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Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) - Born on Feb. 19, 1948
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10 LATEST REVIEWS
RIOT GRRRL SESSIONS: The 1st Session - Album (Punk rock/Post punk)
MERRYWEATHER STARK: Carved In Rock - Album (Hard rock)
PONTUS SNIBB'S WRECK OF BLUES: Too Late To Die Young - Album (Blues rock)
Ossian Smith: Sleepless Town - Digital EP (Rock)
ODDNOTE: Oddnote - Album (Alternative hard rock)
HENRY METAL: War In Heaven - Album (Metal/Hard rock)
GRIMNER: Vanadrottning - Album (Folk metal)
FUNERARY BELL: Undead Revelations - Album (Black heavy metal)
ELEINE: Until The End - Album (Symphonic metal)
JJ Mortensen and Reidar Assine at Café Nära in Borås, Sweden on February 16, 2018 (Singer/Songwriter)
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FOREIGNER TO RELEASE ALBUM WITH ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
For the first time ever, FOREIGNER will present all its hits with a 58-piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir with the album "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus", available on April 27 via earMUSIC.
In May 2017 the band performed 2 sold-out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland, together with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel. And that's where the recordings on the album comes from, which will be available as CD and DVD.

DIA PSALMA, CHARTA 77 AND MIMIKRY CONFIRMED FOR HELGEÅFESTIVALEN
DIA PSALMA, CHARTA 77, MIMIKRY and The HEADLINES have been confirmed for Helgeåfestivalen in Knislinge, Sweden on July 5-7.
Confirmed since earlier are ARCH ENEMY, BACKYARD BABIES, ELECTRIC BOYS, H.E.A.T., DAN REED NETWORK, CRASHDÏET etc.
helgeafestivalen.se
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Canan, Tiger Bell MEMBERS FROM TIGER BELL, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, TANT STRUL ETC. TEAM UP FOR RIOT GRRRL SESSIONS
RIOT GRRRL SESSIONS is the name of a project where 12 Swedish rock musicians team up to spend a week in the studio. Among the members are Canan Rosén (TWIN PIGS, TIGER BELL, SATIRNINE), Kajsa Grytt (TANT STRUL), ex-CRUCIFIED BARBARA and current The HEARD members Klara Force and Nicki Wicked, Frida (The BABOON SHOW) and Maja (HEAVY TIGER). Every person involved in this project is a woman, transperson or non binary.
The debut album, simply titled "The 1st Session", will be released on February 23 via GMR Music. The music is a mixture of punk rock and post punk.
riotgrrrlsessions.com   gmrmusic.se

EX-MSG SINGER JARI TIURA TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and current CENTURY LOST and STARGAZERY singer Jari Tiura will release his debut solo album, "King Of Lions", on March 23 via AOR Heaven.
jaritiura.com   aorheaven.com

Motorhead UNAUTHORIZED MOTÖRHEAD BOOK DUE IN APRIL
Due on April 20 via Wymer Publishing, "Visions Of Motörhead" is a 128-page photographic book of largely unpublished, never-before-seen MOTÖRHEAD images that bring together a mixture of concert photos and off stage shots from the late 70s through to the late 80s, covering the classic era with Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke through to the 4-man lineup with Phil Campbell, Würzel and Pete Gill. Photos are mainly from the collections of concert photographer Alan Perry and press photographer Tony Mottram who photographed the band on numerous ocassions for Sounds and Raw magazines. The book also includes personal recollections of one of the stage hands who helped build the stage for the open air festival at Port Vale football ground that complements the photos from that gig.
The never-before-seen images include shots from recording sessions and video shoots plus back stage at the 10th anniversary gig at Hammersmith, June 1985.
Fans who order before March 24 will have their names printed within a dedicated page in the book.
According to Wymer, "Visions Of Motörhead" has not been authorized or approved by MOTÖRHEAD or their management.
wymeruk.co.uk/visions-of-motorhead.html

Danko Jones DANKO JONES RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has entered The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia to record a new album with producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, TESTAMENT, The MELVINS), presumably for release later this year.
dankojones.com

NEW ALBUM WITH BLITZKRIEG IN APRIL
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans BLITZKRIEG will release their new album, "Judge Not!", on April 27 via Mighty Music.
blitzkriegmusic.com

UNANIMATED SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Swedish death/black metal act UNANIMATED have signed a worldwide 3-album deal with Century Media Records. The band plan to release a new album in the fall/autumn.
facebook.com/Unanimated-Official   centurymedia.com

ATTENTAT ANNOUNCES HOMETOWN SHOW
Swedish punk rock legends ATTENTAT will celebrate their 40-year anniversary with a hometown show at Bellmans Salonger in their hometown Göteborg on April 21. Tickets go on sale February 20, and are limited to 300 only.
More information at attentat.nu

220 VOLT TO SUPPORT AXEL RUDI PELL
Swedish hard rock veterans 220 VOLT are going to be special guests on Axel Rudi Pell's 3 Swedish tour dates. And those dates are:
May 10 - Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers (sold out!)
May 13 - Stockholm, Klubben Fryshuset
May 14 - Malmö, KB
facebook.com/220VoltOfficial   axel-rudi-pell.de
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Honeymoon Disease HONEYMOON DISEASE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH DEATH ALLEY
Swedish rock band HONEYMOON DISEASE are going on a European tour in May together with the Dutch band DEATH ALLEY. The dates are:
May 08 FR Paris Gibus Live
May 09 FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur
May 10 ES San Sebastian Dabadaba
May 11 ES Barcelona Sala Upload Barcelona
May 12 FR Clermont Ferrand Camille Claudel
May 13 CH Olten Coq d'Or
May 15 DE Leipzig die naTo
May 16 DE Nurnberg club stereo
May 17 DE Dortmund FZW
May 18 DE Lohr am Main Umsonst & Drinnen Festival
May 19 DE Lichtenfels Paunchy Cats Inn Bar
HONEYMOON DISEASE will soon announce more European tour dates..
honeymoondisease.com   deathalley.nl

METALLICA TO RECEIVE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE
METALLICA will be honored with the prestigious Polar Music Prize. They have been chosen as one of the 2018 recipients of Sweden's biggest music award.
metallica.com   polarmusicprize.org

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS TEAM UP WITH STYX AND TESLA FOR NORTH AMMERICAN TOUR
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will team up with hard rockers STYX and TESLA for a North American tour that will last from May 30 to July 15. Tour dates and ticket information at facebook.com/joanjettandtheblackhearts, styxworld.com or TeslaTheBand.com

NEW SINGLE WITH RAINBOW NEXT MONTH
The first new RAINBOW single since 1996, "Waiting For A Sign", will be made available on March 16. The track will be included on "Memories in Rock II", which is due on April 6 via Minstrel Hall/Soulfood. The set will also contain a double CD of the June 2017 U.K. RAINBOW concerts, a DVD containing over 80 minutes of interview footage with the band and crew, an additional backstage clip and a video for the 2017 studio version of "I Surrender".

Saxon SAXON TO TOUR UK WITH Y&T AND WAYWARD SONS
SAXON will do a second tour in UK in October, together with special guests Y&T and WAYWARD SONS. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 16. ..and the dates are:
Oct. 18 - Glasgow, Barrowlands
Oct. 19 - London, Roundhouse
Oct. 20 - Portsmouth, Guildhall
Oct. 21 - Manchester, Academy
saxon747.com   YandTRocks.com

BAD BRAINS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
According to BAD BRAINS frontman H.R. (a.k.a. Joseph I), the band are currently recording a follow-up to their 2012 album "Into The Future".

CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES MORE TOUR DATES
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET have announced some new tour dates in The Netherlands, Italy and Germany. For dates and ticket information, go to crashdiet.org/tour

DOYLE ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will be launching the "As We Die World Abomination Tour 2018" this Spring. Beginning February 21 in Clifton, NJ, the tour winds through North America before crossing to the UK March 26 in Birmingham, England, and will later move through Russia before finishing up April 9 in St. Petersburg, Russia. KILLUS and DeadXll will be joining on the UK and Russia run.
Upon his stateside return, Doyle will also be performing at the 20th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Fest on April 21 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.
For more information, go to officialdoyle.com

JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST GLENN TIPTON DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
10 years ago, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the onset of the early stages of Parkinson's disease. From then until recently, the 70-year-old musician has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important.
Right now, Glenn is able to play and perform some of the JUDAS PRIEST songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won't be be touring with the band.
True to the metal spirit of "the show must go on", Glenn has requested JUDAS PRIEST producer and HELL guitarist Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him.
JUDAS PRIEST's new album, "Firepower", will be released on March 9 via Epic.
judaspriest.com

EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER STEVEN ADLER TO PERFORM ENTIRE "APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION" ALBUM
According to Alex Grossi, QUIET RIOT guitarist and agent for the BTE Inc. (Bigg Time Entertainment) booking agency, former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler has revived his ADLER'S APPETITE band and is planning to embark on a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of GN'R's classic debut album, "Appetite For Destruction". He is expected to play the landmark LP in its entirety "plus other GN'R classics".

FOGHAT BASSIST CRAIG MACGREGOR HAS DIED
FOGHAT bassist Craig MacGregor died on Friday, February 9 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old.

BULLET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET will be touring in Europe in May. For some reason they need 3 support acts: special guests SCREAMER, as well as opening acts REXORIA and JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR. Dates can be found at facebook.com/bulletband
BULLET's new album, "Dust To Gold", will be released on April 20.

Thastrom THÅSTRÖM AND THE HELLACOPTERS TEAM UP FOR GIG IN HUSKVARNA
Swedish rock legend Thåström will team up with Swedish action rock legends The HELLACOPTERS for a unique concert at Folkets Park in Huskvarna, Sweden on August 24. Both artists will do a full set, and tickets are on sale now.
thastrom.se   hellacopters.com   huskvarnafolketspark.se

MR. BIG DRUMMER PAT TORPEY HAS DIED
Drummer and founding member of MR. BIG, Pat Torpey, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson's disease.
mrbigsite.com

SOULFLY CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
SOULFLY have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 13-14.
Already confirmed since earlier are WATAIN, VENOM, AT THE GATES, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER, The LURKING FEAR, F.K.Ü., TYRANEX etc.
geflemetalfestival.se

EUROPE WIN GRAMMIS
EUROPE won a Grammis (Swedish Grammy) last night for their latest album "Walk The Earth".
europetheband.com   grammis.se

ATTENTAT TO CELEBRATE 40 IN LINKÖPING AND UDDEVALLA
Swedish punk rockers ATTENTAT have added 2 more shows to their upcoming 40th anniversary tour:
April 20 - Platset, Linköping, Sweden
April 28 - Mortens Krog, Uddevalla
attentat.nu

NEW RELEASE DATE FOR ARCH ENEMY'S VINYL BOX
Due to delays in production, the release of ARCH ENEMY's deluxe vinyl box set, "1996 – 2017", will be postponed. The new release date will be March 9.
The hand-numbered box set includes all 10 studio albums and a bonus Gatefold 2LP featuring covers and bonus tracks recorded between 1996 and 2017, and comes with a 36-page-booklet with liner notes. All albums are mastered for vinyl.
You can pre-order the box set at archenemy.lnk.to/1996-2017

HONEYMOON DISEASE ANNOUNCES SPANISH TOUR
Swedish rock band HONEYMOON DISEASE are going to Spain in April for 5 shows. The dates are:
April 11 - Lata de Zinc, Oviedo
April 12 - La Fábrica de Chocolate Club, Vigo
April 13 - Sala Caracol Madrid, Madrid
April 14 - Hell Dorado/Club Sónico/Kultur Elkartea, Vitoria
April 15 - Satélite T, Bilbao
honeymoondisease.com

Abramis Brama ABRAMIS BRAMA SIGNS WITH BLACK LODGE RECORDS, NEW ALBUM IN APRIL
Swedish retro heavy rockers ABRAMIS BRAMA have signed to Black Lodge Records, who will release the band's 7th studio album, "Tusen År", on April 20.
Tour dates will be announced soon..
abramisbrama.com

ARCH ENEMY ADD MORE FRENCH SHOWS
International melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY have added 5 more shows in France in June to their schedule. The new dates are as follows:
June 02 - La Laiterie, Strasbourg
June 03 - La Rodia, Besançon
June 05 - Aeronef, Lille
June 06 - L'Autre Canal, Nancy
June 11 - Cabaret Aleatoire, Marseille
For more tour dates, go to archenemy.net

W.A.S.P., PAIN AND F.K.Ü. CONFIRMED FOR METALLSVENSKAN
W.A.S.P., PAIN and F.K.Ü. have been confirmed for the Metallsvenskan festival in Norrköping, Sweden on June 15-16.
Confirmed since earlier are GRAVEYARD, SATYRICON, EXODUS, BULLET, The KRISTET UTSEENDE, HULKOFF and SONATA ARCTICA. More artists will be announced soon..
metallsvenskan.net

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
According to the NY Daily News, earlier this week, Handsome Dick Manitoba of New York punk rockers The DICTATORS was arrested for domestic assault. Manitoba was charged with crimes related to allegedly choking his 51-year-old ex-girlfriend Zoe Hansen. Manitoba faces 3 counts of third-degree assault and 1 count each of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment. He is due back in court on March 26 in state court in Manhattan.

DRUMMER BOBBY ROCK TO RELEASE MEMOIR IN MAY
Veteran rock drummer Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON, Lita Ford) will tentatively release his memoir, "The Boy Is Gonna Rock: A Drummer's Journey From Houston To Hollywood In Search Of Hair Metal Heaven", in May. The book is described as "a very detailed and personal 12-chapter memoir about the entire VINNIE VINCENT INVASION saga".
The book will initially be available through a PledgeMusic campaign, which will kick off in March.
The book's preface can be read at bobbyrock.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/new-book-announcement-the-boy-is-gonna-rock

CLIFF BURTON DAY IN CASTRO VALLEY ON FEBRUARY 10
Cliff Burton will be honored with a "Cliff Burton Day" on February 10 in Castro Valley, California. The proclamation comes after METALLICA fans started a Change.org petition and tallied thousands of signatures to recognize the band's late bassist.
Burton was born in Castro Valley. His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 in Sweden.

ARCH ENEMY ADD MORE SWEDISH SHOWS
International melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY have added 5 more shows in Sweden to their schedule. The new dates are as follows:
July 2 - Club Deströyer, Sundsvall
July 3 - Gasklockorna, Gävle
July 5 - Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
July 6 - Arbis, Norrköping
July 7 - Helgeåfestivalen, Knislinge
For more tour dates, go to archenemy.net
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