New York.
The band is currently working on a new studio album, to be released in 2022.
Pre-order the live album: foghat.biz
ELECTRIC GUITARS ANNOUNCE DANISH TOUR
Danish high-energy guitar hard rockers ELECTRIC GUITARS are going on a tour in Denmark in November/December. But before that they will play at The Tivoli in Helsingborg, Sweden on November 4.
Tickets and dates: gig.to/eg2021
MIMIKRY, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, MOB 47 AND GATUPLAN CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
Since earlier TOY DOLLS are confirmed to headline the Close-Up Båten punk cruise on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back), which will now happen on May 19-20, 2022. Now the rest of the lineup have been announced as well, which includes the following acts: MIMIKRY, TRUBBEL, CHARTA 77, LASTKAJ 14, GATANS LAG, KSM3, MOB 47, BESSERBITCH, GATUPLAN, VÄNSTERNÄVEN, DEATH BY HORSE, BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING, N:A HOSPITALET and SLAVERIET.
Tickets are on sale now: tallinksilja.se/close-uppunk
And if you think it's not enough for you, then there's also a after party at Nalen/Stora Salen on October 22 with LASTKAJ 14 and LAARHÖNE.
Tickets for the after party: secure.tickster.com/sv/456zp9f2xvd44aj/products
BLISTERHEAD ANNOUNCE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish punkrock band BLISTERHEAD have announced 2 late release shows in Sweden:
Oct. 1 - Fyrens Ölkafé in Göteborg
Oct. 2 - Sällskapet in Skövde
Very limited number of tickets to these gigs.
JUNE 17, 2021
350 ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT HELLFEST 2022
METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over 2 weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on 6 stages, with additional appearances by such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, VOLBEAT, DEEP PURPLE, Alice Cooper, NIGHTWISH, SABATON, SUICIDAL TENDENICES and BAD RELIGION.
Full lineup and other details: hellfest.fr
EX-KISS TOURING KEYBOARDIST GARY CORBETT IS BATTLING CANCER
Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett is battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain and hip. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help him and his wife as they are facing devastating medical bills while he goes through treatment.
AT THE GATES TO HEADLINE GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL WINTER EDITION
The people behind Gefle Metal Festival have announced Gefle Metal Festival Winter Edition, which will take place at Stora Gasklockan in Gävle, Sweden on December 11. Headliner will be AT THE GATES, and 4 more bands will be added.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 18) at: geflemetalfestival.se
JUNE 16, 2021
NIKKI SIXX ANNOUNCE NEW MEMOIR
Mary Ann Naples, VP and publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the forthcoming publication of "The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx" by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. Due on October 19, the book is edited by executive editor Brant Rumble, who acquired world rights in a deal with Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment, and will be available in hardcover, eBook and an audio edition by Hachette Audio.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG RECORDING NEW EP
TYGERS OF PAN TANG are currently recording a new 3-track EP, to be released in late October. This recording will introduce their new guitarist Francesco Marras.
METALLICA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
METALLICA has announced a number of summer 2022 European festival appearances.
The 7-date run will kick off on June 15, 2022 at Copenhagen, Denmark's Copenhell and conclude on July 8, 2022 at Lisbon, Portugal's NOS Alive.
Dates here: metallica.com
GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT MOTÖRHEAD IN SEPTEMBER
Simon & Schuster will release "Motörhead: The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World: The Authorized Graphic Novel", by David Calcano and Mark Irwin, in hardcover edition on September 7.
Spanning 144 pages packed with stunning illustrations, the book tells the legendary story of MOTÖRHEAD's frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the band's meteoric rise to becoming one of the most influential rock bands of all time.
GARY HOLT QUITS DRINKING
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt has officially quit drinking alcohol.
Read more: instagram.com/garyholt_official
JUNE 15, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH EX DEO IN AUGUST
Symphonic death metallers EX DEO (with members of KATAKLYSM) will release a new album, "The Thirteen Years Of Nero", on August 27 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order: napalmrecords.com/deutsch/exdeo or exdeoband.com/shop
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES
Yngwie Malmsteen will be back on the North American roads in November/December. John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) will be support act.
Dates and tickets here: yngwiemalmsteen.com
BRANDS FOR FANS RELEASE "KISS Cold Gin"
Swedish company Brands For Fans will release "KISS Cold Gin" on Monday, June 21. Pre-order start today (June 15). This product will not be available at Systembolaget (the Swedish liquor store), so you have to order it from their web site. It will also be available in some other European countries.
More info: brandsforfans.com
RONNIE JAMES DIO DOCUMENTARY MAKERS WANT YOUR PHOTOS
The producers of the upcoming career-spanning documentary on the life and times of Ronnie James Dio looking for your personal photos with the legendary heavy metal singer to include in the film.
Upload your photos at diodocumentary.com
The documentary is the first about Dio to be fully authorized by the artist's estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film.
JUNE 14, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE HACKETT IN SEPTEMBER
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release a new studio album, "Surrender of Silence", on September 10 via Inside Out Music.
IGGY POP ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Iggy Pop have announced a European tour next summer.
You can find all confirmed dates here: facebook.com/iggypop
RANCID AND DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID will hit the road together for the first time since 2017 for the co-headlining "Boston To Berkeley II" tour with special guests The BRONX on most dates. The U.S. trek - which was originally scheduled for May of 2020 - runs from August 10 to October 16 and will also feature festival appearances by DROPKICK MURPHYS and RANCID at Riot Fest in Chicago on September 18 and Aftershock in Sacramento on October 8.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, June 18.
Try one of these for dates and tickets: rancidrancid.com or dropkickmurphys.com
KISS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for the next U.S. leg of the "End Of The Road" tour. The trek kicks off on August 18, 2021 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and concludes on October 9, 2021 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa date is one of several new shows added to the tour, alongside those in Toledo, Ohio; Irvine, California; Mountain View, California; Wheatland, California; Sparks, Nevada; Hidalgo, Texas; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets for the newly added dates go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 18. Tickets for all previously rescheduled dates are on sale now.
More info at: kissonline.com
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Veteran Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will embark on a U.S. tour this summer. The "Brace For Impact Summer Tour 2021" will kick off on August 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and conclude on August 28 in Mesa, Arizona.
More info: flotstildeath.com
VADER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Polish death metal veterans VADER have announced a European tour in July/August this year. Most dates will happen in Poland and Germany, but they will also visit Finland, Austria and Switzerland.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/vader
JUNE 13, 2021
SKID ROW WILL ALSO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "Slave To The Grind"
SKID ROW will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its classic second album, "Slave To The Grind", by performing it in its entirety on July 11 at The Amphitheater at Rolling Hills Casino And Resort in Corning, California.
FLESHCRAWL VOCALIST SVEN GROSS IS DEAD
Sven "Svenson" Gross, vocalist for German death metallers FLESHCRAWL, has lost his battle with cancer.
JUNE 12, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TROUBLEMAKERS IN OCTOBER
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Their 9th studio album, "En Sista Skål", will be released at Musikens Hus in their hometown Göteborg on October 30. They will hopefully have the book about the band available then too. More info about the event later..
SLIPKNOT's EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR MOVED BACK TO 2022
SLIPKNOT has postponed its previously announced summer 2021 European dates until 2022.
The new dates are:
Jul. 15 - Moscow, Russia - Park Live Festival
Jul. 17 - Kiev, Ukraine - UPark Festival
Jul. 20 - Bucharest, Romania - Romexpo
Jul. 21 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Hills Of Rock
Jul. 23 - Athens, Greece - Release Festival
Aug. 05 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
SEBASTIAN BACH TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind"
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's second album, "Slave To The Grind", on a U.S. tour this fall. He will perform the LP in its entirety at all shows on the trek, which will kick off in October, with exact dates to be announced soon.
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
American action hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA have once again been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to happen in August. "With different countries having different restrictions, it makes travel over there too difficult right now", says the band on Facebook.
The plan is to reschedule everything for May of 2022, and do an extended tour to make up all of the dates. They are currently booking dates in the States.
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE INTERRUPTERS NEXT FRIDAY
American ska rockers The INTERRUPTERS will release a live album, "Live In Tokyo!", on June 18.
JUNE 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND NEXT YEAR
Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend has announced his first new tour in support of the forthcoming album "Lightwork", due to be released in spring 2022. Devin has started recording with producer GGGarth Richardson at his The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Tickets for the "Lightwork Tour 2022" will go on sale Monday, June 14 at: hevydevy.com/tourdates
JUNE 10, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ABORTED IN SEPTEMBER
Belgian gore/death metal veterans ABORTED are going to release a new album, "ManiaCult", on September 10 via Century Media Records.
NEW ALBUM WITH THOR NEXT MONTH
American muscle hard rockers THOR will release a new album, "Alliance", on July 16 through Deadline Music. The album will feature guest apperances from people like Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P), John Gallagher (RAVEN), Björn Strid (SOILWORK), Danko Jones (DANKO JONES), Neil Turbin (ANTHRAX), Ross "The Boss" Friedman (MANOWAR, The DICTATORS) and many more..
Check out the first single, "The Ultimate Alliance" (featuring both Ross The Boss and Chris Holmes): youtu.be/eZASqUhTCcc
Pre-order the album: cleorecs.com/store/?s=thor+alliance&post_type=product ..or pre-save: orcd.co/thor_alliance_album
JUNE 9, 2021
THE QUILL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish heavy hard rockers The QUILL are going on a European tour in January.
The first confirmed dates can be found here: facebook.com/thequillsweden
HANK VON HELL RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell's little tour in Sweden in September has been postponed to March 2022.
The new dates are:
March 2 - Pustervik, Göteborg
March 3 - Katalin, Uppsala
March 4 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall
March 5 - Berns, Stockholm
JEFF LOOMIS JOINS GRAHAM BONNET'S ALCATRAZZ
Former NEVERMORE and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Jeff Loomis has joined Graham Bonnet's version of ALCATRAZZ.
JUNE 8, 2021
AVATAR ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a summer/fall 2021 U.S. tour. The 36-date trek, dubbed "Going Hunting", will kick off September 1 in Albany, New York and will make stops in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and more before wrapping October 18 in Seattle, Washington.
General on-sale begin this Friday, June 11.
LIVE ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST TO BE RE-RELEASED ON TAPE
The new French label Birth Ritual Records will re-release PARADISE LOST's live album "Draconian Times MMVI Live" on cassette. It's a live recording of their album "Draconian Times", recorded in 2011. The tape will be released on June 30.
NASHVILLE PUSSY RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
American hard rocking veterans NASHVILLE PUSSY have had to reschedule their Australian tour in September 2021, due to the risk and probability of international borders not being open in time. It will now go ahead in September 2022. All current tickets are simply transferable to the new dates.
New dates can be found here: facebook.com/NSPSY
AMON AMARTH CANCEL ALL SUMMER SHOWS
Swedish melodic death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are forced to officially cancel all Summer 2021 shows due to the ongoing festival cancellations and postponements across Europe. They hope to see you next year instead..
JUNE 7, 2021
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST will finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek will also feature SABATON as openers.
The tour will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania), October and early November (concluding on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario). Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale beginning this Friday, June 11.
More info and dates: judaspriest.com
NEW SINGLE WITH VELVET INSANE ON FRIDAY
Swedish glam rockers VELVET INSANE will release another single from their upcoming album on Friday, June 11. The song is "Sound Of Sirens", and you can pre-save it here: orcd.co/sound-of-sirens
The album, titled "Rock 'N' Roll Glitter Suit", will be released on July 16 through Wild Kingdom Records.
JUNE 4, 2021
NEW SINGLES WITH WITHERING SURFACE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, LUCIFER AND ALCATRAZZ
Danish melodic death metallers WITHERING SURFACE has released a new single, "Stick To Your Guns", today. Listen: backl.ink/143758750
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE has also released a new single, "Me The Cursed", today. Listen: backl.ink/144440315
Swedish occult rock band LUCIFER has released a cover of "Gone With The Wind Is My Love" by RITA & THE TIARAS. The song is a duet between LUCIFER singer Johanna and Elin Larsson of BLUES PILLS. Check it out: Lucifer.lnk.to/GoneWithTheWindIsMyLoveFC
The Doogie White fronted version of ALCATRAZZ has released a new single, "Turn Of The Wheel", via Silver Lining Music. The song is available now on all digital platforms. The video for the track can be viewed here: youtu.be/bdn8ppUCVBQ
DISMEMBER AND TANKARD CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL CRUISE
A new metal cruise on the Baltic Sea has arrived! Gefle Metal Cruise will sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland on February 10, 2022 and will be back in Stockholm next day. Confirmed bands are DISMEMBER, TANKARD, The HAUNTED, The LURKING FEAR, BURNING WITCHES, HORNDAL and KONVENT.
Event page: facebook.com/events/2970819173137574
WACKEN OPEN AIR ANNOUNCE FIRST CONFIRMED ACTS FOR 2022
JUDAS PRIEST, LIMP BIZKIT and ROSE TATTOO are among the first announced bands for next year's edition of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival.
As previously announced, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for next month will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
Among the other confirmed bands so far are IN EXTREMO, AS I LAY DYING, LACUNA COIL, GWAR, DEATH ANGEL, THUNDERMOTHER, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, CRYPTA etc.
More info and tickets at: wacken.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE DARKNESS IN OCTOBER
UK glam rockers The DARKNESS have announced a new album, "Motorheart", set for release on October 15 via Cooking Vinyl.
The LP is available for pre-order from the band's official store on exclusive formats and signed bundles, including deluxe CD with bonus tracks, exclusive color LP and tape.
The album release will be followed by a full UK tour in November and December this year with support coming from BRITISH LION, the side project of legendary IRON MAIDEN founder and bassist Steve Harris.
More info: thedarknesslive.com
JUNE 2, 2021
SAMI YAFFA TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Bassist Sammi Yaffa - best known for working with artists like NEW YORK DOLLS, Michael Monroe and HANOI ROCKS - has announced the release of his first solo album, "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind", on September 22.
The first single, "The Last Time", will be released on June 11 via Livewire/Cargo Records.
Among his band mates on the album are people from acts like Michael Monroe, SMACK, STONE SOUR and Izzy Stradlin.
LIV SIN SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Swedish heavy metal band LIV SIN - led by ex-SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell - have signed with Danish label Mighty Music, and are currently working hard on their third album, which is expected to be released in 2022.
JUNE 1, 2021
QUEEN DRUMMER ROGER TAYLOR ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Roger Taylor made the surprise announcement today that he will play a U.K. solo tour this fall, introducing brand new material and revisiting some of his very own QUEEN classics.
With the pandemic putting QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT's European tour on pause until 2022, the drummer has decided to hit the road for a set of intimate shows. The upcoming concerts will showcase his distinctive percussive, vocal and songwriting talents that have been integral to QUEEN's live and recorded output since 1970.
Marking his first live performances outside QUEEN in over 2 decades, Taylor will tour the U.K. across October playing 14 shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album, "Outsider", on October 1.
Tickets, dates and pre-order of the album: rogertaylorofficial.com
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST ROADSHOW
SLIPKNOT has announced a return to the road for its 2021 incarnation of the "Knotfest Roadshow". Support will come from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEVER 333 and CODE ORANGE.
The 28-date U.S. tour will start at Tinley Park, Illinois on September 28, and will last until November 2.
Tickets will be available on pre-sale to Knotfest subscribers from 10 a.m. local time on June 2, with a general on-sale from 10 a.m. local on June 4, over at knotfestroadshow.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has announced the rescheduled dates for its U.S. tour. The trek will now kick off on July 31, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium and will run through early October with a 2-night run at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Wolfgang Van Halen's new band MAMMOTH WVH.
Tickets for the rescheduled dates are on sale now via GUNS N' ROSES' web site. Tickets for the new dates will be on sale beginning Friday, June 4.
WACKEN OPEN AIR POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
The promoters of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival, have announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for the end of July will not be able to take place as scheduled. The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from August 4 to August 6, in Wacken, Germany.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST
UK hard rockers PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS (with Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD) have announced that they will be parting ways with vocalist Neil Starr. They are planning to go ahead with this summer's scheduled shows, and are now looking for a new singer.
You can read more here: facebook.com/PhilCampbellATBS
MAY 31, 2021
NEW SONG WITH DAVID LEE ROTH
David Lee Roth has released a new song called "Giddy-Up!". The track, which also features original artwork by the VAN HALEN singer, can be heard here: youtu.be/lC_piFz7RVY
"Giddy-Up!" was one of 5 songs included in last fall's The Roth Project, an online comic narrated by Roth, with music from John 5 on guitar and bass, Greg Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion. The 17-chapter comic also included 4 other songs Roth co-wrote with John 5 and recorded several years ago at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
ARCH ENEMY CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE
In celebration of ARCH ENEMY's 25th anniversary, they're bringing you strictly limited merch bundles for every studio album they've ever released.
MAY 29, 2021
QUEEN's "Greatest Hits" TO BE RE-RELEASED
Already wearing the crown as the U.K.'s biggest-selling album of all time and achieving the third-longest chart run on the U.K. official chart, QUEEN's 1981 "Greatest Hits" collection is getting a limited-edition makeover to mark not only the band's historic 50th landmark but also the album's 40th anniversary.
First released in 1981, "Greatest Hits" stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the U.K. (6.75 million sales to date), with global sales in excess of 25 million. Added to that, in the U.K., the collection has now spent over 900 weeks on the album chart and has been certified a staggering 22 times platinum.
These historic landmarks are now to be marked and celebrated with a brand new collector's-edition "Greatest Hits" CD with exclusive slipcase cover and a limited-edition cassette format, both to be released globally July 2.
MAY 28, 2021
AMON AMARTH CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF "The Crusher" WITH RE-RECORDED SONG
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their third full-length album, "The Crusher", Swedish melodic death metal vikings AMON AMARTH have released a special, re-recorded version of the track "Masters Of War".
A visualizer for the song can be viewed here: youtu.be/6hNefnioPg4
To coincide with the release and further the festivities, the band has also announced the release of a special edition "Masters Of War" merch collection exclusively available from the band's store Victorious Merch.
NEW SINGLE WITH HULKOFF
RAUBTIER and BOURBON BOYS frontman Per Hulkoff release a new single, "Holmgång", with his solo band HULKOFF today: youtu.be/lfsTfJQ8d84
The song is taken from his third solo album, "Ragnarök", which will be released on September 24.
WISHING WELL ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER
Finnish heavy metal band WISHING WELL announce that they have parted ways with Chilean vocalist Rafael Castillo. New vocalist is Alex Alpua.
MAY 27, 2021
THE STRANGLERS TO HEADLINE REBELLION
British veterans The STRANGLERS are confirmed to headline the independent punk and alternative festival Rebellion Festival, which happens at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 4-7, 2022.
Tickets for next year's event go onsale from August 5 this year, although tickets for the cancelled 2020 and 2021 festivals are valid for next year's weekend.
Other acts that are confirmed for Rebellion 2022 are LEVELLERS, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, The UNDERTONES, The EXPLOITED, Steve Ignorant, COCKNEY REJECTS, GBH, RUTS D.C., UK SUBS, SUBHUMANS, DOA etc.
More info and tickets: rebellionfestivals.com
TRIBULATION POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR AGAIN
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION have once again been forced to reschedule the upcoming European tour with BØLZER and MOLASSESS, which will now take place in September/October 2022.
See the newly confirmed dates here: facebook.com/TribulationSweden
BATHORY INDUCTEED TO SWEDISH MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Swedish black metal legends BATHORY has beeen inducteed to Swedish Music Hall Of Fame.
MAY 26, 2021
ARREST WARRENT FOR MARILYN MANSON
The Gilford Police Department announce that they have an active arrest warrant for shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, for 2 counts of misdemeanor simple assault involving an alleged incident with a videographer at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 18, 2019.
If convicted on the charges, Manson could face a jail sentence of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,000.
RÖVSVETT TO RE-RELEASE "Sällan Studsar En Termos"
In 1988 a label called Punish Records (later Just 4 Fun Records) released a split LP with the hardcore/punk bands RÖVSVETT and PLAGUE. RÖVSVETT titled their side "Sällan Studsar En Termos" (Swedish for rarely does a thermos bounce), and that side will be re-released as a limited edition 10" or 12" vinyl in 2021/2022 sometime via Just 4 Fun Records.
While you wait for that you can visit this page: just4funrecords.bigcartel.com/category/rovsvett
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DESTRUCTION IN AUGUST
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION will release a new live album, "Live Attack", on August 13 via Napalm Records. It will be available as Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP and digital.
The show was recorded during a live stream on January 1, 2021.
Watch the video for "Mad Butcher": youtu.be/JNGIlrlalh0
MAY 25, 2021
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST IOWA
Knotfest Iowa 2021 will take place in Indianola, IA (14 Miles South of Des Moines) on September 25. Knotfest members will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting today, with general on-sale tickets available next Friday, June 4.
Confirmed bands are SLIPKNOT, FAITH NO MORE, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM etc.
More info at: knotfestiowa.com
THE BOYS TO RELEASE NEW COLLECTION WITH RARE RECORDINGS
British pop punk veterans The BOYS are going to release a new album, "Terminal Love", on limited edition vinyl. The LP comprises rare demos and alternate mixes alongside acoustic and live recordings from the period 1978-2015.
The album go on sale Saturday, May 29 at: madparade.biz
Watch the video for the opening track, "See Ya Later": youtu.be/3iL6LJumV48
NEW ALBUM WITH ECLIPSE IN OCTOBER
Swedish melodic hard rock band ECLIPSE has set "Wired" as the title of its 8th studio album, to be released in October via Frontiers Music Srl (and in Japan by Marquee/Avalon).
A music video for the LP's first single, "Saturday Night (Hallelujah)", can be seen here: youtu.be/llSQiz1I8IA
VINNIE VINCENT TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has revealed that he plan to finally release some of his previously unheard music that was recorded over the course of the last 3 decades. It looks like it will be released on vinyl within the next 12 to 18 months.
Check out a interview with "The Rock Experience with Mike Brunn": facebook.com/rockexperiencewithmike
RELEASE OF MIDNITE CITY's NEW ALBUM PUSHED BACK A FEW WEEKS
Due to problems and delays at the pressing plant, Roulette Media had to change the release date of the new album with hard rockers MIDNITE CITY from May 28 to June 11.
MEGADETH PARTS WAYS WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
David Ellefson is no longer a member of MEGADETH.
The split with Ellefson comes 2 weeks after the leak of the bassist's messages and videos featuring a woman who is not his wife.
Read a statement from frontman Dave Mustaine here: facebook.com/Megadeth
LITA FORD TO TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA
Hard rock queen Lita Ford (ex-The RUNAWAYS) will be touring in North America during June and July.
Dates and tickets here: litafordonline.com
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ADD MORE DATES TO EUROPEAN TOUR
QUEEN + Adam Lambert add Belfast and further European shows to their UK and Europe 2022 "Rhapsody Tour".
More info here: queenonline.com
MAY 24, 2021
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
RAMMSTEIN are announcing today that the band's first-ever full production stadium tour in North America will be moved to autumn 2022.
Due to overwhelming popular demand, the tour has added a second date at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday, September 24, and a third show at Foro Sol in Mexico City on Tuesday, October 4.
Tickets for the new shows will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 28. Tickets for the original shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.
To purchase tickets or for further information (like dates), go to: rammstein.com
MAY 23, 2021
DEEP PURPLE's "Live At Montreux 2011" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD+2CD
DEEP PURPLE performed on the closing night of Switzerland's prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival on July 16, 2011, re-imagining their classic catalogue with the help of a symphony orchestra. This special show is now available for DEEP PURPLE fans around the world, when Mercury Studios reissues "Deep Purple Live At Montreux 2011", which will be available for the first time on DVD+2CD set, on July 16, 2021.
The show has been preserved via high definition for the DVD release, with the CDs featuring superb DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo audio. Included on the DVD is a bonus in-depth band interview.
MAY 21, 2021
LACUNA COIL POSTPONE TOUR OF RUSSIA/BELARUS
Italian metal band LACUNA COIL have moved their shows in Russia and Belarus to May 2022.
The new dates and tickets can be found here: lacunacoil.com
AEROSMITH's 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
AEROSMITH's concert at Boston's famed Fenway Park, originally scheduled for last year but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now take place in September 2022.
NEW SINGLE WITH ECLIPSE
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming new studio album, which will be released this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. In the meantime, the band has released a brand new single, "Saturday Night (Hallelujah)", which you can check out here: orcd.co/eclipsesnh
MAY 20, 2021
NEW SUPERGROUP WITH NIKKI SIXX, ROB ZOMBIE, JOHN 5 AND TOMMY CLUFETOS
Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Rob Zombie, John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson) and Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH, Rob Zombie) have joined forces in a new project called L.A. RATS. The quartet came together expressly to record a cover of "I've Been Everywhere" for the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "The Ice Road".
"I've Been Everywhere" is a song written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. L.A. RATS' version of the song is expected to be released as a single this Friday, May 21.
And in releated news, Nikki Sixx is working on new music.
NO MORE THE LURKERS WITH ARTURO
Arturo Bassick have announced that he have decided to stop his version of British punk rock veterans The LURKERS as he is reaching 65. He will from now on only play (bass/vocals) with 999, who will cutting their gigs down.
Read a statement from Arturo: facebook.com/999Music
THE UNDERTONES ANNOUNCE SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Northern Irish pop punk legends The UNDERTONES are coming to Scandinavia in May 2022. Tickets go on sale May 27, 2021, and the dates are:
May 17 (to be announced), Malmö, Sweden
May 18 Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
May 20 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
May 21 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
Mat 22 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 19, 2021
THE QUIREBOYS TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF FIRST ALBUM
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS has re-recorded their debut album, "A Bit Of What You Fancy". It will be released as "A Bit Of What You Fancy Anniversary Edition" on July 2, initially on CD, and then blue vinyl 6 weeks after that.
The single "7 O'Clock" is set to be released on June 18.
KISS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED AND NEW EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
KISS have just announced rescheduled and new tour dates for Europe in 2022.
The tour will start in Dortmund, Germany on June 1, and will last until July 21 when they play in Amsterdam, Holland.
More info here: kissonline.com
THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY ANNOUNCE AMERICAN SOLO TOUR
Roger Daltrey has announced that he and members of THE WHO touring band will be on the road late summer 2021, performing some WHO classics, a few rarities and a few of his solo hits. So far, 3 dates have been announced, with several more to follow:
Aug. 21 - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys - Stateline, NV
Sep. 01 - Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Spokane, WA
Sep. 03 - Washington State Fair - Puyallup, WA
THOM GIMBEL LEAVE FOREIGNER
FOREIGNER multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel has officially announced his departure from the legendary rock act.
ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO TO RELEASE MEMOIR
Rare Bird has set an October 12 release date for "Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax" by ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and Joel McIver. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.
MEMBERS OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PENNYWISE AND RANCID JOIN FORCES IN THE CREW
Punk rock collective The CREW has released "One Voice", a rousing punk rock anthem about unity. The CREW features legendary punk rockers Fletcher Dragge and Byron McMackin of PENNYWISE, Mike Muir of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of RANCID.
"One Voice" is available on all streaming platforms via Epitaph Records. Stay Free Recordings will release the track on a 7" vinyl to benefit Musack, whose mission is to give kids and teens a voice through music by providing musical instruments and support for teachers.
Check out the song here: youtu.be/2IT3ir3iH2I
MAY 18, 2021
MISFITS CONFIRMED FOR RIOT FEST IN CHICAGO
MISFITS (with Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein) have been confirmed as headliner for Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois on September 17, 2022. They will play their classic album "Walk Amon Us" in its entirety for its 40th anniversary.
Riot Fest happens between September 16-18, 2022.
Tickets are available here: riotfest2022.eventbrite.com
MAY 17, 2021
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ACE FREHLEY
Alice Cooper is going on a North American tour in the fall, with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley as special guest. VIP Tickets and Fan Pre-sales available tomorrow (Tuesday, May 18). General tickets go on sale this Friday, May 21.
Dates and tickets: alicecooper.com/tour
SODOM ANNOUNCE GERMAN SHOWS
German thrash legends SODOM have announced 4 shows in Germany in late December. These dates are:
Dec. 26 - Andernach, JUZ
Dec. 27 - Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
Dec. 28 - Wolfsburg, Hallenbad
Dec. 29 - Bochum, Zeche
MAY 15, 2021
STADIUM TOUR WITH MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD POISON AND JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS POSTPONED TO 2022
The North American stadium tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD POISON and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS is getting moved to 2022.
New dates at: motley.com defleppard.com poisonofficial.com joanjett.com
SIN QUIRIN QUITS MINISTRY
Sinhue "Sin" Quirin has announced his departure from MINISTRY.
The guitarist, who had played with the industrial metal pioneers, on and off, since 2007, says that he want "to focus on my health, my personal life, as well as other projects and interests".
MAY 14, 2021
TOY DOLLS POSTPONE SWEDISH SHOWS
British fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS have postponed their 2 Swedish shows, that was supposed to happen this month, to May 2022.
The new dates are these:
May 18 - Pustervik, Göteborg
May 19 - Close-Up Båten punk cruise, Stockholm to Åbo and back
MÖTLEY CRÜE TO RELEASE DIGITAL REMASTER OF "Girls, Girls, Girls" ALBUM
This year, MÖTLEY CRÜE is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special series of music re-releases and fan activations, revisiting its globally acclaimed catalogue. The first release will be a digital remastering of MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1987 album "Girls, Girls, Girls".
Fans can now pre-order this special remastered digital edition of "Girls, Girls, Girls" album ahead of its release on Friday, June 11. Further releases to be announced soon..
CRADLE OF FILTH GOT A NEW KEYBOARDIST
CRADLE OF FILTH has announced the addition of keyboardist Anabelle Iratni to the band's ranks. Iratni, who previously played alongside CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth in DEVILMENT, as well as her own group VEILE, made her live debut with CRADLE OF FILTH on Wednesday (May 12) during the band's livestreamed concert.
Anabelle joined CRADLE OF FILTH as the replacement for Lindsay Schoolcraft, who announced her departure from the group in February 2020 after a 7-year run.
CRADLE OF FILTH has set "Existence Is Futile" as the title of its 13th studio album, due later this year via Nuclear Blast Records.
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL DATES FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
RAMMSTEIN announce additional shows for their scheduled Europe Stadium Tour in 2022. The official ticket sale starts on Wednesday, May 19.
Dates and tickets: rammstein.com/tickets
ATTENTAT TO RECORD NEW SONGS
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT will enter the studio on Monday (May 17) to record a new 3-track single (according to me it's a EP if there's more than 2 tracks, but anyway).
WOLFBRIGADE TO PLAY IN RUSSIA
Swedish crust punks WOLFBRIGADE are going to Russia in May 2022 for 2 shows with WNEM as support act.
The dates are:
May 20 - MOD, St. Petersburg
May 21 - Gorod, Moscow
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT RESCHEDULE ALL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT have now rescheduled all their European tour dates, which will now take place in 2022 instead.
Further details here: facebook.com/blueoystercult
MAY 13, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE IN THE END OF THE MONTH
Greek/Swedish death metallers NIGHTRAGE will release a new single, "Falsifying Life", on May 28 through Despotz Records. The song is taken from their upcoming new album.
A NEW RECORD LABEL IS BORN
In a time where everyone is talking about single releases and quick fixes on Spotify, something as old-fashioned as a record label with a focus on the album format sees the light of day. From The Vaults is a traditional record company specializing in heavy metal rock. They love NWOBHM, power metal, speed metal, and good old straight heavy metal! From The Vaults is working with both heritage artists, new talents, and re-issues from the past.
The people behind From The Vaults are veterans in the scene: Michael Stützer (ARTILLERY), Tom Noble (manager for TYGERS OF PAN TANG and journalist) and Kim Vestergaard.
From The Vaults is distributed worldwide by SPV/Napalm (physical) and Believe (digital). Marketing, promotion, and back-office are handled by Target Group (Denmark). Promotion and marketing in Germany and Austria by MDD Records.
The launch of the label is to take place on July 2-3 at the venue High Voltage in Copenhagen, Denmark, where ALIEN FORCE and METAL CROSS will be playing live.
The first signed artists to the new label are: ALIEN FORCE, ANOXIA, ARTILLERY, CROM, ERUPTION, EVIL, GAUNTLET RULE, MERIDIAN, METAL CROSS, SCREAMING SHADOWS, SERPENT LORD and TYSONDOG.
MAY 12, 2021
PICTURE GOT A NEW SINGER
Holland's oldest heavy metal band PICTURE announce that they will pick up where they left before the Corona restrictions, but with new singer and old friend Peter Strykes (VANDENBERG, HORIZON, 1ST AVENUE).
THE MANGES ANNOUNCE UKRAINE/RUSSIAN GIGS
Italian punk rock veterans The MANGES are going to Ukraine and Russia next spring for 3 shows.
The exclusive dates are:
April 15 - Teplyi Lampoviy, Kyiv
April 16 - Zoccolo 2.0, St. Petersburg
April 17 - Gorod, Moscow
manges.it otistours.com playitloudbooking.com
FOO FIGHTERS AND TINA TURNER TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, BUT NOT IRON MAIDEN
FOO FIGHTERS, The GO-GO'S, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year. Additionally, LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads will receive the Musical Excellence Award. KRAFTWERK, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton will get the Early Influence Award, and Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30. It will be broadcast on HBO Max and streamed on HBO Max at a later date.
IRON MAIDEN, DEVO, NEW YORK DOLLS and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE were on the ballot for induction this year, but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2021.
KK'S PRIEST ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
KK'S PRIEST - the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE) - will release its debut album, "Sermons Of The Sinner", on August 20 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. Original KK'S PRIEST drummer Les Binks (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), unfortunately, sustained a wrist injury, but will make special guest live appearances when the band tours.
Pre-order the album: found.ee/KKsPriest
MAY 11, 2021
DARK FUNERAL WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish black metal veterans DARK FUNERAL have been working on new songs for their next album, and plan to enter the studio within a couple of months.
ALICE COOPER, QUEENSRŸCHE, SKID ROW AND L.A. GUNS CONFIRMED FOR 2022 MONSTER OF ROCK CRUISE
The annual Monsters Of Rock cruise is returning in 2022 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Departing out of Miami, Florida, promoter On The Blue announced the 5-day/5-night full-ship charter cruise will set sail February 9-14 aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, visit 2 ports in CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti, and features performances from rock icon Alice Cooper, along with performances from over 35 artists.
The public on-sale kicks off today (May 11), and among the other artists are: QUEENSRŸCHE, Tom Keifer, SKID ROW, L.A. GUNS, KIX, WINGER, Michael Monroe, GREAT WHITE, H.E.A.T, LOUDNESS, Y&T, ECLIPSE, VIXEN, ROSE TATTOO, FIREWIND, Chris Holmes, FASTER PUSSYCAT, ELECTRIC BOYS, John Corabi etc.
More info and booking at: monstersofrockcruise.com
NEW ALBUM WITH SLEATER-KINNEY IN JUNE
Female post-punk/rock duo SLEATER-KINNEY have announced that they will be releasing a new album, "Path Of Wellness", on June 11 via Mom+Pop.
Check out the first single, "Worry With You": youtu.be/34XX_fg-R_4
NEW SINGLE WITH BLISTERHEAD ON THURSDAY
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD will release a new single, "Working In The City", on Thursday, May 13. It's the third single from their upcoming new album.
MAY 10, 2021
KK'S PRIEST ANNOUNCE TITLE OF DEBUT ALBUM
KK'S PRIEST - the new band with former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) - has set "Sermons Of The Sinner" as the title of its debut album, due later in the year via via Explorer1 Music Group. Pre-orders for the LP will begin on Wednesday, May 12.
A snippet of the official music video for what is apparently the "Sermons Of The Sinner" title track is available here: twitter.com/KKsPriest
BLUES PILLS TO TOUR SWEDEN WITH SPIDERS
Sweden-based retro blues rockers BLUES PILLS are going on a short tour in Sweden with SPIDERS next spring. Tickets go on sale May 11 at: triffidanddanger.se
The dates are:
April 1 - Frimis Salonger, Örebro
April 2 - Katalin, Uppsala
April 8 - Babel, Malmö
April 9 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
MAY 9, 2021
THE UNDERTONES ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Northern Irish pop punk legends The UNDERTONES have announced some tour dates in the UK in October.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/OfficialTheUndertones
DEE SNIDER TO PLAY LIMITED CAPACITY CONCERT IN NEW YORK
TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider will perform at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, New York to a limited-capacity crowd on June 11. According to Dee, the capacity for the concert will be limited to 200 vaccinated or tested people due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, those unable to attend will get a chance to watch it in the near future, as the concert will be filmed for a future release.
Tickets for the show are available via Eventbrite. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Melissa's Wish, a not-for-profit organization founded with the purpose of providing short term, non-medical financial aid, in the form of a grant, to the caregivers assisting those afflicted with a serious illness, injury or end of life event.
Napalm Records has set a July 30 release date for Snider's upcoming solo album, "Leave A Scar".
MAY 8, 2021
ROLLING STONES TO RELEASE "Live On Copacabana Beach"
One of the biggest free concerts in history, The ROLLING STONES' legendary performance at the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on February 8, 2006 was a historic event. Now, ROLLING STONES and Mercury Studios will release for the first time this complete concert film remixed, re-edited, and remastered.
"A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach" will be available on July 9 on multiple formats, including DVD+2CD, SD BD+2CD, 2DVD+2CD Deluxe, 3LP (pressed on blue, yellow, and green vinyl), 3LP pressed on clear vinyl (exclusive to Sound Of Vinyl) and digital.
Additionally, Mercury Studios will release an early taste of this set with a 5-song digital EP - out May 28. All the songs are from the Copacabana Beach show, with the exception of "Rough Justice", which is from the 2005 Salt Lake City concert video available in the Deluxe Edition.
Finally, Mercury Studios will present The ROLLING STONES' "Rain Fall Down (Live On Copacabana Beach) / Rough Justice (Live In Salt Lake City)" - a limited-edition 10" picture disc to be released as part of the first Record Store Day Drops on June 12.
MISFITS REPLACE MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE AT AFTERSHOCK
MISFITS (Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only with Doyle, Dave Lombardo and Acey Slade) has replaced MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE on the billing of this year's Aftershock festival, set to take place October 7-10 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California.
Aftershock 2021 will be headlined by METALLICA (performing 2 unique sets, 1 on Friday and 1 on Sunday), with MISFITS headlining on Saturday, October 9. The diverse Aftershock 2021 lineup will also include: LIMP BIZKIT, RANCID, The OFFSPRING, SOCIAL DISTORTION, RISE AGAINST, VOLBEAT, MACHINE GUN KELLY, MASTODON, GOJIRA, SEETHER, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, and many more.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE canceled its appearance at Aftershock after announcing that it was postponing its reunion tour to 2022.
Full lineup, tickets etc.: aftershockfestival.com
MAY 7, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN JULY
Yngwie Malmsteen and Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group has set July 23 as the release date for Yngwie's new album, "Parabellum".
Check out "Wolves At The Door" from the album: youtu.be/F74Tw99qfRg
DEBUT ALBUM WITH STÖNER IN JUNE
STÖNER - the new band with Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Ryan Güt - will release their debut album, "Stoners Rule", on June 25 via Heavy Psych Sounds.
MAYHEM TO RELEASE EP WITH PUNK COVERS
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release a new EP, "Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando", on July 9 via Century Media Records.
The EP will include cover versions of bands like DISCHARGE, DEAD KENNEDYS, RUDIMENTARY PENI and RAMONES.
In addition to the named cover versions, a previously unreleased track called "Voces Ab Alta" is featured on the EP.
DEEP PURPLE RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Due to the ongoing difficulties of the COVID virus, DEEP PURPLE's UK tour with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT as special guests has been postponed and rescheduled to October 2022. All tickets, including the VIP experience, remain valid.
New dates here: facebook.com/officialdeeppurple facebook.com/blueoystercult
NEW ALBUM WITH THE PROFESSIONALS IN SEPTEMBER
Old London punk rockers The PROFESSIONALS (with Paul Cook from SEX PISTOLS) will release a new album, "SNAFU", on September 24.
The album will be followed by a UK tour in October.
Tour dates can be found here: theprofessionalsband.com/snafu
DOKKEN ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES IN USA
American melodic hard rock veterans DOKKEN has announced lots of tour dates in USA from June to December this year.
Find the dates here: dokken.net
MAY 6, 2021
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE FLYING V GUITAR
"Flying V" chronicles the origin of the most unique guitar on earth and its incredible influence on the history of rock n roll and heavy metal. Hear from the rock stars themselves as they describe how, when, and why the Flying V forever changed their careers and altered their entire approach to guitar playing. Journey inside the minds of the biggest icons of our era as they tell their riveting tales of discovery and passion for their beloved Flying V's. Exclusive interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, MERCYFUL FATE, SCORPIONS, ACCEPT, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and more.
Watch the trailer: youtu.be/etfbqpwCn9A
Purchase the DVD: alchemywerks.com/product/flying-v ..or stream it on Amazon: amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08GH5Z2PF/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
REBELLION POSTPONED TO 2022
British punk festival Rebellion has once again been forced to postpone the festival. The new dates are August 4-7, 2022.
The festival happens at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
You can read an extremely long statement here: facebook.com/RebellionPunkMuskFestival
KIX GUITARIST RONNIE YOUNKINS UNABLE TO PERFORM FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE
KIX has announced that guitarist Ronnie Younkins is unable to perform with the band for the foreseeable future. He will be temporarily replaced by Bob Paré, an accomplished musician who studied at the Music Institute in Los Angeles and taught music theory and guitar at several institutions, including Western Maryland College and Maryland Institute of Music. Bob was a session musician for several independent label releases, and has spent most of his long career performing live in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area with various bands, including FORCER, EVER RISE, PROJECT: EUPHORIA and, most recently, the RUSH tribute band SUN DOGS with KIX bassist Mark Schenker.
MAY 5, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH ELECTRIC GUITARS
Danish rock explosion ELECTRIC GUITARS will release a new single, "Dopamine", on May 14 via Mighty Music.
NEW ALBUM WITH RESURRECTION KINGS IN JULY
RESURRECTION KINGS - the project featuring Craig Goldy (guitar), Chas West (vocals) and Vinny Appice (drums) - will release its sophomore album, "Skygazer", on July 16 via Frontiers Music Srl.
MAY 4, 2021
MOST OF THE LINEUP FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL RE-CONFIRMED FOR 2022
The majority of the lineup for Sweden Rock Festival have been re-confirmed for next year. And returned tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 6.
Next year's festival take place on June 8-11.
More info at: swedenrock.com
NEW ALBUM WITH THE STRANGLERS IN SEPTEMBER
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are going to release a new album, "Dark Matters", on September 21.
Pre-order here: stranglers.tmstor.es and get an exclusive bonus CD of unreleased live material, titled "Dave Greenfield - A Tribute".
SAXON's BIFF BYFORD TEAM UP WITH HIS SON
Silver Lining Music has set a July 23 release date for "Red Brick City", the debut album from HEAVY WATER, a new project featuring SAXON's Biff Byford and son Seb Byford of NAKED SIX.
A first taste, the "Red Brick City" single and video, will be released this Friday, May 7.
NEW EP WITH SODOM IN AUGUST
German thrash metal veterans SODOM will release a new EP, "Bombenhagel", on August 20 via Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be made available on CD, 12" vinyl and as a digital download. The pre-sale will start on May 21.
BLOODBATH ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
Swedish/British death metallers BLOODBATH have announced new tour dates for North America. The new dates will take place in May 2022, and tickets go on sale Friday, May 7.
The new dates are:
May 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
May 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 24 - Montreal, QC - L'Astral
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 27 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
MAY 3, 2021
CHUGGER IN THE STUDIO
Swedish groove/death metallers CHUGGER has entered the studio to record something new.
D-A-D FRONTMAN JESPER BINZER ANNOUNCE SWEDISH DATES
Jesper Binzer, frontman for Danish rock veterans D-A-D, are going on a short solo tour in Sweden in February 2022. Tickets go on sale May 5, and support act are HOT BREATH.
The dates are:
Feb. 17 - Babel, Malmö
Feb. 18 - Valand, Göteborg
Feb. 19 - Katalin, Uppsala
MAY 2, 2021
NIRVANA SUED FOR USING ILLUSTRATION FROM TRANSLATION OF DANTE'S INFERNO
NIRVANA has been sued by the heir of a British artist who drew a map of hell for a translation of Dante's "Inferno", alleging the iconic rock band ripped off the image and used it on its merchandise.
ZAKK WYLDE IS NOT INVOLVED IN NEW OZZY ALBUM
Zakk Wylde says that he has no involvement with Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming album.
Ozzy recently revealed that he was working on a new LP with producer Andrew Watt, who previously helmed the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer's 12th solo effort, last year's "Ordinary Man".
NEW SINGLE WITH SVARTA SANNINGAR ON FRIDAY
Swedish post/goth rockers SVARTA SANNINGAR will release a new single, "Kemisk Reinkarnation", on May 7. The song comes from their new EP, "Kapitel 2", which will be released on May 21.
Pre-save the single: smarturl.it/kemiskreinkarnation
APRIL 30, 2021
TOM MORELLO COLLABORATES WITH PUSSY RIOT
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has collaborated with the Russian feminist protest punk collective PUSSY RIOT on a new single, "Weather Strike": youtu.be/UAPjuDbyAYg
NEW SINGLE WITH AT THE GATES
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have released "Spectre Of Extinction", the first single from their upcoming studio album, "The Nightmare Of Being". The disc will arrive on July 2 via Century Media Records.
Check out the new single: youtu.be/EWE5JGpE_8g
EX-JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER JOHN HINCH IS DEAD
Drummer John Hinch, who played on JUDAS PRIEST's debut album, 1974's "Rocka Rolla", has died. He was 73 years old.
THE DISTILLERS RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
American punk band The DISTILLERS have announced rescheduled dates for their European tour. The tour will now take place in June 2022 with all previously purchased tickets remaining valid for the new dates. THICK will be support act.
VOL. 2 OF SWEDISH PUNK COMPILATION "Ursäkta Röran" OUT NOW
Volume 2 of the Swedish punk compilation "Ursäkta Röran" is out now. This time it's available on CD as well as on Bandcamp. Among the 13 bands are: CITY SAINTS, COMMINOR, KRONOFOGDEN, PLANET TRASH, SKRÄP, URARTA, WHITE MONKEY etc.
Get the CD here: gronpeppar-records.myshopify.com
Stream or download here: gronpepparrecords.bandcamp.com
DEAD EXPRESS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish action rockers DEAD EXPRESS let us know that they are ready to record their 4th album, which they call "Game Changer".
APRIL 29, 2021
EX-ACCEPT MEMBERS REUNITE IN NEW PROJECT
DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG is a new project featuring former ACCEPT members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Peter Baltes (bass) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar). The band is rounded out by Udo's son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), Manuela Bibert (vocals) and Mathias Dieth (guitar).
DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG issued its debut single, "Where The Angels Fly", last September, and has just released a new single and video, "Face Of A Stranger". A third single, "Every Heart Is Burning", will arrive on May 28, to be followed by the August 27 release of all 3 songs as the "Arising" CD, a 12" vinyl and a download.
Check out "Face Of A Stranger": youtu.be/eA9k8xcN938
Check out "Where The Angels Fly": youtu.be/RmEt6FnFl54
ANTHRAX TO CELEBRATE 40th ANNIVERSARY
American thrash legends ANTHRAX celebrate their 40-year anniversary this year.
Starting on Monday, May 3 with "Fistful of Metal" week, they will be posting new episodes of this doc every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then there will be 1 album each week until the weekend of July 18, when they will play a massive show unlike anything that they have done before.
Join the celebrations at: anthrax.com or facebook.com/anthrax
GENESIS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
British progressive rock legends GENESIS has announced its highly anticipated return to North America for the first time in 14 years with "The Last Domino?" tour dates that will have Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, playing major cities across the U.S. and Canada in November and December 2021. Kicking off at Chicago's United Center on November 15, the group will be joined by Nic Collins on drums, and the band's longtime lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.
Pre-sale start on May 5, and general public on-sale on May 7.
Tickets, dates and other details: genesis-music.com
40-YEAR DELUXE EDITION OF MOTÖRHEAD's "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith"
Another thing that turn 40 this year is MOTÖRHEAD's classic live album "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith", which was released on June 27, 1981. And to celebrate this it is being presented in new deluxe editions.
There will be hardback book-packs in 2 CD and triple LP formats, featuring a new venue demolishing remaster of the original album, bonus tracks and the previously unreleased - in its entirety - concert from Newcastle City Hall, March 30, 1981, the story of the album and many previously unseen photos. Also, the album will be released as a 4-CD box set of all 3 concerts recorded for the album.
"No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith" was MOTÖRHEAD's first and only number one record in the U.K.
EX-IRON MAIDEN SINGERS PAUL DI'ANNO AND BLAZE BAYLEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO METAL HALL OF FAME
Former IRON MAIDEN members Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley, along with the creator of the band's mascot "Eddie", Derek Riggs, will be inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame.
Due to the current health advisory, the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held online at a date to be announced.
SPIDERS CONFIRMED FOR ROCK AT SEA
SPIDERS have been confirmed for Rock At Sea, a rock cruise on the Baltic Sea sailing from Stockholm, Sweden to Åland on November 19, and will be back in Stockholm next afternoon.
Among the 21 confirmed acts are also MUSTASCH, THUNDERMOTHER, PRINS SVART, TORCH etc.
More info and tickets (on sale May 3) here: julymorning.nu/hardrock-fredag-19-11
APRIL 28, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN JULY
L.A. GUNS, featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, have announced that they will release a new live album, "Cocked & Loaded Live", on July 9 through Frontiers Music Srl. As the title implies, the performance celebrates the band's treasured second album, "Cocked & Loaded" (1989).
Fans can get their first taste of the performance with the track "Malaria": youtu.be/AQaNUJcA_z8
A new studio album, titled "Checkered Past", will be released in the fall/autumn.
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN ANNOUNCE NEW DATE FOR THE PUNK CRUISE
Close-Up have announced the new date for their punk crusie of Close-Up Båten, which TOY DOLLS will headline. The new date is May 19-20, 2022.
Tickets go on sale June 18, and then the lineup will be announced as well. Those of you who already have a ticket can just sit back and relax.
More info: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine
EXODUS DELAYS NEW ALBUM UNTIL NOVEMBER
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the projected release of their recently completed new album, "Persona Non Grata", until November so that drummer Tom Hunting can fully recover from his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach and join his bandmates on the road in support of the effort.
NEW ALBUM WITH HAWKWIND IN AUGUST
British space rock pioneers HAWKWIND will release a new album, "Somnia", followed by some tour dates in the UK in September.
"Somnia" will be released to coincide with the return of their 3-day Hawkfest festival, which runs from August 27–29 in East Devon, the anniversary of HAWKWIND's first ever live gig.
More info about the new album and tour dates can be found here: facebook.com/HawkwindHQ
NEW ALBUM WITH DARKTHRONE IN JUNE
Norwegian black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release their 19th album, "Eternal Hails", on June 25 via Peaceville Records.
NEW KISS DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON A&E IN THE STATES
A&E has announced the new definitive documentary film telling the stories behind the phenomenon of KISS. Directed by D.J. Viola, "Biography: KISStory" chronicles the band's 5 decades in the business as founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflect on their historic career. The 4-hour, 2-night event airs Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 in North America.
APRIL 27, 2021
BON JOVI TO KICK OFF "Encore Drive-In Nights" CONCERT SERIES
BON JOVI will kick off the "Encore Drive-In Nights" 2021 concert series with an exclusive brand-new show premiering on May 22. The never-before-seen concert will be broadcast at venues around the world, including approximately 300 drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States, Canada and Ireland, and select indoor cinemas around the globe.
Tickets for the BON JOVI show go on sale April 29 at: bonjoviconcert.com
For more information and to see if a venue near you is presenting the show, visit: encorenights.com
APRIL 26, 2021
SABATON OPEN AIR POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR
Due to the uncertain Covid-19 situation around the world, Swedish festival Sabaton Open Air have decided to postpone this year's festival to August 3-6, 2022.
More info: sabatonopenair.net
TWISTED SISTER GUITARIST JAY JAY FRENCH TO RELEASE BOOK IN SEPTEMBER
RosettaBooks has set a September 21 release date for "Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock 'N' Roll", the new book from TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French.
"Twisted Business" is part business book, part memoir.
PRODUCER MICHAEL WAGENER RETIRE
Legendary German rock producer Michael Wagener celebrated his 72nd birthday on Sunday, April 25 by announcing his retirement from the music industry.
He has been in the music business for over 50 years. On his resume are DOKKEN, SKID ROW, Ozzy Osbourne and METALLICA, to name just a few.
APRIL 24, 2021
TRACII GUNS AND PHIL LEWIS REACH SETTLEMENT WITH STEVE RILEY OVER RIGHTS TO L.A. GUNS NAME
A settlement has been reached between various members of the classic L.A. GUNS lineup over the rights to the band's name.
In January 2020, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis filed a complaint in California District Court against their longtime former bandmate, drummer Steve Riley. Joining Riley as defendants in the case were the 3 musicians - including "classic-era" L.A. GUNS bassist Kelly Nickels - who perform in his recently launched rival version of L.A. GUNS; that group's manager, booking agent and merchandiser; and Australia's Golden Robot Records, which recently released the debut album from Riley's version of the group.
The complaint, which requested a trial by jury, alleged that Riley's version of L.A. GUNS (referred to in the case docket as "the infringing L.A. GUNS") was creating "unfair competition" through its unauthorized usage of the L.A. GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis were seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized usage of their likenesses.
On Friday (April 23), attorneys representing Guns, Lewis and Riley issued the following statement regarding the out-of-court resolution of the issue: "Plaintiffs Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis and defendants Stephen Riley, Kelly Nickels, Kurt Frolich, and Scott Griffin have agreed to settle the trademark litigation currently pending in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the parties have agreed to dismiss the pending lawsuit. Mr. Guns and Mr. Lewis will continue to operate under the 'L.A. GUNS' trademark, while Mr. Riley and his bandmates will now operate under the new name, 'RILEY'S L.A. GUNS' and a new logo. Both bands look forward to continuing to record and perform their new music, as well as continuing to include songs from the vintage L.A. GUNS catalog for their fans. Both groups' recordings will continue to appear together on Spotify and other digital music streaming services."
NEW 6-TRACK EP WITH JIMMY BLOM, "En cocktail med Pelle Chanslös", OUT NOW!
Punky rock with hits like "Working Class Zero", "Åt Helvete", "Krämpor", "Tyst!", "Bomb" and "Pelle Chanslös".
Check out the whole thing here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/en-cocktail-med-pelle-chansl-s
Also check out the video for "Bomb": youtu.be/PN_HfqZ-2xk
NAZARETH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Scottish hard rocking veterans NAZARETH have announced a European tour in the end of the year. Most dates take place in Germany though.
The tour will start on November 10 in Siegburg, Germany, and will end in Nuremberg, Germany on December 8. Between those 2 dates they will also visit countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands.
APRIL 23, 2021
KISS LAUNCHES NEW ARCHIVAL LIVE SERIES
On June 11, KISS will launch their new official live bootleg series "KISS - Off The Soundboard", with "Tokyo 2001", recorded by the band at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 13, 2001. This marks the first in a series of upcoming live releases through UMe and will be available as a 3-LP standard black vinyl set, a 2-CD set, digital downloads and available to stream.
"Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001" will also be available as an exclusive 3-LP set pressed on crystal clear vinyl with bone swirl via the official KISS online store. All configurations can be pre-ordered here: kiss.lnk.to/OTSTokyoPR
NEW BOX SET WITH DEF LEPPARD IN JUNE
On June 11, DEF LEPPARD will release "Def Leppard - Volume Three", a new limited-edition box set UMe/Virgin.
This set marks the third of 4 volumes of the band's complete recorded output in both 180gm vinyl and limited-edition CD box sets. They contain all the recordings from the band in the 2000s and features the original packaging on both formats.
"Def Leppard - Volume Three" features the albums "X" (2002), "Yeah!" (2006) and "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" (2008), as well as "B-Sides", "Yeah! Studio Covers" and "Yeah! Live".
DANKO JONES RE-SCHEDULE SCANDINAVIAN DATES AND ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES have to re-schedule their fall tour plans due to the pandemic. Except for the re-scheduled Nordic dates, they also announce a 2022 European tour. All these dates will happen between April to June 2022, and tickets are out now.
Unfortunately, the UK leg could not be re-scheduled at this time, but they are hoping to get there to meet the UK fans as soon as possible.
Tickets and dates can be found here: dankojones.com/tour
APRIL 22, 2021
BOOK ABOUT NAZARETH IN AUGUST
Wymer Publishing has set an August 6 release date for "Loud 'N' Proud: Fifty Years Of Nazareth".
For the first time ever, Scottish hard rock veterans NAZARETH's whole career is documented by esteemed rock writer Martin Popoff in this large format hardback publication. Popoff was assisted through the narrative by founder and only remaining original member Pete Agnew. Popoff also interviewed Agnew for the book in addition to previous interviews the author has conducted, not only with the bass player extraordinaire but with many other band members past and present, all neatly woven into a timeline, making this the essential go to NAZARETH book.
KISS BIOPIC IN THE WORKS
According to Deadline, Netflix is close to securing a deal for the upcoming KISS biopic "Shout It Out Loud". The film will be directed by Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian filmmaker whose credits include "Kon-Tiki", "Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales". The script is written by Ole Sanders.
"Shout It Out Loud", which will have close cooperation from bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be a co-production of Mark Canton's Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The film will be produced by Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment, Leigh Ann Burton through Opus 7, Courtney Solomon, David Blackman and Jody Gerson through Universal Music Group, KISS's longtime manager Doc McGhee through his McGee Entertainment, Rønning, and Simmons and Stanley. Atmosphere's Dorothy Canton and David Hopwood are the executive producers.
APRIL 21, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH BLISTERHEAD
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD has released the second single, "Bad Moon", from their upcoming album, "The Stormy Sea" (release date: May 27).
The single is available on digital platforms now: orcd.co/blisterhead-bad-moon
HELP EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING WITH MEDICAL COSTS
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting, who recently started treatment for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
APRIL 20, 2021
MASSACRE SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Floridian death metal veterans MASSACRE have signed with Nuclear Blast Records, with plans to release their 4th studio album, and first in 7 years, later this year.
STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK/IRELAND TOUR
STATUS QUO are going on a tour in UK and Ireland next spring. The tour start in Ireland in the end of February 2022, and continue to UK in March.
For more info, go to: statusquo.co.uk
DEICIDE ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH KATAKLYSM
Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on a U.S. tour at the end of the summer. Support on the 23-date trek will come from KATAKLYSM, INTERNAL BLEEDING and BEGAT THE NEPHILIM. The tour will kick off on August 5 in Tampa, Florida and make stops in Austin, Chicago, and New York before concluding on August 29 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
More info here: facebook.com/OfficialDeicide
NEW ALBUM WITH L.A. GUNS IN NOVEMBER
L.A. GUNS, featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, has set "Checkered Past" as the title of its new studio album, due in November via Frontiers Music Srl.
APRIL 19, 2021
SKID ROW SIGNS WITH earMUSIC
earMUSIC has announced the signing of SKID ROW to a worldwide deal. The band is working with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON, RUSH) on its latest sessions after previously collaborating several times with Michael Wagener, who also helmed the group's 1989 self-titled debut and 1991's "Slave To The Grind".
Back in May 2019, it was announced that SKID ROW had inked a new worldwide deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records. It is not clear why that label is no longer involved in releasing the new disc.
SKID ROW's new LP will mark its first release with South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined the band in 2016 following the departure of Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER).
QUEENSRŸCHE WORKING ON DEMOS FOR NEXT ALBUM
Seattle-based progressive metal veterans QUEENSRŸCHE have regrouped for the first time in over a year at wrestling icon Hulk Hogan's former estate in Belleair, Florida to work on demos for their upcoming follow-up to 2019's "The Verdict" album.
APRIL 18, 2021
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LATE KISS DRUMMER ERIC CARR
An official Eric Carr documentary is in the works.
According to SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk, the documentary is backed by the late KISS drummer's family and is "totally legit".
Carr died on November 24, 1991 of a rare heart cancer. He was 41.
APRIL 17, 2021
RAJOITUS ARE IN THE STUDIO
Borås, Sweden based Finn-hardcore/punks RAJOITUS are in the studio this weekend to record 10 new songs and a cover.
APRIL 16, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER PLEADS GUILTY FOR HIS ROLE IN CAPITOL RIOT
ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government.
Although Schaffer was initially charged with 6 crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, he has agreed to plead guilty to only 2 charges: obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress; and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term.
According to CNN, prosecutors and Schaffer's attorneys agreed to recommend that he get between 3 and a half and 4 and a half years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.
FIRST EVER JOHN BONHAM BIOGRAPHY
Hachette Books has set a September 7 release date for "Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin", the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock drummer of all time. The 384-page book, which was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins, will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA).
WHITESNAKE IS WORKING ON CHRISTMAS MUSIC
WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale is working on Christmas songs, to be released in time for the holidays. It's not an album.
NETFLIX BIOPIC ABOUT JOEY RAMONE IN THE WORKS
Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce "I Slept With Joey Ramone", a biopic chronicling the life of the legendary RAMONES frontman.
Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) will portray Ramone in the film, which will be made with the cooperation and support of Joey Ramone's estate and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by his brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will serve as an executive producer.
LIVE ALBUM WITH LACUNA COIL IN JUNE
Italian metal/rock veterans LACUNA COIL just announced the release of a new live album, entitled "Live From The Apocalypse", to be released on June 25 via Century Media Records.
The album is a recording from a special live stream in September 2020, where they performed their latest studio album, "Black Anima", in its entirety.
"Live From The Apocalypse" will be released on vinyl and CD, as well as a digital album. The physical album formats come with a bonus DVD featuring the footage of the original live stream.
NEW EP WITH SVARTA SANNINGAR IN MAY
SVARTA SANNINGAR, from Borås, Sweden, will release a new EP, "Kapitel 2", on May 21. It's an independent continuation of their debut EP, "Kapitel 1", from 2018.
Their music can be described as occult post rock with elements of goth and metal. It's a dark concept with influences from KENT, DEPECHE MODE, GHOST and OPETH.
The band features members of BESEECH and DEPRESSIVE ART among others.
APRIL 15, 2021
GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL POSTPONED AGAIN
This year's edition of Gefle Metal Festival will be postponed to 2022. "Due to the pandemic it won't be possible to arrange such a big event", they say.
The new dates will be July 14-16, 2022. All tickets will be valid for 2022, and the first confirmed bands for 2022 will be announced soon.
PUNK ILLEGAL POSTPONED TO 2022
The Swedish hardcore/punk festival Punk Illegal was supposed to come back this summer at Tyrolen in Alvesta, Sweden. But all events at Tyrolen has been canceled, so they have to postpone the festival to next year. Most of the confirmed bands has already agreed to participate next year instead, and they have also added 3 new to the lineup: HIATUS, CONTORTURE and BEYOND PINK.
NEW ALBUM WITH TRANSPORT LEAGUE IN AUGUST
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE will release a new album, titled "Kaiserschnitt", on August 27 via Mighty Music.
YET ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
Penguin Press has set a November 9 release date for Bob Spitz's new book, "Led Zeppelin: The Biography".
APRIL 14, 2021
THE END A.D. TO RECORD NEW EP
Philadelphia hardcore/punk/metal band The END A.D. are going into the studio in June to record 5 new songs for a EP.
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH TOTO IN JUNE
TOTO and The Players Club/Mascot Label Group have announced the global release of "With A Little Help From My Friends" on June 25. The performance captures one special night on November 21, 2020 when Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams and David Paich appeared with the new lineup of TOTO for a global event originating from Los Angeles, California.
Joining Lukather, Williams and Paich for this next chapter in their indelible history are new band members bassist John Pierce (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS), drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (GHOST-NOTE, SNARKY PUPPY), and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora (ROBERT JON & THE WRECK). Keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince, GHOST-NOTE) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the 15th incarnation of the TOTO lineup in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
The pre-order goes live today. Alongside LP pressings of the audio only, both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package are available. In the DVD and Blu-ray releases, a documentary is featured alongside the performance, featuring thoughts from all members of the band that appeared that evening.
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Sabotage"
In 1975 BLACK SABBATH released their 6th album "Sabotage". Now BMG pays tribute to the album with a Super Deluxe edition of the album.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on June 11 as a 4-CD set and a 4-LP set that includes the same music on 180-gram vinyl plus a bonus 7" with the single edit for "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" and "Hole In The Sky" on the flipside, with artwork replicating the very rare Japanese release of the single. The newly remastered version of the original album will be available via digital download and streaming services on the same day.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" also introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet's U.S. tour for the album.
Also included in the package is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and "Sabotage" 1975 tour color poster, among other things.
H.E.A.T SINGER ERIK GRÖNWALL GOT LEUKEMIA
Erik Grönwall, former singer for Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T, is currently at hospital, where he gets treatment against acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) since 3 weeks. In medical terms this means that his bone marrow generates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. The disease is curable.
Read more here: facebook.com/heatsweden
DESTRUCTION SIGNS WITH NAPALM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION have signed with Napalm Records.
The band is currently working on a Blueray/CD release for this summer, and is also in the studio producing new demos for the upcoming album (release early 2022).
APRIL 13, 2021
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING DIAGNOSED WITH SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
Tom Hunting, drummer for thrash veterans EXODUS, have been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in his upper stomach in February. His treatment start today.
Read more here: facebook.com/exodusattack
IRON MAIDEN POSTPONE EURO SUMMER TOUR TO 2022
IRON MAIDEN have announced that their European tour in June and July have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The "Legacy Of The Beast European Tour" will now take place in the Summer of 2022. All tickets remain valid.
New dates can be found here: ironmaiden.com
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON IN JUNE
Frontiers Music Srl will release the 4th album from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18.
The new record features the following vocalists: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE, CYRHA), Marina La Torraca (PHANTOM ELITE, EXIT EDEN), Brittney Slayes (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS), Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, ETERNAL IDOL), Caterina Nix (CHAOS MAGIC) and YouTube vocal star Pellek.
The first single from the album, "Master Of Hell", featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), is out now: youtu.be/kz8qsWDNdD0
MICK JAGGER COLLABORATES WITH DAVE GROHL
Mick Jagger has collaborated with Dave Grohl on a new song called "Eazy Sleazy". Jagger wrote the track, with the ROLLING STONES frontman handling guitar and vocals, and the the FOO FIGHTERS leader playing drums, guitar and bass.
Listen here: youtu.be/MN9YLLQl7gE
APRIL 12, 2021
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
British pub rock veterans EDDIE & THE HOT RODS will be playing here and there around the UK from mid-August until the end of October. Some of the shows will be together with 9 BELOW ZERO.
Dates here: facebook.com/TheHotRods
TOTO MOVE ALL CONFIRMED SHOWS TO 2022
TOTO has announced the band will push all confirmed appearances to 2022.
New dates etc. can be found here: facebook.com/totoband
AC/DC SINGER BRIAN JOHNSON TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Brian Johnson, AC/DC's legendary frontman, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, "The Lives Of Brian", on October 26.
The book will be published in the U.K. by Penguin Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House, by publishing director Rowland White. It will be published simultaneously in the U.S. by Dey Street Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins,.
APRIL 11, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES NEXT FRIDAY
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES will release another single, "Flaunt It", from their upcoming new album, "Power Trio".
The single will be released on Friday, April 16. The album will be released on August 27.
U.D.O. POSTPONE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. have (for obvious reasons) announced new dates for South America. The tour will now happen in January instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
APRIL 10, 2021
CHEAP TRICK BASSIST TOM PETERSSON RECOVERING FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY
CHEAP TRICK bassist Tom Petersson has revealed that he is recovering from open-heart surgery.
More info: twitter.com/cheaptrick
APRIL 9, 2021
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE RESCHEDULE REUNION TOUR AGAIN
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has rescheduled its reunion tour for 2022.
The reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford - was originally set to kick off its run of shows in March 2020, and then postponed it until 2021. The "Public Service Announcement" tour will now launch March 31, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. RUN THE JEWELS will provide support on the trek. Tickets will be honored for the postponed shows.
The upcoming tour will mark the first time RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has hit the road together since 2011.
Dates and tickets: tour.ratm.com
ANOTHER SINGLE WITH THE DICTATORS ON MONDAY
New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS will release a new single, "Let's Get The Band Back Together", on Monday, April 12.
A TRIBUTE TO ROKY ERICKSON
Light In The Attic Records has announced the first-ever posthumous tribute to the psychedelic horror rock luminary and pioneer Roky Erickson with "May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson".
Available July 17 as an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release, and with the full support of the Roky Erickson estate, this tribute to the late singer was produced by Bill Bentley (executive producer of the 1990 Erickson tribute album "Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye" on Sire Records) with associate producers Matt Sullivan (co-founder/co-owner of Light In The Attic Records) and Wyatt Bentley, with mastering by the Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin and design by Darryl Norsen. The release is complemented by a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos, liner notes by Bentley, and a bonus RSD-only flexi disc featuring an unreleased track, titled "Love Hieroglyphics", performed by Erickson circa the early 70s.
The participants range the whole world of modern music, and each chose one of Erickson's originals to stamp their own imprint on. Artists featured on "May The Circle Remain Unbroken" include: Lucinda Williams, Billy F Gibbons, The BLACK ANGELS, Margo Price, MOSSHART SEXTON (Alison Mosshart and Charlie Sexton), Neko Case, Mark Lanegan and Lynn Castle, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr. and Eve Monsees, Ty Segal, Chelsea Wolfe and Brogan Bentley.
Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019.
H.E.A.T RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN AND UK TOUR
Due to the ongoing issues with international border closures, the Australian tour with Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T and CRAZY LIXX is postponed to September 2022. Existing tickets remain valid for the new dates.
The new dates are:
8 Sept - Sydney, Manning Bar
9 Sept - Melbourne, The Prince
10 Sept - Brisbane, The Zoo
11 Sept - Adelaide, The Gov
H.E.A.T have also rescheduled their UK tour with MASON HILL and COLLATERAL. That tour will now happen in October 2022, and tickets remain valid for the new dates.
..and the new dates for UK are:
Oct. 14 - Leeds, Warehouse
Oct. 15 - Wolverhampton, KK's Steel Mill
Oct. 16 - Swansea, Patti Pavilion
Oct. 17 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Oct. 18 - London, Electric Brixton
NAPALM DEATH REISSUES
UK grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have recently signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running co-operation between the parties once more.
Century Media Records are now making 2 of the group's albums from their ample catalogue available physically again in their standard versions: "Time Waits For No Slave" (2009) and "Utilitarian" (2012) will be released as LP on 180g vinyl and as Jewelcase CD on June 4.
APRIL 8, 2021
PHOTO BOOK COVERING DIO ERA OF BLACK SABBATH
Rufus Publications has announced the publication of "Sabbath: The Dio Years".
This new, coffee-table book from Rufus Publications creates a unique visual history of the Ronnie James Dio era of BLACK SABBATH, with rare and unseen photos from a range of photographers who worked closely with the band. The book has been created with the full co-operation of Wendy Dio and BLACK SABBATH band members. 3 different versions will be published, including signed editions.
The book should be out soon..
EX-KISS GUITARIST BRUCE KULICK ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM
Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick will host a livestream event later this month. Dubbed "Bruce Kulick Live In Las Vegas", the show will be filmed at the Marquee Club's Library inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will see Kulick joined by his wife Lisa, as well as his longtime collaborator Todd Kerns, who is best known as the bassist of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. They will perform music from KISS along with songs made famous by ROLLING STONES, The BEATLES, The WHO, Elvis Presley and more.
Virtual tickets are on sale now, and the premiere is on April 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The show will be available for purchase and to enjoy until the end of April.
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES FOR RECORD STORE DAY
A 40th-anniversary cassette box set containing cassettes of MÖTLEY CRÜE's first 5 albums is among this year's Record Store Day Drops, set for June 12 and July 17 at independent record stores.
AC/DC will release a limited collector's edition 12" picture disc with the songs "Through The Mists Of Time" and "Witch's Spell", from the band's global chart-topping album "Power Up", housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.
ANTHRAX has also joined up with Record Store Day to release a limited-edition, custom mini-turntable, as well as a vinyl disc bundle consisting of 4 3" singles (sold separately). For the vinyl discs, the band reached way back into its rich catalogue for 4 favorites: "Madhouse", "I Am The Law", "Got The Time" and "Discharge".
There will also be releases with RAMONES, The CLASH, Joe Strummer, BEASTIE BOYS, BLACK SABBATH, MOTÖRHEAD, L7, Iggy Pop, HAWKWIND etc. And everything will be released on June 12.
For further details, visit: recordstoreday.com
APRIL 7, 2021
LASTKAJ 14 TO RELEASE SPLIT ALBUM WITH FRUKTANSVÄRLD
Swedish trallpunk veterans LASTKAJ 14 are going to release a split album with FRUKTANSVÄRLD. The album will be released through Second Class Kids Records both digitally and on vinyl.
The songs with LASTKAJ 14 will be released digitally in May, while the songs with FRUKTANSVÄRLD will be released in the fall/autumn, when the vinyl is released.
lastkaj14.com secondclasskids.com facebook.com/Fruktansvarld
NOICE TO RE-RELEASE "Tonårsdrömmar"
It's 40 years since the Swedish rock band NOICE got its breakthrough with the album "Tonårsdrömmar". Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution will celebrate this with a very limited edition of the album on both CD and black vinyl, which will also include a English version of their hit song "En Kväll I Tunnelbanan" (previously just released in Western Germany).
Release date is June 11, and you can pre-order it here: soundpollution.se/sv/shop/f1/p/KING098CD
JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe, all European JUDAS PRIEST dates have been rescheduled to 2022. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates, which you can find here: judaspriest.com
However, the band's UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August, where they look forward to celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST and 20 years of Bloodstock.
THE DAMNED RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP
Punk rock legends The DAMNED have rescheduled the Original Line-Up UK tour to February 2022 and announced support acts The SKIDS, The WILDHEARTS, PENETRATION, TV Smith & The BORED TEENAGERS and SMALLTOWN TIGERS.
Dates and tickets: aegp.uk/Damned2021Tix
APRIL 6, 2021
THE DICTATORS GUITARIST SCOTT KEMPNER DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA
Scott Kempner, guitarist for New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS, will be leaving the band due to health reasons. Scott has been diagnosed with early stage dementia.
MAYHEM TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCKHEIM HALL OF FAME
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will be inducted into Rockheim Hall Of Fame. The band will be the only one who will receive a permanent place in the main exhibition in Trondheim. Therefore, they recreated the former rehearsal room that features instruments, posters, microphone stands and some interior that once belonged to the band.
The ceremony will take place in Trondheim in September this year.
GUNS N' ROSES RESCHEDULE EURO TOUR TO 2022
The European Summer dates with GUNS N' ROSES are now rescheduled to 2022. New dates added and new special guest: Gary Clark Jr. Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled dates.
More info: gunsnroses.com
ACCEPT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
ACCEPT are going on a European tour in the beginning of 2022 with special guests PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM.
The tour will start in Oberhausen, Germany on January 15, and will last until February 23.
For dates and more info, try 1 of these pages: acceptworldwide.com philcampbell.net flotstildeath.com
NEW ALBUM WITH LEE AARON IN JUNE
Canadian rock vocalist Lee Aaron will release her new album, "Rock On!", via Metalville Records on June 18.
APRIL 3, 2021
MUSKELROCK POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to obvious reasons the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden has been canceled this year too. New date is June 3-5, 2022.
APRIL 1, 2021
SEX PISTOLS MEMBERS SUE EACH OTHER OVER ROYALTIES
SEX PISTOLS are in a new royalty dispute. Steve Jones (guitar) and Paul Cook (drums) have filed a suit against John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten, vocals) and Glen Matlock (bass). The Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants have breached a contract concerning royalties and have wrongfully withheld earnings.
The same reports states that while there was some talk of a reunion recently, those talks have now ended.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH SUPERGROUP CROWNE IN JUNE
CROWNE is a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album, "Kings In The North", will be released on June 18 through Frontiers Music Srl.
The band features vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), and drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). All guitar solos are played by Love Magnusson (DUNAZTY).
The second single, "Shoreline", is out today: youtu.be/GuvKbyt0bGw
BAD JOKES FOUND ON APRIL FIRST
NIGHTRAGE announce that they have split up (seems to be a tradition to announce that on April 1 according to 1 of many comments).
Swedish punk legends EBBA GRÖN is going to play live in Rågsved (Stockholm suburb) on Sunday, April 4 at 21:00. Only 8 people allowed and entrance is 800 Swedish kronor. Pretty obviously a joke.
Swedish heavy progressive metal band VOKONIS are going to do covers of Swedish schlager artist Carola Häggkvist's debut album, "Främling". Cover art will be drawn by no other than John Travolta, hahaha.
Death metal band SENTIENT HORROR has replaced the entire lineup with a cat.
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY says that their new album will be a rap album.
NEW ALBUM WITH AT THE GATES IN JULY
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES has set "The Nightmare Of Being" as the title of their new album, and the release date is July 2 via Century Media Records.
Pre-order will start on April 30.
MARCH 31, 2021
URIAH HEEP POSTPONE UK TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK and around the world, the URIAH HEEP UK tour due to take place in September/October 2021 will now take place in 2022. All tickets purchased for the original dates remain valid.
The dates have been rescheduled as follows..
Fri 30 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Mon 03 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wed 05 London, The Palladium
Thu 06 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sat 08 Gateshead, Sage
Mon 10 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tue 11 Cardiff, St David's Hall
NEW ALBUM WITH POWERWOLF IN JULY
German heavy metal band POWERWOLF have set "Call Of The Wild" as the title of their new album, which will be released on July 9 via Napalm Records.
The band also plan to go on a European tour in October, which will start in Stuttgart on October 1, and will last until October 23 when they visit Hamburg.
OPETH RSSCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have been forced to push back their "Evolution XXX: By Request" European headline tour, originally planned for this October, to November 2022.
EX-MISFITS SINGER MICHALE GRAVES IN TROUBLE AGAIN
According to Reuters, former MISFITS singer Michale Graves could end up as a defense witness in the trial of 4 leaders of the Proud Boys, the pro-Donald Trump extremist group that participated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
Graves, who became a member of the Proud Boys last year, told Reuters he was asked by another member of the group to play some songs for a private concert planned for the afternoon of January 6. Although the concert never happened, lawyers representing Ethan "Rufio" Nordean, one of the defendants charged with conspiracy, said in a court filing that planning for such an event scheduled for a time when the riot actually was still taking place contradicted the notion that the group had a plan to "topple the government" that day.
Last year, Graves came under fire after announcing his vocal support of both the Proud Boys and then-President Donald Trump. And in a 2018 interview with Ammoland, Graves described himself as a "patriot".
MARCH 30, 2021
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO 2022
Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden has decided to cancel this summer and try again on June 8-11, 2022.
More info at: swedenrock.com
MARCH 29, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI's AVALON IN JUNE
Timo Tolkki's AVALON will release a new album, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single will be released on April 13.
MARCH 28, 2021
HYPOCRISY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY has completed work on their new album. More details soon..
MARCH 27, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT ALICE COOPER IN MAY
Sonicbond Publishing has set a May 28 release date for "Alice Cooper In The 1970s" by Chris Sutton.
In the book, Sutton explores the story of ALICE COOPER the band and the solo performer from the early years through to the decadent end of the decade. It is the first book to offer a fully rounded approach to the Cooper phenomenon and give full credit to the musicians.
The book features interview material from key figures, including Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith from the original band, plus their session guitarist Mick Mashbir. From the solo Alice years in the 1970s, there is new material from Prakash John, John Tropea and Allan Schwartzberg. There are observations too from Ernie Cefalu, whose company Pacific Eye And Ear designed the album covers. Several other musicians, concert promoters and even the band's first roadie have also contributed their thoughts.
All of the albums and singles from "Don't Blow Your Mind" until "From The Inside" are examined in detail, along with related archive releases and songs that didn't make the cut.
MARCH 26, 2021
SIDE PROJECT WITH MEMBERS OF TOY DOLLS, CRASHED OUT AND THE PANIC REPORT
Olga (TOY DOLLS) have teamed up with Lee (CRASHED OUT) and Martin (The PANIC REPORT) for the side project MONKEY MIND. They have signed with Canadian label People of Punk Rock Records for the release of a new album.
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ZZ TOP's BILLY GIBBONS IN JUNE
"Hardware", the third solo album from ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4 by Concord Records.
The album's release is preceded by the release of the single "West Coast Junkie", which you can ckeck out here: youtu.be/thJrQIKWghQ
MARCH 25, 2021
QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody" REACHES DIAMOND STATUS IN USA
More than 4 decades after its release, QUEEN's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody" continues to reach new milestones. The iconic song has been officially certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States.
QUEEN is the first British band in music history to earn the diamond song award.
THE DAMNED POSTPONE JULY TOUR DATES TO FEBRUARY
With things as they are, British punk rock veterans The DAMNED have decided to move their tour dates in July to February 2022 instead. All tickets bought will be valid for these new dates, which will be announced on April 7.
BLITZKRIEG TO RE-RELEASE "Theatre Of The Damned"
NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG will have their 2007 album, "Theatre Of The Damned", re-released via Mighty Music on June 11.
The album will be available on 180gr vinyl (for the first time) in 3 different colors, CD (with 2 bonus tracks and i-Pod versions of "Escape From The Village" and "I'm Not Insane").
MARCH 24, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT URIAH HEEP EXAMINES THEIR MOST INFLUENTIAL DECADE
Sonicbond Publishing will release "Uriah Heep In The 1970s" from Steve Pilkington on March 25.
URIAH HEEP has now been active for a full 50 years. However, few would argue that their most influential period was from 1970 to 1980.
CANDLEMASS RELEASE SHOT
From today you can order the CANDLEMASS "Shot Of Doom" Solitude Violet Liquorice and Gallows Salty Liquorice at Systembolaget in Sweden. This is a test, only 1000 bottles of each.
Order here: systembolaget.se
RAMMSTEIN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to the expected ongoing event-bans and restrictions related to COVID-19, RAMMSTEIN are unfortunately forced to postpone the planned European Stadium Tour again.
The concerts are rescheduled to 2022. Unfortunately, some minor changes had to be made and the show in Belfast will be cancelled entirely. Tickets for Belfast will be refunded, all other tickets remain valid.
The band is using the time off to continue working on new songs.
Find more information at: ramm.st/europetour2022
MARCH 23, 2021
ROCK N ROLL SOCKS AND PILLOWS
Alcohol and chili sauce from rock bands are nothing unusual nowadays. But socks? And even pillows?
Both CHILDREN OF BODOM and The DAMNED are selling socks now. And WHITESNAKE have pillows for sale.
MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
MONSTER MAGNET's next album, "A Better Dystopia", will be a collection of 60s and 70s proto-metal and late-era psych obscurities covered by the heavy New Jersey rock veterans. The release date is May 21 via Napalm Records.
MARCH 22, 2021
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES CANCEL UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - the rock band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) and movie star Johnny Depp - have announced that they must cancel their rescheduled UK/European tour this Summer due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Full refunds will be honored through your original point of purchase.
HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED CANCEL UK TOUR
All HeWhoCannotBeNamed (The DWARVES) plans to tour the UK this summer have been cancelled.
MARCH 21, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ARTILLERY IN MAY
On May 7, Danish thrash veterans ARTILLERY will release its 10th full-length, "X", via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, the new single, "In Thrash We Trust", can be heard here: youtu.be/PAprfMOy3iY
HOMO MILITIA SINGER IS DEAD
Wojtek/Wojti, singer for Polish punk band HOMO MILITIA, has passed away.
I don't know much else..
MARCH 19, 2021
HAMMERFALL TO TOUR EUROPE WITH HELLOWEEN
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release a new album in 2022, which will be followed by a huge European tour together with HELLOWEEN from March to May.
For dates and other info, visit one of these: hammerfall.net helloween.org
ANOTHER BEER WITH WOLF
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF will release another beer, Wolf Pale Moon Pilsner, which will be available through Systembolaget (that's where we get the strong stuff here in Sweden) on June 1.
The beer is brewed by Heavy Metale.
heavymetale.se facebook.com/officialwolf systembolaget.se
BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS AND THUNDERMOTHER CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK LATE SHOW
The people behind Sweden Rock Festival have announced Sweden Rock Late Show, a live stream from Sölvesborg, Sweden with live performances, interviews and other stuff.
Sweden Rock Late Show take place on March 26, and start at 20:00 CET. The bands that will play are Swedish hard rockers BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS and THUNDERMOTHER. Each band will play for 20 minutes each, and tickets cost 249 Swedish kronor.
More info and tickets: swedenrock.com
MARCH 18, 2021
NEW INTERVIEW WITH N:A HOSPITALET
New interview here at Hard Rock Info. This time with the Swedish punk rock band N:A HOSPITALET. Once again in Swedish (but you can always try Google Translate, the result will probably not be perfect though).
Click here to read it
MARCH 17, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN MAY
Legendary progressive rock band KANSAS will release their new live album, "Point of Know Return Live & Beyond", on May 28 via InsideOutMusic. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, triple 180-gram vinyl + 2 CD box-set, and digitally.
Pre-order starts on March 26, and you can ckeck out a teaser here: youtu.be/6s0kt7BfadM
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE IN APRIL
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke will release his new solo album, "The Gospel Truth", on April 23 via Golden Robot Records.
MARCH 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN JULY
Yngwie Malmsteen has announced that he will release a new studio album called "Parabellum" in July.
ASOCIAL PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Swedish hardcore/punk veterans ASOCIAL has parted ways with their drummer Johan.
MARCH 15, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH PRINS SVART ON FRIDAY
Swedish retro hard rockers PRINS SVART will release another single, "De Odödliga", from their new album, "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23.
The single will be released on Friday, March 19, and you pre-save it here: presave.io/t/theimmortals
NEW ALBUM WITH SKARLETT RIOT IN MAY
British modern metal band SKARLETT RIOT will release their new album, "Invicta", on May 7 via Despotz Records.
MARCH 14, 2021
BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD IS WORKING ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has confirmed that he is working on an autobiography.
The 72-year-old rocker revealed his plan to tell his life story in book form during a March 12 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk".
MARCH 13, 2021
NEW EP WITH CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
Philadelphia's New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has released a new 4-track EP, titled "Blood And Steel: Volume One". And it's available here: smarturl.it/7sbflp
MARCH 12, 2021
EX-SABATON GUITARIST THOBBE ENGLUND JOIN CIVIL WAR
Former SABATON and RAUBTIER guitarist, and solo artist since a few years, Thobbe Englund has joined Swedish heavy metal band CIVIL WAR. The band is currently working on a new album.
Thobbe replace Rikard, who left the band in February.
THE EXPLOITED DRUMMER WULLIE BUCHAN HAD A HEART ATTACK
Wullie Buchan, drummer for Scottich punk legends The EXPLOITED (and brother of frontman Wattie), had a heart attack last night. He is now at hospital.
MARCH 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH HELLOWEEN IN JUNE
The new album with German power metal legends HELLOWEEN will be self titled, and the release date is June 18 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order begin on March 26.
NEW SINGLE WITH 23 TILL IN APRIL
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans 23 TILL will release the new single "Ännu Ekar Ropen" on digital platforms on April 9.
GBH ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR SWEDEN
British punk legends GBH has rescheduled their 4 tour dates in Sweden. The new dates are these:
Dec. 8 - Hus 7, Stockholm (w/ VÄRLDEN BRINNER and SLAGGPRODUKT)
Dec. 9 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg (w/ FREDAG DEN 13:E and UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE)
Dec. 10 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (w/ AVSKUM and BOMBFORS)
Dec. 11 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ HÅRDA TIDER and TRENCH)
NEW SONG WITH EASY ACTION
The "That Makes One" lineup of Swedish melodic hard rock band EASY ACTION has released their first new song, "Dazed", in 35 years.
Check it out: youtu.be/XVh7PQ0Ubx0
The lineup includes former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello and famous Swedish pop singer Tommy Nilsson among others.
OZZY/BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER TOMMY CLUFETOS GOT A NEW BAND
TOMMY'S ROCKTRIP is drummer Tommy Clufetos's (Ozzy Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH) new hard rock outfit, where he offers his take on the rock n roll influences that made him one of the most sought-after drummers in the current hard rock scene. The debut album, "Beat Up By Rock 'N' Roll", will arrive on May 7 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Eric Dover, known for singing and playing guitar with JELLYFISH, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT and Alice Cooper, handles lead vocals on the LP (though Tommy grabs the mic for 3 tracks). Eliot Lorengo (bass), Hank Schneekluth (guitar) and Nao Nakashima (guitar) round out the supporting cast.
The official music video for the disc's first single, "Got To Play Some Rock N Roll", is available now: youtu.be/-TrRiViGaA8
MARCH 10, 2021
SCORPIONS RESCHEDULE SIN CITY NIGHTS
The SCORPIONS Sin City Nights Vegas Residency dates May 8-30, 2021 at Zappos Theater in Las Vegas have been rescheduled to March 26 to April 16, 2022.
Special guest on these dates will be QUEENSRŸCHE.
More info: facebook.com/Scorpions or facebook.com/ZapposTheater or facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
NEW ALBUM WITH DANKO JONES IN AUGUST
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has set "Power Trio" as the title of their new album, which will be released on August 27.
NEW VIDEO WITH JIMMY BLOM (your editor) - "BOMB"
Check it out here: youtu.be/PN_HfqZ-2xk
MARCH 9, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE IN A FEW WEEKS
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal veterans NIGHTRAGE will release a new single, "Abyss Rising", on March 26 via Despotz Records.
The song is the first single from their upcoming album.
You can pre-save the single here: despotz.ffm.to/abyssrising
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH ALCATRAZZ
Long-running British hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL has announced a UK tour with ALACTRAZZ in the end of the year.
More info here: facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial or facebook.com/alcatrazzband
MARCH 8, 2021
SOLO ALBUM WITH 220 VOLT DRUMMER PETER HERMANSSON
Peter Hermansson, drummer for Swedish hard rock veterans 220 VOLT, will release a solo album, "Second Glance", on April 16 through GMR Records. The first single will be out soon..
RANDY RHOADS PHOTO BOOK BY ROSS HALFIN
Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has teamed up with Rufus Publications for the publication of "Randy Rhoads By Ross Halfin", a celebration of one of the most influential hard rock/heavy metal guitarists of all time. This extensive photo book features many classic and unseen shots of the former Ozzy Osbourne and QUIET RIOT guitarist chosen by Ross from his personal archive.
ENTOMBED SINGER L-G PETROV IS DEAD
Swedish death metal singer L-G Petrov (Lars-Göran Petrov) has died after a period of illness due to cancer. He died on Sunday night (March 7), and was just 49 years old.
L-G was the singer in ENTOMBED/ENTOMBED A.D., NIHILIST and FIRESPAWN among others.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF NIFELHEIM, NECROPHOBIC AND CRYPTOSIS
IN APHELION is a new band with Sebastian Ramstedt (vocals/guitar), Johan Bergebäck (guitar) - both with a background in NECROPHOBIC and NIFELHEIM - and Marco Prij (drums) from CRYPTOSIS.
The band's debut album will be released in the end of 2021 on Edged Circle Productions. The music is black metal with elements of heavy and thrash metal.
Check out "Let The Beast Run Wild" for a first taste: youtu.be/1B1YxfXdZ2U
MARCH 7, 2021
RÖVSVETT TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish hardcore/punk legends RÖVSVETT are rehearsing on new material, and will enter the studio in the fall/winter to record their 6th LP, with the working title "Småland".
EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO ARRIVE IN SEPTEMBER
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum's long-awaited autobiography, "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver", will now arrive on September 7, 2021 via Rare Bird Books after being delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MARCH 6, 2021
HELLOWEEN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2021
In the best interest of everyone's health and safety, HELLOWEEN have to postpone their European tour again. As we all know, touring is currently not possible. So in order to guarantee a proper execution of the tour, they decided to postpone until spring 2022.
The band is working on the rescheduled dates and will announce them shortly.
It seems like they are close to announcing some other big news soon..
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-ACCEPT GUITARIST HERMAN FRANK
Former ACCEPT and VICTORY guitarist Herman Frank will release a new solo album, "Two For A Lie", on May 21 via AFM Records.
The first single, "Eye Of The Storm", is out now.
You can pre-order the album here: shop.afm-records.de/herman-frank
MARCH 5, 2021
ROCK IN RIO POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rock In Rio has been forced to cancel the 2021 editions of its festivals in both Lisbon, Portugal in June and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in late September. Both have been rescheduled for 2022, with the dates for Brazil being September 2-4 and September 8-11, 2022, and for Portugal June 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2022.
This marks Rock In Rio's second postponement in a row as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
ALEXI LAIHO's CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
Alexi Laiho's cause of death has been revealed. According to his former SINERGY bandmate Kimberly Goss, to whom he was still legally married at the time of his passing, the former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman died of "alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue." Furthermore, Laiho had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
Alexi passed away on December 29, 2020 in his home in Helsinki, Finland. The 41-year-old had reportedly suffered from long-term health issues leading up to his death.
CANDLEMASS TO RELEASE "Green Valley Live"
Following a year where most live activity has not been possible, "Green Valley Live" features CANDLEMASS' "lockdown" session (their only 2020 show, and first ever live streamed event), with the line-up of Johan Längqvist (vocals), Mats Björkman (guitar), Lars Johansson (guitar), Leif Edling (bass) and Jan Lindh (drums). The release contains numerous classics and others from the band's legendary first 4 albums, as well as "Astorolus" from the band's latest opus.
"Green Valley Live" will be released as CD/DVD and double gatefold vinyl on May 7.
More info and pre-order links here: facebook.com/candlemass
G.B.H. ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk veterans G.B.H. have announced a European tour in November and December this year.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/GBH.official
TOY DOLLS POSTPONE UK DATES TO 2022
English fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS were supposed to go on a 4-date tour in UK in September. These shows have now been postponed to September 2022.
More info here: facebook.com/TheToyDollsOfficial
PUNK ILLEGAL ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Swedish festival Punk Illegal have announced 4 more bands: IDIOT IKON, SVÄRTA, SWORDWIELDER and VIDRO.
Confirmed since earlier are: MEANWHILE, AXE RASH, ŚMIERĆ, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS, VICIOUS IRENE, WARCOLLAPSE etc.
The festival will (hopefully) take place at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
MARCH 4, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will release a new single, "I Want Out", on March 12.
Scroll down for more news from the band..
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER NEXT WEEK
Swedish hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will release a new single, "The Road Is Ours", on March 11. Pre-save the single here: backl.ink/144776042
But that's not all.. In May they will release "Heat Wave Deluxe Edition" - A double album on both CD and vinyl with their latest album, "Heat Wave", as well as an extra disc with 10 previously unreleased tracks. Pre-order the album here: afm.fanlink.to/HeatWaveDeluxeEdition
NEW YORK CONCERT VENUES ALLOWED TO REOPEN IN APRIL
Starting on April 2, concerts in New York state will be allowed to resume at 33% capacity, with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, and a requirement that all attendees wear masks and be socially distanced. According to The New York Times, those limits would be increased - to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors - if all attendees test negative before entering.
Because of the state's order that venues require social distancing and mask-wearing, some promoters and venue operators say that reopening simply isn't economically feasible.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR FINLAND AND RUSSIAN DATES
The Finnish tour dates with Hank Von Hell, that was supposed to happen in April, will now take place in October instead.
The new dates are:
Oct. 15 - Zrock Festival, Hempele
Oct. 16 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
Oct. 17 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
Before the Finnish shows, Hank will go to Russia on the following dates:
Oct. 12 - 16 Tonns, Moscow
Oct. 13 - Mod, St. Petersburg
MARCH 3, 2021
NEW SWEDISH ALL-STAR BAND WITH MEMBERS OF EUROPE, H.E.A.T, THE POODLES AND ART NATION
CROWNE is the name of a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album will be released this summer through Frontiers Music Srl. The band is comprised of vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). The album also features Love Magnusson (DYNAZTY) providing guitar solos.
The first single, "Mad World", is out now: orcd.co/crownemadworld
A FIRST LOOK AT SEX PISTOLS LIMITED SERIES
The first look at "Pistol", a 6-episode limited series about the legendary SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones, is available at Rolling Stone.
Based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol", the series from Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who also serves as executive producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as executive producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and Wiip. The series is produced by FX Productions.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM FROM LAS VEGAS
On March 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will take part in a one-night only exclusive livestream event - complete with full, live band - from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets can be purchased at yngwie.veeps.com
BOTH STUDIO AND LIVE ALBUM FROM KEE MARCELLO's NEW BAND OUT OF THIS WORLD
The new band OUT OF THIS WORLD - with Kee Marcello (EUROPE), Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING), Ken Sandin and Darby Todd - will release both a studio album and a live album. Both albums is expected to ship in May. Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.) play keyboards on 4 of the songs.
You can pre-order and get more info here.
TEXAS AND MISSISSIPPI TO ALLOW CONCERT VENUES TO REOPEN AT FULL CAPACITY
Texas and Mississippi are both lifting their mask mandates and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the states to 100%. This means that social gatherings, including at sports stadiums, concert halls and other large venues, will be allowed in Texas and Mississippi without any restrictions.
Effective March 10, all businesses in Texas will be allowed to open at full capacity for the first time in nearly a year, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
Iowa and Montana recently lifted statewide mask mandates, while Massachusetts is completely lifting capacity limits on indoor dining, and allowing concert venues to open at 50% capacity.
MARCH 2, 2021
TAPES WITH EYEHATEGOD AND PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS
There's a new French label called Birth Ritual Records, created on the ashes of respected and revered Deadlight record label, who was active from 2008 to 2020 and released almost 80 albums.
The first release on the new label is a cassette version of the new EYEHATEGOD album, "A History Of Nomadic Behavior", under licence from Century Media Records. This tape will be released on April 9.
The second release will be a cassette with PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, "Walk Through Exits Only". Release date will be announced soon.
You can pre-order EYEHATEGOD and get more details at: birthritual.fr
SPIDERS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
Swedish retro rockers SPIDERS have announced a few tour dates in Germany, which will take place in March 2022.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/wearespiders
MARCH 1, 2021
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE STREAM
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will celebrate their 25th anniversary with 2 live stream shows - March 12 (North American live stream) and March 13 (European live stream). You will be able to tune in to both shows from anywhere in the world. Tickets and information is available at: eventrbrite.ca and dankojones.com
NO DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER
UK's Download Festival will not take place this year. New date is June 10-12, 2022. Headliners will be KISS, IRON MAIDEN and BIFFY CLYRO.
More info: downloadfestival.co.uk
DORO AND MICHAEL MONROE CONFIRMED FOR STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT
Stockholm Rock Out return after a 11-year hiatus. The festival will take place on December 18 at Fållan in Stockholm, Sweden.
Confirmed artists are: DORO, Michael Monroe, CRASHDÏET, CRAZY LIXX, Chez Kane and DONNA CANNONE.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 3.
FEB. 28, 2021
WOLF WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF are currently working on new songs for their next album. Recording will start this spring.
FEB. 27, 2021
EX-MONTROSE SINGER ROBERT JAMES IS DEAD
Vocalist Robert "Bob" James, best known for his work with the band MONTROSE, has died from stomach ulcer complications. He was reportedly 68 years old.
FEB. 26, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH THE END MACHINE IN APRIL
The END MACHINE, featuring 2 members of the classic DOKKEN lineup - George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass) - along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason, will release its sophomore album, "Phase2", on April 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The official music video for the disc's first single, "Blood And Money", can be seen here: youtu.be/Ts2mJ2JPyek
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF "The Who Sell Out"
In December 1967 THE WHO released the album "The Who Sell Out". Now a Super Deluxe Edition of the album will be released, featuring 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by guitarist Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) and Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy club manager).
The Super Deluxe Edition will be released on April 23.
More info at: thewho.com
ANOTHER LED ZEPPELIN BOOK
Omnibus Press has set a September 9 release date for "Evenings With Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle (Revised And Expanded Edition)".
The book chronicles the 500-plus appearances LED ZEPPELIN made throughout its career. From its earliest gig in a Denmark school gymnasium on September 7, 1968, through to the last gig that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones ever performed with John Bonham, in Berlin on July 7, 1980, this is the LED ZEPPELIN story told from where their legend was forged - on stage.
NEW ALBUM WITH CHELSEA IN MAY
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA will release their 12th studio album, "Meanwhile Gardens", on May 28.
The album also includes guest apperances from former members of CHELSEA.
GRASPOP METAL MEETING POSTPONED TO 2022
Belgian metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting has been postponed to 2022.
More info here: graspop.be
KISS ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
KISS are going to Australia in November/December. Fan Club pre-sale begins today (Feb. 26) at kissonline.com, where you can find all the dates etc. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, March 5.
FEB. 25, 2021
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM THE STOOGES, PENTAGRAM AND TESTORS
There's a band called The LIMIT, consisting of members of legendary proto-punks The STOOGES, doom rock legends PENTAGRAM, legendary New York City punk originators TESTORS and infamous Portuguese metal band DAWNRIDER. Their new album, "Caveman Logic", will be released on April 9 via Svart Records.
Check out the song "Kitty Gone": youtu.be/v2xqt_N1L_o
NEW COMPILATION WITH TYGERS OF PAN TANG IN MAY
On May 28 TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release their new album, "Majors & Minors", via Mighty Music.
The album features a selection of songs that were written and recorded over the last 13 years. The CD version of the compilation includes "Plug Me In", never released on CD, a new orchestral version of "Spoils of War", "What You Say" never released in an album format before. Furthermore, a live version of "Keeping Me Alive", recorded in 2018, will grace the vinyl format of "Majors & Minors".
TRACII GUNS AND MICHAEL SWEET TEAM UP IN SUNBOMB
SUNBOMB is a new musical alliance between Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) and Michael Sweet (STRYPER). They have put together a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST with Tracii's love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal.
The band's debut album, "Evil And Divine", is out May 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.
For a first taste of the album, watch the lyric video for the first single, "No Tomorrows": youtu.be/s9qF1ehswQI
DENY TO RELEASE SPLIT EP WITH CHØRNOBYL
Swedish hardcore/punk bands DENY and CHØRNOBYL will release a split EP. Physical release on March 12, digital releaase on March 26. The EP will be released by Flyktsoda, Phobia Records, Dark Elk Vinyl, TWYB Records and Cramada.
THE RETURN OF BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD
MTV's seminal, Gen X-defining "Beavis And Butt-Head" about 2 cartoon teenagers famous for their nasally laughs and love of heavy metal, will return with an all-new movie on Paramount+.
Announcement from the boys: https://youtu.be/QNgR62hMATk
RIVAL SONS LAUNCH THEIR OWN RECORD LABEL
RIVAL SONS has announced the launch of its very own label, Sacred Tongue Recordings, with distribution through Thirty Tigers.
The band recently regained the master rights to several of its early releases, and will reintroduce them to the world by first remastering their independent full-length debut LP, "Before The Fire" (2009), and self-titled EP "Rival Sons" (2010), on all DSPS, CD and vinyl - for the first time - on March 26.
Limited-edition vinyl variants are available for pre-order at: sacredtonguerecordings.com
FEB. 24, 2021
DUFF McKAGAN PRE-GUNS N' ROSES BAND TO RELEASE ALBUM FROM 1982
Seattle punk pioneers The LIVING, featuring iconic multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Duff McKagan, are sharing their debut recording for the first time. "The Living: 1982" is set for release on April 16 via the Seattle-based Loosegroove Records, a label owned by fellow Seattle luminaries Stone Gossard (PEARL JAM) and Regan Hagar (SATCHEL, BRAD).
The LIVING featured a 17-year-old McKagan on guitar, frontman/vocalist John Conte, Todd Fleischman on bass, and Greg Gilmore (MOTHER LOVE BONE) on drums.
Check out "Two Generation Stand" from the album: youtu.be/MQxcB0NGsig
NEW INTERVIEW WITH THE QUILL
A new interview with Swedish heavy hard rockers The QUILL is available here. Only in Swedish.
NEW SONG WITH THE BUSINESS
In 2016, Micky Fitz, lead singer of British Oi! punks The BUSINESS passed away after battling cancer. Since then, the remainder of the band performed 2 shows with guest singers as a tribute to Fitz. Recently, the band released their first new track since the passing of Fitz.
"You Know My Name" features co-founder Steve Kent and "classic era members" Steve Whale and Micky Fairbairn.
You can see a video for the track here: youtu.be/64W0RPI85TI
FEB. 23, 2021
HEART's NANCY WILSON TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
HEART's Nancy Wilson will release her debut solo album, "You And Me", on May 7 via Carry On Music.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE USA TOUR DATES
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has announced some tour dates in USA, which will take place in September, October, November 2021. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 26.
On this tour he will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the QUEENSRŸCHE albums "Empire" and "Rage For Order".
Dates and tickets: geofftate.com
SYSTEM OF A DOWN RESCHEDULE L.A. SHOWS WITH KORN AND FAITH NO MORE
SYSTEM OF A DOWN has rescheduled their concerts at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles from May to October 22 and 23. KORN, FAITH NO MORE, HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also play at these concerts.
For more information, visit: livenation.com/refund or systemofadown.com
AEROSMITH RESCHEDULE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to current conditions and for the safety of their fans, the AEROSMITH 2021 European Tour has been rescheduled to 2022.
More info: aerosmith.com
FEB. 20, 2021
NO HELLFEST THIS YEAR
This year's edition of Hellfest has been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead - but with a limit of 5,000 people, all whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.
The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot.
Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. As a result, organizers felt they had little choice but to call off this year's event.
FEB. 19, 2021
CANDLEMASS POSTPONE STOCKHOLM SHOWS ONCE AGAIN
Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS has once again rescheduled their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The concerts will now take place on September 3 (performing the entire "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album) and September 4 (performing the entire "Nightfall" album).
MORE MUSIC WITH GARY MOORE IN THE FUTURE
Jack Moore, the son of Belfast-born guitar legend Gary Moore, has confirmed that his father was working on new, heavier rock material, before his tragic passing almost 10 years ago. Now Jack and his family intend to let fans hear the unreleased music. When and how the music will be released is currently unknown.
But in related news, Mascot Label Group/Provogue will issue a new album on April 30 featuring previously unreleased material from Gary Moore. "How Blue Can You Get" contains a total of 8 songs - 4 original tracks plus 4 tunes which were previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and B.B. King.
Official visualizer for the track "In My Dreams": youtu.be/7dIG2as9jLc
FEB. 18, 2021
LEEWAY SINGER EDDIE SUTTON BATTLING LUNG CANCER
Singer Eddie Sutton of the legendary New York hardcore/metal act LEEWAY is battling stage 3 adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of lung cancer. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Eddie deal with the cost of treatment: gofundme.com/f/eddie-leeways-fight-with-cancer
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE NORWEGIAN TOUR DATES
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate are going on a short 4-date tour in Norway in February 2022. Special guest will be GHOST AVENUE.
For dates and tickets, go to: geofftate.com
FEB. 17, 2021
"Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76" TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
On April 9, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76" as a DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, limited edition 2LP+DVD, and digital video, capturing the band's historic performance in England on August 21, 1976.
Featuring the legendary lineup of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Leon Wilkeson, Artimus Pyle, Billy Powell and The HONKETTES, this set was part of a daylong festival which also boasted the likes of Todd Rundgren's UTOPIA, 10CC and headliners The ROLLING STONES.
This footage, originally only available via the 1996 film "Freebird...The Movie", was intercut with interviews and other performance footage. Now "Live At Knebworth '76" presents the pure concert experience in its entirety, delivering the show as it happened that day.
PUNK ROCK BOWLING ANNOUNCE NEW DATE
Punk Rock Bowling has announced the new dates for their 2021 festival, and the first wave of bands.
The festival will now take place September 24-26, 2021 at the DLVEC/Downtown Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. All previously purchased 3-day tickets will remain valid for the new dates and refunds are also available. Single day tickets will be automatically refunded.
DEVO, NOFX, CIRCLE JERKS, The LAWRENCE ARMS, PROPAGANDHI and MUNICIPAL WASTE are among the bands confirmed for the new dates. The full line-up will be announced in April, and information about the single day tickets and after party announcements will be in the spring.
More info here: punkrockbowling.com
THUNDERMOTHER KEEP ON ROLLING
Swedish hard rocking chicks THUNDERMOTHER will continue to tour around Europe in April, May and June. All shows have very limited capacities and Covid-19 regulations.
The headline tour that was supposed to happen in September 2020, will now happen in December 2021 instead.
Dates and more updates here: facebook.com/thundermother
BOOK ABOUT RONNIE JAMES DIO IN JULY
Ronnie James Dio's long-awaited autobiography, titled "Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography", will finally be released on July 27 via Permuted Press.
FEB. 16, 2021
ANGELUS APATRIDA NO. 1 IN SPAIN
Spanish thrash metal band ANGELUS APATRIDA are number 1 on the Spainish official chart with their latest self titled masterpiece.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN APRIL
MOTÖRHEAD will release "Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin" via Silver Lining Music on April 23. It will be available on CD with bonus DVD, double vinyl, and limited-edition boxset.
The concert was recorded on December 5, 2012, at the Berlin Velodrom.
Check out "Over The Top" from the album: youtu.be/Fs2NVHLOW8E
Pre-order the album: smarturl.it/MHLOUDERTHANNOISE
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR 2022
NWOBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced a few tour dates in UK in February 2022.
DIAMOND HEAD RESCHEDULE UK TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty whether venues will be allowed to open at full capacity, NWOBHM veterans DIAMOND HEAD have had to make the decision to postpone their UK tour until 2022. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
FEB. 15, 2021
SINGER STU BLOCK AND BASSIST LUKE APPLETON HAS LEFT ICED EARTH
ICED EARTH singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their departure from the band.
Block and Appleton's resignations from ICED EARTH come a month after guitarist Jon Schaffer was arrested for his role in last month's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Just hours after Stu Block and Luke Appleton announced their departures from the band, guitarist Jake Dreyer said that he has distanced himself from the band, and is now focused solely on his other group WITHERFALL.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF OBITUARY AND THE ABSENCE
Florida death metal veteran Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined forces with Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION. The trio is currently in the studio at Kling and Nordberg's own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida finishing up the group's debut album.
A teaser video featuring a demo mix of a song can be viewed here: youtu.be/0g8i39WxG5g
EDDIE VAN HALEN PHOTO BOOK TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE
Ross Halfin and Rufus Publications have announced the publication of "Edward Van Halen By Ross Halfin", a 320-page photo book featuring many classic and unseen shots chosen by Ross from his personal archive together with an exclusive introduction from Edward's friend and fellow player Tony Iommi. Respected journalist Mark Blake provides a career essay on Van Halen's hugely successful career.
"Edward Van Halen By Ross Halfin" will ship in June.
THE WHO CANCEL UK/IRELAND TOUR
Unfortunately, THE WHO's forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, booked for March 2021, has now been cancelled. Customers can contact their point of purchase regarding refunds.
FEB. 12, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH BLISTERHEAD IN MAY
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD are going to release a new album, "The Stormy Sea", on May 27 through Laketown Records, AOS Records, Liberty Or Death Records and Punkebjartes Punkeplater.
facebook.com/Blisterhead laketown-records.de facebook.com/Liberty-or-Death-Records-107246577897753 a-o-s.info
SPLIT EP WITH THE BRISTLES AND KRIMTÄNK
Pike Records will release a split 7" EP with Swedish raw punk bands The BRISTLES and KRIMTÄNK on February 26.
Order from: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ALBUM WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR LATER THIS YEAR
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have signed a deal with Golden Robot Records for Australia, New Zealand, South America, USA and Canada. The band's new album will be released later this year.
THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
UK rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS plan to do 6 dates in Germany in March 2022, with special guests TWISTER and LORD BISHOP ROCKS.
More info here: facebook.com/quireboys
STEVE IGNORANT FROM CRASS RESCHEDULE UK TOUR
Former CRASS singer Steve Ignorant has rescheduled his upcoming UK tour to 2022.
More info here: facebook.com/steveignorantofficial
NEW SINGLE WITH THE DRIPPERS
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS release a new single, "Stuck With You", today.
Stream it here: orcd.co/stuckwithyou
FEB. 11, 2021
MOTÖRHEAD COLLABORATES WITH CYCLEWEAR STUDIO
Cyclewear studio Milltag will release their latest in a long line of musical collaborations. This time it is with rock legends MOTÖRHEAD. Featuring the famous "War Pig" logo, the collection features a jersey, cap and snood.
The range is available for pre-order via the Milltag website for a limited time (ending March 5) for delivery in May. Each collection features a full kit of: cap, jersey, snood.
NEW SINGLE WITH CHARTA 77 TOMORROW, NEW ALBUM SOON
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 will release a new single, "Från Slagfältet", on Friday, February 12. It's a taste of their new album, "URD", which will be released sometime in April/May.
The album will be the third and last album in a trilogy. All 3 albums - "Skuld", "Verdan-Di" and "URD" - will be released in a box set, titled "Ödesboxen", which will also include a 4th album, "Post", with leftover material.
FEB. 10, 2021
PRIMAL FEAR ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have announced the rescheduled tour dates for 2021/2022. Special guests will be BURNING WITCH, and opening act are SCARLET AURA.
The tour will kick off in Germany on September 14, and will end in Spain on February 6 next year.
For dates etc., try: primalfear.de
EP WITH BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT IN APRIL
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, will release an EP, "Paint The Sky With Blood", on April 23 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded in Finland back in 2020 and was meant to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Sadly, that chapter ended far too soon with the December 29 passing of Laiho.
NEW SINGLE WITH PONTUS SNIBB'S WRECK OF BLUES
Swedish blues rockers PONTUS SNIBB'S WRECK OF BLUES will release a new single, "My Kind Of Thing", on digital platforms via Rootsy Music on February 26.
IRON MAIDEN, NEW YORK DOLLS AND RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE AMONG NOMINEES FOR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
IRON MAIDEN, NEW YORK DOLLS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, FOO FIGHTERS, Tina Turner, DEVO and Todd Rundgren are among the nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2021. The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall.
Further details: rockhall.com
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS are going on a short 4-date tour in Sweden and Norway in September. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Feb. 11), and the exclusive dates are:
Sept. 10 - Babel, Malmö, Swe
Sept. 11 - Valand, Göteborg, Swe
Sept. 17 - Krøsset, Oslo, Nor
Sept. 18 - Vasateatern, Stockholm, Swe (w/ BLACK PAISLEY)
A new album with ELECTRIC BOYS, titled "Ups!de Down", will be released on April 30 via Mighty Music.
facebook.com/electricboys triffidanddanger.se mightymusic.dk
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Following a sensational run across Asia and Oceania last winter, QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT were originally set to rock Europe in summer 2020. But during the band's spring break, however, the coronavirus outbreak left them no choice but to prioritize the safety of fans, crew and venue staff by postponing the dates until 2021.
Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic still far from resolved, the band is forced for a second time to reschedule the tour dates, moving them to 2022.
For dates, tickets and other info, go to: queenonline.com
FEB. 9, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH VOKONIS IN MAY
Local (Borås, Sweden) prog/heavy rockers VOKONIS will release their new album, "Odyssey", on May 7 via The Sign Records.
A new single, "Blackened Wings", is out now.
TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR SYLVAIN SYLVAIN
The NEW YORK DOLLS' David Johansen and Earl Slick are among the artists who will take part in a virtual tribute concert to Sylvain Sylvain on February 14.
The show will feature a mix of stories, performances and videos from the aforementioned two musicians, along with Debbie Harry, Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, Clem Burke, Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, Michael Des Barres, Mara Hennessey, Ivan Julian, Chuck Prophet, Glen Matlock, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's Joe and Albert Bouchard, and the LEMON TWIGS.
"A Celebration Of The Musical Life Of New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain" is being presented by Rolling Live Studios and the New York City venue Bowery Electric. Tickets for the show are on sale now at: rollinglivestudios.com/collections/Sylvain-Sylvain-box-office
Sylvain Sylvain (born Sylvain Mizrahi), was guitarist of legendary band The NEW YORK DOLLS. He died on January 13 at the age of 69. He had battled cancer for 2 and a half years.
HARD ROCK INFO START WITH INTERVIEWS!
O.k., after something like 15 years since my last interview, I have decided to start doing some interviews again once in a while. And the first one is online now, and it's a interview with the new Swedish melodic punk rock band GATUPLAN. This interview, and all others that I do in Swedish, will unfortunately just be available in Swedish (translate is not funny and sometimes hard). Check it out!
And please, don't ask me to interview your band.
So, what happened to the photo page then? Well, it had to go. But if you want too see those photos again, then you can always like and/or follow Hard Rock Info on Facebook. That's where they will go.
And if you're still reading, I can tell you that in the end of the summer/beginning of the fall it will be 20 years since I started this website.
MANOWAR MOVE 2021 EURO TOUR DATES TO 2022
Ongoing safety restrictions in Germany, The Netherlands, and other countries, coupled with the continued uncertainty regarding the ability to perform large scale live events this year require MANOWAR to reschedule their planned April 2021 tour dates to April 2022.
More info at: manowar.com
FEB. 6, 2021
D.R.I. ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES FOR AUSTRALIA
Crossover legends D.R.I. has just announce the rescheduled tour dates for Australia. The tour will now happen in February 2022, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/DRI-137263955229
FEB. 5, 2021
BELFAST MIGHT GET A STATUE OF GARY MOORE
The campaign to erect a statue of Gary Moore in the guitar legend's native Belfast has received a boost ahead of the 10th anniversary of his passing (Feb. 6).
The Wild Frontier Memorial Project, led by members of Gary's family, and fans, has gained support from the Green Party and The Alliance Party in Belfast and has been warmly welcomed after initial discussions.
A statue recognizing Gary Moore in Belfast could become a feature of the city's plans for a major cultural celebration in 2023.
SERJ TANKIAN ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR NEW EP
SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian will release his eagerly awaited "Elasticity" EP on March 19 via Alchemy Recordings/BMG.
DEMO COLLECTION WITH THE PARTISANS
Early Welsh punk band The PARTISANS will release a rarities compilation the first week of March. It will be out via La Vida Es Un Mus, and it"s called "Anarchy In Alkatraz/ No Future Demos 80-82".
The release will include the band's very first demo, which is composed of covers and some original compositions, and 2 other demo recordings recorded for the "No Future" album.
FEB. 4, 2021
DESTRUCTION WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION let us know that they are working with full force on their next record.
They are also negotiating a release of their live stream in physical form (DVD/Blu-ray).
GREATEST HITS COLLECTION WITH JOE STRUMMER
The estate of Joe Strummer (The CLASH) is planning a new compilation focusing on his solo works, called "Assembly".
The collection picks mostly from his time in The MESCALEROS, and also includes some of his work from the "Earthquake Weather" era. It also includes 3 unreleased tracks, 2 of which are live recordings of Strummer's band playing "I Fought The Law" and "Rudie Can't Fail", as well as an acoustic version of "Junco Partner".
The release is out on George Harrison's Darkhorse Records on March 26, and you can pre-order it here: joe-strummer.lnk.to/D2C
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN POSTPONE METAL CRUISE
Due to current circumstances, the metal cruise with Close-Up Båten in March has been postponed to September 23-24, 2021.
Confirmed bands are: RAUBTIER, PAIN, SUNGEN, SKITARG, F.K.Ü., MISERY LOVES CO., KNOGJÄRN and MASS WORSHIP.
DYNAZTY CANCEL FINNISH TOUR
Swedish hard rockers DYNAZTY has been forced to cancel their 3 tour dates (Feb. 16-18) in Finland due to the ongoing pandemic.
CRADLE OF FILTH REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
CRADLE OF FILTH has set "Existance Is Futile" as the title of their 13th studio album.
The album will be unleashed later this year through Nuclear Blast Records.
FEB. 3, 2021
PANTERA's PHILIP ANSELMO AND REX BROWN TO TAKE PART IN Q&A SESSION
According to the Dallas Observer, PANTERA's Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown will take part in a question-and-answer session - via videolink - at the launch party for Pantera Golden Ale on Saturday, February 27.
There will be 400 tickets sold, and the event at the Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project will be split into 2 sessions to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. If you buy your tickets before February 9, you can submit a question that will be considered for the question-and-answer session.
DJ Souljah will be the DJ and emcee for the night. Giveaways will include "Reinventing The Steel" CDs album and other limited-edition items like PANTERA and Texas Ale Project collaboration pint glasses and T-shirts. Cane Rosso has created a custom PANTERA pizza for the event.
Dallas Observer Tickets
BOOK ABOUT JUDAS PRIEST DUE IN JUNE
Wymer Publishing has set a June 11 release date for the book "Judas Priest: Decade Of Domination".
Lifelong fan and preeminent metal historian Martin Popoff examines JUDAS PRIEST's rich legacy from 1974 to 1984, album by album, anthem by anthem, in this hugely expanded update on the early years portion of his long-out-of-print "Heavy Metal Painkillers" book.
LASTKAJ 14 NOMINATED FOR GAFFAPRISET
Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 has been nominated for Gaffapriset 2021.
Not really sure what it means, but Gaffa is a Swedish magazine anyway.
UPDATE! Swedish retro folk rockers LYKANTROPI has also been nominated, as well as symphonic metal band ELEINE and black metallers AGES. Punk rockers SLAVERIET and blues rockers BLUES PILLS are also nominated.
You can vote for them here: gaffa.se/priset
NEW ALBUM WITH TERROR IN MARCH
Long-running Los Angeles hardcore outfit TERROR will release their new album, "Trapped In A World", on March 5. The album is a revisit to their earliest records with former guitarist Todd Jones of NAILS, who will also be producing the band's next LP.
"Trapped In A World" features 12 of their most seminal and foundational tracks brutally delivered in less than 24 minutes.
Pre-order here: sticktight.la
MEANWHILE CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
MEANWHILE, ŚMIERĆ, AXE RASH and TUHOON TUOMITUT have been confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival, which is planned for July 9-10 at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS and DEVIATED INSTINCT.
FEB. 2, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS RESCHEDULE U.S. TOUR TO 2022
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS has rescheduled their 2021 North American tour dates to 2022.
More info here: circlejerks.net/tour
U.D.O. ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Heavy metal veterans U.D.O. plan to go on a European tour in November/December, which will kick off in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, and last until December 19 when they play in Pratteln, Switzerland.
The touring will continue in 2022 (dates to be announced later).
Dates and tickets: facebook.com/udoonline
MARILYN MANSON ACCUSED OF ABUSE
On Monday (Feb. 1), actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was engaged to Marilyn Manson from 2010 to 2011, publicly accused Manson of "grooming" her as a teenager and "horrifically" abusing her during their relationship. The 2 reportedly met when she was 18 and he was 36. Since then a couple of other former girlfriends of Manson has also accused him of similar things.
Marilyn Manson has denied the abuse allegations leveled against him, calling them "horrible distortions of reality". Manson posted a statement to Instagram, which you can read here: instagram.com/marilynmanson
In light of these disturbing allegations, his record label Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. The label have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.
HANSI KÜRSCH QUITS DEMONS & WIZARDS
BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has quit his long-running project with ICED EARTH's Jon Schaffer, DEMONS & WIZARDS.
Hansi announced his departure from DEMONS & WIZARDS 2 weeks after Schaffer was arrested for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The 52-year-old ICED EARTH guitarist, who resides in Edinburgh, Indiana, is facing 6 federal criminal charges after he was accused of spraying a police officer with a pepper-based bear repellant.
Kürsch has released a statement here: rockhard.de/artikel/demons-und-wizards-hansi-kuersch-verlaesst-das-projekt_532128.html
FEB. 1, 2021
NEW SUPERGROUP WITH MEMBERS OF SAXON, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, SABATON AND BLACK MAMBA
SPIN THE WHEEL is a new project featuring Biff Byford (SAXON), Eric Peterson (TESTAMENT), Cecilia Nappo (BLACK MAMBA), Hannes Van Dahl (SABATON) and Jay Jay French (TWISTED SISTER).
Watch a brand new video here: youtu.be/Xi-7GEOFaRU
JAN. 31, 2021
THE ANIMALS GUITARIST HILTON VALENTINE IS DEAD
Hilton Valentine, guitarist for British 60s rock band The ANIMALS, has died at the age of 77. Cause of death is unknown.
The ANIMALS are most well-known for the song "House Of The Rising Sun", but also songs like "Don"t Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place".
EX-MEMBERS OF MEGADETH, FIREWIND AND FATES WARNING GOT A NEW PROJECT
Former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has launched a new project with his brother, and fellow ex-MEGADETH member, Glen Drover. The as-yet-unnamed band also features former FATES WARNING bassist Joe DiBiase and German singer Henning Basse, who has previously played with FIREWIND, METALIUM and MAYAN.
JAN. 30, 2021
MARYLAND DEATHFEST RESCHEDULED TO 2022
Maryland Deathfest XVIII has been rescheduled again until 2022. The new dates are May 26-29, 2022.
Among the confirmed acts are: DISMEMBER, SACRAMENTUM, SUFFOCATION, CANCER, NIFELHEIM, MASSACRE, ONSLAUGHT, EXHORDER, GENERAL SURGERY, SKITSYSTEM, BIRDFLESH, VALKYRIA etc. etc.
For more details, go to: deathfests.com
JAN. 29, 2021
BOOK ABOUT SAXON's FIRST 10 YEARS
Wymer Publishing will release "Denim And Leather: Saxon's First Ten Years" on June 11.
The book focuses on the band's golden era, SAXON's prodigious first decade of output, and is 250 pages, with 2 4-page photo sections, loads of fresh interview content, all the facts and dates and even some of the hot disputes.
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD REHEARSAL VERSION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell"
A previously unreleased rehearsal recording of BLACK SABBATH playing the song "Heaven And Hell" in 1979 during the pre-production sessions for the album of the same name can be streamed here: youtu.be/uAk4Z3sX0F4
The track, which features BLACK SABBATH's longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls on bass, was uploaded to YouTube by Geoff's stepson and executor of his estate, Gary Rees.
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New video with Jimmy Blom: "Cancer" - Check it out!
JAN. 28, 2021
CHEAP TRICK TO RELEASE 20th STUDIO ALBUM IN APRIL
American rock legends CHEAP TRICK will release their 20th studio album, "In Another World", on April 9 via BMG.
Check out the new single, "Light Up The Fire", here: youtu.be/2volrJQ0p2U
EX-CRASS SINGER STEVE IGNORANT RESCHEDULE IRISH TOUR
Former CRASS singer Steve Ignorant was supposed to go on a short tour in Ireland in March, where he would perform CRASS songs from 1977-1984. That tour has now been rescheduled for obvious reasons, and will take place in January 2022 instead.
The new dates are these:
Jan. 27, 2022 - Crane Lane, Cork
Jan. 28, 2022 - The Grand Social, Dublin
Jan. 29, 2022 - Voodoo, Belfast
Except for Steve himself, the lineup will be: Carol Hodge on keys and vocals, Jay Bagnall on drums, Pete Rawlinson on bass guitar, and Pete Wilson on electric guitar.
More info about tickets etc., try: facebook.com/steveignorantofficial
JAN. 27, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH SWEET OBLIVION IN APRIL
SWEET OBLIVION featuring Geoff Tate (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) will release a new album, "Relentless", on April 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
NEW ALBUM WITH GREENLEAF IN MARCH
Swedish stoner rockers GREENLEAF will release a new album, "Echoes From A Mass", on March 26 through Napalm Records.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/EchoesFromAMass
PUNK ROCK BOWLING POSTPONED TO THE FALL
American festival Punk Rock Bowling has announced that they will postpone the 2021 version of the festival due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival was originally planned to go ahead in May of this year, but will now be rescheduled for the fall instead.
In a statement on their website the festival stated that they are working on the lineup for the new dates, and will be announcing the new dates and bands soon.
More info at: punkrockbowling.com
G.B.H. POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk legends G.B.H. have to postpone their European tour from March 2021 to October 2021. The new dates will be announced very soon..
JAN. 26, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH HOT BREATH IN APRIL
Swedish action rockers HOT BREATH will finally release their debut album, "Rubbery Lips", on April 9 via The Sign Records.
SNOWY SHAW TO RELEASE NEW SONG EVERY MONTH
Multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw, who has played with KING DIAMOND, SABATON, MERCYFUL FATE, THERION, DREAM EVIL and DIMMU BORGIR, among others, has announced a special album titled "This Is Heavy Metal, Plain & Simple".
Recorded during quarantine and pandemic times as a tribute to 50 years of heavy metal, a homage to a lifestyle as well as a music style, with an underlying theme of doom and gloom, the plan for the LP is for Snowy to release 1 song per month digitally during 2021, and by month 12 in time for Christmas, he will issue a limited-edition double vinyl album with some extra bonus tracks and outtakes.
For this unique album, Snowy has invited lots of his teenage heroes, living legends and former bandmates and friends to participate on guest vocals or guitar solos. The list includes musicians who have played with MANOWAR, SAXON, Ozzy Osbourne, KING DIAMOND, LIZZY BORDEN, SABATON, DEATH SS, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MERCYFUL FATE, SOILWORK, DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY, TORCH, HAMMERFALL and DARK FUNERAL.
The first track out is "Of Hell and Fire", featuring a guest appearance by the Swedish goth girl Scarlet. It is available now on all good digital platforms.
NEW ALBUM WITH APHRODITE IN MARCH
Canadian speed metal band APHRODITE will release their second album, "Orgasmic Glory", on March 30 via Fighter Records.
DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN SHOWS WITH ENFORCER AND XENTRIX
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION are going to Russia with ENFORCER and XENTRIX in the end of the year. The dates are these:
Dec. 3 - Glavclub, Moscow
Dec. 4 - Aurora, St. Petersburg
More info here: destruction2021.ru
STRYPER's OZ FOX TO UNDERGO BRAIN SURGERY
STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox is scheduled to undergo brain surgery later this month to treat one of the tumors that were found in his head - one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain - when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.
More than 2 years after the tumors were discovered, both have grown and are posing a serious health risk to the guitarist, who turned 59 last June. Specifically, the tumor behind the ear, if it continues to grow, could cause hearing loss, balance, vision and spinal problems, while the tumor in the back of Oz's brain is in the area where left side of his arms, hands and body operate. Removing it could affect the upper left motor function and potential ability to recognize faces and objects.
JAN. 25, 2021
FAKE NAMES WORKING ON NEW SONGS
FAKE NAMES - the American/Swedish punk rock band made up of Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED) and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) - have stated that they are working on new material.
THE HAUNTED RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR ONCE AGAIN
Swedish thrash veterans The HAUNTED has once again been forced to postpone their short tour in Sweden, which was originally supposed to happen around Easter last year.
The new dates are:
Sept. 23 - Katalin, Uppsala
Sept. 24 - Plan B, Malmö
Sept. 25 - Denim & Leather, Jönköping
Sept. 30 - Dynamo, Norrköping
Oct. 1 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Oct. 15 - Klubb Undergrunden, Borås
THE STRANGLERS POSTPONE UK TOUR TO 2022
Old British rockers The STRANGLERS has once again postponed their UK tour with RUTS DC as special guests. The tour has now been postponed until early 2022.
Some more happy news are that The STRANGLERS will go on a European tour in the end of 2021, which will kick off in Belgium on October 30 and end in Nantes, France on December 7. The band will also visit the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland and Germany along the way.
All dates and other details can be found here: thestranglers.co.uk
NEW SINGLE WITH TRANSPORT LEAGUE IN MARCH
Swedish metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE will release a new single, "Criminal Energy", on March 12.
JAN. 24, 2021
DEE SNIDER RECORDING NEW ALBUM
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will enter the studio on Monday (Jan. 25) to begin recording the vocals for his next solo album.
NEW SINGLE WITH CHEAP TRICK ON THURSDAY
American rock veterans CHEAP TRICK will release a new single, "Light Up The Fire", on Thursday, January 28.
A short preview is available here: twitter.com/cheaptrick
Pre-save the single here: cheaptrick.lnk.to/LightUpTheFire
JAN. 23, 2021
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD MUSIC FROM AC/DC SINGER BON SCOTT OFFICIALLY RELEASED AFTER 50 YEARS
A box set containing previously unreleased music written and sung by Bon Scott has just been made available via Cherry Red Records.
Founded in Australia, rock band FRATERNITY will forever be associated with Scott, who would later join AC/DC and enjoy worldwide fame. However, Scott's tenure with FRATERNITY has been poorly documented on the reissue market. Of the 2 albums the band had issued at the time, "Livestock" and "Flaming Galah", neither album has been released officially. And their story has never been told accurately.
Half a century later, "Seasons Of Change - The Complete Recordings 1970-1974" finally seeks to amend this oversight. Curated in conjunction with surviving band members (Bruce Howe, John Freeman, Sam See, John Bisset, Uncle John Eyers and the estate of Mick Jurd) and their original manager Hamish Henry, this 3-CD set seeks to offer the complete recorded output of FRATERNITY, including both their albums from 1971-72 (originally issued on Sweet Peach and RCA, respectively), utilizing the original master tapes and best possible remastering sources, adding all relevant non-albums singles As and Bs and EP tracks. Bonus tracks feature FRATERNITY backing The VALENTINES' Vince Lovegrove and their victory at the National Battle Of The Sounds competition where they claimed the title of Australia's No. 1 band.
In addition, research by Victor Marshall for this package uncovered the long-lost Hamish Henry cache of session tapes which have been curated into FRATERNITY's third album "Second Chance". "Second Chance" also features live tracks recorded at PT Lincoln, South Australia as part of their historic Country Arts Tour and unheard songs including vocals and song writing contributions from Bon Scott.
Musically, from their base in Aldgate, South Australia, FRATERNITY ran the gamut of musical styles in vogue on the rock scene at the dawn of the 1970s, from proto-heavy metal to country and soft rock, progressive music and a nod here and there to the earlier psychedelic boom.
The box set can be ordered here: cherryred.co.uk/product/fraternity-seasons-of-change-the-complete-recordings-1970-1974-3cd
JAN. 22, 2021
"NEW" ALBUM WITH SKUMDUM NEXT MONTH
Swedish skate punks SKUMDUM will release a new album, "Proud Minority Deluxe", on February 5. It will be available on Spotify, and will contain 6 tracks from "2 Sides Of The Story", plus 6 songs that never made it to Spotify. 1 of the songs, "Lifeboats", is previously unreleased.
JAN. 21, 2021
NEKROMANTIX POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2022
Psychobilly rockers NEKROMANTIX has postponed their European tour to 2022. All tickets remain valid.
For further details, go to: facebook.com/Nekromantix
VIO-LENCE RECORDING FIRST NEW MUSIC IN OVER 30 YEARS
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have entered Trident Studios in Pacheco, California to begin recording their new EP, tentatively due in late summer via Metal Blade Records. Helming the sessions is producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others.
JAN. 20, 2021
NEW COLLECTION OF LOST TRACKS WITH TOMMY BOLIN
This year will mark the 45th anniversary of the passing of Tommy Bolin, the guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with DEEP PURPLE and The JAMES GANG. And to celebrate the man a new collection of never-before-released outtakes and demos will be released showing the many sides of Bolin's talent.
The collection is called "Shake The Devil - The Lost Sessions" and will be released on February 12 courtesy of Cleopatra Records. Licensed directly from Bolin's estate and with informative liner notes from rock journalist Dave Thompson, these recordings offer both acoustic, instrumental and alternate versions of some of Bolin's best-known tunes.
NEW SONG WITH BAD RELIGION
American punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION have released a new track, "Emancipation Of The Mind", commenting on the US Presidential inauguration.
Listen here: youtu.be/uacdaG5ajX8
JAN. 19, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ELECTRIC BOYS IN APRIL
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS will release their new album, "Ups!de Down", on April 30 via Mighty Music.
The band also has a tour planned in Sweden, and is hoping to widen and include more dates worldwide as circumstances permit.
Pre-order the album here: targetshop.dk/en/electricboys
JAN. 18, 2021
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell are going on a short tour in Sweden in September. Special guest will be The CARBURETORS, and the few dates are:
Sept. 1 - Pustervik, Göteborg
Sept. 2 - Katalin, Uppsala
Sept. 3 - Club Destroyer, Uppsala
Sept. 4 - Berns, Stockholm
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer was taken into custody over the weekend in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
JAN. 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN MARCH
MEMORIAM, the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Spike T Smith (SACRILEGE, CONFLICT, KILLING JOKE, The DAMNED) on drums, will release its 4th studio album, "To The End", on March 26 via Reaper Entertainment.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT X-RAY SPEX SINGER POLY STYRENE TO BE SCREENED AT GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL
Glasgow Film Festival 2021 - now an online event - will be screeening the world premiere of the documentary "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché".
The late Poly was the singer in British punk band X-RAY SPEX, and the film is co-directed by her daughter Celeste Bell and Paul Sng.
More details here: glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/shows/poly-styrene-i-am-a-cliche-pg?fbclid=IwAR3Ec_GqNGI5qX4ZYZKstBAkJiHimStipy9yjB9cT5wtGZVYPtfK2Tt6AD4
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH ENFORCER IN MARCH
Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER will release its second live album, "Live by Fire II", which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 19.
Check out a live video for the first single, "From Beyond": youtu.be/CYKA391G7pQ
Pre-order the album in the format of your choice here: nblast.de/Enforcer-LiveByFireII
Pre-save the album here: nblast.de/EnforcerLiveIIPreSave
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR EX-IRON MAIDEN SINGER PAUL DI'ANNO's KNEE SURGERY
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise £20,000 (approximately $27,000) so former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery.
More info here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kastro-carthorses-2
JAN. 15, 2021
NEW YORK DOLLS GUITARIST SYLVAIN SYLVAIN IS DEAD
NEW YORK DOLLS guitarist Sylvain Sylvain (born Sylvain Mizrahi) passed away on Wednesday (Jan. 13) after a fight with cancer. He was 69 years old.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE CROWN IN MARCH
Swedish death metallers The CROWN has set "Royal Destroyer" as the title of their new album, which will be released on March 12 via Metal Blade Records.
EX-EUROPE GUITARIST KEE MARCELLO TEAM UP WITH FAIR WARNING SINGER TOMMY HEART
Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello have a new band called OUT OF THIS WORLD together with FAIR WARNING vocalist Tommy Heart. The band has just signed to JVC Victor for Japan, and their first album will be mixed by Ron Nevison (KISS, BAD COMPANY, Ozzy Osbourne, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, Vince Neil, Meat Loaf, HEART, CHICAGO etc etc).
More news and details on the album release in the rest of the world and the other musicians on it coming soon.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS POSTPONE UK TOUR AGAIN
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS has once again been forced to postpone their UK tour, which was supposed to happen in March. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
For further details and dates, try: slf.rocks
NEW ALBUM WITH RAPTURE IN MARCH
Greek death/thrash band RAPTURE will release a new album, "Malevolent Demise Incarnation", on March 26 through FDA Records on CD, LP and digital formats, and through Headsplit Records on cassette.
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JAN. 14, 2021
JORN LANDE TO COMPETE IN NORWAY'S EUROVISION NATIONAL SELECTION SHOW "Melodi Grand Prix"
Norwegian hard rock vocalist Jorn Lande will compete this weekend in the first semi-final of Norway's Eurovision Song Contest qualifier, Melodi Grand Prix (MGP).
According to NRK, the network responsible for the Norwegian national final and the country's representation in the Eurovision Song Contest, a total of 26 acts will take part in Melodi Grand Prix. Through 5 preliminary heats and a wildcard round, 12 of them will make it to the big final on February 20.
Jorn is 1 of 4 acts who will compete in the first heat on Saturday, January 16. This semi-final features artists competing for only 1 place in the grand final where they will join the 6 artists who have already pre-qualified. After the 5 semi-finals are completed, 1 more show will announce which of the excluded acts has earned the golden ticket to the grand finale.
Jorn will perform his new single "Faith Bloody Faith", which you can hear here: youtu.be/IXJM_kMjW9Y
VANILLA FUDGE AND CACTUS BASSIST TIM BOGERT IS DEAD
Tim Bogert, bassist and founding member of VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS and supergroup BECK, BOGERT & APPICE, has died at age 76.
SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, KATTHEM AND HÅRDGNISSEL NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
The nominated for Manifestgalan (award for Swedish independent artists) has just been announced.
In the metal category we can find: SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, SVARTKONST and NOVARUPTA.
In the category punk are: KATTHEM, HÅRDGNISSEL, SPADER KUNG and ETT DöDENS MASKINERI.
And in the rock category are: HOLLOW SHIP, ALLERGIC TO HUMANS, MARTIN SAVAGE GANG and MARIANNE'S MARERITT.
Finally, in the category "Årets nykomling" (newcomer of the Year) we can find the rockers REACH and the young punks BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING.
This year's gala will be held digitally on February 26.
More info and categories at: manifestgalan.se
JAN. 13, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH THE QUILL IN MARCH
Swedish hard rock band The QUILL will release their 9th studio album, "Earthrise", on March 26 via Metalville Records.
The QUILL play deep 70s heavy rock, and features members from bands like HANOI ROCKS, ELECTRIC BOYS, ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, CIRCUS PRÜTZ, AYREON etc.
DELUXE EDITIONS OF BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell" AND "Mob Rules" TO INCLUDE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
Rhino are going to release newly remastered versions of the classic BLACK SABBATH albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". Both albums will be expanded with rare and unreleased music.
"Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition" and "Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition" will be released separately on March 5. Each album will be available on 2-CD and 2-LP. Due to space constraints, both vinyl editions include a selection of bonus material from the CDs. The music will also be available via digital download and streaming services the same day.
A rare live version of "Heaven And Hell" and a previously unreleased live version of "The Mob Rules" are both available today as digital singles and can be streamed here: Heaven And Hell The Mob Rules
EXTREME METAL DRUMMER NICK BARKER LAUNCHES HARDCORE BAND
BORSTAL is a brand new U.K. hardcore band featuring Pierre Mendivil (KNUCKLEDUST), Nick Barker (BRUJERIA, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT) and members of DRIPBACK and KING OF PIGS. The group will release its debut EP, titled "At Her Majesty's Pleasure", on April 1 via 4Family Records.
Check out their first single, "Vicious Circles": youtu.be/qLCX-kzjyiw
NEW ALBUM WITH NOFX IN FEBRUARY
Longstanding California punk rock band NOFX will release its 14th full-length album, titled "Single Album", on Friday, February 26 via Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR EUROPE
Geoff Tate's (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) 30th Anniversary of "Empire" and "Rage For Order" European Tour dates have now been rescheduled from March/April of 2021 to March/April of 2022. All previously purchased tickets and meet and greet passes will be honored.
Dates and tickets: geofftate.com/events-list
JAN. 12, 2021
SEX PISTOLS GUITARIST STEVE JONES' AUTOBIOGRAPHY BECOMES FX SERIES
A few years ago, Steve Jones of SEX PISTOLS released his autobiography, "Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol". That book is being made into a 6-part FX mini-series called "Pistol", which is expected later this year. Danny Boyle is directing and executive producing the series. Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce co-wrote the series.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH U.D.O. IN MARCH
Heavy metal veterans U.D.O. will release their fifth live album, "Live In Bulgaria 2020 - Pandemic Survival Show", on March 19. It will be available as CD/DVD, Blu-ray/CD and very strong limited vinyl (audio only).
The recording was done at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on September 18, 2020.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/UDOLiveInBulgaria
JAN. 11, 2021
KEYBOARDIST MICHAEL FONFARA IS DEAD
Internationally renowned Canadian keyboard player Michael Fonfara has died in a Toronto hospital on January 8, 2021, due to complications from his 2-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
Fonfara appeared on 9 of Lou Reed's albums between 1974 and 2005. He also recorded with FOREIGNER, The EVERLY BROTHERS, ROUGH TRADE, RHINOCEROS, ELECTRIC FLAG and was a current and 30-year plus member of Canadian blues legends DOWNCHILD.
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE AND LA FRACTION CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS and DEVIATED INSTINCT are the first bands to be confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival, which happens at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
LIVE ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE KEYBOARDIST DON AIREY
earMUSIC will release a live album with keyboard player Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-RAINBOW, Gary Moore, WHITESNAKE etc) on February 26.
The album is titled "Live in Hamburg", and was recorded at the Fabrik club in Hamburg, Germany on March 14, 2017. The setlist contains a mix of tracks from the bands Don has been involved with over the years, as well as some originals.
ABRAMIS BRAMA TO RE-RELEASE "Enkel Biljett" ON DOUBLE VINYL
Swedish retro hard rockers ABRAMIS BRAMA will have their 6th album, "Enkel Biljett", reissued on double LP on February 26.
This edition will also feature 2 live tracks from the Krökabacken festival, plus the previously unreleased song "Självdör".
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/BLOD134
CIRKUS PRÜTZ TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy/blues rockers CIRKUS PRÜTZ will enter the studio in February to record a new album, which will be released later this year.
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH ON FRIDAY
Swedish high energy rockers HOT BREATH will release the second single, "Who's The One", from their upcoming debut album, "Rubbery Lips", on Friday, January 15.
MEGAFORCE RECORDS CO-FOUNDER MARSHA ZAZULA IS DEAD
Marsha Zazula, who co-founded Megaforce Records in 1983 with her husband Jon (a.k.a. Jonny Z), died yesterday (Jan. 10) at the age of 68.
JAN. 9, 2021
NEW SONG WITH THE DICTATORS NEXT FRIDAY
It looks like the old New York punk/rock n roll band The DICTATORS are going to release a new song and video on January 15.
I don't know much else right now..
NEW ALBUM WITH CAGE LATER THIS YEAR
Heavy metal band CAGE will spend the next 30 days writing and recording and finishing up the over 20 songs they have for the upcoming 2021 record.
JAN. 8, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER WANTED BY FBI
ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer is among dozens of people wanted by the FBI for storming Capitol Hill earlier this week.
The FBI's Washington Field Office early Friday morning released 40 photos of people who are suspected of unlawful entry during a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out on Wednesday (Jan. 6) during the final Congressional vote recording for the 2020 general election.
WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE "The Blues Album" IN FEBRUARY
WHITESNAKE celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group's best blues-rock songs. "The Blues Album" is the third and final release in the band's "Red, White And Blues" trilogy, a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began last year with "Love Songs" (red) and "The Rock Album" (white).
"The Blues Album" is available for pre-order now, and will be available on February 19 digitally and on CD and as a double-LP set pressed on 180-gram, blue vinyl. Like "The Rock Album" and "Love Songs", all the tracks on "The Blues Album" have been revisited, remixed, and remastered.
JAN. 7, 2021
RELEASE OF ACCEPT's NEW ALBUM POSTPONED 2 WEEKS
Nuclear Blast has unfortunately been forced to postpone the release of ACCEPT's new album, "Too Mean To Die", from January 15 to January 29.
"Due to a COVID-19 related pressing plant closure the finished product has been massively delayed so that the planned release on January 15th, 2021 cannot be kept", says Nuclear Blast.
JAN. 5, 2021
NEW EP WITH VICE SQUAD OUT NOW
Long running UK punk rockers VICE SQUAD are continuing their series of Isolation themed EPs. The new one, "Vice-O-Lation Vol 3", has 4 tracks and is out now via Last Rockers Records.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH GATUPLAN IN FEBRUARY
Swedish punk rock/power pop band GATUPLAN, Inge Johansson's (The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY, AGAINST ME!, CSS, STILETT, ALONZO & FAS 3, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, KNUGEN FALLER) new band, will release their debut album, "Kampen Går Vidare!", on February 26 via Wild Kingdom.
A new single, "Dee Dee Ramone", will be released on Friday, January 8.
The band also features members from DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, TWOPOINTEIGHT and KNUGEN FALLER.
Pre-order the album: orcd.co/kampen-gar-vidare
I AM MORBID TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MORBID ANGEL's "Blessed Are The Sick" WITH EURO TOUR
I AM MORBID - the band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Kelly McLauchlin - will celebrate the 30th anniversary of MORBID ANGEL's second album, "Blessed Are The Sick", with a European tour in September/October. Support on the trek will come from GRAVE, GRUESOME and PYREXIA.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/IAMMORBIDBand
JAN. 4, 2021
CHILDREN OF BODOM GUITARIST ALEXI LAIHO IS DEAD
Alexi Laiho, known as the frontman for Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM, has passed away. He died in his home in Helsinki, Finland last week. The 41-year-old guitarist/vocalist suffered from long-term health issues during the last years.
Alexi's last band was BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. He also played with bands like WARMEN, SINERGY, KYLÄHULLUT and The LOCAL BAND.
JAN. 3, 2021
FINNEGAN'S HELL RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers FINNEGAN'S HELL are back in the studio to record a new album.
JAN. 1, 2021
UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY ABOUT QUEENSRŸCHE
NW Metalworx Music has announced it will publish the first-ever QUEENSRŸCHE biography in late 2021, as part of the NW Metalworx book line.
Written by James R. Beach, with Brian L. Naron and Brian J. Heaton, "Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche", takes a deep dive on QUEENSRŸCHE, from its original members' musical beginnings in the high schools of suburban Seattle, to the group's rise to stardom in the 1990s.
The book is an unauthorized account, and is slated for a fall 2021/winter 2022 release on NW Metalworx Music's web site, Amazon and other retailers.
FEAR TO REISSUE "Live...For The Record"
American punk band FEAR will release a deluxe expanded edition of 1991's "Live...For the Record" for its 30th anniversary.
The original 19-track album was a recording of the band performing on Los Angeles radio station KPFK, and was released by Restless Records. The reissue will be a 2-CD/3-LP set containing the entire KPFK show as well as a previously unreleased show from their 1982 tour in support of "The Record".
The album will be released soon via Atom Age Industries.