FEB. 25, 2020
THE HELLACOPTERS, BLACK STAR RIDERS AND LEE AARON CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The HELLACOPTERS, 10CC, BLACK STAR RIDERS, ELUVEITIE, Lee Aaron, BARONESS, The WILDHEARTS and GRAVE are among the latest acts to be confirmed for this summer's Sweden Rock Festival, which happens in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
Confirmed since earlier are: GUNS N' ROSES, IN FLAMES, MERCYFUL FATE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, STRYPER, TURBONEGRO, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, KVELERTAK, Michael Monroe, WITCHCRAFT, SONATA ARCTICA, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, BOMBUS, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, RAGE, ORPHANED LAND, MÅNEGARM, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, PRAYING MANTIS, NARNIA, HORISONT, VA ROCKS, DEATH BY HORSE, BROWSING COLLECTION, HONEYBURST etc. etc.
50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OF THE STOOGES' "Fun House"
The STOOGES are going to release a massive box set for the 50th Anniversary of their second album, "Fun House" (1970). The set includes the original album mastered at 45rpm across 2 slabs of vinyl, the "Complete Funhouse Sessions" (which are the remaining recordings from the album sessions), "Live at Unganos" (which was the record release party for the album), 2 7" singles, a 28-page book, and other novelties. There will be a total of 15 vinyl LPs in this box set.
There are 1970 copies being made, and it will be released on July 17 via Rhino.
More info and pre-order here: Rhino.lnk.to/FunHouse
URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
Legendary progressive hard rock band URIAH HEEP will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a fall tour of the U.K.
The dates are these:
Nov. 01 - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Nov. 02 - Gateshead, Sage
Nov. 03 - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Nov. 04 - London, The Palladium
Nov. 06 - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Nov. 07 - Cardiff, St. David's Hall
Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 28.
ALICE COOPER, SAXON AND SKID ROW CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE
Alice Cooper will headline the 2021 edition of the Monsters Of Rock cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Monday, February 8 for 5 days and nights, with 2 breathtaking ports of call: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.
Other confirmed acts include: CRAZY LIXX, ECLIPSE, KIX, L.A. GUNS, LIT, LOUDNESS, Michael Monroe, Pat Travers, PINK CREAM 69, ROSE TATTOO, SAXON, SKID ROW, Tom Keifer and XYZ.
More info at: monstersofrockcruise.com
FEB. 24, 2020
METALLICA PULLS OUT OF SONIC TEMPLE AND LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVALS
METALLICA has pulled out of this year's Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals in USA. Replacing them on the bill at Sonic Temple will be TOOL and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has released a statement here: facebook.com/Metallica
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW DATES IN USA
WHITESNAKE have announced some new dates in USA. These dates are:
Aug. 24 - Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 28 - Tulsa, OK
Aug. 29 - Norman, OK
Aug. 31 - San Antonio, TX
More info at: whitesnake.com
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SABATON
JUDAS PRIEST celebrate their 50-year anniversary this year with a world tour, which will come to the States in the fall. This tour will also feature SABATON as openers.
The tour begin at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD on September 9, and will end in Las Vegas, NV on October 17.
For dates and other details, go to: judaspriest.com
FLOGGING MOLLY AND BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED FOR SALTY DOG CRUISE
Celtic/folk punk rockers FLOGGING MOLLY have announced the first round of bands for their 6th Annual Salty Dog Cruise. And among these artists are: FLOGGING MOLLY (of course), DESCENDENTS, BAD RELIGION, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES etc.
The Cruise will take place November 5-9, and will set sail from Tampa, Florida. There will be stops in Key West, Florida and CocoCay, Bahamas.
More info here: floggingmollycruise.com
DESTRUCTION AND TESTAMENT FORCED TO CANCEL ITALIAN SHOWS DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Following the order signed by the President of the Lombardy Region, Good Music and Erocks are forced to cancel the concert with DESTRUCTION, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SUICIDAL ANGELS and FINAL BREATH scheduled for Sunday, March 1 at the Legend Club in Milan, Italy.
DESTRUCTION will try their best to rebook the show as a part of the second leg of the "Thrash Alliance" European tour.
All the events scheduled at the Trezzo Live Club in Milano has also been canceled for the same reason as above, which means that the concert with TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL on February 25 won't happen either.
testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us
SCORPIONS AND WHITESNAKE RESCHEDULE SYDNEY CONCERT, BUT CANCEL AUCKLAND
The SCORPIONS and WHITESNAKE show which was meant to go ahead at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, February 22 has now been rescheduled to take place this Wednesday, February 26. All existing tickets remain valid without the need for exchange.
Unfortunately, due to insurmountable logistical issues, the SCORPIONS and WHITESNAKE show scheduled to take place at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday, February 27 has been canceled.
THE EXPLOITED ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED have a new guitarist: Stevie Campbell.
His first shows with the band will be in New Zealand and Australia next month.
METALTOWN IS BACK
The Metaltown festival will be back this summer where it all began, at Bananpiren in Göteborg, Sweden on August 5. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 26.
Confirmed acts are no other than: SLIPKNOT, Max & Iggor Cavalera, RAISED FIST, AVATAR, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BOMBUS and NERVED.
Jimmy Blom: Laglöst Land (Crust/Punk) - youtu.be/x2PaKAAkCBA
FEB. 22, 2020
TERVEET KÄDET TO TOUR IN BRAZIL
Finnish hardcore/punk veterans TERVEET KÄDET are going to Brazil in March. The tour start on March 13 in Sto André, and will last until March 28.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/Lapinhelvettiofficial
SCORPIONS FRONTMAN KLAUS MEINE HOSPITALIZED IN MELBOURNE
Klaus Meine, vocalist for German hard rock legends SCORPIONS, are currently at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he had a kidney stone surgery. He will probably not be back on his feet until early next week, so the SCORPIONS show in Sydney tonight (Feb. 22) will have to be postponed until next week.
UPDATE! The concert in Brisbane on Monday (Feb. 24) has been canceled.
NEW ALBUM WITH METAL CHURCH IN APRIL
American metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release "From The Vault" on April 10 via Rat Pak Records.
This latest release is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased songs from the Mike Howe era, including 4 newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band's fan favorite classic "Conductor". The remaining tracks are compiled from various recordings in the band's history and include 5 tracks from 2018's "Damned If You Do" recording sessions, 3 cover songs and 2 live tracks - "Agent Green" and "Anthem To The Estranged" - which was recorded at the famous Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on the "Damned If You Do" world tour.
"From The Vault" is available for pre-order in numerous configurations here: ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church
3 NEW SINGLES WITH MÄBE
Swedish rock artist MÄBE will release 3 new singles during the spring, which are said to be different from what he and the band have done before. There will be 1 single each month, with 1 new song and 1 old song in a piano version.
March 20: "Änglamakaren" / "Norrskensskimmer Och Solnedgång"
April 23: "Skimrande, Glittrande" / "Det Dom Kallar Frid"
May 21: "Djävulsmusiken" / "Pannkakskungen"
FEB. 21, 2020
DROPKICK MURPHYS AND RANCID ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
This May, 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 guest Jesse Ahern supporting. As was the case on the original "From Boston To Berkeley" run in 2017, the final band of the night will vary by date, with either DROPKICK MURPHYS or RANCID as the closing act.
For more info, try 1 of these: dropkickmurphys.com rancidrancid.com
THE BUSINESS CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING
Although founding member and singer Micky Fitz passed away from cancer in 2016, British street punks The BUSINESS has done the occasional tribute with guest singers. And it looks like that tradition will continue at Punk Rock Bowling 2020. Mike Braids of ARCH RIVALS will handle vocals at the group's May 23 show at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.
Punk Rock Bowling runs May 21-25. More details here: punkrockbowling.com
FEB. 20, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH NAGLFAR IN MAY
It's already 8 yeras since Swedish black metallers NAGLFAR released their latest album. But now they have re-signed with Century Media Records, who will release their new album, "Cerecloth", worldwide on May 8.
SLIPKNOT REVEAL LINEUP FOR KNOTFEST AT SEA
The lineup for Knotfest At Sea has been revealed featuring 2 headline sets by SLIPKNOT, plus multiple performances by ANTHRAX, BEHEMOTH, DEVILDRIVER, SEVENDUST, SKINDRED, Ho99o9, HIGHER POWER, SLEEP TOKEN and more..
The cruise will sail August 10-14 from Barcelona, Spain to Naples, Italy and include over 40 different shows and intimate onboard experiences across 5 stages.
More info at: knotfestatsea.com
NEW ALBUM WITH BON JOVI IN MAY
A new song with BON JOVI, "Limitless", was released today.
The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "2020", which will be released on May 15.
FORMER ANTHRAX SINGER DAN NELSON PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACKING 2 OLDER MEN
Former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has pleaded guilty to beating 2 elderly men inside a Queens, New York hotel last summer.
The 43-year-old musician was accused of punching the older men on August 30, 2019 at the Aloft New York LaGuardia Airport hotel in East Elmhurst.
Nelson appeared in court on January 17 and pleaded guilty to charges of one count of second degree assault for injuring a victim aged 65 or older and one count of assault of recklessly causing physical injury. Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.
The alleged attack happened after one of the victims asked Nelson a question that apparently set the singer off.
MATS LEVÉN JOINS DENNER'S INFERNO
Swedish singer Mats Levén (ex-CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, KRUX, TREAT etc) is the new singer in the Danish hard rock band DENNER'S INFERNO, which is led by guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND).
The first show with Mats will be at the Nordic Noise festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, which happens at Ameger Bio on May 8-9.
More info about the festival here: nordicnoise.dk
Check out DENNER'S INFERNO here: facebook.com/DennersInferno
FEB. 19, 2020
MICHAEL SWEET AND TONY HARNELL TO TEAM UP FOR "Tour 1987"
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet and former TNT singer Tony Harnell will join forces for the "Tour 1987" in May.
The dates are:
May 14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos'
May 15 - Hopewell, VA - The Beacon Theater
May 16 - Rocky Mount, VA - The Harvester
May 20 - Niagara Falls, NY - Evening Star Concert Hall
May 22 - Teaneck, NJ - Debonair Music Hall
May 23 - New Bedford, MA - The Greasy Luck
May 24 - Ottawa, ON - The Brass Monkey
May 26 - Toronto, ON - The Rockpile
May 28 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
May 29 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge
May 30 - Versailes, OH - BMI Speedway
FU MANCHU CELEBRATE 30 WITH GLOBAL TOUR
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of desert rockers FU MANCHU, and the band is celebrating with the announcement of a massive global tour that will run from spring to fall and ultimately culminate with hometown shows in November.
For confirmed dates, try: fu-manchu.com
Additional anniversary-related announcements and more tour dates will follow in the coming months.
NEW ALBUM WITH RÅTTORNA THIS SPRING
Reunited Swedish punk rock band RÅTTORNA will release a vinyl LP this spring. I have no title or release date yet..
FEB. 18, 2020
RONNIE JAMES DIO DOCUMENTARY COMING FROM BMG
According to Variety, BMG will finance and executive produce the first-ever career-spanning documentary on legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF). The film will be helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton ("Framing John DeLorean", "Believer", "Last Days Here"), produced by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce for 9.14 Pictures, and executive produced by Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.
The as-yet-untitled documentary will include rare archival footage and photos from Ronnie's personal archives, including clips featuring Dio's closest peers, friends and family.
NEW EP WITH ABORTED IN APRIL
Belgian gore/death metal veterans ABORTED are going to release a new 3-track EP, "La Grande Mascarade", on April 17 via Century Media Records.
ABORTED have also added a string of headline dates to their upcoming U.S. tour.
For more info, try 1 of these: facebook.com/Abortedofficial centurymedia.com
K.K. DOWNING JOINS FORCES WITH TIM "RIPPER" OWENS AND LES BANKS
Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums) have joined forces in a new band called KK'S PRIEST. The group, which will pay homage to Downing's past, is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX).
KK'S PRIEST is working on its debut album, to be released via Explorer1 Music Group. They will also play select shows later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST and Downing's career as a founding member. KK'S PRIEST's setlist will consist of JUDAS PRIEST classics and new songs.
OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT SUFFERING FROM ACUTE LARYNGITIS
Swedish progressive metal band OPETH have been forced to cancel 3 shows on their ongoing North American tour due to acute laryngitis suffered by the band's frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Affected dates are:
Feb. 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Feb. 18 - Montreal, QC - Mtelus
Feb. 19 - Toronto, ON – Rebel
OPETH is scheduled to resume its North American tour on February 21 in New York City.
THE DWARVES TO RELEASE SPLIT 7" WITH POTBELLY
The DWARVES and POTBELLY will release a split 7" in March, called "Life Lessons From the Deranged", and appears to have 1 track from each band.
OZZY OSBOURNE CANCELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Ozzy Osbourne's 2020 North American "No More Tours 2" has, unfortunately, been canceled to allow the legendary heavy metal singer to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year. This decision was made to accommodate fans who have been holding tickets for rescheduled shows and have been asked to change plans multiple times. Following promotional obligations for his new "Ordinary Man" album (out February 21), Osbourne will head to Europe for additional treatments.
Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. All refunds, including fees, will be returned directly to the credit card used. Additionally, ticketholders who purchased "No More Tours 2" tickets will have first access to tickets when the next tour is announced.
VINYL REISSUE OF DEBUT ALBUM WITH TROUBLEMAKERS
Swedish 90s label Kamel Records (a under label to Birdnest) seems to be alive again. And they will re-release Swedish punk rock legends TROUBLEMAKERS' debut album, "Mental Kristid" (originally released on CD in 1995), on vinyl LP for the first time. The album will be available in April, and there will be a limited edition of 300 copies.
Pre-order here: kamelrecords.se
THE DAMNED ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS
British punk rock legends The DAMNED have announced 4 UK shows in May. Tickets are on sale Friday, February 21, and the exclusive dates are:
May 17 - Leeds, Stylus
May 18 - Aylesbury, Friars
May 20 - Glasgow, The Garage
May 21 - Sheffield, The Leadmill
FEB. 16, 2020
HELVETETS PORT CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
Sunday means that the Muskelrock festival announce some new acts. HELVETETS PORT and FURIES have been confirmed so far.
The festival take place on May 28-30 in Blädinge, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, OMEN, HORISONT, SIENA ROOT, AMBUSH, HOT BREATH, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, HEDDA HATAR etc.
FEB. 13, 2020
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
JUDAS PRIEST will kick off their "50 Heavy Metal Years" European tour in Helsinki, Finland on May 30. After that they will play in several countries during the summer. The last European show will be at the Bloodstock festival in Burton-On-Trent, UK on August 9.
Dates and other details here: judaspriest.com/tour
DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH ZZ TOP
DEF LEPPARD have announced select "20/20 Vision" North American tour dates in the fall with very special guests ZZ TOP.
The tour will kick off on September 21 at Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 21 (presale for Citi cardmembers available from Feb. 18-20).
More info here: defleppard.com zztop.com
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER
Philly heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY have announced that singer Stacey Lee will be accompanying the band on their upcoming UK tour this March.
His live debut with the band will be during a weekend of shows in the States at the end of February.
Upcoming dates and other info at: cornersofsanctuary.com
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
BAD RELIGION will spend the summer in Europe. The first part of the tour will take place from May 22 to June 21. Then they come back again in August for some more shows.
All upcoming dates can be found here: badreligion.com
RAUBTIER CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
RAUBTIER have been confirmed for Sabaton Open Air, which take place in Falun, Sweden on August 5-8.
Confirmed since earlier are: SABATON, LOUDNESS, DEATHSTARS, TIAMAT, CYHRA, SIRENIA, NANOWAR OF STEEL, BURNING WITCHES, ETERNAL OF SWEDEN etc.
More info here: sabatonopenair.net
RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE U.S.TOUR
American retro rockers RIVAL SONS has announced a North American headline tour, set to get underway this spring. The coast-to-coast trek will see RIVAL SONS joined by special guests REIGNWOLF, The WAR AND TREATY and JJ Wilde on select dates.
The tour is set to kick off April 17 at the 1,900-capacity House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, and will include stops at the legendary Ryman Theater in Nashville, Tennessee (May 2), Huntington, New York's Paramount (May 13), Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theater (May 14), and more. Presale tickets for the tour are available today (Feb. 12), with public on sales starting Friday, February 14.
In addition to the spring dates, RIVAL SONS will also perform at Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida (March 17), as well as at Panama City Beach, Florida's Sandjam (April 24). Following the U.S. dates, RIVAL SONS will embark on a 6-week European arena/stadium tour with AEROSMITH.
For dates and other details, visit: rivalsons.com
FEB. 11, 2020
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ANNOUNCES 40-DATE WORLD TOUR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has announced a 40-date world tour. The 7-month run, which kicks off on March 26 in El Paso, Texas and goes through Saturday, September 12 in Vienna, Austria, marks the first time the reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commferford - has toured together since 2011.
All dates can be found at: ratm.com
GBH ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH MDC
Birmingham punk legends GBH are going on a U.S. tour with American punk legends MDC as special guests.
The tour start on April 30 in Allston, MA, and end in Denver, CO on June 5. Tickets on sale now.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/GBH.official
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH UK SUBS
L.A. punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION have announced a UK tour with British punk veterans UK SUBS as special guests. Tickets on sale Friday, February 14.
Dates here: facebook.com/badreligion
HONEYBURST, BROWSING COLLECTION AND DEATH BY HORSE CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
8 smaller bands have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival this summer: HONEYBURST, ELDEN, BROWSING COLLECTION, MASS WORSHIP, HEXED, DEATH BY HORSE, AGONIZE THE SERPENT and METALITE.
The festival takes place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
More info at: swedenrock.com
FEB. 10, 2020
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going to Australia for 5 dates in May:
14 May - Crowbar, Brisbane
15 May - Melbourne, Max Watts
16 May - Sydney, Crowbar
18 May - Adelaide, Jive
More tour dates at: crashdiet.org
CRADLE OF FILTH PARTS WAYS WITH KEYBOARDIST LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT
It is with a very heavy leaden heart that British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH must announce the mutual departure of keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft from amidst the band's ranks.
Lindsay has been with the band for the last 7 years. She will continue to be a full-time musician through her other 2 musical projects (ANTIQVA, BELZEBUBS).
Lindsay released her debut solo album, "Martyr", last year.
CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth says that "Lindsay's successor has already been unearthed and is contributing to the new record like a demented unearthed thing. The new album commences recording in a little over a fortnight's time and a release date is set for later in the year."
MEGADETH AND LAMB OF GOD ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH TRIVIUM AND IN FLAMES
MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD have announced a massive 55-date co-headline tour across North America with special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES.
Tickets and VIP Packages go on-sale Friday, February 14 at metaltouroftheyear.com, where you also can find the dates.
megadeth.com lamb-of-god.com trivium.org inflames.com
EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has released a brand-new single, "Rock N Roll Is Getting Louder", via Golden Robot Records.
UNLEASHED CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
UNLEASHED have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 9-11.
16 smaller bands for the "Gas Stage" have also been confirmed. Among these acts are: MEADOWS END, CARRY THE TORCH, MOLOKEN, GAUPA, WALKING CORPSE, ULFVEN etc.
More info at: geflemetalfestival.se
FEB. 9, 2020
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
NWoBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG are going on a European tour in March/April.
Dates can be found here: tygersofpantang.com
AMBUSH AND CHILDREN OF THE SÜN CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
AMBUSH, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, FREEWAYS and The NIGHT ETERNAL have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are acts like: GIRLSCHOOL, HORISONT, OMEN, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, ASOMVEL, HOT BREATH, SIENA ROOT, HEDDA HATAR etc.
FEB. 8, 2020
JOEY KRAMER COULD BE BACK ON STAGE WITH AEROSMITH SOON
According to TMZ, Joey Kramer has been working with his AEROSMITH bandmates Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford the past several days to help him return to his spot on the drums.
Kramer sued the rest of AEROSMITH last month in a bid to perform with this bandmates at 2 Grammy-related events. But a Massachusetts judge eventually ruled against him and the group played without Kramer.
AEROSMITH has 4 residency shows in Vegas scheduled for this month beginning with the February 8 concert at Park Theater at Park MGM.
FEB. 7, 2020
ROSE TATTOO TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF THEIR FIRST ALBUM
Australian rock veterans ROSE TATTOO will release "Outlaws" on March 6 via Cleopatra Records. This is a re-recording of their first iconic album "Rock n Roll Outlaw" (1978). They have also included 3 bonus tracks from their early days, songs that were demoed and never made the final cut.
Get the album here: orcd.co/rosetattoooutlaws
For upcoming tour dates, check out: rosetattoo.com.au
LIZZIES ON HIATUS
Spanish heavy metal band LIZZIES has decided to put the band on hold indefinitely.
Lately the members have had to deal with more demanding jobs/studies, and have not been able to focus on the band as much as they would like to.
NEW 10" WITH SCENIC BELLY IN MAY
Swedish punk rock band SCENIC BELLY will release a new 10" vinyl, "Då Som Nu", on May 15.
"Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story" TO RECEIVE PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL RELEASE
"Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story" has today announced a physical and digital release date of April 24 via MVD on DVD, Deluxe DVD, 4K and HD.
Pre-order "Murder In The Front Row" here: mvdshop.com/products/murder-in-the-front-row-the-san-francisco-bay-area-thrash-metal-story
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN AND FAITH NO MORE ADD SECOND L.A. CONCERT
Due to overwhelming demand, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and FAITH NO MORE have added a second show at Banc Of California stadium in Los Angeles, California. The bands will now also perform at the venue on Saturday, May 23 - one day after the previously announced Banc Of California concert. HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also appear on the bill.
FEB. 6, 2020
HELLHAMMER's "Apocalyptic Raids" TO BE REISSUED IN MARCH
Noise Records/BMG will reissue "Apocalyptic Raids" by extreme metal forefathers HELLHAMMER on deluxe, gatefold LP and mediabook CD on March 27. With concept and art direction by founding member Tom Gabriel Warrior, this 2020 version has been remastered by V.Santura of TRIPTYKON and features an expanded booklet, rare photos and new liner notes.
"Apocalyptic Raids" was HELLHAMMER's only commercial release before Warrior and his longtime collaborator, bassist Martin Eric Ain (dead in Oct. 2017), ended the band and formed CELTIC FROST.
NEW SINGLE WITH THOR, NEW ALBUM LATER THIS MONTH
Hard rock legend Thor will release an all new studio album, "Rising", on February 28 via Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.).
A new single, "The Party Never Ends", is being debuted today on Jimmy Kay's "The Metal Voice" website: themetalvoice.com/single-post/2020/02/04/Thor-New-Song-The-Party-Never-Ends-Lyric-Video-Watch-Here?fbclid=IwAR2eQbeqqzDaG9ZJcRm4gWvVT0joFC-zlGR0tQX0aUU
Pre-order/Pre-save the new album here: orcd.co/thorrising
BLITZKRIEG RECRUITS NEW GUITARIST
NWoBHM legends BLITZKRIEG have a new guitarist: Nick Jennison.
The band has also started to work on a new album.
PICTURE PARTS WAYS WITH SINGER
Singer Ronald van Prooijen has decided to leave Dutch hard rock/heavy metal veterans PICTURE. Due to personal circumstances he will no longer be able to put enough time and effort in the band.
PICTURE have already found a new lead singer: the Italian heavy metal vocalist Phoenix Reborn.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
ROLLING STONES will be touring in USA and Canada in May, June and July.
There will be a special fan presale starting on Wednesday, February 12 through to Thursday, February 13. Sign up here to get access: the-rolling-stones.lnk.to/USACAPRESALESo
Tickets go on general sale Friday, February 14.
For dates, visit: rollingstones.com
FEB. 5, 2020
GENESIS GUITARIST STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will have his autobiography, "A Genesis In My Bed", published through WymerUK on July 24.
PATTI SMITH GROUP GUITARIST IVAN KRAL IS DEAD
Former member of the PATTI SMITH GROUP and talented guitarist and song-writer, Ivan Kral has passed away at age 71.
Ivan Kral also worked with Iggy Pop, BLONDIE, and John Waite while also releasing solo work.
CHELSEA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO RECORD FINAL ALBUM
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA have launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their 12th and final album. To raise funds to record the album they are offering some exclusive rewards, which you can read more about here: kickstarter.com/projects/chelsea-punk/chelsea-punk-band-the-final-album?fbclid=IwAR0WaNCydmqw4z3ybGjE8pP1XBv9g8NB6Aeq5i28riGhJi5Pq_wM-cb5pgg
FEB. 4, 2020
BUZZCOCKS ANNOUNCE SHORT U.S. TOUR
English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS have announce some headlining shows on the West Coast, USA, in conjunction with their Punk Rock Bowling appearance in Las Vegas.
All tickets go on sale Friday, February 7, and the dates are these:
May 18 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
May 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Punk Rock Bowling
May 24 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
May 26 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 27 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
BUZZCOCKS will probably be back for more U.S. shows later in the year (e.g. September/October).
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE CALIFORNIA SHOWS
Belfast punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will be playing 3 shows in California with their friends in AGENT ORANGE. These dates along with Punk Rock Bowling will be their only U.S. shows this year.
Tickets on sale Friday, February 7, and the exclusive dates are:
May 21 - Solana Beach, Belly Up
May 22 - Pomona, Glass House
May 23 - San Francisco, Slims
May 25 - Las Vegas, Punk Rock Bowling
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES KNOTFEST ROADSHOW
SLIPKNOT has announced that they will once again be hitting the road this summer to headline the Knotfest Roadshow 2020 North American tour. Joining them and rounding out the lineup will be special guests A DAY TO REMEMBER, UNDEROATH and CODE ORANGE.
Tickets for Knotfest Roadshow 2020 go on sale on Friday, February 7 from knotfestroadshow.com
JUDAS PRIEST WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner have commenced the official songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to the "Firepower" album (released in March 2018).
FEB. 3, 2020
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, MUNICIPAL WASTE AND MESHIAAK
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT are going on a North American tour with The BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, MUNICIPAL WASTE and MESHIAAK in April/May. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7.
For dates, go to 1 of these: testamentlegions.com tbdmofficial.com municipalwaste.net facebook.com/meshiaak
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN AND FAITH NO MORE ANNOUNCE L.A. CONCERT
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN and FAITH NO MORE will perform at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California on May 22. HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also appear on the bill.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7.
systemofadown.com kornofficial.com fnm.com
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN STADIUM TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has announced North American dates as part of its epic 2020 worldwide stadium tour this summer.
In U.S.A. Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 4 until Thursday, February 6 through Citi Entertainment. In Canada, American Express Card Members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 4 until Thursday, February 6.
Tickets go on sale to the general public for North American dates starting Friday, February 7.
GUNS N' ROSES will also be touring in Latin America, South America and Europe. All tour dates can be found at: gunsnroses.com
THE SONICS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American garage rock legends The SONICS comes to Europe for a tour in April/May.
All dates can be found here: facebook.com/The.Original.Sonics
HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American metal band HIGH ON FIRE are coming to Europe this summer. They will play some festivals and headline shows in June and July. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/highonfire
FEB. 2, 2020
FORMER ACCEPT MEMBERS TO REUNITE ON STAGE THIS SUMMER?
It appears that 3 former members of ACCEPT will reunite on stage this summer.
Founding ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider and bassist Peter Baltes were photographed with longtime drummer Stefan Kaufmann late last month while they were apparently preparing for Dirkschneider's upcoming concerts at the 2020 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival.
Udo is scheduled to play 2 shows at this year's Wacken: the first will see his band DIRKSCHNEIDER perform ACCEPT's classic 1985 album "Metal Heart" in its entirety to celebrate the LP's 35th anniversary, while the second will pair Udo's main band U.D.O. with Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, the military band of the German federal armed forces. U.D.O. and the 100-plus musicians of Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr previously teamed up for the 2015 edition of Wacken and then for another concert in Elspe in 2018.
See the photos here: twitter.com/UFonrobert
GANG OF FOUR GUITARIST ANDY GILL IS DEAD
Andy Gill, guitarist of legendary post-punk band GANG OF FOUR, died yesterday (Feb. 1) at the age of 64. He passed away in a central London hospital after a short respiratory illness.
HORISONT CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
HORISONT are among the latest bands to be confirmed for the Muskelrock festival in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30.
Confirmed since earlier are: GIRLSCHOOL, OMEN, SABBAT, MINDLESS SINNER, ASOMVEL, SIENA ROOT, HOT BREATH etc.
JAN. 31, 2020
CORNERS OF SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
American heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY have announced show dates for the band's first-ever tour of the UK this March.
But before heading across the pond, the band has a couple of U.S. dates in February.
See full list of dates at: cornersofsanctuary.com
NEW EP WITH CANDLEMASS IN MARCH
Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS will release a new 6-track EP, "The Pendulum", on March 27 through Napalm Records.
The EP will consist of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the "The Door To Doom" recording sessions.
ZZ TOP TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
ZZ TOP is preparing to enter the studio to begin work on its 16th studio album.
JAN. 30, 2020
VANDENBERG ARE BACK
Dutch melodic hard rock band VANDENBERG are back again after more than 3 decades, but with some new members. This lineup features original member Adrian Vandenberg (WHITESNAKE etc.) on guitar, together with new members Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW etc.) on vocals, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, WHITESNAKE) on bass and Brian Tichy (Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, FOREIGNER) on drums.
The band plan to hit the road soon, and then Koen Herfst will play drums and Randy van der Elsen (TANK) will play bass.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album, that will be in stores later this year. A first taste of what is to come can be heard online as of today; "Burning Heart", which you can check out here: youtu.be/k1zvwRMPvd0
K.K. DOWNING SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH E1
Explorer1 Music Group (E1) has announce a global partnership with legendary guitarist K.K. Downing, founding member of JUDAS PRIEST, with veteran rock manager Andy Gould joining E1 as principal manager for Downing.
After what was meant to be a one-off live performance in November, K.K. Downing has been in the studio, working on the next chapter of his career. After receiving offers from multiple labels and management companies, Downing met with Paul Woolnough, CEO of Explorer1 Music Group and the creator of its innovative business model, and they agreed to partner and work together in all aspects of K.K.'s career.
JAN. 29, 2020
THIN LIZZY TO RE-RELEASE 3 CLASSIC ALBUMS
THIN LIZZY are reissuing 3 more albums on February 21. This time it's the classic albums "Johnny The Fox", "Bad Reputation", and "Live And Dangerous" that will be pressed on 180gr vinyl, with a download code and replica artwork.
Pre-order here: thinlizzy.lnk.to/Reissues2019
THUNDERMOTHER SIGNS WITH AFM RECORDS
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have signed a worldwide deal with AFM Records.
The women are currently in the studio to record a new album.
DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE "The Early Years 79-81" BOX SET
DEF LEPPARD will release a new box set, "The Early Years 79-81", on March 20 via UMC/Virgin.
The box set represents the band's first 2 albums, "On Through The Night" (1980) and "High 'N' Dry" (1981), and has been prepared in conjunction with singer Joe Elliott who has acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering has been done by the band's long serving sound engineer Ronan McHugh.
This deluxe set comes with 5 CDs consisting of the original album remastered, B-sides, rarities and re-mix versions, Radio One sessions, "Live From Reading" and the first-ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980.
The album also features an instant-grat track, the much sought-after Nick Tauber-produced version of "Rock Brigade", which was originally pencilled as a single for the U.K. but was never released at the time.
Both "On Through The Night" and "High 'N' Dry" have been remastered and will also be available on 1CD version, black vinyl, and limited-edition colored vinyl.
For more details, including the complete track listing, visit: defleppard.com
RATT TO RELEASE "The Atlantic Years 1984-1990" BOX SET
A CD box set containing the 5 albums RATT recorded for Atlantic Records will be released on March 27 via Cherry Red Records' HNE Recordings. The collection, titled "Ratt: The Atlantic Years 1984-1990", is housed in a clamshell and includes several single edits as bonus tracks.
The box will include the following albums: "Out Of The Cellar" (1984), "Invasion Of Your Privacy" (1985), "Dancing Undercover" (1986), "Reach For The Sky" (1988), and "Detonator" (1990).
THE DISTILLERS COMES TO EUROPE
Reunited American punk rock band The DISTILLERS have announced a handful of European dates for June. These dates are:
Jun 08 - Huxleys, Berlin, DE
Jun 10 - Nova Rock, Nickelsdorf, AT
Jun 12 - Download Festival, Donnington, UK
Jun 13 - Sunstroke Festival, Punchestown, IE
Jun 15 - Trix, Antwerp, BE
Jun 16 - Melkweg Oz, Amsterdam, NL
Jun 18 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU
CHUGGER SIGNS WITH WORMHOLEDEATH
Swedish groove/death metal band CHUGGER have signed with WORMHOLEDEATH for the release of their upcoming full lenght album, "Of Man and Machine" (release date to be announced soon).
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH PRETTY MAIDS IN APRIL
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release "Maid In Japan - Future World Live 30th Anniversary" on April 10 (CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, Digital) via Frontiers Music srl.
And as you can figure out from the title, it's a recording from Japan where they played the entire "Future World" album. The DVD and Blu-ray will also have some other stuff.
JAN. 28, 2020
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCE U.S. SHOWS
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN will play 4 shows on the U.S. East Coast before they go to Canada for Pouzza Fest. Support acts on the U.S. dates will be WILHELM SCREAM and DUNE RATS. Tickets on sale Friday, January 31.
The dates are:
May 13 - Black Cat, Washington, DC, USA
May 14 - Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ, USA
May 15 - Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY, USA
May 16 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA, USA
May 17 - Pouzza Fest, Montreal, QC, Canada
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY DRUMMER REED MULLIN IS DEAD
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has died. He was 53 years old.
DOKKEN ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR FEATURING GEORGE LYNCH
DOKKEN has announced a number of live appearances this year which will include what is being billed as a "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch. So far, the following dates have been confirmed:
Mar. 06 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live *
Mar. 07 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center *
Mar. 08 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center *
Mar. 28 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre *
Apr. 25 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheater *
May 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Street *
Jun. 06 - Sunbury, PA - "Live United Live" Spyglass Ridge Winery *
Jun. 07 - St, Louis, MO - Hollywood, Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 21-22 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go *
Sep. 19 - San Antonio, TX - Rock Fest (Sunken Garden Theater)
* with "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch.
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH WHITESNAKE AND NIGHT RANGER
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE will embark on a summer U.S. tour with WHITESNAKE and NIGHT RANGER. The tour will kick off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and make stops in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix and more, before wrapping September 20 in Chula Vista, California at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Ticket pre-sales with the code "THECIRCLE" begin today (Jan. 28). Public on-sales begin Friday, January 31.
Tour dates are here: redrocker.com/circle
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES SWEDISH AND FINNISH DATES WITH EUROPE
WHITESNAKE have announced 1 Finnish date and 2 Swedish dates with very special guests EUROPE. These shows happens on the following dates:
May 6 - Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland
May 8 - Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
May 12 - Partille Arena, Göteborg, Sweden
Tickets go on sale Friday this week, January 31.
STRYPER, TURBONEGRO AND MICHAEL MONROE CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
STRYPER, TURBONEGRO, Michael Monroe, Rosalie Cunningham and WORMWOOD have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6.
Confirmed since earlier are: GUNS N' ROSES, IN FLAMES, MERCYFUL FATE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, KVELERTAK, WITCHCRAFT, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, BOMBUS, ORPHANED LAND, MÅNEGARM, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, NARNIA, HORISONT, VA ROCKS etc. etc.
JAN. 27, 2020
THE SIGN FEST COMES TO GERMANY
Swedish label The Sign Records will take their traveling party The Sign Fest to Germany for 3 dates in May:
May 21 - Berlin, Cassiopeia
May 22 - Frankfurt, Das Bett
May 23 - Dortmund, Junkyard
Bands that will play are: NIGHT, MÄRVEL, HYPNOS, HOT BREATH and LUCIFER STAR MACHINE.
Tickets are out now at: eventim.de/eventseries/the-sign-fest-2020-2686359
Event page on facebook: facebook.com/tours/196518051476232
DELUXE EDITION OF LYKANTROPI'S SECOND ALBUM
Swedish vintage rockers LYKANTROPI will have their second album, "Spirituosa", re-released as a Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks on March 27 via Despotz Records. This will be the first time that their latest album is released outside of Sweden.
Their self titled debut album will be re-released on January 31.
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS have announced that they intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK, and have released the details of a "Final Full UK Tour" which will consist of a mammoth 21-date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.
Special guests for the complete tour are fan favourites RUTS DC. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday, January 29, and on general sale on Friday, January 31.
Dates can be found here: thestranglers.co.uk
AEROSMITH TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH HOMETOWN SHOW
AEROSMITH will celebrate their 50-year anniversary with a concert at Fenway Park, in their hometown Boston, MA on September 18. Special guests are EXTREME.
Presales are available from several places between January 28-30. Public on sale start on Friday, January 31.
HÄLLAS SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
Swedish adventure rockers HÄLLAS have signed a worldwide (excluding Scandinavia) contract with Napalm Records.
The band's new album, "Conundrum", will be released in Scandinavia on January 31. Napalm Records plan to release the album in the spring.
HÄLLAS are going on a European headline tour starting in March.
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ADOLESCENTS AND NEGATIVE APPROACH
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS are going on a North American tour with ADOLESCENTS and NEGATIVE APPROACH in May/June. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/circlejerksband
NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
NAPALM DEATH will embark on a North American tour this spring. The trek will kick off with a few West Coast dates featuring support from The LOCUST, while the rest of the tour will feature ABORTED and WVRM. Select shows will also include TOMBS.
The tour starts on April 3 in Philadelphia, PA, and will last until May 16 when they play in Santa Ana, CA.
Dates can be found here: napalmdeath.org
JAN. 26, 2020
RATT IS IN THE STUDIO
Long-running California hard rockers RATT appear to be working on their first new music since 2010's "Infestation" album.
EX-DEATH AND CYNIC DRUMMER SEAN REINERT IS DEAD
Sean Reinert, longtime drummer for progressive/technical metal pioneers CYNIC, has died. He was found unresponsive at his California home Friday night (Jan. 24). No cause of death has yet been revealed. He was only 48 years old.
Reinert was a founding member of CYNIC, along with guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, and he remained in the group until September 2015. In 1991, Reinert and Masvidal joined the legendary Florida band DEATH to record the "Human" album. After touring with DEATH, they returned to CYNIC.
MARILYN MANSON AND THE MARS VOLTA BASSIST JUAN ALDERETE IN A COMA
MARILYN MANSON and The MARS VOLTA bassist Juan Alderete is in a coma after suffering a serious injury in a bicycle accident. According to his wife, Anne, the 56-year-old musician sustained serious head trauma in the form of a traumatic brain injury.
DEE SNIDER IS WORKING ON NEW LIVE DVD/CD
Former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has confirmed that he is working on a live DVD and CD recorded during the touring cycle for his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal", which was released in July 2018. The new set, which may end up being called "For The Love Of Metal Live", is expected to arrive later this year via Napalm Records.
JAN. 25, 2020
EX-NILE AND DIVINE HERESY BASSIST JOSEPH PAYNE IS DEAD
Former NILE and DIVINE HERESY bassist Joseph Payne has died. He was 35 years old. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
JAN. 24, 2020
PUNK IN DRUBLIC COMES TO SWEDEN
The American music and beer festival Punk In Drublic comes to Malmö, Sweden on June 7. The lineup will be: NOFX, PENNYWISE, FACE TO FACE and CIRCLE JERKS, plus special guest.
For more European dates, go to: punkindrublicfest.com
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS FORCED TO CANCEL ACOUSTIC TOUR
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have canceled their previously announced "Perdida" acoustic tour due to a severely herniated disc of lead vocalist Jeff Gutt. Doctors have advised immediate surgery, along with several weeks of recovery time and physical therapy. Gutt is expected to make a full recovery, and the band hopes to reschedule the acoustic tour later this year.
HORISONT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR EUROPE IN MAY
Swedish hard rockers HORISONT have been working on a new album, titled "Sudden Death", which will be released via Century Media Records sometime in May.
They are also going on a European tour the same month. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/horisontmusic centurymedia.com
MICHAEL MONROE TO SING WITH LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH will do an exclusive one off show at the 2020 Vive Le Rock Awards at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, UK on April 1. Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will be singing at this show.
facebook.com/events/640548693421192 facebook.com/Lords-of-the-New-Church-55761881991 michaelmonroe.com
DIRKSCHNEIDER TO HEADLINE SKOGSRÖJET
DIRKSCHNEIDER have been confirmed as the headliner at the Swedish rock festival Skogsröjet, which happens in Rejmyre on July 31 to August 1. Udo Dirkschneider and the boys will play the entire ACCEPT album "Metal Heart", as well as other classics with ACCEPT.
Confirmed since earlier are: RATT, Tom Keifer, GOTTHARD, BATTLEBEAST, Michael Monroe and ECLIPSE.
JAN. 23, 2020
SODOM RECRUITS NEW DRUMMER
German thrash metal veterans SODOM have recruited Toni Merkel as their new drummer. He joins the band as the replacement for Stefan "Husky" Hüskens, who announced his departure from SODOM earlier in the month.
LAST IN LINE ARE IN THE STUDIO
American hard rockers LAST IN LINE - with some former members from DIO among others - has entered Steakhous studio in North Hollywood, California to begin recording its third album. The follow-up to last year's "II" is tentatively due before the end of the year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
JAN. 22, 2020
VINYL REISSUES WITH DIA PSALMA, JOHAN JOHANSSON AND HYMANS
The next vinyl reissues from Swedish label Birdnest Records will be:
DIA PSALMA: Efter Allt
Johan Johansson: ...och hans svarta lilla värld
These 3 should be out in April.
More info here: kickstarter.com/projects/1784912700/birdnest-hjarta-vinyl-part-iv-0?ref=project_build&fbclid=IwAR2O8A4fXdZqut1fDzafb9QdlfXoS1K6o6Q0JJAJLfxcykWeyWdl8loncko
IN FLAMES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES will embark on a European headlining tour this spring.
Tour dates can be found here: inflames.com
ALICE COOPER ADDS MORE TOUR DATES WITH LITA FORD
Alice Cooper has added a number of shows to its previously announced tour with Lita Ford. Most of the newly announced dates will also feature TESLA, with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT joining the bill in Minnesota. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 24.
For upcoming tour dates, try: alicecooper.com
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
RAMMSTEIN have announced 10 open-air dates in North America, beginning August 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal and setting 8 U.S. stadiums ablaze before a final bonfire at Foro Sol in Mexico City on September 27.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 24.
Dates are available at: rammstein.de
BOOK ABOUT BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Wymer Publishing has set a May 29 publication date for "Blue Öyster Cult: A Visual Biography" by Martin Popoff.
OZZY OSBOURNE HAS PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.
The 71-year old BLACK SABBATH legend told U.S. TV show "Good Morning America" he has a "mild form" and found out about it after suffering a fall last February.
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER SUES THE BAND
AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against the rest of the band, claiming they've unfairly excluded him from rejoining the group ahead of their upcoming Grammys performance and the continuation of their Las Vegas residency.
According to the suit, Kramer suffered a few minor injuries last spring that sidelined him just as the band was set to launch their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. By the fall, Kramer claims, he was ready to rejoin the group, but the suit alleges he was rebuffed in ways that were inconsistent with the terms laid out in AEROSMITH's band contract.
According to Kramer, after he informed the band that he was ready to drum again last fall, they essentially made him re-audition for the group - not by having him sit in with the band for a rehearsal, but by recording himself solo as he played along to a click track.
In an attempt to "defuse the situation", the suit says, Kramer eventually relented and let his replacement, John Douglas, play the rest of the "Deuces Are Wild" shows for 2019 (Kramer was responsible for paying Douglas; per the band's contract, all members are entitled to their full share of live performance income even if they're sidelined, although the replacement's pay comes out of the absent member's cut.)
Earlier this month, Kramer finally acquiesced and auditioned with the click track. While other band members reportedly told him he sounded "great", Kramer claims that on January 15, AEROSMITH held an unprecedented vote on his future and ultimately decided against him rejoining the band.
JAN. 21, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH DYNAZTY IN APRIL
Swedish melodic metal band DYNAZTY will release their new album, "The Dark Delight", on April 3 via AFM Records.
The first single, "Presence Of Mind", will be released on January 30.
NEW ALBUM WITH BRANT BJORK IN APRIL
American desert rock legend Brant Bjork will release a new album, which will be self titled, on April 10 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
Brant Bjork will also have his albums "Punk Rock Guilt" and "Gods & Goddesses" re-released. The first one on April 17, and the other one on April 24.
You can pre-order the new album here: heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS129
MONSTER MAGNET ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH NEBULA
MONSTER MAGNET are returning to the road in North America this Spring and will be celebrating their historic release "Powertrip". Their live set will feature select cuts from the album as well as other favorites.
Support on the tour will come from NEBULA and SILVERTOMB.
The tour beginning March 20 in Brooklyn, NY and runs through April 18 in Sayreville, NJ.
A complete list of dates can be found here: facebook.com/pg/monstermagnet/events ..or here: facebook.com/NebulaBand
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Hard rocking Americans NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced some tour dates in Sweden and Norway this summer. The dates can be found here: nashvillepussy.com
More tour dates will be announced soon..
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
American punk lehgends DEAD KENNEDYS are coming to Europe this summer. Most of the dates happens in Germany, but they will also visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria.
The dates can be found on: facebook.com/deadkennedys
ALCATRAZZ TO RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 34 YEARS
A new studio album with reunited hard rockers ALCATRAZZ is nearly complete and will be released mid-2020.
ALCATRAZZ will tour extensively in 2020/2021 and beyond.
JAN. 20, 2020
DORO ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
German "metal queen" Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK) has announced her first U.S. tour dates of 2020. Following her performances on this year's Monsters Of Rock cruise, set for February 8-13, Doro will take to the stage in the following cities:
Apr. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Apr. 17 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Apr. 19 - West Hollywood, CA - Rainbow Bar & Grill
May 02 - Columbia, MD - M3 Festival
May 03 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
May 04 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
May 06 - Cleveland, OH - The Winchester
May 07 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
STRYPER RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Openly Christian hard rockers STRYPER have entered SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts to begin recording their new album for a tentative summer release.
AC/DC RUMORED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
AC/DC is rumored to be close to announcing a world stadium tour. The trek will apparently include singer Brian Johnson, who was forced to leave the band mid-tour nearly 4 years ago due to a dangerous level of hearing loss. He was eventually replaced on the road by GUNS N' ROSES vocalist Axl Rose.
According to this rumor a new album will be released in February/March, and they will be touring Australia in October/November.
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS ANNOUNCE TOUR IN MEMORY OF LATE FRONTMAN
Surviving members of British pub rockers EDDIE & THE HOT RODS will be out on the road in 2020 in memory of their legendary lead singer, Barrie Masters, who passed away in October 2019. The shows will see bassist Ian "Dispter" Dean take on the duty of lead vocals, and the band will call themselves The HOT RODS.
Special guests on most of these UK shows will be DEPARTMENT S.
A special London show 1 year on from Barrie's passing will take place on Saturday, October 3.
More info and ticket links on: eddieandthehotrods.com
JAN, 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH TESTAMENT IN APRIL
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT will release the long-awaited follow-up to their 2016 album "Brotherhood Of The Snake" on April 3.
JAN. 18, 2020
SARCASM SIGNS WITH HAMMERHEART RECORDS
Swedish death metallers SARCASM have signed with Hammerheart Records. The band plan to release a new album in the end of 2020 or early 2021.
GARY SHEA GO BACK TO ALCATRAZZ
Original ALCATRAZZ bassist Gary Shea will be rejoining the band permanently for all recording and touring in 2020/2021 and beyond.
JAN. 17, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ROSS THE BOSS IN MARCH
Former MANOWAR guitarist Ross The Boss will release a new album, "Born Of Fire", on March 6 through AFM Records.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/BornOfFire
NEW EP WITH NAPALM DEATH NEXT MONTH
Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are going to release a new 7"/Digital EP, "Logic Ravaged By Brute Force", on February 7 via Century Media Records. The EP will include the title track, which is a brand new song, as well as a cover of "White Kross" by SONIC YOUTH.
NAPALM DEATH are currently working on a new album, and this EP is a first taste of what to come. The album is expected to be released later this year.
You can pre-order the EP here: napalmdeath.lnk.to/LogicRavagedByButeForce
JAN. 16, 2020
SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY WITH QUEENSRŸCHE
As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, SCORPIONS have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, SCORPIONS "Sin City Nights" kicks off Saturday, July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. SCORPIONS will be joined by special guests QUEENSRŸCHE.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 24. Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members will have exclusive, first access to tickets starting Friday, January 17. Citi is the official presale credit card for "Sin City Nights", and Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, January 20 until Thursday, January 23 through Citi Entertainment.
The 9 performances going on sale are: July 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25.
FORMER IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS UNITE IN IDEAS OF MARCH FOR PAUL DI'ANNO'S LAST SHOW EVER
IDES OF MARCH, fronted by Paul Di'Anno and including 4 former IRON MAIDEN members, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of IRON MAIDEN's debut album in a headline Beermageddon festival performance in Bromsgrove, England on Sunday, August 30.
IDES OF MARCH has been specially formed for this totally unique occasion and this will be a one-off and never-to-be-repeated performance. The band lineup is:
Paul Di'Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Vocals
Terry Wapram (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Guitar
Terry Rance (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Guitar
Doug Sampson (ex-IRON MAIDEN) - Drums
Speed Harris (HI-ON MAIDEN) - Bass
This is being billed in a press release as Di'Anno's "final ever" live performance. After experiencing serious health difficulties in recent months, Paul has now apparently taken the advice of his doctors and will retire from the live stage in 2020 after the IDES OF MARCH performance at Beermageddon. It is going to take one mighty effort for Paul to pull off this performance but he is determined to go out in style and give his fans 1 memorable final thank you and goodbye.
Beermageddon tickets are available at: beermageddon.co.uk
A forthcoming biographical documentary movie on Paul's life is currently in the making and the producers will be filming the Beermageddon performance. The movie is being created and directed by Wes Orshoski, the creator of "Lemmy - The Movie", and more details about the movie will be released during 2020.
NEW OZZY DOCUMENTARY
The new documentary "Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne" will premiere at this spring's South By Southwest festival. The film, which A&E produced as part of its "Biography" series, will celebrate the life of Ozzy Osbourne and features interviews with Sharon Osbourne, Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Post Malone.
DRAGONFORCE RECRUITS BASSIST ALICIA VIGIL
This past September, DRAGONFORCE unleashed its 8th full-length, "Extreme Power Metal" (review), worldwide. In support of this release, the band will head out on the road next month in Europe, before touring the USA with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Both of these treks will see Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) handling bass and backing vocals for DRAGONFORCE.
DRAGONFORCE will be streaming its world tour live on twitch.tv/hermanli. Livestreams will include performances, backstage and special guest appearances.
JAN. 15, 2020
G.B.H. COMES TO SWEDEN
English punk legends G.B.H. celebrate their 40-year anniversary, and are coming to Sweden for 4 dates in September with special guests URBAN WASTE. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 17.
The dates are:
Sept. 9 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg (w/ UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE)
Sept. 10 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm (w/ OBNOXIOUS YOUTH)
Sept. 11 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Sept. 12 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ HÅRDA TIDER, TRENCH and The MOCKINGBIRDS)
BRANT BJORK RETURN TO EUROPE
Desert rocker Brant Bjork (ex-KYUSS) will return to Europe for a tour in April/May. Special guests will be Swedish retro rockers MAIDAVALE.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/BrantBjorkOfficial
BON JOVI ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BRYAN ADAMS
BON JOVI has announced a North American tour with Bryan Adams. The tour will kick off on June 10 in Tahoma, WA, and will end on July 28 in New York, NY.
Backstage with JBJ Fan Club and American Express Card Members pre-sale begins Tuesday, January 21. Public on-sale begins Friday, January 24.
Check out bonjovi.com for more details.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S INDUCTEES
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced this year's inductees: The DOOBIE BROTHERS, DEPECHE MODE, NINE INCH NAILS, The Notorious B.I.G., T. REX and Whitney Houston will all join the class of 2020. They will be inducted on May 2 at a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.
Good bands like JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, SOUNDGARDEN, THIN LIZZY and MC5 were all on the ballot this year, but failed to receive enough votes. What a joke!
DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCES U.S. EAST COAST DATES
American punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS will play 5 U.S. East Coast dates in March. And the dates are:
Mar 10 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Mar 11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Mar 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 14 - Boston, MA - Big Night Live
Mar 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Knockdown Center
Today's lineup features East Bay Ray, Klaus Floride, DH Peligro, and Skip McSkipster.
RAGATA BANNED BY FACEBOOK
Facebook think that the album cover of Swedish punk rock band RAGATA's new album, "Rebell", is too sexual, and has therefor stopped every image of the album cover.
The album will be released on February 21, and it's their debut album.
You can read my review of their single, "Nu å Jag", here.
NEW SINGLE WITH SNAKEYES
Spanish/Romanian heavy metal band SNAKEYES has just released the official promo video for "The Evil Dead", the first single from its upcoming third full length studio album. You can watch the video here: youtube.com/watch?v=YaSuNkbipBo
The new album will be released on March 28 during a launch party in Madrid, Spain. The event will take place at the Honky Tonk club and will feature a live performance from the band, as well as a press conference. Event page on Facebook: facebook.com/events/609947089822888
NEW ALBUM WITH FINNEGAN'S HELL IN MARCH
Swedish Celtic punk rock band FINNEGAN'S HELL will release a new album, "Work Is the Curse of the Drinking Class", on March 6 through Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution.
JAN. 14, 2020
THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The DARKNESS has just announced that they are going to North America for a tour in April/May. The tour will start in Edmonton, AB on April 13, and the last stop will be in Chicago on May 23. General sale concert tickets available from Friday, January 17.
More info at: thedarknesslive.com
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
American rock veterans GRAND FUNK RAILROAD are going to do some tour dates around the States in 2020. And these dates can be found at: grandfunkrailroad.com
The band has been around for 51 years, and today's lineup includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are singer Max Carl (ex-38 SPECIAL), lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) and keyboardist Tim Cashion (ex-BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND).
BIFF BYFORD ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
SAXON frontman Biff Byford has announce his European solo tour dates for May 2020.
Dates and further details can be found here: facebook.com/saxon
RAMMSTEIN MIGHT GO TO AMERICA
RAMMSTEIN is teasing what appears to be a short tour of North America. Earlier today, the German industrial metallers shared a map of the continent with several highlighted states and provinces, including California, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, sa well as Quebec (Canada) and Mexico City (Mexico).
NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH BLAZE BAYLEY IN 2021
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, will release a new studio album in March 2021. Blaze and guitarist Chris Appleton have already putting together some new material.
In April, Blaze will release "Live In Czech", a live album and DVD recorded last fall at the Melodka venue in Brno, Czech Republic.
NEW ALBUM WITH PEARL JAM IN MARCH
PEARL JAM will release its much-anticipated 11th studio album, "Gigaton", on March 27 via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records in the U.S. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group.
In support of the album, PEARL JAM will embark on their first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks off on March 18 in Toronto, hits the "Fabulous" Forum on April 15 and April 16, and wraps with a 2-date stint in Oakland April 18 and April 19.
You can pre-order the album and find the tour dates at: pearljam.com
JAN. 13, 2020
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH KANSAS AND EUROPE
FOREIGNER are going on a 40-date North American tour this summer with special guests KANSAS and EUROPE. Tickets go on sale January 17, and the dates can be found here: foreigneronline.com
THE EXPLOITED LEGEND WATTIE GOING BACK TO HOSPITAL, ALL SPANISH SHOWS CANCELED
All The EXPLOITED's Spanish gigs in February have been canceled due to singer Wattie going back into hospital for a minor operation. The Scottish punk legends are trying to reschedule these gigs for later in the year..
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT AND ALICE COOPER TO PERFORM AT FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT and Alice Cooper are among the artists who will perform at the "Fire Fight Australia" bushfire relief concert next month.
The February 16 event at ANZ Stadium in Sydney will raise money for communities across Australia reeling from the devastating bushfires in recent months. All concert ticket profits will go towards rural and regional fire services, the Red Cross and the RSPCA.
Tickets are on sale now.
SODOM DRUMMER HUSKY EXITS BAND
Drummer Stefan "Husky" Hüskens has announced his departure from German thrash metal veterans SODOM.
TRACII GUNS AND PHIL LEWIS SUE STEVE RILEY OVER USAGE OF L.A. GUNS MONIKER
On January 9, 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 are 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 announced the signing of Riley's version of the group.
The complaint, which requests a trial by jury, alleges that Riley's version of L.A. GUNS (referred to in the case docket as "the infringing L.A. GUNS") is creating "unfair competition" through its unauthorized usage of the L.A. GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis are seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized usage of their likenesses.
At its core, the complaint calls into question Riley's claim of partial ownership of the L.A. GUNS name and logo and alleges that his usage of both has been unauthorized. In addition, Guns and Lewis claim - as Guns has done publicly in the past - that Riley has embezzled much of the group's publishing proceeds over the past 2 decades.
Tracii Guns "is the owner of common law trademark righs" for the L.A. GUNS name and logo, the complaint claims.
QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT AND FOZZY CONFIRMED FOR KISS KRUISE X
QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT and FOZZY have been confirmed for Kiss Kruise X, sailing October 30 to November 4 from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras aboard Norwegian Pearl. KISS themselves will also play of course.
XENOKORP LAUNCHES CONTEST TO BE FEATURED ON UPCOMING LABEL SAMPLER
Record label XENOKORP has just launched a contest for a band to be featured on their new label sampler, "Multiverse War Kult II", to be released in the first half of this year, along with bands like MASTER, MERCYLESS, PUTRID OFFAL, OTARGOS and many others. It's, of course, absolutely free.
The sampler will be released on both CD (a few thousands) and digital. It will be given away with orders placed at XENOKORP.com and through their European distributor, SEASON OF MIST. Winner will receive a hundred CD copies + free XENOKORP T-shirts.
Rules are simple:
- The band must not be or have been signed to a label (new blood only, we support the scene!)
- The band must play Death Metal or one of its subgenres exclusively: Thrash/Death, Doom/Death, Death/Grind, Goregrind... (no Deathcore!)
- The band must submit a 5 minutes max. song by email at email@example.com in WAV file format
- The song must not be available on streaming platforms (Spotify etc.) but it can be on YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud...
- Deadline: January 31, 2020
XENOKORP will contact the bands they have selected by the first week of February and let them know of future steps in order to elect our chosen one.
JAN. 12, 2020
TOP 5 IN ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FAN VOTE
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND won the fan vote for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class, clinching the top spot with just over 1 million votes. Rounding out what encompasses the "fan vote" are Pat Benatar, The DOOBIE BROTHERS, SOUNDGARDEN and JUDAS PRIEST.
THIN LIZZY placed 8, MOTÖRHEAD came in 9th and NINE INCH NAILS was in the 11th spot.
The top Rock Hall vote-getters will be announced on Wednesday, January 15 and inducted on May 2 at Cleveland's Public Hall.
JAN. 11, 2020
RUSH DRUMMER NEIL PEART IS DEAD
Neil Peart, the virtuoso drummer and lyricist for RUSH, died Tuesday, January 7, in Santa Monica, California, at age 67. The cause was brain cancer, which Peart had been quietly battling for 3-and-a-half years.
You can read more here: rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221
JAN. 10, 2020
ROSE TATTOO ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH THUNDERMOTHER
Australian rock legends ROSE TATTOO are coming to Europe in March, and special guest will be Swedish hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER.
The tour kick off on March 3 in Köln, Germany, and will last until March 29.
ROSE TATTOO will also do a tour in USA in May, special guest on that run will be The HOTS.
All dates can be found at: rosetattoo.com.au
MOB 47 ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to Japan in April/May. FEROCIOUS X will join them for the May dates.
The tour is called "Final Attack". Not sure if that means that they are going to split up..
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/mob47
JAN. 9, 2020
OZZY'S NEW ALBUM TO ARRIVE IN FEBRUARY
Ozzy Osbourne's new album, "Ordinary Man", will be released on February 21 via Epic Records.
Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John have collaborated on the title song of the album.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST SINGER ROBIN McAULEY DIAGNOSED WITH SEPSIS
Vocalist Robin McAuley will be unable to perform with MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST on this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise after being diagnosed with sepsis.
Sepsis occurs when the body launches an uncontrolled immune response to an infection, triggering widespread inflammation that can lead to organ failure, septic shock and even death.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will still be performing on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise with Gary Barden and Doogie White on vocals.
VOKONIS AND JÖNZZONLIGAN NOMINATED FOR MANIFEST AWARD
The Swedish independent artists that's been nominated for the Manifestgalan award has been announced.
In the punk category we can find: POWER FACE, ARRE! ARRE!, JÖNZZONLIGAN and VIDRO.
In the metal category we have: NOVARUPTA, ULTRA SILVAM, VOKONIS and SKRAECKOEDLAN.
..and when it comes to rock: WESTKUST, LEVANDE DÖD, VÅNNA INGET and TRUE MOON.
The winners will be announced on February 14 at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden.
PÅSKPUNK IN HOFORS WITH VÄRLDEN BRINNER, N:A HOSPITALET, SLAVERIET, PASTORATET ETC.
There will be a little 1-day punk festival, called Påskpunk, in Hofors, Sweden this Easter, April 11. Bands that will play are: VÄRLDEN BRINNER, N:A HOSPITALET, SKRAMMEL, PASTORATET, SLAVERIET, GASPILLER, BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING, BJÖRNARNA, GUBBJÄVLAR, SARDO NUMSPA, KARDBORREBANDET and DRÖMSEMESTERN.
Event page on Facebook: facebook.com/events/417959542461946/permalink/482828085975091
DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY TO REPLACE URIAH HEEP'S PHIL LANZON FOR 2 SHOWS
URIAH HEEP keybordist Phil Lanzon lost his eldest son Matthew to cancer just before Christmas. As a result, Phil will not be able to perform as part of URIAH HEEP for the following shows:
Jan 14 – Wurzberg, Germany
Jan 15 – Frankfurt, Germany
DEEP PURPLE's Don Airey has agreed to step up and cover for his old friend Phil for these 2 shows. Phil will be back on January 17, when URIAH HEEP play in Neumarkt.
JAN. 8, 2020
LOUDNESS CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
LOUDNESS have been confirmed for Sabataon Open Air, which happens in Falun, Sweden on August 5-8.
Confirmed since earlier are: TIAMAT, DEATHSTARS, CYHRA, AMARANTHE, BURNING WITCHES, FREEDOM CALL, MYRATH, SABATON etc.
BOOK ABOUT BAD RELIGION
"Do What You Want: The Story Of Bad Religion" is an autobiographical book about the American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION. It's been written with the band's friend Jim Ruland, and will be published on August 18 via Hachette Books.
You can pre-order it here: badreligion.com/dowhatyouwant
LASTKAJ 14 ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR
Swedish trallpunk veterans LASTKAJ 14 are getting ready to release a new album (no release date yet) during this year, and therfor they will do some tour dates here in Sweden in the spring.
You can find the dates here: facebook.com/Lastkaj14
FOREIGNER ADDS MORE EUROPEAN DATES
As recently announced, FOREIGNER and WHITESNAKE will be hitting arenas across the U.K. in 2020 alongside very special guests EUROPE starting May 31 in London at the O2 Arena. Once the U.K. trek concludes on June 8, FOREIGNER will continue on their headlining tour of Europe, which will include stops in Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now, and the dates can be found here: foreigneronline.com
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCE U.S. WESTCOAST AND EUROPEAN TOURS
Celtic punk veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are touring select dates on the U.S. West Coast this spring before hitting the European festival circuit this summer. Joining them on the U.S. dates are MAD CADDIES and STREET DOGS.
All upcoming dates can be found at: floggingmolly.com
ALESTORM IN THE STUDIO
Metal pirates ALESTORM have entered Karabi Road Studios in Thailand to record their 6th album, which will be called "Curse Of The Crystal Coconaut". They plan to release the album in the early summer through Napalm Records.
JAN. 7, 2020
FORMER HAWKWIND DRUMMER MARTIN GRIFFIN IS DEAD
Legendary HAWKWIND drummer Martin Griffin has passed away peacefully on January 6 following a short illness.
Martin joined the band for 2 stints between the years of 1978 and 1982, and played on albums such as "Sonic Attack" and "Church of Hawkwind".
CHEAP TRICK ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ROD STEWART
CHEAP TRICK will team up with Rod Stewart for a North American tour this summer. The 21-date trek - which features Stewart as the headliner and CHEAP TRICK as the "special guest" - will launch on July 21 in Cleveland, Ohio and end on September 5 in Chicago, Illinois.
Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday, January 10 via Live Nation. The CHEAP TRICK fan club sale will begin on Wednesday, January 8 via the band's web site. A Citi card pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 7 and run through Thursday, January 9.
More info here: rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rod-stewart-cheap-trick-tour-934290
OZZY OSBOURNE AND ELTON JOHN ARE COLLABORATING ON A SONG
Ozzy Osbourne is working on a new song with Elton John. The news of the surprise collaboration was broken yesterday (Monday, Jan. 6) by Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon on her daytime TV talk show "The Talk".
EX-ACCEPT SINGER TEAMS UP WITH EX-U.D.O./SINNER GUITARIST
Former ACCEPT singer David Reece has teamed up with ex-U.D.O./SINNER guitarist Andy Susemihl to record a full-length album, "Cacophony Of Souls". Joining them on the effort, which is due on March 13 via El Puerto Records, are bassist Malte Frederik Burkert (EXOTOXIS) and drummer Andrea Gianangeli (DRAGONHAMMER, SOULS UNCHAINED).
JAN. 6, 2020
KINGDOM COME ANNOUNCES NEW SHOWS
Reunited American hard rockers KINGDOM COME will play 3 West Coast shows at the end of the month. It will happen on the following dates:
Jan. 29 - The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
Jan. 30 - Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
Jan. 31 - Count's Vamp'd – Vegas
Singer Lenny Wolf is not involved with KINGDOM COME's current reunion tour. The lineup features drummer James Kottak alongside guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank and vocalist Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB).
KINGDOM COME will also perform at this year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 3-6 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
SLIPKNOT'S LATEST CERTIFIED SILVER IN UK
SLIPKNOT's latest album, "We Are Not Your Kind", has been certfitied silver in the United Kingdom for equivalent sales of 60,000 units.
JAN. 5, 2020
BLACK STAR RIDERS/THIN LIZZY FRONTMAN RICKY WARWICK DIAGNOSED WITH PLEURISY
BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY frontman Ricky Warwick has been diagnosed with pleurisy, a condition in which the linings of the lungs become inflamed (a form of pneumonia).
Ricky is currently at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in West Hollywood, California.
JAN. 3, 2020
GUNS N' ROSES SUPERFAN THREATENED WITH LAWSUIT OVER LEAKED RECORDINGS
According to TMZ, a GUNS N' ROSES superfan has been threatened with a lawsuit by the band's record label over an alleged leak of nearly a hundred previously unreleased songs.
Rick Dunsford is accused by Universal Music Group (UMG) of leaking 97 tracks over the Internet after obtaining the recordings from a storage unit auction.
The label sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dunsford claiming he violated an earlier settlement agreement in which UMG paid him $15,000 to return the recordings.
The roots of the dispute can be traced back to last year when Rick came across a storage shed belonging to former GUNS N' ROSES A&R rep Tom Zutaut. Zutaut is the former Geffen Records executive who signed GUNS N' ROSES in 1986.
Rick and few other fans banded together and came up with the $15,000 asking price. He later insisted that he wasn't responsible for the song leaks. "I know the seller that I bought them from was continuing to sell to other individuals", he said, "and there was a massive leak. So pretty much, I've been blamed for this."
SURVIVING NIRVANA MEMBERS TO REUNITE AT THE ART OF ELYSIUM'S HEAVEN GALA
The surviving members of NIRVANA will reunite at The Art of Elysium charity's annual "Heaven" gala on Saturday January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Dave Grohl will perform with Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Also scheduled to appear at the event are Beck, St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson, L7, CHEAP TRICK and Grohl's daughter Violet.
JAN. 2, 2020
SATYRICON BASSIST ANDERS ODDEN DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER
Norwegian heavy metal musician Anders Odden is preparing to undergo surgery for colon cancer. The procedure, which is scheduled for next Monday (Jan. 6), is expected to remove the malignant tumors and any nearby lymph nodes.
Odden, the co-founder and guitarist of the death metal band CADAVER and the bass player for the legendary black metal band SATYRICON, revealed his cancer diagnosis in a December 29 Instagram post.
DEC. 30, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH STRYPER NEXT YEAR
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says that he has written 11 songs for the band's next studio album. The follow-up to 2018's "God Damn Evil" will be recorded in January and February and released in the summer.
DEC. 29, 2019
MARDUK PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
After 17 years in Swedish black metal band MARDUK, bassist Magnus "Devo" Andersson has decided to leave the band to concentrate on his studio instead.
DEC. 28, 2019
NEW EP WITH KSMB IN JANUARY
Swedish rock band (as they're not so punk rock anymore) KSMB are going to release a new 6-track EP, "Bland Tomtar Och Troll", on January 24 via Wild Kingdom. This EP will be more personal, and it will be available as CD and 10" vinyl.
DEC. 26, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH IRON MAIDEN?
IRON MAIDEN is rumored to have completed work on a new studio album.
The British heavy metal legends haven't released any fresh music since 2015's "The Book Of Souls" LP, which was recorded in late 2014 in Paris, France with longtime producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley.
On Monday (Dec. 23), Shirley offered a recap of 2019 on social media and alluded to a renewed IRON MAIDEN collaboration, saying that he spent 3 months in Paris earlier this year "working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project."
Back in May, Italian web site Maiden Concerts first speculated that IRON MAIDEN was putting the finishing touches on a new album. The site concluded that the LP was nearing completion after gathering social media evidence that all 6 members of the band, their wives and Shirley were in Paris at the same time.
DEC. 23, 2019
AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN AMERICA
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE will embark on the first North American tour in support of their new album (and fifth overall) "Boneshaker", out now via Spinefarm Records. The spring tour kicks off April 20 in New York City and concludes on May 23 in Montreal. The trek includes appearances at several major rock festivals, such as Sonic Temple and Epicenter.
For dates, go to: airbournerock.com
SISTER SIN TO REUNITE
Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band SISTER SIN will reunite next summer. It will be the most classic lineup: Liv, Jimmy, Strandh and Dave.
So far 2 festivals in Sweden have been confirmed: Gefle Metal Festival and Helgeåfestivalen.
DEC. 20, 2019
ROSS THE BOSS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Ross The Boss (ex-MANOWAR) is coming back to Europe for a 23-date tour in April 2020. Support acts will be BURNING WITCHES and ASOMVEL.
For dates, try 1 of these: ross-the-boss.com facebook.com/burningwitches666 asomvel.com
REFUSED, FLOGGING MOLLY AND CIRCLE JERKS CONFIRMED FOR XTREME FEST
French punk/metal/hardcore festival Xtreme Fest have announced the first wave of bands for the 8th installment of the festival. REFUSED, FLOGGING MOLLY, RED FANG, CIRCLE JERKS, ANTI-FLAG, STRIKE ANYWHERE, H2O and a few more have been announced so far. More bands will be announced in 2020.
The event will happen on July 30 to August 3, 2020 in Midi-Pyenees, France.
VÄRLDEN BRINNER SIGNS WITH VICISOLUM PRODUCTIONS
Swedish punk rockers VÄRLDEN BRINNER have signed with ViciSolum Productions. Their second full length album, "Vi Äger Natten", will be released in Spring 2020.
NEW ALBUM WITH FINNTROLL IN AUGUST
After 7 years since the release of their latest record, "Blodsvept", Finnish folk/metal army FINNTROLL will release a new, yet untitled, album on August 14, 2020 through Century Media Records.
DEC. 19, 2019
DEF LEPPARD AND MISFITS TO HEADLINE DOMINATION
DEF LEPPARD and MISFITS will headline the 2020 edition of the Domination festival, set to take place May 1-2 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico.
Among the other acts that will perform at the festival are: RANCID, OPETH, SONATA ARCTICA, LACUNA COIL, DROPKICK MURPHYS, KROKUS, INTRONAUT, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, NIGHTWISH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, TESTAMENT, UFO, CLUTCH, ANGELUS APATRIDA, ANVIL, FINNTROLL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM etc.
SEX PISTOLS GUITARIST STEVE JONES UNDERWENT HEART SURGERY 3 MONTHS AGO
3 months ago SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones underwent a heart operation. After a slow recovery, he returned to radio ("Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in L.A.) last Friday (Dec. 13).
Steve, who has battled a number of health issues in recent years, will continue to be monitored the coming months as he regains strength in his heart.
LIV SIN PARTS WAYS WITH 2 MEMBERS
Swedish metal band LIV SIN (with Liv Jagrell of SISTER SIN) have parted ways with Chris and Tommie.
THE HAUNTED ANNOUNCES SHORT SWEDISH TOUR
Swedish thrash metal veterans The HAUNTED are going on a very short tour in Sweden around Easter 2020. The 4 dates are these:
April 9 - Arbis Norrköping (w/ F.K.Ü.)
April 10 - Katalin, Uppsala
April 11 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
April 12 - Klubb Undergrunden at Pumphuset, Borås
THE BABOON SHOW TO RE-RELEASE 3 FIRST ALBUMS ON VINYL
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW will re-release their 3 first albums - "Don't Don't Don't" (2005), "Pep Talk" (2006) and "Betsy's Revenge" (2007) - in a box set, titled "Box Of Rocks (2005-2007)". Only 1000 copies available.
Preorder starts on Friday, December 20 at: thebaboonshow.com. Shipping will be in March 2020.
DEC. 18, 2019
KRISIUN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Brazilian death metallers KRISIUN will team up with GRUESOME and VITRIOL for a European tour next spring.
For dates etc., check out: krisiun.com.br
7 MORE SHOWS ADDED TO TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON AND JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
7 more dates have been added to "The Stadium Tour", which will feature DEF LEPPARD alongside MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS. The tour will now kick off on June 21 in San Antonio, Texas and will include newly announced gigs in Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
For tickets and further details, visit 1 of these: defleppard.com motley.com poisonofficial.com joanjett.com
GUNS N' ROSES ADDS SECOND LONDON SHOW
Due to high demand, GUNS N' ROSES has added a second show in London to its recently announced European tour. The new London date at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for May 30 - one day after the previously announced concert at the same venue.
MATT SORUM'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY DUE IN APRIL
Chicago Review Press has set an April 7, 2020 release date for the "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver" book from Matt Sorum.
ANGELUS APATRIDA, FRANTIC AMBER AND LOK CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
ANGELUS APATRIDA, FRANTIC AMBER, MASS WORSHIP, LOK, DRACONIAN and THYRFING have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which happens in Gävle, Sweden on July 9-11, 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: AMON AMARTH, ANAAL NATHRAKH, AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, EMPEROR, ICE AGE, JINJER, MARDUK, MAYHEM, MESHUGGAH, MGLA, SKINDRED, SOILWORK, TRIBULATION etc.
DEC. 17, 2019
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME?
If you want to know more about me and my musical adventures through the years, then check out this new page: hardrockinfo.com/jimmy.
I'm currently working on some new songs.
/Hard Rock Info editor, Jimmy Blom.
DAVID LEE ROTH TO OPEN FOR KISS IN NORTH AMERICA
VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth will open for KISS on the 2020 North American leg of the "End Of The Road" tour.
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
WHITESNAKE have just announced some more European tour dates, most of them with special guests EUROPE.
For full details and links, visit: whitesnake.com
ZZ TOP ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR WITH CHEAP TRICK
ZZ TOP are going on a Canadian tour next spring with CHEAP TRICK as special guests. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 20.
More info at: zztop.com
DEC. 16, 2019
DISFEAR ANNOUNCES SPRING DATES
Swedish crust punks DISFEAR are going to play 3 European shows in March 2020. The dates are these:
March 5th - Antwerp, BE at Het Bos
March 6th - London, UK at Subterania
March 7th - Drachen, NL at Poppodium Iduna
MASSACRE ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP
Veteran Florida death metal band MASSACRE has joined forces with a new management team, Extreme Management Group, and has begun work on a new full-length album, to be released in 2020. The group has also welcomed new drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG).
MASSACRE's forthcoming album will be the first to feature original bassist Michael Borders, as well as the band's first recording in 23 years to feature original vocalist Kam Lee (ex-DEATH, ex-MANTAS). The new lineup will make its debut in the beginning of 2020 on a short run in Germany on January 17-19, alongside UNLEASHED, ENTRAILS and more.
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES have announced a tour in the UK and Ireland in March 2020. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, December 18 on dankojones.com, where you also can find the dates.
WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
WHITESNAKE will do a few shows in Germany in May 2020, and 3 of them will have EUROPE as special guests. Tickets on sale now, and the dates are:
May 17, Munich – Zenith (w/ EUROPE)
May 21, Berlin – Verti Music Hall (w/ EUROPE)
May 22, Hamburg – Sporthalle (w/ EUROPE)
May 24, Dortmund – Warsteiner Music Hall
May 26, Stuttgart – Porsche Arena
DEC. 15, 2019
GIRLSCHOOL AND HOT BREATH CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
GIRLSCHOOL and HOT BREATH are among the latest who have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on May 28-30, 2020.
Some other acts that have been confirmed are: METALUCIFER, SABBAT, WITCHTOWER, HEDDA HATAR, DIABOLIC NIGHT, SANDSTORM etc.
SPLIT LP WITH OI POLLOI AND CRUTCHES
Scottish punk veterans OI POLLOI are getting together with Swedish punk/hardcore band CRUTCHES for a split LP, which will be released in 2020.
DEAD LORD TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish hard rockers DEAD LORD plan to enter the studio in early 2020 to record their 4th album.
DEC. 13, 2019
GUNS N' ROSES CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
GUNS N' ROSES have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival, which happens in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 3-6, 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: MERCYFUL FATE, VOLBEAT, NIGHTWISH, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, CLAWFINGER, WITCHCRAFT, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beayvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, BOMBUS, IN FLAMES, SOCIAL DISTORTION, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SAGA, KVELERTAK, TROUBLE, ORANGE GOBLIN, VICTORY, MÅNEGARM, PRAYING MANTIS, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, The COFFINSHAKERS, NARNIA, ART NATION, HORISONT, SIENA ROOT, VA ROCKS etc.
GUNS N' ROSES have also announced the spring/summer 2020 leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, which happens in Europe in May/June. More info at: gunsnroses.com
BIG KIZZ SAYS GOODBYE WITH A NEW ALBUM
Swedish rockers BIG KIZZ announces the instant release of their sophomore album, "Songs for freaks and dreamers", simultaneously with the news that the band dissolved themselves into the universe.
All 3 members has many new projects going on.
Read their full statement here: facebook.com/bigbigkizz
AMON AMARTH CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
AMON AMARTH have been confirmed to set the stage on fire at Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden on July 9-11, 2020. This will be their only festival appearance in Sweden next year.
Confirmed since earlier are: AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, EMPEROR, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ICE AGE, JINJER, MARDUK, MAYHEM, MESHUGGAH, MGLA, MYRKUR, SKINDRED, SOILWORK, TRIBULATION etc.
DEC. 12, 2019
CANDLEMASS, ENTOMBED A.D. AND HAMMERFALL AMONG GRAMMIS AWARDS NOMINEES
CANDLEMASS, ENTOMBED A.D., HAMMERFALL, OPETH and The FLOWER KINGS are the 5 final nominees that are competing for the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" honor at the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which will be held February 6, 2020 at Annexet in Stockholm. The bands are all nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2019.
ZZ TOP DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL IN 2020
The ZZ TOP documantary "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas", will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on February 28, 2020. The film delivers the story of this power trio in an artistic style that complements the distinctive ZZ TOP vibe.
Alongside the film, the DVD and Blu-ray also includes 2 live performance segments. 18 minutes of the Gruene Hall performance, along with the Ham Estate Archive, which spotlights rare pre-"Eliminator" ZZ TOP concert footage from 1976 and 1981, complete the set.
The band has been around for 50 years now, and has always been the same 3 members: guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard.
DEC. 11, 2019
BAD RELIGION TEAM UP WITH ALKALINE TRIO FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
BAD RELIGION and ALKALINE TRIO have announced a North American co-headlining tour. The trek will kick off on March 26 in Los Angeles, California and wrap on April 19 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 13.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/badreligion facebook.com/alkalinetrio
THE CULT TO WORK ON NEW MUSIC NEXT YEAR
The CULT frontman Ian Astbury has told Atlantic City Weekly in a new interview that the band is planning to work on new music in 2020.
QUEEN+ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCES 5 ADDITIONAL LONDON SHOWS
Following a phenomenal demand for tickets, QUEEN+ADAM LAMBERT have added a further 5 shows to their June 2020 hugely anticipated "Rhapsody" residency at London's O2 Arena - bringing the total of London performances to 10. The extra shows will take place on June 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21.
Dates and tickets can be found at: queenonline.com
DEC. 10, 2019
UNLEASHED AND EINHERJER TO HEADLINE UTGÅRDSFEST
UNLEASHED and EINHERJER will headline the Danish viking/pagan metal festival Utgårdsfest, which take place at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen on August 21-22, 2020.
Other bands that have been confirmed are: VARANG NORD, HEIDRA and ETHEREAL KINGDOMS.
IN FLAMES, SOCIAL DISTORTION AND KVELERTAK CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
Sweden Rock Festival have announced some more acts for next summer. Among these bands are: IN FLAMES, SOCIAL DISTORTION, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SAGA, KVELERTAK, TROUBLE, ORANGE GOBLIN, VICTORY, MÅNEGARM, PRAYING MANTIS, SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY, The COFFINSHAKERS, NARNIA, ART NATION, HORISONT, SIENA ROOT, VA ROCKS etc.
The festival happens on June 3-6, 2020 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: MERCYFUL FATE, VOLBEAT, NIGHTWISH, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, RAUBTIER, ALESTORM, CLAWFINGER, WITCHCRAFT, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beayvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, BOMBUS etc.
KROKUS ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have announced the details of their last-ever concerts in USA and Canada. The 13-date trek will kick off at Canton Hall in Dallas, Texas on September 18, 2020 and will conclude at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October 10, 2020.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/KROKUSonline
DEC. 9, 2019
"The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek" COMING TO CINEMAS WORLDWIDE IN FEBRUARY
The DOORS and Trafalgar Releasing have announced the upcoming release of "The Doors: Break on Thru - A Celebration of Ray Manzarek", coming to cinemas worldwide for a one-night only event on February 12, 2020. The film will bring fans together in theaters to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of the late Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The DOORS, on what would have been his birthday.
This critically acclaimed, all-star hybrid concert/documentary was filmed at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California and brought surviving members from The DOORS, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, on stage for the first time in 15 years to celebrate the birthday of Manzarek alongside captivating performances from FOO FIGHTERS' Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' Robert DeLeo, Paul McCartney's Brian Ray, X's Exene and John Doe, JANE'S ADDICTION's Stephen Perkins, GOV'T MULE's Warren Haynes and more.
With a set list of DOORS classics and compelling behind the scenes interviews and footage, this film celebrates the longevity of The DOORS, bringing multiple generations together to celebrate this iconic band. Proceeds from the L.A. concert were donated to Stand Up To Cancer as selected by Ray Manzarek.
Participating theaters and tickets can be found at: thedoorsfilm.com
BOX SET WITH 4 ALICE COOPER ALBUMS FROM THE 2000s
Alice Cooper has released a box set of 4 of his 2000s albums. The set is titled "Treasures - A Vinyl Collection", and it's out via earMUSIC.
The set includes vinyl versions of 2000's "Brutal Planet", 2001's "Dragon Town", 2003's "Eyes of Alice Cooper", and 2005's "Dirty Diamonds". "Dirty Diamonds" and "Dragon Town" were recently re-issued as stand alone LPs as well.
NO MORE ZEPHYRA
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic death metallers ZEPHYRA has decided to go separate ways after 10 years as a band.
They will do 1 final show though, at Briggen for ÖHK (Öregrunds Hårdrocksklubb) on December 28.
You can read a full statement from the band here: facebook.com/zephyraofficial
NIFELHEIM TO CELEBRATE 30 AT THE ABYSS FESTIVAL
Swedish black metal veterans NIFELHEIM will celebrate their 30-year anniversary with a very special show at The Abyss Festival, which take place on March 27-28, 2020 at Gothenburg Film Studios in Göteborg, Sweden.
DEC. 7, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH BUZZCOCKS
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will have a new single, "Gotta Get Better" b/w "Destination Zero", available at their upcoming shows.
The single will also be released via Cherry Red Records on February 14, 2020. It will be available as CD and coloured vinyl.
For upcoming tour dates, try: buzzcocks.com
AMON AMARTH BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH succeeded to start the fire alarm twice during their show at Partille Arena in Göteborg, Sweden last night (Dec. 6). First time already in the first song, and the second time during the last song.
Unfortunately I wasn't there, but according to a friend they used a lot of fire in their show.
"DANZIG Sings ELVIS" OUT SPRING 2020
For the past few years, Glenn Danzig has stated that he is working on an album of Elvis Presley covers. The release has been tentatively titled "DANZIG Sings ELVIS". And now the 7th House, the official DANZIG fanclub, has released infromation stating that the Elvis covers release will be out in April 2020.
DEC. 6, 2019
CHRISTMAS EP WITH L.A. GUNS
L.A. GUNS (w/ Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns) have just released a digital EP, "Another Xmas In Hell". This EP features covers of Holiday classics by The DAMNED, RAMONES, SLADE and Billy Squier.
Listen on your favorite streaming or download platform here: orcd.co/lagxmasep
AEROSMITH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
AEROSMITH will come to Europe next summer for a little tour in June and July.
Pre-sale starts on December 10. Public on sale starts on December 13.
Dates, tickets etc. at: aerosmith.com
BOB MALMSTRÖM TO RELEASE 3 SPLIT EPS IN 2020
Finnish (but singing in Swedish) hardcore/punk band BOB MALMSTRÖM are going to release not just 1 but 3 split 7" EPs next year. Each EP will have 2 songs with BOB MALMSTRöM and 2 with the other band. And the bands that they will split with are: The ENCHAINED, TVÄRNITAD and DISPYT.
The first split will be released around February/March, the second in April, and the third split will be out in June.
More info at: facebook.com/BobMalmstrom
DEC. 5, 2019
MORE RE-RELEASES ON VINYL FOR THIN LIZZY
3 more albums with THIN LIZZY will be re-released on vinyl: "Nightlife", "Fighting" and "Jailbreak". These LPs will be released on January 24, 2020. Each reissue is pressed on 180gr vinyl, with a download code and replica artwork.
Pre-order your copies here: ThinLizzy.lnk.to/Reissues2019
OF FIRE ON ICE
Borka Mattsson (bass) and Rasmus Thunell (guitar) has left Swedish death metallers OF FIRE due to personal reasons. This made the other members lose all motivation, so they have decided to take a break to think things through.
SCORPIONS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs has confirmed to New Zealand's "The Metal Bar" that the band is putting the finishing touches on the songwriting process for a new studio album. They plan to record until the first of July, where they have a residency in Las Vegas for a whole month.
THE UNDERTONES ANNOUNCES U.S. AND UK TOUR
Legendary pop punk band The UNDERTONES have announced that they will be returning to the USA for an East Coast tour in April 2020. They will also be touring the UK in May and June.
For dates, visit: theundertones.com
NEW ALBUM WITH CHARTA 77 IN JANUARY
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 will release a new album, "Skuld", in January (exact release date to be announced).
The album will be followed by a tour in Sweden, Finland and Norway during the spring.
More info at: facebook.com/charta77band
MÖTLEY CRÜE AND DEF LEPPARD TEAM UP WITH POISON AND JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS FOR U.S. TOUR
..and then it's official. MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD are going on a stadium tour across the U.S.A. together with POISON and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.
The tour happens next summer and kick off in Miami on July 7. The last stop will be in Los Angeles on September 5.
Pre-sale start on Monday, December 9. General on sale start on December 13.
For further details, try 1 of these links: motley.com defleppard.com poisonofficial.com joanjett.com
CIRCLE JERKS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS will be touring in Europe next summer.
The first run is with the Punk In Drublic tour - which also include bands like NOFX, PENNYWISE etc. - that will visit Austria, Germany, Finland and Norway between May 29 to June 6. The second run takes place in August, and includes countries like UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany etc.
For dates, tickets and other info, go to: circlejerks.net
HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
HELLOWEEN are going on the "United Alive World Tour Part II" next fall/autumn. A European tour that will take place from September 26 to October 31, 2020.
For more information, try: helloween.org
HELLOWEEN recently entered the H.O.M.E. Studios in Hamburg (where everything started in 1984) to work on brand new songs. A new album should be out at the end of August or beginning of September 2020.
SAXON FRONTMAN BIFF BYFORD ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
To coincide with release of first solo album, "School Of Hard Knocks", SAXON frontman Biff Byford is going on his first ever solo tour dates in April 2020.
The tour will start in the UK in April, but will continue into various European territories (dates to be announced) later on.
The UK dates can be found at: facebook.com/saxon
DEC. 4, 2019
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES GERMAN DATES
In addition to DEEP PURPLE's UK dates, that was announced yesterday, the band will also do 3 concerts in Germany on the following dates:
Oct. 13 - Berlin
Oct. 16 - Stuttgart
Oct. 17 - Oberhausen
DEC. 3, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH DEMONS & WIZARDS IN FEBRUARY
DEMONS & WIZARDS - the collaboration between Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH) and Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) - will release a new album, titled "III", on February 21, 2020 via Century Media Records.
BLOODBATH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish/British death metallers BLOODBATH are going to North America for a tour in May 2020. Support acts May 23-28 will be NECROT and TRAGEDY OF MINE. Tickets on sale Friday, December 6.
May 22, 2020 Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
May 23, 2020 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
May 24, 2020 Boston, MA - Paradise
May 25, 2020 Montreal, QC - Corona
May 26, 2020 Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 28, 2020 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
May 29, 2020 Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
May 31, 2020 Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY RECOVERING FROM LEG SURGERY
QUEEN guitarist Brian May is recovering after undergoing surgery on his leg on Monday, December 2.
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
DEEP PURPLE are heading back to the UK in October 2020, with special guests BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Tickets are on sale this Friday, December 6, and the dates are:
Oct. 2 - Manchester Arena
Oct. 3 - The O2 London
Oct. 5 - The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Oct. 6 - First Direct Arena Leeds
Oct. 8 - Arena Birmingham
The announcement of the live shows coincides with news on DEEP PURPLE's social media, with Ian Gillan confirming that they have completed the recording of a brand new studio album to be released in 2020, with further details to follow.
DEC. 2, 2019
ELECTRIC BOYS FRONTMAN CONNY BLOOM SIGNS WITH MIGHTY MUSIC
Conny Bloom from Swedish hard rockers ELECTRIC BOYS has signed a solo deal with Mighty Music. His new album, "Game! Set! Bloom!", will be released on March 13, 2020. The album will be followed by touring in both Sweden and the rest of Europe.
PEAR JAM ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
PEARL JAM will embark on a European tour next summer. The 13-date trek, which will feature support from PIXIES, IDLES and WHITE REAPER, will mark the band's first live appearances in nearly 2 years.
PEARL JAM's tour will kick off on June 23 in Frankfurt, Germany and will include 3 festival appearances - Lollapalooza Stockholm in Sweden; Rock Werchter in Belgium; and Lollapalooza Paris in France. Tickets go on sale beginning December 7.
More details at: pearljam.com
THE ADICTS ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
British punk rock veterans The ADICTS are going on a tour in USA early next year. The tour will last from January 11 to February 11.
More info at: theadicts.net
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES will be touring in Sweden, Denmark and Norway next spring. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, December 4 at: dankojones.com
DEC. 1, 2019
BULLET TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET are going to Japan for 2 shows at Shibuya Cyclone in Tokyo on February 20 and 21, 2020.
SOLO ALBUM WITH MICK MARS IN APRIL
MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars says that his debut solo record will arrive next April.
Mars has been working on the disc - on and off - for at least the past 4 years.
4-CD LIVE BOX SET WITH CREAM
UMe has announced the 4-CD, special edition of CREAM's "Goodbye Tour Live 1968". Set for release on February 7, 2020, this sumptuous set brings together 36 tracks, including 29 making their first appearance on CD, recorded during CREAM's farewell tour of the U.S. in October 1968 and their final U.K. date at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 26 of that same year. There are a total of 19 previously unreleased tracks, and a further 10 tracks from the Royal Albert Hall show, which have only ever been available on DVD.
NEW ALBUM WITH ASOCIAL
Swedish hardcore/punk veterans ASOCIAL will release a new album, "Föralltid Underground", this month. It will be released on LP via F.O.A.D. Records.
NOV. 30, 2019
EVOCATION GOES ON INDEFINITE HIATUS
Local (Borås, Sweden) death metallers EVOCATION are going on a idefinite hiatus. "The reason for the decision is that the energy and motivation necessary to keep pushing forward simply is not there", the band says in a statement that you can read here: facebook.com/EvocationSwe
NOV. 29, 2019
ENTOMBED A.D. ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SPRING TOUR
Swedish death metallers ENTOMBED A.D. are going on a 6-date tour in Sweden next spring. The dates are these:
6/3 örebro, Frimis Salonger
7/3 Linköping, Palatset
13/3 Avesta, Kulturgaraget
14/3 Uppsala, Katalin
20/3 Helsingborg, The Tivoli
21/3 Jönköping, Denim & Leather
Tickets and more info at: skrikhult.se
TITLES AND RELEASE DATES FOR EPS WITH THE PROFESSIONALS
As I announced here yesterday, British punk rock veterans The PROFESSIONALS - with SEX PISTOLS drummer Paul Cook among oithers - will release 3 new EPs during 2020. And now the titles and release dates has been announced.
The first EP will be "Kingdom Come", which will be released on January 10. The second EP is titled "Curl Up And Cry", and will be available on February 14. "Twenty Twenty Vision" is the third and last EP, which is out on March 13.
You can now pre-order all 3 on coloured vinyl and CD at: theprofessionals123eps.com
MARDUK CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
MARDUK have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden, which happens on July 9-11, 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are acts like: AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, ICE AGE, MAYHEM, MESHUGGAH, MGLA, MYRKUR, SKINDRED, SKINFLINT, SOILWORK, TRIBULATION etc.
LIVE ALBUM WITH KREATOR IN FEBRUARY
German thrash legends KREATOR will release a live album, "London Apocalypticon - Live At The Roundhouse", on February 14, 2020 through Nuclear Blast. The pre-order starts on December 13.
The show was filmed and recorded at the Roundhouse in London, England on December 16, 2018.
NOV. 28, 2019
FAITH NO MORE CONFIRMS MORE EUROPEAN FESTIVALS
FAITH NO MORE has confirmed 2 more European festival appearances for next summer. The band will perform at Helsinki, Finland's Tuska on June 28 and at Madrid, Spain's Mad Cool in early July.
Scroll down a little for more dates..
..or got to: fnm.com
ACE FREHLEY'S ESTRANGED GIRLFRIEND GETS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HIM
According to TMZ, Ace Frehley's estranged girlfriend was granted a temporary restraining order against the original KISS guitarist after an alleged frightening incident at their house.
Rachael Gordon, who claims she has been in a relationship with Ace for 11 years, says in the documents that he returned home from a business trip unannounced and barged in with a male and a female bodyguard, along with his daughter, Monique. He allegedly refused to talk to Gordon as he went into his office to collect his guitars and gold records. According to Rachael, the female guard threatened her with physical violence and Monique screamed at her, "You are a skank. My family will kill you." Gordon claims the incident left her "in shock, afraid, filled with anxiety" and "paralyzed with fear".
In his own legal documents, Frehley claims the accusations against him are "unfounded, false, and baseless" and he's requesting to introduce the testimonies of 7 witnesses he believes will support dismissing the restraining order.
In her documents, Gordon also claims Ace controls their finances and she is asking for money to cover the rent and deposits on their home, moving expenses, and the costs of their vehicles. She also wants him to cover her legal fees.
A court hearing on the matter has been scheduled for January.
Meanwhile, Frehley has already apparently moved on to a new relationship. During a November 21 interview with SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk, he revealed that he "met a new gal and someone special" in his life. He added that she is "a very private person" and "an elementary school teacher".
THE PROFESSIONALS TO RELEASE 3 EPS IN 2020
Old punk rockers The PROFESSIONALS - with SEX PISTOLS drummer Paul Cook - will release 3 EPs during 2020. No release date for any of these EPs has been announced yet, but pre-order will start tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 29) at: theprofessionals123eps.com
The video for "Kingdom Come", from the first EP (with the same title if I got it right) can be heard and seen here: facebook.com/theprofessionalsband/videos/429924344628236
THE SCAMS TO REUNITE FOR 1 NIGHT
Swedish hard rockers The SCAMS will reunite for 1 exclusive gig at Stars And Stripes in their hometown Växjö on Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The lineup will be the original trio.
Other bands that will play are FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT and STRÖM.
Event page: facebook.com/events/577650099444851
NOV. 27, 2019
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going on a little tour in Latin America in March/April 2020. Special guests on the 3 first dates will be BASTARDZ, and the dates are:
March 27 - São Paulo
March 28 - Curitiba
March 29 - Rio De Janeiro
April 2 - Maxico City
April 3 - Guadalajara
April 4 - Monterrey
NEW ALBUM WITH H.E.AT. IN FEBRUARY
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.AT. will release a new album, titled "H.E.A.T. II", on February 21, 2020.
The album is available to pre-order from November 29: orcd.co/heatII
H.E.A.T. has also announced a European tour with support from DEAF RAT and REACT. And VEGA, MASON HILL and COLLATERAL will be guests on 3 UK dates.
For dates, try: heatsweden.com
CHARTA 77 ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR DATES
Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 will be touring in Sweden, Finland and Norway during the first half of 2020.
For dates and other details, go to: facebook.com/charta77band
BAD RELIGION TO PLAY 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION will celebrate their 40-year anniversary next year. Among the shows that they will do are 7 dates in Spain and Portugal in May. Tickets on sale Monday, December 2 at: badreligion.com
NEW ALBUM WITH KVELERTAK IN FEBRUARY
Norwegian band KVELERTAK will release their new album, "Splid", on February 14, 2020.
The first single, "Bråtebrann", is out now on Apple Music, Spotify and iTunes.
Pre-order the album: riserecords.lnk.to/splid
More info and tour dates at: kvelertak.com
FAITH NO MORE TO RETURN NEXT YEAR
FAITH NO MORE has confirmed that it will return to live activity next spring.
4 years after the release of the group's reunion album, "Sol Invictus", the influential alt-metal act has announced 3 European festival appearances for June 2020: June 13 at Sunstroke Festival in Ireland, June 20 at Hellfest in France, and June 26 at Tons of Rock in Norway.
NOV. 26, 2019
THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR IN 2020
British rock veterans The QUIREBOYS have announce a full U.S. tour for 2020.
The band will be touring 13 states across the USA in March, including stops in California, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Houston, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Cleveland, New York and many more.
This will be their first U.S. tour since 2014.
For dates, go to: quireboys.com
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH BLAZE BAYLEY NEXT YEAR
In spring 2019, former IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley launched the "Tour Of The Eagle Spirit", taking in venues in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, France, U.K., USA and Canada. In September 2019, Blaze took that tour on the road a second time, with a sequence of shows across Germany, Netherlands, Poland, plus 2 special concluding concerts at the Melodka venue in Brno, Czech Republic. All told, the tour totalled 59 shows and those final 2 shows were captured for Blaze's forthcoming release, titled "Live In Czech" - a live album and DVD.
The theme of the tour followed on from Blaze's "Infinite Entanglement" trilogy of albums and the setlist particularly featured some of the more epic songs from the trilogy which hadn't previously been included in concert setlists. The set also contained a selection of songs from his albums with IRON MAIDEN during the 1990s.
Release date is currently planned for April 3, 2020.
The "Live In Czech" album will be released on double CD and double DVD, including a special behind-the-scenes film titled "The Road To Brno", and is available to pre-order now via the webshop at: blazebayley.net
LIVE RECORDING WITH GARY MOORE FROM 2009 TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY
On December 2, 2009 - just 14 months before his tragic death aged 58 - legendary guitarist Gary Moore played a special one-off club show at London's Islington Academy. Now, 10 years later, Provogue, a division of the Mascot Label Group, will be releasing this never before released recording, "Live From London", on January 31, 2020.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
American supergroup HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES will embark on a UK tour in September 2020. Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper will play 4 shows - in Leeds, Glasgow, London and Birmingham.
Joining HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES will be special guests PRIMAL SCREAM. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, November 29. And the 4 dates are:
Sep. 02 - Leeds, First Direct Arena
Sep. 03 - Glasgow, Hydro
Sep. 05 - London, O2 Arena
Sep. 06 - Birmingham, Arena
More tour dates at: hollywoodvampires.com
NEW BOOK BY HENRY ROLLINS
Henry Rollins (ROLLINS BAND, BLACK FLAG) has just released a new book. It's called "Stay Fanatic!!! Vol. 1" and finds Henry discussing his rarest and most favorite records. It also includes a large archive of pictures of rare records, posters, and promotional items.
The book is out now via his own 2.13.61 label. He is currently working on Volume 2.
NOV. 25, 2019
COZY POWELL BIOGRAPHY DUE IN MARCH
Wymer Publishing has set a March 20, 2020 publication date for "Dance With The Devil - The Cozy Powell Story".
Drummer Cozy Powell played with artists and bands like Jeff Beck, RAINBOW, Michael Schenker, WHITESNAKE, EMERSON, LAKE & POWELL, BLACK SABBATH and Brian May, as well as being a hugely in-demand session player. But before all that, he initially came to prominence with 3 Mickie Most-produced Top 20 singles under his own name.
Powell died on April 5, 1998 following a car crash, driving his Saab 9000 in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol, while talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone. He was living at Lambourn in Berkshire at the time and had returned to the studio shortly before his death to record with FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green. By that time, he had been the drummer on at least 66 albums, with minor contributions on many other recordings.
For more information about the book, visit: wymeruk.co.uk
STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES UK TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2020
On the back of his most successful tour ever, former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett announces a 22-date UK tour for November 2020, where he will perform the 1977 GENESIS album "Seconds Out" in it's entirety together with a mixture of other material.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 29, 2019.
More details here: hackettsongs.com
NOV. 24, 2019
CIRCLE JERKS ARE BACK AGAIN
American punk legends the CIRCLE JERKS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic album "Group Sex" by reuniting for a number of special shows in 2020.
The group's first concert since 2011 will take place the week of May 21-25, 2020 at Las Vegas's Punk Rock Bowling music festival and will be followed by a 3-show run in Austria and Germany between May 29 and May 31.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, the CIRCLE JERKS lineup for the upcoming dates will include singer Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson and bassist Zander Schloss. The group is also planning a reissue of "Group Sex".
CIRCLE JERKS were formed by ex-members of BLACK FLAG and REDD KROSS in late 1979. They have released 6 studio albums, 1 compilation, a live album and a live DVD. The band has broken up and reformed several times, sometimes with different bassists and/or drummers.
NOV. 23, 2019
BACKYARD BABIES FRONTMAN NICKE BORG ANNOUNCES MORE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
BACKYARD BABIES frontman Nicke Borg will do some shows in Sweden in February 2020. The dates are:
Feb. 14 - Popcorner, Alvesta
Feb. 15 - Palatset, Linköping
Feb. 21 - Biff Bar & Grill, Eskilstuna
Feb. 22 - Skottvångs Grufva, Mariefred
Feb. 28 - Porter Pelle, Göteborg
Feb. 29 - Folkets Hus, Uddevalla
Nicke will play acoustic versions of songs by BACKYARD BABIES and NICKE BORG HOMELAND, as well as some covers.
BONDED (feat. ex-SODOM members) TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN JANUARY
German thrash metallers BONDED - who feature in their ranks former SODOM members Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) - will release their debut album, "Rest In Violence", on January 17, 2020 via Century Media Records.
To celebrate the announcement, the band has just released a new track, "Je Suis Charlie": youtu.be/HzudOCVXYjk
NOV. 22, 2019
CLEOPATRA ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE HEAVY METAL DOCUMENTARY
Cleopatra Entertainment is releasing the German-produced documentary film "Come On Feel The Noize: The Story Of How Rock Became Metal" to VOD platforms on December 3 and a home entertainment DVD version on December 17.
Written and produced by Thore Vollert and directed by Jörg Sonntag, the 90-minute documentary covers the origins of the metal genre through on-camera interviews with metal's founding forefathers and current keepers of the flame including: Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN), Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE), Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH), Gene Simmons (KISS), James Hetfield (METALLICA) and Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) amongst other notable legends.
The documentary combine original artist interviews with exclusive, long-lost live footage and iconic album cover art from the late 1960s thru today.
Cleopatra's English-language version of the film will be available in the territories of USA, Canada and Mexico.
Order it here: amazon.com/Come-Feel-Noize-Story-Became/dp/B07XN1LSQC
BIKINI KILL CONFIRMED FOR WAY OUT WEST
Reunited grrrl riot/punk rock band BIKINI KILL have been confirmed for the pop festival Way Out West, which happens on August 13-15, 2020 in Slottsskogen, Göteborg, Sweden.
BIKINI KILL will play on August 14, and this will be their first show ever in Sweden.
More info: wayoutwest.se
NEW SINGLE WITH MARILYN MANSON
Marilyn Manson has released his newest single, a cover of The DOORS classic "The End".
Manson's version of "The End" was played over the PA system at the end of his performances during "The Twins Of Evil" tour this past summer. The collaboration with country rocker Shooter Jennings will be used in the Stephen King TV series "The Stand", which Manson will also be acting in.
CIRCLE JERKS, MADNESS AND COCK SPARRER TO HEADLINE PUNK ROCK BOWLING 2020
Punk Rock Bowling 2020 has announced its initial lineup. CIRCLE JERKS will reunite and headline the festival along with MADNESS and COCK SPARRER.
Other bands playing include: STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, The ADICTS, ROSE TATTOO, PROPAGANDHI, The RUTS, GBH, ANTI-FLAG, PLAGUE VENDOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, BAR STOOL PREACHERS, and many more..
Punk Rock Bowling 2020 is on May 21-25 in Las Vegas. Associated Club dates are expected to be announced later.
Tickets and more info: punkrockbowling.com
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST 31 ACTS FOR NEXT YEAR
Sweden Rock Festival have announced the 31 first confirmed acts for next summer's festival. And among these artists are: MERCYFUL FATE, NIGHTWISH, VOLBEAT, ACCEPT, OPETH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, D-A-D, ALESTORM, CLAWFINGER, NILE, WITCHCRAFT, SONATA ARCTICA, KINGDOM COME, EVERGREY, RAUBTIER, NASHVILLE PUSSY, Jean Beauvoir, ECLIPSE, KADAVAR, BOMBUS, ORPHANED LAND, SORCERER etc.
The festival happens on June 3-6, 2020 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
59 more acts will be announced during the coming months. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 27.
More info: swedenrock.com
WATAIN GUITARIST PELLE FORSBERG DENIED ENTRY TO USA
U.S. authorities has decided to ban Pelle Forsberg, guitarist for Swedish black metallers WATAIN, from entering the country.
The rest of the members was allowed to enter, and will have to play as a 4-piece on their U.S. tour, with Alvaro on guitar and Erik handling bass and vocals.
You can read the full story here: facebook.com/watainofficial
BOMBUS ANNOUNCES 2 SHOWS IN NORWAY
Swedish metal band BOMBUS will do 2 concerts in Norway in early 2020:
Jan. 31 - John Dee, Oslo
Feb. 1 - Folken, Stavanger
SAXON TO SUPPORT JUDAS PRIEST IN GERMANY
SAXON will be very special guests on 3 dates when JUDAS PRIEST play in Germany next summer on their "50 Heavy Metal Years" tour. The German dates are:
June 24 - Oberhausen (no SAXON)
June 25 - Stuttgart
June 29 - München
July 8 - Frankfurt (no SAXON)
July 10 - Halle (Saale)
THE ADICTS TO PLAY IN SWEDEN NEXT SPRING
British punk rock veterans The ADICTS are coming to Sweden for 3 shows next spring. The dates are these:
April 30 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
May 1 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
May 2 - Paln B, Malmö
BIG FISH, CHARTA 77 AND VÄRLDEN BRINNER CONFIRMED FOR UPPSALA RUMBLE
BIG FISH, CHARTA 77 and VÄRLDEN BRINNER have been confirmed for Uppsala Rumble, which take place at Parksnäckan in Uppsala, Sweden on July 4.
NOV. 21, 2019
CANDLEMASS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD
Early 2019 saw the release of Swedish doom pioneers CANDLEMASS' latest album, "The Door To Doom", via Napalm Records - an offering that features an unforgettable pairing with legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi on the track "Astorolus - The Great Octopus". The song has now been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the "Best Metal Performance" category.
This is the first nomination for the band and the first nomination for Napalm Records.
The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 26, 2020 and broadcast on CBS.
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
American hard rock n roll veterans NASHVILLE PUSSY are going to Australia in May 2020. The dates are:
May 6 - The Basement, Canberra
May 7 - Northcote S.C., Melbourne
May 8 - Crowbar, Sydney
May 9 - The Zoo, Brisbane
May 10 - Amplifier, Perth
Pre-sale tickets on sale Friday, November 22 at: hardlinemedia.net
General public sale start on Monday, November 25 at: oztix.com.au
BOMBUS ANNOUNCES 2 SHOWS IN SWEDEN
Swedish metal band BOMBUS will do 2 concerts in Sweden in January 2020:
Jan. 24 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm
Jan. 25 - Pustervik, Göteborg
Support act on both gigs will be HORNDAL. Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 25.
PHIL LYNOTT TO BE HONORED WITH COMMEMORATIVE COIN
Ireland's Central Bank will honor THIN LIZZY's Phil Lynott with a limited-edition commemorative coin, marking 70 years since his birth.
The coin will be unveiled on November 26 at St. Kevin's College in Dublin, Lynott's former school, by president Michael Higgins. Students at the school are expected to perform a medley of popular Phil Lynott and THIN LIZZY songs to mark the occasion and will be followed by an address by the Irish president.
Priced at €15, the silver proof coins will be available to buy on the Central Bank of Ireland web site. Only 3,000 of the coins will be created as part of a 3-year series called "Modern Irish Musicians".
IVAN JULIAN OF RICHARD HELL AND THE VOIDOIDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AGAIN
In 2015, Ivan Julian of RICHARD HELL AND THE VOIDOIDS was diagnosed with cancer. He beat it over the following year. Unfortunately he has been diagnosed with cancer again. However, this type of cancer can be combatted with surgery and related treatment.
NOV. 20, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH MINDLESS SINNER IN JANUARY
Swedish heavy metal band MINDLESS SINNER will release a new album, "Poltergeist", on January 17, 2020 via Pure Steel Records.
RIOT GRRRL SESSIONS II WILL BE MADE IN 2020
During 2020 12 temporary bands will form, and each will create a Riot Grrrl song for "Riot Grrrl Sessions II".
Just like the first time, there will only be women, trans -and non binary persons every step of the way.
RAINBOW BAR & GRILL TO CELEBRATE THEIR 48TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FASTER PUSSYCAT AND DORO
The famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood will celebrate their 48-year anniversary with performances from FASTER PUSSYCAT, DORO, BULLETBOYS, VAIN and XYZ. This will happen in the parking lot on April 19, 2020.
NEW SINGLE WITH OZZY
Ozzy Osbourne's web site has uploaded a postcard for an event, which will begin Thursday night (Nov. 21) at midnight Pacific Time and consist of an online premiere of Ozzy's next single, "Straight To Hell".
Y&T DOCUMENTARY TO ARRIVE ON DVD THIS MONTH AND BLU-RAY NEXT MONTH
Y&T's long-awaited documentary, "Y&T: On With The Show - The Documentary", will be released on DVD on November 26 and on Blu-ray on December 31.
The 2-disc set includes the actual documentary (143 minutes) with 8 deleted scenes, plus an "Encore" disc (137 minutes) with 9 special featurettes - for a total of nearly 5 hours of material.
Watch the trailer: youtu.be/BekKvlZUZwM
EX-MORBID ANGEL FRONTMAN DAVID VINCENT TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FEBRUARY
Former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent will release his autobiography, "I Am Morbid: Ten Lessons Learned From Extreme Metal, Outlaw Country, And The Power Of Self-Determination", on paperback on February 11, 2020 via Jawbone Press.
HATEBREED RECORDING NEW ALBUM
American hardcore band HATEBREED are recording a new album now, which is expeted out on Nuclear Blast in 2020.
Meanwhile, frontman Jamie Jasta will release "The lost Chapters, volume 2" on December 13.
NOV. 19, 2019
MÖTLEY CRÜE ARE BACK AGAIN
It looks like the rumours was true.. Almost 6 years after signing a "cessation of touring" agreement, the MÖTLEY CRÜE contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crüeheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together. Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic "The Dirt", MÖTLEY CRÜE has seen a massive surge in new audience. And the band best known for breaking the rules has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true MÖTLEY CRÜE fashion, by literally blowing it up.
Watch the destruction here: youtu.be/WPPsG0Cp83w
According to Rolling Stone, MÖTLEY CRÜE will hit the road next year for a U.S. tour with fellow hard rock acts POISON and DEF LEPPARD. Sources have confirmed to the magazine that the 3 acts will perform at stadiums around the country.
For the latest updates, keep an eye on: motley.com
LASTKAJ 14 ARE IN THE STUDIO
Swedish trallpunk heros LASTKAJ 14 are currently in the studio to record a new record, which will be released in 2020.
NO MORE UPORT
There will be no more Uport festival in Ulricehamn, Sweden.
According to the organizer, losses of around 3 million Swedish kronor are behind the decision. The festival has also received a warning from the Environment and Construction Board after serving alcohol despite the lack of serving permits.
VOKONIS WORKING ON NEW SONGS
Local (Borås, Sweden) power trio VOKONIS released their third album, "Grasping Time", in September, but they are already working on new material for their 4th album, which will be released in 2020.
NOV. 18, 2019
THE ADICTS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The ADICTS have been confirmed for the British punk festival Rebellion, which take place at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on August 6-9, 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, The UNDERTONES, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, GBH, UK SUBS, The BOYS, CONFLICT, 999, CHELSEA, M.D.C., MENACE etc. etc.
More info at: rebellionfestivals.com
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) and Johnny Depp among others - are coming back to Europe for a tour in August/September 2020. Pre-Sale and VIP On Sale: Tuesday, November 19. General Public On Sale: Friday, November 22.
For more info vist: hollywoodvampires.com
BLACK FLAG ANNOUNCES MORE SHOWS
Greg Ginn's BLACK FLAG has announced a slate of 2020 shows.
They will be playing various parts of USA before dropping down to South America. Including previously announced dates, current touring plans span from December 2019 through March 2020.
As of right now, Mike V of MIKE V AND THE RATS is handling vocal duties. Tyler Smith, who played with the band in 2014, is on the bass once again. Their drummer is Isaias Gil, a session drummer who has worked with Macy Gray, David Lee Roth, and Country band CHARLIE AND THE REGRETS.
You can see the dates here: blackflagband.com/tour
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS TO CONTINUE AS THE HOT RODS
Recently, Barrie Masters, singer of British pub rock veterans EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS suddenly passed away. Last week, the band stated that they plan to continue onward as The HOT RODS. "Every show will be in memory of the great man himself", says the band.
The first confirmed show is in France on January 18, 2020. More dates to follow..
Keep an eye on eddieandthehotrods.com for the latest news.
VINNIE VINCENT OFFERING RE-RELEASE OF INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM FOR $250
Vinnie Vincent will re-release his 2002 instrumental album in a limited edition of 1,000 CDs.
The former KISS guitarist's official web site is accepting pre-orders for this re-release of "Speedball Jamm", priced at $250.00 a piece. Each CD will come with a limited-edition autographed 8x10 photo and a "BIG" guitar pick. The discs are expected to ship in February 2020.
"Speedball Jamm" - previously issued under the title "Archives Volume 1" - has been described as "a single 70-minute track of blistering guitarmageddon". According to Rarebird's Rock And Roll Nest, the song "is divided into ten not-very-distinct parts. It's a subterranean-sounding recording of Vinnie jamming endlessly on a lead guitar at high speed, sometimes solo, sometimes with the accompaniment of bass and drums".
JOHN SYKES SPLIT WITH GOLDEN ROBOT RECORDS WITHOUT RELEASING ANYTHING
Legendary English guitarist John Sykes (TYGERS OF PAN TANG, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, SYKES) has parted ways with Golden Robot Records without releasing a single record through the label.
Sykes's partnership with the Australian company was first announced in January. At the time, John promised that his first album in 19 years would arrive before the end of 2019. However, things apparently went south shortly after the signing, with Sykes now accusing the label of making "little attempt to move things forward despite our best efforts and patience".
On Saturday (Nov. 16), John released a statement via his official web site: johnsykes.com/news_files/ac8822989fbf58ce96f6e8897078c271-7.html
NOV. 16, 2019
ARE MÖTLEY CRÜE GOING TO REUNITE?
MÖTLEY CRÜE has fueled rumors of a possible reunion by promoting an online petition asking the group to come back.
In 2015, MÖTLEY CRÜE completed "The Final Tour", closing the book on the band's iconic career after performing a total of 164 shows in 72 markets, grossing over $100 million. To cement the sense of finality, the 4 members of MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2014 publicly signed a "cessation of touring" contract that prevents any of them from performing under the CRÜE name in the future.
Another interesting thing to feed the flames is that just a few days ago The BLACK CROWES' manager, Mark DiDia of Red Light Management, reportedly stated during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show" that MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and POISON were teaming up for a 2020 tour.
BRODY DALLE AND JOSH HOMME HAVE FILED FOR SEPERATION
According to TMZ, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme's wife, The DISTILLERS' Brody Dalle, has filed for separation after 12 years of marriage. Brody filed the documents on Friday (Nov. 15).
NOV. 15, 2019
SLIPKNOT ANNOUCES KNOTFEST AT SEA
Knotfest, the music and lifestyle phenomenon created by multi-platinum, genre defining metal band, SLIPKNOT, has announced its first ever cruise event, Knotfest At Sea. Furthering the global expansion of the Knotfest experience, the inaugural voyage of the Knotfest At Sea cruise will set sail from Barcelona on August 10, 2020, returning on August 14.
Knotfest At Sea will be headlined by SLIPKNOT who will perform 2 sets on board the ship, with the full lineup and on board experiences still to be announced.
For more information, head to: knotfestatsea.com
MARILYN MANSON TO SUPPORT OZZY IN NORTH AMERICA
When Ozzy Osbourne relaunches his "No More Tours 2" in 2020, he'll be joined by special guest Marilyn Manson for the North American shows.
The "No More Tours 2" kicks off May 27 in Atlanta and concludes July 31 in Las Vegas.
More info at: ozzy.com marilynmanson.com
KVELERTAK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Norwegian band KVELERTAK are going on a European tour from February 21, 2020 to April 4.
Dates and tickets at: kvelertak.com
NOV. 14, 2019
KROKUS TO RELEASE VINYL BOX SET WITH ALL ALBUMS
In September 2018, the legendary Swiss hard rock band KROKUS announced that they were going to be embarking on a farewell tour, called "Adios Amigos". The European Tour has been going on all through 2019, and will end with a sold out show on December 7 in Zürich, Hallenstadion, Switzerland. 2020 the band will say "Adios Amigos" to England, USA, Canada and Mexico to complete the world tour.
Throughout this time the band has also worked on one last project for their fans: The ultimate KROKUS Vinyl Box featuring 9 albums, 100 Songs and a lot of nostalgia will be released on November 22. Adding to the 8 original albums, the box features a 9th album with 9 previously unreleased studio and live recordings.
Order your copy here: Krokus.lnk.to/BigEightPlusFA
BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
BAD RELIGION have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which happens on August 6-9, 2020 at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. Confirmed since earlier are: STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, The UNDERTONES, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, GBH, UK SUBS, The BOYS, T.S.O.L., CONFLICT, TOXIC REASONS, D.I., CHELSEA, M.D.C., 999, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS etc. More info at: rebellionfestivals.com
RATT ANNOUNCES DECEMBER TOUR IN THE STATES
RATT has announced a dozen shows in December as part of its "In Your Direction" tour.
The trek will kick off on December 12 in Buffalo, New York and will end on December 29 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
RATT's current lineup includes original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Juan Croucier (bass), along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
Tour dates can be found at: therattpack.com
..AND YET ANOTHER LIVE ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE
earMUSIC will release DEEP PURPLE's "Live In Rome 2013" on December 6.
This album takes the audience back to the "Now What?!" tour of 2013 when Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey celebrated their first album after the passing of former bandmate and good friend Jon Lord.
"Live In Rome 2013" will be available as a numbered limited CD digipak, limited colored 3LP and digital.
Pre-order the album here: deeppurple.lnk.to/LiveInRome2013
KISS CANCEL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DUE TO ILLNESS
Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live today announced that the KISS Australian tour, due to commence next Tuesday, has been cancelled due to illness.
Earlier this week it was announced that U.S doctors had advised frontman Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour's first show in Perth to the end of the run and the cancellation of New Zealand. It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However unfortunately this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least 2 weeks and possibly longer.
News that are more positive is that KISS have announced today the last legs of their final tour, "End Of The Road". All info and dates available at: kissonline.com
NOV. 13, 2019
THE AVENGERS TO RELEASE 7" WITH RARE TRACKS
American punk veterans The AVENGERS are going to release a 7" that includes 3 rare tracks. "The American In Me" includes the original, "White Noise" EP version "American", which was produced by SEX PISTOLS' Steve Jones. It also includes a version of "Uh-Oh" featuring Jones on piano, as well as the comp-only track "Cheap Tragedies".
This 7" will be released on November 29 via Superior Viaduct.
D.R.I. ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH HIRAX
Crossover legends D.R.I. will do 5 shows in Australia in April 2020 together with thrash veterans HIRAX.
The dates are:
April 8 - The Zoo, Brisbane
April 9 - The Basement, Canberra
April 10 - Crowbar, Sydney
April 11 - Northcote S.C., Melbourne
April 12 - Amplifier, Perth
NOV. 12, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH SNAKEYES IN MARCH
Spanish/Romanian heavy metal band SNAKEYES will release their third studio album in March 2020. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks, but while you wait for that you can check out a teaser: youtube.com/watch?v=8kM5vVvO49w
The first single, "The Evil Dead", will be released before the end of 2019.
More info at: snakeyes-metal.com
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which happens on August 6-9, 2020 at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England.
Confirmed since earlier are: SHAM 69, The UNDERTONES, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, GBH, UK SUBS, The BOYS, T.S.O.L., CONFLICT, TOXIC REASONS, D.I., CHELSEA, M.D.C., 999, MENACE, LOS FASTIDIOS etc.
More info at: rebellionfestivals.com
UFO CONTINUE TO TOUR IN 2020
Hard rock veterans UFO just wrapped the initial North American leg of the "Last Orders" tour, but fear not, the tour is not over yet and the band is pleased to announce new North American tour dates for 2020. These shows kick off February 13 in Medina, Minnesota and run through March 2. Included in this run is a co-headline gig with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and an appearance on the "Rock Legends" cruise.
For dates, check out: ufo-music.info
NOV. 11, 2019
KISS FORCED TO POSTPONE FIRST AUSTRALIAN SHOW
KISS has announced unavoidable changes to its upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour schedule.
The legendary rock band were due to leave the U.S. tomorrow to kick off their eagerly awaited "End Of The Road" tour in Perth this Saturday, November 16. But due to a bad case of influenza, doctors have advised frontman Paul Stanley to rest for the next few days and not to undertake the long trip from Los Angeles to Perth. With the expectation of Australian audiences high, KISS doesn't want to not give 100 percent and so has made changes to the Australian and New Zealand dates.
The Perth RAC Arena concert on November 16 has been rescheduled from the beginning to the end of the Australian tour and will now take place on Tuesday, December 3. All tickets and VIP Packages to the November 16 concert are valid for the December 3 show and no exchange is necessary. For patrons unable to attend on December 3, a refund is available until November 25.
After the Australian dates end on December 3, KISS depart simmediately for a Japanese tour. Therefore, the show originally on December 3 at Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand cannot be rescheduled and will unfortunately be canceled. The Auckland date will be re-planned for a later stage of the "End Of The Road" world tour. All tickets to the Spark Arena concert will be refunded from the point of purchase.
The remainder of the tour remains unchanged and will now kick off at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 19.
OZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES WITH JUDAS PRIEST
Ozzy Osbourne has just announced rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe on his "No More Tours 2" tour.
The 6-week trek, originally scheduled for January, now kicks off in Ozzy's native UK on October 23 before wrapping December 7 in Helsinki, Finland. The tour includes stops throughout the UK and sees the "Prince of Darkness" return to Birmingham for a hometown Halloween show. European dates include stops in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.
Special guests will be no other than JUDAS PRIEST.
For full announcement, dates and tickets, go to 1 of these: ozzy.com judaspriest.com
NOV. 9, 2019
RATT SINGER STEPHEN PERCY IS IN PRE-PRODUCTION FOR NEW SOLO ALBUM
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy is in pre-production for his 6th solo album with his longtime guitarist and collaborator, Erik Ferentinos. A 2020 release is expected.
STEVE RILEY'S VERSION OF L.A. GUNS SIGNS WITH GOLDEN ROBOT RECORDS
Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS has inked a deal with Golden Robot Records. The band will enter the studio later this month to record a new album for a tentative spring 2020 release.
NOV. 8, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH OZZY
Ozzy Osbourne today (Nov. 8) has released "Under The Graveyard", his first new solo music in almost 10 years - A massive ballad that builds into a searing rocker. It's the first single from Ozzy's forthcoming album, "Ordinary Man", due out on Epic Records in early 2020.
Listen to the song here: ozzy.lnk.to/UnderTheGraveyard
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums.
LACUNA COIL ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Italian metal veterans LACUNA COIL are going to South America in February 2020 for a few shows. Special guests will be a band called UNCURED, and tickets go on sale Monday, November 11.
For dates and tickets, try: lacunacoil.com
FEAR TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE AS 12" EP
American punk band FEAR released their first single, "I Love Living In The City", in 1978. It will now be re-released as a 12" vinyl EP with the 2 songs from the original single - "I Love Living In The City" and "Now Your Dead" - as well as 2 previously unreleased songs - "Do Me Some Damage" and "No More Nothing" - who was also recorded in 1978.
You can pre-order it now, and it will ship on December 20: atomageindustries.myshopify.com/products/fear-i-love-living-in-the-city-12-ep?fbclid=IwAR3sPpxuYdRUsVzMrury6VihYAEn9-pEZ5zyfdtxFep5wSiqSx99oKrCGv8
NEWLY REMASTERED DELUXE EDITIONS OF DIO ALBUMS FROM 1996-2004
BMG and Niji Entertainment Group Inc. have partnered to reissue DIO's 1996-2004 studio albums: "Angry Machines" (1996), "Magica" (2000), "Killing The Dragon" (2002) and "Master Of The Moon" (2004). These newly remastered versions feature rare and never before released live and studio bonus tracks.
Long out of print on vinyl, the 180-gram black vinyl includes the original tracklistings and is available as a limited-edition first run with an LP-sized lenticular album art print. As a special bonus, the "Magica" 2-LP also contains a 7" single featuring "Electra", the only known completed track from the planned "Magica 2" album.
The CD versions of each album have also been long out of print globally. These newly remastered deluxe versions are showcased in mediabook packaging along with a second disc featuring rare and unleased bonus material. In addition to rare studio tracks, each bonus disc includes a selection of both rare or never before released live tracks from the accompanying tour for each studio release.
All bonus tracks are also available on the streaming/digital versions.
Each of the reissues will be available via BMG on physical media and digitally on February 21.
KING DIAMOND RELEASES FIRST NEW SONG IN 12 YEARS
KING DIAMOND has released the first new song in 12 years, "Masquerade Of Madness". The track will appear on KING DIAMOND's new studio album, "The Institute", which will be released in 2020 via Metal Blade Records.
Check out the song here: kdcoven.lnk.to/masquerade
NOV. 7, 2019
KISS CONFIRM CONCERTS IN POLAND, HUNGARY AND BULGARIA
More KISS "End Of The Road" tour dates has been announced. Today the following 3 has been announced:
July 15, 2020 Gliwice, Poland
July 16, 2020 Budapest, Hungary
July 18, 2020 Sofia, Bulgaria
IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES 2020 TOUR DATES
IRON MAIDEN have announced their touring plans for 2020. Among these concerts are 5 dates in Australia in May, with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE as special guests. 1 show in Manila Philippines on May 16. A show in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 30, with ORPHANED LAND as special guests. And in June and July they will be touring all over Europe, with AIRBOURNE as special guests.
For more info and tickets, visit: ironmaiden.com
NOV. 6, 2019
PRE-LISTEN TO THE NEW ALBUM WITH MUSTASCH
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH will release their new album, "Killing It For Life", on November 15. But if you happens to be in Stockholm, Sweden next Tuesday, November 12 at 19:00, you can pre-listen to the album at Hard Rock Cafe.
POISON TO GO ON TOUR IN 2020
Bret Michaels says that POISON will return next year with an "incredible" tour and hopefully "at least" 1 new song.
KISS'S MANAGER DOC McGHEE SAYS FORMER MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPROACHED ABOUT TAKING PART IN FINAL CONCERT
KISS manager Doc McGhee says that all living former members of the band have been approached about taking part in the iconic group's final concert.
KISS announced over the weekend that it will play its last-ever show on July 17, 2021, in New York City.
W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SONGS FROM 4 FIRST ALBUMS
W.A.S.P. are going on a world tour in 2020 where they will play hits from their 4 first albums - "W.A.S.P.", "The Last Command" "Inside The Electric Circus" and "The Headless Children".
Dates for the European part of the tour has just been announced, and it will take place from September to November 2020. More dates to be added soon..
For the latest dates and tickets, go to: waspnation.com
KISS CONFIRM DATES IN FRANCE, GERMANY AND SPAIN
The KISS "End Of The Road Tour" is back next year in Europe. So far the following dates have been confirmed:
June 9: Paris, France
June 14: Dortmund, Germany
June 15: Hamburg, Germany
July 5: Madrid, Spain
July 10: Frankfurt, Germany
July 11: Stuttgart, Germany
KISS Army pre-sale begins tomorrow, November 7, at: kissonline.com
NOV. 5, 2019
QUEENSRŸCHE CONFIRMED FOR THE KISS KRUISE X
QUEENSRŸCHE have been invited to party with everyone on next year's "The KISS Kruise X", which sails from Miami aboard the Norwegian Pearl from October 30 to November 4, 2020.
To find out more information, including pre-sale, visit: thekisskruise.com
For more QUEENSRŸCHE tour dates, try: queensrycheofficial.com
HELLOWEEN's "United Alive" No. 1 IN 5 COUNTRIES
HELLOWEEN's new live release, "United Alive", has reached the top of the Blu-ray/DVD charts in 5 countries: Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Austria.
FORMER DAVID LEE ROTH GUITARIST BART WALSH DEAD AT 56
Former David Lee Roth guitarist Bart Walsh has reportedly died at the age of 56. No cause of death has yet been revealed..
MERCYFUL FATE BASSIST TIMI HANSEN IS DEAD
MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen has died after a long battle with cancer.
Hansen went public with his diagnosis in early August after it was announced that he wouldn't participate in MERCYFUL FATE's 2020 reunion. Filling in for him will be ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera.
The 61-year-old Hansen played in MERCYFUL FATE from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1992 to 1993. He was also a member of KING DIAMOND from 1985 to 1987.
NOV. 4, 2019
WHITESNAKE AND FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH EUROPE
WHITESNAKE and FOREIGNER are going on a co-headline tour in the UK in May/June 2020, with EUROPE as special guests.
Dates are as follows:
Sun 31 May - London, The O2 Arena
Mon 01 June - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Wed 03 June - Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
Thu 04 June - Glasgow, SSE Hydro
Sat 06 June - Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Mon 08 June - Manchester, Manchester Arena
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 8.
whitesnake.com foreigneronline.com europetheband.com
NOV. 3, 2019
DEAD LORD WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish hard rock band DEAD LORD are currently working on new material for their next album.
KISS ANNOUNCES 2020 TOUR DATES
KISS has unveiled the first details of 75 new shows which will take place between February and October of next year.
The new dates were listed on screens aboard this year's "Kiss Kruise", the annual event aboard Norwegian Pearl which set sail October 30 to November 4 from Miami, Florida and traveling to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and Falmouth, Jamaica.
KISS has not yet revealed the venue and ticket information for these new shows, but they will take place in both North America and Europe, as well as South America and South Africa.
KISS has also revealed that the last concert of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour will take place on July 17, 2021 in New York City.
NOV. 2, 2019
NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCES EURO TOUR WITH EYHATEGOOD AND MISERY INDEX
British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have announced a European tour with EYHATEGOD, MISERY INDEX, ROTTEN SOUND and BAT. The tour will happen in February/March 2020, and will visit countries like Germany, UK, France etc.
For exact dates, visit NAPALM DEATH's Facebook page.
PUB IN INDIANA CHANGES NAME AT IRON MAIDEN'S REQUEST
According to Courier & Press, a pub in Evansville, Indiana, USA has changed its name at the request of British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN. Maidens Brewery & Pub is now known as Damsel's Brew Pub.
Pub owner John Mills said that he was not involved in litigation with IRON MAIDEN over the pub's original name. "There was no lawsuit, no bad feelings on either side", he said.
Mills claimed that he originally picked the Maidens name to reflect the pub's theme, based around its brewery with different craft beers on tap, each one named after a woman. The 90 different beers made at the pub were the "maidens".
Earlier this year, IRON MAIDEN filed trademark infringement lawsuit against a video game developer behind the game called "Ion Maiden". The lawsuit accused entertainment company 3D Realms of "incredibly blatant" infringement on the IRON MAIDEN trademark. The band demanded $2 million in damages from 3D Realms, but "after careful consideration", the studio has chose to rebrand the game as "Ion Fury".
In early 2018, IRON MAIDEN filed a lawsuit in Illinois federal court, accusing several unindentified web sites of selling counterfeit products that infringe its trademarks. The band demanded that the infringing webshops cease selling products bearing the name of the brand, transfer the domain names, and pay their profits or $2 million in damages.
ACCEPT EXPANDS LINEUP WITH ADDITION OF THIRD GUITARIST
German/American heavy metal veterans ACCEPT are getting ready for 2 upcoming North American dates next week on November 8 at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Illionis and November 10 at the Foamhenge festival in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, Uwe Lulis will not be able to join the band for these 2 shows as he recuperates from a recent reconstructive surgery on his leg from injuries he received in a near-fatal motorcycle accident a decade ago. Uwe has dealt with the injury for a long time and has had many surgeries as a result.
In the process of finding coverage for Uwe for these concerts, everybody remarked how they loved working with Philip Shouse during this year's "Symphonic Terror" tour, so ACCEPT asked if he could help the group out for these 2 shows. To ACCEPT's and Uwe's great relief, he said "yes".
During the next few days, as lots of e-mails and discussions about the ins and outs for the 2 gigs and rehearsals in Nashville ensued, the band found itself faced with an unexpected question: "Why doesn't Phil join us and stay as a permanent member of ACCEPT?" The answer was unanimous. Everyone agreed, and Phil did too.
After his recovery, Uwe will continue to tour with ACCEPT and rejoin the guys for the upcoming South American shows in December.
So, the band's current lineup is: Wolf Hoffmann - Guitar, Mark Tornillo - Vocals, Christopher Williams - Drums, Uwe Lulis - Guitar, Martin Motnik - Bass, Philip Shouse - Guitar.
NOV. 1, 2019
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE TO REUNITE IN 2020
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will reunite for a number of shows in early 2020, including an appearance at next year's Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.
So far, the following dates in USA have been announced:
Mar. 26 - El Paso, TX
Mar. 28 - Las Cruces, NM
Mar. 30 - Phoenix, AZ
Apr. 10 - Indio, CA (Coachella)
Apr. 17 - Indio, CA (Coachella)
UPDATE! The newly announced RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE reunion appears to have spelled the end of PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup launched more than 3 years ago by RAGE members Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums) and Tim Commerford (bass) along with PUBLIC ENEMY's Chuck D and CYPRESS HILL's B-Real.
Update from B-Real: instagram.com/breal
Update from Chuck D: twitter.com/MrChuckD
CHILDREN OF BODOM PARTS WAYS WITH 3 MEMBERS
Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM will play the final show with drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henri "Henkka T. Blacksmith" Seppälä and keyboardist Janne Wirman this coming December. "A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom" will take place at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice hall on December 15.
Unfortunately, this also means that CHILDREN OF BODOM's "Hate Crew Deathroll" special show at next year's Tuska festival will be canceled.
The band will be touring in Finland in December. For dates, try: cobhc.com
ROB HALFORD TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY NEXT YEAR
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will release his autobiography, "Confess", in October 2020. But you can pre-order it already now: smarturl.it/RobHalfordConfess
JETHRO TULL ANNOUNCES UK TOUR IN 2020
JETHRO TULL are going on "The Prog Years" tour around UK in September/October 2020. Tickets go on sale November 6.
Frontman Ian Anderson will also be appearing at a number of smaller venues for a more intimate evening of chat and archive video footage about his career and the history of JETHRO TULL. Tickets for that go on sale in late November.
Check jethrotull.com for more info..
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
English hard rock veterans GIRLSCHOOL are going on a UK tour in late January and February next year. Special guest will be EVYLTYDE.
For dates, go to: facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial